Zendora has only ever won one Olympic gold medal, and some cynics says it only bagged the gong in question because the legendary Swiss sharpshooter Wilhelm Teller didn’t attend the 1956 Melbourne Games due to a boycott. The gold was won in 300 metre rifle shooting by Otto Pinkas, one of the two Zen snipers who, working in concert with Recon Team Charlie, savages an advancing Pod rifle squad this turn.
(Operation Oryx is an open-to-all game of Combat Mission: Cold War set in 1981. The commenter-controlled Zendoran forces are attempting to ambush a column of Podrabian vehicles bound for Zečin, the Zendoran capital. Each turn covers one minute of WeGo action. For a scenario outline and summaries of earlier turns, click here).
Firing from the wooded berm in box 100, Otto and Branko drop the squad’s officer and light machine-gunner first, then move on to the hoi polloi. By the end of the sixty, only two men on the highway embankment north of the Lesovs’ house are still capable of squeezing triggers, and both of these foes are stationary and cowed.
Talking of the Lesovs, when we parted company last Monday, our father-and-son RPG team was eyeing the flank of an approaching T-62.
Momentum and some hasty reversing on the part of our truck, deprives that tank of a firing opportunity in the opening seconds of the turn. Instead the Pod trundler finds itself on the receiving end of a beautifully delivered HEAT rocket.
How effective are RPG-7s against the side armour of T-62s? Here’s your answer.
For a few seconds following the kill, it looks like the Lesovs’ celebrations might be cut short by one of the dead MBT’s siblings. Rejoining the northern carriageway after a spot of wreck avoidance, the convoy leader swings its shell spitter in the direction of the copse. Clearly, the vengeful tank has no idea that one of the bonfires it has just bypassed was ignited by a threat firing from the north-west corner of the map.
Hunting barnward, Droopy spies the unsuspecting heavyweight and lets fly.
Another Pod landship heaves to, seeping smoke and flame.
Of the six original T-62s now only one remains. Barrelling along the southern carriageway, it establishes LoS to the box 74 copse at approximately T+40. Within seconds, the sharp-eyed Pod gunner spots Lesov Senior reloading his RPG and Lesov Junior dropping bailed tank crewmen with his AK-74.
A near miss covers the ambushers in dirt and shredded foliage, and leaves their ears ringing, but fails to draw blood. Sadly, the coaxial MG burst that follows the HE round is more accurate.
Hearing a cry of pain, Milan Lesov turns to find his father face down and twitching.
Elsewhere this turn…
It appears the rumours were true! Alarmed by armour losses early in the invasion, Pod top brass has indeed pressed into service a batch of ‘obsolete’ tanks recently sold – on paper at least – to Qatab.
At T+40 Otto and Branko spot a beige T-54 (?) stopping on the eastern edge of box 70, and what’s left of Recon Team Bravo observe another one moving down the north side of the embankment a bit further east.
Tereza didn’t fire this turn and the reason may well be the dust cloud visible in this pic.
As Muttley’s gunner finishes Turn 18 aiming at the last of the Pod T-62s, I wouldn’t be surprised if the western half of the map was free of enemy armour by the end of the next sixty.
M16 fire from our light mortar team failed to stop a retreating two-man Pod HQ team from reaching New Farm in the closing seconds of the sixty.