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Indian Unity #8
(Defender) Hyderabad vs Britain (Attacker)
India (Attacker)
Formations Involved
Hyderabad 8th Hyderabad Infantry
India 18th "King Edward's Own" Cavalry
India 2nd Jodhpur Infantry
India 3rd Sikh Light Infantry
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Balance:



Overall balance chart for InUn008
Total
Side 1 2
Draw 0
Side 2 0
Overall Rating, 3 votes
5
4
3
2
1
3
Scenario Rank: --- of 588
Parent Game Indian Unity
Historicity Historical
Date 1948-09-14
Start Time 22:30
Turn Count 29
Visibility Night
Counters 112
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 0
Maps 3: 1, 24, 4
Layout Dimensions 84 x 43 cm
33 x 17 in
Play Bounty 174
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 2
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Road Control
Urban Assault
Conditions
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Cassino '44 counters
Eastern Front maps
Elsenborn Ridge maps
Indian Unity counters
Introduction

While the major city of Aurangabad fell with only token resistance, the Hyderabadis dispatched regulars and Razakars to hold the nearby town of Jalna, an important road junction. Elated at their easy conquest of the big city, the Indians did not expect the fierce resistance they encountered as they moved eastward.

Conclusion

The Hyderabadis fought furiously through the night, engaging the Sikhs in hand-to-hand combat. In the darkness, Razakar fanaticism could help offset superior Indian firepower and the town remained in the hands of the royal troops. But as the sun rose, the Indian tanks no longer had to close with the enemy and Indian mobility could make itself felt. By mid-morning the town had fallen, and Hyderabad's defenses were crumbling on all fronts.


Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

Britain Order of Battle
Army
  • Motorized
Hyderabad Order of Battle
Army
Razakars
  • Foot
India Order of Battle
Army
  • Mechanized
  • Motorized

Display Errata (1)

1 Errata Item
Overall balance chart for 871

Ignore the direct fire values.

(Shad on 2010 Dec 15)

Display AARs (1)

Fanatics
Author Matt W (17)
Method Face to Face
Victor Hyderabad
Participants Hugmenot
Play Date 2012-12-29
Language English
Scenario InUn008

This was played in two sessions face to face with Hugmenot in our continuing series on Indian Unity. I apologize to Daniel for the dice in question. Apparently fate had to even out my luck from my play with Vince.

The Indian goal is to secure a town and the roads leading up to it to facilitate their advance towards the center of Hyderabad. The Hyderabadis want to stop them from doing this and cause losses to the Indians. As usual the indifferent Hyderabadi regulars are supported by the Razakar fanatics. Interestingly, the Razakars during the earlier scenarios are liabilities with virtually no combat effect and low morale. As the campaign continues, however, they become more radicalized and their morale improves such that they often deny the Indians a morale bonus in combat. If they take losses, however, their morale plummets and they are easily chased.

Early on, the Hyderabadis were very effective, easily reaching the loss totals required for a minor victory at the half way point. It became apparent in addition that the dispersed Hyderabadi troops would be able to contest road hexes such that the best option for the Indians would be to focus on taking the large town on board 24. Indeed, such a capture would only provide the Indians with a draw (which Daniel and I feel is the likely result of a contested battle) as their minor victory would then match the minor victory claimed by the Hyderabadis.

Standing in the way of such a capture, however, were several stacks of Hyderabaids. The largest included 18DF and a leader giving them an actual higher column than any of the projected attackers. Having just cleared a town hex of Indian defenders I felt confident that this would be the hex that would give me the chance to win. Unfortunately, a DF attack caused a step loss with a morale cascade which was not able to recover immediately. In the following turn the Indians assaulted and although the battle for that hex raged for 5-6 more turns it was never really in doubt.

With 5 turns to go it appeared that the town would fall. Three hexes remained contested but in none of them could the Hyderabadis contest with more than the "5" column. In one hex a lone Razakar faced down an imposing attack including armor and sappers. Starting on the 18 column and moving to the 24 column, Daniel attacked the Razakars, always failing to get the step loss that would have changed the high morale fanatics into terrified remnants. Disruption after disruption was followed by recovery after recovery with the game ending with the Razakars still in the town hex in good order. A Hyderabadi major victory as they denied the Indian any level of victory.

I give this one a "3". There is a good balance in the scenario but there isn't a lot the Hyderabaid player can do but to set up, and counter the Indian player. In that it is much like the early war Eastern Front scenarios where masses of Hyderabadis will be lost.

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