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    BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

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    BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

    Post by ezeight65 on Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:02 pm

    Would love to see a campaign for this battle at some point in the future.  In the short term, perhaps just some single missions featuring the Sherman "Jumbo" in the defense of Bastogne, or on the German side: the start of the Ardennes Offensive featuring the Panther, Tiger I or even the King Tiger.  This is such a famous and well-documented battle...be much fun to play.

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    Re: BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

    Post by lockie on Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:56 pm

    This campaign would be interesting. Do u've a plan or it is just idea?
    I mean plan is:
    1. how many missions will be included? Usually it's ten.
    2. what is the main tank-hero? Jumbo/Sherman M4A3/76 or smth.?
    3. what is the army units?
    4. what is the history period?
    5. what is the area? Pay attention SF map editor may recreate only area 2x2km
    We've a 3D model of "Jumbo", but it hasn't been implemented yet, because of the mission absent and lost inspiration Smile

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    Re: BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

    Post by ezeight65 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:56 am

    lockie wrote:This campaign would be interesting. Do u've a plan or it is just idea?
    Hahha, right now more of an idea than a plan, but off the top of my head:

    1. how many missions will be included? Usually it's ten.
    10 missions (German or American...or both!)

    2. what is the main tank-hero? Jumbo/Sherman M4A3/76 or smth.?
    American: Lt Col. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr, CO of the 37th Tank Btn, 4th Armored Division that relieved Bastogne:



    Abrams BIO
    During World War II, Abrams served in the 4th Armored Division, initially as regimental adjutant (June 1941 – June 1942), battalion commander (July 1942 – March 1943), and regiment executive officer (March 1943 – September 1943) with the 37th Armor Regiment. In September 1943, a reorganization of the division redesignated the 37th Armor Regiment to the 37th Tank Battalion, which he commanded; he commanded Combat Command B of the division during the Battle of the Bulge. During much of this time, the 4th Armored Division (led by the 37th Tank Battalion) was the spearhead for General Patton's Third Army, and he was consequently well known as an aggressive armor commander. By using his qualities as a leader and by consistently exploiting the relatively small advantages of speed and reliability of his vehicles, he managed to defeat German forces that had the advantage of superior armor and superior guns. He was twice decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism on September 20 and December 26, 1944.  Abrams was one of the leaders in the relief effort that broke up the German entrenchments surrounding Bastogne and the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge.


    Or on the German side: Col. Meinrad von Lauchert, CO of 2nd Panzer Division -  basically the tip of the spear of the Ardennes Offensive:



    von Lauchert BIO
    On the eve of the Battle of the Bulge, Lauchert was appointed commander of the 2nd Panzer Division. His division punched through the American lines on 16 December 1944 and by the time the offensive had stalled Lauchert's men had achieved the deepest penetration into Allied-held territory of any of the German formations, reaching a point only nine kilometers from the Meuse by 23 December.  Afterwards, Lauchert's division fought a continuous rearguard action against the US forces as they pushed the division back across the German frontier. During the fighting in February and March 1945, the division had ceased to exist as much more than a marker on the map. By the end of March, as the remnants of his division were backed up against the Rhine without a secure crossing point, Lauchert ordered a breakout eastwards in small groups. Lauchert swam the Rhine with a small number of his staff and, apparently fed up with the hopelessness of the situation, deserted and walked home to Bamberg. After the war, he was imprisoned for trial at Nuremberg for war crimes, but was found not guilty and released.

    3. what is the army units?
    American (37th Tank Btn / 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 4th Armored Div):
    M4A3E2/75 "Jumbo" Sherman (with an early Jan 1945 upgrade to 76mm)
    M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman
    M10 "Wolverine" Tank-Destroyer
    M3 half-track

    German (2nd Panzer Division):
    Pz IVH
    StuG III
    Panther
    Tiger I
    King Tiger
    Sd.Kfz. 251 .


