Around 8 AM on July 18th, after an aerial bombardment of more than two hours' duration, Operation 'Goodwood" started. Caen was being cleared successfully by the Canadian Corps, while the 11th Armored Division moved forward followed by the Guards Armored and the 7th Armored, on a very constricted front. The forward German zone was penetrated successfully, but Allied intelligence had underestimated the strength of the German defensive around Cagny. In fact, the area was held by the powerful Battle Group Luck, comprising of the 125th Panzer Grenadiers, part of the 22nd Panzer Regiment, the Tigers of 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion and the formidable guns of the 200th Assault Gun Battalion.
The British armored brigade roared toward its main objective, Bourguebus Ridge south of Cagny, while the infantry were absorbed in clearing the villages. The tanks therefore were advancing virtually unsupported against Battle Group Luck, which was a tank killing force par excellence.
Montgomery was announcing a complete success, when the armored drive was stopped in a mass of burning tanks. On the following day, both sides contested the villages and on July 20th the same torrential rain that had delayed Operation 'Cobra' brought the offensive to a halt.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Axis Player: Take 5 Command cards
Allied Player: Take 5 Command cards.
You move first.
Conditions of Victory:
The Axis Special Forces tank units have 4 figures. Place an Axis special force token in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units.