Operation Market Garden: AAR Nov 27, 2018 21:26:43 GMT -5
Post by SfcMigs on Nov 27, 2018 21:26:43 GMT -5
Before I start the formal AAR, I just want to give a big Thank You to ALL that attended this event. All arrived by the requested time of 0900hrs. It was a great sight to see everyone in the parking lot getting squared away and ready to go.
The Event went off on time at 10:30hrs.
U.S. Airborne forces were dropped into Holland at their designated DZ’s. Two squads of 5 men each were deployed to capture and hold the Son and Best Bridges.
German occupied forces were spread thin as they had to split their forces (8 in total) to defend both bridges and the town of Eindhoven (The Village). The Best Bridge was the foot bridge about 100 feet outside the Village. The Bridge at Son was located on the road at the foot of Kafir Hill. These two locations forced the Germans to split their forces.
U.S. First Squad was ordered to attack the town of Eindhoven and the Best Bridge while Second Squad would attack the Bridge at Son. With each squad’s leader in radio communication, a coordinated attack ensued. Starting with the attack at Son, the Germans deployed reinforcements to the Bridge at Son. After a delay of two minutes, First Squad attacked the Best Bridge and the Town of Eindhoven simultaneously. Within 5 minutes, First Squad took the Best Bridge and entered the Town of Eindhoven. During the sweep of the town, Second Squad radioed that the Bridge at Son is under U.S. control. Over the next half hour German forces mounted a counter attack on the Town of Eindhoven and the Best Bridge.
Fighting was fierce and constant. Players on both sides were excellent in calling their hits and there were some classic kills. Sgt. Dean Migs should be credited with the Grenade kill of the day as he single handedly killed 3 Germans with a single toss into a building. As First Squad was taking heavy casualties, Second Squad split their occupying force at Son and provided reinforcements. But it was a little too late as the Germans re-took the Town. It was at this point a Cease Fire was declared for a short break. It was determined that the first battle was a draw.
After the break, U.S. forces were now the occupying force and had to defend the same objectives the Germans had to defend in the first battle. With a similar plan, U.S. forces sent three men to defend the Bridge at Son while 7 remained in the town for the German attack. The Germans sent a small squad to the Son Bridge and used the rest of their forces to attack the town from all sides.
The Germans were relentless and eventually made their way into the town. With most of the U.S. forces forced to attack the town from their re-spawn by the Firebase. U.S. CO Migs ordered the balance of second Squad to attack the Town from the Bridge at Son. With U.S forces attacking from both sides of the town, U.S. forces entered the town. Fighting went back and forth with heavy fighting in the town. Both sides suffered heavy losses and after more than an hour of back and forth, another cease-fire was called.
During the cease-fire, both sides congregated in the center of town, enjoying the day’s battles and having some good laughs. It was decided that one more battle would be fought, as sundown was about 45 minutes away. This Battle would have U.S. forces attacking the Town of Eindhoven from the Son Bridge area. Most of the fighting took place in the woods and after 30 minutes the final cease-fire was called.
All in all it was a successful event with everyone asking when the next one will take place. I’m thinking about one in January, but either way, I’ll do another in the spring. I encourage all who attended to add to this AAR with their own stories. My purpose was to give a broad overview of the day’s events.
Thanks again to all that helped make this event a success and looking forward to the next one.
First Sgt. Joe Migs