I didn't have much time earlier to chat, but I would like to add that this is a very cleverly designed scenario, as are all the ones I have played so far from the series.
This one is particularly cunning, because it is designed to draw you in by waving a big fat Red Herring under your nose, in the form of that red primed heavy road bridge.
I think the whole scenario is designed as a lesson in reading, and understanding the objectives.
It reminds me very much of a map reading lesson I was given when in the forces.
It was an orienteering race. The start line for the race was about 50 meters away from the map station, where you picked up your map, worked out where you were, then ran off to your first check point.
Nearly every person, picked up their map, and ran off in the other direction, only to have to do a 180deg turn further on.
The correct route was in fact, right back the way we had just come, from the start line.
We had done exactly what the instructors had hoped we would, by failing to orientate the map properly before running off, and taken the route they pointed us towards instead.
This is exactly what the scenario designer has done in this scenario by pointing us at the primed, and heavily defended bridge.
As for the artillery advice, its the same as I have given numerous times before I am afraid, the summery of which is if you conduct a limited attack, on a narrow front, in daylight, over open terrain, with infantry, against a side with numerous deployed artillery assets, its going to be a bloodbath.
They have had plenty of time to register the guns, and set up good defensive positions, and you are coming down the bare face of that hill right from the direction they were expecting you, funnelling towards a narrow point at the bridge.
They are able to concentrate the whole of their artillery assets onto just 1km square, and you don't even have that much artillery of your own to keep them suppressed.
Please don't feel belittled in any way for taking the bait Peter. That's exactly what it was designed to do.
I love it when we are able to have discussions like this as well, so thanks for bringing it up