It's 1030 on 2 Feb 1990, and the CLA's F Company, 2nd Airborne Battalion is in the center of the island, in hot pursuit of the regime's 84th Infantry Company, 4th Infantry Battalion, in order to carry out Generalissimo Waraldonez' orders to eliminate the enemy's 4th Infantry Battalion. F Company has been hot on the heels of fugitives all morning, but lost contact briefly. The enemy, finding itself up against impassable cliffs (at least in terms of scaling them an opposing force right behind them), and so the 84th Infantry Company digs in to make a last stand against the CLA forces.
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.
20) F Company, 2nd Airborne Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime's 4th Infantry Battalion.
Commander, F Co, 2nd AB Inf Bn: Captain Guerrero
2nd Airborne Infantry Battalion, Commanding Officer: Colonel Salvino Carreno
The Castro forces win the die roll and open up the fight.
Wow, another pushover... But, once again, it's not my fault. The enemy sprung a pretty ferocious ambush, putting two rifle teams and the MILAN team out, putting two rifle teams 'men down,' making two rifle teams 'hunker,' and pinning the HMG team. When the CLA mortar team fired on the enemy HMG and missed, I started thinking about calling in reinforcements for the CLA paratroopers. But then the regime force fell victim to the dice; not hot shooting dice by the CLA, like last time though. This time, the enemy force was unable to capitalize on its initial shock of fire because they rolled three straight 'scurries.' You can say that sucks, or it's not fire, or not realistic, but that's what happened, and I choose to look at it like this: the enemy force was already beaten up and exhausted, being pursued by a larger, better trained and equipped force, who, against the odds, pressed forward and did the job they were sent to do.
Shades of the Wehrmacht in France, 1940? It's happened countless times throughout history. And it's another victory in the campaign to liberate Cuba ;)
CLA: ~15 KIA/WIA
Regime: ~10 KIA/WIA, ~10 POW (another ~15 ran off into the jungle, no longer a military fighting force)
Colonel Carreno was awarded the Estrella de Bronce for his combat leadership, which saw him rally about five teams under fire, then lead the assault which collapsed the enemy on the left flank. F Company got beat up a little bit, and the two leaders of the teams that ran from the field need to be dealt with, but the enemy's 4th Infantry Battalion ceases to exist.
Two more fights, which seals up the battle of D+1, to be written up and posted, so stay tuned.