From: Ottawa, Canada
Agreed, this is going to be interesting...
Here are my thoughts:
As stated the situation has changed and the Soviets have a lot more power than a screening force. They have already done lots of damage to one of my Inf companies and have at least two Bns enroute. My goal remains to get a crossing over the Schlitz, but I have to deal with this threat.
I see three options moving forward.
1-32nd reinforces Dog and holds Cat. The 3-32nd attacks through directly into Dog – probably from both the West and the South.
1-32nd reinforces Dog and holds Cat. The 3-32nd swings towards ANGERSBACH. From there, they can send some forces East towards the Schlitz and others West to hit the Soviets attacking Dog from behind.
1-32nd defends Dog – this means all the remaining companies move towards Dog. The 3-32nd swings towards ANGERSBACH.
Remembering my goal is to capture crossing sites over the Schlitz, means that the first option does not really work. I also do not know what other surprises the Soviets have for me. Are they sending something in the South as well. So, I need to hold onto Cat. It gives me a firm hold on the East side of the Lauter River.
That means I’m going with the middle option.
I already have C Coy tasked to move into Dog to reinforce the rest of B Coy. A Coy will be given orders to join the fight as well.
D Coy will extend their bridgehead slightly.
3-32nd is deployed with recce forward, the two armour companies next and then the Inf Coys. I need a reserve, so B Coy (Inf) is going to become the reserve for my formation. The two armour companies are going to head towards – one on the North side of the Lauter and one to the South. A Coy will follow on the South side. The AT Pl, will move on the Southern route as well. The AD Pl will move in the centre of the formation, along with the mortars.
The arrival of the 3-32nd frees up this resource. This is a tough call. I’m going to hold onto them for now as a mobile reserve.
The guns will lay down a minefield to slow the advance of the Soviet forces along the B-254. I have to be careful as the Soviet artillery has already proven its ability to take out my guns, so I need to make sure that I do not interrupt their quick moves too often.
My air support will attack the mass of Soviet forces around ANGERSBACH.