From: Ottawa, Canada
After Action Report
What went well
I did not go after US forces directly, I focused on going for the Objectives in depth, which forced, I think, the US forces to withdraw and give up some good defensive locations.
This happened early in going after RK and later by pushing towards Elsenborn Ridge
Main effort in South
By pushing far to the West in the South, I was able to get Peiper off in time
Thanks to Daz I discovered that the southern exits closed on D3
Concentration of force
The attacks on RK and Bullingen went well because I concentrated the most force possible to make them work
this included multiple Bn attacking and lots of fire support
Stuck to the Plan
For the most part, I stuck to my original plan
Where I deviated, I did so after really thinking about it.
What I could have done better
I did not worry about my flanks and this almost cost me in the North
Luckily, my reinforcements arrived just in time to help protect against the US attack from the North into RK.
Allocation of resources
I did not realize early that some of my artillery resources would be better suited for direct fire rather then indirect. This is especially true with the 88s. I should have assigned some of the artillery directly to the lead Bns
I did not task enough forces to find the enemy or into positions to observe what the enemy was trying to do.
I did use one recce sqn for this, but could have tasked others as well.
I was frustrated with the time it took for some units to actually conduct their attacks.
Kuhl’s forces never really engaged in the atk on Murringen or Wirtzfeld – they just seemed to stop.
In the South 6 US soldiers stopped an entire Bn for most of the day. This prevented me from possibly exiting some of the forces through the last exit points, in the end I did not need the victory points, but it was still frustrating.
The US Forces did not try to launch many counter attacks, except towards RK. They were not as aggressive as I expected.
This was fun. It is a challenge commanding so many troops, but I enjoyed having to come up with a plan, and then executing the plan.
I hope that you enjoyed this account of the battle. If you have any suggestions on how to improve my account, please let me know. I think I will now try this scenario as the American commander.
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