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    Just Jack


    On a quick admin note, I just wanted to throw out that this battle report documents my FIFTIETH (50th) table-top game using Nordic Weasel Games’ “5Core Company Command” rules. They sprung out of Ivan’s “Five Men In Normandy” rules, and I was fortunate enough to have played a small role in bringing them to light. Certainly they won’t be the only set of rules I ever play again, but insofar as we wargamers are always on the search for the “Holy Grail” of rules, I can say that, for tactical games at the reinforced platoon to reinforced company level from WWII to present (and possibly even earlier than WWII), I have no need for rules as I’ve found them. On to the battle, which is the first of D-Day +2 (D+2), the third day of fighting in the War of Liberation.

    It’s 0830 on 3 Feb 1990, and tanks of the CLA’s 2nd Troop, 5th Tank Battalion, supported by C Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, have run square into enemy armor of the 78th Tank Company and 70th Motor Rifle Company, 2nd Armored Battalion, just west of the city of Artemisa, on the island’s western end.

    So far we’ve had:

    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) 2nd Airborne Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime’s 4th Infantry Battalion.
    21) 7th Infantry Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime’s 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion.
    22) Colonel Huistrella’s Unconventional Warfare Group fight another desperate holding action in the Escambray Mountains, this time against the regime’s 10th Territorial Infantry Battalion.

    23) The 5th Tank Battalion squares off against the regime’s 2nd Armored Battalion just west of Artemisa.

    The opposing forces, with CLA on the right and regime forces on the left. The CLA is made up of Pendraken Americans and M-113s from their Vietnam range (the TOW on one of the 113s is from Minifigs), and plastic Takara M-48s. The regime is made up of modern Warsaw Pact troops from Minifigs, along with their BMPs and some Takara T-72s.

    The CLA forces has a Command Stand, five rifle stands, an M-113 TOW, an M-113 .50 cal, three M-48A3s, and a jeep carting around the 5th Tank Battalion’s commander. The regime force has a Command Stand, four rifle stands, four T-72s, and two BMP-2s.

    The opposing forces, clashing head-on in a classic meeting engagement, with CLA on the left (west) and regime on the right (east).

    Nothing beats burning T-72s!

    To see the whole fight, please check the blog at:

    Well, there’s one, three more to write up and post! Don’t think we’re gonna make it before the weekend, just too much to type…



    I knew Oddball would be a hero and Cruze would run away !!!!!! Great one good back and forth!!!


    Norm S

    Thanks Jack, enjoyed seeing the armour on the table.

    Just Jack

    Yeah John, it was pretty wild, though I must admit I was pulling for the young Cruze.


    Norm – I dunno, I’m a bit torn. It was an awful lot of vehicles in a very small place, not much room for maneuver.  Not bad every now and again, I suppose.


    Thanks fellas.




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