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101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy is a turn-based strategy game set during World War II were the player takes command over a troop of 18 units. Every mission starts with a detailed planning phase. There the player chooses his men and equips them. Because this can be a time-consuming task the game offers the option to make these decisions automatically. The last step before starting the mission is to set where the units sit in the plane. This is important because of one unique feature of this game: during the jumps there are randomly generated happenings which are applied to the units, e.g. they get separated, killed or the whole plane gets shot down.

After all surviving units reach the ground the player respectively the AI moves one unit at a time. Every one has a certain amount of action points which decrease with every action, e.g. moving, resting, trading equipment or firing. The goal is always to liberate a certain area accompanied by a few optional tasks which have to be found during the mission. It is also important to note that the game uses fog of war and doesn't tell the player where his other units are. This means he has to orientate himself with a map - if one of the nearby soldiers has one in his equipment. After three days at most the mission ends and the player gets rated.


101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy Windows The men always get more or less separated
101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy Windows The main menu
101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy Windows Pre-mission briefing
101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy Windows Right after landing

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101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Die 101. Airborne in der Normandie" -- German title
  • "101st Airborne in Normandy" -- Polish title

User Reviews

This is an AWESOME game with great atmosphere Richard Arnesen (20) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Strategy Gaming Online Dec 17, 1998 9.6 out of 10 96
GameSpot Dec 07, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Power Unlimited Feb, 1999 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 7.3 out of 10 73
Power Play Oct, 1998 67 out of 100 67
Game Over Online Oct 05, 1998 61 out of 100 61
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 22, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 30, 1998 54 out of 100 54
Imperium Gier Oct 10, 2001 5.3 out of 10 53
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1998 20 out of 100 20


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Version Differences

In later releases, the "screaming eagle" logo was removed from the box cover, and replaced with a US flag.

Additional information contributed by Kasey Chang
Richard Arnesen (20) added 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy (Windows) on Jun 19, 2000