From: Planning the end of the world, well out to 2023!
I played this scenario several times now and still I am not able to get the desired result. I want at least one battalion holding the northern part of the road bridge. In my previous attempts I failed to achieve that. I am not getting my troops even near the bridge.
The settings were historical reinforcement schedules for both sides and realistic order delay.
First I shall explan my plan. The troops of the first day have the following orders.
1st, 2nd and 3rd Para Bn will move fast into Arnhem centre and capture the road bridge. They use three differents routes and meet at the bridge.
Borders Bn will capture and defend the rail bridge.
KOSB will defend Renkum for the next two days.
Staffords Bn will secure and defend Groote Heide and Amsterdamsche Weg.
Tasks of the glider pilots are Wolfheze, Utrecht Weg, Oosterbeek and block some roads on the northern flank.
If this all works according to plan, and until now it never did, then the troops of the second day have the task to establish a connection to Arnhem centre and secure the flanks of the perimeter.
Where is the mistake in my thoughts. Should I change some order settings ?
Has anyone managed to occupy the road bridge and hold it for the first three days ? The next question would be how is it possible.
All plans end with the first contact with the enemy, or something like that!
I dont believe there is a perfect plan, some are better than others but there isnt a "perfect opening gambit"
I would suggest having a reserve force, at least a Bn strong, ready to get through a gap one of your main thrusts might uncover.
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