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alphus9902 Jan 2018 8:58 a.m. PST


I'm wanting to develop a series of historical scenarios (or use existing ones) for American Airborne troops from Normandy onwards right through to Berlin (if they fought that far).

My interest is particularly the 502nd PIR of the 101st and I'd like really like to focus on them if possible, however, I'd be interested in any US Airborne unit actions.

Can anyone recommend any:
a) Unit action histories books or online.
b) Existing scenario books for ideas.

I'm particularly wanting to develop platoon level scenarios by that I mean, a number of squads (= approx 8-10 figs or a single stand of 4-5 and the basic unit of moving/firing/testing morale) and a few tanks (1 model = 1 tank) if there are any at all. I don't mind interpolating or bathtubbing such encounters from larger actions.

I'm aware of things like Skirmish Campaigns' books, eg the following on the 82nd airborne: link

and Bretton Publishers' series of books: link

The scale of both these is a bit too low individual detailed men rather than squads.

Any other suggestions especially with regard to the 502nd much appreciated :)



RedLion281 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member02 Jan 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

Don't know if this would help:

The Deuce, The Bravery, Valor and Sacrifice of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment in WWII

It's available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 10:19 a.m. PST

"Rendezvous With Destiny" by Pappaort and Norwood. Published in 1948, so no benefit of decades of hindsight and analysis, but written by two platoon leaders in the 101st in the war and they utilized SLA Marshall's work, and their own research (and of course, their experiences).

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 12:34 p.m. PST

Might find some interesting information here:

Major Mike02 Jan 2018 12:45 p.m. PST

You might want to check this site out. It contains some interesting oral histories. link

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member02 Jan 2018 5:41 p.m. PST

You could rummage around on the various Squad Leader & Advanced Squad Leader sites for ideas.

alphus9904 Jan 2018 8:58 a.m. PST

Thanks guys, very helpful :)

GGouveia06 Jan 2018 4:42 p.m. PST

TFL had a excellent DDay scenario book that had 82nd and 101st scenarios. Follow we boys I think it was called.

alphus9908 Jan 2018 1:15 a.m. PST

Thanks GGouveia

Simo Hayha10 Jan 2018 8:31 p.m. PST

all you will ever need 900 pages! amazingly well done

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