It's 0645 on 1 Feb 1990, and CLA SOF's B Squadron has regrouped after its successful mission to destroy a radar site on the western end of the island, and enplaned in three CLA UH-60 Blackhawks, en route to seize a building in southern Havana, home of "Radio Cuba." B Sqdn will seize the radio station and begin broadcasting a pre-recorded message from the Cuban government in exile on a loop, to make the local population aware of this morning's momentous happenings.
Garrisoning the area are troops of the regime's 2nd Airborne Company, 1st Airborne Battalion, "Castro's Bodyguard." They are elite paratroopers and extremely loyal to the Castro brothers. Equally nefariously, nearby is a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC); the Castro regime is not doing well economically, particularly as the Soviet Union has begun drawing down support as it nears its own collapse, and so Cuba sought friends wherever it could find them. As avowed enemies of the United States, it was seemingly natural that Cuba and Iran become allies. This involvement by the IRGC in the CLA's fight for liberation would set the stage for decades of enmity between the new Cuba and Iran.
Back in the here and now, there is a big problem: A Squadron was not successful in knocking out a nearby regime SAM site, and as the three-ship formation nears Havana, a missile rises from the jungle below and destroys one of the CLA helicopters!
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.
Commander, B Squadron: Captain Villanueva
CLA Special Operations, Commanding Officer: Colonel Donalo Quilveras
The CLA force is split into two groups ("sticks"), one for each of the remaining helicopters.
Helo 1 diverts slightly south and flares into a hover...
DAAAAMMMMIIIIITTT again!!!! Things were looking up, now I've got no effectives in the radio station, Tm5 is pinned in the middle of the street just north of the Post Office, and Stick 1 has lost a team in the south.
YOU GOTTA BE @#$% KIDDING ME!!!
Then fate smiles on the CLA. Everyone's face turns skyward at the sound of helicopter rotor blades beating the air...
The IRGC still has a team (bottom right) in the park, very near the Radio Station (off camera at bottom).
I'm exhausted, that fight took it out of me! What a mess, with ridiculous swings of fortune and pure luck. What a game! ;) It was really nuts, and there were so many missed opportunities. But with that, it was pure luck that I bagged both enemy COs right off the bat, and if they'd had those guys they'd have been able to rally all those 'men down/hunkered' teams and surely kicked me ass. But they didn't, so I was whoopin'em, but then they went on a ridiculous streak with the firing dice, putting guys out left and right (and then me failing 'men down' rallies), but then I got the reinforcements random event. I was hoping to get two more games in, but this one went on for so long I just go the one in, but it was definitely worth it.
The real worry is that this is a Pyrrhic victory; B Squadron was bled dry, to include losing their Commanding Officer, Captain Stelosavo. So unless they receive reinforcements immediately, there's no way they'll stand up to the inevitable counterattacks.
Captain Stelosavo was decorated for bravery, and was wounded and out for the remainder of the Liberation campaign. Sergeant Estevez is now leading B Squadron.
Sgt Perez, Team 5's Sergeant, was decorated for bravery posthumously with the Estrella de Bronce and Corazon Purpura.
That's all of the batreps so far, let's see what I can get done this coming weekend.