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A Time To Dance (3.011) 1.1

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"A Time To Dance"

~ An "Operation Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm" Mission conversion.

Date: 20 July 1989

Time: 0 Hours (0400 Hours) Day Break.

Location: Near Bad Neustadt, West Germany and Camp Lee.

Weather: Patchy fog with light clouds.

The Soviet Union is withdrawing it's forces from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). They have alerted both NATO, and the UN, that they are moving two divisions east, in the sector of the 8th Guards Army. This announcement was made months in advance. Several smaller units have left their permanent duty stations, earlier during the month, for new locations further east.

NATO is on a low alert status and is having to learn to deal with the fact that the Cold War is over. What to do now?

But wait, the 533rd Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion stationed in the Fulda Gap is getting information that isn't matching up with how events should be unfolding. It seems, the Soviets aren't moving to the east.

The 533rd MI Bn starts scrambling to find out what's up.

The 79th Guards Tank Division left it's garrison at Suhl and moved southeast on Route 281. When it reached Coburg the lead element, the 17th Guards Tank Regiment, turned southwest on Route 303 and west onto Route 279. The entire time they were in road march formation. There was no NATO interference with the approach to the border.

As the 17th Guards Tank Regiment entered Saal an der Saale they gave the prearranged order for the artillery batteries of 8th Guards Army to fire. Targeting both Camp Lee and the approaches to Bad Neustadt and Rödelmaier. The guns errupted into life as the lead elements drove through Wülfershausen and turned towards Bad Neustadt and the waiting 11th ACR.

2nd Squadron, 11th ACR, stationed at Camp Lee, outside Bad Neustadt, is hammered by 122/152mm artillery fire. The camp had been warned only minutes before but many of the squadrons vehicles were already moving towards Rödelmaier. It is fitting that 2nd Squadron, the last element of the Regiment to leave Vietnam after five and a half years of service, is the first US unit to be engaged by the Soviet advance in WWIII.

The two elite units have been facing each other over the decades and will now come together in a mighty clash. The Blackhorse outposts along the border at Rödelmaier will have to deal with the Soviet advance down Route 279 until the rest of the squadron can move to their aid. Or, until the Soviet Army breaks through and is advancing.

At 0400 the day is just beginning. What was going to be a hot day in July is about to get much hotter.

The Cold War is about to become a Hot War. It's time to dance to the music.

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U.S. Forces must "Secure and Hold" both OBJs marked on the map for the entire duration of the mission. WARSAW PACT resistance will be high and compromised of a wide array of T-80 MBTs, BMPs, and BRDMs. You will be greatly outnumbered so advance wisely and watch your flanks!

U.S. Forces Order of Battle

Alpha Company - 12 x M1A1(HA)
CO - 1 x M1A1(HA)
XO - 1 x M1A1(HA)

Delta Company - 8 x M1A1(HA)
CO - 1 x M1A1(HA)
XO - 1 x M1A1(HA)

Bravo Company - 6 x M2A2 Bradley
CO - 1 x M2A2 Bradley
XO - 1 x M2A2 Bradley

Charlie Company - 6 x M2A2 Bradley
CO - 1 x M2A2 Bradley
XO - 1 x M2A2 bradley

November Company - 6 x M966 HMMWV w/TOW 2A
CO - 1 x M2A2 Bradley

18 Tubes x Off Map Artillery Support

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v1.1
Changelog: - Updated some unit paths for Warsaw Pact to keep from driving/getting stuck into rivers and streams - Removed Off-Map Support for NATO player and replaced ARTY with a Platoon of M109s - Removed mission Password per user request (if you do edit and upload a variation of this mission plesae give credit where it is due) - Corrected the the spelling of "Alpha" (thanks Cobrabase!) - Added an additional Warsaw Pact tank company to keep more inline with "Operation Flashpoint: Red Storm" original Order of Battle - Changed the 'Time of Day" to 0400, it was set to 0900 in the previous version ***This is my first attempt at a Steel Beasts Pro PE mission. I have been playing a lot of the strategy game called "Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm" lately and decided that some of the missions in that game would make fantastic missions here in Steel Beasts!***

I hope you enjoy this mission and any and all feedback to help improve this mission in future updates will be greatly appreciated! ~ xIGuNDoCIx




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