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Team Yankee Battle Report – Lee vs Paul

Time for a rematch against the Russian Tank Hordes.  Paul has been refining his list as have I… Changes to last game (this one) were to drop 3 M109s and the bomblets in favour of another Abrams.  So our lists were as follows:

Lee’s American Mech Inf Force

Support

(1) 1 x FIST Observer

(14) 4 x Cobra AH1 Attack ‘Copters

(7) 3 x  M109 Artillery tank teams

(6) 4 x VADS AA tank teams

Formation

(1) HQ – Mech Combat Team

(7) M113 Mech Platoon with +1 Dragon team

(7) M113 Mech Platoon with +1 Dragon team

(7) M113 Mech Platoon with +1 Dragon team

(32) 4 x Abram Tank teams

(6) 6 x M106 Mortar Teams

(3) 2 x ITV Anti-Tank teams

(3) 2 x ITV Anti-Tank teams

(3) 2 x ITV Anti-Tank teams

(3) 2 x ITV Anti-Tank teams

Total 100pts

 

Paul’s T72 Tank Battalion

Support

(10) 4 x MI-24 HIND Assault Helicopter teams

(2) 2 x ZSU-23-4 Shilka AA Tank Teams

Formation

(5) 1 x T72 Tank Battalion HQ Tank Team

(32) 7 x T72 Tank Teams

(27) 6 x T72 Tank Teams

(20) BMP2 Motor Rifle Company consisting of : 10 x BMP-2 tank teams, 7 x AK47 team with RPG-18 Anti-Tank inf teams, 6 x RPG-7 Anti-Tank inf teams, 2 x PKM LMG inf teams, 1 x SA14 Gremlin AA Missile inf team

Total 96pts

 

Mission

I went defensive and Paul went for Hasty Attack, with the roll producing the mission Counter Attack.

I chose my corner, set up and we placed objectives.  I place an infantry platoon, 2 ITV platoons, my Artillery and VADs, and placed my Abrams in Ambush.

Paul set up his 3 companies and support, keeping his HINDs loitering.

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Russian Turn 1

The Russians started their dash across the board, with his Infantry company splitting up and his 2 T7s companies heading for the unprotected objective.  His HINDs came on board but sat just beyond the range of my VADS.  With everything dashing, there was no shooting to speak of from the comrades.

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American Turn 1

No reinforcements were procured, and the Yanks’ shooting phase was very light.  The VADS and M113s moved up to counter the Motor Rile company and everyone else stood firm.  Starting out with an artillery strike on one of the Russian Tank platoons.  Ranging in on the first try, using the Inf Platoon leader as a spotter, some amazingly accurate fire hit 6 tanks.

Then the saves were rolled…

Suffice the say, the T72s were having ‘none of it’ today…

With 2 BMPs bailed by the VADS and M113s, it was back over to the Russians…

Russian Turn 2

The T72 companies once again dashed towards their targets, leaving the Motor Rifle company to start the violence in full for the Russians.

The VADs were reduced to a single team, but he stayed in the fight.  The nearest ITV unit was bailed, and the unit fled the battle.

American Turn 2

I rolled for reinforcements and took my Cobras.  They set up behind the Bocage hedge ready to attack the Motor Rifle Company.

My Abrams decided to spring their ambush.  Revealing in the corn field immediately in front of my ITVs, they powered around the T72 company.  Between the Abrams, the ITVs and the Dragon teams nearby, the T72s lost 4 tanks and 2 were bailed.  It was too much for them, and they fled the field.

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The Cobras opened up on the Motor Company with their Rocket Salvo, dodging AA fire from a Shilka and the BMP2s.  They inflicted many hits but killed only a single infantry base.  However, the Infantry were pinned.  As 4 BMPs had moved onto the M109’s ranged in marker (a little faux pas on Paul’s part) I shot at them hitting 3.  He saved them all…

My 2 Abrams next to his Infantry assaulted them, with one of the 2 making their cross test, eliminating a team and forcing the other back.

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Things were certainly heating up going into the 3rd turn.

Russian Turn 3

The Motor Rifle were unable to unpin themselves; The BMPs sat pretty cooling their guns from AA fire.  The remaining T72 company pushed up the threaten my Abrams platoon.

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The T72s opened fire, destroying a single Abrams.  The Motor Rifle company infantry were unable to kill the last VADS but killed an M113 transport for their efforts.

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The HINDs then elected to open fire.  The single VADS, and every single AA machine gun in range opened up to prevent them, seeing the threat to the Abrams and Artillery.  When the reaction fire completed, 2 HINDs were left intact to open fire, bailing a 2nd Abrams and destroying a single M109.  Due to their dispersed formation the final 2 were forced to test morale, but passed.

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American Turn 3

The bailed Abrams was able to remount and the unit retreated out of direct line of fire of the 2nd T72 company.

I received another single unit from reserves, and moved them on from the opposite table edge to push into the 2nd objective, now occupied by Russian infantry.  The M113s shot and destroyed a bogged BMP and bailed one of the Shilkas.  The Cobras fired on the T72s, bailing 2 of them.

