In response to your query about supply, its actually quite difficult to make the cutting of suppy an effective tactic, in the short length, of the games scenarios, even a nine day one.
From the table you can see that a fully stocked Coy needs to be put under pressure for two full days before it starts to have supply problems, at normal expenditure rate.
It would normally take about two days in most scenarios to preform a complete encirclement of a sizable nature.
So that takes you to about day four in most scenarios, before you start to see a Coy or Bn sized force that has been engaged in heavy fighting for the last two days start to run out of ammunition.
If you also trap the Regimental base in the pocket but have been unable to locate or destroy it, that's an extra four days of supply they will have, taking you to day eight of continuous fighting before they start to have supply problems.
If you also trap the Divisional base in the pocket that's another seven days, taking you to day fifteen, before they run into supply problems!
For these reasons, its vital that you probe into the rear of the pocket to locate, and destroy the bases.
I don't know what the stocking levels of the bases are at the start of the Italian campaign, but as they planned the attack well in advance, and its near the start of the war, I suspect they were well stocked.
You will see the effects of an encirclement of German forces in the BFTB scenarios a lot sooner, because they start the scenarios, especially the latter ones, with virtually no supply anyway.
Also its a lot harder to cut of infantry units, than motorized ones, because they are supplied by man portage, or horse, and can traverse most terrain, albeit at a slower rate.
The reason the encirclement was so effective in the Eddy's Riposte scenario, is because there was no way to circumnavigate the bridges over the Sauer, (a major river) even with supply on foot.
I sought out and destroyed the bases, and from experience I knew that the Germans would start with very little supply anyway, at this stage of the war.
< Message edited by dazkaz15 -- 9/1/2014 12:46:37 AM >