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Correct Answers to TQ21

 

Campaign Uzbec-Invasion!
 
    The Imperial Navy, in its need to contain and hunt down Rebel ships, has begun construction of a small monitoring base on the forest moon of Uzbec. It is up to the Imperial Army (much to the distaste of the Imperial Navy) to protect the construction of this facility. A Rebel strike force managed to destroy the Assassin-class Corvettes which were protecting the construction site. The Rebels managed to land their forces and capture most of the Imperial personnel on this planet. Unfortunately, the corvettes didn't manage to get a distress call out. Captain, since most of your company has managed to evade capture, you are hereby ordered to capture the Com-Scan dish located at grid coordinates 502890 so that a distress signal can be sent out. Your company includes 4 Stormtrooper Squads (total of 32 troops), 2 AT-PTs, and 2 Light Imperial-class Repulsortanks. You will be facing a Rebel force of 4 squads of Rebel Troopers (total of 32 troops) and 3 Rebel Armoured Freerunners.
Note that there are no reinforcements available. All but four of your Stormtroopers are equipped with only the BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle. The four remaining Stormtroopers (one per squad) are equipped with a BlasTech T-21 Light Repeating Blaster. All of the Rebel Troopers are equipped with a BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol and 1 Anti-Personnel Grenade. One of the Rebel squads is equipped with a BlasTech E-Web Heavy Repeating Blaster.

Each square represents 50 Metres of distance.

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LEGEND
IMPERIAL FORCES
Light Imperial-class Repulsortank
AT-PT
Stormtrooper Squad
LEGEND
REBEL FORCES
Rebel Armoured Freerunner
Rebel Trooper Squad
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Correct Response Number 1
Objective: Take the Comm-Scan dish (to hold it, it will be necessary to eliminate at least the E-web & RAFs and drive the remaining rebels into the forested area around the installation)
Threats: The AT-TPs are very vulnerable to fire from the E-web & RAF, the LIR somewhat less so.
Clarifiers: the structure of the bridge is not mentioned in the briefing, so I will assume that the bridge has stone/other hard material ?parapets? that can be used for cover by the stormtroopers (two layers of railing should protect from back wall fragments thrown by E-web and RAF guns).
* I will assume that the E-11 men are not carrying their weapons with stocks folded in open terrain!
** If the bridge has railings or fully open sides rather then solid parapets, I will have to use the LIRs as mobile cover for the stormtroopers: lines beginning with ** will indicate these changes to the plan.


Initial Orders:
Squad Dorn is to make its way into better cover of the bridge, setting up the T-21 to cover against a move by RAF 1 to their side of the bridge; they are then to engage rebel squad 4 with deliberate fire and/or pop-up attacks at targets across the bridge parapets.
** move towards the nearest corner of the bridge and drop to the ground, allowing LIR 1 to pass over them, then set up in cover of its right flank, and commence fire as above around the right flank of, or over the hull of, LIR 1.

AT-TP 1 & 2 are to move closer behind the cover of the 4m hill, using their grenade launchers to engage the ~150m distant rebel E-web squad with indirect fire spotted by the stormtroopers of squad Cresh.

Squad Besh is to fall back ~15m to behind the 4m hill (while enemy heavy fire starts eating into squad Aurek I suspect), and to take up prone positions in partial cover of the ridge on the right flank of the AT-PTs, then take over the spotting duties of squad Dorn while engaging the position of the rebel E-web squad with direct fire over the hill top.

Squad Cresh is to relay targeting information on the E-web position to the AT-PTs for indirect grenade fire while shifting into position behind squad Dorn (at the upper left corner of the bridge), setting up their T-21 to engage the RAFs over the cover of the bridge parapets, supported by suppression fire by the E-11 men.
** no initial position shift; they are just to drop to the ground to reduce target profile and allow LIR 2 to pass overhead, then shift forwards to the right-rear of LIR 2 and/or rear of LIR 1 as they settle to the ground, spotting and fire orders as above, using LIRs 1 & 2 to replace the cover of the absent parapets.

Squad Aurek is likely dead in its initial exposed position, but hoping against hope: they to make for the cover of the bridge ~10m to their right, drop to the bridge deck between the parapets, and set up the T-21 to cover against the appearance of RAF 1 at the other end of the bridge; the E-11 are to engage rebel squad 4 with deliberate fire.
** with LIR 2 is coming to the rescue, squad Aurek is to drop prone and crawl towards the nearer bridge corner, to get behind the upcoming cover (which may in this case arrive as little as 3-5m from their initial position), then set up at the rear of LIR 2, with fire orders as above.

