... & Jeep with 106mm Recoiless guns... for this Saturday game I dusted off my 1965 Pakistani and Indian armies. The 2nd Kashmir War
was the theatre of some of the biggest tank battles after WW2 and is very interesting for the mix of Western vehicles fielded, with some Soviet PT76 added if you want.
- This scenario is very straightforward, with no terrain features except a line of fields in the middle.
3 x M24 Chaffee
8 x M47 Patton ( 1 is HQ)
8 x M48 Patton
3 x Jeep + RCL 106mm
8 x Centurion (1 is HQ)
8 x Sherman w/76mm
Jeep w/RCL deploy in the fields (not seen over 5” if they don’t shoot)
Pakistani Objective: destroy at least 6 Indian Tank unit
Indian Objective: destroy at least 6 Pakistan Tank unit
- Pakistani Armour, all Skytrex (the only one that makes a M47 in 1/300 scale, I think).
- Indian armour: Centurions from Skytrex, the Sherman are really a mix collected from e-bay, in some cases with the 76mm gun made from sprue... and they are painted with Pakistani markings, but I was too lazy to dig in the other box...
The game was fast and I must admit, a bit too simple. Pakistani armour came within 5" from the fields and the Jeeps fired their recoiless guns, failing the targets and receiving immediately one hell of fire from the Patton tanks. With all the 3 Jeeps units destroyed, the Pakistani occupied the fields and started to target the slow Indian Centurions at distance, enjoying the cover. Indians had to come at half range and try to hit the Pakistani with a "six", exposing the old Shermans in the open to the fire coming from the fields. After some turns, 4 Indian tank units were reduced to wrecks and three others were Suppressed, including the HQ, while the Pakistani had only one Patton unit destroyed and one Suppressed. At this time I gave the victory to the Pakistani, since the dinner was ready!
Next time I will play this scenario, I think I will force the Pakistani to exit the fields to reach one objective, for example a village behind the Indian Armour.