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The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Ambush at Hof - Accounts from the other side

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Warsaw Pact
VS United States

Scenario: Hof Corridor Hasty Attack
Points: 100
Attacker: NVA (2 T72 formations, 1 T55 formation, 1 BMP-1 formation)
Defender US (Abrams Armoured Combat Team)

For pictures see Stingrays report: American Army Ambush at Autobahn A9

After getting honorably mentioned on BF’s homepage for Stingrays report for our table set-up I decided to also post some comments from my perspective.

This game was the second field test of my MultipleSmallUnits approach for a TeamYankee army. And the first with Volksarmee.
Compared to my previous East German army list this MSU netted me 50 % more tanks, but I could not make them count in this scenario.

To begin with playing from the long table edges the spearhead gains were minimal. Add to this the quite open Autobahn area between the two armies I was not able to close my “heavy hitters” – the T72s fast enough to the entrenched Abrams.
Only my “slow” T55s use of the Bridge by a Road Dash allowed them to wreck some havoc amongst the Americans (the artillery and the formation’s commander M1).
Both small augmented Mot-Rifle units were also of limited use: the one on the right assault prong could not unpinn for two turns and reached the the houses after their supporting tanks and BMPs had been killed and were then slaughtered by the entrenched American infantry. And the one unit defending the objective in my deployment zone had also no support left when at game’s end the M113 and Vulcans closed in.
Add some almost perfect fast approaching American scattered reserves and you loose (edited, as the first reference to poor T72-armor saves was not correct – you loose a tank most of the time when your frontal armor of 15 is hit with AT20…)

For the next battle I will definitely change my deployment strategy regarding T55s and MotRifles…
But I won’t change the general unit composition – the idea behind this army is not to use Resin-modells, so no BRDMs etc.!

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  • Leichti says:

    @ Nabeshin
    Sort of… I recently had some bad resin casts (although the BF customer service reacted swiftly each time). But generally I don’t like the cleaning involved with resin and metall parts.
    And then there’s the weight issue with a horde army comprised of resin/metal modells. I also own almost 50 T34 and SUs of various variants in BF-Resin and this box is heavy…
    Cost are not an issue for me!

  • Nabeshin says:

    If I may ask, why not use resin models? Is it a modelling preference? Thanks for the comments.

  • Stingray says:

    Thanks for providing and setting up the terrain. 🙂

  • Leichti says:

    @M. Nisbet:
    It referes to the report Stingray posted a few days ago – we still have to share the linking codes…

    I used BMP-1 scouts in two units of three vehicles. Next time I will split them in three units of two and try to keep them in overwatch. the MotRifle-BMPs will be tasked with maurauding…

  • recce103c says:

    thx Leichti for sharing your thoughts

    so plastic employment comes with a price (no recce 😉 )

  • Klute says:

    Way to go US…..

  • M. Nisbet says:

    Is this linked to a report that is coming, or the one Stingray posted up a few days ago? Otherwise, put together, it makes good reading.
    Better luck in your next one (but not too much luck)