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End of the Line for Captain Goodwin

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United States
VS Warsaw Pact

Reuters reports that, having secured the southern approach to Berlin, Captain Goodwin’s company of USMC thrust northwards, into the city. It was there that they met with the Soviet Union’s crack troops, a battalion of battle-hardened T-64s with supporting infantry. A vicious battle ensued, lasting from mid-afternoon until well after night had fallen, with our brave boys barely managing to hold the line.

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Deployment Actual

Turns 1 - 3:

The dastardly commies revealed that their T-64s had been upgraded with barrel-launched anti-tank missiles! Rather than facing our fine M60s in a face-to-face fight, which they knew they would surely lose, the cowardly Russians remained at standoff range, firing their missiles to, unfortunately, great effect, picking off a number of our Marine tankers. The Marines tried to co-ordinate their own anti-tank missiles and artillery on the Ruskies’ positions, to limited effect, whilst the M60 platoons themselves were distracted by the threat posed by flanking infantry.

Hold the Line!

Turns 4-6:

Reinforcements arrived for both sides. More T-64s for the Soviets, whilst air support, VADS, LAVs and Humvees arrived to support the Corps. The concerted efforts of the LAVs, VADS, and a Humvee Scout Section blunted the Soviet Infantry advance (the VADs and Scouts nobly sacrificing themselves in the process), before the LAVs turned their attention to supporting the M60s defending one of the Soviet objectives. Whilst the LAVs fought bravely, resisting every attempt by the Soviets to defeat them, their arrival proved too late for Captain Goodwin, whose tank was destroyed by advancing T-64s as darkness fell, along with every other M60, the Marine tankers refusing to flee the field despite heavy losses. In the twilight, it was impossible to med-evac the Captain, who alas is now presumed KIA.

Whilst the LAVs were wreaking havoc upon their Soviet equivalents, a brave platoon of Stinger missile equipped Humvees made a bold attempt to penetrate the Russian lines to seize the USMC objectives. Alas, they were spotted in their advance and wiped out to a man by Shilka AA tanks.

Despite the heroic death of their commanding officer, the remaining devil dogs fought on, in a true display of American martial spirit, clinging to their positions whilst awaiting relief from nearby NATO forces. The enemy has now been engaged in his heart-land. It is only a matter of time before fresh US troops reach the front and push Ivan back to Moscow!

Goodwin's End?

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  • Nabeshin says:

    Nice one again, I see your big tank-boats which look cool as hell, how did they do this time around? I guess they’re only good against light vehicles and infantry?

  • recce103c says:

    Nice thematic table

    Good AAR on a hard fight Captain.

    take the rest of the 9 lives

  • Redvark says:

    Get you next time Yankee imperialist !

  • TheCaptain1989 says:

    @Bayankhan: if you follow the narrative of my 4 USMC reports, you’ll see that my Marines were at the tip of the spear in Leipzig, and stayed there for the advance on Berlin.

  • M. Nisbet says:

    Excellent report. And well done for holding back the tide.

    The CO will be missed, but another man will always step up to take his place.

  • HMS_Belfast says:

    It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. (G. Patton)


  • bayankhan says:

    Don’t worry, since Scotty obviously beamed you into Berlin, Doc McCoy should have no trouble resuscitating him

    Nice report

  • Stone says:

    Sad end to a great leader and soldier. May the West rise up and avenge him.

  • PanzerGrau says:

    Good fight

  • Klute says:

    Those T-64s are my nightmare….. Welcome to Berlin. Keep the Push Commander and proud of the USMC joining us… Great AAR

  • TheCaptain1989 says:

    Apologies for the lack of detail/ photos compared to my usual reports folks – the intensity of the battle caused the embedded journalist and photographer to duck and cover for most of the fighting!