To follow the course of the battle, please refer to the event map.
After America’s heartbreaking last-minute defeat last year to German general, Joe Foltz, the US team roared back with vengeance this year under Brian Poydence. The beach landing began with a smoke artillery bombardment followed by a tidal wave of US players hitting the beach. The new bunker at the north end of the field was quickly smoked out, sending its occupants fleeing as thick, yellow smoke poured out from the gun ports and doorway. Shortly afterwards, a Nerf rocket was shot through the bunker opening, permanently taking it out of action. The US then moved up to secure the main portion of the beach, enduring devastating fire from the German team positioned in the towers on Pointe du Hoc above. After several failed attempts, the US flag was finally raised on the main sector of the beach and US players began calling for the Bangalore torpedoes to be brought forward in order to blow a hole in the wire at the Dog 1 exit at the very edge of the Atlantic Wall. A devastating firefight ensued, inflicting massive casualties on both sides. The Germans clung on to the elevated firing positions within the concrete buildings, while the US team inched forward under suppressing fire, eventually securing a tenuous foothold just inside the town. Both Bangalores were brought forward and Dog 1 exit was opened up, allowing the US team to flood the town, chasing off the remaining German defenders. The Germans had held the beach for 35 of the 45 minutes allotted, a far cry from last year’s 2 hour grudge match. Much of this however, can be attributed to the changes made to the beach boundaries and definitely not a lack of German will to fight.
Once the beach was secure, the US team set to work attacking the flag zones closest to their base, first securing Bravo and Echo sectors, followed by Charlie and Foxtrot. Having secured Foxtrot sector and effectively cutting off the German general’s ability to counterattack Golf and Delta should they fall, the US general sent all the players he could muster to these locations, eventually securing victories at both. While aggressively going after flag zones, the US team also set up defensive positions within various buildings and held those for the allotted times, securing additional points along the way.
The German team soon answered back by counterattacking Foxtrot sector while simultaneously using an elite unit to launch a surprise attack on Charlie sector. While the assault on Charlie failed, the Germans were successful in securing victory at Foxtrot and once again opening up the route to counterattack Delta and Golf.
Meanwhile, both US and German spies were quietly racking up assassinations at the HQs, with the US team scoring a total of 5 HQ kills for the day and the Germans delivering 3 HQ kills. A German spy mission was initiated by their general at 11:40 which required a German spy to convince no fewer than 5 Americans to unknowingly follow him into an ambush at a location chosen by the general. The spy set out with unwitting Americans in tow, only to discover that the first ambush location had been made and his German counterparts had fallen back to a different location. Adjusting his strategy, the spy quickly diverted his group to the new ambush spot and the American squad was quickly dispatched.
The Germans, while rapidly losing ground to the American juggernaut, realized the value of having functioning armor. A decision was made to initiate an engineer mission that would provide the team with an engineer and the ability to put a tank back into play two times. The engineer was sent to mark mines on the road between Charlie and Delta for his mission. He slowly worked the road for the next 30 minutes, marking anything suspicious with a can of spray paint despite the fact that Charlie sector was seeing plenty of action. The engineer mission was a success, nevertheless.
Not to be outdone by the Germans’ successful side missions, the US team continued to inflict heavy losses on the Germans battling it out at the flag stations. Kilo sector came under attack by the US through elite units while the Germans countered at Golf. Both teams captured their respective territories, but the US general utilized a perk that he had won from the night game and launched a blitzkrieg assault on Golf, immediately recapturing it from the US team without having to put it into play. Though no points were awarded for this action, it forced the Germans to spend another 30 minutes protecting a flag station that they had just captured. While the Germans were preoccupied on the west side of the field recapturing Golf, the Americans took advantage of the light resistance elsewhere and launched an attack on the now mildly defended Juliet sector just outside of the German HQ and extremely close to their armor’s respawn location. Unfortunately, both German tanks were having mechanical difficulty and unable to assist in the defense of this location for very long. As the Germans were scrambling to send reinforcements to defend Juliet, their defenses at Golf thinned and they were soon overrun, now formally losing the territory to the US team.
With both Kilo and Golf sectors now firmly in US control going into the final 30 minutes and with the Germans being cut off from being able to counterattack Kilo with Juliet in US hands, there was little hope for a repeat comeback like last year. To drive the final nail in the coffin, the US team launched a new assault on Foxtrot, just outside the German base to ensure that the Germans continued to fight over a territory that was near worthless in points. To circumvent this, the Germans struck out with all of their elite units against Bravo so that they would at least go down fighting. Though the majority of German players were soon eliminated, a German spy managed to take three more lives with him at the horn by knocking out a tower in Bravo sector.
In the end, the Germans scored more points on the side missions, but the US prevailed by taking every flag zone on the field at the end of the day, including their two final objectives, Kilo and Golf, netting them an additional 1,000 bonus points.
Thank you to all those who attended, especially the generals for each team who have jobs on game day more difficult than most paintball players realize.