I’m going to embrace my inner (armchair) general and present an excellent example of “war gaming as an interactive history lesson” using the example of the recent Operation Overlord Global (Digital) Campaign organized by What Would Patton Do? (WWPD), an independent website focused on Battlefront Limited’s 15mm WWII tabletop miniatures skirmish game called Flames of War.
WWPD launched their Operation Overlord Global (Digital) Campaign on June 30th. 880 players in more than 50 countries played games over a 5-week period, producing 480 battle reports (batreps) that determined the outcome of the campaign when it ended on August 5.
The campaign was a historical, “crowd-sourced,” game-based simulation of the World War II Allied “D-Day” invasion of …
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Here is the news for 5th August. In a shocking turn of events, Supreme Headquarters has announced that the invasion has been crippled due to a failure to take the key city of Cherbourg. This, combined with the loss of the Mulberry harbours to poor weather and supply shortages, imposed a serious brake on combat operations. Further south, the failure to seize the city of St. Lo in a timely manner has halted the breakout. A clearly dismayed General Eisenhower spoke to reporters. “Without Cherbourg to supply our troops and without St. Lo as a gateway for our break-out, we could not prevail. Any blame that should be attached is mine alone – I have already tendered my resignation.” Continue reading
World history has been changed forever! The Axis have secured a victory in Normandy (and all of france). The Allies thwarted at the final hurdle, Cherbourg and St-Lo proved just too much for the Allied forces. Now low on supplies and heavily crippled, the Allied forces are being driven back to the sea in scenes seen only years before at Dunkirk.
While the Allies had made good ground throughout the countryside, controlling a large potion of Normandy, the towns of St-Lo and Cherbourg, vital to the Allied supply routes were heavily fortified by experienced German troops used to fighting in urban environments at Stalingrad, proved too much for the already battered and bloodied Allies.
The Axis forces would continue to push the Allies back and would eventually launch Operation Sealion, the Axis invasion of England.
More updates to come!
Cherbourg 1944 – Wikipedia
Its the final day of the campaign and its going to be a photo finish! The Allies are on the door step of St-Lo and Cherbourg but have yet to make any ground. Can the Allies secure their two final objectives, including the vital port of Cherbourg, without which the Allied supplies will run low and the offensive will stall and then crumble, or can they secure St-Lo which has, to date, been a slaughter for the Allies, but would give the Allies a highly defensible position and a staging post in which to launch assaults to the south, St-Lo also provides the perfect base to cut off the Peninsula and supply lines to the north and would deny the troops there food, fuel and ammunition, forcing their Axis surrender.
The Allies hold the majority of the points across the map aswell as Cean, securing one final town could be the victory they need to win control of Normandy. But the Axis are dug in hard and if they can maintain control of both towns over the next 24 hours they will have halted the Allied offensive, denied it the supplies it needs and secured a victory for the German people.
This is it! One final push!