From: Houston, TX
This turn, the primary Allied objective is to link the invasion beaches. Lucky for them, that’s where the Germans are weakest. Not only are there few units, they aren’t well entrenched and they have little artillery support. They should be successful, as they were historically this turn. It’s especially important because the Utah forces are still in a weakened state and need reinforcement in case of German counterattacks.
For the record, the historical benchmarks for Normandy are as follows:
Link invasion beaches: Turn 2
Cross Cotentin Peninsula: Turn 4
Capture Cherbourg: Turn 7
Capture St. Lo & Caen: Turn 13
Launch Cobra: Turn 15
Breakout: Turn 17.
The next objective is to clear space for the reinforcement arrival hexes. Turn 3 arrivals are scheduled as follows:
Utah (33,46): 8 units.
(35,47) (Currently held by the Germans): 8 units.
Omaha (37,47): 10 units – at least one will have to backlog no matter what.
(38,47) (Between Omaha and Gold/Juno): 9 units.
Gold/Juno (39,47): 9 units.
Sword (40,47): 9 units.
Thus, those hexes will need to be completely cleared of friendly units by the end of the turn, with the exceptions of at most 1 unit each in Utah and (35,47). This is a check that needs to be made at the start of each turn until Normandy is cleared. Note that the sea-road hexes can be used to “store” minor, rear-area units that won’t really be needed until after the breakout.
Finally, some progress towards crossing the Cotentin Peninsula should be made, if the schedule is to be adhered to.
The attached screenshot of the end of the German player turn shows that those objectives were met. The invasion beaches have been linked. The reinforcement hexes have been cleared. And a bit of progress was made toward crossing the peninsula. 10 hexes were gained, giving them a total of 30 in Normandy. Loss penalties were at 23 for the Allies and 27 for the Germans. Eight attack phases were obtained again.
Again, I chose not to launch any attacks with the Germans, but instead to secure the perimeter defenses. Some observers may say I’m being too passive with them, and they may be right. But the Germans really didn’t have the forces in position to take the offensive in the areas where the Allies were weak. And the Allies remain within range of huge naval support. Finally, attrition is the Allies friend. Offensive moves by the Germans tend to double the attrition rate.