It's 1930 on 1 Feb 1990, and the CLA's C Company, Unconventional Warfare Group, is charged with blocking east-west running fast routes through the Escambray Mountains (just east of Cienfuegos), the goal being to isolate powerful regime forces at Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Santiago de Cuba and prevent them from influencing the fight in the west, with Havana being enveloped from both west (Playa Colorada landing site) and east (Bay of Pigs landing site).
C Company has spent the past several hours variously conducting reconnaissance to identify enemy columns heading west, and dispersing to dodge harassing regime ground attack aircraft ("I thought our flyboys were supposed to take care of all that..."). In any case, C Company has identified an enemy column of Task Force A, 12th Mechanized Company, sallying forth out of Holguin; the Company Commander quickly issues orders for a hasty ambush. It would turn into what would surely be one of the most ferocious firefights of the entire War of Liberation...
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.
18) C Company of the UWG fought a running battle in the Escambray Mountains to delay/halt the regime's 12th Mechanized Battalion moving west.
Captain Gonzalez, Commander, C Co, Unconventional Warfare Group
Each rifle team is carrying multiple LAWs, but they have to get to very short range for them to be effective.
CLA Unconventional Warfare Group, Commanding Officer: Colonel Hector Huistrella
Not a great start...
Damn, the mortar's had two shots, one KO and one 'men down.'
This fight has been absolutely deadly.
@#$%!!! This will likely allow the enemy MG to rally...
For those keeping score, the CLA force is down to Colonel Huistrella and two rifle teams. The regime has their CO, an SU-76, five rifle teams, and their mortar. To say the situation is dire is a vast understatement.
I roll to see if the CLA force decides to pack it in, but Colonel Huistrellas is a tough SOB:
"Now you listen to me, it's time to Cowboy the @#$% up!" - Colonel Huistrella
Off camera, the enemy CO falls back towards the mortar.
Holy @#$%, I'm going to have a damn heart attack! What a fight! Down to the last man and the last bullet, and I don't tend to do that very often, but the dice told me to keep going. I'm glad I did, and I would be glad even had the CLA lost, so long as they went down gloriously.
Of course, Colonel Huistrella is being decorated with the Cruz Servicio Distinguido.
Captain Gonzalez and Team 1's Sergeant Gravio were both awarded the Estrella de Bronce and Corazon Purpura.
Team 4's Sergeant Gouveia received the Estrella de Plata and Corazon Purpura (he was lightly wounded). He is now the Acting Company Commander for C Company.
CLA: ~50 KIA/WIA
Regime: ~50 KIA/WIA, one knocked out M-8 Armored Car, and one knocked out SU-76 self-propelled gun.
Well, this completes D-Day for the War of Liberation. Now I need to figure out what the fights are for D+1. More to come.