From: Ottawa, Canada
What did I do right?
I stuck fairly well to my plan – moving forward to towards Cat and then making decisions on how to respond as I figured out the soviet intentions. I did not have the forces to assault or be assaulted, and I did a good job of not letting my forces get stuck in close combat.
My use of fire support was very good. Early on when the soviets were still advancing, I let the FSCC control the missions, but when the fighting got more intense, and it was clearer where the soviets were and where they needed to go, I controlled the missions. I really like where I placed the FASCAM – along L3809 right after the bridge.
I seized the initiative to secure Dog. Early on, I was convinced that the soviets had left no forces and I kept checking this out, which led me to concluding that a recce pair could secure both VP locations. Waiting till near the end was also a good idea, as it gave the soviets less time to counter attack.
I did a better job of resupplying.
What could I improve on?
Attention to detail – if I had realized earlier on that the VP% were lower than the last scenario for victory, I would have been more confident going in. I was worried for the longest time that I did not have forces that could assault and capture objectives from the soviets and that would lead to a loss. I think that my plan would have been similar if I had realized this earlier on.
Use of helicopters. I lost a Cobra and some Kiowas early in the scenario because I flew them into an area where they had no protection from soviet AD systems. Later in the game, I took less risks with them, and gave them better chances to succeed. I need to get better at planning their moves and engagement.
My Avengers should have been better placed – I needed to be thinking about getting them into places that had good visibility over more of the battlefield.
Taking advantage of the OODA loop. The NATO forces have a built in advantage of shorter command cycles. I need to explore how to better exploit this advantage.
Thoughts on the scenario/game
It was a fun challenging scenario and it took me a long time to really understand how I was going to win – understanding the victory conditions would have helped!
The mixture of forces for the US player is challenging and it was interesting not to be defending something as much as trying to force the soviets into attacking so you can destroy them – it was a cool twist.
I’m surprised that the soviets lefts VP locations completely clear of forces.
This would be interesting to play as the soviet player – lots of options open to them.
Overall, I really enjoyed the change of pace and the challenge. It was a different mixture of forces and the impact of the weather was interesting too.
I think I will move to a scenario with choppers - to try and get better with them.