German Opening Attacks: “Southern Shoulder” Attacks
The initial “Southern Shoulder”Attacks are limited by the Our river and only having one mechanized unit. A focus of these attacks is crossing the Our and if possible reducing the American units. Note: the bridge at Vianden is NOT built as part of the attacks discussed here.
Attack 1 Echternach: The German 316th regiment of the 212th Volksgrenadier Division, VG and the 987th of the 276th VG are moved to 0532. The German 408th artillery is used. The attack is 16-8, one shift left for attacking across the river, 1-1, with a -1 Die Roll, DR modifier due to the higher Endurance Rating, ER of the 212th VG units. The die rolls 1 and 3 are optimal resulting in a D1 or a Fire Fight, FF. All other rolls are less optimal especially a 6, A1 Attacker retreats 1 is not acceptable!!. Note: There is no need to build a bridge here.
Attack 2 Beaufort: The German 320th regiment of the 212th VG and the 8th NW are moved to 0731. The 914th and the 916th of the 352 VG are moved to 0830. The 406nd German artillery is used in this attack. The attack is 30-14, 2-1, one shift left for attacking across the river, 1-1, with a -1 DR modifier due to the higher ER of the 212th VG units. The die rolls 1, 2 and 4 are optimal resulting in a D2, D1 or a FF. All other rolls are less optimal.
Attack 3 Vianden: The German 14th regiment of the 5th Fallschirjager, FJ division is moved to 1128. Brandenburger, The 13th regiment of the 5TH FJ and the 18th NW are moved to 1028. The attack is 24-10, 2-1, one shift left for attacking across the river, 1-1, with no DR modifier. Why no ER modifier?? With a D2 result, the American 109th of the 28th INF would retreat on to the road leading out of Vianden. The die rolls 1 and 3 are optimal resulting in a D1 or a FF. All other rolls are less optimal. Note: The 315th regiment of the 352th VG is moved to 1029 and is not used in the attack. IF an ENG result occurs versus Vianden, it can cross the river and be used to surround Vianden for the follow on attack.