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LNoT - 08 JUN 13

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In a period of rising internal tension:

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Comes:

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A foreign adversary launches an unprovoked military incursion on Australian sovereign territory.

The "Bling Committee" still confirming the ribbon bar for this but it will be in the "classic" LNoT format of four missions played back to back, hosted by our very good friends at PzBtl 911.

Blue Vehicle types involved:

ASLAV-25

ASLAV-PC

ASLAV-CS

ASLAV-A

Bushmaster

M1A1(HA)

M88A1 MRV

M109A3

M113AS4

M113/FO

M113A3/Medic

M113 Repair

M978 HEMTT/Fueler

M977 HEMTT/Supply

M1064A3

MRH-90

NZ LAV

Tiger ARH

UAV

Ural-4320/Fueler

Ural-4320/Repair

Ural-4320/Supply

Back story and mission briefs to come.

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Some overall information:

Fictional location: Lower Hunter River with battles in / around NEWCASTLE and perhaps SINGLETON.

Tasking:

1. Recon Battle with AS 1 BDE securing NEWCASTLE whilst screen pushes fwd to control the bridges over the Hunter and secure RAAF WILLIAMTOWN.

2. Concurrent with 1, the clearance of NEWCASTLE by Mech / Mot Inf with Tk spt.

3. Counterattack by Red to re occupy NEWCASTLE (their point of lodgement on the AS mainland and main Log hub) spt by possible reinforcing amphib lodgement vic STOCKTON BEACH (gives the Cav a delay mission).

4. 1 BDE reinforced by elm of 7 BDE, 2 Div (Army Reserve) and NZ CT regain initiative and clear NEWCASTLE once and for all.

Air state: Parity. RAAF assets committed to Strat ME, denying follow on forces crossing the air sea gap. Threat forces limited numbers due to distance, log effort and limited numbers lodged.

Battle sizes: Vary. CT(+) to BG(-). Mention of BDEs to just allow a variety of force selection. Don’t intend to have 1 BDE all on the map, all at once. :)

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Some Notes on ASLAV:

(This doesn’t necessarily reflect current endorsed ADF doctrine for the vehicle’s employment but provides general guidance on how they are currently employed and how this can be replicated in SB Pro PE).

Platform Characteristics

- The ASLAV provides good operational mobility at the cost of some tactical mobility (there are places a wheeled AFV can’t go that a tracked one can, but a wheeled AFV can do a convoy escort or self deploy at 110Kph, whereas a tracked one needs to travel on the back of a truck or railcar).

- In terms of the other parts of the AFV design triangle, the ASLAV has high firepower at the cost of low protection (the light weight helps with the mobility parameter).

- The platform is designed to, if required, use its superior firepower to engage likely threat vehicles (mainly their reconnaissance assets) at a range where they can’t effectively engage the ASLAV. The ASLAV is not protected enough to trade blows with an MBT or most IFV.

- This fits into the usual Australian approach to reconnaissance being reconnaissance by stealth (OPs, etc.) rather than say the US doctrine of aggressive reconnaissance which laid the foundation for the ACR type structure.

- It can certainly be used in raids against logistic nodes or HQs but not to assault a MDP.

Structure:

An Australian Cavalry Regiment consists of:

1 x Regimental HQ (RHQ)

4 x Line or Sabre Squadrons

1 x Operational Support Sqn

The Sabre Sqns provide the cbt power and reconnaissance capability while the Operational Support Sqn provides the major logistic spt elm in the Regt.

Each Sabre Sqn consists of:

1 x Sqn HQ (SHQ)

3 x Sabre TPs

1 x Admin TP

SHQ comprises 6 x ASLAV (2 x ASLAV-25, 4 x ASLAV-PC – to use SB Pro PE terminology)

Each Sabre TP comprises 6 x ASLAV (4 x ASLAV-25, 2 x ASLAV-PC and each ASLAV-PC carries a section of dismounts)

A TP can be employed either as a 6 veh TP or as 2 x “Patrols“ each consisting of (2 x ASLAV-25, 1 x ASLAV-PC and a section of dismounts).

This provides flexibility in being able to cover two tasks with a Patrol each, but a Patrol has less endurance on a task than a TP (but this is beyond the timeframe of most SB Pro PE scenarios).

