Warhorse and I discussed we probably made a mistake playing this tournament scenario blind, ie. by not approaching the game as one would approach a game of chess: all counters in the open, with the lay of land to be studied. As vonkrieg's briefing to us went, he expects to see a strong Syrian push through the Israeli defenses, followed up by an Israeli counter attack. With us playing this blind, the Syrians are now paying the price for having had to resort to probing attacks first, to figure out the Israeli defences.
Regardless, we're having a ton of fun, so here goes again!
Rawia Vital Ground
While I was totally taken by surprise by seeing the Syrian reinforcements in the area, they paid the price with losing some ten Mi-8s the previous and this turn to my AA capable units before escaping their range of fire.
Turn #12 sees me switching to 2D Unit Icons for a change, and the Israeli troops entering the Rawia from North and West.
It gets close and personal. My M3 Mortar team engages the Syrian 6SP platoon at the Objective location disrupting them and causing a 1SP loss, after which my 6SP Arm'd Infantry platoon assaults their positions. Twice.
To no avail. The road remains closed. My reinforcement column continues to be delayed from the Southern sector.
Speaking of which, I have two 2SP recon teams entering to area, with orders to take over Pillboxes, freeing the 6SP infantry platoons to prepare for the attack here. The attack won't come for a good few turns though, before Rawia Vital Ground is secured into friendly hands again.
The Syrian T-72s closed the distance, and scored three Merkavas this turn. Wreck markers mark now burning Isreali oil too. I switch my Cobra flights this turn, with the resupplied flight entering the area, but without APs to fire, while the out-of-ammo flight flew to their HQs for a resupply. So while I have eyes on the ground, this continues very much as a cat-and-mouse action between the forces. Meanwhile, my teams in the Pillbox are reporting they are out of ammo and hands to put up any resistance anymore, and expect to be captured by the next turn.
Back to NATO icons again:
And that's it! Over to Warhorse for turn #13.