“Pravda Reports!: What a Tangled Web We Weave...
“The situation was resolved in northern Spain rather quickly, the French brigade that mistakenly crossed the Spanish border were approached by civil authorities and withdrew in short order. Because there is nothing humorous or light in war, nothing more will be said about the situation.
“Early this morning, the Republicans were caught by surprise as radar detected a small Spanish naval contingent making for a resupply column. Tracking them closely, the FREEN was able to ascertain that they were minelayers, not attack boats. Long-range missiles made short work of them, but thankfully for the Republicans, it did not impede the resupply and reinforcement of the southern position as they offloaded another motor rifle division to shore up defenses. In the early hours of the morning, the Spanish once again launched a massive counter-attack on the FREE forces in southern Spain. Confident in their intelligence from the abortive attack the day before, they allocated forces appropriately. In the 18 division counter-thrust*, the Spanish made good progress southward with the help of a healthy contingent of armored forces numbering about 800 tanks**, but were suddenly concerned with developments. Mines, well-prepared defenses, and thick CAS made progress costly. Resistance was being met in places where they weren't expected, and the force allocation strategy was beginning to come apart at the seams as light forces which were expected to meet light resistance met stiff and strong resistance instead. Heavy forces were meeting very light resistance, but the forces which were held up were causing yawning gaps in the line, and causing dangerous salients. 8 miles were gained in the first few hours of assault, but that was deceptive. Forces had to be rearranged and redeployed in order to shore up the front and get it going again. However, the FREE was not idle in this lull, and constantly harassed the flanks of the Spanish, and actually cut off a section of 1,300 Spanish forces in a pocket. The FREE was able to do this by developing superior interior lines that allowed swift redeployment and redistribution of forces, in fact it had been the cause of the intelligence failure on the Spanish part when the attack began. Just as the Spanish were regrouping, dozens of missiles flashed through the sky and slammed into the Spanish lines. The Spanish once again pushed forward at about mid-afternoon and despite superior firepower on the FREE side, made steady progress for another 4 miles. The Republicans, at least on paper, were outnumbered almost 2.5:1, but superiority in layers began to manifest itself with good supporting fire from the navy and from overhead, and superior firepower and armor on the ground. A perfect picture of Hades was painted on the front lines where vicious firefights ensued in quarters sometimes less than 10 yards distant, artillery and counter-battery fire rained from the skies, cluster munitions showered the Spanish positions with death flowers blossoming everywhere, and naval fire took entire squads of men from the earth in a mere moment's time.
“However, a strange show played out in the FREE headquarters, despite dismal reports from the front lines in Spain, no one in the FREE command seemed particularly alarmed. Reports show that about 1:45 pm, units began melting away from the front on the Spanish side, and the attack began to run out of steam, stalling in most places and only making small local gains. The reason for this shift of forces soon became clear as FREE maps lit up with blue units closing on the western shores of Portugal. A Gettysburg-class carrier group launched a surprise and relatively unopposed amphibious landing with the support of three FREE divisions and more hardware than could be confirmed. Within hours the landings had secured a beachhead, and split up into three arms; one driving up the Portuguese coast and the other two pushing east into Spain. The Portuguese city of Lisbon was first to fall, with minimal casualties to civilians or FRA/FREE personnel. This was followed 3 hours later by the fall of Porto to, of all nations, the South Africans. No Spanish naval forces were encountered, and almost all Spanish air units were deployed to the Mediterranean. Needless to say, the two eastern arms also made good progress and captured their objectives of Salamanca up north and Badajoz in the central plains. Opposition was finally encountered around Badajoz, but by units that had already been in heavy fighting since dawn.
“The Republican forces in Southern Spain are reeling from the heavy fighting, but holding on despite the heavy fighting, hemmed in by large but dwindling Spanish units. The city of Ayamonte was retaken Spanish forces at about 10:20 am, as Republic forces withdrew to preserve the front. Large FRA forces, with an estimated strength of 50-75,000 men and large armored assets according to Spanish intelligence, have successfully driven into Spain, forcing the Spanish to make difficult choices. The Spanish losses for the day include another 13,570 men, 256 tanks, and 300 misc vehicles. The Republicans lost 8,368 men, 96 tanks, and 210 misc vehicles. The FRA, with the lightest losses, is missing only 434 men, 5 tanks, and 15 vehicles. Very little Spanish air forces took place in this theater, and so no FREE/FRA aircraft were lost, save one Federalist aircraft to a mechanical malfunction. The pilot ejected safely.
“Further news on the situations in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe in tomorrow's special report.” Permalink
“Pravda Reports!: The Battle of the Balearics.
“The Spanish Fleet, what remained of it, made a run at Republican-controlled islands, only to turn at the last minute toward the hotly contested Italian-held island of Menorca. The Italians have returned from their slumber, and have responded to the grave intrusions on their island. With a carrier contingent, they repulsed another attempt by the European Confederates to reinforce their holdings, and turned to fight the oncoming Spanish. The two forces were relatively equal in terms of tonnage. However, the Italians brought a Nimitz-class with them, giving them the solid advantage. For several hours, the engagement went on, as long-range missiles streaked at the opposing fleets and aircraft engaged each other. The Vultures tipped the scales slightly, but the FREE pitched in at the right moment, and tipped the scales back in the Italian's favor. Furthermore, FREEN vessels also weighed in, and tolled heavily on the Spanish fleet. After a hotly contested 4 hour-long action, the Battle of the Balearic Sea ended in a strategic victory for the Italians and FREEN, who inflicted losses on the Spanish of 10 “-100” family vessels, 3 AIP submarines, 6 corvettes, 3 Holland-class destroyers (though I somehow remember those being battleships not long ago?), 2 fleet oilers, and 3 auxiliaries. The Italians lost 2 Titus-class destroyers and 8 frigates. FREEN losses were lighter, with 2 vessels lost and 1 lend/lease vessel of unknown nationality damaged by a single ASM and in need of repair. In the air, 12 F-35Bs, 31 Vultures, and 2 Sparvs were lost on their respective sides. The lopsided losses, according to this analyst, appears to have arisen from the light nature of the Spanish vessels. While they were more numerous, they simply could not take nor inflict as much damage as the enemy could. At the end of the day, the Italians had staged a successful counter-landing operation, and have pushed back the SEC army almost back to the beachheads gained on D-Day. Most of their heavy equipment and tanks made a successful withdrawal, but most of their supplies were exhausted in the day's fighting. 800 Italians and 542 SEC soldiers were KIA/WIA.
“While the scene was playing out to the south-west, the Italians pulled a surprise maneuver and invaded the French island of Corsica. This operation was pulled off without any setbacks, as the French defenders were woefully unprepared, under strength, and under supplied since the last days of the war with Arabia. Within 5 hours, after dozens of airstrikes, missile hits, and relentless attacks, the beleaguered defenders were once again faced with the same dwindling prospects as before. This time, almost half of the remaining soldiers have put down their weapons, devoid of the will to fight on or simply lacking the supplies to do so. The rest of the French will likely follow within the next few hours, as there is no end in sight for relief.
“In another surprise move, and a characteristic “Thanks for past favors” and espirite de corps, the Arabians invaded Spanish Morocco early this morning. Meeting only token and scattered resistance, they did not need the impressive air support that came along with the nearly 20-division assault and hundreds of tanks. The only thing that stopped the Arabians short of their objectives was the over-exertion on their supplies.
“As the day wraps up in the Mediterranean and Africa, this editor wonders what impact the present situations will have on the explosive global scale. Will the French retain Corsica? Will anyone be able to trust Arabia again? Will allies leave, or band together?
“Pravda Extra!: Southern Europe:
“Republican and Confederate forces once again clashed on the fields of Romania to contest the ground held by each force. Around the port city of Tulcea, the Confederates made a flanking move in a two-armed assault involving large numbers of sharp-shooters intending to drive the Republicans out of the areas surrounding the town. As the attack developed, early attempts to attack were frustrated by well-directed artillery guns of the Republic as well as powerful resistance. The Republicans quickly showed that they were no one's fool when it came to shooting, and matched the Confederates, eventually overcoming them. It soon became clear that the attackers were outnumbered by the defenders, and the Confederates were quickly forced on the defensive around Tulcea under heavy artillery and CAS fire. A divisional force of Confederates were successful in circumventing the Republican lines and occupied the Danube Steppe to the east of the Republic's invasion site. Throughout the fight, this force was able to keep the Republicans from pressing their advantage and containing them on the flanks, though it was mercilessly attacked by light helicopters and F-43 CAS.
“To the north, the Republicans joined the two prongs of the previous invasion and pushed southward toward Bacau before encountering stiff Confederate resistance. Once again, however, a well-directed artillery section, superior CAS, and a Confederate underestimation of the power and strength of the forces they were facing lead to a drastic defeat for the army sent to face them. The Confederates attempted to lure the Republic forces into a pincer backfired as the Republicans effectively blew the center lines of the pincer away, splitting the Confederate's front and splaying the line wide open. While sporadic fighting still continues on the flanks as the surviving Confederate units dedicatedly attack the Republicans, the way to Bacau was open. At 21:00 hours, the urban area of Bacau came effectively under FREE control as a brigade with armored support seized the roads to the north of the city.
“The Confederates, in coordination with their intrusion into the Danube Steppe, launched an amphibious invasion just south of Odessa, Ukraine with a strong divisional force. They met with mild success, before being halted a mile inland by border units specifically assigned to counter-invasion duty. They spread out instead, and have established a 1x2.5 mile perimeter that Republican commanders are calling “The Box.” An attempt to reinforce The Box by air was halted as F-43s scrambled and shot down 3 transports before the others turned back. SEC intel reports significant enemy reinforcements to the north, making their way down, and artillery has already started to make its presence felt in The Box. Heavy guns are answering from the Box, but supplies are already running short as FREEAF flights have sunk two support ships.
“Losses for the day include 8,598 SEC soldiers and 221 tanks to 5,230 FREE soldiers and 103 tanks.
“Stay tuned for further developments.”
“Things are moving fast, and our reporters are working hard to stay on top of it.
“The day started off in Spain as usual, with engagements on three fronts. Things were going bad, and then it got worse. Front line troops, as well as the Kremlin and all other nations found out almost at the same time that the king of Spain and his cabinet committed suicide in the early hours of the morning. The commander in chief quickly seized control of the government in order to try to maintain order, but he lacked the ability to control the public. Riots and unrest prevails over all the land as the Southern European Confederation has asserted itself to try to take control as was the King's last request of his ally. However, no facilities are available to control the unrest, and Confederate claims to the thrown ring hollow in many ears, and no clear outcome presents itself.
“Meanwhile, on the front, the coalition armies gained far more than their intended objectives on all fronts, and Linares, Granada, Ayamonte, Santander have fallen. The only city in southern and eastern Spain is the capital, Madrid. Even without a government the soldiers know how to defend their beloved capital.
“In the Mediterranean, French Corsica has fallen, and Confederate positions on Menorca have fallen to the Italians.
