WARPAC forces continued to steam roller up the table towards the FEBA
Mainly T-72s in this case
The first NATO reinforcements arrive and take up position near the bridge.
A convoy of Challengers creeps down the narrow streets
Soviet tanks continue to advance and through a couple of rounds of good shooting and some artillery strikes took out the Panzer-Grenadiers in the small village. The Motorised Rifle Troops who were coming up in their BMPs and dismounted to take on the Pzr-Gren, then had to get back in their BMPs - all for nothing.
T-80s take over the positions previously held by the Scimitars
British Infantry take up their forward positions - ready for the T-80s...
The main unit of T-72s is getting nearer to the bridge. One T-72 is successfully sniped by a Leopard on the other side of the river.
Behind the river a new menace arrives:
A air assault takes place - a Czech (don't ask) Hip lands.
The VDV assault troops take position around the edge of the Landing Zone, seizing one of the games objectives.
The second wave, whittled down by the Gepard, arrives and disgorges the BMDs
British Chieftains race towards the landing zone, backed up by infantry in FV432 in the distance.
A close up of the British Infantry mounted in FV432 drive through the small streets of the town
T-80s drive on the British troops clinging to the forward defensive line in an attempt to assault them out of their positions - but end up being driven off themselves through massed LAW-80 fire.
Eventually though, the situation turned and the infantry were pushed out and the Soviets claimed the FEBA objective.
Back at the LZ
Things were not looking so good for the VDV. The AT-5 missiles on the BMDs proved incapable of defeating the front Stillbrew armour of the Chieftains which had no problem knocking out 3 of the 4 BMDs.
Not impressed with the deaths of their mates, a couple of VDV RPG teams went a'huntin'. In one turn of massed RPG fire they took out the Gepard and most impressively, knocked out a Leopard 2 from behind - thus becoming Heroes of the Soviet Union.
The awards however would turn out to be posthumous when a number of Challengers turned up and machine-guned the VDV in the open
NATO tanks consolidate around the main bridge.
We decided to call the game about there. Basically the Soviets had taken the FEBA, and would shortly likely mow down the remaining British troops and Warriors there. However, on the other side of the river, the VDV were really up against it and, although they may have made life difficult for the NATO troops who were just arriving, its likely they would not have survived the encounter for very long.
The big NATO tanks would have made it near impossible for the Soviet tanks to cross the river, thus the game was deadlocked with victory - in our eyes going to NATO.
A small NATO force along with dense terrain, was able to hold up the Soviet assault long enough so that the air assault could not be supported and was doomed to failure. We had a very enjoyable day and I think everyone left feeling happy with the day's play.
Thanks for viewing. Have fun...