Welcome to Platoon Forward!

Welcome to the site where the story of the battle is as important as the battle itself. Here we will focus on men thrust into extraordinary situations of life and death. They must lead other men with duty and honor to meet their countries objectives. Some will be blessed with great skill, some will carry great shortcomings. No matter what nation, no matter what war, no matter what theater, they are all called to move their Platoon or Squadron forward!

These are their individual stories as played out using my various campaign rules . Hopefully these stories will entertain and inspire you to use your own troops, airmen and sailors to accomplish your own great heroics.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sgt Lawrence gets a medal

I have been playtesting Grunt's Forward for about 40 games now.  One of the cool things it introduces is the ability to obtain a medal.  Obviously they should be hard to get but at somepoint I had to roll well right?
This was a very short battle that ended up being very one sided.  For initiative Sgt Lawrence kept roll a "6" and his cards kept coming up. 
Object is the large hill in the middle.  Lts plan was to have the tank and MMG lay down covering fire while 2nd squad ( Sgt Lawrence) moved from the jungle to assault the hill covered by smoke.  1st squad would follow to mop up.
105s worked over the hill to little effect but one round was short and hit a NVA recoiless rifle!
Then the smoke rounds landed perfectly.
I will let the citation take it from here:

Sgt Duane A. Lawrence ( 2nd squad, 1st Platoon, B troop of the 1st Calvary Division) led his squad through intense enemy fire
to assault a critical hill that was heavily fortified with a machine gun/mortar and infantry.  2nd squad, under Sgt Lawrence's leadership cleared the hill manned by at least twice there number.

Sgt Lawrence personally dispatching 3 of the enemy.

For gallantry and leadership under fire in the best traditions of the United States Army, Sgt Duane A. Lawrence is hereby awarded the Silver Star with "V" device. 
( I took some liberties with how real medal citations read for effect!)
Sgt Lawrence took 8 men with him and had 1 KIA, 3 WIA to include Cpl Black.  They actually pushed 12 entrenched  NVA off the hill. 
I actually had enough "points" earned to start rolling with the Distinguished Service Cross.  Missed that but was lucky on a roll for the Silver Star.  The squad was actually happy for Lawrence as all 3 WIA quickly returned to the unit.
Am working with 2 friends of mine in formatting Grunt's Forward and ensuring it flows smoothly.

Also got one game in of Squadron Forward using BTH.  Used my P-38 Headhunters on a barge busting mission.

The Headhunters
The target

One barge sunk, one damaged.  And Lt Porky Sullivan bags an Oscar!