#0730_01: Operation Bluecoat - Baffing up the Charlie Love - Battles of Normandy
#0730_01: Operation Bluecoat - Baffing up the Charlie LoveBy David Freer
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Caumont, West of Caen: July 30th, 1944. (Scenario Size: Corp. Head to Head or Team Play) Operation Bluecoat was to be the complementary offensive to the USA's July 25th Cobra operation. With the success of Cobra evident by July 28th, the British accelerated Bluecoat by two days and planned to kick off on July 30th. VIII Corps was to be the flank guard for XXX Corps which was to attack towards Villers Bocage, but when VIII Corps unexpectedly broke through the German defenses on an army boundary, all effort was put behind them. With the road to Vire open the Germans had to pull II SS-Panzerkorps out of the line at Caen and attempt to close the gap between the German armies. This multi-day campaign will require players to carefully husband their forces as no replacements will be received. Fresh forces will arrive regularly, but will have to go to the position of most need. The British will have to push hard early on to capture the key locations before the SS arrive. Historical note: 'Baffing up the Charlie Love' means 'Move fast up the Centre Line of the advance'. Centre Line in the British 1944 phonetic alphabet is 'Charlie Love'