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US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 1:30:03 AM   
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Good day all,

Having successfully conducted the attack on Elsenborn Ridge, it was time to try the challenge of defending it.

I started out with a look at the German forces:

The Germans have two divisions directly to my East and have a third in reserve. Behind that, they have elements of two SS Pz Divs ready to exploit. Their intent is to exit forces off the West edge of the map

EN Course of Action (COAs)

Blitz
Two pronged attack driving for Objs in depth, followed by pushing SS Pz forces through to exit and Elsenborn Ridge

Southern strike
Focus atk in South with both lead div
Push SS Pz forces to exits
Ignore northern Objs

Constant Pressure
Both forward divisions strike across their front to find a hole, then exploit with SS Pz forces
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 1:37:31 AM   
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Now a look at the Friendly Forces:

2nd US Div spread out across front
Two Regts fwd

Lots of Arty units in depth

Lots of reinforcements
Mostly coming in from the North
23 Regt is due to arrive on D1 between 1030-1550

Tasks
Hold Objectives
Prevent exit of German forces

The Objectives breakdown as follows:


Objective Start Time End Time Occupation Points Completion Points Total Points

Destroy the enemy 16
Wirtzfeld D2 1600 End 4 8 12
Losheimergraben D1 0600 D2 1230 8 8
Hunningen D1 1600 D3 0029 4 4 8
Muringen D1 1900 D3 0029 4 4 8
Bulligen D2 0600 End 12 12
Krinkelt D2 0830 End 4 8 12
Rocherath D2 0830 End 4 8 12
Butgenbach D2 2000 End 4 8 12
Elsenborn D3 0200 End 4 8 12




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 1:45:18 AM   
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US Courses of Action

Option 1 Defend forward
Trying to delay the enemy and force him to fight in the woods -this prevents them from being able to deploy their full weight of force

Falling back to first line of towns when pushing becomes too hard - this will be hard to time and may result in extra casualties

The concept here is to slow them down as much as possible and get them to spend time, ammo and troops in attacking defended positions

Option 2 Force Enemy North
Strongly block in the South
Fall back early in the North
Try to draw enemy towards the North - the idea is to get the enemy to atk where I want them – in the North, as this is where the majority of my reinforcements come in and this more restrictive terrain.

This may disrupt the German plan forcing them to re adjust it.

Option 3 Defend along line of cities
Weakly delay and quickly fall back on first line of cities after forest - this should preserve US combat power
May unhinge German plan - as it may move too quickly
Reinforce defences in cities early
Follow on forces will be used to counter attack German columns

Thoughts
I’m leaning towards Option 2 – the benefits are very good
Draws enemy near my main reinforcements
Draws them away from the southern exits

Problem is that I’m not sure how to do the block in the South



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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 2:53:46 AM   
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I'll be curious to see how this goes.

Thanks
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 10:40:23 AM   
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Decision

Be Bold. I want to do option 2, so we will give it a shot.

If at D1 1800, it is not working, then I will fallback onto Option 3





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 10:46:34 AM   
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The Situation at D1 1420 in the North




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/5/2014 10:48:05 AM   
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The situation in the South




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 12:15:34 AM   
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Update at D1 1524




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 12:17:45 AM   
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Update D1 1524 Front line




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 12:20:43 AM   
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D1 1524 Plan




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 1:28:55 PM   
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Thoughts
I should have thought of decision points for when to move back forward forces. This would have assisted me in some of my recent decisions reference reinforcements and moving back off the forward defensive line

I should have identified indicators that would help me understand what the enemy was doing - ie where their main effort was going. Some indicators include:

Where is main artillery support going
Where are the SS PZ forces deployed





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 2:04:35 PM   
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D2 0700 RK




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 2:06:54 PM   
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Things to add to Game

A replay feature at the end of the game, so that you can see how the AI plan unfolded
This would be very beneficial for those of us trying to learn

Intelligence being added during the game
It would be nice to receive intelligence from higher sources during the game – sort of like the info we get from our forces

Weather
A forecast would be neat
It does not have to be correct….





