|Germans hiding in ambush within a French village. Come on! Like the hedgerows were not hard enough to take these out from ...|
The scenario: Bloody Dawn, by one of the great scenario designers Field Marshal Blucher
The game: Combat Mission Battle for Normandy
Spoiler Alert! Do not read if you are still going to play this scenario against the computer.
The battle was fought and won, but the butcher's bill was way too high. In the map below, this is the scheme of fire, maneuver and tactical missions I used.
|The battle as it was fought. I have a typo: the three infantry platoons in the map are not from company A but from company F.|
- Command and control
- Maneuver Units
- Fire Support Units
- Combat Service Support
In my opinion, besides remembering all these, the tricky part is putting them together into a working force. The hedgerow/bocage terrain of this scenario has one important effect on that because it produces isolation (i.e. two task groups can't support each other that easily). So, first bump in the road to success was to split the weapons company's assets in half between the right and left flank forces. There went command and control of the weapons company ...
Highlights of the 3rd Platoon's (Left Flank) Initial Assault Towards the Town's Entrance
|Fire support: the scouts shown above were not defenseless. A mortar and medium machine gun team provided fire support from a bend in the hedgerow line that had a direct LOS into the northern edge of the town entrance.|
|Mobility: men from the 3rd Platoon gain a foothold in the town entrance objective after an engineer team blew a hole in the hedgerow line. Note the position of the breach, hidden from enemy observation and fire by a building.|
Highlights of the1st and 2nd Platoon's (Right Flank) Initial Attack Towards the Depth of the Enemy Defenses
|Fire Support is not the exclusive realm of pure fire support units. 1st Platoon (right flank) found the first hedgerow line deserted and used it as a massive fire support position including a mortar and a machine gun team.|
|Mobility. A modest breach in the hedgerows, opened by the engineers, will be used to outflank the enemy position.|