01/01/2017 at 15:26 #54769
First, Happy New Year! And to celebrate, I’m going to post a series of 6 or so modern skirmish battle reports, one a day until I’m done. Thus begins the first of 6-10 modern skirmish fights; I’m playing with my 7-year old son, and we’re playing co-op, so that each of us controls a ‘good-guy’ fireteam of four men against the enemy squad of 6 to 8 men (depending on a die roll).
AKA Cronstria Fight #26, AKA “The reduction of Dubrovna,” Fight #1
It’s 0725 on 1 July 1990 and Battlegroup Elias is moving up to the line of departure, preparing to jump-off into yet another attack. It’s been a busy few days, but if today goes well, enemy forces on the west side of the capital city of Miran will be totally eliminated.
If you’re a loyal follower of Cuba Libre, go ahead and skip down to the last bullet-paragraph before the map. If not, and you’re bored:
It’s recently come to my attention that not all of you out there in wargaming land have bothered to read every single one of my batreps, thus you may be confused about what the heck all this talk about Cubans, Cronistrians, Miran, etc…, is about 😉
So, for the uninitiated, here’s a synopsis:
-In Feb 1990, Cuban exiles, with substantial support from several Western nations, staged an invasion of Cuba to depose its dictator and install a constitutional republic. The invasion was a roaring success, and the war was over after five days of heavy fighting (32 tabletop fights can be found on this blog under the label “Liberation”).
-A transition government was put into place, elections were held, and a new government was quickly established. The Cuban military was essentially split in two: a Home Defense Force (about 75% of the military), which never leaves Cuba, and the Cuban Liberation Expeditionary Force (or CLEF; about 25% of the military), which is an all-arms, air-ground force deployable to all corners of the globe, fighting for the cause of freedom.
-There have been some minor operations, but the first sizable deployment was of a Cuban Special Forces A-Team to the (fictional) Balkan republic of Cronistria. It’s 1990 and the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are falling apart; Cronistria has declared independence and is striving to become a democracy, but Communist hardliners and Yugoslavian federalists are actively opposing this. Fighting broke out between the Cronistrian Democratic Militia (or CDM, the good guys) and Cronistrian Communist Army (or CPA, the bad guys); the Cuban SF troops were deployed to support and train the CDM. The Cuban SF (designated Task Force Trojas) performed their mission very well, surpassing expectations, to the point Cuban leadership began to believe they might actually succeed in helping Cronistria become an independent, stable, and free state. With this realization, the Cuban leadership deployed additional, conventional forces to Cronistria (reinforcing success). The Cuban element in Cronistria is now known as Task Force Galban, a roughly battalion-sized element composed of three mechanized Battlegroups (Aguilera, Caballero, and Elias), and Lt Trojas’ SF detachment.
-CDM and Cuban forces had been marching on the Cronistrian capital city of Miran, but had become stalled by heavy fighting in the village of Brezno, just southwest of the capital (see map, below). Upon arrival of the mechanized elements of TF Galban, they were immediately thrown into battle. Two days ago they conducted a series of lightning quick attacks to encircle Miran from the west (eight fights in “Operation Chokehold,” on this blog they are Cronistria fights 14-21, and 24, with 22, 23, and 25 being a Special Forces operation gone wrong).
-So, this blog concept, ‘Cuba Libre,’ is really nothing more than a vehicle for me to play out whatever modern ideas and scenarios I feel like playing, in the overall concept of a single ‘history,’ if you will, as I follow the exploits of the various units and leaders of the Cuban Liberation Expeditionary Force. To illustrate, I felt like playing some skirmish-level games using my Peter Pig US Marines and my Eureka Russians. I didn’t really care about climate, so I used Cronistria. If I wanted Arctic or desert, I would have just made up a new operation somewhere in the world (like I just played out Operation Pay-Off because I wanted to play Special Forces against terrorists in the Middle East). It’s great!
-I’m a big fan of Ivan Sorensen’s “5Core” series of rules, having played Five Men in Normandy (skirmish), 5Core Company Command (company/battalion-level), and 5Core Brigade Command (brigade/division-level). I love the activation process, which puts limits on what I’m able to do and forces interesting decisions to be made, and I love the combat processes, which are simple, quick, and to the point. Most recently, Ivan put out a new/updated/modified version of 5 Men in Normandy, known as Five Men at Kursk (5MAK). I modified these slightly to play out modern games, and that’s what I’m using for this set of skirmish fights.
