This was a Boots on the Gound game run by it's author, John A. The scenario “Film at Eleven” was copied with minor changes from Marine Corps Gazette’s Mastering Tactics, Maj John F Schmitt USMCR, Marine Corps Association, Quantico, Virginia, 1994. Parts of the briefing are below:
You are the commanding officer of Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d US Marines, fighting in an arid desert environment that offers exceptional mobility for wheeled and tracked vehicles.
Oasis is the only source of water in the region. The local population lives in adobe buildings, which will not normally withstand anything larger than small arms. The only masonry buildings are the mosque/community centre and the pump house. In the centre of town is a large plaza. Surrounding the buildings are irrigated fields of “short” crops that meet the needs of the local people. The local population is of the same ethnic group as the enemy, although their actual support for the enemy is sometimes less than enthusiastic.
PHASE 1 - PLAN
You do not feel particularly friendly towards the news team, but you have other things to worry about. How will you approach the problem of securing Oasis? You’re glad that for once you’ve a little time to plan your operation, so take 20 minutes. Write the order you will issue to your rifle platoons and weapons company and your instructions for the camera crew. Include a statement of your intent, a focus of efforts, any plans for supporting fires, and an overlay of your plan. Then provide an explanation of the rationale for your plan.
Does the enemy have a critical vulnerability you can exploit?
PHASE 2 - THE GAME
Implement your plan.
NATO ORDER FORMAT
100 - 150 local militia equipped with small arms, RPGs, machine guns and possibly light mortars
Company HQ (in Humvee) - CO, signals detachment, corpsman (medic), interpreter.
Three rifle platoons, each with HQ, officer, sergeant, radio operator and three squads of three fire teams with 3 x M16A2, 1 x M203 Grenade Launcher, 1 x SAW.
HQ, officer and one enlisted man.
6 x M240 machine gun teams
Mortar Section of 3 x 60mm mortars
Assault Section - six assault teams (SMAW)
COMMAND & SIGNAL
Rules of Engagement
The peaceful(?) Oasis.
The Imam outside his mosque.
Local militia take up position in the west...
...and north of town.
The main force assembles.
The blocking detachment in position in the south.
The Weapons Platoon CO checking his eBay listings.
Next - the attack, er I mean peacekeeping mission gets underway.