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 3:22:07 PM   
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D2 1145




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 3:24:00 PM   
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D2 1145 North




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 3:25:18 PM   
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D2 1145 What Now?

So, the enemy has deployed its SS Pz units trying to take the row of cities (RK M, H and H).
This is good news as it makes it harder for the Germans to push them through to the exits.

I think that I can hold those 5 cities
This gives me time to bring my reinforcements in to play without rushing them.

If I lose RK, I may have to launch a quick counterattack to retake it and it remains a key for now.

Losheimergraben stops giving me points in about 45 minutes. However, the Germans get points for taking it.

I think that I should hold onto it until darkness and then withdraw my forces
Ditto for the forces to their south west.
These two forces could be better used to provide depth to my defences.

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/6/2014 3:26:36 PM   
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 5:10:24 AM   
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Great AAR Mike

Looks like you need to reinforce Bullingen and pull back the depots from there as Murringen is about to fall I think.
If they take Bullingen, Honsfeld and Hunningen will be surrounded and wiped out.

I would start to pull everything in the south back to Bullingen I think.

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 10:05:49 AM   
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Thanks Daz,

It was interesting to see how quickly the situation changed. I thought that I had everything in control at 1145 and less than 2 hours later, it had all changed.

Here is the situation in the south at 1652.




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 10:06:28 AM   
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And here is the situation in the North....




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 10:07:38 AM   
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Overall, the situation looks like this....




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 10:10:35 AM   
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What to do next
I’m concerned that the enemy may skirted south and bypassed my forces towards the exits
Although, I’m pretty sure that it would be a small force.
Need to move some forces to cover routes to exit - 2nd Bn 26 Regt could do this task

The forces in Hunningen and Murringen need to be relieved
Could move 1st Bn 26 Regt into Hunningen to relieve the Bn there
The relieved Bn could move to Bullingen to recover while still providing depth

Reinforcements in the North could be sent to relieve the 2 Bns in RK
The Bns in RK could move back to recover on the Ridge

I could counter attack in the north to establish defence line back in the woods

What are the Germans going to do?

Reinforce the forces in front of RK to break through towards Elsenborn and the exits

Reinforce the forces in the south to break through to try and get forces to exit in south and then the northern exits

Attack on both fronts and reinforce success, this is a balanced approach

My decision ...






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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 10:13:46 AM   
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An additional note. I'm surprised that the Germans did not push their attacks harder - many of them seemed to stall on the approach to the towns. I had this happen a couple of times when I was playing the German.

I find it hard as the defender to not counter attack - I want to transition to offence.

I will post more tonight, hopefully.

Have a good day,

Mike

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 12:50:22 PM   
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When you post your images would you consider having the intel set to Recent instead of Current please mate?
It gives the viewer a better idea of the situation Enemy forces I find.

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 8:18:56 PM   
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Daz,

Good idea. I will try that for my next AAR. I have finished this scenario - just posting the info when I have time.






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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 8:21:26 PM   
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D2 2200 – Germans

I expect the Germans to try and make a push/run for the southern exits – they only have 10 hours left until they close.

I expect another push in the area of RK and likewise in Murringen.

They may try to bypass RK to the south - this would not be easy, but maybe more feasible then to the North

D2 2200 – Overall situation

My front has stabilized. I’ve built depth in the North and I’m reinforcing the deployment in the South

I have lots of Artillery resources – mainly deployed along the Elsenborn Ridge

I’m expecting a couple of more Bns to arrive in the next 24 hours. I will see what the situation is in the morning before deciding where they should go.





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 8:40:29 PM   
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/7/2014 8:42:29 PM   
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D3 0700 – Germans

Their push seems to be in the South along the main east-west highway
Their lead forces are tired, but still strong
Push towards RK is very slow


D3 0700 Overall Situation

North is stable
Threat is in the South

I’m going to continue to move forces from the North to the South.
3 Bn 9 Regt is going to move South

May look at pulling a Bn from the forces to the North of RK and move it south as well.





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:00:29 PM   
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D3 1830




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:01:33 PM   
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D3 1830 Overall Situation

Stable North still
South is a challenge
Moving forces to provide depth in South.
Would love more ammo for my Arty units





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