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Warning: This is a long piece. 82nd Airborne Objectives for D-Day 505th PIR: Secure St. Mére-Eglise and the eastern ends of the two crossings over the Merderet River at Chef-du-Pont and La Fière. 1st Bn tasked to capture the bridge at La Fière 507th PIR: Secure the western end of the La Fière crossing at Cauquigny. 508th PIR: Secure two crossings over the Douve River at the southwestern end of the drop zone in the area of Picauville. Scenarios WO 82NO1 – Boots on the Ground – SP U.S. Col. Millet and Lt. Col. Timmes converge on Amfreville. D-Day, 05:00, 6 June 1944. The American 82nd Airborne 505th has landed further inland with the objective of securing the western end of the La Fière causeway at the village of Cauquigny. FRIENDLY FORCES: You personally dropped into the water of the flooded Merderet River. Other chutes in the water reveal you were not the only unlucky trooper. You struggled for some time to get out of your gear and out of the water to the west side of the Merderet. A half hour later you have managed to assemble only two sticks, i.e. 20 men, of your battalion. Apparently, your battalion has had a bad drop and is widely scattered. You have sent scouts out to recon your position and have determined that you are north of Cauquigny and north-east of Hameau-aux-Brix. ENEMY FORCES: A battalion of the 1057th Grenadiers, 91st Luftlande Division is reported to be in your immediate area with armor support. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The 507th drop was horribly scattered, some as far away as 20 km. Timmes initially collected only two sticks of men and Millet a few dozen. Timmes left a handful at Cauquigny which he found undefended and moved west to the assembly point at Amfreville but was driven off by the German garrison and dug into an orchard north-east of Cauquigny. Millet approached Amfreville from the north-west but was driven back west to Les Landes. Some sources suggest he never made it past Les Landes in the first place. WO 82NO2 – The 505th Assault La Fière Manor – SP U.S. The 505th Approach their objective – the La Fière bridge. D-Day, 08:00, 6 June 1944. The 505th have assembled after a nearly perfect drop – on target and intact. You, as 1st Lt. Dolan, 'A' Company set off to secure the bridge at the eastern end of the La Fière Causeway. To secure the bridge you must occupy le Manoir Leroux. ENEMY FORCES: A battalion of the 1057th Grenadiers, 91st Luftlande Division is reported to be in your immediate area with armor support. The size of the force posted at the bridge is unknown. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The 505th was the only element of the 82nd Airborne that made a good drop. It’s companies split up and moved against their various objectives, La Fière, St. Mère Église and Chef du Pont. The assault against le Manoir Leroux was confused due to the fact that lost boys from the 507th, 508th, and even the 101st joined in the attack from different directions with initially none knowing of each other’s presence. The manor and bridge were secure by 10:00. WO 82NO3 – Levy at Cauquigny – SP U.S. Lt. Levy of the 507th defends Cauquigny against the Germans advancing to attack the La Fière causeway. D-Day, 12:00, 6 June 1944. INTRODUCTION: Captain Schwartzwalder ('G' Co. 3rd Bn. 507th PIR), Lt. Levy ('D' Co. 2nd Bn. 507th PIR), & Lt. Taylor ('B' Co. 1st Bn. 508th PIR) occupy the Cauquigny complex in an attempt to prevent III./1057 from using it as a base from which to attack across the la Fière causeway against the 505th PIR holding Le Manoir Leroux (a.k.a. La Fière Manor) on the other side. WHY THE SCENARIO IS NOT CALLED CAPTAIN SCHWARTZWALDER AT CAUQUIGNY: Because the real Schwartzwalder skedaddled during the German mortar barrage, taking with him his 80 troopers plus a few others and leaving Lt. Levy with only 10-17 men plus an unknown few more to 'hold the fort'. YOU ARE THE HEROIC LT. LEVY (Experience: Elite, Motivation: Extreme, Leadership: +2). HOW YOU GOT HERE: After the initial drop at 0300, you were able to assemble only a dozen men. En-route to your objective - Cauquigny, you encountered and joined Lt. Col. Timmes’ small group. Upon arriving at Cauquigny you found the German prepared positions unmanned. Lt. Col. Timmes ordered you to dig-in in at Cauquigny church with only your dozen while he took his element NW towards the designated battalion assembly point at Amfreville. From about 1000 to 1200 that morning you heard the noise of fighting around the eastern end of the causeway as the 505th assaulted the buildings le Manoir Leroux. After that settled down, Captain Schwartzwalder with his 80 paras crossed the causeway from La Fière to your position, significantly adding to your defences. ENEMY FORCES: One battalion of the 1057th Grenadiers, 91st Luftlande Division is reported to be in your immediate area with armor support. Enemy positions are reported to be in Amfreville to the west, the Grey Castle to the north-west, and Geuetteville to the south-west. Scouts report that two German companies are approaching accompanied by armour. WITHDRAWAL OPTION: If the player wishes to emulated Schwartzwalder's withdrawal (in the interest of avoiding unnecessary American casualties of course) an Allied EXIT objective is present at the western end of the north edge of the map under the name "Timmes Orchard". This will reduce German Victory Points for American casualties but risks giving up your terrain objectives. In any event, Schwartzwalder and his troopers might make that decision without your approval. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Lt. Col. Timmes, Captain Schwartzwalder and Lt. Levy were all part of the battalion that was tasked to secure Cauquigny and thus the western end of the la Fière causeway across the Merderet. Schwartzwalder had the misfortune of being dropped on the east, i.e. wrong side of the Merderet. He managed to assemble approximately 40 of his troopers and marched towards the La Fière bridge as the means to crossing to the other side. At the bridge his troopers got involved in the assault on le Manoir Leroux. At some point his force swelled to 80 troopers. Immediately after the 505th's securing the manor, Schwartzwalder took his men across to Cauquigny where he joined Lt. Levy of the 507th who was holding the church overlooking the causeway with 10-17 of his own troopers plus another 30 - 40 under Lt. Taylor of the 508th. About noon or before, a very heavy hour-long German mortar barrage covered the American positions at both ends of the causeway signalling a forthcoming German counter-attack. At this point Captain Schwartzwalder makes the critical decision to abandon the position in favour of joining Lt. Col. Timmes dug-into an orchard to the NW. When Schwartzwalder withdrew, he took with him not only his own 80 men but also some of the other troopers. The now severely outnumbered Lt. Levy aggressively took the fight to the Germans, ambushing and destroying two R35 tanks. In the end, Levy and his dirty dozen were driven out of Cauquigny and the position was held by the Germans until D+3. It was only retaken after a horrible bloody assault across the causeway by the 325th GIR and the remnants. WO 82NO4 – Timmes Digs In German resistance at Amfreville has caused Lt. Col. Timmes to fall-back and dig-into an orchard where he waits for events to unfold. D-Day, 12:00, 6 June 1944. This scenario has three separate variants, one SP US, H2H and H2H Swz. You found the German resistance at Amfreville too strong and fell back to a nearby orchard where you ordered your men to dig-in. From about 1000 to 1100 hours you heard the noise of fighting coming from the eastern end of the La Fière causeway. That was followed by the sound of artillery and mortar fire incoming at both the eastern and western ends of the causeway around noon presaging a German counter-attack. Shortly thereafter Captain Schwartzwalder arrived at the orchard with news that the Manoir and eastern end of the causeway are in American hands but that Cauquiny was under heavy attack and likely to fall. With Schwartzwalder and other stragglers incoming, your force now amounts to about 140 troopers. At this moment mortar fire is starting to fall on your position. A German assault appears imminent. ENEMY FORCES: At least two companies of the 1057th Grenadiers, 91st Luftlande Division are reported to be in your immediate area with armor support. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Lt. Col. Timmes’ group held the orchard until the 90th Infantry Division’s attack on Amfreville on D+4. The orchard was never an 82nd Airborne objective but as events unfolded it serendipitously eventually became the right flank anchor of the bridgehead across the Merderet. WO 82NO5 – Angriffe der Grenadiere Two companies of German grenadiers supported by captured French tanks assault the 505th PIR’s position at the La Fière bridge. D-Day, 16:00, 6 June 1944. This scenario has three variants, SP US, SP Ge and H2H. TACTICAL SITUATION: At present 'A' Co., 1st Bn., 505th is dug-in securely in and around the manor and bridge. At 1200 the Germans drove Lt. Levy's and Schwartzwalder's troopers out of the Cauquigny bridgehead at the western end of the causeway forcing the latter to fall back north-westwards on Lt.Col. Timmes' position in the orchard. Taylor's men can presently be seen fleeing back towards you at le Manoir while the Germans are digging in. The sound of artillery and small arms fire is coming from all around your position. Lt. Col. Timmes is under attack in the orchard less than 1 km to the north-west, Lt. Col. Shanley is under attack at Hill 30 a few km south-west, St. Mère Église is still being fought over to the WSW and fighting is on-going at Utah and Omaha to the east. German mortar fire has been harassing your position for four hours! FRIENDLY FORCES: You are Major Kellam, C.O. 1st Battalion 505 PIR. You presently command one company of PIR led by 1st Lt. John 'Red Dog' Dolan, one platoon of engineers from 307th Engineer Battalion, half of our battalion's support weapons and one 57mm A/Tk gun. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Germans successfully assaulted and re-occupied Cauquigny at the western end of the causeway around noon, at the cost of two or three Beutepanzers. After digging in and setting up their HMG, MTR and off-map ART supports, they bombarded the American positions across the Merderet with harassing fire for the next four hours. This fire caused significant casualties. At 1600 the Germans moved off from Cauquigny and after an hour-long fight in which they lost three more Beutepanzers plus one PzKfw III and failed to cross the bridge, they requested a truce by 1700. It was granted and they withdrew. WO 82NO6 – No Better Place to Die The 1057th Grenadier make a second attempt to storm the la Fière causeway and capture the bridge and adjacent manor. D+1, 10:00, 7 June 1944. This scenario has two variants, two SP Ge and H2H. TACTICAL SITUATION: At present A' Co., 1st Bn., 505 PIR, 82nd Airborne plus one 57mm gun èare dug-in securely in and around le Manoir Leroux and the la Fière bridgehead. 'B' Co. 505 and 3rd Plt. 'B' Co. 307th Engineer Bn. are in reserve. Yesterday we defeated a German tank-supported assault on our position. It has reduced us to 70%-80% effectives. Ammunition is being resupplied by runners. Our lack of radio has severely hampered our communications with battalion and regimental HQ and unable to call for artillery support. We have nothing we can throw at the enemy positions across the Merderet except our light mortars. German mortar and artillery fire has been harassing us uninterrupted since the battle broke off yesterday afternoon resulting in 35 more friendly casualties. It appears to be increasing in intensity so another attack must be in the making. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: During this second German attack the American paras were down to a remnant of their original strength and down to their last rounds, were at the point of surrendering when Gavin famously asked them if they could think of a better place to die. They fought on and the German attack withdrew. Neither of the German attacks had penetrated to the manor. During the following night the Germans sent a third fighting patrol across but this fell back after finding the Americans still in position. WO 82N07 Millet Breaks Out – H2H Col. Millet attempts to bypass the Germans in Amfreville with the aim of linking up with Lt. Col. Timmes in the orchard. D+2, 23:00, 8 June 1944. A ‘cat and mouse’ scenario with special movement rules. Requires mutual trust to play. STRATEGIC SITUATION: It is almost midnight on D-Day +2. Friendly forces have successfully pushed inland from Utah beach to St. Mère Église and by tomorrow will be wanting to cross the La Fière causeway. TACTICAL SITUATION: You, as Col. Millet need to find your way in the dark through the German lines to Lt. Col. Timme's position in an orchard to the east of Amfreville (represented in this scenario by an EXIT terrain objective. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: By D+2 Col. Millet had accumulated approximately 400 stragglers. Having finally established radio contact with 82nd Abn. HQ he was ordered to attempt to link up with Lt. Col. Timmes. They set off in the dark of night, single file. During the night minor skirmished caused the group to split in half resulting in Millet and 200 being taken prisoner. The remainder did break through but instead of digging in with Timmes, apparently fled across the Merderet to the east side. WO 82N08 A Night Crossing – H2H The 325th Glider Infantry Regiment crosses the Merderet at the flooded road to try to establish a bridgehead west of the flood. D+2, 23:00, 8 June 1944. OPERATIONAL SITUATION: Since June 6th, we have dislodged the Germans from the manor at the eastern end of the La Fiere causeway and repulsed in two of their attempts to retake the position. However we have failed to hold Cauquigny and its church at the western end and are now in a stand-off position with the Germans dug-in there. TACTICAL SITUATION: Lt. Col. Timmes is dug-into an orchard between Cauquigny and the Grey Castle with about 140 men and Col. Millet is isolated west of Amfreville with about another 400. Millet has been ordered to break through the German lines and join Timmes in the orchard. The 505th is dug-in at the eastern end of the causeway with the remnants of two companies. Earlier today a trooper arrived from Lt. Col. Timmes with the report that there is a sunken road hidden by the flooded Merderet River by which we can cross over to the west side. We will use that road to move the newly arrived 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry across at night in an attempt to take the Cauquigny position from the flank and finally establish a secure bridgehead at the western end of the causeway. YOUR ORDERS: 1. Cross the Merderet flood by way of the sunken road (DONE). 2. 