It's 0545 on 1 Feb 1990, and E Airborne Infantry Company, 2nd CLA Airborne Battalion, has been dispatched to seize a key hilltop position near El Rincon (on Hwy 122, just east of the Bay of Pigs), held by elements of the 89th Provincial Militia Company, 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion.
Highway 122 is the key artery running along the coast, east-west into the Bay of Pigs. The Cuban 5th Territorial Infantry Battalion has forces overlooking the Highway just east of the town of El Rincon, and E Company, 2nd Para Bn, is tasked seizing this position. Failure to do so will leave the route open for attack on the landing beaches.
Commander, E Co, 2nd AB Inf Bn: Captain Halabrio
2nd Airborne Infantry Battalion, Commanding Officer: Colonel Salvino Carreno.
Uhh, how am I supposed to bust those three bunkers staring at me?
Dammittttt!!! I can't believe it was right there, all this time, right there in front of me, but I could never get anyone up there to trample them...
*The reinforcements were a Random Event. I've had several in the past, but they weren't applicable, stuff like a vehicle breaking down, but I didn't have any vehicles, or everyone can rally, but no one needed to.
Anyway, with my ranged bunker-busting capability having run off, I'm left only with rifles, SMGs, and hand grenades to do the job, so it's looking like a right hook to roll up the flank. Best get to it...
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! An enemy rifle team with, with 1 Kill Dice and 1 Shock Dice, got Man Down (1) and Fall Back (6)...
Friendly: ~10 KIA/WIA.
Enemy: ~35 KIA/WIA, ~15 POWs.
Captain Halabrio was decorated for valor for his selfless bravery clearing the civilians from the battlefield, then leading the assault to defeat the enemy on Hill 81.
Colonel Carreno was lightly wounded.
Holy @#$%, I was sure I was going down in flames that time! I try a right hook that gets stymied, my only bunker-busting weapon misses then runs for the hills; I almost called it there, had Colonel Carreno order Capt Halabrio to pull his men back. But I decided to smoke the crossroads and really push the right side, and fate and fortune were with me as the random event that brought two additional rifle teams as reinforcements really hit the spot.
I was really surprised, and aggravated, by the effectiveness of enemy reaction fire, which continually brushed back my advances, but it made it a lot of fun (I'm not a fan of walkovers), and the addition of the civilian element was really fun and challenging, I'll be adding that into more of my future fights.
One more on the way (yes, I played five games this past weekend).