The small but fierce battle that took place some 50 kilometers south of Caen in the fields and woods between the small Normandy villages of St. Aignan and Cintheaux on August 8, 1944 has become famous for two reasons. First, it marked the death of Nazi Germany’s most famous tank commander, SS Hauptstürmfuhrer Michael Wittmann, holder of the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves and Swords. Dubbed “the Black Baron” by the Nazi propaganda machine, Wittmann and his crews had claimed over 135 tanks destroyed during his 3 year career first as a StuG commander and then a Tiger commander. Although most of these victories had taken place on the Russian front, Wittmann’s stunning performance against the British 7th Armored Division in Normandy at Villers Bocage on June 13 had brought him fame in the West as well. Second, the battle was a pivotal moment in the next to last great British offensive in Normandy, Operation “Totalize.”
This scenario was primarily designed for play as German attacker Vs Allied AI Defender and all third party testing has been done this way.. There is an AI Plan for the German side but the AI does not do attacking as well as a human would. Still it’ll give you some fun – especially if you like KOing Tigers! If playing against the Allies/Germans there are multiple AI Plans. German AI Plan 1 and Allied AI Plan 1 are the ones that best recreate the actual order and pathway of the attack. You can switch off the other AI Plans in the scenario editor. Given the force balance it’ll also do for H2H. However, this is a historical scenario and the forces are not balanced. It’s a very tough call for the Germans (as it was in the actual event) so I’d suggest the better/more experienced/gung ho player takes the Germans.
|WHAT VERSION OF COMBAT MISSION IS THE FILE FOR?
|CM : BATTLES FOR NORMANDY
|WHAT IS THE SCENARIO / MAP TITLE?
|SCENARIO VS AI ONLY
|DOES THE SCENARIO / MAP REQUIRE BATTLEFRONT DLC OR MODS?
|YES [PLEASE ADVISE WHAT IS REQUIRED IN DESCRIPTION FIELD]
|WHAT SIZE IS THE BATTLE?
|WHAT TYPE OF BATTLE IS THIS?
|WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE SCENARIO?
|MORE THAN 1 HOUR 29 MINUTES
|WHERE IS THE SCENARIO / MAP BASED?
|FRANCE [BATTLES FOR NORMANDY]
|WHEN IS THE SCENARIO BASED?
|WHAT TIME OF DAY IS THE SCENARIO BASED?
|WHAT IS THE WEATHER IN THE SCENARIO?
|NATIONALITY OF SIDE ONE
|NATIONALITY OF SIDE TWO
|THIS SCENARIO IS BEST PLAYED AS…
|H2H, SIDE ONE VS AI