Admin TP provides the Sqn Officer Commanding (OC) with an integral logistic effort, albeit not as large as the Operational Support Sqn available to the Commanding Officer (CO).

Its structure varies but its probably safe to work on:

1 x ASLAV-25

1 x ASLAV (Amb)

1 x ASLAV recovery vehicle

7 x ASLAV log vehicles / Trucks as available.

Movement.

SHQ

SHQ will often be missing one or both of the ASLAV-25s as the OC and Sqn Sergeant Major (SSM) move around the battlespace personally influencing the battle or moving to / from RHQ, etc.

The remaining four vehicles will normally move as two groups of two vehicles each. One group will remain in location while the other “steps up” to a new location. Once the step up group are in the new location and have established communications with the Sqn and assumed command, the static pair will pack up and move to join the step up group.

In SB Pro PE terms therefore this 6 vehicle grouping would be best represented by:

2 x single ASLAV-25 units

2 x units of ASLAV-PC (each of two vehicles)

Sabre TPs

If moving as a TP then the ASLAV-25s usually take the lead with the PCs in the rear. So a “Two Up” formation would be 2 x ASLAV-25 on the first bound, another 2 x ASLAV-25 on the second bound (behind the first) and the pair of ASLAV-PCs on the third bound in depth.

In SB Pro PE terms this is best represented by two icons:

One of 4 x ASLAV-25

One of 2 x ASLAV-PC

The four ASLAV-25s would normally use “overwatch” or “bounding overwatch” (to use US terms) with the ASLAV-PCs following to the rear.

Replicating this type of movement might require the configuration of:

One of 2 x ASLAV-25 (lead pair)

One of 2 x ASLAV-25 (second pair)

One of 2 x ASLAV-PC (trailing pair)

Creating a single six vehicle icon is possible but then you may find that adopting the “Assault” and “Echelon” type formations could well expose the ASLAV-PCs when normally they are protected by the ASLAV-25s.

Similarly there can be issues with “March” formations where you could end up with the ASLAV-PCs leading instead of being last.

Troop Patrols

If moving as a Patrol then the ASLAV-25s again usually take the lead with the PCs in the rear. So a “Two Up” formation would be 2 x ASLAV-25 on the first bound and the ASLAV-PC on the next bound behind.

The lead pair would still employ mutual support with one vehicle moving (covered by the other) and then reversing the roles. Unlikely for both vehicles to move at once unless the threat was low or time available meant that risk had to be accepted.

In SB Pro PE terms this is best represented by three icons:

One of 1 x ASLAV-25

One of 1 x ASLAV-25

One of 1 x ASLAV-PC

Again creating a single Patrol icon is possible for ease of control but can generate some unexpected results.

Edited by Gibsonm

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General Idea:

Here is a little bit of background reading to set the scene.

Briefing:

Background information for ADF Campaign

For several years some of Australia’s neighbours to its North and North West have expressed interest in its mineral wealth and suggested the formation of a co-operative venture where such resources might be shared amongst the group.

Australia has, for various reasons, declined this invitation and maintained its sovereignty as an independent nation.

Since November of 2010, Australia has suffered an abnormally high number of severe storms and cyclone activity during the “cyclone season”. This has resulted in flooding and damage to civilian infrastructure in Darwin on the North Coast, PORT HEDLAND on the West Coast, and TOWNSVILLE, BRISBANE, Regional New South Wales and even Regional Victoria. These last four being on the Eastern seaboard.

In response to this series of incidents beyond the capacity of Local and State authorities the Federal Government committed Australian Defence Force (ADF) assets to support the damaged civilian infrastructure and to aid the members of these communities.

This is in addition to the ADF’s ongoing commitments to some 22 overseas deployments.

Those who thought Australia should share its abundant natural resources decided that now was the time to strike, bargaining on the ADF being unable to respond and for the Federal Government to be weak in its response due to its need for support from the Independent members to remain in power.

The morning of 28 February, 2011 was fairly normal at RAAF WILLIAMTOWN. On the military side of the shared airfield the FA-18 Sqn was just leaving on a “short hop” deployment to RAAF TINDAL. The neighbours had been warned of the early morning departure and the number of noise complaints were low. The RAAF Air Defence Guards had scheduled a capability demonstration on their newest piece of gear, the Javelin anti armour weapon.

