Okay, this is part two of the fight for Rhein-Main Airbase. We left off with a very small force from Team Whiskey (two infantry platoons from Kilo Company, two TOW sections, and a couple SF teams) trying to keep the Soviet armored horde from overrunning the airbase, and things weren't going so well, particularly given the fact the Soviets just shot down our air support...
The battalion net crackles to life, and Captain Bronshstein's RTO says "Sir, you're gonna want to hear this." "I'm a little busy, how 'bout the Reader's Digest version?" "Sir, cavalry is on the way!"
Hmmm.... Not what I was expecting. Three US tanks come on. One gets pinned before firing a shot, two fire and totally miss their targets, then one gets pinned and one gets destroyed by return fire. I've had better...
Perfect: I try to rally two teams, and they are both out of the fight...
Perhaps I didn't make it clear that I needed you to stay in your tanks until you die?
Not great shooting, and certainly knocking out the ZSU would have come in handy BEFORE it shot down the A-10...
And that's the end of Turn 5.
Well, that's the definition of a Pyrrhic victory, right? I 'won' the game by knocking out more Soviet vehicles than they were able to exit off the south edge of the map, but I did so at the cost of pretty much my entire force. It was another tough fight, but that's what I expect from NATO vs WarPac games, and it was a lot of fun. I wish I could have done better; the A-10 didn't do much before being shot down, having TOW2 get one team eliminated right off the bat sucked, the US tanks were rather underwhelming, and the Soviets, once again, had some great spotting rolls to sniff out US infantry intent on ambushing Soviet armor. Its' funny how many times the Soviets have made a 33% chance roll to sniff out an ambush throughout the campaign. Let's move on to casualties.
Capt Bronshtein is KIA, gunned down by a BMP.
Capt Lemmey was turned into a S'more by the Hind.
Lt Roberts, Lt Candersen, and Sgt Bajers are all MIA. Their forces were all destroyed in the fight, and the three are probably somewhere in the German countryside trying to avoid Soviet patrols and get back to friendly lines.
2 x TOW teams were KO
3 x Rifle teams were KO
1 x Command team was KO
5 x M1 Abrams were KO
1 x M577 was KO
1 x A-10 Thunderbolt II was KO
3 x Rifle team were KO
15 x BMP were KO
1 x T-72 was KO
1 x ZSU-23/4 was KO
So, the elements of Team Whiskey were able to put tremendously high casualties on their foes, but not enough to hold the position. The Soviets ran through them, easily taking Rhein-Main airbase, throwing area NATO forces into a headlong retreat for the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, the last remaining bridge across the Rhine. Team Whiskey is now down to its commanding officer, LtCol Lacy, a single tank platoon under Lt Travers, India Company under Captain Phillips, which is down to two platoons (under Capt Sighe and Lt Ensmith), and a few attachments from Weapons Company. They are streaming towards the bridge, hoping to beat the Soviets there.