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KANIUM Sunday 9th of February - "Operation Uppercut v. 2.0" by Nike-Ajax Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 World Clock 1900 GMT (Same time as always in Europe - now adjusted for European Winter Time: click the time below for your local time) World clock 1900 GMT IMPORTANT NOTICE: This SB session may be recorded with video and sound and uploaded, including to a public youtube channel. IMPORTANT NOTICE II: I suggest to all who play with us download and install Chris mappack - and needed for this scenario: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hr1jl33xxhacftx/SB Converted Maps v2.rar?dl=0 For the next three months at least we will be working with this mappack and the official one when making scenarios. 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 PPS. We will be playing on the new version 4.162 Operation Uppercut V.2.0 25th of December 1989 SB Mission by Nike-Ajax 0. Background And so it is Christmas ... But not a peaceful one. Events staring around October looked like they could usher in a new era, and possibly break down the Iron curtain and the wall between East and West. And for a time it looked like it would do just that, however conflicts between demonstrators and police and eventually military escalated. And in a rerun of previous Soviet invasions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia and latest in Afghanistan, then the Soviet Politburo decided to use force in and ended up with a blood bath that was aptly named as the Red October. In what quickly spiraled out of control, this in the end sparked a direct confrontation between Soviet and NATO troops around Berlin, which soon brought in more troops to the conflict elsewhere. Neither side had really planned for it so in what ended up being a rerun of the start of WW 1, then both sides scrambled to bring their forces into position. However that is where the similarities ended. Once the Soviet Juggernaut got moving, then as countless wargames had demonstrated it was hard to stop them. However the price in blood and materiel for the Warsaw Pact has been far higher than either side anticipated - mostly because of the not quite planned offensive. The unplanned nature is probably what have held back the Soviets from using the hundreds of nuclear strikes they had planned. This however might soon change depending on how this battle goes. I. Situation Time 0800 Local Time Weather Lightly Clouded with no chance of rain, 2 degrees Centigrade and LOS 3000 Km General. In light of the direct attack on several of our allies in NATO, Article 5 of the NATO Charter has been evoked. And following that then NATO is now formally at war. Operation Reforger are in full swing, but have yet to stop the Soviet Juggernaut. We are part of an Ad-hoc brigade sized Battle group, created from the remnants of German and American units that have been subjected to heavy losses, and are now south of Hannover in a defensive position. We have been tasked with first stopping, and then if possible blunting the momentum of the enemy through a limited but aggressive counter attack. NATO have been inflicting horrendous losses on the Warsaw Pact enemies, but the Warsaw Pact have mobilized everything. And even though the combat have weeded out the incompetent and unlucky on both sides, and we have inflicted far bigger losses on the enemy, then they have far more than us to expend. And so they still outnumber us by a considerable margin. Moreover then many of the newest and most technical advanced weapons in our possession are being pressed to their limit, and what is worse are beginning to run out of the most advanced weapons. Our Task force - Task force Boxer - is part of this Battlegroup, and have been assembled to block, and then clear the Enemy to our East. From SIGINT confirmed by our LRRP Patrols, then it seems that the Enemy have been careless and have moved a major HQ too near the forward lines, something we will exploit if possible. Our forces are not strong enough to punch through to it however, so we need to force the Enemy through attrition into a more manageable size. We have deliberately created an false INTEL leak to indicate that we have placed the BGD HQ to your immediate west to invite the attack where we wanted it. We are on our allied Nation´s soil, but times are desperate so you are cleared to use all weapons at your disposal with extreme prejudice. Upper echelon HQ are considering use of tactical nuclear weapons, but for now we are restricted to conventional munitions. Something that will probably be forced to change if you fail. The Battlegroup commander minced no words: "Gentlemen: you are all that stands between the Enemy and a major breakthrough in this sector. My Headquarter lies only a few kilometers to your rear, and the order is that if you fail, then Tactical Nuclear weapons are now cleared for use on the battlefield. So make sure that you make the enemy die for their country instead of the other way around" Enemy Forces. The Enemy to our overall front is a Brigade sized(+) Soviet Force, of which we expect that they will use a Battalion in the AO of Taskforce Boxer. From Intel, then