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R/C Tank Combat

The Intervention

Battle #2 Summary

Team Selection
After the fast paced first battle, a little bit of team shuffling was in order to allow participants to battle different people and vehicles. Furthermore, since both the UN vehicle and Navarone Gun were out of commission because of failures, it was decided that the game would be "Defend the Town", which would put all artillery and supply vehicles with the team currently defending the town. The following teams were formed:

The Enablers
John Pittelli (Comet), Steve Tyng (Cromwell), Paul Pittelli (KV-1), Chris Wacker (T34)

Tough Love
Will Montgomery (SU-100), Frank Pittelli (Tiger), Joe Sommer (Hetzer)

Both Sides
Marty Hayes (Flak 88), Andy Snyder (Goer), Ken Kelly (Goer)

Each team would be given 30 minutes to attack the town, defended by the other team. The defenders were required to have at least one tank in the town limits (as denoted by four orange cones) at all times. If all tanks were destroyed or outside the limits, the game would immediately end and the attacking team would be awarded 5,000 points.

Rat Trap
Team Tough Love would begin defending the town. With just three tanks, this would be a tough assignment, requiring a high level of team coordination. The SU-100 was chosen to occupy the town as much as possible, with the Tiger and Hetzer in supporting roles, attacking and defending as needed. With only a single house and four barricades it was decided that some re-construction was in order. Tough Love placed the four barricades in a tight circle which included the house, with three very narrow (just wider than a tank) gaps. The Flak 88 was placed just behind the barricades to cover two of the openings.

The battle began with the SU-100 in town, outside the barricades, and the Tiger nestled inside the barricades. The Hetzer was outside the town limits, covering the left flank and the artillery soldiers. As the battle began, The Enablers moved quickly toward the town and took up positions covering the front and sides. One of The Enablers (I think it was the KV-1) decided to try a frontal assault on the enclosure and moved towards the front opening. The Tiger kept darting in and out of the right side opening (which was angled to provide protection) as the intruder approached. Eventually, the attacker pushed into the enclosed area and the Tiger backed out.

For a short period of time, The Enablers looked at each other in amazement, assuming that they just won the battle because the enclosed area was vacant. However, they soon realized that the SU-100 and Tiger were still inside of the actual town limits (as defined by the 4 orange cones) and the battle had only just begun. Quickly, Tough Love started assaulting the attacker who was now caught in the middle of the trap. Unable to quickly retreat through the narrow opening and with shots coming from multiple directions through the side and back openings, the attacker was destroyed. For just a little while, Tough Love rejoiced.

Convoy Killer
A proper defense of the town depends on well-stocked artillery, which depends on lots of supply runs. With the SU-100 and Tiger focused on defending the town, the defense of the supply vehicle would lie squarely on the shoulders of Joe Sommer and his Hetzer. Of course, that meant fending off the constant attacks from the speedy Cromwell. Fortunately, the Hetzer speed is comparable to that of the Cromwell and there was good coordination between the supply vehicle operators and Joe. As the Cromwell approached, the Goer would be sent back to homebase, in a cat and mouse game, while the Hetzer engaged the Cromwell. On a couple of occassions, the Tiger would dart out of the town to hurl a few shells at the Cromwell to further frustrate him. Such tactics worked well overall, with the Goer making a total of 8 runs, while being destroyed only twice. The constant supply of ammo to the Flak 88 allowed it to anchor the town defense, unleashing horrific volleys at close range when tanks moved in or around the enclosure.

Close Call
With only a few minutes remaining in the first 30 minute sortie, The Enablers came very close to completing their mission. By concentrating their firepower, the Enablers were able to pick off the Tiger, sending it back to home base with only a few minutes to go. With the Hetzer also being re-incarnated, only the SU-100 stood between The Enablers and victory. Accordingly, they threw all caution to the wind and attacked with everything they had. As Frank watched from home base, it looked like it was all over, with the SU-100 spinning like a top to avoid hits. The Tiger raced out of home base towards the town, but it looked like it would be too late. But, as the dust settled the outcome was not as expected. The SU-100 had successfully avoided being hit 4 times and the attackers either ran out of ammo or were destroyed by the Flak 88. With about a minute left, the Tiger pulled into town to support the SU-100, but The Enablers were not able to mount another attack before the sortie expired.

A Different Approach
As The Enablers prepared to defend the town, they decided on a different arrangement of the barricades. Instead of creating an enclosed area, they formed them in large horseshoe which was completely open on their side of the field. The Flak 88 would be deployed behind the barricade, just inside the town limits, to guard both flanks. With only three tanks on the attacking side, this would be a difficult configuration to attack.

