|The 2nd and 3rd Sections start the assault on the village.|
The untenable high ground which costed me an LAVIII (the crew survived) had to be abandoned for good. It was right in time for the final assault onto the village, where the LAVIIIs were needed for close support of the infantry.
|Crossing the open terrain near the village was relatively easy because of the great supply of firepower provided by the LAVIIIs. Still, the infantry suffered two more casualties during the approach.|
|The final minutes of the scenario were spent clearing out the village. Even for a tiny built up area like this, it is intensive work. We suffered more infantry casualties here.|
- Casualty recovery severely throws off the timely advance of infantry. I purposely tried to keep each section in place after it suffered a casualty so the injured could get first aid and survive. A good practice is to split teams and leave one of them taking care of the casualties.
- The LAVIIIs had little to offer in terms of detection and early warning to the infantry. Most of the times it was the dismounts spotting targets for the LAVIIIs.
- The LAVIII's transition from overwatch to close support was inordinately long. There was no forethought about how to proceed with more expediency in the case of enemy contact. One alternative would have been to rush the LAVIIIs forward towards a covered position and have them fight their way out from there with help of their firepower.