Tonight I decided to dust off Combat Mission Battle for Normandy. I may just have found my new favorite scenario from that game.
|Briefing for Huzzar!|
I usually not a big fan of meeting engagement scenarios in Combat Mission. I've found that a lot of them are more or less "line up two sides and have them charge at each other." They exhibit all the tactical subtlety of the charge of the French knights at Agincourt. A great English victory to be sure, but about as interesting to play as cleaning your garage.
I could tell as soon as I started to read the briefing that this scenario was different. Whoever created this understood what really happens in a meeting engagement. The briefing is exceptionally well done and militarily meaningful.
|Even the tactical map looks more complex and interesting than average.|
The scenario opens with just a troop of cavalry under my command. I'm to perform reconnaissance and locate the advancing enemy armor; a column that broke through American lines in the night and is headed to the village to secure crossings over the River Souleuvre. My cavalry needs to find the main route of the advance, investigate several Points of Interest (POI) on the map, and prep for my soon to arrive armor. I'm then to attack, destroy the enemy and seize the crossing points.
|The map is exceptionally well done. This is a view over the battlefield before I begin to scout. Half of my cavalry troop is on one of the two main roads headed south.|
|Cavalry advancing down the rail line south toward the river crossings.|
|Contact! My cavalry elements on my right encounter German recon forces near Bridgeheads C and D.|
|It looks to be an entire recon platoon|
|This Sd. Kfz. 250/9 fires on my cavalry, but doesn't move to follow the other halftrack speeding away to the east. I think it's been immobilized by a hit from one of my Stuarts.|
|The situation at the western bridge|
|That halftrack was quick!|