Havsted Crossroads - Team Yankee Battle Report
|A Leopard 1 MBT of the Danish LANDJUT Brigade.|
Good evening all, and welcome to another Team Yankee battle report. TY is a great game - see our previous battle report if you don't believe me. It's a brave attempt to tackle a complex environment, mixing lots of different battlefield elements in a very successful way.
My brother and I played his first game of TY today, with two homemade lists - my Poles, and his Danes. We opted for something a little different - a small board, with small forces, and heavily-forested ground with lots of hills. It made for a very interesting game, where I was firmly defeated!
The Danes had to defend a crossroads with some tanks and infantry, while I had to try and barrel over without losing momentum. The Danes proved extremely tough to dislodge from the buildings, and I made an extremely costly assault which saw a Motor Rifle Company and a T-72 platoon wiped out. Off to Siberia for me!
- MILANs are nasty.
- A-10s are tough.
- Leopard 1s, despite their poor armour, are devastating!
|The board. Inspired by our love of small gaming, we created a realistic board with very few clear sight lines.|
|The situation at the start of the game - you can see my MR Company lined up on the road. We had very short sight lines in this game, so almost everything was in range early on - that actually made for some tough tactical decisions.|
|Ah, Shilkas... my favourite.|
|These 82mm mortars are my own house-rules versions. The kills that I did get were almost all scored by these mortars.|
|My Shilkas were pretty quickly smashed by an A-10.|
|"Everyone in a nice neat line? Forwards!"|
|Followed shortly after by my T-72s.|
|The Danes were dug in on the crossroads. They proved extremely tenacious, with a combination of their 4+ 'to be hit' score and the bulletproof cover.|
|My unsophisticated tactics cost me dearly here. The Leopard 1s were very fragile, but their guns could fire twice each turn even on the move. My BMPs were cut to ribbons.|
|A Dane's-eye-view of the Polish infantry sprinting across the street to assault a MILAN and MG position.|
|My tanks were very quickly picked off by MILANs. I overestimated how tough these tanks are - especially as I rashly exposed their mediocre side armour.|
|The ace up my sleeve was sneaking this team of AGS-17s across the river in the amphibious BMPs. They were exposed and unsupported, and were quickly pinned by a sniper and finished off with tanks.|
|Ollie's two A-10s were a constant annoyance - I could only shoot down one with my Strela team - hence the frustrated Polish giving the pilot the finger as he flies in for another attack run.|
|The wheels are well and truly off here.|
|The A-10 lauches a devastating cluster bomb run on my AA and mortars - only for me to pass all my infantry saves. Now I start getting the dice rolls I need.|
|I decided to concede here. I only have two BMPs left alive out of my combat formations now, and both are bailed out.|
|A hard-fought victory for the Danes - the Havsted Crossroads will keep flying the Danish flag for a few more hours yet!|
It's going to be a good summer.