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Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 4:35:12 PM   
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I awoke from my afternoon nap to an urgent knock on the door.. somethings up sir..
I hurry into the kitchen of my field HQ, and am handed several notes and a hot cup of very black coffee... the notes have been hastily written.
"Settle down everyone", although it is soon evident that they are upset for a reason.... Multiple landing of Para infantry all around Nigmegen, "get me the troops nearest the highway bridges...
I order the rechecking of the demo charges and attempt to contact Model... nothing from him...
Within two hours the situation is very clear, Brits near Arnhem, US troops already entering Nigmegen...this looks too familier.. I rememrber the early reports from Normandy.. time to act is now...

I can hear the mortors shelling the enemies advance and order my hq to cross over the bridge .. Without reinforcments mytroops, a mix of a few veteran troops and some not so much, will not stand... "Damn it get me Model NOW" I roar.. momentarily losing my calm demeaner.
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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 5:05:27 PM   
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The sun sets on the first day...
Reports come in.. We are able to dig in at Nigmegen.. the enemy seems contenet to probe the parimeter...

Arnhem field report day one..
Strong British forces land to the Norhteast of the City.. advance elements stopped nearthe rail bridge...
As Instructed the Reinforcments are split into those to the south.. able to reinforce Nigmegen, or return to Arnhem and those directed into the fighting at Arnhem.
I immediately order the troops neerest the rail bridge to counterattack enemy probe on the Northern side... This should not be difficult as therre numbers look to be those of a forward element and our forces are much more numerous and rested, at least for now.. we must press every advantage...

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 5:30:12 PM   
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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 5:48:24 PM   
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coming right up.. (have to give priority to pbem fast play in witpAE game)

Around Nijmegen






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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 5:50:33 PM   
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the enemy stops showing up.. its nightfall day one..
ANd the counter attack fails at the rail bridge near Arnhem.. troops thinksits best to massively detour.. ok.. need to micro manage that, and one group that attacks is slaughtered...
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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 5:55:33 PM   
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and around Arnhem






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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:02:39 PM   
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out of the field of view is the Naval infantry group in the center on the Highway leading to Nijmegen ... sitting and waiting ..
and the troops on the East edge preparing for a morning assualt on the landing zones...

In the south I notice some new troops ariving .. they will be rushed into Nijmegen....



Field notes.. Northern
(Models HQ)

The enemy has suprised us, and Model remains scool but I know he is seething conflicting orders from higher up come in...
Endoven will fall, and the very real risk of the Chills Division being isolated...
The debate at HQ(model) is weather to release the panzers to reinforce the Troops near NJ(Nijmegen) or keep them in Arnhem area...
The night will tell how well the enemy is able to advance, and if they are stopped well away from the main highway bridges, I believe the debate will be over and orders to move south issued...
The Weather has not improved as forecasted.. that is some good news..
Players note.. dissappointingwe cannot do all three zones in one game..I changed weather to poorer.. orders delay from normal to realistic...

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:19:25 PM   
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these guys are going to die!





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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:25:06 PM   
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sorry about the spelling

And near NJ





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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:35:35 PM   
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Forces are not getting moving in any thing like a timely fashion...

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:49:56 PM   
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Its 1am day two.. a large force supported by jeeps enters Arnhem.. my forces react...
off map in pic is art barage ordered




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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 6:57:19 PM   
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and below see forces of each side the US attacking in town and the panzers racing to relieve the forces being attacked




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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 7:38:39 PM   
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as dawn breaks we see the forces arrayed against us more clearly...
Numerous counterattacks are ordered against landing zones in both Northern and southern sections ...
below is a zoom out of the brits near Arnhem




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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 7:43:34 PM   
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the night attacks where repulsed.. this is a close up in Ng





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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 7:47:04 PM   
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Above note that just out of the field of view are elements of the afformentioned panzer group.... split between both bridges and on each side of the river...
Reinforcemtns are pooring in..
no news from Eindohven...
( note historical reinforcmetns are on.. so the 30 corps will be joining the party soonest ...)
the recent southern reinforcments are ordered to attack the US landing sites to the southeast of Ng

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 8:22:35 PM   
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Hey Freeboy,

Are you playing with order delay? I noticed you micro nearly all your units (and are not issuing commands to battalions and regiments)..

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 11:34:54 PM   
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yea.. I bumped order delay up to realist from normal.. I seem to have difficutlies with units actually doing what I want without issuing to the units directly

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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 11:54:50 PM   
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here is the Southern area.. note the areas circled are not fully engaged and teh US paras have them in the rear and before them the panzers are gaining strength.. 30 corps better show up or these guys are toast






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RE: Field Report notes - 1/31/2012 11:56:44 PM   
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sorry.. shoud say "released"..
So.. tough day to serve in the US paras

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/1/2012 12:08:21 AM   
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Seems like if you don't issue orders to each company they leave a gap that the AI always finds.

Issuing orders to each company seems like the only way to a seamless defense.

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/1/2012 1:14:58 AM   
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I have always issued orders directly

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/1/2012 2:17:55 AM   
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field notes..
The mood in the staff seems remarkably upbeat... Evan though 30 Corps has blown through the defenses and races toward Nijmegen, The panzer release and multiple day two reinforcements are cause for some joy. I even saw Model smile while reading a dispatch about the over running of drop zones...
Everyone needs to eat sleep and more importantly have ammo.. day three and four will see if we can anihilate the intruders before they are relieved...
Model is even debating moving his hq closer to NJ to shorten his comm lines...
Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to surrender in place and allow the Brits into Germany... the reports from the East, especially the non published ones make victory for our foes a given... but this is not to be.. we fight on...

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/1/2012 7:06:12 PM   
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Ok, day thre arrives and either this is way off or I screwed up.. will adjust the settings and redo as the Germans are over running the paras landing sites and there is little hope ...
I will set supply and weatehr to harder settings...
thanks for the reads guys...

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/2/2012 3:42:22 AM   
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Ohh..to much micromanagement for me.

Also see my thread from earlier...I found I suffered way more casualties micromanaging compare to giving orders to regiment. Over a period of two hours micromanaging (well micromanage support units and give battalion orders for the rest) I took 296 casualties, I did the same two hours giving out orders to Regiment and received just over 100 casualties.

I enjoy the slightly higher level command role as I think you can tell the game was designed for that style of play (What with different leader stats etc). If you order to every unit then you bypass all that side of the game.

Still each to their own, as long as you have fun.

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/2/2012 9:29:19 AM   
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What's with the big white spaces under the image?



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RE: Field Report notes - 2/2/2012 3:07:18 PM   
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I have not figured out how to deleat them from paint.. and have no other softwhere in this computer build other than paint.. so sorry..
any help?

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/3/2012 10:03:33 AM   
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I feel that it is ok to micromanage when you are the defensive player.  You get to protect specific passages and weed out those isolated paratrop companies.
Not as frantic as well as they just sit there and wait. Not much strain to cental HQ.

But when you are attacking, I think it's better to give orders at larger formations, that way they are more coordinated.

Reagrding MS Paint... make your deafult image size (for new image) smaller.  When you paste the screenshot I think it will expand anyway.

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RE: Field Report notes - 2/3/2012 10:42:18 AM   
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oh on the defence I do micromanage alot more.

In gimp 2 you put a selection box around the white space and then do cut...

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