Not necessarily due to bad leadership. . . I dont know details of the engagement, but I the terrain looked to favoured the American defence against the German counter-attack. It was not Panzer country where line of sight of greater distances gave the advantage to the Germans like in the East. That is not to say the US had it easy, because it would have still been a very hard fight.
Well, I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I think this all does speak to poor leadership in this instance, accompanied by the other mitigating factors. I think it underscores that Bäke failed to appreciate the terrain he was fighting in, let alone the capabilities of his Western foes.
Here is a quote that in part implicates the German lack of radio communications in their tanks:
However, my take is that Bäke split up his forces as he had done effectively in the East in the past. He did not take into account the hilly terrain, let alone the type of forces and weapons he was against. Once things began to go awry, their was no effective communications between the units and they became lambs taken to the slaughter.
German unit records show complaints about the lack of effective reconnaissance, but Bäke appears to have lost effective control of the brigade by early morning as the various columns became scattered in the hilly farmlands. US artillery forward observers reported that the Germans were suffering from communications problems, and that they could see panzer crews running from tank to tank to carry messages, even in the midst of artillery strikes.
Luck played a part for the American artillery, at least IMHO with regards to the 949th FA Bn's successful strike in Mairy. The portion of the 106th main column attempting to infiltrate the village was on a "sunken road" (my father referred to it as a valley). The lead tank was disabled by infantry with a bazooka, setting the trap. It just so happened that Lt. J. Russell Major, FO of Battery B of the 949th, was on the high ground and saw this unfold before his eyes, called in the coordinates and 5 Panthers and 20 half-tracks were knocked out by over 300 HE rounds from the 155mm Howitzers. Again, I think the Germans/Bäke failed to appreciate the terrain, setting themselves up for this debacle.