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Bil Hardenberger

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  1. T-72 should indeed be rare in GSFG. I put them in the NTC Campaign because that is what the Opfor used. Bil
  2. Congrats! Don't get cocky kid. Seriously.. good job on that scenario, it was designed to be a challenge and looks like you handled it well. Bil
  3. I think Between Two Fahrbahns would be a perfect subject.. both for scenario size, and for knuckle biting excitement. Post a link please. Bil
  4. Have fun with the game guys.. please post your reactions! Curious if you think its as cool as we do.
  5. I lost three out of six of my Dragon Teams. I just didn’t dwell on it.
  6. @The_Capt.. Warren, this has been a brilliantly written and presented AAR. Bravo. I actually laughed out loud a couple times. Well played game as well... as always you have been a worthy opponent. Bil
  7. Yep, I have a couple more turns to post and then Warren and I will start the debrief. I'll get to those tomorrow...in the meantime I'm going to go read Warren's thread and the peanut gallery. Bil
  8. The Twenty-Fifth - Thirtieth Minutes - The Wheels Come Off “Be the hunter not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down.” James Mattis My AH-1 has been flying overhead for several turns now, and as far as I know this BMP is its only kill. But in its defense it was being chased by AA missiles for most of the time it hung around and did lose it's mate so I'm lucky it made even this kill. After that the wheels started to come off.... ...one of my M-150s exchanged ATGMs with one of Warren's BMPs... ...both missiles passed each other on flight... the M-150's hitting a tree... sigh... ...of course Warren's didn't miss. Damn! One of Warren's T-64Bs... (in fact one that had been beaten up, in what seems like another life now, by my 1st Platoon tanks) fired and destroyed one of my M-60s still sitting on the Short Route... damn. That means 2nd Platoon has now lost three of four tanks. Triple damn. Now with Tank Section 2 joining in on the fun I order all four 1st Platoon tanks back into the breach! Tank 1/9 had it's career cut short when it exchanged rounds with a T-62... 1/9 fired first, however... it missed.. the T-62 did not. Uh-oh... have I pushed too far? Third Platoon's tanks have also started moving down the highway...
  9. Ummm... nope. Once these are posted that's it for me.. look forward not back. I even ripped the rearview mirrors off my car. Interesting idea.. sounds like a lot of work. I will consider it.
  10. The Twenty-Third & Twenty-Fourth Minutes – Saga of Tank Section 1 “If the tanks succeed, then victory follows.” Heinz Guderian Tank Section 1... quite an exciting turn to watch actually... well, it was for me. As tank 1/8 came around the corner it immediately spotted a T-62 presenting its flank. It appears that Warren did not see their approach!! Kill 1 - T-62 While the crew of 1/8 was exchanging high-fives a BMP-1 popped into shooting range and fired it's gun... which surprisingly hit 1/8 and penetrated! Though shocked and surprised 1/8's crew got its siht together, neatly pivoted its turret and destroyed the BMP. Damage from the BMP's gun round was minor, though the crew would remain shocked for the remainder of the turn and would start to withdraw in the next. Kill 2 - BMP-1 Tank 1/9 drove up alongside 1/8 and while it was dealing with the BMP, 1/9 spotted and destroyed another T-62... these were almost simultaneous actions. Kill - 3 T-62 So overall a successful foray. Warren did have some infantry teams in this area by the way... luckily none were in position to attack my tanks and they were following his armor up the hill. After these two turns some of these teams started skedaddling back to the woods. Tank Section 1 will now withdraw a bit and wait to see what Warren's response is. One of the Dragon teams joined in the fun launching a Dragon at another BMP. After these turns Warren started to pull back on this approach. The following image shows his high-water mark... if he had kept pushing he would have run into my three M-150's kill zones... Warren's foremost BMP was meters from entering the killing zone of the M-150 shown in this image when it started to retreat. The three surviving Dragon teams are withdrawing to their next line, in case the Soviets decide to push their luck.
