If you are into World War II infantry tactics (and who isn’t?) you will recognize the importance of the machine gun and mortar. We have tried to reflect their importance with the suppression ability and until you master it you will not get far. Standard tactics called for using the machine gun and artillery to keep their heads down while the rest of the squad could flank the enemy. In Airborne Commander this works as well. You may note that the Axis units do not have special abilities like suppression. While they certainly had the same effect, the paratroopers were an all-volunteer, elite force which had been rigorously trained for this battle and frequently advanced when a more cautious force would have remained suppressed. (See Lt. Colonel Robert Cole) On the flip side, of the over 9,000 paratroopers and glider troops involved in Mission Albany; approximately half were killed, wounded, or listed as missing in the Normandy campaign.
I have been asked if each card represents one man or is representative of a squad, stick, or more. I have come to the conclusion that the answer is yes. While certain objectives were taken by larger groups, on occasion one man made the difference. A good example of that was Sgt Summers. Summers was directed to take 15 soldiers and capture Objective WXYZ, which was a building complex which was used as German Barracks. We had the privilege of seeing this area on our trip. Summers led the charge with his Thompson, but only 2 privates followed him. This group cleared the entire objective building by building and Summers is reported to have personally killed more than 30 German soldiers. For this action he was recommended for the Medal of Honor, but because of the quota system instead received the Distinguished Service Cross. Again, good company if you can’t quite crack that 12 victory point win.
For those Band of Brother fans of Lt. Richard Winters you could easily find yourself facing a similar situation. Brecourt Manor, Axis Artillery, and some Axis infantry cards set the scene of his famous action. Destruction of those Artillery would gain you victory points, but they are well dug in. Can you make use of sound tactics and the small patrol you have to take out the guns? If you can Colonel Sink needs you at Holdy Manor. On the plus side the Colonel had a jeep card. Next expansion pack, Medal of Honor winners at D-Day? Ok, technically Winters did not receive the Medal of Honor, but the Distinguished Service Cross for that action. Damn quota system. So if you only get the Distinguished Service Cross for your game, don’t feel too bad. You are in good company.
Static Defenses, Love them or hate them, we got to tour a number of bunkers and emplacements while in Normandy. These things certainly stopped an advance be it over a causeway, at a bridge or elsewhere. We really thought a lot about how to address these. There was a lot of after action reports about hitting these and avoiding them initially and then having to take them in the end. Probably the most famous being the bayonet charge led Lt. Colonel Robert Cole for which he received the Medal of Honor. While it was a couple days after D-Day on June 10 you could imagine a similar scenario in the game. A Large Farmhouse had been turned into the equivalent of a blockhouse. A Roadblock and Causeway cards are turned up along with an Axis mortar or 88. Taking out that roadblock was going to take sacrifice. Along Purple Heart Lane, that is what Cole had to do to reach Carentan.
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Unit Type: The difference between paratrooper and glider
Some folks have noted that the unit type does not directly correspond to if a unit was dropped by parachute or deployed by glider and they are absolutely correct. Yes some howitzers were dropped by parachute. The real reason for the designation has to do with the Flooded Fields terrain card. Certain units and equipment was not recoverable if it was dropped in the flooded fields. I have designated those cards to be glider cards, since the gliders could also not land in the flooded fields. But yes, it was possible to drop a pack howitzer, although the 377th was only able to recover 1 of 12 dropped howitzers. Maybe you will be more successful with your drop!