Monday, 25 January 2016

Game 7 - The Battle of Tabrim - After Action Report

Rumours of a rebel attack on the Government "facility" at Tabrim were rife, ever since the small coastal village was fenced off and the villagers ejected, as the government and its new oil friends set up residency, and their contract security forces moved in.

Additional Government forces were sent to re-supply the small existing security team as an escalation of local "interest" was expected. Led by a police escort the convoy slowed down to a crawl at the main Tabrim crossroads. Suddenly, several civilians appeared, from the so called evacuated village, and ran screaming native insults into the road alongside the vehicles as the convoy slowed to a stop.

The current shift of Contract Security, mostly ex members of the British SAS, sat watching behind sandbags on top of the roof of the Training House. The defenders on the roof manned two MGs, a medium mortar was in support between the back of the house and wadi, and on the outskirts of the village, near an old fort, at an old 25 pounder field gun was operated by two contractors. A very small, but very heavily armed and well trained team. 

The security force watched intently as the convoy slowed, then stopped, and just as the first trooper jumped out of the truck...

...a series of huge fireballs lit up the coastal road. The team watched in amazed silence as the reinforcing convoy erupted in flames that engulfed every vehicle sent to aid them. They were on their own...

Out of the smoke and chaos stepped several dozen black clad Vampyri, with their AKs glistening in the early morning sun. Cries could be heard in the distance as several of them disappeared again. The ones that remained moved rapidly along the barbed wire fence, towards the gun.

The GPMG on the Training House roof opened up on the rebels moving towards the 25 pounder, stopping them in their tracks. Rebel mortar rounds came in, and defensive mortar fire went out, and the pit took heavy fire. But it was not silenced, in fact it also dished out some of its own fire in return. The advancing rebels took heavy casualties and were now pinned, unable to move forward any further...

More Vampyri appeared at the wadi, and moved on the gun from the opposite side. They also moved towards the Training House firing a mix of small arms and heavy weapons. Fire was of course aggressively returned, but the more meaningful fire was from that of the security force, which dished out both heavy and accurate fire down on the encircling Vampyri.

The gun pit was hit yet again, harder this time and the Vampri moved closer.

More rebels appeared further down the wadi, doubling their numbers near the Training House. This time moving quickly down towards the security force who braced themselves for a full on assault. More very accurate MG fire put pay to that idea.

The attacks on the gun were now relentless, but the deadly fire from the security forces on the rooftop ensured that the rebels were not going to get to the pit. Not this day! Intense 7.62mm and .50 cal fire relentlessly chewed away at the advancing black clothed attackers.

More rebel mortar fire came down on the security force, who were now under attack from all angles. The Training House, reinforced though it was, caught fire and its occupants quickly relocated outside, but immediately set up the two MGs and kept up the defensive fire on the encircling rebels who were getting closer and closer...

Smoke continued to spill out of the burning Training House but the MGs continued to spit their death at the rebels in the wadi. Between bursts of gunfire jets could faintly be heard in the distance...

In the blink of an eye, Ukrovian ground attack jets roared over the battlefield to aid the defenders. However, perhaps assuming that the gun had fallen to the rebels due to the vast number of Vampyri surrounding the gun, the jets opened up on the 25 pounder's position. Destroying the gun, and injuring its crew, somehow the defenders at the gun pit managed to continued to defend the position from the rebels who were now very nearly on top of them,

Vampyri reinforcements now appeared near the crossroads and opened up on the foreigners outside the burning house, as one more member of the security force was injured. The rebels attempted to cross the barbed wire and advance towards the defenders.

The defending mortar was firing almost none-stop with both defensive fire and employing counter battery fire to silence the rebels mortars.

The GPMG team now relocated to the front of the house, to both check on the casualty and to also provide a clearer firing position to the new threat moving on the front of the houset. The GPMG managed to stop the assault at the barbed wire, but the security force took a lot of firepower in return, including fire from a heavy machine gun on one of the convoy vehicles. This newly manned HMG could now cause a problem for the weakening security force...