'A' Company - occupy Le Motey. Timmes' position will secure your right flank. 3. 'B' Company - occupy the position between 'A' and 'C' company. 4. 'C' Company - occupy Hameau Flaux. You are the left flank anchor. 5. 'HQ' Company & Engineer Platoon - as local situation dictates FRIENDLY FORCES: 1./325 GIR and Lt. Col. Timmes' ad-hoc force. ENEMY FORCES: Elements of III./1057 Grenadiere Rgt., 91. Luftlande Division HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The 325th crossed the Merderet but for a variety of reasons failed to achieve any of their objectives, in fact, retreating back behind Timmes and some recrossing the Merderet to the east side. Although their left flank company penetrated the deepest, as far as Hameaux Flaux, they too were driven back by a German counter-attack. WO 82N09 A Night to Forget – H2H A huge scenario that combines ‘Millet Breaks Out’ with ‘A Night to Remember’ D+2, 23:00, 8 June 1944. WO 82N10 Shaul’s Run The 3/325th Glider Infantry supported by an ad-hoc ‘A’ Company 1/507th PIR attempt to dash across the La Fiere causeway and establish a bridgehead as far as Le Motey. D+3, 10:00, 9 June 1944. This scenario has two variants, SP US and H2H. YOUR ORDERS: 1. All batteries of the 345th Field Artillery Regiment will commence bombarding German positions west of the Merderet. At your option you may also add in any additional mortars and/or field pieces. 2. 'A' Company, 746th Tank Battalion will add their fire and shoot you in, as soon as they have reached firing positions. 3. At 10:45, 'G' Company, 3rd Bn., 325 Glider Infantry led by Captain Shaul, will lead the assault across the causeway and secure Cauquigny and its environs. 4. Companies E, F and HQ will follow in that order as soon as there is room on the Causeway. 5. If the battalion gets in trouble, Captain Rae will lead ad-hoc 'A' Company, 1st Bn., 507th PIR across. 6. As soon as Cauquigny is secured, 'A' Company, 746th Tank Bn., will move across and assist in the advance against Les Helpiquets. 7. 3rd Bn., 325 will consolidate and advance westward to secure the crossroads at Les Helpiquets. 8. After securing Les Helpiquets the battalion will dig-in along a line running north to south. TACTICAL SITUATION: The scenario covers only Phase One (see Operational Situation below). There is nothing for it but for 'G' company to dash straight across the causeway to secure Cauquigny. 'E' Company will move forward left of 'G' Coy., and 'F' will move up and to the right of 'G' Coy. Together they will move on Les Helpiquets. Lt. Col. Timmes and elements of 1/325 are already across to the north of Cauquigny and will anchor your right flank. OPERATIONAL SITUATION: The immediate plan will be executed in two phases, both on the same day. In Phase One the 3rd/325th will cross the La Fiere causeway and secure the hamlet of Cauquigny and after consolidating, push westward to secure the crossroads at Les Helpiquets. There it will dig-in and provide security for Phase Two. The latter involves the bloodied 1st/325th GIR pushing forward and inserting itself between your 3rd/325th and Lt. Col. Timmes. The 1st/508th PIR will cross on the causeway and insert itself between the 3rd/325th and Lt. Col. Shanley on Hill 30 to the south. The bridgehead will then be considered secured and 90th Infantry can begin to cross and prepare for its attack on Amfreville on the 10th. STRATEGIC SITUATION: It is D-Day + 3, June 9, 1944. American and British troops in the Normandy beach-head continue to build up, the advance inland has been slow with Montgomery and his British forces stuck in front of Caen and the Canadians, thrown back from Authie and Buron. American forces having made only modest headway. The 82nd Airborne has failed to secure any bridgeheads across the Merderet for the past three days and last night the 1st Bn., 325 GIR failed in its attempt to establish a bridgehead during the night. The 90th Infantry Division reached St. Mere Eglise yesterday and is now breathing down the neck of the 82nd, eager to cross the Merderet. Brig. Gen. 'Jumping Jim' Gavin believes that his last and only option is a suicidal dash across the causeway by the as yet unblooded 3rd Bn., 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. FRIENDLY FORCES: 1/325 GIR, elements of 1/505 PIR and 1/507 PIR, 'A' Coy., 746th Tank Battalion, A, B & C Batteries 345th Field Artillery Regiment. The troopers of 1/325 are grumbling and disaffected by the dismissal of Lt. Col. Carrell earlier this morning for his reluctance to make this attack and for the rebranding of their battalion from their former 2nd/401 GIR. REINFORCEMENTS: Elements of 1/325 GIR will continue to arrive on the main road at 20, 25, and 30 minutes - so keep the troops moving! ENEMY FORCES: Elements of II. & III./1057 Grenadiere Regiments are reported in our area of operations. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In this scenario I name Les Helpiquets as an objective. This is correct. The historical records incorrectly combine Les Helpiquet and Le Motey into a single location under the name Le Motey. It took two separate attacks by the U.S. 90th Infantry Division supported by attached armor and with a little help from the paras, to secure Les Helpiquets as the Germans were well dug in. This opened up the road to Amfreville which was finally attacked and occupied on D+4, 10 June 1944. I aborted creating scenarios 12 through 15 (the German counter-attack, the two attacks against Les Helpiquets and Amfreville) due to creative burn-out. ... meanwhile …over at the 508th … WO 82N11a Shanley on Hill 30 – H2H An ad-hoc collection of 82nd Airborne under Lt. Col. Shanley holds Hill 30 against attacks by 91. Luftlande Division on June 7th D+1, 10:00 7 June 1944 SITUATION: Yesterday, 6 June 1944, we were unable to achieve our mission objectives of securing the bridges across the Douve at Pont l'Abbe west of Picauville. Severe scattering of our drop left us with insufficient manpower to break through the German blocking force in Picauville. Midmorning we fell back on Gueutteville and en-route encountered two French Renault tanks, one of which we succeeded in knocking out with gammon grenades. Late afternoon, early evening, we withdrew from Guetteville towards our present position on Hill 30 after coming under increasing pressure from III./1057 Grenadier Regiment of the 91. Luftlande Division supported by five Renault tanks from 100. Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung. Apparently only one company of Grenadiers remained to occupy Gueutteville. The remainder, 15 truckloads of infantry and tanks, continued north-east towards Cauquigny and la Fiere. From our present position we can send combat patrols to control the few roads in the area as well as le Port Filiolet which controls access to the Chef-du-Pont causeway. MISSION OBJECTIVES: We have been ordered “at all costs” to maintain control of the roads that access the Chef-du-Pont causeway south-east of Hill 30 via le Port Filiolet. FRIENDLY FORCES: You command an ad-hoc assembly of roughly 400 men, mostly from your own 2nd Bn/508 All American PIR but also troopers from 1st and 3rd Bn/508, a full platoon from the 505 PIR and a few from the 101st Screaming Eagles. You lost your mortars and most of your MMG during the drop, but since linking up with Maj. Shields Warren of the 1/508, you now count 3 MMG, 1 BAR, 1 BAZ and 1 MTR. Thanks to Lt. Col. Shanley finding "many" supply containers, your ammunition is full at this time. You also have five captured German mines, three anti-personnel and two anti-tank. You have not yet managed to establish a radio link with any off-map artillery support. ENEMY FORCES: Yesterday Gueutteville was occupied by only one company of the II./1057 Grenadiere Rgt., 91. Luftlande Division. Today at least two, maybe three companies of the I./1057 appear to be assembling there for an attack on our positions. Similar reports are coming in from the south-west regarding a company of German engineers. WO 82N11b Shanley on Hill 30 – H2H Lt. Col. Shanley’s force holds Hill 30 against a second attack by 91. Luftlande on June 8th. D+2, 10:00, 8 June 1944 SITUATION: Two days ago, 6 June 1944, we were unable to achieve our mission objectives of securing the bridges across the Douve at Pont l'Abbe west of Picauville. Severe scattering of our drop left us with insufficient manpower to break through the German blocking force in Picauville. Midmorning we fell back on Gueutteville and en-route encountered two French Renault tanks, one of which we succeeded in knocking out with gammon grenades. Late afternoon, early evening, we withdrew from Guetteville towards our present position on Hill 30 after coming under increasing pressure from III./1057 Grenadier Regiment of the 91. Luftlande Division supported by five Renault tanks from 100. Panzer Ersatz und Ausbildungs Abteilung. Apparently only one company of Grenadiers remained to occupy Gueutteville. The remainder, 15 truckloads of infantry and tanks, continued north-east towards Cauquigny and la Fiere. From our present position we can send combat patrols to control the few roads in the area as well as le Port Filiolet which controls access to the Chef-du-Pont causeway. Yesterday we skirmished all day long with German grenadiers probing our positions from Gueutteville to our north-west and Pioniers probing towards le Port Filiolet to the south of our positions. The constant harassment by the German mortars and artillery was the worst of it. Today they appear to be regrouping for another attempt. As a result of yesterday's action, our forces are down to 90% strength and our ammunition is variable (mostly 'adequate', some 'limited'). REINFORCEMENTS: Late in the afternoon of the 8th Lt. Col. Shanley finally succeeded in making radio contact with 'A' battery of the 319th Glider Infantry Artillery Battalion which was equipped with 75 mm howitzers. It shot three brief barrages at 90 minute intervals which took out one Renault R35 and broke up Germans assembling to attack Hill 30. Two separate shoots become available at 50 