Red Tide MASTER

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The Red Tide XX campaign began on DD MMM YYYY.

Campaign Rules

Starting Situation / Background

A week ago the Warsaw Pact invaded West Germany. They have now advanced some 100 km into West Germany and are threatening a breakthrough south of Hanover. Warsaw Pact forces are now in their exploitation phase, bringing up tank divisions to help maintain the momentum. NATO has scraped together an ad-hoc multinational brigade to help stem the tide in this region. If the Warsaw Pact advance can be stopped in this vital sector, then the rest of their advance will suffer and they will seek an end to the conflict. If NATO fails to stop the Warsaw Pact advance, then the path to Paderborn and Dortmund will be open, and all will be lost.

Operational Map

File:RedTide MASTER Map.jpg
Click on map to go to image page, then click it again to go to full screen, then again to zoom in to full size. NOTE: The actual front line for BLUEFOR is 2km from the Red color on map. Yellow bracket denotes both how much the OPFOR commander can redeploy his force for the next Main Battle and the rough width of the map in each Main Battle scenario.

Table of Organization and Equipment (current)

OPFOR Current TOE

References used:

FM 17-95-10 The Armored Cavalry Regiment and Squadron
FM 100-2-3 The Soviet Army
TRADOC Pam 350-16 Heavy OPFOR Tactical Handbook
ST 100-7 OPFOR Battle Book
FM 100-60 Armor-and Mechanized-Based Opposing Force
FM 100-63 Infantry-Based Opposing Force
...these are 1990s based, of secondary importance here
  • Note: some organizational structuring has been simplified for practicality reasons

1st Tank Regiment

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 30%: NO

Original AFV strength: 108
Original MBT strength: 81
Original PC strength: 27
Organization MBT strength PC strength Support strength
1 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
2 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
3 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
1st TNK REGT Support
co tank: 1
MTLB FO: 1
BRDM-2: 9
ZSU-23-4: 4
2S1: 18

...always with additional support of

(until abused):

MT-55 bridging assets
Recovery vehicles

2nd Tank Regiment

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 30%: NO

Original AFV strength: 108
Original MBT strength: 81
Original PC strength: 27
Organization MBT strength PC strength Support strength
1 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
2 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
3 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
2nd TNK REGT Support
co tank: 1
MTLB FO: 1
BRDM-2: 9
ZSU-23-4: 4
2S1: 18

...always with additional support of

(until abused):

MT-55 bridging assets
Recovery vehicles

3rd Tank Regiment

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 30%: NO

Original AFV strength: 108
Original MBT strength: 81
Original PC strength: 27
Organization MBT strength PC strength Support strength
1 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
2 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
3 BN 27x T-72M1 9x BTR-80 co tank: 1
3rd TNK REGT Support
co tank: 1
MTLB FO: 1
BRDM-2: 9
ZSU-23-4: 4
2S1: 18

...always with additional support of

(until abused):

MT-55 bridging assets
Recovery vehicles

Motorized Rifle Regiment

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 30%: NO

Original AFV strength: 108
Original MBT strength: 27
Original PC vehicle strength: 81
  • T-72B is represented by T-72M1 with BM-42M (because of lack of ATGMs)
Organization MBT strength PC strength Support strength
1 BN 9x T-72B 27x BMP-2 co IFV: 1
2 BN 9x T-72B 27x BMP-2 co IFV: 1
3 BN 9x T-72B 27x BMP-2 co IFV: 1
MOT RIFLE REGT Support
co tank: 1
MTLB FO: 1
BRDM-2: 9
BRDM-2 AT: 9
ZSU-23-4: 4
2S1: 18

...always with additional support of

(until abused):

MT-55 bridging assets
Recovery vehicles

BLUEFOR Current TOE

US Task Force

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 40%: NO

Original AFV strength: 72
Original MBT strength: 32
Original PC + AT vehicle strength: 40
  • M2A1 is represented by M2A2(ODS) with LRF damage
Organization MBT strength PC strength Other strength Support strength
A CO 4x M1(IP) 12x M2A1 None co tank: 1
B CO 12x M1(IP) 4x M113A2 None co tank: 1
C CO 12x M1(IP) 4x M113A2 None co tank: 1
D CO 4x M1(IP) 12x M113A2 8x M901 ITV co tank: 1