-CDM forces currently have their hands full clearing Brezno, and have asked for Cuban assistance. Colonel Galban acquiesced to this request, sending Battlegroup Elias to aid their allies. Battlegroup Elias left Stanje (see map, below), heading south to attack the rear of the Communist defensive positions, located atop Hill 489 and in the town of Dubrovna.
Overview, north is up. Shown is the slope of Hill 489; the Cubans will enter from the south/southwest (bottom/bottom left), while the Communists enter from the north/northwest (top/top left). The situation is Cuban infantry of Battlegroup Elias are dismounted and conducting a movement to contact, when they run into a Communist patrol in the early morning mists of July 1, 1990.
The Cuban mission is to defeat the enemy patrol in order to clear the path to this morning’s first objective, the enemy defensive line atop Hill 489.
The opposing forces, with bad guys on the left and good guys on the right. The Cubans will always have eight men (so that my son and I can always control four guys, each), while the bad guys will roll to see if they get 6, 7, or 8 guys. Here they got eight…
The Cuban squad is eight men in two fireteams, 15mm Modern Marines from Peter Pig, painted up in temperate MARCAM, with each fireteam containing a grenadier, a SAW, and two riflemen. The bad guys are 15mm Modern Russians from Eureka Miniatures, painted up in ‘Sun Bunny’ camo. Each game we roll to see how many bad guys there will be on table, with the options being 6, 7, or 8 men. With eight men they get two whole teams, each of a grenadier, a machine gunner with PKM, and two riflemen with AKs.
Team 1 in the thick of the fight, laying down fire. To see the whole fight, please check the blog at:
Team 1 moves up the slope to capture the last enemy soldier, officially ending the fight in victory for the good guys! Cpl Lira calls in for CASEVAC with two WIA, as well as a SITREP to inform Battlegroup Elias HQ the way to the crest of Hill 489 is clear, though it appears the enemy has established a bunker line there that is going to need to be taken care of.
The boy and I are quite pleased with ourselves, getting away with 7 bad guy KIAs and 1 EPW for only two WIA. Not just winning, but winning in style, accomplishing the objective of defeating the enemy patrol to clear the approach to the defensive line atop Hill 489. Which, as luck would have it, is the next fight, so stay tuned 😉
Jack01/01/2017 at 19:23 #54785
Great AAR, but then they always are. 🙂
A report a day? You’re spoiling us. 🙂
Happy New Year. 🙂01/01/2017 at 19:45 #54788shelldrakeParticipant
Another great game, thanks for sharing.
And who would dare not read your batreps?01/01/2017 at 21:43 #54793
I think Comrade Rod is behind on his reading …wink wink.
Thanks Just Jack I needed this.01/01/2017 at 23:11 #54797Rod RobertsonParticipant
I have been distracted by the allure of “Vermont” (the alias, not the state!). It’s fans are many but not legion! I will read Jack’s post tonight if possible or tomorrow morning if not.
Happy New Year to all and may 2017 bring you good fortune and contentment.
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.02/01/2017 at 01:05 #54799Shaun TraversParticipant
Unbelievable! There are people out there that are not loyal Jack battrep fans. I am in shock…or mourning…or denial..or drinking
p.s. I have not read this battrep yet. I will have to try to do so later today if more are coming. Earlier this year I didn’t have a chance for a few weeks and got 8 AARs behind I then binged them all in one evening. It was too much – I was exhausted02/01/2017 at 01:20 #54800
The horror….not reading Just Jack’s AAR right away !!! Get to reading you slackers !!!!02/01/2017 at 01:26 #54801
Vicki – Thanks, glad you liked it. I plan on posting one a day for this operation only; I wish I could play 365 this year AND write and post them, but there’s some folks in the house that would probably kill me 😉 In any case, we’ve played five so far: one is posted, four more written up waiting to be posted, and we plan on playing a couple more tomorrow. So, I think I can do this!
