It's 0930 on 3 August 1986, and the Soviet 8th Guards Army is taking an operational pause, i.e., going over to the defensive temporarily, due to heavy casualties laid on by 11th ACR and 3rd Armored Division. Of course, NATO forces are fairly beaten up as well, and air superiority, upon which so much of NATO's operational plans are dependent (to have close air support and middle-interdiction to off-set the Soviet advantage in men and material). V Corps decides to take a gamble in its sector to help get its air support back on track.
The Soviets, largely due to the traffic jam ensuing in the wake of an unplanned operational pause (and which they are working on clearing up), have wound up with considerable air defense assets pushed far forward in Team Whiskey's sector. And so V Corps has ordered Team Whiskey to conduct a local counterattack on 8th Guards Army forces, with the primary mission to identify and destroy Soviet air defense assets in the objective area, and the secondary mission being simply to punch Soviet armored elements in the mouth to help keep them off-balance.
Team Whiskey is launching its counterattack with both Mechanized Infantry Companies (India and Kilo), though only part of its Tank Company (Charlie) will take part. Kilo has yet to see action, and so is still at nominal strength, while India (nearly destroyed in the previous two days' fighting), has been reconstituted in men and Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The M2/3 Bradleys came from salvaged various maintenance areas, headquarters elements, and training units all over Europe, and maybe even some scrounged from other US units ("borrowed"). The men came are cooks, mechanics, clerks, and the sick, lame and lazy, with Team Whiskey cleaning out its rear echelon elements to man the ramparts (and it's only Day 3). However, three of four of Team Whiskey's tank platoons have been detached for another mission, so only one platoon of Charlie Company's tanks will take part in this fight, though rotary attack units are available for support, as well as Team Whiskey's 81mm mortar section. Also, once again, teams from 10th Special Forces Group are present as reconnaissance elements to help identify enemy defensive positions.
The US plan is to push ahead to get into the first 'band' of trees (center), dismount their infantry, then push for the second band. The two SF Teams are charged with spotting the eight Soviet air defense units (four x Manpads, four x SA-9 vehicles), then relay that info to the armored elements to whack them, thus allowing the Apache to enter unmolested and help the Mech Infantry push to wipe out the Soviets on the board. Following this, the US forces will fall back off the map via their own baseline.
For their part, the Soviets are seriously outnumbered but well prepared. At bottom right they have some infantry with two MGs and two ATGMs, while in their center (in the second 'band' of trees) they have their remaining infantry and MGs, and the other two ATGMs, while their tanks are spread across the entire front. Their plan is basically to punch at long distance with their tanks and ATGMs (while the US Bradleys are still loaded with infantry), then constantly displace to keep the Americans off-balance and keep them from being spotted and targeted by the overwhelming US numbers.
It wouldn't work out as planned...
It's time for some fightin'.
But then it was the Soviets turn, and they set about wreaking some havoc.
Kilo Company has been reduced to its Company Commander (in an M-113), 2 Bradleys, and five rifle teams, from one M-113, nine Brads, and nine rifle teams.
Lt Ensmith's 2nd Platoon is able to spot enemy tanks in the center and launches two TOWs.
Moving the center tanks forward was a bit of a gamble, but the spotting rolls for 2nd Platoon were absolutely fantastic, so it was really just a bad break for the Soviets.
And that's the end of Turn 1.
The Soviets have now lost four of their five T-72s, with the last hunkering in the southeast, needing to be rallied.
Thus ends Turn 2.
Sorry everyone, I've got a ton of stuff going on in real life, and these batreps take a lot of time to write up (this fight has 145 pictures). So please bear with me, more to follow as soon as possible.