Esposito ’44 – Le Mystère de Chalendun e06 – Lieutenant Esparza dies

Previously: the Allies are approaching the village of Chalendun in Normandy. There are rumours that something strange is hidden there. In an occupied building, Esposito’s squad finds a torture room but some GIs believe it is a laboratory for Nazi experiments on human subjects. After another successful attack, captured Germans say they the officers make them take mysterious pills. Our heroes also find a strange device built by the Nazis; there are rumours that it can control the minds of German soldiers. What is is hidden in Chalendun?

A campaign based on the GMT Combat Commander: Europe wargame. I use the simple Clues in Solo Mysteries and Horror tool by Gerard Nerval and the Game Master’s Apprentice (GMA) deck for inspiration.

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I grant a clue if the Allied objective is taken (even if it is later lost). I will also grant a clue if the Allies win the battle. A maximum of two clues can be collected in each game.

Hints collected so far:

  • A Secret Weapon [8]
  • A French Scientist [4]
  • Some Hidden Treasure [2]
  • An Important Prisoner [3]

Private Esposito’s account of 6 July 1944:

The battalion advances towards the rail-road to Chalendun. Where our platoon attacks, there are a couple of German MGs hiding between the trees. Lt. Esparza orders that McRay leads a frontal attack through the woods, while he tries to move around the Germans to attack them from behind. We have the support of heavy artillery, but we are unable to accurately direct their shells. Esparza’s manoeuvre appears to be a success, we encircle most of the Germans inside the woods. But their officer turns out to be a tough one: he manages to ambush Esparza and kill him together with several of our guys. We retreat.

[since the scenario was lost and no objectives taken, no new clues are revealed]

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