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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/13/2019 6:33:29 PM   
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Keep seeing more Soviets...




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/13/2019 7:16:02 PM   
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Last move for a bit.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/13/2019 11:15:58 PM   
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B Coy has taken a beating. Between the Soviet tanks and artillery, two Pls and a lot of the Coy HQ are almost all destroyed. I should have added a tank Pl to B Coy. Oh well. There are two more Soviet TCs just to the SE of LAUTERBACH. This changes the situation a lot. It is going to take a bit to secure Dog. So, I’m going to bring C Coy forward to help secure Dog.

Mt two Artillery Btys are going to attack the two TCs. I think I will bring in my air support as well.

In the centre, I have D Coy in Cat, and the Soviets are bringing a TC into the battle. I’m going to swing two AHs up from the South to engage the Soviets from both sides.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/13/2019 11:42:59 PM   
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That was a deadly 14 minutes for both sides. Soviet Artillery destroyed one of my M109 Btys. Meanwhile, one of my AT Sections (the one attached to B Coy) destroyed 15 tanks and 4 recce vehicles. An airstrike discovered a ton of Soviet units moving along the B254 East of LAUTERBACH. The pilots were able to take out 4 tanks and a couple of other vehicles.

An tank pl in D Coy destroyed the combat recce patrol just to the South of Cat.

With the identification of around two Soviet Bns advancing towards LAUTERBACH, the situation has changed. There is no way that the 1-32nd can secure the crossing over the Schlitz River. They are going to be hard pressed to hold what they have in Dog.

The 3-32nd has just arrived. This is going to be a big help.

Right now, I need to slow down the Soviet Bns along the B254 – I think my three remaining M109 Btys will put in a minefield. Along the road. Now, I’m going to need to take some time to think and figure out my new plan.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/14/2019 12:20:57 AM   
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Seems like a tough fight is brewing.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/14/2019 11:52:43 AM   
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Capn Darwin,

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.

1-32nd:

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:

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.

AH Squadron:

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.

Fire Support:

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.





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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/14/2019 4:48:11 PM   
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The battle around LAUTERBACH is getting more intense.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/14/2019 7:15:13 PM   
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The beat goes on...




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/15/2019 7:10:57 AM   
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A swing along the road that bisects the big forest on the hill, SW of Angersback, seems a good route to flank the enemy forces.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/15/2019 10:20:01 AM   
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Stucco,

That is the plan...



The Soviets are moving very slowly westward. I think that it is because of a last second air strike that I can still see the Soviets around ANGERSBACH. That is a very large force.

The battle in LAUTERSBACH continues. The Soviets have really hurt the Coy HQs there. C Coy’s HQ is lost completely and B Coy’s is down to their last elements. The A Coy commander is about to get a really large and tired force. His company should arrive into the town in force shortly.

The tank Pl to the NE of D Coy’s position took out 7 tanks that came out of the woods (red spot). The newly resupplied AT Section to the North of LAUTERBACH continues to take out lots of Soviet vehicles.

I have a recce element pushing along the woods to the North of the Soviet formation along the B254. He should be in position soon. Hopefully, he does not start engaging targets.

Still no indication of any Soviets in the South. The lead elements of the 3-32nd are going to continue to push East. The rest of the Bn has shaken out nicely.

The Soviets hit one of my M109 batteries again – taking out one gun and a couple of other vehicles . Another CB attempt just missed another bty. It is almost time to start using my ICM on the Soviets.

My remaining air plane is resupplying and will likely only have one sortie left before having to head out.

My AH have been quiet so far. I would love to fly them over the Soviet main body, but they would be torn up by the AD. I need to find a good field of fire for them.

As for what the Soviets are doing. They appear fixated on LAUTERBACH at the moment. I’m sticking to the plan to send the 3-32nd along the road towards ANGERSBACH, hitting the Soviets on the flank.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/15/2019 11:14:13 AM   
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Well you are doing miles better than me.

Presumably that enemy held victory point location in Lauterbach is because you have killed the enemy units but haven't yet passed one of yours over the hex.

12 Abrams across the Eisenbach looks promising and the spot near Rixfeld is good too I think.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/15/2019 9:43:34 PM   
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Altipueri,

The 1-32nd is in big trouble. Hopefully, I can hang onto LAUTERBACH. Trying to dislodge the Soviets would be painful...




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/16/2019 2:48:44 PM   
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Here is the situation after the half way point.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/16/2019 3:07:45 PM   
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Time moves on




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/16/2019 4:17:25 PM   
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A down to the wire fight in the making.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/17/2019 10:03:13 AM   
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Capn Darwin,

It is going to be a close call. Lots of fun!




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 7:02:31 AM   
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Damn, a bloody battle.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 5:33:18 PM   
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Stucco,

You are right, it is a very bloody battle.

Here is an update...




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 5:36:36 PM   
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And now you are up to date.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 6:26:30 PM   
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Not unexpected, but I will keep going...




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 6:38:22 PM   
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The battle rages on




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 6:54:35 PM   
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My units need ammo!




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 10:49:25 PM   
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Need to break out the umlaut button. It getting Brüüütal!

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/18/2019 11:41:24 PM   
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Good work on the AAR! Looks like a real scrap! I haven't played this scenario and will certainly have to give it a go.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/19/2019 6:19:19 PM   
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CapnDarwin and OldSarge,

It is a brutal fight. But it has also been a good challenge.

Glad you like the AAR.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/19/2019 7:05:48 PM   
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Nearing the last hour.




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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/19/2019 9:19:02 PM   
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You've got a big win here haven't you?


Almost all the VPs and enemy down to 30%

Didn't you get a "do you want to stop now or carry on" option? I can't remember the above posts.


It's late and I've had a few drinks so accuracy unlikely. :)

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/20/2019 10:37:07 AM   
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Alipueri,

Yes, the soviets are down to less than 30%. I got the option to stop and decided to carry on. I had a marginal victory at that point. Still do and the percentage has gotten worse for me...

Have a good day,

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/20/2019 1:27:10 PM   
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It's rare that going past the sudden death results in a better percentage or score. Most players will push for objectives for the points, but end off trading off high cost units for low cost enemies.

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RE: Staff EX 2017 Scenario 1 - 32 Armd Bde (US) - 4/22/2019 1:11:34 AM   
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Okay, I got a 62% when the game ran out - not as good as I had with the Sudden Death. Oh well.

AAR

Things I did well:

My initial plan was good, based upon the intelligence received

I think I reacted well to the changing situation.

Use of my AT resources, especially in the North was very good.

What could I improve on: Lots!

Not happy with how I used my artillery – I did not realize early enough that they were linked to the Bn HQs. I should have moved them forward to help out more. As it was, I had to leave them on call most of the time.

I was too slow to respond to the situation. I should have moved my initial reserves into the battle for LAUTERBACH much earlier. The Inf company would have really been helpful.

My plan for the 3-32nd was way too ambitious. The road to ANGERSBACH was covered and I really never got moving in the right direction. I should have anticipated that the Soviets were going to come out of the woods to the South of LAUTERBACH. T

Final Thoughts

This was an enjoyable battle that I should have halted when the Soviets hit the 70% casualty mark. The last little bit was a little tedious.

It was nice having a wide variety of resources to use - from the AT units, to the arty to the air support.

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