A little late in my posting this but I had the opportunity to play in the Calgary R.E.G.I.M.E.N.T.’s D-Day event, which we held on June 9th. D-Day is actually June 6 for those of you who aren’t too knowledgeable about things historical but since that was the middle of the week we landed as close as we could.
I played the Germans with my buddies Brad and Rory defending Juno Beach which is no easy task! Our club member David had designed up a 6′ x 16″ board that accurately portrays Juno Beach in all it’s glory! Tasked with defending the town of Bernieres, I had to drive off the droves of Canadians storming the beaches in that section while Brad took the centre of the board between Courseulles and Bernieres where, to my knowledge the Royal WInnipeg Rifles and the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada were fighting viciously.
I have to say, though I normally love playing Germans my heart was really with the Canadians during this day. I’m not one to swell with patriotic pride very often but playing this scenario and the more or less accurate nature of it instilled a quiet kind of awe and reverence for the Veterans that our great nation has had fight for us. Just imagining what those brave men had to endure so that the free world could remain free from the tyranny of the Nazi armies made me feel quite honoured and frankly undeserving of such a sacrifice.
SO while I absolutely LOVE tournament scenarios, being able to play a historical event, especially one that is so near and dear to Canadians brought me a new level of understanding and pride for my nation.
p.s. True to form, the Canadians ended up taking the countryside. While the Germans fought and held them off for as long as possible, Howard’s phalanx in the centre pretty decisively broke through and Stuarts assault on Bernieres was a pretty decisive one!
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