This weekend saw our annual trip up to North Devon for our Summer Game which had added significance this year as our host, the gentleman that is Mr Charles Carter, recently celebrated his 60th, so it gave us a chance to have a lot of fun with a jolly nice chap. Thanks Chas, a great day, good times.
So to the game. I have included the briefing sent out to all players with the relevant orbats and victory conditions. As you can see a very powerful US Ranger and Delta Team task force are tasked with extracting the persons of interest, whilst subduing if necessary any armed resistance, which seemed likely following the shooting down of one of their Black Hawk helicopters.
This shooting down has also necessitated the rescuing of the helicopter crew from the crash site. Our game started as per the brief with the Ranger teams securing the buildings around the Olympic Hotel and fast roping onto the crash site (see the map for approximate positions).
The American force were taking no chances as their motorised convoy headed in from the north on Highway 1 and all troops were on over watch as they nervously looked out over the apartment blocks of down town Mogadishu. The tension was rising like the smoke from the barricades of burning tyres at the southern end of Highway 1 and as the Ranger team approached Black Hawk Super Six - One it "kicked off".
|US air support gives cover as the Rangers secure the crash site|
|Rangers having dropped on the crash site move up to secure the area and prepare demolition charges on the wreck.|
|First contact!, Kate chewing Somalis open up on the Yankee invaders|
The Ranger teams coolly took on the militia groups and drove them off with well directed return fire. First round to the Americans.
As the US motorised convoy entered town, the Somali forces gathered in nearby streets, along with mobs of angry citizens mixed with traders and goat herders just trying to mind their own business. These obstacles made life difficult for US forces when attempting return fire, as any casualties on civilians were a gift of points to the militias.
|Civilians intermingled with Somali militia|
|US air support provides deadly airborne sniper cover. This was very effective at taking out the RPG teams that threatened the task force vehicles.|
Three moves in and the Somalis struck. An angry mob coming in from a side road threatened to disrupt the approaching convoy. US troops were forced to debus and attempt to disperse the crowd. This they managed to do but as the crowd dispersed, further shots were fired from militia in nearby buildings, killing one US Ranger.
|"Man Down!!". The first casualty is a fatality as the Rangers are forced to deal with an angry mob of civilians.|
|As the Rangers prepare to force an entry into the nearby building the Somali militia prepare to spring their ambush.|
|Weight of numbers making up for lack of quality and the Rangers are drawn in to an unequal firefight.|
|The battle rages on the first corner as the HUMVEEs add their 50cal fire support|
|The Olympus Hotel, with its VIPs waiting for their taxis at the front.|
|The casualties continue to mount at "Hellfire Corner"|
The Somalis numbers had grown significantly as the game progressed and thus their anti-aircraft fire became more potent. As the second Black Hawk strafing run came in over the city, the second helicopter was shot down crashing at the north west corner of town. This was was a body blow to US morale, forcing them to change the plan and get the VIPs out from the North and pull out the wounded and crashed helicopter crews at the same time.
|Black Hawk Super-Six Two down with the Delta Team at the corner with a man down|
Not only that but now the HUMVEEs were taking hits, two being quickly disabled and with the truck brought in to carry out the VIPs taking damage the convoy was now only able to limp along at half speed.
|The wheels are starting to come off with a second crash site still unsecured|
|The survivors of Ranger Chalk 1 are rounded up ready to face the press|
A fun time was had by all, good company, great banter, and great fun. Thank you to Chas for pulling together a fun days entertainment, and thanks to Andy C, Andy W, Vince, Nathan, Steve, Nick, John and Clive for making it happen.
Next Year Rorkes Drift.