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Second MW scenario released "Auftragstaktik" or "Misssion Tactics".

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As I am releasing a second MW scenario "Auftragstaktik" or "Mission Tactics", available for download, I am intrigued by the fact that nobody asked me any questions about the first MW scenario released March 13 and downloaded 80 times.

I must assume that it was a walk in the park :clin: for everyone maneuvering with ease through it, receiving a maximum score and rounding up that mission before the bell rung.

For those which are not genius of war (just like me :wink2: ), I am available to help and explain the concepts at play, and what was not so definite about that mission.

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Like he said, par for the course. It's a constant source of (mild) frustration to pretty much every scenario designer.

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The terrain is indeed not very tank friendly. ;-)

But there are a few road that can be used for quicker movement.

Don't know if that was the intent, but to me it looked like this:

My company was currently not engaged, while reight neighbor was running frontaly into enemy mechInf supported by Rocket Arty.

My decision was to flank that enemy strong poitn to the north IOT destroy/cut of these forces and to enable own forces crossing sandy river.

I used the sand bank west of farm Y to cross with my "main effort" and send down 1 plt down road 8 to recce the bridge and "entertain" the locals. (main Idea was to mask of flanking move to the north)

Main effort moved over Fram y and x and then used the open terrain in the east to attack the enemy from the rear.

=> one company BMP-3 and 1 Battery Grad + supply unity destroyed, bridhead established and secured with onw forces in tank friendly terrain.

Own losses one tank.

edit: score 3000.0

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Well Grenny, my plan was to talk about the first mission as the second one is being released so people would have time to play the second one before having access to an explanation of possible solutions. Not giving away the end of the movie before you go see it.

But, since you are the only one returning the call, let's start this way.

So what is your intent?...A crossing should have been North of your position and the 1-8th original function was to convince the eny that the 1rst was to cross the bridge.

As soon as the North crossing is delayed due to eny knowledge of the plan, the 1st Battalion is attacked aggressively by the eny in the vicinity of the bridge.

The eny seems to be ignoring about the presence of Company A (your tank company), or believe that the company will come to support the first Battalion.

Company A job is undefined until, the 2cnd Battalion which is the main effort "Schwerpunkt" decides not to wait to cross and shift its effort from North crossing to your Bridge (change of focus stated on the radio traffic Hitman to Godfather). Then you original intent is naturally canceled, and the 8th Marines mission, becomes yours. The company A's mission is to guaranty a secured crossing of the Sandy River for the 2cnd Battalion.

You see how the function is shifted and shared between the different Battalions, to secure that crossing. The concept of least effort is mind-boggling, at first. One aspect of MW is a little bit like the cup game you can see in subways. A guy has 3 plastic cups on the top of a cardboard box and hides one ball or piece of paper under one cup. The cups are shifted around fast and you lose track of the object position.

If the eny knows where the Schwerpunkt is, it knows where to reinforce.

There is no radio traffic about who does what where and when. You take it upon yourself to re-assess the situation; you can call it an ODAA loop if you wish. You made the decision to secure the crossing for the 2cnd while the eny is engaged with the 1rst.

Now the next question is the how?....

Great score 3000 Grenny! Great Initiative and decision making under pressure, I caped the mission at 60 minutes to create a sense of real pressure.

You need to make believe the eny that you are crossing, because you are, you are just not showing the whole truth to the eny.. You show them your right hand while you do something else with your left. Your first platoon cross fast at the bridge and recon fast what forces are guarding the bridge and also take a peek at the rear or flank of the eny engaging the 1rst to soften their position with some arty assets . 5 M-60 crossing is risky, but you might surprise them and the M-60 is not that slow on roads, it is just a turtle off road. Then while the eny knows you are crossing, it might decrease the pressure on the attack of the 1rst to re-locate some assets to follow your actions.

Simultaneously, cross on the sand bank/swamp/muddy bank your 2cnd and 3rd platoon. Great job for that you got 1000 point per 2cnd platoon and third platoon crossing there hidden from the eny (2 x 1000).

Then while your 2cnd and 3rd platoon reaches farm x and y vicinity, they receive the following radio traffic: Halt stand buy for further orders, you are being reverted to company reserved. If they halt and are kept hidden in that area as you reserve, you get 2000 extra points for that initiative (1000 per platoon). In case the eny wants to attack (as it might have some hidden resources somewhere on the map, you are ready to indulge with a sizeable surprise).

It entertains the MW concept of reserve, one up two down. It is funny as we discussed that concept in SimHQ in the MW thread a month ago.

Your first Platoon turns left on route #5 and is now in the vicinity of hill 112 and you will appear and disappear in the terrain through movement to shot at eny position on the right of the bridge in front of hill 110 and also at the eny position on the other side of hill 110.

Basically, you don't want to stay too long in one position for the enemy to fix you and start throwing some ICM at your position. You get a peak at their positions, throw some arty and while pounded by HE or ASCAM and confused running for cover, you shoot at what the arty misses. For the ENY, you become the incarnation of "Hell on tracks". And you keep doing that until you have secured the crossing for the 2cnd Battalion, within a 60 minutes time frame.

The mission tells you it is over when the eny threatening the crossing has less than 15 operable units in the vicinity of hill 110.

I will assume that you made an extra 1000 point for destroying the enemy threat around hill 110. You got the job done.

Congratulations Grenny, :luxhello: you did a great job. 3000 is commendable! :cool3: You did secure the bridge. :bigsmile:

Of course, the way points are distributed is partial :icon_frown:, there is no wrong or right way as long as you secure the crossing with your 3 platoons or just one.:clin:

Maneuver Warfare is yours!...Prince Frederick Karl would certainly learn from you!

Edited by gunnyhighway
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To be honest I ignored the radio transmission to halt and moved straight on(after some peaking) to open ground.

I wanted to get the tanks out of the restricted terrain, and saw a chance to deliver a killing blow.

=> 3 enemy platoons had been spotted and I knew there location. Those where engaged by 1st BN...therefor fixed.

=> an Grad battery was spotted....and would be a hight threat to the infantry units. So I decided that it had to go, and quick.

=> my platoon at the bridge would be able to hold of surprizes comming from the north

=> I saw that the open ground was free of enemy

Decision: Attack.

I turned 1st platoon (5 tanks, I guess this includes the command section) and 2nd platoon

south. 1st used "engage" tactic to drive down, get a BP and engage the enemy

2nd plt and assault tactics to move past 1st plt and use their fires to manouvre.

I pretty quickly had 9-tubes pointed at the enemy...one BMP plt , a supply unit and the Grad battery where gone in minutes.

After that I could single out the remaining BMP platoon and take them out one by one before they could support each other.

I my view: the tank company is now free to exploit, moving north to support the 8th or the go on further east.

The Infantry (1st BN??) would now be available as new reserve.

I realy good "map-ex" mission. Liked it a lot.

I'm only a bit challenged to get the idea what to do from the briefing ;-)

If its not in STANAG 2019, Im to stupid to read it :-P

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I'm only a bit challenged to get the idea what to do from the briefing ;-)

If its not in STANAG 2019, Im to stupid to read it :-P

To be challenged was the idea!:clin:

And good thinking forward!...Mission tactics, you are the Boss!

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Looking at the downloads section. Haven't seen the one yet, but today's one has 24 downloads and 5-star ratings. I'll look into this one this weekend, perfect excuse to avoid Easter weekend mass...not that I ever go anyway:cool3:

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