The Soviets selected two full BMP-2 MR Battalions, plus the Regimental Engineer Company, one platoon from the Regimental AT Company. The attachment selected was two BRDM w/ AT-5 platoons. A Battalion of 122mm SPGs and a battalion of 152mm SPGs were in support. Unfortunately no tanks could be committed to this battle!
The French had a Mechanised battalion (2x Mech, 2x Tank companies) and a Motorised Battalion (4x Mot companies), as well as some Recon, ATGM and Mortar platoons. The French attachment was an additional company of Tanks, and they also had a battalion of 155mm SPGs in support, firing ICM.
|Overview of the Battlefield|
The French and Soviet plans.
|The right flank MR Battalion|
|The left flank companies of the second MR battalion|
|The far left flank company moves forward and occupies the village to protect the flank approach through that area.|
Regimental AT Company BRDM w/AT-5 (bottom, in trees)
takes a long range ATGM shot and brews up an AMX-30 platoon on the road.
The right flank battalion moves forward into the wooded ridgeline.
The French battalions advance aggressively.
|The engineers take some artillery fire after laying some mines.|
Not liking the ATGM fire, the French mortars all lay smoke across the gap.
The French could fire through the smoke using Thermal Imagers, but the Soviets had none!
Soviet infantry are digging in around the objective to defend it.
|View from the Soviet right flank. French battalion advances under fire.|
The French continue to advance and
the Soviet battalion has moved to their final positions on the wooded ridgeline.
|The French infantry dismount their APCs and move forward to assault.|
|View from the Soviet left flank.|
The Soviet MR Battalion starts to dig in on the hill.
Soviet artillery killed multiple French infantry platoons to their front.
The French smoke screens continued, and
Soviet artillery inflicts casualties on IFVs and Infantry in the centre.
The French valiantly continued their assault for several turns, however suffered heavily from indirect and direct fire.
The French broke off their attack after mounting casualties, conceding a minor victory to the Soviets.
Many stands on both sides were put out of action through failed quality checks. There were also a large number of BMPs on the Soviet side and various platoons on the French side that were destroyed outright.
Permanent losses for the French were an AMX-30 platoon (three others were destroyed from the attachment company which doesn't count for the campaign formation), two AMX-10 IFV platoons, a VAB APC platoon, an Infantry platoon, an Infantry with Milan platoon, and a Mortar platoon. Over the long term of the campaign these are likely to be important casualties.
Permanent losses for the Soviets were five BMP-2 IFV platoons, a BRDM w/ AT-5 platoon, and an Infantry platoon. After the game, I spent a campaign point to recover the BRDM AT-5 platoon as I think it could be useful in other games. Unfortunately the BMPs and infantry had to remain casualties to conserve valuable campaign points, meaning one of my three MR battalions is pretty close to combat-ineffective.
The next game generated will be a 'Breakthrough attack' by the Soviets, having regained the initiative. This will see 4,500pts of Soviets attacking 2,250pts of French, possibly with prepared defences. It should be interesting!
Running campaign tally:
Exhaustion (limit 22): French = 8, Soviets = 8
Territory Gained (target 32): French = 4km, Soviets = 1km
Campaign Points Remaining (from 12 starting): French = 11, Soviets = 12
Cumulative Permanent Losses (French): 2x Inf Pl, 2x Inf w/ Milan Pl, VBL Recon Pl, 1x AMX-30 Pl, 2x AMX-10 IFV Pl, 1x VAB APC Pl, 1x Mor Pl
Cumulative Permanent Losses (Soviet): 1x T-64B Pl, 3x MR Inf Pl, 6x BMP-2 IFV Pl