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Firestorm: Stripes

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Across the Leine at Alfeld

Warsaw Pact
VS United States

Podpolkovnik Vorishnov looked across the river and pondered his latest mission. Promoted only days ago for his many successes in the opening days of the war, he was now blessed both with greater responsibilities and harder missions. This latest one, directly from Colonel General Alekseyev, was going to be a challenge. He had been ordered by the General, in person, to get his tanks of the 10th Guards and those of the recently arrived second echelon across the Leine River at the town of Alfeld. The town was now the focal point of the action in the area after a successful tactical breakthrough that morning, and Alekseyev was determined to make sure that tactical victory became an operational one, and hopefully a strategic one.

The Leine River as it runs through Alfeld.
The Americans and British watch the river, waiting.

Intel had informed Vorishnov that British and American armored forces were in the area, hidden within the city, waiting. Happy that this looked to be a straight armor fight for one, but dismayed that his forces would have to attempt to cross the river against unknown opposition, Vorishnov made his plans. Placing his T-64s into overwatch positions along the river front, Vorishnov ordered the T-72s of the supporting divisions forward, blitzing across the bridge. Vorishnov hoped his bold charge would spook the NATO commander into revealing his hand. As Vorishnov watched several British Chieftains move from their hidden positions, he smiled.

T-72s charge forward!
While T-64s taking covering positions for the advance.
The British hand is forced.

The British tanks open fire at the advancing T-72s, claiming one in a ball of fire. Confident he has forced his opponents hand and desiring to strike while his retains the initiative, Vorishnov orders his own reserves forward towards the second bridge. Simultaneously, the T-64s in overwatch open fire at the Chieftains they can see, opening a long range duel across the river as the first unit of T-72s makes it to the western side.

10th Guards advances on the Leine.
"The Soviets are across the river! I repeat, the Soviets are across the river!"

The tank duel across the river continues, with both British and Soviet tankers claiming the occasional kill. The initial T-72 advance meets heavy resistance from the British tanks, while Vorishnov's T-64s move to support across the the other bridge and into position on the west bank. But the NATO commander has one more trick up his sleeve, as American M60 tanks arrive from reserve to hit his tanks. The battle is not over yet.

The duel continues.
"Comrade, I am telling you that there IS an enemy tank right over there! Can you not see the barrel?!"
The second echelon moves into the fight.
American reinforcements arrive.
And make an immediate impact.

Slamming his fist on the turret, Vorishnov curses. Two units of tanks, gone in an instant. But all is not lost. Surprisingly, the long range cross-river duel has been going well for his tankers, with several British tanks burning. Sensing an opportunity, Vorishnov orders nearly every tank unit forward across the river, leaving only a single T-72 unit to pin down the American command tank.

The three pronged advance begins!
British tanks brewed up.

With Soviet tanks advancing across all three bridges in the sector, Vorishnov can sense the NATO commanders hesitation. Both sides have suffered casualties, but the NATO commander has lost more of his superior Chieftains and must now rely on American M60s, against the full weight of several T-64 and T-72 units. An uneven fight, but one the NATO commander is still confident he can win, especially when his final unit of tanks arrives in time to blunt cold one of Vorishnov's attacks. Combined with a bold sortie in the center to counter another attack, Vorishnov can only watch as the brave American tank crews close and engage his tanks.

The Soviets cross in force.
But American counter attacks blunt the Soviet spearheads and come close to turning the tide.

While the losses are heavy, Vorishnov can see the NATO commander has spent his last bolt. His tanks have forced the last of the British tanks to flee the field and the American tanks, while crewed and commanded valiantly, are no match for this tanks heavy guns. His surviving tanks maneuver around the wrecks of friend and foe to hunt down and eliminate the American tanks hiding in the town. Realizing that there would be nothing gained from further sacrifice, the American commander orders a retreat.

Final dispositions.
Final dispositions.

Vorishnov looks back to the eastern bank and the scattered wrecks of NATO and Soviet tanks. After a final counting, losses are worse than he had hoped, better than he had feared. Another river crossed, another victory for the Soviet Union.

NON-NARRATIVE NOTE: For my second game of the day, my friend wanted to play an all tank battle using his new M60s, but did not have enough for a full force. So, looking over my collection, we decided we could use my M48s as M60s and ally in some Brit armor to add some weight to his force. He also wanted to face some T-72s to see how they are different from T-64s, so I also made a mixed force of T-64s and T-72s. After the battle, we both agreed it was a great game, with the river crossing being a challenge as well fun. Another great game with a great friend and I look forward to more as the campaign rolls on!

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  • Nabeshin says:

    I recognize those river crossing pieces 😉 Nice battle, and a good idea having UK tank support and an all armour game, I bet that’d be fun to play 🙂

  • Jagdpanzer says:

    well done! and once again nicely painted

  • Stone says:

    I loved reading this scenario and how the table was layed put. Very interesting game. Thanks for posting.

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    Thanks, I find it more enjoyable to write and read the more narrative driven AARs, so that’s how I try to write mine. Plus, too many years of cut-and-dry DoD briefs mean that I don’t like to write that way in my down time, so I guess that helps to a certain degree.

  • PEIPER says:

    Holy smoke that report was incredibly detailed and your army looks great!
    I really love the added armor you did for the tanks and the table looks awesome
    Congrats on your win!

  • Stingray says:

    Now that is a very unique table. Well done 🙂

  • recce103c says:

    Interesting scenario and great narrative; liked the mix of Society materiel. A hard fought victory; loved the terrain

  • recce103c says:

    Interesting scenario and great narrative; liked the mix of Society materiel. A hard fought victory

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    Thank Red Alert! The river is from BFs Remagen set, just tow of them laid together. The ERA on the 64s are actually part of the models, their from another manufacturer, but I like the look of ERA on Soviet tanks and I help that in certain games, the ERA tanks are a quick and easy way ot ID tanks with AT-8s.

  • Red Alert says:


    Well done comrade. Two things I found very interesting, the wide river! and the explosive reactive armour (ERA) on the tank model. How did you do that?

    Thank you for the win.

  • bayankhan says:

    Nice job! Good alternate scenario!

  • Victor says:

    I must commend those T-72’s for bravery!

    Interesting and entertaining battle report with all those tanks.

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    Thanks, I was really happy with how the table setup worked and so was my opponent. I think the combo of Brit Chieftains and M60s would have worked a little better on a more ‘traditional’ table, but I know my friend had a blast when his M60s charged up and blasted my tanks just when I thought I had the game all but won. And yes, Oberst Hunts, I like those Brtis as well, very happy they’re already seeing use.

  • Quicksilver says:

    Good report and nice tabletop.

  • Oberst Hunts says:

    Nice armies. I especially like that British force.

  • gandri says:

    Nice report and wow that table

  • Storm Caller says:

    Nice report.

    Did I see a high centered tank on the bridge?

  • Davehodo says:

    Great win. Awesome table.

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    Thank you Ben_C! I’m also glad someone got that reference!

  • Ben_C says:

    Interesting set up and a great write up.
    “I’ll get the bastard who fired on my bridges”