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Important: remember that Europe switches to Summertime Sunday the 27´th at 0200 - LOOK in the thread below and click the link with the time to get YOUR time !

 

Gauging the Strength of the Turkish Military ...

 

Kanium Sunday 27th of March "Operation Mehmed", by Nike-Ajax (Campaign part I)

 

This will be a 2 or 3-part campaign (depending on interest, my time and creativity), run every second Sunday - if all goes well. You are NOT under any obligation implied or practical, to have to participate in the next one if you play this. Nor do you have to have played this to play the next one. But it will be more fun 😁

 

For new players or players that have not played with us for a while: Please contact @Major duck or myself, to set up comms, right version and maps beforehand. Alternatively be there at least 30 mins before gametime.

For all players: From now on we will be there about 30 minutes before go time to test everything. If it isnt sorted before GO time, then we will have to start the game at the allotted time, for the benefit of all the other players.

 

Where: Kanium TS : teamspeak3.i3d.net:10077 

 

World Clock 1900 GMT (Same time as always in Europe - adjusted for Daylight Savings 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 or Twitch channel. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE II:

I suggest to all who play with us download and install Chris mappack:

 

ChrisReb Mappack V.4

 

Untile further notice will be working with this mappack and the official one when making scenarios.

 

AS always, then we are running the session with the latest version of Steelbeasts.

 

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 😁

 

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Operation Mehmed
1' st of June 2023

SB Mission by Nike-Ajax

 

Techical and Scenario info:
This is a big scenario. Hence then there are no off map smoke missions and callsigns destroyed is set to disappear after 60 seconds. This is to keep server stable.


Map Updates, Map View and Friendly ID is set to ON.
 
0. Background

Following the events in Ukraine and elsewhere, and their consequences, then many nations across the world have taken a hard and long look at their strategic positions.


And also their strategic wishes and goals. Right or wrong then this has led some to believe that the West is weak. Whether this is true or not is immaterial and unimportant. Sometimes subjectively perceived weakness is objectively real weakness in Geo-politics, and this is one of them.


Following a grinding war in Syria combined with ethnic strife in Shia Majority Iraq, then Iran have slowly evolved their power base in both countries, building on decades of work.

 

And there have been talks of further strategic cooperation and integration between these countries, which the West and Saudi Arabia and their allies have tried and failed to counter and stop.

Iranian forces have already trained closely with their Iraqi and Syrian counterparts for a while, as well as posting increasingly strong forces in both nations. While at the same time having Quds force training and building alliances with terrorists organizations like Hezbollah.

 

This not only threatens Saudia Arabia, but also Israel in the West and Turkey in the North, to name some. But the whole region is destabalized.


And the situation is made more volatile by the continued fighting with sporadic elements and remnants of ISIS and similar terror organizations as well as with Kurdish forces. The Kurds have a mixed relationship with Iran, having been both foe and allied if not friends with them, during the last 40 years. But are in direct confrontation with Turkey.

 

This whole situation came to a head six months ago, when the three nations of Syria, Iraq and Iran at a joint press conference broadcast across all media, declared that they would join in what was termed the United Islamic Federation.


Referendums were held shortly after this, in all three nations, which allthough disputed by international organizations and many other nations at least internally validated the decision.


Following this then they immediately started integrating both in military, political and economic ways. And it seems that this was planned for a while, and expected.

 

It was described as a Federation of independent states.


But to many other nations it seemed like a de facto, Iranian led super nation, that stood to dominate the Middle east and beyond.Particularly as the Iranian leadership consolidated and expanded their control after the unification.


This unsurprisingly created tensions and fears across the middle east as this meant that Israel, Saudi arabia and Turkey now shared borders with UIF. This in turn meant that all the countries surrounding the Super nation increased their military readiness and sought to expand and cement their alliances, with little or nor real effect.

 

Almost two months ago the situation changed drastically when a terrorist bomb took out the entire Assad family.


Allthough the Kurds were quickly blamed by the leadership of UIF, then many whispered that it might in fact have been the Iranians removing one of the remaining barriers for total control. Either directly or by proxy through one of the terrorgroups that Iranian Quds force have trained.

