Sons of Odin – Ragnar’s Raiders Regiment: Frost Wolves Lance
Warhammer (70) – Matt
Griffin (55) – Jen
Ostroc (60) – Cory
Mongoose (30) – NPC
ADF 3rd Armor Division – Liberty Torch Company
Bulldog Medium Tanks x2
FG2 Field Guns x2
ADF 18th Landsers – Black Dog Company
Infantry Squads x2
Scout Sniper Team
Blood Dragon Alliance – Crimson Diao Regiment: Assault Lance 4
Battlemaster (85) – Doug
Goliath (80) – Tray
Charger (80) – Brad
Clint – NPC
Blood Dragon Alliance – 83rd People’s Guard: Strike Company 17
Striker Light Tanks x2
Previously, Allied forces in the Central Industrial Sector of New Konigsberg were able to temporarily hold their line and push the BDA spearhead back away from the Elbe River. This reprieve was of great relief to the civilian population that was not evacuated during the battle, allowing them to escape Southward. It also was a huge benefit to allied forces in the area as it allowed additional ADF mechanized and infantry forces to retreat through that corridor to the relative safety on the South side of the river. It also gave the ADF a window to recover several disabled vehicles, and it gave Ragnar’s Raiders mercenary company a chance to salvage a disabled BDA Phoenix Hawk Battlemech. The vehicles recovered, including disabled Von Luckner and Sturmfeur heavy tanks, would be repaired and put right back into circulation.
After the evacuation and recovery efforts were done, the ADF reinforced their defenses on the South Side of the river, while the BDA moved heavy forces into the evacuated territory North of the river. Over the next couple of days, things were relatively peaceful as both sides licked their wounds, and at times interrupted the monetary peace with occasional artillery and sniper fire. Both sides waited on their sides of the river for what would happen next while the greater war raged around them.
The BDA planned to execute another strike designed to create a series of bridgeheads on the South side of the river. This would allow their heavy tank and infantry forces to stream through and the continuation of the effort to capture New Konigsberg to continue. In this sector they deployed the 7th Assault Lance of the 122nd People’s Guard Division to push across the two bridges and wrest control of the area on the South side. They would be supported by the 10th Company of the 73rd Armor Division. A follow-up attack would involve heavy tank and infantry units to establish a perimeter and expand control on the South side.
The Allied force defending this location consisted of light infantry units supported by tanks of the Liberty Torch Company of the ADF 3rd Armor Division. Augmenting these units would be Sons of Odin mercenaries from the Ragnar’s Raiders division, with the Frost Wolves Heavy Lance chosen for this role.
The battle began with the BDA splitting their forces with two assault mechs (Battlemaster and Goliath) pushing across the West bridge and the Charger assault mech, supported by the Striker tanks, jumping across the river on the East side while the light Clint mech screened the space between the two attacks.
The SOO force was well positioned to counter this approach with their Griffin supported by the two Bulldog tanks in the East where the Charger was approaching. The Bulldogs were hidden in a trench, unseen by the Charger. In the West the Warhammer and Ostroc were near the bridge and in good position to block. Screening the center were the two Hyena APCs with the FG2 Field Guns in support from dug in positions on heavily wooded hills.
The Charger was peppered by long range fire as he made his way to the river, as were the two Strikers as they moved into supporting firing positions with their LRM10’s. Almost immediately the Griffin scored a critical hit with its LRM blowing one of the Strikers up and covering the other in fire from the exploded fuel tank. This was a tough early loss for the BDA assault force, but not an insurmountable one.
In the West the Battlemaster was really the centerpiece of the BDA attack. It was by far the highest value unit on the field and had the greatest armor and short range damage potential, event outclassing the Charger and its deadly AC20. The Goliath was a nice pairing with the Battlemaster as its exclusive long range weaponry was very effective when screened by the dangerous Battlemaster. The SOO Warhammer and Griffin wisely used buildings for cover as they attempted to defend the bridge but there seemed to be little they could do to slow down the heavily armored Battlemaster. As it approached, they would likely have to give ground. The allied commander ordered a nearby Hyena to move into a blocking position, which it did, slowing down the Battlemaster’s advance. The Hyena’s move was dangerous and he was quickly rendered immobile by the Goliath, when, only 18 seconding into the battle, the Warhammer scored a PPC hit on the Battlemaster which found a crease in his armor. The miraculous shot squarely hit the Battlemaster’s gyros resulting in a dead mech and a complete flip of fortunes on the battlefield. As the Battlemaster collapsed to the ground, the BDA assault went from a relentless well coordinated attack, to a sudden and desperate fight for survival.
