I appreciate the feedback, Stridor & Erik. Didn't mean to sound like I was going off on a rant... Just after failing to beat this mission for the umpteenth time, my patience had worn thin when I wrote my post.
The reason I want to go through the Boot Camp campaign is exactly so I can figure out the finer points of the game -- I've tried jumping into the bigger campaigns and definitely feel i'm not up to snuff there. But with the 1st boot camp, it is frustrating because yes, i do get the point of it: learning how to use cover and smoke effectively, figuring out LOS, rushing vs. advancing vs. engaging, etc. etc. But it really does not need to be so hard -- you're overwhelmingly outnumbered, and even with smoke, have to cross a wide-open field where you're vulnerable to cross fire from concealed/protected positions on all sides.
I do like a challenge, believe me... but such a stiff challnege on the opening mission of the tutorial campaign?
OK, i've gotten it out of my system now... will boot up & give it another try...
It's been a long time since I played the first Boot Camp. But I seem to recall needing to get one squad in the church, and another plretty close. And needing to kill the Gun in the street to win (at least I think that is the one).
If you don't get it in another try or two, post again. It really is doable. I recall enjoying the boot camp scenarios as much as the other stock battles!
It might be fun to see a play by play AAR for that!