redmarkus4 -> RE: APOS STRATEGIC MAP - WALK THROUGH (6/4/2012 8:28:53 AM)
2nd Panzer Division
04.00 March 07, 1943
Attention: Lt Colonel Redmarkus
We face a stretch of open ground with scattered trees and shrubs and good fields of fire for our own troops and for enemy forces. Across the open ground, 2km distant is the village of Pavlovka, containing a mix of wooden housing and small commercial structures. Pavlovka comprises a single street and runs laterally from east to west across our line of advance. Two fords across the Mzha lie to the north of the village and a third ford is situated just beyond the eastern tip of the village. This third ford carries the main road and is the most important of the three.
Elements of the Soviet 104 Rifle Bde are reportedly entrenched in and around Pavlovka. Their supply state and morale are currently unknown. They have only been in-situ overnight and are unlikely to be deeply entrenched. They are also likely to be heavily fatigued.
KG Redmarkus is to attack Pavlovka and clear the town of the enemy.
Initiate a preparatory artillery bombardment and then attack the western edge of the town with infantry.
Your Panzer Grenadiers should provide covering fire from positions 1km south of the objective across open ground.
Once the infantry have gained a foothold in the town, push your Panzer Grenadiers forward to seize the center of the town. You should use smoke to cover this move, if available.
Finally, use appropriate forces to clear the eastern end of the town.
Be sure to establish defensive positions along the length of the town's northern edge to deflect any attempted Soviet counter attacks from north of the river.
You will have 60 minutes to execute this series of attacks.
DESIRED END STATE
The desired end-state is full control of Pavlovka and the domination of all three Fords (see your marked maps) north of the river.
PLANS FOR NEXT PHASE
The divisional commander intends to continue his advance along the road running northeast out of Pavlovka using both infantry and panzers. Therefore, the final orientation of your forces should ensure that a rapid crossing of the river using the easternmost ford is possible. This requires you to position your Panzer Grenadiers and their APCs at the eastern end of the town and possibly in the woods adjacent to the road south of the ford.
We are currently attempting to arrange artillery support. You will be advised further once you are in position for your attack.
ATTs & DETs
You have no attached or detached units.
ADMIN AND LOG
Your forces are fully supplied. However, you must limit your use of artillery as ammunition resupply is problematic.
COMMAND AND SIGNALS
As per SOP.
Gott mit uns!
Brigadeführer Herbert-Ernst Vahl