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KANIUM SUNDAY 16th of June 1800 GMT - The last Spartans by Nike-Ajax (thanks to SNS for orders input and to Assassin for scenario input)

Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 
World Clock 1800 GMT (Same time as always - now adjusted for European Summer Time: click the time below for your local time) 

World clock 1800 GMT

 

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 :D 

 

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Operation The Last of the Spartans
6´th  of June 2021 
SB Mission by Nike-Ajax 
  
0. Background

We are not at the pass of the hot springs. 

 

But King Leonidas might well be looking down upon us today, because the not only are the stakes as high as they were at Thermopylae. But our soldiers as fierce and motivated.

What started up as another dispute in the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean, have turned for the worse. Much worse.
In fact one could say that the Aegean runs red now.

 

In the air, on and below the sea is where the fighting started, and have lasted a while now. But last week our foes landed on our soil, and have been reinforcing since. Our scouts and overall intel tells us that they are getting ready to break out. This must not be allowed to happen.


If they break through then our families and friends are at their mercy. 

 

And equally bad then they will break into the open coastal plains beyond which will favour them and make our defence even more difficult than it already is. Our  "Allies" have said many words of encourgement, but has yet to send any actual help. Except for the americans who have sent us almost a full Brigades worth of armored equipment at the outset of the hostilities from their reserve stock. Equipment that our troops have trained hard with, and which will be used today.

 

But that is the extent of the help.
So we stand alone. Again.

 

But we will win, and we will make the enemy regret invading our nation. 

 

To the enemy, when they asked for our surrender, we only said this: Molon Labe

 

I. Situation 
 
Time: 
0600 Local Time 
  
Weather: 
Ligthly clouded with no chance of rain, 26 degrees Centigrade, no wind and LOS 3900 Meters

 

General
 

War have been initiated without a declaration of war from our EN. But both sides have claimed Casus Belli Politically. Our strategic objective is to BLOCK the EN ATTACK into Defence Area SPARTAN with A COY, thus DENY it to the enemy and breaking their momentum.  


The Enemy is RAPIDLY ADVANCING and will push north with maximum effort (Refrence Map trace). Do NOT push past Line Of Exploitation (LoE) under any circumstance during the DEFENCE (Reference Map Trace).

 

Once the EN ATTACK HALTED, forces in SPARTAN (A COY) will CONSOLIDATE and then DEFEND.

 

Simultaneous then the forces prepared at Assembly Area MARATHON (B COY), will COUNTERATTACK and EXPLOIT IOT DESTROY the EN force & SEIZE (if possible) the EN HQ.

 

Forces at MARATHON (B COY) will be released by HQ when the ENY ATTACK has been HALTED.
 
Terrain: 
Mixture of closed and open, with channeling and blocking terrain features particularly to the south and becoming more closed and defensible as you push South and near the Enemy HQ with a number of villages. 
 
Obstacles:  
Minefields (Reference Maptrace) to the South-west of Defence Area SPARTAN. THIS AREA IS PROHIBITED to all our forces on pain of DEATH. 
  
Current Situation.  
The Enemy is on the OFFENCE with superior numbers, but we have the better positions and to some degree the element of tactical surprise and they have not had the time to entrench.

 

Our Taskforce (TF) SPARTAN, have been tasked with this mission, allthough fewer then we are better. 

They asked for our weapons, and our answer naturally was: Come and take them... 

 

We are on our own soil, and must thus expect a fair number of civilians in the AO - and the international community and our own country is watching. But the political and military stakes are high. Therefore, you are tasked to avoid civilian casualties to the degree that it does not endanger your command or overall goals. 
 
FIRES in the Urban areas are only authorised by TF COMD. 


Enemy Forces
 
Strength: 
ENY Combined Bn(+). 
 
Equipment: 
At least three (3) full combined and reinforced Companies with M60A3 (in PLTs of 5), AIFV´s (in PLTs of 4) (Represented by M113AS4´s), M113G3 TOWs and with additional support and recon troops (From INTEL likely BRDM).

Likely also a screening forces NV of the Enemy HQ with Leopard 2A4s and otherwise same composition as above, estimated as at least COY+ strength, and deployed in a defensive posture. 

 

Quality: 
likely experienced conscripts and their ammunition the best they can get for their older platforms. 
 
MDA: 
ENY only in HASTY DEFENSE in Main Defensive Areas (MDA), no constructed defences, entrenchments and major obstacles identified or likely  - aside from the known minefields Southwest of your Defence Area Spartan (Reference Maptrace), confidence about which is HIGH.    


