It's 1700 on 1 Feb 1990, and the CLA's 2nd Air Assault Company, 7th Infantry Battalion, having only recently come ashore at the Bay of Pigs landing site, has taken up defensive positions. The CLA's 2nd Airborne Battalion twice dealt the enemy heavy blows at El Rincon; the second severe enough to send the enemy's 6th Armored Battalion wheeling and in retreat towards its base at Cienfuegos. Looking to seize the opportunity to put a major enemy armored formation permanently out of the fight, Generalissimo Waraldonez ordered the 2nd Air Assault Company lifted into blocking positions east of El Rincon to cut off the enemy's retreat, placing the enemy troops between 1st Airborne Battalion in the west and 2nd Air Assault Company in the east.
A bold move to be sure, but the CLA has now placed the enemy in "death ground," that patch of real estate in which the enemy cannot sit still and they cannot run, they must attack for the sake of their very own survival. 2nd Air Assault Company was about to reap what the Generalissimo had sown with his overly ambitious battle plan...
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.
17) 2nd Air Assault Company, 7th Infantry Battalion, inserts east of El Rincon to block the escape of the regime's 6th Armored Battalion.
Captain Wallestre, Commander, 2nd Air Assault Co, 7th Infantry Battalion.
7th Infantry Battalion, Commanding Officer: Colonel Tomas Barnejesus
Let's get it on!
But overall the enemy tanks have a hard time locking in on their targets.
It was a random event; along those lines, I should explain that they happen pretty frequently for me, probably three or four times per game, but you don't see them because many times the random event is irrelevant to the situation. I've been thinking of coming up with my own table, so that every time a random event occurs, something a bit more dramatic occurs.
The CLA forces in the south are getting beat up, but are hanging in, and two rifle teams from the north, and the Gustav team, have now gotten within striking distance.
But I didn't use an activation to move them forward. If you can't tell, they and the TOW team are right on the table edge, nowhere really to fall back to. This is turning into the Alamo...
On another crazy note, the regime rolled up a random event, and it was "Abandon Mission." I could have played it right, but then several of my Castro-loving fans would cry all over their laptops and short them out. So I ignored it and had the regime force press home their attack, much to my detriment.
But I re-roll the random event...
Not much left for the CLA at this point...
Captain Wallestre orders his headquarters section to lay smoke, while the TOW team and Team 1 fall back off of Hill 35. The CLA's 2nd Air Assault Company falls back in disarray. The enemy assault has succeeded, opening a hole in the CLA's encirclement. The regime's 6th Armored Battalion's survivors pours through the gap, hauling ass towards their base at Cienfuegos.
Casualties:CLA: ~35 KIA/WIA
Regime: ~15 KIA/WIA, one T-34 knocked out
Well, after a pretty incredible string of luck, that's two fights in a row that haven't gone my way. But never fear, the CLA will soon be back on top. One more fight to post, and it's the last fight of D-Day! Yes, 18 fights in the campaign already, and that was only Day 1 of the War of Liberation.