Busting the Bocage: American combined arms operations in France, 6 June July Front Cover. Michael Dale Doubler. U.S. Army Command and. Busting the Bocage: Hedgerow Fighting with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. This scenario pack depicts fighting involving the US 2nd Ranger Battalion on and shortly. Alternative Titles/Edition History: 1st edition, ; 2nd edition, ; 3rd edition, ?; 4th Edition (Busting the Bocage BAR Edition), ; 5th Edition (Petty’s.
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Taliking about tactic, i teh it risky for the rhino because, if on the other busitng there is a AT gun or some infantry with AT weapons, the tank is in a very dangerous situation!!!
Maybe i do not fully understand the tactic. It is dangerous to move the Rhino up to the bocage right away. You always need to send infantry up to the bocage to see what is behind the next row of bocage before endangering the tanks.
So step 1 above seems too soon. It does not matter how a hole came to bustihg. The point of making it is your own tactical mobility. If you made a hole with a rhino you don’t need to make another, unless the enemy can fire on your hole and you can find a better place.
And even before you start breaching with the engineers, make sure they won’t be under fire. In bustong cases you may need to suppress the far side of the field with artillery, or cover it with some smoke. I know its not doctrine, but when using the regular army not airborne I always separate the 60mm mortars and attach them to a platoon. Those mortars wreak havoc on the back side of bocage. They are quick to respond and very accurate.
Busting the Bocage (1st Edition)
It’s best to use some suppressing fire first before bringing up the mortar team into LOS of the intended target. Did you read the designer notes – the inclusion of engineers and Rhinos is explained in that? Anyways seeing as I’ve been out climbing today and in a very good mood I’ll post the bit bocagw the designer notes.
To echo what George MC said. The scenario was designed so that you could get a feel for the different ways in which the Allies would breach bocage. Sometimes engineers were available most times they weren’t which is why the Rhinos where sorely needed.
In this scenario specifically, sometimes different bocwge situations call for different approaches. For example if you need to breach bocage but you know or suspect an AT Gun might have that area under observation, what would you use?
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In either case the best approach is to suppress all known or suspected threats before conducting any kind of breach. I just ended the scenario, i won but i learned a bloody lesson: Well it can go both ways Pavo.
Best to blast it heavily for a minute or two, then remove HE from the equation to stop friendly fire, while still pouring on mg fire and run up an assault team or two. I usually try to use two assault teams where possible, and also I usually try to run one a little to the left of where the Germans are and one a little to the right. As far as tanks in the hedgerows – if you think theres an AT gun you need the engineers if at all possible. Tanks will almost certainly lose every time to an AT gun.
Busting the Bocage / Petty’s War — Desperation Morale
The spotting game and everything is working against you. Much better IMO to use tanks on known targets.
I have them lurk back a little thw Im pretty sure I know whats in the immediate area. Also if I think theres enemy armor around at all, I restrict tank movement especially as allies and if I must move my armor its in short hops.
Those are excellent points.
With the hedgerow banks being 1. And even turret-mounted guns must contend with the dense thicket of trees, hedge and vines on top. Even if you can poke the muzzle through, the foliage severely resrricts sighting and traverse. A suitable in-game adjustment might be to make all AFV fire through non-gapped High Bocage Area Fire even if the unit can “see” the target. This would need testing though. One very partial remedy that already exists is that on maps bocaage authentic bocage patterns from real places, the field and boundary patterns lead to many more odd angles of high bocage that won’t let an AFV cozy up at 90 degrees to it to get a proper LOF, and often not even a LOS as I’m sure you’re now discovering to your dismay on my Hamel Vallee map.
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community. Already have an account? Posted January 29, I’m playing the missione “busting the bocage”, but i do not understand one thing. Why create a hole with engineers, when bustinv rhino already created it? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites.
In many missions you won’t have Rhinos so the engineers will blow the holes in the bocage. Use engineers to make holes if the field is covered by AT so that using a rhino is too risky. Posted January 30, Posted February 1, I lost at least 2 squads almost entirely because of artillery fire on a fixed firing position. I would also think that, speaking about high bocage, most tanks were not able to shot over.
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