    4. what is the history period?
    Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 16, 1945

    5. what is the area?
    The Ardennes, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany

    Pay attention SF map editor may recreate only area 2x2km

    ...or because of the 2x2km map limit, perhaps the area just in and around Bastogne.
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    Re: BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

    Post by lockie on Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:34 am

    I see u're still hesitating what the side is for the user. At this moment we've one mission devoted to 4th Armored Division and Colonel Creighton Abrams.
    It's GMP4.16, N37. TF Abrams, 6th DEC 1944 (M4A1/76 "Sherman")
    Here's a short description:
    Task:

    Initial Situation:
    It is 6th December 1944, France, near the city of Sarreguemines. Two villages stand between the 4th
    Armored Division and Rohrbach. Bining and Singling on the Maginot Line. Because of the terrain
    configuration any attacker coming from the south has to come up east of Singling and then make a
    ninety-degree turn towards Bining, exposing dangerously its flank. Singling has to be occupied or
    neutralized.
     
    Combat order:
    While the main Task Force led by Colonel Creighton Abrams is to advance on Bining and Rohrbach, the job
    of neutralizing Singling is assigned to Team B, comprising armor - infantry elements, from the 37th Tank
    Battalion and the 51st Armored Infantry Battalion. Singling is defended by the German 11th Panzer Division.
    The main action is to execute a direct frontal attack on the enemy positions. Don't come into the Singling!\n
    The task is to encircle it.

    I've a history note for the next mission was, but still can't put my hands on it Smile
    Both mission were suggested by made by johnf.
    note:

    It was large Canadian armoured units (Shermans / Fireflies & fighter bomber support) against German defenders (Panthers, Tigers and AT guns) on German territory.  Date is around Feb 1945 as the Allies raced towards the Rhine River.  Big losses for the Canadians but eventually German resistance collapsed.  Very few people know of this battle and yet it involved 1,000 Canadian tanks.  

    "The Battle of Hochwald Gap was almost as big as Normandy, but with three times the number of casualties. The Canadians assembled a force of 90,000 infantry, 1300 artillery guns and over 1000 tanks, most attached to the Canadian 2nd Division. They faced a force of about 10,000, with a handful of Panzer Mk. Vs, less than 100 Panzer Mk. VIs and a handful of PAK 28 anti tank guns. The Battle itself a was masterpiece of defensive combat by Germans who intimately knew their own territory and set up one tank trap after another. Outnumbered hopelessly, the German fought about as well one could expect"
    We need a new unit Pak 28 for this mission.


    Also I've started the new project: Mein panzerkampf. It'll devoted to GER side (Pz.VI/B "King Tiger").
    But first, I'd like to finish campaign "Steel beast" (Panther).
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    Re: BATTLE OF THE BULGE Campaign request

    Post by ezeight65 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:20 pm

    Ah, well then... if I had to pick a player side in a BULGE campaign, I would choose American just for variety.  Then the question is: does the campaign comprise a US defense in the German Siege of Bastogne (Dec. 17 - Dec. 25, 1944 or the US Counter Offensive (roughly Dec. 26, 1944 - Jan 17, 1945) in the areas of Elsenborn Ridge, St. Vith, Bastogne and Bure .

    If the M18 "Hellcat" TD was modded in game (I haven't seen any missions for the M18 yet) then it would be fun doing Defense of Bastogne campaign and focus on the actions of the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion under Lt-Col Clifford D. Templeton:

    On 16 December, the Germans launched a major offensive throughout the Ardennes region of the Western Front, which would later become known as the Battle of the Bulge.[1] The 705th, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Clifford D. Templeton, was ordered by Ninth Army to move south in the evening of 18 December, and join VIII Corps at Bastogne, a town on a critical road junction in the southern Ardennes. After delays to secure the town of La Roche, and a short engagement in which the command group was attacked, the command and combat elements of the battalion had fully arrived in Bastogne late on the night of 19 December. Templeton detached two platoons to hold a bridge at Ortheuville and a platoon to La Roche, and the supply and support elements were sent west, escorted by a single M18 and instructed to "hook up with some big friends".