“Pravda Reports!: Europe
“In mainland Europe, things went very badly for the Confederates. “The Box,” aptly named, has fallen after heavy fighting induced the surviving 11,200 Confederates there to lay down their arms and surrender. This only after enduring shelling, precise CAS, and heavy offensives. Though most of the landing fleet tried to return to take them off, they were blasted out of the water as they made their way to the shore. Fighting ceased there about 13:30 this afternoon. The victorious Republic forces then pushed east to link up with the forces around Tulcea.
“The forces around Bacau on the Confederate side reformed to the south of the Republic lines and presented a strong defense when the latter moved out for the morning. The Republic forces were stymied by a liquid front that appeared at inopportune moments and disappeared when it might be vulnerable. However, the Republic advance could not be stopped with the constant umbrella of heavy CAS that made life positively miserable for the Confederates. In the end, after 1,402 Republicans and 1,245 Confederates had paid with their lives, the Republicans succeeded in preserving the momentum of their advance, and have pushed into the northern suburban area of Galati and into the open plains there. 40 Confederate tanks, 90 Confederat IFVs, 46 Republican IFVs, and 12 Republican tanks were lost.
“Tulcea was won by the combined forces of the Republicans already there and the reinforcements from
The Box. After the elusive Confederates realized they were outnumbered, they withdrew from the area, fighting their way out with a concentrated thrust that put out the right flank of the FREE line there. The situation remains confused there, but with no firm reports of any more decisive actions taking place in the theater.
It's becoming quickly apparent that not a single person on the Allied side appreciates the trait of brevity. This makes Awe upset, and when Awe is upset, PEOPLE DIE. At least some of you tried.
This was compounded by the fact that Ian's orders have somehow disappeared, so I went by memory for his parts. Seriously, I don't know where they went, I was looking at them the other night, then they weren't there this morning...
THE FRONT OF EASTERN GERMANY:
-Battle in the area of Grossenhain continues on, with superior Baltic numbers nearly surrounding the Austrians. The Austrians are steadily falling back rather than be annihilated. Losses much the same as last time, it's a running fight.
-Then 200K Russians who were camping in Ukraine crossed FREE and attacked from Poland, seriously threatening to encircle the Austrians. Uh oh!
THE FRONT OF CZECHLAND:
-Austrians are ready for the storm, here. Otherwise, the storm wasn't ready for them, so nothing happened.
THE FRONT OF SOUTHERN GERMANY:
-Oh lawd, it was like clash of the titans or something here. This front is now a convoluted mess of armies. I tried to make sense of it, but it failed, so I entirely rewrote this part into what follows.
-Basically, there's 200K Russians, like 400K Baltics (why can't I hold all your numbers, Tom?), 300K Frenchmen, and 600k Austrians all crashing together in the area between Heidenheim and Ingolstadt, with another 300K Baltics rushing down because clusterf---.
-It was a pretty intense battle, which began right as the Austrians and French began to link up (the same time the Russians and Baltics started to meet up as well). Kind of like when Tywin and Ned showed up at King's Landing, except Mace Tyrell and the Dornish showed up too. And then came the Baltic reserves, turning the battle in Team Communist favor.
Battle of Between Heidenheim and Ingolstadt:
-80,000 Austrian dead, 77 vehicles lost (blame sneaky Russian tactics for that)
-54,000 French dead, 50 vehicles lost
-66,000 Baltics dead, 104 vehicles lost
-34,000 Russians dead, 98 vehicles lost
THE FRONT OF THE LOW COUNTRIES:
-War has come to the land of waffles and windmills. The British landed 100,000 troops shortly after the airport takeovers, seizing control of much of the country side, but not before Baltics and Russians made their influence known. More on this below.
-Those American Reds sent a good deal of ships towards Britain, but Britain has been prepared for the Return of France ever since that one weird war a few months ago. The FRA opened up hostilities by launching the favored missiles of the New World, the Trident II. 256 warheads in all, from like 70 missiles or something, I fail at math. These warheads were all aimed at military and industrial facilities in Britain. Britain has many anti-missiles, and thus limited the damage from this strike to two ports knocked out, four airfields, and an army base.
-The FRA fleet moved into the channel, only to discover a dormant minefield, which very quickly became non-dormant. Two destroyers and a frigate were badly damaged before the fleet stopped advancing. The FRA is unable to enter the channel, but has begun mine-clearing operations.
-The FRA 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were deployed to the Low Countries, the former to Brussels, the latter to Amsterdam. The division in Brussels quickly found itself outnumbered by the arriving British, but the fight still could go either way in Amsterdam.
-50K Russians and 50K Baltics entered the Netherlands from Germany, thwarting British plans to move into said country. There was a lot of artillery, and a lot of delicious rocket work from Ultra. Planes flew everywhere, including old civilian passenger planes loaded with explosives, which were radio-guided into crashing on British positions.
-At the end of the day, the British hold Belgium and half of Netherlands, but are taking heavy losses from fierce counter-attack and are being harassed in the rear by civilian partisans.
Battle of the Low Countries so far:
-32,000 British casualties, 90 vehicles lost
-9,000 Russian casualties, 40 vehicles lost
-13,000 Baltic casualties, 43 vehicles lost
THE FRONT OF GREECE:
-The Russians landed 2500 Spetsnaz and T-6 airborne tanks in Komotini (near Thrace). This was joined by intense artillery bombardment from Thrace, and missile strikes from the Russian fleet on the other side of Bosporus.
-But as far as Ian's secret map of secrets shows, Komotini is between two defensive lines and a big minefield, turning this from a standard invasion into a Mass Effect 3 level of crazy invasion. Because of aforementioned tomfoolery on my part, I cannot recall what Ian positioned in Greece in terms of defense. You'll have to wait for next CR to see how this Russian assault goes.
THE FRONT OF ARGENTINA:
-The FRA invaded British Argentina, which was then handed over to the Pacific Union. Unfortunately, the FRA already was in, so no one knows what's happening over there. There has been no resistance.
-At the Falklands islands, there was a lot of American Communist forces thrown at the Brits. 30 shining MAF-2 Doves took off to meet the enemy with ASMs and normal missiles. 5 were lost to inbound FRA missiles, all the others died one way or another. They succeeded in taking out 2 LCSs, 3 destroyers, and damaged a Gettysburg carrier. Then the F-43s ate them for dinner.
-They severely overestimated British presence on the islands, finding only a few hundred Brits, who fought well, but couldn't stave off 6000. The Falkands are now in Communist American hands.
-Basically, Michael Bay happened in the sky. I'm not going to tell you what happened, but if Axis of Evil airpower wasn't doomed before, it is now. The numbers for this are kind of like those 100+ question packets teachers gave you in high school, it's the last thing you want to do, but you're gonna have to face it soon. Not today, though.
-Needless to say, Darkest Africa has entered the war in the air, which is the main dosage of this doom for Team Fascism. Too many Sparvs.
THE FRONT OF EVERYWHERE NOT YET MENTIONED:
-Evan took British islands, no resistance.
-Darkest Africa has seized French holdings in West Africa.
-China sent some dudes to help the Baltics, under Ultra's command. Didn't see them mentioned this round though.
There you have it. Tom joined a fight and bit off more than he could chew, which looks to be leading to the fall of fascism in Europe. And it's all because Evan wanted to fight me for no real reason. Welcome to World War Three folks, or as I like to call it: GRIDLOCK BEGINS!
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At around one in the morning 30 F-15Ss armed with ASAT missiles took off from Arabian air bases and entered near vertical climbs at speeds approaching mach 2. They launched they’re payloads at the five Russian ABM satellites. All were destroyed due to the high volume of missiles launched at each. However 6 F-15Ss drifted to close to the Turkish border on their zoom climbs and were shot down by 12 MiG-35s investigating unidentified contacts picked up by long range radar. One MiG was lost to cannon fire. As soon as the ABM Sats went down 300 Surface to Surface missiles and 40 Agni V ICBMs with 6 kinetic kill warheads each were launched and targeted on Russian and Turkish airbases, major railroad hubs and major highways. Because of the sheer number of the missiles a good number got through but a majority were shot down by land based CWIS and ABM SAMs. A total of 100 surface-to-surface missiles and 140 warheads hit they’re targets. All of the major railway hubs and major highways in Turkey and the Russian Caucus were either destroyed or made impassable. The naval bases at Sevastopol, East Ukraine and Istanbul, Turkey were also targeted in the missiles strike but all the warheads assigned to them were shot down by a combination of land based and ship based ABM systems. All major air base in southern Russia and Turkey were hit with at least one warhead. The strategic bomber bases Engels-2, Amur and Irkutsk were hit the hardest (2 CR repair time). 75% are out for one CR and the rest only suffered from minor damage. However only a small number of aircraft were caught on the ground. As soon as the satellites went down and the F-15Ss were intercepted the Russian and Turkish Air Forces scrambled as many fighters as possible. Following the missiles a massive number of Arabian aircraft swarmed over the border. 100 F/A-2a Dragons, 120 F-15Ss and 70 Valkyrie armed with air to ground munitions while 100 more Dragons and 62 SPARVs escorting them expected to catch the enemy aircraft on the ground but instead ran into hundreds of very angry Russian and Turkish pilots. 10 F-15Ss were lost before the Valkyries armed with anti-radiation missiles were able to knock out the radar vehicles for the SAM batteries. The remaining aircraft split into three groups. The strike groups’ positions were given away by the presence of the unstealthy F-15Ss and the Russian Air Command vectored in all available fighters to intercept them. They engaged the Arabs before they knew they were even there and wrecked havoc on the attacking aircraft. Seeing that all of they’re targets were in the air in front of them the Dragons and Valkyries originally designated for ground attack quickly switched to defense mode. The Arabs did have a couple of advantages in their Russians rush to launch every possible aircraft some were not fully fueled or armed, and a good number of the Russian jets were old and outdated. As Russian aircraft began to run low on fuel they either flew back to 20 Il-76 tankers out of range of the Arab missiles but some aircraft didn’t have the fuel to reach them and attempted to land at the surviving air bases in Turkey and the Caucus. 40 HAL Blackshark tactical bombers armed with long-range standoff cruise missiles launched they’re deadly payload at the surviving bases and they’re new comers. A majority of the missiles were shot down by land based CWIS but several reached they’re targets. Right behind the fighters attack helicopters came in low using the mountains as cover attacked and eliminated every remaining SAM systems in the operating area. Right behind them a very large number of transports carrying thousands of paratroopers and 40 Minotaur-Ts attempted to drop into the Caucasian Mountains right under the Russian interceptors noses. Other than the inherent risks with something of this magnitude and the occasional interceptor noticing them the op was mostly successful with “only” 1,500 paratroopers and 10 Minotaur-Ts not making it to the drop zone. Another 500 paratroopers died crashing into the mountains. As soon as they landed and regrouped they began digging in. Also using the mountains as cover transport helos carrying 1,000 helicopter infantry and Chinooks carrying 12 55mm artillery pieces dropped off there cargos on mountain tops throughout the region. They immediately dug in and began setting up MANPAD, AT weapons and heavy machine gun positions. Once the Arabs realized that they were completely out numbered and that the paratroopers had been dropped off they hightailed it for home while trying to shoot down as many enemy aircraft as possible. Some over zealous pilots attempted to chase the enemy into they’re territory however these pilots were mostly in out dated non-stealth aircraft and were subsequently shot down by SAMs and AA systems. Neither side was able to gain air superiority and both sides lost a very large number of aircraft
Russians: 20 Tu-190s, 2 Tu-400s, 5 Tu-160s, 20 Tu-22Ms, 3 Su-40s, 15 Su-41s, 30 Su-90s, 50 MiG-39s, 15 Su-100s, 60 Su-27s, 10 Su-35s, 40 Su-30s, 50 MiG-35s, 60 F-4s, 10 MiG-29s (most of these were lost on the ground), 20,000 assorted ground personnel and pilots
Arabs: 50 F/A-2a Dragons, 30 SPARVs, 76 F-15Ss, 45 Valkyries, 14 C-130s, 2,000 Airborne infantry, 10 Minotaur-TS Permalink
While the giant air battle raging the northeast an equally epic ground campaign was unfolding in the south. Over half a million regular infantry men with 2000 Leviathan MBTs, 2500 Minotaur Mk.2 IFVs, 500 Minotaur-Ts, 1000 Legionnaire IFVs, 850 HUMMVs, and 550 150mm artillery pieces with 60 AH-64Ds and 50 A-10Ds flying air cover screamed across the Turkish-Syrian border. A reserve force of 750,000 men and every reserve combat vehicle in the Arabs arsenal accompanied the main army force. They split into to columns, one heading towards the west that was made up of 25% of the overall numbers and the other with the remaining 75% of the invading army heading towards the north. The Turkish Army was caught completely off guard. The majority of their forces were positioned to repel an amphibious invasion leaving them completely unable to react in a timely manner to the Arabs invasion. The Arabs only met light resistance from armed civilians and police units. They came within 20 miles of their initial objectives. 50% Russian ground attack aircraft originally destined to attack the paratrooper positions in the mountains received orders to break off and attack the massive Arab army. With all of the dedicated fighters off intercepting the Arab air strikes, Su-41s with AMRAAMs swooped in and launched their air-to-air loads at the Arab AH-64Ds and A-10Ds. The Arab aircraft suffered severe losses with 35% of the A-10Ds and 25% of the Apaches going down. The A-10Ds were able to exact some revenge of they’re own when the Russians came into range of their AIM-9 Sidewinders. The Russians not expecting to be fired back at where caught completely off guard when their aircraft started to explode. 25% of the Russian Su-41s were lost to the heat seeking missiles. When the remaining CAS aircraft came in for their bombing runs they were surprised to see tracer rounds streaking past their cockpits. The Minotaur-Ts had turned their 30mm cannons skyward to fend off the attackers. They also launched their multi purpose guided missiles at the Russians. Once the tank support vehicles had expended all of their long range AA missiles the CAS aircraft were able to reenter their bombing runs with little fear of being shot down as long as they staid above the effective altitude of the 30mm cannons of the Minotaur-Ts. The CAS aircraft were effective in keeping the columns from reaching they’re objectives but also suffered loses.
