Weekly Combat Summary for February 3rd, 2023 subject logo: MILGAM
Posted by: badanov

From: Chernarus Coastal Operations Group
Subject: Weekly Summary of Combat Operations, from January 27th, 2023, to February 2nd, 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 five regions.

1) Parts of 1st Bn, Chernarus 17th Separate Mechanized Cavalry Regiment was ordered to conduct a wide area offensive campaign in Zagorsk Friday.

The main objective was a walled compound at Manikhino, in the east. The task force deployed there in a semi circle. A set of supply trucks left by the enmey was deployed.

After several minutes, the compound was secured. As commander was preparing to go to the next object, Radizhiznoye, the offensive was called off.

Casualties were light. Command squad and 2nd squad each lost two.

2) 1st Bn, Chernarus 10th Separate Tank Brigade sent a task force to conduct wide area offensive operations in Rosche Saturday. Among the locales to be defended was Klein Pritzier and Wellendorf.

Separatists and affiliated forces were expected to make a stab for these locations, so commanded ordered the task force to meet them there.

At Klein Pritzier, even as command squad and the tanks were preparing a defense, 2nd BTR Squad fought off a group of enemy infantry on the east side of town.

The enemy made several infantry attacks on the east side, but several more attacks were made with vehicles including gunships. In the ensuing fighting, enemy vehicles never came closer than 500 meters before being destroyed.

Once Klein Pritzier was secured, command squad advanced along a road towards Wellendorf from the southeast. 2nd squad and one tank and one BRDM were left in Klein Pritzier as command squad marched forward.

In Wellendorf, command squad encountered a BRDM scout car. Tank 1 was sent forward to destroy the scout car. When command squad was about to enter town, a pair of heavy machine gun technicals appeared.

Before Tank 1 could destroy them, command squad lost eight. Commander ended the operation and returned to base.

Casualties were high. Command squad lost eight, while 2nd squad lost two. Field counts of enemy losses included five BRDMs, two MI-8 gunships, and two T-34/85 tanks.

3) On Sunday, 1st Bn, 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade was rushed to Grasleben after brigade operations staff issued a warning order that separatist forces would attempt to take over the town.

Soon after arriving, the task force was attacked in the east by infantry and from the north by technicals and scout cars. The enemy also attacked with Mi-8 gunships.

Before Graslaben could be secured, command ordered the task force to attack and clear a location about two kilometers to the northeast. Commander left 3d squad in Graslaben, and brought Tank 1 and 2nd Squad forward.

Advancing in the open, after defeating a Spanish speaking militia squad, command squad moved towards the new objective. Tank 1 was ordered forward to fight off an enemy BRDM. An enemy BTR-80A appeared, defeating the tank.

Commander ordered command squad BTR to withdraw slowly into cover, but before that could happen, the enemy BTR targeted the BTR and destroyed it, killing the commander.

Although losses, but for command squad, were light, commander called off the operation and withdrew back to the forward zone.

4) Later that same Sunday, 1st Bn, 13th Separate Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade was ordered back to Graslaben this time with instructions to clear Grasleben of separatist troops occupying it.

The tactical plan was for Scout 1 to cover the west side of town, while Scout 2 drives up the easternmost road. Tank 1 was to move to the main north-south road, while Tank 2 moves to the city center.

3rd squad covered a western arc of the city while 3rd squad covered the east. Command squad was to move to the northern outskirts to cover the north and northeast.

The operations to clear south Grasleben went quickly with minimal casualties. Commander located the dead bodies of the two criminal command operatives and separated intel material from them.

When the withdraw order was issued commander went to the location of three prisoners held by the separatists. Though they still were blindfolded, two of them, one male and one female, ran away.

The retreat from town continued. When it was almost complete commander became aware that Tank 1 had thrown a track. Commander sent for a repair truck, and reentered Grasleben, despite the fact most of the task force had left.

