This is Desperado 21, Roger. I am seeing disturbed earth, and... Wait one. Incoming!
Duke 23, Apache 22 Immediate Suppression, TRP C1. Tanks and troops in the trees.
This is Desperado 23, I am taking fire from the trees on the north side of the Objective! I am slant two, one zapped!
So much for creative writing. The game began with the reconnaissance phase. The Soviets were arrayed in a reverse slope defense, with their recon elements on the forward hillside facing the most likely avenue of advance. Their defensive stance gave them an advantage over the US Divisional Cavalry elements scouting ahead of the American brigade. They managed to call down fire from their own Divisional Artillery Group and suppress the scouts leading the main effort. A lucky shot from one of the Soviet Combat Reconnaissance Patrols (CRP) put a hard hit on one of the Recon helicopter sections sending them back past the starting line. Not an auspicious opening for the American cavalry.
Turn two saw the American fire support assets swing into action. Two batteries of 8in howitzers were waiting to unleash some counter-battery fire and did not disappoint. One battery of Soviet guns was disrupted, and another silenced completely. The Americans managed to call in two flights of A-10s to provide some much needed Close Air Support (CAS). One was driven off by the Soviet SAM threat, but the other was able to drive home the attack to disrupt another CRP.
That same platoon came out badly from a gunfight with the American scouts to its front, and rapidly left the table.
On the Northern Sector, TF 1-37 AR arrived on the table early to draw the Soviet attention away from the main effort. Their scout platoon was able to identify a minefield and damage the Soviet Recon elements, but couldn't prevent them from spotting the US Armored Force.
In turn three A/1-1 CAV continued their advance to the South and were joined by the Scout platoon from 2-37AR. Soviet artillery fire slackened somewhat, but delivered the majority of its attention to 1-37AR on the North side. The lead elements of that battalion took some minor hits, and proved unable to dislodge the Soviet scouts to their front.
Turn Four saw the arrival of the US main effort (TF 2-37AR) along the road near Blankenau. The Scouts were able to get some smoke missions fired to obscure the movement from some of the observers.
On the North end, 1-37AR was able to clear some of the Soviet Scouts from the ridgeline and resume their push on Schadges.
Turn Five saw the increased pressure on the lead cavalry starting to take a toll. The American cohesion was barely keeping up with the Russian fire, and so the lead elements shifted to cover the Brigade Right. The American main effort now filled the valley around Blankenau, and the hard pressed Soviet recon started its movement back towards the main lines.
|T-64s hit hard in the middle, while the A-10s line up their run.|
|In a flash, half the depleted battalion disappears.|