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The brigade has just conducted a deliberate attack against a stationary enemy Guards mechanised infantry battalion on Objective Anvil. The brigade’s attack was a success, encountering less resistance than expected.
However, Division intelligence reports indicate that there are strong enemy mechanised forces arrayed in and around “The Big Smoke” a large populated town just off “Route 66”, situated on the east side of the canal.
It is thought likely that this force has armour and AT support.
You are “Hammer 6”, the task force commander of mech heavy TF 1-40. Your task force consists of ‘Charlie’ company, and ‘Panzer 1’. The battalion scout platoon – call sign “Hawkeye” has been attached to your task force for this mission.
The Brigade TF commander wants to capitalise on the success of the earlier attack immediately – driving forward through Phase Line Bill and Phase Line Jane to seize the town of “The Big Smoke”.
Your task force is currently the spearhead of the brigade and is moving north along the axis of “Route 66” towards “The Big Smoke”, with the line of the canal on your right flank.
This sector, as you can see from the map, is moderately populated open mixed farmland with small bermed fields, wooded plots, and dotted with multiple farmsteads. Due to the area of marshland, and flooding in heavy rain the roads are elevated on berms. The town of “The Big Smoke” sits on the eastern bank of the canal.
It is currently 0600Hrs. “Hawkeye” has just radioed that they have arrived in “Small Ville”. No enemy forces have been encountered…