|The Soviet column is deployed on the right side of the photo - while the the thin line of Canadians is arrayed in the left area|
Policy-types in Canada often find themselves worrying - how do we ensure more "Canadian Content" in cultural areas such as music, film and art? Well, we can't help with ANY of those things. But we can put some "Canadian Content" in one new and (to us) important cultural area - tabletop gaming with Battlefront's "Team Yankee"!
|Soviet assault in action! T-72 company to the front, with motor rifle troops following up|
Using an assortment of figures and models painted very recently, as well as the initial efforts that Conscript Mike F made in 2013, we assembled a Canadian Force in 15mm for a game of "Team Yankee" last week. The scenario was fairly basic, as these things go - a Soviet spearhead had broken through the NATO lines, and the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group was deployed to stop them!
And naturally they selected a McPizza King location along an important highway as THE best spot in which to halt the marauding Warsaw Pact forces...
Mike F took command of the Canadian forces - three troops of Leopard C1s from the Royal Canadian Dragoons, a mechanized platoon from the Royal Canadian Regiment, off-table support from the 155mm howitzers of the RCHA, and a pair of US Cobra Helicopters with TOW missiles. Mike had to put half of his units in reserve, and had the option to put one of them in ambush. He put two troops of C1s and the infantry on the table, the rest in reserve, with his third troop of Leopard C1s in ambush.
Opposing him was "Comrade Ewen" - Dallas was in command of a Soviet tank battalion, featuring a company of T-72s, a smaller company of T-64s, and a motor rifle company mounted in BMP-2s, backed with some ZSU-23-4s for support.
The goal was to capture one of the objectives in the NATO half of the table within 8 turns...who would prevail?
|Soviet T-64 MBTs make their debut on the table - what could go wrong?|
|Canadian Leopard C1s await the enemy...|
|A troop from the Royal Canadian Dragoons, ready for action|
Dallas rolled forward confidently, but had to deal with some minefields that the NATO forces had deployed. This had the effect of forcing Dallas to split his column a little bit, with the T-64s heading to the built-up-area, and the rest heading to the other side of the highway.
|Canadian infantry defend the critical McPizza King - essential for control of this part of West Germany...|
|Another view of the mechanized infantry in defence of McPizza King|
|Another view of the Soviet advance - lots of green steel! The capitalist fools will tremble...|
|The Canadian tankers score many hits, but few kills...|
|"Wow, that's a lot of tanks, eh?"|
|Yikes! Tough losses as a troop of the RCD is wiped out by Soviet fire...|
|More burning Leopard C1s....getting rough for the Canadians...|
|Lots of tanks brewing up - but that big T-72 company is STILL in good spirits...|
|The Leopard C1 troop in "ambush" hit the Warsaw Pact troops pretty hard...|
|Widespread carnage on the table...always the sign of a good game, in our opinion!|
|So many knocked-out MBTs...|
|US Cobra gunships add to the carnage with a bit of kill-stealing in the final turns|
I can't wait to get the Canadians on the table again sometime, but I think we might try to fiddle with the stats a bit, especially for the Leopard C1s. I think the 105mm gun should be at least as scary as the one on the M1 Abrams, as in this imaginary (thankfully) war, I expect the Canadian Leopards would be dishing out more abuse than the basic stats of the West German Leopard 1s would have them doing.
It was also interesting to get the T-64s on to the table...the edge they have of the T-72s is small, but still noticeable - the improved armour, and the option of the missile rounds make for an even more effective tank. If and when they start to appear in larger numbers on our gaming tables, it should be interesting!