A number of strong probes were made during the 8th September with varying degrees of success, but by nightfall the position still held. The first major assault was made during the following afternoon with elements of the 4th Armoured Brigade attacking the area around and to the south of Asal Uttar. The villages defences were solid, the tanks found the flooded area to the south hard going and the attack faulted. A second attempt was made just after dusk with more success. The M-47 and M-48s having I.R. night sights, but at the critical moment the Indian artillery intervined and once again the Pakistani brigade was forced to withdraw.
The 9th was relatively quiet as both sides regrouped. However, dawn the next day brought the largest attack. This time it was the 5th Armoured Brigade who first pinned the forces in Asal Uttar and then assaulted it from the north. By noon there had been little progress and an attempt was made to out flank the position to the north. Here a desperate battle was fought in flooded areas, bush and fields of sugar cane. The armour faired badly in such close terrain and as the advance slowed the Pakistani divisional commander came forward to regain some momentum. Radio signals from his command group were picked up and their position shelled. The Major-General was seriously wounded and many of his staff also became casualties. The attack collapsed and the Pakistani forces retreated back across the canal.
In this action Pakistan lost in the region of 40 tanks, may be up to 30 of which were Pattons. They were collected together near the village of Asal Uttar in a place that the locals named ``Patton Nagar" (or ``Patton Graveyard").
Dawn 9th September (Turn 1, Day 2): 2nd (Independent) Armoured Brigade. Dusk 9th September (Turn 1, Night 2): 17th Sikh
Dawn 8th September (Turn 1, Day 1): 4th Armoured Brigade. Midday 8th September (Turn 7, Day 1): First Infantry Regiment (106th Infantry Brigade). First A.A. Battery. Dawn 10th September (Turn 1, Day 3): D.H.Q. (1st Armoured Division). 5th Armoured Brigade. Second Infantry Regiment (106th Infantry Brigade). Second A.A. Battery.Air support may be rolled for in any daytime turn in which no friendly aircraft are over the table:
3D6 India Pakistan 18 Canberra F-104A 17 Mystere IV Canberra 16 Gnat F-86F 15 Hunter F-86F 3-14 Nothing NothingCanberra: 6 bombs.
To win the Pakistani forces must clear a road off the northern or eastern edges of the map and still be holding it at the end of the game (Turn 12, Day 3). If they fail to do this then the Indians have won.
The whole game could be played out using 1/200th scale models on a single 6' x 8' board, using cm instead of inches.
During their defence the Indians were able to make good use of the terrain, flooding many areas surrounding the rivers. The only ``solid ground" lies between the two roads linking Khem-Karam with Dibbi-Pura and Valtoha. This region will be covered by a mix of bush and woods. Outside this region there will be a mix of marsh, flooded areas (especially near the three rivers), sugar cane and maize fields (up to 9' high) with some bush and woods. Roads provide the only good going and rivers may only be crossed along roads. The mined and flooded area on the eastern edge of board 6 is impassable.
DHQ: CO + 7 figures 2 Jeep 2 Supply Trucks AA Battery: 1 20/40mm AA Gun 4 figures 1 Truck 18th Rajputana Rifles (Poor): RHQ: CO + 3 figures (2" mort., 1 Baz.) 1 Jeep 4 Companies: 6 figures Support Company: 1 Jeep + 106mm RCL or 6pdr 1 81mm mortar 6 figures 1 Jeep 1/9th Gorkha Rifles: RHQ: CO + 3 figures (2" mort.) 1 Jeep 2 Companies: 8 figures Support Company: 1 Jeep + 106mm RCL or 6pdr 1 81mm mortar 6 figures 1 Jeep 4th Grenadiers: RHQ: CO + 3 figures (2" mort., 1 Baz.) 1 Jeep 4 Companies: 8 figures Support Company: 1 Jeep + 106mm RCL or 6pdr 1 81mm mortar 6 figures 1 Jeep Remnants of 7th Grenadiers/13th Dogra (Poor): RHQ: CO + 2 figures (1 Baz.) 2 Companies: 6 figures Under command (Remnants of 9th Jak Rifles) (Poor): 2 Companies: 6 figures Support Company: 1 Jeep + 106mm RCL or 6pdr 1 81mm mortar 6 figures 1 Jeep
RHQ 1 M4 (76) 3 Tank Squadrons 3 M4 (76)
1 Observer team 2 figures 1 Jeep 8 Batteries 1 25pdr 4 figures
2nd (Independent) Armoured Brigade: 2 Supply Trucks 3rd Cavalry: RHQ 1 Centurion 7 2 Squadrons 3 Centurion 7 8th Cavalry: RHQ 1 M4 (76) 2 Squadrons 3 M4 (76) 17th Sikh: CO + 8 figures
D.H.Q. CO + 7 figures 2 Jeep 4th & 5th Armoured Brigades (each): BHQ: CO + 7 figures 2 Jeep 2 Supply Trucks Armoured Regiment: RHQ: 1 M-47 3 Tank Squadrons 3 M-47 Armoured Regiment: RHQ: 1 M-48 3 Tank Squadrons 3 M-48 Armoured Regiment: RHQ: 1 M-24 3 Tank Squadrons 3 M-24 106th Infantry Brigade: 1 supply truck 2 Motorized Infantry Regiments (each): RHQ CO + 3 figures (60mm mort. 1 Baz.) 1 Jeep 4 Companies: 6 figures 1 Truck Support Company: 1 Jeep + 106mm RCL or COBRA ATGW (Gun class 1, Range 36") 1 81mm mortar 6 figures 1 Jeep 2 AA Batteries: 1 20/40mm AA Gun 4 figures 1 Truck
1 Observer team 2 figures 1 Jeep 6 Batteries 1 25pdr 4 figures
Vehicle Armour Gun Speed NF Smoke M-4 (76) C 2 M - - Centurion 7 I 0 M - D M-24 D 3 M - - M-47 A 0 M - - M-48 A 0 M IR -``War Dispatches - Indo-Pak Conflict 1965'' Harbakhsh Singh, Lancer International 1991.