Weekly Combat Summary for January 27th, 2023 subject logo: MILGAM
Posted by: badanov

From: Chernarus Coastal Operations Group
Subject: Weekly Summary of Combat Operations, from January 20th, 2023, to January 26th, 2023 Inclusive.

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The tempo of combat operations continued at an accelerated pace.

Chernarus Defense, Naval and air forces have engaged in eight operations in four regions.

1) Parts of 4th Bn, Chernarus 7th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade launched a wide area operation in Leskovets, with the task of clearing three locales of separatist troops.

The tactical plan was for Scout 1 BRDM scout car, Scout 2 and Tank 1 to attack from the southeast, in coordination with command squad with Tank 2 and Tank 3, attacking from the south.

Initial contact included Russian naval infantry specops and local militia. Losses began to mount as command squad penetrated the defensive zone set up by the separatists.

Counterattacks were nearly constant as command squad drove from south to north. Once the town was cleared, 2nd squad was ordered to set up a defense against incoming enemy reinforcements.

Command squad was down to eight as their attack on the second objective, the town of Slatina, began. Command squad attacked from the southwest with support of tanks.

Enemy counterfire was very heavy as command squad drove into town, clearing it of enemy forces. The task force commander was killed.

After Slatina fell, commander launched a separate mission to recover the two Su-25 pilots shot down. The pilots received medical attention before climbing aboard a BRDM.

Losses infantry were heavy, forcing the commander to call off the remainder of the operation. 2nd squad was wiped out, command squad lost four. Both gunships were shot down, as well as the Su-25s.

2) A task force assembled from elements of 3rd Bn, Chernarus 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade received orders to launch an attack on Ribbenstedt in Werferlingen Sunday night.

Included in their instructions were orders to eliminate a pair of criminal command operatives who led the takeover of town, Zoran Todorovic and Olesa Nura. Local agents also arranged for a dead drop of stolen documents.

Ribbenstedt sits astride a river, so the tactical plan was for the entire task force to attack from the south on the east side of town while Tank 1 would attack north from the west side.

Led by Tank 2, the attacking infantry closed in on the southern edge of town quickly, sweeping resistance aside. Command squad took the north side of town and swept across town until the commander came to the house where the operatives were.

Commander eliminated Nura and took documents and a phone from her. Todorovic already was dead, so commander seized documents from his person as well.

By the time commander located the dead drop documents, enemy counterattacks were in full swing. The enemy was trying to cut its way into town from the north, as command squad and second squad defended.

At one point an enemy T-34/85 tank entered town, but was destroyed by infantry RPG gunners. While even more attacks were coming, commander ordered the retreat.

Losses were moderate with 2nd squad losing seven, and command squad losing two. The BRDM scout car suffered a total crew hit.

Field counts of enemy losses included a T-34/85 tank and a technical.

3) A separate task force from 3rd Bn, 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade, received warning orders from battalion operations staff about an impending enemy attack on Eschenrode in Werferlingen.

Eschenrode is about half a kilometer south of a river and is relatively easy to defend. Commander arranged his forces on a semi circle facing north, 3rd squad and Scout 1 on the east side, and 3rd squad with both tanks on the west.

A Wagner operated gunship attacked the deployment in town, killing the commander and one other.

Some infantry attacks from the north took place, but they fell into the area of 3rd squad. As night was falling, battalion command issued new orders for the task force to advance to the river bank from the south.

Then, for nearly 45 minutes, command squad and 2nd squad fought off enemy infantry attacks from across the river to the north, while the tanks fought off enemy armor coming from the west.

When friendly reinforcements arrive, commander was forced to strip the eastern deployment of Reinforcing Tank 1, and move it west to bolster the armor line.

Similarly, Reinforcing Squad 1 was moved from its position from the east side of Eschenrode to the west side, after Tank 1 was destroyed in a tank gunfight. When orders to withdraw were issued, commander already was drawing his infantry back from the river line.

Losses were high. Three of four BTRs were destroyed by tank gunfire. Second squad lost eight, plus its BTR, while Reinforcing Squad 1 lost five, plus its BTR. Command squad lost four and its BTR.

Field counts of enemy losses included one T-34/85 and two T-55s.

4) A Chernarus Naval Forces task force from assembled from parts of 1st Bn, Chernarus 2nd Naval Infantry Brigade landed on the southern coast of Armavir with the task of clearing an inland area of separatist affiliated troops.

