I just won a very confused battle, first of the Russian campaign. I shouldn't have won, but I feel proud for doing so
That was the sight half way through. I'd taken out two of the four German tanks, but it had cost me both guns. My paratroopers has been deployed to the houses on either side of the map, but the AI has gone for the centre (it really needs to be a little more imaginative in its deployment... I suspect it uses the same setup technique it does for you). The AI tried to storm the objective a couple of times, but my flamethrower team toasted four or five men and a tank (one of their two losses)
I help up in the left buildings and swung in my troops from the right. The Germans continued to charge so I trapped them in the middle, where they started to mill about like chickens when they should have pressed on. Using mortars to pin them I hit them with artillery. Eventually they were supressed in the middle, but I couldn't really encourage my troops to close in to finish them (the rifles of squad four refused to move from Silver hill - the one just North of the picture - for most of the game, despite being under zero fire). In the end I was running low on ammo and expecting to lose when suddenly I won. I can only assume they ran out of ammo.
The Germans had four tanks, two I destroyed and two just plain disappeared half-way through the game. They were firing and shelling... then nothing. I assume they ran out of ammo, but why didn't they storm the objective?
The AI needs a better memory. In woods a flamethrower team is king. It needed to know they were there once they killed stuff and then to do something about them, say an artillery barrage before the charge. The AI also needs to deal with troops on its flanks before marching on. I kept them pinned in like that for half the game of 33 minutes.
In the end they lost 32 men, had 12 wounded, 2 captured and lost two tanks. 37 survived.
I lost 17, had 1 wounded, lost one gun (but both crews... can a crew without a gun man a gun without a crew? Bet they can't, but they should!) 15 survived and I captured 2.
Looking forward to being able to browse the battle afterwards, I wanted to know where all his guys were!
Mortar teams don't seem to have any guns... they really should, I don't think anyone in the army lacked for a personal sidearm did they? Okay, the Russians were low on guns, but wasn't that when they sent in the conscripts?
I'd like a way of getting a battle code for campaign battles so I can refight them later.