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.
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.
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.
I win a marginal victory (my first)
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