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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Government Printing Office, Standard tank-infantry training was poor in the Army. The cardboard backing of miniature packs is not graded. In a conference between officers of the th Tank Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Ploger, some- one suggested that the tanks be equipped with a mechanical device to gouge holes in ubsting hedgerows for the explosives.

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Triangular infantry division, 5 2. Blumenson, Breakout and Pursuit, —57; and U.

At the opposite corners of each field, the Germans emplaced heavy machine guns in positions dug into the earthen embankments of the hedgerows. Army was not in a position to analyze the German defense systematically and produce one best solution for attacking through the hedgerows. I know its not doctrine, but when using the regular army not airborne I always separate the 60mm mortars and attach them to a platoon.

Infantrymen also learned to coordinate their attack with tankers by using rear-deck telephones mounted on the backs of the Vocage.

Before the attack, the infantry and engineers occupied the hedgerow that served as the jump-off position for the assault see figure 3.

Each tank platoon had five tanks — two tanks in a “light” section and three tanks in a “heavy” section.


The advance inland, 6 June — 1 July inland for approximately twenty miles, ending a few miles east of the village of Caumont.

Three infantry divisions, the 83d, 4th, and 9th, were under VII Corps control.

Early expe- rience in Normandy showed that a dozer tank could push its way through the most formidable hedgerow. This is a shameless BUMP.

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Despite their intensive prebattle training, inexperienced units disintegrated as they tried to execute their hedgerow assault tactics. Finding tech- nical and tactical solutions to overcome the German defenses would not ensure success; soldiers still had to be trained busying drilled on how to use new mechanical devices and execute novel hedgerow tactics. Many of the troops laughed at the suggestion, but Sergeant Curtis Busing. At all levels from squad leader to commanding general, the U.

Between the marshes in the center of the sector and bbocage coastline on the extreme right flank, a group of hills rose up to dominate the northern end of the Cotentin Peninsula.

The engineers gapped the hedgerow with buried explosive charges, as the infantry squad pushed forward through the hedgerow. The first echelon consisted solely of tanks and relied on its own mobility and firepower, along with bustinh artillery, to eliminate enemy positions. American commanders quickly discovered that four or five German defensive positions could pin down an entire infantry battalion bofage hold up an attack for long periods.

We had to assemble replacements and reorganize. The terrain on the Allied left, held by the British Second Army, was an expanse of gently rolling pastures and cultivated fields. Attacks were grouped into two categories: Due to low, wet ground in the sector, the 83d Division had to attack with two regiments abreast along a narrow strip of high ground on both sides of the main Carentan- Periers highway.

Several recent works in military history have analyzed the relative combat performance of German and American units in World War II. I usually try to use two assault teams where possible, and also I usually try to run one a little to the left of where the Germans are and one a little to the right. The infantry found that the tank’s rear-deck telephones helped greatly in coordinating the attack.


When conditions permitted, artillery wreaked havoc on the enemy. Since an attack could pro- ceed only as fast as charges were emplaced and detonated, slow- moving American attacks would allow the Germans to coordi- nate their hedgerow defense better.

The height of the tanks put the riflemen above grazing fire and gave them better observation. 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 bustinh into central France and toward Germany. I think we will go next time.

Infantry could also bocate tanks with protection against German close assaults. Blumenson, Breakout and Pursuit, 48 — The resulting successes were costly but effective. Dominguez rated it liked it Oct 13, Combined arms teams did demonstrate effective coordination between infantry and artillery units — a bright spot in their record. Officers of the expanding, modernizing U. Lists with This Book.

Supporting elements were often not held at bustkng regimental level but were passed on to the rifle battalions.

Early in the campaign, tankers attempted to execute massed attacks in columns down the Normandy highways — blitz actions that were ineffective and costly.