June 6, 1944 00:10 Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne division parachute into Normandy.
For more than a decade Lost Battalion Games, has been remembering the allied invasion of Normandy. We want to share our love of the history and our appreciation of the sacrifice of ordinary men called to acts of true valor and courage. The D-Day invasion battle was a stage where perfect execution by the British 6th Airborne division was contrasted by amazing improvisation by the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. The Landing at Utah beach was executed generally according to plan. But “Bloody Omaha” beach and the raiding forces like Point du Hoc had to adapt to confusion and disorder. Sometimes coming ashore while in the wrong place, faced with stiff resistance from Axis forces. In all, D-Day was tragic and triumphant.
We want to allow you to remember this great battle with us, while sharing a game of cards with family and friends.
How Can You Help?
First off please spread the word through posting on Facebook, history blogs, reddit pages, game forums or any other platform where you have an established presence and voice. Lend us your voice. Our project is first and foremost about remembering those who fought in D-Day. We do that through stories and games shared with our family and friends.
Support us in any of these backer levels:
D-Day 75th Anniversary Backer - $10 USD
You will receive a copy of the D-Day 75th Anniversary Bridge Size playing card deck.
Share the Memories Backer - $250 USD
You will receive a case (30 decks) of D-Day 75th Anniversary Bridge Size playing card decks.
Customize the Illustration and Memorandum
My Uncle Fought Backer - $350 USD
We will illustrate one card using a photograph of your "Uncle" (or any family or friend). You must have a photograph of your "Uncle" for which you own the copyright or is in the public domain. We will use this as a guide for the artist to do a custom illustration of a single card - for example, the 2 of Hearts. Your custom card will be included in each deck of your reward.
Reward is a case of 30 decks.
D-Day Legacy Backer - $1000 USD
You can replace one illustration in the deck that everyone gets, with a custom illustration and two line text memorandum. Our artist will exercise creative license to enshrine the moment you wish to commemorate. We will use your photograph as a guide for the artist to do a custom illustration of a single card.
You will also be able to choose which of the remaining cards in the deck will feature your custom illustration. This will be selected in backer order.
You will receive a case containing 30 decks of D-Day 75th Anniversary edition cards.
Custom Illustration and Memorandum
The above example was done for a Vietnam era veteran that served in the 101st Airborne. We did this because of his avid play and support for our Sergeants: Miniatures Game.
For backers of "Legacy" and "My Uncle Fought" levels this is the way we convert your photograph into a production illustration. We have done many of these for veterans and museums.
Please join us in remembering the valor of these men.
Moments in Time
Each card in the deck commemorates a moment in time on D-Day. Each card has a time, force and memorandum, along with the suit rank and illustration. Here is a list of the times and memoranda that are currently in the deck.
- June 6, 1944 00:10 - Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne parachute into Normandy.
- June 6, 1944 00:11 - German soldiers detect the Pathfinders and engage the Pathfinders as they place the "Eureka Beacons."
- June 6, 1944 00:15 - The "Rebecca" receivers on the C-47 pick up the first of the landing beacons.
- June 6, 1944 00:16 - D Company British 6th Airborne Division lands by Horsa gliders between Bénouville and Ranville bridges.
- June 6, 1944 00:20 - Pathfinders from the 22nd Independent Parachute Company drop to continue marking the landing zones.
- June 6, 1944 00:31 - D Company British 6th Airborne Division captures both bridges - "Ham and Jam" success is radioed.
- June 6, 1944 00:48 - The first paratroops from the 101st Airborne Division land in Normandy.
- June 6, 1944 01:21 - The first of the 82nd Airborne troops land in Normandy.
- June 6, 1944 01:38 - Only one of the eighteen Pathfinder teams landed on their assigned landing zone.
- June 6, 1944 01:40 - Only 1100 paratroops from the 101st Airborne dropped in their landing zones. The rest were scattered.
- June 6, 1944 01:45 - The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment lands in "Drop Zone O" and moves to Sainte-Mère-Église.
- June 6, 1944 02:44 - The paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division complete their landings, most are badly scattered.
- June 6, 1944 03:54 - Gliders from the 101st Airborne Division crash land from hitting twenty foot hedgerows… instead of six feet.
- June 6, 1944 04:00 - Men of the 501st and 506th made Landing Zone D in the third wave.
- June 6, 1944 04:00 - The 3rd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment is led by L. Col. Ed Krause to capture Sainte-Mère-Église.
- June 6, 1944 04:30 - Landing Zone D is counterattacked by German forces causing heavy casualties.
- June 6, 1944 05:30 - The Allied naval bombardment begins with fire from the French light cruiser Montcalm.
- June 6, 1944 06:05 - Allied airplanes drop 11,000 tons of bombs prior to the invasion.
- June 6, 1944 06:25 - The shattering bombardment ceased after firing 2000 shells every 10 minutes.
- June 6, 1944 06:30 - The first wave of troops from the VII Corps First US Army approach Utah beach at H-Hour, 06:30.
- June 6, 1944 06:35 - Company A 116th and Company C 2nd Rangers landed in the face of extreme resistance.
