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  1. KANIUM SUNDAY 19th OF AUG 1800 GMT - "Operation rapid Resolution " by Apocalypse Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT (Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded with video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel. Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to Kanium. We love playing with you all, the arranger and CO loves you even more if you sign up in advance Operation Rapid Resolution by Apocalypse SITUATION a. General Situation A high value target has been identified to have time-sensitive and critical information on the security situation within this area. His whereabouts is one of three locations in the vicinity of the city of Broadenmoor. b. Enemy Forces 1. Insurgent/Irregular Activity An irregular force is operating between PL VIRGINIA and PL CAROLINA. These forces consist of well-trained squads of dismounted fighters that are established in a security zone to the south of the 81st DIV main body. These squads are equipped with RPG-7s, AK-47s, and light machine guns. Their mission is to create a buffer between the coalition forces to the south and 81st Division to the north. Additionally, small teams of irregular forces are operating within Broadenmoor, protecting critical intersections and disrupting friendly forces. 2. Security Zones Each security zone has a platoon of mechanized infantry from the 81st Division defending it. These forces consist of BMP-3s and infantry squads equipped with RPG-27s, AK74s, and LMGs. They may also conduct roving patrols in the area, and use minefields to expand and better control their security areas. 3. Reinforcements Special Reconnaissance has estimated that a company-sized element of armor from the 81st Division is being held in reserve within this sector. Intelligence estimates that this company will be employed into sector if any part of this raid is identified by enemy security forces. MISSION: Conduct a raid to exfiltrate a High Value Target. [2 hours] EXECUTION Concept of the Operation: 3x raid teams will be inserted via CH-47s [callsign: Condor] to objectives in vicinity of the city of Broadenmoor. Once raid teams have gained control on the HVT, your force will fight through the area to conduct an extraction back to the camp. Admin note: player will have control of HVT once raid teams locate him. Fires a. Organic Mortars (2x) SUPPORT a. Medical A7 (ambulance) b. Repair A8 (113 Repair) c. Resupply A65 (supply)
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  3. KANIUM SUNDAY 12th OF AUG 1800 GMT - "Operation Bear Claw " by Apocalypse Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT (Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded with video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel. Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to Kanium. We love playing with you all, the arranger and CO loves you even more if you sign up in advance Operation Bear Claw by Apocalypse 1. SITUATION a. A Battalion from the 18th Armored Brigade is established in a deliberate defense along the Araz River. They currently have one company of T-72B3 tanks, supported by dismounted infantry forward of the Araz river, that has established a disruption zone to provide early warning and maneuver space for the remainder of the Battalion, which has established their main battle zone around the town of Saribad. Enemy forces have engineer assets and will employ protective minefields and vehicle fighting positions. b. Friendly forces are assembling for a Brigade-sized attack to expand the bridgehead across the Araz river, and continue to the east. In this sector, Team Kanium will lead this attack by attacking to seize a foothold on the eastern bank of the Araz River, in order pass elements from 2nd Battalion that will continue their attack to the East. c. A cell-leader from the Azarian Freedom Brigade, Mr. Faziz Zaidov, has contacted us claiming to have important information on the 18th Division composition around OBJ GRIZZLY. You may visit him in Mazali to see what information he has (dismounts are only able to activate this event after standing next to him for 2 minutes) 2. MISSION Team Kanium attacks to seize OBJ Grizzly to establish a foothold on the Eastern bank of the Araz and pass friendly, follow-on forces. (2-HOURS) 3. EXECUTION Commanders Intent a. Purpose. The purpose of this operation is to seize a foothold across the Eastern bank of the Araz river, so that follow-on forces have freedom of movement for follow-on operations. b. Key Tasks 1. Clear enemy forces west of the Araz river; defeat/neutralize any threat that may potentially hinder the passage of follow-on friendly forces. 2. Establish a river crossing point that will facilitate the passage of a follow-on battalion. 3. Seize OBJ GRIZZLY. c. End State i. Terrain. OBJ GRIZZLY and a bridge crossing site on the Araz River are seized. ii. Friendly: Friendly forces are prepared to safely pass follow-on forces from 2nd Battalion. iii. Enemy: Elements of the 18th Armored Brigade are defeated, destroyed, or neutralized; unable to interfere with friendly, follow-on forces. iv. Civilian: Minimal collateral damage and disruption to the civilian way of life. d. Fires 6x Guns (Offscreen) 1x FO (F-1)
  4. KANIUM SUNDAY 22th OF JUL 1800 GMT - "Ilovaisk v2" BY SwordsmanDK Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT (Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded with video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel. Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to Kanium. We love playing with you all, the arranger and CO loves you even more if you sign up in advance Version 2 Based on, but not accurate: The Battle of Ilovaisk started on 7 August 2014, when the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Ukrainian paramilitaries began a series of attempts to capture the city of Ilovaisk from pro-Russian insurgents affiliated with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and detachments of the Russian Armed Forces. Although Ukrainian forces were able to enter the city on 18 August, they became encircled between 24-26 August by overwhelming Russian military forces that crossed the border, joining the battle. I. Situation Enemy Enemy insurgent forces, supported from what we believe is russian forces, have manage to complete the Encirclement of Ukrainian forces in Ilovaisk and friendly forces are now under siege. DPR forces with tank support have been reported by our units currently under siege near Ilovaisk. We beleive enemy units from 331st Airborn Regiment(RU) and ground forces from 6th Tank Brigade(RU) might be active in the area. Enemy equipment might consist of elderly russian tank and IFV but also more modern equipment without identificaton marks. Own Our brigade the 92nd Mechanized Brigade, has formed 2 company tactical groups to attempt to break the siege of Ilovaisk and bring our forces back to own lines. Our HQ east of Dubove has just been hit by an unknown artillery strike so A and B CTG commanders will have to coordinate effort when they get near Ilovaisk or until CO of the BTN make radio contact. A(Azov) CTG (company tactical group) will attack along Dubove-Stepano corridor to secure A CTG's left flank B(Borishow) CTG will attack along the Shakthne-Ilovaisk corridor and secure main road access to and from Ilovaisk IOT provide the sieged forces and evac route to Dubove. C(Chernihiv) CTG will attack and clear the wooded and built up area between the armored assault corridors. II. Mission Both CTG will attack their assigned corridors immidiately to relieve pressure on besieged Ukrainian forces caught in Ilovaisk. A CTG will provide flank security from South-West approach after securing DUBOVNE-PICHE-STEPNANO Corridor. B CTG BPT to attack ENY defending Ilovaisk when A CTG has secured flank. Do NOT cross PL IVAN (NOTE: When ready to commence EVAC or Ilovaisk activate trigger 1: Bridge Secure) III. Execution Key Tasks A CTG 1. BPT ATTACK along DUBOVNE-PIVCHE-STEPANO corridor; 2. BPT SUPPORT B CTG assault on ILOVAISK and relieve UKRAINIAN forces in the city; 3. BPT DEFEND STEPANO-VYNOHRADNE axis from SOUTH-WESTERN approach; 4. BPT WITHDRAW to PIVCHE IOT consolidate and replenish own forces. Key Tasks B CTG 1. BPT ATTACK SHAKHTNE-SHYROKE-ILOVAISK corridor; 2. BPT ATTACK forces defending ILOVAISK and relieve UKRAINIAN forces in the city; 3. DO NOT ASSAULT further than ILOVAISK and BPT withdraw to SHYROKE if counter attacked; 4. BPT DEFEND against ENY forces crossing to EAST BANK of ILOVAISK. Key Tasks C CTG 1. BPT ATTACK towns and the wooded area between A and B CTG; 2. BPT Secure area 3. DO NOT ASSAULT further than the open area TC3 4. BPT DEFEND against ENY forces crossing EAST BANK of ILOVAISK; End State 1. Ukrainian forces relieved from Ilovaisk 2. A CTG still combat effective. 3. B CTG still combat effective. 4. Shyroke secured. 4. Pivche secured. 5. BTN fit for further operations Fires 92nd BDE will provide 1 BTY 122 for indirect fire support IV. Service & Support 1. Resupply and Repair near Dubove. 2. CTG own supply vehicle can provide limited ressuply effort. V. Command & Signal Sucession of Command: A11, B11 Signals: A CTG: 28500 B CTG: 31000 NOTE: 1. Misson is finished when you have secured Ukrainian forces and have withdrawn to SHYROKE and PIVCHE or they have been destroyed. Mission will NOT end automatically!!! 2. If H2 and H4 is in CSS area along with damaged unit their will repair current unit in 10 minutes
  5. KANIUM SUNDAY 1st OF JUL 1800 GMT - "Clearing Oberhoff - Hard" BY Swordsmandk Modded by MD Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT(Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded w. video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium 1) Situation: a) Enemy: Red Airborne unit. Light Armor. ATGM weapons. Size unknown. Enemy has secured Route Red(RUTE RØD). b) Own: Units from II/JDR has cut off Red Airborne landing East of Oberhoff. Units from the English Battalion has secure the norhtern flank and II/JDR the southern. You are in command of a reinforced PNINF platoon with armor support from british tank platoon. You have 1 section of morters and supply section also. One Scout section from II/JDR (unplayable) is already in position. 2)Task a) Secure Route Red b) Secure the two hostile strongpoints ZZ1 and ZZ2 c) Keep blue casualties low. You will advance to Line LD and conduct recon and attack against ZZ1 and ZZ2. 3) Plan: Up to you! Purpose of mission is to secure Route Red (RUTE RØD) and to take and secure ZZ1 and ZZ2. DO NOT cross Phaseline Charlie! Purpose of excersise is coordination between tanks and IFV. 4) UNITS All vehicles are 100 operational. If we get more then 2 guys pr vehicle we will add a second PLT Tanks MD
