Busting the Bocage: Hedgerow Fighting with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. This scenario pack depicts fighting involving the US 2nd Ranger Battalion on and shortly. Buy Busting the Bocage: American Combined Operations in France, 6 June July by Michael D. Doubler, Combat Studies Institute (ISBN. Im playing the missione busting the bocage, but i do not understand one thing. The tactic is: 1. move the rhino through the bocage to create a.

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Busting the Bocage (1st Edition)

However, dangling wires often accidentally broke, pulled loose bocxge the tanks, or got entangled in the tanks’ bussting. As far as tanks in the hedgerows – if you think theres an AT gun you need the engineers if at all possible. Combined arms teams did demonstrate effective coordination between infantry and artillery units — a bright spot in their record. Government Printing Office, Army eventually brought the separate com- ponents of the combined arms team — infantry, armor, and artillery— to bear on the enemy simultaneously.

During the second phase of the attack, follow-on forces moved forward to occupy the hedgerow delineating the original line of departure and provided suppressive fire with tank cannon and machine guns.

To ask other readers questions about Bustign the Bocageplease sign up. Despite this passage of time and extensive writings on the landings in France, officers and historians are still intensely interested in D-Day and the Normandy campaign. The German defense was organized in depth and designed to destroy the coordination and momentum of American attacks while exploiting the defensive advantages of the hedgerows.

Army, busting through the difficult Bocage country required tactical, doctrinal, nocage organizational ingenuity. The Germans put up stiff resistance from the beginning.

The thick vegetation provides excellent camouflage and limits the deployment of units. They should know how bustint use all of their tools. Burying the charges would greatly increase the efficiency of the demolitions, allow the use nocage smaller charges, and alleviate problems associated with availability, transport, and emplacement. Though the most famous of the hedgerow-reducing devices, Culin’s “rhinoceros” was only one of many such contrivances invented and employed throughout First Army.

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Unable to observe the enemy and to call fire on him from a safe dis- tance, infantrymen were deprived bcoage field artillery and mortar support. The boundary line between the British Second Army and the U. During a discussion between some of the d’s officers and enlisted men, someone suggested that they get “saw teeth,” put them on their tanks, and cut through the hedgerows. Such an area would provide for the deployment of enough combat forces, both ground and air along with support units and sufficient supplies, to ensure the success of a mass butsing into central France and toward Germany.

In an unsupported blitz attack across the open spaces of an abandoned airfield south of Villiers-Fossard, ele- ments of CCA lost twenty-seven Shermans. German machine guns pinned down the infantry, while the unescorted American tanks soon fell prey to German antitank fires. Bovage swamplands restricted all cross-country maneuver, making the use and control of the road network a necessity for offensive operations. Item is complete unless noted.

In the hedgerow country, the U. John Gazzelli marked it as to-read Jul 15, At longer ranges, Germans engaged American armor with tank main guns, self-propelled guns, and used the legendary mm antiaircraft gun in a ground-defense mode.

Busting the Bocage / Petty’s War — Desperation Morale

Companies and battalions did not attack along fixed frontages as prescribed in standard doctrine. Troops from the st Airborne and 2d Armored Divisions with experience in hedgerow warfare helped train the 83d Division’s tank-infantry-engineer teams. At the opposite corners of each field, the Germans emplaced gocage machine guns in positions dug into the earthen embankments of the hedgerows.

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Paul marked it as to-read Feb 03, Sylvan, William C, Major, U. As infantry close on enemy and mask tank’s fire, tank backs away and engineers emplace charges, Bhsting III Phase IV t an”i Demolitions gap hedgerow as infantrv assaults the obiective.


Infantry doctrine prescribed that battalions usually attacked in daylight to seize terrain objectives. Despite the impressive array of weaponry within the triangular infantry division, the firepower and mobility of tanks was a necessary augmentation to the infantry division’s combat power.

American military leaders in Normandy were familiar with the body of knowledge that was the basis for the American methods of waging war. Major Sylvan served as General Courtney H.

Anyways seeing as I’ve been out climbing today and in a very good mood I’ll post the bit from the designer notes.

Knowledgeable employment of weapons and machines did play a key role in the American victory, but not to the extent where other considerations were disregarded. They are quick to respond and very accurate.

In a prodigious effort between 14—25 July, the First Army Ordnance Section produced over hedgerow cutters and distributed them to subordinate commands bocagd installation. Both tank and infantry units tried to increase the span of control by procuring additional radios. It is dangerous to move the Rhino up to the bocage right away. The newly arrived 8th Division was also assigned to VIII Corps to replace the 82d Airborne, which was scheduled to return to England for rest and refit.

Sometimes engineers were available most times they weren’t which is why the Rhinos where sorely needed. Units blcage and conducted rehearsals in rear areas before trying new tactics in combat. Prior to D-Day, senior leaders had no proper appreciation of the hostile nature of the hedgerow country.

Senior American leaders expected their subordinate commanders to develop and execute solutions to overcome obstacles instead of waiting for staffs from higher headquarters to devise the most workable answers to tactical problems. The American left, the ground between the boundary line with the British and the Vire River, was broken and uneven.