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Contact on Coronation Ridge - Falklands

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Contact on Coronation Ridge

By Jeff Conner
UK 0 - 1 - 0 Argentina
Rating: 0 (0)
Games Played: 1
SM: 2
Turns: 18
Type: Stock
First Side: UK
Second Side: Argentina
Company Level
PBEM or play as British
Normal Night Conditions

Despite protestations that it was not necessary, Brigadier Thompson was ordered to attack the Argentine garrison at Goose Green. Thompson gave the assignment to the 2nd Para Battalion, supported by commando engineers and artillery. 2nd Para moved into position during the night of May 26-27. As they waited for the order to attack, they heard the BBC announce that they were about to attack Goose Green. Any chance of surprise had been lost.

The initial Argentine lines were held by A Company of the 12th Regiment. This unit was made up of conscripts who had seen only about four months of service. In addition, the regiment had been flown into the Malvinas and most of its heavy weapons were loaded onto a transport ship that had not yet arrived. When it became apparent to the Argentine High Command that the British landing at San Carlos was not a feint, they ordered the 12th Regiment to push their lines farther north. A Company left their secure positions and moved about a mile north where they hastily dug in.

The British plan was to conduct a night attack supported by the artillery and HMS Arrow. A and B Companies would lead the attack with C (Patrol) and D Companies in reserve. Support Company would set up a base of fire to the north, although their stocks of ammunition were low as there were no vehicles to help move supplies. The attack's progress was good at first as the paratroopers pushed aside the remnants of the 12th Regiment recon platoon. A Company continued to move south without serious opposition, but B Company ran into the new Argentine positions. Confused fighting broke out in the pouring rain and the paratroopers started to winkle the Argentines out of their positions. Artillery from both sides fell on the battlefield, but the soggy ground reduced its effectiveness. Some of the Argentine conscripts fought well, but they were eventually forced to fall back to the main line of resistance. The British success was not without cost, however.
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Argentina Stejones82's Profile Stejones82 vs. Paulinski Paulinski's Profile UK Draw 8 8