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Each month, Days of Wonder publishes a free, original Memoir ‘44 scenario based on a historical battle that took place the same month, 80 years ago.

November 1940: Landing near Libreville

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

After the capitulation of France in June 1940, French Equatorial Africa became a major strategic objective for the Free French Forces. In August 1940, Chad, Ubangi-Shari and French Congo embraced General De Gaulle’s cause. Only Gabon remained loyal to the Vichy France government, so the decision was made to conquer the country. On November 9th, 1940 a fratricide struggle took place: Free French troops fought Vichy forces for control of the airfield of Libreville.

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December 1940: Battle of Himara

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

Italy declared war on Greece October 28th, 1940 but by December, Mussolini’s troops had stalled. Then the unthinkable happened: in November, the Greek Army launched a counter-offensive and drove the Italians out of Greece and back into Albania. On December 19th, 1940, in the Hilmara region, the Greek forces assaulted Italian troops entrenched on Monte Pilur and threatened to encircle them.

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January 1941: The failed offensive of Cavallero

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

Italy has been bogged down in a war against Greece since October 1940. Although it's a war Mussolini himself started, it hasn't been the decisive campaign he was hoping for. It is now a matter of honor for the Italian army to win a military victory before its powerful German ally comes to its aid.

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February 1941: Battle of Keren, part 1

Designed by Richard Borg

At the start of the East African Campaign, British troops liberated the Sudanese border from the Italians and pushed them back into Eritrea. In February the Allies launched their offensive against the key town of Keren but met determined resistance as the Italian forces took advantage of the natural defensive positions provided by the jagged landscape.

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March 1941: Battle of Keren, part 2

Designed by Richard Borg

After intense fighting, the British Commonwealth forces finally captured Fort Dologorodoc. On March 24th, the battle of Keren entered its final stage with a massive artillery bombardment and armor support as British Engineers worked to secure the road in Dongolass Gorge. Despite their strong defensive position, the outnumbered Italian troops were fighting for survival.

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April 1941: Heroic defense on the Metaxas Line

Overlord Format – Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

After another failed Italian offensive in Albania against Greece in March 1941 (Operation Primavera), The Greco-Italian War reached a stalemate. Germany had little choice but to come and assist its ally. On April 6th, German troops crossed the Greco-Bulgarian border and Operation Marita began. Entrenched on the Metaxas Line, the outnumbered and under-equipped Greek defenders did their best to resist the invasion of the mighty Wehrmacht.

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May 1941: Retreat to Sphakia

Designed by Richard Borg

Less than a month after launching Operation Marita, mainland Greece was under Axis control. Hitler then shifted his focus to Crete where the Allies had retreated. On May 20th, the largest airborne assault in history was launched on the northern coast of the island. One week later, and despite tremendous losses, German troops managed to push the Allies towards the southern coast. For the defenders, only one thing remained: evacuation.

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June 1941: West of Lutsk

Designed by Richard Borg

Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Soviet Union by Germany, was launched on June 22nd, 1941. On June 24th, a German panzer division threatened Lutsk, a former Polish city that was part of the territories annexed by the USSR in 1939. The 19th Soviet tank division was sent to stop the enemy despite mechanical trouble.

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July 1941: Counter-attack at Karatin

Designed by Richard Borg

On June 30th, 1941, the Battle of Brody ended. During this huge armored battle, the Soviet Union army inflicted heavy losses to the German but suffered colossal losses in tanks itself and had no choice to withdraw towards Central Ukraine. On July 15th, a mobile group was sent to Karatin in order to slow down the German panzers and buy their retreating comrades some time.

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August 1941: Defensive battle at Sasselie

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

In August 1941, the German divisions were rapidly gaining ground in Ukraine. On August 15th, a German armored reconnaissance force slipped into Sasselie, a village in the path of retreating soviet troops. Here, they hid and entrenched themselves, ready to face the inevitable assault of the Red Army trying to get back east.

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September 1941: Soviet raid on Grigorevka

Breakthrough Format – Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

Odessa was an important Ukrainian port city on the Black Sea and therefore a major strategic objective for the Axis. In August, the Romanian 4th Army launched an offensive to conquer it but met stronger resistance than expected. Soon, the city was under siege. On September 21st, the Soviet Black Sea Fleet ordered a raid to destroy the Romanian artillery firing at Odessa to give their comrades some respite.

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October 1941: Tula, road to Moscow

Designed by Richard Borg

In October 1941, Germany launched Operation Typhoon. The strategy was a large pincer move, aimed at attacking Moscow from both north and south. At the end of the month, roughly 200 km south of the Soviet capital, a German vanguard troop approached the city of Tula. Despite lacking proper armor support, they decided to attack.

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November 1941: Relief of Tobruk

Designed by Richard Borg

With its deep-water port and its water-purification plant, Tobruk was a major strategic objective in North Africa. Captured by the British in January 1941, Rommel's forces laid siege to the city in April. Then in November, to retake Cyrenaica and relieve Tobruk, the Allies launched Operation Crusader. A few days into the attack, a combined force of New-Zealand infantry and British armor faced the German defenders of Point 175.

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December 1941: Landing on Wake Island

Overlord Format – Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

The Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 led to the formal entry of the United States into World War II. A few hours later, Japanese forces began to bombard the US defenses on the Island of Wake. On December 11th, a first Japanese landing attempt was repelled by the US garrison. But on the night of December 23rd a new, strengthened, Japanese force was determined to use the cover of darkness to successfully land and conquer Wake Island.

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January 1942: Dorogobuzh

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

By the end of 1941, the German offensive on Moscow had failed on the doorstep. With the help of “General Winter”, Soviet forces counterattacked and forced the Wehrmacht to withdraw into defensive positions. In January 1942, groups of Russian partisans, reinforced by elite paratroopers, harassed the German rear and disrupted their logistics.

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February 1942: Landing at Dili

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

By the end of 1941, the Allies feared that the neutral, but defenseless, Portuguese Timor colony could be a weak point in the Dutch East Indies defense. In December 1941, Australian and Dutch troops began the occupation of East Timor, provoking Portuguese official protests on one hand, but receiving tacit cooperation of local authorities on the other. These occupying troops were to withdraw on the arrival of the Portuguese reinforcements, promised by the Salazar government. On February 19th, 1942, though, the Japanese invasion forces came first.

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March 1942: Hill 693

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

At the start of January 1942, the Soviets launched a major offensive from the Volkhov river aimed at relieving Leningrad, besieged since September 1941. The 2nd Shock Army, spearheading the operation, advanced almost 100 kilometers. In February it was close to Lyuban, halfway to Leningrad, but its advance had stalled and on March 19th the Germans began a counter-attack from the rear. The 2nd Shock Army was suddenly cut off from its supply lines. The Soviets had no choice but to turn back and try to break their encirclement.

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April 1942: US counter-attack at Bataan

Designed by Jacques "jdrommel" David

Only one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, Japan started the invasion of the Philippines. General McArthur, along with his American and Philippine troops, were quickly deprived of their air support. Facing relentless advances of the enemy, they had no choice but to withdraw onto the Bataan peninsula; the Japanese final assault on Bataan started early April 1942. On April 7, with their backs against the wall, the defenders launched what would prove to be their last counterattack before their surrender.

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