 

Regardless of the truth of the matter, then the consequence was that UIF forces struck and struck hard and fast against the Kurds.  


Intially Turkey for many reasons including historic, welcomed this.
 

However as UIF forces struck ever further north and west Turkey was increasingly worried, and started to make hasty preparations to repel UIF forces if needed.

 

This eventually meant that UIF and Turkish forces came into close contact.


And with mutual distrust, tensions running high and a lot of weapon systems in close proximity, then all it took was a spark.   
    
And the spark came two weeks ago, when UIF fighters got too close to the Turkish border. And were shot down.


The UIF claimed they were attacked on UIF territory whereas Turkey claims UIF had passed into Turkish airspace.

With the last decades history in the region, then the border is somewhat fluid in places. So its not entirely clear who is right.


What is clear though, is that this has escalated from a border dispute to what is increasingly looking like a full scale conventional war, as neither side wanted - or could - back down. So there has been constant and escalating skirmishes, artillery duels and limited air battles ever since.

 

NATO and the rest of the world is dragging their feet, and while making suggestions and urging talks then in effect they have done nothing. Russia and China and their spheres of influence are on the fence, and have not taken sides yet.


Turkey has talked about invoking Article 5 of the NATO charter, but has not done so yet. There are also resistance internally in NATO for different reasons and EU is totally paralyzed and are thus also on the fence. But the Turks have put their military and police on full military readiness.

 

Yesterday a strong UIF battlegroup pushed North.


It has been decided that Turkey must strike back ... A line has been drawn in the sand. And the UIF foolishly chose to cross it.


I. Situation
 
Time
0530 Local Time, sunrise at 05:33 and sunset at 19:50

 

Weather
Clear sky with no chance of rain, 35 degrees Centigrade and LOS 3000 Km. Wind direction SW at 3 m/s


General.

We are at war, although it has not been formally declared yet, and no politicians will utter the words.
 

UIF force has thrust a few miles into our territory and in our AO has set up a temporary HQ to the south.


It is expected that they will soon thrust further North to expand and consolidate their position. And either create either a better position from which to negotiate or worse still:  to push further North as first part of general offensive.


The terrain is extremely difficult for both sides, but our hands are tied. This is where the battle must be fought as it is militarily and politically unacceptable to let UIF forces push further north.


Due to the remoteness and difficult terrain, then we have not been able to assemble all the forces we would. So we will have to fight with what we have.
 

Among other assets we have allocated an UAV for your use and allocated significant support assets including an artillery brigade, a MLRS battery and 4 strike planes.


With these assets, then it is hoped that you will be able to hit the ENY while he is out of formation and unable to bring his forces to bear with full weight.


In short we are hoping that you will be able to create the conditions for a counterattack and Defeat the enemy in Detail.


From the size and composition of the Enemy then we expect that he will use four columns routes his attack, with a possible additional fifth column.


We are politically and militarily still building up, so we need the Enemy to get a bloody nose and show our potential allies and helpers that we are viable and that they can bet on us not to fold before they might help us.

 

Allthough we are rapidly reactivating older equipment and reservists, then the challenge is that neither side can bring their full forces to bear due to the terrain.

 

So we need to be smart and flexible. We expect the ENY to have far less flexibility in their Command and Control structure, which means that we hope to be better able to adapt to the difficult terrain conditions.


Our Taskforce Yeniçeri - Janissary, as part of an ADHOC Battlegroup, have been tasked with this mission. You will be outnumbered but not outfought.

 
We have a difficult tasking in that our options are very much open, and the HQ needs us to exploit any mistakes the ENY makes and use all opportunities and has the correct timing and cooperation to execute the counter attack.


And do this while remaining combat effective for the next battle, as UIF is already moving reinforcements forwards.

 

If it turns out that the chance shows it self, then you are free to use your own initiative to push further SOUTH as long as it doesnt endanger your other tasks.
 

