11/09/2017 at 15:16 #71357
First up, let’s get an overview of what’s going on: South Leon is a (fictional) country on the west coast of Africa, and while no saints are they, they are quasi-democratic and were a lynchpin in Western military outlook of staving off the ‘Domino Theory.’ So while Communism worldwide has taken some fiscal hits and Westerners have thus lost their interest in helping out South Leon, who is surrounded by a neighbor, Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon (FSNL), which is Communist insofar as it gets them money from Soviet Union in order to carry on their tribal/territorial antagonism of South Leon.
FSNL, in concert with a domestic insurgency fronted by the “Free Leon Army” (FLA), began turning up the heat on the South Leon government and so on 1 May1990, Free Cuba dispatched a Task Group under Major Fulgencio to South Leon. A company of Marines was sent north to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with FSNL, a company of paratroopers was dispatched to the insurgency’s hotspot in the east-central city of Diwala, and various other assets were deployed around the country in order to bolster South Leon government and military efforts. The Cubans began training host nation forces and patrolling, and the Cuban Marines drew first blood in a series of sharp clashes with troops crossing the border through the DMZ in early June. Things died down again until mid-July when the Cuban paratroopers were flung into a sudden maelstrom of violence in Diwala. Casualties were heavy on both sides, so the Cuban paras (Task Force Razor) were pulled out of Diwala to rest and refit, and the Cuban Marines (Task Force Redleg) were pulled back from the DMZ in order to cover TF Razor.
Which was a stroke of extraordinary fortune, because on 24 July 1990 the armed forces of FSNL staged a full-scale invasion of South Leon, pouring men and tanks across the border, crushing South Leon Army elements in their way. South Leon armed forces made their stand just short of the capital of Pendrakenville, halting the Communist advance, but the dagger was thrust deep. Presidente Waraldonez and Defense Minister Estevante held emergency meetings to decide whether to evacuate Task Group Fulgencio or reinforce them; reinforce was the unanimous decision, and Cuban forces were mounted out immediately. A mechanized company, a second Marine company, a second para company, and various armor, air, special operations, intelligence, and support elements were immediately dispatched by air (heavy lift capability rumored to be provided by the US Air Force). But due to the FSNL/FLA penetration of South Leon, it was determined forced entry operations would be necessary in order to secure locations to bring Cuban heavy equipment ashore.
A plan was quickly hatched for an airborne assault, in two pieces: Operation Geronimo, a combat drop by E Company, 6 Para (covered separately), and Operation Geronimo, a combat drop by 1st Lieutenant Villagrosa’s ODA 212. Lt Villagrosa’s 20 special forces operators will jump on the city of Gimbala, serving as the command and control center for the FSNL’s 3rd Infantry Division, possessing a key bridge over the Ruhala River, and a key crossroads for traffic to and from the port city of Skarsenyi.
It is now 0330 on 27 July 1990, and the twenty paratroopers of Lt Villagrosa’s ODA-212 are descending to earth below silk canopies, having just departed a loaner C-130. Upon landing they will immediately form up and assault any and all enemy positions identified (in the event, it would turn out that intelligence information provided by South Leon government elements, via Task Group Fulgencio, would prove quite accurate).
Overview of the South Leon town of Gimbala, north is right, and please forgive all the garbage I have lying around (I need a bigger wargames room!). At center, running top to bottom (east to west), is the Ruhala River. This fight will take place in the top left portion of the table, where the enemy has a defensive position atop Hill 60.
The enemy troops (bottom) have spotted the Cuban paratroopers and are laying down heavy small arms fire. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Next up, a Little Group of Paratroopers assault an enemy bunker just south of the Ruhala River.