The Base Commander had been warned out about another unusual visitor in the form of an An-124 scheduled to arrive that morning carrying some specialist equipment for the mining industry. He had brought forward the FA-18 Sqn’s departure to de-clutter the airfield with that beast on the ground.

The staff in the control tower noticed the large An-124 blip on their radars but were concerned by a formation of smaller blips preceding it. One of the ADGs quipped about who was doing the remake of “Apocalypse Now“ on STOCKTON beach as the lead Mil 24 Hind loosed off a salvo of rocket and cannon fire at the RAAF base.

RAAF WILLIAMTOWN does not have dedicated air defence capability so apart from some “out of role” Javelin engagements, they could do little to stop the air assault.

Meanwhile in the port itself, two roll on / roll off ships that had arrived the previous day started to disgorge their cargo which in no way matched the manifest of cars and light commercial vehicles.

The Forces Command Duty Officer was initially dismissive when he was rung by the Regular Army Adjutant in an Army Reserve unit based in NEWCASTLE and told “Contact T-80, advancing through the gate” in an excited but calm tone. However he took it more seriously when the crackle of coax fire came over the ‘phone line, rapidly followed by a stream of expletives and the ‘phone being dropped.

Communications with that unit was lost but soon after the issue was confirmed by a stream of Twitter and Facebook entries from civilians in NEWCASTLE and in one case a YouTube video.

Within 4 hours the threat forces had control of NEWCASTLE’s port and the Airport / RAAF WILLIAMTOWN. The largest coal exporting harbour in the world was now in the control of an as yet unidentified foreign power.

Concurrently on the West Coast, threat forces seized and occupied the Iron Ore exporting hub of Port Hedland

Australia’s Response

The Prime Minister and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) met to discuss the situation and both agreed that it was resolved as soon as possible in Australia’s favour.

The Prime Minister contacted the UN and worked the ‘phones, waking up a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. and the principal occupant of 10 Downing Street, London. Both pledged support on the diplomatic front.

CDF advocated a two pronged approach.

In the West to deny the invaders supplies by closing the air-sea gap and to effectively lay siege to PORT HEDLAND. Commanding Officer, 2nd Cavalry Regiment was tasked to provide a land cordon to prevent any possible breakout to the interior. His “Ready Tp” was dispatched by C-17 from RAAF Darwin with the remainder of the two Sqn force deploying by road.

His plan was simple. Block the roads and if the enemy were silly enough to try and make it across the desert, he wasn’t going to get in their way.

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In the East, CDF appreciated that as a large number of Australians were involved and the lodgement was a mere 160Km North of SYDNEY, more kinetic measures would be required to expel the invaders.

The remainder of 1st BDE, (1st Armoured Regiment, 5th and 7th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment, 8/12 Medium Regiment, RAA and a Squadron from 2nd Cavalry Regiment) had their notice to move timings “crashed” with fwd elements leaving that afternoon. However it would be a long move from Darwin to Sydney.

Other units already on a shorter notice to move deployed to the Area of Operations (AO) but their ability to respond rapidly is due in part to their “light” nature and these could merely observe and report while the heavy hitters did their battle procedure and deployed.

Closer to SYDNEY but still involved with flood clean up in BRISBANE, the 7th BDE began re-rolling from defence aid to war fighting.

To the West of NEWCASTLE, staff of the School of Infantry based at SINGLETON (the nearest sizeable Army concentration) began contingency planning to turn part of the training area into a “firm base“ for 1st and 7th BDEs with line of communication links to SYDNEY via the Putty Road. In addition, CO School of Infantry assessed what sort of capability the staff and trainees could create if required.

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Needless to say, I'm there. I look forward to invoking the fabled ANZAC spirit and fighting side by side with our Kiwi brothers in arms to eject the evil oppressors from sacred Australian soil!

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As a member of UK Armour.

I feel duty bound to assist are colonial cousins.

But as the currant C/O of soviet VU.

The Internationale rings in my ears

You have probably scripted the red side Mark.

If not it could be interesting.

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As a member of UK Armour.

I feel duty bound to assist are colonial cousins.

But as the currant C/O of soviet VU.

The Internationale rings in my ears

You have probably scripted the red side Mark.

If not it could be interesting.

Yes it is.

