The battle was still young and the confidence on the M1A1s Abrams was high. The tankers of First and Second platoons sat tight in their battle positions were with their sights on EA Pirc.
After the remainder Cavlary M3A2s at last lost contact with the enemy, the pause in the shooting was very short. But the interlude was not wasted and it was decided to reinforce the left (north) flank of our sector with one M3A2 vehicle from the center.
|During its march towards the left (north) flank, the crew of this M3A2 pays a high price for its poor route planning. The final trajectory and point of impact of a perfect flank shot by a BMP-2 with a Spandrel ATGM is shown as a green rod.|
|The first shot of a long firefight. An M1A1 opens up at a range of 2,000+ meters and scores the first kill of the First and Second platoons.|
|This is the final trajectory and point of impact of the round fired by the unit depicted in the previous screenshot.|
|The enemy tanks, still short of EA Pirc suffer losses, but they still press on (background) favored by their numerical superiority.|
|The engagement ranges shrink, and with that, some enemy rounds star to find their way to the turrets and hulls of our tanks.|
|Now in EA Pirc proper, entire enemy tank platoons get destroyed as soon as they crest a hill. Note the other enemy tanks in the background, moving forward.|
|While we were busy with all the carnage of steel in our right flank, this BMP-2 managed to infiltrate right at the center of our sector.|
|The single BMP-2 had some company with him (red icon). They crossed our phase line un-molested and laboriously moved west with us unable to throw anything at them.|
|The pressure at our right flank never wanes. The T-72s keep coming.|
|Our first tank loss came at the hands of an enemy tank firing an AT-11 ATGM. This M1A1 from the Second Platoon has received a direct hull hit (green rod) as it was attempting to stay in a hull-down position.|
|The Company Commander's tank at work. That black smoke billow is from the impact of an enemy ATGM.|
|Now pressed from the front and left (note missile impact), the Company Commander's perspectives of survival did not improve despite his desperate effort to get out of the way.|
|The demise of the Company Commander's tank. Again, an enemy ATGM and a poor hull-down position are to blame.|
|With the center road now some enemy tanks move forward. This is the view from the Second Platoon's position (tank hull in the foreground is an M1A1). The First and Second Platoon are at risk of being outflanked.|
To be continued ...