But this new problem didn't last very long as the attack jets returned for another pass, and quickly destroyed the BRDM and its captured HMG and instantly thinned out the Vampyri rebels at the front of the Training House.

Surprisingly the injured crew at the gun pit was still managing to defend itself and fend off the rebel attacks, which were now becoming less frequent and potent.

The GPMG team silenced the remaining Vampyri near the convoy and an eerie silence fell over the village as all fire now ceased, and no more black clad rebels could be seen, anywhere. The smoke cleared and the devastation was clear for all to see - a hundred or so dead rebels and a battered and exhausted, but very much alive SAS trained security force, who had very much earned their wages this day in Ukrovia.

On the hills in the distance a rebel raised his AK and yelled something indistinguishable over the carnage. A salute to the defenders perhaps, or a promise to avenge their fallen brothers on another day. The defenders had the feeling they would soon find out if they stayed in this country for much longer...

RESULT: Contractor Security Victory

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Game 7 - The Battle of Tabrim - Briefing

1972 - A Historical Action
Tabrim Oil Survey - Security Team/Vampyri Skirmish

8th July 1972
- The barren, dusty, village of Tabrim
- South East of the Capital Kivski, on the banks of the Dnieperov River.
- The number of oil surveys around the Central Ukrovian area has greatly increased recently.
- Currently 27 oil survey teams are now established within a 100 mile radius of Kivski alone.
All Surveys are run by independent Contractors from around the globe, mostly US and British
Teams working closely with the Government, with rumours of a massive discovery on the horizon.

Huge Oil Discovery at Tabrim
Extensive deep ground surveys report massive oil deposits near the ancient village of Tabrim, which is understood to be the birthplace of the founding fathers of the "Ukrovian Free Peoples Movement" an independent and borderless society, reportedly dating back to early Kossack times.

The Free Peoples and many villagers sympathetic to their beliefs are believed to number in the tens of thousands, dotted around Ukrovia and several bordering countries, many of whom regard Tabrim as sacred.

The "Free Peoples" consist of mainly large groups of travellers, or small tribal villages, mainly off the beaten track away from modern life. They have a small but negligible armed political wing throughout, that has been held accountable for various militant actions in various countries over the years. The recent interest in their "home" and sacred village, has led to rumours of this hardline section evolving into a more desperate force, that some are calling The Vampyri, with their dark and secretive nature and extreme beliefs.

Local Issues / Evacuation On the 10th July, the entire village was suddenly evacuated, after a “localised gas scare" caused by a "tectonic rupture" with a release of large volumes of methane into the surrounding area. This meant residents had to be relocated to the town of Essovia, 20 miles South of Tabrim. A cover up was quickly suspected after dozens of drilling vehicles and equipment were constantly sent to the area, with few gas/incident vehicles sent, and shortly after, fences and barbed wire was erected encircling the permiter.

Most Tabrim residents are not on the electoral register and therefore could not be evicted or hit with a compulsory land purchase order to relocate them, so politicians drew up a compensation plan for the locals’ loss of home. However, the majority of them, and especially their very vocal leaders were understandably angry with the situation, and it is believed that elders are planning demonstrations and possibly a march towards the village in the new few days or weeks.

Tabrim has now been declared a no-go zone and locals have been informed that they can only return when told it is safe to do so, when supervised by government forces, and only in small groups at a time. This, of course, has not gone down well.

The area around Tabrim is now under military protection, with a platoon of troops and police controlling the area. The oil survey team, equipment and offices are protected by a contingent of 20 British security operatives in two shifts. Government troop support is about to be increased. over...

