After a dry run to re-familiarize ourselves with the rules and general procedures, we have re-started Scenario 2. After two sessions (8.5 hours total), we've completed 5 turns.
Soviets have taken Tabriz, Rasht, Zanjan and Kermanshah in the west, where the bulk of their ground forces are deployed. They also have the 1st Tank Army within 4 hexes of Tehran in the east. Mashad is under siege, but holding. The Afghanistan Army is having supply problems (thanks to the U.S. and Iranian air forces) and is stalled about 10 hexes east of Kerman. A Soviet Airborne division dropped deep behind enemy lines to size three unguarded cities (Arak, Kashan and Esfahan). Arak and Kashan have been retaken by force, and the remaining airborne regiment in Esfahan is about to be eliminated.
On the strategic map, the Soviets still have a DDG and CVH (with two hits) remaining. Unfortunately for the U.S., the Backfires have sent CV-63 to the bottom of the Arabian Sea! The timely introduction of the British SSGN, due to random event, has allowed the U.S. to maintain a stalemate on the strategic map, while awaiting the arrival the CV-65 on turn 7. The movement of U.S. ground forces from Diego Garcia to the mainland has begun, but the Supply Head is still on Diego Garcia, so the 20 strategic hex supply line must be maintained.
We'll post some more details of the game over the next few weeks. The sinking of CV-63 is probably worth a paragraph or two... a cautionary tale for future Gulf Strike players :-)
The game resumes next Friday (December 18th) with turn 6.