this seems to be around three (3) full Companies of T72B1 and BMP-2´s, with additional support and recon troops. To their rear they have an exposed Forward HQ, which can be expected to be defended - but not entrenched - heavily: Expect a mixture of dismounted infantry including ATGM as well as limited armored/mechanized assets defending this specifically. As the ENY are on the attack as part of a bigger offensive, then we do not expect any major Obstacles or minefields, confidence about that is HIGH. Regardless of this and given the intel then we do expect them to be in a defensive stance, and have a layered defense around their forward HQ. From SIGINT we know that the ENY have access to Artillery in substantial but unknown amounts. Friendly Forces. We have temporary local air superiority, but are limited to strike planes. This is both due to strong local Air defence, but also to attrition of our rotary wing assets. We have other NATO Forces to our NORTH (German) and SOUTH (US) that will push forward and support our attack. So do NOT cross the Taskforce boundaries reference Map trace, to avoid risk of Friendly Fire. Our Task force consists of 3 x tank platoons of M1A1(HA) as well as 2 x mechanized infantry platoon of M2A2, along with a tactical reserve of 1 Section of Resupply vehicles (1 x fuel and 1 x Ammo), 1 PLT of Leopard 2A4 and a 1 PLT of Marder 1A3 detached from a German Company to our North. We have also been augmented with a COY of German Panzergrenadiers which will only hold and defend in position (Reference Map trace), and are under BTN Command. These have put up obstacles including 3 minefields (reference Map trace). We also have 3 x 6 tubes of M109 155mm howitzers, which have a full range of rounds, including Two (2) FASCAM missions and 6 x 120 mm mortars from Fox Company with its own supply truck (with the howitzers being further back, so off-map), as well as support assets from Hotel Company (repair, 2 x supply and medical). Our dismounted infantry from B COY is equipped with light machine guns (FN MAGs) and Anti-Tank teams ( 4 x M47 Dragon). Each MECHINF platoon in A COY thus has 4x LMG teams and 4x Anti-Tank teams plus a medicteam, and are all considered Elite. Finally combat engineers have created fighting positions for both our TNKs and IFVs 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 by the local authorities if CO deems that there is a military value and goal in said destruction, including FIRES in urban areas. E. All Laws of War are to be observed. II. Mission Taskforce Boxer Blocks Enemy attack, and then on TF CO´s initiative and order, attacks to destroy enemy defenders between PL HOLYFIELD and PL TYSON to stop or slow the WAPA offensive, and create depth in the NATO defence and if possible allow friendly forces to continue offensive operations further to the North and South of your AO. III. Execution Concept of the Operation Alpha Company and with 2 German PLT´s from their D Company in tactical reserve, Block the enemy attack. Having stopped the enemy attack, the Taskforce on TF CO´s own initiative and orders will then attack from the WEST and towards EAST, setting an attack by fire from PL HOLYFIELD towards PL TYSON, and use own assets if possible to clear the Enemy HQ at OBJ KNOCKOUT. This will create a defence in depth for our forces and enable the remaining forces to follow up and expand our zones of control as well as degrade the enemies command structure. Commanders Intent Purpose - The purpose of this operation is to clear the Enemy forces and defeat their will to fight in this AO as well as attrit their command structure. Key Tasks 1. Block the Enemy Attack vicinity PL HOLYFIELD 2. Counterattack and Clear OBJ OMEGA End State Friendly Friendly forces postured on PL TYSON; consolidated and prepared to continue operations towards the EAST. Enemy Enemy forces defeated or destroyed between PL HOLYFIELD and PL TYSON, and if possible cleared from OBJ KNOCKOUT; unable to support Enemy forces in the AO. Terrain OBJ KNOCKOUT are cleared of enemy forces. Civilian Not relevant as all LOCAL inhabitants are estimated to be gone Fires Fox Company has 3 x 6 Tubes of self-propelled 155 mm howitzers that will directly support this operations, from outside of the AO (offmap), including Two (2) FASCAM missions and 6 Priority fire missions . Additionally there have been allocated Six 120 mm M1064 for use, with integral ammo supply truck. And finally our Air assets will provide 8 CAS strikes. 6 x Tubes of 120mm organic fires under TF CO control (F-1) 3 x 6 x Tubes of 155 mm off-map fires under TF CO control 8 x CAS sorties were awarded during this targeting cycle of the ATO Aviation Nil IV. Sustainment Supply TF will carry forward 2 x resupply vehicles, F-1have 1 x supply vehicle allocated to them specifically and the German reinforcements another SEC of supply vehicles (fuel and supply). No resupply possible beyond that . Maintenance TF will carry forward 1x combat repair team (CRT) Medical TF will carry forward 1x foward aid station (FAS) V. Command And Signal Sucession of Command Alpha-66 TF Commander Alpha-65 TF XO Alpha-11 1 PLT LDR Alpha-21 2 PLT LDR Alpha-31 3 PLT LDR Signals No Change; as per unit SOP