AKA, Unit 101's 8th Fight of Operation Payback
It's 1130 on 14 Jul 1990, and Unit 101 is in the thick of it near Langkawi, Malaysia. After going it alone caused logistics and force projection problems for the Cubans, and drew the ire of some erstwhile allies (or at least neutrals and potential allies), Major Villanueva and Unit 101 are working a bilateral operation with Malaysian Special Forces to take down The Persian, a terrorist with ties to the ambush of a Cuban diplomatic envoy in Morocco.
The Persian's compound is relatively remote, and while not fortified, it does have a large contingent of armed men protecting it. The Cubans and Malaysians just finished Phase 1 of the operation, which was securing the southern end of The Persian's compound. Several vehicles were hit and moderate casualties suffered; Rake (Unit 101's senior enlisted man) and Captain Choy (the Malaysian SF commander) quickly reorganize the task force. Major Villanueva, leading the Unit 101 direct action element which will close assault The Persian's house, moves up to join the task force on the southern end of the compound, leading a couple Malaysian vehicles with replacements forward.
Rake and Captain Choy quickly got one of the damaged M-113s back into action, then integrated the new vehicles and replacement troops. Everyone reviewed the scheme of maneuver and checked comms, then stepped off, crossing the line of departure. Phase 2, the securing of the north end of The Persian's compound, is under way (Phase 3 is Major Villanueva leading the shooters to take down The Persian's house).
The table is 4' x 4' on a new mat I bought, played out solo in 15mm using Ivan's "5Core Company Command" rules, though with "Five Men at Kursk"-style activation (each team and vehicle gets an activation dice, each team and vehicle can act and react once per turn).
Callsigns are as follows:
Captain Choy's team: Red Dog 6
Rake's Cuban team: Blue Dog 33
Malaysian Rifle Team 1: Cobra 11
Malaysian Rifle Team 2: Cobra 12
Malaysian Rifle Team 3: Cobra 21
Malaysian Rifle Team 4: Cobra 22
VAB 1 (carrying Cobra 11 and 12): Viper 43
M-113 (carrying Red Dog 6 and Blue Dog 33): Twister 32
VAB 2 (carrying Cobra 21 and 22): Viper 44
M-48 tank: Tiger 27
Not pictured is the follow-on force for Phase 3:
M-113 carrying Major Villanueva's team: Twister 39
Major Villanueva's team: Blue Dog 22
The Malaysians are Flashpoint ARVN troops, the Cubans are Flashpoint Aussies.
The troops are all Peter Pig NVA/VC. And Martin, they are very bad guys! ;)
The bad guys have a decent amount of troops, but are really lacking heavy weapons, and they are seriously spread out across the table, meaning it's going to be really hard for them to support each other. The good guys are once again walking into an ambush, and I have a feeling this whole fight will turn on how much the bad guys are able to accomplish in the opening salvo. If the good guys can weather the initial storm, their overwhelming firepower and the enemy's inability to support each other should come into play.
Time to go!
The enemy maintains a tight rein on those trigger fingers...
Well, my overwhelming firepower didn't last all that long, now did it?
I said this fight would come down to the opening salvos; the bad guys seem to be getting their damn licks in!
Time to get moving!
Interesting. Like I said, if the good guys can hang in, their heavy machine guns and air support should be able to hurt the bad guys, even in cover, and the bad guys are so spread out they're going to have a hard time rallying troops back into the fight.
Some handy shooting there! With all the Cuban/Malaysian teams getting rallied, there's no way the bad guys are going to be able to move into position to rally each their suppressed/men down teams.
Thus ends Turn 1.
The tide has definitely turned, the enemy is on the ropes.
With the only 'healthy' team in the southwest gone, the two 'men down' rifle teams are dead meat. There's no way friendly teams can reach them to get them rallied.
The fight went about as I expected it to go (once I saw how light and dispersed the enemy opposition was), though with heavier casualties than expected. The Cuban/Malaysian force suffered 20 casualties, an utterly burned out M-48 tank, and a damaged VAB, while the bad guys suffered 20 casualties and 15 men captured. The Malaysians did a great job rolling with the punches in what was a pretty damned effective opening blast from the ambush, despite close air support not really showing up for the fight.
Next up is the final takedown, to see if we can capture The Persian alive.