|The eyes of the company (+) -sized combat team I am commanding: and M3A2 (a cavalry infantry-fighting vehicle) at the very hot edge of our sector.|
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Below is a screenshot of my sector as I received it.
|An 8 km wide, 10 deep sector of beautiful German country side. Note the phase-lines: I will be referencing to them on occasion.|
- I want to concentrate my tank force ...
- ... on small-sized enemy teams ...
- ... taking advantage of the slight edge the M1A1 has over the T72-B in terms of range and target acquisition
Remember the article I mentioned in the previous entry? I don't feel that the mission, the size and terrain of the sector or the the enemy force lend themselves to an ambush approach. The enemy may choke up here and there, but he will be still racing towards our rear with other elements elsewhere. So, a series of engagements with the so-called "aimed fire" will be the thing.
Let's take a look at the terrain. I've divided the width of my sector in four chunks, and I will show you images of each starting from north to south.
|At the north edge of my sector there is narrow and relatively deep valley. The enemy may use this approach but he will be liable of bunching up on a perfect kill zone. This view looking east, towards the enemy's approach.|
|Moving a couple of kilometers south from the previous valley, the terrain is a bit broken with many patches of woods. This view looking east, towards the enemy's approach.|
|This is the center of our sector just behind phase line Knight. I can't imagine better tank terrain than this glorious plain. This view looking east, towards the enemy's approach.|
Regarding the enemy's probable course of action, I am guessing the enemy will prefer the center and south approaches, as they offer better terrain and fields of fire for their tanks. But I will have to provide the means to maintain the north flank watched upon and eventually just in case.
As for my forces, there is simply no way to be everywhere if I want to concentrate forces. So I chose to concentrate my two tank platoons in a series of battle stations at my south flank, nearby phase line Knight. Depending on the findings of my scouts across the width of the sector, on order they will engage the enemy sequentially from south to north. That's my company's main effort. The supporting effort will be my 3rd platoon (mechanized infantry) deployed in a defensive position at my center with fields of fire over that superb tank terrain that I showed above. They are tasked with delaying or at least maintain contact with an enemy thrust through the center of my sector.
You may wonder why I didn't chose to concentrate my forces at the center plain that looks so appealing. I declined from such a thing because I am wary of the enemy having so much real state to deploy an outrageous amount of tanks. Keep in mind I have only 2 platoons of tanks and that the enemy has one battalion of them. Attrition can catch up with you really fast after a couple of untimely tank losses ... That's what I read in that article.
That's pretty much it and I hope it works.
I don't want to give you the impression that I left the scouts at the front at the mercy of the enemy. I spent as much time planning for their mission as I did with the main effort. The least thing I want is to go blind in the north flank of my sector.
|The view from an scout battle position at the north of the sector. This time a bit more hull down-ish. Still, a great field of view.|