Going along with my World War III hobbying and gaming of late, these troops will take part in the battle for the Weser River Bridge at Hameln, Germany. Ralph Peters' excellent book "Red Army" has the Soviets sending an Airborne Battalion to capture the 2 bridges over the Weser purely as a deception operation to draw British and German armor away from the battlefield, and falsely signalling to NATO that the crossing is vital to their operational plan.
NATO buys off and sends significant reinforcements to capture Hameln, virtually destroying the ancient part of the town and, (SPOILER ALERT) eventually wiping out the Soviet Airborne Battalion. It's great reading however and makes for some really, really good wargaming.
Figures are ESCI and Orion.
|Battalion command team - Staff Officer and Commander|
|A section or part of a squad. Each squad is heavily armed with an RPK, RPG 22, and AK74s. The remaining force is approximately 2 full strength squads with a host of support teams|
|remaining sections - note some of the more colorful camoflauge hails from my "Modern Warfare 2 Russians" in which I will game an invasion of the US like in the video game|
|The remaining scratch force...|
|Anti Tank Team. Even though it's an RPG model, it's really an AT-3 team. Useful for those pesky NATO tanks and APCs|
|Sniper. Note the green and black "warpaint"|
|2 leftover dudes that don't conveniently fit. Thinking I'll make an AGS-17 AGL team with them. Note the AKSU Carbines. You get points downgrades in SOCW&D's rules for fielding them.|
|No-Bullshit Soviet Section Chief. His fists are his weapons...|
|Another shot of the squad. Prior to the air assault operation, morale was running high|
These forces are platoon in strength and represent an ad-hoc grouping of the Battalion staff, and the last surviving remnants of furious West German Territorial Army and British Regular attacks. Their job is to hold the Thiewall Bridge over the Weser until Soviet Armor reaches them.
You and I both know that the columns will never arrive - but the troops don't know that.
I will game this scenario using the excellent "Disposable Heroes [rather appropriate name given the scenario] Seek Out, Close With, and Destroy" skirmish rules. I will cover the scenario, the British and West German Forces, and the terrain over the upcoming days.
|Surprise! My first "go" at British DPM Camo. Not too bad. He is part of the counter attack force at Hameln.|