Monday, 16 December 2013
The attacking forces of Germans are attempting to secure the high ground overlooking Mützenich, and occupy the towns of Monschau and Höfen. The Allies objectives are to hold the line at the following strong points: Monschau (20 Victory Points, all occupation), Höfen North (20 VP), Mützenich (20 VP, 10 for occupation and 10 for completion of mission) and Höfen South (20 VP).
The Allied force is more than sufficient to delay the advance of the Germans through the duration of the scenario with the following composition: 2,683 men, 139 armored fighting vehicles, 284 non-armored fighting vehicles, 51 gun units and zero bridging units. This provides an Anti-Personnel firepower rating of 2,108, an Anti-Armor rating of 2,613, a Bombardment rating of 320, an Armor rating of 540, an Infantry rating of 749, a zero Engineer rating and a 100% movement rating.
I issued the following orders before starting the battle: The 62nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion (18 M7 105mm HMC) and 196th Field Artillery Battalion (12 105mm howitzers) were brought under my direct control and tasked to defend in-situ. The 99th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) was ordered to defend at the Höfen South objective. All other forces were ordered to defend in-situ as they were well entrenched already.
At Day One 16:40 A Company, 146th Engineering Combat Battalion arrived and I ordered them to deny the crossing at Monschau. From this point forward I did not issue any further orders to the forces on the map, choosing instead to let them fight it out from the excellent defensive positions already setup by the scenario designer.
Although there were no airstrikes afforded during the mission, I did not feel the need to directly assign artillery targets as in most missions. I let the AI use those on-call assets as they deemed necessary.
Even though I did not hold the Höfen North or Mützenich objectives at the end of the game, I did control them long enough to harvest sufficient enough Victory Points to win a Decisive Victory with a final score of 69-11. My force destroyed 541 personnel, four armored fighting vehicles and 15 gun units while suffering losses of 327 personnel, two armored fighting vehicles and 14 gun units.
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