It is 4 March 1952, and the forces of Hakuna and Matata are once again clashing at the eastern border, along the Mashandane River. Hakuna won the earlier battle, then both sides recoiled to regroup and reorganize. But now it is 1030 local time, and two forces of equal size are racing towards each other, looking to breakthrough the frontier and push deep into enemy territory.
CO: Brigadier Okoye, Tiger Brigade Commander
Captain Tbuli's B Company, 7th Tank Battalion (12 Fireflies)
Captain Hele's G Company, 23rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Four Halftracks and Infantry)
One battery of 155mm towed artillery
Two Baltimore bombers from the 521st Ground Attack Squadron, piloted by:
Blue 1: Lt Ogala
Blue 2: Lt Bogu
CO: Brigadier Adewale, Umpule Brigade Commander
Captain Aganya's C Company, 21st Tank Battalion (12 T-34/85s)
Captain Turuti's G Company, 43rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (12 Trucks and Infantry)
One platoon of Captain Ocho's 17th Anti-Tank Company, led by him personally (3 SU-100s)
One AAA Section (1 40mm Bofors and prime mover)
The boy wins initiative and so Matata goes first.
I'm not sure why, but for some reason I had us roll for initiative after each turn. It did mix things up quite a bit, but I didn't like it and will stick with a normal IGO-UGO from now on.
All Hakuna has left on their right flank is the arty; if Matata can push their infantry through there they should be able to eliminate the arty (kill or drive off) and either turn Hakuna's flank or force them to withdraw (in the face of Matata armor on their left).
You've got to be kidding me...
As bad as things are looking for Hakuna's left flank, Matata has their AT Plt pinned, three tank platoons in bad shape, and one tank platoon knocked out. Things are rough all over.
He charges in of course.
Yeah, I rolled 3K 2S for being at point blank range and firing into the flank. Still missed...
Our AAA fire has been particularly effective these two fights, and that firing only 1K 1S each turn.
Threat averted, at least for the time being.
With their commanding officer dead, one tank platoon run-offt (a little 'O Brother Where Art Thou' for ya), and two tank platoons and the AT Plt knocked out, Colonel Amukumara (acting brigade commander, commander of the 21st Tank Battalion) orders a withdrawal.
"But Sir, we are on our home soil!" "I know you idiot, but we'll have to stop them elsewhere, we're spent and I'll not stand here and watch our brave soldiers be mowed down to no good purpose!"
Well, two fights, two victories. Once again I can claim only luck. The boy had me, my right flank was a shambles and my air and arty was doing nothing, but I got some lucky firing dice, just enough to hunker some of his troops over there and keep them stalled while I pushed on the my left flank. Then I got really lucky when he shot down one bomber, but the other went in and got good results, putting heavy casualties on one tank platoon and driving another back, which kind of broke his back.
With regards to the war, please remember we're counting tank losses. Not sure how far we'll go; I'd toyed with the idea of the loser of the war being the first to lose 100 tanks, but I'll probably settle for first to 50. The boy lost 9 more tanks, and I lost three, so the standings are:
Hakuna: 5 tanks lost
Matata: 18 tanks lost
All in all, some very quick and fun fights, and we look forward to more!