Russian Turn 4

Ivan decided to turn crazy, placing his HINDs right behind my Cobras.  Off camera, the T72s redeployed to meet the M113s.

The Motor Rifle infantry struck first, destroying an M113 Transport.  The BMPs bailed an Abrams and destroyed / bailed the remaining M113s and VADS.

Off camera, the T72s were only able to hit and kill a single M113, with the transported units emerging unscathed but pinned.

The HINDs decided to take their shots, and were pounced on by the Cobras at point blank range.  When the guns went silent the HINDs were gone.

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The Russians also pushed onto the Abrams and bailed M113s in assault, but did not count on the vicious defensive fire from the Abrams and Infantry Platoon nearby.  The company were forced back, losing 3 teams for their indiscretions.  Once again their push was stalled.

American Turn 4

I received another unit in reinforcements and deployed my 3rd Infantry Platoon to protect the 2nd objective.  My Abrams remounted and the unit went back on the offensive, going after the 2nd T72 company.  Amazingly, not only had my VADS and M113s passed their morale checks but they also remounted.

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The Abrams were only able to bail 2 T72s, whilst my M113s from reserve destroyed a Shilka.

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My Cobras elected to fire, and the remaining Shilka finally found it’s mark,  Downing 1 Cobra.

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Undeterred, the remaining 3 were able to destroy 2 T72s, and my Artillery were able to kill a unit of Infantry on the 2nd objective and pin the survivors.

Russian Turn 5

The Russian T72s elected to ignore the incoming Abrams and push against the 2 Infantry Platoons in and around the woods.  The Motor Rifle company concentrated on clearing the stubborn VADS and M113 units.

After shooting and assault phases, the Motor Rifle Company had finally cleared the M113s and VADS.  The T72s were mopping up the 2nd Infantry Platoon, but the 3rd was mostly untouched with a single M113 destroyed.

American Turn 5

Another turn, another single unit of reinforcements.  I blitzed a single unit of ITVs onto the board near the T72s.  My Abrams pushed up, just getting in range to contest the objective that would come live next turn.

When the firing stopped, 3 more T72s were dead, along with the LMPG team on the 2nd objective.

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Russian Turn 6

The remaining T72s set to work on the 3rd infantry platoon M113s, and the Motor Rifle Company made a big push for the 1st objective.

The BMPs struck first, bailing both remaining M109s and forcing them to flee the board.  The T72s had less luck, only bailing 3 M113s from the 3rd Infantry Platoon and thus being unable to assault them as the infantry did not dismount.

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American Turn 6

I received another single reserve and moved on my Mortars, who moved through the tree line to back up the infantry.

The Infantry Platoon on the first objective moved to counter the Motor Rifle Company.  The Abrams, spotting an opportunity to finish the T72s, moved to their side armour on the edge of the tree line.  The cobras prepared to react to casualties inflicted by their fellow units.

The Abrams concentrated on the 3 t72s, scoring 5 hits and destroying the unit utterly.

The Mech Platoon on the first objective went to work on the Motor Rifle infantry, killing 4 more teams.

The Cobras decided to split fire, shooting a TOW at the distant BMP on objective 2 and the two remaining pilot going weapons free on the Infantry beneath them with their Gatling Guns.  The law of averages finally caught up with Paul on his saving throws; the Infantry were reduced to only 2 teams.  The remainder failed their morale check and fled, taking their BMPs with them.

With only a single Shilka remaining on the board, and their Commander dead, the Russian Battalion was broken.

Victory to the Yanks!

 

Conclusions

Force Composition

First things first, force composition.  I think the Yanks are about bang on now.  There’s nothing in my list I’m regarding as superfluous.

Paul really suffered for not having 4 Shilkas rather than 2.  I think he’s picked up another 2 HINDs now as well, which is going to be fearsome.  I’ve pointed out that perhaps a HIND assault landing company might help too, as splitting up his Motor Rifle company proved to be problematic.

Tactics

I was a little slow to push to protect the 2nd objective.  A 2nd infantry platoon in the corner could have swept up and round the Bocage hedge adjacent to the 2nd Objective, and I would have been pushing onto it at the same time he was.

I felt Paul split his forces up ineffectually; the first T72 company essentially ran straight into my Abrams, if he had stayed 14″ away from my table half there is no way I could have got onto his side armour.  Even better, if that company had pushed up with the BMPs towards the first objective I would have REALLY been struggling.

Final Comments

What can I say; this was nail biting all the way through, every dice roll mattered and it rocked back and forth throughout.  We’re both nervous wrecks, and our audience were on tender hooks all the way through too.

Really loving Team Yankee, definitely my fave game currently,  And it looks SO GOOD on the table.

Fire us your thoughts please!

 

4 thoughts on “Team Yankee Battle Report – Lee vs Paul

  1. Awesome game! Loving this system!

    1. Whoever set that table up must really have known their stuff

      1. Hi Baldie! It was ok cheers 🙂

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