-The Austrian army in the mountains has been completely encircled. Sadly, no one ordered anything to be done other than siege, so now there's a siege here. There would be air-dropped supplies for the Austrians if the Reds hadn't eaten their entire air force.
-Nothing going on here either.
-A large volley of ICBMs were planned, but only about half were deployed, as Fascist units were both in German towns and out in the countryside. This has caused another 40,000 deaths for them.
-Red troops blitzed the the heavily hit Fascist lines and broke through, but the Fascists seem to have been splitting up anyway. The Austrians are now once again separated from the French, not that it mattered in the first place.
-The French began to move back the way they came, but this time started comitting war crimes, turning this from a modern Thirty Year's War into Yugoslavia Breakup: Northern Edition. French troops rounded up the men of several towns and killed them, and then took the women by force, before leaving. Many children were killed too. Also, the dishonored women were killed. And then the towns were razed. Wait a second, this sounds exactly like a modern Thirty Year's War as well! Baltic troops are severely outraged and are ready to kill any Frenchman in their path.
Aftermath of Battle of Between Heidenheim and Ingolstadt (INCLUDES PREVIOUS CR):
-184,000 Fascist dead
-109,000 Communist dead
-The British have sent 30,000 reinforcements and are assaulting the rest of Amsterdam they don't hold. Russians, Germans, and Chimamen are responding in force with so many things I can't keep track of them all. Alas that your CM has a one-track mind and can only micro in CoH and Civ IV. All FRA forces captured in Brussels were summarily executed too.
-Nonetheless, with the arrival of the Red Chinese, the Brits are greatly outnumbered. There was great artillery dueling, once again the Russian missile trucks proved invaluable, and the British frontline was pushed back.
-It should be noted that Communist forces in Amsterdam reported lots of burns from humvee-mounted weapons used by the British. Against such weapons, troops could not maintain positions, allowing the Brits to gain a powerful edge in the city. This advantage won't last long with the approaching Red Armies, however.
Battle of the Netherlands:
-33,000 British casualties
-42,000 Communist casualties. Divide them up yourselves.
ENGLAND AND THE FORMER COLONIES:
-Missiles, hundreds of them, from the FRA. They hit all over port cities and bases in Britain, doing significant damage.
-The Baltic fleet moved out off the coast of the Low Countries to help the Red American comrades.
-10 Downing Street was hit as well by missiles. Outrage abounds. But all the while, the dove had its eye on the cat...
-Using various technology at its command, the British fired several ICBMs over Red-ruled America. Defensive protocols engaged as they should, and the missiles were destroyed harmlessly. Not so harmlessly, many of these ABM sites were hit by British F-35s that came out of nowhere (having been launched earlier before the FRA missile attack). 92 British Trident IIs launched, each one with six warheads. The Pentagon was wiped off the face of the Earth (good riddance, I hate that building), and many major bases and manufacturing plants were hit as well.
-The British also launched a massive assault on the FRA fleet in the channel, which was returned in like. Imma need some clearer numbers from Danny, as something this scale won't be resolved in one CR.
-Spanish and Red Americans invaded France from over the Pyrenees, a move King Nicholas called from the moment Africa and America entered the war. The Spanish orders were completely muddled, Imma need Holland to send them when he's actually awake.
-The French were greatly outnumbered and outgunned, and had no planes, so the Americans are steadily advancing against fierce resistance in a three-pronged attack. The center prong has already reached Tolouse.
-Darkest Africa invaded Austria from Italy. The situation is very unclear aside from the fact the Africans have more tanks and planes, but the Austrians are not reacting well to Africans attacking their homeland. Imma need more details from you, Ian.
-The Red dudes held the town of Komotini long enough for some Russian troops to get through under heavy cover of bombardment. An all-out battle has developed in the area. The OEK fleet is still lurking somewhere unseen...
Battle of Komotini:
-14,000 OeK dead
-17,000 Russians dead
-Now the American Communists have it. War's over in South America folks, go home now. Can I have it, Evan?
-Fascist air power, except in Britain, is pretty much gone. Just shave off 30% of your planes, everyone. Don't ask why, do it. This is the price of victory.
-No more Fascist satellites left.
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Der Untergang, Part 2
~This CR is brought to you by the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic soundtrack~
-The Russians are going home. This left an opening for the Austrians to escape back to Czechland. No attacks game from the Baltics because of critical leader existence failure. OeK units are going back to the homeland, for now.
-Ultra did some cool stuff in here before he left. 15 Mi-80 helicopters delivered 150 Bureau of Displaced Citizen Protection personnel, to the town of Leonberg. There lives a decedent of one of the old Tsars. Union embedded reporters traveling with our unlikely Russian friends hope that they intend to restore the Empire, but this is unlikely. The BDCP grabbed their bro, and prepared to link up with the Russian-Chinese column to the north.
-Suddenly, the retreating French. The events that went on would make a great movie, as the Russians evacuated the town and pulled out. 33 of them died opposed to 35 Frenchmen. One French tank was lost because of a well-placed soup kettle.
-As the BDCP made themselves scarce, the French burned and pillaged and violated their way back to Stuttgart. They wanted to bomb the cities into dust, but there were no planes available for missions. The King's air force is in a Luftwaffe, February 1945 situation.
-OeK forces began pulling back, against disorganized Baltic attacks. Light losses only.
LOW COUNTRIES AND WESTERN GERMANY:
-We've got trouble folks, trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pacific! ...Union. Well, not me in this case, but certainly a design of mine. Over the past few months the British have been building their own Arketer heavy bomber, named the Spirit of Bin Laden, in a secret place. The Spirit of Bin Laden made it's maiden attack on Hamburg, filled with clusterbombs. As Hamburg is apparently a mustering ground for Team Communism, and dealt 13,000 casualties, mostly civilian. Spirit escaped to fight another day.
-In the Netherlands, the British too began a general retreat, only burning unlike the French. The Baltics were highly disorganized in going after, and ran straight into hastily prepared mines and other traps. The Chinese, following behind, were more cautious, and disarmed these before moving on. FRA sat while everyone else ran ahead, sad Reds were sad. ~400 dead Baltics from traps.
ENGLAND AND THE BIG BOAT PILE:
-It turns out the -entire- Royal Navy (minus a few ships) was involved in the attack the FRA fleet. Oh lawd, the boat pile doesn't stop from getting any taller! So yeah, the entire Royal Navy attacked the FRA fleet in the channel. Evan and Danny, please give me exact numbers on who were here, I'll need to spend some time on that. Angst, I wanted to fool around more...
-The carrier that launched the F-35s was found by FRA recon, returning near the south coast of Ireland. Two Type 45 anti-air destroyers were escorting it (these were the lone ships not in the big boat pile). They were all killed, because they were expecting aerial attack, not two carrier battle groups going into close-quarters combat. Because I like 1938 style battles better than 2038. No FRA losses.
-In Britain itself, most of London near Buckingham Palace and Parliament got leveled by Red ICBMs. Like 30,000 civvies dead.
-Britain had the same idea, and blew up most of the White House with missiles. It's a cultureclasm! As a patriot, I am obligated to have the painting of Washington survive. Warheads headed towards White Sands missile facility were shout down too.
-The French sent a nuclear reactor near Toulouse into meltdown on purpose, spewing radiation out across the whole region. It's like one of Ian's STALKER games out there or something. The situation on the ground is bad, real bad, for everyone involved. Especially French civvies not prepared for his evil.
-FRA and Spanish forces have pulled back to “safe” distances, as radiation continues to spread. It's not clear how this will effect future plans, but Aquitaine and Gascony are about to lose ~45,000 years of continuous human habitation, methinks.
-OEK naval bases were hit by Chinese missiles launched from afar. Damage was dealt.
-Darkest Africa continues it's invasion against fierce resistance. Civilian partisans and guerillas units are mobilizing against these subhuman invaders, because as I will tell you, Europe's a pretty racist place. Especially a neo-Nazi state like the OEK.
Battle of Slovenia:
-30,000 Africans lost
-20,000 Austrians lost
-Turkish, not Russian, forces are the ones attacking. This is making the Greek fascists fight even harder, because they HATE the Turks. Turks have the advantage though, and have breached the lines.
