In this "idyllic" spot a battle was to be fought over an abandoned UN bunker. Why it became a central point of this battle is hard to understand, it had been built in the wrong place, pointing the wrong way and...well...that was actually it, less said about said bunker the better...okay I will shut-up about now [who controlled the bunker at the end of turn 8 received an extra 10VP]
Contact mission. Both side enter from an edge. 10VP bonus for holding the bunker. Treelines with bushes blocked LOS. Vehicles could see over corn, but not men.
|French entered from the left and the Hotakistanis from the east, the bunker is in the centre|
|French unit BBX and Hotakistani unit AZ2 fought it out in Attack 1|
One Mechanised BMP platoon
One 4-barrelled 14.5 HMG
One Mechanised VAB platoon
Apache air support
155mm Heavy Artillery Battery
+1 DShift to Morale
Lieutentant M'karrakm ordered his men forward, his BMPs rumbled over the rough field and entered the orchards. Some of his men had dismounted and walked-in. The crew of the AA gun pushed their gun across the ploughed field. No Franj to be seen. That would soon change.
|A BMP moves up, while the Hotakistani infantry move to the abandoned checkpoint|
|A Ratel 20 subbing as a VAB|
|Inevitably a VAB bogs in a drainage ditch. The French see two BMPs move into position near the bunker. The section in the centre fell back from the bunker under fire from a BMP.|
|Hotakistani fire drops the lead French Fire team|
|The bogged VAB explodes, but the two BMPs are knocked out by AT-4|
|The first four 155mm shells land. But Hotakistanis in the ditches and bunkers survive.|
|The 300m section falls under heavy fire, while the Hotakistani rush the French in the ruin.|
The French now fell back to the first ditch and ordered an Apache in "danger close". The Hotakistani's in the ruin were a hardy bunch.
|Keeping low the Apache fires on the ruin.|
|The 2nd stonk (red circles) lands.|
Down to the wire! With the last man in the bunker down at the end of Turn 8 it was all over. Instead of the Hotakistanis having 20VP vs. French 16VP, it ended then with 10VP for the Hotakistanis and 16VP for the French.
This was a hard, but fun, game. The French had lots of support, but found it difficult to bring in the fire due to "danger close". The large 7-man Hotakistani teams laid a lot of fire. The French double AT-4 teams were hard-hitting as well, though they needed to replenish missiles from the VABs. The French had more initiative dice, but I think in the end the two forces had an even amount of initiative. Fun.