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  1. Hello everybody, as promised then here is the Intermission between Scenario 3 and Scenario 4, as well as the AAR. Next scenario in this Campaign will be held on Sunday the 4´th of March at the usual time of 2000 GMT+1, so 1900 GMT Again thanks to everybody who made this work, including the people who were a part of the Session. As usually then I recommend reading the PDF This is the Game list: http://www.kanium.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=11630&sid=9cb0393903efbeca6e39dd3254570c7d#p11630 And the PDF: BG Intermission 3.pdf And the AAR: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gpVoWy_9gxkI_maY3VOyl2JP-iy7V9Mb The Bears Gambit ”And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” Revelation 6:3-4 Intermission 3 By Nike-Ajax, All Rights reserved How do you measure success? Or more specifically: how do you measure military success in the 21´st century? The military engagement that de facto ended the peace that Europe had enjoyed for more than half a century was by some considered a staggering and almost textbook tactical victory. For the price of 3 MBT´s, 6 IFV´s and 2 Attack Helicopters, then the forces of JEF inflicted very heavy losses on the attacking Russian forces: As the Russians controlled the battlespace after the fight, then exact numbers are hard if not impossible to validate. But it seems that the casualties inflicted on Russian forces far exceeded those of JEF: An estimate backed up by passive sensors, SIGINT as well as battlefield reports, would indicated that Russia lost more than 20 MBTs, between 40 and 50 IFVs, more than 10 Helicopters and at least 200 dead with many more wounded. This however is of little use to the 53 dead servicemen of JEF, with almost 30 more wounded. These losses are staggering to western nations, who for decades has either been fighting low-intensity COIN operations or waged wars on doctrinally and technically inferior forces, with training that lacked far behind the western opponents. The loss of two Apache gunships in itself is a hard blow, despite the fact that they inflicted very heavy losses on the enemy. Such losses mean that strategically at least, the Russians achieved most of their goals. Especially as JEF as well as the Baltic forces, were forced to fall back in the aftermath of the battle, thus leaving the Russians in control of the battlespace, which they quickly consolidated and reinforced. It would seem that the Russians were willing to soak up heavy losses in the pursuit of their goals. Europe it seems, not really surprisingly, is more Risk-averse. Something that in hindsight seems to have been a part of the Russian planning all along. The Russian news in line with this paints the battle as an astounding success in a peace making campaign. They also in line with standard Russian practise seem to downplay their own losses. Vladimir Putin in a press conference, made the following statement: “NATO, EU and the warmongering faction of JEF, unfortunately and ill-advised have forced our hand. We are a peace-loving nation, a non-belligerent nation in the greater commonwealth of the nations of Earth. However sadly then we can no longer sit idly by as Belligerent nations not only encroach upon our borders, but in fact attack us with not only economic and political means, but also with direct military force. We are peace-loving, but not pacifist. And we will no longer accept attacks on Russian as a nation, nor on Russian citizens including Ethnic Russians, wherever they are. Specifically then Terrorists, war criminals and gangsters will not be allowed to hide in Lithuania anymore Consequently I have directed our forces to create and maintain a buffer zone against aggression as well as Safe Areas for persecuted Russian minorities. We will expand these as fits the need for security for Ethnic Russians, as well as for Russia as a nation” From differing sources and surveys then it seems that a vast majority of Russians as well as their allied Byelorussians agree that the Russian operation was adequate and appropriate. In other words then at least for now, it seems that Vladimir Putin commands a unified country. This is more than can be said for Europe, NATO and EU, where divisions and disagreements already present, have accelerated and become clearer. This not only divides the trans-national organizations, but in fact divides individual countries. The idea that the engagement was a victory is thus hotly debated in both political circles, self-proclaimed power élites, news as well as in the framework of NATO and EU. Across the world the same polarizing effect has been seen, where few if any countries are willing to clearly pick sides. Even within the nations of the JEF framework, then polemic discussion and bickering is wide-spread. However then having engaged, the JEF members have found it impossible to disengage themselves. The Baltic countries supported by a number of other countries, both formally and informally, are “exploring the possibility of seeking further protection in light of Russian aggression”. Most analysts take this to mean that The Baltic nations are debating with the other NATO countries as well as JEF members, whether or not to evoke Article 5 of the NATO charter. Thus, and in other words if the Baltic nations should declare formal war on Russia. This is a complex discussion, which have turned even more heated after the events near Vilkaviškis. But so far this has mostly been held in secret and behind closed doors. Somewhere in Europe, in an editorial meeting within a major government owned public broadcasting company. The mood was sombre, as the people in the meeting room looked at each other and talked in subdue voices. None of them had expected this to happen. Or rather: none of them would ever admit to having expected this to play out the way they did. “This is a catastrophe, no matter how you analyse it. We are all losers, but peace and understanding seem to have been the first and biggest casualties in this war that nobody wanted and nobody can benefit from. What astound me are the actions of some