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D-Day World Wide Campaign: End of Game

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D-Day World Wide Campaign: End of Game

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I talk with Rob, Marc and John about the Pegasus Bridge battle we just fought out and explain the way it REALLY happened.

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comoran
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I wanted to see the bridge blown…

zorg
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if that happened for real the Germans probably would have blown the bridge to slow the advance of the troops.

minty45
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and to think that bridge is still there. Albeit on the side of the canal now on a stone plinth

oriskany
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Visited Pegasus Bridge last year. The ACTUAL bridge that was there June 6 was disassembled and moved a few hundred yards to a museum right by the Orne Canal. There’s still visible battle damage on the bridge. ๐Ÿ™‚ The bridge currently in the original’s place looks very similar, I think it’s just a scaled-up, larger version of the original bridge with a heavier carrying capacity. It MIGHT also be a little longer since that canal has since been widened (???).

chosenman44
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The board is just fantastic and added to the narrative of the game. Just brilliant BoW.

oriskany
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Absolutely.

fox40
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Would be great to play on that board. Hopefully with a british victory

hauptmanncanuck
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Wargame sells two versions of the set. Both can be quite expensive. They do offer a payment plan. Never thought I would use a payment plan for miniatures though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

aermord
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That look on Warren’s face when he realizes he’s in the shot is priceless.

ryking
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It would be good to existent the game to the afternoon when the commandos arrived. See if the Germans could hold off a second assault.

ryking
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*exstend

umgrimmy
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…… i want that bridge…..

saltireknight
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such a nice looking board

gideon7v20
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Listened to a documentary recently in which a German veteran stated that a hero is either drunk or stupid. Perhaps Winston and Jack are proof of the truth in that comment.

oriskany
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Excellent historical brief by @johnlyons . He’s been to the site as well and I think he’ll agree . . . when you’re actually standing there where the first glider landed and look up at the bridge, you get a very eerie feeling. I still regret not going back there after dark, and standing by that first stone marker where the first glider landed, just to get that real “holy ***, this actually happened” moment.

When you visit the original bridge (where it’s been moved), you can stand under that tower and peek around the corner where Major Howard’s “Ox and Bucks” first reached the bridge. You can almost see German muzzle flashes coming back at you . . .

John has a video diary he posted to BoW last year from his own travels through Normandy. Definitely worth checking out. ๐Ÿ™‚

tachycardia
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John knows his stuff.

julianb
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What an awsome gaming table with the bridge on, it so cool to have John close by to give us some historical facts, it always amazes me that he just seamlessly spews these facts out.

hauptmanncanuck
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@oriskany I too watched Johns video diary. Absolutely wonderful. My friend and I have been planning to run a D-Day vacation for a long time. We were going to tour the same area the Canadians ran during the war. I think I will take your advice and ad the Pegasus bridge into the mix. I like the idea of visiting the original bridge at night. Thanks for sharing.

oriskany
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Well, the original bridge is outdoors at a museum that closes at night. But the replacement bridge of course never closes, and the stone markers that show where the gliders landed are more or less “out in the open.” So I suppose you could go to the glider landing sites and look back toward the replacement bridge at night.

mc1gamer
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I love the worldwide campaign. I’m defiantly participating!

zorg
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a nice wee history lesson.

sercoffee
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See, they started on the wrong side.

Now do it over again ๐Ÿ˜›

spamelot
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I demand a rematch! and a filmed one too ๐Ÿ˜‰

duster
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Great board and the guys looked like they had a blast

szuhayeva
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A fantastic board

piers
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Dont forget when you do vist the real site the canal was extensively widened post war.

The reason they needed a new bridge is the canal got about 40m wider…

oriskany
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Didn’t forget. Please see my post above. ๐Ÿ™‚

piers
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I used to run a university tour to Normandy and my lecture piece was on Deadstick and done at the LZ.

If anyone visiting the area wants any info let me know.

But do drop into the Gondree for a coffee.

wendren
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Close game, either one of us could have won. Thanks to Rob for the match.

heregrim
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Great after action despite the Warren bombing!

gladesrunner
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warren bombing helps make the video ๐Ÿ˜€

ghent99
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may not be historical but it was a great series.

crimsonexec
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Great series of posts. Thanks for the coverage of this epic battle. Looking forward to the next one.

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