A recent trip and visit to a D-Day Reenactment stoked the fire for some possible WWII Bolt Action inspiration! The weekend was a great annual event held in Conneaut Ohio, USA. There were over 900 reenactors, plus vehicles, encampments and aircraft.
Visiting the Allied, Axis and French Resistance camps was a real experience. The living history surrounded you wherever you turned.
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Here in the USA the allied camp was the largest. There were plenty of weapons and ordinance to be viewed.
There were British contingents...
as well as Polish,
Even the French Resistance had a camp on the hill above the beaches.
The German camp was smaller but did not lack a wonderful display of equipment and vehicles.
The tents were done to a great display of accuracy and detail.
Weapons and personal gear were also plentiful.
The vehicles were a nice addition. Motorcycles, armoured cars, transports, and armor were all present.
Another sweet bonus was a B-25 and 4 P-51 Mustangs.
When the D-Day landing started the B-25 "Georgie's Girl" did several bombing runs The Mustangs also made several passes.
The flyovers continued as the landing craft and soldiers hit the beaches.
The advance was inexorable and the raucous caused by the shear volume of firearms caused many to cover their ears or retreat to a safer distance. Here a P-51 gives air support.
The advance picked up steam as allied armor also hit the beaches. A Sherman, halftrack and armoured transports all took part.
Now as we get the feeling of what a beach landing was like in Normandy, we can get into recreating it in a 28mm scale game of Bolt Action with their "Assault on Normandy" starter set.
For 92.00 USD you get the full-colour 216-page hardback Bolt Action rulebook, 40 multi-pose, hard plastic 28mm miniatures:
20 US Army infantry
20 German Heer infantry
1 hard plastic Ruined Farmhouseand 8 Bolt Action Orders Dice. A very nice set for the price and can be easily built upon with Warlord Games ever expanding selection of troops and vehicles.
Check their website Bolt Action section for the Assault on Normandy set and other deals!