Some background on Operation Barras. On 26Aug00 members of the British Army's Royal Irish Regiment operating in Siera Leone were captured by a rebel group called the West Side Boys. On 5sept00 five of the soldiers were release but negotiations broke down and the West Side Boys threatened to kil the remaining hostages. That prompted The British Prime Minister to authorize a rescue mission called Operation Barras. A disclaimer is that we are not trying to refight the historical battle but trying to stage a fun for all multi-player game. Many of the elements of the historical account have been altered and/or omitted for playability and constrains of our model collections.
The force for the game were
Two Short Para platoons consisting of a command section and three fire teams each in a Chinook helicopter.
One SAS fire team starting on the ground
One Mi-24 Hind gunship flown by private contractor Neall Ellis
game wise the paras use the elite British infantry rules from SOCWAD, the SAS use the British Special forces list from SOCWAD. The Mi-24 Hind comes from the By the Knife supplement.
West Side boys
One Platoon with a Command Section, four rifle squads and a SA-7 sam team
One Platoon with a Command section, three rifle squads and a SA-7 sam team
They also have four technicals and three heavy machine guns in Magbeni.
We also planned to give the West Side boy some armor reinforcements but they didn't arrive before we stopped playing.
The West side boys used the Zipra List from the Man Among men book. We dropped the bomb shell rule but kept the Pop up rule.
A picture of the battlefield. North is to the right of the table. The lower village is Geberi Bana and is where the hostages are held by the West Side Boys. Historically the SAS teams had located the hostages but for the game we plan to have the hostages randomly found in one of the huts by the British. The river running through the table is Rokel creek and was actually 700 yards wide, so for the game we are going to say the river, from bank to bank is 40 inches across. The upper village is Magbeni and was were the captured British Land rover were kept.
Neall Ellis piloting a contracted Siera Leone Mi-24 Hind gunship to support the operation.
Magbeni with the ex- British land rovers parked and the West Side Boys snoozing in the shacks.
A Chinnook Helo flys low over Geberi Bana.
Another Chinnook flys south of Magbeni.
British Paras fast rope from the Chinook on to the Geberi Bana football pitch. Then are gunned down by a group of awakened West Side boys.
The SAS team guns down the group of West Side boys that shot the Paras.
The SA-7 team in Geberi Bana leaves their shanty and jumps into the swamp.
Neall Ellis returns but the West Side boy SA-7 team is waiting and takes a snap shot heavily damaging to Mi-24 Hind.