-Chinese subs attacked the remains of the French fleet heading... somewhere. Two French ships were lost, before the Chinese disengaged to return the hunt for the Austrian fleet.
-Commies hard at work destroying things on the ground.
ORDERS DUE BY SUNDOWN. NO ORDERS, NO ACTIONS. Permalink
-Sorry Tom, I can't give you bombardment, your lack of orders previously let the Austrians break out and get back to Czechland. Come back when you've got another, MMM, encirclement!
SOUTHERN GERMANY AND LORRAINE:
-The French forces, on their way out, set Stuttgart aflame. Baltic airstrikes on them did nothing to relieve this, as most of the city was razed to the ground. The Russians arrived just in time to save several more towns from destruction.
-Upon crossing the Rhine, most of the French army was destroyed by a massive amount of ICBMs.
-The OEK armies have retreated into Austria and Czechland, no more fascists are left in Germany, none still living at least. Their, they await their doom.
-The British have retreated fully into Belgium, but airstrikes are making them slow.
-Communist forces are blitzing at them. However, they ran into a multitude of traps, including hidden power lines hooked up to generators, all in indoor locations. It will take some time to track these down and remove them.
Battle of Belgium:
-45,000 British casualties
-47,000 Communist casualties
ENGLAND AND THE BIG BOAT PILE:
-This was like Trafalgar with airplanes.
Battle of the Channel:
-entire Royal Navy sunk
-15 Hydras, 4 Thess's sunk
-4 Russian ships lost
-2 Baltic ships lost
-The French detonated all their reactors, just as Russians ICBMs slammed into them. It was too late, the radiation is everywhere and headed east to ruin Europe, Communist and Fascist parts alike. Nice job breaking it, King Nicholas.
-FRA forces continue their invasion, skirting the radiation and just rushing through it wherever possible.
-Darkest Africa continues it's advance through Slovenia, against feirce but ill-equipped resistance, both military and and partisan. The Africans warn that they'll go Congo if things go this way, this has only incensed the people further against them.
-Turkish communists have breached the defenses and are moving in.
-British Trident missiles were shot at specific locations in major eastern cities, but about half were intercepted. Major hospitals appear to have been the target.
-That night, the Spirit of bin Laden showed up under cover of darkness. Athnrax canisters were dropped over New York, Boston, and Washington DC. Also, Flight of the Bumblebees was blared over parachuting loudspeakers. This alerted the FRA that something was up, and they scrambled fighters through anthrax-filled skies.
-Spirit of bin Laden was sighted in the pale moonlight, and it led the F-43s or whatever they call the Sparv now on a merry chase across the eastern coast, before being hit too badly by cannonfire to continue. It pulled a Battlestar Pegasus and plowed into the US Capital building, causing terrible, terrible damage to the structure. A homeless man lost his soup kettle in the chaos.
-The Chinese are chasing the significantly smaller and faster-moving French ships.
THE SEA UNDER EUROPE THAT I DON'T WANT TO BOTHER SPELLING RIGHT NOW:
-The Chinese have found the OEK fleet, which killed 4 subs. They're chilling out near Greece right now.
THE SITUATION SO FAR:
-With the French army destroyed, and the remains of the French navy fled into the Atlantic, radiation everywhere, and the King suddenly missing, the French regime is collapsing. This is the end of Nicholas's short-lived Kingdom. France is out of the game, folks. Do as you will with this wasteland.
-Britain is open to sea-borne invasion.
-OEK has only a limited amount of time, but will make a mess of any invader.
-Europe is about to get a dose of super radiation.
-Washington, Boston, and New York now have the anthrax.
-Worn out by months of battle, with most veterans dead, the conscripts at the Great Austrian Wall couldn't handle the renewed Baltic blitz. The most hardcore troops are fighting to the death, many are surrendering, some are just going home to defend their families against Darkest Africa.
-The FRA is determined to occupy the setting for Fallout 4.
-British troops called in a suicide thermobaric missile attack. The missiles were exoatmospheric, so Danny says the ABMs can't get them when they're up there...? Massive damage to defenders, attackers, and bystanders in Belgium.
-Very few British troops left alive.
-The Red Americans have begun a missile bombardment of everything, and are sitting tight on the coasts. Massive damage.
-Nuclear reactors are also sent into overdrive, dooming Britain as France has been. These guys like to suicide hard. It's like they've all been inspired by a certain Union's defiance of death itself.
-Red America beings an attack on Gibraltar, British machine-gunners kill several hundred before being killed themselves.
-With the Chinese departing to fight the Austrians, the French remains of the fleet made it safely to Brazil, where King Nicholas was waiting. Together, with a good deal of marines, they defected to the Pacific Union. Hey, don't ask me, it was his orders.
COMMUNIST OCCUPIED AMERICA:
-Millions are infected with anthrax, deal with it Evan. CDC and medical detachments from across the nation are coming to help deal with the sick.
OSTEUROPA KOALITION AND GREECE:
-Turkish forces are overrunning Greece, no one is happy about it.
-Chinese ships attack the OEK fleet, in a gruesome battle. OEK fleet sunk, Chinese lost a good two dozen ships. One carrier needing dire repairs.
-Darkest Africa continues the attack through Slovenia. Thanks to heavy strikes and pamphlets, many OEK forces, military and irregular, are showing signs of being ready to give up the fight. The most determined soldiers are standing in the way to Vienna. Who will get there first? The Africans, or the ones who started the European theater of the Continuation War, which is only now drawing to an end? Permalink
BRITAIN IN GENERAL:
-The British government has all but collapsed, troops are left to do as they will as radiation fills the country... Well, most of the country.
-Scotland, according to powerplant locations and wind patterns, would be mostly radiation free. Therefore, the Baltics have invaded with 60,000 marines, by air and sea. They were relatively unopposed as the island tears itself apart in chaos.
-Important members of the British government and military have vanished amongst the thousands of private and commercial vessels fleeing the setting of Fallout 5.
-13 million so far have been infected by the British anthrax attack. Valiant Red doctors, commies as they may be, have worked tirelessly to save their fellow citizens. Unforunately, because of the effects of Anthrax, at least half are most likely going to die. The other half are up in the air yet, but at least 5 million are going to live, unless things get worse. Think this can be classified as a genocide?
-Russo-Turks continue their advance in, avoiding cities. Defense evaporates before them.
-OEK rear-guard units demolished the drydocks around the country, and poured the steel into the ocean where it now sits many fathoms deep. The oil depots were emptied into the seas as well, and then set on fire. Any potential invasion by sea is now negated by the burning ocean. It will burn for some time...
GOTTERDAMMERUNG OF THE OSTEUROPA KOALITION:
-The Baltic armies, finally getting to invade, have crossed into Austria proper, through the Swiss Alps and through the Bavarian region. Many OEK units are deserting that fight and moving to combat Africa, or go to defend Vienna itself. Some are going north.
-African planes are attempting to recreate a certain highway of death from the Gulf War, but the columns are intermixed with civilians fleeing the war. Leadership of the Dark Continent has decided to play nice and not kill noncombatants, so their efforts to stop reinforcements to Vienna have not been totally effective. Hundreds of thousands of Austrian troops are still active, some moving to slow the Baltics, most moving to hold Vienna from the Africans.
-Vienna itself has come under massive air attack, as the Africans approach. The government has dispersed, and burnt all its documents. The national treasures have been evacuated and sent north. In the city itself, many defenses are being prepared, and most units that obeyed the general retreat order to the city are ready to fight to the bitter end.
-At the FREE border, masses of civilians and families of soldiers (including some soldiers themselves), are requesting to be let through to escape the devastating war. Does Erik's heart have room for them?
Alright folks, last CR is tomorrow! Prepare yourself, for the Battle of Vienna! Permalink
-The FRA is still determined to occupy irradiated France, but is beginning to ship troops home.
-A multitude of civilian vessels swarms around Britain, some escaping, some trying to shuttle people to non-irradiated areas. Some of these vessels, including a few cargo ships, split south from the main group, and eventually ended up in Brazil. On board were several attachments of government troops, a handful of F-35s (or was it another plane, Danny?), and some government officials themselves. Like the French, they have found refuge in South America until further notice. Governor Brooks has opened his doors to them.
-Much the same, though this happened last CR but I wasn't able to include it. While the Chinese fleet was engaged in the Aegean, three Austrian missile cruisers that had not joined the whole navy, along with a ton of requisitioned ships, transported armor, men, vehicles, Hansa engineers (Spelling, Ian?), and leadership to the relatively safe ports of Arabian-held North Africa. There, they were taken into "protective custody" until further notice by Arab officials. One by one, the requisitioned transports slipped out via Gibraltar (Chinese were still beyond the Suez), since I think the Baltics withdrew to go fight in Britain. These transports too arrived in Brazil, and were greeted by officials from both the PCU and Brazil. The three missile cruisers remain detained and held in North Africa.
THE BATTLE OF VIENNA:
-This is what you've all been waiting for. The final climax of the Continuation War.
-The battle began with the African forces meeting up with the Baltics outside Vienna, and encircling the city. The old and the sick were told to leave the city while they still could, and several busloads of hospital patients and seniors were allowed through Communist lines to safety. The words were given: "Open fire on the capital of Fascist Austria." Then began a great bombardment, by air and land, against the defenders, all the while, the communists advanced, 320,000 strong. The Austrians had but 250,000 inside the city.
-They knew they were doomed to failure, but they fought on anyway. A private asked if they were to surrender at the end, his officer replied: "What? You want to give up? That's unthinkable. Metzger said we won't surrender, we won't repeat May 1945! Never!" This dedication was not entirely shared, however, as food and ammunition were gathered in amounts barely enough to last two days, thanks to total air dominance on the Communist part.
-It was a short fight, compared to other great urban battles of human history, hardly more than 24 hours in length. When they ran out of ammunition, some Austrian soldiers fixed bayonets and charged, others simply saved a round for themselves. A few threw down their guns and raised their hands, mostly younger soldiers who still had something left to live for, even in defeat. Most higher ranking officers, despite fighting such a clean war compared to Austria's last major conflict, chose to fight until the end, despite not having guaranteed death sentences if they were captured.
-When the dust had cleared and the last shots were fired, the fascist banner (flown vertically, not horizontally!) was lowered from the parliament building, which had been the last stand of the Austrians. African and Baltic troops looked over the dead, and found to their surprise were members of the French Foreign Legion, which included some British, Brazilians, Unionmen, and ironically a handful of Russians, Americans, and Germans. The leaders of these countries assure the world that this was pretty normal for the FFL, as normal as the exiled Colombian leftists serving with the Communist Russians. The highest ranking Austrian left conducted the official surrender. "I only require one thing before we end this." Said he.
"What is it?" Asked the African general."
"I need about tree-fiddy." Said the Austrian commander. And then the Communists realized that they had been fighting eight-story tall crustaceans from the Paleozoic era the entire time! The monsters had gotten him again!
"Goddarnit you monstah!" Declared the African general. But it was no matter, the Austrians were given their $3.50, and the war was over. Peace had been achieved, at long last. Men wept for joy, men wept for sorrow, and some stared a thousand yards into the distance, unable to handle what they had seen and done.
