The following action is taken from chapter V from Jonathan Lachman's book Wrong Place; Wrong Time. My view of WW III . Published by Tasche books, Koln Germany, 1987. All rights reserved by Herr Lachman and used with his kind permission. His last chapter can be found here:
After the retreat from Krinholden we moved back to Hamburg. We were exhausted and Ivan must have been too because for 12 hours no one bothered us! I actually slept for 5 hours. Our platoon was in reserve but the company was not in contact. Turns out the senior officers didn't know exactly where Ivan was. Clearly, it is intolerable for a German General to not know exactly what the enemy is up to. Lt Weiss called for myself and Sgt Blaum to meet him in a small store he had commandeered as his CP. I didn't know what to expect but knew it wouldn't be good. The LT started right in, " We have lost contact with the enemy. Despite all our high tech airplanes and American satellites [ 1986 remember] we don't know if Ivan is infiltrating, resting or bypassing. Each of you is to go to a different suburb and snoop around. If you find anything we have mortars standing by. If it is just a screen you can press on otherwise just beat feet and get back here."
Suburb of Hamburg. Sgt Lachman's Marder left. Rathaus center. Goal is to snoop board and exit by bank up top. Rolled for blinds and they enter right and right bottom.
The two sides meet when the NVA round the corner. Shots miss as both sides scramble back to cover.
Sgt Lachman calls for the mortars!
After the mortars fired. there was nothing from the rowhouses. I sent two men...
They charged into the Rathaus and I came...
Meanwhile, another German NCO has a quandary.
" We never did see the RPG team. We moved up cautiously on the rowhouse but the NVA had left. Mercifully the RPG had only broke a track whcih we were able to quickly fix and we high tailed it home. So ended my first brush with the East Germans."
Great game. I declared it a win for Sgt Lachman as he had accomplished his mission; sustaining only 1 lightly wounded and destroying a BTR-60. Post game the squad has become even more enamored with his leadership and will now follow him anywhere. Their morale stays at 10 and his leadership increases to Gr II. ( above average.)
I enjoyed the recon aspect. It was still a meeting engagement but the goal was to see all one could and then leave. A subtle difference when playing. I do need to work on the tables a little for WW III I think.