Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Long Live the Revolution - Return to the Station

Following their signal defeat at Nawabisbad, the Baluchistan Armed Revolutionary Front (BARF) army fell back only as far as Maibad Station, where they determined to make a stand, lest the BARFist forces at the time occupying the Khandibar sea port be cut off. Learning something from the Government's adamant defence of the Capital, Colonel Peenut Buttahjars ordered the creation of divers field works and field obstacles to augment the defence. There was no doubt the Government forces would follow up their defensive victory with the avowed aim of extirpating the insurrection outright.
Opening positions of both sides, 9 September, 1946.  The map is very slightly
off, but not enough to make any difference.
Sure enough, less than a week after the Nawabisbad battle, there the Government forces were, lined up at daybreak of 9th September along their chosen start line. The layout of the defences rather invited attack along the northern flank, and so the Government chose; the entire 6th Bananarama-putra Armoured Regiment forming the extreme left wing ready to sweep into the BARFist right rear.

In a determined effort, Major-General Lord Redmond had gathered together a force well equipped with armour and artillery - a whole regiment of each, a couple of armoured car squadrons, and two infantry battalions.
(As the attacking side, the Government were allocated 54 + 6D6 in Strength Points.  The dice roll was a tremendous one: 25 additional SPs for a total of 79!)

Government Forces:

Commanding Officer, Lord Redmond, staffs, sigs, etc ..... 6SP
6th Bananaramaputra Armoured Rgt
     A-D Squadrons each M4 Sherman medium tank @3SP .... 12SP
22nd Punjanjoodi Infantry
     A-D Companies @ 4SP
     MG Platoon @ 2SP ...... 18SP
(Note: 4 companies were diced for, but one was inadvertently left off the table  out of battle.)
31st Kashinkari Rifles
     A-D Companies @ 4SP
     MG Platoon @ 2SP ..... 18SP
1st Tchagai Artillery Regiment:
     A-D Batteries @2SP
     4 Quad Prime Movers @2SP ..... 16SP
66th Neiwhini Light Horse
     'A' Squadron with Daimler II Armoured Car, light AT gun/MG @3SP
     'B' Squadron with Humber II Armoured Car, HMG @3SP .... 6SP
This force was also able to call upon the services of a flight of Spitfire single-seat fighters from 366 Sqn, Ruberian Air Force (RAF):
A Flt/ 366 Sqn
     Spitfire ..... 3SP.

Units: 26 units, Median 13
Strength Points: 79, exhaustion Point -27

For their part, the BARF Army were confident of serving out to the government forces the same spicy dish with which they were regaled at Nawabisbad. 
(They had good reason:  their dice roll for SPs was even tremendouser than that thrown for Government: 36 + 3D6 = 36 + 15 (!Wow) = 51SPs. As the difference between the respective sides was 28, the defending BARFists ought to have got 14SP in defence works. A couple of miscalculations or instances of woolly thinking short-changed them slightly - possibly making up for the Government 'staff error' that left B/22nd back along the road.)

BARFist Forces:

Commander, Colonel Peenut Buttahjars, staff, sigs, hangers on, camp followers, riff-raff... 6SP
1st 'Scimitars of Revolution' Armoured regiment
     A, B Squadrons each M3 Stuart light tank, rated poor, @3SP
     D Squadron, M3 Grant medium tank, rated poor @3SP ..... 9SP
1st 'Sons of Revolution' Infantry
     A-C Rifle Companies @ 4SP
     Mortar Platoon @ 2SP with Carrier transport @ 2SP  ..... 16SP
2nd 'Volunteers of Tchagai' Infantry
     A-C Rifle Companies @ 4SP
     Mortar Platoon @ 2SP with Carrier transport @ 2SP  ..... 16SP
Battery, Anti-Tank:
     6pr medium AT gun @ 2SP, with portee lorry @ 2SP ..... 4SP

Units: 16 (counting transports); median 8
Strength Points: 51, exhaustion point -17.

The defences were augmented by
5 stretches of barbed wire entanglements @ 1SP
3 tracts of anti-tank obstacles @ 1SP
3 redoubts - field works offering all-round defence @ 1SP
1 minefield @2SP
Total: 13 SPs of field defences (should have been 14).

Before concluding this posting, a word on the Government's air support. I allowed the Spitfire flight to carry out 3 strafing passes, one only in any given turn. Out of ammo, they could then depart, still under activation, the battle area at no SP cost to the Government forces. Partly I just wanted to get a bit of 'Air' onto the field, and partly I wanted simply to try out aircraft handling over a hex field.

To be continued.


  1. Ion:
    Not sure if I am impressed by the names (Peenut Buutahjars indeed!) or by that lovely big hex map - what's the story on that? Printed? DIY? Cheers,

    1. Oh, I thought you'd be rather impressed by the names. Actually, Peenut Buttahjars is not one of mine. I first heard it on an Australian radio show 'The Twelfth Man' - a cricketing send-up by a comedian featuring the voices of well-known (in their day) cricket commentators. PB iirc purported to be a Pakistan upper-order batsman.

      The map is mainly DIY. I fotocopied onto a jpg file a hex array, then cropped it to the dimensions of my hex-table. I use a blank array as the basis for all my maps, making copies, then adding the details using Microsoft 'Paint' - a very useful application for this kind of thing. There are a couple of features wanting, but I can live without them.

      I have tried 'Paint 3D' but found it less useful and less handy.

      The map is drawn up based upon how I gave set up the table. I do make the occasion error of location, by by and large they are accurate enough.

      One of the reasons for producing these maps for these postings is that I believe (I hope) they help the reader orient themselves in the photographs. It sure helps me!


  2. I am quite eager to find out how this battle played out. Is your addition of the defensive works a planned thing or was it introduced once you had some available? It feels like it slows down play from the battle report at the capital, but it may have been anomalous dice rolling on the attackers part. I am interested in finding out how it felt to you while playing.

    1. Hi PatrickW -
      Actually, I was starting to feel that the BARF army was having it all its own way: tough fighting, yes, but uniformly successful. So I gave the Government a leg-up with half the SP difference in defence works. The BARFist tide came to a very abrupt halt.

      It seemed only fair to continue with BARF getting the benefit - at least once!
      Cheers -

  3. Archduke Piccolo,

    I can hardly wait to read your battle report! You’ve taken my linear campaign idea to a higher level than I ever considered, and the names of your imagi-nation commanders always cause me to chuckle.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Bob -
      The battle was fought a week ago and is just wanting Bellona and Clio to get together to inspire me to write it up.

      I always have fun with the names, and even have a small pool of unused names to fetch out when the occasion demands a new one.

      This campaign has been a lot of fun. My only worry has been that the battles might get a little bit stereotyped. We'll see what people think in due course, I guess...

  4. Looking forward to seeing this one play out. I am quite interested to see how the air support is handled. Should be good fun.

    Oh and..... as if the PAPR didn't have enough already I bought them some Soviet Regulars to the the "Federal" force. Equipment would be dated, few decades behind the two Oros but at least they should be of decent quality.

    They will also be useful for the eastern European setting.

    1. Well... I hope to do the write-up in the next couple of days.

      I've an idea I mentioned something about 'doing' a border incident between Orotina and PAPR some time fairly soon. A little bit of back history. In Eastern Europe, perhaps one might see a conflict between Teutonia and the Collective Confederation of the Communist Party - CCCP. :-D