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Bocage, referring to the typical terrain of Normandy, pastoral land with many hedgerows, is the name given to a map for Battlefield 1942. Set in France as part of the Normandy campaign, the map is a battle between US and German forces.

Description[]

"Now that Allied forces have secured a foothold at the beaches, the battle is moving inland. In the Normandy countryside, the terrain is covered by "bocage", a series of dense hedges that provides the enemy with an intricate defense network. In addition to limiting visibility, these hedgerows offer protection from air strikes and serve as natural barricades.

Step by step, the Allies are claiming more occupied territory from Germany. However, losses continue to mount and the effort proceeds slower than expected. While transport ships continue to deliver more men and supplies onto the beaches, an armored division sets forth to take positions further inland. With heavy air support, these soldiers will have to maneuver carefully through the bocage-filled landscape as they attempt to root the enemy out of the landscape."

— American Map Briefing

"The Allied forces have gained a foothold on the Normandy beaches. But that's as far as they will get now that the 2nd Panzer Division has been recalled to the area. This experienced unit has distinguished itself in battles across Europe and will now stop the Allied push into Normandy.

German forces are setting up their defenses to take advantage of the unique Normandy landscape. In particular, they have taken up strategic positions amidst the "bocage", the dense hedges surrounding the fields. From these spots, the Panzers will put a quick stop to the Allied advance in France."

— German Map Briefing

Conquest[]

"We're off the beaches but we have to keep the pressure on the Germans. We can win this battle if we capture and hold at least half of the outposts."

— American Objective Briefing

"Contain the American breakout! We will push them back to the sea if we can hold most of the outposts."

— German Objective Briefing

At the start of the map, there are uncapturable bases for both sides, separated by rivers, fields and three capture-able flags, one on an island and the other two on the bridges to the island from the direction of each base. German forces are equipped with two tanks and two planes while the US forces have two tanks and three planes, including a B-17.

Equipment[]

Flag of the United States.svg United States Army
Light vehicle(s)

Willys MB

Half-track(s)

M3A1

Medium tank(s)

M4 Sherman

Heavy tank(s)

M10

Self-propelled artillery

Priest

Anti-aircraft vehicle(s)

40mm Bofors

Fixed-wing aircraft

P-51 Mustang
B-17

Emplacement(s)

M2 Browning

Flag Germany 1933.png Wehrmacht
Light vehicle(s)

Kübelwagen

Half-track(s)

Hanomag

Medium tank(s)

Panzer IV

Heavy tank(s)

Tiger

Self-propelled artillery

Wespe

Anti-aircraft vehicle(s)

Flak 38

Fixed-wing aircraft

Bf 109

Emplacement(s)

MG42

Bases[]

Allied HQ[]

The US Army uncapturable main base, containing many building like bunkers and field hospitals. This base spawns 2 Sherman tanks, 1 M10 heavy tank, 2 Willys MB Jeeps, an M3A1, two Mustang fighters, a B-17 and several anti-aircraft and machine guns.

In singleplayer the B-17 will not spawn.

2nd Panzer Division HQ[]

The Wehrmacht uncapturable main base, it features several civilian buildings. It spawns 2 Panzer IVs, 1 Tiger tank, 2 Kübelwagens, a Hanomag, 2 Bf 109 fighters and several gun positions.

In singleplayer, the Tiger is replaced by two Panzer IV.

Bridge (Allied side)[]

A small bridge over the river, it serves little purpose other than spawning an AA gun, but is essential to prevent ticket bleed.


Bridge (Axis Side)[]

Another bridge with exactly the same function. The AA gun does sit a little lower, so it may be slightly more effective against ground targets.

Sawmill[]

A small wooden sawmill on top of a hill. This is where most fighting will occur, as it is the most important capturable flag. It spawns a mobile artillery piece (Wespe for the Axis, Priest for the Allies) and a AA gun. It also has a medical cabnet and a ammo box.

Capture the Flag[]

The layouts of control points and vehicles are the same as Conquest. The main bases contain the objective flags for each team, while the other flags remain neutral.

Team Deathmatch[]

The layouts of control points and vehicles are the same as Conquest.

Outcomes[]

"The fight near the small village of Carentan has been a tremendous victory for the Allies. The Germans used every advantage they could find along the roads and fields, yet nothing could stop the determined Allied forces. Little by little, the Allies are gaining control of Normandy and are poised to advance onward toward Paris."

— American Victory

"The Allied troops fought courageously near the village of Carentan. Unfortunately, the Germans had the advantage of knowing exactly how to operate in this unique terrain. With reinforcements landing by the thousands on the Normandy beaches, Allied commanders believe it will simply be a matter of time before they return to this spot and overrun the enemy. On this day, however, the Germans proved to be too strong."

— American Defeat

"The experience of the 2nd Panzer Division was invaluable today. It's clear that the Allies didn't have a chance at the battle near Carentan. If they're not laying dead on the roads or in the fields somewhere, the Americans are retreating to the beach. Once again, Germany's superior armored forces won the day for the Fatherland."

— German Victory

"The Germans continue to pay for their lack of foresight into the Normandy invasion. With so much attention focused on Calais, German headquarters fell for the Allied diversions. First, the enemy was able to secure beachheads along the coastline, and now they are taking towns further inland. Berlin is not going to be happy when it hears reports of this defeat."

— German Defeat

Trivia[]

  • The thumbmail for the map is a cropped image of Battlefield 1942 (Work in progress) from September 20th, 2000.

Gallery[]

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