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Rangers Lead The Way
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Overview
CampaignBack to Hell
Objectives
American
  • Hold the isolated Pointe du Hoc.
  • Capture the German headquarter at the castle.
German
  • Capture the Pointe du Hoc.
  • Protect the headquarter set in the castle.
Belligerents
Allies
  • Rangers Composite Battalion
  • 116th Infantry Regiment
  • Opponents
  • 726. Grenadier-Regiment
  • Kampfgruppe Heyna
  • Rangers Lead The Way is a scenario in Back to Hell, set at Pointe du Hoc on June 7th, 1944.

    Briefing[]

    Rangers lead the way covers the American rescue attempt to relieve the besieged Rangers at Pointe du Hoc on D-Day +1.

    After performing their famous cliffs climbing in the face of the enemy, considered by many as a suicide operation, two companies from 2nd Ranger Batallion at Pointe du Hoc became out of touch with the rest of the invasion army. Considered dead by most, it was not until the next day that a relief column moved from Omaha to secure the position and save what could be of the assault force.

    When learning that the place had been captured and was still held by captain Rudder's men, the relief column rushed to the rescue …

    Historical outcome[]

    "Ignoring enemy defenses along the coast, the relief column kept its combat pace despite enemy fire and bombardment, to the amazement of the Germans who called it a « crazy march ».

    But were the Germans couldn't stop or even slow down the relief column, conflicting orders and rumors did. The column's commander, upon being told that a German counter-attack had wiped out the Omaha beachhead and that Panzers were coming on his back, refused to abandon his mission but couldn't entirely dismiss the news. Halting his column, he went on a personal reconnaissance back to Vierville, where he learned that no German Panzer had been seen.

    Being too late to keep marching in the dark, the column only resumed its advance on the next morning, reaching the survivors at the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day +2. There, decimated and out of ammo, the surviving Rangers had resolved to use German machine-guns to defend themselves, prompting tragic friendly-fire incidents when the relief column arrived and fired at « German MG nest ».

    Out of the 225 Rangers who assaulted the Pointe, only about 90 were still able to fight, and out of them, just 51 unscathed.

    Objectives[]

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    American
    • Hold the isolated Pointe du Hoc.
    • Capture the German headquarter at the castle.
    German
    • Capture the Pointe du Hoc.
    • Protect the headquarter set in the castle.

    Available forces[]

    Americans[]

    • Rangers Composite Battalion: this force regroups what remains of the 2nd Rangers' assault force surrounded at the Pointe, as well as the rest of the battalion and survivors from 5th Rangers (which « led the way » out of Omaha Beach) and the Rangers Gun Company. Incidentally, a handful of misdropped 101st Airborne paratroopers had joined the defenders of the Pointe on D-Day.
    • 116th Infantry Regiment: a reinforced infantry battalion with half a company of Sherman DDs attached, as well as some AA half-tracks & armored cars.

    Germans[]

    • 726. Grenadier-Regiment : elements from 716. Infanterie-Division, reinforced with alarm units from the Kriegsmarine, are manning the coastal defense and heavy batteries.
    • Kampfgruppe Heyna: elements from Grenadier-Regiment 914 reinforced with some of the division's self-propelled guns.
    Activation Points Battlegroup slots
    Recon Inf Tank Sup AT AA Art Air
    20 4 8 0 4 3 0 5 0
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