From: Ottawa, Canada
Jagger2002 and Iron Mike Golf,
Thanks for the suggestions. I like this forum, as it gives us a chance to learn from each other.
Jagger2002, I'm working on improving my move plotting and paying attention to the command cycles. I have not really tried an attacking scenario yet - but in my counter attacks, I have found it hard to not lose time by plotting moves and then having the force arrive and going into a "hold." This results in a delay on movement when a new order is given. Ran into this now, with the redeployment of one of my recce screen forces in the South.
I like your suggestions about getting to secure locations and will try to do that more frequently.
Iron Mike Golf, I do a little of what you suggestion as I am planning, trying to get a better idea of what the Soviets (enemy) is going to do. I have noticed that they do stick to the roads and open terrain to keep their speed up
In this scenario, you are correct, there is not much I can do to slow the initial Soviet advance down. We are about equal distance from our starting locations to the crossroads. This is the first time, that I have tried to get a covering force out. I'm glad, however, that I did not wait for it to get out, before moving the RGJ into place. My covering force would have been overrun very quickly - in this case it was eaten up (A Squadron) - and then my Inf would still have been moving forward. Overall, I'm sadden by the loss of the squadron, but happy with the current deployment.
As can be seen by my 3 Soviet options, they did something unexpected, at least by me. I'm surprised that they have pushed so much firepower (2 TBs at least) into the gap right away. If I had M109s in play right now my gunners would be getting tired from loading shells - there are lots of targets.
I enjoy the surprise and will continue to work on getting better at anticipating the Soviet actions.