  6. KANIUM SUNDAY 17TH OF JUN 1800 GMT - "11th ACR Mission 1 Delay at Bad Hersfeld" BY Sworsmandk Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT(Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded w. video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Excerpts of the battalion commander's orders for... 1) SITUATION: a) Enemy: In the last two hours we have been under heavy attack from 39th Guards Motor Rifle Division. As expected we are being forced back towards Bad Hersfeld and our minefields have been breached north of Bebra. Enemy units have been hit hard by both air attacks and our rotary assets. It is assesed that some units have been pulled out of actions already and second echelon forces have been deployed. Remaining MRR regiments we believe is at less than 75% combat streght left. Enemy appears to have three Course of Actions (COA) and looks to be focusing on two of them. Main effort (COA-1) from Herlefhausen south-west via Highway 4 and the second effort (COA-2) from Lüderbach and Ringbach south-west Highway 27. Both with main objective being Bad Hersfeld. COA-3 appears to be a probe going west/south-west along Landstrasse 3336. Enemy main effort (COA-1) appears to be along Highway 4 with 120th Guards MRR (motor rifle regiment), 117th Guards MRR, leading the way. Backing them up is the 15th Guards Tank Regiment. Enemy secondary effort (COA-2) is via Highway 27 with what we believe is 11th recon battalion leading and with 172nd Guards MRR following close behind. We have reason to believe that 80th Tank regiment is split between COA-1 and COA-2. The 3rd MTR BTN of the 172nd is reported undergoing refueling and rearming and will not be available to support their attack. Enemy is focusing main rotary effort on COA-1. Units identified 39th Helicoptor Squadron has been in action in that area. Enemy air forces is still a threat so air warning: yellow. b) Own: 3/11th is at war. We have been in the fight for several hours now and have giving ground only when forced to. Lima and Mike Troop have been fighting a delay from Lüderbach since this morning with support from 4th Squadron(Air). They are pressed hard and need to resupply and rearm soon. - India Troop (INVADER)(YOU!)(90% strenght)) is setting up for a delay in the valley north of Bad Hersfeld covering COA-2. - Kilo Troop (KILLER )(90% strenght) is setting up in the valley North-East of Bad Hersfeld covering COA-1. - Lima Troop (LEADHORSE) (60% strenght) is going through Bad Hersfeld and heading for the Squadrons Assembly and resupply area. - Mike Troop (MAULER) (50% strenght) is going through Bad Hersfeld and heading for the Squadrons Assembly and resupply area. It is CO 3/11th (BANDIT) intension to fight a delaying action in COA-1 and COA-2 delaying enemy forces for enough time to secure that Lima and Mike troop get the necessary time to rearm and get reinforcements to the area. Hold at least 1 hour if possible. You will have entire 3/11th artillery assets available (2x4 M109s). 4th Squadron(Air) is resupplying and will have a flight ready within 30 minutes to provide support. To our left we have a german Jäger Coy and to the right 1/11th ACR. Entire 11th ACR is heavily engaged and we are awaiting reinforcements to arrive from the rest of V Corps. c) Attachments and detachments: We have been assigned 1 PLT from CSS. This is 2xAmmo, 1xARV, 1xMedic. Rest of CSS is at assemly area south of Ba Hersfeld. 2) MISSION: Commander 3/11 intend is to delay forces moving along COA-2 and give Mike and Lima troop enough time to rearm and regroup. CO 3/11th estimate remaining time for this task to be 60-90 mins. Your mission is to setup a delay in the valley north of Bad Hersfeld with India Troop. You are to buy the time needed for the other troops to complete rearming. You are to minimize losses if possible but provide stiff resistance where ever its needed. Gunsmoke have 4x priority fascams fire missions ready for you. Let them know where and when. To provide support you have been assigned 1 PLT CSS. If you mange to hold for the duration you are to fallback to Bad Hersfeld past PL Alamo on command from CO 3/11 3) EXECUTION: Is up to you! 5) COMMAND AND SIGNALS: India66 - CO India65 - XO India1 - First PLT India2 - Second PLT India3 - Third PLT India4 - Fourth PLT India5 - Morter SEC Hotel1 - CSS Brevety list: BANDIT - SQ CO INVADER - India Troop KILLER - Kilo Troop LEADHORSE - Lime Troop MAULER - M Troop GUNSMOKE - Artillery
  7. KANIUM SUNDAY 3rd OF June 1800 GMT - "CATASTROPHE FOR SWEDEN" BY Swordsmandk & Kingtiger & Major Duck Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT(Same time as always) World Clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded w. video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Soviet Forces have made a totally unexpected and unprovoked attack on Sweden. NATO has rushed NRF forces to oppose them, accepting Sweden as the 29th member of NATO in the process. The Swedes have done what they can to slow the Soviet advance but are under extreme pressure and being forced to fall back. As soon as our Danish battlegroup arrives it will team up with 72nd Swedish Mech Inf Btn in order to stop the Soviet advance and start a counter attack. The C.O has driven all night and the situation is very confused. He has therefore had little opportunity to make detailed plans and must respond as best he can 'on the fly'. This is a big scenario with a lot going happening on a big map with retreating Swedish forces scripted and visible in the 3D view. The C.O's situation will be simulated by posting the .sc file only few hours before mission start time which will allow him to do some terrain reconnaissance and draw up a rough plan - but not much more. In any case, the enemy's tactical intentions are unclear so he will have to react to their initiatives as best he can. A perfect opportunity for those who find the whole planning process a bit tedious! The scenario requires at least 12 players, and if we fall short we will save it for another day and run another scen.
  8. KANIUM SUNDAY 27TH OF MAY 1800 GMT - "OPERATION JANUS" BY SNS Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 GMT(Same time as always) World clock 1800 UTC IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded w. video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium TF 3-78 TOC somewhere near STEINFURT – really early!! “Gentlemen please sit down” Lt Col Sweet looked tired. A coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other he seemed to fall into his rather rickety folding camping chair. Huddled in his large combat jacket, and non-regulation fleece, he took a sip of coffee and slowly looked around the crowded audience. In the dim light of the tent, the low hum of the Bn TOC at work carried on in the background. “OK, listen up, this IS important. I have just got off a call with the Bde COM – I know it may not look like it right now, but apparently, we are winning. NATO air forces have turned the tide in the north. The Brits, Germans, Belgians and Dutch Corps managed to HOLD the Poles and Soviet 3rd SHOCK Army at the Dutch Border, with a little help from our REFORGER units that managed to get there in time – they made a difference. The French have also gave a good account of themselves, but being French did not stray too far from their own borders. Still………… So, the good news gentlemen is the Soviets are on the defensive, which means we get to ATTACK. Now I will let the staff brief you in a minute, but I wanted to give you my thoughts first, before you all get mired into the detail. I have a very simple mission. Go find the enemy, destroy him quickly to facilitate the CORPS flank attack into the Soviets rear areas. That is the good news. The bad news is I need to do this within the next 6 hours. 5 US Div RESERVE is the lead element of the Corps attack and is already mobilised and on their way here. We can expect to see their forward elements in the next 4 hours. And, the Enemy gets a vote. Our Soviet friends have only just moved into Hasty Defence and I do not want them to be too settled. We gave them a bloody nose, but as you all know they stopped themselves, they still have a lot of combat power. This will not be easy. But be clear, we MUST DESTROY the enemy force to our East and open a path for 5 Div to rapidly exploit. Now listen to the Staff, read the FRAGO and leave questions until the end. Lt Col Sweet stopped and let out a long breath. He looked at each of the TF Commanders in turn and wondered who would still be there for the AAR? Excerpts of the battalion commander's orders for TF 3-78... 1) SITUATION: a) Enemy: 1. Terrain: See Bn Trace. 2. Weather. Temp -6. vis out to 3000m, 50% chance of snow/sleet. 3. Vital Ground. All bridges are operational. Control of the Village of LANGEN (Obj PETER) will provide crossing points over River DANUBE. 4. Key terrain. Hill 213 and 214 offer good visibility of Obj PARKER. ALTHAUSEN is not controlled by the Soviets and we are prohibited by the Germans from entering or conducting FIRES into its location. PENELOPE is occuppied by a Soviet Armoured MR Coy+. CDT will strike and SECURE PENELOPE, but it is wel ldefended. DO NOT become decisively engaged with PENELOPE. 5. General Situation. The soviet invasion of western Europe has finally stalled after 8 days fighting. Despite heavy losses and with most of Western Germany under Soviet control, NATO BLOCKED the Soviet Advance and is now preparing to COUNER ATTACK. 6. Enemy Forces Composition & Disposition. 20 Guards Combined Arms Army (20 GCAA) 70%CE. EN Forces within Boundaries likely to consist of depleted first echelon forces of 22nd MRD, 221 MRR reinforced with Divisional Tank and Arty units. Equipment comprises T-72M, T-64, BMD-2, BMP-1/2, AT, Plt, Engr Coy, AD Coy, (ZSU23/4) Arty Bn, AT/Aviation and Air Assault units. This unit may be only 60% CE NOT CONFIRMED. b) Own: 3 XXX will conduct a COUNTER ATTAACK into the flank of 20 Guards Combined Arms Army (20 GCAA). 5 US Div lead units will arrive in 3 Bn AO within the next 4 hours. 4th Armour Bn is 65% CE and has recently been re-supplied & reinforced by a German rmoured BG and ready to conduct further operations. However, combat support units are heavily depleted and there is a shortage of Engineering, Artillery and CSS capabilities. TF 3-78 has re-organised and been resupplied. The 3 x Combat Teams have been reinforced from the Battle Casualty Replacement Pool. c) TASKORG & Attachments and detachments - see TF 3-78 ORBAT in FRAGO: TEAM ALPHA (ALPHA C/S) HQ Sect (2 x M1A1) 2 x Tank Plts (8 x M1A1) 2 x Mech Infantry Plt (8 x M2A2) 1x Sustainment PLT (medic, fuel, Ammo and Recovery/Mechanic. 1 x Mor Plt (4x M1064A3) ATTACHMENTS AND DETACHMENTS: 1 x Scout Sect (2 x M3A2) 1 x AD Sect (2 x HMMWV) 1 x ENG Sect (1 x WISENT AEV) 3 x Battery 5th Bn 1 Fd Arty Regt M1094A3 ( 18 x Tubes) 2 x Plt 5th Aviation Regt (2 x CH47 2 x Inf Sect, 2 x AH1 Atk Aviation)) RESERVE 2) ACT MISSION: ATTACK east and DESTROY Soviet forces within boundaries, limit of Exploitation PL PIXIE IOT enable 3 XXX CA INTO 20 GCAA Flank. BPT conduct POL with 5 US Div within 3 hours Key tasks: 1. Conduct STRIKE against Obj PARKER & PETER Destroying EN forces within strong points; 2. OCCUPY DORF & ESTABLISH HASTY DEFENCE; 3. BPT Support CCT STRIKE against PENELOPE 4. BPT DEFEAT EN CA from north. Endstate: 1. PARKER, PETER SECURE. 2. DORF OCCUPPIED, HASTY DEFENCE ESTABLISHED 3. All EN fore within boundaries Destroyed. 4. ACT fit for further offensive operations. 3) EXECUTION: [Finally: The player's mission] Intent: UP TO YOU a) Concept of Operation: [UP TO YOU] i) Maneuver: [Designate by squad/platoon each task to be accomplished. Identify Company/Platoon Main effort supporting units/tasks to main effort.] ii) Fires: [Describe the concept of fire support (Arty and CAS) in relation to scheme of maneuver. Include priority of fire, priority targets (High Pay-Off Targets <HPTs> , and any pre-planned fire support targets/events ("First platoon reaches PL DOG, TGT AA0001, SMOKE, is fired VIC OBJ Oak to assault of OBJ)] iii) Additional assets: [Engineer/Air Defense Arty.] b) Tasks to Maneuver units: [Specify tasks other than in para 3a. and the purpose of each task. Each task should be listed in separate sub paragraphs.] c) Tasks to Combat Support Units: [Tasks to units like Arty, Engineers, etc.] d) COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS: [Coordinating instructions for 2 or more subordinate units. Include: Order of March, Line of departure of time, Start Point times (SP), etc.] 5) COMMAND AND SIGNALS: Coy Command channel 26000 1 PLT 31000 2 PLT 33500 3 PLT 36000 4 Mech PLT 41000 5 Mech PLT 43500