other media as well as politicians: In calling this a victory, then these unenlightened, prehistoric and nationalistic fools, are in fact making a negotiated peace more difficult. The irresponsible idea that weapons should solve anything has no place in the 21´st century. And neither does nationalistic and probably right-wing nutjobs, which believe that a flag is worth dying and even worse killing for. We and others like us as well as international organisations like the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group as well as UN and many other responsible entities, have for decades tried to promote international peace, commerce and peacefully uniting the world. But the path of the righteous women and men seems always beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Not to mention the archaic ideas of nationalism, war as a political tool and conspiracy nutjobs, who seem determined to always misunderstand international policy?” Nobody spoke, but it was clear to him that – at least in this room – there was total consensus. Now the question was how to formulate and communicate this consensus to the broad and easily misguided masses. He would never publicly admit to the last of course. But that didn’t change the fact of the matter: the people needed to be led, chaperoned and guided to what was best for them. Because sadly then they were easily misled by people who belonged to another century. The editorial meeting took far longer than usual, in light of the serious context and their task. But as expected then it ended with complete consensus. Or at least the few who might be slightly misguided, dared not voice their dissent. Which was good enough for him: after all he didn’t run a dictatorship. Everybody was allowed their own opinion, within reason and limits. After the editorial meeting was successfully concluded, then he sat down at his desk, unlocked a drawer and pulled out and opened his Rolodex. It might be old-fashioned, but at least some teenager with too much time on his hand couldn’t break into it via the internet. He paused for a minute contemplating what he was about to do: was it right? He banished he thought as irrational: after all what he did was in a good cause and the right thing to do: who in their right mind could possibly argue with that? His first call went out to an American billionaire, whom he met years before, and who had impressed the Editor with his visions for a peaceful world where the inhabitants tried to co-exist instead of dividing themselves apart under different banners and flags. The billionaire listened and agreed with many of the points that the editor put forth. The Billionaire was a tough man, a self-made man, who having emigrated from East Europe years before, had not only created his own empire, but also supported the sensible solutions as both he and the editor agreed upon. Having finished the first call, he flipped to the next name. There were many he needed to call today. The high-ranking EU slowly put his expensive phone back in its cradle, thinking about what the Editor had told him. He always preferred a good phone to the modern idea of a mobile. It somehow seemed more appropriate to reach real decisions and agreements over a real phone, than the mobile one. Also he avoided the embarrassment of having leaked any number of private things from his personal mobile phone by keeping it apart from his public life, and with a secret number. Something he with an inward laugh, thought that both his wife and mistress would appreciate. He had no idea however that this particular landline, had been compromised by Russian Intelligence service a while ago. Enjoying the thought of his very young and pretty mistress for a minute, he then sat up and collected his thoughts: more pressing and serious matters needed to be attended to. He called up a word file on his PC and started typing, while referencing several other documents. It took him around an hour before he was satisfied and called in his subordinate. “We have a task before us. One that needs to be addressed the right way and the first time. We literally stand at the threshold to a full war. And THAT is something we simply cannot allow.” He paused and looked at what really amounted to his assistant, and made sure he had his full attention. “You will take this document and make sure that it is circulated via the right channels and to the right people. This will constitute the direction which we will try to make EU take, in avoiding further needless and irrational bloodshed. We have the backing of the rational parts of Europe. Our task then is to marginalize the nationalists and warmongers for the greater good of Europe as well as the world in general.” He focused on his computer again, and peripherally noticed that his assistant was still standing as if he had something on his mind. He tried to control his irritation, while refocusing on the other man: “Yes … do you have some questions about your assignment and tasks?” The other man looked uncomfortable as well as nervous. As he should be for not just executing his instructions, which were clear… But found the courage to speak up nonetheless: “Sir .. something bothers me about this. All of this. The older man leaned back in his chair, clearly unimpressed by the junior man’s deductive abilities. “Well… For lack of better words then it seems too convenient. It feels like we are somehow acting according to a Russian game plan or underlying idea. I can’t really put my finger on it, but the whole thing seems … orchestrated somehow…?” The older man narrowed his eyes and leaned forward, while speaking slowly and deceptively gently: “Are you somehow implying that I act in Russian interests… that I in fact am a Russian spy…? The younger man visibly paled and started to shake his head, but before he could say anything, the older man spoke up again, this time louder: “OR are you in fact calling me a fool, or claiming that I am blind …? Well. I am neither and I believe you have your instructions.” The younger man excused himself as he walked out of the office. Despite being reprimanded the he couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something fundamentally wrong here. He stopped and thought about his future, family and job. What if he was in fact wrong…? He mulled about his options as he slowly walked back to his office. Where he sat down and looked at the pictures of his family, as he made his mind up. He drew in a deep breath, closed his eyes and opened them again. And this time he looked with determination at the file in front of him, shook his head, and picked up his private mobile phone. He knew many people, including some journalist whom he not always agreed with but who’s integrity he knew to be rock-solid. It was time to see if it was just him seeking ghosts… “It was as we planned. The losses were within the acceptable parameters – the death of our soldiers are always sad, but they died for the Rodina and they will be celebrated as heroes once we have achieved Victory.” The Russian Colonel-General lifted his eyes to the President and other powerful figures in the room. He saw no anger or recriminations, but only the comber and determined looks of the assembled men. He had been part of the plans for a long time – carefully vetted before he was allowed into the inner circle of the men shaping the future of their motherland. Seeing no dissent and having waited for questions, he spoke up again. “We sadly must sacrifice the pawns to win the game. Every dead soldier is a Hero in the eyes of our Motherland, and our overall plans are running according to plans. We sacrificed what was mostly secondary or B Class units, and despite the losses, then we not only managed to inflict heavy casualties on the Enemy, which their Medias and politicians are even now lamenting. But as planned then we managed to hold the ground and push them back. This is but the first move in our game of chess. We accept a Gambit, to win the bigger game. And strategically we are in the favourable position. NATO, EU and JEF not to mention the so-called Baltic States, all know that the Baltic cannot be held or in fact defended. They might try to fluff themselves like peacocks but we all know it’s just for show. And that they cannot in fact stop the inevitable.” The men including the President nodded, as they started talking about the future plans, the wheels within the wheels. As the discussing progressed, the General was excused: he might be a part of the plan. But only a very small and selected few were part of or privy to, the overall plan. He really had no problem with that: it was a good plan and he accepted his role in it. And the initial Operation Priyome-1 had basically worked as planned. Even though he admitted that they had incurred significantly bigger losses than he had hoped. The shaping operations as part of the Hybrid war, was only now beginning to unfold. The west really had no idea of what was going to hit them. And still they stood divided. With that thought in mind, he smilingly left the secret location that the meeting was held in. The soldiers of Taskforce 32 were reassembling are refitting. They knew they had won, but they also knew that it had come at a high price: both economically and in terms of their lives. And no matter how they analysed it, then the fact remained that the Russians now held the border area. Their CO Karl Sexton had initially gone into a rage and yelled at the assembled officers and NCO´s, until his S2 had calmly and discreetly talked to him, until the Colonel left the conference room, however not before he wowed that “this is not the end of it”. However it seems that for him at least it was. Having made his report, then it took exactly two day before Colonel Karl Sexton was called into “consultations”. Nobody was told what was said, but it seems that the Colonel have been reassigned into what he himself termed “an important administrative function”. However the S2 who seemed to not only be good with battlefield and military intelligence, discreetly let slip that the Colonel had in fact been transferred to a function of “Logistics Support Liaison”. Which seemingly meant that he now had the job of being project manager for the “Reassessment of future military needs with regards to non-military supplies”? The S2 without laughing made the off-hand comment that the Colonel now commanded Toilet rolls and Tampons. Today the new CO landed in HQ. And if the former seemed somewhat harsh sometime, then she seemed to be carved form granite tempered … for lack of better words in piss and vinegar. If anyone thought that a woman couldn’t be tough or a soldier, then certainly no one dared to tell her. Col. J. Eckert is a soldier’s soldier, and a Spartan in every sense of the word. An unsubstantiated rumour about her is that she was once challenged by a military martial arts instructor who said supposedly asked her if he needed her mother’s permission to lay a hand on her. After she expertly and quickly won over him three times, he made the comment that the only reason she won was because he went easy on her because she was a woman. She allegedly then ordered everyone else from the room. What happened afterwards no one knows, but when the rest of the pupils came back it was to an instructor who not only had a concussion, but had an arm broken in two places. Some of the people present claimed that she then leaned down and softly said to the instructor that maybe next time she should call HIS mother, because she surely was more man than him. For reason not entirely clear, then the instructor never raised any complaints or filed any charges against her. The fact remains that the Taskforce have gotten a tough new commander Something that it seems they will need soon enough, as real war seems to have started if not in name, then in reality…
  2. Schrodinger's dismounts

    To expand on what smithcorp wrote, then they stayed in this state even after I used the Improvised Mechanical Anti-personnel feature of my tank. IE the tracks...

    Manninglist ?
