I’ve been hard at work over the last few weeks, putting the finishing touches on the Falaise Pocket campaign for Chain of Command. Unfortunately my timeframe has been completely blown out, to which I apologise. Hopefully the quality of the final product will make up for the delayed release.
The background is researched and written, it looks at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and the 29th Armoured Reconnaissance (South Alberta) Regiment, from the 4th Candian Armoured Division, and their attack on Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives in August 1944.
St. Lambert sat squarely in the middle of the German retreat and was of vital strategic importance for both sides. Having only one of two bridges capable of supporting the weight of tanks and heavy machinery, St. Lambert became a key location in the German retreat plan as the Falaise Pocker began to close around them.
Defending the town, and opposing the advancing Canadians while trying to keep the roads open, were the remnants of German Infantry, later bolstered by troops from 3. Fallschrimjagerdivision.
The remains of many other parts of the collapsed German 7 Armee were using the bridge at St Lambert to escape, including 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend , 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 2. Panzerdivision (Heer), and many other Infantrydivisions, after their defeat at Normandy. Their success was directly dependent on how long the defenders at St. Lambert could hold out.
The campaign details have been determined and are in the process of being tested and fine tuned. All the map work has been completed, and I have an amazing set of pictures from my friends to adorn to pages.
All going well, I am expecting to be completed in about 2 to 3 weeks. Again I apologise for the delay, and hopefully the above will give you a little taste of what to expect, and with luck you’ll be seeing the finished product sooner rather than later.