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Subject: Border War Turn 8 rss

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Douglas Bush
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In turn 7, the Indians closed to within 1VP of the invading Pakistan/China side. Can they continue the momentum?

Weather
Storms roll back in, which will greatly reduce the impact of the air war this turn.

Initiative
Turn 7 was an initiative turn, but neither side achieved 20VP, so Turn 8 will be "contested", with Pakistan/China still as the first side.

Electronic Detect
Both sides electronic warfare guys are in the zone, with all 4 attempts (both sides lost 2 due to the storms) finding enemy HQs. However, with the storms and low missile inventories, striking enemy HQs isn't easy.

Air Phase
Contested turn, so we skip right to the air phase. Pak/Chinese still have AWACS advantage +4, so Indians/Russians place units first. They put 8 into the air superiority box. Figuring that strike aircraft won't do much this turn anyway, the Pak/Chinese side puts in 10, including some multi-role aircraft.

Long-range combat is the 4 PRC stealth fighters firing, but with the +3 mod they all miss.

Stand-off sees 8 engagements. The +3 storm mod and bad rolls all around limit the damage. The Pak/Chinese come off better though, sending 2 Indian squadrons to the abort box. So, 10 squadrons to 6 going into the dogfights.

Dogfights see the Indians and Russians finally show up. The storm mod and poor rolls lead to all misses by the Paks/Chinese. The dice are kinder to the Allies, and they score 4 abort results, including two on stealth aircraft units.

Final tally is 6 aircraft to 6 aircraft left, so Pakistan/China just barely holds onto air superiority level, which remains in the "contested" box. AWACS stays at +4. Situation at the end of air phase:



2nd SOF
Contested turn, so all the SOF missions here in 2nd SOF. Both sides SOF boys have been worn down, so only 5 missions total. The last two PRC missions try to target Indian nuke sites. Dice are horrible and both fail and are eliminated. Indians/Russians do a little better, with a target mission failing but one of the interdiction missions in the mountains of Kashmir succeeding, which will cutoff supply to Chinese units near Baramula. One Russian team is eliminated. Paks/Chinese are now out of SOF teams. Indian/Russian side has 2 left.

1st Strike
Limited missile and cruise missile stocks at this point. PRC fires off its last cruise missile at an Indian airbase, but misses. Pakistan missile does better, placing a "2" strike on the Indian airbase in the Kashmir Valley. Russians are out of cruise missiles. Indian missile destroys a Pakistani airbase for +2VP.

Helos are grounded in storms and no airstrikes launched due to the lower strike values and the painful storm mod. Artillery duels between HQs mostly miss, but both sides score strike 1 results on one enemy division.

1st Supply
A few changes with the Chinese getting back in supply in the Jammu highlands but losing all supply in/around the Kashmir Valley. The Pakistanis continue to be OOS on the left flank due to the Indian airmobile raid last turn. I end up maxing out the OOS marker limit, so I have to open up Next War: Taiwan and borrow 3 counters. Here is the Kashmir Valley, where supplies are thin for both sides in the bad weather:



1st Basic Movement/Combat
The Pakistan/China side doesn't see a lot of opportunities for attacks. The two OOS Pakistani corps on the left flank start to pull back toward their remaining supply sources based out of Lahore. There is an MSU on the way, but it isn't in place yet to help. Movement is halved OOS, so they can only pull the line back a couple hexes. In the middle of the front, near Amritsar and over to Jammu, the Pakistanis are running out of units and decide to hunker down. While the Indians have also been depleted, attacking 1st is very high risk because the mandatory advance after a victory is likely to leave a unit exposed and easily eliminated by a counter-attack.

In Kashmir they decide to starve out (i.e. hope for isolation phase surrenders) in Baramula (4409) instead of trying another assault with all the attackers already OOS. They do launch one attack in the Jammu Highlands with strong Chinese air support, against the town of Sunderbani in 3611:



Two X corps divisions and Chinese airborne brigades generate a decent 5 column attack, but even a good die roll can't overcome the terrain and Russian air support, so the attackers only eek out a 1/1 result (missing a retreat result by 1). Special thanks to the Su-25 pilots for that save!

2nd Basic Movement/Combat
The Indian counter-attack big time on the left flank, where they have 3 corps rolling now and the Pakistanis are OOS. They launch three attacks, with air support, near Bathinda (1621) aiming to take out three reduced/OOS Pakistani units:



The first attack on a reduced Pakistani infantry division in 1418 is a walkover on the 13 column. +3VP for elimination of the Pakistan 40th infantry division. The second attack in 1519 across the canal is also another 13 column wipe out, sending the Pakistan 9th infantry brigade to the dead box. The last attack is also across the canal against the Pakistan 1st Armored division. Massive artillery and air support see the 1st armored destroyed and the Indians advance across the canal, scoring 3 more VP.

In Kashmir, the Indians/Russians think they now have a VP lead, so they will move Indian units out of critical locations in an attempt to break the siege of Baramula. They hope to get a "double move" since if they end up with more VP they will get the first move next turn. The Indians move the 28th Mountain Division and a mountain brigade up to help the Russian paratroopers attack two Chinese airborne brigades in 4410. They also put in the last of their air support in the form of Russian Tu-22 and Su-24s:



The Russian air gets through, which greatly helps the 10 column attack. A good roll helps get a 1/1R result, which is enough to retreat the Chinese paratroopers and break the isolation/siege of Baramula for this turn at least.

Isolation/Surrender
As mentioned, the siege of Baramula is lifted, avoiding some knee-knocking isolation/surrender rolls for the Indian and Russian units holding the city:



Reorganization
Nothing exciting. Despite all those combats, only one town actually trades hands down near Amritsar, for +1VP to the Indians.

Reinforcements
Not a lot for either side, just some supply from the Chinese and Russians and a couple replacement points. The Indians reconstitute two mountain brigades in Kashmir, giving them much needed steps to hold ground. The Pakistanis do the same for some FCNA brigades. Both sides realize the game is going to be decided up in the valley...

Victory Phase
Pakistan/Chinese 69 + 0 = 69VP
India/Russia 68 + 10 = 78VP

The Indians/Russians are back in the lead. Final situation on the left flank shows the Indian counter-attack in full swing and the Pakistanis reeling:

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Another turn like that for India and the Indian civil defense will need to start passing out idodine pills to punjabi and kashmiri residents.
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AlexCV wrote:
Another turn like that for India and the Indian civil defense will need to start passing out idodine pills to punjabi and kashmiri residents.


Definitely. This playing has me thinking about a new optional rule that allows either side to initiate the use of nukes at any time, rather than only letting Pakistan have first-use, and only under certain conditions.

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