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  • #25778
    Avatar photoJust Jack
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    All,

    It’s 0600 on 1 Feb 1990, and 1st Marine Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, has been tasked with a forced entry operation, coming over the beach at Playa Colorada (on the western end of the island), held by elements of the 27th Infantry Company, 3rd Cuban Infantry Battalion. Unfortunately for the Marines, the enemy was tipped off by local fishermen regarding the strange ships lying close off shore, and so the regime forces are ready and waiting when the Marines arrive.


    In the overall scheme of things, CLA SOF Squadron B knocked out a radar site (1) in an attempt to mask the landing force, but local fishermen warned the regime forces, elements of the enemy 3rd Infantry Battalion, of the foreign ships, and so the enemy at Playa Colorada (5) are waiting for the CLA Marines. 2nd Para Bn has already dropped and seized a key bridge (3) to protect the beachhead from the enemy’s Pinar del Rio garrison just to the east.


    The Marine landing force: Command Stand, six rifle teams, a SMAW team, a 60mm mortar team, a light machine gun team (what the hell? I don’t see them in the pic), and a single leader figure representing the Battalion commander.

    The enemy force, Cuban Army regulars of the 27th Infantry Company. They’re ready and willing, but are hurt by a lack of dedicated anti-armor weapons. They have a Command Stand, six rifle stands (three with RPG attachments), an MG team, and an 82mm mortar team.


    The battlefield, north is left, with the Marines landing from the west (bottom) and the regime force defending in the east (top). The enemy is dug in and ready.


    Track 3 hits a @#$% landmine; inconceivable! To see the whole fight, please check the blog at:
    http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2015/06/cuba-libre-liberation-batrep-5.html

    I played three more games today (Saturday), so more to come.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #25780
    Avatar photokyoteblue
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    LOL so they have pink beaches in Cuba !!!! Oh and check out the pics I took of The Warlords Game Day on my facebook.

    #25782
    Avatar photoirishserb
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    Pink!  Pink?  They ain’t no stinking pink.  Dude, you gots to clean your glasses sometimes.  That’s a fine beach.  Beautiful sand, sun, and LVTs.  What more could you ask for.       Pink….danged colorblind Okies…

    #25783
    Avatar photoRod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack:

    Interesting battle. How did Amtrack 3 get immobilized by a mine and then miraculously recover due to “random events”? Did the track-fairy pay them a visit? When I read that they got back into the fight, I thought you meant that they rallied and  they were giving fire support not moving, but then they moved and I became confused. A common state of mind for me I’m afraid!

    This was the first time that the CLA forces were up against prepared FAR troops and the FAR should have had some heavy weapons in support. The Cuban military has between 500 and 700 guns and hundreds of AA guns. No support for the Cuban regulars seems unlikely. Also remember that in 1990 the FAR is much larger and better equipped than it is today and it’s also full of very experienced soldiers from Cuban military expeditions in Latin America and Africa. The CLA maybe well trained but how experienced they are is a moot point. How many are ex-US service men who have seen real combat? But you rolled up what you rolled so fait accomplit je pense! I want to see how the CLA forces handle a FAR mechanized counter attack supported by t-55 or T-62 tanks. That’ll have the CLA wetting themselves!

    However the fight itself was very entertaining and the report was superb.  I loved how in typical Jack fashion the attackers had no option but to kick in the door and charge up the centre! Good stuff Jack! You do the hobby proud, sir! Keep up the great reports because you ain’t gonna see any from me for quite a while.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #25786
    Avatar photoirishserb
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    Rod,

    Its simple.  The track wasn’t broke.  The shockwave from the mine broke the shifter for the transmission.  A resourceful Marine repaired it with a spork and a tampon , and they were good to go.

    #25790
    Avatar photoRod Robertson
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    Irishserb:

    Hmmm? Sporks and Tampons? What is the CLA doing in 1990 with tampons? On second thought – If I don’t ask, you won’t tell, so best leave that one a mystery.  You Marines certainly watch each other’s backs, even in the low intensity environment of 10mm imagin-nations! I will no longer question the miraculous when Marines are at play -Deus Vult!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #25796
    Avatar photoWar Panda
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    Tampons and pink beaches…

    It’s just gotta be a battle report from Jack 😉

     

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    #25812
    Avatar photoJust Jack
    Participant

    Good grief, I didn’t realize how invested Rod was in supporting one of the last great communist dictators.

