AKA, the 15th fight of Operation Payback
It's 0705 on 20 July 1990, and the invasion of Avalor, a small Caribbean island-nation near Cuba, upon which Castro-regime holdovers have been organizing, training, and launching attacks on the homeland, is underway. Previously three Reconnaissance and Surveillance teams from 10th Special Forces Group were inserted to support the invasion; one is in position in OP India, but the second team was compromised and extracted, and the third team (Rebel 33) was ambushed and wiped out. Next, 1st Lieutenant Huerta's 18th Grenadier Guards of the 6th Parachute Battalion jumped from C-130s onto three separate Drop Zones (DZs) in the pre-dawn darkness, planning to immediately form up and march on their objectives, the terrorist training areas and barracks on Avalor, manned by terrorist trainees and their Venezuelan and Iranian trainers.
In the last three fights we saw Lt Jaramiho's 1st Platoon successfully seize DZ Crow, Lt Escobedo killed in action while 2nd Platoon was trying, unsuccessfully, to secure DZ Bluebird, and then Lt Reyna's 3rd Platoon successfully seize DZ Albatross. The Company Commander, Lt Huerta, rounded up his paratroopers, formed them up, then linked up with Lt Estevez's ODA 525 for the assault on the objective areas. This fight sees Lt Huerta leading Lt Jaramiho's 1st Platoon and three Special Forces teams from ODA 525 to secure the terrorist training areas on Avalor.
Overall Commander, Lt Huerta (three man team at bottom center): Samurai 6
Four Rifle teams from 1st Platoon (top center):
Samurai 11 (Lt Jaramiho, the platoon commander, is with this team)
There is a 60mm mortar team and a 90mm recoiless rifle team attached (top left)
There are three Special Forces teams (bottom center):
-one command team (three-man team at top left)
-four rifle teams comprised of trainees (top center)
-two rifle teams comprised of Venezuelan Army troops (bottom right)
-two machine-gun armed Technicals (left)
-two Dshk heavy machine-gun (HMG) teams manned with trainees (center)
-one Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) team manned by Venezuelan Army troops (bottom center)
This is gonna be tough sledding; the bad guys are numerous, heavily armed, and prepared.
1. The admin buildings at bottom center left, which we'll term Objective Mustang.
2. Hill 48 at top left.
3. The admin buildings at top center, near the bridge, which we'll term Objective Corvette.
I rolled up to see how air support would be, penalizing myself for the failure of only having one Recon team in place (the second was compromised and extracted, the third wiped out). It's possible, but not probable...
Nevertheless, it is time to do or die for the Cubans. Let Turn 1 begin!
The Cubans continue to press forward...
The gunner screams "on the way!" and a 90mm round starts in that direction...
"Samurai 6, this is Samurai 11, we've got our ass hangin' out up here, we need some help!"
The round hits the building, but the bad guys are unfazed. They return fire, but it is also ineffective.
*The bad guys rolled a Scurry, and it just un-did a whole lotta work...
Mako 24 is gunned down (top right) and Mako 25 (bottom left) is forced to fall back over the bridge, suppressed.
The game was fun, but dragged on a little bit, though part of that is my fault for essentially playing it to the death, rather than having the bad guys withdraw once it became apparent they couldn't hold Hill 48. Another thing, and this will probably sound silly, but I really did not enjoy playing a team-level game with individually-based troops. It's really not that big a deal, but I guess I've just got some sort of mental block; it was aggravating me the whole game, and all I could think about was re-basing them onto team bases. Which is ridiculous...
The tally was a bit severe: the Cubans suffered 25 casualties, while the bad guys suffered 45 casualties, two Technicals destroyed, thirty men and three machine guns captured. The fight went halfway to plan: I expected the Cubans to carry the day of course, though I figured the main assault would have been on Hill 48 via double envelopment by the Samurai elements from the left and the Mako elements from the right. But, due to a stronger than expected enemy deployment near the bridge, exacerbated by a bit of recklessness by the Special Forces platoon, shot that off. However, the Samurai elements made excellent use of their recoiless rifle and 60mm mortar, which pounded the hell out of the enemy main positions on Hill 48. Ultimately the enemy had to cede Hill 48 to the Cubans, and the should have simply withdrawn to the west, but instead they attempted to make a stand near the bridge and were simply pounded into submission by the recoiless rifle and mortar teams.
Next we have Unit 101 making a grab for an HVT, followed by 3rd Platoon's assault on the terrorist barracks, then another Unit 101 HVT grab to finally bring Operation Payback to a close.