This will be my first AAR, while I go through the core scenarios for the first time as well. I’ve read the updated manual, saw the tutorial vids, checked a few AARs and played Return to St. Vith until I felt confident enough I had grasped the basics. Onto Manhay Crossroads! 2100 hours, 24 December 1944 This is an exploitation operation, which seems typical blitzkrieg stuff, move fast, attack or flank and don’t get bogged down. From the briefing we learned that the enemy is tired and disorganized, so we’ll take full advantage of that tonight, D1. My plan is to secure the valuable objectives (i.e. Manhay, Grandmenil and the road to Mormont) as fast as possible, try to control the southern approaches before dawn of D2, then move towards the Erezee exit point and cover our northern flanks on D3. Destroying the enemy is also a top priority. For this operation we will be in command of two Regiments from the 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich”: one Panzer battalion (equipped with 59 Pzkfw V Ausf G - Panther) three Panzer Grenadier battalions (400 men on foot, the remaining 1000 motorized) one company of assault Pioneers one company of Flak one company of Artillery (6 Grille) Important reinforcements are due to arrive on: D2, 0645 – one Panzer battalion (with 12 Pzkfw V Ausf G - Panther, 22 Pzkfw IV Ausf J and 21 Stug III G) D3, 0500 – one Panzer Grenadier battalion (400 men on foot). Phase 1 of this plan (to be completed by D2, 0700) is as follows: I. Bn 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (inf) will move fast though the forest and probe-attack Oster. If it captures the village, it will wait for the I. Bn 2 SS Pz Regt (armour) and then probe-attack Grandmenil ASAP. I. Bn 2 SS Pz Regt (arm) will move fast SW, attack Oster and leave one Coy holding it. The rest of the Bn will move North, to support the attacks on Grandmenil and Manhay. When both objectives are taken, it will help defend those until dawn. III. Bn 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (mot-inf) will attack North towards Manhay. It will have to clear the highway first, then attack Manhay, for which fire support from the 13 IG Coy (art) will be available. II. Bn 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (mot-inf) will move SW and probe-attack Freyneux, then Lamormenli. These are both low value objectives, so the main purpose of this force is to secure our southern flank and the SW road. Pak Pl 4 Coy 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (AT) and the 14 Flak Coy 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (AA) will move fast SW to Oster as soon as it is captured and defend it. 15 Pion Coy 3 SS Pz Gren Regt (eng) will move fast SW as soon as Oster is captured. When the Pak Pl 4 Coy arrives to secure Oster, the 15 Pion Coy, supported by the single Coy 2 SS Pz Regt (arm) will probe-attack La Fosse, capture and defend it. The remaining HQ and Supply bases will establish themselves in Odeigne and near the highway to Baraque de Fraiture. They will move forward if need be.