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"Strike One..."

German 25 PM Allied 25 PM  
Ger25PMAdvance2.png (372726 bytes)German Pre-Move Commentary: The German offensive is pretty much stalled at this point and a tie looks highly likely at this point. Randy has effectively used his air power to prevent significant lateral shifts of my forces while his well distributed artillery is still able to put 25+ factors into defensive ground support in the Givet to Yvoir segement of the Meuse.

My approach now will be to count on bombardments to shock defenders that hopefully will then be driven back by a favorable combat result. I then would expect to burn up my guys with standfasts in order to preserve the bridgehead.

At this point, I can look backwards and identify the key decisions that got me to where I am at this juncture: Didn't assault Bastogne Aimed at Dinant because of the anticipated delays for the US to get forces there. Didn't press on the Liege to Namur Meuse segment because of the large number of US and British forces that could rapidly defend that area. Screened Patton to a sufficient degree that all his entrances would be opposed. (I could have chosen to give him some openings in order to delay the defensive buildup near Dinant.)

Anyway, I figure if I can muster enough low-odds attacks, perhaps I can get across the river. =)

Post-Combat Comment:  I cleared the northern cities but totally failed in my attacks across the Meuse.  I had a 1/3 chance after I managed to shock an element of the powerful US 2nd Armored division but, alas, it was not to be.

--  Tom

US25AMAdvance.png (369322 bytes)The once powerful Fuh Es Panzer Brigade attempted to run the gauntlet of Allied air interdiction and was stopped dead in its tracks, taking a step loss in the process. Col Remer is furious and his troops are literally quelling local fires.

Allied Series Replay 25PM Comments Part I: The big push for the vulnerable Meuse River bridgehead at hex 4817 began in earnest. Tom set it up well by making a preliminary attack on the town of Yvoir to draw off Allied artillery. A bombardment of hex 4817 succeeded in shocking the powerful U.S. 2nd Armor, resulting in a 2-1(-1) follow-up combat and a 1/3 chance of crossing the Meuse and capturing a bridgehead. Needless to say "Ol' Blood and Guts" was sweating it out. The combat result was a *D1 Attrition with Patton calling for a standfast to the 26th Infantry. On the Northern edge, the Germans easily swept aside the Allied modest defense left on the eastern shore of the Meuse to enter the towns of Andenne and Huy.

Allied Series Reply 25PM Comments Part II: The upcoming turn will be of paramount importance. The Germans will have one last move to jocky for best position for the final throw of the dice on 26PM. I can no longer cover all of the hexes on the west bank of the Meuse and must let some German Infantry cross. I'll gamble that another air interdiction will keep Fuh Es and its valuable DRM channeled away from the more important Meuse River bridgeheads. The Engaged result at Yvoir was fortunate because it locked 2nd Panzer in combat and cancelled a potential Meuse hexside crossing. I will relocate the two Brit artillery for maximum defense. Tom let me cross the big river near Namur with the 101st Airborne, so I will take the opportunity to sting one of his mechanized units.

--  Randy

LQ Rating:  4.0 LQ Rating:  2.7
Public Comments:

German Combat

Red = Outcome (LQ Rating)   Blue = German unit   Green = Allied Unit

4814:  39 vs 8 + 187,190A? @1-1(-1) = 5 = 4 = ENG (6)

4817 Bombardment: (NW 7, NW 16, 401A, 766A)
    Bombard 26/104 = 1 = NO (4.5)
    Bombard 2 US/266 = 6 = YES (1.5)

4817:  Remaining Adj (40) + Air vs 20 + 193A + Air @2-1(-1) = 3 = 2 = *D1 (5)
    26/104 Reduced, standfast
    2SS/4 Reduced, attrition

5034:  8 vs 4 @2-1(-1)  = 6 = 5 = ENG (5.5)

4208:  Adj (42) vs 4 + 188A @4-1(-2) = 5  = 3 = D3 (4.5)
    12SS/25(r) to 4108
    12SS/12 to 4208
    2/3 to 4110

3907:  Adj (39) vs 8 + 18A @3-1(-2) = 1 = -1 = 1D1 (1)
    9/33, 3/5(r) to 3907

US Combat

Red = Outcome (LQ Rating)   Blue = German unit   Green = Allied Unit

1. Adj, 188, 190 Air (21) vs 15/115 (7)
Combined Arms , GER AIR 4-1(-1) = 5 = 4 = D2 to 4608. (4.5)

2. 2/9, 5/CCB, 18, 179 Air (23) vs *18/294, 402 (6)
Combined Arms 5-1(-1) = 4 = 3 = D4 = DE (3.5)

Bridge Demolitions:

3706 = 1 = Boom (2.5)
3002 = 4 = Boom (2.5)
3504 = 4 = Boom (2.5)
4006 = 3 = Boom (2.0)
4308 = 3 = Boom (2.0)
4814 = 3 = Boom (2.5)
5325 = 2 = Boom (2.5)
5233 = 3 = Boom (2.5)