-The final casualty count was 47,093 Fascists dead, against 35,402 Africans dead and 20,569 Baltics dead. Silence fell over Vienna, as victors and vanquished gathered their dead, and set about the long process of rebuilding what was lost.
ACROSS THE OSTEUROPA KOALITION:
-300,000 Austrian troops were still active in the northeast of the country. With the news of the capture of the capital, most surrendered. Some, 40,000 in number, have split and joined up with civilian partisans to form a resistance movement to the probable occupation.
-The Greeks surrendered bitterly to the Turkish, many took to the hills to continue the fight against orders. Africa, the Baltic Union, and Soviet Russia will have their hands full with these moderately-organized resistance movements, at least for a while. Peace might even be reachable with them, but knowing some of these leaders, that's highly unlikely.
-In the end, the Continuation War claimed millions of lives, the vast majority of those being Red Americans infected by anthrax on the Eastern Seaboard. It was started by those same Red Americans, and their Chinese friends, a few months ago in the winter of 2038, against the Pacific Union, over their North American and Pacific holdings. Brazil, France, OeK, and Argentina were drawn into the war, being countered by the Baltics in Europe. Argentina was destroyed by Brazil in a single blow, but the Pacific Union lost their homeland, and was exiled into the South. Time passed, and the OeK was not content to let the Baltic attacks on their forces go unpunished. The Baltics called for help in a war they started, and so it is that these events came to pass. Fascism had been defeated in North America and Europe, but at a massive cost, and South America remained a stronghold for them.
-As the armies were brought home and the great messes cleaned up, everyone realized one thing: War... War never changes. And that is how this conflict came to a close. Permalink
-Immediately following the press into Turkey and the Caucasus, Arabia launched a massive air raid into the Holy Land. Seventy-two (72) Dragons configured for CAP and an additional thirty-two (32) for CAS penetrated Israeli airspace; however, the Israelis weren't caught by surprised like their Turkish counterparts. Always fearing an attack by radicals and moderates alike, the Israeli air force was scrambled as soon as regional pings started hitting the radar screens. Although the Israelis were slightly behind the curve in terms of equipment, they still made great work with what they had; that being American kit delivered many years beforehand. Within the first three minutes, the Arabs lost eight (8) planes to Israel's one (1) as the Israelis had been lurking at altitudes higher than anticipated by the Arabian air command. The tides soon equalized ten minutes in when fuel began running low for the first birds to hit the air on both sides: by this time the total came to twelve (12) Arab birds down to Israel's eleven (11). The CAS Dragons began knocking out Israeli air fields to make it difficult for them to land again following the fight and to ensure air superiority would be sustained. Fifteen minutes in, the Israelis took the fight into Arab air space and the sea to give defending boots on the ground room to maneuver without having to dodge debris and low-flying pulses from jet engines. Israeli veteran pilots managed to down six (+6) more Arab planes after using tight turns to their advantage, but their fuel was eaten up so much quicker trying to maintain surface control and altering air speeds. At the moment, only sixteen Israeli planes have been confirmed as still fully operational after ditching to Cyprus after dumping their munitions and sending an SOS. The rest of the Israeli AF has unfortunately been lost or requires numerous repairs after some birds used poorly structured roads as emergency runways while the rest plunged into the sand. Of all the pilots engaged in the air battle, only three (3) Arab pilots were actually killed and eight (8) Israeli pilots. As the air battle concluded, the Arabs gain air superiority for the day at the cost of eighteen (18) planes.
-During the air contest, the Arabs were also preparing a land invasion. 100 arty pieces were positioned to soften up the Israeli defenders, but found few targets as the Israelis knew it smart not to create vehicular build-ups with the situation in such contest over the sky. So, while the Israelis were playing clandestine observer, a force of 10k Arabian troops with 100 tanks and 250 IFVs advanced into the Gaza Strip in an attempt to win favor with the Palestinians. Much of the Strip was captured without incident granted the Israelis didn't care to make incident with the refugees in the region nor had they any room to maneuver defensively. However, many snipers and combat engineers have made the Arabians quite nervous when they move around to loot houses and such when bored. Doors to tempting buildings and houses have been rigged to give the raiding parties bad days and the snipers have the same effect on a more controlled scale. Thus far, thirty-four (34) Arabians have been taken casualty to these tactics and it can be expected these numbers will rise in the hundreds if the troops aren't kept on a short lease. No Israeli losses.
-To the west, the West Bank to be precise, the Arabs launched another assault to capture the Holy City using a pincer maneuver with 50k and 750 AFVs. The waiting Israelis caught this attack in full spectrum despite two distracting details initiated by the Arabs meant to throw the Israelis off; these distracting units consisted of only 2k light infantry which were intercepted by dug-in Israeli SOFs with anti-material rifles and ATGMs which cut through the light motor vehicles cutting across the countryside. The 4k combined total were caught by surprise and forced to dig-in themselves after the SOFs eased up and merely began harassing the Arabs so they couldn't pinpoint their position and counterattack. 120+ Arab casualties and between 10-30 Israeli SOFs out of battle. Back to the man attack, a full Israeli armoured unit smashed back against the Arabian onslaught due for Jerusalem. Needless to say, the defender always gets the benefit of geography in cases like this and the amount of intimacy that goes into Israeli training proved useful in stopping the Arab attack fully; however, the Israeli tanks and artillery batteries presently deterring the Arabs are burning through ammunition quickly and fuel supplies are unknown. Casualty numbers unreported for both sides given the severity of combat.
-Due north, the Golan Heights were contested for another time in history. 950 AFVs and nearly 10k dismounts struck the Heights from the north and east and gave the Israelis a run for their money. Merkavas and other reserve tanks were able knock out thirty (30) Arabian vehicles to only twelve (12) Israeli losses, but the Israelis were spread too thin against the large sums of Arabian material pouring in and digging in across the border. At this time, half of the Heights have been occupied by the Arabs with more territory coming as the Israelis make haste to consolidate.
-Alas, a single Arabian CBG has detained all Israeli vessels in-port. Although the order was to eliminate all ports and ships along the coast, the admiral called that off after seeing the ships themselves were not manned. Several port facilities were knocked out of service so the Israelis won’t be able to ship any equipment in along the northern coastline, but the group’s admiral soon called operations to a stand-still after realizing inflicting further damage wouldn’t work in favor of cost-to-efficiency. Presently, the Arabs control Israeli waters with great comfort.
-Needless to say, the skies and seas alike have been seeing much activity by both parties. The Arabians had deployed to CBGs into the Mediterranean with one mission in mind: eliminate the Federation fleets and take the Straits. The CBGs were coordinating to find the Russian fleet(s) and force them into confined quarters. The CBG due west made first radar contact with the Turkish fleet; and the Turkish fleet got their first radar ping too. The second Arabian CBG coming from the south made coordinated maneuvers with their Syrian counterparts which were due just east of the Straits’ Mediterranean mouth. Almost immediately, the Turks picked up a wall of very small pings; something mirroring a flock of birds. Come to find out, the Arabs put something like 160 planes into the air fixed with a plethora of munitions meant to knock out anything and everything. Seeing they would run out of room almost immediately granted they would either be cornered by the two CBGs or pressed into the Straits themselves, the Turks managed to break further southwest after popping up a comprehensive AA-shield that knocked out 60% of the immediate incoming missile volleys from the Arabs and knocking out six (6) Arab planes while one (1) Turk frigate was lost immediately with two (2) others taking damage to various super-structures but still managing to chug along. Although this alone is not enough to breach the space of two CBGs, the Turks had some silent help from several ballistic anti-ship missiles heading fast and low from an unknown origin. Two (2) Arabian LCSs were knocked out of the fight with an (1) additional frigate losing its ability to move or communicate electronically. With the Arabian fleets now having to run ops to find the hidden culprit, coordinate to stop the fleet from escaping, trying to sink the fleet with weapons launches, trying not to wreck into each other, and trying to keeping the skies coordinated, the Turks finally managed to break the lines with only the birds really making fast pursuit.
-The backbone of the Arabian plan had been broken structurally with the Turkish fleet escaping. Improvising, the Syrian CBG broke off to catch it and sink it at all costs. The planes pursuing and harassing the Turkish fleet managed to make damage to one of the Stalin-class carriers which severely limited how tight the anti-air network could be kept against the sheer number of Arab planes in pursuit. Soon however, munitions began to run low and fuel lights made their dings and the birds had to head to the appropriate landing sites with only twenty or so carrier-based planes being able to stay rotated into the skies with only half their load-outs in order to keep the pressure up on the escaping Turks. ASW on both sides quickly became extremely relevant as missiles popping out of the ocean were doing some damage to both sides; two (2) corvettes and one (1) cruiser on the Turkish side had to withdraw from fighting positions to perform emergency internal servicing to avoid sinking while the Arabs had to do the same to two destroyers. Before the day was out, both sides had at lost at least one sub to the murky depths while the Turks have another sitting on the surface trying to seal several cells out of the combat zone.; easy target for a fast-mover.
-Back at the Straits, the remaining Arab CBG made the bold dare to go ahead and penetrate the Straits and do what it could with what it had. The plan had hoped for the strength of both groups being there, but a sing one would do; or so was the rear admiral’s premise. Forty of the original 160 Arab planes in the skies were Blacksharks armed with munitions meant to knock out hardened structures; which was achieved as the major bridges connecting Istanbul were eliminated with range and no contest. The Blacksharks had to scram after doing this though because the skies were still hot and they’ve flown quite a way with quite a bit going on before they actually met their appropriate targets. The CBG went ahead and tried to enter the Dardanelles but were rudely surprised by forty or so lightweight anti-ship missile boats cruising around at much faster speeds than the Arabian LCSs could. The missile boats coming from the Black Sea and Ukrainian fleets were making a pretty nasty mess of things and managed to sink a (1) frigate the narrow corridor making it very difficult for both Federation and Arab ships to make it in or out at this moment. Sorry dudes, but that was bound to happen with the density of material being packed in these waters. Either the Federation or Arabian Empire is going to have to tug/drag that frigate out before the Straits become strategically relevant again.
-Despite failing to secure the Straits themselves, the Arabs consolidate their amphibious assets and landed 25k force with 400 IFVs due just north of Sedd el Bahr and fighting their way south to said city. The Turks on the peninsula put up a valiant effort to deter this landing, but there was too much precision bombing from the Arabian fleet to make it overly difficult for them to make it ashore. However, the Turkish regulars have detached themselves from their appropriated command have taken to guerilla tactics to make sure port facilities and other import infrastructure aren’t used to backdoor the rest of Turkey. Some 800 Turk insurgents have been blowing the pits out of shipping cranes in the region, planting mines and debris in harbors, cratering roads, cutting comm. lines, etc. all in an effort to delay what might very well be the inevitable. This has proven quite effective as the Arabs have only managed to land 1k in reinforcements (which really just covers the initial landing losses) and an additional two days’ rations for half of the fighting force there.
