Category: Modern Warfare


Flight Plan Africa – Portuguese Airpower in Counterinsurgency, 1961-1974

T-6G Harvard, Cufar, Guine

John Cann published “Flight Plan Africa” in 2015. If you are interested in Airpower in Counterinsurgency, particularly the Portuguese experiences in 1961-1974, then get this book. I’ve taken a few notes, mostly quotes of bits I found interesting. To liven it up a bit I’ve included photos from other sources.

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Steven’s Commandos for the Portuguese Colonial War

Portuguese Commando Combat Group 01 Close Up

I have blogged before about my figures for the Portuguese Colonial War but they were on on individual bases. Now I have rebased for Fogo Cruzado – my period specific variant of Crossfire. That means each base is a fire team. I had to expand the numbers considerably. This week features my commando combat group.

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Night Ambush – A Vietnam Scenario for Platoon

25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning

“Night Ambush” is the scenario Julian Davies included in his Vietnam Era squad level skirmish rules called Platoon. The rules and this scenario originally appeared on the now defunct Grunt! website. With Julian’s permission I have republished them here.

Mission

November 1967, somewhere near the Cambodian border.

The 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, is searching the jungle for the elusive North Vietnamese 141st Regiment. After a hard day’s slog spent bashing through the bush, elements of the platoon are detached from the company perimeter to prepare a night ambush.

Rules

Use the Platoon rules.

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Platoon – Squad Level Rules for Vietnam Era Skirmish Games by Julian Davies

Platoon Avalon Hill Cover

Julian Davies’s “Platoon” is a set of squad level skirmish rules for the Vietnam Era. These rules were developed from the Avalon Hill game of the same name. Julian originally published Platoon on the Grunt! website, now defunct, so I have republished them here.

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The Battle of Long Tan – An Incoming Scenario by Matt Spooner

Map Battle of Long Tan

The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most famous battles of the Vietnam War, fought by Australian infantry against overwhelming odds. This is a Incoming! scenario by Matt Spooner and published on the new deceased Grunt! website, probably around 2000. Because Grunt! has disappeared I thought I’d republish the scenario here for the benefit of the Crossfire community. All words are Matt’s.

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Crossfire with the South Vietnamese Marine Corps – Barrie Lovell

ARVN Cavalry Commander

In 2000 Barrie Lovell, the author of Incoming! Vietnam Rules for the Crossfire System, wrote an article for the Grunt! website called “Collecting Forces for Crossfire – Wargaming with the South Vietnamese Marine Corps.” Grunt! has disappeared from the web so I thought I’d republish Barrie’s article here. All words below are Barrie’s, all figures are from Barrie’s collection, and Barrie painted and photographed the figures as well. I recovered the article and copied the images from the WayBack Machine.

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The Flechas – Insurgent Hunting in Eastern Angola 1965-1974

The Flechas Cover

2013 was a great year for books in English on the Portuguese Colonial War. One of them was John P Cann’s book on the Flechas (Arrows), a specialist indigenous unit fighting for the Portuguese in Angola and later in Mozambique. The book is part of the AFRICA@WAR Series. What a find! I took a few notes.

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Map for The Fight for National Route One – the Incoming Scenario

The Fight for National Route One - Map

Julian Davies found the map for The Fight for National Route One – An Incoming Scenario by Barrie Lovell. Thanks Julian.

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Helicopter Landing Zone Requirements and Crossfire

Standard Helicopter Landing Zone (Venter, 1994, p159)

I have found myself looking at the Portuguese Colonial War again recently. Last night I was reading “The Chopper Boys: Helicopter Warfare in Africa” by Al J Venter again and thought I’d share something on Helicopter Landing Zone Requirements and Procedures.

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2016 Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian

Megalomaniac surveying all those unfinished wargaming projects in 2016

It has been a year since my Confessions of a Megalomaniac Wargamer and Amateur Historian so definitely time for the 2016 update. I figured that, by sharing what I’m working on (far too much) and where I was up to with it (not far enough), I’d feel bad enough about my lack of progress to limit my work in progress and get some projects finished. Well, it worked, but only partly. I still worked on seven projects this year and finished none.

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The Fight for National Route One – An Incoming Scenario by Barrie Lovell

Once upon a time Barrie Lovell wrote a scenario for his Incoming! Vietnam Rules for the Crossfire System called “The Fight for National Route One”. Neil Morgan sent through the orders of battle but we are still on the hunt for the map.

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Paper Figures for the Portuguese Colonial War

Paper Caçadores Combat Group

I was delighted to discover that a whole series of paper soldiers for the Portuguese Colonial War have appeared on Junior General.

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15mm Shanty Town for the African Wars

15mm Shanty Town Sector

Another step forward in my Portuguese Colonial War project complements of ebay. I picked up a couple of “15mm Shanty Town” pieces.

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Van Der Waals: Portugual’s War in Angola 1961-1974

Van der Waals Portugals War in Angola

I grab English Language books on the Portuguese Colonial War any time I see them. Mostly they are second hand so imagine my surprise to find a book called “Portugal’s War in Angola 1961-1974” in Foyle’s, my favourite bookstore in the centre of London.

The author, W. S. Van der Waals, is interesting because he had personal experience of Angola during the Portuguese Colonial War. He is a South African combat officer who served as military liaison with the Portuguese authorities in Angola during the war. He also connected to Angola later, during the subsequent Angolan Civil War, when

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Steven’s Armour for the Portuguese Colonial War

Portuguese Panhard AML-60

Armour didn’t feature hugely in the Portuguese Colonial War. The Portuguese used armoured cars a lot for convoy escort duty. So I’ve got enough armoured vehicles for a single convoy.

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