The Goliath immediately began to retreat, walking backwards and firing furiously at the Ostroc and Warhammer who, no longer threatened by the Battlemaster, were now aggressively pursuing. The Clint moved to curb their pursuit by flanking them and getting behind the two mechs. This would force one of them to commit to protecting their back, taking pressure off the Goliath. The Ostroc moved to counter the Clint but suddenly didn’t have to worry about it as one of the ADF FG2 Field Guns rattled off a salvo that hit the Clint’s weakened left torso armor, hitting his AC5 ammo, blowing the light mech to smithereens. The Field Guns crew cheered victoriously over the radio. The Clint pilot ejected safely and was quickly snatched up by ADF infantry in a nearby building. The intel he would later provide would prove valuable. The Battlemaster pilot, rather than be taken prisoner, self-destructed, blowing up himself and his mech on the bridge.
The Goliath would get no help now. He continued to walk backwards as the Griffin and Ostroc continued their pitiless onslaught.
To the East the Charger kept the Griffin and Bulldog tanks at bay as he jumped back across the river. The remaining Striker covered this retreat with constant salvos of LRM fire but was unable to hold back the allied forces as they crossed the bridge. The Charger ducked into the buildings between the bridges. The Striker tried to follow close behind but the vehicle was struck with a crippling Large Laser shot from a Bulldog tank, destroying the vehicle. The Striker crew abandoned the wreck and fled into a nearby building. It was now just the Charger and Goliath remaining against unspeakable odds.
The Goliath continued backing up, crossing the bridge and then angling into the center of the city towards the Charger. The Goliath fired furiously, hotly pursued by the Ostroc and Warhammer who were dishing out a beating. The Charger soon linked up with the Goliath in the center forcing the allied mechs to give the Goliath some much needed space. The Bulldogs and Griffin continued to press from the East. The goal of the two BDA mechs was clear, escape to the North. It looked like they may be able to do it. The Warhammer circled around the cut them off, and as the Goliath backed out of the cluster of buildings, the Warhammer was in perfect firing position and hit the Goliath with a barrage of PPC fire with one of the shots connecting with the head of the Goliath. A killing blow.
As the Goliath collapsed to the ground, the Charger pilot opened up coms to the allied force and asked for honors. Not wanting to fight the dangerous and relatively undamaged Charger, they agreed, allowing the BDA pilots and crewmen to escape to the north. The allied force quickly policed up the battlefield, collecting salvage, including the intact Goliath mech, and moved back to the relative safety on the South side of the river after a stunning victory against the BDA assault force.
This was a stunning victory by the allied force repelling a well executed attack by the BDA. I thought the plan by both teams was sound as was the execution. The luck factor was heavily in the favor of the allied force however with multiple critical kills very early in the fight which completely gutted any chance for a BDA victory. This tactical victory resulted in a strategic outcome of maintaining the line of defense along the Elbe river at the heart of New Konigsberg and kept pressure off of surrounding allied forces who would have been forced to try to immediately counter-attack to eliminate the BDA bridgehead in this sector. This had the additional effect of allowing the allied forces valuable time to regroup and formulate future plans, while providing some terrific salvage for SOO, and a bonus Goliath assault mech which they could repair and put into circulation relatively quickly. For the BDA, losing almost an entire assault Lance with nothing to show for it is a major setback. Losses like these could upset their greater strategy and do not go over well in high command, which is why the Battlemaster pilot was probably wise to choose to die in the field.
MVP: Matt – Warhammer (70)
Matt drove the pants off his under-armored Warhammer killing two assault mechs and playing an outstanding all around game. The dice gods were friendly but his execution was flawless and his strategy sound from the beginning.
Red Shirt: Doug – Battlemaster (85)
In spite of fighting a mistake free battle, his Battlemaster died from a miracle shot by the Warhammer on turn 3.
Survivor: Brad – Charger (80)
His Charger was the lone survivor of the BDA assault force.
Marksman: Corey – Ostroc (60)
Hit the Goliath with a barrage of laser fire in the left torso on the same round.
Last Stand: Tray – Goliath (80)
Fought to the bitter end against unspeakable odds after the Battlemaster went down.
First Blood: Jen – Griffin (55)
Destroyed a Striker tank on the first round with an LRM shot.
Goose: Doug – Striker Tank (35)
Fought hard covering the Charger’s retreat and dished out a ton of damage, punishing the ADF force for crossing the bridge in pursuit.
Headshot: Matt – Warhammer (70)
Killed the retreating Goliath with a PPC headshot turning the BDA’s carefully executed fallback into a total route.
Doublekill: Matt – Warhammer (70)
Killed both the Battlemaster and the Goliath resulting into two assault mech kills.