It's 1230 on 29 June 1990 and Battlegroup Elias is on the move, crossing the line of departure on its way into the Cronistrian town of Abrvo. The plan of attack is take take the urban area west of the river, consolidate, then infiltrate across the river and attack what is believed to be strong defensive positions atop a nearby hill. After some setbacks early on in the offensive, TF Galban seems to be rolling, and the Colonel is depending on Captain Elias to keep the initiative.
Let's get it on!
Like I said, very aggressive.
Okay, I had a great firepower roll, but boy did I royally screw up. I guess I just got too excited, but now that I'm typing up the batrep it is clear to me I made a big mistake.
-The TOW missile struck a stone building; I should not have allowed it to immobilize (or otherwise hit) the enemy CO's vehicle.
-The bad guy rifle team that fell back from the stone building at bottom left was not a mistake, though it's not correct. As they were in cover they should not have fallen back, but I rolled again and gave them a small opportunity to fall back, which they luckily took. The point there is, if they'd have stayed in the building at bottom left they would have remained very close to Cuban infantry (off camera to left) and would have been ripe for getting close assaulted into oblivion.
Speaking of close combat...
Wow, what a turn! After that opening bad guy fusillade left all but the HMMWV and one squad either 'men down' or 'hunkered' I was a bit, let's say anxious, about the fight. But then I got a 'scurry' which allowed me to rally almost everyone back into the fight. Then the enemy CO got all crazy and pushed everyone forward; quite a fight in the town, but I must say my decision to fall back in the south, then catch the bad guys in a crossfire between 2/1 and the MG team, then counterattack with 2/1 and the CO, was masterful ;)
Here's the tally;
1 BRDM knocked out
1 MTLB knocked out
Captain Elias was awarded the Estrella de Bronce for his actions to stabilize the right flank, lead the counterattack which destroyed two enemy rifle squads, and then maneuver his men into position to cut off the escape of the remaining enemy forces and seize the objective.
The fight went so well for the Cubans that they were able to invest all of Abrvo, including the east side of the river. But the enemy hilltop defensive position remains, and so Captain Elias reforms his men to make the follow-on attack.
This is the first of four fights I played this past weekend. Hope you like it, and more to come!