First Clash at Carpiquet - The Matrix Games version of West Front
First Clash at CarpiquetBy Craig H. Foster
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Carpiquet, 4km W of Caen, France: [Best played against Human opponent] Having fallen short of their D-Day objectives through inertia more than through enemy resistance, the Canadians had a second chance on D+1. While the rest of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division dug in, elements of the 2nd Canadian Armored Brigade and the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade advance south towards the critical Carpiquet airfield. At the same time the Germans were desperately racing to mass the 21st and 12th SS Panzer Divisions for the much threatened "drive to the channel". Hindered by massive Allied air interdiction, only Kurt Meyer's 25th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment reached their division's start line in time. Instead of attacking, the Hitlerjuegend grenadiers were forced into a hasty defense with an open left flank and a key objective at their backs. Both sides knew that the building troop levels in Normandy meant that the opportunity for a decisive victory was steadily slipping away. Neither side could afford to let that happen!