Lots of action so far in my Tunisia game. I made a couple of false starts, so this is actually my third game -- and my second attempt at the Campaign. OCS gives you a lot to think about and experience is really the only reliable way to learn.
I was too aggressive,
on both sides, in my first play-throughs. To play this game well, you
have to understand how the various movement phases work in relation to
one another. You should always have units in reserve, for example. It's
easy to get too aggressive. You need to pay close attention to ZOCs
because, while you can move through them rather easily, you can't
retreat through them. This can cause an over-aggressive player no end of
grief if he's not paying close attention.
For this playing,
I went way more conservative. I'm keeping reserves whenever possible,
I'm building up supplies, I'm deploying artillery. In short, I'm trying
to think beyond the upcoming combat phase and that can be quite a challenge.
Anyway, on to the game. The picture below is of the November 29th turn,
the first turn that saw any real action for both sides. The Germans
kicked things off with a an overrun attack through the Tebourba Gap by a
battalion of Tiger tanks. This was followed up by an Exploitation move
by some Italian assault guns. The end result: The once-promising Allied
position opposite Medjez El Bab completely falls apart. Three British
battalions -- including one armored and one arty -- bite the dust,
making the position untenable. The Brits have no choice but to fall
back. They retreat into an area of Low Hills where the German panzers
don't have such an advantage.
Meanwhile, the US 1st Armored
Division deploys to guard its flanks and will threaten the flank of the
panzers if they strike out after the British. To take some of the heat
off, the 78th Inf Divsion, with the help of some paratroopers, launch an
attack on some Italian marines holding a river crossing on the road
leading to Bizerte. This will require some attention by the Germans.
Most of the 10th Pz Division arrives next turn. Lots of options for
them, but the Medjez El Bab area looks the most promising. The panzers
can do some damage, but they have to be careful not to push too hard.