In this part of the AAR, my cavalry gets a glimpse at the enemy and retreats with expediency.
It was part of the plan for the M3A2s to get a glimpse of the enemy and then fall back to successive battle positions. The Soviets threw a ball curve that killed many men and crushed too many hulls.
|Each of these teams is composed of 2 M3A2 cavalry vehicles. North and south, the width of the sector was to be watched.|
|The view from the north-est battle position. A small village in the background, sounds can be heard but still no contact.|
|First contact, a Soviet BRDM-2 in the north flank. It was engaged immediately.|
|It took several rounds from the M3A2 cannon to destroy this Soviet vehicle.|
|The first Soviet T-72s emerge from the distance. The enemy's main effort appears to be in the center or in the south.|
|Too eager to report as much as they can, the troopers in the center of our sector find themselves almost surrounded by the Soviet's rapid advance. In this picture, an M3A2 vehicle retreats leaving his troopers behind (house in the background).|
|The troopers left behind immobilize three T-72s but in the end are killed by the overwhelming enemy firepower.|
|To the north of the sector, the fall back was abruptly cut off by Soviet Mi-24 attack helicopters who attacked from our left flank. In this picture, our first vehicle loss.|
|The attack helicopters gave no quarters to our left flank.|
|Not even the infantry teams (white smoke) left behind as observers were spared the Soviet helicopter's ferocious guns. Note the dirt of the retreating M3A2 in the background.|
|The last of our two-vehicle team in the north flank of our sector falls to a Soviet attack helicopter.|
|Forced to fight and retreat but with their eyes well open, our troopers see no less than 4 platoons of T-72Bs advancing straight into our south flank.|
The battle is about to begin ...