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#3757733 - 03/26/13 09:13 AM Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace  
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I'm starting a new multiplayer match with Rambler in Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy. The scenario is called "The Mace."

The situation: it's 20 August 1944, 1400 hours. The 1st Polish Armored Division has cut off the Chambois-Vimoutiers road and is now in possession of Mont Ormel ridge. Possession of this ridge allows them a commanding view over the Dive valley, and thus they are blocking the retreat of the German 7th Army from the Falaise Pocket. My forces, from 2nd SS Panzer Division, are tasked with pushing them off the ridge.

Forces: I have an assortment of panzergrenadiers from the Der Fhrer and Deutschland Regiments, plus armored support from 2nd SS Panzer Regiment and 2nd SS StuG battalion. My briefing states that only the 13th Company from Deutschland, along with a panzer platoon, is ready to attack. They will be reinforced by 14th Company, likely with some armored support, in about 30 minutes. Der Fhrer currently only has two platoons ready to go, so they will have to wait for more troops from the regiment, along with armored support, before attacking.

As the screenshot below shows, I have some hefty artillery fire on call: 4 x 81mm mortars, 4 x 120mm mortars, and 6x 215mm Nebelwerfer rocket launchers. Also seen here is the tactical map and my objectives:



And the map: as you can see, it's very big and very hilly.



And my forces starting at the beginning of the match. The first shot shows Deutschland's 13th Company and their supporting armor. Many of the rifle squads here are depleted from recent combat:



The platoons from Der Fhrer. While dismounted, they are in better shape personnel-wise:



The first order of business is to send out some scouts to see where Rambler's stationed his forces. I don't want to just blindly send my troops forward. So, after ensuring weapons and ammo levels are set, it's time to set up the first waypoints. My general plan is to have Der Fhrer attack towards the North-East slope, while Deutschland will move out towards the Knoll.

First orders for Der Fhrer:



First moves for Deutschland. I will move the dismounted platoon up cautiously, at this point just trying to see where Rambler is at. The platoon in halftracks and the Panther platoon will wait in cover for now:



And, to top things off, I'm going to use the Nebelwerfers right now, since once the game starts they take a very long time to call in. I'm going to center the bombardment on the area behind the Knoll and hope I hit something good:



And that's it for now! Now I wait for Rambler's first moves...

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#3757739 - 03/26/13 09:51 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Can't wait to read the follow up!

On a side note... what if he's reading?
I know I would be tempted...


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#3757749 - 03/26/13 10:52 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: komemiute]  
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Originally Posted By: komemiute
Can't wait to read the follow up!

On a side note... what if he's reading?
I know I would be tempted...


I trust that he won't be reading this. He knows I'm posting this here.

#3757781 - 03/26/13 12:55 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Respect between players is a must. My hat's off to both of you...

Also... KILL HIM! biggrin

Ehrm. I mean... I hope you win.


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#3757913 - 03/26/13 05:31 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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This will be fun. Looking forward to reading it. Not many CMBN AARs posted here. One Question, the scenario...is this a stock scenario or did you have to download it from the repository?

#3758173 - 03/27/13 06:48 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: enigma6584]  
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Originally Posted By: enigma6584
One Question, the scenario...is this a stock scenario or did you have to download it from the repository?


It's a stock scenario that comes with the Commonwealth Forces module.

#3758174 - 03/27/13 06:49 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: komemiute]  
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Originally Posted By: komemiute
Respect between players is a must. My hat's off to both of you...

Also... KILL HIM! biggrin

Ehrm. I mean... I hope you win.


Well, I'm gonna have my work cut out for me, seeing as I'm going up against Polish forces. biggrin I suspect he has Firefly Shermans among his ranks. Those right there will ruin your day.

#3758665 - 03/28/13 02:51 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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wave I just ordered the Fortress Italy game Hope its as good as yours.

#3758793 - 03/28/13 01:53 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Originally Posted By: LukeFF
Originally Posted By: komemiute
Respect between players is a must. My hat's off to both of you...

