I’m getting a bad feeling about this. On most fronts my offensive push has stalled. My top and middle are locked in a “line against line” push along the marshes. The rolling steel of my Panzers in the South have been choked to a halt by a sabotaged bridge that can’t be crossed. Only the Northern most motorised SS troops skirting the coastal perimeter have managed to make any progress and secure Amsterdam.
The SS-Verfügungstruppe (SSVT) continued on from Naarden to capture the port of Amsterdam, closely followed by the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (SSAH). If I can make these sort of jumps forward, then taking the VP cities behind Utrecht should be doable. However, maintaining a line of supply through the coastal bottleneck is going to be very difficult to manage.
The troops wallowing in the marshlands trying to push the Dutch resistance backwards are just not making the ground, even with the 207th Infantry probing as forward as they can get towards Utrecht. A solid cluster of defense exists around the Utrecht crossroads, and they seem to have the north and rear covered with enough troops to prevent a breakthrough.
The front pushing ever so slowly west from the Arnhem/Nijmegen saftey zone attempts a breakout, but hasn’t got the momentum nor the troops numbers to be successful. It becomes log jammed in an interlocking series of bulges that trade blows as time goes by, but ultimately fights its way to a standstill.
My biggest disappointment is the lack of progress made with my 9th Panzers, engines revving, with nowhere to go. The blown bridge outside of Moerdijk cannot be passed, theres just no way to wade these machines of death through the river. I have an engineer on its way, but it could arrive too late. My supply lines are stretched paper thin, and the troops amassing at the river line are feeling the pinch.
I simply have to get my engineers to rebuild the bridge, otherwise my push northwards has failed completely. With only one arm of my envelopment plan in place, the envelopment itself simply cannot happen. How did I not see this coming? With the polderlands flooded, that bridge towards Dordrecht becomes the most important bridge in the Netherlands. And it is currently impassable rubble.