In this blog entry, the tactical plan for an scenario based in HPS Simulation's North German Plain 85 and played in Steel Beasts ProPE. Thanks to Koen for crafting this great scenario!
In the small hours of July 16, 1985, the Soviets launched a daring special forces airborne operation in Hameln. Caught by surprise, NATO commanders threw a mix of ragtag units on the desants, with the hopes of assembling a better fitted task force by mid day.
A battalion of the 2nd Panzer Brigade (2Pz.Bde.) was the spearhead of a bigger formation sent to aid the NATO forces already engaged in Hameln. It marched to the area of operations with no other thought than smashing the Soviets in Hameln. One hour before the link up with the rest of the NATO forces, SIGINT from the Corps tactical HQ clearly indicated that a Soviet tank regiment belonging to the 9th Tank Guards Division was at the final stages of the complex choreography that precedes an approach march. An angry elephant is not prone to be inconspicuous.
The German battalion commander had made previsions for the flank protection of his command, but in reality those plans were just wishful thinking. The battalion was moving west in a terrain with plenty of hill ridges running in the north-south direction. Parallel routes to the main body's were infrequent or ran for very short spans. For all practical matters, the battalion was moving in a single column with the occasional platoon separating from the main body for a very short reconnaissance.
|Panzers on the move.|