I wonder what you're doing smittyohio2....maybe following the tutorial too closely (which is understandable, as that's what it's for....). But I just had a shot at it and - like Wodin - didn't bother with timing co-ordinated attacks etc. I just gave the simplest orders. 1. 51st to the ridgeline with a defend order. 2. 35 to attack the bridge objective (an Attack order, FUP placed right where they start, 'secure crossing checked, plus max aggro, no rest, fastest, quickest), ditto the 318, with no attempt to co-ordinate the 35th and 318. They ended up as in the pic below by 10.40ish, which I was happy with. They certainly pushed the attack on, through bombardment etc - they persisted. Seemed like good progress.
I wish I knew.... I'll try the strategy you did above. I usually hold either the 51st or 35th in reserve, waiting until I've secured the crossing so that they can move on and advance on Lommersweiler. But I never really get that far, because my troops just get help up by the first shots fired against them.
Wodin, I did try out the Hofen scenario, and it did go somewhat better (sometimes)... I tried sending the 2 southernmost battalions to take Hofen, and use the northermost one to either attack from the north or cut off reinforcements. I still get help up quite a bit when artillery comes down on any of the infantry, or even a lone until opens up on them. It just paralyzes them. I suspect there are 2 things I'm missing.. I don't generally tell them to move "fastest", and maybe I'm not hitting the likely hiding spots fast enough with artillery. How long before a move do you guys normally start a barrage, and for how long?