New Command scenario: Splendid George

May 18, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Author: Mark Gellis

In 1985, an attempted coup took place in Guinea.  In history, Guinea’s ruler, Lansana Conté, quelled the uprising and had about 100 conspirators executed.  This included the leader of the attmepted coup, former Prime Minister Diarra Traoré. 

This scenario assumes that Traoré was able to escape with part of his organization intact.  Six months after the coup attempt, they remain a threat, having established a fairly successful guerilla operation against Guinea’s government.  In addition, he has been able to secure military aid from the Soviet Union.

The United States does not wish to risk a global war with the Soviet Union, and has not tried to blockade the rebel port at Kamsar.  However, the United States has no qualms about attacking the rebels themselves.  The American plan, in fact, is to weaken the rebels enough to allow the military of Guinea to defeat them. 

The Soviets, for their part, seem content to arm the rebels and have not attempted to attack the Guinean military.


Author’s Notes

A delta template .ini file has been included in the .zip file to assist in updating the scenario to future versions of the database. 



ATTN: Commanding Officer, Iwo Jima

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION SPLENDID GEORGE.


Soviet-supplied rebels in Guinea continue to battle against that country’s legitimate government.  The President considers it essential that the rebels do not gain the upper hand.


The rebels are in possession of a large portion of the tanks and artillery pieces that made up the army equipment of Guinea.  They are also in possession of one Osa-class missile boat. 

In recent months, the Soviets have supplied the rebels with aircraft, radar facilities, and either SA-2 or SA-3 missiles.  Intelligence sources also believe that the Soviets have given the rebels between six and fifteen MiG-21 aircraft, and possibly other aircraft as well. 


Your task force consists of LPH 2 Iwo Jima and her aircraft, DDG 19 Tattnall, DD 979 Conolly, FFG 28 Boone, and AO 178 Monongahela.

FFG 26 Gallery and SSN 638 Whale are already on station and are chopped to your command.

Guinea retains controls of many of its armored units and a small number of MiG-17 aircraft.  These forces will continue to share intelligence with you.


  1. Prevent rebel forces from attacking Guinean naval forces.  You are cleared to sink any rebel vessels you encounter.
  2. Assist Guinean forces in gaining air superiority over rebel forces.
  3. Locate and destroy any appropriate targets of opportunity.
  4. Gather intelligence about the location, strength, and disposition of remaining rebel forces.
  5. Gather intelligence about the location, strength, and disposition of Soviet forces in your area.


Do not initiate hostilities with Soviet forces.  Repeat.  Do not initiate hostilities with Soviet forces.  Surface vessels and submarines may return fire if and only if they are attacked.  Aircraft employed to identify Soviet vessels should retreat to a safe distance once identification is achieved.  In the event that American aircraft are shot down by Soviet warships, American surface vessels and submarines are NOT authorized to retaliate. 

It is not expected that you will need to deploy marines at the present time. 

Special weapons release is not anticipated.


Command: Iwo Jima
Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.


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