The local army commander's "lie" held some truth. A group of guerrillas had moved into the area and were building up their force for an attack on the local city. The attack by the UN was a surprise and the guerrillas were caught with only one "roadblocking" unit in place. A suicide-bomber in a VBIED saw his chance at immortality and drove a B-line straight at the first UN force he saw, a French VAB.
The French VAB, commanded by Chef Pierre Piper opened fire with its Remote Weapon Station, peppering the car but not stopping it, the car got within 4m of the VAB but the occupants were suppressed. A UN Rooikat then appeared on the road and with a single round hit the Golden Holden VBIED which exploded, luckily for the VAB the explosion did no damage.
On the French left flank a P4 Peugeot, a VBL and a unit of infantry spot and engage an ambush. In the ensuing firefight (over two turns) the guerrillas are all killed, a VBL is destroyed and two crew are seriously injured.
|Firefight between the French and the ambushing unit. A VBL is hit and destroyed by an RPG. At this moment the guerillas have 7 Points and the French 2.|
|The French set fire to the Poppy plantation. The last surviving guerrilla in the compound is hit. In the distance a group of French snipers moves into the compound to setup an overwatch position.|
With their objectives secured (i.e. on fire) the French began their orderly withdrawal. Though a group of 20 enthusiastic leaderless guerrillas ran to get into the fight.
The Rooikat intercepted and the twenty guerrillas after taking a few hits ran for cover allowing the French infantry to fall back unharmed. Except, as they crossed the road an IED was set-off hitting two teams of French soldiers, the first team was hit three times, the second escaped without harm. Miraculously for the French all three hit men escaped with minor scratches.
And thus ended the poppy picking patrol.
Once again lessons were learnt. The main one I was reminded of was how hard it is too play irregulars in Force on Force. Hard from a morale point of view. Who really have to think of your men as lunch money, without spending it you get no lunch...but you have money....
Next week we will just have a fun little game to reinforce the lessons, this time involving prey, hunters and hunter's of hunters.