As the battle began, the members of Tough Love started their assault by driving straight up the middle of the field. With The Enablers nestled behind the wall, the attackers could use the wall to shield their approach as well. With both sides camped out on either side of the wall, the Tough Love tanks began probing the wall looking for gaps wide enough to fire through. No suitable gaps were found, so they started attacking both sides of the wall.

Pressing Grapes
The overall strategy of team Tough Love was to push on both sides of the enclosure, squeezing The Enablers into the middle. If they could get tanks on both sides, they could get The Enablers in a cross-fire as they hunkered down for defense. Of course, this is easier said than done. The Enablers had the KV-1 patrolling behind the wall, with the Comet and Cromwell attacking the attackers whenever they tried to come around the sides. (The T34 had mechanical problems and had to withdraw from the battle.)

A Lucky Break
With both sides losing tanks throughout the battle, there were numerous opportunities for 2-on-1 engagements, although the Flak 88 was always present to help the defender. At one point, however, the Comet was returning to home base, just as all three Tough Love tanks were advancing on the town. The KV-1 was secure behind the wall and the Cromwell was lurking about. Nonetheless, this was the time to pounce and Tough Love threw everything at the town. With the Hetzer and SU-100 going around one side, the KV-1 and Flak 88 were force to focus on them. In the meantime, the Cromwell and Tiger tangled on the other side. With three hits on the Cromwell, Steve knew that he had to be careful, so he placed the Cromwell behind the wall as well, with his gun trained on the edge of the wall. If the Tiger came around the corner, it would be destroyed in short order.

So, the stage was set. The KV-1 and Flak 88 were facing left, holding the SU-100 and Hetzer at bay, while the Cromwell was facing right, holding the Tiger at bay. As the Comet was about ready to re-enter the war, something had to give. Knowing the Cromwell's speed, Frank kept a close eye on it as he edged closer to the corner. Although he could be engaged and destroyed at any time by both the Cromwell and Flak 88, he decided to swing "out", not "around" the corner, and put himself in a position to shoot at the KV-1, not the Cromwell. With a clear shoot at the exposed rear of the KV-1, the Tiger fired quickly and destroyed the KV-1. That allowed the Hetzer and SU-100 to charge in from their side and get a clear shot at the exposed side of the Cromwell. With a single shot fired at the Cromwell, while the Comet raced to reach the town, the sortie was over and team Tough Love earned themselves 5,000 bonus points.

Offical Scores for The Intervention Battle #2
Team Asset Operator Hits
The Enablers T018 Paul Pittelli 12 15 0 0 0 0 3,000 3,750 0.556
  T039 John Pittelli 8 2 0 0 0 0 2,000 500 0.200
  T040 Steve Tyng 12 26 0 0 0 0 3,000 6,500 0.684
  SV005 Andy Snyder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
  SV005 Ken Kelly 2 0 5 0 0 0 500 1,250 0.714
  SV005 Marty Hayes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
  FA004 Andy Snyder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
  FA004 Marty Hayes 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 500 1.000
TOTAL 34 45 5 0 0 0 8,500 12,500 0.595
Tough Love T001 Frank Pittelli 16 22 0 0 0 1,000 4,000 6,500 0.619
  T010 Joe Sommer 12 4 0 0 0 1,000 3,000 2,000 0.400
  T026 Will Montgomery 12 4 0 0 0 1,000 3,000 2,000 0.400
  SV005 Andy Snyder 2 0 3 0 0 500 500 1,250 0.714
  SV005 Marty Hayes 0 0 5 0 0 500 0 1,750 1.000
  FA004 Andy Snyder 0 0 0 0 0 500 0 500 1.000
  FA004 Marty Hayes 3 4 0 0 0 500 750 1,500 0.667
TOTAL 45 34 8 0 0 5,000 11,250 15,500 0.579

Asset Type Net Points
T040 A27M Cromwell MkVI 3,500
SV005 M520 Goer 3,250
T001 PzKpfw VI-I Tiger 2,500
FA004 Flak 88 1,750
T018 KV-1 750
T026 SU-100 -1,000
T010 JgPz 38(t) Hetzer -1,000
T039 Comet -1,500
Operator Net Points
Steve Tyng 3,500
Marty Hayes 3,000
Frank Pittelli 2,500
Andy Snyder 1,250
Ken Kelly 750
Paul Pittelli 750
Will Montgomery -1,000
Joe Sommer -1,000
John Pittelli -1,500