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DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1967) - 12/20/2015 11:24:45 AM   
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Time to batten down those tank hatches again! This time I am battling it out vs Berto during the Six Days War at the West Bank. I am playing IDF, with orders to secure bridges over Jordan in tact.

Again, I will record my moves at The Grogheads', while Berto will do his here. No peeking allowed

  • IDF Turn #1 completed!



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    RE: DAR t#2 vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 Ju... - 12/30/2015 5:17:23 PM   
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    IDF Turn #2 completed!

  • IDF Turn #2 at Grogheads

    Not much happening as of yet, traffic control is busy to have all units move towards their designated routes of advance, that's about it.

    Things should heat up quickly though!

    I have a feeling our battle will not last the 45 turns the scenario is designed for, as I have a very direct plan to head on into the eye of the storm



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 12/31/2015 2:08:19 PM   
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    IDF Turn #3 completed!

  • IDF Turn #3 at Grogheads

    First shots yet to be fired! But for how long?




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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/1/2016 9:44:25 AM   
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    IDF Turn #4

  • IDF Turn #4 at Grogheads

    First contact at Kafr Dan (left flank diversion). Mostly about maneuvering, still. And for a few more turns too. Need to be careful the keep the formations together, to not receive a Command & Control penalty with units straying too far from their organic HQs.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/3/2016 9:04:23 AM   
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    IDF Turn #5

  • IDF Turn #5 at Grogheads

    First shots fired at Kafr Dan as I find out it is garrisoned by a full Coy. Maneuvering is the main action still, but with a couple of nasty surprises in a form of vast strong minefields layed out in the areas where I thought I could sneak in towards south.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/6/2016 7:25:54 AM   
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    IDF Turn #6

  • IDF Turn #6 at Grogheads

    My Cunning Plan for a major flanking maneuver leaves me with pencils stuck on my nostrils, as I found out there's no navigating around the strong minefields in the area. First tank battle leaves three Isreali M51s burning with five Jordanian Pattons knocked out. The Jordanian turn 6 awaits though, plenty of targets for them to get even.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/9/2016 8:30:42 AM   
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    IDF Turn #7

  • IDF Turn #7 at Grogheads

    And so the action begins... My little task force creating the diversion at Kafr Dan is facing at least some 1:2 odds, so I sent some mobile assets their way.



    Closing on at Jenin, while some good news to my 45th Arm'd Bde too behind the link. Comments and questions welcome!

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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/13/2016 5:31:52 PM   
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    IDF Turn #8

    Rather disastrous for you, turn 7. Fortune favors Jordan for a change; said the email from Berto. Cr@p! I knew I was taking too big of a risk moving my tanks forward without Action Points remaining for return fire, case they'd be encountered with the feared Jordanian Pattons...

    Or was it so?

  • IDF Turn #8 at Grogheads

    Closing in on Jenin! I need to get into those trench systems, staying in the open is murder...




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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/17/2016 10:26:26 AM   
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    IDF Turn #9

    And the gloves are off!

  • IDF Turn #9 at Grogheads

    45th Bde commits to action. And as I suspected, while the hills look deserted, the build-up has been observed by hostile eyes.



    More details at the Grogheads



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/24/2016 3:03:57 PM   
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    IDF Turn #10


  • IDF Turn #10 at Grogheads

    45th Bde begins to break out from the minefields and the Jordanian first line of defence. But how many more Jordanian lines await?



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 1/31/2016 9:12:57 AM   
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    IDF Turn #11


  • IDF Turn #11 at Grogheads

    And the uphill battle continues!



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 2/7/2016 10:50:05 AM   
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    IDF Turn #12

    Having traveled from the mid week, I now return to the mayhem of the battle for Jenin:

  • IDF Turn #12 at Grogheads



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 2/16/2016 1:42:20 PM   
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    IDF Turn #13

    Back to the West Bank it is!

