This was my second play through of this scenario. On the first time round I made my defensive line too far back and did not provide enough opportunity for long range fire.
Here are the dispositions for a more forward defence. Basically, I looked at where the high ground was in the middle of the plain and arrayed my Challengers along the crests. I made a Kill Zone (KZ) with the Javelins, a Troop of Challengers and most of the minefields astride the one main axis of advance in the north, at Tilshead. I also put a minor blocking position astride the southern axis of advance at Chitterne. The Troop of Sabres provided flank observation in the far south (not on screenshot) and ended up taking out 2 of the Hinds (I think).
The lead Opfor T80 Bn tried the northern axis first only to be stopped dead in front of the KZ. My Warriors ended up getting destroyed for no really good reasons - poorly placed on my part and in two cases I tried to move Warriors to take out an enemy FOO in the north. Every time I moved I got sighted and KO'd. Lesson learned - be very careful with the Warriors!
The other T80 Bns tried the southern route and were decimated at long range by the Challengers posted along the series of ridges (everything was in defilade).
I finally decided to make use of my artillery (had some trouble figuring out how to get the fire missions working) and used it to take out an unidentified dismounted element in the south. I then used HE followed by DPICM to try and take out some T80s that were sitting in some dead ground in the north. Unfortunately my use of artillery would make Pat cry. The HE hit the tanks and got them moving - at which point they advanced into the minefields - managed to make it through them unscathed and took out a few of my infantry elements before being destroyed by Challengers. By the time the DPICM arrived on target the targets had already left. Lesson learned - get better at using artillery properly!
Still - I am quite pleased with the results. I was pretty much able to maintain my opening positions as the enemy played right into my plans. Just as well seeing as how just about anything I tried to move got spotted quickly and destroyed. I'll need to practice withdrawing elements without exposing them to enemy fire.
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