This scenario was originally released as an add-on for the CMBO GOLD demo in the year 2000. For many players (that includes me) THIS battle was their first CM experienc.
Starting in late August the headlong Allied advance suddenly encountered stiff resistance from well-organized and prepared defenses known as the Siegfried Line, or more correctly the West Wall. Hindered by long supply lines, tough terrain, and determined defenders the Allies were back to taking ground meter by meter.
This battle portrays a typical assault by American forces against prepared German defenses. It is recommended that the player first try this battle as the Americans. Battles like these tend to have a few surprises in store for the attacker, so if played from the German side first there will be less surprises when playing again as the Americans.If you play as the Germans, carefully plan your line of defense (check LOS!) and do NOT use the inital deployment.
Because of the differences between the CMx1 and CMx2 game engines I had to make a few changes to the original OOB (no flamethrower units, no AT bunker and no “tankriders” in CMBN for example), but I believe this won´t spoil the gameplay.
My Valley of Trouble version comes with five AI settings for both sides, so you can play it as single-player scenario and I guess it will have a high replay value.
This is my second scenario for CMBN. Next one will be “Saving Private Ryan – Ramelle”. If you find flaws or bugs feel free to drop me a PM on the Combat Mission Forum (my username is TCMHQ).
Tom Klimisch, June 2011