It's 1530 on 1 Feb 1990, and the CLA's Golf Company, 9th Popular Force Battalion, finds itself in very interesting position, insofar as they about to attack a larger force. Captain Elias, G Company's commander, turned to his superior, Colonel Bustamante: "Are you sure about this, Sir?" "Yes, Captain, we will strike at the enemy while he is still preparing to strike at us."
Generalissimo Waraldonez' orders to Colonel Bustamante, commander of the 9th PF Bn, were to delay the enemy garrison at Matanzas from striking south (towards the Bay of Pigs landing site) or west (towards the Playa Colorada landing site). Colonel Bustamante conducted a map reconnaissance and realized there were three highways leading out of the Matanzas area that could be used by the enemy. Col Bustamante was adamantly opposed to assigning one of his companies to each of the highways, as it would leave him without a reserve, nor could he afford to play a 'guessing game' with the enemy, trying to ascertain which route(s) they might use.
So Col Bustamante decided the best course of action was to seize the initiative and conduct a spoiling attack against the enemy's 43rd Infantry Company, 7th Infantry Battalion, as it was preparing to depart the Matanzas military base and strike for the CLA landing areas.
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 seized and destroyed the Pedroso bridge to protect the Bay of Pigs landing site from the Matanzas garrison.
11) 1st Airborne Infantry Battalion successfully fought off a regime counterattack near the bridge at Sandino, protecting the western (Playa Colorada) landing site from the Pinar del Rio garrison.
12) 6th Infantry Battalion fought through an enemy ambush while pushing inland from the Bay of Pigs landing site.
13) 8th Popular Force Battalion ambushed a mechanized column of the enemy 2nd Armored Battalion, just west of Havana.
14) 2nd Airborne Battalion engaged enemy armored forces of the 6th Armored Battalion in the village of El Rincon, en route to the Bay of Pigs landing site.
15) 4th Infantry Battalion's 1st Air Assault Company conducts an air assault southeast of Sandino to counter enemy mechanized forces of 3rd Infantry Battalion (forcing 1st Airborne Battalion's right flank).
16) 9th Popular Force Battalion conducts a spoiling attack on the regime's 7th Infantry Battalion in the Matanzas garrison.
Captain Elias, Commander, G Co, 9th PF Bn (brother of Col Elias, CO of 10th PF Battalion)
9th Popular Force Battalion, Commanding Officer: Binyamin Bustamante
Ladies and gentlemen, the game is afoot.
The enemy was quite stunned, being attacked on their own base, and so their reaction was slow enough that the troops in the trucks were unable to dismount in a timely fashion.
Colonel Bustamante tries to unpin Team 5, but they won't budge...
Hmmm, apparently I failed to take a photo here... Off camera, this is followed by the enemy HMG trying to rally, and failing, then their CO tries to rally them, and he fails too! Three enemy rifle teams sprint towards the main gate, looking to take the fight to the flailing rebels...
Colonel Bustamante quickly takes stock of the situation: he knows his attack is floundering, but he sees the momentum ma be swinging back in the CLA's favor...
Atop Hill 25, the Team Sergeant for Team 2 muttered to Captain Elias, "wow, that was incredible. The Colonel... I've never seen such gallantry."
Captain Elias, atop Hill 25 (bottom center, with the bodies of the Colonel and Team 5 lying at top center left, just short of Bunker 2): "Yeah, it almost makes up for the stupidity of ordering this attack in the first place, don't it? Alright everyone, fall back. And hustle up, they're gonna be hot on our asses!"
Well, mission not successful. I knew it was looking at rather long odds to begin with, and the whole key was speed. If the CLA could knock out Bunker 2 (the enemy HMG) and get into the enemy perimeter as the enemy was just getting out of their trucks, things could have gone well. But the RPG missed, then several teams missed other shots, then they got bad morale results out of the enemy's return fire that stymied the assault. When the enemy got out of the trucks, things started to look dim, then when the RPG got knocked out, things started to look dark, and when the enemy decided to rush three teams up and out the main gate, I was suddenly very fearful they were about to string together a series of close combats against ME!
Luckily I was able to avert that with some lucky rally dice-rolling, and then the whole 'charge' by Colonel Bustamante thing happened. I didn't really intend for it to go that far, and I really had a bad feeling they were going to get gunned down, but they couldn't not charge the HMG; there was nowhere else to go. So they tried, and it didn't work out. C'est la vie, ces't la guerre. It was still a whole lot of fun!
CLA: ~15 KIA/WIA, ~5 POW
Regime: ~10 KIA/WIA
Colonel Bustamante was awarded the Cruz Servicio Distinguido for valor, and he was wounded and captured by the enemy.The Team Sergeant for Team 5 was posthumously awarded the Estrella de Plata and Corazon Purpura.
Stay tuned, more batreps coming right up!