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Scenario 4 - Ecuadors Defenders

The Peruvians have a tough job in this scenario. They have to take 2 towns along a north-south road and clear all the Ecuadorans away from the road in 6 1/2 hours. There's a lot of road to cover here, and not a huge amount of Peruvian troops. They do have artillery and tanks and trucks for the infantry, and the Ecuadorans have the advantage of reinforcing CARA units (2-1s) who can disappear into the woods.

The Ecuadorans set up with a couple of INF units and a leader in the forward woods, hoping to slow down any trucks running by, with the remainder of the troops either in the forward, small town or dug-in in the field and swamps near the forward town. On turn 1, at the 1st sign of Peruvian tanks, the forward troops scurried deeper into the woods to threaten the artillery and to threaten the road. It took 2 precious hours to dig them out. Meanwhile, the other troops advancing on the town were being harassed by Ecuadorans who would fire and then run into the woods to escape being spotted. They were able to disrupt a couple of Peruvians who took forever to recover. This worked until the tanks rolled up.

By about turn 12, the Peruvians were preparing to assault the forward town. The Ecuadorans were leaving only light troops behind with as many as possible retreating towards the bigger town. One particular Ecuadoran INF was hidden in the fields, but also demoralized. Still, if he ever recovered, he could be a threat to the road. The CARA were all hidden in the woods lining the road, and spread out by this point.

It took another hour plus to clear the forward town as the Ecuadorans refused to go down easily. The Peruvians were also working on clearing out the field. Still, the clock was ticking and things didn't look good for the invaders.

The assault on the 2nd town started on turn 20 and started badly. In order to rush things, unescorted tanks attacked an Ecuadoran HMG in the town. While they disrupted it, one of the tanks (with the tank commander) was demoralized and scooted back to the forward town. By turn 21 the larger town was under heavy assault, but the Ecuadorans refused to collapse. Eventually, the tank melee (reinforced with an HMG)forced the Ecuadorans to abandon part of the town, but 2 of the hexes refused to go down.

After turn 22 (of 26), it was quite clear that the Peruvians would be unable to win this scenario. They had not even reached the hidden Ecuadoran units, and to root them out in 4 turns would be impossible. This one ended in an Ecuadoran minor victory.

An interesting scenario, and one that I think is very tough for the Peruvians. As mentioned at the start, they have a lot of ground to cover, and 26 turns is not a lot of time, especially given that each nest of Ecuadorans really has to be eliminated so it doesn't threaten the road. It was enjoyable, though, as the Ecuadorans actually stood up to the enemy for a while.
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