I had distinct ideas in mind for each side when I started this game of Beyond the Rhine. For the Americans, I would try to dislodge the Germans through maneuver alone, without fighting. For the Germans, I would look for opportunities to counterattack. For each side, I would be as aggressive as possible, since that is simply a winning strategy in most wargames. Make your opponent uncomfortable is my credo.
The American strategy worked well. The Germans...not so much. Counterattacking just got them in trouble. A better strategy would be to defend everywhere shoulder-to-shoulder. Without ZOCs, it is just too easy to exploit every defensive weakness in this game. Overall, I find that it is easier to attack than to defend. Defending in OCS requires a greater adjustment to one's thinking, I believe. This adjustment has come a little late for the Germans, with disastrous results.
|The Thionville Corridor after the advance of the US 5th AD.|
|In the center, the German 3rd PzGren Div has surrounded a US Tank Bn..|
|In the south, the US is opposed by the German 11th Pz Div.|
|A German counterattack in the Thionville Corridor, while appearing initially successful, only results in the better part of a Panzer division cut off with little hope of escape. The American 5th AD found the weak spot in the defense and makes for open country near Thionville.|
|The US rights the ship in the center.|
|The French 1st AD crashes through the German defenses around Dijon. Give 'em the ol' mustard, boys!|
|Overview. I really want to play the full campaign. This is half!|
|American infantry splits the defense in two. Germans will have to pull back and establish a new line.|
|Germans out of supply and ready to roll for attrition. Bad news!|
|The southern front.|
|The US noose tightens.|
|10th armored breaks through near Metz. More trouble for Jerry.|
|Dijon falls and the French "Gray Poupons" advance, aka "French's Armored Division." Ugh! More mustard jokes. "Helman's on Wheels!" Stop!|
|The Germans try to organize a defense in the south.|