1311Free Fire Zone: Winning the War on Terrorism One First Down at a Time

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On Tuesday afternoon Chernarus 10th Separate Tank Brigade recon staff issued a warning order that a large rebel armor force would attempt to drive to a crossroads just two kilometers north of Klein Malchau.

The BRDM scout car element of the task force assigned to meet the force arrived in the area of operation first, encountering and destroying a small rebel rifle force and a pair of technicals. The scout car crew was forced to abandon their vehicle and await rescue after their commander and gunner were hit by gunfire.

The rest of the task force arrived under fire by enemy technicals and rifle groups. In the early going rebel scout cars and technicals retreated to Jarlitz under constant tank gun fire. One enemy BMP attempted to penetrate the ad hoc cordon set up by friendly forces, but was destroyed.

The task force commander ordered his tanks forward 400 meters, the better to shorten the range when rebel forces emerged from Jarlitz. Rebel forces then struck with at least two tanks, one BMP-2 and two BRDM scout cars.
v The task force lost four tanks within five minutes forcing the task force to retreat.

Losses were heavy. Command squad lost five, 2nd squad lost three and their BTR, and 3rd squad lost one. One reinforcing rifle squad lost six and their BTR. All four tanks were destroyed.

Brigade recon staff now expects rebels to begin pouring their forces into southern Rosche.

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