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Posted on Dec 26, 2006 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

Interactive Combat Story: First Night in Normandy

By Brandon Neff

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The next hour passes swiftly as you and Greene continue towards your objective.  The distant staccato of a heavy machine gun hastens your pace.  Following the sound, you and Greene climb a small rise and descend into a small cluster of farm houses and grazing land, now flooded.  Dead, bloated livestock litter the fields.  Rushing past the first farmhouse you find a group of fellow paratroopers pinned down by several Germans including a pair manning an improvised machine gun nest.  From your vantage, the machine gun is to your left and roughly 100 yards away.  The German soldiers are spread out in a line on either side of the gun.  Nearly 75 yards away are the paratroopers, pinned down and in bad shape.  Thinking quickly, you and Greene come up with two viable options:

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If you sneak behind the German line and ambush them, Go to 6.

If you seek concealment and provide covering fire to allow the paratroopers a chance to escape, Go to 31.

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