It's 1030 on 3 Feb 1990, and the CLA's F Company, 9th Popular Battalion, has been tasked with the encirclement of the regime garrison at Matanzas. But the enemy is wily, and, concerned for the wavering forces in the west, the regime orders its 7th Infantry Battalion, led by its 41st Infantry Company, to break out to the west to reinforce Havana. The 41st Infantry Company's orders are to blast a hole in the CLA's encirclement and lead the 7th Infantry Battalion's three companies to Havana. Failing that, the 41st Infantry Company is to pin down CLA forces long enough for the 7th Infantry Battalion's other two companies (43rd Infantry Company and 48th Provincial Militia Company) to break out and reinforce Havana.
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) 2nd Airborne Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime's 4th Infantry Battalion.
21) 7th Infantry Battalion, attacks north of Sandino to eliminate the regime's 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion.
22) Colonel Huistrella's Unconventional Warfare Group fight another desperate holding action in the Escambray Mountains, this time against the regime's 10th Territorial Infantry Battalion.
23) The 5th Tank Battalion squares off against the regime's 2nd Armored Battalion just west of Artemisa.
24) 9th Popular Force Battalion holds the line at Matanzas as the enemy's 7th Infantry Battalion attempts to break out to reinforce Havana.
Commander, F CO, 9th PF Bn: Captain Ballesteros
Acting Commander, 9th Popular Force Battalion: Captain Afflexio
The enemy's plan is to use its rifle teams in the north to deal with Captain Ballesteros' men, and the armored car to pound the monastery, while the infantry in the south maneuver to take Hill 75.
The regime force wins first move, let's go!
The CLA is able to keep its men moving rapidly (they roll as 'scurry'), but there is confusion in the leadership; Captain Ballesteros and Captain Afflexio have differing understandings of the immediate tactical situation, and are now arguing about it on the radio and are unable to move (random event).
Then all hell breaks loose ('firefight!')...
Holy crap, what a mess, and what a fight! I absolutely love fights with wild swings in momentum, and this one had it in spades! That was a lot of fun, and it just strikes me as hilarious that it was a literal draw. Man, what a game!
From a win/loss standpoint, I suppose the regime force wins; not a total win as they are pinned in place, but in my estimation they did hold the door open long enough for the two other companies of their battalion to slip out of the CLA encirclement, and they are now bound for Havana.
CLA: ~25 KIA/WIA
Regime: ~35 KIA/WIA
The Acting Battalion Commander, Captain Afflexio, was decorated for valor with the Cruz Servicio Distinguido, but he was also decorated with the Corazon Purpura as he was wounded and is out for the remainder of the campaign.
Teams 4's Sergeant, Sgt Caballero, was decorated for valor with the Estrella de Plata, but he was also decorated with the Corazon Purpura as he was wounded and is out for the remainder of the campaign.
F Company's Commander, Captain Ballesteros, was killed in action.
9th Popular Force Battalion has had a rough time, but they fought well today! Two more fights to write up and post.