Here is the second part of fight number two in the Israeli War for Independence, where the men of 2nd Platoon are fighting off soldiers of the Jordanian Army on the northern edge of their home, the village of Mar Gush.
Which represents a major setback for the Jews, as there were four men laying up there on the hill, ripe for the taking, but just couldn't get there...
Yeah, I ran out of Modern USMC casualties and now am using VC casualty figures.
Dammit! My attempts to get someone on the left flank just have not worked out; I should have sent more than just Aram, but without Danny's leadership they've been a bit disorganized, and certainly more focused on assisting each other than pushing forward. Additionally, that's four times this game where the enemy has 'fired' with 1D6 and scored on one of my troops. A bit frustrating to be sure, but c'est la guerre.
Let's try it again.
Avi looked at his watch; not yet even an hour had passed since the beginning of the fight. But the men of 2nd Platoon were exhausted; Danny, Binyamin, Abel, and Sagi are down and need to be treated as a first priority. Additionally, water and ammunition are depleted, and while the Arabs have fallen back, they have a seemingly endless supply of men and munitions, and they'll be back. Avi needs to fall back 2nd Platoon to have them tend their wounded, regroup, and restock, and he wants 3rd Platoon to take their place in the line, but, as it turns out, the Jordanians have struck in the south, and thus Dov had to commit his men there.
Avi himself climbed Cemetery Hill to find Danny, finding him among the trees and brush, and upon kneeling down he immediately murmured a prayer of thankfulness. "Danny, you are not going to be happy when you wake up, but the good news is, you're going to wake up." Avi splashed a little water from his canteen on Danny's face, then began rubbing and gently slapping him. Danny came to with a start; "what the hell happened?" "Well, my friend, from the looks of it, you caught a Jordanian rifle butt in the face." "Oww... I think he broke my jaw! Wait; how are my men?" "Come on Danny, let's check."
Three more Jewish fighters were down:
Binyamin Lipz: Shot while moving up Cemetery Hill to assist Danny Tzur, the Latvian was hit twice in the chest. Evacuated to the hospital in Tel Aviv, it took multiple surgeries to save his life, and many more to return him to his some semblance of a normal life.
Abel Dori: The village pharmacist bravely charged into The Orchard, where he killed three enemies amongst the citrus trees before falling close combat. The enemy hacked and clubbed at him with rifle butt and bayonet, nearly costing him his life, but ultimately leaving him near blind and without the use of his right arm. He, too, was evacuated to the hospital in Tel Aviv, returning to Mar Gush after the war.
Sagi Shamron: The teenager was part of the unit attempting to seal the right flank, hit by an enemy machine gun while crossing the street near The Orchard. The bullet passed straight through Sagi's bicep without striking bone, so he will be laid up for a couple weeks but should re-join the company barring any complications or infection.
So, a heck of a fight, lots of fun, despite being more of a stalemate than a real victory. I'm treating this as both sides falling back; the next fight will be 3rd Platoon fighting in the south, and then either 1st Platoon or 2nd Platoon will have to counterattack to re-take the northern edge of the village, which the Arabs have reoccupied during the night. More fights on the way.