Team Yankee 6mm Mega Game
T minus 40 days...
Tensions between the USSR and the Western Nations are rising...the game is on! The Kremlin's plan for Operation Tempest, the invasion of Western Europe, is well advanced and orders / objectives will soon be communicated to local commanders. NATO is keeping a careful eye on the developing situation with the intention of responding accordingly.
Further communiques are to follow as the situation develops.
T minus 30 days...
Tensions remain at a high level between East and West and both Warsaw Pact and NATO forces are being mobilised - NATO stresses that they are mobilising American, British, Dutch and West German units as a precautionary measure in response to Soviet aggression.
NATO has also detected increased levels of Warsaw Pact military communications to front line units and photographic reconnaissance reports show Soviet tank and infantry formations being moved closer to the East German Border.
Communications has also been intercepted and deciphered revealing the following Warsaw Pact command structure;
Warsaw Pact Team:
Nigel - WARPAC CinC - Soviet
Simon - Soviet
Jean - East German
Mike - Polish
Martin - Soviet
Adam - Soviet
In response, NATO has appointed the following command positions;
Ray - NATO CinC - US
Ian - Dutch
Steve - West German
Will - West German
Charles - British
Ilyas - British
T minus 20 days...
NATO communication intercepts have established that Warsaw Pact forces are planning to launch a strike on Western Europe at any time soon.
Warpac HQ plans for its "Operation Tempest" are well advanced and their forces continue to build up at an alarming rate - the objective for the communist forces in the North appears to be the deep water container port of Bremerhaven in Lower Saxony.
Likely avenues of approach have been identified and NATO forces are being quickly moved into the area.
Dutch and West German forces will form the initial defensive screen with British and American forces reinforcing as the battle develops.
NATO has requested a USMC detachment be sent to .Bremerhaven but it is uncertain as to when this is likely to arrive. Bremerhaven must be held at all costs to prevent Warpac forces having direct access to the North Sea.
As the morning progressed, the Soviets pushed heavier assets into Beverstedt but were now taking losses...a flight of NATO West German Tornadoes swooped in low to attack the WarPac forces but all were shot down by an extremely strong air defence network.
Mid morning saw Soviet forces slow their advance on the airfield but clearly they were building up in readiness for a major assault. Meanwhile the Air landing company were spreading through the port of Bremeraven securing key buildings.
The Soviets called in a flight of SU-25’s to attack the airfield which resulted in three West German Leopards being lost on the eastern perimeter.
However, a US Combat Team that was based nearby now entered the area of operations to the south of Bremerhaven, tasked with heading to the port area.
By early afternoon the Soviets in Beverstedt had advanced to the town’s western suburbs and were now also probing into the wooded areas to the south west. Here they came under fire from camouflaged West German and Dutch forces. Meanwhile, Soviet attacks on the airfield perimeter were intensifying and were temporarily halted when the Dutch Armoured Recon force fired from their dug in positions. The fighting around Beverstedt was inconclusive but the West Germans and Dutch gave a good account of themselves. The US Combat Team had by now reached the outskirts of Bremerhaven but quickly came under fire from Soviet troops entrenched in the buildings. The East German and Polish WarPac forces were now engaging around the airfield and town.
Much heavy fighting was now taking place between the WarPac and the West German/ Dutch defensive screen in the airfield / Beverstedt outskirts...but by late afternoon the Soviet weight in numbers was starting to tell and both the West Germans and Dutch were largely a spent force. The airfield was prised away from the West Germans as the Soviets put pressure on the open area of the NATO centre. An air attack by American A10’s took out some Soviet tanks but not enough to halt the WarPac steamroller.
As this day’s gaming ended, it was judged as a marginal victory for WarPac.
Orders of Lenin were awarded to the WarPac players: Nigel, Simon, Mike, Adam, Jean and Martin. Simon was awarded the trophy as best WarPac player having shown a high level of aggressiveness in taking Beverstedt.
The NATO players: Ray, Ilyas, Charles, Will and Ian. Charles was awarded the trophy for best NATO player. Additionally, both NATO and WarPac Commanders recognised the dogged fighting of the West Germans and awarded the “Hopeless Odds” trophy to Will. Well done everyone and well played.