With my Foreign Legion figures sitting in the cupboard, it was time to put them through their paces! I had been reading that the French government had deployed troops to Mali and, after a chat with Spyros who has more Legion, Malian government troops and some good insurgent-looking figures, we decided to put on a game with the lot....in the end my Legion didn't get a look in..we used Spyros'.
|Insurgents in the rough terrain north of the town.|
Spyros, Connor and Chris played the Government forces and the Legion. Evan George and Nick were the MNLA- the insurgents...and I umpired. It had been a while since we had played Force on Force- we were all a bit rusty...so I decided to read the rules while the game was on!
Situation: A rebel force from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) was know to be holding the small town of Aboualla. The Malian government requested the support from the French forces deployed in country to assist the government forces in retaking the town.
|Rough terrain to the west.|
The Government forces were to launch the main frontal attack with the Legion backing up when necessary. Initially they were pinned down by the combined fire of as many insurgent units as possible, although they took few casualties. At one stage all the government markers had pinned markers, but the insurgents could not cause enough casualties to make them break and run- probably due to their habit of holding their AK-47s above their heads to fire them!...The fog of war cards weren't particularly friendly either- they walked into several mines as well.
They also had two technicals...the 1st and 2nd Armoured Divisions- as George called them. They were very effective in blanketing the area of operations in smoke when they were both destroyed very early in the game!!!
|The insurgents get the thumbs up by my son. Hi Nick!|
So the Official Government brief to the world's press emphasised the strength and professionalism of the Malian troops....and made mention of some French 'observers' in the area!
For more pics see Spyros' Blog- No Duff Gamer ( the link is on the right!)
|The Area of Operations|
|The insurgents are in town. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad- or MNLA.|
|The 1st MNLA Armoured Division|
|Let's go boys!|
|Let the infidels come!|
|Malian government troops arrive|
|French APC's arrive- the Legionnaires are inside.|
|The government troops advance|
|French sniper team disembark and move to take up position.|
|The Legion sections deploy.|
|MNLA moving through the town.|
|The 1st MNLA Armoured division goes up in smoke!!|