Monday, March 17, 2014

Team Yankee .....Fail

The Club game we played today (Sunday). It was set in Germany in 1985 and the scenario was based upon a scene in Howard Coyle's book Team Yankee, the scenarios are from the board game of the same name.

The game opened with a Polish (Soviet) heli-borne assault to capture two bridges on the West German border. Here a Polish Choppers  across the border

The Polish airborne troops come in aboard their Helicopters.

The first wave of Polish airborne land and assault the factory which was held by British infantry. The Brits in the factory had been hit by the Hind's chain gun the turn before and lost about half their men.
Polish special forces are landed on the rooftop of a building in the centre of the town. From there they destroyed the British APC you can see. One thing that helped the Poles greatly was that every time the British battalion rolled a morale test it rolled 1. They did this several times in a row! This meant that British battalion could do nothing for those turns which essentially gave the Poles free reign over the town.
The second wave of Polish airborne come in. These took the hill in the center and wiped out the Brits who were holding it.

A view of one of the Polish helicopters carrying the second wave into the town. By this time the bridges were firmly under Polish control. The British battalion failed its morale again and surrendered! Questions will no doubt be asked just who those Brits were.

The Hind takes out a British Scorpion. When the Scorpion unit tested morale it failed and abandoned its sole remaining AFV. NATO morale dice during the whole game were appalling.

The second part of the game was a Russian armoured assault that Team Yankee had to meet and defeat. The table was lengthened for this part of the game.

The lengthened table

Soviet armour arrives and begins to cross the bridges captured by the airborne earlier in the game. The Polish airborne infantry advance through the town.
Team Yankee waits for the onslaught.
The Russians deploy as they exit the town

A US infantry battalion waits in cover

Tanks engage. One US Tank brews up. No matter what they did the US tankers could not hit the Russians. The dice had decided they were communist dice this day.

The battle turns into a massacre of US armour. All the US MBTs are destroyed and half the US infantry Bn is knocked out by airstrikes. Not one Russian tank is lost. In the final turn the US got air support and a Phantom F4 came in. Before it could do anything Russian AAA hit it and shot it down. To do this they needed a 9 on a d10 and they rolled a 9.

 It really was not NATOs day at all. Thanks again guys, miniatures were Americans, Esci tanks, S model 113s and Italeri M113 mortar and Vulcan, american infantry Liberation. British, mix of matchbow, S models, Dragon, and figures Liberation. Russians Revell, Dragon, S and S and Um, trumpeter, & diecast MBT & APC kits, helicopters were Italeri, Hobby Boss, academy and diecast, Infantry are wartime miniatures and plastic Spetznatz.


  1. What a shocking day for NATO!

  2. Beautiful game. Would the results have been better if the Americans had M1s? I noticed in the pic above they have M60s. My recollection of Team Yankee was that they had Abrams.

  3. Great images and miniatures Matty...I especially like the one of your butt..was that one for me?