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Firestorm: Stripes

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Contact at the Hof Corridor

Warsaw Pact
VS United States

First Contact at Hof

Soviet T-64 Bn
US Combat Team Kilo

Turn 1
The US forces remain stationary in their deployment locations, taking advantage of the dark.
The BRDM recce section moves forward and secures the crossroads, moving cautiously. On the right flank the BTR Motor Rifle Coy moves forward with the ZSU-23-4 is support. Both T-64 Coys make a tactical move forward, gunners scanning their arcs of fire through the night vision equipment.

US infantry secure one of the objectives

Turn 2
The US Mech Inf platoon can hear the engines of the approaching BTR vehicles but can’t make them out clearly enough through their night vision equipment. On the US right flank the 1st M1IP platoon moves forward into its Battle Position to engage the T-64s advancing over the open ground. A poor roll on the night table leaves the M1’s blind. The US Team CO and 2IC move forward onto the ridge and can clearly see the T-64s in their sights. The M1s open fire, landing 2 hits but only bail 1 T-64 whilst the second shot bounces.
Both the 1st M1IP Plt and the HQ section pass their Shoot and Scoot rolls and pull back into cover.

The BRDM recce section pushes up the main road and moves into the village. On the Soviet right flank the Infantry debus into the cold air of the dawn and move up into extended line. Both T-64 Coys move tactically forward. The 1st Coy, on the Soviet left flank, move to a position where they can engage the US tanks but with nothing more than indistinct blobs in their sights no fire orders are given.

1st Platoon watches the US right flank

Turn 3
A roll of 5 brings the daylight to the battlefield but only a 4 means that no US reserves are committed this turn. Both the 1st Platoon and the HQ section move forward to a BP to engage the Soviet tanks, now fully visible in the morning light. On the US left flank the M113s move up to engage the Soviet infantry in the open fields to their front. Fire from the .50’s kills one Soviet rifle team. On the US right flank the M1IP gunners must be feeling nervous as the 1st Platoon can only bounce 1 shot and bail a T-64. The US HQ section fares better with flank shots, killing two T-64s. The US tank commanders quickly order their drivers to reverse back into cover.

The bailed out T-64 fails to remount and a poor roll means no Soviet fast air will arrive this turn. The infantry continue to press across the open ground towards the dug in US infantry. The BRDMs move through the village to provide supporting fire to the Soviet infantry. However, the US infantry remain safe from the 14.5mm fire in their fire trenches. On the Soviet left flank the 1st T-64 Coy pushes forward to chase down the US tanks but loses a tank as it bogs down crossing an obstacle. 1st Coy engages the US tanks but both shots bounce. The 2nd Coy moves to support 1st Coy and manages to kill an M1IP with a flank shot.

T-64 Companies advance
Two T-64s burn in the early morning light

Turn 4
The 2nd M1IP platoon arrives from reserves and takes up positions to support the Mech Inf platoon. The 1st platoon pulls back to gain cover from the flanking T-64 Company but still has line of sight to the T-64 Coy to their front. The HQ section re-occupy the ridgeline BP to engage the T-64s again. 1st Platoon engage but, again, bounce their shots while the HQ section achieve a kill on a T-64. The US tanks are not causing enough attrition quick enough on the Soviet force. The M113s engage the Soviet infantry, killing a rifle team and an RPG team. The Mech Infantry kill two BRDMS with LAW and the 2nd M1 Platoon quickly dispatch 4 BTRs
Frontal Aviation finally decide to arrive with 2 Su-25’s. The Su-25s launch a missile strike on the 2nd US platoon, killing a single M1IP. On the Soviet left flank the 1st Coy has broken through the US line and the 2nd Coy moves to a position to exploit the gap. The BTRs pull back into cover to escape the fire from the M1IP’s supporting the US infantry. The Soviet infantry move up into positions ready to assault the dug in US infantry. The T-64s of 1st Coy engage the two remaining M1IPs of 1st Platoon but both shots bounce, even at close range. However, a T-64 from 2nd Coy manages to kill one of the US tanks. The remaining M1IP passes the morale check and stays on the field. Under pressure from the Battalion commander to secure the objective the Soviet infantry launch an assault. Unsurprisingly they are beaten back and pinned down by withering US defensive fire from the Mech Inf Platoon, 2 remaining M113s and 3 M1IPs. The Soviet infantry take terrible losses.
Turn 5
The US commander gets their reserve roll and a flight of 2 A-10s arrive and roll in for an attack on the lead T-64 Coy. The price for their unsuccessful attack is to have the Flight Lead swatted from the sky by a pair pf SA-13, the A-10 wingman bugs out. The 2nd M1IP platoon now quickly relocates to support the depleted 1st Platoon and the HQ section who are under pressure from the surviving T-64s. Despite scoring 4 hits only one T-64 is destroyed. The US commander now senses that the 2nd M1IP platoon would have been of more use engaging the Soviet tanks rather than supporting the infantry platoon.

Hogs in hot

Both T-64 Coys now push forward to storm the objective, exploiting the split US tank forces. As the US 2IC is killed the US forces break contact and retreat as the superior numbers of T-64 take the objective.

T-64s storm the objective
Armour save of the day!

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