Search for a Breakthrough - The Matrix Games version of West Front
Marche, Belgium [Best played against human.] On December 23, 1944, the eyes of the 116. Panzer Division were already focused past Marche to the north. However, most of the division was still tied down in its old positions south of Hotton and at Samree. Air attacks slowed the Ourthe River crossing at LaRoche and the subsequent advance north. Finally on the morning of December 24th, the 116. Armored Reconnaissance battalion struck west of Verdenne in a gap between companies of the 334th Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. The 156. Panzergrenadier Regiment attacked Verdenne shortly afterwards. A couple hours later, Kampgruppe Bayer arrived. Then, American General Bolling ordered the 771st Tank Battalion into action. Meanwhile, the 2. Panzer Division pushed west toward Foy-Notre Dame, but placed Kampfgruppe Gutmann south of Marche for flank protection. General Manteuffel, 5. Panzer Armee commander, wanted the 116. Panzer Division to cut the Marche-Hotton Road and prevent the Americans from reinforcing Marche from Hotton. Can the 116. Panzer Division make a breakthrough?