|Men from the 1st Platoon, B Company, 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment move towards the Heumen Bridge.|
Let's go through some of the relevant moments of the fight.
|This aerial recon photo is from Lost at Nijmegen, by R.G. Poulussen.|
|A poorly executed movement to contact results in all the LMGs prematurely deployed. Too far away from the target, the effect of suppression is barely enough to pull fellow All Americans from danger.|
|The elevated terrain around the canal provides a covered approach for the scouts of B Platoon.|
|When the rest of the B Platoon joins the fight, the range is too high to affect the entrenched Germans.|
|One light mortar appears to do the suppression trick. Another platoon moves towards the bridge for a protracted assault.|
|The assault on the bridge is completed, not without a good share of own blood spilled.|
|This victory was not cheap.|
|The stone building was housing HMGs, which proved to be very effective during all the fight.|
As early as a few minutes into the scenario, right when the scouts made it so close to the bridge, I thought that I made it. Under the impression that I was engaging the depth of the enemy position, there was seemingly little between my men and victory. The finding of those trenches near the stone house made my heart sink. The enemy position was oriented towards the bridge accesses, not parallel to the canal.
Short on firepower, I inchwormed towards the muzzles of the Germans for that final assault that came in not late to accomplish the mission, but too spoiled in casualties.