Friday, 15 September 2017

Zogo. An African hot spot. Latest SIT REP.

Latest SIT REP for the next game in our Zogo campaign thanks to John Diamond.



SIT REP: Central AFRICA: ZOGO

From the CIA FACT FILE.

Situation:
The ongoing violence in the south of the country has begun to destabilise the existing social structure and harmony of the region. Despite recent victories, the President of the troubled African nation has been unable to subdue rebel groups that have begun to break away from Meeko Momfasa’s Patangan Liberation Front (PLF). In fact, several groups have now claimed that they are the legitimate Liberation movement after the death of Beeko Momfasa. In addition to this, Mshombou’s violent retribution against some of his own people is leading to a greater cycle of violence in the more remote section of the country in the south. The absence of his Zogo Africa Rifles and the consolidation of his Presidential Guard on campaign with the President, has meant that resource rich sections of the country have been without authority and civil disorder. Brutal violence is increasing.

Of concern to the West is the recent arrival of PLA (People’s Liberation Army) advisers from China. Besides these ‘advisers’, large amounts of military hardware are landing in the country and being deployed with the President’s dreaded Presidential Guard.

Recent reports from the diamond and uranium rich region of southern Patanga indicate that European mining specialists and their families are being rounded up by ruthless gun toting rebels in the town of Kelwazi. The lives of nearly 1500 French, US, British and Belgian nationals is now at stake.

NEWSFLASH:
A source has confirmed that NATO’s rapid reaction force will be deployed to Kelwozi to protect the lives of the hostages.

A spokesman for the Zogo government stated; “This is western colonial imperialism again. These Europeans have no right to enter our country. It is merely the greedy Wall Street capitalist wanting our uranium and our diamonds. They care nothing for the lives of these people who are living peacefully with their African brothers and sisters!”

On news that NATO is preparing to commit US Rangers and Foreign Legion Paratroops to the Kelwazi region, to guarantee the lives of the Europeans there, the President himself made an appearance on national television to assure his people.

Whoever shows hostility to the peace-loving people of Zogo will be destroyed. We will not allow Europeans colonialists to take one step on the soil of our beloved country! I promise you this!!”


MISSION:
A combined force of US Rangers and Foreign Legion Paratroopers will be parachuted into the Kelwazi region to secure the mining facilities on the edge of the airfield to ensure the safety of the European hostages.






US Rangers hit the ground.

French Legioners deploy.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Zogo. An African hot spot. Part 3.

Got together with the boys at John Diamonds place to continue our fictitious African campaign. 
This time we used the Force on Force rules. 
Here is the AAR thanks to John Diamond. 

Links to previous  games.

Part 1.

 Part 2.


  SENSATION AT THE UN : Assassination attempt of President T’Mbolo M’Shombou


UN REPORT
A sensational report was tabled in the United Nations this afternoon.  Members of a private military company Bilgewater Inc were involved in an attempted coup in Zogo in the last 24 hours with an unprecedented attack on President for Life T’Mbolo M’Shombou. Reports from Zogo state media state that hundreds of white mercenaries were killed and that the President’s armoured Mercedes Benz suffered a pant scratch for which the President has vowed revenge.



------------------------BILGEWATER INC: (Internal Memo)-------------------------
Bilgewater Inc. as a private military contract corporation has been engaged by Patangan leaders to assist in their struggle for independence against the corrupt and sadistic regime of T’Mbolo MShombou. The corporation has agreed to assist the Independence leader Beeka Momfasa in his struggle.  The Company decided, that rather than provide advisors and military equipment to the rebels, to conduct an operation on its own initiative. Given that the regime is being held together in the person of the current President, removal of said individual is advised.

BILGEWATER INC. SITREP
4 “sticks” of 4 men each and a sniper team will be deployed to neutralise T’Mbolo M’Shombou. After his last two victories against both Northern and Southern rebels M’Shombou will be conducted a Triumph through the streets of the capital. He will then proceed to M’shombou Stadium along M’Shombou Boulevard to a sold-out crowd to speak to the crowds about his victories. This speech, allocated a 16 hour window to be complete (confirm : sixteen hours) will then be succeeded by the Presidents’ convoy departing towards the airport . It is at this point that the opportunity will present itself for our teams to complete their mission for regime destabilisation.

