With the 75th anniversary of D-Day coming up and falling on our regular gaming day we decided the theme should be Normandy. I didn’t want to set up a beach assault but wanted to stay focused on the day of days; so I began doing a little research in the Green Book: Cross Channel Attack. I was looking for something that told the story of the afternoon where, the Germans and the American were both moving at the same time. This avoided the one side nature of a purely defensive battle and keeps all the player engaged. According to the Green Book, the Germans launched several small counter attacks in the afternoon along the road between St. Laurent and Colleville. They ran into elements 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Division; specifically Company G, where they “stopped by firm American resistance.”
For the two list I started with infantry; two platoons Armored Infantry, san tracks for the American and three for the Germans. The Americans were upgraded to regular, even though the 16th infantry division was fairly green. I typically take the Amored Rifle platoons, I like the compact nature and packaged deal youu get. The German platoons got a few options to support them, two MG’s, a PaK 40 and infantry gun spread among the 3 sections.
I wasn’t sure what armor, if any accompany the US troops inland that afternoon but to keep things interesting I added two platoons of Sherman tanks. I figured that they could use the fire support and also ride them in a pinch. From the reading I did the Germans had one antitank company, with twelve self-propelled 75-mm antitank guns attached 916th infantry regiment. I interpreted this to mean Marder’s but the author wasn’t really clear as to makes and models. There were StuG’s in the area in the 1352d Assault Gun Company but they seemed to have gone with the troop counter attacking the British. With that information I took some license and added a platoon of three StuG’s to the German forces and two Marders. I also added a supply truck because these vehicles have limited ammunition.
For support, because this was a meeting engagement both sides would have off-table fire support request. For the Germans, I decided on 3rd priority request, since it was a busy day. The Americans got 2nd.
In all, it was about 600 points and 50 BR in total; I figured this would give us a large enough force to fill the table but straight forward enough we could finish in an evening.