Deploy and seek passage. That was the mission then and so it is now as the folks at Slitherine look to deliver one more title in a very well known series with their upcoming Close Combat: Gateway to Caen.
With Close Combat: Gateway to Caen you can play at the strategic and tactical level, putting yourself in the boots of both the generals and the platoon commanders. You can move or combine your battlegroups on the strategic level and decide the outcome of battles on the tactical level. You will command squads in close combat situations, using small arms, mortars, machine guns, armored cars, and tanks to triumph against the enemy. You command artillery and mortar barrages and even air strikes. You will get to know individual solders, platoons, battalions, and the larger brigades and battle groups which they comprise.
With the success of the Allied landings at Normandy and their domination of air and sea, expectations were high that the momentum would continue on land. It was not to be so. Though initially surprised and overwhelmed, the German Army quickly recovered, mobilized, and, counterattacked. Field Marshal Rommel formed a capable defense in Normandy that made the Allied advance costly. Superior Allied artillery and air power failed to crack the German lines. Though the Norman City of Caen was originally a British D-Day objective, its capture would elude and frustrate Montgomery's 21st Army for weeks to come.
Can you, as Montgomery and his commanders, re-chart the course of the Normandy campaign and prevail against Germany's SS Panzer divisions? Can you as the Germans, once again stop Montgomery, or eclipse history and push the British back entirely?
Here's a sampling of the most combative features:
• Thirty new battlefield maps accurately reflect the Odon Valley west of Caen, France.
• 65 vehicles, 36 infantry units, 77 weapons.
• New vehicles and guns including Churchill, Cromwell, M-10 Achilles, and Firefly tanks; 17-pdr AT guns, Loyd Carriers, and more.
• Improved graphics and effects and new soldier voices.
• Revised terrain files that represent the specific conditions of the Odon battlefield: tall cornfields and hindered, muddy movement during rainy weather.
• New features including Rolling barrages and dug-in/camouflaged tanks and anti-tank guns.
• Historic regimental names and battalion organization.
• Mount troops or guns on vehicles.
Although the release date is yet being kept a discrete 'coming soon' beta testers are currently already being recruited here.