DE Task Force

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 40%: NO

Original AFV strength: 72
Original MBT strength: 32
Original PC + AT vehicle strength: 40
  • Marder can be represented by CV90/40-B (optional)
  • Jaguar can be represented by M113 TOW (optional)
Organization MBT strength PC strength Other strength Support strength
1 CO (Kp) 4x Leopard 2 12x Marder None co tank: 1
2 CO (Kp) 12x Leopard 2 4x Marder None co tank: 1
3 CO (Kp) 12x Leopard 2 4x Marder None co tank: 1
JÄGER CO (Kp) 4x Leopard 2 12x M113 8x Jaguar co tank: 1

UK Task Force

Current strength: 100%
Has been depleted below 40%: NO

Original AFV strength: 68
Original MBT strength: 30
Original PC + AT vehicle strength: 38
  • FV432 is represented by M113A3
  • Striker is represented by M113 TOW with no TIS
Organization MBT strength PC strength Other strength Support strength
A CO (COY) 3x Challenger 12x Warrior None co tank: 1
B CO (SQN) 12x Challenger 4x Warrior None co tank: 1
C CO (SQN) 12x Challenger 4x Warrior None co tank: 1
D CO (COY) 3x Challenger 12x FV432 6x Striker co tank: 1

Supporting Assets

  • Gepard is represented by 2S6s with guns only
BRIGADE Support
co vehicle (OPMV): 1
M113 FO: 1
Gepard: 3
M109: 12

...always with additional support of

(until abused):

Biber bridgelaying assets
Recovery vehicle assets
Medic section

Attachment Table

Attachments are temporary forces that get assigned to your side when limited objectives are achieved during the Main Battle scenario. These units do not below to your TOE, rather they are temporarily attached from other organizations. Most but not all attached units gained throughout the campaign will get carried over to following Main Battle scenarios, providing that they survive of course, however at any point all attached units may be withdrawn.

BLUEFOR Attachment Fate Roll (1-10)

The following results of the BLUEFOR Attachment roll applies only to the BLUEFOR side when the limited objective for that week has been accomplished (with the exception of the loss of all attachments results, which always applies):
  • BLUEFOR begins the campaign with attachment #4
  • Leopard 1A4 is represented by Leopard 1A5 with no TIS and with M833 ammo
Roll Attachment/Effect Comment
1 All attachments removed Always occurs, regardless of limited objective status
2 M901 ITV x1 PLT None
3 M966 x2 PLT None
4 ATGM Team x6 (x3 TOW, x3 MILAN) None
5 Leopard 1A4 x2 PLT (6 VEH) None
6 AH-64A x1 VEH + Chinook w/infantry x2 VEH Only present for one Main Battle scenario
7 Minefield, advanced x4
Vehicle emplacements, two tier x8
Only present for one Main Battle scenario
8 M109 x12 VEH (arty tubes) Only present for one Main Battle scenario
9 M60A3(TTS) x1 PLT None
10 M1 x1 PLT None

OPFOR Attachment Fate Roll (1-10)

The following results of the OPFOR Attachment roll applies only to the OPFOR side when the limited objective for that week has been accomplished (with the exception of the loss of all attachments results, which always applies):
  • OPFOR begins the campaign with attachment #8
  • Mi-8 is represented by MRH-90
Roll Attachment/Effect Comment
1 All attachments removed Always occurs, regardless of limited objective status
2 T-55 x4 PLT None
3 T-62 x3 PLT None
4 BMP-1 x3 PLT None
5 T-72B x2 PLT None
6 Mi-24 Hind x2 VEH + Mi-8 w/infantry x3 VEH Only present for one Main Battle scenario
7 BMD-2 x2 PLT (behind enemy lines) Only present for one Main Battle scenario
8 2S3 x18 VEH (arty tubes) Only present for one Main Battle scenario
9 BM-21 x6 VEH Only present for one Main Battle scenario
10 T-64B x2 PLT None

After Action Reviews

Recon Battle:
N/A

Main Battle:
N/A

Result

N/A

Awards

The following award was made so that individuals can display them in their forum signatures if they so desire. They are simply for fun, for a bit of nostalgia in remembering the campaign. The only requirement is that you abide by the forum rules on signature sizes (400 x 60 maximum), and that you are honest to those that participated when choosing to display them.

Participation Award

All those who participated in the Red Tide '85 campaign may display the following ribbon in their signature if they so desire.

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