Jack11/09/2017 at 16:26 #71363
I’m sure you can guess who my favourite character was in that report…
Brilliant AAR, these just keep getting better and better. 🙂12/09/2017 at 02:14 #71398
Thanks Vicki, I’m so glad you liked it, but please don’t tell me you’re a Shady lover 😉
Jack12/09/2017 at 02:38 #71399
The card activation reminds me of The Sword and The Flame, which I like. The Para drop also looked old school. The fight went well and yeah Shady will be a good bad guy. Like how you painted the BF East Germans. You know you could do some Team Yankee stuff now.12/09/2017 at 08:13 #7140212/09/2017 at 21:03 #71452
John – I like TSATF too, but the card activation didn’t work out so well for me here so I’m heading back to SOF Warrior. And the para drop was definitely Old School, I used scraps of paper for goodness’ sake! We’ll see how long I can stomach Shady; you guys think it’s cute, you don’t realize how close he came to killing Gutierrez! I’m happy with how the East Germans came out, too; I need to post them I guess. The Marines, too. I already did Team Yankee… How do you not remember, you were in it? 😉
Vicki – “I think you might want to rephrase that.”
Let’s keep it clean, Ma’am! 😉
“…I can see him as a reluctant accidental hero…”
I can’t. This IS NOT going to end well, I promise. Though it certainly is different from what I’m used to.
Jack12/09/2017 at 21:11 #7145512/09/2017 at 22:06 #71460
Yeah but you did it in 6mm, now you have 15mm so it could be a whole other game…13/09/2017 at 14:47 #71512
Vicki – Don’t worry, he shan’t be dying a ‘normal’ death, merely getting KO’ed by some nameless bad guy. I promise it will be more dramatic than that, and it won’t be anytime soon. I’m coming around to the idea of having a bad guy in the squad… Like I said, it’s much different than I’m used to, and it’s kinda fun.
John – Well yes, but the reason I did 6mm vice 15mm was because I didn’t have $8 million to spend on 15mm toys, nor do I have a 50′ x 35′ table. So 6mm seemed to be right for having a company+ for NATO and battalion+ for WarPac on the table 😉 Having said that, assuming I had the $8 mil and gi-normous table, the fights would still have gone down the same way, so I don’t see how it would be a ‘whole other game.’ It would just have been a whole bigger game 😉
Jack14/09/2017 at 13:18 #71580
It is now 0330 on 27 July 1990, and the twenty paratroopers of Lt Villagrosa’s ODA-212 are descending to earth below silk canopies, having just departed a loaner C-130 as part of Operation Currahee, the Cuban operation to secure space for Cuban reinforcements to enter South Leon following the full-scale invasion launched by Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon (FSNL). Upon landing they will immediately form up and assault any and all enemy positions identified (in the event, it would turn out that intelligence information provided by South Leon government elements, via Task Group Fulgencio, would prove quite accurate). This is the second fight of the chaotic first minutes on the ground…
Romero (left) and Doc Eusabio (bottom right) both open fire on the sandbagged position, hitting the enemy rifleman there in the left thigh! The enemy soldier goes down, but he immediately sets about bandaging his leg and getting back into the fight. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Next we catch up with SFC Medina leading an assault into the western end of town.
Jack14/09/2017 at 14:06 #7158615/09/2017 at 01:59 #71610
Good game. Like the teddy bear fur mat!15/09/2017 at 13:21 #71638
Jack18/09/2017 at 15:07 #71772
It is now 0330 on 27 July 1990, and the twenty paratroopers of Lt Villagrosa’s ODA-212 are descending to earth below silk canopies, having just departed a loaner C-130 as part of Operation Currahee, the Cuban operation to secure space for Cuban reinforcements to enter South Leon following the full-scale invasion launched by Fédération Socialiste Nationale de Leon (FSNL). Upon landing they will immediately form up and assault any and all enemy positions identified (in the event, it would turn out that intelligence information provided by South Leon government elements, via Task Group Fulgencio, would prove quite accurate). This is the third fight of the chaotic first minutes on the ground…
Overview, north is up. The FSNL Army troops are in the building at top center left, and at ground level around the fenced-in stone fountain at center right, while the Cuban Special Forces troops are at left center down to bottom left center. After this fight is over we’ll discover there are bad guys in the building at bottom right and far right, but for right now those bad guys are still learning about/recovering from the shock of the Cuban invasion, and by that time these Cubans will be assaulting the FSNL trenchline (just off camera to top center left), while Lt Villagrosa leads a team to take the buildings just mentioned. It may seem a bit goofy, but such is the chaos of war, particularly with paratroopers dropping into a foreign land in the middle of the night.
