[Normandy] Battle of Bloody Gulch - June 13, 1944

Easy Company versus SS panzergrenadiers.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/31/2022
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 12th of June 1944, after a fierce battle, the city of Carentan was liberated by paratroopers of the 101st US Airborne Division. The day after, the defensive line established south of the city was attacked by SS panzergrenadiers of the 17.SS PanzerGrenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen" and the remnants of the 6.Fallschirm Regiment (Colonel Von der Heydte). The famous Easy Company /506th PIR, was in the first line, and received the assault of the SS panzergrenadiers SS supported by some Sturmgeschütz (Assault Guns). The Easy Company kept its position, driving back the enemy while the other US companies were withdrawing to Carentan. In the afternoon, an Allied counter-attack repelled the Germans and linked with the Easy Company. This battle called "Bloody Gulch" contributed to the fame of the Easy Company.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 6 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Exit markers are in effect on the whole Allied baseline, for the Axis forces.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to all Axis and Allied units. Badges are not required.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets>1942) are in effect for units equipped with Anti-Tanks Weapons (SWAs 5), Mortars (SWAs 6) and Machine-guns (SWAs 7).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Carte IGN 1/50 000 n°1312 - Carentan.
- 39/45 Magazine n° 323 - La Easy Company dans la bataille de Carentan.
- "Les SS au poing de fer" - Jean Mabire.

Remember, see the "Hill 30" memorial, in the south of Carentan, dealing with the defense of the city by US paratroopers.
Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament at Nantes on the 03rd of December 2022.

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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