Session report from first play of Where There is Discord. This took place over a 2 week period, grabbing a few minutes here and there to play! It took a while to get going as I was learning the rules as I went. Got much faster towards the end.
This is really the phoney war, very quiet build up. The Task Force were deployed over a wide area to reduce the impact of any attacks. Fortunately very bad weather kept raids to a minimum. The subs HMS Spartan and Splendid did an excellent job in Argentinian coastal waters, keeping the fleet at home, only one task group ventured out at all. Some of the harriers took advantage of the lack of attacks to successfully interdict the Argentinian supply ships. Unfortunately On May 5th we lost Gold 2 in stormy weather. Events #42, #9, #5, #6 and a San Carlos Event occurred. There was a problem with the foreign secretary, Reagan attempted a ceasefire, we received rumours of a planned Argentinian special forces attack on Gibraltar and the Cabinet urged the fleet to get a move on and be home by Christmas.
The bad weather lifted a little to leave grey clouds. This coincided with the the first hostile action of the war. when HMS Spartan detected and destroyed ARA San Luis in coastal waters. This led to international outrage and the Chileans withdrew their cooperation. Gold 1 and 3 from Invincible interdicted supply and returned safely. Nimrods detect 2 Super Etendards leaving Rio Grande and Red 1 and 2 are scrambled from Hermes to intercept. A sidewinder from Red 1 destroyed the Etendard carrying the exocet and the other Etendard returned back to base.
Foggy weather returns. The US congress (#34) gets wind of the assistance being given to us, rather than risk losing international support we redeploy 2 support ships that were on their way to reinforce the task force. Harriers again successfully interdict supply. Now we've lost the Chilean early warnings of air raids, Tartan 1-3 from Hermes are tasked with providing CAP for the task force. ARA Santa Fe and the Argentinian battle group move into coastal waters but the British subs fail to detect them, and the task force also remains undetected. The foggy weather leads to no air attacks being launched, however we lose Trident 3 as she attempts to return to Hermes.
The task force wake up to clear weather which is ominous. (#12) Alacrity and Arrow are sent to deal with spy ships. Red 1 and 2 and HMS Broadsword are deployed to the Task Defence Zone to counter increased Argentinian naval activity. Gold 1 protects the Task Force Zone and Gold 3 the West zone. Clear weather could lead to more attacks. ARA Santa Fe and the battle group move to more open water, the carrier and patrol groups move to coastal waters. HMS Conqueror detects the battle group and although a torpedo attack misses the battle group retreats to the mainland. The task force remained unspotted. In the end no air raids took place, the Argentinian air force is biding its time. All harriers returned safely to the carriers.
Grey weather. (#4) The EU demand a 24 hour cease fire. This has the advantage that International Opinion (8) rises and the Chileans come back on board, although Domestic Opinion (8) falls as a consequence. Harriers take advantage of the ceasefire to rearm.
Grey weather. (#24) We decide against mounting a precision strike on Rio Grande airbase. The carrier group moves into more open waters. ARA Santa Fe moves into coastal waters to attack HMS Spartan but is spotted, with each firing on the other but missing, the Santa Fe returns to the mainland. Neither the carrier nor the patrol group are detected, fortunately they do not find the fleet either. Nimrods detect 2 Super Etendards leaving Rio Grande heading for the W zone containing HMS Sheffield and Arrow. Tartan 1 and 2 are scrambled to intercept and destroy the Etendard carrying the exocet. A second raid by 2 more Super Etendard is not detected by the Nimrods but early warning by the Chileans allows Red 1 and 2 to move from the CAP to protect the W and SW zones. The attack is on the W zone and Red 1 fails in her attempt to shoot down the Etendards which launch an exocet on HMS Sheffield. Sheffield gets a radar lock on the exocet at 20 miles and just manages to evade the missile. To the best of our knowledge the Argentinians now only have 2 remaining exocets.