Once in position, the teams will carry out the mission. Requirements: The President is expecting to fly out in his personal Black Hawk helicopter. In a nearby airfield, 22 kilometres away, in cooperation with anti M’Shombou dissidents an exact replica of the President’s Black Hawk will be prepared. M’Shombou Black Hawk is a gift from his friend and personal mortgage broker Donald ‘Bud’ Howard. ( A wealthy international financier and renown philanthropists and philanderer who builds homes for widows of mercenaries and nameless henchmen,  well connected to various Superpower regimes and known supporter of tin pot dictators. )

The Black Hawk will land, as a deception, to allow extraction of the 16 Bilgewater Inc. operatives.
---------------------MISSION PENDING-------------------




---------------------ZOGO STATE MEDIA REPORT: Official government sanctioned report.-------
Our Beloved Leader and Father of our People, the Magnanimous President for Life proved to all his faithful and the admiring world at large that he is the nation’s destiny and a man chosen by the Almighty for greatness. Today, on the very steps of our capital, evil, greedy white pirates attempted to harm our beloved Father. As his convoy left the capital to drive to the airport where his transport awaited, a ‘sniper team’ of said European robber scum were spotted by the ever-vigilant President, and even though they fired shots into his vehicle, the bullets bounced off his chest. His private minder was hit by the ricochet and in true faith to our President stated that he was happy to die from the ricochet of a bullet that had last touched the President. The President then fired a single shot from his gold plated .45 calibre pistol, killing both men with a single shot.

Within seconds the eagle eyes of the Nation’s Father spotted another team of robbers who would steal from the people. These were very quickly neutralised even though a shot was fired by the European white filth.   The President, with a little assistance from his tank, armoured cars and one bodyguard was able to deal with these foreign devils.
“With only two shots, the president was able to kill all four of the foreign cowards,” declared an admiring young captain of the Imperial Presidential Palace Grenadier Life Guards.
Despite the arrival of more pathetic white pirates, the President was able to fight off and kill the last of the foreign scum.
‘It is unfortunate,’ declared the Victorious Warlord, ‘that the remaining killers hijacked my personal helicopter and fled across the border. I will hunt them to the ends of the earth and make them pay for their depredations”

-------------END MEDIA REPORT-------------------



-----------BILGEWATER INC INTERNAL REPORT (+30 DAYS AFTER ACTION)------------
The afteraction reports have been compiled by the notes and views of the Command Team, corroboration with UN and Media reports as well as our own operatives on the ground in.
S Team, Blue, Red and Green Teams were all lost.

S(SNIPER) TEAM (AAR- After Action Report)
The target’s cavalcade proceeded along the expected route. It was unfortunate that our sniper team did not expect the level of efficiency from the President’s security detachment and their position was exposed before they could spring their ambush- they managed to get off one round killing M’Shombou’ personal body guard. The security detachment across the street opened fire, along with accompanying platoon in the following truck. Both men were hit and killed.
Performance: Poor.       
Recommendation: Don’t hire personnel from Craigslist anymore.

BLUE TEAM BATREP (AAR)
The vigilant nature of the security detachment also accounted for the exposure of our second squad- although they managed to shoot up the accompanying armoured Mercedes , a prolonged firefight with the truck born platoon ended in the death of the whole squad and several casualties amongst the Presidential Guard. Reports from Command team- multiple misfires- quality of firearms was compromised. Misfires, failure to fire, indicative of poor quality weapons
Performance: Poor.             
Recommendation: Personnel: AS PREVIOUS.
Equipment: Do NOT buy on eBay.

GREEN TEAM (AAR)
Green squad neutralised both Presidential Mercedes, and destroyed a complete squad of Guard. Unfortunately, they were caught in a crossfire between the President’s Private security detachment, two squads of Palace Guard and a T-55 tank. Green team detained the convoy long enough for a number of events to take place. The President and his driver were forced to disembark and find cover in a nearby building.
COMMENT: An interesting event took place here, an armoured car from the Zogon African Rifles (ZAR) began firing on the Presidential Guard causing casualties amongst the security detachments. Moments later a ZAR unit also changed sides and attacked an armoured vehicle of the convoy- unfortunately they threw a grenade into an open hatch, causing a firebomb that wiped out the APC, the crew and themselves.
A civilian fired an RPG at the presidential vehicle as a crowd of civilians threw rock. They were all shot.

Performance : High .
Recommendation: Possible dissatisfaction amongst ZAR could be a cause for concern for regime and possible opening for exploitation. The teams should have been equipped with RPGs or like equipment to blow up Presidential vehicle, or project high explosive into the hiding place of target.