  11. No donut for me, I'm on a diet... I am looking to kill or maim all of his armor. Then I will call in the infantry to clear the town and make it safe. That is NOT a Cavalry Troop's job. Bil
  12. I’m sure he’ll hear or see them coming at some point. But that’s expected. It’s what he does with that information that matters.
  13. In this fight, they are bait.. they are only effective against enemy infantry, BMPs would eat them for lunch. My hope is that Warren gets target fixated and fails to notice the two M-60s stalking him and also continues to push into my Dragon's Lair.
  14. The Twenty-First & Twenty-Second Minutes – Beyond Here, There be Dragons “Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the General, the more he contributes to maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.” Winston Churchill There was a second T-62 in Dolbach, and this one caught one of 2nd Platoon's tanks.. after two penetrations... On my far left with the delay force, Warren's T-64B across the map caught one of my M-113s trying to withdraw and took it out with one round. It's obvious now that this Soviet force has taken the bait and is pushing into my Scout teams, obviously trying to go on an APC killing spree. Note my Tank Section 1 (1st Platoon) is moving up carefully.. if they are spotted Warren hasn't shown any reaction. The Soviets are leading with their tanks... oh joy... well my lead 3rd platoon Dragon team takes a quick shot (note this took about 10 seconds from spot to launch). The result.. another burning T-62. This team was heroic.. firing a LAW at a BMP, which alas went high (you can see the rocket just above the BMP)... ...but also a 40mm HEDP round which hits and penetrates! The BMP was withdrawing as the turn ran down. This team has another T-62 in its sights for next turn... if that damned Dragon can finish reloading before they eat an HE round! Tank Section 1 is closing in... note how I am staying close to the trees to remain out of the LOS of that damned T-64B across the valley. I'm curious to see Warren's reaction when he notices these guys coming up his rear. I really hope he didn't leave a couple dismounted teams in these trees... ..but I think this is an armored attack.. I have seen no hint of any dismounts (other than the dismounted tank crew)... still. Oh.. and my support started to arrive. Including my mortars and 155mm battery falling on Dolbach.. and my two AH-1s arrived in zone... though I do lose one to a MANPAD. Oh! And some great news! My Cluster munitions Battery freed up and I was able to plot them this turn too.. it'll arrive in six minutes. After looking at my options with the Short route.. now that my tanks are here.. the less I am liking it. I wanted to drive up the flank of the enemy BMPs in the treeline overlooking my right.. but that looks hazardous. So.. remaining ever flexible, I have decided to pull all of the 3rd Platoon tanks out of the stream bed and push them around the right and deep onto the Soviet held road. Note the smoke rounds used to block Warren's eyes on this movement. Once they get on the road there will be very little left to stop them. On my right (Warren's left) he has two damaged T-64As and some BMPs. But this type of fight will not be to the BMP's advantage, it'll be fast and close.
  15. Yes, I've been using them to interfere with his targeting/spotting for a few turns now... the smoke you see in the images above (on my right) are all WP rounds.
