Scenario Review – Bretteville l’orgueilluse

This is a Normandy scenario by the estimable jdrommel.  See the full scenario here.

On the 8th of June 1944, the 7th Brigade of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was on the line Bretteville-Norrey-Putot en Bessin. During the night, a “kampfgruppe” of 25.SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, coming from La Villeneuve, attacked Bretteville. This attack failed. On the 9th of June, several attacks made by 26.SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment from the south, occurred on Norrey en Bessin, held by Charlie company of Regina Rifle Regiment and on Cardonville farm held by Dog company. Each attack was ended as close combat. Then, 3rd company of 12.SS Panzer Regiment, equipped with “Panther” tanks, attacked Norrey along the railway, without any success. At the end of the day, although suffering a lot of casualties, the “Reginas” held all their positions against the fierce attacks of the 12.SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend”.

Like most of his scenarios, it is an interesting battle.

Bretteville l'orgueilleuse

The initial engagement in the center, which will almost always be won by the Germans and which will often give them a quick three medals, gives the impression that an easy victory can be won quickly.  And, if the Allied player is short on cards, that’s exactly how it will go.

However, take a look at the Canadian position carefully – it is not a pretty place to attack.  Any sort of offensive move will put the German units in severe danger, and the Canadians can win it pretty easily if the Germans are aggressive.  As the Germans MUST take at least two victory locations to win, this can become a real nailbiter despite the quick 3-0 or 3-1 lead the Germans are likely to gain from the engagement in the center towns.

With two aggressive players, this is a fun map.  However, the German player does have a distinct advantage in long-range firepower, and could turn this into an INCREDIBLY BORING plink-fest for a very long, and very safe win.

General Evaluation – 4/5 – Interesting battle, but no fun at all if the Allied player has a bad hand.

Balance Evaluation – Allied Favored – DoW Online rates it at 80/20 Allies, which sounds about right.

First Turn Win Possibility – NO

Plink-fest Danger – YES – A very careful German player has the firepower to slowly win this by attrition.



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