LA FIERE, NORMANDY,
6 June 1944: Led by decrepit French armor, a German counter-thrust
swept through Cauquigny, losing tanks to Levys patrol but
evening the score by effectively wiping out the ad hoc Company
B formed by Lieutenant Colonel Lindquist. Flushed with this
success, the Germans advanced onto the causeway. What took place
there is best described in the words of Marcus Heim, for whom
the causeway is now named: There was a 57mm gun up the road
in back of us along with another machine-gun. We carried anti-tank
mines and bazooka rockets from the landing area. Around 5:00 P.M.
the enemy started to attack. Two tanks with infantry moved along
each side and in the rear following them was a third tank with
more infantry following it. As the lead tank started around the
curve in the road the tank commander stood up in the turret to
take a look and from our left the machine-gun let loose a burst
and killed the commander. At the same time the bazookas, 57 millimeter
gun and anything else we had fired at the Germans and they in
turn were shooting at us with cannons, mortars, machine-gun and
rifle fire. Lenold Peterson, the gunner and myself (Heim), the
loader, in the forward position got out of our foxhole and stood
behind the telephone pole so we could get a better shot at the
tank. We had to hold our fire until the last minute because some
of the tree branches along the causeway were blocking our view.
The first tank was hit and started to turn sideways and at the
same time it was swinging its turret around and firing at us.
We kept firing at the first tank until it was put out of action
and on fire. The second tank came up and pushed the first tank
out of the way. We moved forward toward the second tank and I
fired at it as fast as I could load the rockets into the bazooka.
We kept firing at the second tank and we hit it in the turret
where the body joins it, and it also went up in flames. After
finding some new ammunition, we put these new rockets to good
use against the third tank. After
that one was put out of action the Germans pulled back to Cauquigny
and continued shelling us for the rest of the night. The
critical La Fiere bridge had held.
Almost 20 years
ago CH launched the independent publishing movement with its first
ALL AMERICAN historical module by Ian Daglish (dec.)and
now things have come full circle. The original inspiration for
the series was the number and variety of actions fought over a
small piece of French countryside. You are offered a wide variety
of infantry actions, and can now fight them out while enjoying
color format scenario cards, color special rules, and more!
THIS IS NOT A
COMPLETE GAME! Ownership of the ASLRB, and any modules providing
the Germans and Americans, plus standard system marker counters
is required to play this historical module.