  9. ORDERS IN PDF: BG5 TF-32 OP ANVIL HAMMER.pdf KANIUM SUNDAY 29th OF APRIL 1800 UTC “The Bears Gambit 5 - Operation Anvil Hammer” BY Nike-Ajax, Swordsman and SnS Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 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 Background: 1.Situation. a.Time: 141045ZDEC2018 b.Terrain: Wooded and patchy boggy terrain channel and delay Armd manoeuver and provide concealed AT ambush sites. Only major water obstacles designated as lake north. Heavily forested areas provide effective concealment, but 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, and risk of ambush.. c.Weather: 15 degrees centigrade, wind direction SW but neglible. No Rain likely. Visibility 3000km, no affecting Aviation support. No impact on sensor capabilities. d.Vital Ground. All positions with good field of fire along the four AO´s must be cleared, so as not to leave a ENEMY unit behind that can either attack TF-32 in the rear or deflect the Attack of TF-48. It is estimated that obstacles and mines in the south along with Stay-behind units and SOF will stop and deflect the ENEMY north. e.Key Terrain. Operational area 3 and 4 provides sufficient concealment & cover to enable Russian forces to establish a SBF base to defend against our attack northeast, as well as getting flanks shots on our axis of advance. General Situation. In spite of the successes and the efforts of the TFs of JEF and other units, then the Russians have committed reserves and have slowly fought their way north and has taken Lithuania. Their do not have full control of the conquered areas as Forest Brothers/Sisters across Lithuania are fighting, supported now by US Special Forces amongst others. The Russians and their allies are paying dearly, but have for now soaked up the losses. The Russian forces have been stopped in Latvia, with a line that goes broadly from Riga in the west towards Madona, where it goes north towards Balvi. Allied units are doing a fighting, planned and orderly withdrawal to consolidate defences at Estonia. In the west then Russian and Byelorussian for a number of reasons, have chosen not to attack Poland yet. Intel including Satellite imagery and HUMINT, lead to the conclusion that the Russians will instead attempt to open a new attack vector and front by striking west towards Narva, in an effort to threaten Tallinn and thus the whole Baltic front. f.Situation Enemy Forces: 1.CoA: Six(6) days ago, Russian forces began mobilising for the expected attack on Narva, with the attack starting the day after. The fight for Narva was fierce and is in fact not over. Estonian infantry armed with AT weapons amongst other, have been mauling the Russian forces pushing through, while the Russians are using brute strength including artillery to subdue the defenders. But it seems at least a brigade of Russian troops have pushed through and are now pushing towards the secondary defence lines near Sillemäe. 2.There have been reports of Russian forces moving through Narva with heavy losses. However, seems at least a Brigade (-) have gotten through, (Vicinity Sillamäe), 12 km to our east, an area where OWN SoF have set up covert OP´s. Russian covert RECON ops have already likely to have taken place and ENY attack is likely to be rapid and part of a pre-determined plan. 3.Disposition: Composition: Russian force composition in the OA 1 - 4 SE of Sillamäe, are reported to consist of a Battalion sized element of a BTG from the 138th Guards Separate Motor Rifle Brigade; a combination of Infantry (including Snipers and ATGM teams), and armoured Recon, IFV and MBT´s. This includes BRDM-2, BTR-80, BMP-2/3 and T-72x and some T-90s as well. Russian air activity has significantly decreased in the last 12 hours, probably due to air parity and attrition. Russian AD batteries however are on high alert. h. Situation Friendly Forces. 1.JEF, host nation and other NATO forces have been activated and deployed along the border. Article V has been declared per the NATO Charter, and all forces in this AO presently operate under overall JEF command. 2.Currently, elements of the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade are providing a Screen in Area ANVIL; reinforced with belts of mines and obstacles. Elements from JEF TF-32 and TF-48 have been detached to support the defence in the north and south. South have also been made very difficult to pass with mines and obstacles. i. 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 to proactively engage any and all ENY targets of opportunity. B. You are cleared to fire first on all hostile targets or targets with deemed hostile intent, including armed civilians. C. The force should be used under the circumstances and proportional to the threat. D. We are at war. Destruction of civilian property has been cleared if CO deems that there is a military value and goal in said destruction. E. All Laws of War are to be observed. j. TF-48 TASKORG; 1.TF HQ a)HQ Sect (1xLEO 2a5a2-DK, 1xCV9040-B) b)1 FOO Sect (1 x FOV90) c)1x Sustainment PLT (medic, fuel, Ammo and Recovery/Mechanic) 2.A Coy Combat Team (CT): (-) a)1 x Armoured Infantry (AI) PLT (4 x CV9035DK) b)2 x Tank PLT(4xLEO 2a5a2-DK) 3.B Coy Combat Team (CT): (-) a)2 x Armoured Infantry (AI) PLT (4 x CV9040-B) b)1 x Tank PLT(4xSTRV 122) 4.Reserve a)1 x Armoured Infantry (AI) PLT (4 x CV9035-DK) b)1 x Tank PLT(4xSTRV 122) k. T-48 Attachments and Detachments: 1.1 x Battery M109A3 ( 2x3 Tubes), with supply truck 2.1 x TUAV 3.1x Battery M1064A3 (2x3 tubes) with supply truck TF-32 MISSION 1.TF-32 is to BLOCK iot prevent further ENY advance west, and then to Rapidly Advance and counterattack through OA2 and OA 3, to Strike and Destroy ENY in place in OA 3 and OA 4. 2.BPT: - DEFEAT any Russian attack in North. - Support TF-48 Counterattack in North. 3. EXECUTION a.Extended Purpose. Counterattack and Destroy Russian attack to enable JEF and NATO forces to withdraw N and E, to facilitate possible evacuation from Estonia. b.Key Tasks 1.BLOCK ENY Adv in Area HAMMER 2.COUNTERATTACK in OA2 and OA3, within boundaries 3.DESTROY ENY in OA 3 and OA 4, within boundaries. 4.CONTROL area Vicinity PL Dagon, within boundaries 5.BPT DEFEAT ENY attack in North. 6.BPT SUPPORT TF-48 COUNTERATTACK in the North. c. End State 1.Terrain. TF-32 Control of area vicinity PL DAGON, but NO further than Limit of Exploitation. 2.Friendly: TF-32 have a minimum of 75% Operational capability. 3.Enemy: If required, Russian force DESTROYED in OA 1 through OA 4. 4.Civilian: (Secondary) Minimal collateral damage and disruption to the civilian way of life. d. Constraints 1.Laws of War – Otherwise NIL A.COM JEF Intent: Quickly establish defence vicinity PL Abel. ID Russian dispositions via mixture of TUAV & ground C/S. When ready, go on the offence in Counterattack to NE. B.CONOPS: A.SoM: Four (4) Phase operation: I.Phase 1. TF-32 deploy to assigned defensive areas (Vicinity PL Abel) and establish temp Defensive POSs. Block ENY Advance. II.Phase 2. Conduct COUNTERATTACK through OA2 and OA3 III.Phase 3. DESTROY ENY in place in OA3 and OA 4. BPT to SUPPORT TF-48 counterattack East of OBJ Anvil. IV.Phase 4. Proceed to an achieve Control of area vicinity PL Dagon. BPT DELAY any Russian Incursion Force from north. 2.SoFires: FIRES & CAS to be secondary means of engaging Russian Forces within AO & providing concealment for counterattack East. 3.Shaping Operations: ID Russian strongpoints and destroy them along OA 2 – OA 4. C.Decisive Operations: Strike and DESTROY ENY in all OAs within boundaries. D.Deception Operation: By CO TF-32´s command E.Tactical Risk: Terrain can channel OWN forces into hastily constructed ENY ambushes and Strongpoints. OWN forces can be spilt up by terrain and lack of cohesion and communication. Tasks to Subordinate Units: 1)TF-48: 1)Rapidly DEPLOY SW of Area ANVIL 2)Establish temp DEFENCE direction SOUTH, behind boundaries 3)Support TF-32 and prevent ENY advance North. 4)Counterattack around south of defensive positions in AREA ANVIL, and then advance to the NORTH and NE 5)Advance to and control area West of Sillamäe 6)BPT EMPLOY FIRES to DISRUPT Russian lead elements. 2)TF-32: 1)Rapidly DEPLOY to Area PL ABEL 2)Establish temp DEFENCE and Block ENY Advance. 3)Conduct COUNTERATTACK through OA2 and OA3 4)DESTROY ENY in place in OA3 and OA 4. BPT to SUPPORT TF-48 counterattack East of OBJ Anvil. 5)Proceed to an achieve Control of area vicinity PL Dagon. BPT DELAY any Russian Incursion Force from north. 6)BPT EMPLOY FIRES to DISRUPT Russian lead elements 3)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, MT-LB/FO, BAT-2, T72x, T-90, PRP-1/3, SA-19/ZSU 23/4 c.FIRES; 5x BTY155mm Direct Spt to TFs. 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: OA, OB, A66 (TF-32), B66 (TF-32) ii.Location of Key Leaders: OA and OB with TF 32. b. Signal: i.TF HQ : 26000 ii.A Coy Combat Team (CT): (-): 46000 iii.B Coy Combat Team (CT): (-):31000
  10. KANIUM SUNDAY 8th OF April 1800 UTC "Dahlumer Roulette Part 2" by Abraxas translated by Duke Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1800 UTC Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Everyone is allowed to play but leave the drama at the door YOU are company commander of 4./911. Orders CDR PzBtl 911for defense south of ELM (excerpt) 1. situation a. enemy: RED is attacking from the EAST with point elements near OSCHERSLEBEN (15km south-east of SCHÖNINGEN); spotted 1 reinforced Tank Regiment (T-80U / BMP-2) in 1st Echelon (Div). Intention: Taking the STRAIT of SCHÖPPENSTEDT - WINNIGSTEDT (10km south) and continuation attack with 2nd Echelon (Div). b. own: PzBrig 91 will defend with 3 BNs in line, main effort in the centre, on line RÄBKE - EITZUM -BARNSTORF - WINNIGSTEDT, delay 1st Echelon (Div) and dismiss attack latest on FEBA. Destroy, under frontal bind, enemy 2nd Echelon (Div) by counterattack in their flank. PzBtl 911 situated in the centre, main effort, is currently set up for defense between EITZUM and BARNSTORF. attachments: 3rd company PzGrenBtl 912 (3./912), 1 tank hunter platoon (PzJgZg) in cooperation: 1 SPAD (self propelled air defense) platoon 2. mission reinforced PzBtl 911: - cover recon patrols EAGLE11 and EAGLE14 from 900th armored recon company (PzAufklKp 900) along passage lanes (LANE A, LANE B), - afterwards delay enemy forces about 90min, together with right neighbor PzBtl 912, - canalize enemy 1st Echelon (Div) to area GROSS DAHLUM - WOBECK - DOBBELN - INGELEBEN and defeat them, - then bind 2nd Echelon (Div) frontal, to create the conditions for the counterattack of BrigRes in the flank of enemy 2nd Echelon (Div) and their destruction. 3. execution Intention CDR PzBtl 911: - reinforced PzBtl 911 will delay enemy 1st Echelon (Rgt) with an armor heavy force, - Therefore defend in such a way, that with long range weapons, artillery and obstacles as well as flanking fire, RED is weakened early and channeled into the center (main effort) of our defense. - block enemy forces flexible and - defeat enemy with all available units by flanking fire. 2./911 (B/911): …... - after delay new BN Res: - supply after arriving in area of Res immediatly; - prepare as BN Res: o reinforce 3./912 in bp 10; o stop enemy from bp 11; o counterattack BLOW against enemy in front of 3./911 and 4./911; o counterattack STITCH against enemy in front of 4./911 and 3./912; 3./911 (C/911): - detachments: 1 tank platoon to 3./912; - in cooperation with tank hunter platoon (PzJgZg) and 1 SPAD vehicle; - secure from X+45 south of INGELEBEN from bp 3S and over watch and cover withdrawing elements of 2./911; - defend southern area of defense along bp 3, 6 and 9; - engage blocked enemy forces in front of 4./911 and 3./912 with flanking fire; - be prepared to support counterattack STITCH; - no obstacles in the area of STITCH. 4./911 (D/911): - main effort; - attachments: 1 PzGren platoon from 3./912; - in cooperation with 1 SPAD vehicle (under BN lead); - secure from X+45 eastern part of GROSS DAHLUM bp 2S with a tank section; - over watch and cover withdrawing elements of 2./911; - engage enemy early from bp 2; - defend centre of area of defense along bp 2, 5 and 8; - hold SCHLIESTEDT; - block enemy forces, possibly with BN Res, latest from bp 8; - support counterattack of BN Res from bp 2. 