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There is very little latitude here for setting up in any Normandy invasion unless you are
using some modified or free set-up. Here
are my thoughts on this limited adjustment of the German set-up. I will begin with the placement of the German
Strong-points. In my opinion there are
three basic set-ups. You can either put
the stronger strong points in the Cherbourg area, on the beaches, or lastly
spread between the two.
I have always been of the opinion that when you try to protect everywhere you protect nothing. So we either protect Cherbourg or the
Beeches. Now unfortunately you cannot
make this decision on placing the strong-points without looking at the units at
the beaches and their breakdown.
So basically most of the 3’s and4’s I put on the beaches.
Were the cliffs blocked the way off the beach I did put some 2’s on
Omaha. The openings from the beach had a
3 strong point and at least one company from the covering Division (716th
or 352nd). The beaches are
This unfortunately leaves Cherbourg rather lightly defended when it comes to Strong points. And to tell the truth I have never been a fan
of heavily protecting Cherbourg. My
thoughts are that it is not worthwhile to put a good deal of resources to the
defense of Cherbourg, but I do feel that the destruction of the port of
Cherbourg is a higher priority.
I heavily defend the beaches as best I can to hold the Allies back. I will use some of the resources from or
intended for the defense Cherbourg to that of the whole peninsula until maximum
damage can be done to the port and I would then try a breakout of the peninsula
to join up with the rest of the German defense (Hopefully this will work,) I
had some success playing this defense in Longest Day, Next up will be the Para
drops and invasion turn.