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
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
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
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.