As you may recall, I rolled up a squad ( 2nd squad, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine regiment) and they have fought in 3 battles. They are lead by Sgt Just Jack. He actually won the Bronze Star in the town of Afak and is highly thought of in the unit. ( Only my third character ever in 3+ years to earn a medal and the first Bronze Star!) In fact the squad's morale is high (D12) except for the first fireteam. The first fireteam is lead by Cpl "Koke" Kokistranovich (nickname pronounced Ko key) and the rest of the team feels he takes too many risks. He Koke leads the team their morale is D10; if Jack does it is D12. Jack is aware of their feelings and is working with Koke on his leadership. Their LT, an Annapolis grad, is oblivious to this but respects Jack's leadership and is competent and still learning. [ I love when you can generate a great backstory over several battles! It makes the games so much more interesting to me. It is the whole reason I did PF/GF.]
So the scenario I placed Jack in is The Footbridge. Basically the marines have to repair a footbridge and cross it in the face of the republican guard backed by islamic extremists.
"So men, we have to get across that bridge and secure a foothold so the battalion can move on to Baghdad. Jack, 2nd squad will repair the bridge and lead us across. Borden, you will lay down so much fire that nothing moves across the river, understood? Okay, let's go." So Lt Declines ended the briefing to his NCOs.
Lt Declines Annapolis grad Sensible/ wealth Gr I
Sgt Borden ( 1st squad leader) careful/ engineering Gr II
Sgt "just" Jack (2nd squad leader) mechanic before he enlisted Jovial/ position Gr II +2
1 fireteam Cpl Koke Junior race car driver addicted to thrills Gr 0
2nd FT Cpl "Fast" Jones orphaned joined at 18 inept/ religion Gr 0
3rd FT LCpl Betts acting leader so didn't roll up Gr 0
My new building with custom sign!
1st squad unloads from their track. A second Iraqi tank broke down and wouldn't arrive for 3 turns.
The Abrams and SMAW blasted the rubble leaving only 2 rebels left alive and destroying the entire complex.
Great game that was tension packed to the end. Not having the helo made it challenging for the US as the Iraqis had 4-5 teams targeting the bridge every turn. It played a little long solo as the US had two full marine squads and 2 platoons of Iraqis but it was worth the effort.
Post game Lt DeClines is impressed with LCpl Betts and arranges to promote him to Cpl and he officially takes 3rd FT. He also improves to a Grade I leader. Despite the fact that Jack picked 1st FT to lead the charge on the bridge the team still blames Koki so there is no change there. Morale holds for the squad at D12. The squad lost 1 KIA and 1 IH and they were down 1 already but they get 1 replacement so will be 2 marines down for the next mission.
PS Marines are all Peter Pig. Iraqi army figures I am not sure, I think they are QRF. Iraqi insurgents are QRF. Vehicles are a mixture of Peter Pig, Old Glory and QRF.