It's 0730 on 1 Feb 1990, and I Company, 10th Popular Force Battalion is charged with destroying a bridge near the town of Pedroso (#10, north-northwest of the Bay of Pigs, south-south east of Matanzas), with the goal being to screen the Bay of Pigs landing site from the Castro-regime garrison at Matanzas. The bridge is held by the Castro regime's 86th Provincial Militia Company of the 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion.
1) B Squadron SOF destroyed a radar site in support of amphibious landings at Playa Colorada (5). B Sqdn then egressed and linked up with CLA rotary wing assets for their follow-on mission in Havana (6).
2) C Squadron SOF destroyed a the Cuban military's communications center.
3) 1st Para Battalion dropped in and seized a bridge to screen the landings at Playa Colorada (5).
4) 2nd Para battalion dropped in and eliminated a Castro-regime garrison to screen the landings at the Bay of Pigs (just west of (4).
5) 1st Marine Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, made an amphibious assault at Playa Colorada.
6) A Squadron SOF attacked a Castro-regime SAM site near Havana, which failed to clear the way for B Squadron's helo assault into Havana.
7) 2nd Marine Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, landed at the Bay of Pigs then turned east and ran into a strong enemy force, which it handily defeated.
8) B Company of the UWG pursued and destroyed an enemy garrison in the Escambray Mountains.
9) B Squadron SOF conducted an aerial insertion into Havana to seize a radio station and broadcast news of the invasion.
10) 10th Popular Force Battalion seizes a bridge near Pedroso, NNW of the Bay of Pigs.
The CLA force is commanded by:
Colonel Willem Elias
And the fight is on!
Captain Ermera rallies Tm 1, while Colonel Elias rallies Tm 4.
But then the enemy CO begins counting heads and taking stock of his situation and sees his small force has used up almost all their ammo (they rolled up a random event, "Low Ammo,' and are reduced to firing using only shock dice).
With a boom and a crash the bridge at Pedroso falls into the river, and the CLA forces fall back to regroup, collecting their casualties as they go, and permitting the few regime prisoners to do what they can for their comrades. Colonel Elias arrived on scene and, in respect for his gallant foe, immediately released all regime prisoners to allow them to care for their wounded.
The Militia of the 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion put up a shockingly ferocious defense of the bridge, and Colonel Elias quietly prayed to himself that the rest of the liberation would not be so bloody. Captain Ermera was a dear friend of his, to say nothing of the other CLA casualties.
CLA: Captain Ermera KIA, 15 KIA/WIA
Regime: 25 KIA/WIA, Armored Car destroyed, 10 POW
What a damn fight! Ivan, this is why 'men down' and 'fall back and hunker' still get a chance, albeit a very small chance, in close combat; the dice somehow worked out for them. Along those lines, once casualties started to mount, I began to roll each turn to see if either side lost stomach and withdrew from the fight, but both kept passing their rolls, and so the battle continued to pretty much the last man. Incredible!
This was the first of four fights I got in this past weekend, I'm getting them typed up as fast as I can.