Discover more from The Tactical Notebook
Cassandra's Curse (First Problem)
This post is the fourth installment of a decision-forcing case study. If you haven’t done so already, you will want to read the first three parts of the series. (These provide information about the protagonist of the case, the situation in which he finds himself, and the order-of-battle of the formation he commands.)
The First Problem
It is now 26 October 1941. Earlier today, General Rommel ordered you to prepare to take part in an attack the British fortress of Tobruk. To this end, he deprived you of one of your armored divisions (21st Armored Division), replacing it with the Africa Division.
Once you implement this order, the German mechanized force operating between the belt of frontier forts and British-held enclave at Tobruk will be cut in half. At the same time, the number of reconnaissance battalions operating in the open desert will drop from two to one.
In addition to serving as the “eyes and ears” of the aforementioned mechanized force, the reconnaissance battalions also engage in “counter-reconnaissance” operations. That is, they prevent the British armored car units that operate in the desert from locating German forces in that area.
How do you react to this situation? What, General Crüwell, are your orders?