The rivers do not effect your troops movement significantly and there is a safer bridge further East for moving supplies and reinforcements.
Night offers the perfect cover for forming up close to Hofen and Mutzenich for frontal attacks. Trying to get into a better position just wastes what small amount of darkness is available and tires your men unnecessarily.
Taking Monschau as a jumping off point wastes a day and doesn't put your men in any better a situation for attacking Hofen and Mutzenich as Monschau is a magnet for artillery and draws a counter attacks from the Ami armour. Also, launching an attack North or South from it also means your turning your back on one or both positions.
Hofen and Mutzenich are the principle Allied objective so defeating their defenders will account for the majority of enemy units. Securing Monschau, a minor objective, will not destroy significant enemy units and will leave the majority on his unit intact, on high ground overlooking you, holding the high value VLs.
If attacked during the night both Hofen and Mutzenich are winnable, I think. Even with the initial set up I think the reasonable thing to do is to attack these two locations. The scenario briefing suggests the Allies are very weak in this sector and you must assume the bombardment has been effective. Besides, not attacking one enemy infantry and one armoured cavalry battalion would get you court martialled and maybe shot!
Yes your men will tale heavy casualties, maybe knocked back a few time, possibly routed but hopefully they will rally and attack on D2, and certainly disturb the defenders and make it easier for the reinforcements to succeed, with renewed artillery support.
I played the scenario again and set my two Bns to attack Hofen N and S immediately, all out, with FUPs set less than 1km from the edges of the town. The Southern Bn got into the town soon after sun up, possibly being too close to the defenders for them to call in bombardments. Once in the town they got into a bit of trouble, loosing a company, but never getting pushed out. The Northern Bn was slower in assembling and didn't make it past the start line before being dispersed by artillery. They retreated into the woods but resuming the mission in the afternoon, with AI provided Div artillery support. The Bn on the North of the river formed up in a similar way, just East of Mutzenich, along the stream bed, but again was caught in the open at sunrise and got into trouble. At least one company got into Mutzenich but the rest of the Bn fell back to the stream. The attack was resumed, like the Hofen North attack, and the remains of the Bn joined the forward company, ensconced in the village. By 2000hrs all three Bns were bunkered down on the objectives ready for the reinforcement Bns to come up and flush out the remaining units. The Fusilier Coy probed Monschau with the IG Pl in support, and I think drew armoured units from Mutzenich, but withdrew later in the day, under pressure. Casualties so far: 650/250. Not bad.
What I love about this game is that the above took only four orders!
< Message edited by Chief Rudiger -- 6/9/2010 10:39:57 PM >