RED TEAM (AAR)
Red team’s position at the end high grass area meant that they were able to assist Green team. Silencing one Presidential Guard squad, they moved to the position to assist Green team, but were caught in the same crossfire. They held on long enough for the Command squad to seize the control tower and clear the runway area for extraction of the other teams.  None arrived. The Command squad was extracted.
Performance: High

COMMAND TEAM (AAR)
Seized and cleared the airfield. They were assisted by an armoured vehicle which inexplicably opened fire on Guard units. The APC were hit by a guard RPG and the crew bailed out. They then proceeded to chase the T55 tank, but were cut down by Palace Guards.  Command squad personnel managed to speak to one of the wounded, who confessed to a hatred of the president as he had forced their youngest sister to become his 49th wife.
Performance: High
Recommendation:



The Story of Agoau Aideed as told by his surviving wife.
“I have lived in this city all my life. My idiot husband has also lived here. In the days of the civil war he got an RPG. He carried it around with him during the civil war.  He fired it hundreds of times and never hit anything. When the war was over he still had two rockets. What an idiot. I kept telling him that he needed to get rid of it. When our President brought peace to the country, the idiot put it in his cupboard.
For 20 years.
Then last night when the shooting started, he saw a convoy of vehicles, and decided to grab his RPG yelling that the Belgians were back, and fired at the shiny new Mercedes that was speeding past. Naturally, he missed, just when his idiot friends started throwing rocks. They got shot. So, he fired again. Guess what? He missed. Then he got shot. Now I’m a widower. How will I feed my 12 children? What an idiot.”



ENDNOTE:
Some of the funniest events in this game happen due to our ‘FOG of WAR’ cards, specially written for the scenario.

So, The President for Life, Father and Messiah of the Nation of ZOGO, as survived. Now the only thing remaining is to hunt down Beeko Momfasa and his rebels in Patanga….and the country would be secure.





 
Looking at the board with The Airfield in the foreground.

The Airfield.

Local village that the Presidential motorcade would pass.

The centre of town the Presidential motorcade would depart from.

Barracks at The Airfield.

The Presidential Guard set up security at the airfield awaiting the arrival of The President.

A Squad of Presidential Guard at The Airfield.

Presidential Guard squads with there T55 tank at The Airfield.

Presidential Guard and T55.

The President T’Mbolo MShombou and some of his motorcade security detail.

The Presidential motorcade and security detail.

First two Sticks of PMC's hired by the Rebels to assassinate The President.

Second two sticks and sniper team of PMC's

The Presidential Blackhawk that would be returning to collect The President. This is the same Blackhawk that the PMC's would copy in there ploy to assassinate him.

The Presidential motorcade sets off.

A squad of Presidential Guard keeps watch from a roof top as the motorcade sets off.

A second squad of Presidential Guard provides security along the planed route the Presidential motorcade would take.

The Motorcade on the move.

The PMC sniper team tries to spring an ambush from a nearby roof top...

... but it is spotted by the one of The presidential Guard squads on a nearby rooftop and opens fire.

One of the PMC sticks springs there ambush on another rooftop nearby killing one of The Presidents bodyguards.

The Security detail fires back wounding one of the PMC's

Witnessing the attack on the motorcade, one of the locals in the nearby village, Agoau Aided,  Grabs his PRG and has a shot at it but misses. The rest of the villages start to throw rocks at the motorcade.

The SUV carrying The President panics and rushes forward to try and escape the fire only to be ambushed by another PMC stick nearby.

The Presidents SUV has been immobilised so he and one of his bodyguards jumps out to try and find cover. 

With news of the attack on The Presidential motorcade nearby, the T55 tank at the Airfield joins the battle and starts to fire into the nearby shack were one of the PMC sticks is located but misses.

Two squads of Presidential Guard leap from the back of there truck and join the battle.

The second SUV carrying a security detail moves forward. It's occupants jump out and start shooting at the locals.

The Battle from a birds eye view.

Units of The Presidential Guard not far from the airfield try to shoot at what they can see.

Presidential Guard at the airfield on alert.

The President and his bodyguard.

With news of the attack on The President, one of the BRMD2 armoured cars at the airfield manned by an army unit turns on the Presidential guard and opens up...

... but the attack is unsuccessfully with it being taken out by an RPG forcing the crew to bail.

Back at the Motorcade battle the PMC's start to take heavy casualties.

The Presidential Guard open up on the disloyal local...

...killing them all.

The President seeks shelter in a nearby house while his Guard units take out the nearby PMC's.

The Presidential Guard start to take casualties as they try to flush out more PMC's.

Another PMC stick springs it's ambush near the motorcade adding to the chaos.

The T55 tank  arrives and tries to blast out the PMC's.

Back at the airfield the last of the PMC's being the command element, springs it's ambush.

The PMC command element.

The two treacherous soldiers chase the T55 tank hoping to destroy it. 

The PMC command element destroys a Presidential Guard squad that was located on a rooftop after springing it's ambush.

A Presidential Guard squad cuts down the army traitors as they run across the airfield.

Without warning in the heat of the battle one of the Presidential units turns and decides to attack the BRDM2 in the motorcade.

However they ended up blowing it and themselves up in the attack.

The call goes out for re enforcements ...

... and  units of The Presidential Guard rush towards the battle.

The T55 tank manages to take out what was left of the PMC's at the Motorcade battle  site.

With the assassination on the President failing and all PMC sticks except the command element destroyed... 

... they rush to there Blackhawk and depart.