A US tank and mechanized infantry company team (1 platoon of M1 Abrams and two platoons of M114 AFVs) must attack and seize a town located some 6 kilometers northwest of the tactical assembly area. Rolling hills, plenty of wooded terrain crossed by some deep ravines. A Russian reinforced mechanized rifle company is defending. Time allowed for this mission: 30 minutes!
I lean my axis of attack on one of my flanks to avoid the pesky Russian infantry outposts. Otherwise I will get pummeled by enemy artillery. We are moving to contact and everything works fine so far.
|Movement to contact. Contact is likely now and the tanks are overwatching the movement of the infantry.|
|A two tank section leads the way as a sort of advance guard. The other tank section is now behind us,intermingled with the infantry. Very stupid train of tactical thought I was into ...|
The wooded terrain ends 1.5 km short of the objective. Once the woods clear, contact will be unavoidable. My two-tank section will make contact first, but I will not be able to maneuver other units based on that contact because there is only one road and the terrain surrounding it is un-passable, at least for the tanks.
|The infantry arrives through the road. My other two-tank section should be next, I hope (?). Caught in the open, these guys have little hope to survive.|
|The Russian tanks rush to put a cork on my attack. It's now a knife fight (I am the guy in the background).|
Advance in contact is possible only when there are alternatives to maneuver. The little area I had available was of no use for that.
Still puzzled on how to achieve the objective. I will keep trying!