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with no opposition encountered at Audouville, but warned that Les Boches are occupying the next village inland, Ecoqueneauville, just a few more miles through the tortuous Bocage country...
Our game will follow the 8IR as they combat the 919th Grenadier Regiment around Ecoqueneauville, using the No Retreat mission.
The lead Rifle Company has been suitable beefed up:
The Company Commander, escorted by his FAO,
and the Tank Destroyer's XO,
have conducted a quick recce of the approaches to the town...
and made their combat appreciation, having weighed up the course open to them.
Their cunning plan: advance up both flanks and see what happens!
Being Americans, they have a generous fireplan to help out with indirect firepower:
But in the end, as it always does, it'll come down to the ordinary ole line Joes to get the job done!
For their part, the dought defenders of the Wehrmacht's 919th Grenadier Regiment
are also unusually well supported:
And they have had ample time to prepare a plan, lay minefields on all the key road junctions, and dig in:
With the 120mm mortars in reserve, the pre-planned fire plan is somewhat simpler than the US one, but with a salvo sized template, none the less worth having:
The Grenadier Platoon are well dug into the hard earthen banks of the bocage around the 2nd Objective:
Join us next time on D-Day Dusk to find out - Part 2: Advance to Contact!