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Firestorm: Red Thunder

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Frankfurt in sight

West German
VS Warsaw Pact

Attacker: Kobiyashi - Red Banner T-72 Tank Battalion (1 formation: 2x Tank platoons; BMP-2 Scouts; Shilka and Gaskin AA; Hinds with Infantry; Frogfoots)

Defender: Leichti - Bundeswehr Marder Panzergrenadier Kompanie (1st formation: 2x Marder platoons; Leo2 platoon; Gepards with Fliegerfausts) supported by Panzeraufklärungskompanie (2nd formation: 2x Leo1 platoons; 2x Luchs; Rolands with Fliegerfausts)

Mission: Dust-up (More Missions .pdf revised) and Battlefront's Red Thunder campaign map and rules

Terrain: Hills, fields and woods with a stream separating one table Quarter (= German deployment area)

Played on Saturday September 2nd, 2017

While the one Luchs platoon available at the beginning scouted advanced positions for the Leo2s the Russians tanks assembled behind a large wood. The German Objective in their own quarter was covered by the Marders, Rolands and Leo1s
From their staging area the T-72s sneaked forward in the cover of a large hill in the table center to the nearest objective in the German quarter held only by the dismounted Panzergrenadiers.
Meanwhile the Leo2s made short work of the BMP2-Scouts in overwatch and afterwards raced in parts (one got stuck in their previous position) on top of the center hill to help the Panzergrenadiers to defend their objective.
But this open hilltop was the undoing of the Leo2s and sporadic covering fire by the Leo1s was not effective enough to stemm the red tank hord from clearing the few Panzergrenadiers from their foxholes.
The following destruction of the infantry on the objective and the Leo2 on the hilltop also caused the remaining Marders to quite the field and redirecting their remaining reserves elsewhere.
Therefore the few Aufklärers in the area could only sacrifice themselfes to allow this retreat of the Grenadiers in good order and to stall the Soviet victory for two additional rounds.

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