Shelldrake – Thanks buddy! Regarding not reading, I was talking to a guy the other day and he told me he was talking to a friend about Cuba Libre. He said he told his buddy to read them, and his buddy said he’d seen them, but he couldn’t stomach them as he’s not at all fond of the Castro regime, they’re the bad guys! He hadn’t read, wasn’t familiar with the fact exiles had overthrown the Castro regime. So I figured I’d throw a little synopsis of how we got here in the first batrep.
John – No sweat man, and more on the way. And I’ve come up with your New Year’s resolution for you: to stop calling me “Just Jack” and start calling me just “Jack.” 😉
Rod – You’re as confusing as ever 😉
Master Travers – You’re killing me, man! How about you post some of your batreps, then you can binge again to catch up on mine 😉 I need something to read and be inspired by, too!
Thanks everyone. As is my custom here on TWW, I will post all the following batreps of this operation in this thread, so stay tuned, next one coming up tomorrow.
Jack02/01/2017 at 01:30 #54802
That’s Jack with me, Jack….02/01/2017 at 19:47 #54843
It’s 0845 on 1 July 1990 and Battlegroup Elias continues to push up Hill 489. Earlier, units from 2nd Platoon made contact with an enemy patrol and defeated it. Following that firefight, 2nd Platoon continued up Hill 489 and conducted a reconnaissance. Their Platoon Sergeant quickly sketched out a Communist bunker complex atop the hill, noting a ravine which afforded a covered and concealed avenue of approach to within 150 meters of the enemy defensive positions. The Plt Sgt had carefully reconnoitered the ravine; he found an engineer stake, signalling the enemy had likely registered the ravine for indirect fire, but it didn’t appear the enemy had eyes on the ravine, nor where there any indications of mines or booby traps. He’d found what looked to be a two-man observation post (OP), but it looked to be abandoned. Encircled and cut-off, the enemy’s morale was beginning to crack, and the platoon’s earlier defeat of the enemy patrol likely was enough to convince the OP to fall back into the bunkers.
But that meant Battlegroup Elias had a way to get within 150m of the enemy defensive line without being seen. If they could slip across the small stream unnoticed, they could get within range to put a rocket into the nearest Communist bunker. And if they could do that, they could rush more troops across the stream, face left, and roll up the enemy line. Because of the dense forest and undergrowth, and because the enemy had chosen to site their defensive positions too close to the crest, the bunkers weren’t in very good position to support each other. Without the OP in the ravine, the enemy defense was compromised.
The Battlegroup commander, Captain Elias, was briefed on the situation, and he quickly issued his orders. 2nd Platoon would go firm on either side of the ravine, and act aggressively against enemy troops attempting to patrol in/around the ravine, or trying to re-establish their OP in the ravine. Meanwhile, 3rd Platoon, following in trace of 2nd, would pass through 2nd Platoon, move up the ravine, then attack the enemy defensive line.
The enemy line atop Hill 489.
Fight’s on! And nothing says ‘fight’s on!’ like an AT-4 😉 To see the whole thing, please check the blog at:
The Squad takes up defensive positions to the west and begins the CASEVAC process, with one KIA and one WIA, to the enemy’s eight KIA. The remainder of 3rd Platoon is atop Hill 489, working east to clear the rest of the enemy bunkers. 2nd Platoon begins moving up the center, between 3rd Platoon’s 3rd Squad on the left (south) and 1st and 2nd Squads on the right (north). As 2nd Platoon reaches the crest they can see the enemy is broken, and a good thing too! The enemy massively outnumbers the two Cuban platoons atop Hill 489, but they’re outflanked and in full route down the west slope of Hill 489.
2nd Platoon’s commander calls the development in to Captain Elias, who immediately orders 1st Platoon, still unengaged in a blocking position astride the highway at the base of Hill 489. Capt Elias orders 1st Platoon to proceed southwest at all speed, then turn right and push up the backside of Hill 489 to cut off the enemy’s retreat, to prevent them from falling back into the town of Dubrovna and setting up defensive positions there. Battlegroup Elias’ AMX-10RCs and LAVs will remain on the highway and cover 1st Platoon’s left flank (facing Dubrovna).