3./PzGren912 (C/912): - attachments: 1 tank platoon from 3./911; - detachments: 1 PzGren platoon to 4./911; 1 PzGren platoon to 2./911(back subordinated after delay); - secure from X+45 ca. 2000 north of GROSS DAHLUM in ELM, bp 1S; - over watch and cover withdrawing elements of 2./911; - engage early enemy point forces from bp 1; - defend northern part of our area of defense along bp 1, 4 and 10; - over watch and block with preferably less forces western forest area of ELM; - hold EITZUM possibly with support from BN Res; - engage blocked enemy forces in front of 3./911 and 4./911 with flanking fire; - support counterattack BLOW from bp 1; - no obstacles in the area of BLOW. tank hunter platoon: … ... … 4. service support - battalion aid station (BAS) at HOSPITAL SCHÖPPENSTEDT, mobile health team for delay by 2./911 ; - combat trains (CBT TNS) north- western part of SCHÖPPENSTEDT, parts of CBT TNS attached to delay force 2./911 (ammo, maintenance); - maintenance collection point (MCP) at BANSLEBEN 5. leading elements - radio silence with exception 2./911; open radio after start of defense - brevity list: ALPHA - MIKE ; - BN HQ: southern part of SCHÖPPENSTEDT ; Remarks on the situation: BLUE: - Ammo and Fuel 100%, exception delaying forces ca. 50%, - Equipment: Leo2A5, Marder1A3, M113G3DK/TOW (proxy for JAGUAR), 2S6 Tunguska proxy for GEPARD (=CHEETAH) and STINGER - arty: 6 platoons à 4 tubes (HE, smoke, ICM, FASCAM) - SPAD units additionally equiped with STINGER - priority of fire first by delaying force 2./911; FASCAM (self destruct: 30min) released for it; More details according to blocking and fire plan (TRIGGER!); each company has 1 FO. RED: - strength: ca. 85% - Equipment: T-80U, BMP-2, initial situation: enemy: Attack of 1st Echelon (Rgt) stopped in the area of TWIEFLINGEN - HOIERSDORF - SÖLLINGEN. Enemy forces had heavy losses and preparing a hasty defense. The 2nd Echeleon (Rgt) will attack shortly with 2-3 Tank-/MechInfBN. We think main effort will be in front of 3./911 and 4./911, possibly secondary attack against 3./912. own: 911 delayed succesfully without appreciable losses. Delaying forces withdraw with last elements and started resupplying. Currently no enemies spotted in front of PzBtl 911. 4./911: - centre area and full resupplied; - 910th armored engineer company (PzPiKp 910) finished preparation of vehicle emplacements. ( You can move the emplacements in the assembly area ); - Arty fire 9153, 9154, 9156, 9157 u. 9158 (self destruct 30min) retrievable via FO ( TRIGGER ); - BN Res shortly retrievable in bp 11 to support ( TRIGGER ); - your callsign: LONG PIPE It`s now: X + 100 ! NOTE: You can move your units in the assembly area of 4th company! After mission START you have 5min to go in position, after 5min the RED script will start. Mission time: 70 minutes! The marked battle positions (bp) 1-11 in the overlay orders are the intention of your BN CDR to show his continuity of defenses. The real battle positions of the tanks or IFVs can deviate up to 500m! If you want to fall back with your company, you have to make a request to your BN CDR ( TRIGGER )! Follow the situation development from your neighbors ( CHATBOX ) ! Good Luck! This scenario is based on a tactical challenge during a tactical further education of the german army.
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    The fith and last Scenario in "The Bears Gambit" Campaign - Operation Anvil Hammer
  12. Hello Everyone First and foremost, then let me start by making an excuse: I am sorry that both Intermission and next Scenario in this Campaign have been delayed. The fault is mine. The next and final Scenario will be held on Sunday the 29´th of April 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: https://www.kanium.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=11630#p11630 And the PDF BG Intermission 4.pdf The AAR became so huge that its impossible to post here... The Bears Gambit “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Albert Einstein Intermission 4 By Nike-Ajax, All Rights reserved World War 3 – for generations Europeans have dreaded the words and the ideas it conjured up. Nobody really wanted it happen, but in the end, then nobody really was willing or able to stop it either. No matter what, then it is no longer just an academic concept or paper exercise. But rather it is a reality that the world in general and Europeans in particular will have to deal with, politics have failed and a military solution at least in the short perspective seems the only alternative. On the 8th of November 2018, the NATO countries invoked Article V of the NATO charter. This followed the events of the huge battle that took place east of Klaipeda and left over 100 Russian vehicles destroyed and at least 1000 Russian soldiers dead and wounded. The JEF comparatively paid a comparatively light price having lost less than 20 vehicles and 100 dead and wounded. The 1:5 ratio and huge victory, however did not quiet the few but very vocal voices calling for a full withdrawal and unilateral ceasefire. However consequently, and regardless of the tiny anti-war grouping in the west, a state of war now exists between Byelorussia and Russia on one side and NATO on the other. Or rather most of NATO, as France has declared that they have pulled themselves from the NATO command structure and refuse to be involved in what they have termed “A war of fools”. Turkey at the same time not only pulled themselves completely out of NATO, but in a move that astounded most has chosen to sign a non-aggression pact and a friendship and cooperation agreement with Russia. Turkey has stated that this is a case of “Chickens coming home to roost”, and that this is also a consequence of decades of being slighted by both NATO and EU. Regarding the latter, then it is somewhat unclear if president Erdogan was talking about Turkey or Russia. The TF´s of JEF have done well, as have all the other NATO units in the Baltic regions and other places. They have struck and they have struck hard. In the air then they – just barely - have air parity, but still have to contend with powerful Russian SAM systems including S-300, S-400 and S-500, which hampers the ability to do strike missions and CAS. They have however used this relative parity if not superiority effectively, perhaps mostly on sea. The picture that is emerging, is that Russia had been planning an all-out war, and a simultaneous attack on all the Baltic Nations, but that the actions in southern Lithuania particularly the heavy defence as well as the precipitous action that the Russians got dragged into with TF-48 and later TF-32 near Vilkaviškis, forced them to postpone the other offensives to reinforce and concentrate on their southern attack vector. In other words it seems that the war started before their preparations were complete. This is only partly good news as the same certainly can be said of the other side. Russia achieved total Strategic if not tactical surprise through the use of Maskirovka supported by applied politics in the Hybrid Battle Field. The Russian Baltic fleet based in Kaliningrad and Saint Petersburg, which had been surging and deploying in the mid- and southern Baltic Sea, was baited by the New Allies which Media have termed the Western coalition, which includes Sweden among others. Information was deliberately leaked that a massive convoy action would fight their way to Estonia to resupply and reinforce units in the Baltics. This in fact was partially true. What was not said is that this was preceded by the stealthy deployment of almost all the Diesel-electric submarines of the northern NATO countries, as well as some American Nuclear Attack Submarines, into the Area of Operations. They passed the Danish straits of the Great belt and Oresund submerged, unobserved and unopposed. At the same time the New Allies quietly concentrated SEAD, anti-sub, attack and fighter planes at airbases across the area. Concurrently with this, then USA supported by UK deployed a combined and reinforced Carrier Air Group supported by several SSNs, Norwegian fighter planes, numerous ASW planes and all of the Norwegian SSKs to the north of Norway to engage and destroy any Russian vessels or submarines trying to pass into the Atlantic or operating in the area. At the same time then the SOSUS network have come under full military control again, despite loud complaints. In a twist of irony, then the Norwegian SSKs are now operating out of the reactivated Olavsvern naval base, which used to be leased by the Norwegians to the Russians. It has been strengthened, refitted and cleared of Russian surprises including listening devices and IEDs, and is now defended by a strong Norwegian force including SAM batteries. This is a move that has been mirrored across Europe as many former military installations have been taken over or reactivated by the military again, including the Swedish naval base at Muskö. This has proven to not be without problems as many of them have been neglected for years, and many former military areas have been turned over to civilian authorities, in a post-cold war effort to exploit the so-called, but in reality fictional, “Peace dividend”. The political eagerness to shut down military installations is a move that in hindsight has now proven foolish, ill-advised and short-sighted, not to mention very expensive. The European nations are thus finding out that reactivating units and installations is not just difficult, but also a costly effort. On the 1st of December 2018 the first hammer stroke fell in the Baltics, following the Russian reaction to the very deliberately leaked information. In a very complex and well-coordinated attack, the New Allies struck with everything they had in the Air, Ground, Sea and Below sea against all Russian Vessels in the Baltics: both at sea and in Port. While the Russians expected the attack, they certainly did not expect the ferocity and scale of it. This attack was preceded by massive and simultaneous attacks on the military and civilian IT infrastructure as well as infrastructural targets by the New Allies against Russia and their allies. In this they thus mirrored, what Russia, China and others had done to the west, and did it with a ferocity the enemy seemed to not have expected at all. Informally and unbidden, then parallel to these attacks, Russia, China and Iran were the targets of a multitude of coordinated internet attacks by numerous hacker groups including Anonymous, that targeted everything from newspapers to traffic lights and Governmental IT infrastructure. And thus the Dance of death started. The – very secretly – stated objective was simple but ambitious: wipe away most if not all Russian naval capability in the Baltics, while degrading Russian air defence and air power locally in that theater in the process. It makes little sense to say where it started, as this battle was waged across thousands of square kilometres and from a height of kilometres to a depth of hundreds of meters below the sea. Allied diesel-electric submarines that had been stealthily shadowing Russian submarines either torpedoed them or radioed instructions to Hunter-killer air ASW groups that destroyed most of the remaining. Most but not all the Russian submarines was destroyed like this, and although the allied losses in this Phase were comparatively light, then that is hardly a consolation to the crews of the two allied submarines or 3 ASW airplanes that was lost in counter fire or by Russians just shooting first. And this did not account for all Russian submarines. A Russian submarine managed to sneak up on one of the Surface Action Groups and sink one warship, while severely damaging a second. Another Russian sub managed to sneak up on the huge convoy and sink three of the transport ships and set a fourth ablaze. Both submarines were engaged and at least one is confirmed sunk. As for the Russian surface assets them some were destroyed in ports, which were struck by a combination of SEAD, Air-to-Ground attack and huge number of cruise missile attacks. Again this did not come without cost. Even though Allied SOF forces, including Swedish