ATS SWORD BEACH
covers the British attack on Sword Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944.
It focuses on the actions of the 8th British brigade, which provided
the beach assault battalions and then attacked several strongpoint's
inland; is also includes the counter attack by 21st Panzer in
the afternoon of D day and lastly considers the actions fought
on the flanks of the beach landings by 4 and 41 RM commando.
La Breche dHermanville, FRANCE,
6 June 1944: The left hand half
of Sword Red beach was dominated by the large WN20, designated
Cod by the British. B company of 2 E Yorks was to attack the position
head on whilst C Company of the 1 South Lancs. was to land to
the right and then swing left and take the WN in the flank. The
infantry were to be supported by more than fifty tanks, DD Shermans,
AVRE, and Flails. As the leading LCA approached the beach E Yorks
Maj LC King read his men lines from Shakespeares Henry V
On, On you noble English whose blood is fet from fathers
of war-proof... Be copy now to men of grosser blood and teach
them how to war. The heavy air and artillery bombardment
had little impact on Cod, the attackers coming under heavy and
sustained fire as they approached the shore. Fifteen or so of
the DD Shermans managed to swim ashore, arriving alongside
the LCT carrying the tanks and the LCA carrying the lead assault
companies. The infantry, their accompanying armour and the DDs
all disembarked into a hail of fire, several tanks bogged down,
others were knocked out and the E Yorks were pinned down on the
beach but the S Lancs managed to cross over the sea wall and attacked
Cod from the flank. By H+30 the beach was no longer under direct
fire though indirect fire continued to fall.
Sword Beach was essential to allied planners
as it would link the beachhead at Juno Beach with the left flank
of the invasion created by the British 6th Airborne Division.
Third British Division would land at Sword, its objectives were
to breach the sea defences and secure a lodgement inland, preferably
taking the City of Caen in order to help secure the left flank
of the allied lodgement. Each of 3rd Division's nine infantry
battalions would be supported by a tank squadron from 27th Armoured
Brigade. 8th Infantry Brigade was to storm the beach and then
subdue several strongpoints immediately inland. 185th Infantry
Brigade was to advance quickly and take the City of Caen. 9th
Infantry Brigade was to secure the Division's right flank and
ensure a firm link with the Canadian 3rd Division in Juno.
THIS MODULE includes ALL
the combat counters you need to play. You get 5 sheets of color,
die cut counters in various sizes, 6 maps, color, 3-hole Special
Rules that expand on the OMAHA presenation (and are stand alone;
there is no need to own OMAHA), 12 scenarios, landing play aids,
color folio and more! REQUIRES OWNERSHIP OF THE ATS RULEBOOK 2014
and standard system large and small markers.
NOTE: THIS IS A VERY LIMITED PRINT RUN and as long as you see the page you can purchase
your copy in advance. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.