[Normandy] Counter-attack on Pointe du Hoc - June 06, 1944 - June 08, 1944

Operation Overlord - Heroic resistance of the US Rangers.
Western Front By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/15/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On D-Day at 07h10, three companies of 2nd Rangers Battalion landed in front of Pointe du Hoc. They climbed the cliffs under enemy fire and captured the 1/1160 German artillery battery with the surprise that the guns were not installed in their firing positions. Isolated on the Pointe du Hoc, the Rangers organized a defensive position in spite of the fire of some snipers. Only one platoon, led by Lt Parker of 5th Rangers Battalion, joined them in the evening coming from Omaha Beach. During two days, the Colonel Rudder's Rangers resisted to several German counter-attacks. Out of ammunition, they had to use captured weapons let on the ground. The destroyer USS Satterlee gave them a useful naval support with the reduction of some Flak guns firing on the Rangers. In the morning of 08th of June, a relief column from Omaha Beach broke through enemy lines at Saint Pierre du Mont and delivered the besieged Rangers.
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] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "Specialized Units" rules for the US Rangers (Troop 2).
- Use "Sniper" rules for German single figure unit (Troop 10).
- Use "Special Weapon Asset" and "Mortar late war" rules (SWAs 1 & 6) to the units with mortar badge.
- Use "Cliffs and Sea Bluffs" rules for the beach edge of hills (Terrain 11).
- Naval support : For the Allied player, all "Reconnaissance 1" card could be used as "Barrage" card in the corresponding section. In this case, after action, only 1 card is taken from the pile.

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Les Rangers à la Pointe du Hoc" - R. Lane - Ed. Heimdal.
- "D'Omaha à Saint-Lo" - Ed. Heimdal.
- Album Mémorial Overlord, Jour J en Normandie - Ed. Heimdal.

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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