-A covert op initially meant to bring in one hundred commandos attempting to bring the Holy War to the Russian homeland. Supposed Kurdish refugees attempted to flee to Russia, but Russia has her borders secure during war time like usual. Furthermore, to keep relations with the Turks and maintain confidence, Kurds are a minority not really welcomed openly. The commandos were detained before the ruse was up and they had to flee. Eight (8) were shot instantly, another twelve (12) were detained, six (6) more wounded during the chase. The overall party has been broken to bits. However, the KGB has reported shortly after that several known radical terrorist cells in the Chechen part of the Federation have gone fully active again after licking their wounds from the two wars that obliterated the region. This has caused great worry.
-Israeli AF gone mostly; some pilots and birds ditched to Cyprus making this an international incident out of war. Arabs have air and sea superiority in Israel.
-Gaza Strip occupied by Arabs.
-Golan Heights being lost to Arabs.
-West Bank at status quo boundary-wise; Israelis in severe trouble though.
-The seas around Turkey are a mess. I kept the casualties light and broke the pace to do a favor for the both of you. You both can be bankrupted with the number of missiles and ships that could’ve been fired and lost. Like, seriously. Lotta stuff in the sea, dudes.
-Turkish Straits strategically valueless.
-Successful Arab landing on the very tip of Gallipoli though. Turkish insurgents making their job hard though.
-Possible uprising in Chechnya thanks to a botched covert op. Permalink
-The Arabs actually launched the first assaults into the skies by attempting to drag down any and all Ruskie ABM sats sitting pretty in the sky. Three (3) of these satellites were confirmed as being downed and re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere without promise of being recovered. However, the Arabian high command in control of the ASATs meant to down the orbiting machines has figured these are not the entire fleet of satellites. Needless to say, there’s so much debris and commercial satellites in orbit right now it’s nearly impossible to differentiate targets accurately. Instead of wasting costly munitions, the Arabs decided three kills was enough for the day and sat pretty themselves. However, the launch positions of the ASATs were compromised by spy satellites not bearing any martial or national markings so there was little gain from this op.
-The Russians were soon to give their counter to losing such costly weaponry as ten (10) ICBMs from a mixture of mobile and static launch sites sped towards a then unknown target or set of targets in Arabian territory. The Arabs had actually sent a peremptory defense measure by the means of UAVs loitering in high-altitudes, but (and I’m using personal knowledge of Russian ICBM ops) several of the small birds fell out the sky as ECM fried the connection between the UAV op center(s) and the UAVs themselves. Federation interceptors managed to come across four (4) of the UAVs upon their own accord without active ground radar brandishing them on the red versus blue sheet and of course the defenseless UAVs hit the ground hard. At any rate, one (1) ICBM fell out of the sky after it took a bit of damage from a JDAM during the slow launch phase and it landed in the Caspian Sea. Furthermore, several UAVs managed to paint three (3) targets for Arabian counter-battery missiles which scored long-range hits on two (2) TELs. When all was said and done, the launch phase alone allocated thirteen (13) Arabian UAVs being downed (UAVs honestly aren’t reliable in-game or IRL) and the Federation losing two (2) mobile ICBM launchers with a static launch site’s location compromised for further attack. Not to mention the penetration of UAVs in and around the Caspian Sea has alerted Federation AF units that this area is to be contested highly.
-Once the ICBMs broke atmosphere and were well on the way to their descent, the Arabians were surprised to find that many of the incoming missiles weren’t making much of an exploding fit when hitting the ground; mostly because no warheads fell out of the hollow shells after making great speed on their return descents. Arabian ABM assets in the sky and on the ground were highly baffled by this occurrence and many in the lower ranks of command figured this to be a fluke meant to degrade morale and show that the mighty Federation, as it were, could penetrate the homelands of Arabia from afar. Soon however the radars pinged with two dozen red flashes coming in fast and hot. Anti-missile defense systems sprang to action to engage the twenty-four (24) confirmed targets and manage to down eighteen (18) of the targets. An additional three (3) fell off the face of the Earth due to unknown causes (most likely due to Soviet mismanagement and ill maintenance making the warheads’ quality with something left to be desired). The last three (3) bogies made their target known instantly after the failure of interception by the Arabs: the Aswan Dam. The Dam took those three hits like a champ, but the structural integrity began to make way for collapse as years of wear and tear have taken their toll on a piece of engineering plagued with budget issues through previous revolutions and whatnot. After several hours of attempting to stabilize the structure, the Dam gave way in two areas and large volumes of water flooded lowlands surrounding it. The material damage wasn’t too terrible with only half of the electric generators flooding and losing the capacity to generate power, but unfortunately the local farmlands have been flooded and the sediments detained by the water have killed pretty much any and all crops due downrange of the dam. Furthermore, something like 10,000 people have been displaced either due to the lack of a home or because their place of work has been destroyed. Water treatment is now a dire must with the salinity increased from reservoirs and such also taking damage. This could cause quite an economic stir for the Egyptian economy as a standalone.
-There were several unidentified birds that were confirmed by locals as to entering and exiting Arab airspace during the ICBM attack; nothing came of these reports and no further investigation was done to try and intercept the flying units granted what little signature existed was gone before anything with a proper AA suite could be scrambled.
-There was quite a bit of traffic around the Caucasus region on both air and surface. Initially the Arabians put dozens of squadrons into the air to contest and eliminate the remnants of the Federation’s air force in the region. This was done with a staggered approach of three air units flying in layers. After the Arabs had penetrated Federation air space to harass ballistic missile installations, the Caspian became one of the largest contemporary battlefields with all the men and material passing over and across it. The Arabian air unit meant to cross over the Caspian Sea and into Transcaucasia noticed odd pings along the northern Iranian border shared with Azerbaijan. As the Arabian fighters broke the Federation’s sovereignty of the skies, a single squadron broke off to investigate the ground targets and found the Federation attempting to offload quite a sum of equipment and personnel near Baku. The skies of the port weren’t unprotected as the first Russian units to dismount made sure to slap down some MANPADSs and offload the mobile anti-air pieces first. Of the twenty-four aircraft to find this sly offload, three (3) were downed without being able to engage any targets. The Federation air force finally got its act together and scrambled a squadron of its own aircraft to engage the foes. Granted this wasn’t a designated target area, the Arabs bugged out upon seeing the inbound Russians but not before making a quick strafing run that ruined the day of sixty (60) or so ground personnel, eight (8) tanks, and six (6) other assorted AFVs. The Arab pilots were taken prisoner before intel of the offload was lost by the Arabs; presumably the rest of the Russian troop movement moved north while the combat ready units dispersed west towards the front; which can also be said for the Arabian planes that escaped the unsuspected engagement.
-The Caucasus region has remained dense with aircraft from both sides. The Arabs’ massive air raid tactic managed to put ninety-four (94) planes in the Caucasus arena alone. Although they were fitted for CAP and eliminating anything in the skies that didn’t sport an Arabian roundel, fuel was still in short supply. Before progressing, it must be said the attacker usually doesn’t have much experience in foreign skies and doesn’t know how to navigate in three dimensions while trying to both engage and evade ground and air targets, so any seemingly lopsided casualties will be justified by this logic I do hope. At any rate, the Russians managed to keep twenty-four (24) planes in rotation with minimal loadouts (I say minimal because full fuel, load, and maintenance runs take quite some time ground-side). Needless to say, the Russians were packing stones and the Arabs were packing fuel and those combos don’t mix too well granted the lighter bird makes the tighter turns. Anyhow, the war for the Transcaucasian skies wasn’t too bloody; at least I won’t make it so granted my brain is a ground-pounder and I have little in-depth knowledge to justify large amounts of wings slapping dirt after catching flame. The Russians were making sure to keep the Arabs spaced out after losing two (2) planes almost instantly from the staggered attack structure hinted at earlier; the lower birds lure the foes while the higher ones swoop in as a saving grace. After close to thirty minutes (that’s a big stretch in time for neither side not holder superiority) of pure showdown, the final tolls reached both sides. The Arabs had lost six (6) planes and an additional nine (9) took damage and had to hop and hobble home while the Federation sustained a grand total of five (5) planes lost and four (4) damaged. The Federation planes can be up in a matter of hours granted their fields are a bit closer and don’t have to double-back into friendly airspace. All Arabian pilots survived and will need specialized extraction or face capture by the Federation or the radical terror cells lurking in the mountains.
-While both sides had their birds retreat to lick their wounds and make sure they could sustain combat missions (more or less both sides had to take stock so the former incident could happen again), the Arabians took advantage of the softening effect on enemy air defense and decided to try and land 10 000 men and 40 AFVs to compliment what had been dropped before. However, the enemy had saturated the area with the kit that came from Baku and the northern position mentioned earlier. The Federation forces heading from former battlefronts managed to stretch their initial logistical lines and set up mechanized defense positions that were laden with support units meant to swat stuff from the skies. The AAA only allowed 4 000 Arabian troops and 10 AFVs to land in their designated LZs close to their comrades already dug in alongst the mountain range while an additional 2 000 and 5 AFVs have been dispersed throughout the wilderness after taking evasive maneuvers and having to make an emergency drop. The remaining paratroopers were forced to head back home after the skies were contested by the Russian defenders once more and at a much faster rate than anticipated. Although the cargo planes had plenty of escorts, landing troops in skies filled with afterburner and flying munitions is a no-go in my book and wouldn’t be feasible due to the pure hazard factor of parachuting down to Earth with no means of evading incoming danger. The Russians lost three (3) planes against the Arabian escort fighters while the Arabians lost a mere one (1) fighter due to fighting in packs, more or less.
-Later in the night, the Arabians managed to put two AC-130s in the air above their airborne boys on the ground. This gave the lost regiment time to regroup and try to link up with the main forces dispersed across the mountains. During their trek west, the 2 000 men encountered a Russian brigade-sized force. By coordinating with the gunships loitering in the cloudy skies, the Arabian regiment was able to get the drop on the Russians and used SMAWs and similar weapon systems to make their impact seem like a much larger force than what it was. After about two hours of keeping the heat on the Russians below, the Arabians won their small victory and managed to eliminate nine (9) AFVs and make casualty of 230 Russian infantry and crewmen while capturing four (4) light vehicles that assisted in helping the Arabs link up with their compatriots after the regiments comms were lost during the firefight. The embarrassed Russians fell back to more fortified positions following the onslaught.
-The night was also used to eliminate static and mobile anti-air defense systems in E. Turkey and the Caucasus area. UAVs were flown at normal altitudes to catch the attention of ground-based radars and SAMs while forty-five (45) Valkyries trailed behind to engage the firing surface-to-air units. This strategy managed to knock out 5% of the Federation’s surface defenses before intel put two and two together to recognized there was no immediate danger by having the UAVs fly about. ECM was increased to fry the flight connections on the UAVs and most of them were recalled in fear of being lost. While the UAVs were trailing back, fifty (50) F-15SEs hugged the earth beneath them and harassed Federation logistical routes and known fortified positions in the aforementioned areas. The birds managed to knock out several road junctions which served as intermediate fueling stations but really minimal damage was done due to the poor terrain which threatened to leave the F-15s exposed if they went too deep and were intercepted by the Russians on the way out. Something like 1 200 Russian support personnel and combatants were take casualty and less than thirty (30) AFVs were destroyed or damaged granted most of the Russian material is on the move through back roads and such which offer plenty of surface cover from fly-overs.