1st Platoon mounted its LAVs, dashed west to the backside of Hill 489 (screened by Battlegroup Elias’ armor), then dismounted and began pushing to cut off the enemy troops. However, the dismounts quickly ran into an enemy strongpoint, a weak enemy force seeking to ‘hold the door open’ for their comrades, i.e., not allow the Cubans to close their path of escape. As 1st Platoon’s 3rd Squad moved on the strongpoint, a few routing enemy stragglers moved over to join the fight.
Next fight coming up tomorrow.
Jack02/01/2017 at 20:55 #54852
Nicely done. 🙂
Excuse my curiosity, but when playing with your son does it not slow things down a bit having you act as combat cameraman between each activation? Full marks to him for patience. 🙂02/01/2017 at 21:14 #54855
Thanks, and absolutely! But he’s used to it now, we’ve got a system down. He rolls all the dice, I move the figs and take a picture. Like this:
Me: Okay, whaddaya wanna do?
Him: I want to move that guy (pointing) over there (pointing), and shoot at him (pointing).
-Then I move the guy to where he wants, set up the little orange tracer and explosion, grab the camera.
Him: How many dice?
Me: Looks like an okay shot, how about 1K 1S?
-I take the picture, turn around (for some reason I have to watch the die rolls). He rolls the dice. He or I, whomever is closer to the beads and casualty figures, will mark what happened, and I’ll take another photo. Oh, and, in an attempt to get better light for the photos, I now have a floor lamp in Daddy’s Toy Room (as it’s known), and sometimes I need to move it to get the best light, so he actually holds it (leaned over) while I take the pic.
We’re pretty much clockwork these days.
Jack02/01/2017 at 22:43 #54860Darkest Star GamesParticipant
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."03/01/2017 at 00:05 #54861
The terrain is so nice…wink wink , great fun thanks Jack and Son for another great AAR.03/01/2017 at 01:00 #54862Rod RobertsonParticipant
Two very exciting Bat. Reps. and the terrain looks great. I am gladdened to see the active role played by your son and I hope he maintains his interest and love of the hobby for many, many years. The bunker busting in the second report was exciting and was hard fought. The first report was also a nail-biter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both. Thanks for sharing these and best wishes for the new year.
Perhaps I was rushing or blinded by the spectacular hills but I did not see as many goats as I would have expected. Me thinks a follow on flock is needed!
Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.03/01/2017 at 01:45 #54866
Maybe I should send Jack some sheep…03/01/2017 at 15:20 #54896
Thanks guys, and sheep won’t be necessary. The guys are fighting, not in liberty!!! 😉
Jack03/01/2017 at 15:58 #54897
AKA The reduction of Dubrovna, Fight #3
It’s 1010 on 1 July 1990 and Battlegroup Elias has two rifle platoons on Hill 489, where the enemy is routing down the backside, attempting to flee into the town of Dubrovna, where their commander hopes to rally them and re-establish defensive positions. 1st Platoon rolled down the highway towards Dubrovna, covered by AMX-10RCs of Battlegroup Elias, then de-bussed near an enemy strongpoint. The Communist position was key to both sides; a machine gun in an old, bombed out house was keeping Battlegroup Elias at bay, holding the door open for their comrades to escape the carnage of Hill 489, where 2nd and 3rd Platoons quickly broke their defensive line. 1st Platoon was tasked with eliminating the enemy machine gun position, then driving north to cut off the enemy’s retreat.
Overview, north is up. The enemy strongpoint, a bombed out house, is at center, and Hill 489 is at top right. It will not be pictured (sorry, I should have put some minis up there as decoration), but enemy troops are streaming down from Hill 489 off the map, from top right to left, while an enemy MG in the strongpoint is firing to cover their exit. The Cuban 1st Platoon’s 3rd Squad will enter from the bottom (south) and is tasked with taking the strongpoint, then the other two squads will push past to the north (top) to cut off the enemy escape route.
Cubans move on the Communist strongpoint, hoping to seize the day. To see how the fight turned out, please check the blog at:
The squad consolidated its position in the objective house while Cpl Lupe sets the SAW into position facing northeast, the other two on policing up their casualties (1 KIA and 2 WIA, Pvt Salazar was knocked down but okay), then pops a green star cluster to signal the objective is taken. The other two squads immediately begin streaming past the objective house, setting up blocking positions to bag the enemy troops still streaming down Hill 489, attempting to escape 2nd and 3rd Platoons, now on line and moving down the crest.
