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Team Yankee – Lee vs Paul round 4

The Saga continues!

Paul was wanting another run with his list as he keeps developing it so off we went again…

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 Helicopters

(4) MI-24 HIND Assault Landing Company – 4 x AK47 teams, 4 x RPG-7 teams

(5) 3 x BMP-2  Recon Tanks

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

Formation

(9) BMP-2 Motor Rifle Company – 5 x BMP2, 4 x AK-47 teams, 3 x RPG-7 teams, 1 x SA-14 Gremlin AA Team 
(8) BMP-2 Motor Rifle Company – 4 x BMP2, 4 x AK-47 teams, 3 x RPG-7 teams
(5) Tank Battalion HQ
(22) 5 x T72 tank
(22) 5 x T72 tank
(12)3 x T72 tank

Total 99 pts

I thought I’d just plump defense this time; Paul figured I’d to that so went defense as well.  The roll was… Encounter!  Getting used to this now…

James and Jimmy pilfered most of the ‘normal’ scenery for their game (Brits vs Afgantsy, much angst) but I’d brought down the huge Oil Storage plant that Paul had built for me, so we set up a nice board and got down the Objectives and teams that were starting on.

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Turn 1 – Russians

Paul won the first turn (not sure he wanted it!) and advanced hard down my left flank.

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Opening fire with his T72s and BMPs, he netted a Dragon team and an M113.

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Turn 1 – Americans

I pushed up my M113s to engage the Shilkas; everyone else sat tight and opened up on the BMPs and T72s.

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The T72s saved everything thrown at them, but the BMPs suffered heavier, with 1 destroyed and 2 bailed (awesome rolling from me, not…)

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The Shilkas lost one of their number to .50 Cal fire and the other bailed.  Testing morale, they fled the field…

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Turn 2 – Russians

The T72s on my left pushed up, supported by the BMPs hidden in the Tree / bush line.  The T72s bagged 2 M113s and 2 rifle teams from Red Platoon, whilst the BMPs from the right and centre destroyed 3 more M113s.  In the middle the BMPs then scooted behind the building.

Turn 2 – Americans

Red Platoon unpinned.  My 3 remaining M113s advanced forward to engage the mid table BMPs, whilst everything else hunkered down and fired on the T72s and BMPs.

The M113s were successful in destroying 2 BMPs with their .50 Cals… good lads…

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My Dragon teams fired helplessly on the T72s, bouncing armour with every hit.  The M109s also did nothing, the armour maintenance engineers on the T72s due a massive bonus again (on top of last game’s bonus!)

So it was down to my Cobras to inflict some damage… But before they could the lone Gremlin team sat at the other end of the map opened up… Landing one hit, I failed my save, and he rolled Firepower… BOOM, 1 Cobra down…

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In their return fire, they land 2 penetrating shots, passing one of the 2 FP checks.  Progress…

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Turn 3 – Russians

No reinforcements this turnand the T72 failed to remount, but the tracks kept turning nonetheless.  In the middle, Paul’s infantry company broke cover to engage my M113s, potting 1 and bailing another.

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On my left, the 3 remaining T72s moved up and machine gunned Red Platoon, killing another Dragon team.  2 of them charged in and killed another Dragon team; I chose to fall back with the Survivors as Red Platoon was getting close to breaking point.

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Overall, my left was still steady and the right was almost untouched, but I could really use my Abrams right now…

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Turn 3 – Americans

…And in came the Abrams!  Passing my reinforcements check and rolling ‘anywhere on my edge’ for scattered reserves, I threw them straight at the T72s, ensuring cover from the BMPs.  Red Platoon, on the verge of breaking, headed for the cover of the building.

With some spectacularly bad rolling, the Abrams and Cobras were able to only kill 1 T72 and bail another, at the cost of another Cobra from the super Sniper team.

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In the middle of the table my M113s took cover from the infantry and fired on them, whilst Artillery, spotted for by the Cobra Commander (yes I went there) dropped on the Infantry and BMPs as well.  1 RPG team and BMP killed, and the infantry (including the Gremlin AA team) were pinned.  Had I shot here first, I wouldn’t have lost a 2nd Cobra…

2016-11-13-team-yankee-lee-vs-paul-32The Soviet’s initial push had been all but stopped, but reinforcements were sure to appear soon.