Message to British Security Team at Tabrim - Survey Team 22 Alpha
One Week Later - 16th July 1972
- All has gone reasonably to plan with limited civil unrest reported after the initial problems.
- We estimate that you could soon reduce your survey protection team from 20 to a 10 as we will soon be taking full control of the area, with another platoon of Government troops being prepared.
- A Russian advisory team will be heading over with two of our men, they will assume full command of the operation. Give them your full support.

th July 1972 : 0700 hours
- Listen up. A relief Company of Government Troops are heading your way to help bolster your defence.
- Arrange for your B Shift team to immediately meet them at the crossroads at 0800. On the dot!
- A Police guard will escort B Shift back to Kivski.
- Your remaining 10 man contract security team are to remain on site and protect the Survey facility.
- There is a high category storm heading your way, so keep your heads down.

- Radio in when our troops arrive. Until then, stay frosty and alert.
- Over and... wait a minute. I'm just getting some information in...
- Reports of Vampyri militia moving towards the area. Vampyri are in your area.
- Pull the troops back! Repeat, pull the...............
[contact lost]

You see a huge explosion at the crossroads and a long line of armed locals slowly appear on the horizon....

Go to [Game 7 - After Action Report] (to follow)

Friday, 28 November 2014

Game 11 - After Action Report - Did You Remember To Close The Back Door, Comrade?

For background/briefing for this game click [here]

Hive Mind: Lightning reports all systems are go

Titanic: Was wet, now dry, eta for standby, 2 minutes...

Fallen Angel: All marks reported in, moving to position, eta 1 minute.

Candyman 1: All teams good to go. Slammer 1 and Satan 1 on the way, eta 90 seconds. Go on splash.

Titanic: Vang Gogh and Picasso are now at altitude. We can see your wife and Boris from here, Candyman, Now in position and good to go. Visual on cargo. Waiting for splash ladies. Break a leg guys...

Candyman: Keep the chatter down Titanic. If I disturb the wife, I'm done for...

Thunder: 81 FRAG, ON THE WAY!

Picasso: Zebra has green paint job - Slamming imminent.

Candyman 2: AT-4 only scratched the paint. I thought you said they were T-55s!

Mama 1: Mama 2 this is Mama 1, straight in and straight out in case you had any doubts! Keep bending and swerving and watch for snipers!

Ian's Socialist infantry take heavy GPMG fire from Ripper

Titanic: Got your back, Candyman, fall back - good to go with claymore.

Slammer 2 Splash

Mama: This is Mama 1, we have the Cargo. On way to Natalia. Mama 2 down, sisters left behind. Get ready to assemble, eta 10 minutes.

The game started with Western forces finding the Easterners a bit tough to crack. Mike, Tom and Paul were hammering away, but Andy's tough Guards were defending strongly (Steve would not accept anything less of anyone controlling his nutter Guards).

Ian was getting reinforcements but back away from the action, and with GPMG and sniper cross-fire was taking a lot of incoming. The game was looking like an Eastern win, until DaveR's arrival, taking control of his own frogmen and the Predator's targeting systems. With a few devastating salvos called in by the UX Spec Ops, hitting their targets, the dark troopers fell back and melted away after receiving very strange orders from Hive Mind.... 

"New orders in.... Overriding Priority 1 and 2 - Let them have the cargo, repeat let THEM have the cargo. They have plans for it that may just benefit us. Intel later. Sounds like two shades of blue getting itimate to me"...."now go take those big guns out, Candyman, you're already late for that other party!"

"Fallen Angel, break your teams from Candyman and go find out what's happened to Thunder. Something's not right - report back as soon as you can."

"By the way, good work gentlemen. Brood Lord's armoured recon owes you one."

"SECURE - HM/LOCAL - "Oh, and next time, Titanic, after you have painted a target, and missiles aren't yet locked, if you forget to switch your designator off, try not to point it at your own team, I thought you were a gonner when Satan 3 hit your position. We wont mention that to Hive Homeworld though. Now get going, looks like its all going to hit the fan very soon..."

to be continued...

Follow on Games:
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6mm Cold War Commander - huge armour clash
Game 08 - They Just Wont Die
20mm Force on Force - Candyman's UX attempt to silence field guns, as they support Eastern armour push.