Battlegroup Elias now has all three rifle platoons engaged, though they are reaping a considerable harvest of wounded and de-motivated Communist troops, men now caught between hostile forces and only too happy to capitulate. Captain Elias raises TF Galban HQ on the radio and provides a SITREP, and requests reinforcement; all these enemy prisoners (more than 400 as of 1630 local time) are eating up resources, and Battlegroup Elias is unable to enter Dubrovna. A plan is devised: Battlegroup Elias will go firm, isolating Dubrovna from the east/northeast (while Cronistrian Democrat forces push from the west/southwest), while HQ and Support elements are stripped for bodies and pushed forward to come take care of Battlegroup Elias’ enemy prisoner problem.
Battlegroup Elias will resume combat operations tomorrow morning (2 July 1990), looking to enter and finish off Dubrovna. The entry op is the next fight, coming right up.
Jack03/01/2017 at 19:34 #54907
Great report as always, but you had to mention bacon double cheese burgers, didn’t you? 🙂03/01/2017 at 22:01 #54916
Well, I am an American 😉
Jack04/01/2017 at 00:50 #54919
Woo Hoo !!! Thanks Jack !!04/01/2017 at 13:45 #54953
No problem, next one coming up soon.
Jack04/01/2017 at 16:52 #54958
AKA The reduction of Dubrovna, Fight #4
It’s 0630 on 2 July 1990 and Battlegroup Elias is again moving up to its jump-off positions. Yesterday saw the Cubans attack a strong defensive position, Hill 489, and defeat it in detail, causing approximately 75 enemy casualties and capturing approximately 400. The Cubans had gotten extraordinarily lucky in that a patrol spotted a covered and concealed approach into the enemy line, which allowed its units to infiltrate and flank the enemy bunkers, which drove the numerically superior enemy force to flee headlong from the fight. Cuban forces were able to circle around and block the route of escape, which is what allowed them to bag so many Communist troops (also keeping in mind that the enemy troops in and around the town of Dubrovna are already encircled and cut off from other Communist forces, so they’re morale wasn’t all it could be).
As Battlegroup Elias rest, refit, and reorganized, Cuban air and artillery pounded Dubrovna all through the night. Rather than an all-out assault on Dubrovna, Captain Elias has elected to try to infiltrate his infantry on foot, behind a creeping barrage, and once the artillery has moved on and the troops are on the edge of town, the Battlegroup’s mortars will give the forward edge of town one more sharp, quick pounding before the grunts push forward.
Overview of map, the outskirts of Dubrovna, north is bottom right. The Communists are defending the buildings at center/top right and the Cubans enter from bottom left (east). 1st Platoon is in the lead, and 1st Squad the tip of the spear. 1st Squad’s mission is to secure the first four buildings at the town’ initial crossroads, opening the door for 2nd and 3rd Squads to pass through them, then 2nd Platoon to pass through 1st Platoon, moving into the town, proper.
With smoke still rising from the craters left by the mortar barrage, Team 1 moves up through the Dragon’s Teeth to Building 2, laying down fire as they go. To check out the whole fight, please check the blog at:
Mission accomplished, the squad consolidates, Team 1 in B3 and Team 2 in B4. They take up defensive positions, redistribute ammo and water, and Cpl Lupe moves back to tag PFC Abrera’s body (1 KIA, enemy 6 KIA). Cpl Lira calls in the pro-word for objective taken, and 2nd and 3rd Squads immediately go streaming past them to the west, securing the next to buildings without firing a shot. 2nd Platoon now passes through 1st Platoon, and they come smack up against Old Town, the original section of the town of Dubrovno, a sniper’s paradise of narrow, cobblestone streets surrounded by two story buildings with nooks and crannies everywhere. Well, someone’s gotta clear that rat’s nest, looks like 2nd Squad, 2nd Platoon is up next.
Which, of course, is the next fight, and it’s an absolute mess!