Grey weather and a grey day for the Task Force. (#21) The French help us out in keeping the supply of exocets down. Gold 1 and 3 are sent to interdict supply but fail. Black 1-3 are deployed in NW, W and SW zones. Due to new intelligence the SAS are moved to watch San Julian airbase on the mainland. The Argentinian patrol group is in coastal waters being watch by HMS Spartan, whilst the carrier group is in open water being sought by HMS Splendid and Conqueror. The carrier group manages to evade the subs and detects the Task Force, heading straight for the main Task Force Zone and launching a raid by 4 Skyhawks. HMS Invincible gets a radar lock at 30 miles and manages to take out one of the Skyhawks with Sea Dart but 3 are rapidly approaching the fleet. Another radar lock at 1 mile and a ship in the task force group launches Sea Slug but to no avail, the Skyhawks get through with once hitting a sinking HMS Invincible. Gold 1, Trident 1 and 2 escape but Gold 3 is destroyed in the attack. This is a major blow for the fleet and Domestic Opinion plummets. Fortunately there were no further air raids.
Clear weather. (#43) Whitehall pen pushers, fleet maintains position. Trident 1 and 2 on CAP, Tartan 1-3 deployed to NW, W and SW zones, Gold 1 covers the Task Force Zone. ARA Santa Fe targetted by HMS Spartan in coastal waters but the attack missed. Spartan was spotted by the patrol group but again the attack missed. The Task Force remained undetected. Without any warning 3 Canberras from Trelew airbase attacked the NW zone of the Task Force occupied by HMS Coventry and Plymouth. Tartan 3 intercepts and destroys 2 of the Canberras with sidewinder missiles. Neither Coventry using Sea Dart or Plymouth using Sea Cat could get a lock on the remaining Canberra but fortunately its aim was poor and the fleet survived. The SAS reported that 3 Daggers were seen leaving San Julian airbase towards an unknown destination. Trident 1 and 2 were moved to cover the W and SW zones in anticipation of an attack but the Daggers turned up in the Defence Zone where HMS Broadsword failed to get a radar lock using Sea Wolf. Fortunately, despite the clear weather, the Daggers all missed their intended target. All harriers returned safely to Hermes.
Sunny weather. (#22) MI6 discover that an Italian bank is financing the purchase of more exocets. This is subsequently exposed in the press causing the Soviets to end their neutrality in the war. Reinforcements arrive to the beleagured fleet which provides some good news. 6 harriers are deployed to provide CAP in the NW, W, SW and Task Force Zones to attempt to combat the increasing amount of Argentinian air raids. ARA Santa Fe and the patrol group are in coastal waters with HMS Spartan. No detections of each other, but the patrol group does have a good idea where the Task Force maybe, fortunately it is detected by Red 2 and retreats. 2 Super Etendards are detected by Nimrods targetting the S zone containing HMS Yarmouth. Red 2 moves to intercept but fails to prevent the launch of an exocet. HMS Yarmouth gets a lock on the exocet at 10 miles but can do nothing to hinder its approach with the exocet just missing at the last minute. Argentinians down to their last remaining exocet. Without any warning 2 Skyhawks are spotted in the N zone, attacking HMS Antrim. No air cover is available. Antrim gets a radar lock at 1 mile using Sea Slug but misses although with sufficient accuracy to put off the attacking Skyhawks who also miss. All harriers return safely.
Foggy weather provides some needed cover for the fleet. (#51) A leak by the Guardian newspaper means that HMS Andromeda won't be reinforcing the fleet. 5 Harriers are on CAP in the Task Force Defence Zone, the Task Force Zone and the W zone, 1 is kept in reserve on Hermes ready to scramble. ARA Santa Fe is in coastal waters with HMS Spartan and Splendid, with neither side detecting the other or the Task Force. 3 Daggers appear in the Defence Zone without any warning, containing Trident 1 and 2 and HMS Broadsword. The Tridents and Daggers exchange fire with no hits, HMS Broadsword gets a radar lock on the Daggers at 1 mile using Sea Wolf and destroys 1, with the 2 remaining Daggers missing their target. All harriers return safely.
