This scenario by Gary Owen is an exercise to practice platoon movement techniques. I'm in command of a platoon of M1 tanks and I have to take an objective some 10+ km northwest of my position.
Time allowed is 90 minutes and the terrain ahead is ...
a heavily wooded area.
However, I spotted some infantry around the destroyed enemy vehicles and sooner than later they opened up on us. Their machine gun fire was no match for us, but for a moment I kept my platoon at a safe distance. There is nothing more frustrating than loosing a radio antenna to infantry fire!
Yet, I had to move my platoon passing really close to the enemy infantry and the thought of them having some sort of anti-tank capacity worried me. In addition, I thought some of the infantry fire was coming from a small group of farm houses.
The clock was running and I was there wasting time. So I called an artillery fire mission. A mixture of HE and smoke worked like a charm.