#0622_01 Cherbourg Landfront - Battles of Normandy
#0622_01 Cherbourg LandfrontBy David Freer
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Cherbourg, Cotentin Peninsula: June 22nd, 1944. (Scenario Size: Corp. Head to Head or Team Play) The US VII Corps had landed at Utah beach, two weeks earlier. During that time General Collin's men had bloodied the defending Germans, reached the western coast of the peninsula and effectively cut off Gruppe von Schlieben from reinforcement or resupply. Over the last day the Americans had been uncovering the inland defences for the port of Cherbourg, the Germans had christened them the 'Landfront'. Hitler had procrastinated before allowing a retreat into the prepared positions and that had resulted in a level of disorganisation as the Germans tried to break contact and man the fortified line. General Collins believed he had an opportunity to break through the Landfront before the Germans could prepare for the coming US assault; this came at the cost of both local reconnaissance and air and artillery preparation. The Germans had managed to fill out many of their units by arming the large Luftwaffe and Kreigsmarine garrisons but these Alarmheiten (Militia) units were of poor quality compared to their weary Wehrmacht brethren. This one and a half day scenario will require both players to carefully husband their forces. The American forces will have to trade losses with speed as the bocage country makes it difficult to bring the full strength of US combined arms into play.