SOG, Norwegian MJK and FSK, Danish Jæger- and Frømandskorps, Polish GROM and English SBS and SAS had struck at Russian Air defence and Air control sites as well as military command centres in advance, then the Russian Air defence is very sophisticated and comprehensive. And the Russians are no fools. In the ensuing battle 27 allied fighter planes were shot down as well as one AWACS aircraft that fell to a sustained attack. Even though after action reports that almost all targets were successfully engaged and destroyed, then this is a severe blow to the alliance. Although the attack took a toll of almost twice that number in Russian planes, then this is a bitter if not Pyrrhic victory. Regardless of which, then it was a victory that the New Allies can hardly afford to repeat too many times. On the sea the New Allies fared better: in successive waves then Russian surface assets were mercilessly engaged and reengaged by air, sea and subsurface attacks by missiles, bombs and torpedoes. Even though this took a toll of another 9 combat aircraft, another submarine and two Allied surface assets, then the Russians lost many airplanes as well and the Russian Baltic fleet is basically no longer is a fighting force. But the operation also hammered home another problem: due to years of budget cutbacks, then there simply isn’t a large enough stockpile of smart weapons and missiles to keep this rate of operation up. In some instances then the New Allies are already starting to look at using less sophisticated ordnance. However there also exists a limited supply of these. There also exists a limited amount of Combat Aircraft, as the European nations who bought the F-35 fighter, has yet to receive let alone fly one of them. This in turn has forced them to re-evaluate their situation, which means interim orders of amongst others the Gripen fighter has been placed and production is ramping up to full 24/7 wartime production. But things take time. The Russians have struck back though, and done so with a well-aimed blow. Russian submarines that slipped through the not very tight NATO screen to the north, a screen that simply no longer have the strength it did during the cold war; have attacked and destroyed most of the undersea communication cables linking Europe and North America. This is an unmitigated disaster as these cables not only carried a lot of civilian information traffic, but also much of the Military communication. NATO is still reeling from this blow. The New Allies have accelerated the process of calling up whatever reserves not already activated, and pulling every conceivable piece of military equipment from storage or even museums and refurbishing them as necessary to get them into at least a reasonable ready combat state. There are both successes and failures in this. The Danes for instance have managed to get 12 M109s ready with new parts including new barrels, engines, torsion bars and suspension rushed from USA along with mechanics. Also they have pulled 12 Leopard 1a5DKs from museums and have done whatever updates and refurbishments they could and are now fielding them as heavy recon. Sadly the Swedes have discovered that most of their old JA/AJS-37 Viggens are no longer flyable, as someone apparently chose not to pay for the heating and dehumidifiers leading to corrosion and degradation of equipment and avionics. On a positive note, then the Swedes have managed to get some more Coastal missile batteries into action by stripping museums and spare parts from wherever they can. Similar positive and negative surprises are being experienced across Europe as the wheels of war are grinding into full war-production. USA has declared a national emergency and has stated that they again will become the Arsenal of Democracy – and are reactivating every ordnance, ship, airplane and weapons factory as fast as they can. They have also started recalling every reservist and person still covered by a contingency contract with the armed forces, as well as recruiting. And there are a surprising number of willing recruits not only in USA. This is in part also due to the escalating international situation where it seems that every dictator is testing the boundaries and flexing his or her muscles at a time where the west and USA seems fully occupied with other issues. Mixed ad-hoc battalions some of them equipped with weapons that include British surplus SLR and Bren guns have been fielded, and some deployed to the Baltics, along with whatever MANPADS, ATGM, Mortars and assorted support equipment that were in storage. Many of these are manned by National guard/Territorial army/Home guards units. Although good, then this in turn challenges the Allies Logistics because of the many different calibres and ordnance needs. Most NATO countries are nationalizing formerly closed barracks and military training areas, where this is possible – with predictable negative backlash from those it concerns. On the other side Russia and Byelorussia are also waking up militarily and have started reactivating their vast stores of equipment and ammunition, and recalling reservist and volunteers. The equipment might be old as are many of their reservists and not all reservist or vehicles are useable, but there are a lot of both. And ammunition, though a lot of it not modern at all, is plentiful. And a week ago somebody opened Pandoras Box. Even though no one knows for certain, then the initial clues point towards Russia, Iran, North Korea and China. In a massive leak that was simultaneous sent to press agencies, newspapers and Anti-corruption NGOs across the globe, and in a scope that easily dwarfs WikiLeaks, Panama papers and the Appleby Leak combined, then thousands upon thousands of files on decades of mistakes, corruption, crimes and cover-ups in all the industrialized nations, were distributed. Many hundreds of politicians, Political parties, business people and in a new move especially Civil servants, have found that the carpet has been lifted to reveal too many dirty secrets, lies and mistakes to be counted or countered. This has shook the nations at a time where they need to stand together, which indeed was in all likelihood probably the purpose. Surprisingly then this cache of information also includes every single traitor that has worked for the Soviet Union, DDR, China, North Korea and former Warsaw Pact countries until 1990. Many of these traitors have through the years won liable lawsuits against people who declared them out as traitors. In at least some cases across Europe, then seven of these named traitors have been murdered by what is expected to be vigilantes operating outside the law. The chaos is not lessened by the discovery of other traitors. The leak of information was a well thought –out ruse and trap: Many different versions and with specific different wording was put out to what was considered suspect persons. And then every resource was used in tracking them. In this way many national NATO and JEF countries was able to arrest people, most of whom was very shocked to be discovered delivering information to Russia and other sources. This includes national as well as EU officials. Some of these traitors claim that they acted in the interest of peace. But whatever their motivation, then they about to discover that giving the Enemy restricted information in a time of war carries a very heavy sentence. At the same time IT infrastructure in the EU and NATO countries are continually under attack and pressure, which is made more serious as it comes on top of the severing of the Trans-Atlantic communication cables. The same goes for Russia, however as there is less automation in Russia, then they are to a certain degree somewhat less vulnerable. The war is here and given the price that has already been payed, then it looks like this will not be solved with words.
  13. Kanium Sunday April 1st. 1900 UTC - Elvis Ringing the doorbell by Zipuli Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 Time Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Old modified Zipuli mission with opfor added.... 8) Briefing will be updated tonight Mech TF CO's orders to you: 1. SITUATION ENEMY: Enemy 63rd Mech Rifle Regiment is attacking south-west via the Highway 6. Its forward units are already in battle with our InfBn107. The Bn should be able to hold out for one more day - but then a breakthrough is possible. The regiment has covered its left flank with quite strong detachment (we believe around 2 companies of Mech Infantry + possible tank detachments, possible guarding the whole Division's flank!). The detachment has already conducted recon by fire against our Jäger Bn 101 suffering minor casualties. FRIENDLY: Jäger Bn has moved in to block the enemy flank guard units from advancing further west. 1. MechTF has moved to the area and has suffered casualtied from enemy air attacks. 1st Co+ (ELVIS - you!) has reached R15 (Ref Point 15) and is ready to attack north. Armoured Recce platoon (EYE) is already in the objective area giving out info on the enemy. MISSION: 1st MechTF attacks north towards Highway 6 and destroys enemy flank guard units. Attack must begin ASAP. After defeating the flank guards the TF will attack the Regiments flank to release the pressure on InfBn107 and to allow further counter-attacks by other friendly forces. Commander's mission to subordinates (in the area): 1st Co (ELVIS): Attack to R19 - secure the area and be prepared to continue north towards R31. Destroy any resistance you run into - enemy is believed to have ~platoon size "doorbell" force in the village. After reaching R19 Mech Inf-Platoon (ARROW) will move in and hold the area while you continue the attack.
  14. KANIUM SUNDAY 25th of Mar 1900 UTC “Steel Claw” by Apoc with OPFOR Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Kanium+SB+Event&iso=20180325T20&p1=69&ah=2 Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium 1. SITUATION a. Enemy. An Armored Battalion from the 881th Brigade Tactical Group (BTG) is established in a deliberate defense along the Cay River, with strongholds in two vital towns along our Brigade's Axis of Advance. Their current disposition is unknown, but they are composed of 6x Platoons of T-55A tanks, 3x Platoons of BMP-1's, 3x Platoons of BTR, 1x Recon platoon (BRDM-2), and 1x Platoon of 2S1 Artillery. b. Friendly forces will conduct an attack to defeat the 881 BTG, in order to allow friendly forces from 2nd Battalion to pass through our area of operations, along Highway 5. To the east, Team Apache will conduct an attack to fix the 2-881 BTG, and to our West, Team Bulldog will attack to fix the 3-881 BTG. Simultaneously, Team Kanium will attack to clear enemy forces along Highway 5 in order pass elements from 2nd Battalion that will continue their attack to the south to defeat the 882 BTG . 2. MISSION Team Kanium attacks to clear the 1-881 BTG between PL BLACK and PL GOLD in order to pass friendly forces for follow on operations. 3. EXECUTION a. Purpose. The purpose of this operation is to clear enemy forces from Highway 5 so that that follow-on forces have freedom of movement along the high-speed avenue of approach. b. Key Tasks 1. Clear 1-881 BTG 2. Seize OBJ PANTHER 3. Seize OBJ COUGAR c. End State i. Terrain. Objectives PANTHER & COUGAR are seized; Highway 5 is cleared for 2nd Battalion. ii. Friendly: Friendly forces are established in a hasty defense along PL GOLD, prepared to safely pass follow-on forces from 2nd Battalion. ii. Enemy: The 1-881 is cleared between PL BLACK and PL GOLD; unable to interfere with follow-on friendly forces. iii. Civilian: Minimal collateral damage and disruption to the civilian way of life. d. Fires 6x Tubes of 120mm Mortar (organic) 3x Sorties of CAS (AH-64 w/ 2x Hellfires ea - yes, I know this is not realistic or era-specific - but it works well as "notional" CAS). Call-sign "Troublemaker" will begin their approach and engage targets of opportunity upon call (Trigger by A66/A65) then RTB.
