Pegasus Bridge - June 06, 1944

Operation Tonga
Western Front By: RBorg - Last update: 09/29/2010
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x4 x6 x4
    first You play first

Historical Background:
The late hours of June 5, 1944... Led by Major John Howard, the men of Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry* step aboard six Horsa gliders on a secret airfield in Dorset. Their mission: to launch the first airborne assault of D-Day and capture two bridges, one astride the Caen Canal, the other over the Orne river, in Normandy.

A few minutes past midnight, now June 6, 1944, the gliders clip through the treetops and land in a small patch of rough field, between a pond and the Caen Canal, only yards away from their objective! Major Howard and his troops pour out of the planes, achieving complete surprise and rushing the stunned German forces. Despite furious opposition from a heavily sandbagged machine gun nest at the end of now famous "Pegasus" bridge, they capture their objective within moments. To the east, the Orne bridge is secured equally rapidly, giving British troops the first victory of D-Day!

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

* Although all British units involved in the raid on Pegasus Bridge were elite forces, for the sake of simplicity this introductory scenario is using regular infantry units instead.

Axis Player: Take 2 command cards (Germans were surprised). Draw two cards after turns 1 and 2. You will then have a hand of 4 command cards for the rest of the battle.

Allied Player: British: Major John Howard
Take 6 command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
4 Medals
An Allied unit that captures a bridge hex counts as one victory medal. Place an objective medal on each of the bridges. As long as the Allied unit remains on the bridge hex, it continues to count toward the Allied victory. If the unit moves off or is eliminated, it no longer counts.

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