AKA, the second fight in the Battle of Mar Gush
It is 0415 on 30 March 1948, and the Jordanians have returned to the northern edge village of Mar Gush. Two days ago they approached further east and were treated rather roughly by Baruch Eitan's 1st Platoon. The Company commander, Captain Avi Peled, had been switching out the platoons on watch at the roadblock east of the village, on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Road. As of 0415, 3rd Platoon was manning the roadblock, 1st Platoon was manning outposts in a 360 degree perimeter around the village, and 2nd Platoon was located in the center of the village, acting as a quick reaction force, able to move against threats at all points of the compass. At 0405, member of 1st Platoon manning the outpost to the northeast, across the shallow (fictional) Nelani River, came in to report movement to Avi, the Company commander, and he immediately summoned the 2nd Platoon commander, Lt Danny Tzur. Danny was a 29-year old, American born Jew was drafted into the US Army in May 1942. In boot camp he was recognized as having leadership potential and so upon the completion of boot camp he was sent to Officer Candidate School, minting a new 2nd Lieutenant in time to drop into France on 6 June 1944. Danny served as a platoon commander, company executive officer, company commander, and battalion operations officer throughout the campaigns in Normandy, Holland, and Belgium, returning to civilian life in mid-1946. Back home in Toledo, it was his parents that first pointed out the plight of the Jews in Palestine, and with a steadily deteriorating situation in 1947, Danny crossed the ocean and arrived in Tel Aviv just after the New Year, 1948.
Avi quickly explained the situation and what needed to happen; Danny immediately gathered his men and began moving towards the enemy. Avi stated: "Danny, I'm not sure what exactly is out there, so I'm coming with."
Danny Tzur, age 29, former US Army paratrooper, M-1 Garand
Binyamin Lipz, age 34, a refugee from Latvia, Sten
Adriel Barak, age 24, village butcher, Mauser
Ephraim Gur, age 25, former member of the Palmach that returned home, Sten
Gabriel Bar-Lev, age 30, former British Motor T, Lee-Enfield
Aram Mofaz, age 18, a village youngster, MP-40
Eli Yadin, age 18, a village youngster, Sten
Abel Dori, age 47, village pharmacist, Mauser
Davi Yaklef, age 27, refugee from the Soviet Union, Sten
Hiram Laskov, age 50, refugee from Poland, MP-40
Hanan Elazar, age 25, former British Army clerk, Mauser
Sagi Shamron, age 19, a village youngster, Mauser
All the figures are 15mm troops from Peter Pig, and I'm playing these fights using Ivan's "Five Men at Kursk," modified slightly.
The two Jews stacked at bottom center are two more youngsters, Aram Mofaz and Eli Yadin, steeling their minds to step out into the storm. Aram is up first...
See, this is what can happen in solo games if you're doing it right! ;) For the enemy I come up with the most likely course of action (in this case, having pinned Danny, move back and rally some of his buddies), a most dangerous course of action (in this case, charge Danny), and then a third way, usually less aggressive or not as tactically beneficial (after firing on Danny, move further into cover on the hill), then roll a D10, with the roll weighted towards most likely, then most dangerous, then the third way.
*Just to be clear, Danny was put out of the fight like any other figure, and I rolled to figure out the long-term results after the game. It turned out he was only knocked out, so I'm using that in the context of the narrative.
This really sucks, as a knocked down troop can only get back in the fight by a buddy moving into base contact with him. So, not only do all his friends have a long way to go to get to him, but anyone trying to help will be very exposed once on the roof. Dammit!
And I'm afraid, ladies and gentlemen, that's where we will wrap up for today. The situation very much in doubt, things not going overly well for either side, the Jews about to make another push on the far right, skirting The Orchard. Coming right up, so stay tuned!