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Firestorm: Stripes

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Operation Red Lectroid

West German
VS Warsaw Pact

Operation Briefing


SUMMARY: (S) Joint Task Force Banzai, Kampfgruppe Von Stein, reports contact with a Soviet BMP Motor Rifle Battalion, attached to the Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment, southeast of Obertshausen in the Frankfurt corridor.

DETAILS: (S) EUCOM command reported Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment en route to Frankfurt. Intelligence indicates purpose of Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment incursion is to capture and/or destroy U.S. Rhein-Main Airbase located south of Frankfurt.

(S) EUCOM requested Joint Task Force Banzai command provide support forces to interdict elements of the Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment prior to arrival at Rhein-Main Airbase. Purpose of interdiction was to delay Soviet forces advance allowing further time for evacuation of civilian personnel from Rhein-Main Airbase. After initial contact, Joint Task Force Banzai forces were requested to withdraw to support main element of defending U.S. forces.

(S) With recent completion of Operation Oscillation Overthruster, Joint Task Force Banzai command ordered Hauptmann Gervas Von Stein to redeploy Kampfgruppe Von Stein from the city of Horstein to Frankfurt (40km) to interdict Soviet Regiment.

(S) Joint Task Force Banzai surveillance elements determined Soviet BMP Motor Rifle Battalion to be 20km southeast of Frankfurt, en route to Rhein-Main Airbase. Hauptmann Von Stein’s forces engaged Soviet BMP Motor Rifle Battalion outside of the city of Obertshausen (50.063632, 8.855542), 18km southeast of Frankfurt.

(S) The engagement between the Soviet BMP Motor Rifle Battalion and Kampfgruppe Von Stein is photo-documented below.

Satellite view of contact location between Soviet BMP Motor Rifle Battalion and Kampfgruppe Von Stein. Site located southeast of Obertshausen (50.063632, 8.855542).
Layout of the battleground with Soviet and West German deployment zones designated as well as objective locations.

Calm Before The Storm (ie initial deployment)

Kampfgruppe Von Stein establishes a position overlooking the valley.
Von Stein’s Leoprard 1 4th platoon hopes a short wall will add to their slightly less than optimal front armor while the M113 OP takes up residence amongst the trees.
LARs artillery and Panzergrenadier infantry dig in, led by Hauptmann von Stein.
Soviet armor creates a metal wall behind the hill’s ridgeline forest while BMPs spearhead forward and disgorge infantry into the vineyards.

The dance begins

Von Stein’s LARs batterie launches a volley of missiles at the massed Soviet horde and... bails two tanks and one BMP (all of which remount during the Soviet turn, laughing at the West German frustration).
West German Leopard 1 platoon opens fire on one of the Soviet BMP platoons destroying two of them.
Soviet forces advance and return in kind, destroying the Leopard 1 platoon.

Advancing the cause

The sky rains with missiles as, once again, the Von Stein’s LARs batterie opens on the advancing Soviet Armor Battalion. Luckily, the Russians saw the forecast, brought their umbrella, and weathered the storm unscathed.
West German Marders and Luchs attemp to flank the Soviet position but are quickly cut off by the Russiam armor.

Closing in

Soviet BMPs advance to the objective and disgorge their infantry into the woods. Kampfgruppe Von Stein’s LARs unleash hell into the woods killing a number of the infantry and BMPs. Marders rush down the road and shoot into the pile of BMPs, wrecking a few.
While the Panzergreandier Milan teams, dug into the hill, open on the Soviet armor peaking out of the woods at the crest of the opposite hill.


Soviet BMP and infantry storm forward, surrounding Kampfgruppe Von Stein. T-72s open fire on the Marders, destroying three of them. West German force attempt to respond, with Panzergrenadiers unloading on the incoming Soviet infantry and BMPs, and though, a valliant effort is made, not enough damage is done to stem the red tide.
Soviet infantry assault Von Stein’s infantry while Soviet reinforcements arrive supporting Iron Tom’s horde. Hauptmann Von Stein is left to wonder what became of the reinforcements he had been requesting, but never arrived.
Soviet T-72s finish off the Marders while the West German Panzergrenadiers fall back from the Russian infantry assault. Hauptmann Von Stein orders a tactical withdraw, pulling all remaining West German forces from the field.

Aftermath analysis

This was my first game in the Adepticon Team Yankee tournament. I lucked out and played against NDNG_Iron_Tom, a fantastic opponent playing a Soviet horde list. Adepticon provided outstanding tables and terrain for the tournament. We were issued the Dust Up scenario, and Iron_Tom played his list aggressively selecting the table quarter concealing a large percentage of his horde from initial view of my West Germans. What progressed over the next couple of turns was Iron_Tom slow rolling onto my defending West Germans.

In reviewing the game after the fact, my initial deployment was good, but I should have traded out units in reserve. With the incoming BMP horde, I really could have used the volume of firepower the Gepards could put out. Instead, as Iron_Tom did not have any air units, I decided to hold the Gepards in reserve (none of which ever showed up). I should have traded out one unit of Panzergrenadiers to have the Gepards start on the table.

My dice rolling was abysmal, to a point where even Iron_Tom started feeling sorry for me. That being the case, I can’t blame the loss on the dice. I got too anxious, seeing the BMP and T-72s massed together, and rather than using the minelets from the LARS on my first turn, attempted a bombardment, which destroyed nothing.

In attempt to further flank the Soviets (and not being aware of the rear armor value on the T-72s), I advanced the Luchs and Marders in what turned out to be the wrong direction. They would have done much better engaging the BMPs advancing on my left flank.

Never having any of my reserves arrive on the table hurt more and more as the game progressed, and in the end, I couldn’t dish out enough damage to counter Iron_Tom’s horde. It was a great game during which I learned a lot.

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