Little Cold Wars battle reportPosted: June 6, 2015
Besides Tim (who acted as umpire) there were five other participants, including myself. Two commanded the forces of the ‘Red Menace’ (i.e. WARPAC) whilst the rest of us took command of the ‘Forces of Freedom’ (i.e. NATO). The latter were tasked with trying to hold up the advance of the WARPAC forces on the town of Neu Stan Halle and its nearby NATO airbase. As expected, the NATO forces available were outnumbered but acquitted themselves with honour and glory. (That’s what it said in the official after-action report!).
The town of Neu Stan Halle. The edge of the airbase can just be seen in the top right of the photograph.
Even before the WARPAC hordes had advanced very far across the border, a Spetsnaz unit (led by an attractively-dress female soldier) attempted to disrupt the NATO force by attacking its HQ in Neu Stan Halle.
After a short but decisive firefight the Spetsnaz unit was wiped out … but before the NATO troops could congratulate themselves, the sound of a large explosion could be hear to the east of the town. WARPAC had fired a FROG missile at the town!
A reconnaissance helicopter was send forward to find out the nature of the threat posed to the NATO troops in and around Neu Stan Halle.
The helicopter spotted a large force of WARPAC tanks and armoured vehicles advancing along the main autobahn that linked the town to the border. They also spotted at least one artillery regiment deployed and ready to fire.
As a result NATO deployed a tank company and armoured infantry company into their forward positions in order for them to blunt and WARPAC attack.
In response the WARPAC forces deployed a further artillery regiment.
On the NATO right flank a number of WARPAC reconnaissance vehicles probed forward.
These reconnaissance vehicles included several PT-76 amphibious light tanks.
By now the bulk of WARPAC forces on the main axis of advance were visible.
The bulk of the armoured vehicles were tanks …
… but there were also Shilka anti-aircraft vehicles …
… and armoured personnel carriers.
There was also a 57mm self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle present.
A close-up of some of the WARPAC tanks. The terrain may appear to have been flat, but as the tank in the centre of this photograph shows, it wasn’t!.
NATO’s response included sending forward a pair of attack helicopters.
It was a target-rich environment …
… and despite the presence of a some mobile SAM launchers …
… NATO also mounted a low-level, high-speed reconnaissance mission using an RAF Jaguar.
This mission enabled the NATO commanders to get the most up-to-date information on the position and numbers of the WARPAC forces.
With so many armoured targets available, a NATO A-10 Warthog was despatched to do as much damage to the WARPAC invaders as possible.
The presence of another Shilka anti-aircraft vehicle did little to put the A-10’s pilot off his mission …
… but the arrival of two WARPAC fast jets did!
A Su-15 fighter.
A MiG-21 fighter.
The WARPAC forces also mounted air attacks using armed trainer aircraft … but they did little damage.
By this point in the battle the NATO attack helicopters were in range of a number of potential targets, which they engaged with TOW missiles.
Some of the WARPAC tanks reacted by making smoke and retreating behind it.
Despite this the TOWs found some targets that could be seen.
The WARPAC air forces again made attempts to mount ground-attack missions …
… but the arrival of an RAF F-4 Phantom brought these attacks to a premature and ineffective end.
The WARPAC commanders chose this moment to fire further FROG missiles at Neu Stan Halle and its airbase … but they missed their target.
In the centre of the battlefield the WARPAC troops had been held up by the much-depleted NATO tank and armoured infantry company.
On the NATO right flank a NATO air-mobile infantry battalion began was deployed to see off the WARPAC reconnaissance unit that was trying to outflank the NATO troops facing the main WARPAC thrust..
A degree of ‘encouragement’ for the WARPAC forces arrived in the person of Comrade Kleb …
… and her minions.
The sound of a large number of helicopters was heard approaching the NATO left flank.
These were engaged by the Sergeant York self-propelled anti-aircraft system … but it failed to live up to its promise and the helicopters continued to move toward the NATO airbase.
In the centre the WARPAC forces finally managed to close-assault (and wipe out) the remaining NATO armoured infantry platoon.
At the airbase the troops deployed to defend it became visible to the WARPAC helicopters.
The defenders included a number of M-60A2 tanks equipped with Shillelagh anti-tank missiles.
Two NATO self-propelled artillery regiments were also available to give fire support to the defenders of Neu Stan Halle and the airbase … but they never actually fired at any point during the battle!
The NATO air-mobile battalion fired TOW missiles towards the WARPAC reconnaissance unit … which immediately dispersed to hull-down positions.
At the airbase two of the WARPAC helicopters circled westwards to give support to a group of Spetsnaz troops who had emerged from hiding whilst the other helicopter landed and disgorged its cargo … WARPAC paratroopers.
The helicopters were followed by an Antonov transport aircraft that was also carrying WARPAC paratroops …
… but this was hit by ground fire on its run in towards the airbase. Despite the serious damage to the transport aircraft, the WARPAC paratroops jumped and landed in an arc some distance from the airbase.
Whilst that was going on, a WARPAC armoured rifle regiment deployed in front of one of the NATO defence positions to the east of Neu Stan Halle.
At this point we reached the deadline set to end our battle and we had to pack everything away before going home. It was a magnificent day, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
As to the outcome … well NATO did manage to hold up the WARPAC advance but it was clear that they were eventually going to be pushed out of Neu Stan Halle and the airbase was going to be captured. Furthermore all day a WARPAC column had been moving out on the NATO right flank, and had the fighting continued the NATO troops would have either been cut off or forced to retreat.