A Winter-ish War: Day 2: The SPUR attack in the right-hand sectorPosted: February 4, 2016
The defenders (commanded by Brigadier General Stig Larsson) comprised:
- 3 x Regular Infantry Units
- 1 x Regular Anti-tank Gun Unit
- 1 x Regular Field Artillery Unit
The attackers (commanded by DivCom Smirnoff) comprised:
- 6 x Rifle Units
- 2 x Tank Units
- 3 x Heavy Artillery Units
The SPUR attack began with a massive barrage of artillery fire from the SPUR Heavy Artillery Units on the centre of the Opelandic defences …
… and by the two SPUR Tank Units on the foremost – and very exposed – Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit.
The fire from the SPUR Heavy Artillery Units was accurate, and casualties were inflicted on one of the Opelandic Regular Infantry Units that was occupying a strong point.
The SPUR Tank Units were even more successful, and reduced the exposed Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit to 50% of its original strength.
The Opelanders returned fire, and their Regular Anti-Tank Gun Unit …
… hit and damaged the nearest SPUR Tank Unit.
The Opelandic Regular Field Artillery Unit also fired at nearest SPUR Tank Unit …
… but although its fire was on target, it did no damage.
Having learnt from the experiences of DivComs Litvinoff and Davidoff, DivCom Smirnoff was in no hurry to take on the Opelandic defences with an immediate all-out assault. His plan was to bombard and weaken the Opelanders before mounting a major attack … and this is what he proceeded to do.
The SPUR Heavy Artillery Units continued to target the centre of the Opelandic defences …
… whilst one of the SPUR Tank Units continued to engage the foremost Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit.
Although the SPUR Tank Unit’s fire was very effective and inflicted even more casualties on the Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit …
… the SPUR Heavy Artillery Units failed to achieve the same effect on the centre of the Opelandic defences, although some of the fire hit the minefield and cleared part of it as a result.
The Opelandic Regular Anti-Tank Gun Unit engaged the nearest SPUR Tank Unit … and missed … whilst the Opelandic Regular Field Artillery Unit’s fire was on target, but ineffective.
The SPUR Tank Unit that had not fired now advanced and attacked the exposed Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit …
… which it destroyed! The SPUR Tank Unit charged forward so that it could engage the Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit that was occupying one of the two strong points …
… but the Opelanders mounted a counter-attack that drove the SPUR Tank Unit back.
Before the SPUR Heavy Artillery and Tank Units could open fire yet again, the sound of aircraft was heard overhead. This presaged the arrival of two SPUR Air Force Light Bomber Units, escorted by two Fighter Units. They flew over the Opelandic positions, and the Light Bombers dropped their lethal loads …
… and inflicted casualties on both the Opelandic Regular Field Artillery and Regular Anti-tank Gun Units!
The SPUR Heavy Artillery and Tank Units then opened fire. The SPUR Heavy Artillery Units continued to fire at the centre of the Opelandic defences …
… and the Tank Units engaged the Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit in the nearest strong point.
The fire from the Heavy Artillery Units was very effective … and caused terminal casualties upon the Opelandic Regular Anti-tank Gun and Field Artillery Units!
The Opelandic Regular Anti-tank Gun and Field Artillery Units did manage to return fire before they were destroyed … but even where they hit their target, they did no damage.
Brigadier General Larsson now only had the two Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit with which to resist the SPUR invaders …
… and one of these was almost immediately reduced to 50% effectiveness by the fire from the SPUR Tank Units.
DivCom Smirnoff was now confident that he had broken the back of the Opelandic defences, and ordered his Rifle Units to begin to move forward.
The SPUR Heavy Artillery Units continued their bombardment …
… and caused further casualties upon the Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit closest to Lake Vigoda.
DivCom Smirnoff now ordered a general advance across the whole sector. This immediately brought some of the leading SPUR Units into contact with the Opelandic defenders. The leading SPUR Tank Unit attacked the much depleted Opelandic Regular Infantry Unit …
… and destroyed it.
On the other side of the sector, a SPUR Rifle Unit entered the forest and immediately ran into the other Opelandic strong point.
The fighting was intense … but Brigadier General Larsson’s men were unable to withstand the attack and fell back, leaving the final strong point to be occupied by SPUR’s troops.
DivCom Smirnoff was determined to push forward as quickly as he could, and his leading Units set off in pursuit of the retreating Opelanders. Unfortunately the pursuit proved fruitless, and DivCom Smirnoff had to content himself with the knowledge that he had succeeded in his mission to break the Opelandic defences in his sector.