|Stolen from Luke's blog 'hoti to kratistos'|
Accordingly, the commander laid plans to do just that.
The forward deployed 3/7 ACAV troop, on the scene at daybreak, was ordered to advance to the Main and follow it north until it encountered the enemy.
But in a shock to the ACAV's recon elements, it happened that the Czechs were closer then anyone had thought...
As the lead recon units began to trade fire, other Czech units were making their way to the combat zone. Thankfully for the Americans, heavy rain turned the fields into boggy hindrances to the Czech advance.
1/30th Battalion arrived in time to provide the firepower needed to halt the initial Czech attacks.
But with the AVAC elements tied up in a firefight there was nothing to stop the Czech advance to the river further north. The bridging equipment in evidence gave notice of their intentions...
As tensions rose, the 2/64th American armored battalion arrived, and with this the Czech opportunity to take 1/30 in the southern flank vanished, to the great relief of the American commander.
The day now settled into a series of patterns: Czech advances in the centre were stopped by the massed firepower of the M60A1s and the heavy artillery; Czech reinforcements struggled to get through the mud to aid their compatriots and, in the north, the Czechs continued their steady approach to the Main.
The Czech centre paid a heavy price for its attacks, but the river was bridged, and with air strikes impossible in the wet weather the advance units began crossing.
With time running out for the players, the action was called at 11:00 game time with the Czechs across the river but the Americans having routed the Czech centre and things very much in the balance.
It was a fantastic day and a real treat to see so much happening on such a beautiful table. Many thanks to my noble opponent Pat and to Luke (whose more in-depth reports can be found here and who put the game on and hosted us) for a great wargaming experience.