From INTEL, then it appears that the Enemy have no prepared defences in the South or elsewhere in this AO but from HUMINT and SIGINT, then its expected that they have a light screening force in place to hold off any attack from the North.


You are cleared to use all weapons at your disposal with extreme prejudice in all of the AO, including FIRES in the Urban areas. And you have the full weight of the BTN artillery at your call.
 

Terrain and Ground

 

The terrain in our AO is VERY difficult and challenging. Consequently it will shape both our and the ENY´s movement and options. Thus creating both opportunities, problems and hazards for both sides.

 

It is mountainous, including impassable (by vehicles at least) rockfields. Be careful when passing them as this means a risk of detracking Callsigns as well as damaging suspension.


Furthermore there are several ravines and gullies which in effect will work as anti-tank ditches spread out over the AO. Added to which is scattered forested areas.  

 

Finally there is a deep and wide valley going from NW to SE, which will likely de facto trap any callsigns venturing into it.

A careful MAP RECCE is advised.


Enemy Forces.

The Enemy to our overall front is a Battalion sized(+) combined UIF Force. From Intel, both HUMINT and SIGINT then this seems to be at least the following:


1) One Light motorized Irregular COY made up of Hezbollah fighters under UIF command. Expected to be riding technicals with an assortment of heavy weapons, including RCL, HMG and ATGMs. Estimated strength around 5 PLts in groups of 3 callsigns.

2) One reinforced RECON COY, with estimated around 4 PLTs Scorpion light tanks, and around 2 PLTs BMP-1s.

3) One MECHINF COY, estimated around 4 PLTs BMP-2s of 4 callsigns

4) One MECHINF COY, Estimated around 4 PLTs BTR-80s of 4 callsigns

5) One Tank COY with Chieftain Mk. 5s, estimated at around 4 PLTs of 4 callsigns.

6) One Tank COY with updated T-72s, estimated to be equivalent to T-72B1 m. 1985 level.

 

Confidence about which is HIGH


Added to this there is a light screening force around the ENY HQ and STRONG ENY AA units spread out around the area surrounding the ENY HQ. This likely also includes around 2 PLTs of T72s


Finally an unknown number of ex-Iraqi T-55 Minebreaching tanks with plows have been seen in the AO. Confidence is HIGH

 

There have been rumours that the UIF is trying to get a handful of Ex-Iraqi M1A1´s into the AO by rail. But we have NO firm Intel on that at this stage. Confidence about which is LOW to MEDIUM.


Enemy COA

 

From our INTEL sources and from what we have seen lately, the UIF will form these into Mixed COYs, and expected to attack in four columns. Confidence about that is MEDIUM to HIGH.

BUT with rumours of a fifth column unsubstantiated but persistent. Confidence about which is LOW to MEDIUM.

 
We expect the ENY to be experienced and their ammunition the best they can get.


The Enemy is on the offence and have constructed no defences nor we do not expect any ENY Obstacles or minefields in your AO, attack vector and direction, confidence about that is HIGH.

But we do however expect them to be aggressive and in a combat stance.


From history of the ENY, then it is expected that they will stop and fall back if hit hard enough. Thus opening the way for our Counter attack.   


HQ have promised that other operations will deny the ENY of any further reinforcements from the SOUTH and EAST beyond what is described above. Confidence about  that is HIGH.
 
From SIGINT and knowing their SOP, then we know that the ENY have access to Artillery in substantial but unknown amounts. This might include a battery of BM-21s


Friendly Forces.

 

We have limited local air superiority, and therefore have 4 strike planes but no rotary wing support. This is primarily due to strong local Air defence around the ENY HQ to the Southeast. But also because Command is afraid of escalating the confrontation too fast.

 

We have NO other friendly forces in our immediate vicinity, with the next line of defence  - IF we fail and fall - further North West, and in weak positions.

 
Our Taskforce Yeniçeri - Janissary consists of 4 x tank platoons of Leopard 2A4 as well as 4x mechanized infantry platoon of M113G3 with OWS, 1 HEAVY RECON PLT divided in 2 sections of 3 callsigns each of Leopard 1A5.


