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  • #52740
    Just Jack
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    All,

    It’s 1730 on 29 June 1990 and Battlegroup Caballero is pushing toward Operation Chokehold’s final objective, the Cronistrian town of Stanje, completing the western encirclement of the capital city of Miran. Victory is near at hand, and as the Cubans near Stanje the Cronistrian Democrats begin their push to clear the town of Brevno of Communist forces.


    Overview, north is up, with Stanje at top center and Hill 127 at bottom right. The Cubans will enter from the top left (northwest).


    As the Cobra (bottom left) rolls in to look for the T-62 and put a TOW into it, an enemy rifle squad (top right) launches a rocket. The Cubans collectively hold their breath as the rocket rises towards the attack helicopter. To see what happened, please check the blog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2016/11/cuba-libre-cronstria-fight-21.html

    This was a helluva fight, a real nail-biter for me, one that I enjoyed immensely. I hope it’s as fun to read as it was to play.

    That is the last of the four fights from last weekend, more coming up this weekend. I’m hoping to finish up Operation Chokehold, but I just thought of something else that might be cool, and I’ve been sick as a dog since Thursday and I’m not sure if I’m up to it. I laid on the couch Thursday and Friday, managed to paint a grand total of six (6) figures today. Hopefully I pass my rally roll and get back in the fight, stay tuned.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #52743
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    Wowzer…many more victory’s like that and you’ll run out of Cubans.

    Sorry your under the weather Just Jack.

    #52753
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
    Participant

    Great AAR as always. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen the possibility of a friendly fire incident in these reports, fortunately the dice prevented it. 🙂

    #52764
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Don’t worry John, plenty of Expeditionary Cubans where those came from 😉

    Sorry, no games this weekend, still sick.  Painted a few guys, now laying on the couch, watching da foozeball.

    Vicki – Glad you liked it.  Regarding friendly fire, I don’t think I’ve ever seen rules with FF, but it’s something I just kind of throw in when I’m dumb enough to fire too close to my own guys 😉

    V/R,

    Jack

    #52765
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
    Participant

    Hope it’s not too bad and you feel better soon. 🙂

    #52772
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    If it help cheer ya up Just Jack, my Soviets got their butts kicked by Brits in Team Yankee…it didn’t help me that I forgot to deploy my Hinds….at all. I’m getting old.

    #53786
    Just Jack
    Participant

    All,

    It’s 1815 on 29 June 1990 and Battlegroup Aguilera is taking up defensive positions near the Cronistrian town of Pisa.  Earlier in the day Battlegroup Aguilera seized Pisa and held open the corridor as the rest of Task Force Galban (Battlegroups Caballero and Elias, as well as the HQ and Service Support elements) passed through.  Battlegroup Caballero completed TF Galban’s mission to encircle the Cronistrian capital of Miran by seizing the city of Stanje, and Battlegroup Elias moved up to them as Battlegroup Aguilera began moving east to catch up.

    However, at 1710 local time, Team 3 of ODA 626, under GySgt “Turk” Dos Santos was settled into its hide atop Hill 781 (screening the left/northern flank of the Cuban advance) when it spotted Communist forces and called it in to TF Galban headquarters.  Not only was the info immediately relayed to TF Aguilera, who immediately set about preparing a reception for the incoming Communists, but Cuban F-4 Phantoms were sent in, arriving on station at 1730 and making several runs, devastating the Communist armor.

    **Team 3 was compromised atop Hill 781 by enemy radio direction finding; its fights for survival are numbers 22, 23, and 25.  That may not seem to make sense, but I’m posting these in chronological order.


    A HMMWV with .50 cal (bottom left, firing past the CO’s vehicle) opens up on a Type 63 APC and enemy infantry in the open (top right).  To see how the fight went, please check the blog at:
    http://cubalibrewargame.blogspot.com/2016/12/cuba-libre-cronstria-fight-24.html

    In the overall scheme of things, Operation Chokehold is finished and has been a roaring success.  Task Force Galban started in the southwest, then dashed north and cut east to encircle the Cronistrian capital city of Miran, taking five enemy-defended towns along the way, then throwing back a (weak) counterattack.  There is still one more fight to go in Operation Cro-Wings, which is Recon Team 3’s fight for survival in the hills north of Pisa.  Also, the Cronistrian Democrat forces are having a bit of trouble clearing Brezno (the town that started all this conventional fighting and convinced the Cuban President to allocate more forces to Cronistria), and Dubrovna, the town just north of Brezno, is still in enemy hands as well, which puts it in the bag, but a thorn in our side and a danger to try to break out of the encirclement.  If I have time I may have Battlegroup Elias take the town.

    Total casualties for Operation Chokehold, which consisted of nine tabletop battles:

    Cubans
    180 KIA, WIA, and MIA personnel
    2 x AMX-10RC destroyed
    2 x HMMWV destroyed
    1 x Scimitar destroyed
    1 x Stryker destroyed

    Communists
    270 KIA, WIA, and MIA personnel
    55 captured personnel
    5 x MTLB destroyed
    2 x T-62 destroyed
    1 x ZSU-23-4 destroyed
    1 x BMP destroyed
    1 x Type 63 APC destroyed
    1 x BRDM destroyed

    Additionally, members of Task Force Galban were awarded the following decorations during Operation Chokehold:
    1 Cruz Servicio Distinguido
    1 Estrella de Plata
    4 Estrella de Bronce

    Like I said, I may play another couple fights to take the city of Dubrovna just to eliminate a pocket of enemy resistance and help out the Cronistrian Democrats, but Operation Chokehold is officially concluded.  For me it was a pretty cool concept, a lot of fun in the vein of my War of Liberation campaign (which, so far, is kind of the pinnacle of fun for me in wargaming).  The games were small and quick; while the tables were nothing to look at, they took only minutes to set up and take down, and were serviceable, as were the 6mm troops, vehicles, and aircraft.  I can definitely see myself doing more of this.