and 60 minutes which will fire the same total number of rounds as were fired historically. WO 82N11c Lt. Millsaps on Hill 30 - H2H After losing Le Port Filiolet on the afternoon of June 8th, a combat patrol under Lt. Millsaps attempts to retake it. D+3, 02:00, 9 June 1944 SITUATION & MISSION OBJECTIVES: Late on June 8, at the end of two days of fighting, the Germans, supported by two Renault R35 tanks and a heavy mortar barrage, finally succeeded in occupying le Port Filiolet and controlling access to the Chef-du-Pont causeway. Our own three short barrages drove the German's attack from the north-west back from Hill 30 but could not prevent the southern thrust from retaking le Port Filiolet. Col. Lindquist has offered to resupply Lt. Col. Shanley's postion via the Chef-du-Pont causeway, but to do so the Germans must be dislodged from le Port Filiolet. Lt. Col. Shanley has asked for volunteers to make a combat patrol to the hamlet and drive out the occupiers. Twenty-three volunteers plus two officers have come forward from various companies. The officers are Lt. Millsaps and 2nd Lt. Polette. FRIENDLY FORCES: You command an ad-hoc patrol of 23 troopers and two officers. ENEMY FORCES: Before withdrawing for the night, the Germans left approximately one platoon to establish a roadblock and occupy le Port Filiolet. HISTORICAL SUMMARY: Shanley’s ad-hoc force successfully held Hill 30 and recaptured Le Port Filiolet, thus re-opening the causeway to Chef-du-Pont which village was secured on the 8th. WO 82N16 507 Makes a Good Drop – H2H A hypothetical scenario where the 1st Bn. 507th has a good drop instead of being horribly scattered on D-Day. D-Day, 05:00, 6 June 1944 INTRODUCTION: What if the 2nd Battalion of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne had dropped 80% of its troopers on target during the early morning hours of D-Day? This scenario is designed for balanced H2H play and recreates the 'hoped for' situation on D-Day. As American Lt. Col. Timmes C.O. 2nd Battalion 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division you must attempt to locate and secure your objectives with 80% of your battalion. YOUR OBJECTIVES: Primary - Cauquiny farm & church. This will secure the western end of the la Fiere causeway. Secondary - Amfreville church. The village of Amfreville is to be used as the assembly point for the whole of the 507th regiment. FRIENDLY FORCES: 80% of your battalion has been assembled successfully and are marching towards Amfreville. ENEMY FORCES: A battalion of the 1057th Grenadiers, 91st Luftlande Division is reported to be in your immediate area with armor support.
The Heart of Darkness “We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness” Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The Heart of Darkness is a semi-historical CMSF campaign depicting actions of the US 1 Bn 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne and the British Army 2 Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Sangin Valley, located in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan during March and April of 2007. It is designed with the latest version of CMSF as well as the NATO and British modules which are required. Several mods are included with the download which are needed to create the immersiveness of the campaign. They are included in the folder called Sangin Valley Mods. Just place in your dataz directory and remove when you finish playing the campaign. 1. Blimey's Afghan National Army Mod 2. British Camo Screen Mod by MikeyD 3. 82nd Airborne Mod v. 1.1 by Normal Dude 4. Irregulars Afghanistan by Blimey 5. Muddy Waters v. 1.4 by Birdstrike 6. Humvee modification by myself 7. Softskin Vehicles by Kieme Other mods that I recommend that are not included in the download. 1. All of Kieme's building and terrain modifications (A Must Have for the immersion of this campaign.) 2. Combatants, Mixed Combatants and Syrian Fighters by Mord All credit goes to the authors of these mods. The campaign was designed to be played from the blue side only. Core Units: 2 Bn Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 1 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment ( 82nd Airborne ) 2 Bn 319th FAR (Artillery Regiment) 1 Tolai 309th Corps ANA Campaign Tree: 1. Bombs in the Dirt (British vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 2. Hunting the Vipers (US/ANA vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 3. Blood on the Sand (US/British vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 4. Denial (US/British vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 5. Haven (US/ANA vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 6. Call of the Nightingale (British vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 7. Siege of District Center (British/ANA Police vs Taliban) Draw will advance. 