15mm/28mm MODERN WARGAMING BLOG: The next campaign we have planned is WW2. Following an airborne company through the Normandy campaign. To give more significance to the men each man has a name. The big picture will be dealt with on a large map, while each action will be fought at the platoon to reinforced platoon level.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
All Roads Lead To [the outskirts of] Basra
(Yes, I know in the
photos it looks suspiciously like an M1 and a Bradley, but let’s pretend it’s
an Challenger II and a Warrior IFV, since at the last hour I realised I
currently don’t have a container for transporting my own miniatures to the
battlefield - Mike and Steve)
:::: 21:03:2003 ::: 5:50hrs
:::: Somewhere on the outskirts of
Basra, Southern Iraq
Orders: Sweep and
clear a group of buildings of any possible Iraqi units in the vicinity. Aerial
Recon has identified two target buildings which have been neutralised and there
are no further signs of activity in the area. Units are to detach from main
column headed for Basra and rejoin after the sweep. If engaged, Lethal Force is
1 FV4043 Challenger II
1 FV510 Warrior and Infantry Section
At 5:52hrs, 200m from target location the Challenger came
under attack from a T-72 in a camouflaged hull down position on the western
side of the road, while a BMP-1 fired from the east. Both failed to cause
anything but paint damage and the Challenger returned fire. Due to the British tank commander being a
novice, he managed to load and fire the wrong munitions because he wasn’t
paying enough attention to his FoF manual. This meant the Challenger failed to
inflict any damage on the T-72. Regardless of the use of sub-standard
munitions the BMP-1 did not fare so well and erupted in an instant fireball.
As there was no cover available and with the BMP down, the
Challenger moved forward to flank the T-72 and provide shielding so the Warrior
could move forward into cover and deploy its troops.
The T-72 and Challenger traded another volley of fire to,
but to no avail. As the Brits neared the
bombed out building to the east of the road, Iraqi infantry appeared in the
nearby buildings and let loose with RPG's on both the Challenger and Warrior,
all were shrugged off.
It was at this point that a second T-72 appeared further
down the road and brought its gun to bear on the Challenger. It was at this moment that the Brit commander
discovered his error with munitions and loaded the correct rounds. The
Challenger crew were quicker to act than the Iraqi T-72 crew and the T-72
erupted in a ball of flame and twisted metal. Two of its crew managed to scramble from the
wreckage and escaped on foot in the direction of Basra.
While this was happening the 30mm on the Warrior started to hammer the
building where the RPG's had come from. If
there was anyone in there they were now far too busy keeping their heads down.
The 125mm from the first T-72 sounded again, this time finding its
mark, the Warrior. Thankfully damage was minimal with the 30mm gun taking just
enough damage to make it ineffective.
Again the Challenger and T-72 traded blows, with the Challenger
failing to score a hit but this time the T-72 had an amazing stroke of luck,
the kind of luck you need to roll 4 dice and they all come up sixes. This was
enough to cripple the Challenger.
With the Challenger now crippled and the Warriors gun all
but useless, the Warrior reversed next to the tank and prepared to evac its
crew. The ground assault was effectively stopped in its tracks (see what I did
there) [Editor: Sadly] and now it was time for the Apache's, that were 20
seconds out, to finish the job.
Primary lessons learned from this
your equipment inside out
expose anything but it's toughest side if you can avoid it