Once again was a pleasure to read the excellent submissions for
Tactical Problem #2 Counterattack on Mt. Euncona listed below.
All were well thought out and had excellent chances of succeeding.
The sophistication of TCS play demonstrated by the entries is
heartening: the TCS now has many experts. Before announcing
the winner and his plan, I will offer some thoughts on the problem
and its parameters.
The goals for the British are to clear Mt. Euncona quickly, keep casualties low, destroy the 1-1-FJ and prepare for German reinforcements. This means that an optimal plan must be speedy, utilize British advantages while minimizing German strengths, avoid attrition if at all possible, and cut off the German defenders positionally, which will also serve to put a blocking force before any potential German reinforcements. The British will probably have to assault, so the defenders must be properly prepared by fires before moving in to keep casualties to a minimum. Basic tactics will include using suppressive fires from support units (AA, mortars, artillery), mixing move and fire mode to preserve maneuverability (units in fire mode cover maneuvering elements with overwatch fires), surrounding German units to get cross-fire modifiers, and using terrain and smoke to screen British movements. A winning plan must take all these elements into consideration, utilizing all available assets in an effecient, timely and realistic manner.
According to these criteria, Steve Poitingers plan was the best. Similar to others in many ways, it nevertheless had thoughtful touches lacking in the other submissions which put it into first place. Steves plan is presented below, along with all the original entries (each of which is well worth studying). Now on to problem #3!