I played Cats Claws last night as Germans with normal difficulty.
What a battle! I won a decisive victory, but it was definitely not easy.
One issue I had, that is not related to your scenario, is why a turreted tank that loses mobility can no longer rotate it's turret. Have you seen that before?
I rushed the Panther platoon up onto the crest of the hill overlooking the town, where the entrenchments are. They turned the area where the road enters the other side of the town into a killing field! Burning Russian vehicles as far as the eye could see!
I had to dispatch one Panther and one PG platoon to deal with the T-34s and riding infantry coming for the flag to my left rear. Lucky for the Ruskies, that tank took a track hit, or they would have all died. As it was, they kept their flag by staying out of LOS of the lone, lame, Panther.
The other PG platoon rushed to the village in their HTs, using the woods for cover, dismounted, and occupied the houses. I set them for defend, ambush, and they ended up killing 2 tanks and an infantry platoon. They also maintained control of both the flags in the village.
I lost 2 Panthers on the hill crest. One died early to a lucky hit. The other took track and gun damage, and was abandoned about 3/4 way through. When the Panther exploded, it looked awesome, but at time went by, it reverted to it's normal graphics. We need to fix that. I had the tank commanders get shocked several times, but they always recovered in no more than 2 turns. Those Panthers are tough!
By the time my reinforcements arrived, it was almost over. The PG platoon and Panther platoon never fired a shot.
It was great fun to play. Great job MR!
I saw your advice to another player about going slower in PC than in CM. I agree to a point, but in this scenario you need to go fast to get in position before the Russians can get there. This map has lots of cover, so it is safer. Plus, your detailed briefing made it clear that it is a meeting engagement, so you know going in that the enemy has to move into contact too. As it was, I was ready and waiting for them. If I had been tenative, they would have occupied very strong positions, with lots of cover, and getting at them would have been very difficult and costly.
I will play this one again, for sure. Not sure if I want to play as the Russians though. I'm not that big a masochist!