Commander never retrieved the tank, but instead ordered the crew to bail. A separatist tank appeared and blocked command squad, and steadily eliminated most of the squad.

Losses were moderate. Command squad lost five. Scout 1 suffered a crew hit. Tank 1 was abandoned.

5) On Tuesday during a winter storm near Mesia in Summa at the forward zone for 1st Bn, Chernarus 24th Separate Light Mountain Brigade was attacked by separatist troops.

The enemy fired an opening artillery barrage which lasted 14 minutes, and which destroyed command rifle squad and all of 2nd squad, save for one unit.

3rd squad commander took overall command, and for three hours held off numerous enemy attacks from infantry and technicals.

1st Bn, is a backwater of the war which doesn't get much in the way of resources. Brigade operations staff did scrape together one tank and one technical as relief forces.

1st Bn had an artillery section consisting of two 122mm towed howitzers. The artillery barrage destroyed the radios that enabled fire support. As it was, the fighting taking place was much too close to allow for artillery.

Casualties for the remaining forces were moderate, with a loss of three. Enemy casualties included five technicals, and many infantry.

6) On Wednesday morning, 1st Bn, Chernarus 4th Separate Light Mountain Brigade was ordered to attack and clear the locale of Kumyrna in Chernarus.

The attack plan was for 2nd squad and 3rd squad to attack from the southeast, while command squad would attack from the southwest. A friendly counterbattery unit destroyed enemy artillery before it could do much damage.

The enemy had deployed a 23mm AA battery, which fired on 2nd and 3rd squad as they approached. Commander ordered them to retreat, while his squad would attack. A gunship made a run at the position but was shot down.

As 2nd and 3rd squad retreated to safety, command squad continued its attack, running into a local militia group. Command squad swept them aside, and got into range to destroy the artillery battery.

Commander, knowing an enemy counterattack was imminent, withdrew back to a location near the enemy built bunker, fighting off enemy infantry attacks.

Commander retreated back south of the road into the ruins of Kumyrna when the pressure became too great, and held his ground.

A total accumulation of eight enemy techncials arrived along wqith enemy infantry, forcing the remnants of the task force, now down to two to withdraw.

Commander with the aid of Scout 1, located a downed Su-25 pilot, then escorted him to the forward zone.

Casualties were catastrophic.

7) Also on Wednesday, operations staff for 1st Bn, Chernarus 4th Separate Lght Mountain Rifle Brigade ordered a task force to Staroye in Chernarus after it was discovered enemy forces were heading to the village to take it over.

Before commander could get his forces into position for the attack, Scout 2 was destroyed in an ambush of a separatist patrol while enroute to Staroye.

The defensive plan was for the three rifle squads to deploy on a broad front in a straight line facing to the northeast.

Enemy attacks began almost instantly as the enemy tried to force a wedge between command squad in the middle and 2d squad to the east. Rifle fire was very intense as the defenders fought off separatist troops.

The enemy also made several attacks using techncials, which hit the deployment from the east. RPG and small arms fire accounted for the destruction of those vehicles.

By the time the orders to retreat was issued, enemy attacks had taken their toll. Command squad lost six, while 2nd squad lost seven. 3rd squad was untouched.

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8) After receiving a warning order from brigade operations staff, 1st Bn, Chernarus 24th Separate Light Mountain Rifle Brigade marched on an area to the northeast of Summa to intercept a separatist force marching to take over.

The march took near 45 minutes. During that time the task force, mainly 2nd squad and 3rd squad engaged two enemy night patrols. The firefights were heavy and lengthy, but eventually, the patrols were driven off.

At the area, the task force suffered several rifle attacks, especially from the northeast and from the west, from where enemy vehicles were appearing. After 45 minutes, the commander received the order to withdraw.

For a meeting engagement, casualties were light. Each rifle squad lost two, not including the two reinforcing squads. Scout 2 was hit and destroyed with an RPG shot.

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