This is the first fight of Day 2 (D+1).
It's 0700 on 2 Feb 1990, and the CLA's B Squadron SOF has linked up with C Company of the 8th Popular Force Battalion to push through to the Radio Station in downtown Havana to relieve Colonel Quilveras and the hard-pressed troopers of A Squadron SOF, who are holding out against the regime's 2nd Airborne Company, 1st Airborne Battalion, pushing hard to retake the Radio Station and stop the CLA's transmissions to the local populace.
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.
19) A Squadron SOF holds off the regime's 2nd Airborne Company, 1st Airborne Battalion at the Radio Station in downtown Havana, while B Squadron SOF and 8th Popular Force Battalion move to reinforce.
Commander, C Co, 8th PF Bn: Captain Talamantes
CLA Special Operations, Commanding Officer: Colonel Donalo Quilveras, desperately holding on at the Radio Station with the remnants of A Squadron.
The regime force wins the roll and goes first, let's get it on!!!
The dice are really working for me.
Damn! All, and I mean all, the rolls are going my way. Sorry open and closet communists ;)
I can do no wrong; I shouldn't even fire, I should just charge into close combat ;)
Well, that was different. Technically speaking, there was no reason for such an out and out ass-stomping to occur, and even though I'd much rather see a hard-fought battle every time, sometimes the dice just don't care. So, you get what we had here today. I can't complain, another win in the campaign, the CLA goes marching on. I had figured that pretty heavy fighting was going to break out in the capital city, but it's looking like Havana won't be that big a problem. Having said that, the CLA western force still has to fight it's way through the enemy's 2nd Armored Battalion in the Artemisa area, to get to Havana, so we'll see what happens.
Anyway, the regime's 1st Airborne Battalion is pretty beaten up, and A Squadron SOF has linked up and been relieved by B Squadron and 8th Popular Force Battalion, so the Radio Station is firmly in hand. They are on orders to hold until the Western Force pushes through to Havana. Having said that, A Squadron has suffered such casualties as to render it combat ineffective; it is no longer a fighting force, its survivors were absorbed into B Squadron.
CLA: ~ 5 KIA/WIA (wow)
Regime: ~25 KIA/WIA, 1 BMP knocked out
Captain Talamantes was decorated with the Estrella de Bronce for valor shown in rallying his exposed troops under fire, then leading them forward to knock out the enemy armored vehicle.
Three more fights to get written up!