Evening - Day 2
The Defence of Wilson's Wadi
The British actively patrol the village perimeter to keep the Taliban off-balance. Gaining some intelligence of their plans for tomorrow will also help them to hold out.
Local Taliban concentrate to meet patrol - all of them highly motivated and ready to engage thanks to the presence of leaders in all four groups
British patrol sets off in a tight formation with support from the rear by the GPMG team
Taliban remain out of contact but move in close - a very astute use of the terrain to move the groups in close
Taliban keen to put RPG in WMIK - somehow the WMIK remained untouched throughout - this movement was well chosen by the Taliban, as it kept out of sight of the British infantry
Group circles around to British left flank
British fire team take friendly fire from aircraft - this is the team that withdrew to leave its casualty with the newly arrived Javelin team
British advancing through poppy fields to compound - multiple teams have this small Taliban group in their sights
Javelin team opens fire as WMIK reverses away from the fields - a well-chosen drainage trench protects the Taliban from some of the worst effects
A Taliban sniper team shoots into compound - this fire is vital in contesting the British attempts to shut down the tunnel inside
Taliban unit forced to withdraw back through the poppy fields and wiped out
Taliban advance stymied by an IED - these local guys mustn't be aware of Tier-1 activities
British team inside compound in trouble - they are saved by the lack of activity in the tunnels and they recover in time to shut it down with a satchel charge
Last major Taliban force steps on IED just as it prepares its attack
Aggressive British advance to clear the last remaining group from the canal-side
These Taliban are most certainly getting shot!
Given the British were missing an entire section at the beginning of this mission from the scenario baseline, I let them raid the larder to get a WMIK. Even so I was impressed with the dividends the steady and methodical approach paid.
A victory 22-3 puts everything back in the balance for the third day. Just three wounded on the British side but it'll still be bare bones of a platoon which takes to the field...