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5521A  Battle for Hill 178
June 23, 1944
Western Front
By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/29/2009

Historical Background:
After weeks of tough battles, Major General J. Lawton Collins, commander of VII Corps, is eager to put an end to the battle for Cherbourg and orders three Infantry Divisions to attack the "Festung" (fortress). 9th US Infantry Division is charged with clearing the western flank, from Bois du Mont du Roc to the Épiney Farm.

The region is defended by Kampfgruppe Keil, a hodgepodge of the 919th German Infantry Regiment and other disparate units. On June 23, supported by artillery fire and platoons of tank destroyers, the 39th, 47th and 60th US Infantry Regiments attack the German positions. After a day-long struggle, they manage to break through in the evening. On June 24, Kampfgruppe Keil is forced to withdraw to take refuge into the "Westeck" (West corner), a fortified position to the North.

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

Axis Player [Germany]:
Take 5 Command cards.

Allied Player [United States]:
Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
7 Medals.

Special Rules:
The Allied player can conduct Air Strikes (Actions 3 - Air Strikes & Blitz).

The Caudet is a fordable stream (Terrain 61 - Fordable Streams).

The Axis player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29 - Minefields).

(Open de France Memoir 44 - 2009) (Final)

Scenario Bibliography:
- Album Mémorial Bataille de Normandie - Ed. Heimdal.
- Historica Magazine hors-série n°18 - 1ère victoire américaine en Normandie.
- Carte IGN 1/100 000 - Caen Cherbourg.

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