8. Operation Furious Pursuit (US/ANA/British vs Taliban) Draw will win the campaign. Campaign Notes: " War is a sad, horrible, tragic, display of man's inability to accept the premise that the subjugation of one by another will not be long tolerated... ...Paul Mehlos - The Poor Bastards Club In designing this campaign I have tried within the limits of the game engine to recreate what combat in Afghanistan was like. The missions vary from probes, attacks and defense scenarios. All the maps were created by the author (me) and I tried to give each a 'Afghanistan' feel with the tools currently available in the editor. The units are historical though some of the places and engagements are fictional. Unit management is critical in advancing through the campaign. There are no reinforcements, though I have given a high refit and resupply rate to the ISAF forces involved. The Taliban have a unique way of "popping up" anywhere so stay on your toes. They have developed intricate tunnel and trench complexes throughout the valley which allows them freedom of movement. This along with their ability to mingle with the civilian populations make them dangerous. Background "You foreigners have the watches, but we have the time".... suspected Taliban insurgent The Sangin River Valley is commonly referred to by British Soldiers serving in Southern Afghanistan as The Heart of Darkness. In early 2007 Sangin, situated on the Helmand River, was the world’s poppy capital and a vital Taliban stronghold. Given the Taliban’s reliance on poppy to fund their fighters, control of Sangin was vital for the Taliban’s survival and consequently would be fiercely defended. Sangin is a district of the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan and also the name for a town in the district, population in 2006 at about 14,000. Politically, Sangin held little sway in Kabul, a “minor backwater.” The Taliban did not see it that way, and neither did the Allies. The district and town sit on the Helmand river-valley plain surrounded by rolling hills and mountain ranges to the east and west, and desert to the west and south. It has been referred to as a canyon town, a valley town, a market town on the south bank of the Helmand River. The Sangin valley became known as the Green Zone, with a population approaching 800,000. It is a mix of rocky desert and stretches of farmland, rolling hills, groves of trees, and multiple crisscrossing canals. To the northeast is the Kajaki Dam. The Helmand River rises in the mighty Hindu Kush mountains, about 50 miles west of Kabul. It is about 715 miles in length and passes through desert, marshes, and a lake region at the Afghan-Iranian border. It provides no outlet to the sea. Its water is considered essential for farming and is crucial to the locals. The irrigation system so important to the growing of crops, mostly poppy, is fed by the river and dam and presented Allied forces multiple obstacles they had to learn to overcome. Experts say Sangin’s geographic location gives it strategic importance. It is at the confluence of two rivers in the northern section of the province, the Musa Qala coming from the north, and the Helmand. Just north of Sangin, the land rises to a plateau. Toby Woodbridge, in his book, Sangin, A Glance through Afghan Eyes, wrote "the narrow plateau (offers) commanding views over the town centre, fields, and river below, foot-hills and mountains beyond". Woodbridge was an officer in the British Army and served in Sangin. He is now a journalist. Woodbridge wrote this informative piece in his book: “From a military standpoint the town (of Sangin) was no natural fortress for those stationed within.” He said foliage and high growing crops reduced the field of view. The rolling hills could mask sight of enemies hiding behind them. There was sufficient high ground in every direction enabling an enemy a good view of the town below. The walls are “interlinked in a warren-like honeycomb without external support, a permeable perimeter enabling easy access into the town’s center from myriad different directions.” Woodbridge said that it was impossible to place enough troopers out there to cover every potential gap, and the enemy had a way of finding the gaps and punching through. He explained that the terrain was such that soldiers were virtually forced to take known paths, vulnerable to easy ambush. The troops had to take round about routes to avoid Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), the most lethal threat they faced. He noted this reality: “From the defenders’ point of view it was a landscape that rewarded constant presence and continual oversight at all times, for the moment you turned to look another way so your enemy would ensure danger greeted the next discerning glance. There was of course no possibility to place a boot on every piece of grass, dirt or track ...” The Sangin District has long been a center for the opium trade, and has long been ruled by tribal politics. The economy depends on this opium. Dependence on opium trade, which is theoretically illegal, usually involves a requirement for a certain degree of instability. As a result, various tribes would work to assure such instability