Wetlet
The following is a blow by blow account of a playing of the Wetlet scenario written by Mark Hayes and found on the Battlefront website. it is a replay of the battle for the village of Wetlet in Burma in 1945 between infantry of the Border Regiment supported by tanks of the 9th Royal Deccan Horse against Japanese of the 106th Infantry Regiment.

Wetlet After Action Report

The battle opened with all of the British opting to enter along Road “B” that bordered the swamp. The Japanese had deployed in three main areas behind their set up line. The 3rd Rifle Co. took up positions on either side of Road “B”, in the jungle and deployed in depth in the swamp. 2nd Rifle Co. garrisoned the town, bolstered by the two battalion guns while the 1st Rifle Co. held the approach along Road “A” and deployed in depth to the east o the road. They were reinforced by the 37mm guns of the Antitank Co. which were sighted to enfilade any advance along Road “A”.
The recce unit took the lead, with the Humber in the vanguard and jeeps and Vickers in their carriers following. The Shermans brought up the rear while C Co., on point, moved forward through the adjacent jungle with A Co. following.
As the first armoured car emerged from the jungle northwest of the village the Japanese battalion guns in the village opened up. The Humber and Dingo were rapidly brewed up while the recon jeeps were hurriedly parked in the verge of the jungle, brens stripped off, with the recon infantry continuing the advance through the jungle on foot.
The Japanese of the 1st Rifle Co. ambushed the advancing infantry in force in the jungle and the entire recon infantry platoon was quickly and completely wiped out. C Co. then moved forward and engaged the Japanese, who withdrew through the jungle and back over Road “A” to the east.
Trapped by the brewed up armoured cars on the road between the swamp and the jungle, the Shermans slowly maneuvered their way forward. Meanwhile, C Co. swung east to clear the jungle north of the village while A Co. moved up to attack the three village sectors west of the stream.
C Co., finding the jungle evacuated by the Japanese, charged across the open ground in an attempt to seize the perimeter buildings, only to be brought up short by a devastating machine gun cross fire. Leaving some units pinned in the killing ground, the rest of the company fell back into the jungle to lick its wounds.
Meanwhile, the Japanese 1st Co. and remnants of the 3rd, realizing that the British infantry had all moved past, infiltrated back behind into the jungle to attack the vehicles and stragglers still bogged down and blocked along Road “B” by the knocked out armoured cars. In a series of skirmishes they knocked out one of the reccon jeeps and destroyed a machinegun platoon carrier that had been requisitioned by the battalion commander trying to get to the front (the Vickers had already dismounted and had joined the attack on the village). The battalion commander bailed out and disappeared into the swamp. The third Sherman in line, still struggling to emerge from the road defile, was CC’d and was knocked out as well.

The British A Company's attack on the houses bordering the swamp proceeded well and with tank support they knocked out one of the battalion guns and seized the three sectors on the west side of the stream. C Co., still stuck in the jungle and realizing that there was no safe way forward, turned and hit the enfilading Japanese from behind, ending their relatively uncontested destruction of the trapped British transport and armour. Capitalizing on its momentum it pushed back at the Japanese attacking in the jungle bordering the Road “B”, mirroring the tactics of the Japanese earlier and forming a skirmish line in the narrow part of the feature. The Japanese, faced with this new threat, broke off from their harassing raids on the rear echelon transport, which was finally, with the loss of the last carrier and a stand of HQ infantry, able to disengage their two remaining jeeps of the 16th Light Cavalry and reverse them back up the road to eventually consolidate by the battalion mortars.

The battle at this point broke down into four separate engagements, the last two linked.

1. The remnants of the Japanese 3rd Rife Company (Swamp) finally forged their way across the swamp and emerged in the rice paddies on the far side. Advancing across the paddies they proceeded to attempt to engage the enemy mortars. With the help of the jeep transport drivers, who had picked up small arms and formed a defensive perimeter, the mortars successfully kept the now platoon-strength attackers at bay for the remainder of the game while continuing to supply fire support to the main attack.

2. C Company, suddenly realizing that there was little between them and the two solitary sectors northeast of road "A", changed tactics and slowly withdrew to the east. Dropping smoke and making the last dash across the road under machine gun fire from the Japanese bunker, they seized the two sectors from the lone enemy section holding them with the loss of a single stand. With the rest of the Japanese forces busy elsewhere and their own objective seized, they settled down to wait out the fight.
The lone exception to this and possibly the most heroic action of the game was one section of C Company that had been driven to the ground under withering enemy machine gun crossfire for three consecutive turns. Finally realizing that it would be easier to go forward then backward, he stormed the nearby bunker, and, disordered by enemy fire, knocked out the remaining Japanese battalion gun, seizing the pillbox.
While he was still disordered the Japanese threw a counterattack against him. He destroyed this attacker and then opened up enfilade fire on an adjacent enemy heavy machine gun, knocking that out as well. Only a last concerted effort by two Japanese sections succeeded in driving him out of his solitary toehold and destroying him.

3. With the southwest side of the village secured, the British teed up an attack that would carry them over the stream and into the heavily defended eastern part of the village. Fearing a Japanese counterattack from the Japanese 1st Rifle Co. (Forest), which was still strong to the north, a platoon of A Co. (still casualty free) and one of the two remaining tanks were dispatched back to help protect this sector. Before arriving the Japanese launched their attack, catching the British battalion commander in the open as he fought his way back to his long-separated forces. The commander, having spent the last multiple turns being sniped at from the swamp, getting carrier transport shot out from under him and slogging it through the bog avoiding enemy troops, now found himself at the receiving end of the attention of 60 or more Japanese. He was knocked out.
The Japanese then turned their attention on the village sectors, close assaulting A Co.'s commander en masse, who still occupied the most northwestern house. With the help of the supporting armour the commander threw off this heavy assault (five stands), inflicting casualties, and then calling down a devastating mortar concentration on the survivors. A platoon of A Co. now arriving in reinforcement attacked and destroyed all but one stand of the remaining Japanese who had retreated disordered to the edge of the swamp. The remaining Japanese section managed to drive off the enemy attackers, knocking out A Co.'s commander before going banzai and throwing himself on the waiting bayonets of the enemy.

4. While this drama was unfolding in their rear, the majority of A Co. had successfully crossed the stream and secured two more sectors of the village. Including the sectors C Co. in the north held, their tally was now up to seven (requiring six to win). And with infantry casualties running dangerously close to the 50% mark, which would spell defeat, regardless of objectives taken, A Co. hunkered down. With the second tank in support they prepared for the inevitable Japanese counterattack.
The Japanese, realizing that the battle was not going to proceed down the east side of the village, limbered up one of their antitank guns in this sector and hauled it into the village. The remainder of the Japanese 2nd Rifle Co. (Town) pulled back deep into their sectors to wait while the gun was brought forward. With seven sectors firmly in the hands of the enemy, the Japanese player realized that the only way forward would be to inflict 50% losses on the British infantry.
Marshalling all of their remaining units and handing a rifle to anyone who could walk, they poured out of their sectors and threw themselves in a frenzied banzai charge against the British. Four or five units managed to break through the defending fire and engage, but all lost their CC's and were knocked out. The remaining attackers, pinned in the open by British fire, were destroyed and the Japanese force spent. The British won, two stands away from being brought to 50% casualties but firmly in control of most of the battlefield.
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