Cloudy weather. (#7) Back home tabloid editors have to be warned about their headlines. Domestic Opinion and International Opinion are both at 5. ARA Sante Fe is found and destroyed in coastal waters by HMS Splendid, the fleet is now safe from Argentinian sub attack. 2 Super Etendards are spotted by Red 1 in the W zone containing HMS Arrow and Sheffield. All fail to take down the attacking Etendards and the final exocet is launched at the fleet, but is detected at 30 miles and the warships are able to avoid taking any damage. Unfortunately Red 3 is lost to bad weather. No more exocet threat to the fleet provides some comfort.
Fair weather. (#26) Hermes is lost for a day for repairs, no harriers available to provide CAP. We are very fortunate in that all Argentinian vessels are nowhere to be seen, there are no remaining exocets and no remaining subs. The SAS hiding at Rio Gallegas airbase see 3 Skyhawks take off towards the fleet. HMS Glamorgan in the NE zone detects the Skyhawks at a distance of 1 mile and fire Sea Slug but misses, fortunately so do the Skyhawks.
Cloudy weather. (#33) 2 Para are forced to return to the UK to counter increased IRA activity. Hermes returns after repairs. Black 1-3 provide CAP in the Task Force Zone and Tartan 1-3 cover the NW, W and SW zones. No Argentinian vessel activity. SAS spot 3 Skyhawks leaving Rio Gallegos, they are later detected by HMS Antrim in the N zone, 1 Skyhawk is destroyed by Sea Slug at a range of 1 mile and the other 2 Skyhawks miss on their bombing run. Tarten 1 is lost to bad weather leaving only 10 operational harriers.
Clear weather. (#11) Two harriers are sent to intercept a civilian plane that has come too close. No Argentinian vessel activity. 3 Skyhawks are spotted leaving Rio Gallegas by the SAS, HMS Argonaut detects them in the Defence Zone but fails to get a radar lock with Sea Cat, fortunately the Skyhawks miss their target. 2 Daggers are intercepted by Gold 1 attacking the NW zone containing HMS Coventry and Plymouth. Gold 1 hits 1 of the Daggers. HMS Coventry gets a lock at 10 miles but missed, HMS Plymouth hits the remaining Dagger using Sea Cat. Fleet safe for another day.
Cloudy weather. (#15) We have to issue a strong warning to the Soviets about Soviet surveillance. International Opinion falls (4). Operation Sutton is revealed but it's too early to commence landings. Black 1-3 provide air cover in the Task Force Zone, Tartan 2 and 3 provide cover in the W and NW zones. Not enough harriers to interdict supply and fly CAP. Argentinian battle group moves into coastal waters but is detected and destroyed by HMS Spartan. Apart from the occasion when the carrier group got through to take out Invincible, the subs have been outstanding in preventing attacks by the Argentinian subs and fleet. SAS spot 2 Skyhawks leaving Rio Gallegas, they head SE to attack HMS Alacrity but they miss. Sadly two more harriers were lost to bad weather. Only 8 remain.
Sunny weather, not what the fleet wanted, making it perfect for Argentinian air attacks. Red 1 and Red protected the Task Force Zone, Trident 1 and 2 the W and NW zones. Gold 1 remained on Hermes ready to scramble. The day would see 5 raids. Although the first raid was cancelled as the Argentinians had no more exocets. Nimrods detected 2 Mirage jets leaving Comodoro Rivadavia heading to the W zone containing Trident 1, HMS Arrow and Sheffield. Trident 1 and the Mirage exchange fire but miss, HMS fires a Sea Dart at 10 miles to destroy 1 Mirage, Arrow fires Sea Cat at 1 mile but misses the remaining Mirage which itself fails to hit the fleet. 4 Mirages make an undetected attack on HMS Alacrity in the SE zone, 1 Mirage is destroyed by Sea Cat at a distance of 1 mile but that is not enough to prevent a hit by one of the remaining Mirages and Alacrity is sunk. Domestic Opinion falls (4). 2 Daggers from San Julian make an undetected attack on HMS Glamorgan in the NE zone. Glamorgan fires using Sea Slug at a distance of 1 mile but misses and fortunately the Daggers miss too. Another attack by 3 Daggers goes undetected in the N zone against HMS Antrim. Antrim launches Sea Slug at 1 mile but misses, and amazingly so do the 3 Daggers. All 4 harriers return safely to Hermes.