We also have a tactical reserve of 2 PLT of M60 SABRA (Looks like M60A3(TTS)), 1 PLT of M113 TOW and 1 PLT of M113G3 with OWS.

   
We also have 3 x 6 Tubes of 155mm SP howitzers, which have a full range of rounds including Two (2) FASCAM missions (self-destruct 30 mins) and 2 x 6 x 120 mm SP mortars (with the howitzers being further back, so off-map), as well as support assets from HQ Company (2 x (repair, 2 x supply and medical)).


We have no Air Beyond the 4 strikeplanes due to heavy presence of ENY AA and AAA in AO, EXCEPT that we DO have an UAV (P-8). But do not push the UAV too far South it will surely be shot down (Reference Map trace)

 
Our dismounted infantry from B and D COY is equipped with 2 x Anti-Tank teams (SPIKE MR) (Odds callsigns). Each MECHINF platoon in B COY thus has 2x Anti-Tank teams, the rest being issued with 2 x AT-4s and riflegrenades plus a medicteam, and are all considered Elite.


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 Yeniçeri/Janissary is to repulse ENY attacks from South. And then to go on the offence and destroy enemy defenders between PL Öldürmek/Alpha and PL Yikmak/Bravo, and if possible to Destroy ENY HQ to the Southeast.  
 
 
III. Execution
 
Concept of the Operation:
 
Taskforce Yeniçeri/Janissary with 4 PLTs in tactical reserve, will attack from the North and towards SOUTH, setting an attack by fire from PL Öldürmek/Alpha towards PL Yikmak/Bravo, and try to catch and isolate the ENY while they are out of formation and position. They have 2 FASCAM missions to assist in this goal along with limited Obstacles inclduing one (1) Minefield.

They will also use own assets to defend FRIENDLY HQ and SP 1 from the Enemy.  
 
This will open the area for further offensive operations, disrupt the Enemys defences in the area and achieve our overall political goals in this stage, including blunting further ENY Offensive actions in the short run.

 

Do not risk the integrity of your command by attacking the Enemy forward HQ the SOUTH UNLESS the TF CO is positive enough that this can achieved successfully and without compromising the integrity of his command.  


However you are encouraged to use initiative and ingenuity in executing the goals.   

 

Commanders Intent

 

Purpose - The purpose of this operation is to attack, and then clear the Enemy forces and defeat their will to fight in this AO, while defending OWN HQ and Supply Point.
 
    Key Tasks
         1. Defend Friendly HQ and SP 1 and repulse ENY Attacks
         2. Attack from vicinity PL Öldürmek/Alpha towards PL Yikmak/Bravo destroying the ENY as you go.
         3. If possible and sensible exploit any opportunities including attacking the ENY HQ to the South.
 
    End State
        Friendly  Friendly forces postured on or in vicinity of PL Yikmak/Bravo; consolidated and prepared and able to continue operations    towards the SOUTH and EAST.
        Enemy    Enemy forces defeated or destroyed between PL Öldürmek/Alpha and PL Yikmak/Bravo, unable to support Enemy forces in the Southern part of the AO.
        Terrain    All tactically commanding terrain features in friendly hands and cleared of enemy forces.
        Civilian   Not relevant as all LOCAL inhabitants are evacuated
 
Fires
We have 3 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. We also have 1 MLRS Strike on standby (No reloads). Finally we have an UAV (P-8), to assist with target identification and possibly BDA.

 

2 x 6 x Tubes of 120mm organic fires under TF CO control (P-1 and P-2)
3 x 6 x Tubes of 155 mm off-map fires under TF CO control, including 2 x FASCAM
1 x MLRS Strike Package (2 x 3 MLRS BM-21, P51 and P54), no reloads

 

There are 12 Priority fire missions allocated.


The following are our stores of Ammunition allocated for this mission:

 

For the Self-propelled howitzers, and Per tube:

60 HE (Total 1080)
NO Smoke
12 ICM (Total 216)

 

For the SP MTR:
Full load HE SprGr78 and SMK NbGr88

 

For the MLRS (BM-21):
Full Load 9M521, NO reloads

 

12 CAS sorties were awarded during this targeting cycle of the ATO, with 4 strike planes. Be careful about using them in the SE of the AO due to strong anti-air capability near the ENY HQ.
 

