From: Ottawa, Canada
The area of operations (AO) is very hilly and forested with urban areas doting the terrain.
There is a major highway (A7) that runs North--South along the edge of FULDA. There are a couple of major roads that run both N-S and E-W.
There is a small river in the northern part of the centre of the AO. There are three bridges along the river.
There is also a river that goes through the western edge of FULDA and then splits both to the South and East. There are lots of bridges that cross this river.
The engineers have been very busy and there is a long obstacle belt. In many cases there are two layers to the belt. It is also supplemented by the forests, hills and the river. Finally, there is a layer along the NE side of FULDA.
The engineers have also built a lot of improved positions. They cover gaps in the obstacle belt, key road junctions and choke points.
The Soviets have three main avenues of approach – coming out of the NE. When they get through the obstacle belt, there are a couple of more westward focused approaches.
May want to blow bridges – there is no real need to keep them standing as all my forces are on the friendly side of them. Destroying them will also strengthen the obstacle belt.
Taking out Soviet engineering assets would be very good (I know that engineer play is limited)
I want to cover as much of the obstacle belt with direct fire and observation as possible. The Soviets will get stuck in it which will make it easier to destroy them.
Some of the improved positions are not going to be easy to leave – no clear routes back from them, or slow routes. Therefore, timing moves out of these locations – and providing cover – is going to be very important.
In studying the obstacle belt, it looks to me like it is trying to funnel the Soviets towards A2, which is the shallowest part of the belt and a direct route into FULDA.
There are lots of places where I should be able to set up ambushes of the Soviets – by getting my forces into position where it will be hard for the Soviets to engage, or observe, them until the last minute.