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[Normandy] Purple Heart Lane - January 10, 1944 - June 11, 1944

Cole's Charge
Western Front By: secret_strategem - Last update: 12/22/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Highway N13, heading towards Carentan in France, was the target 101st Airborne Division on D-Day +5. Lt. Col Robert G. Cole lead his men of the 3rd Battalion of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment along the highway and across the causeway when they came under intense enemy fire from the 6th Fallschirmjager regiment.
After a artillery barrage failed to dislodge the Germans Cole did something quite unusual. Faced with the prospect of the destruction of his battalion and not wishing to retreat he ordered his men to fix their bayonets for a charge. A smoke screen was laid down and the men charged, taking the German positions.
Heavy casualties were taken by Cole's unit however with only 132 of the original 250 men in his battalion remaining after the assault. Cole was awarded the medal of honor for his charge. Sadly it was posthumously as Cole would be killed in Operation Market Garden on September 18, 1944. The highway N13 has since been nicknamed "Purple Heart Lane" because of the amount of casualties sustained there.
The stage is set, the are battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is History

Allied Player [United States]
Take 6 Command Cards

Axis Player [Germany]
Take 5 Command Cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals

The farm is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.
The edge of the cabbage patch is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
[Action 8] Heroic Leader rules are in effect for the allied unit with the battle star to represent Lt. Col, Cole.
[Action 21] Smoke screen rules are in effect for the Allied player for 1 time per game. If you do not have smokescreen markers you can use 3 battle stars. Place the 3 Battle Stars on three adjacent hexes. For 2 turns they block line of sight. At the end of the Axis players 2nd turn they are removed. Units may move through them. Units shooting out of a Smoke Screen do not minus dice.
[SWA 7] Machine gun late war are in effect for the two German units with the machine gun badges.
All Allied units are elite.

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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