Half and hour later, my son found me in the war room (AKA my home office), all twisted in my armchair, cursing at the monitor, the coffee and Argentine pastries untouched and put well out the way.
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.
It is now evident that I've grown too comfortable of assuming that all Combat Mission scenarios will be about the classical move-strike-protect simple formula. Move your troops towards contact, fix and flank. At most worrying about your fire support weapons and keeping HQ units close to their troops. Meh! Wrong!
Let me start with a description of the scenario. I'm in command of two infantry companies of the 119th IR securing one village north of St. Lo. Reinforcements (one armored infantry company and two demi-platoon of tanks) to arrive later. Defending is one company of German infantry supporting two or three AT guns.
|A 3D view of the scenario. Shaded blue and purple, the deployment are of my units (green floating icons). The objectives are shaded yellow (town entrance) and bright green (intersection).|
The following map shows roughly how the fight went. I avoided an initial frontal, road bound assault on the objectives and I leaned on my right flank with two platoons attacking west of the town in order to gain enough flanking fire positions to support the other platoon clearing the town's entrance and to gain enough depth within the enemy defensive scheme so to maneuver forces for the final assault on the intersection. The final assault on the intersection objective was achieved by close cooperation between the infantry units and the tank reinforcements.
|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.|
But before that, a bit about all the combat functions, weapon systems and services that I rarely think of in an integrated form:
- Command and control
- Maneuver Units
- Fire Support Units
- Combat Service Support
This scenario had me on the edge because alas, I am always missing something from the list.