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229 The Redball Express

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August 1, 1944. The Allied breakout into France has begun. With the capture of St. Lo and the linking of the 1st and 3rd Armies, the Allies scrapped operation Overlord and began to chase the retreating Germans as fast and as far as their supply lines would allow. The trucks of the Redball Express picked up POL (petroleum, oil, lubricants) in St. Lo and drove non stop 700 miles to Chartres to supply the 1st Army's vehicles which were consuming fuel up to 350,000 gallons a day.
As the front advanced quickly, isolated pockets of German troops were still a threat as were the bombing runs of the Luftwaffe who still were a presence in the sky.
Securing the convoys and establishing a continual supply of gasoline to the front was the key to Patton's successful persuit of the German army and their subsequent expulsion from France.


  American German
Division 1

4 GMC CCKW 353 Truck

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

1x AntiTank

Division 2

3 Squad Bases
- 9 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer
- 1 Mortar Crew

2 Sherman Tank

1x Medic

2 Squad Bases
- 7 Regular Infantry
- 1 Officer

1 Panzer IV Tank

2x Engineer

Strategy Decks Ground Support 1 American Air Support 1
Starting Strategy Cards 1 1
Operations Cards - Seize The Initative - Double Time
Deployment Zone Division 1: light green road hexes.
Division 2: dark green road hexes.
The Germans can deploy on any gray hex.
The Germans may place one squad on the roadblock entrenchment on tile 11A during set up.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token  

Forward scouts report a roadblock ahead. The Germans are unaware that the front has shifted and retaken positions along the road. Following their last orders, German engineers prepare to blow the bridge along the road to St. Lo. Will the American convoy break through and make its first successful run to Chartres, or will German air support destroy it before it reaches its destination?

- The Americans must reach Chartres with at least 1 x GMC CCKW vehicle for a major victory before the end of round 8. Once a convoy vehicle reaches the yellow objective hex in Chartres, it is removed from the map and can no longer be destroyed.

- If the Americans fail to exit 1 x GMC CCKW trucks from the map before the end of Round 8 but the convoy is not destroyed then the Germans win a minor victory.

- The Germans can acheive a major victory by destroying all convoy vehicles or blowing up the bridge on the road before the end of round 8.

Rounds 8
Actions per turn 3 3
Reinforcements - -
Special Rules

GERMAN ENGINEERS: Engineers can blow bridges by controlling the bridge objective hex with an engineer squad for 2 rounds of play.
If the engineer squad is eliminated before the bridge is blown then this method of victory can not be claimed.

LUFTWAFFE: The Germans have air support as it is still early in the campaign. Therefore, the Germans will have access to the American Air Support strategy deck.

Terrain Features

The stream is DEEP.

THICK WOODS: Forest hexes that do not have roads passing through them are IMPASSABLE to vehicles.


Tags: American Army, German Army, Complexity: Medium, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1944


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