existed in order to conduct their trade. That in turn is related to tribal politics. Local government was weak which made instability easy to create and made it easier to conduct opium trading and smuggling. The opium trade is significant. It is a multi-billion dollar business that accounts for roughly half of Afghanistan’s economic output. Speaking broadly, Afghanistan accounts for nearly all the world’s opium production and Helmand Province accounts for most of Afghanistan’s opium production. In addition to all this, the region provided a near perfect sanctuary to process the raw opium. One estimate states that there are or have been some 30-35 processing labs from which the processed opium could easily be moved to Kandahar and on to Qetta, a major haven for Taliban leaders. The terrain features allowed insurgents of any variety to come through the mountains between Kandahar and Helmand provinces with unlimited access to nearly all Helmand. These features also enhanced the capacity to conduct a lucrative opium trade and enabled intensive arms smuggling to, through and from the region. The British referred to Britain’s operations in Helmand as “Operation Herrick,” and numbered each deployment with a Roman numeral, as would be the case for all British deployments. The strategy was simple yet controversial among the other coalition forces, mainly the Americans. Setup "Platoon House" bases and provide security for the local populations. The Taliban had something completely different in mind than what the British thought they were going to do. The Taliban took the offense in a very aggressive way. So right off the bat, the British and others had wrongly assessed the nature of the threat. The British forces deployed and had barely set up shop when they found themselves embroiled in almost immediate open warfare with the Taliban. The British had no idea that the Taliban’s intent was to destroy them. Over time, the British would send in about 1,500 more troops but it took nearly three months to get them there. During the period 2006-2007, the Taliban showed itself to be a formidable and skilled group of fighters, well schooled on small unit tactics. It operated extremely well in the field. The Helmand environment described earlier gave it plenty of opportunities for ambushes, and fighting quite often occurred with only 200 meters or less between opponents. Close-in fighting seemed to be the name of the game. Bayonets were employed more than once. Air power was used against them within close proximity to friendly forces. The entire landscape in Afghanistan changed. As a result, the British commanders set up what came to be called “Platoon Houses,” small fortified “bases” in the towns of Sangin, Musa Qala, Nawzad and Garmsir. Often these platoon houses were government complexes where the troops could bed down, organize, obtain shelter, and prove a place from which they could launch their patrols. The plan was to hold these towns by using these platoon houses. The Sangin Platoon House was located in the abandoned District Center along the Helmand River. Some soldiers called it “The Alamo.” The fighting here has been so fierce and deadly that British forces called it “Sangingrad” after the WWII Battle for Stalingrad. The enemy commenced its siege of Sangin, then occupied by the British, in June 2006 and this initial siege lasted until late April 2007. At the time the British had several companies located there. Helicopter and fixed wing air came in to support the troops. General Sir David Richards, the NATO commander in Afghanistan at the time, said the fighting here was the worst the British had experienced since the Korean War. Then in April 2007, J/42 Commando participated in Operation Silver, a multi-national offensive to clear the Taliban from in and around Sangin. It was meant to be a surprise, “shock” attack. During Operation Silver, 42 Commando Marines led an armored column and pushed into the town from the north. The US 1/508 Parachute, 82nd Airborne Division, augmented by the ANA, conducted a heliborne assault towards the District Center, coming at the center from the southeast. The 82nd refered to it as Operation Furious Pursuit. This was part of a Helmand wide offensive known as Operation Achilles designed to clear all of the province of enemy. Operation Achilles was the largest NATO operation to date in the war, involving some 5,500 NATO and ANA troops. It was led by the British and, at the request of President Karzai, focused on the Kajaki dam and the towns in the area. The 2nd Battalion Fuseliers infantry had replaced the 42 Commando in the town center. In their first 20 days they were attacked 79 times. (Special Note: This campaign is only partially tested (due to RL stuff) so consider it in test mode. I will make changes based on player feedback.) https://www.dropbox.com/s/sfc5316dglrf452/The Heart of Darkness.zip?dl=0 Place the mod folder contents into your dataz and the .cam file into your campaign directory. Hope it proves enjoyable. Michael