It's now 0950 on 29 July 1990, and Captain Stelosavo's TF23 is on the run in Nigeria. They jumped into the country three days ago to save a Cuban Reporter and Cameraman at risk due to a military coup that killed the president and is cleansing the countryside of his supporters. The Cuban commandos quickly secured the Reporter and Cameraman, but when their extraction helicopter was shot down they found themselves attempting to escape on foot to the border with South Leon with a slew of local villagers. Yesterday they heard gunfire and made a quick side-trip to end a government massacre of more innocent country-folk, but the local government commander was able to get a radio call out for reinforcements, which no doubt was received by the enemy units pursuing the Cubans and their 'package.' The Cuban operators pushed the refugees relentlessly, marching them through the night in an attempt to outpace their pursuers, and though haggard ,the villagers were doing a good job of moving quickly and quietly to the border extraction point. Everything was going well until about 0930, when Tracker, walking point, called the column to a halt, when RPGs came streaming in, wounding and killing several refugees. The Cuban Special Forces operators immediately came on line and assaulted through the Nigerian government ambush, then fell back to check the refugees, but they suffered a casualty in the process: Rocky was hit in both legs and knocked out of the fight.
*That bad guy card came out twice in a row...
nd he (bottom left) takes a round in the right arm! Behind him, Team 2 fires on the enemy team in the northwest (top left). Everest drops a bad guy, gutshot, and hits another in the left leg.
*But then Team 2 gets to act again! Their card came out back to back, and then the Elite card came out!
*They passes about five morale checks with no problem!
*That bad guy team's card comes out again!
*Zuma has now been hit twice; if he gets another wound he's going down, so I gotta get him outta there!
Back in the center, Rubble (bottom left) finds himself as the furthest west Cuban, not a great spot to be in. He's got bad guys pushing forward on him from the west (off camera to bottom left) and south (off camera to bottom center), there are two more (albeit beat-up) enemy teams in the north (off camera to top center left), and there are two bad guy teams (far right and top right with Chase and Skye at center top) between him and the exit (off camera to top center right). He takes a knee and gives a quick look at his right arm: "I'm fine, it's a clean through-and through. Hurts like a bastid, but if I don't get moving it won't matter!" He slaps a fresh belt in his M-60...
*Hmmm, not only was that rather indecisive, it ended up with a Cuban being wounded! I was expecting much better. Hell, if they'd have both put their targets out I was going to allow them to push forward and attack two more bad guys. I feel the situation slipping away...
*I can't believe my super-troopers are getting beat in 1 vs 1 close combat!!! What the hell is going on here???
*I probably should have resolved their combat right then, not sure why I didn't.
*Rubble lost two straight close combats. Sure, he was outnumbered, but I figured he'd take a bad guy or two with him. Nope, he lost the first one, wounded in the left arm, fell back, the bad guys' card came out again, they chased, fought again, chest WIA that was his third wound, out.
*Ryder begins to entertain the idea of having his men hold at the river, laying down a base of fire, and then him running out to grab Rubble, then Skye, and bring them back.
*The Elite card comes out, so Team 1 gets to go again.
*Ryder thinks, this just might work, we might be able to go get Rubble, and hell, maybe Chase can bring Skye in?
*One more and he's out.
*That was actually from morale checks. My plan was to have him pick up Skye and move to the river, but he drew "Stunned" and then "Fall Back 10 Inches," which I shortened due to the foliage, the river, and him being wounded (twice).
One bad guy in the right-hand group (far left, with commander below them) has had enough and runs off (top right, with enemy team at top left approaching the bridge).
*That was a morale result!
*Well, that worked out nicely ;)
*The Elite card came out, allowing them to move back to back.
*A decision that will forever haunt him. I'm not sure why the hell I had Ryder leave Chase down there by himself... Call it fog of war, adrenaline, the confusion of the moment, self preservation...
*The charge was a morale result, and I pulled cards to see if they went after Ryder or Chase.
*I was even going to see if they accidentally hit any of their own men, on the road at top right, but they didn't manage to hit anything at this range, after moving.
*That was a series of failed morale checks.
*Chase has been the victim of some bad card draws that has seen him not move for a couple turns...
*The leader was hit a second time, putting him out of the fight, which then pins the team, and they checked morale and the result was that the entire unit was stunned.
Things are finally firming up for the Cubans at the rally point. Aarby (bottom center, with Chase visible in the river at far left) sights in and fires on enemy troops advancing in the center (top center), wounding one in the right arm. Ryder: "Marshall, you were one of the first guys up here, right?"
"Yes, Boss." "Did you get comms with command?" "Yes, Boss." "Well, what did they say?" "They said Sparrowhawk is on the way." "Roger, what about CAS?" "They said air is on station, but Sparrow-6 says air's not authorized since we're not supposed to be in Nigeria anyway." "Did you tell Sparrow-6 that we're pretty sure the Nigerians are aware we're in Nigeria now?" "Yes, Boss." "Gimme the damn R/T."
*It was a morale check that caused the charge that did Chase in, and while I was a bit... well, fuming, about having Ryder leave him, then Everest, Aarby, and Zuma not shoot him, the fact is that it didn't matter. With all those men in the center (i.e., another 15m north of this location), there was simply no way Chase was making it up the hill alive, and if Ryder had stayed, he'd be dead too.
A hundred anxious faces look skyward...
Ryder: "Good to see ya, Sir, we made it. Here's the package." "How are your men?" "Four dead, down there in the valley, plus your helo that got shot down about 25 klicks back."
Wow, what a fight! What a set of fights, actually, that was a tremendous amount of fun. I had a great time, and I hope you did, too. Combat Patrol proved up to the task, and if you haven't seen the movie previously, you pretty much have now, as my little operation went almost exactly as the movie did (unlike when I tried to do the movie "Lone Survivor" and didn't even end up with one survivor...).
In terms of ongoing operations, the team is pulled out for a little rest and relaxation, but it's very brief, they need to get their butts over to South Leon to take part in the invasion. Tracker will be okay, but he's out of action for about two months, as is Zuma, and Everest and Aarby are out for about a month each. Of course Rubble, Chase, Rocky, and Skye were all killed in action, so that brings the ten-man team down to... Umm, two men: Ryder and Marshall available for combat operations. Maybe they won't be heading to South Leon for a bit...
So that ties this up, not sure what's up next. I really want/need to get over to WWII, to Kampfgruppe Klink, to finish up the Fall of France, but lots of other ideas/projects clouding up my time and judgement ;) Stay tuned, something cool will happen, I promise.