Part 1 of this two entries series is how my team and me rescued Vidales. Part 2 will be a short discussion of the mission in the context of the Theory of Special Operations.
A while ago, I edited this ArmA 3 mission named "The Rescue of Agent Vidales". A SOF team has to rescue an intelligence operator (Vidales) stuck in the middle of a village controlled by Iranian forces. Vidales is hidden in his house and the mission objectives includes destroying his truck, which has intelligence gear hidden in it. The tactical situation map, and some briefing details follow.
|Right click and open in a new tab/window for a better view. The tactical situation, map view|
|Right click and open in a new tab/window for a better view. Briefing.|
|Right click and open in a new tab/window for a better view. The mission.|
|Right click and open in a new tab/window for a better view. Support.|
The squad I am commanding has no heavy weapons and the fire support I had was either blind (helicopters) or too dangerous to use in the close combat fights I had in Agia Marina (mortars).
Last night, I went for the enemy's jugular.
|Insertion by assault boats in the beach west of the airbase (see map above for reference). Yes, this is the airbase where the enemy platoon QRF is located.|
|Stealthy recon of the airbase, trying to find a path to the motor pool park where the intel identified some abandoned MPTVs.|
|The dense fog was an asset to remain undetected but a liability for a speedy recon. Very slow approach towards the motor pool park.|
|Bumped into enemy troops (mid background, within the fog).|
|Called mortar support fire upon the enemy.|
|The mortar fire caught them in the open, probably assembling for a patrol mission. The weather is improving.|
|The motor park had indeed MPTVs, but the thing I was looking for is firepower, not mobility.|
|Moving through the airbase. Plenty of enemy remnants, quickly dispatched by the vehicle-mounted HMG or by the dismounted infantry.|
|Moved slowly towards Agia Marina. Engaged many enemy forces from hundreds of meters thanks to the wonderful targeting system of the HMG.|
|A small team (MGunner and me) moving out to find Vidales in his house.|
|Yeah, yeah. Stop bitching and start moving ...|
|I should have brought more people to this rendezvous. The enemy kept showing from seemingly every crack of the walls.|
|We took Vidales truck so we could blow it in a more quiet place.|
|... So let's blow it.|
|Another mission objective achieved!|
|No enemy forces found in our way back to the airbase. The assault boats are there waiting for us.|
In the next entry: the theory of special operations and how it applies or not to this successful outcome.