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Firestorm: Stripes

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

TOTAL WAR, 250 points of madness

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United States
VS Warsaw Pact
Colonel Ivon-a-drinksky

This was a monster of a game played on a 12 x 4 table with 250 points on each side. We change the mission slightly by making it a timed game. Each player turn was only 20 minutes. That was to move, shoot assault etc. As we found out we timed out all most every turn and missed out on either moving units or shooting. Artillery was forgotten about more than once.
We rolled for who would be the attacker, that ended up being me. I chose what side I was going to attack from then we placed three objectives each at least 12″ away from each other and table edges. We then had 20 minutes each to deploy all your troops. With the number of troops on each side it was a case of throwing them down and coming up with a plan while you were doing. As it was I ran out of time and still had my Mortar Platoon in the box.
We also made it that all aircraft are loitering for the first turn so can’t come on.
This made for an exciting game with the time restraints. With so many units on the table you had to be on the ball. The Colonel handled it well, especially by having his army sheet and the game quick reference sheet on hand. He used this to make sure he didn’t skip any steps and miss units.

I split the table into three AOs for each Combat Team. On the right I had B Company in their M1s. In the centre was the Cavalry in their M60A3s and VADs.
On the left flank was A Company in their IPM1s also I had the SAMs their. The plan was to surge forward and secure the objectives. The infantry were dismounted and would advance forward and dig in and wait it out while the tanks used their shock and firepower to win the day.
East German left flank. The Colonel put his T55s up against my M1s...
and T72s up against my IPM1s. The centre he had an independent T55 company. There were a lot of tanks there.....
On the right flank I had it closed down. The M1s were doing an excellent jog. The T55s couldn't scratch the paint on them. The ATGW platoon was dealth with as soon as possible and it looked home and hosed until................
a flight of SU-27s turned up and unleashed hell on me. The AA Umbrella I had set up needed to be moved forward as there were too many dead spots, excuse the pun.

The VADs moved forward and managed to shoot them down on their next pass over. On the right flank there was a lot maneuver as tank units tried to get prime position. This is where the 2+ cross check of the IPM1s and their 14" move really came in handy.

The T72s died horribly in the fields but not before they managed to send a few IPM1s off on his way.
The IPM1 really showed it advantage of the extra armour. Although we did manage to lose a few.Again things were looking good with a tank platoon moving around to flank of the enemy,
when eight of these bad boys turn up just ouside my AA umbrella and started wrecking havoc.
I ended up sending a Cobra Platoon over there to deal with them.
In the centre the M60A3s moved forward and destroyed a platoon of T55s. They made excellent use of cover and their 2+ cross check to make short work of the T55s and BTR60s

The end result was the US holding 5 of the 6 objectives and having lost two units, a M1 tank platoon and a Scout Section. The total butchers bill for the battle was the US losing 5 x M1 Abrams, 3 x IPM1 Abrams, 2 x HMMWVs SAM teams, 1 x M113 from a Scout Section and the ITV from that section running from the field.
The Colonel had a bad day at the office with his bill being a lot higher being, 22 x T55s, 16 x T72s, 4 x ZSU23-4s, 3 x 2S1s, 4 x BMP1s, 6 x Spandrel ATGWs, 4 x Mi-24s, 4 x SU25s and 1 BMP OP.

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  • Cryofrost says:

    must have been loads of fun, playing on such a large table. congratulations on your victory

  • Oberst Hunts says:

    Holy crap, what a battle. That is an all day cigar kind of battle.

  • bayankhan says:

    Love huge battles, they completely change the game. Nice report

  • recce103c says:

    Congratz Thommo-broh!

    what a beautiful terrain – and 250 point is when we talk Tm Yankee business

    AAR & pictures nice, and this was no roll over!
    rated this for 10 and recommended for the Congressional order of merit

  • Nikolai Zhukuv says:

    Impressive!!! Recommended!!!

  • PEIPER says:

    Well done Commander
    This is a LOT of armor and I love that.
    Kudos on your win.

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    By the glory of Lenin that is an awesome battle!

  • Colonel Ivon-a-drinksky says:

    It was an excellent game but I was drained at the end keeping track of so many units. Next time I will have you. Just waiting on reinforcements.

  • Klute says:

    Now thats a table. Great Job. Looks like a blast.

  • Red Alert says:


    Most impressive, scale, battle, terrain.

    Only if the outcome had been on our side.

    A commendation for the enemy.

  • HMS_Belfast says:

    The terrain is fantastic and the casualty rate mind-numbing. Commendation winging its way!

  • Davehodo says:

    Beautiful table and carnage. My table is only 4×8 but maybe 1 big mega game before the end. Well done report.

  • M. Nisbet says:

    That is an almighty amount of armour on that board. Seems like you both had an absolute blast!