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    Just Jack


    It’s 1030 on 2 Feb 1990, and the CLA’s F Company, 2nd Airborne Battalion is in the center of the island, in hot pursuit of the regime’s 84th Infantry Company, 4th Infantry Battalion, in order to carry out Generalissimo Waraldonez’ orders to eliminate the enemy’s 4th Infantry Battalion. F Company has been hot on the heels of fugitives all morning, but lost contact briefly. The enemy, finding itself up against impassable cliffs (at least in terms of scaling them an opposing force right behind them), and so the 84th Infantry Company digs in to make a last stand against the CLA forces.

    So far we’ve had:
    1) B Squadron SOF destroyed a radar site in support of amphibious landings at Playa Colorada (5). B Sqdn then egressed and linked up with CLA rotary wing assets for their follow-on mission in Havana (6).
    2) C Squadron SOF destroyed a the Cuban military’s communications center.
    3) 1st Para Battalion dropped in and seized a bridge to screen the landings at Playa Colorada (5).
    4) 2nd Para battalion dropped in and eliminated a Castro-regime garrison to screen the landings at the Bay of Pigs (just west of (4).
    5) 1st Marine Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, made an amphibious assault at Playa Colorada.
    6) A Squadron SOF attacked a Castro-regime SAM site near Havana, which failed to clear the way for B Squadron’s helo assault into Havana.
    7) 2nd Marine Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, landed at the Bay of Pigs then turned east and ran into a strong enemy force, which it handily defeated.
    8) B Company of the UWG pursued and destroyed an enemy garrison in the Escambray Mountains.
    9) B Squadron SOF conducted an aerial insertion into Havana to seize a radio station and broadcast news of the invasion.
    10) 10th Popular Force Battalion seized and destroyed the Pedroso bridge to protect the Bay of Pigs landing site from the Matanzas garrison.
    11) 1st Airborne Infantry Battalion successfully fought off a regime counterattack near the bridge at Sandino, protecting the western (Playa Colorada) landing site from the Pinar del Rio garrison.
    12) 6th Infantry Battalion fought through an enemy ambush while pushing inland from the Bay of Pigs landing site.
    13) 8th Popular Force Battalion ambushed a mechanized column of the enemy 2nd Armored Battalion, just west of Havana.
    14) 2nd Airborne Battalion engaged enemy armored forces of the 6th Armored Battalion in the village of El Rincon, en route to the Bay of Pigs landing site.
    15) 4th Infantry Battalion’s 1st Air Assault Company conducts an air assault southeast of Sandino to counter enemy mechanized forces of 3rd Infantry Battalion (forcing 1st Airborne Battalion’s right flank).
    16) 9th Popular Force Battalion conducts a spoiling attack on the regime’s 7th Infantry Battalion in the Matanzas garrison.
    17) 2nd Air Assault Company, 7th Infantry Battalion, inserts east of El Rincon to block the escape of the regime’s 6th Armored Battalion.
    18) C Company of the UWG fought a running battle in the Escambray Mountains to delay/halt the regime’s 12th Mechanized Battalion moving west.
    19) A Squadron SOF holds off the regime’s 2nd Airborne Company, 1st Airborne Battalion at the Radio Station in downtown Havana, while B Squadron SOF and 8th Popular Force Battalion move to reinforce.
    20) F Company, 2nd Airborne Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime’s 4th Infantry Battalion.

    The opposing forces, with regime troops on the left and CLA troops on the right. The CLA force is made up of Brits from Pendraken’s Falklands Range, while the regime force consists of Argentinians from Pendraken’s Falklands Range. The CLA force has a Command Stand representing Captain Guerrero’s HQ section, seven rifle teams, an 81mm mortar team, a .50 cal HMG team, a MILAN ATGM team, and a single leader figure representing their Battalion Commander. The regime force has a Command Stand, five rifle teams, a .50 cal HMG team, and a .30 cal MG team.

    Overview, north is up, the cliffs are just off table at top. The regime troops are dug in at the top, on the north side of the river, which can be crossed only at the two fords (far left and center). The CLA force is at bottom, fanned out and moving forward to contact, though they don’t know exactly where the enemy line is.

    Another fun fight! To see how it turned out, please check the blog at:

    I didn’t play any games this weekend, too much fun with the wife and kids, but I did get some painting in. I’ll try to get some work in progress pics up, just to prove I got something done 😉 Oh, and I have two more batreps to post (leftovers that I haven’t written up yet), try to get them up this week too.



    Looks like the CLA  have figured out how to use a mortar….good AAR !!!

    Rod Robertson

    Just Jack:

    Although I’ve read the rules, I don’t pretend to understand them. But I was wondering why the Regime forces didn’t close assault the the CLA units straight away after their initial volley of highly effective fire which weakened and disorganized the CLA and made them vulnerable to being rolled up? Given that the Regime kept getting scurries wouldn’t that have worked and been a sensible tactic?

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    Just Jack


    For all the love of all that is Good and Holy, did you just say you’ve read the 5Core Company Command rules, but you can’t understand them???  Did I mention I was a Marine, and I understand them!?  Surely you jest, or you haven’t read them.  Or you were high when you read them.  Something!  One of their greatest selling points is, to me, their simplicity!!!

    The regime didn’t close assault, or move to close assault, because of the great distances involved in getting to grips with the CLA.  And the way the activation system works, you don’t know you’re going to get a ‘scurry’ until it’s your turn to activate and you roll it (which has a 1 in 6 chance), so it’s not something you can foresee happening, and it’s not very likely.  So if you move out this turn, hoping to get one next turn, then you don’t get one next turn, you suddenly find all your troops caught in the middle of a field getting chopped to pieces.  So closing with the CLA wasn’t much of an option, and the regime would have made the CLA pay even dearer had the CLA’s mortar team not been knocking the stuffin’s out of them.

    On a side note, summer is here, and the outdoors (and family) beckoned.  I didn’t get a single game in this weekend, though I did get a bit of painting/basing done, so I’ll try to post some pics this week, and I still have two batreps to post.

    Did you see my PM/post with the Crescent Root buildings?  They’re fantastic!


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