  15. KANIUM SUNDAY 18th of Mar 1900 UTC “Wietzendorf” by Kingtiger Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1900 UTC Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Kanium attack with 3 tk plt and 2 mech plt plus recce against a small town in uncertain enemy situation during cold war (1989) Weather light rain and 2km LOS. 1) SITUATION: a) Area of Operations 1) Terrain: Forested area with open fields around it, small hills and small lakes crossing the area with a small river going NORTH to SOUTH and cuts through the AO with a mix of different bridges spanning from 10t bridges to 110t bridges. 2) Weather: Around +8 to +9C during the morning with heavy clouds and light rain, later during the morning the temperature are expected to rise to around +15C and clouds cracking up to medium cloud and some sun. LOS are estimated to be around 2km and improving when the rain stops. b) Enemy: 1) Enemy composition has so far been T-72 and BMP-2 with BRDM in recon and Anti-tank role. This mean its vehicles without TIS but with ATGM’s can reach for as long a they can see. 2) Most likely COA is that they are resting and refueling in WIETZENDORF and will attack EAST as soon as they are ready. Most dangerous COA is that the enemy initates the attack west before we manage to destroy them. c) Own: Our Brigade has been in heavy contacted this week and has been withdrawn to Division reserve to recover and regain strength for further operations. Our battalion's losses has been fairly light with only 15-20% losses and therefore we have the priority tasking of Division reserve. A small KampfGruppe (Combat team) has been pulled together for this mission but did not have time to fuel and bomb up so we are lacking on both ammo, fuel, food and water, which logistics will have to fix to us later on. The infantry battalion (On map Juliet and Kilo COY with Lima COY eliminated around WIETZENDORF) have sealed of NORTH and SOUTH of WIETZENDORF and will take over the frontline once WIETZENDORF are taken. Right now Juliett COY are holding SUROIDE area and blocking to the EAST and SOUTH where they have destroyed a BRDM in the minefield. They have put out a hasty minefield on the road leading to WIETZENDORF and marked it with mine warning signs on friendly side of it. Kilo COY down to 2 platoons are holding south of WIETZENDORF around MARBOSTEL and have not been in any contact last 12 hours. Friendly (AI) recon (R2) are positioned to observe roads leading EAST of WIETZENDORF and have not spotted anything since they arrived 6 hours ago. Both companies have been under sporadic artillery fire so the enemy know their location. TOE Kampfgruppe: HQ: CO,XO and 1 FO (leo2A4) 3 x 3 Tank platoons (Leo2a4) 1 CSS platoon of 1 ARV and 1 MED 2 x 3 Mech Platoons (Marder 1A3) 2 x 2 Recon troops (Luchs 2A2) 1 x 4 CSS Platoon (2 Ammo and 2 MED trucks) 2 x 3 155 Battery with HE, SMK and ICM (off map) 2) MISSION: Attack to destroy enemy forces in WIETZENDORF. 3) EXECUTION: Concept of the Operation: Attack along ROUTE BERLIN to destroy enemy forces in WIETZENDORF. Thereafter, defend REDDINGEN until Infantry forces can relieve you in place. Commanders intent: Purpose. The purpose of this operation is to destroy the enemy capability to attack further WEST and to close the gap in the frontline EAST of WIETZENDORF. Key tasks: 1) Attack along ROUTE BERLIN 2) Destroy enemy forces in WIETZENDORF 3) Establish defensive positions around REDDINGEN, oriented East 4) BPT conduct a relief of defensive positions with follow-on forces End state Terrain: REDDINGEN is defended by friendly forces Enemy: Enemy forces in WIETZENDORF are destroyed Friendly: Task Force has sustained no more than 50% losses, and is ready for follow-on operations 4) SUSTAINMENT: a) Medical Tank Company have 1 APC ambulance, after that the Kampfgruppe have 2 ambulance trucks, and if worse come to worse we can move to J COY's aid station. EPOW are handled per SOP. b) Logistics Kampfgruppe never had time to refuel/restock ammo so 2 ammo trucks from Battalion CSS has been attached to bomb up when there is time for it. Fuel is not available at this time and will be brought up when its available together with food and water. The tank Coy have done a crossloading between tanks so all tanks average 20 APFSDS and 6 HEAT at the moment. 5) COMMAND AND SIGNALS: Per Kanium SOP: CO = 66 XO = 65 P = Indirect fire/FO A1,A2 etc. In platoon A11 Plt leader, A12 wingman, A14 Plt Sgt. A = Tanks B = Mech R = Recon H = Logistics 6) SCENARIO DETAILS: a) Priority TRP: there are 5 of them that can be moved during planning phase, once game started it's to late. Author: Kingtiger Version: 0.1 Date: 2017.01.16
  16. ArmA

    There are a number of SB players playing ArmA. Not sure when or which groups they are playing with, but an open offer that Kanium plays ArmA on Sunday at 1600 GMT. If you or your group is interested in linking up, just get in contact with us and we can get you in, or coordinate for a joint-VU operation. We are currently fielding one full tank platoon as well as a full mechanized infantry section. Our playstyle is exactly the same as SB, with a focus on coordination and teamwork.
  17. KANIUM SUNDAY 11th OF Mar 1900 UTC “Dahlumer Roulette Part 1 ” by Abraxas translated by Duke Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1900 UTC Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium DAHLUM 1_Kanium_4023_V3 A reinforced tank company as delaying force against the first echelon of an attacking tank regiment. BLUE: Leo 2A5, Marder 1A3, M113G3/TOW (proxy for Jaguar 2) RED: T-80U, BMP-2 time: 120min YOU are the company commander of 2./911 "METUSALEM"! Orders CDR PzBtl 911 for defense south of ELM (excerpt) 1. situation a. Enemy: RED is attacking from the EAST with point elements near OSCHERSLEBEN (15 km south-east of SCHÖNINGEN); spotted one reinforced Tank Regiment (T-80 / BMP-2). Intention: Taking the Strait of SCHÖPPENSTEDT - WINNIGSTEDT (10 km south) and continuation attack with 2nd Echelon (Div). b. own: PzBrig91 will defend with 3 BNs in line, main effort in the centre, on line RÄBKE - EITZUM - BARNSTORF - WINNIGSTEDT delay 1st Echelon (Div) and dismiss attack latest on FEBA; Destroy, under frontal bind, enemy 2nd Echelon (Div) by counterattack in their flank. PzBtl 911 situated in the centre, main effort, is currently set up for defense between EITZUM and BARNSTORF. attachments: 3rd company, PzGrenBtl 912 (3./912) in cooperation: 1 tankhunter platoon (PzJg) 1 SPAD (self propelled air defense) platoon 2. mission: PzBtl 911 - cover recon patrols EAGLE11 and EAGLE 14 from 900th armored recon company (PzAufklKp 900) along passage lanes (LANE A, LANE B); - afterwards delay enemy forces about 90min, together with right neighbor PzGrenBtl 912, - canalize enemy 1st Echelon (Div) to area GROSS DAHLUM - WOBECK - DOBBELN – INGELEBEN and defeat 1st Echelon (Div), - then bind 2nd Echelon (Div) frontal, to create the conditions for the counterattack of BrigRes in the flank of the enemy 2nd Echelon (Div) and their destruction. 3. execution: PzBtl 911 delay enemy 1st Echelon(Rgt) with a company size force (armor heavy), Block enemy attack with 3 companies in line, main effort centre, and an armor heavy reserve. 2./911: - attachments: 1 PzGren platoon from 3./912 (2x MILAN-Team), 1 tank hunter platoon(PzJgZg), 1 SPAD section, supply: 2 Ambulance, 2 ARV , 1 supply platoon (Ammo) - cover recon patrols EAGLE11 and EAGLE 14 from 900th armored recon company (PzAufklKp 900) along LANE A and LANE B; - delay enemy for the next 90 min, prevent enemy forces to infiltrate ELM and canalize enemy forces to main effort of our BN (centre); - continuity of delay action with left and right neighbor; - withdraw on order along LANE N, LANE M and LANE S to the area of Res; - attachments are canceled after passage of BHL; - prepare to be BN Res in the area of TRAIN STATION SCHÖPPENSTEDT after resupplying... ... 3./911: ... - secure from X+45 south of INGELEBEN and over watch and cover withdrawing of elements 2./911 along LANE S; 4./911: ... - secure from X+45 eastern part of GROSS DAHLUM and over watch and cover withdrawing elements of 2./911 along LANE M; 3./912: ... - secure from X+45 ca. 2000 north of GROSS DAHLUM in ELM and over watch and cover withdrawing elements of 2./911 along LANE N; - prepare to defend EITZUM with dismounts; … 4. service support: battalion aid station (BAS) at HOSPITAL SCHÖPPENSTEDT, combat trains (CBT TNS) at western part of SCHÖPPENSTEDT, maintenance collection point (MCP) at TRAIN STATION SCHÖPPENSTEDT 5. leading elements radio silence with exception 2./911 brevity list: ALPHA - MIKE BN HQ southern part of SCHÖPPENSTEDT time: 120min Remarks on the situation: weather: muggy-warm and thunderstorm tilt; terrain: dry BLUE: Ammo and Fuel 100% 13x Leo2A5, 3x Marder with 2x MILAN-Teams, PzJgZg (Tank Hunter platoon) You can move the elements of reinforced 2./911 in the assembly area (marked with a dashed blue line). Arty: 6 platoons à 4 tubes (HE, smoke, ICM, FASCAM) Main effort first by delaying force 2./911, FASCAM (self-destruct: 45 min) released for it; More details according to blocking and fire plan (TRIGGER!). RED: strength ca. 85%; T-80U, BMP-2, amongst other Good luck ! This scenario is based on a tactical challenge during a tactical further education of the german army.
