We used the Infantry Aces construct from the latest Battlefront missive, Cassino, as the forcing function for the size of the scenarios. This method has one start out with 500 point forces, then escalates to 700 and then 900 points. This increase allows one to replicate the initial US paratrooper invasion as the paratroopers were spread to hither and yon and took some time to mass their forces to attack their objectives. As time went on, more "lost" soldiers found their way back to their units. On the German side, the initial response was confused as senior leaders were away on wargaming business (how ironic!) or killed in the early hours of D-Day, limiting the command and control of the available units.
Our first game (500 points) thus had a US Paratrooper force with one full strength platoon and one reduced strength (with 2 squads) up against a full company of Germans with 3 infantry platoons and a MG platoon under the always intrepid Hauptman Cothen. We played the Seize and Hold mission from D-1 as a suitable scenario to show the early attempts of the American paras to take some of the bridges over the Douve River to protect the flank of the invasion.
The Germans put the 1st infantry zug and the MG zug around the main bridge. The P-47 has made a crash landing as an objective, only to lose that status before the game begins. The other bridge is unguarded which is going to hurt really soon. The Company commander and 2IC also mass at the bridge and have a large draught of schnapps. Invasion? What me worry?