The task force after landing, formed a solid line heading north northeast until it made contact with enemy patrols. The firefights ensuing were very intense, as it seemed the entire enemy deployment was converging on the task force.

After several minutes the enemy was driven back. Commander found two criminal operatives dead, and stripped them of intelligence matter, before ordering the retreat.

The task force reached the coast a few minutes later as 2nd squad acted as rear guard before retreating with the rest of the task force.

Casualties were moderate, with 2nd squad losing eight, and 4th squad losing two. Command squad lost two.

5) A few hours later a second task force from 1st Bn, Chernarus 2nd Naval Infantry Brigade was ordered to attack and clear the locale of Udarnyy.

Udarnyy sits on the coast, so a decision was made to land a few hundred meters to the west where the units could take advantage of adequate cover.

Command squad, being the lead element, encountered a PK machine gun technical. The task force commander, after requesting several naval artillery missions and failing to destroy the technical, was himself killed by the technical.

The attack continued. The new commander approached a western wall, and breached it using explosives. The search for the hideout of the enemy command operatives began, and ended when the commander found the female minder.

By this time enemy reinforcements coming from the north started to arrive. Command, 2nd and 3rd squad were being hit by a heavy machine gun technical. 4th squad was ordered to the north to delay the enemy reinforcements.

Naval artillery by this time was unavailable, and despite numerous attempts to destroy the heavy machine gun technical, the commander ordered a retreat back to the boats.

The retreat was very chaotic. Command and 2nds quad made it back to the boats in relative safety. 3rd squad lost about half its squad in their fighting retreat.

Casualties were heavy. Command squad lost seven, while 2nd squad lost five. 3rd squad lost eight. 4th squad was wiped out.

6) The following day, another task force assembled from 1st Bn, Chernarus 2nd Naval Infantry Brigade was ordered to attack and clear the town of Uspenskoye in Armavir.

This was a nocturnal operation, in which the task force landed on the southern coast and marched northward to the objective.

The tactical plan was for all four squads to attack on a broad front, but when the task force arrived, it became clear the force was to be divided in two, to take advantage of the terrain.

3rd squad and 4th squad made contact first, pushing into town from the east, while command squad and 2nd squad did the same from the east. The town was cleared quickly as the two groups converged in the middle.

As commander was approaching a location where a technical was located, he was killed. Second in command, after receiving orders to retreat, ordered the rest of the task force to withdraw.

As enemy reinforcements arrived in town, 3rd squad and 4th squad had the hardest time retreating safely. When an enemy tank arrived, it cut down both squads.

The operation was successful in that the town was cleared before arrival of enemy forces, and the commander seized documents and a cell phone from the dead body of a female operative.

Casualties were very heavy. 4th squad was wiped out, while 3rd squad was cut down to three. 2nd squad lost four and command squad lost one.

7) A Chernarus Naval Forces special operations team inserted by motorized boat on the northern coast of Altis with orders to identify a criminal command operative said to be at a location.

After a short overland march, the team settled in while the team's electronic expert performed his tasks of intercepting electronic signals. When the two Hellenic Air Force bombers arrived, they went to work eliminating vehicles.

The commander was killed by one of the aircraft. The second in command, having been discovered, started to clear the compound, eventually eliminating the command operative and his female minder.

After commander seized intelligence data from the dead bodies of both the operatives, the team underwent a counterattack from the north and from four Russian speaking contractors. The team medic and sapper, as well as the electronic expert were killed.

The remnants of the team made it back to the ship.

8) Later that morning, another Chernarus Naval Forces special operations team was sent out to Ifestonia in Altis, with instructions to extract a pair of friendly operatives who were hiding out.

According to naval intelligence, the operatives were found out, but managed to escape and make it by car as far as Ifestonia, where they used a burner phone to contact help.

After landing by motorized rubber boat, the team marched inland, but then ran into an enemy patrol. The team eliminated the six man patrol before continuing its trek to Ifestonia.

Overlooking Ifestonia, the two Hellenic Air Force fighter bombers attacked the two vehicles parked there, and after making several runs, destroyed them both.

The team moved in to the village, made contact with the operatives, and escorted them to the northern coast where a navy assault transport boat was waiting for them.

The team then returned to ship safely.

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