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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: Encounter outside Abadan - Iran 1980 (Pic Heavy) Reply with quote

Outside the port of Abadan the Iranian Army launches a hasty counter-attack against the advancing Iraqi forces.



Our first game will be a simple encounter battle with few 'modern' weapons. As we havent played BKC for a while we are gonna ease ourselves gently into CWC!



Iraqi Forces - Elements of the 5th Mechanised Division and 10th Independant Armoured brigade.



CO

FAO
3 x 155mm Artillery

HQ
9 x T-55 Tanks

HQ
8 x Regulars (RPG-7)
2 x HMG
1 x 81mm Mortar
1 x 105mm Recoiless Rifle
6 x OT-64

HQ
9 x T-72

HQ
6 x Commandos (RPG-7)
6 x BMP-1

HQ
8 x Militia (RPG-7)
2 x HMG
2 x 100mm ATG
6 x Trucks
2 x 4x4s with 105mm Recoiless Rifle






Iranian Army - Elements of the 81st Armoured Division and the 77th Infantry Division.




CO

FAO
1 x BM-21

HQ
5 x Chieftain
4 x M60A1
1 x ZSU-23-4

HQ
8 x Regulars (RPG-7)
2 x HMG
2 x 81mm Mortar
6 x BTR-152

HQ
9 x M48 Patton

HQ
5 x Pasdaran (RPG-7)
1 x HMG
1 x Mortar
5 x BMP-1
1 x M113

HQ
8 x Regulars
1 x HMG
1 x Mortar
5 x Trucks



As you can see we dont really use the points. We just like to stick stuff on the table and get on with it. As we try and play 'historically' we dont mind the vagaries in points.

Keeping it nice and simple. No air support (not that unlikely in the Iran-Iraq War) and no ATGW weapons.

The terrain will be desert with a main road running length ways down the middle of the table. This runs through a town that will be placed in the centre of the table. This town is the objective for the two opposing sides.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Piers. The cloth (it is cloth, right?) looks particularly terrific. I can't wait for the full report!
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turn 1


Iraqi Forces

THe very first order was issued to the T-55 battalion to advance. The messages failed to get through and as the rest of the army prepared to move the T-55 tanks remained stationary.

The militia raced forward in their trucks and the T-72 Battalion rolled down into the depression and dissapeared from the sight of Iranian observers. The Iraqi commandos in their BMP-1s followed them down into the shelter of the depression.



Iraqi T-72s and BMPs shelter out of sight

But the communication problems on the left flank no hit the mechanised infantry. They too failed to move at all. This may also have been due to the fact that the T-55 battalion had not advanced and as tasked as their support, the infantry commander decided not to advance alone. What ever the reason, the entire Iraqi left flank, remained halted.



The Iraqi Mechanised Infantry fail to advance

Infuriated by the lack of movement on the left flank the Iraqi CO managed at last to get an order througn to the T-55 battalion and they swurged forward towards the road. But still no orders reached the mechanised infantry... The tanks would be vulnerable on their own.


Iranian Forces

Things went far better for the Iranians. Their main infantry assault toward the town advanced cautiously. The regular troops hasty in their advance. The M60s and Chieftains moved towards the road and halted at the foot of the ridge.



Iranian troops and tanks surround the town

However the Iranian right flank took off at speed to capitalise on the Iraqi inactivity. The M48 battalion reached the road, its guns trained on the ridge crest opposite. The Pasdaran in their BMP-1s fly accross the hills and began crossing the road at the old Mosque where an Iranian supply coloumn was still burning.



Iranian Commandos crossing the highway





The board at the end of Turn 1
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piers, I wish I was there just to watch. I really like the BM-21 stand and the town.

Again, fantastic terrain mat. Is that mat one of these? http://www.terrainmat.com/TerrainTypes.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked
sweeeeeeeet!
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lovely stuff mate- looks terrific
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloody excellent mate! I have to start on 6mm moderns one of these days!
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice.....real nice Cool
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turn 2

Iraqi Forces

This time the mechanised infantry got their orders! They advanced up the hill and debussed from their vehicles on the hilltop. The T-55 battalion crested the ridge and drove for the highway, straight towards the Iranian Patton tanks. They let off a teriffic volley of fire but did very little.




Iraqi Mechanised infantry climb the hill overlooking the highway and mosque

The Iraqi militia entered the town and took up positions in the buildings. The T-72s and the BMPs stormed over the highway but failed to open fire at the Iranian armour... They would now have to face the fire of the Iranian armour.




Iraqi Militia in the town

The Iraqi FAO failed to contact the 155mm battery and he retreated to safety, leaving the Iranian Pasdaran unharmed...



Iranian Forces

The Pasdaran infantry launched a surprise assault up the hill on to the Iraqi infantry... A snake-eyes saw them fly up the hill and then assault the enemy. Their assault took the Iraqi troops by surprise and after a short fight the Iraqis withdrew from the hill as the Pasdaran prepared to dig-in on the top.




Pasdaran troops see off the Iraqi Regulars and take the hill

The Iranian Pattons unleashed a huge weight of fire against the Iraqi T-55s. Three consecutive fire orders, left only one T-55 knocked-out after some very lucky armour saves... including one Iraqi T-55 that made six armour saves in a row to stay alive!