Reinforcement: NOT expected from the East nor South as their lines of communication are cut for now. Confidence HIGH. 
 
ENY CoA: 
Likely will initially continue their attack in the NORTH, but once their attack is broken, likely try to lure our forces into an attritional fight where their numerical advantage, and use of terrain, will make up for their relative weakness in equipment.  ENY have access to Artillery in substantial numbers, exact units deployed for this operation unknown. 


Friendly Forces (FF). 
 
Local AIR SUPERIORITY achieved. 
 
Flanks.  
FF North and West to SECURE Flanks, but not to Spt Attack apart from the forces mentioned at Assembly Point MARATHON (B COY).  
 
TF Spartans:  
TF in Defence Area SPARTAN (A COY) consists of 3 x tank platoons of M1A1(HA) as well as 2 x mechanized infantry platoon of M2A2 (ODS), along with an identical force placed at Assembly Area MARATHON (B COY). 
 
A and B Coy Dismounted infantry equipped with 2 x Anti-Tank teams (FGM-148 Javelin) (Odds callsigns) and 2 x LMG Teams (Even callsigns). Each MECHINF platoon in B COY thus has 2x Anti-Tank teams and 2 x LMG Teams, the rest being issued with AT-4s and rifle grenades plus a medic team, and are all considered Elite.   

 
FIRES;  
4 x 6 Tubes of 155mm SP howitzers, no FASCAM available,    
2 x 6 x 120 mm SP mortars with their own supply trucks (with the howitzers being further back, so off-map,  
8 CAS strike missions on call. 

(As usual: ALL ARTILLERY IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF CO AND FO: So do NOT touch the ARTY controls if you not one of these two). 

 
LOGISTICS: 
In both A COY and B COY: Repair Sect, 2 x Supply and 1 x MED Sect. 
 
NO Engr, as there are expected no major obstacles in vector of attack.  So BYPASS ENY obstacles.


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 CLEAR military value and goal in said destruction, including FIRES in urban areas.
E. All Laws of War are to be observed. 

 
II. Mission:  

TF SPARTAN is to BLOCK ENY attack towards Defence Area Spartan. Then on orders ATTACK and CONDUCT EXPLOITATION, DESTROYING the ENY between PL HERCULES and PL ACHILLEOUS, SEIZE ENY HQ, IOT DENY the area to the ENY and disrupt their future operations.   

 

III. Execution  
 
Concept of the Operation:
Taskforce SPARTANs A COY BLOCKS the ENY IVO Defence Area SPARTAN.

Then TF SPARTANs B COY, ATTACK from NORTHWEST to SOUTHEAST; conducting an attack by fire from PL HERCULES towards PL ACHILLEOUS, and then ASSAULT to SEIZE ENY HQ.  

Once SECURE, PREPARE HASTY Defence to HOLD Objective until relieved. This will DENY the area to the ENY and PREVENT further ENY offensive operations, achieving our immediate political goal. 
 
Commanders Intent  
 
Purpose - The purpose of this operation is to DESTROY the ENY forces in the AO, then OCCUPY, thus weakening the Enemys will to fight and persuading them not to conduct further offensive actions.   
 
Key Tasks 
         1. DEFEND Defence Area Spartan, BLOCKING the ENY attack using A COY.
         2. Attack from PL HERCULES towards PL ACHILLEOUS to DESTROY the ENY using B COY. 
         2. Seize ENY HQ. 
         3. Conduct HASTY DEFENSE ITO DEFEAT ENY Counter Attacks 
 
End State:  
Friendly.   FF postured in or IVO ENY HQ; consolidated and prepared and able to continue operations towards the SOUTH and SOUTHEAST. 
Enemy.     ENY DESTROYED between PL HERCULES and PL ACHILLEOUS, unable to support Enemy forces SOUTH of the Defence Area Spartan. 
Terrain.    All tactically commanding terrain features SECURED and CLEAR of ENY. 
Civilian.   As little disruption to civilian life and property as possible, without disrupting your military goals and the security of your command.   
 
Fires Concept. 
4 x 6 Tubes of self-propelled 155 mm howitzers that will directly support this operations, from outside of the AO (offmap) and 2 x Six (6) 120 mm self-propelled Mortars for use in AO, with integral ammo supply trucks. There are 8 priority missions ready for tasking.

2 x 6 x Tubes of 120mm organic fires under TF CO control (P1 and P2), with organic supply vehicles (P31 and P34). 
4 x 6 x Tubes of 155 mm off-map fires under TF CO control. 
8 CAS sorties were awarded during this targeting cycle of the ATO under TF CO control. 