    What happened, in game terms, is that the regime forces rolled up a random event, which immobilized one vehicle. I rolled a dice to decide which one, and it was Track 3. Later the CLA rolled up a random event, and it was to get a vehicle back in action, so there you go.

    i really don’t have any modern info, but in reading the “Panzer Aces” series there were numerous occasions of a German tank being immobilized, then another tank pulled up and covered the disabled vehicle while its crew worked to get it back in the fight.  It certainly seemed reasonable to me.

    Regarding heavy weapons, the Castro forces had an MG and a mortar team, just no MILANs, which would have been helpful. Of course, they did have RPGs, which they used to knock one track out with.

    And the CLA shan’t be wetting anything; they have their own tanks (M48 Pattons) and plenty of ATGMs, so long as the support dice rolls go well. And they’ve got plentyB of combat experience: the majority are former U.S. military, so there are a number of Vietnam vets, as well as Beirut, Grenada, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, and Panama.

    In ’98 I had a SgtMaj with five Combat Action Ribbons; that’s five separate campaigns, starting with Vietnam. I don’t recall all the different spots, but he as a grunt of Hispanic descent and got called for all the stuff in Central/South America. Had a pic of him and Clint Eastwood too, had served as a technical advisor on “Heartbreak Ridge.”

    Regarding ‘going up the middle,’ wasn’t a lot of room to do otherwise. Exposing your flank in order to maneuver to get to his is not a good option. And of course the word ‘tampon’ would draw the Panda out of hiding 😉

    Thanks guys.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #25813
    Avatar photoWar Panda
    Participant

    And of course the word ‘tampon’ would draw the Panda out of hiding ;)

    Every good fisherman knows the proper bait 🙂

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    #25815
    Avatar photoirishserb
    Participant

    I suspect that some of us may be drinking our paint water again.

    Anyway, Just Jack, I hope that you will keep the batreps coming. They have been a joy to read.

    #25818
    Avatar photoRod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack:

    I have no love for the Castros’ regime, but the Cuban Army of the 1980’s-1990 was a tough and professional army with a lot of veterans of extremely brutal foreign wars. They were also extremely well supplied with kit from the Soviet Union and were the second most powerful army in the Americas. So the FAR should be tough and tenacious foes for the CLA as the campaign progresses. Also there are almost a quarter million soldiers in the Cuban Army at this point, including the militia so the CLA should expect to be swamped.

    In all seriousness Jack, these are great games and reports so don’t let my “constructive criticism” get you down.  It’s just an annoying side effect of my interest and enthusiasm for what your doing. These are some of the most interesting Bat. Reps. I read on the interweb so keep them coming, please!

    But since you have the impression that I support the Cuban regime, I shall end this post in appropriate style.

    Larga vida a los obreros socialistas paraíso de Cuba!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    El Commandante Rodrigo.

    How do you make the upside down exclamation marks on this billboard?

    #25824
    Avatar photoirishserb
    Participant

    Nobody ever believes the spork and tampon explanation.  Never.

    It could happen.

     

    Don’t know about the upside down thingies.

    #25872
    Avatar photoJust Jack
    Participant

    Irish – Don’t worry, we’ll do worse than drink our paint water.  We’re always like this 😉

    Rod – I addressed a lot of the CLA and Cuban military here:
    http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2013/08/cuba-libre.html

    The short story is that the USSR is falling apart and not supporting Cuba financially very well, and so the Cuban military is falling apart due to cuts and apathy (without a super-power sponsor there’s no one to fight wars on behalf of, such as Angola).  Even then I still ‘bath-tubbed’ it down some until the CLA is about 3/4 the size of the Cuban military, and even then desertion is a huge issue as a lot of men in the Cuban military are not strident Castro supporters.

    Working on my next batrep, should be done any minute now.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #25883
    Avatar photoRod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack:

    Your back-story linked above answers many of my questions. You have a gift and flare for speculative military fiction. Well done, and now I will go and read CL6 with a new and enlightened perspective.

    keep up the great work and top notch reportage.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #25896
    Avatar photoJust Jack
    Participant

    Thanks Rod.  No gift, I just needed to come up with a reasonable-sounding framework for the campaign I had in my head; it works for me.

    V/R,
    Jack

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