Continued from part 2.
Mi right (south) flank is retreating. Very slowly through the forest southeast of their previous position. At least they are out of sight of the enemy.
The Soviets don't waste time pushing towards my rear, where everything left are tactical headquarters and fire support units. I order these units not to contest the enemy's advance, but to keep an eye on them. All I hope is to have enough time to reorganize my fighting units after their march through the woods ...
Aerial support shows up. First in the form of a two-ship flight of A-10s, but it has started raining and they pull out of our sector. Fortunately the storm clears half an hour later and two more A-10s are tasked with a CAS mission right where the main Soviet body is located. I receive reports of 5 Soviet main battle tanks killed.
My maneuver units have not cleared the woods yet.
Two hunter-killer teams of Kiowa-Apache helicopters make their arrival and
Encouraged by the performance of the attack helicopters, I decided to send one flight towards the enemy's rear. During all the debacle on the north, my extreme south flank was screened by three two-M3 Bradley teams. Eventually they pushed through the river and towards the enemy's rear and detected enemy activity. Great opportunity to deprive the enemy of their command and fire support.
|A hunter-killer helicopter team taking care of a SAM unit. This team later destroyed a self-propelled artillery battery and two HQ units. Note my units moving through the woods.|
Suddenly, the game stops because I achieved victory (!?)
|Whaat? Move aside officer, I have units behind your window ...|
|Sectors control and number of individual vehicles left.|
Take home lesson from this battle is to keep a mean and lean OODA cycle. I screwed mine by not understanding the time needed to reinforce the front line. When I realized my mistake it was too late and after that I had virtually no command over anything other than a sluggish retreat through no-tank country and directing air support units towards hot spots.