LIR 1 & 2: are to make for the cover of the 4m hill, while firing at the E-web squad, there to go hull defilade and engage rebel foot troopers over the crest of the hill.
** LIR 1 is to move at all possible speed to interpose itself between the right-side near bridge corner and the stormtroopers of squad Dorn & Cresh, to occlude them from enemy heavy weapons fire, then to settle to the ground there to prevent fire from going under it.
** LIR 2 is to move to a mirroring position on the left-side near corner of the bridge, a few meters out from the bridge, to better cover Squad Aurek as they attempt to make it to safety.
** with a top speed of 83meters/second, this ~50m move should take only a few precious seconds, trading for the lives of the 24 stormtroopers caught in the open at the likely cost of disablement or destruction of the LIRs (and their crews); the LIRs will engage rebel foot with an initial emphasis on suppressing the E-web squad.

Further Orders by units:
AT-TPs 1 & 2: once the E-web is destroyed or suppressed, they are to advance up the hill to engage the RAFs with their twin blasters from a partially defilade position behind the top of the hill. After the RAFs are destroyed they are to engage and mop up the remaining rebel foot.
T-21 Stormtroopers: if RAF 1 proves unwilling to go into the guns of the Repeaters of squad Dorn and Aurek, they are to shift firing positions to fire over the bridge parapets at the RAFs. The Repeater of squad Besh should shift fire from the E-web as soon as it grows silent, trusting the E-11 men to keep rebel troopers from resurrecting it, and engage the RAFs in support of the other Repeaters.
E-11 Stormtroopers: after setting up their T-21 to engage the RAFs, the E-11 men are to engage, in order of priority: 1: RAFs that have lost their shields, 2: rebel troopers around the E-web, 3: rebel troopers advancing towards grenade range of any friendlies, 4: rebel troopers within pistol range, 5: any other rebel troopers visible.
LIRs: engage using the same priorities as the E-11 men.

After the E-web and all 3 RAFs have been rendered non-combatant, the LIRs are to advance on any remaining rebel troop concentrations, assisted by the stormtroopers, who are to use them and the RAF wreckage for cover. The AT-PTs are to move to the top of the 4m hill and provide long range direct and indirect fire for the mop-up phase.


As most of the rebel infantry are well beyond practical pistol (and grenade) range, I expect losses only from the E-web and RAFs. By staying at range until they are gone I expect to limit friendly losses to ~1 squad: the poorly positioned squad Aurek that will most likely (unwittingly) serve to cover the retreat of squad Besh with their lives.
** If the LIRs must be used for cover in lieu of bridge parapets I expect loss of one or both LIRs to the RAFs (and E-web), but substantially lower losses to squad Aurek.

- Holger Vissing Bjerre

Correct Response Number 2
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Galactic Empire Data Bank's Answer

    Both AT-PTs would move directly behind the hill. From there they would use their concussion grenade launchers to first knock out Rebel Squad 1 (their main target is the E-Web) and then to start peppering the Rebel Armoured Freerunners. Meanwhile, the Stormtroopers would take cover behind the bridge, except for Aurek and Besh Squads which would move to take cover behind the hill. However, troopers armed with T-21s would move to take cover behind the bridge. These troopers (armed with the T-21s) would concentrate their fire against the Rebel Freerunners, while the other Stormtroopers would sit tight. It would be these Stormtroopers (not armed with the T-21s) which would relay targeting data back to the AT-PTs. During this, the Imperial Repulsortanks would concentrate their fire on the Rebel Freerunners and would make their way to the hill for cover.

    Every so often the Imperial Repulsortanks would move out of cover (after the E-Web has been destroyed) and take a few shots at the Freerunners before returning behind the hill. This tactic would be used until the Freerunners are destroyed. However, if the Freerunners decide to counter attack and cross the river, several Stormtroopers would use their Thermal Detonators in combination with the AT-PTs, Imperial Repulsortanks and those troopers armed with T-21s to knock out the Freerunners. Once the Freerunners are eliminated the AT-PTs along with the Imperial Repulsortanks would cross the river and soften up and suppress the Rebel squads while keeping their distance.

    Both Imperial Repulsortanks and AT-PT Beta 1 would concentrate their efforts on Rebel Squads 3 and 4, while AT-PT Beta 2 would focus on Rebel Squad 2. During this, Stormtroopers would move to flank the Rebel squads at Grid D1 (at the spot where Rebel Squad 1 was destroyed) and advance towards their positions to prevent their escape. It wouldn't be long till the remaining Rebels would be eliminated; which would allow the Stormtroopers to capture the Com-Scan Station and send out the distress signal.


 

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