|Another mobility loss, this time I'm sure from an enemy RPG. No crew casualties and the Marine squad disembarks from the vehicle under the cover of smoke.|
Although the scenario didn't feature some of the bizarre tactical practices of the Iraqi irregulars described in the book (like driving a couple of buses full of personnel across the Marines' route) the increase in enemy fire is very evident.
|Practically ignoring multiple enemy threats, my AAVs rush towards the Saddam Canal crossing. Iraqi Army dismounts (grey counters) are waiting on the other side of the canal.|
|The bridgehead on the north side of the canal is expanded. Most Iraqi casualties are caused by fires from the AAVs. One technical truck showed up (counter labelled with a red X) and was dispatched without causing even the slightest concern to us.|
|By the scenario end, the southern extreme of the bridge is secure. Note how the Marine units have expanded their advance westwards.|
|Victory screen. Objectives secured, 5 casualties, 3 mobility losses.|
The real battle was way more bloody and nerve-wracking for the Marines. Catastrophic losses of vehicles to to enemy and friendly fire (close air support), Marines stranded south of the bridge barely fending off close assaults by Iraqi irregulars, intensive enemy fire (both direct and indirect) upon the bridgehead ... A hard won battle.
Although the overall tactical tone of the scenario matches the real battle, the former felt a bit too forgiving, even for this green Squad Battles player.