    A platoon was sent north from Bastogne on the early morning of the 20th to help relieve Task Force Desobry, defending the northeast approaches to the town. The platoon, accompanying a battalion of paratroopers, blunted the attack of the 2nd Panzer Division, destroying a number of German tanks.[10] The battalion was formally attached to the 101st Airborne Division, the formation holding Bastogne, on 20 December,[4] and was engaged throughout the siege, fighting a number of small actions.[1] It provided a major part of the 101st's combat capabilities; on the 21st, the total armoured reserve available other than the 705th amounted to about forty operable medium tanks.

    On the 24th, it was distributed between the 101st's regiments; a platoon to the 501st Parachute Infantry, two to the 506th Parachute Infantry, two to the 502nd Parachute Infantry and four to the 327th Glider Infantry,[12] with one platoon deployed as a reserve in the town itself.[13] On the 25th, Christmas Day, it was engaged in the thick of the fighting; an attack by eighteen Panzer IVs of 15th Panzergrenadier Division was broken up by M18s of the battalion. One half of the attack was caught in a close-range action by units of the 502nd PIR and a platoon of B Company; two M18s were knocked out at the start of the engagement, but the other pair quickly accounted for three Panzer IVs. The other half, meanwhile, was caught in a crossfire between four M18s, a group of M4 Shermans, a group of 105mm howitzers and infantry bazookas and destroyed.

    Throughout the siege, the battalion destroyed around 40 German tanks, and lost only six M18s. The battalion remained stationed in Bastogne for the remainder of the Battle of the Bulge, being released by the 101st on 18 January, and withdrawn to rest and refit. The battalion would later be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its role in the defense of Bastogne.




    The other option of course is to build on the terrific "TF Abrams" mission and create a campaign that starts with the Bastogne Defense and progresses to US Counter Offensive, moving on to the other towns mentioned, using US tanks already modded in-game (Sherman M4A1/76, M4A3E8, M4A3/76) or even this famous M4A3E2 "Jumbo" if the mod you started for this tank could be finished:



    This campaign might incorporate the persona of Lt. Charles Boggess, Tanker Commander of "Cobra King" pictured above or perhaps someone higher up in the 4th Armored Division -- Col. William L. Roberts, CO of Combat Command B:



    Combat Command-B’s lead Sherman tanks, tank destroyers and half-tracks entered Bastogne 18 December 1944. These were the first combat troops to reach the threatened town. CCB’s commander, Col. William L. Roberts, split his command to form a crescent-shaped arc facing eastward five miles from the city. A task force commanded by Maj. William R. Desobry went north to Noville, while a similar group under Lt. Col. Henry T. Cherry wheeled east to Longvilly. Lt. Col. James O'Hara’s group shifted southeast to Bras.

    At the same time, German forces moved westward with increasing momentum. Bastogne, a hub from which seven main roads diverged, was essential to the swift movement of Rundstedt’s panzers. Before dawn of 19 December five German divisions attacked CCB. Bazooka-armed American soldiers and a single platoon of tank destroyers fought a column of German Panzer IV tanks on the Houffalize-Noville highway, turning them back. More enemy armor followed and with the road blocked, the battle spilled into the snow-covered fields and woods. For eight hours, CCB alone withstood multiple German attacks before reinforcements arrived from the 101st Airborne Division, which had moved into Bastogne under the screen of the 10th’s actions.

    The Germans still maintained an advantage and the outnumbered Americans withdrew closer to Bastogne. The Germans sent pincers to the north and south. The night of 21 December, the pincers met and closed west of the city. In the surrounded city, the 10th assembled a mobile reserve force to strike in any direction.

    CCB endured the cold, artillery barrages and bombing while their supplies and ammunition dwindled. Fourth Armored Division tanks finally broke through on 26 December, but CCB continued to fight until 18 January.  

    After the battle, the 10th Armored Division's 21st Tank Battalion and Combat Command B were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their actions from 17 to 27 December 1944 Battle of the Bulge. The 101 Airborne Division was also honored with the Presidential Unit Citation for their actions at Bastogne. Years after the war, General Anthony McAuliffe said "In my opinion, Combat Command B of the 10th Armored Division was never properly credited with their important role in the Bastogne battle."



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