Again, thanks for making the St. Lo mod for BFTB. (I'm Chamberlain here, but Broadsword on the Battlefront forums)
I'm only just starting Day 1 and making my initial plans, so I don't have much to report on my experience with it, yet except:
*Love the bocage patterned terrain.
*What a challenge this looks like for the US player.
At first, I was attracted by the idea of trying to break through the German line W of Hill 192 somewhere between La Luzerne and St. Andre-de-l'Epine, using the full weight of the 29th and 35th divisions, with 3rd Armored as a reserve/exploitation force. But then I realized, as I considered moving 3rd Armored to that central sector, that the Vire River prevents this and its bridge at Pont Hebert is an even more important immediate objective. Once I have a secure river crossing, I'll have better E-W linkups between my divisions, my forces will be able to mututally support each other much better, and the Germans will have a tougher time if they lose the E-W highway.
So, Phase 1 will be a Day 2 dawn attack on Pont Hebert by 119th Infantry Regt + Co. E CCB/3rd AD + 105th Engineer Co/30th Div., preceded by a hellacious 15 min. artillery barrage. To divert attention from that, 137th Intantry regt/35th Div will make an aggressive probe south along the E bank of the Vire into St. Giles. I'll also put a lot of artillery and (if available) air support on the highway E. of Pont Hebert to block/harass any German effort to reinforce Pont Hebert from the east. The rest of the army will make weak probes all along the front, just to get intel and keep Adolf guessing.
Hopefully, the commotion around Pont Hebert will distract the Germans' attention to the west, maybe even leading them to weaken the center. That's when it's time to unleash Phase 2 (the 3 division attack and breakthrough W of Hill 192). Cutting off and enveloping Hill 192 this way seems preferable to attacking it frontally and uphill. I could try enveloping it from the East, but I don't like that option for 2 reasons: I have fewer forces on the far east end of the map, and it would give the Germans the opportunity to wage their defense from the coveted "central position."
The only thing that worries me a bit is that heavy German armor on the far west end of their line. I'm going to have to keep at least some of 3rd Armored Div in that sector to protect the 30th Infantry Div.
What do you think? Stay tuned to see how it played out...