Sunday, 31 January 2016

A Winter-ish War: Day 1: The SPUR attack in the left-centre sector

At exactly 8.00am, troops from SPUR's Armed Forces began to move forward to attack the Opelandic defences in the left-centre sector.

The Terrain

The Defenders
The defenders (commanded by Colonel Ore Jonasson) comprised:
  • 2 x Regular Infantry Units
  • 1 x Regular Mortar Unit

The Attackers
The attackers (commanded by DivCom Litvinoff) comprised:
  • 6 x Rifle Units
  • 1 x Mortar Unit
  • 1 x Anti-tank Gun Unit
  • 1 x Light Field Artillery Unit
Turn 1
At precisely 8.00am, the leading SPUR Rifle Units (accompanied by a Mortar Unit and an Anti-tank Gun Unit) advanced up to the border ...

Turn 2
... and then crossed into Opeland.

Turn 3
SPUR's Mortar Unit fired at the nearest Opelandic strong point, but although its shells hit the strong point, the Opelanders inside it suffered not casualties.

Both the left and right-hand SPUR Rifle Units advanced into the minefields in front of them ...

... with disastrous consequences for each of them as both suffered casualties.

The central SPUR Rifle Unit moved through the forest and was confronted by barbed wire, which stopped any further advance for the moment.

In the fighting that ensued ...

... the left and right-hand SPUR Rifle Units were forced to retreat, ...

... whilst the central one was unable to take part as it was trying to clear the barbed wire.

It did come under attack from both Opelandic strong points, and was forced to fall back into the forest.

Turn 4
An artillery duel took place, but the fire from the SPUR Mortar and Anti-tank Gun Units failed to do any damage to the Opelandic strong points.

The Opelandic Mortar Unit did manage to hit the left-hand SPUR Rifle Unit, causing it further casualties and reducing it to a quarter of its original strength.

The central and right-hand SPUR Rifle Units attempted to attack the Opelandic strong point again ...

... but both fell foul of the minefields and suffered casualties.

The fighting around the strong points was fierce, but yet again the SPUR Rifle Units failed to break into the Opelandic defences, and were forced to withdraw.

Turn 5
Both sides continued the artillery duel, but their fire was generally ineffective and neither side suffered any casualties.

The second wave of SPUR troops arrived (three Rifle Units and a Light Field Artillery Unit), and advanced towards the Opelandic defences.

Turn 6
The arrival of the Light Field Artillery Unit added considerable weight to the fire directed at the Opelandic strong points, and for the first time the Opelanders suffered casualties.

The exchange was not all one way, and the left-hand SPUR Rifle Unit was hit by Opelandic Mortar fire and destroyed.

The newly-arrive SPUR Rifle Units charged forward, and two of them entered the Opelandic minefields ...

... which resulted in both Units suffering casualties.

They were not deterred by these loses, and assaulted the Opelandic strong points. In one instance this resulted in further Opelandic losses, ...

... but the other assault was a catastrophic failure ...

... which resulted in the total destruction of the attacking SPUR Rifle Unit.

Turn 7
At this point it became very apparent that the human wave attacks that were being used were doomed to failure. The Attacking Units were exhausted, and withdrew to position that were just inside the border.

As night fell DivCom Litvinoff was summoned to Marshall Zirkoff's Headquarters to explain why his attack had failed. It was not an interview that he looked forward to having.


  1. Perhaps you should make the minefields less effective each time a unit tries to pass through. This assumes that pathways through the minefield are being created by the troops who went before either blowing them up with their own bodies or by marking paths through them.
    Dick Bryant

  2. I like Mr. Bryant's point above. I would be surprised to read about DivCom Litvinoff leading SPUR units in the future, aside from those at a gulag. Good report. Thanks.

  3. Dick Bryant,

    I have pencilled in just such a rule change already. I am likewise assuming that artillery 'stonks' that hit a minefield will also reduce its effectiveness.

    All the best,


  4. Brigadier General,

    As you will note, such a change has already been pencilled in. As to DivCom Litvinoff's future ... well I suspect that it is somewhat less than assured,

    All the best,


  5. I've been enjoying the build up to this and enjoyed the report.

    It struck me that the attack was much stronger numerically and I was hoping for the defenders that their defences would equal out the fight. It appeaars they did so.

    Were the minefields too effective by the rules or were the attackers just unlucky in their rolls? It would be interesting to try a few times to see how consistent the results are.

  6. Ross Mac,

    I am very pleased to read that you are enjoying this mini-campaign write-up; I am certainly having great fun fighting the campaign battles.

    I had thought that the balance between the number and strength of the attackers and the defenders and their strong points would be reasonably balanced, but the defenders had a better run of luck with the dice than the attackers.

    The minefields are quite effective - possibly slightly too effective - but the attackers did throw some pretty appalling dice scores, which did not help matters.

    All the best,


  7. Aa hard fought battle. I enjoyed following it.



  8. Pete.,


    There is more action to come ... and it will be equally hard-fought.

    All the best,


  9. A in SPUR's Truly True newspaper reports DivCom Litvinoff has been promoted to the command of the new Mine Clearance Penal Brigade. Congratulations to DivCom Litvinoff on his new opportunity to serve the Parentland!!

  10. Stu Rat,

    Now that is interesting news, especially as a foreign news correspondent has reported over-hearing Mr Kollicoff – the Head of SPUR's Department of External Communications – asking one of his assistants if news of DivCom Litvinoff's car accident had come in yet.

    I suspect that DivCom Litvinoff will welcome the promotion will be far more than he would the 'accident'!

    All the best,



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