|Combat Summary, September 25th, 2020|
From: Chernarus Coastal Operations Group
Subject: Weekly Summary of Combat Operations, from September 18th to September 24th Inclusive.
The tempo of combat operations continued at apace.
Chernarus Defense Forces, Air Forces and Naval Forces have engaged in five separate operations against rebel forces in two regions.
1) An armored task force was assembled from elements of 1st Bn, Chernarus 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade, based on intelligence rebel forces would attempt to take over the town of Gross Steinum in Werferlingen late Friday afternoon.
According to the mission briefing battalion recon staff based their estimates on radio and email intercepts. Recon staff also said the task force need only to cover the roads leading into town.
After a road march the task force entered Gross Steinum with tanks covering the east west road into town. Motorized rifle units deployed in anticipation of infantry attacks from the northwest and northeast.
Command squad fought off two enemy rifle probes, one from the northwest and one from the southwest. Command squad at that point lost only two in the firefights.
As the order to retreat from town came down, enemy armor struck from the northwest, a force which included three BMP-2s and a T-34/85 tank. The BMPs wiped out half of the remaining command squad. Tanks were called in from the east to hunt down the BMPs.
CDF tanks destroyed two BMPs, while command squad killed the tank with an RPG shot. Command squad's BTR suffered engine damage and was unable to move, so the acting commander, the original commander who by this time was dead, ordered a repair truck in to the BTR location.
Two reinforcing BTR squads also were ordered to take up positions south of town. After the repair truck was destroyed by enemy forces, the commander ordered it abandoned, and proceeded south to rendezvous with one of the reinforcing BTR squads.
Losses were moderate. Both SU-25 ground interdiction aircraft were shot down with the loss of air crews. One CDF tank was destroyed and a BTR was abandoned. The remaining task force was able to retreat back to base in good order.
2) Battalion operations staff, 1st Bn, Chernarus 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade discovered that rebel forces had entered south Werferlingen early Sunday morning and were just preparing to conduct a security sweep.
The task force assembled marched to the city quickly to begun its attack. Originally the plan was for the force to launch deep probes by turning the rebels' likely western flank, while command squad supported by a tank penetrated their security zone.
The targets were Jovan Duka, and Ana Senicar, both experienced rebel combat commanders.
Resistance in the area around the rebel commanders' hideout was light, so command squad found and eliminated them quickly. The commander also launched an artillery mission against rebel supply trucks, successfully destroying them.
In the retreat that followed the successful conclusion of the operation, 2nd squad became pinned down by rebel rifle, then by fire from an SPG-9 technical. Command squad was almost destroyed by an enemy RPG shot, which glanced off the BTR, killing the medic.
Command squad retreated to their original start point, ordering the rest of the task force to retreat south. Finding that 2nd squad could not move, commander launched an ad hoc sub operation intended to shake 2nd squad's attackers loose, enabling them to retreat south.
The commander was killed while defending his position and while attempting to reach 2nd squad commander.
Losses were light. 3rd squad lost its BTR, as did 2nd squad, with both squads each losing two. Command squad lost two including the commander. 3) Early Monday morning a CDF special operations team detached from a special forces group with 2nd Army Corps, was sent to Karabatovo in Beketov to eliminate two rebel operatives.
The force accompanying the rebel operatives entered town early the evening before and began looting residences and businesses, as well detaining anyone suspected of being pro government.
With air cover provided by an army MI-24, the team entered town and began the hunt for the two operatives, Ferid Murad and Tika Xhukici.
The two were eliminated along with their security staff. The commander seized intel documents from the dead body of Xhukici.
Then a hunt was mounted by the team commander which eventually found the four man hit squad northwest of town, killing them all.
The commander was killed during the firefight along with the team sniper, so the remainder of the team evacuated back to base.
4) In Werferlingen early Tuesday morning, recon staff of 3rd Bn, Chernarus 33rd Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade issued a warning order about a possible rebel move towards Rennau.
A task force was assembled and ordered to Rennau to take up positions and await the arrival of rebel forces.
Command squad occupying the main north south road fought off an infantry attack using artillery and direct rifle fire. 3rd squad situated in the east defeated two rebel light technicals.
Then rebel armor attacked just across the river to the north. One BMP-1 was defeated by artillery fire, while a second BMP was destroyed by tank gun fire. A T-34/85 tank crossed the river, but was overturned and the crew abandoned their vehicle.
A BMP-2 fired on one of the tanks, damaging the turret, and forcing the vehicle out of the fight.
Friendly reinforcements arrived, with the tank element ordered to cover the river crossing. A BMP-2 appeared on the bridge, and a T-55 appeared just north of the river. After several shots, the the T-72 was rendered inoperable with only the commander surviving.
The task force commander ordered a smoke artillery mission to cover the tank commander as he bailed out and returned to Rennau. A BRDM scout car picked up the tank commander.
Casualties were very light. 2nd sqaud lost two and 3rd squad lost five. One tank suffered a fire control hit and was withdrawn, while a second tank was abandoned in the field. One of the Su-25 ground interdiction fighters was shot down, with the loss of the pilot.
5) Wednesday evening a mobile rifle\tank group was sent to Schwanefeld in Weferlingen to clear the town of rebel forces which entered that morning.
The plan was to attack from the east with two tanks and 2nd and 3rd squads, and from the southwest across the river with command squad.
Command squad successfully destroyed an enemy technical, but the commander was killed clearing out a building nearby. The operation was abandoned.