  18. Hello everybody, as promised then here is the background to Scenario 4. 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 Intermission: Scenario 4 Background.pdf The Bears Gambit 4 “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.” John Stuart Mill Operation Solemn Sword By Nike-Ajax, All Rights reserved DTG 081400ZNOV18 It has been just over three weeks after the battle that marked the start of actual full-scale hostilities near Vilkasviskas in Lithuania. Russia claims that they were attacked again and this time chose to pursue their attackers across the border to Lithuania stating, “That Terrorists, war criminals and gangsters will not be allowed to hide in Lithuania anymore”. Russia also claims that they only seek to create a buffer zone against aggression as well as Safe Areas for persecuted Russian minorities. Russia has thus gone from covertly supplying and assisting insurgents with materials, weapons and SOF operators, to openly stating that they feel forced to act to protect the safety of own troops as well as Ethnic Russians in the Baltic States. Many NATO countries are still in internal disagreement, with both violent and fewer peaceful anti-war demonstrations still taking place across Europe, and though not increased in neither number of participants nor frequency, they have become much more violent. The national police forces are increasingly striking down hard on the demonstrations, which has already cost the life of one policeman and wounded scores of others, and cost hundreds of millions of Euros. Yesterday 9 militant protesters were added to the death tally as Danish police opened fire in self-defence on the criminals after a unusually violent “demonstration”, led by far-left elements including ANTIFA. The chaotic street fights included burning of cars and property, the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails on both police and fire department and the use of slingshots and what appear to be military grade artillery simulators wrapped with wire and nails thrown at police. The conflagration left scores more wounded on both sides. The Danish politicians as well as police, has backed up the actions of the police. After this then Denmark has declared a “National Emergency”, which in reality amounts to martial law. This pattern is seen across most of Europe, where the backdrop of war has led to very little if not a total lack of understanding and patience from the vast majority of the populations against the criminals rioting in the streets under the pretence of some vague political agenda. Also internal disagreements are still prevalent in the national parliaments and in some cases in individual parties. Norway in the meantime has nationalized the former Norwegian U-boat base Olavsvern outside Tromsø, angering the Russians State who had leased it through state-owned Gazprom. The Norwegians claimed that it had “A national need” and that this superseded financial concerns, and have reimbursed Gazprom for at least some of the value. Behind the scenes then most people could see that the former base had in fact been used by the Russian State, if not the Russian Navy Directly. Also Norway is desperately trying to reactivate anything that resembles something military. After having cut the Norwegian Army by 95 % … then it’s not much, but in a throwback to earlier time, then Civilian Norwegian men and Women are signing up for both the Home Guards as well as the adhoc training battalions that have sprung up across Norway: Some of which are not created by the Norwegian state, who needing everything they can, are forced to look the other way. Most NATO countries have now activated whatever units and material they can muster in the short term. Beyond that, then both the military and politicians are scrambling to reactivate whatever military resources, personnel and material can be salvaged from almost 30 years of neglect and budget cuts. The effect of generations of politicians and civil servants using up the so called “Peace Dividend”, something that has now clearly been demonstrated by reality and facts, as a dangerous, irrational and counterfactual myth and lie, is now proving very hard to undo and repair. In other words then you can only do so much in any given time, and certainly in the timeframe needed now. Thus no matter how the governments and especially the civil servants try to spin it, then the west have made a colossal mistake, and strategically at least then the Russians have achieved total surprise. The effort has at least by one newspaper been described as trying to do a 100 meter Olympic sprint, where the other contestants have already started running. This effort of rearming to the minimum required levels, includes repossessing obsolete weapon systems that have been donated to museums, and trying to get them combat worthy and ready. Surprisingly many European men and women, both former servicemen/women and raw recruits have volunteered for hastily erected ad-hoc battalions across Europe. Sadly the simple facts of the matter are that it’s much too little and much too late. At least to save the Lithuanian Capital Vilnius, that fell 5 days ago after very hard fighting. In fact then much of the city now lay in ruins, as Russian forces in a repeat of their approach in the first Chechen war tried to take the city in a fast surprise attack and with armoured units, suffering very heavy casualties from hand held anti-tank weapons, ATGMs and Lithuanian defenders who for some of them had more courage than training. A brave move that could not stop the Russian forces as the Russian in the end used massive firepower to subdue the defenders. The Lithuanian government has vowed never ever to give up the fighting. Across the invaded areas, bands of Forest Brothers (miško broliai), as Stay-behind units have sprung up and are inflicting casualties especially on lightly armoured Russian supply columns. As well as making reprisal attacks against Russian insurgents and sympathizers. The Russians consider them Terrorists, and kill them on sight. In this the cycle of hate and violence accelerates by itself. All across southern Lithuania Units from The Baltic States, NATO, JEF and all affiliated groups have fought hard, and inflicted surprisingly heavy losses on Insurgents and Russian Ground Forces as well as Byelorussian Forces. The attritional pattern of this follows more or less what was seen in the initial engagement east of Vilkaviskis, where the Russians are paying very dearly for the ground they take. This however has come at a clear cost, and cannot change the fact that Russia have made significant progress and now stand at a general line from Klaipeda in the west to Zarasai in the East, at which the Russian Forces are now regrouping, rearming and standing by for further operations. The Russians have stated that they will go as far as necessary north, as needed to create “Viable Safe Areas” and “Stop future Aggression”. Parallel to this then fighting have picked up in Ukraine, as well as an increased activity in the southern Russian republics by Islamic insurgents and terrorists. Here full scale clashes between Ukarinian and Russian armed forces have so far yielded little change in ground, as the fighting have ground down and both sides basically defend what ground they have. Also in other places sensing weakness, Islamic movements, both Sunni and Shia, have struck across the Middle East including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran and Iraq. This pattern has also repeated itself in India where several civilian and military targets have been attacked by terrorists. India claims to have solid evidence that these have been funded, trained and supplied by Pakistani intelligence. Consequently they have issued a full military mobilisation and are massing troops in the NW. Which in turn have made the Pakistani mobilize in turn. North Korea has declared unlimited war on USA again, claiming that USA has tried to kill their Leader with directed energy weapons of unknown origin and type. China is making overt threats against Taiwan, or what they call “An island of rebels and insurgents”. At the same time China has reaffirmed their unilateral claim on the entire South China Sea as well as islands therein. This has brought them into a direct conflict that has not – for now – turned violent, with Japan, The Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand to name most but not all. In the meantime Turkey is massing troops primarily in the E and SE, thus directly threatening the Kurdish areas. Greece in turn has gone to full military alert and mobilisation as well, fearing Turkish parallel stated and renewed claims on Cyprus and other areas of contention. In South America then a desperate regime with millions of people protesting in the streets and on the brink of total economic collapse, have tried to divert the attention of its population by making threats against Colombia, Holland and Brazil. Colombia and Brazil have agreed to a defensive alliance supported by a number of other South American nations, and have mobilized some of their considerable forces. Russia claims that the west is directly supporting terrorists and insurgents as well as fanning the flames of war in general, and in Ukraine and the Baltic States in particular. But no actual proof has been supplied yet of these claims. Moreover they state that the latest developments are direct consequences of flagrant western provocations, and a failure to heed Russian warnings and pleas both present and in the past. Some western governments – principally France – are still trying to pursue diplomatic solutions at all costs, but most of the NATO countries find that diplomatic solutions – at least in the short term - have been exhausted. France have also tried to leverage EU into the peace talks, but as most EU northern and eastern countries does not support this line in any way, shape or form, then EU is increasingly split and thus marginalized. Also EU´s military arm have been made increasingly obsolete and useless by the events in the Baltics and other places, as well as deep divisions within EU. NATO and JEF as well as other intra-governmental alliances are arming for wars, while trying not to make it obvious that they do. Meanwhile and across Europe, then many IT hubs and infrastructure targets have been attacked by hackers and virus. This seems to be a combination of foreign, principally Russian and/or Chinese, efforts as well as domestic anarchistic and terrorist groups. This is not only information being targeted but also infra structural targets such as powerplants, electrical distribution nodes as well as traffic lights and water plants. However surprisingly then some Hacker groups like Anonymous have now publicly declared war on Russia, and are actively feeding authorities information on how to track down some of the perpetrators, of whom many have been jailed. Much to the surprise of many of the arrested they are mostly being charged with terrorism plus whatever else applies, and are thus facing very lengthy jail sentences if convicted. Turkey claims that the west is reaping what they have sown, and refuse to help in any way whatsoever, and have closed Turkey to NATO troops and are debating whether or not to leave NATO entirely. USA has accelerated reinforcing units across Europe, but has yet to do a full REFORGER style air- and sealift. They have however discreetly deployed significant air assets to Europe, and are recalling reserves and pulling materials and equipment from storage. In Asia, then the American administration has discreetly sent surplus weapon systems to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. These include hundreds of older Harpoon missiles and ground launch units and FIM-92 Stingers, AA systems like the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger, AT systems like TOW missiles launchers as well as hundreds of ATGM Missiles. But this also includes more modern ones Like Patriot batteries and HARM missiles for the respective Airforces. China has covertly and overtly expressed outrage and anger. This however did not stop the shipments, the contents of which are rapidly being integrated and deployed in the three nations. But all over Asia the nation are mobilizing their armed forces, unified with the common - but officially undeclared - enemy of China. Other nations including Finland are for now holding on to their stated Neutrality. This has not prevented Finland going to full military readiness and reactivating all reserves, as well as discreetly receiving shipments from USA along the lines of the Asian nations. In fact many if not most of the other nations across the world, are increasing their military readiness in varying degrees. As a consequence of the events in the last months, then the Baltic States and principally Lithuania, have formally invoked Article 5 of the NATO charter. All NATO countries have debated this at length and most, except France and Turkey, have in principle accepted this yesterday even though the Southern European states have yet to fully commit politically and militarily. In line with this, then NATO have given Russia 24 hours to cease hostilities and start pulling back to their own borders. Otherwise NATO will formally invoke Article 5 against Russia, and act in accordance with it. Russia replied that they did not seek war, but would accept it – and finish it - if NATO started it. Byelorussia pledged full support to their “Brother Nation”, and in accordance with this have issued a full military mobilization, in tandem with Russia. China, Syria, Venezuela and Iran have openly declared solidarity with Russia, without specifying what that really entails. The 24 hours are now almost over and across Lithuania as well as at sea and in the air, NATO as well as Sweden via the Nordic Battlegroup are getting ready to strike back. But it’s to be done with a limited scope for now. The initial wave of attacks are planned to be a limited offensive so as to give Russia one last chance to back down, as well as not escalating the war further than needed. Russia has stated that attacks on their nuclear missile assets in Kaliningrad will be considered a strategic attack, to which they would respond strategically. The western allies for this reason amongst others, will refrain from striking certain areas, but will however strike at Russian Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence across Lithuania, in an effort to keep the conflict localized. This does not mean it will be easy: many JEF and Baltic units have been hit hard throughout the last days. But TF-32 is one of the remaining strong forces that will roll into action soon. For TF-32 one piece of good news is that Colonel Sexton has been replaced, and is now busily in charge of counting Tampons and Toiletrolls. The new Commander, Col. J. Eckert is providing whatever assets she can spare, scrounge or steal for the Taskforce. She expects every man and woman will do their duty. She has stated that she will provide every help she can, and kick every ass that isn’t helping fight the battle. Some of the officers say that she has much bigger … spirit … than the former CO. But not while she is listening as she truly is a scary person and a force of nature. SITUATION OWN forces are poised for an attack vicinity EAST of KLAIPEDA, with the intent of breaking the front ENY units and forcing through their lines in order for OWN follow-on forces to exploit the breach as well as to secure a supply route via the port of Klaipeda. This is a limited offensive, in that the intention is not to overreach and push further than what can be defended. The goal is to push ENY forces S and E opening up for resupply from the port of KLAIPEDA as well as strategically threaten ENY forces S of KLAIPEDA as well as making a show of force in the direction of Kaliningrad. We are at full strength and in the case of the Swedish platoons at +1 vehicle for both TANKS and MECHINF. 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 to proactively engage any and all ENY targets of opportunity. B. You are cleared to fire first on all hostile targets or targets with deemed hostile intent, including armed civilians. C. The force should be used under the circumstances and proportional to the threat. D. We are De Facto at war but still in an allied nation, uncalled for destruction of civilian property is to be avoided to the extent that it does not interfere with the military goals of the mission.
