Cold War Tanker is now moving from notes on scratch paper to a proper word document in preparation for delivery to Lard Island. Only thing left to do is figure out points for each vehicle. After reading several neat blogs about fights in Africa I was inspired to go back to the Legion and have a go. You may recall I wrote up a mini-campaign about the legion's exploits in Kolwesi. That is done, just have to transfer it from scratch paper to word. I have another platoon in Africa. These folks are in the 80s and have spent most of their time in the Ivory Coast. They have only had 3 battles so are relatively untested.
Sgt Bomba's mind wander to 4 days ago. 4 days ago they were relatively safe in the Central African Republic when yet more violence erupted in Zaire. 2 Platoons of the 2nd regiment rode in to Zaire to protect European interests and keep the peace. That is what the Legion had been doing in Africa ever since Bomba had joined them 7 years earlier. He smiled as he thought of his home in Morocco. Yes, the legion had literally saved his life. You can only de-flower so many women before running into a family with the will and the means to take revenge.
So here he was in a land rover heading to rescue some French citizens held hostage by somebody. If his Mom and Dad and Tamara's Dad could only see him now!
MISSION: Hostage Rescue/ AMBUSH
FORCES: 2 French Squads, 1 medic, 1 armored car, 2 land rovers, 1 IFV
Lt Lorray Son of a farmer Gr I
Sgt Barrie French son of carrier NCO. Wanted to be tougher than dad so joined the legion Gr I
Cpl Leach Scottish Escaped from prision Gr O
Sgt Bomba Moraccan Romeo who had to leave town quickly Gr II
Cpl Collins English Cambridge grad in romantic languages bored with teaching secondary school
As fire erupts around the legionnaires Lorray screams for everyone to keep moving! Responding to training they do. Sgt Bomba and his team is pinned down by a LMG and rifle fire. RPGs bounce off the vehicles like rain.
Great exciting game that played in under an hour. The French had no casualties except 1 land rover but I did give them body armor. The rebels had 5 KIA. The force must now go into town and rescue the hostages.
I made the French 8/10 but I almost made them 10/10. Think I will make them 10/10 for the finale.
The rebels were 6/10 I Grunt's Forward generated the forces using the Ambuscale scenario. If you want to try it generated 2 squads, 1 HMG, 1 LMG and 2 RPGs.
The game was short enough I used the same basic board for a quick Vietnam Tanker game pitting 1 Walker Bulldog against a PT-76.