Well it has been nearly a year since fighting was last reported in the almost unknown Central African Republic of Timbogo. Not that the violence hasn’t been ongoing or that Timbogo’s fate has been anything short of a catastrophe... It’s just been a year since there was a slow enough news day for the world news to bother paying attention to this festering backwater hell hole.
Forces of the Peoples Revolutionary Army of Timbogo (PRAT) have been making increasingly large raids out of their enclave in the southwest corner of the country. Lately they have hit a number of French owned oil facilities.
A joint operation to neutralize these violent insurgents is being mounted, involving forces of the Federal Army of the Republic of Timbogo (FART) and the 6ieme Regiment du Marche Legion Etranger - which was recently deployed to Timbogo to protect French interests.
This is similar to a search and destroy mission. FART is attacking into a PRAT enclave.
PRAT will deploy all of it’s hidden unit markers (8 total) in it’s deployment zone in the middle of the table. FART will then decide which table edge it wishes to attack from.
The game will last 10 turns. Forces will gain victory points for the following
+1 for each Cache held at the end of the game
+1 for causing 25% casualties
+2 for breaking the opponent
Whoever has the most point wins; if the winner won by three or more points it is a major victory!
Federal Army of the Republic of Timbogo (FART)
Regular Tactical Doctrine
General Frederick Kabwoomsi (CO – CV8)
2x Recce Units (Greyhounds)
The Lions of Timshasa
5x Elite infantry
2x Companies of FART Regulars, each with:
1x RPG upgrade
Support Elements (to be added to either company of FART Regulars):
1iere Companie/6ieme Regiment du Marche Legion Etranger (Flexible
6x Elite infantry
2x Technical platoons (Carrying Capacity 1 + HMG)
2x Transprt Trucks (Carrying Capacity 2)
People’s Revolutionary Army of Timbogo (PRAT)
Guerilla Tactical Doctrine
Doctor Timothy Millerbutu (CO – CV8)
3xCompanies of Revolutionary Guards (each with):
4-5x Guerilla Infantry
(2 companies have 1x RPG-7 Upgrade)
3x Weapons/Supply Caches
8x Hidden Deployment Markers
1x 20cm section of mined roads (hidden)
Gary stopped by to play tonight. I had hoped someone else would as things would have been more of a surprise for whoever played the FART forces. Well, I guess it would have been a surprise for Gary if he’d played them… but he didn’t. I gave him the choice, and he chose to be the defenders.
TURN ONE – FART
The Legionaires charged on to the table true to form with a move, another move and then a double move (command bonus). Things pretty much went downhill from there…. As the operation kicked off the Lions of Timshasa were nowhere to be seen and the recce elements were lost in the rear somewhere. The first company of FART regulars made a bold (by African regulars standards) move onto the table – making two quick dashes for cover. The Second (mounted) company roared onto the table – full throttle – triggering an ambush! Both sections of transprt trucks were hit, bailing and suppressing the occupants, and on section of technicals were taken out by RPG fire…
TURN ONE – PRAT
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The ambushing guerillas contined to fire on the second (mounted) company, suppressing the HMG section and scoring hits on some infantry and the remaining technicals.
TURN TWO –FART
The Foreign Legionnaires held their position and successfully revealed a fake hidden marker to their left. Then moved into the bush to their front revealing another.
The first company of regulars began to move up towards the firing a little more cautiously and dropped a few mortar bombs on the bush occupied by the guerillas.
The unsuppressed infantry in the second (mounted) company fired on and suppressed the guerilla team with the RPG.
The Lions of Timshasa made their fashionably late appearance – sauntering slowly onto the table taking in the scene and making plans… (they moved once…)
Recce still nowhere to be seen…
TURN TWO – PRAT
The guerillas continued to lay down some whithering fire on the second (mounted) company. The HMG section fellback into the cover of some nearby bush (thankfully, as they had taken four hits). Others in the unit were not so lucky. One section was suppressed, then forced to fallbck – into the company’s HQ, suppressing it – further fire caused them to fall back again (into a suppressed unit) knocking out BOTH!? (Gary had given them four, consecutive successful orders… why is it only Gary that ever does this…?)
TURN THREE – FART
The Foreign Legionnaires continued their sweep west of the town overrunning another fake hidden marker.
There was apparently confusion in the ranks of the locals as no actions were taken by any FART troops this turn… (many, many failed command rolls…)
TURN THREE- PRAT
The Guerillas had another long round of successful orders being issued. Firing five times in a row they took out the three remaining infantry stands from the second (mounted) company, and two from the first company…!?
TURN FOUR – FART
The Legionaires continued to consolidate their positions in the bush west of town having successfully cleared the area and wondered where the FART troops had gotten to…?
The Lions of Timshasa moved, but only enough to disperses their formation a touch and move ever so slightly towards some cover…
The Recce troops finally showed up in their Greyhounds and rolled up behind the shattered remains of the second (mounted) company and… uh… recced the disasterous scene…
The CO, after personally marching over to the mortars positions and shooting the sections commander and screaming at the second in command (a 16 year old boy named Ngombi) finally got them to fire a few more bombs at the guerillas in the woods… with little effect.
TURN FOUR – PRAT
Lacking eligible targets the Guerillas were only able to fire at, suppress and force back a single section of FART Regulars… they could do no further as the suppressed section fallback completely out of range!?
TURN FIVE – FART
The Foreign Legionaries decided they could wait no longer and sent half their company in to assault the town while the other half waited to cover them. About half way across the open field the guerillas in the village opened fire, suppressing one stand. The Legionnaires fired back suppressing some guerillas in the village.
The lions began to make a stealthy maneuver towards some cover…
None of the regulars were able to act.
The CO got up ready to charge forward and throw his troops at the enemy (literally picking them up one at a time, and physically THROWING them!?) but started taking fire from the direction of the mortar section (which Ngombi SWEARS was from some PRAT guerillas that had infiltrated their rear…) (command blunder – CEASE FIRE! -1 CV next turn…)
TURN FIVE – PRAT
Fire from the village kept the legionnaires in the open quite suppressed.
Ah… where was I?
Oh… Yeah, so nothing really happened over the next two or three turns… The FART troops LITERALLY did NOTHING failing a staggering number of consecutive command rolls, while the French Foreign Legionnaires exchanged fire with the Guerillas in the village. Being in the open though the legionnaires had a tough time of it. I think two of the stands were eventually forced to fall back far enough that they dispersed, while the third fell back out of range, almost to cover!
The scene at as the action wound down. The French and the FART forces would later withdraw under cover of darkness to regroup and try again another day. Maybe with some air support!!
The final tally of losses:
1 Section of Technicals
4 Platoons of Regular infantry (7 stands)
1 HMG section
1 platoon (2 stands) of French Foreign Legionnaires
Only ammunition… and maybe a couple wounded…