As we return to West Germany, AH-1 Cobras have appeared - their fire and that of several Sheridan platoons makes a fair mess of the Sov force (a reinforced MR Battalion) on the highway. Meanwhile, the Div Recce Btl (left) probes the outskirts of Haselstein.
On the left can be seen the Polizei from the first post. They were (of course!) Spetsnaz and their planned assault on the US HQ was a spectacular failure.
By now the Cavalry was taking casualties - not least from Sov air and artillery strikes.
Plucky Sheridans (left) getting too close for comfort.
The Sov advance gained fresh momentum when Richard's Divisional Independent Tank Battalion arrived. A chunky 51-tank formation, this was represented by four stands of T-62.
a surprisingly savage defence of Haselstein caused some Sov casualties.
At one point the air was very busy - two flights of AH-1, one of MiG-27 and Mi-24!
None of this affected the DITB which rolled slowly but relentlessly westwards.
By now the Cavalry were taking up their second or third firing positions
While a (reasonably) fresh reinforced BMP Btl cleared the hill on the right, the DITB went left and carried all before it. A dramatic final turn (sadly un-photographed - blame all the excitement) at which point Martin decided to pull back the surviving cavalry to positions a few km to the west. A very pleasing game which kept six of us occupied for a total of nearly three hours spread over two evenings.