|The crucial enemy strength on one side of the creek is a German AAA gun located on top of a hill. From this position, the enemy gun controls all avenues of approach to the bridge.|
|Another look at the AAA gun and its field of fire, this time from ground level. There is an assortment of trenches surrounding the gun, as seen at mid distance from the bridge.|
Functional dislocationIf you didn't check my previous blog entry, I have mentioned Robert Leonhard's mechanisms to defeat an enemy force (from his book The Art of Maneuver). These three mechanisms are preemption, dislocation and disruption. Previously, I involuntarily defeated a German infantry force by preemption. In this case I used functional dislocation to defeat the enemy strongpoint surrounding the AAA gun. According to Leonhard, functional dislocation is achieved by making the enemy strength(s) irrelevant.
Again, I can't say that the destruction of the AAA gun and the clearing of the enemy position was cheap in terms of casualties or devoid of tense moments where I thought I was myself defeated. But at least I hope it will show what it means to render an enemy strength irrelevant.
The weaknesses of the enemy position that I could reckon are: (i) the pillbox is useless against threats from the flank and (ii) the AAA gun and the improved positions around it are vulnerable to mortar fire. So, with no little effort and luck, I moved up a mortar team for the kill.
|The US infantry squads helped with some rifle fire, mainly upon the German trenches. This forced the weary landsers to withdraw. Note the green icon for the US mortar team in the background and how the pillbox and the AAA gun are silent.|
|The mortar fire had to be aimed a couple of meters to the right of the AAA gun (LOS is blocked by the pillbox), but thanks to the inaccuracy of the mortar fire, the gun and its crew are shredded to pieces in just three shots.|