I placed my AA guns on either end of Board 4. Keep in mind the hills do not exist and grain is brush. So my AA guns were best situated to shoot at falling paratroopers...and unfortunately not much else as the game went on. I defended all but one of the 6 possible assembly areas...and yes...you guessed it...that was the one Dan had rolled.
Dan's landing would go well. I would break one 7-4-7, but everyone else would land intact and two squads would land off board. My AA guns wouldn't do much and rate of fire and I are usually not on speaking terms...
As Dan's boys moved towards the assembly areas, I pushed some of my boys forward.
Dan would begin collecting at his designated Assembly Point. He also moved towards others...but my instincts told me that he was after the M9 location.
Dan and I would see some good close combat actions in this scenario, with Dan generally getting the better of me.
Turn 4, my infantry reinforcements would enter the battle. I was moving them to take a position to put down fire on M9 from outside of Dan's range, but inside my range.
I sent my trucks careening down the road in an effort to draw fire and create some "Russian Smoke". I was partially successful and Dan always delights in destroying my trucks. He likes a tidy battlefield.
Turn 5, I would get the last of my reinforcements with a STUG and a squad. I would sent them directly towards M9.
Two major fights would develop. My eastern reinforcements would be surrounded by Dan's boys in a battle to the death, while I sent everything I had left towards M9.
Dan would start to get the better of my eastern force, although they would inflict some losses on Dan's paras before he took them down. I would take some prisoners myself near M9 as my boys began putting downs some serious pressure there.
Close combat would erupt all across the battle space. Dan would go after my STUG with a vengeance.
Dan would capture all of my boys in the east and destroy my STUG. These two close combat victories would help secure the victory for Dan.
With time running out...I positioned my boys for a last ditch attempt to take the M9 Assembly Point.