ATS King Red/Operation Deadstick

ATS King Red/Operation Deadstick
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    Wn 33, near LA RIVIERA, NORMANDY, 6 June 1944: The British D_Day plan was that DD Shermans would crawl out of the water at H -5 minutes and suppress any AT guns, then at H hour, 7.30 on Gold beach, LCAs would disgorge their loads of infantry, and LCTs would land the Breaching squadrons of AVRE and Sherman crabs who would breach the beach defences and allow the supporting infantry to progress inland. D and B companies of the 5th Yorkshire were to land on King Red, at the extreme left of Gold Beach, and then swing left to overwhelm WN-33 and allow the following waves to penetrate inland. It was too rough to launch the DD Shermans so they were beach landed alongside the initial wave of infantry and the Breaching squadrons. The Naval bombardment had successfully suppressed WN 34 and WN 35b inland but had little effect on WN 33 itself. The 88LL At gun to the left of the beach knocked out at least two AVRE and two Crabs before a third Crab commanded by Cpt Roger Bell put three shells into it at point Blank range and destroyed it. Meanwhile the infantry had been pinned down under the seawall by machine gun and mortar fire, until several supporting Gun armed Landing Craft opened fire on La Riviera and suppressed the defenders. Once over the sea wall the Yorshires, ably assisted by several AVRE and Sherman's, rapidly captured WN-33, Hitler's Atlantic wall had been breached in less than an hour.

    Bénouville Bridge, NORMANDY, 6 June 1944: At 22:56 on 5 June, 1944, the six gliders towed by Halifax bombers took off from RAF Tarrant Rushton. Horsa number one, the first of the three headed for the Caen Canal, carried Howard with Lieutenant Den Brotheridge's platoon, number two bore Lieutenant David Wood's platoon, and number three carried Lieutenant Smith's platoon. Priday with Lieutenant Hooper's platoon made for the river bridge aboard number four. Horsa number five carrying Lieutenant Fox's platoon was followed by number six bearing Tod Sweeney's platoon. Each glider also carried five Royal Engineers. Flying over the English Channel at 7,000 feet (2,100 m), the bombers crossed the Normandy coast at 00:07 on 6 June, 1944 and released their towed gliders. With Wallwork at the controls, the number one glider crashed into the barbed wire surrounding the canal bridge defences at 00:16. The other two gliders followed at one-minute intervals. The number two glider broke in half and came to halt at the edge of a large pond. One of the men fell into the water and drowned, becoming the first casualty of the operation.Brotheridge and Smith's platoons headed for the bridge, while Wood's platoon moved towards the trenches on its north east side.

    Operation Deadstick was the codename for an operation by airborne forces of the British Army that took place on 6 June 1944 as part of the Normandy landings of World War II.[4] The objective was to capture intact two road bridges in Normandy across the River Orne and the Caen Canal providing the only exit eastwards, for British forces from their landing on Sword Beach. Intelligence reports said both bridges were heavily defended by the Germans and wired for demolition. Once captured, the bridges had to be held against any counter-attack until the assault force was relieved by commandos and infantry advancing from the British landing zone.

    With years under our belts (and a couple of trips to Normandy, collectively) creating the first D-Day landing beaches for tactical-level gamers that carry an ATS Rulebook 2014 under their arms, it is high time that more than Omaha Beach come to your gaming table. What's more, the new KING RED AND OPERATION DEADSTICK is the result of the best thing there is: enthusiast created, inspired by the previous module(s) You can roll out Hobart's Funnies on an historical assault ... on D-Day and take part in the classic British Airborne action.

    As we did with the Omaha modules, another Widerstandsnest is created, specifically Wn 33. Then we (you) hit the beach with your British DD tanks, AVRE Fascine, AVRE Bobbins, LCT's are on hand .... it is D-Day after all. What's more, in addition to a map of the beach area in front of Wn 33, you get a second map and scenarios depicting Operation Deadstick. Just bring your ATS Rulebook 2014 and system markers -- A SEAT OF COMBAT COUNTERS ARE PROVIDED and perhaps a pair of waders, as you are going to have to HIT THE BEACH!

    NOTE: THIS IS A VERY LIMITED PRINT RUN AND YOUR COPY IS BEING CREATED AS A SPECIAL ORDER JUST FOR YOU. To that end please allow 4-8 weeks for delivery or when the module is completed > your payment locks in your copy. You have the assurance of 22 years of publishing and our thanks for supporting the creativity of your fellow hobbyists! OWNERSHIP OF THE ATS RULEBOOK 2014 plus standard small and large system markers is required to play.