The battle started a week before when the now deceased Heidi Clare ordered that the units at FOB Jifa move ASAP to Malika City. Australian infantry, artillery and armour headed north, joined by a Malikastani tank platoon and a newly arrived UN AA platoon. The Hotakistani's were hot on the heels of the UN force. The Australian commander decided it prudent to take up a defensive position and blunt the northward thrust of the Hotakistani's. He selected Budgy Smuggler Hill.
|Khurasan's new M1 Abrams get their first day out|
|A platoon of T-80's approach Bahijandal Hill|
|Hotakistani infantry dismount from the T-55 to the east|
|Hotakistani infantry moving forward with tanks in support|
|A very rare sight - a burning Abrams and a non-burning T-80|
|The Fickle Finger of Fate pointing to the FUP|
|A dust storm blows in.|
|Only the best optics could see through the dust.|
|Hotakistanis moving up to a T-55 (sub'd with a Cromwell) This was the last hurrah|
With the heavy tank losses and the dust storm the Hotakistanis called it a day, they would fall back to lick their wounds and attack again, this time possible with air support.
The Hotakistanis had lost five tanks and had another two damaged and abandoned in no-mans's land. The Australians had lost one tank and two damaged. The Hotakistani infantry had suffered several casualties. Surprisingly few casualties for such a hard battle.
After the battle the Australian tankers painted little blue budgy's on their tanks to the amusement of their Malikastani allies. They asked what was so scary about a small bird. The Australian tanker began to explain but then decided that it would be too difficult, "In Australia the Prime Minister's personal budgy smuggler has caused much fear!" The Malikastani commander nodded, and wandered off shaking his head, he mused that he would never understand westerners. In Malikastan the president's brother was a smuggler, in Australia the Prime Minister himself was a smuggler!
Australian/Malikastani Victory - 33 VP (Malikastani: 14VP?)
1) Me again! I commanded the east flank attack and should have waited for the west flank attack to mature before heading in so hard.
2) Abrams and Challengers are the king of the battlefield, with hard-hitter and Death-trap targets combo and the extreme armour they are a nasty beast. This was the first Challenger/Abrams destroyed in the whole campaign!
3) We rolled more 1s in reaction tests than in 2-3 games! Best-laid plans are foiled by the fickle finger of fate!
4) Instead of firing HE the rockets should have fired smoke barrages!