- June 6, 1944 06:40 - At "Dog Red" Company F 116th Infantry Regiment takes 45 minutes to cross the beach with 50% losses.
- June 6, 1944 06:45 - Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, defended 91st Luftlande, was attacked by the 3rd Bn. 501st PIR.
- June 6, 1944 06:55 - The 146th Army Engineer Battalion lands to clear the beach of obstacles ahead of the infantry.
- June 6, 1944 07:00 - Company L of the 16th Infantry Regiment lands and reaches the bluffs without casualties.
- June 6, 1944 07:10 - Reinforcing companies land among the confusion on "Bloody Omaha" beach.
- June 6, 1944 07:10 - Ninety men of Rudder's Rangers reach the 100 foot cliff of Point du Hoc climbing into German defensive fire.
- June 6, 1944 07:15 - Companies A and B of 2nd Ranger Battalion takes 50% casualties trying to take Pointe du Hoc.
- June 6, 1944 07:15 - Reinforcements for Point du Hoc are driven three miles off course by wind and waves arriving 40 minutes late.
- June 6, 1944 07:20 - On "Omaha Beach" follow on waves land amid the confusion and are savaged by German machineguns.
- June 6, 1944 07:30 - Brigadier General Cota lands among the 116th Infantry Regiment to take charge of the floundering attack.
- June 6, 1944 07:45 - Command Control breaks down on Omaha. Squad level initiative continues the attack, carrying the battle.
- June 6, 1944 08:00 - The 16th Regiment, 1st Division lands near exit E-3 on Fox Green, breaching the defenses.
- June 6, 1944 08:30 - General Cota gains control of the 116th Infantry Regiment achieving a breakthrough to the bluffs.
- June 6, 1944 09:00 - USS McCook goes close inshore to destroy German heavy guns near Varreville. Ad hoc squads push forward.
- June 6, 1944 09:00 - Three of the four exits from Utah beach were opened by mixed waves of infantry, engineers and tanks.
- June 6, 1944 09:00 - Brigadier General James Gavin attacked the causeway from the northwest with 300 assorted Paratroops.
- June 6, 1944 09:30 - The troops on Omaha scale the cliffs and capture officers of the "Ost Battalion" gaining critical intelligence.
- June 6, 1944 09:50 - US destroyers risk running aground to provide direct fire support, the tide of battle turns for the Americans.
- June 6, 1944 10:00 - The follow on waves landing on Omaha joins the confusion on the beach, but press through to nearest exits.
- June 6, 1944 11:30 - The USS Arkansas BB-33 came inshore to fire directly on bunkers allowing swarms of troops exit Omaha.
- June 6, 1944 12:00 - The 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment attacks La Fière bridge capturing it for an hour.
- June 6, 1944 13:00 - The 18th and 115th Infantry Regiments clear beach exits D-1, E-1 and F-1 taking an hour to cross the beach.
- June 6, 1944 13:45 - Pvt. James Mattingly scouts La Fière Bridge in... “the best piece of individual soldiering I have ever seen.”
- June 6, 1944 14:00 - The Navy reopens Omaha beach for vehicle landings.
- June 6, 1944 15:00 - The 336th Battalion reinforced by 2nd Battalion 18th Infantry Regiment are both stalled in front of exit-E.
- June 6, 1944 16:00 - A counterattack led by old R-3 tanks overran the an outpost of the 1 Bn, 505th PIR holding Cauguigny.
- June 6, 1944 16:40 - At La Fière bridge 3 German tanks were destroyed by bazookas, engaged at 30 yards, also rescuing prisoners.
- June 6, 1944 17:00 - The 336th Battalion is supported by 741st Tank Battalion debauched exit E-1 after taking the 12-foot road.
- June 6, 1944 20:00 - The 745th Tank Battalion forces through exit F-1, capturing the high ground before darkness.
- June 6, 1944 21:00 - 1 Bn, 505th PIR dug in at the manor while the Germans did the same on the far side of the swamp.
- June 6, 1944 22:00 - The second wave of glider reinforcement for the 101st Airborne are scattered for throughout the area.
- June 6, 1944 23:00 - Germans attacks against Pointe du Hoc continue for 4 hours. Rudder's Rangers are down to 75 effectives.
- June 6, 1944 24:00 - By midnight the supporting tank battalions push through exit E-3, securing "Omaha Beach."
Risks and challenges
Lost Battalion Publishing, LLC has been manufacturing high quality playing cards for the last 15 years. All of our production is in house and our decks have excellent durability and extremely low wear.
The illustrations for this project are currently complete and the rewards are ready to produce. If any backers choose the Legacy level we will have to delay delivery for up to 2 days per custom illustration.
The "My Uncle Fought" backers only have local delays related to the number of backers (in backer order) ahead of them in the illustration queue for our artists. Legacy artwork illustration will be queued before the backers at "My Uncle Fought" level.
Our product is subject to import duties and VAT taxes which must be paid by the citizen of the nation levying the taxes. Expect this obligation if you are outside the United States, and sales tax if you are in the State of Maryland.
At present no execution risk of any consequence exist. Acts of God not withstanding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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