Jack04/01/2017 at 17:12 #54960
Nice to have some urban fighting for a change, your hills are lovely but I needed a change of scenery. 🙂
(Are you deliberately mentioning food every report? I’m trying to diet here lol)04/01/2017 at 19:05 #54965
Damn woman, do you just sit by the computer waiting for my batreps? I hope so 😉
And yeah, sorry about so much hills lately, usually I try to change things up, but I’ve found myself on a skirmish kick in Cronistria. Lots of new projects coming along, at various paces. I need to finish KG Klink (Fall of France), I bought the boardgame ‘Tank on Tank’ and I’m going to use it to re-energize my 3mm Hakuna-Matata Wars, some 6mm and 15mm Vietnam gaming (under the guise of Cuba Libre’s “Fall of South Leon”), and I need to start my 15mm War in the Pacific (USMC vs Japanese). Might finish up Cronistria, too, with a few armored fights in 6mm, so I can close them out and start moving towards (fake Cuba’s participation in) Desert Storm. Long way to go, it’s only July of 1990 right now 😉
Diet? Aren’t we all. The food references are the fault of 15mm little lead men trying to sprint to a location, but not making it because of poor die rolls…
Jack04/01/2017 at 20:37 #54968
I’m planning on using Tank on Tank (modified, probably, cause that’s what I do lol) with the Cutie tanks I ordered, once I’ve painted up enough of them. I’m hoping 2017 will be a year of gaming for me, get some battle reports on to my blog finally. 🙂04/01/2017 at 20:43 #54971
That reminds me I need a bacon cheese burger…with onions !!!
Great AAR and I love your new hills, Jack !!!
I hope to get my Team Yankee Brits into a game this Sunday and then the Team Yankee Campaign kicks off Jan 15th.
Off to get that Burger!!04/01/2017 at 21:55 #54976
Vicki – You dig ‘Tank on Tank’ too, eh? Awesome, and you’re not a lone, I too am a rules tinkerer. And I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad, but it would be nice if some of you out there, COUGH! Vicki-Kyote-Panda-Shaun-Rod-Shelldrake-COUGH!, you know, if someone out there on the internet would be willing to play some games and post some batreps for someone else to be inspired by. Whenever you guys are ready, just go ahead and hop to it 😉
John – First of all, onions are disgusting. Second, if you can Facebook you can blog. If you’re not sure what I’m getting at, read the above paragraph 😉
Back again tomorrow with the next edition; fight number five was my favorite.
Jack04/01/2017 at 22:18 #54977
I have to admit I haven’t played Tank on Tank yet, or own a copy of it, but I have downloaded and read the rules and like them a lot. 🙂04/01/2017 at 23:05 #54981Shaun TraversParticipant
I am in the middle of playing one game and have 4 left over from last year to write up as well. And I have posted some ancient AARs over the last few months; Kyote posted some Cold War stuff late last year. I know – all you heard was “blah blah blah excuse blah blah. It is 2017 now, that was *so* yesterday blah blah blah they never happened unless there is a battrep post blah blah blah”.
I guess since 2015 we have assumed that your output is so prodigious that you just carry the rest of us when it comes to AAR posting, and we ride the coat tails!04/01/2017 at 23:23 #54982
Hey I grew up on onion fried burgers , we be poor in Oklahoma !!!04/01/2017 at 23:47 #54983shelldrakeParticipant
Good to see some urban ops. I really must get some things light those telegraph/electricity poles too.05/01/2017 at 14:01 #55031
Vicki – My copy should arrive today. Like you, I’d previously downloaded the rules and liked what I saw.
Shaun – What? All I heard was…. 😉 I’m awaiting your Operation Jupiter reports with much anticipation. And Kyote’s doesn’t count, it was on Faceblast, or Twitterbones, or something, not a proper blog or wargaming website!
John – Those won’t onions. Worse, that wasn’t hamburger!
Shelldrake – More urban ops on the way. The telephone poles are cheap, plastic, model railroad deals. Regarding the wife being gone, I know what you mean; just keep your head down and game! I was going to try to write something in ‘Romaji,’ but I’d just embarrass myself, too much time has gone by.
Jack05/01/2017 at 16:34 #55043Darkest Star GamesParticipant
It’s the small details that can really set a table. Especially if they are somehow usable! (cut the commo lines!) Good stuff Jack!
"I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."05/01/2017 at 16:52 #55048
Thanks, Darby, and I liked the smoke coming out of the craters, myself.
