Mission Briefing here: http://bigfof.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/mission-briefing-valley-of-fog.html
In dawn’s early light the Australian’s advanced north into the valley. They scanned the compounds, grape drying buildings and treelines for Hotakistanis, but to no avail. All was silent.
|The Australian armour and infantry advance (we substituted Challengers for the Abrams and a US infantry platoon for the Australians)|
|The unexpected bombardment lands, throwing up dust and downing the Australian platoon HQ.|
|Two Australian units down after the first Hotakistani barrage, at least 80-90% of the Hotakistani VP would come from the artillery. The Australian's never getting to use their artillery in return.|
|The Hotakistani reinforcements arrive, two T-72s and a squad of infantry. The Abrams advances to engage the new threat.|
|At the top left you can see the first MISSYL troops, poorly led, poorly armed and without a clue. The disgruntled warlord (on roof on house on the right) engages the Abrams with two RPGs, but with no effect.|
|The Abrams (substituted with a Challenger) surprises the T-80.|
|An extra T-72 arrives and speed past the Abrams towards the main front.|
|Two T-72 with their guns damaged, a third arrives, and a squad of Hotakistani's ambush the Abrams (top right) forcing it to fall back with a damage (1/2 move).|
|Australians surround MISSYL students and pour on the hurt.|
|A second barrage lands (red dots) inflicting further casualties on the Australians|
|A T-55 arrives on the Australian flank, driven by very inexperienced but fanatical MISSYL students. The golden Holden VBIED charges at the Abrams but just falls short around the corner (can be seen through the gateway).|
|SASR arrive and borrowing a bunch of LAWS (bouquet?) take on the T-72s, but not before more Hotakistani rockets land causing more casualties.|
|Warlord and his men receiving pain from the T-72 and a squad - the ambush being ambushed (lower left corner)|
|Another barrage lands (red dots), inflicting numerous casualties.|
|The Hotakistani squad seeing the situation developing in a negative manner, exit the building and go Abrams hunting. The local warlord tries to shoot them down, but instead dies in a hail of fire.|
|Abrams vs. T-72 - Winner: None.|
|The final shaky image, a burning Abrams. AUSAF claimed it lost no Abrams in the attack, and that this image was a fake!|
The first three MISSYL insurgent units all arrived near the Australians to add to their woes.
The Australian first aid checks were abysmal, with more dead and seriously wounded each turn. At game end the Australian infantry had suffered 24 casualties (50% dead, 38% seriously wounded and 12% lightly wounded, statistically it should have been closer to 20% dead, 40% SW and 40% LW!).
The Australians also quickly ran short of infantry AT weapons. The loss of the platoon leader, and the heavy fire on the squad leaders did not give the Australians opportunity to call down artillery, and when they finally had good targets their communication failed.
The Hotakistani FO was perfectly positioned to bring down rocket attacks and the Hotakistani ambushers were patient waiting for the juiciest target. A fun game, especially for me as I unleashed the fog :)