  4. ORDERS IN PDF: BG3 TF-32 OP SOLEMN SHIELD.pdf KANIUM SUNDAY 18th OF FEB 1900 UTC “The Bears Gambit 2 - Operation Cautious Tightrope” BY Nike-Ajax and SnS Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1900 UTC IMPORTANT POINT: If you havent played with us before, or if it is a while ago, then please contact either @Major duck or @Swordsmandk to help you set up your Teamspeak before the day of the session - thank you. As always open to all Intermission: Background: 1.Situation. a.Time: 170400ZOCT18 b.Terrain: Wooded and patchy boggy terrain channel Armd manoeuver and provide concealed AT ambush sites. Heavily forested areas in west and north of AO provide effective concealment, and will reduce overall rate of march, and can reduce observation and fields of fire to approximately 200 meters. Areas lacking heavy forestation provide good movement rates & observation and fields of fire from 2-3 KM. E28/A7 major LOC however good routes north-south and east-west. Major towns east & centre of AO represent significant choke points. c.Weather: Clear night sky – good visibility. No impact on sensor capabilities. d.Vital Ground. Bridge crossing points along border (EA CLOUD & NAI J4). River banks are too steep for BMP/BTR to exit water. e.Key Terrain. Area 112 & 113 provide good SBF positions to engage EN forces moving east along AA1. BP JENNY & PENELOE offer suitable defensive positions from which to enforce maximum DELAY. f.General Situation. On the 15´th early in the evening, JEF Recce units were engaged along the Border with Lithuania, suffered severe casualties and were forced to withdraw into MOB TRUMPET to reconstitute. After the initial engagement, Russian Light Forces quickly advanced and secured the Border crossing points, but have since remained only 3 km inside Lithuanian territory. NATO has NOT yet declared Article V, despite political increasing political unrest in Europe and confirmatory intelligence of Russian aggression. g.Current Situation Enemy Forces: Strategic intelligence indicates Russian forces are rapidly moving east into Lithuania and will soon cross the border at CHERNYSHEVSKOYE/KYBARTAI, 14 km to our west. They are moving slowly in our direction along A7 (AA1), in order to seize VILKAVISKIS and MARIJAMPOLÈ, opening up for follow-on forces and to threaten supply routes at Kaunas. Likely objectives are: a.Immediate Bde Objective: SECURE VILKAVISKIS along A7 axis IOT continue the advance with 2 Echelon towards MARIJAMPOLÈ, b.Subsequent Bde Objective: SECURE MARIJAMPOLÈ and thereby secure control of A7 and E67, enabling turn north towards KAUNAS. c.Immediate Bn Task Group (BTG) Objective: DEFEAT NATO forces west of PAEZERIAI IOT enable FoF to SECURE VILKAVISKIS. d.Subsequent BTG Objective: SEIZE LOC south of VILKAVISKIS IOT prevent reinforcement/resupply of defending NATO forces. h.Situation Enemy Forces: 2.Composition: Attacking Russian force likely 7th separate Guards mechanized infantry Regiment and 79th separate Guards mechanized infantry brigade, and consist initially of Mechanised BTG reinforced with MBT as well as possible insurgents with Russian SOF support. (BMP-2/3, BTR-80, T-80 or T-90 and BDRM-2). 3.Disposition. Russian forces likely to be cautious on initial Adv, but once engaged will likely transition to an aggressive posture, attempting to rapidly DETROY NATO forces and try to take VILKAVISKIS quickly, before Lithuanian National Defence Volunteers Division and other forces can fortify the city. 4.It's likely Russian backed Insurgents and SOF will attempt to create confusion in our REAR to support the attack. 5.The ENY BDE Arty Gp (BAG) has already moved forward in preparation of offensive actions. 6.The overall Russian Forces readiness at Bde level and higher to conduct offensive operations is unclear. However, planning has bene extensive. Due to NATO obstacles, it seems like that main Russian axis of attack will be south of the lake, directly towards TF-32. i.Situation Friendly Forces. 1.The NAC is meeting now. Lithuania has ordered it s forces to engage any Russian military on Lithuanian territory (Land, Sea or Air). NATO forces are rapidly deploying a heavy armoured forces with support to area east of VILKAVISKIS into the JEF MDA (OBJ VIKING). The Russian A2AD threat is preventing NATO air forces from patrolling the border area, thus, NATO does NOT have air SUPERIORITY or even air PARITY. Article V has NOT YET been declared. However, all JEF units are clear to engage Russian forces IF hostile intent is demonstrated. Hostile intent is defined as Russian forces firing or are preparing to fire on NATO or Lithuanian forces or threatening them in a manner that is objectively considered to be a threat to life. 2.Currently, elements of the Nordic Battlegroup and Danish Division are moving into defensive positions south of the TF-32 AO and a Combined Ad Hoc Battlegroup of Baltic States (in addition to TF-48, TF-18) is defending Route185. Both are expected to hold in the short term. TF-66 is conducting counter SoF ops. i.Rules of Engagement. NOTHING IN THESE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT LIMITS YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE APPROPIATE ACTION TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND YOUR UNIT. 1.You have the right to use force if you feel that you or other NATO & Lithuanian Forces or civilians are under threat to life. 2. The force used under the circumstances should be proportional to the 3. Uncalled for destruction of civilian property will not be accepted. 4. NO FIRES east of FLOT is allowed. j.TF-32 TASKORG; 1.TF HQ a)(1xM113, 1x CV9040) b)1 x ENG PLT (4 x M113) c)1 Recon PLT (4 x CV9040) d)1 FOO Sect (1 x FOV90) 2.A Coy Combat Team (CT): (-) a)1 x Tank PLT (3xSTRV122) b)1 x Mech. Inf Troop PLT (3 x CV9040) c)1 x Recon Sect (2 x CV9040) d)1x Sustainment PLT (medic, fuel, Ammo and mechanic) 3.B Coy Combat Team (CT): (-) a.1 x Tank PLT (3xSTRV122) b.1 x Mech. Inf Troop PLT (3 x CV9040) c.1 x Recon Sect (2 x CV9040) d.1x Sustainment PLT (medic, fuel, Ammo and mechanic) k.TF-32 Attachments and Detachments: 1.1 x ENG Sec (4 x BULLDOG) 2.1 x AD Sect (3 x Avenger HMMWV 3.1 x APACHE AH Flt ( 2 x AC) 4.1 x Battery M109A3 ( 6 x Tubes) 5.1 x TUAV 2.TF-32 MISSION BLOCK Russian Forces west of PAEZERIAI ALONG A7/E28 ITO DELAY minimum 1 ½ hours, the Russian Adv and provide time for NATO to reinforce the Lithuanian Home Guard units defending the city. 3. EXECUTION a.Extended Purpose. Provide time for NATO to reinforce city and MDA east of VILKAVISKIS (OBJ VIKING). b.Key Tasks 1.Rapidly Adv to Defensive positions. 