  16. The Nineteenth & Twentieth Minutes “The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions” A Book of Five Rings - Miyomoto Musashi Starting to get HOT... this is a long one.. so buckle up!! These two minutes of action unfold a lot of important developments for this battle. On my right, 2nd Platoon/s tanks made it to the low ground that composes the Short Option... ...one of them gets a spot on Warren's star killer BMP-1P in the treeline across the map and after some back and forth missed shots it finally lands one... damn fine shooting for a vanilla M-60A1 on the move. One of 3rd Platoon's M-150s spots and fires at the T-64A that was beaten up by 1st Platoon's Tank Section 2 last turn (and again in these turns) as it withdrew through the woods into the open ground... the M-150 does hit with its TOW.. but the T-64 shrugged off even that blow. However.. I would be surprised if any of Warren'e two surviving T-64As have a working gun now. On my left Warren is indeed up to something, the action was preceded by an artillery strike on the the woods in this area. Sadly the only casualty was the Scout team that was calling in my Cluster mission... isn't that the way it always works? ...initially three BMP-1s and two T-62s broke cover. The 2nd Platoon leader team fired a Dragon at one of the BMPs.. which missed long. The BMP then oriented on the 2nd platoon Leader's M113, which was caught too far forward and put one gun round through it's front armor... killing the vehicle and it's crew. After reloading, 2nd PL's Dragon gunner took aim at the T-62 traveling with the BMP and succeeded in killing it. FYI, the Dragon firing animation is still a work in progress, so I am keeping zoomed out from it. Hopefully losing this tank will make Warren pause or change his tack towards my Scout teams. Remember that my units on my far left were originally meant as a decoy.. and hopefully his attack will orient itself on them and away from my main combat power. By the end of the twentieth minute there were five T-62s (including the dead one) and five BMP-1s identified... so I think at least two Platoons of tanks and two platoons of BMPs. I suspect these BMPs do not contain any infantry, so this is probably meant as an armored raid into my rear. That's how I see it at this point in the game anyway. I have started moving 1st Platoon's Tank Section 1 across the map to hopefully hit his attacking force in the flank, or better.. the rear. It'll take a few minutes for them to get into a position where they can begin hunting. Back on my right, Warren has pushed at least one T-62 forward to blunt my tanks coming up the stream route. Spotted by the same M-60A1 that just took out the BMP, with this result: So to recap... if Warren pushes towards my Scout teams on my far left.. then that suits me. It's less fire power for him to devote to blunting my tank movement on my right. My scouts and M-150s (which are withdrawing as fast as they can) will transition into a Delay operation now. Final bit of action... on my right, 1st Platoon's 2nd Tank Section (tank 1/7) took a penetrating hit from the T-64B across the valley (should be the final undamaged T-64 on the map). The M-60 suffers one casualty and minor damage. Damn... well hopefully I can pull it out of the line before it gets hit again.
  17. The Eighteenth Minute - Relearning Old Lessons “Lost in a blurred confusion of yells and groans... down, and down, and down, he sank and drowned, bleeding to death. The counter-attack had failed.” Siegfried Sassoon I seem to be relearning the same old lessons over and over again. I had my 2nd Platoon tanks driving through the open to get to the low ground for the Short Option… the lead M-60A1 was spotted by both the T-64B and the BMP-1P across the map, and after exchanging fire with them, the BMP (of course) hit… …at least the smoke from the burning tank should mask two of the three tanks which are following. They are too far forward to reverse and use a covered route, so pedal to the metal boys! Lesson learned.. again. The 2nd Platoon tanks that are already on this “open route” will continue as fast as possible behind the burning and smoking wreck of their comrade… the tank that hasn’t broken cover yet will remain and take a safer route. 3rd Platoon will also be taking a safer route. Details next turn. 1st Platoon Tank Section 2 moved forward slightly and was able to take the T-64A in the blocking position tree line under fire... ...actually got a couple hits, but alas, no penetrations. However this tank did start to withdraw from the line. By the way, this was the final undamaged T-64A... but these things are very hard to kill.
  18. Well seeing as my tanks have done most of the killing so far, they are much more precious to me. My M-150s can't seem to hit.. in fact the M-150 that was just killed missed a shot long (at the BMP that killed it) in the previous turn. Bil
  19. The Fifteenth through Seventeenth Minutes “I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack." Isoroku Yamamoto The fifteenth minute saw the loss of another M-150.. I swear the track of that ATGM fired from the BMP-1P... it's like magic the way it hugs the ground comes over the top of the hill and hits him in the lower hull.. must be a crack gunner! Pretty sure I was hull-down to that BMP and T-64B too. C'est la guerre. Pushing on... So over the next few turns Warren, who has finally figured out that the central approach is masked from my view, has been pushing his T-62 Company and some BMPs far forward... ...is he planning on defending the town? Pushing into my rear area? If the latter.. then I have no defense. Just don't have the combat power available to fight off a determined push. What to do.. what to do... well first of all, I need to confirm one or the other. If I need to react and push some support units over towards my M-60s for protection then so be it, but I plan to continue my movement with the tanks. That, hopefully, will force him to redeploy the assets in the center, maybe weaken any attack into my rear area. In the above image.. note the contact icon (BMP) which Warren has pushed forward... very close to one of my Dragon teams. Bad news.. the visibility here is very dodgy and it'll be tough to get eyes on that BMP unless it moves forward. I am pretty sure this is one of his remaining BMP-1P's that I lost sight of a few turns ago. Probably followed up by the BRM-1.
