It is 4 March 1952, and war has broken out between Hakuna and Matata. Both sides have been on high alert for the past two weeks, and this morning the two-sides' aerial Dawn Patrol clashed. While neither side scored a kill, real bullets were indeed used and three aircraft (two Hakuna, one Matata) returned to base badly shot up and trailing smoke. Both aerial patrols immediately radioed back to their respective headquarters that the other side had crossed the border AND initiated hostilities with gunfire, and so the dogs of war were let loose. Immediately the ground forces of each side were set in motion, with the first clash, a meeting engagement, occurring between Hakuna's 7th Tank Battalion and Matata's Umpulu Brigade.
CO: Colonel Gumbia, 7th Tank Battalion
Captain Hakara's Company A, 7th Tk Bn
-nine Sherman Firelies
A platoon from Captain Raza's 77th Anti-Tank Company (led by him personally)
-three M-36 Jacksons
A platoon from Captain Garomi's 45th Reconnaissance Company (led by him personally)
-three Jeeps with 106mm recoiless rifles
An anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) detachment
-one 40mm Bofors and prime mover
CO: Brigadier Adewale, Umpulu Brigade
Two platoons of Captain Banaka's Company A, 21st Tank Battalion
Two platoons of Captain Tuka's Company B, 21st Tank Battalion
One platoon of Captain Danjani's Company J, 44th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (led by him personally)
-four trucks, three rifle and one heavy weapons squads
One platoon of Captain Ocho's 17th Anti-Tank Company (led by him personally)
One section of Major Gabo's 901st Ground Attack Squadron (led by his Deputy)
-Captain Insha and Lieutenant Osuna piloting two Il-2 Sturmoviks
The boy (controlling Matata) wins initiative, and it's time to go!
Both miss. Guess the Recon guys didn't get the memo regarding marksmanship...
Seeing the armored attack stalling under incredibly accurate anti-tank fire, Capt Insha of the Matata Air Force leads his section of two Stormaviks back over enemy lines...
The other two Fireflies of 3rd Plt (far right) try to self rally.
Dammit, I just lost two tanks on rally attempts! That's two 6's and a 1 on three rolls...
Scared of my marksmanship!
Meaning the boy general has successfully turned three armored platoons on his left flank into one ;)
It was a fun fight, but I actually felt bad for the little guy. While his move in the center to push a T-34 platoon up the road and onto the bridge was a bit rash, it came after I'd already devastated the other three T-34 platoons and the SU-100 platoon, and damaged one of his aircraft. I'm not sure what happened, my dice were just incredible. Think about the lone AA gun: two attack runs by the Sturmoviks, two opportunities to fire, using 1K 1S each time. The first attack I damaged one plane and drove off the other; the second attack I damaged the remaining plane. Incredible, and my anti-tank fire wasn't far behind.
The weekend is here, should be getting in the next set of fights.