Normandy '44 - Red Devils of the Orne is a 60 page, black and white, staple bound book in US letter format which includes 12 scenarios forming three campaigns.
As before the book follows the standard Skirmish Campaigns structure, starting with a single page introduction, a two page explanation of the Skirmish Campaigns format, a table detailing how to translate the scenarios to various sets of rules and a strategic map; however, it doesn't contain the usual background history, but has a two page annotated bibliography before moving into the actual scenarios.
- Critical Moments - 3 scenarios covering the Merville Battery assault and the actions around Varaville
- Mesnil Crossroads - 3 scenarios covering the desperate fight to hold the crossroads at le Mesnil on the 8th June
- Chateau No-Man's Land - 6 scenarios surrounding the battle for the Chateau St. Côme from the 9th to the 12th June
As might be expected the three scenarios making up the Mesnil Crossroads campaign are all played on the same terrain representing the crossroads. This time a walled farm and smaller walled house along with a hill, woods, bocage and fields are needed. The first of these is really infantry; however, the second and third require a StuG III.
The final campaign is also played across the same terrain centring around the Chateau although two of the scenarios do have a slightly shorter version as they are more condensed. Obviously a building suitable to represent the chateau itself is required along with some stables and a barn; whilst the remainder of the table is woods and a little bocage. The first and second scenarios are principally infantry with a jeep with a gun mount and a horch car as a variable attachment for the Germans. The third introduces 2 x StuG IIIg and an SdKfz 233 as a variable attachment. The fourth provides for a German base force with 1 x SdKfz 250/1 and a couple of french civilian trucks but allows the selection of additional support (at the expense of victory points) which includes 2 x StuG IIIg, 1 x SdKfz 250/9, 1 x SDKfz 233 and 1 x PzKpfw IVd (the latter being a speculative addition in any event). The fifth has only the StuG, an optional SdKfz 251/1 and a universal carrier for the paras. Whilst the final scenario has either the StuG or a Marder III and 3 x Shermans and a Firefly to support the paras.
As I only received this book a few days ago, I have yet to play any of the scenarios; however, I fully intend to remedy that as I have almost enough kit in 28mm for the infantry scenarios - I'll need to do a little more collecting for the armour required though.