2.BLOCK Russian Forces Adv west of PAEZERIAI . 3.BPT conduct HO/TO of reinforcing NATO forces within 3 hours. c. End State 1.Terrain. PAEZERIAI free from Russian control. 2.Friendly: TF-32 able to conduct further operations. 3.Enemy: No Russian Forces capable of offensive operations 5 km west of PAEZERIAI 4.Civilian: Minimal collateral damage and disruption to the civilian way of life. d. Constraints 1.NO cross border authority. 2.ROE- Card 65 – only fire in self defence of threat to life NOT threat to property. 3.NO FIRES into Russia. 3. Execution. A.COM JEF Intent: Quickly establish BLOCK west and south of VILKAVISKIS with current force IOT prevent Russian Adv Guard from initial Bdes from Securing the city. REINFORCE as a priority Lithuanian Home Guard units in City, but concurrently, continue to prepare MDA east of VILKAVISKIS & rapidly DEPLOY NATO Armoured FoF as soon as disembarked. Employ Attk aviation and Airmobile forces as SCREEN south to prevent Russian BY-PASS of MDA. Force Russian Bde Echelon change with FIRES and Manoeuvre Defence. B.CONOPS: A.SoM: Four (4) Phase operation: I.Phase 1. TF-48, 18, 32 deploy to assigned MDA. 1/45 Air Asslt SCREEN south of VILKAVISKIS. II.Phase 2. Conduct BLOCK west & south of VILKAVISKIS. Reinforce Lithuanian Home guard in VILKAVISKIS. III.Phase 3. Begin HO/TO of JEF & 1/45 with NATO FoF within 3 hours. IV.Phase 5. BPT BREAK engagement with Russian Forces & withdraw further East. 2.SoFires: FIRES & CAS to be primary means of engaging Russian Forces within Lithuanian territory & providing concealment. 3.Shaping Operations: ID Russian composition and dispositions and AA of Adv Guard of leading BTGs. C.Decisive Operations: BLOCK Russian Adv west of PAEZERIAI ALONG A7/E28 . D.Deception Operation: Establish 1/45 Air Asslt south of PAEZERIAI Screen. E.Tactical Risk: Limited obstacle belt prepared west of PAEZERIAI and MDA not yet complete. Only Light Blocking Force currently available and no Sir support available. III. Execution. Tasks to Subordinate Units: 1)TF-18: 1)DEPLOY to Area JEMMA 2)BLOCK Russian Adv east 3)BPT conduct HO/TO with NATO FoF within 3 hours. 4)BPT to WITHDRAW to OBJ VIKING 2)TF-48: 1)DEPLOY to Area JEMMA 2)BLOCK Russian Adv east 3)BPT conduct HO/TO with NATO FoF within 3 hours. 4)BPT to WITHDRAW to OBJ VIKING 3)TF-32: 1)DEPLOY to Area west of PAEZERIAI 2)BLOCK Russian Adv east 3)BPT conduct HO/TO with NATO FoF within 3 hours. 4)BPT to WITHDRAW to OBJ VIKING 4)TF-45: 1)DEPLOY to Area FIONA 2)BLOCK Russian Adv east 3)BPT conduct HO/TO with NATO FoF within 3 hours. 4)BPT to WITHDRAW to OBJ VIKING. 5)TF-66: 1)Conduct Counter SoF operations in conjunction with Lithuanian MoI. 6)Reserve ( 1 Coy 1/45 Air Asslt Inf) 1)BPT re-enforce TF-32 or TF-18 7)CSS 1)Establish ASP fwd of MDA; 2)BPT resupply, recover & re-equip all TFs on order; b. Coordinating Instructions: a.C2 No Change b.High Value Targets: MBT BMP-1/BRDM-2 c.FIRES; 6x BTY155mm Direct Spt to TFs. 1 Sqn 587 Attack Sqn 6 x (TIGER AH) d.ISR; 1 Sqn 45th ISR Coy (4 x UAV) e.Sustainment: CSS to provide sustainment fwd. f.Command and Signal: a.Command: i.Succession of Command: 0A, OB, A66 (TF-48), B66 (TF-32) C 66 (TF-66). ii.Location of Key Leaders: OA with TF 32; OB with TF 66. b. Signal: a.A COY: 26000 A1 PLT: 46000 A2 PLT: 31000 A3 PLT: 33500
  5. THAT ... without getting ahead of ourselves, is not unlikely
  6. So latest status: 26 verified, 2 probable and 2 maybe. There are the following openings as of now (but we can always squeeze more in different positions): 1 PLt. of Infantry Tank Hunters/eng 1 CV9040B in TF Recon 1 CV9040B in B COY Recon Thank you all for the interest, and thank you each and everyone who made this Campaign a reality, including those who has and who will participate.
  7. Best music for PRE-combat ?

    Music have always followed soldiers on the battlefield. In the older days for signals and orders. Concurrently with that to boost own troops morale, or lower the enemies. Aside from a more curious use of them, like when the US tried to annoy Manuel Noriega to leave the Vaticans embassy in Panama by way of Rock music, then I havent heard any official use of it in recent history. So... 2 questions: 1) Have anyone heard of use of music in a modern (Post WW2) war or combat situation, official or unofficial ? 2) What would be the tune to play before going into combat ? As an example, then I knew someone who used to play this before going on patrol: But what tune could motivate or focus the troops? (The fictional attack from Apocalypse now with Wagners ride of the Valkyries excluded)
  8. Ad-hoc/Impromptu SB sessions

    AND we have a hoster - still open for anyone else though
  9. Hello all A very good Christmas to you all, may the season bring you nothing but happiness and good experiences. I and some others will be doing some ad-hoc COOP sessions over the holiday seasons. We will post it on Kaniums Discord, BUT they are open for ANYONE who wants to have some SB fun. We are aiming for smaller games and in all likelihood will do these fairly spontaneous. SO ... for those who are not on our Discord but might want to have some fun with us, then post below and I will send you a PM if and when we mount a game. There are NO obligations and its quite OK if you cant or have other obligations when its time. But if you post below, then you will at least get the offer as soon as we know we will be playing.
  10. Ad-hoc/Impromptu SB sessions

    We are starting up an adhoc as soon as we have a hoster
  11. SO: Good turnout for this weekend, 24 verified, 2 probable, 1 maybe and 1-3 unaccounted for as of now. Looks VERY good - thanks for that all. We still have 4 open positions, including a platoon of dismounted Tankhunters/Eng.
  12. Thanks for the session all
  13. Good morning/afternoon/evening Gentlemen There are still a handfull of positions open, and we have a full command and OPFOR structure.
