Mark went schizophrenic and played the insurgents (he commands the UN force in the campaign), while Kevin and Shane took the UN forces. It was a pleasant game with lots of jibes!
Objective: Attacker must push the defender out of two thirds of the board measured from the attackers friendly edge.
UN Forces involved (ATTACKER):
US Infantry Platoon (INI8 TQ8 MOR10)
South African Infantry Platoon (INI8 TQ8 MOR8) Minus one infantry section
One Challenger II (INI8 TQ8 MOR10)
81mm Mortar Battery Support
Hotakistani and Haqiqa forces involved (DEFENDER):
Hotakistani Paratroopers (INI8 TQ8 MOR10) minus one infantry squad
Haqiqa Insurgents (INI6 TQ6 MOR12)
Ground Attack Fixed-Wing Aircraft (TQ8)
|The field of battle - The Malika City Airport Gate Area - View from the South|
Surprise was 100%. The Hotakistani paratroopers were enjoying a stolen breakfast outside the main canteen building near the gate when the first US troops were spotted by the JTAC in the Customs and Excise building. The US soldiers had cut through the outer wire fence and then proceeded through the fields within the security zone of the airport. Using the ditches they were able to move to within 100 yards before they were spotted.
Meanwhile to the left of the US advance the South African's moved to outflank the Hotakistani's and approached the gate directly and from the south.
|The US attack bumps into the Hotakistani Paratroopers who are enjoying breakfast "liberated" from the UN Canteen|
|A fierce fire fight erupts.|
|The firefight escalates, with the arrival of a captured T-55 and a Frogfoot dropping bombs danger close to the Hotakistani Paratroopers.|
|Challenger destroys the T-55 while the canteen continues to collapse.|
|The US assault the down paratroopers and finish them off. Insurgents surprise the South African reading themselves to assault the bunker.|
|The end - The bunker was down, the insurgent reinforcements were down. The final insurgent Hoorah! is ended by the combined fire of the US, South Africans and tank.|
By the end of Turn 6 the UN had pushed the Hotakistani's off 2/3 of the board and had obtained 43VP. Nearly double that of the Hotakistanis. So I decisive victory for the UN without losing 25VP
Fatigue: +1 for UN, +3 for Hotakistani forces
The tank was useful, but other than destroying the enemy vehicles was rather useless against the infantry. The two attempts by the insurgents to destroy the tank with RPGs was laughed off by the Challenger's frontal armour.
1) Finally using suppression fire more often, though against MOR12 insurgents...
2) Finally using smoke! Grenades, 60mm mortar and 81mm Mortar Battery
Lessons learnt too late (UN):
1) Failed to have a reserve to exploit their successes: Squandered Opportunity!
2) Air attack, no matter how pathetic the TQ, is always dangerous when it has a AP10 bomb!
3) The field was far more open than first assumed! The US battled to move without taking hits
Figures used: Peter Pig for South Africans (using PP Israelis) and US Infantry, Eureka Miniatures Russians for the Hotakistani paratroopers, and a mix of sources for the insurgents. Buildings homemade, or from Gamecraft (including the HESCO). Utes by Peter Pig, other vehicles 1/87. I believe the Challenger is QRF. Pre-fab buildings are GZG. Sand bag emplacements are Battlefront NZ. The T-55 is Skytrex. And the Articulated Dump truck I believe is CAT.