Bought the FOF book Road to Baghdad off ebay a while back. Interesting book but disappointed thta it said very little about the Iraq army. It does contain some interesting scenarios, about half use US marines. One of those is a flank attack of the town of Afak. It uses 2 platoons and the marines are fighting irregulars. I don't have 2 platoons ( too much for the solo player to keep track of and slows the game down) and I wanted to use the Iraq regulars that I purchased from Cold Warrior on TMP. So... I decided to modify "Flank Attack" from Platoon Forward and start a marine platoon for Iraq.
For PF players I deleted the special "C" blinds from teh scenario ( you could leave them in I suppose) and your primary objective now is to move off the board in 8 turns. I kept the off board MMG to represent the pinning forces and still rolled for US entry. In addition, the stated scenario enemy forces represent the Iraqi regulars plus 2 vehicle "Cs" and I added one additional "A" blind that would be Fedayeen. In addition, for the first 4 turns an "A" blind would enter and if real would be Fedayeen. Finally, 1 "B" blind enters turn 1 and 1 "C" blind enters turn 2. The "C" blind is a technical if an armored car otherwise it is an Iraqi whatever is rolled.
So back to the Platoon. This is there second battle. In the first they were moving through resistance to sequre a bridge in An Nasiriya. They achieved the mission but the Iraqi forces delayed them enough that it counted as a loss. The Mission for Lt DeClines was to flank the Iraqi position and drive through the town, reach the main road, turn left and continue on towards Baghdad. His plan was to have 3rd squad pin the enemies front and advance with his other 2 squads rapidly through the town. The Mosque was off limits unless sustained fire was received from it.
The US forces:
Lt DeClines West Point grad sensible wealth Gr I
1st squad Sgt "Just" Jack mechanic jovial position Gr I +1 from the squad
1st fireteam Cpl "Koke" Kokistranovich junior circuit race care driver addicted thrills Gr 0
2nd fireteam Cpl "Fast" Jones orphaned grew up on a ranch inept religion Gr 0
3rd fireteam acting lead PFC Betts Gr 0
2nd Squad Sgt Borden careful/ enginering Gr II
3rd squad Sgt Lee liberal/ govt Gr II +1 towards Jack and 1st squad
plus 1 M1A1, 1 Humvee command vehicle, 1 Humvee TOW, 1 MMG team 1 SMAW team 1 medic.
The outskirts of town. Front line to the right. 1st squad to the right, Borden's squad to the left in reserve except for 1 fireteam that will advance to the wall. Markers represent various potential enemy forces.
View down the street leading into town.
Jack's squad runs into a squad of Iraqi infantry. He sends Cpl Jones forward and they lose a man reaching one of the outbuildings. It is clear there are alot of enemy in Jack's line of advance.
After the air strike Sgt Jack tells his gyrines to saddle up.
With that the Iraqi forces withdraw before they are cut off by the rapidly advancing american forces.
Great game! Post battle Jack's squad is very impressed with his leadership. they advance to +2 loyalty so will follow him anywhere. This translates to their morale going up 1 die to D12 for my FoF game. In addition, his leadership fittingly increases to Gr II. This is a positive leader for FoF and he will get a +1 for all his reaction rolls. Finally, Lt Declines is impressed with Jack's clearing of heavy positions with the loss of only 1 man and puts him in for a decoration. Capt Jackson is neutral to Sgt Jack so passes it through. Because there was not much competition in the Iraq war I downgrade the starting medal by one in the Grunt's Forward tables. Jack had earned 10 valor points which normally would have qualified him for the Distinguished Service Cross. I downgraded this to a Silver Star. I missed that roll but he had a 30% chance for a Bronze Star and our boy got it! " for leadership and bravery in personally clearing an enemy complex of both Iraqi regular and irregular forces accounting for 11 enemy KIA confirmed, 2 POWs thus ensuring safe passage of the regiment towards Baghdad." Also post battle one CPL became available to the platoon and Sgt Jack deferred allowing him to go to 3rd squad. Thus PFC Betts still has 3rd fireteam. Cool stuff. I love the way this all breaths life into the squad.
for those of you that want to try this PF generated the following forces:
3 Iraqi squads with 1 Gr I leader and 1 Gr 0 leader. 1 MMG ( no team bonus ) 1 T-55.
Reinforcements were 2 Fedayenn squads ( 9 rifles and 1 RPG) and 1 T-55.