Going against a troop (-) of US Cavalry, with a full platoon of M1 Abrams tanks didn't fill me with confidence. But I was surprised at our performance.
|Our security element is nimble: one platoon of T-72 tanks and one platoon of BMP-2s. We left the engineers behind and rolled into contact on these vast plains.|
|Second surprise. The 12 tubes of self propelled artillery from our forward detachment barely suppressed the enemy cavalry troop. Next time I think I will just ask for smoke to maneuver my team into a good firing position.|
|Continuing to close in was stressful enough. Enemy infantry fighting vehicles were hiding on a wooded hill at our left flank. Indirect fire drops on them, volley after volley.|
|We survived quite a few frontal hits. Our luck ran out when one of our tanks turned to engage an enemy IFV. He was hit by an enemy tank on his right.|
|After a protracted fire exchange, we eventually ran out of ammo. We lost one tank and the enemy lost 3 M1s plus 4 IFVs.|