The bad guys (bottom) hear Sergeant First Class Medina (top center) thrashing about in the river, trying to get out of his parachute harness. They move in to investigate, and things are about to get ugly. To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
Next up is the assault on the enemy defensive position atop Hill 57, coming right up!
Jack18/09/2017 at 15:42 #71776
Great report, I really liked the touches of humour through it. 🙂18/09/2017 at 22:15 #71805
Jack you posted this to that other miniature forum and signed it Jack
Now maybe you two have made up but I thought I would mention it.
Not really my business18/09/2017 at 23:23 #71810
Vicki – Thank you Ma’am, glad you liked it. I guess I’ve been getting a bit too silly with these batreps.
Telzy – Ahh, yes, I see. Regarding the ‘other forum,’ we have not made up. Haven’t had any communication at all, actually. I simply received a PM saying “goodbye,” then not long after he made it impossible to send PMs anymore. But here’s what’s going on: I was content to not have my stuff on the ‘other forum,’ but, as much as I like this place, it just doesn’t drive traffic like the other place. Wolfhag and I are ‘internet buddies;’ we chat quite a bit about wargame design, plus we’re both former Marines (he served right after the Vietnam War, I was in 94-04, and he has a son that just got out), so we’ve got it worked out where I e-mail him my blogposts and he simply cuts and pastes them onto the other site. The screw up with signing “Jack” is that I write the post up, signing “Jack” on the two forums I still spend time on, then copy and paste it into the e-mail, and sometimes I forget to take “Jack” out when I e-mail it to Wolfhag.
I’m not overly concerned about it; he shouldn’t get into any trouble, he’s doing the same thing Tango does, except Wolfhag actually has my permission! The only reason I even worry about taking “Jack” off of the post is because I still look at the other site and see people responding to the posts Wolfhag puts up there, but no one replies since, well, I am unable to (in Wolfhag’s defense, he’s a great guy and actually asked me if I wanted him to respond to replies, but I feel bad enough about all the work he’s already doing for me, much less having to follow up with responses). For awhile I was typing at the bottom for people to please leave any comments on my blog; I didn’t come out and say ‘please put comments on the blog because I can’t reply here,’ but it didn’t help, people kept replying on the other forum. It’s kind of screwy to me; I’ve had people send me e-mails, or finally comment on my blog, and they didn’t even realize I was kicked off the other site. I guess I thought I was more renowned 😉
But what did you think of the batrep!?
Jack18/09/2017 at 23:43 #71812
Good AAR, thanks, Jack.19/09/2017 at 00:13 #71814
But what did you think of the batrep!? V/R, Jack
I read, and enjoy, all your AARs.19/09/2017 at 00:18 #7181520/09/2017 at 13:29 #71906
John – Thanks buddy!
Telzy – Excellent, glad to hear it.
Vicki – Well, if it’s your job, I’d imagine you need to be publishing some more Ambush Z batreps? 😉 But thank you for the kind words, you’re always too nice to me.
Jack20/09/2017 at 13:48 #71911
Ambush Z is on hold for the moment till I get more terrain done, should get a Lion Rampant report up in the next day or so though.20/09/2017 at 16:52 #71937
I don’t know what Lion Rampant is, but I’m looking forward to learning!
Jack20/09/2017 at 17:35 #71940
Lion Rampant is a set of Medieval rules.25/09/2017 at 20:28 #72363
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