As suggested by Doug I rained in a lot of Artillery using 105 Howitzers and plenty of smoke. This got my troops across the open area on the left flank and into some farm buildings. Something took a pot shot at them and they went to ground for a few moments but then carried on. It was at this point that my forward observer who i have to take great care of as stated in the mission briefing, spotted a Flak gun sitting just off the road. Feeling quite pleased i didn’t roll any tanks or vehicles up the main road this Flak Gun turned out to be a pain in the ass with regards to developing the plan.
On the right my troops spotted another Anti Tank Gun and a damm 88. The Flak Gun was set in between some buildings and the 88 a long way off in a tree line. I called in the Artillery to try and deal with the Anti Tank Gun and managed to get a few direct hits which was kind of lucky. This allowed me to move up some tanks to help deal with the 88.
I got a platoon of troops to suppress the 88 and moved 2 Shermans through a wooded area to take care of it. This worked out really well and we soon took care of that headache. This really open up the left flank and i decided to take the safe route albeit the long route towards my objective. I had plenty of time so i used it.
That Flak Gun which was spotted early in the mission got off a shot and took out one of my Shermans due to my careless and blazing approach to that area. Luckily i always try to move tanks in support of each other ie: i move them in bounds so one tank is always covering the other. Not always that easy to do but in this case it saved me. The other Sherman managed to take it out with 2 shots.
On the approach to the exit i had to deal with some infantry but nothing to heavy. I had plenty of forces and finished with just a couple of turns of left.
My screenshot software was not working (multi monitor issue) so i took a photo of the result with my camera. Yeah it’s that important. 🙂