Turn 5 featured 8 battles in the Normandy countryside. The Allied forces had the majority of attacks as they attempted to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This turn saw 31 total games played at the 8 campaign battle locations. Locally, we managed to get a game day in with eight players participating in 8 games. This turn saw a 116-100 points advantage for the Allies. Two Allied Firestorm troops were destroyed in the fighting.
|Red shows the Allied attacks at the start of the turn.|
The Allied forces, led by Scott S, managed a slight 11-10 advantage in Tilly Sur-Seulles over three battles. The Allies managed to finally capture the critical location and link back up with the weary 7th Armoured Division trapped in Villers Bocage. The top Axis general was the notorious Glen T.
|Photo of my FoW board form the Kamloops campaign day.|
The German forces at Colombelles launched an attack into Epron to try and cut off the aggressive Allied forces attacking into Caen. Fortunately, the Allied rearguard managed to stop the attack with a decisive 13-8 victory over three battles. Again, the top Allied general was Scott S. The top Axis general was Richard.
|More pictures from our campaign day. We had each table set up with Firestorm troops for one of the missions.|
After a month of bloody fighting, Allied troops finally managed to assault the D-Day objective of Caen. The city was fiercely defending by German generals Jeremy C. and Vladmir S., but the Allied forces led by Kelly A. managed to successfully capture the city North of the Odon River due to their 22-20 victory. The 6 battles saw the Allies finally capture half of Caen.
|Glen's table for Caen West.|
Caen North was hotly contested with 10 battles fought through the suburbs of Caen. Allied generals Rob T., Cory, and Jim N. managed a 38-32 victory. The German forces in the area were led by Luke P. and Milan A. The 2 Canadian Infantry Division was set back to Britain for rest and refitting after the brutal house to house fighting in the city.
|Richard set up a dense city table for our Caen campaign day. The river made a tough slog for attacking!|
Embarrassed by the loss of the D-Day landing site, the Allied forces launched another attack to recapture the broken shell of Breville. Over 4 battles, the Axis forces managed to achieve a 15-12 victory thanks to the tireless work of Morgan L. George K. from Hawaii was the top Allied general. The 34 Tank Brigade was surrounded and destroyed in the action.
Weary of the endless fighting over Villers Bocage, only a light skirmish between George K. and Kirby K. occurred in turn 5. George K. got the best of the encounter, keeping the 7th Armoured Division in the action until relief arrived through Tilly Sur-Seulles. The 7th Armoured Division survived four turns of vicious fighting around the war torn town of Villers Bocage.
|Love these vignette photos from Milan A.|
The Allied forces managed to achieve a 12-9 victory over the artillery batteries bombarding the area from the infamous Hill 112. The Allied forces were again led by Scott S., who was everywhere this turn. The German forces were led by Scott M., fresh off some needed rest and relaxation in Hawaii.
|Game between Scott M. and Stefan.|
Once again, we were fortunate to have lots of contributions in various media forms on the interwebs.
- Flames of War Godfather Mike played a game at TCOW
- Dai wrote a blog at The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted
- Behind Enemy Lines mentioned the campaign on their podcast (check out the upcoming Pacific content there too!)
- Some Tumblr pictures of the campaign from Theory of Phillus
Turn 5 Conclusion
The battles were close, but the Allies managed to achieve superiority in 7 out of 8 battles this turn! The Allied forces advanced and captured Tilly Sur-Seulles, Hill 112, Bretteville, and the Northern half of Caen. The Allied forces lost two Firestorm troops in their attacks. The Germans did not manage to capture any locations.
This was the final turn of the campaign. Check back early next week for the final victory points and conclusion of the campaign. Morgan L. has also kindly compiled all of the individual results to determine the top Generals for both the Allied and German players.