A different Point of View
You may or may not notice that the writing style and personality of this post is a little bit different than normal. The reason for that being that I, Fury, did not write this wonderful AAR but instead was written by Dr. Das. Who is a newly added member of BAR who has been playing with us for a very long time. This guy does a heck of a job writing this AAR. Now, things are a little bit different. If you are a BAR patched member I would like for you to make a comment on this post and let us know what happened and what we could improve on. Im not asking for a full AAR but I would like a discussion below! So, please, we would love to hear your 2 cents! Now on to Dr. Das...
Getting in the Crap
- What was supposed to happen?
- What did happen?
- What are some improvements?
- What worked?
-What can be done to improve operations next time?
(Please comment in the comment section below.)
I will also be including my own account (Dr. Das) of the events that occurred on Saturday, January 21, 2015 OP: BOE VS. BAR
Note: Games are not in perfect chronological order
Always preform gear checks….
After learning the hard way, I have made it a necessity to always preform pre-game gear checks. Usually, I do this once a few days before the event and once the day of. It is important to go over all of your gear making sure it’s secure and functioning properly. This event, I had the pleasure of discovering that my headset jack had snapped and that my primary weapon had stopped functioning completely. Better to find out before the OP then during.
Check your cover, check your flank…
The first game was a simple warm up game between BAR and BOE. Unfortunately, this one was a short one for me. I teamed up with an old teammate and started pushing east down the middle of the field. We got to a concrete bridge and noticed that our north flank was receiving heavy casualties. It was hard to see any OPFOR from our location so we moved up to a pallet house near the middle of the field. After getting up to the pallet house I took cover. Noticing I was exposed to fire coming from the south I attempted to get myself between a berm and some wood to shield myself from the incoming rounds. By that point the OPFOR had smashed through our northern forces thereby creating a pincer maneuver and making minced meat of our guys in the middle. I took a round to the leg, while my partner was taken out shortly after by a group of three OPFOR charging over the berm.
I’ll trade you my gun for a radio…
The second game we switched sides and decided to mimic BOE’s strategy of pushing hard on the north flank. I charged with a rather large team of angels toward the northern pallet houses. Our objective, as I understand it, was to move up as far as we could on the north and then swing south just as the enemy had done the previous game. We made it to the second pallet house before our charge was stalled. I saw what I perceived to be a huge tactical error on our part at this point. 90% of our guys were behind a single pallet house, creating a huge amount of crowding. One Thunderb, a well executed flank, or heavy gunner *cough* p* user *cough* could effectively squash any attempt of gaining ground. I decided to hang back in the first pallet house and get comm’s online with command. Unfortunately, running open comms was surprisingly more difficult than with a headset. I found it hard to hear command. I realized how rusty I was when using the radio. Radio communication is always meant to be short and precise, I found myself droning on and not making myself clear, this is something I’ll have to work on. Our advance was halted due to the enemy’s superior firepower, we could not push up because we were too heavily pinned. Getting the communications online and utilizing it effectively was paramount in this situation. Regrettably, I feel as if I failed this task. If I could have radioed in for one or maybe two more heavy gunners, I believe we could have continued with the push.
Killing the enemy is only a means to an end. NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR OBJECTIVE…
This next game I would like to touch on involves the first “capture the flag” type scenario in which our objective was to capture flags situated around the field, bring them back to a designated defensive location, and protect them. I was tasked with joining a team to defend the flags that were brought back. When “game on!” was called my team rushed to our defensive location, I saw one or two of guys rush off in the wrong direction directly toward the enemy. A few seconds into the game and already we had players forget what we were supposed to be doing XD. We made it to our defensive positions and immediately received contact from our West and from the tree line to the north. Good hustle OPFOR, well played. With the limited range on my back up rifle I wasn’t in any position to lay effective fire on the enemy. After a team member to my left was taken out and a commander yelling for retreat I decided to bound back to regroup. The decision was made to clear out the tree line to the North. I made my way through the forest with Jaden and Slaughterbot, after a few hairy moments of getting pinned by OPFOR snipers and heavy gunners we were eventually able to push them back! I was ultimately taken out in the northern most side of the forest. Along the walk back to re-spawn I saw a disconcerting sight...our flags…they were gone. I lost sight of my objective, I wasn’t part of the assaulting team. I shouldn’t have gone into that forest. I should have stayed to defend the flags with the rest of the defense team.
(Note: We got a second chance at this game type later in the day. This time we were able to make sure that the OPFOR was not able to grab back the flags we had captured. After the game I received a comment from one of BOE’s team members that they were trying as hard as they possibly could to push up, but that they were unable to gain any ground. Awesome job guys!)
Patience is a virtue, but when the time comes, strike like a snake in the grass.
The last game of the day was a linear flag capture. The teams were mixed and my former teammate and I were chosen to start on the west side of the field. We decided to go as far south as possible and utilize stealth in order to push up on the opponent. Before moving to each piece of cover we made sure to communicate how we were going to do it and when. Because of the limited amount of cover and wide-open areas, we made sure to stay low and move slow. Although the range on my weapon was extremely limited I was sure to be ready to draw some fire away from my teammate if he were to take hard contact out in the open.
We groucho walked our way through the field and made our way up to a pallet house to provide back up to a teammate that was under heavy fire. I made sure to watch the right side of the building and my teammate watched forward left. After trading fire for sometime a counter sniper took out a sniper in the field to our south and we managed to take out some enemies in a thick wooded area up ahead allowing us to push forward. Upon entering the thick wooded area we found some really thick reeds to hunker down in for a quick listening halt. We were about a 200 feet away from the last flag. We were close enough to worry about heavy enemy reinforcements re-spawning in the area, but the woods were far to thick to put the flag under fire. An enemy player walked into view about 25 feet in front of us. I was careful to make sure that my first shot hit, I had a very small window of opportunity and if I were to miss that shot it would have compromised our position.
We completed our listening halt and began to make our way forward very slowly. There was still heavy traffic in the area so we made sure to stay prone. After moving up a bit further we encountered more enemies and quickly took them out. Eventually, our advancement slowed to a halt, the enemy knew we were in the forest and they had some superior weaponry. We waited patiently for back up and only took shots that we knew we could make. With an enemy support gunner on the other side of the woods, we could not afford to allow him to pinpoint our location. A few enemies down and a few minutes later, Ajax, along with some other teammates were able to make it to a position to provide cover fire as we continued to move up. The rest of our team seized the opportunity. With the violence of action of our teammates, and our cover fire through the woods, the team was able to put the flag under fire and capture the last point.
Conclusion (As Written by Fury)
Thank you so much Das for taking the time to write up this AAR and letting us know what you saw and for your amazing advice! I did play at this event but I was not there for long but it was super good to see Das's side of things! Now for you BAR members make sure to comment below so we can talk about the questions that Das posted above! And a big shout out to BOE for an awesome game!