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#0606_06: Cotentin Peninsula - On a Wing and a Prayer - Battles of Normandy

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#0606_06: Cotentin Peninsula - On a Wing and a Prayer

By David Freer
Allies 3 - 3 - 4 Axis
Rating: 8.4 (8)
Games Played: 10
SM: 5
Turns: 39
Type: Stock
First Side: Allies
Second Side: Axis
The Cotentin Peninsula, South of Cherbourg: June 6th, 1944. (Scenario Size: Corps. Head to Head or Team Play, Human vs AI for either side) The Great Crusade began just after midnight on June 6th with the landing of the US 101st Airborne Division closely followed by the 82nd Airborne. The paratroopers aim was to secure the causeways off Utah Beach to protect the amphibious landing of the US 4th Infantry Division while blocking any German reserves from crossing the Douve River. More significantly the aim of landing in the Cotentin Peninsula was to allow the quickest access to Cherbourg, the largest deep water port in Normandy. The first day of landings would be chaotic with both scattered airdrops and vigorous German responses to the Allied interlopers.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Barbarrossa.'s ProfileBarbarrossa. Slightly Pro Axis 6
Gris's ProfileGris Slightly Pro Axis 10
Barbarrossa.'s ProfileBarbarrossa. Well Balanced 9
Barbarrossa.'s ProfileBarbarrossa. Moderately Pro Allies 8
Halsey74's ProfileHalsey74 Slightly Pro Axis 9
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allies giorgiobeacco's Profile giorgiobeacco vs. todk todk's Profile Axis Allies Minor Victory 45 15
Allies Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Outlaw Josey Wales vs. Support6 Support6's Profile Axis Allies Minor Victory 45 15
Allies Bioman's Profile Bioman vs. General_Mayhemm General_Mayhemm's Profile Axis Draw 25 25
Axis Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Outlaw Josey Wales vs. carlboy carlboy's Profile Allies Axis Major Victory 60 10
Axis giorgiobeacco's Profile giorgiobeacco vs. yvan0123 yvan0123's Profile Allies Draw 25 25
Barbarrossa. Frid May 26, 2017 10:43 pm
The US paras where weaker as they took severe losses in the landings. This meant when the main German forces came on the scene they could not really stand up to them.
Gris Frid Jul 21, 2017 9:30 pm
The initial paradrop can cost the Allies 400 - 600 points which is hard to overcome. It really decides the level of victory for the game. The Allies have to take Carentan to achieve a minor victory, the other objective are too small to swing it either way. Otherwise the points are at the draw range closer to an Axis minor.

Points aside, the battle is tense the entire game with lots of maneuver for both sides. Great game for mirror play. One of my favorites in PBN.
'Millions died or suffered in the mud of Flanders between 1914-18. Who remembers them? Even those with names on their graves are by now unknown soldiers.' - Mier Ronnen, Jerusalem Post, 1933 Gris
Barbarrossa. Frid Jul 21, 2017 11:40 pm