  14. ORDERS IN PDF: BG2 TF-48 OP CAUTIOUS TIGHTROPE.pdf KANIUM SUNDAY 4th OF FEB 1900 UTC “The Bears Gambit 2 - Operation Cautious Tightrope” BY Nike-Ajax and SnS Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1900 UTC IMPORTANT POINT: If you havent played with us before, or if it is a while ago, then please contact either @Major duck or @Swordsmandk to help you set up your Teamspeak before the day of the session - thank you. As always open to all Intermission: Background: 1.Situation. a.Time: 151300ZOCT2018 b.Terrain: Wooded and patchy boggy terrain channel Armd manoeuver and provide concealed AT ambush sites. Major water obstacles designated as border and lake north. Heavily forested areas provide effective concealment, and will reduce overall rate of march, and can reduce observation and fields of fire to approximately 500 meters. Areas lacking heavy forestation can provide observation and fields of fire from 2-3 KM. E28/A7 major LOC however good routes north-south and east-west. c.Weather: Heavy Rain likely to persist or at least 6 hours. Visibility 2400km, heavy-winds affecting Aviation support. No impact on sensor capabilities. d.Vital Ground. All Bridge crossing points along border (within Area FALCON NAI 1/1-1/8). River banks are too steep for BMP/BTR to exit water and therefore Russian forces would require to conduct an opposed river crossing with two ferries to bridge the river. e.Key Terrain. Area between NAI 1/4 – 1/6 provides sufficient concealment & cover to enable Russian forces to establish a SBF base to defend any opposed river crossing operation into Lithuania. f.General Situation. It has been almost a month since the clash in SE Lithuania between TF-32 and Russian backed Insurgents and Russian SoF. Russia has claimed that the events of about four weeks ago, was entirely the fault of Lithuania and NATO. Tensions remain the highest since the peak of The Cold War. All the Baltic and Scandinavian countries are starting to reinforce their borders with Russia and despite calls from the UN SEC GEN, Russia refuses to cancel it’s latest ZAPAD exercise, which Russia states involves upwards of 90k troops, although NATO believe the actual figure is much higher at around 190k. In this tense situation, the war of words continues and the risk of conflict through miscalculation grows ever more likely. g.Situation Enemy Forces: 1.CoA:Two(2) days ago, Russian forces began mobilising for the ZAPOD exercise in Kaliningrad, in the vicinity of Nesterov along Route E28/A7. While, they are declared forces as part of the ZAPOD Exercise, they could easily form part of the initial force to cross Lithuanian border if so desired. Russian strategic intent seems unclear, but there remains a significant risk that this mobilisation may be a precursor to an attack to cut of Vilnius from E and NE, including Kaunas. h.Situation Enemy Forces: 2.There have been no reports of Russian forces moving across the border. However, should they choose to do so, a likely crossing point is at Chernyshevskoye-Kybartai, (AREA FALCON), 14 km to our west, an area where Russian SoF have previously infiltrated Lithuanian territory. Russian covert RECON ops have already likely to have taken place and any border incursion is likely to be rapid and part of a pre-determined plan. 3.Disposition: Composition: Russian force composition in the area of FALCON are reported to consist of a Coy Gp element of a BTG from the 79 Guards Separate Mechanized Infantry Bde; a combination of Infantry (including Snipers and ATGM teams), and armoured Recon and IFV vehicles. This includes BRDM-2, BTR-80 and some BMP-2/3. There has been one report of T72B3 being reported, however, this has not been confirmed. Russian air activity has significantly increased in the last 12 hours with HIND & HIP flights regularly patrolling the border. Russian AD batteries are on high alert. i. Situation Friendly Forces. 1.JEF, host nation and other NATO forces have been activated and are rapidly deploying forces along the border. Article V has NOT been declared and all forces operate under Lithuanian Law less agreed national exemptions. 2.Currently, the Lithuanian TF-18 is providing a limited Screen in Area FALCON with three Scorpion C/S; they are only covering the assessed most likely border crossing points (BCP). Lithuania is still considering whether to prepare Bridges In Area FALCON for demolition; currently all are still operational and are able to carry the weight of both Russian & NATO Armoured Vehicles. j.Rules of Engagement. NOTHING IN ROE LIMITS YOUR RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND YOUR UNIT. 1.You have the right to use force to defend yourself against attacks or clear threats of attack. 2.Hostile fire may be returned effectively and promptly to stop a hostile act. 3.If OWN forces or those under their protection are attacked, then minimum force should be used under the circumstances and proportional to the threat. 4.We are not at war and in an allied nation, uncalled for destruction of civilian property will not be accepted. 