It's 1545 on 2 June 1990, and war in Cronistria is entering a new phase. To date, Task Force Trojas has conducted Unconventional Warfare missions with its A-Teams while its B Team trained recruits of the Cronistrian Democrat Militia (CDM) to battle the communists, i.e., the uniformed Cronistrian National Guard (CNG) and the rag-tag Cronistrian People's Army (CPA). The first battalion of Democrat Militia has been trained and TF Trojas A-team personnel are serving in leadership roles as the B-Team continues to train more men. The Cronistrian Democrat President, Andraz Gregor, has a nephew in the CDM. The nephew has fought several battles at TF Trojas' side, and has accounted himself very well. And so Sasha Kukoc has been given the rank of Captain and made a company commander in the 1st CDM Battalion.
It's time to take the fight to the enemy. Cronistria is a small, sparsely populated nation, with the major urban center being the capital city of Miran. Cronistria's fate largely rests on who will ultimately control Miran, and so the CDM Battalion, centered in outlying rural areas, has begun patrolling into the villages lying on the outskirts of the capital. One such village, lying just southwest of Miran, was about to become a flashpoint; a minor battle that would become a test of wills.
And so Captain Kukoc wasn't expecting much when he and SSgt Escalante ("Blade") led Alpha Company's 2nd Platoon into the village of Brevno, but the show had just begun.
This is the magnificent new City Set from Crescent Root, in 15mm.
This is an 'opposed' game, not a solo game. Once again I'm facing off against my 6-year old General-In-Training, but this time we're using Ivan Sorensen's new rules "Five Men at Kursk." The Boy General and I roll off to see who acts first, and I win.
On the street, SSgt Escalante (just below the red bead) orders the RPG forward to take out the enemy MG in the Apartment Building.
The CNG are also able to rally their shaken men.
But Capt Kukoc saves the day.
At this point, the Cronistrian Democrats have lost three men, had two more flee the battlefield, and have five suffering negative morale, while the Cronistrian Communists have suffered seven casualties. Both sides are exhausted, and feeling a bit queasy about the prospect of holding the line on their own. Both sides have requested reinforcements, though neither has received them, and the fight is really going to come down to whomever's reinforcements arrive first, with the loser more than likely being eliminated. No one likes to be eliminated, so the commanders of both sides both decide to pull back, reorganize, pound the village of Brevno with artillery, then see how things look in the morning.
What a fight, and what a perfect start to this portion of the campaign! The boy and I had a great time, lots of back and forth, and really it all came down to my being lucky with Captain Kukoc taking the Post Office despite being outnumbered and getting fired at several times at point blank range.
Captain Kukoc, commander of A Company, Cronistrian Democratic Militia, was awarded the Medall de Honor (Cronistria's highest award) for valor above and beyond the call of duty. Capt Kukoc drove back enemy forces encroaching on 2nd Platoon's left flank, then charged into close combat with three enemy soldiers to seize key terrain in the center of the battlefield (the Post Office). Realizing his men were exhausted, Capt Kukoc then covered 2nd Platoon's withdrawal and evacuated its wounded platoon commander, SSgt Escalante.
SSgt Escalante, commander of 2nd Platoon, A Co, CDM (ODA 626/10th SFG) was awarded the Estrella de Bronce for bravery in close assaulting an enemy position (the City Office). He was also awarded the Corazon Purpura for being wounded in action. SSgt Escalante was locally evacuated and will return to duty on or about 13 June 1990.
I didn't get any gaming in this weekend, just trying to get caught up on the batreps. So stay tuned, there are three more to go.