We have just cracked the enemy security zone, which by the way was just a HMG. Now we are leaning on the left flank of our area of operations and we need more real estate to our front in order to pivot right and roll up the enemy from his right flank.
Sooner than you can say "kill zone", enemy fire from the next line of hedges pours through the plowed field. The volume of fire is considerable and my troops are green. I order all infantry to keep their heads down. Platoon leaders close to check the lines ... The forward observer team moves forward.
The plan is to gain control of the terrain ahead of us through fire ... Just fire ... No maneuver possible other than to just walk into the kill zone. A mortar barrage will be called on the hedges across the field, tanks will break through the close line of hedges, move into the field and saturate the enemy line with fire. Only when fire superiority has been achieved the infantry will move in.
Two tanks are just not enough for the breach and I waste precious minutes waiting for reinforcements. When the reinforcements arrive, the sight of troops and machines lined up at the two future breach points is reassuring.
|The space is tight and this assembly area is an invitation for an enemy indirect fire mission.|
|The enemy line is under fire, the time for breaching has come.|
|Our tanks enter the kill zone, MGs blazing.|
|As the mortar fire wanes down, the tanks start to get sporadic enemy fire. A panzerfaust team (grey icon in the far background) is a continuous sore that refuses to go even with tank main gun fire.|
|The other side of the hedgerow. This AT team is getting into my tank crews' nerves.|
|The infantry is called up. Onto the field, gents!|
|The first platoon to step into the field advances forward, on our left flank, under the tight overwatch of the tanks.|
|Once the infantry moves ahead of the tanks, the tanks can still fire their MGs over the heads of the GIs without risking blue on blue. This is gamey. Only tank main gun fire can produce effects on friendly forces.|
|Closing with the enemy. A completely demoralized German MG team on the other side of the hedges is neutralized by a US infantry squad. The smoke is from grenades.|
The gaffe costs us two men. But their lives save many others. That gap in the right flank was a death sentence for many Germans still manning a defensive line. We waste them quickly.
|The gap in the hedges was a death-dealing flank keyhole for the Germans.|
|Where did that round come from?|
|Enemy armor spotted.|
|A Tiger dominates the field on our right flank.|
A new field enclosed by hedgerows ahead ... Rinse and repeat, forward observer team up!
|The forward observer team plots a new fire mission for the 60mm mortars. Tanks and infantry await for a new breach.|
This scenario is being edited by a good friend of mine and I am just beta testing the first draft. I had a lot of fun with it and I thought of sharing the fight here. Notes about hedgerow fighting will follow soon.