Bil has worked with Battlefront in the past as a consultant (he served in the US Army) and animator for the pixel soldiers in Combat Mission Shock Force. Now he is listed as a beta tester but I bet his work with Battlefront goes beyond that role. :)
Besides showcasing the new installment of Combat Mission, this report is excellent reading material because it covers both the "what" and "why" of the tactical actions.
Given the size of the map, it is no surprise that contact was achieved shortly after the scenario start. Bil has lost a tank that he was using in the combat patrol role. Despite the heavy smoke that now covers the US tanks he had eyes on before, he knows that the contact so far has been with a fraction of the enemy force. An M-10 tank has showed up at other avenue of approach and it looks like Bil wants to engage it sooner than later. It looks as if he wants to blunt the enemy spear as much as he can before committing his main force for the final blow. It is a risky premise and the cautious in me would wait until Warren commit his forces instead. We will see ...