In this scenario I am playing as the US Army. Right now I have two platoons of infantry, two Sherman tanks and a couple of engineer teams. Reinforcements later in the battle will complete my OOB to an infantry company reinforced with a platoon of tanks, two engineer teams ... and 9 tubes of 60 mm mortars.
The Germans are defending a patch of hedgerow (aka bocage) terrain. Ideal terrain for an area defense, much to the dislike of an Army that mastered the art of mobile defense.
A few meters ahead of our line of departure, we came under fire from a German heavy MG (grey icon in the picture below).
|One squad moves to the first hedgerow line while two other squads and two tanks provide support by fire.|
|An engineer team is called up and they blast a hole in the hedgerow.|
|Stop for a minute and think about this: I had two tanks blasting their MGs for 10 minutes or so at these Germans. Some killed, some injured, but they are still in the fight. These hedgerows are a nightmare for the attacker.|
|Moments after I ordered more infantry through the breach, we were welcomed by the survivors HMG position. They just re-positioned near the road. These German troops refuse to die, but we force them to have it our way.|
|Men of the first squad, second platoon have moved through the breach (to the right, not shown in this picture), crossed the narrow road and moved towards the second line of hedgerows. The field in front looks like the perfect kill zone.|
|This contraption welded to the Sherman tanks, affectionately called "rhinos" by the GIs, is a breaching device that allows the tank to drive through a hedgerow.|
|My two Shermans breaching through the first line of hedgerows.|
More coming up. Stay tuned.