Memoir '44 D-Day Landings Memoir '44 D-Day Landings

D-Day: Omaha Beach - June 06, 1944

Operation Neptune
Western Front By: RBorg - Last update: 07/18/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x12 x6 x12
    first You play first


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Historical Background:
The 3-mile stretch of beach codenamed Omaha was the heaviest defended sector of the Normandy landing sites. The Germans had built resistance nests into the cliffs, barricaded positions on top of the naturally defensive terrain and positioned powerful artillery batteries overlooking the landing site.

The preliminary Allied naval bombardment and bombing overshot the coast entirely, so that the German defenses were intact when, at 6.30, the DD tanks started to come ashore followed closely by the 116th and 16th Regimental Combat Teams. Strong currents and the rising tide meant that the American troops landed in the wrong places, causing confusion that was made worse by the extremely effective German machine gun and artillery fire.

With the sea wall offering the only protection on the beach, American forces had limited success pushing inland until the second wave arrived at 7.00, breaking the stalemate in several sections. The first breakthroughs were made between the E-1 and E-3 exits and the Americans managed to capture St. Laurent but had to deal with pockets of resistance all along the front. Progress continued to be slow across all fronts as they pushed inland, suffering devastating losses.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Axis Player [Germany]
5 Command cards.
Draw two Command cards after turn 1. You will then have a hand of 6 Command cards for the rest of the battle.

Allied Player [United States]
5 Command cards.
Draw two Command cards after turn 1. You will then have a hand of 6 Command cards for the rest of the battle.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
16 Medals

Town Control rules are in effect (Actions 29 - Town Control). The Axis player is in control of all the town hexes on the map at the start of the battle. The Axis player starts with 2 Temporary Victory Medals on his Victory Stand for controlling the towns. If the Allied player takes control of at least 3 town hexes, he takes a Temporary Medal from the Axis Victory Stand and places it on his own Victory Stand. If he controls at least 5 town hexes, he takes the second Temporary Medal from the Axis Victory Stand and places it on his own.

Beach Control rules are in effect (Actions 30 - Beach Control). The Axis player is in control of all three beach sections on the Omaha Beach map and gains 1 Medal for each beach section he controls, starting with 3 Temporary Victory Medals on the Axis Victory Stand. The Allied player will gain 2 Medals for each beach section that the Axis side no longer controls.

Special Rules:
Reinforcement rules are in effect (Actions 28 - Ground Reinforcements).

Place badges on the German Elite Infantry units and on the American Ranger units (Troops 2 - Specialized Units).

The Axis Artillery units marked with Heavy Anti-Tank Gun badges are Flak 88 (Troops 23 - Heavy Anti-Tank Guns).

Place a Battle Star on the Supported Infantry (Troops 27 - Supported Infantry) and Supported Armor (Troops 28 - Supported Armor) units.

Special Weapon Assets late war rules are in effect (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets Late War) for the unit equipped with a Machine Gun (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War).

Allies have Air Superiority (Actions 34 - Air Superiority).

Off-Map Artillery Support Rules are in effect (Actions 35 - Off-Map Artillery Support), for Allied forces.

Air rules are not in effect. The Air Sortie cards are set aside and not used in this mission.

Scenario Bibliography:
Note that because of software constraints, the upper part of the scenario is missing.

Set-up Order
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