Aviation
Nil, beyond strikeplanes on call.


IV. Sustainment
Supply              TF will carry forward 2 x resupply vehicles. There are 1 Supply vehicle at SP1. No resupply possible beyond that.
Maintenance   TF will carry forward 2 x combat repair team (CRT), There are 1 x M88A1 MRV at SP1.
Medical            TF will carry forward 2 x foward aid station (FAS), There are 1 Medical vehicle at SP1


V. Command And Signal
 
Sucession of Command
Alpha-66    TF Commander
Alpha-65    TF XO
Bravo-66    MECHINF COY CO
Alpha-11    1 PLT LDR/A
Bravo-11    1 PLT LDR/B
 
Signals

No Change; as per unit SOP

 

ALSO, and per new SOP: Here is a TEST scenario for the coming Sunday, download, install and verify that it will run. If not: contact us per above.

 

Operation Mehmed TEST.sce

 

 

 

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Important: remember that Europe switches to Summertime Sunday the 27´th at 0200 - LOOK in the thread above and click the link with the time to get YOUR time !

 

Manninglist:

 

A66 Leopard 2A4: Mirzayev (Kanium,US)

A65 Leopard 2A4:

P66 M113G4-FO:

 

A1 Leopard 2A4

A11 Assassin (Kanium,US)

A12 Badger (Kanium,CAN)

A13

A14 Maic (Kanium,NL)

 

A2 Leopard 2A46

A21 Irish Hussar (Kanium,UK)

A22 Tankenator (Kanium,US)

A23 Connaugh (Kanium,US)

A24 Major Duck (Kanium,DK)
 

 

A3 Leopard 2A4

A31 RooksAndKings (?,?) 

A32

A33

A34 Lawrence (?,?)

 

A4 Leopard 2A6 (Immediate Reserve - will not be manned until all the other PLTs are manned)

A41

A42

A43

A44

 

B1 M113G3 with RWS/M153 CROWS w. M2HB

B11 Snoggy (Kanium,CAN)

B12

B13

B14 Wiglif (Kanium,US)

 

B2 M113G3 with RWS/M153 CROWS w. M2HB

B21 SnS (Kanium,UK)

B22

B23

B24 ChrisReb (Kanium,UK)

 

B3 M113G3 with RWS/M153 CROWS w. M2HB (Immediate Reserve - will not be manned until all the other PLTs are)

B31

B32

B33

B34

 

B4 M113G3 with RWS/M153 CROWS w. M2HB (Immediate Reserve - will not be manned until all the other PLTs are)

B41

B42

B43

B44

 

RECON (2 x 3 Leopard 1A5)

R11 Roerbaek (Kanium,DK)

R14 Duke (Kanium,DE)

 

CSS

H4: SUPPLY, ARV AND MEDIC

 

 

RESERVE:

 

Per orders

 

 

OPFOR:

Nike-Ajax - no more needed

 

Where needed:

Grenny (Kanium,DE)

 

Cant make it:

Higgs (Kanium,CH)

JAG-11A (Kanium,US)

Kingtiger (Kanium,SE)

Hedgehog (UKarmour,UK)

GaryO (Kanium,US)

Freyberg (Kanium,ITA)

Cavgunner (Kanium,US)

 

Hosting:

Assassin

(18/18)

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9 hours ago, JAG-11A said:

Well, I need to cancel this weekend.  Funeral in Chicago to attend this weekend.  B24 is now without a player.

 

 

First and foremost: My condolences
Very sorry to hear it.

I wish you and your family the best, in what must be a trying time.

We are here for you when you have the time and energy.

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On 3/21/2022 at 9:54 AM, Nike-Ajax said:

This is a big scenario. Hence then there are no off map smoke missions and callsigns destroyed is set to disappear after 60 seconds. This is to keep server stable.

 

I'm out.

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