5.Under NO circumstances are you allowed to cross the border, or risk crossing the border, so as not to provoke Russian forces or give them an excuse to start hostilities. k. TF-48 TASKORG; 1.TF HQ a)HQ Sect (1xWarrior, 1x BULLDOG/M113) b)1 FOO Sect (1 x FOV90) c)1x Sustainment PLT (medic, fuel, Ammo and Recovery/Mechanic) 2.2 x Recce PLT a)6 x Scimitar 3.A Coy 1 Rifles Combat Team (CT): (-) a)3 x Armoured Infantry (AI) PLT (Each 4 x Warrior) b)1 x Tank Troop (4xCR2) c)1 x AT PLT ( 3 x Warrior (12 x Javelin) d)1 x Mortar Sect ( 2 x M1064A3 in BULLDOG) l. T-48 Attachments and Detachments: 1.1 x ENG Sec (4 x BULLDOG) 2.1 x AD Sect (3 x Avenger HMMWV 3.1 x TIGER AH Flt ( 2 x AC) 4.1 x Battery M109A3 ( 2x3 Tubes), with supplytruck 5.1 x TUAV 2.TF-48 MISSION TF-48 is to Rapidly Advance to Area FALCON and conduct RECON of border for 48 hours ITO identify and report possible Russian border incursions and likely tactical plan. BPT DELAY any Russian Adv into Lithuania within boundaries for one hour between PL FALCON and PL HAWK 2. Mission and Tasks a.Extended Purpose. Provide warning of Russian likely incursion and DELAY by 1 hour any Russian attack to enable JEF to deploy to MDA. b.Key Tasks 1.Rapidly Adv to Area FALCON 2.Establish Temp FOB 3.HO/TO TF-18 4.IDENTIFY & Report Russian tactical positions, equipment types, morale and if possible, tactical plans for incursion into Lithuanian territory; 5.DETAIN any Russian forces encountered in Lithuanian side of border; 6.BPT DELAY for 1 hour Russian incursion within boundaries. c. End State 1.Terrain. TF-48 observation of all bridge crossing points in Area FALCON. 2.Friendly: TF-48 re-supplied and able to conduct further operations. 3.Enemy: If required, Russian incursion force DELAYED 1 hours from G+0 to allow JEF deployment to MDA. 4.Civilian: Minimal collateral damage and disruption to the civilian way of life. d. Constraints 1.No cross border authority. 2.ROE- Card 65 – only fire in self defence of threat to life NOT threat to property. 3.NO CS strikes into Russia. 3. Execution. A.COM JEF Intent: Quickly establish presence along border. ID Russian dispositions through patrolling of border area covering all NAI through mixture of Aviation, TUAV & ground C/S. ID fall back defensive positions if have to impose at least a one hour DELAY on any Russian incursion. B.CONOPS: A.SoM: Five (5) Phase operation: I.Phase 1. TF-48, 18, 32 deploy to assigned border areas (FALCON, GEESE & SWALLOW) and establish temp FOBs. II.Phase 2. Conduct RECON ID ENY AA, MBT, C2, Bridging, Ferry equipment’s for 48 hours. III.Phase 3. HO/TO & extract to MOB PRICE. BPT DELAY any Russian Incursion Force for sufficient time to enable deployment of TF 45 & 66 to MDA. IV.Phase 4. BPT to DISRUPT Russian Adv to VILNUS. V.Phase 5. BPT BREAK engagement with Russian Forces & withdraw further East. 2.SoFires: FIRES & CAS to be primary means of engaging Russian Forces within Lithuanian territory & providing concealment for withdrawal East. 3.Shaping Operations: ID Russian composition and dispositions along border. C.Decisive Operations: DELAY any Russian incursion for no less than 1 hour. D.Deception Operation: Establish main RECIN screen at least 2 km from border to conceal strength from Russian ISR. E.Tactical Risk: Limited ground ISR & RECON to cover entire border; light DELAY force if required; ROE constrains depth engagement; Russian AA not confirmed. Tasks to Subordinate Units: 1)TF-48: 1)Rapidly DEPLOY to Area FALCON for 48 hours 2)Establish temp FOB no nearer than 2 km from border area 3)ID Russian composition & disposition along border; 4)ID likely Russian AA into Lithuania; 5)Withdraw to FOB PRICE after 48 hours 6)BPT DELAY Russian incursion no less than 1 hour from G+0 7)BPT EMPLOY FIRES to DISRUPT Russian lead elements. 2)CSS 1)Establish ASP fwd of MDA; 2)BPT resupply, recover & re-equip all TFs on order; b. Coordinating Instructions: a.C2 No Change b.High Value Targets: MT-55, BAT-2, T72b3, PRP-1, SA-19/ZSU 23/4 HIND/HIP c.FIRES; 6x BTY155mm Direct Spt to TFs. 1 Sqn 587 Attack Sqn 6 x (TIGER AH) d.ISR; 1 Sqn 45th ISR Coy (4 x UAV) e.Sustainment: CSS to provide sustainment fwd. f.Command and Signal: a.Command: i.Succession of Command: 0A, OB, A66 (TF-48), B66 (TF-32) C 66 (TF-66). ii.Location of Key Leaders: OA with TF 32; OB with TF 66. b. Signal: i.TF HQ : 26000 ii.A Coy Combat Team (CT): (-): 46000 Othervise by CO´s orders
  15. Very good video Tiny thing: You wrote www.kanium.eu in the youtube description It has changed into www.kanium.org
  16. Will try to attend on thursday - estimate high likelihood
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    The Third Scenario in "The Bears Gambit" Campaign - Operation Solemn Shield
  18. No ... sorry about that: its on sunday the 18th of february. Its correct now.
  19. To forestall any most some questions ... Then these are the specifications for the Infantry: R1 Recon platoon Plt Ldr + Plt Sgt = 5.56 rifle only A Team= 2x M136/AT-4, 5.56 SAW and 40mm HE+SMK B Team = M240 Mech Infantry Plt Ldr + Plt Sgt = 5.56 rifle only A team = Carl Gustav HEAT 551C * 6 Rounds, 5.56 SAW and 40m HE+SMK B team = M240 Engineers Plt LDr + Plt Sgt = 5.56 rifle only A Team = Rb57 NLAW * 2 and 40mm HE+SMK B Team= Carl Gustav HEAT 551C*6 Rounds and 40mm HE+SMK Also, Combat engineer is 3 M113 only, and E14 have RWS 0.50 cal (Thank you KT)
  20. A Readers/players readlist This Campaign relies heavily on a narrative, and probably more than is the norm. For those who want to experience everything in the proper and correct order, then this is the structure: 1. Prologue 2. Background Scenario 1 3. Orders Scenario 1 4. Scenario Session 5. Intermission 1 with AAR 6. Background Scenario 2 3. Orders Scenario 2 4. Scenario Session 5. Intermission 2 with AAR Etc... It will be finished with an Epilogue I strongly recommend all to read the PDF - as any internetpage generally is a poor medium for textediting. I hope you will find this as fun as I and we had making it.