-The large fighter groups not dedicated to the Caucasus were directed towards knocking Turkey out of the air war permanently during the wee hours of the morn. The Arabians managed to outnumber the Turk air cover by eighty (80) or so planes, but that didn’t make much of a difference seeing as though the AAA on the ground left the Arabs little room to maneuver in closer to the ground. The staggered tactics employed by the Arabs did well in gaining immediate hits on five (5) Turks, but the amount of flak coming from the skies forced them to break the pre-determined formation and the high-altitude swooping meant to get the drop on the Federation AF turned into a free-for-all in the skies. The Turks made sure to use range to their advantage and merely flew around evading incoming missiles rather than confronting the Arabs head-on in a suicidal fashion. Eventually the fuel tanks for everyone started to get low and a rotation was needed by the attacking faction. Despite the high concentration of birds in the sky, the Arabs only managed twenty-three (23) hits of which thirteen (13) were kills. The Russians didn’t score many hits either with only eighteen (18) confirmed tag-and-gos from rotary cannons and missiles which downed eleven (11) Arab planes completely; however, an additional six (6) Arab planes were forced to ditch over enemy airspace after being trapped upon diverting back to friendly airspace for refueling.
-To no surprise, during that intense air war, the Arabs launched several SRBMs meant to eliminate the remaining Turkish airfields which were causing some trouble up above. Of the fifty (50) missiles launched, only eight (8) made their mark due to the Federation employing a comprehensive missile and C-RAM defense network (the Russians are known for having a rather detailed anti-BM compilation so this should be of little surprise). Though some of the SRBMs managed to breach the Federation’s defenses, not much damage was actually done seeing as though the stretched Federation AF didn’t have much equipment on the ground (even during flight rotations) and the surviving and damaged airfields are nothing more than a hodgepodge of makeshift runways. So, using my limited intuition on this matter, the field repairs have pushed the Federation back another CR before full operational capacity can be achieved. Additionally, two Turkish air bases will be knocked out for two CRs after this one; I’ll let you pick which ones, Ultra, granted it makes little difference as the defender.
-After all of that noise, the Arabs started off the morning with a bang on the ground as hundreds of artillery pieces fired at the Turkish defenders in and around Elazig and its adjoined area. The Turks made sure to move around quite a bit so the incoming volleys couldn’t really make much of an impact. After softening up the Turks, who sustained something like 1 000 casualties across a front roughly fifteen kilometers wide, a large movement pressed towards Elazig with over half a million standard infantrymen creating the manned backbone of the force and something close six thousand AFVs making up the material spine. The movement was slow in many areas as the commanding forces had to coordinate all of the units against barrages of hidden rocket artillery. Although counter-battery radar and attack aircraft were able to eliminate the occasional Katyusha II, the fact that they are indeed mobile made them all the harder to hit not to mention sappers had made sure to throw up some anti-tank mines ahead of the Arab advance so the fireworks would resume. By time the movement even managed to reach the city limits, the Arabs had sustained 2 500 casualties with eighty (80) AFVs being knocked out of the fight. Additionally, the Arabs lost ten (10) Mi-55s and six (6) A-10Ds meant to provide CAS while the Turks lost eight (8) AH-1s and five (5) AH-12s. Federation ground casualties from the Arab advance are presently unknown seeing as though they’ve been moving ever since the early morning.
-While the half-million-man force pressed into Elazig itself, a mechanized unit broke away with 71 500 men packed into their respective vehicles. Their target area was Sivas, but didn’t make it far after running abruptly into entrenched and hidden Turkish defenders with enough anti-material weaponry to make any army cry. The Turks had outfitted light APCs and so forth with AT weaponry which came in handy as they could maneuver slightly faster than the attacking Arab vehicles which were filled to the brim with equipment as to not fall out of supply should they be cornered. The Turks managed to divert the attackers into two attacking prongs with their flanks exposed enough for meager conscripts to start blasting away with RPGs and the like. At this point in time, the blunder of an attack has cost the Arabs 3 400 men and 110 vehicles while the Federation losses stand at 2 200 men and 60 vehicles. The Arabs remain about 80-90 kilometers outside of the Sivas city limits and are being hit hard by artillery batteries with little Arab air support able to breach the area and provide support; the mechanized forces are digging in.
-Elazig has been captured by the Arabs at this point in time; officially at least. Although the Arabs have invested quite a bit of time in trying to cooperate with the Turkish people in the area, much of their efforts have been in vain as the Turkish government has told its people that the Arabians pressing into Turkish soil are cooperating with the Kurdish terror cells and will oppress them with duties not their own. Many locals have formed militias meant to make the Arabs have a bad day and the tallies have racked up quite quickly with 400 casualties being taken on from non-combatants. The classic IED and sniper pair continues to take its toll in the city. Furthermore, the random rocket artillery strikes have broken the minds of many younger recruits as tall structures tumble to the ground with their comrades in them; for the most part though, the Arabs stand strong as a whole. In other words, Ultra, green force has been pushed back with grey if that helps. Logistically, the Arabs might be seeing some trouble soon. Although they were smart enough to protect their logistical lines with nearly a million troops held in reserve, meaning their supply lines are stretched thin when trying to support nearly two million combatants. The ideal situation here would to have fewer boots in reserve so there aren’t too many more mouths to feed and the logistical routes remain over-saturated even during times of duress. Casualties for Elazig stand at grand total of 4 200 Arabs wounded or killed and 92 AFVs and 110 support vehicles out of action while the Turkish professional military sustained 3 800 losses with 68 AFVs and 40 or so support vehicles out of action. The Elazig militia has recorded 80 casualties on their side with nine (9) technicals destroyed.
-Turkish forces outside of Adana and Mersin were swept aside fairly easily as the Arabs outnumbered the defenders and the Turkish command was more worried about the downpour in Elazig and Sivas which rest closer to the heart of Turkey. At any rate, critical road junctions and bridges were eliminated by Turkish SOFs upon the retreat of the defending forces which made a seemingly short trek much longer and filled with many more casualties due to hit-and-run tactics implemented by anti-material snipers and recon forces armed with ATGMs meant to distract the Arab advance. The distractions managed to knock out seventeen (17) AFVs, one (1) AH-64D lost to mechanical failures, and put 220 men out of the fight on the Arabian side with the Turks losing forty-two (42) SOFs and light infantrymen. The Turks are presently consolidating and hoping to not take on any more casualties while the next set of orders roll in.
-A new Arab offensive meant to break the lines heading towards Erzurum was cutoff almost immediately by the Federation as artillery batteries caught the mechanized unit offguard. The attacking unit had hoped the attack at Elazig would put the Turks off, but a strong defensive command made sure the Turks held their ground and remained ever vigilante despite the declination in combative favor. The Arabs lost 3 300 of its 10 000 men after cluster munitions falling out of the sky shattered the advance and put the armored vehicles in disarray seeing as though they had no firing solutions to defend themselves with. Eighty-four (84) AFVs and thirty-two (32) light vehicles were eliminated by the Federation while the latter lost 800 pairs of boots and sixty-three (63) various vehicles to Arab artillery. Needless to say, the Arabs put their tanks and trucks in reverse to friendly lines with only six kilometers being gained. Permalink
-Arabian air units over Israel were distracted quite early while their ground operations went ahead with their business. The Federation had allocated several squadrons to harassing the Arabians in random wave assortments. Equally matched numerically, the Arabian and Federation pilots were doing quite a number to each other with the Federation downing three (3) Arabian planes and the Arabians downing four (4) Federation birds. Eventually the Federation pilots had to fly out of hostile airspace to reload and refuel which dragged the Arabians into an epic chase; this is exactly what the Federation had hoped for. The hasty Arabian pilots were met with a reserve squadron of Federation birds which drug the Arabs out of Israeli airspace completely and into the Mediterranean and surrounding area. One of the most notable dogfights lasted for fifteen minutes in which case one Federation pilot managed to take two (2) Arab planes out of the skies before he himself was forced to bail from his plane. Overall, the Federation pilots made sure to simply keep the attention of the Arabs in hopes of forcing them to keep off of the Israelis. The original squadron of Dragons meant to keep enemy intrusion at a minimum was forced to land or face falling out of the sky. By this time, the Federation was also running low on fuel but had managed to make their presence known in Syrian skies. Several daring Ukrainians flew their planes over enemy encampments held in reserve as a show of force meaning to show Israel shan’t be forgotten nor left to wilt and collapse. Eventually the Syrian air guard caught up to the Federation pilots and downed two (2) additional pilots forcing the Soviets back into friendly airspace lest the pilots should fall ill from combat fatigue and lose all control of their aircraft.
-While the Arabs were distracted in the air, they pressed forward on the ground. The forces occupying the Gaza Strip began their way towards Tel Aviv. Their travels were by no means lucrative as the Israelis had by this time mined all major infrastructure and routes leading to critical territories. Not only this, but the Israelis had made extreme efforts to fully mobilize and organize themselves to counter any further assaults. Reconnaissance units embedded behind and around enemy lines kept the Israeli combat network updated every second of every minute. At any rate, the Arabian forces only managed to gain ten kilometers before pretty much their entire CAS was knocked out of the skies by the Israelis’ advanced SAM network. Not to mention the Israelis were able to throw up significant armored resistance that constantly attacked and fell back before the Arabs could get a bead on the situation despite all odds. The Arabian littoral presence has been noted by the Israelis operating all over the country so they’ve been keeping it safe by constantly moving in and out of geographically challenging areas which negate missile overwatch. Additionally, the Arabs landed a 25 000-man force north of the city creating a pocket around Tel Aviv. The defenders have decided to keep it quiet in the north and let the Arabs get comfortable until the time is right. Overall, the Tel Aviv advance has cost the Arabs 2 800 casualties and sixty (60) AFVs out of action while the IDF has lost 400 personnel and twenty (20) AFVs. The sheer determination of the Israelis is going to lead to severely lopsided casualties FYI.
-Arabian reinforcements came out of the Sinai during the Tel Aviv push and headed towards Eilat. Although the Israelis were prepared to defend critical territories, the geographical disposition Eilat possesses (being stuck between Arabian turf on both sides) forced the IDF to withdraw from the area and head towards more open quarters. However, a couple thousand individuals both in and out of uniform have vested to try and hold out as long as possible to smuggle supplies through the critical port city. More or less, the remaining armed personnel in the city are attempting to consolidate rations before pulling out completely seeing as though Eilat is critical for Asian and African imports that help sustain much of Lower Israel. The Arabs have managed to make an armored perimeter around the city, so light Israeli convoys of something like ten vehicles have been escaping during the late hours to create caches and so forth along the countryside in case of emergency countermeasures. Needless to say, the immediate withdraw and fast incursion has led to minimal casualties with a combined total of no more than 200 Arabs and Israelis being killed or wounded. All civilians have been treated with dignity despite the vehemence held in the hearts of the Israeli denizens.
