GMT Games’ new regimental level boardgame of the combat in Normandy in 1944 is now available. Normandy ’44 covers the D-Day invasion itself and the following three weeks of combat. It makes a great alternative to the five-map monster game The Battle for Normandy, but it does not cover the southern battles and Operation Cobra like that game either. Normandy ’44 has GMT’s typically great components with an attractive map and nice looking counters. You can get the rules in PDF. There is now a VASSAL module and Cyberboard module available.
Each turn represents 1 day. Each hex represents 3.8 kilometers (or 2.3 miles). Most units are regiments or brigades though most of the armor units are represented as battalions.The game uses a simplified Ardennes ’44 system: Move, Fight and Reserve Movement. All non-tank battalion units are rated for Troop Quality, while all armor units have a Tank Rating. In each battle these ratings are used to provide shifts for either the attacker or defender. Other important shifts are provided by air power, naval support, artillery and/or Tiger tanks.The game includes a 22 turn Campaign game, a 7-turn Tournament Scenario that focuses on the Allies linking up the beaches, and a scenario covering the battle in the peninsula and the capture of Cherbourg. In addition, there are rules for allowing 3 or even 4 players to play the game.