Welcome to my newest platoon! The Pathfinders. I will focus on the 2nd squad.
They are led by Sgt Jackson from outside of Detroit. He is pragmatic and a good squad leader. First fireteam responsible for the dragon is in the capable hands of Cpl Hanks; another small town boy but he is from Iowa. He is a generous soul and well liked by the squad. ( +1) Lastly, we have Cpl Reyes from the Philippines where he worked as a mechanic. He is a bit older at 29 and joined the army to get US citizenship. As he has more life experience than everyone else in the squad. He has a haughty air about him which doesn't endear himself to the squad. (-1) Probably because he grew up dirt poor he blows all his money living for the moment. They are led by Lt Fitzworth. A ROTC grad from Rutgers. He did ROTC to pay for school but while he is in the army he is going to do the best he can. He believes in the government but his optimistic outlook on all things, even the army BS has clicked with the platoon. ( +1).
This will be there first test! [ note I will only be using 2 US squads most of the time as they should be outnumbered and the game bogs down with more than 5 squads on the board. Also for those of you using Platoon Forward for WW III any infantry squad automatically comes with a track and I add 2 additional "c" blinds for russian armor. In addition, to simulate the heavy russian use of tanks a 7+ on the C blind table is a tank. you of course can modify this for the situation.] I rolled up defend hasty attack. The US has been in position for hours. Missed armor by 1 so I let it come in as reinforcements. They missed a helo but did get artillery. I gave them a 120mm mortar. I rolled up the russians as per scenario.
This was it. They had moved up to combat positions yesterday and word had comedown that Ivan had crossed the border today. 2 hours earlier the LT had moved them up to Mittlekopf to set up blocking positions should Ivan punch through. Mittlekopf hill controlled the surrounding road network and Ivan would have to take it before he moved past.
The battlefield. Mittlekopf to the left. Russians enter right and top. Autobahn off the map below. Stream is fordable but 50% chance wheeled of vehicles getting bogged.
Lt Fitzworth placed 1st squad on the hill with Sgt Jackson his best leader. He placed 2nd squad with Sgt Hanks in the building lower left. He stayed with Hanks. He acted as F.O. for the mortars and pre registered on the building in the center in front of the hill.
1st squad on Mittlekopf. Cpl Reyes lower with the LMG. Jackson above with the dragon. A vulcan waits nearby.
Dragon accuracy for both squads is poor as the lead Soviet BMP stops in front of the Mittlekopf to unload.
Forward to victory!
Sgt Jackson was dismayed as the platoon's missiles scored no hits against the soviets. They rolled right up to the hill and began shelling. BMPs discharged infantry that began organizing. " I hope the LT has a plan because this doesn't look good." Then he heard rotors...
The vulcan had backed down off the hill already but opened up against this new threat. A M901 had showed up but had it's tracks blown off by a soviet tank. The hind fired several missiles but for some reason...
Sgt Jackson didn't see but an Abrams showed up and the hind sent a missile...
First squad being shelled by 2 tanks as infantry try to advance. The dragon team are now riflemen with the infantry so close. With 3 lightly wounded and 1 WIA in the squad, Sgt Jackson moves down to Cpl Reyes position to steady them for the inevitable close combat.
Meanwhile I got a random event that sent Lt Fitzworth on a flanking maneuver. So, he sees the dire position that Sgt Jackson is in, and despite the low odds of success, decides to go over to the hill to be with his men. [ what a guy!]
Sgt Jackson has never seen so many Soviet soldiers in front of him as he keeps yelling for everyone to keep firering. [ Okay, he had never seen any soviet soldiers but let him have his moment!]
Suddenly he hears footsteps and almost shoots as...
As a second russian squad becomes pinned the russian attack falters. They pull back behind the house. Sgt Jackson can't believe it!
Great battle! I thought for sure Jackson was going to lose the hill or at least get into some bloody hand to hand combat. Amazingly the russian infantry kept getting pinned everytime they tried to get onto high ground. Artillery was definitely needed. Very cool that the Lt came over as well.
Post battle I rolled to increase Cpl Reyes leadership as he did well but failed so he is poor. In addition the fireteam was not impressed so they are still neutral to him. The squad lost no men so are still at full strength. The won the battle and gain an extra vehicle next mission.
For those of you that want to try this battle Platoon Forward generated a soviet platoon and 3 tanks pus 1 recon vehicle. I had the first 2 squads average and the last squad poor.
Pathfinders lead the way!