My luck against the United Arab Republic Tank Battalions continues to run cold. I've yet to beat them with my AMX-13 based Israeli Tank Company since I built it in October 2014!
So to the trouncings I have received, I am adding yet another AAR of a UAR Tank Battalion win against my AMX-13 Company.
This time I would get closer though when my friend Ron and I met for a 2150pt game.
My P'lugah Tan'kim was pretty much the same force I have been running, but I had to lighten up the Infantry platoon and drop a M3D 120mm Mortar Halftrack to keep with in the point limit.
We rolled up Hasty Attack as a mission and I ended up as the defender.
My thought was that if I could hold the center town I could placing flanking fire on any thrust Ron would make towards the either of the two objectives. I expected him to push toward my left objective, where I hoped the hilly ground and my dug in infantry would slow him down long enough for my AMX-13 to come in from Scattered and Delayed reserves to get flank shots.
Ron also had to start with just three units at deployment. He took both full T-55 Companies and his 6 x 122mm artillery. We frequently use "off board" artillery home rules for our AIW games, but this time I wanted to do a AAR with normal Flames of War rules.
No reserves for Ron. He does get in air support though.
On turn one, Ron starts his push towards my left while my infantry bolster themselves with some encouragement form my Company CO.
Again, no reserves for Ron, and also no MIGs making appearance for this turn.
Ron pulls in his Infantry Company from reserve, but again no MIGs in the skies.
Ron gets another reserve unit and bring in his ZSU-57-2s which manage to KO my 2IC's AMX-13.
Ron brings in his SU-100s from reserves and gets a FULL flight of MIGs. He brigs in the SU-100s away from his main effort because he is worried that my Sho'ts will finish off his T-55s guarding his objective and then my AMXs will sprint forward for the win.
In my turn five, I get in an AMX-13 platoon from reserve...the complete opposite side of the board from where I need them thanks to "scattered reserves!"
Ron gets no air support and his reserves have long since all arrived.
In my turn I roll up two reserve units! All I need from "scattered reserves" is to have my AMX-13s come in from my left or along my base edge. Four shots from Autoloaders into the flanks of conscript T-55s ought to restore the situation!
So I had destroyed three of Ron's platoons and had lost none of my own, yet it was Ron who won by driving so hard on my left and taking the objective there.
Yet another loss for my Israeli Tanks who have yet to beat any of the three local UAR opponents. But I got close this time. Ron had to pass a couple of morale checks with his assaulting T-55s Company, which he passed and all my reserves where late and went to the wrong side. I was close, sooo close! But victory for my AMX-13s will have to wait for yet another game.
But it's always a pleasure to game with Ron who fought hard for his win in a good close run game. Next time Ron....next time!
Tom has been playing wargames since the late 70’s, and Flames of War since 2007. He maintains a gaming website www.battlevault.com for the BattleVault Gamers of Kentuckiana and posts and moderates WWPD as Iron-Tom.