Grey weather. Excitement amongst the troops aboard the various ships in the Task Force. HMS Exeter conducts reconnaissance and finds that the beaches around San Carlos Bay have been mined, to prevent any further delay bomb disposal teams will be amongst the first wave of troops to be landed ashore. 2 harriers are sent to San Carlos Bay to provide CAP for the initial landings, 2 are sent to provide cover for the Task Force Zone. The air force is now severely stretched. Norland carrying the SBS, Canberra carrying 3 Para and St Edmund carrying the Ghurkas attempt to make the first and most dangerous troop landings supported by landing craft HMS Fearless and Intrepid, HMS Argonaut and Antrim move into the Bay to provide some protection. The Argentinians are caught unawares as only 1 air raid is made during the landings. 3 Mirage swoop into San Carlos Bay at speed, Black 2 shoots down 1 before itself being hit, the other 2 Mirage attack HMS Fearless and HMS Antrim. Antrim fires off Sea Slug but misses, fortunately it was enough to put off the Mirage who also miss their targets. In the end no mines are detected on the beach by the sappers and the SBS and Ghurkas are able to land full strength, with 3 Para having to make do landing without their heavy gear. British feet are now back on British soil and the land war has now begun. Argentinian forces move into the area though, with the appearance of the 1st Infantry and 3rd Artillery divisions.
Misty weather, which is great news for the landing ships. Canberra attempts a second landing this time with 42 Commando with the help of HMS Fearless. The warships HMS Broadsword, Brilliant and Arrow provide support. Red 1 and 2 provide air cover in San Carlos Bay, with Trident 1 and 2 protecting the Task Force Zone. The Argentinian patrol group moves into coastal waters and is attacked by HMS Splendid which misses, the patrol group however holds its ground and stays at sea. Amazingly thanks to the bad weather no air raids take place. Argentinian Commandos counter attack against 3 Para who are defeated. The first troop losses of the conflict. The Argentinian Amphibious division also take up position in San Carlos Bay. 42 Commando land unopposed. 3 British units now on the ground.
Cloudy weather. The QE2 and other reinforcements arrive. Canberra attempts to land its final troops, 40 Commando at Lookout Hill. the QE2 goes straight into action to land 45 Commando on Red Beach. HMS Fearless and Intrepid help with the landings, cover provided by Black 1 and 3 on CAP and HMS Minerva, Broadsword, Arrow, Brilliant and Penelope. San Carlos Bay is packed, taking advantage of the cloudy weather. Gold 1 covers the Task Force Zone. The Argentinian patrol group is detected in coastal waters by HMS Splendid and retreats back to the mainland. The carrier group stays in port. Again down to bad weather, no air raids take place. 40 and 45 Commando land safely. The 3rd Argentinian Marines counterattack the Ghurkas in Ajax Bay but HMS Broadsword provides naval support and although the Ghurkas sustain some damage the Marines are repelled. 5 British units now on the ground.
