Combat Summary, December 18th, 2020 subject logo: MILGAM
2020-12-19
Posted by: badanov

From: Chernarus Coastal Operations Group
Subject: Weekly Summary of Combat Operations, from December 11th to December 17th, Inclusive.

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The tempo of combat operations continued at a faster pace.

Chernarus Defense Forces, Air Forces and Naval Forces have engaged in three separate operations against separatist forces in two regions.

1) Early Friday morning, an order went out to 2nd Bn, Chernarus 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade for a quickly assembled task force to relieve friendly troops in Ribbensdorf in Werferlingen.

Brigade operations staff previously had ordered a small rifle force to town to perform "courtesy patrols" in the wake of the local constabulary deserting to the separatists. The detachment commander requested to be evacuated after he found separatist troops massing for an attack.

In a relief mission the usual road march formations are dispensed with, so that as many mobile troops can be moved to the area of operation as quickly as possible. In this mission, the two T-72s made it to town first.

Relieving forces were damaged from the outset, with 3rd squad being nearly destroyed in a traffic accident. The three remaining squad members were boarded aboard 2nd squad and moved into town. Command squad crossed the river next to the bridge which was rendering unusable because of the wreckage, and resumed their trek to the north.

The destruction of 2nd squad also forced the commander to reroute the trucks dedicated to transporting the relieved troops to safety.

Suddenly just south of Hodingen, an enemy BRDM scout car appeared. driving hard for command squad. After ordering his squad to dismount, an RPG gunner fire at the BRDM at point blank range, destroying it with the resulting explosion destroying the squad BTR and five effectives, including the commander.

By this time reports were coming in that two enemy tanks had entered Ribbensdorf, but they were destroyed by the relieving force tanks. The evacuation trucks arrived at this same time. One of the remnant squads were boarded about a truck.

The other squad was cut down to just the team leader, which commander found and folded him into his squad. The commander was then relieved of overall command of the operations. Commander of 2nd squad took over.

The two trucks made it to their rendezvous point, so the commander ordered the rest of the force to retreat east to Behnsdorf.

Casualties were very heavy. The relieving force lost two BTRs and 13 effectives. The relieved force lost 17 effectives. The two technicals in town were abandoned.

2) Late Friday night elements of 1st Bn, Chernarus 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade were ordered to Rhode in Werferlingen, to relieve troops there.

Two squads and two technicals had been sent to the general area to perform a recon mission when they discovered a large rebel force approaching the Rhode. Battalion operations staff ordered the assembly of a relief task force to aid the stranded infantry group.

Relief operations entail dispensing with the normal road march order. Mobile troops are moved as fast as they can go to the area to aid the troops in trouble.
v The two tanks and two BRDM scout cars arrived first. Until that point the stranded rifle team was suffering severe losses. The group also lost both technicals to enemy fire. When the rifle section of the taskforce arrived, the situation in town was well in hand.

The rifles began mopping up the town of enemy forces. Command squad located and destroyed a BRDM which penetrated into town. Later, as the transport trucks arrived for the stranded forces, a T-55 tank attempted to enter town.

Tank 2 moved up, located and destroyed the tank. The task force held their position until the order came down to retreat. The command ordered the task force to pull back to Ahmstorf to the east and await further orders.

Losses up to this point were light for the task force with only one effective from 2nd squad lost. As command squad made its way back to the forward zone, halfway between Rennau and Barmke, it encountered an enemy armor block consisting of one T-55 and one BMP-1.

The command attempted to destroy the vehicles using the squad's RPG gunners, then ordered a large artillery strike on the position. The command ordered his squad to retreat back 200 more meters. He was caught in the resulting impact zone and was killed.

The second in command ordered the last remaining tank in the forward zone to move up and engage the enemy armor. That tank was lost to enemy armor counterfire. The commander then ordered a BMP-2 from the forward zone to engage and destroy the enemy armor.

The enemy crew bailed out, so the command attacked the position, killing all six crew. The command set to destroy the vehicles with explosives.

Command squad in toto lost five in this engagement.

3) A rifle group assembled from 1st Bn, Chernarus 4th Separate Light Rifle Brigade was ordered to attack Orlovets in Chernarus Saturday afternoon.

Brigade recon staff discovered a separatist force took over the village that morning and already had emplaced three ZU-23/2 AA guns. It was apparent the separatists were planning to hold Orlovets.

4th Separate Light Rifle Brigade attacked Orlovets last November 9th, 2020 but the operation was aborted due to casualties.

A CDF SU-25 ground interdiction fighter was tasked to cover the operation, and was ordered to destroy the ZU-23s. It was shot down by its third pass. The pilot managed to bailout safely south of Orlovets. He was escorted back to base.

The tactical plan was for 2nd and 3rd squads to attack directly from the south, avoiding fire from the AA emplacements, while command squad and both BRDMs penetrated the village defenses from the southwest and west.

The plan worked, so the rifle group quickly overwhelmed separatist defenses. Command squad and the two BRDMs continued to penetrate east, clearing out enemy forces holding buildings.

Commander was pushing to locate Klement Tinaj and Kristina Levieva, a criminal command group. Riflemen from 2nd squad killed both. Levieva, attempted to exit the building she was staying, but was cut down by CDF rifle fire.

The commander grabbed documents Levieva was known to be holding.

After the village was clear, commander moved his squad to the west and prepared for enemy mobile forces to enter the area. A T-34/85 tank did enter the area, but was destroyed by command squad RPG gunners.

3rd squad, which suffered six dead, was ordered out under covering fire from command squad. An enemy BTR-80A entered the area from the west, as did an enemy BMP-1 from the east. The rifle task force did not have sufficient firepower to destroy enemy armor.

3d squad was caught by the BTR and destroyed, while 2nd squad was frozen in place and refused to leave. Command folded 2nd squad into the command squad, by which time it was too late.

By the time command squad ordered a retreat no fewer than five separatist armor vehicles were in town. Command ordered his squad to go prone and crawl quietly out of town.

Losses were very heavy. One SU-25 ground interdiction fighter was shot down with the pilot surviving. 2nd squad was wiped; only the commander remained, and he was frozen in place and abandoned.

4) Thursday afternoon, elements of 2nd Bn, Chernarus 4th Separate Light Rifle Brigade were ordered to attack Myshkino in Chernarus.

Brigade recon staff had established that Myshkino was taken over by separatist troops after intercepting a number of social media posts.

The tactical plan was for two BRDM scout cars to attack west along the road leading into Myshkino, while the infantry group attacked from the south.

Before they got to their positions, 2nd squad was attacked by a foot patrol, and lost two in the firefight. An SU-25 ground interdiction aircraft was shot down over Myshkino.

Command squad was caught by separatist artillery and wiped out, except for the commander. When word filtered in the two criminal operatives commanding the takeover, Enver Hoxja and Larissa Rulin were dead, the commander, now commanding 3rd squad, entered town and began to search the area for Rulin.

Neither Hoxja nor Rulin's dead bodies could be found. The commander ordered a retreat, when separatist shooters arrived from the north. 3rd squad was cut down in half by rebel gunfire. Commander attempted to engage the enemy infantry with artillery, but by then, ammunition was running low.

Overall the mission was a success but at a high cost. Command squad lost nine, while 2nd squad lost three. 3rd squad lost six. The pilot of the shot down SU-25 rendezvoused with one of the scour cars, and was evacuated back to headquarters.

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