Next one coming right up.
Jack05/01/2017 at 17:00 #55050
AKA The reduction of Dubrovna, Fight #5
It’s 0715 on 2 July 1990 and Battlegroup Elias is inching through Dubrovna, clearing the city house by house. 1st Platoon just completed its mission of breaking into the city, and now 2nd Platoon was passing through them to continue the momentum forward. However, 2nd Platoon was entering Old Town, the oldest portion of Dubrovna, a sniper’s paradise of narrow, cobblestone streets surrounded by two story buildings with nooks and crannies everywhere. The Platoon Commander called a halt, established 360 security (there was now a gap between them and the other platoons of Battlegroup Elias), and called out “2nd Squad, you’re on point.” He gave a quick brief to the squad leader, then 2nd Squad pushing into Old Town, with 1st Squad providing rear/flank security and 3rd Squad standing by to support by fire (an almost impossible task in the densely packed terrain), reinforce, and perform CASEVAC.
2nd Squad’s leader briefed his men, finishing with “up and at’em boys.”
Overview of table, north is up. We’re looking square at Old Town, which is separated from the newer developments to north and south by a city park. 2nd Squad is entering Old town from the east (right), and their mission is to clear every last nook and cranny, right to left, flipping over every blind, to secure Old Town.
These little guys are in for a world of hurt. Actually, I just wanted to show’em off. The Peter Pig US Marines are fantastic, and I’m proud of my MARCAM paintjob.
Two Cuban soldiers dash up the street (center right), getting close to The Lion’s Den. A team leader sits tight at bottom left: “better them than me.” To hear all about the Lion’s Den, please check the blog at:
The squad’s in tatter’s, 1 KIA and 3 WIA. Cpl Lira calls in to inform HQ they’ve cleared the Old Town, but at quite a cost. 3rd Squad moves up for CASEVAC, while 1st Squad comes up to relieve 2nd Squad, with 3rd Platoon right on their heals, looking to clear the rest of Dubrovna. 3rd Platoon finds the going easy, particularly as they’re able to make use of a couple AMX-10RCs in the wider boulevards of the newer sections of town. A couple 105mm rounds into a building makes believers rather quickly, so 3rd Platoon found itself primarily responsible for searching prisoners and shuttling them to the rear. However, as they reached the edge of town the AMXs were called off to deal with some enemy armor spotted to the south, and the Platoon Commander heard a flurry of rifle shots up ahead, from the area of 3rd Squad, the platoon’s point element. Seems there were a few hardliners holed up in an old, bombed out industrial plant.
Which just so happens to be the last fight of the Cuban operations to seize Dubrovna. See ya tomorrow.
Jack05/01/2017 at 17:39 #55053
I really think this is the best one yet. The pics of the guys making their way through the streets and rubble are brilliant. Tense exciting battle too, and the change of rules seemed to work out perfectly. 🙂
(I have to admit I was kind of happy the lion got away, sorry, but you have to admire guts and ability no matter which side the man happens to be on.)
I’m looking forward to seeing what the industrial plant looks like, your scenery just keeps on improving. 🙂05/01/2017 at 18:51 #55060
Glad you liked it, it was a lot of fun and my favorite fight of the six. It pretty tense; anytime you can put a legitimate unknown on the tabletop (and have it still make sense) is pretty cool. And I’ll not stand for your traitorous remarks/outlook regarding The Lion. The factory is pretty cool, a one-piece in plastic from Novus Designs.
Jack05/01/2017 at 19:24 #55070
Woo Hoo !!! The Lion escapes …will the Lion Sing Tonight !!!
I’ll eat an Onion burger in celebration !!!
Yeah Victoria, Jack’s terrain is so much better now…almost as good as War Panda’s !!!
Facebook is just as good as your blog !! So there !!
Look forward to The Factory Fight, thanks Jack !05/01/2017 at 19:44 #55071
“Woo Hoo !!! The Lion escapes …”
Yeah, I knew YOU were a Commie…
“I’ll eat an Onion burger in celebration !!!”
“Facebook is just as good as your blog !! ”
Not in a million years.
“Look forward to The Factory Fight, thanks Jack !”
No sweat, one more to go, posted tomorrow.
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