It's 1500 on 29 June 1990 and Battlegroup Aguilera is pushing ahead towards the Cronistrian town of Pisa, at the northern edge of TF Galban's operational area. Once Pisa is secured the Task Force will swing west to complete the encirclement of the Cronistrian capital city, Miran. Battlegroup Aguilera was the first element off the starting line for Operation Chokehold, kicking off the operation with an enemy assault on the town of Kacak. Lt Aguilera is a bit anxious; his men are ready, but will this be the meatgrinder the battlegroup ran into in the first attack, or will they be victorious, as in the second?
Let's find out ;)
1) cement TF Galban's left flank;
2) remove the Dubrovna garrison; and
3) allow TF Galban to move on to its next objective, the town of Stanje.
Hill 150 is at top right, beyond Pisa.
As I've said previously, don't sweat Da Choppa, it's not nearly as powerful as you'd expect. It's basically the equivalent of an AMX-10RC that ignores terrain and can only be fired at by non-AA assets in react, though when it suffers negative 'morale'-type effects it leaves the table for a set number of turns, and it it's damaged or destroyed it's gone for the game. The helo also doesn't get to take part in 'scurries' and 'firefights.'
Oddly, this is the first game where either side has had a mortar available. Since the Cubans have an attack helo, I rolled to see if the bad guys wanted to trade out their mortar for an SA-14 team, but apparently they were quite taken with the mortar. Which sucked for me...
As usual, the bad guys were placed using blinds and dummy blinds, so I wouldn't know their deployment.
I believe that means it's time to fight!
And then the Cubans roll a damn firefight! It wouldn't be so bad, but I really need to get the remains of 3rd Platoon rallied and back in the fight, only one Communist unit is visible to my guys, and the Cobra won't be able to come on table and get in the fight.
Interesting; Lt Aguilera is very excited to learn the battlegroup has a foothold in Pisa, and not just a foothold, but they've come in on an exposed flank.
@#$%!!!!! The enemy rolled up a random event and received reinforcements...
Battlegroup Aguilera is crumbling, better do something cool, like quick.
Lt Colvines won the Estrella de Plata for heroism in the second fight for Kacak (battle #2 of Operation Chokehold). And I wouldn't have used a pinned squad for this, but 2/2 was too far away to make it into close combat.
So, what's the tally then?
And Lt Colvines, commander of 1st Platoon, was awarded the Estrella de Bronce for valor in leading the 1st Platoon (minus) on the left-hook that got Cuban forces into Pisa and wrong-footed the Communist forces, forcing them to overreact and thus expose themselves to supporting fires. Lt Colvines then led 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, into close combat that eliminated two enemy rifle squads and one heavy weapons team, seizing the Battlegroup's objective. Lt Colvines also received the Corazon Purpura as he was lightly wounded during the battle, though he's not expected to miss any action.
One more fight to post, this one being Battlegroup Caballero's completion of the operation, the assault on Stanje to complete the encirclement of the capital city. But don't worry, that's not the last fight ;)