I recently ran a small "what if" type scenario for the Falklands. After the series of successful (but costly) British hill assaults, the Argentine forces have retreated towards (Port) Stanley. They hope to reform defensive positions, stall for time, and see if the upcoming storm season stalls the British drive.
Really, I just was looking for a reason to work my 2 Panhard AML 90s into a game.
All of the stats and rules came directly from Seek Out Close With and Destroy
This was a small game, with the various squads on both sides suffering from attrition. The first two turns would occur in the low light conditions of pre-dawn, meaning a heavy fire penalty for everyone (except the Scorpions). The Argentine infantry were considered fragile, meaning every time they were pinned they had a chance of disbanding. Also, the Panhards were likely to bog if they traveled off road.
The table does not represent any specific part of Stanley, it is just meant to represent the change from the rocky slopes to the town..
|from the Argentine left flank, looking towards British descending from the hills|
|from the outskirts of Port Stanley, looking towards the hills|
|from the British positions, looking towards Stanley|
|Argentine units suffer casualties|
|the Scorpions obliterate this Argentine unit|
|plenty of targets to the fore|
|both Panhards on table|
|the first Scorpion is destroyed by an AML 90|
|the remaining Scorpion promptly scores a hit... immobilizing and damaging this Panhard, but failing to destroy it|
|the bogged Panhard returns fire, and destroys the other Scorpion|
|Carl Gustav team in upper right corner, targeting Panhard on left on road... shed blocks LOS from the bogged Panhard to the AT team|
When the AT team hit, the Panhard was destroyed.
|destroyed AML 90 (the Argentine infantry on the hill are casualties)|
This was a tough game for both sides. The British infantry definitely performed better (they did have fire power advantages) but still suffered about 10 casualties (figure 1 kia, 3 wia, 6 stunned or lightly wounded). The Argentine infantry suffered about 25 casualties (figure 3 kia, 6 wia, 16 stunned or lightly wounded). However, the loss of both Scorpions was unexpected ( the Panhards had better rolls for firing, the Scorpions would have generally been more accurate with their fire ), making up somewhat for the infantry losses.
Still, with the other Panhard bogged in such a way it could not see any of the British infantry, it was effectively "out of the game."
The Argentine defenders had failed to effectively resist the British advance... but the British had suffered heavier than anticipated losses. Our assessment was a tactical victory for the British, but close enough it might convince the Argentine commanders to continue fighting.