|Plenty of terrain and objectives to cover. I'm in command of the US 7th US Armored Division.|
In real life, this was a battle that left the 7th AD so badly mauled that it had to be put offline for quite a while. In this scenario, I planned to hug the west bank of the Maas, and after hopefully clearing it, re-orient towards Overloon and then move to Venraij (not shown here). The events took me into a slightly different direction.
|By the evening of D2, I found myself pushing detachments from Combat Command B towards the depth of enemy territory, right into the southmost objective (Veinraij).|
What happened? The clearing of the west bank of the Maas was slow but very productive in terms of moving German units out of the way. Just by chance, I sent a reconnaissance company into Veirlingsbeek and found the town held by just a few German anti-tank guns. The reconnaissance company gains were not only the town itself but also a clear route towards the south and a crossing across the Veirlignsbeek creek.
|Without delay, I ordered TF Brown (BRWN counter and its subordinates linked with green lines) to expand our grasp of Veirlignsbeek. This screenshot taken way after the town was secured.|
|Moving the rest of Combat Command A through Veirlignsbeek and towards Veinraij was not easy. But at this point of the battle I already had enough combat power at Veinraij to secure the objective.|
|Overloon, the objective north of Veinraij was impossible to approach. The reconnaissance by the 87th Cavalry Squadron revealed no less than 15 German Panther tanks in a defensive stance in and around the town.|
|The final debrief, with our proud hold of objective Veinraij in the background.|
A though scenario that I enjoyed very much. I almost can picture myself in a jeep at Veirlignsbeek, pointing any single US unit arriving towards the south.