Here is an after action report on our recent playing of Parker's Crossroads, a Battle of the Bulge scenario written by Giopp Loris and R. Mark Davies for the Battlefront WWII rules system.
|This was the set up, with the Americans crammed into the circle in the centre while the Germans attack from all points.|
1. The Battlefield
"X" marks the spot. The Americans are ordered to hold at all costs this crucial crossroads. The perimeter of their defence is roughly defined by a circle encompassing the three clusters of farmhouses and the edge of the woods in the foreground. The initial German attack is expected from both north and south, with reinforcements arriving from almost any direction.
The Americans opt for a ring of steel, positioning the majority of their tanks to the south with a platoon of Shermans guarding the Samree road. Within the perimeter F Co. of the 2/325th Glider Infantry Regiment and a platoon of paratroops from the 509th take up positions in foxholes circling the crossroads and within the farm buildings, with the majority of the halftracks and assorted soft vehicles towards the center. These are protected by the M15 gun motor carriages positioned either side of the crossroads. A smattering of artillerymen cum infantry pick up weapons and join the defence. The recce platoon of the 87th Cavalry hold the walled farm to the southeast along with the towed anti tank platoon of M5 3" antitank guns and the Priest, kept back as a second line of defence to defend if the armoured perimeter is breached. The entire crossroads area is crammed with vehicles and guns.