  19. 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…
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    The Third Scenario in "The Bears Gambit" Campaign - Operation Solemn Shield
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. KANIUM SUNDAY 11th OF FEB 1900 UTC “Battle of Ilovaisk ” By Swordsmandk Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 Everybody is Welcome you don't have to belong to kanium Based on, but not accurate: The Battle of Ilovaisk started on 7 August 2014, when the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Ukrainian paramilitaries began a series of attempts to capture the city of Ilovaisk from pro-Russian insurgents affiliated with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and detachments of the Russian Armed Forces. Although Ukrainian forces were able to enter the city on 18 August, they became encircled between 24-26 August by overwhelming Russian military forces that crossed the border, joining the battle. I. Situation Enemy Enemy insurgent forces, supported from what we believe is russian forces, have manage to complete the Encirclement of Ukrainian forces in Ilovaisk and friendly forces are now under siege. DPR forces with tank support have been reported by our units currently under siege near Ilovaisk. We beleive enemy units from 331st Airborn Regiment(RU) and ground forces from 6th Tank Brigade(RU) might be active in the area. Enemy equipment might consist of elder russian tank and IFV but also more modern equipment without identificaton marks. Own Our brigade the 92nd Mechanized Brigade, has formed 3 company tactical groups (2 of armor) to attempt to break the siege of Ilovaisk and bring our forces back to own lines. Our HQ east of Dubove has just been hit by an artillery strike and our commander is dead. A and B CTG commanders coordinate your plans and proceed with the attack towards Ilovaisk or until HQ can establish radio contact. C COY will attack as planned and secure center AOR. A(Azov) CTG (company tactical group) will attack along Dubove-Stepano corridor to secure B CTG's left flank B(Borishow) CTG will attack along the Shakthne-Ilovaisk corridor and secure main road access to and from Ilovaisk IOT relieve the sieged forces and evac route to Dubove. C(Chernihiv) CTG will attack and clear the wooded and built up area in between A and B and secure it from counterattack from the east south east II. Mission All 3 CTG will attack their assigned corridors immidiately to relieve pressure on besieged Ukrainian forces caught in Ilovaisk. A CTG will provide flank security from South-West approach after securing A CTG Corridor. B CTG BPT to attack and breach defensive line into Ilovaisk when A CTG has secured flank. C CTG will attack and secure the wooded and Builtup area in between III. Execution Key Tasks A CTG 1. BPT ATTACK DUBOVNE-PIVCHE-STEPANO corridor; 2. BPT DEFEND STEPANO-VYNOHRADNE axis from SOUTH-WESTERN approach; 3. BPT SUPPORT B CTG assault on ILOVAISK and relieve UKRANIAN forces in the city; 4. BPT WITHDRAW to PIVCHE iot consolidate and replenish own forces. Key Tasks B CTG 1. BPT ATTACK SHAKHTNE-SHYROKE-ILOVAISK corridor; 2. BPT ASSAULT ILOVAISK and relieve UKRAINIAN forces in the city; 3. DO NOT ASSAULT further than ILOVAISK and BPT withdraw to SHYROKE; 4. BPT DEFEND again ENY forces crossing to EAST BANK of ILOVAISK. Key Tasks C CTG 1. BPT ATTACK towns and the wooded area Between A and B CTG; 2. Secure the area 3. DO NOT ASSAULT further than to the open ground east of the area; 4. BPT DEFEND again ENY forces crossing to EAST BANK of ILOVAISK. End State 1. Ukrainian forces relieved from Ilovaisk 2. A CTG still combat effective. 3. A CTG still combat effective. 4. Shyroke secured. 4. Pivche secured. 5. BTN fit for further operations Fires 92nd BDE will provide 1 BTY 122 for indirect fire support IV. Service & Support 1. Resupply and Repair near Dubove. 2. CTG own supply vehicle can provide limited ressuply effort. V. Command & Signal Sucession of Command: A11, B11 Signals: A CTG: 28500 B CTG: 31000 NOTE: 1. Misson is finished when you have secured Ukrainian forces and have withdrawn to SHYROKE and PIVCHE. Mission will NOT end automatically!!!
  24. Hello everybody, as promised then here is the Intermission between Scenario 2 and Scenario 3, as well as the AAR. Next scenario in this Campaign will be held on Sunday the 18´th of february at the usual time of 2000 GMT+1, so 1900 GMT 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 2.pdf And the AAR: Scenario 2 Operation Cautious Tightrope.aar And the Video: The Bears Gambit ” molṑn labé.” Leonidas I of Sparta Intermission 2 By Nike-Ajax, All Rights reserved Somewhere in Europe, in an editorial meeting within a major government owned public broadcasting company. The men and women looked across the big table at each other. The mood was intense and there had in fact been shouting until the Chief Editor had raised her voice and called the meeting to order. There were basically two groups that had opposing views, with a small group either hedging their bets or just cautiously choosing not to express their views in the middle. The majority group viewed the events in Lithuania as a huge and unmitigated disaster, a failure not only of diplomacy in general but of what some referred to as the “self-governing and autonomous war machine of JEF” in particular. The other and minority group viewed this somewhat differently, but not the opposite, and thus expressed the view that JEF and the Lithuanian Authorities, had in fact showed some restraint in an impossible situation. They all agreed however that military solution simply was not the way to solve anything, and therefore no solution at all. The Editor-in-chief raised his hand and voice: “Colleagues and friends” He had been informed that he was no longer allowed to say ladies and gentlemen, because this was considered politically incorrect, as it held people in obsolete gender roles. “We have a story to make and a reality to interpret. We need to be in agreement and find a common viewpoint here. I think we can all agree that no one is a winner when weapons are used” He looked around to watch the nodding heads before he continued. “So our job here is not only to show the viewers the horrors of what modern warfare does, but also of the cost to our young people. And why we need a political solution before this gets even worse than it already is, and before the soldiers are led into a situation where more of them are needlessly killed. Now we need to present this fact in an objective and neutral way, so all our viewers will see the facts for what they are: Proof that we need to be flexible and find common ground with those who view things differently than ourselves, because after all: the Russians want what we want: peace at all costs. We need to show leadership and pave the way for dialogue and peace. Now does anyone disagree with that?” If anyone disagreed – which the Editor doubted – then no one wanted or dared to speak up. This was probably for the best thought the editor, because who could really disagree with the fact that violent and military action was by definition a waste of money or worse? And so the editorial meeting spun into high gear with the news that would be broadcasted on the next Breaking News as well as in all the scheduled news bulletins. 5,56 mm or 5,45 mm and 14,5 mm or 12,7 mm? That has been part of the discussion in both political circles, as well as in both Russian and Western press. Specifically, then this has become an irrational but somewhat relevant question, because both sides claimed that the other fired first and thus showed Casus Belli, in what has by some become termed The First Clash. In other words: was it a Russian or JEF bullet that started the sharp escalation of hostilities on the ground in southwestern Lithuania. The Baltic States in general and Lithuania in particular are clear and vocal about their interpretation: Russia without any international legality chose to cross the Russian/Lithuanian border and engaged allied troops in open combat. Thus their position is that Russia de Facto has declared war on not just Lithuania, but in fact against NATO, the members of JEF as well as indirectly against EU. In line with this they are openly debating about formally activating Article V of the NATO charter. Also the Baltic nations have now activated whatever military forces that was not already on a war footing. Moreover they have begun activating voluntary militia groups and arming them with whatever is at hand including civilian and old surplus weapons in storage. The Baltic Nations position is, at least in part, supported by most of the East European nations as well as the member states of JEF and USA. Although these nations have raised their voices in support, in a more subdued and politically less belligerent way, then their support is firm. Some of the facts which most agree on are this: On the day of the clash between Russian and JEF forces, a lot of people lost their life and numerous vehicles were destroyed. It seems that around 30 Russian vehicles were destroyed and in excess of 100 soldiers, and with maybe as many as 150, were killed and wound whereas the JEF lost 14 vehicles and had 32 dead and wounded. These are staggering losses for the western nations, and far exceeds the already high casualties from the previous Operation in Lithuania, thus bringing the total up to 59 dead and wounded – in a country that is not officially at war, and in a mission that was not supposed to see combat. “It was too soon. Our units acted without the proper orders, out of sync and without the proper support. THAT is why I ordered them to stop and not deploy any of the reserves. When you strike, you strike to kill and not to annoy your opponent. And yet fortunately for us and our Motherland, then as God seems to have smiled upon us, we stand ready to carry out the next step. But we will have to work fast to use the chaos and confusion that our actions have sown.” The Russian Colonel-General looked at his subordinates who looked him squarely in the eyes, while they accepted his words. He could see it in their eyes: Determination and honour in serving their country. But he could also see realism, pragmatism and resignation in accepting his words. Mentally he nodded: his Motherland had indeed come far in the last years. Even though the operation had been started preliminarily and before it was planned to execute as well as without the planned support, then it still had managed to achieve much of what was planned. After all, he thought to himself, who in their right mind would not want Victory at all costs. The time for talks and peace were obviously over. Or rather: it was for them and their opponents on the ground. Because in line with their plan then Moscow still tried to pursue each and every diplomatic route, so as to formally leave no box unchecked: let it not be said that Russia didn’t try to work for peace. The Maskirovka was still running and it seemed that very few if any of the influential people in the west would even allow themselves for a minute to think that they were basically wrong: That all the words and ideas, of a self-appointed and self-inflated small but very vocal minority, were useless, worthless and unable to cope with reality. He allowed himself a brief smile: The useful Idiots of the 21´st century, was the fools who by trying to manipulate others and shape their minds into a politically correct, pacifist, unpatriotic and unnationalistic, did nothing except to divide their nations deeply and basically down the middle. And they did it without even being paid. Well … most of them did anyway. He clenched his teeth and focused at the tasks at hand: By sheer luck and the political and therefore military inaction of the west, then they had basically achieved most of their initial goals. But the timing had been off. The operation was meant to have waited for some shaping operations as part of the Hybrid war. Specifically then it was meant that the next week should have seen a number of operations of Lithuanian ground as well as initial operations in the other Baltic Nations and with the support of concerted cyber-attacks on a number of European targets. His troops were only meant to have made their presence know at the border, and threaten the Lithuanians and the meddling fools of NATO and now JEF. Well … despite some losses then they now had their excuse: Moscow would see to that. He had talked to the President earlier, who had been surprisingly calm and understanding. But he also made it clear that the Colonel-General and each and every one of his officers were charged with the burden of executing their plans successfully now. There were no threats made, because none were needed. They all knew and understood what was at stake. Or at least they would soon. “Shift and reposition our forces, coordinate with the battalion leaders, set all of our units to war alert and stance including activating the reserves and prepare everything for plan Priyome-1. Do your duty to me, the Rodina and yourselves without error or hesitation. Execute.” Then men came to attention as one and saluted, before they did an about-face and filed out . At the border things had become deceptively calm: The Russian units which were badly mauled were in fact only the tip of the spear, and after the initial fighting had pulled back to the area around the border. But not all the way back. And in the meantime they had been significantly reinforced. While they did not push east from Kaliningrad, then they did shoot down two UAV´s sent to investigate immediately and accurately. The CO of the JEF forces in the area, Colonel Karl Sexton, being unusually agitated and nervous – even for him – initially halted the progress of TF-48 and denied them the right to pursue the Retreating Russians. However after being subjected to political pressure then he reversed his earlier orders and demanded a close inspection of the border with whatever units was there. In fact he demanded that they push all the way up to border, to make a political show of force. The CO of TF-48 had patiently tried to explain that such an action would mean full-on battle with the now entrenched and reinforced Russian units. To which Colonel Sexton had begun screaming incoherently and loudly. Until the CO of TF-48 had calmly hung up. The remains of TF-48 have now pulled back and have handed over the AO to TF-32 which has rebuilt and reinforced since their execution of Operation Red Route 1. An uneasy calm has settled on and near the border, disturbed by the sound of many Russian vehicles moving in the area. But as opposed to the politicians and others who are desperately working on political solution, then everyone on the ground knows that this is indeed the calm before the storm. And that they are in fact in a rather small boat navigating the waves.
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