[Normandy] Neuville-au-Plain - Action 1 - June 06, 1944

Operation Overlord - The roadblock of Lt Turnbull.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/25/2021
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In the morning of the D-Day, the US paratroopers of the 505th PIR (82nd Airborne Division) invested Ste-Mere-Eglise. Lt TurnerTurnbull was ordered to make a roadblock on the road to Montebourg in the village of Neuville-au-Plain. Once arrived on the place, the 41 paratroopers entrenched in a hedgerow and in a farm north of the village. Half an hour later, the enemy appeared on the road : about 190 soldiers of the Grenadier Regiment.1058 supported by some tanks and assault guns. The battle lasted in the afternoon when Lt Turnbull decided to withdraw because of the many losses the paratroopers suffered. In the 25 losses, there was Sergeant Robert Niland (one of the four Niland brothers). By his action, Lt Turnbull had succeeded to stop the German advance towards Ste-Mere-Eglise. On the 7th of June, he was killed by a mortar shell.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Germany] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Axis player, exit marker rules are in effect on the road hexagon near the Allied baseline (Action 23).

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) for all Allied units. Badges are not required.
- Use "Heroic Leader" rules (Actions 8) for the Allied unit with a battle star.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the units equipped with anti-tank weapon, mortar and machine-gun (SWAs 5, 6, 7).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Historica n°79 - Utah Beach.
- "Parachutés sur Sainte-Mère-Eglise" - Albert Pipet.
- Carte IGN 1:50000 n°1311 - Ste-Mère-Eglise.

Remember, see the graves of Lt Turnbull and Sgt Niland on the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer.

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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