This task was given to Capt. Boswell commander of the M&AW Cadre. During the afternoon & evening of the 30th of May Capt. Boswell had pulled in a number of his patrols & started to plan the assult. Then a second report came in from another OP, this time Lieut. Haddow on the lower slopes of Mt Simon. He had just seen two UH-1 drop off a number of Argentines at Top Malo House 400m below his position. it was decided to airlift the assult team to within 1000m of the position so they could make a night march to the objective & attack at dawn. A rendezvous with Lieut. Haddows team was planned but atmospheric conditions made radio communication impossible. There was a further set back when the helicoptors for the lift arrived late and so it was after dawn when Boswells men were set down in the LZ by a helicoptor of 864 Naval Air Squadron.
What happened next depends on the sources you read. Either Boswell decided to start the assult & fired a green flare at which point both the British fire team & the Argentine sentry opened fire, or the sentry spotted Boswells men against the snow & opened fire at which point the flare was fired and the British opened up.
Which ever way it happened, LAWs & GLs fired at the house set it on fire. One of the Argentines on the top floor was shot dead by Cpl. Groves while another tried to give covering fire as the rest exited the single door. Some were cut down as they made for a stream bed 50m away & some peat diggings a little closer. A number were traped in the buring house. One Jumping from the top floor window & continuing to fire untill killed at close range.
There was then a firefight as the assult team tried to root out the Argentines before they could escape. During this phase the British suffered their only three casualties, from gunshot wounds.
With ammo running very low & 2/3rds of their forces killed or wounded they elected to surrender. On the British side there were three wounded, Sgt. Doyle, Sgt. Groves & Cpl. Stone. On the Argentine side there were two dead, Lieut. Ernesto Espinosa & Sgt. Mateo Esbert (who were decorated for their bravery), 6 wounded and 4 unwounded prisoners.
As the British cleared up down from Mt Simon came Lieut. Haddows team branishing a large Union Jack. One Argentine, Pvt. Losito, commented that their escape rout (to Mt Simon) would have taken them right though Haddows position.
SOLDIER LR EXP CON STA ABIL EQUIPMENT Capt. Boswell 9 Elite 0 +1 +2 Sterling (9mm Pistol) Mini Flare RTO - Elite 0 0 +1 Sterling (M72 LAW) (Radio) Sgt. Doyl 8 Vet. -1 +2 0 M16A1 Cpl. Groves 6 Elite 0 0 +1 L42A1 Snipers rifle Gunner - Elite 0 0 +1 L4A2 Pvt - Elite 0 0 +1 L1A1 (M72 LAW) Sgt. Stone 8 Elite -1 +2 +2 M16A1 (M72 LAW) Cpl. Barnicle 7 Vet. -1 +2 0 L1A1 (M79 GL) Gunner - Elite -2 +2 +2 L4A2 Pvt - Prof. -1 0 +1 L1A1 (M72 LAW) Sgt. Montgomery 8 Elite -2 +2 +2 M16A1 Cpl. 6 Vet. 0 0 +1 L1A1 Gunner - Elite 0 0 +1 L4A2 Pvt - Prof. 0 0 +1 L1A1 (M72 LAW) All carry two deffensive fused grenades
SOLDIER LR EXP CON STA ABIL EQUIPMENT Lieut. Murry 9 Elite 0 0 +1 Sterling Sgt Mclean 7 Elite -2 0 +1 M203 (M72 LAW) Cpl. 7 Elite 0 0 +1 L1A1 Gunner - Elite -1 0 +1 L4A2 Pvt - Vet. 0 0 +1 L1A1 Gunner - Elite -2 0 +1 L7A2 Pvt - Elite 0 0 +1 L1A1 (M72 LAW) All carry two deffensive fused grenades
