From: Tucson, AZ
Bay of Pigs '61
Date: 4/16/61 PM
Location: Cuba - Bay of Pigs
Map Scale: 2.5 km/hex
Turn Scale: 1/2 day turns
Unit Scale: Companies & Battalions
Length: 14 turns
UNIT COLOR KEY:
Free Cubans: Blue on Tan
U.S. Navy: Blue on Green
Cuban Regular Army: Tan on Red
Cuban Militia: White on Red
Cuban Air Force: Black on Red
Theater Option for USS Essex Support
New Year's Day 1959 saw the dictator Batista flee Cuba as Fidel Castro marched triumphantly towards Havana. As a white dove landed on his shoulder, Castro proclaimed "There is no enemy."
Then, the executions began and the Communists came into power.
CIA-trained Cuban exiles prepared in Guatemala and Florida for an invasion of Cuba. They were promised US support for, variously, a capture of Havana or continued guerilla operations. Assualt Brigade 2506 was formed. It was led by Jose Perez San Roman, and trained by several CIA men known only by first names, like "Frank", or "Nick". The assault began with a nighttime amphibious invasion (never done by the US in World War II or since) at 11:00 pm on the night of Sunday, April 16th, 1961.
Free Cuba notes:
The important decision for the Free Cuban player is whether or not to ask for open U.S. support (which costs 80 VP's). Then, the CIA will let Cuban pilots fly P-51's from Nicaragua and the USS Essex will support the Brigade. Otherwise, the Cuban Air Force sinks the supply ships, and the only air support is the virtually defenseless B-26's. The player can attempt to capture as much land as possible, or make a run for the mountains to begin a guerilla force. If there is US support, a run for the mountains might not gain enough VP's. It will be very difficult to win without US support, and with US support, you must surpass the historical "high-water" point of the invasion to win.
Castro's Cuba notes:
Though you possess a much larger force, the quality is low (as seen in the annihilation of 339th Lost Brigade and the lack of pursuit during the real battle), and mercenaries may gain powerful air assets. The challenge will be to divine Free Cuban intentions and defeat them to gain victory.
This scenario is based on information from "Bay of Pigs", the book written by the leaders of the 2506 Assault Brigade, some details came from the declassified CIA report on the Bay of Pigs, and much of the Cuban armed force information was invented. If you have suggestions or comments please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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