davidss -> Ground Tactics 3.1 (11/3/2011 4:44:23 PM)
-Pegasus bridge width increased so vehicles can move across ... also, bridge roof is now active
-corrected weapons file version
-ModSwap compatible exe installation method
Andrew Williams - Install exe, readme/map pdf, and technical support
-corrected rate of fire: 7.5cm KwK37
-reduced min. firing range of Panzerschreck and Bazooka
-Panzer Lehr 130 can reinforce one time instead of zero
-several other weapons data corrections
Note: readme text and strategic reference map pdf file (TLDGTmodver3.pdf) is located in folder:
C:\Matrix Games\Close Combat The Longest Day\Support
A larger version of the map is located in the same above mentioned folder ... larger map file name is "gtocmap.jpg"
Ground Tactics featured campaign: Objective Caen
Battle Groups (BG's) included in this Campaign are now approximately Company sized, and have the ability to Reinforce. An extra day has been added to the length of the campaign too.
These changes, as well as a newly edited "Objective Caen" campaign, should further intensify the Close Combat experience. Company sized BG's put attrition at the forefront of daily strategic decisions, and open up the possibility of cutting off an opponent’s reinforcements as well as supplies.
Line vs. Line is suggested, but various combinations of difficulty levels can be used for a specific preference.
Time line: June 7-10
The Objective Caen Campaign has been designed to try and simulate battle field characteristics common to history, with respect to strategic map level game play. By balancing Battle Group quantities and placement, some battlefield historical similarities can be realized ... such as:
1.The necessity for German command to establish a line of defense across the Strategic map, so as to not permit Allied Battle Groups access to supply depots, and/or supply lines. This is possible to accomplish, but requires a combination of both Battle Group advancement and retreat at various locations during move turns, along with the defense of specific victory locations. Therefore, knowledge and understanding of the strategic map is critical for overall success ... especially since important German Battle Groups arrive later in the Campaign (June 8, 9).
At the bottom of this document is a single page (printable) strategic map using small versions of TLD maps, so players can better visualize map connections and the type of terrain at map entry points. Information about Battle Group arrival dates and the number of times they can reinforce is also included.
2. Although Allied Battle Groups out number their opponent's ... they aren't relevant to the campaign's outcome, unless they can break through German lines, and gain further access to German held ground. This simulates bottleneck restrictions Allied forces encountered while moving inland through Normandy bocage terrain.
The 12th SS Division, along with the 21.Panzer-Division, were the closest Panzer divisions to the landing beaches.
Initial planning for both Divisions was to counterattack and retake Bayeux … considered a pivotal strategic hub.
This plan was abandoned when the divisional staff were killed in a bombing raid.
“The 21st Panzer division was grouped with two SS units under the command of Sepp Dietrich which were to push Northwest to retake Bayeux but this plan was abandoned when the divisional staff were killed in a bombing raid.”
For the purpose of this Campaign … Bayeux is a high priority objective for German command. A major victory will require total control of both Bayeux and Caen. A minor victory is accomplished by keeping total control of Caen.and partial control of Bayeux
An Allied major victory requires total control of Caen and Bayeux. Total control of Bayeux and partial control of Caen results in a minor victory
note: for the purpose of this Campaign ... BG 915/352 represents various regrouped units from June 6 engagements
... link coming soon