The presence of the heavy support (before the PzGr morale failed this time!) seems (not surprisingly) to have done the trick for the Germans.
The close quarter stuff in the wood was unexpected but worked out well – one of the benefits of paying with a reasonable opponent who will work round situational difficulties(presuming you are a reasonable opponent with yourself?).
I too have been reading Jim Storr’s book, thanks for the heads up the other week, and that sounds like a great way to game – not the only enjoyable way by any means but that sort of approach scratches a particular itch I have now and again.