Command Ops: Höfen Ho-Down AAR

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I have been trying to learn Command Ops Battles For The Bulge in an effort to use more thought out tactics in this mission Hofen Ho-Down. In this scenario i am tasked with holding the line and defending some key strongholds that have crossing points the Germans need for there advance.I get 20 points for holding 4 strongholds. Monschau being the largest urban area i decide to make this the main defence with strongholds North and South of me i can use it as a type of reserve to bolster any of the smaller units above and below.

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There is not a lot i can do to begin with except make sure the units defend in situ and react to the enemy attack as it happens. I move a few forces into higher ground and find bettor cover for some units and tell them to defend.The clock begins and my positions in the South look like they are getting probed. I let the AI take care of a lot of the defence and it does a great job.The Southern positions are clearly taking the brunt of this attack as the day goes on so i send reinforcements to help out. The 146th Engineering Battalion are sent. Not the obvious units to send but these blokes are fresh.

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They arrive just in time before more German units get to the battle. The Germans want these crossings badly but all there forces seem to be concentrated in one place. I send an Armoured unit to help out and this has a great effect on pushing them back.

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I win a marginal victory (my first)

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Comments (4)

  • Bletchley_Geek

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    Nice post – and site, mate. Just some comments.

    Hofen is a nice small battle, but I find it too be too much of a “tits” situation for the Germans to draw too many conclusions. Unless you buff their supply situation, the chances for them to capture *both* Hofen and Monschau are very small. What I usually do is to concentrate my artillery and infantry on Hofen – and do there the maximum effort, while screening Monschau.

    Good small scenarios where I think you’ll learn more are “We Fight and Die Here”, the one featuring two Bn’s of the Das Reich trying to hold up a full US Armoured division combat command and for something bigger, “The Battle of the Roadblocks”.

    Now you know you got a reader 🙂

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    • mule

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      Thanks for the kind words and the tips, always much appreciated. Just yesterday i was going through the scenarios looking for smaller missions to try. I might as well get my teeth stuck into a bigger scenario. I will do an AAR on “The Battle Of The Roadblocks” when i get a chance.
      Many thanks cheers!

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  • Chris

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    Great AAR. I have Command Ops Bulge and have only scratched the surface of it. Will have to take more of a look.

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    • mule

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      Hi Chris, yeah i’m just learning it at the moment. The AI really is fantastic and does a great job. Let us know how you get on.

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