  • IDF Turn #13 at Grogheads

    No quarter given nor taken; 45th Armored is finally able to maneuver towards something that looks like an attempt to break out from the map edge. Climbing the hill while encountering Jordanians at every step has taken longer than what I anticipated for, for sure!





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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 2/21/2016 10:57:55 AM   
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    IDF Turn #14

  • Link to my During Action Report at Grogheads

    IDF Turn #14 saw elements of my 9th Inf Bde continuing the bitter street to street battles at Jenin. This turn the vital Pillbox next to the two VP locations finally fell to my hands, albeit with a cost again. The other VP hex being a clear hex, I will next concentrate on taking the Bunker VP hex. Once (hopefully!) there, I am finally in quite good positions at Jenin.





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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 3/29/2016 6:32:38 PM   
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    quote:

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    IDF Turn #14

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    IDF Turn #14 saw elements of my 9th Inf Bde continuing the bitter street to street battles at Jenin. This turn the vital Pillbox next to the two VP locations finally fell to my hands, albeit with a cost again. The other VP hex being a clear hex, I will next concentrate on taking the Bunker VP hex. Once (hopefully!) there, I am finally in quite good positions at Jenin.






  • Hmm.. It seems I've forgotten to update my progress here for the turn #15. Sorry about that! With Israeli turn #16 sent over to Berto now, the Jenin is seen slowly secured by friendlies. Been quite a brutal fight for the first objective alone!




    Here's the LINK to the detailed report for turn #16 at Grogheads.

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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 4/23/2016 1:42:57 PM   
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    IDF Turn #17


    Tough one, this!

    A very much an uphill battle to Israelis, terrain included. Here's a little snippet of the constant pain my brave troops are encountering. Recall the Jordanians left a Patton troop on my LOS. Time to get rid of them, next! During the Jordanian turn, they fired at my tanks, knocking out a Sherman M51 in the process. The muzzle fires indicate they are visible in the night from a distance too.

    So first, let us move a supporting M51 troop to cover the area in case they retreat one hex as I fire at them. Would not want them to disappear into night! I don't like the shadow effect for visible hexes, so instead I have opted to highlight the visible hexes with a highlight color instead:




    Next I fire at them, no effect with the first round, but beneath them, they've got another Patton troop covering the first one. It properly Op Fires on my tanks, causing one of my platoons to retreat.



    I fire again at them, and manage to knock out one tank. Yes! The remaining tank retreats one hex.



    And of course there had to be one more Patton troop in the area, it now Op Fires on the hex I fired from (Visibility is 2, but you can fire at enemy gun flashes).



    Bang, another M51 knocked out

  • Link to my During Action Report at Grogheads








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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 5/20/2016 5:07:02 PM   
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    IDF Turn #18

    Sorry about the delay in my turn, been hit by a couple of curve balls by the Real Life. Not much happening here, it is Night still, so just moving around a bit. Not bothering even to post a screenshot here


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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 5/28/2016 9:18:31 AM   
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    IDF Turn #19

    Night skirmishes left and right! The uphill battle continues



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 6/5/2016 2:01:28 PM   
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    IDF Turn #20

    Another bunker falls to friendlies at Jenin. Finally! Two more to go, just don't know if I have the men and the time to capture them before the Jordanian reinforcements are in.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 6/26/2016 2:59:45 PM   
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    IDF Turn #21

    With two bunker positions left to neutralize, the assault in the night continues



    Ineffective!

    But the other bunker fell to friendlies at Jenin.





    One more to go... Calling in the artillery!



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 7/14/2016 9:27:08 AM   
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    IDF Turn #22

    It seems both sides are catching breath, and maneuvering into new positions. The Jordanian troops retreated from the remaining bunker south of Jenin without a fight, so that was good news. There's actually one pesky bunker next to Jenin railway station, moving in towards it come next turn.

