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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:07:43 PM   
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:08:57 PM   
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About 17 hours to go and I’m under lots of pressure in the South. Although, many of the German unit are very tired

I think that there is enough depth to hold here.

If I lose the RK objective, I will counter attack or reinforce it to seize it again
Otherwise, holding firm is the goal.





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:10:01 PM   
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D4 Game almost over....




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:11:22 PM   
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I expect a push on RK and maybe on Bullingen. I have already tasked two Bns to reinforce RK and I may task Tk Bn to move towards Bullingen

I hope the arty and Inf Bn can hold the German push on Butgenbach





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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:12:30 PM   
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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:13:45 PM   
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Marginal Victory

A little disappointing...




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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:16:33 PM   
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What went well

I stuck to my initial plan for a long time
I think that was a good plan, it might have been better not to have given up the defense in the woods North of Losheimergraben the first night
That seemed to open the door to the Germans sending troops South

Mission Analysis
I continually looked at the situation to see if it had changed
When it had, I made changes to my plan

Depth in defence
As often as possible, I planned my defence in layers and stuck to it
This meant that when the Germans had success in one place, they did not completely overrun my defence.

Things to Improve

Better utilization of forces
I did not keep Regts together enough, which meant that I did not use some of the Regimental resources very well
I need to think about groupings better
I have using the Bn as they come, not regrouping a tk coy with an Inf Bn

Tracking of the enemy
I had no idea that the Germans had swung most of their forces towards the South. If I had better knowledge of the enemy I could have made better decisions

Decision making on when to withdraw
I lost or stranded 2 Bns in the south, this could have been more damaging.
This is very difficult to plan and harder still to execute

Use of ground
I had too many positions that could be seen for miles
Need to get better at reading the ground and placing units into reverse slope or similar locations


Other random points

Artillery
German fire support really wore out my troops

Routing
Some of my forces routed for many kms and for a long time



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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:20:25 PM   
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Final Thoughts

It was very interesting trying to defend in this scenario. I'm surprised that the Germans did not push harder. Knowing that the Germans needed to get points by exiting, made my planning a little more focused.

They were many times were I was not sure if I could hold off the Germans. This made the scenario more fun - I'm looking for a challenge.

I would like feedback on the AAR - is it too much info? Or not enough? Daz has already mentioned that I should take the screen shots with "recent" Int setting on - I will try to do that next time.

I'm looking at the Loshiem Gap scenario next.

All the best,

Mike

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/8/2014 5:28:48 PM   
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Well played mate

You did well to keep Peiper from his exit, with Murringen in such a bad way.
I was quite concerned you were going to end up in a big pincer.
West of Murringen was open it looked like to me at one time, with just a few support, units and Bases in Bullingen.
Of course they had no way of knowing that though.

The gamble payed off, well done.

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/10/2014 10:50:39 AM   
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Thanks Daz,

I was also surprised that I did not end up getting run over. If the Germans had pushed a little faster, the outcome would have been very different.

Have a good day,

Mike

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RE: US Defence of Elsenborn Ridge - 3/10/2014 5:45:36 PM   
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I enjoyed the AAR. I actually thought the German AI did a decent job. I expected it to be more lethargic.

Thanks
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