While looking for some other photos I came across a number of pics of this game, played a couple of years ago using my NATO Brigade Commander rules. The scenario, set during the early stages of a fictional war in the mid-1980s saw a small Japanese force tasked with defending a stretch of coastline in anticipation of a Soviet (remember them?) amphibious landing. The Japanese commander was in charge of an infantry battalion (in wheeled APCs), a recce squadron (Type 87 armoured cars) and an experimental AA missile battery. The AA battery did not in fact have any live missiles, and although these were due to arrive by air, the Japanese commander was not to allow the new system to fall into enemy hands. As far as I can remember, the Japanese objectives were to defend the two factories. Reinforcements, including a tank battalion were available and would arrive randomly following any Soviet landing.
Soviet forces consisted of an understrength Naval Infantry Regiment, together with an Air Assault Brigade.
|Close-up of the fighting at the airport - the surviving stand of Paras (nearest camera) prepares to go down fighting.|
|Japanese reinforcements arrive (top left)|
|Meanwhile, out at sea...|
Two battalions of Soviet Marines land. The Paras have overrun the AA battery and engage the Japanese battalion at the airport (failing a morale check in the process). The naval fire support is now aimed (badly!) at the airport defenders.
Close-up of the Naval Infantry disembarking. The Lebed-class LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion - that's a hovercraft to you and me) are scratchbuilt from balsa and card.
As the Lebeds return for more troops, the Naval Infantry overrun the factory defences. The Air Assault guys try to land troops at the airport. While under fire. What could go wrong?
Naval Infantry head north, having handed over the grey factory (next to the lake) to the Paras. At the bottom of the frame can be seen a Japanese Tank Battalion preparing to join the fun at the airport.
|The Air Assault troops have fought off most of the (already battered) Japs.|
|Endgame. The Sovs control the airport but the Jap tanks still threaten. The Naval Infantry (top, centre) are heading to the main highway in order to deny that route to further Jap reinforcements. The Sovs still have another battalion at sea.|