Grey weather. QE2 attempts to land the Welsh Guards at Poker Point containing the Argentinian 3rd Artillery, Canberra returns to the Task Force Zone its work now complete. Trident 1 and 2 fly CAP in San Carlos Bay, Red 1 and 2 cover the Task Force Zone. HMS Arrow, Minerva, Broadsword, Penelope and Brilliant are positioned in San Carlos Bay to protect the troops with HMS Fearless helping with the landings. The Argentinian carrier group stays in port, the 4 British subs are guarding the waters well. The day is to see 5 raids, with the Argentinian air force finally waking up to the British landings. 2 Canberras fly undetected from Trelew to attack the S zone containing HMS Yarmouth. No radar lock is made but fortunately the Canberras miss. 3 Mirages from Comodoro Rivadavia attack San Carlos Bay, 1 is destroyed by a Harrier. 1 attacks the QE2 in Poker Point, the other attacks HMS Penelope in Lookout Hill. HMS Brilliant fires its Sea Wolf, Broadsword fires Sea Cat, Penelope fires Sea Wolf, all miss the attacking Mirages. Fortunately the Mirages also miss their targets. 2 Skyhawks are spotted by the SAS leaving Rio Gallegos eventually attacking the W zone containing HMS Sheffield and Andromeda. Andromeda fires Sea Cat at 1 mile range but misses, the Skyhawks also miss. The SAS spots a further 3 Skyhawks heading again for the W zone, Sheffield fires Sea Dart at 10 miles and Andromeda fires Sea Cat at 1 mile, both missing, and again the Skyhawks miss. 3 Daggers make an undetected attack on San Carlos Bay. 2 Daggers attack HMS Minerva in Green Beach and 1 Dagger attacks HMS Arrow at Chanco Point. HMS Arrow fires Sea Cat and hits 1 Dagger, Minerva fires and misses but takes a hit from one of the Daggers. Domestic Opinion falls (3). On the ground, the Welsh Guards attempt to make an landing at Poker Point opposed by 3rd Artillery but they are defeated. Argentinian Commandos counter attack against the SBS in Chanco Point but are defeated. The Argentinian 5th Marines counter attack 42 Commando on Green Beach and after causing some damage are defeated. Domestic Opinion and International Opinion both at 3, 5 British units now on the ground all in the correct landing zones.
Fair weather brings bad news to the morning of the 25th May for the fleet. The Nordic Ferry attempts to land the Scots Guards at Wreck Point, and the Baltic Ferry attempts to land the Blues and Royals on Blue Beach. Black 1 and 3 provide CAP in San Carlos Bay, Gold 1 provides CAP in the Task Force Zone. The Argentinian carrier group moves into coastal waters undetected but fails to spot the Task Force. 5 more air raids are launched today. 4 Canberra from Trelew move undetected to attack San Carlos Bay. Black 3 hits 1 Canberra. 1 Canberra attacks HMS Broadsword in Ajax Bay, survies a Sea Wolf launch but misses its target. 2 Canberra attack HMS Brilliant near Red Beach, with 1 destroyed by Sea Wolf, the remaining Canberra misses. 2 Skyhawks from Rio Gallegos are detected by Nimrods (finally!) heading for the W zone of the Task Force containing HMS Sheffield and Andromeda. A Sea Dart from Sheffield destroys 1 Skyhawk at 10 miles, the other Skyhawk avoids a Sea Cat from Andromeda but misses on its bombing run. 2 Canberra from Trelew attack San Carlos Bay, Black 1 doesn't engage. 1 Canberra attacks HMS Broadsword in Ajax Bay and is hit by Sea Wolf, the other Canberra attacks HMS Penelope at Lookout Hill avoids a Sea Cat but misses its target. 2 Mirage from Comodoro Rivadavia attack San Carlos Bay, 1 Mirage attacks the Baltic Ferry containing the Scots Guards, HMS Brilliant and Penelope fire Sea Wolf and Sea Cat but miss, fortunately the Mirage also misses. The second Mirage attacks HMS Penelope at Lookout Hill, with HMS Broadsword firing Sea Wolf that misses, and again the Mirage misses. 3 Mirage make another attack at San Carlos Bay, with 1 Mirage attacking HMS Arrow at Chanco Point destroyed by a Sea Cat. The other 2 Mirages attack HMS Brilliant at Red Beach. Brilliant and Broadsword both fire but miss, fortunately the Mirages also miss their target. The Scots guards attempt to land at Wreck Point opposed by the Argentinian 1st Infantry and are defeated. The Blues and Royals attempt to land at Blue Beach against the Argentinian Amphibious Division but are narrowly defeated. The 4th Infantry counter attack against 42 Commando on Green Beach but are defeated. The 8th Infantry counter attack against the SBS at Chanco Point are defeated after naval support from HMS Arrow. 5 British units remain on the ground, desperately need to hold on.