  21. Scenario 3 Background.pdf The Bears Gambit 3 “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche Operation Solemn Shield By Nike-Ajax, All Rights reserved DTG 170400ZOCT18 4 days ago, Russian forces were seen begin massing in Kaliningrad, in the vicinity of Nesterov, along Route E28. Intent seemed possibly to be to cut of Vilnius from E and NE, including Kaunas. EU and NATO have activated and deployed some forces, but have yet to declare war or invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter. All NATO countries are working around the clock to adjust to the new situation, but it seems the Russians have achieved total Strategic if not tactical surprise – a brilliant example of use of Maskirovka on a Hybrid Battlefield. For years the west including NATO and EU have sought to dominate the world through, what can poorly and shallowly, and for lack of better words be described as a new world order. They have sought to politically and economically influence and push countries like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea in a democratic and non-belligerent direction. This is an effort that has met with very little if any success. However as they have concurrently chosen to downgrade their military capabilities, this has in fact over the years become the only option. There is also the fundamental problem, in which the industrialized nations, with Europe in the lead, consistently choose not to accept and understand the driving forces behind the Russian and other similar nation’s actions. And that they chose not to heed the warnings given. This is even more so as many western corporations have made significant investments in many of the not only non-democratic, but in effect anti-democratic, nations. This means that any action against these would mean billions in loss and disruption in supplies and goods. As the western nations hands are thus in effect tied to non-belligerent actions, and UN is paralyzed in part because of the very real possibility of the permanent members of the Security Council using their right to Veto any suggestion, then UN much like the League of Nations stands powerless to stop anything. The situation is therefore much akin to where the world was in the late thirties, yet everybody in power in the western world strongly denies this reality. This is, among other reasons, because they have no actual way or rather lacks the vision to change or address it. Sharp tongues, to which no one in power has listened, could make the claim that the leadership of the industrialized nations, for decades have Rejected Reality and substituted it for their own. No matter what, then the reality of the matter now is that the manoeuvring room for political, economic and philosophical debate is getting ever smaller. And not just through the events in the Baltic Region, as across the whole world frictions and old rivalries are heating up. 2 days ago OWN Recon forces passed east through OWN FLOT after being heavily engaged by Russian forces at the border to the WEST. Russian forces initially engaged and pursued them, but seemed to be taken by surprise by the events and out of order and sync, and has stopped the advance and fallen back to the area on, and around the border, as they seem to restructuring and rearming from the premature push. They are presumably also receiving new orders. In the meantime, then TF-32 has replaced TF-48 guarding towards the border. Frantic communications with HQ has yielded little support or intelligence. Also HQ today asked for more and closer Recon of the border to which the CO of the TF-32 patiently explained that such an undertaking would only bring them into further contact with the ENY. And that such a contact would be done under tactically unfavourable conditions. A higher up Officer in HQ, Colonel Karl Sexton then ordered the CO to take all his Recon assets back to the border, to which the CO calmly replied that he could put that order in a dark and narrow space where orders are rarely filed. Nothing heard since then. Russia is furious and claims that NATO and Baltic forces again opened fire first, this time directly on Russian Military forces, and that they did this while being on Russian soil. Russia demands the handover for prosecution of what they call “Criminals and terrorists” and a “Fast and decisive examination of the War crimes”. The situation remains grim. As there is little standing between Russian Forces, and the areas of KAUNAS to the NE, other than TF-32 and its neighbouring forces to N and S, it’s imperative that OWN forces hold on for as long as possible to enable other forces to deploy. Politically then Europe remains polarized, with small but increasingly violent anti-war movements rallying under the motto of “what is the use/what is it good for”, and is in part supported, or at least condoned by, pacifist movements and parties, including Miljöpartiet de Gröna in Sweden, Radikale Venstre in Denmark and Die Linke in Germany amongst others. In the last hours an ANTIFA led demonstration held in Hamburg Germany went from bad to worse: one policeman lies dead and several others are wounded, while at the same time many demonstrators have also been injured, some severely. But even though the European nations are divided, then a rising majority of European voters seeks at least to some extent, to reaffirm defence obligations within NATO and Europe. The picture is less clear with their elected politicians. Turkey and France still distance themselves further from any military engagement with Russia though. The southern European States, with an exception of Greece seems to be dragging their feet deliberately as well. In Greece, then fears of another confrontation with Turkey, seems to be spurring on a more activist political line. In the last hours the Cyberattacks against both infrastructure and other select targets in both Europe and USA have been increasing. The preliminary assessment is that it seems to be a mix of attacks from Russian sources as well as other domestic terrorists and anarchists who have used the opportunity of weakness in Europe. The attacks also have targeted news agencies and pro-war groupings and persons. A warning has been sent to all NATO and JEF nations as well as others who have assets in theatre. Consequently many - but not all - of the NATO and JEF countries have gone to full military alert, mobilizing whatever forces they can. This seems to be the last straw for some - but not all - of the NATO and European nations who were holding back, with northern and eastern European nations clearly more active. But regardless of this, then NATO is still logged in discussions and has yet to make an official stand. And as such have not formally invoked Article 5 yet. SITUATION OWN forces have been engaged with what seems to be ENY Recon forces or ENY Recon Screen vicinity KYBARTAI to the WEST. The enemy casualties are unknown, but seem substantial. OWN Recon forces have passed FLOT and have assumed a defensive posture N and S of TF-32, which has been rushed forward to provide more strength. From passive and active sensors placed along the borders it seems that the Russians are now getting ready to resume their advance and the attack that seemed to have been temporarily halted by the engagement of its forward troops. Thus it is to be expected that they will resume their advance EAST towards FLOT and our position very soon. We can expect no reinforcements even though it seems that at least the Baltic States, Poland and the Eastern European members of NATO are assuming a full military readiness. OWN forces have prepared to the degree it’s possible with minefields, obstructions and dug-in fire positions. In case of overwhelming ENY forces, OWN forces are expected to hold out for a long as possible and to conduct an orderly retreat towards NE. Further battle positions are being prepared as fall-back positions. Range from border to Own positions 14 km. Rules of Engagement NOTHING IN THESE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT LIMITS YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE APPROPIATE ACTION TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND YOUR UNIT. A. You have the right to use force if you feel that you or other NATO & Lithuanian Forces or civilians are under threat to life. B. The force used under the circumstances should be proportional to the threat. C. Uncalled for destruction of civilian property will not be accepted. D. NO FIRES east of FLOT is allowed.
  22. Ad-hoc/Impromptu SB sessions

    Too bad Mark, you missed a Great adhoc session yesterday: A quick HTH, where I had the misfortune of fighting against both Assasin and Colebrook who both can shoot the hairs off a flys butt at 3 km and can spot said fly if it is covering in a wood thicket at the same distance, followed by an EPIC Coop battle where I crashed from fatigue at about 0200 am Viking time at which time we had destroyed 167 enemy vehicles