Tank battle accross the highway

The Irainian regulars made it into the town but they were still in their trucks advancing forwards, unaware of the Iraqi troops up ahead.

Then utter disaster... The heavy Iranian armour failed to open fire on the T-72s! Even with the CO screaming at them they still refused to fire... And finally the Iranian FAQ failed to fire the rocket battery!


A rather bizarre turn all round...







The board at the end of Turn 2 - Iranian forces advancing from the left
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite a wide road you got there. Very Happy

Looks like a lot of fun.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turn 3

Iraqi Forces

First for orders were the mechanised infantry who again failed to move, unable or unwilling, to assault the hill.



Iraqi T-55s brew up Iranian Pattons


The T-55 battalion poured fire into the Iranian Pattons, knocking out two enemy tank platoons. The anti-tank platoons attached to the Militia battalion in town also opened fire into the Iranian flank and another Patton tank platoon was destroyed by flanking fire from a battery of 100mm ATGs.



"For Saddam!"


The T-72s poured fire into the Iranian armour, particuarly the American made M60s. Despite one tank platoon being destroyed and many others under heavy fire, the heavy armour of the Iranian tanks saved them many times. The BMP unit managed to turn the flank of the Iranian armour but failed to open fire.


Iranian Forces

The Iranian heavy armour opened fire on the T-72s and despite only half their numbers in action, they succeeded in pinning down the Iraqi armour skylined on the ridge.

In the town the first unit of Iranian regulars, dismounted from their BTR-152s and was followed by another double one. The Iranian infantry rushed accross the town and assaulted the militia held buildings. In a short but devestating attack, the Iranian regulars pushed the entire left flank of the Militia battalion out of the town and wiping out an entire company in the process. The Iranian troops secured their location and the Iraqi hold on the town looked threatened.



Iranian regulars throw the Iraqi militia out of the town


It was now time for the second Iranian infantry battalion to attack. Sadly they failed to even move and the Iranian Patton tanks failed to open fire on the Iraqi T-55s. Even with CO right among both units the Iranian centre suddenely went imobile and impotent. Further out on the Iranian right flank the Pasdaran and their BMPs poured fire into the Iraqi mechanised infantry causing further casualties.



Positions around the town - End Turn 3


A very interesting turn... Not everything went as it should. The major Iranian success in the town could not be capitalised on as the rest of the army suddenly froze up. That was a battle winning turn for the Iranians but they failed to get the command rolls to punch through in the centre! Also both sides artillery support was non-existant.





The board end of Turn 3
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very neat looking game.... Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking game, everything looks cool!
Have to ask too, that base looks terrific, how did you get the effect?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turn 4

Iraqi Forces

It was one of those turns. The confusion in the Iraqi centre seemed to have effected the entire Iraqi army. Yet again the mechanised infantry failed to attack the Pasdaran positions, The T-55 battalion crossed the highway and in the process became disorganised and failed to engage the Iranian Pattons.

The militia in the town refused to perfom any offensive action and hid in the buildings. The T-72 battalion, that had recieved an awful pounding from the Iranian Chieftains, was too disorganised and shot up and offered no action against the enemy. The only unit to advance and contact the enemy were the Iraqi BMP troops who engaged the heavy Iranaian armour from the rear, but failed to cause any real damage.




Iraqi BMPs fire at the rear of the Iranian armour

The Iraqi CO stepped in to try and salvage something from the disaster of the turn. The FAO yet again failed to get the guns to find the targets on the hill and so the CO tried to galvanise the militia into an assault on the Iranian regulars. The Iraqi CO rolled a double six...

The militia troops took fright at the approaching Co and opened fire on the command element by mistake. Before the firing stopped the command had taken serious casualties. The utterly dire Iraqi turn now gave the Iranians a chance to deliver a killing blow...




In the confusion of battle the militia open fire on their own CO...





Iranian Forces

The Iranians started off slowly. The Pasdaran failed to launch an assault on the larger Iraqi infantry force at the base of the hill, preferring to remain on the hilltop. The Patton battalion opened close range fire on the Iraqi T-55s, but with little success.





Militia flee from the Iranian advance

The regular infantry in the town continued their assault against the militia, pushing their defence line on the left, out of the town and down the slope. But both the other infantry and the heavy armour failed to perform any actions. The FAO called in the rocket artillery and it fell onto the remaining militia still in the town and caused heavy casualties.




Iranian rockets fall among the remaining Iraqi positions in the town


The Iranian CO decided to try and get the armour to act. It did and it poured round after round into the T-72s on the ridge line. Within minutes the accurate Iranian fire had knocked out over half of the Iraqi T-72s.




Iraqi T-72s burn on the ridge



Not another great turn for the Iranians, but a complete disaster for the Iraqi's. But yet again the Iranians failed to capitalise on it and the Iraqis held on... despite taking some heavy losses. Things didnt look good for the Iraqis, even with the lack of momentum to the Iranian attack.




The board at the end of Turn Four
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So how did you make the ground cloth? It looks great and seems like it would be very versitile.
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