  20. Appreciate the feedback! I would love to do the Deep option.. however those three BMPs and the T-64A would eat me alive without something substantial to suppress/distract them. It's a long drive from the assemble area to the attack point... and all of it within his line of fire. I am thinking of doing the Short Option and then seeing how he reacts.. a strong reaction might just leave the Deep option available for a second phase of this movement... regardless the Short option would get his attention, and I could flank the line those BMPs and T-64A are sitting on... he would have to dislodge them. Just got back from a little trip, I will try to get the next turn report up soon, as there have been some developments that could force me to move my tanks out earlier than I had planned. Coming soon! Bil
  21. The M-551 will not be in the base game, the M-60A2 with the same gun and missile system is however. Bil
  22. The Fourteenth Minute - Spoiling Attack Plan “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” Bruce Lee Bruce said it… “…adjust to the object…”, that is how I play… remaining flexible and adjusting my planning according to the enemy position and movements. For several turns now I have been building to something… and the moment is close to when I put it all into action. The 14th Minute This one changed the battlefield calculus some. Warren has moved a BMP-1 platoon and the surviving, undamaged T-64A to the tree-line overlooking the approach I wanted to move my M-60s down. This complicates the approach, but doesn’t change my mind. I may have to delay my move for a few turns so I can drop a mix of cluster munitions and standard artillery on this position. But then again... I may start a movement through some masked terrain, or under a smoke screen to keep him busy and interested. I don’t know if Warren has spotted my tanks starting to assemble, or if this is in reaction to my 1st platoon tanks, which up to this point have been pretty effective. From that position though, Warren cannot spot my 1st Platoon tanks, so he is probably attempting to close his left flank. In this turn I had moved my 2nd Platoon Tank Hunters forward into Hull Down positions to cover the center-right of Warren’s force. Immediately the M150 highlighted below spotted and fired one TOW at the BMP-1P indicated. It missed long but is reloading for another shot next turn. Spoiling Attack Plan My initial goal in this fight was to clear Warren’s left flank (my right) and open it up for a tank heavy spoiling attack into his center. I am not interested in the Dolbach objective... my objective is the Soviet force. My intent is to kill as much of his long range firepower as possible, then his infantry won’t matter. All of my positioning up to now was in support of this move. The 2nd and 3rd Platoon’s tanks have joined the 1st Platoon’s tanks on my right and are currently in their assembly area, or entering it. What I wanted to do was, using my 1st Platoon tanks as over-watch, drive all eight of the 2nd and 3rd Platoon tanks deep into Warren’s left flank and then drive toward the center, disrupting his assault on Dolbach and hopefully attrit him to the point where his combat power is significantly reduced. The way I see it I have two Courses of Action (COAs): COA 1 – Deep Attack. This was what I had hoped to do, but with Warren’s flank security position this one comes with increased danger for my tanks. COA 2 – Short Attack. I actually like this one as well, it will unhinge Warren’s flank security and force him to react to my move, plus it will provide some pressure on the center and Dolbach. Follow on Force. Regardless of which COA I decide on, I do intend to follow the 2nd and 3rd Platoon tanks with 1st Platoon’s tanks as indicated in the planning map below. I have moved two platoons worth of scouts to my left flank for a dual role: As a decoy force The scouts, armed with Dragons as flank security and a reserve I have called in my attack helicopter support on the main enemy assembly area, but that is still several minutes away.
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