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226 The Merville Battery Assault

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June 6, 1944 • Merville, France. Lieutenant Colonel Terence Otway, leading the paratroopers of the 9th Battalion, is tasked with destroying the guns at the Merville Battery. The guns, if operative, could significantly jeopardize the landings at Sword Beach.
After a disastrous para drop, scattering most of his units and equipment over a vast area, Otway organizes a meager force of just 150 men and begins his desperate assault.


  British German
Division 1

7 Squad Bases
- 19 Regular Infantry
– 5 Elite Infantry
– 2 Officers
– 1 Machine Gun Crew

2x Engineer

3 Squad Bases
- 9 Regular Infantry
– 1 Officer
– 1 Machine Gun Crew
Division 2

3 Squad Bases
- 8 Regular Infantry
– 1 Elite Infantry
– 1 Officer
– 1 Machine Gun Crew

3 Squad Bases
- 9 Regular Infantry
– 1 Officer
– 1 Machine Gun Crew
Strategy Decks Command 1 Ground Support 1
Starting Strategy Cards 2 2
Operations Cards – Seize the Initiative -
Deployment Zone Division 1 may set up in any of the hexes on board 8B. Division 2 must place one to three squads in any of the hexes on board 11B.
Any remaining squads must be placed with Division 1 on board 8B.
Any of the hexes on boards 12A and 3A, north of the road.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token  
Objective If the British have 8 or more VPs at the end of round 7, they win. Otherwise, the Germans win.
The British earn VPs at the end of round 7 as follows:
• 2 VP for each Victory Objective marker taken. The British take a Victory Objective marker by entering a pillbox, thus destroying the gun housed therein.
• 1 VP for each German squad destroyed
Rounds 7
Actions per turn 3 2
Reinforcements - -
Special Rules - -


Tags: German Army, British Army, Complexity: Low, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1944


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