    I’ve played the last fight of Operation Cro-Wings, still need to write that up and post it.  After that, not sure what’s up next.  A few ideas:

    1.  With the capital encircled from the west, I’m considering some larger-scale armor fights using Cold War Commander on the east side of Miran.

    2.  I’m thinking about doing some platoon-level stuff back with in South Leon, my Imagi-nation stuff that’s really USMC vs North Vietnamese Army.

    3.  I’m thinking about starting my WWII USMC series of campaigns at the platoon level, beginning in the Philippines.

    4.  I played out Operation Pay-Off, where Cuban SOF escorted The Ambassador to Morocco to make a ransom payment, then got ambushed.  I need to get around to Operation Pay-Back, which is exactly what it sounds like, retribution.

    5.  I need to get back to KG Klink to finish up Fall of France, then figure out what to do with them.  That thing is really a bit too ambitious (following a company of armor, a company of infantry, a company of recon, and assorted heavy weapons through the entire war (already did Poland, played four games of France).

    6.  I need to get back to Hakuna-Matata, my African Imagi-nations.  The hang up here is that I based them individually, which looks great, but I wish I’d have based them three vehicles to a stand.  For me, so much of wargaming campaigns is ‘feel,’ and playing this with individually-based vehicles just doesn’t feel right.

    Well, that’s it for now.  Last fight of Operation Cro-Wings coming up, then more games next weekend, just not sure what yet.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #53793
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    I vote for number 3 !!!!

    #53796
    Rod RobertsonRod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack:

    Well, I read number 24 at least. It’s time for some Cronistrian or Russian SU-25’s, MI-24D’s and Mig-29’s to turn up and spank the tiny Cuban expeditionary force for a change. Good battle, hard fought and a very engaging Bat. Rep., however. I’m torn on the smoke screen markers. They are neat and attractive but they also seem out of place (too cartoonish?). But what with the improved hills, goats and everything else of late, perhaps I’m just being petty. Things are definitely shaping up bravo-zulu in Just Jack’s gaming world! Thanks again for sharing, Jack and seasons greetings to you and yours.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #53830
    Just Jack
    Participant

    John – We’ll see, I probably need to order some more guys to start that.

    Rod – “It’s time for some Cronistrian or Russian SU-25’s, MI-24D’s and Mig-29’s to turn up and spank the tiny Cuban expeditionary force for a change.”
    Please note that not everyone shares your enthusiasm to see the CEF get spanked 😉
    On a serious note, the Communists had Hinds available as a support asset (the same chance as the Cuban Cobra, which I think made it into two of the nine fights), and a MiG-27 as a (good) random event (the same chance as the Cuban Phantom, which made but a single appearance).

    “I’m torn on the smoke screen markers. They are neat and attractive but they also seem out of place (too cartoonish?).”
    They’re from Litko.  I like them better than laying down a bunch of cotton.

    “Thanks again for sharing, Jack and seasons greetings to you and yours.”
    Thanks man, and you too.

    No preferences on where I had this weekend?

    And where is Vicki???

    V/R,
    Jack

    #53832
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    I have some spare 15mm Japanese if you need them….

    #53833
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
    Participant

    And where is Vicki???

    Sorry, I’ve been really busy the past week, I’ll try to catch up tomorrow. 🙂

    For now, I vote for number 3. 🙂

    #53835
    Rod RobertsonRod Robertson
    Participant

    Just Jack:

    KG Klink crossing the Meuse and breaking out past Sedan would be my choice.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #53836
    Just Jack
    Participant

    I’m John – thanks man, I really appreciate it, you guys are too kind.  I think I’ll pass though, as I need to order more of those early war Marines as well, both from Eureka.

    Vicki – well, take your damn time! 😉

    I can’t believe you both picked #3, and it’s the one I’m not actually quite ready to do!

    Rod – yeah, I definitely need to finish the Fall of France.  Must get motivated.

    V/R,

    Jack

    #53838
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    Hey I want to see Marines in the Pacific !!!!

    #53839
    Just Jack
    Participant

    I’m working on it!

    V/R,

    Jack

    #53840
    kyotebluekyoteblue
    Participant

    OK !

    #53853
    Victoria DicksonVictoria Dickson
    Participant

    All caught up now, great report as always. Nice to see everything go so smoothly for once.

    The firefight seemed to be the deciding factor, perfect timing for it too. 🙂

    #53897
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Yep, the firefight really sealed the bad guys’ fate.  I needed it, and deserve an easy one every now and again! 😉

    V/R,
    Jack

    #53901
    shelldrakeshelldrake
    Participant

    I love that Cobra !!!! Thanks Just Jack.

    Yep, it got me looking for a 1:100 Eurocopter Tiger for my 15mm Aussies that wont cost an arm and a leg to buy… and I don’t want to down scale to match the figures in this AAR 🙂

    #53945
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Good luck man, I haven’t seen one in 15mm.

    That’s part of what I really enjoy about 6mm.  Pretty much everything is available, relatively cheap, and easy to store.

    I look forward to seeing some batreps with your Aussies in action!

    V/R,
    Jack

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