From: Vermont, USA
I'm playing the German side. My forces consist of a platoon of 5x Panzer IIILs and three Halftrack-mounted platoons of PanzerGrenadiers, plus a MG42 team with a Halftrack. All of my units are Veterans, except for the MG42, which is Elite.
This is a pretty good overview of the map. I start with two Panzergrenadier platoons on the map, the rest will enter as reinforcements.
I've circled the objective village in red. The objective is worth 40 points, about the same as one of my platoons, so this is certainly not something I need to take "at all costs".
There are three obvious approach routes.
The first is on the left, where a stream is surrounded by muddy, snowy ground. Not the best place for movement, but a fairly covered approach to the village thanks to the woods in the center.
The second is the central route - a nice road but completely surrounded by woods until it runs right into the village. Certainly the most direct and fastest route, but also the one with the least visibility and most restricted terrain.
The third is through the field on the right. It's hard to see, but the closer part of that field is a bit higher than the rest of it closer to the village, so there's a bit of an overlook/overwatch position there. The ground is also more dry on the right than on the left.
I'm going to request some input from the forum to make this AAR semi-interactive. Which approach route should I take, or should I go for a mix of them?