“The 101st Airborne Division, which was activated on 16 August 1942…has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny.”

— Major General William C. Lee, August 19, 1942

June 6, 1942: The paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in a pre-invasion night jump. The 101st left from RAF North Witham on board C-47 Skytrain transport planes, inbound to Drop Zone A, the northernmost. The C-47s maintained formation through the heavy cloud conditions, but navigation errors and a jump signal malfunction resulted in the 101st Airborne hitting the ground disorganized and off-target. They regrouped as best they could, and proceeded with their missions.

Soldiers of the 101st US Airborne Division inspect the site of the Battle of Carentan with the bodies of German paratroopers.

Soldiers of the 101st US Airborne Division inspect the site of the Battle of Carentan with the bodies of German paratroopers.

The pathfinders destroyed two Carentan highway bridges and a railroad bridge just to the west. They then gained control of La Barquette locks, just north of Carentan, which controlled the water height in the flooded exits from Utah Beach. Establishing a bridgehead over Douve River northeast of Carentan, units disrupted German communications and established roadblocks. Three elements of the 101st Airborne Division had a tenuous hold on positions near the Douve River, had tenuous contact with each other, but none with the rest of the division.

US paratroopers of the 101st division in the plane on the way to Normandy.

US paratroopers of the 101st division in the plane on the way to Normandy.

That is the background for our Tide of Iron scenario this week, “Bridges over Troubled Waters,” by Bill S. Jaffe. This scenario features units and rules from the Tide of Iron: Next Wave Core Set, Tide of Iron Campaign Expansion: Normandy, and Tide of Iron Campaign Expansion: Fury of the Bear. The Alpha and Bravo Unit specialization tokens can also be found in Tide of Iron Campaign Expansion: Days of the Fox, which will be available later this summer.

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