Mainly to avoid the "Marko Charge" tactic. :o

You do not outnumber Blue between 3 to 10:1 here my friend.

But you are welcome to fill a spot on Blue. :)

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I should be able to make it! And that video makes me want to make it!

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Eh, I could stand to a reprise. :biggrin:

Should I take to the Guns?

I'm wondering if red is going to drop off a platoon of air mobile infantry within hailing distance of the entire gun line, again.

"Uh CO/A I have a platoon of enemy infantry here."

"Deal with it."

"Ok, Arty support maybe limited." :sonic:

**A small din later and a sizable portion of Aus having been explosively relocated.** :nuke:

"Infantry dealt with."

Ah, that was funny. :biggrin:

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Yes it is.

Mainly to avoid the "Marko Charge" tactic. :o

You do not outnumber Blue 3 to 10:1 here my friend.

Fair enough.

Good luck with the project Gibsonm.

But for future reference the Marko charge is not are only tactic.

We have spent The last few months training using the correct soviet doctrine.

Were not quite there yet.But when we are ready all we have to do is find a VU

With the balls to meet us on the battlefield. LoL

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i would be in, but this time I´d like to have a M1 or at least an ASLAV-25 (also likely as a plt ldr).

Last LNoT was a bit "futzelig" (means a lot of small vehicles to manage) for me as XO :)

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Well in general terms the missions have either one or the other or both so you should be fine (even some NZ LAVs in Mission #4).

I'm sure we can get you a Troop Leader spot (Platoon Commanders tend to be Infantry types who get out and walk a lot). :)

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"Each Sabre TP comprises 6 x ASLAV (4 x ASLAV25, 2 x ASLAVPC and each ASLAVPC carries a section of dismounts). A TP can be employed either as a 6 veh TP or as 2 x “Patrols“ each consisting of (2 x ASLAV25, 1 x ASLAVPC and a section of dismounts)."

So it looks as if the Tp Ldr runs one of the patrols as well as controlling the tp. Can the two PCs be held back and grouped for separate, short taskings as something like an "infantry pl (-)?" This depends on weapons, comms and integral admin, to be sure. This org has quite a bit of flexibility from the look of it.

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Not really.

1 x 6 or 2 x 3 (TP Ldr with one, TP Sgt the other) is the "norm".

3 x 2 not so much unless it was very specific / very short endurance (hard to run an OP for say 72 hours with 6 crewman).

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And you have my axe! Ohh wait sorry wrong game.. well im in anyways, maybe if you nead a extra OPFOR?

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And my sword, I should be able to cause mayhem for the other team by then : ) rather than my team.

Tracer

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And you have my axe! Ohh wait sorry wrong game.. well im in anyways, maybe if you nead a extra OPFOR?

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Thanks but vacancies on Blue side only I afraid.

Red is fully scripted with Decision Points and Most Dangerous / Most Likely Courses of Action, etc. (if you know what these terms mean :)) already done by a friend of mine who is a tactics instructor at School of Infantry at SINGLETON.

But there are plenty of trees, Gimli, son of Glóin and mines all around. :)

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already done by a friend of mine who is a tactics instructor at School of Infantry at SINGLETON.

But there are plenty of trees, Gimli, son of Glóin and mines all around. :)

First part sounds good, interesting and challenging :)

Just want to drive something armoured and k...ehrm... ommand successful *cough*

But where the hell do all those mines in Australia come from?! :eek2: :biggrin:

PS: Will there be a kind of staffing list for the missions?

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First part sounds good, interesting and challenging :)

Just want to drive something armoured and k...ehrm... ommand successful *cough*

But where the hell do all those mines in Australia come from?! :eek2: :biggrin:

PS: Will there be a kind of staffing list for the missions?

Well they mine the coal (either open cut - big hole, or underground - tunnels) to get it to NEWCASTLE.

That's why we are now in the situation where:

"The largest coal exporting harbour in the world was now in the control of an as yet unidentified foreign power." (glad you read the brief :)).

Yes I'll put up a staffing list for positions at or about PL Commander but no point in doing that until the scenarios are locked down (already thinking of adding some stuff to Mission 1 so there are enough varied command positions to go around). :)

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G'day Mark, I'm in, date has been scribed onto the calender, just have to remember to stock up the beer fridge the night before. :biggrin:

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