SOLDIER LR EXP CON STA ABIL EQUIPMENT On bottom floor: Captain 9 Vet. -1 -1 0 .45 pistol Sgt. Esbert 7 Elite -2 0 +2 FN FAL 50.63 Sgt. Mendina 6 Vet. -1 +2 +1 FN FAL 50.63 Pvt. Losito - Prof. -1 0 +1 FN FAL 50.63 RTO - Vet. 0 +1 +1 FN FAL 50.61 (Radio) Pvt. - Aver. 0 +1 -1 FN FAL 50.61 Gunner - Aver. 0 0 0 FN FAL (HB) LMG On top floor: Lieut. Espinosa 8 Elite -1 0 +2 PA3 Lieut. Brun 7 Elite -1 -1 +1 PA3 (Browning HP) Cpl. 5 Prof. 0 0 +1 FN FAL 50.63 Cpl. 3 Prof. 0 0 0 FN FAL 50.63 Cpl. 4 Vet. 0 +1 +1 FN FAL 50.63 All carry two offensive fused grenadesTo add abit of radomness to the game. Roll a D10 at the start:
10 Argentines hear helicoptor - May deploy around and in house Alertness +3/+4 6-9 Argentines hear helicoptor - May have lookout on top floor or outside but think it may be own Alertness Sentry +4, rest +6/+7 2-5 Argentines unawears - may post lookout on top floor. Alertness Sentry +4, rest +7/+8 1 Argentines totally unawears - No look out Alertness +7/+8
The Argentines want to exit as many of there men off the table up on to Mt Simon. Too overcome the OP thier I would guess they would need at least half or more of their men. This is a major Argentine victory.
Any other results should be compared with the actual outcome to deside a winner or loser.
(2) The stream bed will provide hard cover to men in it when fired on by those not in it. It will provide SOME cover if firer is also in stream.
(3) The peat diggings will hide a crouching man and should be concidered as shallow trenches.
(4) A light covering of snow lay on the ground. Niether side had winter comouflage so modifications to sighting rules should be used.
(5) As an additional game. Any Argentines escaping the board would have come accross Lieut. Haddows 4 man OP team. These would be organised as the other RM squads and be concealed in there OP 400m higher up Mt Simon. The terrain on the hills in the Falklands was quite bare low gorse/heather but the were large rocky outcrops.
The second option for the alertness of the Argentines was rolled. With a sentry on the top floor.
I was the Argentines, my brother the British.
The assult team run along behind the low hill in the dead ground. The Argentines on the top floor, after taking one phase to get their weapons, fire on the British fire team (no casualties), while those on the bottom floor exit the house. The HB gunner deploying behind the bush.
The Assult team get to the right end of the low hill & crewl to the crest just in time to see the Argentines dissapear in to the peat diggings. A fire fight errups at 80-90m. Initial attempts by the British to use LAWs against the HB gunner prone outside the door & the Argentines in the peat diggings miss. As does the M79 GL. By the end of the turn the British are getting the upper hand. Losing the RTO shot dead & Cpl. Barnicle with a light body wound, but hitting the Argentine Captain twice (killing him) & seriously wounding Sgt. Mendina & the HB gunner.
With Sgt. Esbert couring in the bottom of the peat diggings the RTO had to take up the defence, firing at & seriously wounding Sgt Stone as he lead his section forward. His loss causes the section to stop. A LAW fired at the peat digging narrowly misses the target but catches Sgt. Esbert in the blast seriously wounding him.
Capt. Boswell takes Sgt. Montgomery 7 his section forward, charging into the smoke.
British: KIA - The RTO WIA Serious - Sgt Stone WIA Light - Cpl Barnicle Argentine: KIA - Captain, Lt. Espinosa & 2 Cpls WIA Serious - Lt Brun, Sgt Esbert, Sgt Mendina, 1 Cpl, 1 Pvt & the HB gunner WIA Light - Pvt Losito POW - The RTONiether side got a major victory, but on ballence it was decided that although both sides did worse than in real life the British had got a victory (I loose again!).