Turn 4 – Russians

Crazy Ivan received no reinforcements again;  Of his T72s, 1 remounted and headed into the Field to support his bailed commander and fire on the Abrams (personally I would have moved round the back!)  The shot bounced…

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In the middle, the Soviet Infantry had more success, mobbing my 2 M113s with shooting and assault and destroying them outright.

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Turn 4 – Americans

My bad shooting rolling was being more than made up for with reinforcement and morale checks…  I deployed my Mortars to centre field, using my HQ to come on with them and help them Blitz into a firing position.

My Cobras were able to bail the final active T72, and my Rifle company engaged the previously Bailed T72 in close combat and destroyed it.  The Abrams opened up on the BMPs but mostly missed, leaving 2 still alive.

On the right the Mortars ranged in on the Infantry Company guarding the Objective and opened fire.  No kills were inflicted, but the unit was pinned.

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Turn 5 – Russians

Paul finally scored a single reserve on his 3 dice (ironically he would have got one anyways) and placed his T72s on my right flank and pushed hard down the road.  In the middle, the T72 HQ set himself up for a shot on an Abrams with a dash move.

On the left his single surviving T72 remounted.  Surrounded by Abrams, he lined up a shot… and missed!

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Turn 5 – Americans

I reinforced with a single unit of ITVs.  As they came on from my left, I dashed them to centre board for a good position next turn.

I split my Abrams, standing 2 of them to finish off the T72 and BMP and moving the other 2 tactically to engage the right flank T72s.  The T72 was bailed, and then finished off in assault by my Infantry.  The BMP disappeared under Abrams fire.

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On the Right, Blue Platoon would finally have some work to do.  2 Rifle teams moved to block the route between the houses, whilst the Dragon teams took aim supported by the 2 Cobras.

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Taking fire from the Abrams, Cobras and Blue Platoon, the T72s lost 2 of their number and a 3rd was bailed.

The battle was looking bloody, but in my favour.

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Turn 6 – Russians

On my right, the 2 remaining T72 manoeuvred back around the adjacent house and pot-shotted one of my M109s.

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In the middle, the T72 HQ was reinforced with his last 3 T72s.  Emboldened, he took a shot at an Abrams and hit, blowing it to pieces.

His underlings, however, were unable to make the most of the Abram’s rear armour presented to them and missed!

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Turn 6 – Americans

I reinforced with 2 more teams of ITVS.  On the right, My Cobras, Dragons and an ITV team took shots at the 2 T72s and bailed both of them.  Although my FP rolls were shocking, they did end up running off anyways.

In the middle, my 3 remaining Abrams converged on the T72s and their commander.  In some spectacularly good shooting, they popped 2 T72s and the HQ tank, with the HQ transferring into the 1 remaining T72.

Turn 7 – Russians

Finally, the HINDs were incoming.  Seeing the red mist, Paul decided to throw caution to the wind and go after my Abrams with 3 of them, landing the 4th to deploy troops.

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The T72 HQ took cover and aimed on my Abrams once again.

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As the HINDs prepared to fire, I opened up with my VADS and Abrams MGs.  When the smoke cleared, all 3 HINDs had been destroyed.  To add insult to injury, the T72 HQ’s shot bounced of the Abrams’ armour.

Turn 7 – Americans

My final ITV platoon deployed, albeit with little to do.  On the right, Blue Platoon mounted up and moved up within striking range of the Russian objective.  Centre board, my Abrams formed a firing line on the T72 HQ and erased him from existence.  On the left, the landed HIND was destroyed by ITV fire and the 2 infantry teams cut down by White Platoon’s rifle teams.

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Turn 8

At this point the Russians declared defeat.

Conclusions

Dice; I was plagued by bad Firepower rolls, but my reinforcement / scattered rolls were second to none.

On the tactics, I don’t think I’m going on the offensive quick enough or with the wrong units.  I need to find a solid way to advance early – possibly one of my Mech Platoons.

Paul was hit by bad reinforcement rolls, but was too hasty pushing with the T72s in my opinion.  The second 5 man unit in particular were almost thrown away by deploying down the road.

Overall, another great game and one we both learnt from.

 

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