Hey there, I'm not normally one to make AAR's. This is in fact my first one ever. Seeing all these nice reports drove me to do one myself. Posted this one in the steam forums earlier, might as well put it up here too. Anyway, here it goes... Analyzing the briefing: The 82nd Airborne division will drop into enemy teritory and will have to seize a couple of key bridges. In the morning of the third day of the operation the XXX Corps will emerge from the south and will push through Nijmegen towards Arnhem. By that time the bridges to Nijmegen will have to be under my control else the operation is dead in the water. Most of the Airborne forces will be dropped near Groesbeek. Axis reinforcements are expected from the south east and will surely push past or more likely through Groesbeek towards Nijmegen. It is of vital importance that we defend the supply base at Groesbeek. So: Move fast and assault those bridges... check. Hold back and defend your dropzone and supply base... check. I can already see that this is an interesting scenario My battleplan: 1. Seize and hold Groesbeek 2. Secure Nederasselt heavy road bridge and seize Grave 3. Secure all the bridges west of Nijmegen, priority goes to the heavy road bridge at Honinghutje 4. Make a push to Nijmegen with the 82nd 5. Use the XXX Corps to push through Nijmegen Day one: First to drop near Groesbeek are parts of the 505th and 508th. I waste no time and immediately assault the town from all sides. The defending battalion is overwhelmed and doesn't really stand a chance. Meanwhile the rest of the division drops and I let the battalions do a sweep to get some breathing room near the supply base. A definite notable was the divisional recon platoon: it was tasked with mopping up broken platoons and it performed admirably. A recon platoon of the 82nd Airborne Division attacking a fixed gun emplacement in Heikant. While the 505th is taking Groesbeek to the west. The 504th is dropped a couple of kilometers west of the main force and is quickly tasked to advance to Nederasselt bridge. The assault on the bridge went pretty well: 1st and 2nd battalion attacked the bridge from the east, all the while Easy company, who was dropped at the other side of the river, seized and unprimed the bridge from the west. The following push into Grave was less of succes though, as it would last well into day two until we finally set foot in the town. Day two: Throughout the night the Groesbeek perimeter is kept busy by frequent Axis probes through the western part of the forest. At daybreak Axis reinforcements pour in from the northeren and southern highways. The 82nd watches from the edge of the forest as the enemy moves into position, just about encircling the whole division. As all hell breaks loose, 505th on the south was hit first. Then some stragglers in the woods to the north west start probing my flank again. The unforested eastern approach to Groesbeek is guarded by a mix of infantry and armoured companies. They mercifully kept their distance. Fighting continued well into the evening. By then the 505 2nd battalion managed to eliminate Korps Feldt, a divisional HQ. Nearing midnight 508 1st battalion makes a daring assault on one of the divisional suply bases. It managed to sneak past some companies at Heikant and totally destroyed the base. The men would return to Groesbeek safe and sound the next day. Encircling Korps Feldt, a prized target. Meanwhile the 504th is clearing out Grave and the Nederassalt bridge. Once the situation is under control 3rd battalion is dispatched to take the three smaler road bridges at the Maas-Waal canal. I split the unit into companies and send them out, hoping that the fighting at Groesbeek would have distracted the enemy. 1st battalion is ordered along Hell's Highway and halts just west of the heavy road bridge of Honinghutje. As evening sets in I let them rest, as they will assault the bridge early next morning. At the end of the day the first three bridges are ours. Huzza! Day three: Fighting near Groesbeek continues. This time from the north. Mulitple flak companies swarm out of the forest and take the north part of Groesbeek. The 508th, who up unto that point didn't do that much, feels the full brunt of the push. 2nd and 3rd battalion are down to half strength, but do ultimately repel the assault due to liberal use of artillery. On the west side the 505th push towards the still heavily defended rail bridge. Progress is made but the defence is still holding. At exactly 06:00h on the third day, 504 1st battalion start their assault of the Honinghutje bridge. The attached engineer company is put to good use as during the attack it defuses the bombs on the bridge. A couple of hours later the first recce unit of the XXX Corps arrives and races north to help the 1st battalion. Together they push through the defences and are now across the bridge. By noon all of the XXX Corps are on site and making their way through Hell's Highway. We'll see what lies in wait for them in Nijmegen... Capturing another crucial bridge. This time 1st battalion of the 504th takes the honours. The XXX Corps making its way through Hell's Highway.