 

Aviation
Nil 

 

IV. Sustainment
Supply             TF and per COY will carry forward 2 x resupply vehicles, P-1 and P-2 have 2 x supply vehicle allocated to them specifically (P31 and P34). No resupply possible beyond that .
Maintenance   TF and per COY will carry forward 1x combat repair team (CRT)
Medical           TF and per COY will carry forward 1x foward aid station (FAS) 

 

V. Command And Signal
 
Succession of Command

 

A COY:
ALPHA-66    TF Commander
ALPHA-65    TF XO
Alpha-11    1 PLT LDR/A
Alpha-21    2 PLT LDR/A
Alpha-41    4 PLT LDR/A

 

B COY:
BRAVO-66 TF Commander
BRAVO-65 TF XO
Bravo-11 1 PLT LDR/B
Bravo-21 2 PLT LDR/B
Bravo-41 4 PLT LDR/B

 

Signals
No Change; as per unit SOP

 

Edited by Nike-Ajax

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MANNING:

 

IMPORTANT: Per orders, then you will ALL switch completlely to B COY, once you (hopefully) have conducted a successfull defence. There you will have exactly the same callsigns except for the B in front of it !

 

TF SPARTANS Command 

H66 (M1A1(HA)): Apocalypse 31 (Kanium,USA) 

H65 (M2A2(ODS)): 

P65 (M981 FISTV):

 

A1 (M1A1 (HA))

A11 Assassin (Kanium,US), HazmatHamster (?,?)

A12 Hedgehog (Kanium,UK) 

A13 
A14 Colebrook (Kanium,ESP)

 

A2 (M1A1 (HA))

A21 Chrisreb (Kanium,UK)

A22 Teitr28 (Kanium,DK) (Hopefully)

A23 Connaugh (Kanium,US)

A24 Roerbaek (Kanium,DK) 

 

A3 (M1A1 (HA)) - (MANNED BY UNITED OPERATIONS)

A31 

A32 

A33 

A34 

 

A4 (M2A2 (ODS))

A41 Kingtiger (Kanium,SE)

A42 SnS (Kanium,UK)

A43 

A44 Wiglif (Kanium,US)

 

A5 (M2A2 (ODS))

A51 Dboy (Kanium,UK) 

A52 MAC84 (BGANZAC,AU) (if available) 

A53 

A54 SwordsmanDK (Kanium,DK)
 

P1 and P2 - 2 x 6 x SP MTR with own supply vehicle (P31 and P34)

H1 - CSS: Medic, ARV and SUPPLY x 2

 

OPFOR:

Nike-Ajax (Kanium,DK)

No more needed

 

Where needed:

 

Cant make it:

Gibsonm (BGANZAC,AU)

Just (Kanium,SE)

Hoggydog (UKarmour,UK)

 

Hosting:

Nike-Ajax

(15/16)

 

To reiterate: We ALWAYS have room for new guys, both with the game and with MP, so dont be shy.

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Sorry guys, my next available Monday morning is in early October (baring illness, etc.).

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4 hours ago, Nike-Ajax said:

Will we have the pleasure of the mighty Wiglif?

Yeah he is in, sign him up as 44 as usual :)

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30 minutes ago, hoggydog said:

I'm up for this, M1A1 please :)

Done and you are well met 😁

 

@Hedgehog Wanna be boomboom chief Again? 😀

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now that is a job title and a half -although if you were serving in Vietnam in the 1970's...........................

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1 hour ago, sjr162 said:

now that is a job title and a half -although if you were serving in Vietnam in the 1970's...........................

Very true... 

 

Yet Hedge being the clever British fellow that he is, still managed to understand my weird vernacular … 😂

 

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With the risk of being repetitive, then we need a few more men.

 

Specifically at least two to man A5, a PLT LDR for A2 but above all a CO

 

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3 minutes ago, dlad said:

I'll take Alpha 5 plt.

 

DBoy

 

 

Perfect:  that means Mechinf is functional. 

 

So now we need a PLT LDR for A2 and a CO for it all 😊 

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6 minutes ago, Apocalypse 31 said:

I'll take CO, but I don't have time to prep orders. It'll be on the spot stuff. 

Done and it is what it is, and it will work.

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Alright - we are now functional in all PLTs.

 

@chrisreb I have put you as PLT LDR A2, in the hope that you will make it.

 

It would be nice with one or two more people in MECHINF ☺️

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