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Operation Market Garden IV

by Marc Seutter, Marcel Nijenhof and Niek van Diepen
This game will be played in the Multifunctional Center Maldensteijn, Malden on the 19th of October 2024 XXX Corps crossing the bridge at Nijmegen

Introduction

The Battle of Arnhem is a well known and famous Second World War Battle. In september 2024, it will be 80 years ago that the Allies tried to force a breakthrough across the Rhine. If they would have succeeded in taking all bridges along the route to Arnhem, a breakthrough towards North Germany would have become possible and with it a faster ending of the War.

On the 17th of September 1944, paratroopers of 3 airborne divisions landed near Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem to take the bridges. The intention was that they would be relieved within several days by ground troops of the British 2nd army. The advance on the ground, however, was slowed down by heavy German resistance and despite the efforts of the British paratroopers, they had to withdraw from the Arnhem bridge after a week. Without the Arnhem bridge, the operation had failed, but the Allies had come very close to their target.

On the 19th of October 2024, Stichting Megagames NL will organise another version of the Operation Market Garden Megagame. Players will be assigned to teams where each team commands a formation from the original battle. Command levels range from teams commanding divisions, to teams commanding corps in overall control. Within a team, players must work together to ensure their formation is properly organised and supplied, that the enemy actions are monitored, and that the players at the next level up the chain of command are kept informed.

The game will be played in the Multifunctional Center Maldensteijn, Malden.

Game system

We have a new game system based on blockspiel and Holland 44.

The system is played with battalion sized units on an open map. Map players will decide where and how to attack or defend. They decide on where to spend their command points and other resources.

The headquarter players try to organise the battle on the complete map, giving orders to the map players to coordinate the attacks between the divisions. They are also responsible for reinforcements and resupply.

Battle on the map

Roles

  • Allied
    • HQ
    • UK 1st Airborne Division
    • US 82nd Airborne Division
    • US 101st Airborne Division
    • UK Guards Armoured Division
    • UK 43rd Wessex Division
    • UK VIII Corps
    • UK XII Corps
  • German
    • HQ
    • Kampfgruppe von Tettau
    • II SS Panzer Corps
    • Korps Feldt
    • 15. Armee
    • 1. Fallschirm Armee

Costs and registry

Costs to participate in the game are €30 for players. Umpires, however, participate for free. You can enlist individually or as a group.

For more information, contact megagamesnl on gmail (sorry for the anti-spam format).

Game Writers

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mg24/introduction.txt · Last modified: 2024/06/24 20:24 by marcs