    Meanwhile, the front is stretching out to several clicks of width, as seen from this tactical view of the lower right quadrant of the map, where most of the battles are taking place:




    More details of turn #22 available at my Grogdeads thread:

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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 8/8/2016 12:17:31 PM   
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    IDF Turn #23

    The Jordanian reinforcements are arriving into the scene, and their Pattons had a field day blasting my Halftrack transports to smithereens. Point tally is way down, but no quarter from me. Towards the Crossroads it is!



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 8/19/2016 8:45:07 AM   
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    IDF Turn #24

    IDF Shermans hit back with a vengeance, leaving six Jordanian Pattons burning in the field. Payback time, albeit too little too late. Feels good, yet



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 8/22/2016 6:11:43 PM   
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    IDF Turn #25

    The thing everyone's following is the tank kill ratio, right! Right? A full dozen burning Pattons during the past two turns swing the advantage slightly to IDF side, 34-35. For now. Back to Berto, I am sure he will have something to say about this!



    This was the final Night turn for me, so into the remaining 20 Day turns it is, soon.

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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 8/28/2016 10:17:28 AM   
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    IDF Turn #26

    Dawn's breaking, finally! A game of most dangerous cat and mouse is developing around Qabatiya. I have now turned the Strength Point kill ratio to IDF advantage as well. IDF's been delivered a most bloodied nose here, but you'd never believe it listening to my propaganda only right

    Some early versions of new 1.03 2D graphics on display here as well...



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 9/11/2016 6:48:29 PM   
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    IDF Turn #27

    Advancing out of Jenin for the first time! I had a lot of direct fire in close support, including a full strength Sherman Coy, so after the friendly artillery barrage and their involvement I was able to walk in to unmanned Jordanese Improved Positions. Having had my Combat Engineers laying out a protective smoke screen, time to call arty for more misery towards the defending Jordanians.

    Some early versions of new 1.03 2D graphics on display here as before.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 9/30/2016 4:57:55 PM   
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    IDF Turn #28

    Trying to build a bit of a Hammer and Anvil moment here. Would be nice if I could pull that off! That's a big if. But I am ignoring the VP Objectives at the moment, completely. See if that is something he has not prepared for.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 10/8/2016 5:00:14 PM   
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    IDF Turn #29

    That's quite a counter attack they've got going on! Pattons left right and middle, including the detachment advancing towards Kafr Dan. Will be a challenge to hold the momentum here, instead of being pushed to just reacting to events.



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 10/10/2016 5:31:47 PM   
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    IDF Turn #30

    Rather vicious turn for the Jordanians, they took bit of a beating already when advancing towards my troops, spending a lot of Action Points in this difficult terrain, to be properly Op Fired in return. Boy do I know how that feels!. After replay and friendly artillery, the Shermans-vs-Pattons score stands at 35-vs-49, so one friendly loss with four Pattons knocked out.

    During my turn, proddind forward with my infantry, I manage to knock out a few more, seven in fact, vs a loss of one more Sherman. Not too bad, but the thing is they just keep coming at you! I did manage to pull out my two SP2 Sherman troops out of the pocket, way down in south, and I have a feeling I will need those badly and soon.

    For the first time the VP losses stand at my favor too, although just barely. Breaking into Minor Loss sector, if briefly, too!



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    RE: DAR vs Berto -- The Crossroads (West Bank, 5 June 1... - 10/16/2016 4:15:17 PM   
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    IDF Turn #31

    More cat and mouse in this turn. Berto knocked out one of my Shermans, while I got lucky and scored a Disable on one of his Pattons. I try to unnerve my opponents by placing light caliber indirect fire on their stationary tanks, there's IIRC a 4% chance of scoring a shrapnel to a tank leader, or jamming a turret, or what not.

    My impatience cost me 10VP by having one of my 2SP M3 Twin-AA halftracks fed to an ambushing enemy tank, while Berto's quite good turn otherwise as well means I am back to Major Loss at 288 VP.

    However I am well positioned to cut of his daring pincer heading Northeast, so my next target is to isolate and destroy that one, then perhaps just consolidate my forces to Jenin. We'll see.

    Over to Berto!



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