Meeting Engagement near Ratzlingen in Rosche, August 6th, 2020 subject logo: MILGAM
Posted by: badanov

On Thursday night a combined arms force from 4th Bn, Chernarus 10th Separate Tank Brigade received a warning order from brigade command staff that a large rebel armor force was heading towards Ratzlingen in Rosche.

The main force formation initially encountered two enemy spearheads, one a technicals group which hit the logistical tail a half kilometer west of Wellendorf, and an enemy rifle group two kilometers south of Ratzlingen. The technical attack essentially blocked the main supply route for CDF forces.

Rebel armor struck friendly positions in Ratzlingen hard, and initially were stopped. However, several enemy BMPs and tanks penetrated the cordon setup by the CDF force. During these attacks, the force commander was killed.

At that time, appearing all control had been lost in the situation, the force second in command requested and received orders to abandon the objective.

Since rebel armor had penetrated the defensive perimeter, it was assumed the task force was surrounded. The technical attack was thought to be a prelude to a large attack to come from the east.

When reinforcements (which originally were ordered to help in Ratzlingen) arrived, the remnants of the CDF force began their retreat south. The reinforcements helped break the technicals block before pushing on to the area of operation.

Casualties were heavy. Command squad lost five and its BTR, 2nd squad lost one and 3rd squad lost five and its BTR. Additionally, one tank was destroyed and another abandoned because of a mobility hit. The crew was rescued by the remaining tank for transport out of Ratzlingen.

When reinforcements arrived, the commander launched a separate operation to recover command squads BTR and a tank.

Field reports say the rebels lost two MBTs and four BMPs.

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