Also... KILL HIM! biggrin

Ehrm. I mean... I hope you win.


Well, I'm gonna have my work cut out for me, seeing as I'm going up against Polish forces. biggrin I suspect he has Firefly Shermans among his ranks. Those right there will ruin your day.


If he has them they will indeed be a force to be reckoned with. He also looks to have the high ground. You are going to have to maneuver (it looks to me from your pics)along reverse slopes.

#3758810 - 03/28/13 02:14 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Wow, that is a big map! Good luck!


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#3758831 - 03/28/13 02:30 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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thumbsup Thanks for the information guy 's. Will order the game this weekend. The wife plays Warcraft all the time so I seem to have a lot of time.

#3759291 - 03/29/13 08:50 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: enigma6584]  
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Originally Posted By: enigma6584
You are going to have to maneuver (it looks to me from your pics)along reverse slopes.


Yep, definitely. Hence why recon is so important on a map like this.

#3759542 - 03/29/13 05:59 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Originally Posted By: LukeFF
Originally Posted By: enigma6584
You are going to have to maneuver (it looks to me from your pics)along reverse slopes.


Yep, definitely. Hence why recon is so important on a map like this.


Hard to see but I think I see your game is 2 hours long...correct? That is good if so. You'll have time then to do a proper recon. Good luck.

#3760617 - 04/01/13 07:39 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Yep, 2-hour long mission.

We've had a slight delay with it being a holiday weekend, but the battle should get going this week.

#3760640 - 04/01/13 09:32 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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I'll be interested to see how this turns out, as I'm currently halfway through playing this scenario as Germans against the AI. Good luck and thanks for the screen shots.

#3761568 - 04/02/13 08:27 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: weeksy]  
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Excellent - I love cmbn done a couple of aars on here in video format.

Cmbn is an awesome game - good luck to you both.

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#3761741 - 04/03/13 05:16 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Yep, CMBN is a lot of fun. It's even more fun (and unpredictable) when you go up against a live opponent. Rambler and I have played a couple of matches now, and I have to say he's been a most worthy opponent.

#3761836 - 04/03/13 01:33 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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I'm just finishing this map up as the Poles against another opponent. He laid about 45 minutes worth of arty down on me. I've knocked out all his Panthers except one which is damaged, I captured the town on his side of the map, and I just started to counter attack his men in the open. They ran into the forest where my infantry company ambushed them in prepared positions.

I think he will be surrendering soon.

Big map, plus a lot of time to play makes this one of the best battles I've played in a long time.

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#3762381 - 04/04/13 08:42 AM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Alright, so back to the battle!

Almost immediately, one of my platoons from Der Fhrer picks up contact directly ahead. It looks like Rambler is moving some troops from the North-East Slope and the North Slope towards the map's center:






As the minute elapses, more contacts are moving from the North-East Slope towards the center:




Meanwhile, the first salvo of Nebelwerfer rockets begins to pummel the Knoll:



Thankfully, Obersturmfhrer Euling's forward observer team has line of sight on the area where Rambler is moving troops from the direction of the North-East Slope, so that general area is going to get a short 81mm strike. It should arrive in about 5 minutes:




I want to get more intel on what's lurking on the North-East Slope, so I'm detaching a couple of scout teams from the advancing Der Fhrer platoon and sending them forward to the hedgerows to see if they can spot anything. Meanwhile, the rest of the platoon will hunker down in the trees:



On the right, my scouts from Deutschland continue to move up to their first positions, so I should know soon if they can see anything of note:



And now I wait... smile

#3762467 - 04/04/13 01:36 PM Re: Combat Mission Normandy During-Action Report: The Mace [Re: LukeFF]  
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Regarding your scouts...do you use a very short cover arc in order to prevent them from firing? You know in order to have them hold fire and not draw attention to oneself? Looks to me like he is extending his picket line by a good distance.

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