Had a desire to start a West German army in a cold War gone hot situation. I already had 3 vehicles I bought from Jammer man a while back so I quickly painted up 6 infantry and was ready to go. I rolled up a squad for Platoon Forward with Gruppenfuehrer Lachman. I could only take a squad on the first mission and I rolled up "Defend against raid." Did not sound like a great start to the third world war so I substituted "Meeting engagement". So, how to have a mission involving 3 vehicles and 6 troops? Read on dear guest!
Sgt Lachman son of a dockworker Careful/ engeneering Gr I leader
Squad is 8/8
Funny thing, after all of our drills on how we would face the enemy my first contact was nothing at all like the brass had planned. But that was the way the war was I guess. Ivan apparently did not do exactly what he was suppose to because on the first morning a platoon of Jaguars had to move to a different hill and they wanted some infantry for close support. I was tasked to take my squad to the hill ( 346.3) and provide the close support. I was to escort a Jaguar who had broken down during the move but was now anxious to join his platoon. Truth be told I was somewhat proud the Lt had trusted me with this solo mission. Shortly after starting out we came across a Leopard who was going our way and joined him. Having a tank in front of you never hurt!
We were about to make a left onto B45 when the Leopard accelerates and fires two shots down the road. So here I am with my squad and two fellows I have known for about 20 minutes. Welcome to the war!
To my right came a tremendous explosion
As I made my way through the woods I saw the source of our problems.
Before I could give the order to fire the russian tank roared and all hell broke loose in the forest.
I dispatched Toll to move Kruger back to the track and we started to lay fire on the infantry. The Leopard did wake up and take out the tank. I also ordered my milan to set up to cover the road. We traded shots with the infantry in the tornado factory when Ivan also appeared to our front!
At this point I was down to 4 effective s facing at least 2 squad of russian infantry with a german tank that was not much help. I pulled back to the track and rolled back down the road. What had I accomplished for the cost of Dietz and possibly Kruger? I did not know. I radioed the Lt and he said to join the platoon at a small village nearby.
Fun battle that put my germans on the table! While the germans withdrew I consider it a small win as Lachman was outnumbered.
For those of you that want to try this the first "C" blind that is real will be a tank. Each "A" blind that is a squad comes with a BMP. Platoon Forward generated this for the Soviets:
1 T-72, 1 BDRM and 2 squads with 1 officer and 2 NCOs all Gr I plus 2 BMP-1s.