Grey weather. No more troops to land, just a case of force protection. HMS Arrow, Antrim, Broadsword, Penelope and Brilliant together with Red 1 and 2 on CAP guard the landings. The Argentinian carrier groups moves to sea but is undetected and fails to detect the fleet. 5 more raids occur today, everyone is exhausted defending against the relentless air raids. 2 Mirage are detected by Nimrods leaving Comodoro Rivadavia heading towards San Carlos Bay. Red 2 intercepts and destroys 1 Mirage, the other attacks HMS Antrim near Green Beach, HMS Arrow fires Sea Wolf and Antrim fires Sea Slug, both miss, so does the remaining Mirage. 3 Mirages moved undetected to attack San Carlos Bay, Red 1 does not engage. The Mirages attack HMS Arrow, Antrim and Brilliant each firing off Sea Wolf or Sea Slug which miss, and again the Mirage miss their targets. 2 Mirages move undetected attacking the W zone of the Task Force containing HMS Sheffield and Andromeda, both miss their targets. 3 Mirages are detected by Nimrod heading towards San Carlos Bay, Red 1 does not engage. 2 Mirage attack HMS Broadsword in Ajax Bay with 1 being destroyed by troops on the ground and 1 being destroyed by Sea Wolf. The other Mirage attacks HMS Brilliant near Red Beach and after evading Sea Wolf misses its target. Finally the Super Etendards don't fly due to a lack of exocets. The Argentinian 10th HQ attack the SBS at Chanco Point but fail to even damage them with the SBS remaining at full strength despite 3 counter attacks. The 1st Marines attack the Ghurkas in Ajax Bay and manage to narrowly defeat them. The British ground units are now down to 4 surviving units including 42 Commando at half strength.
Grey weather and another low day for the Task Force. Black 1 and 3 fly CAP at San Carlos Bay. The carrier group moves to the coastal area undetected and does not detect the British subs or Task Force. 5 more air raids for our weary troops to contend with. Although the Super Etendards don't fly again due to a lack of exocets (twice). 4 Daggers from San Julian move undetected to the E zone of the Task Force to attack HMS Ardent, Sea Cat takes down 1 Dagger at 1 mile distance leaving 3 Daggers who miss their target. 3 more Daggers are detected by Nimrods heading towards the Defence Zone to attack HMS Exeter, no radar lock is achieved and 1 Dagger sinks Exeter. Domestic Opinion falls (2). Finally, 4 Daggers move undetected to attack the E zone containing HMS Ardent, no radar lock is achieved and 1 Dagger sinks Ardent. Domestic Opinion falls (1). The Argentinian 2nd Marines counter attack the SBS at Chanco Point and SBS again win without taking any damage.
Misty weather. HMS Onyx joins the Task Force and moves to search coastal waters. 4 British Ground units to be defended. HMS Spartan detects and fires unsuccessfully upon the carrier group which returns to the mainland. The misty weather means air raids are launched. The remaining 4 ground units (SBS, 40, 42 and 45 Commando) move out and attempt to engage the Argentinian ground troops but suffer heavy losses. The attacks with so few remaining troops are unsustainable and a ceasefire is declared. The British and Argentinian governments announce that sovereignty will be transferred to Argentina with the British holding a 99 year lease. The remains of the Task Force return home to a low key reception with Domesitic Opinion at the very bottom (1). International Opinion remained moderate (4).
Harriers lost to weather 8, destroyed on Invincible 1, shot down 1
HMS Invincible (Skyhawk from carrier)
HMS Alacrity (Mirage)
HMS Minerva (Dagger)
HMS Exeter (Dagger)
HMS Ardent (Dagger)
2 Para (left to fight IRA)
3 Para Counter attack
Scots Guards landing
Welsh guards landing
Blues and Royals landing
Ghurkas Counter attack
Arg 2 subs (sub)
Arg battle group (sub)
4 Zones isn't bad for a first outing.
Don't worry about the reception back home.
They just don't understand...
Thanks, my wife is pleased to get the dining table back! Review to follow.
...in every war, there have to be sacrifices...
It's just a ride...
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I'd give you a thumb if it wasn't for that avatar...
Reading AAR's like this, and everything else about this game, is killing me... It goes against my prejudice against modern era and convictions against solitaire games...but it looks and sounds incredible. Worse, I absolutely cannot afford it, and I know by the time I can it will be OOP!!! Stop! Enough already! Have you no decency, sir? Great AAR.