-The Arabs attempted to break the defenders of the Golan Heights with large amounts of dense artillery in the form of SRBMs and artillery batteries, but the Israelis again utilized their advanced anti-flying defenses to drop pretty much every bit of Arabian shelling and missiles flying in; having experience defending against Palestinian rocket barrages has come in handy. The only major casualty the Arabs managed to employ with the use of the volleys was the elimination of several rear supply and command posts; this had little effect on the combat situation as the Israelis managed to redirect and regroup their losses. Both sides had reinforced their parts of the Heights with armor and artillery with the Israelis still being severely outnumbered. Despite the numerical disposition, the Israelis have designed pretty much every single piece of their equipment around defensive maneuvers and thus had the technical advantage in this case. The assault on the Golan Heights is at a standstill; neither side has managed to move the other at all. Whenever the Arabs think they’ve broken the lines, repositioned artillery fires down upon them and the Arabs are forced to redirect their own guns. All of the back-and-forth combat has costs the Israelis thirty (30) AFVs and 2 400 human losses while the Arabs are down forty-four (44) AFVs and out of 3 600 fighting personnel. The only major gain for this CR is the fact that the Arabs have managed to shore up their lines with enough men and material to negate any sort of flanking maneuver and the defending party will have difficulty swatting the attackers back real soon. Moral of the story here is that the Israelis know how to counter spam tactics, but for only so long.
-The West Bank is more than likely the most heated portion of the ME theatre. The Arabs have been stockpiling men and machines during their “idle” time and have launched a very comprehensive attack against the Israelis. Due south of the West Bank itself, a rather light attack force of just some 300 AFVs and 10 000 armed personnel managed to breach into Arad with minimal casualties (400 neutralized persons and 12 vehicular losses). This swift push and victory for the Arabs was due to the massive strikes occurring up north which required many of the Israeli reserves to mobilize against.
-An Arab hook coming out of Jordan and heading towards Hebron made good time and managed something like twenty kilometers before encountering stiff resistance by Israeli light strike forces equipped with AT munitions. Although the Arabs were well prepared to defend against such strikes, the sheer tenacity of the Israelis began taking its toll on the Arabs logistical lines and movement began to stagnate after the armored vehicles were forced to idle while the infantry were attempting to catch up and fight off the incoming Israeli anti-material munitions. Eventually some tank-versus-tank combat took place, but it turned out to be that the Israeli armored core was simply testing their attacker’s reaction capacity. Presently, the Arabs have not made it to Hebron and have been forced to fortify outside of the city so they can manage their lines and test the Israeli defenses. Being masters of urban combat, the Israelis certainly have an intimidation factor even though they’ve only inflicted light losses against the Arab attacking line. Something like forty (40) AFVs and light transports have been knocked out of the fight with 800 men put out of action (AT mines blowing up trucks was the main concern here).
-A third push was made towards Jericho. Granted the Israelis are more concerned about maintain the sovereignty of the Holy City, initial resistance was again quite light. Not only this, but the Arabs managed to throw up quite a few planes equipped with top-attack munitions that put the defending Israelis at a disadvantage when it came to maneuvering against the attackers. Still, the Israeli SAM network has managed to down twelve (12) planes across the West Bank thus far; which in the contemporary world would be quite a staggering amount that would cause some confidence issues between the pilots and air command. Moving along, the Israelis finally managed to muster an armored defense against the attackers but only just before the Arabs breached the city limits of Jericho. The area has been stricken hardest by mortar fire which has harassed the Arabs quite a bit and wearing on the minds of the fresher recruits. Israeli tanks have positioned themselves in darkened spots (meaning in areas with enough overcast to negate most overhead recon) with engines running cool. Although the Arab command for this fight was advised not to engage in street-to-street battling, leaving loose ends will only bite them in their rears later on. The Israelis have managed to hold the city while inflicting some serious losses against their foes with ninety (90) Arab AFVs out of commission and 2 100 combatants either covered over or in field hospitals. The defending party has lost half of what the attackers have, but that is likely to change as serious CAS strikes are catching on to the Israelis assault patterns. The fate of the city is likely to be determined next CR.
-The prong heading towards Nablus managed its way without incident, more or less. Again, the Israelis have tended to congregate moreso around the Holy City in an attempt to retain Eastern Jerusalem and of course the Heights due north, so there’s much room to work with in between those areas. The city itself has not yet been occupied after hearing what happened in Jericho, but the Arabs aren’t facing much resistance and have managed to keep the area under lockdown. Civilians that refused to evacuate into Lebanon and other surrounding nations have been asked/commanded to stay indoors as to reduce the hassle on the Arabs nearby. Many have complied for the sake of their families, but there’s still quite a bit of distrust between the attackers and the urbanites mostly because confinement often leads to death in cases of war despite the Arabs attempting to come off as allies to the Palestinians. Many of the elders have suggested that the Arabian Empire will only make the Palestinians subservient to the Muslim super-state and a true Palestinian state can only be won by the Palestinians themselves through diplomacy and perseverance. This message has spread throughout much of the Holy Land and popularity for the Arabs has declined but with no true resistance formulating as the younger radicals have rallied together to call the elders slaves to the Jewish state; there remains a large fissure between the generations as moderates and radicals bang heads.
-Alas the assault on Nazareth didn’t make it far as the defenders positioned in the Golan Heights managed to mobilize their reserves to intercept the lighter attack force. Still, Arab CAS over the area has managed to contain the Israelis to the Heights while artillery remains the only true threat. At any rate, the Arabs have only managed to make it a quarter of the way to the city before having to slap on the ole anti-mine kit which severely reduced the mobilizing time and the Arabs had to stop during mid-day to make sure their logistical lines could hold out against a fierce Israeli retreat from the Heights and towards the West Bank. During this critical investigation period, the remnants of the Israeli AF broke from their custody in Cyprus and managed to stage a light assault against the Arab presence in North Israel after dodging the large barrage of AA assets coming out of the ocean to negate such an incident, including the Nazareth prong. At any rate, twenty-five (25) AFVs have been shoved aside with cluster munitions putting 600 pairs of boots out of the fight and two (2) Israeli birds were knocked out of the sky before braving it back out to head towards Turkey. An additional three (3) Israeli birds have been confirmed as being lost to the sea due to the lack of fuel.
Turkish Straits and the Mediterranean:
-With both sides holding some of the largest numbers of naval assets on the globe, the naval battle that occurred during this report was quite brutal. The Federation’s strategy has been to push the Arabs off of the Straits and give their boys some breathing room and of course the Arabs have focused on reversing that as to capture the Straits completely and boot the Federation navy from the equation. Turkish operatives positioned around the coastline have been keeping track of the Arabian movements and especially their littoral positions while keeping the IR paint fresh. The operatives in coordination with aerial recon in the form of UAVs showed that the Arab armada, as it were, had received reinforcements in the make of six destroyers, eight frigates, three cruisers, and ten LCSs increasing the total Arab presence to something like 114 various surface vessels ranging from PT boats to full blown warships with an unknown number of sub-surface vessels lurking.
-Anyhow, the lighter vessels in the Arab fleet attempted to bum rush the Turkish CBG evading the Arabs’ onslaught. However, it’s fairly well known that the Russians have an exceptional place in their hearts for close-in defenses granted they’re a bit paranoid when it comes to being attacked and that ideology proves true on their domestically produced vessels. The LCSs meant to breach the inner defenses of the CBG by using their cannons and limited VLSs were met with the same treatment they were attempting to dish out. Needless to say, the bigger, badder Russian vessels put the LCSs in their place with six (6) of the light ships either being sunk or having to pull out of combative operations. The remaining four (4) LCSs were called back to offer internal defense while the GMDs and so forth coming off from Israel launched their volleys at the Turk vessels. The large number of frigates on the Turk side managed to display a grand anti-air network that negated over 85% of the incoming missiles at the expense of dumping a good portion of their munitions. Two (2) Turkish frigates were damaged beyond fighting capacity but the crews manning the vessels made sure to put themselves in harm’s way and offering themselves as barricades between the Turkish fleet and the advancing Arabs. The small missile boats employed by the Turkish fleet pretty much attempted what the Arab LCSs had and broke from the Turkish concentration to fire surface volleys at the Arabian force. Four (4) Turk vessels were put out of action after damaging one (1) cruiser and one (1) GMD on the Arabian side, both of which had to be put off from formation to fix their electronic networks and communications. After both parties regrouped, it became apparent the Arabs weren’t messing around this time as their two CBGs from the previous fight began to sandwich the Turks as the detachment from Israel maintained the frontal assault.
-Just as things were getting dire, the IR markers from earlier showed their purpose in the nick of time. Just as the Arabian carrier air wings and other fixed wing detachments with anti-ship loadouts were making pace to eliminate the Turkish fleet, numerous red dots began pinging across the boards as bogies were making great speed towards the Arabian fleet(s). Arabian Dragons flying CAP got the first peek at what was going down as BASMs coming presumably from the Black Sea streaked across the skies and began slamming into outlying vessels. Three (3) Hyrda-class GMDs and two (2) frigates were lost immediately before the two CBGs were able to coordinate AA efforts coherently. Of the sixty-four (64) Federation BASMs, thirteen (13) scored devastating hits against the Arabians which were operating under a Charlie Foxtrot status. Aside from the five vessels previously mentioned as being incapacitated, one (1) Gettysburg-class supercarrier has sustained enormous damage to the flight and hangar decks after a BASM slammed into a ammunition storage bay and caused numerous secondary explosions above and below and many of the crew have sustained serious wounds from fume inhalation, shrapnel, collapsed lungs, etc. and will require a hospital ship to evacuate many of the sailors or face operating an ill skeleton crew while the ship itself chugs along to a friendly or neutral port; three (3) corvettes were damaged or sunk; two (2) more GMDs; and two (2) additional frigates. With just over twenty vessels put out of action on the Arabian side by this time, they were forced to rethink their attack strategy and how to make sure their defenses stayed up while pursuing the Turks which by this time had used the distracting BASMs to skirt the frontal assault and move out of the box that surrounded them.
-By this time, the Turkish fleet had lost complete use of the damaged Stalin-class carrier but that didn’t stop it from harassing the Arabs. The carrier broke from the Turkish pact at full speed and forced the Arabs to detach several assets to intercept and eliminate it. Twelve (12) Arab planes (Dragons and F-35Cs) broke from the main air suite and pursued the carrier with support from two GMDs and four frigates to make sure the lone vessel would be pressed into a corner. Of course, the carrier’s lack of a functioning flight deck meant the birds it put up had nowhere to go and the pilots acknowledged that fact. The carrier managed to put fourteen (14) fully fueled and loaded planes into the sky before it had taken critical damage from ASMs from earlier Arab flights. The fourteen planes engaged the enemy’s twelve with casualties occurring quite quickly on both sides; the Arabs were out eight (8) birds and the Turks seven (7) within the first five minutes of engaging each other. The four Arab planes that were still around managed to break the Turks’ CAP and scored two additional hits on the carrier, one of which was very close to the waterline and began the listing stage of the ship’s death as high seas plunged water into the hole in the hull. Upon trying to head back to the CBG, the four Arab planes were ambushed and only one (1) managed to touch wheels to a friendly deck while another three (3) Turk birds were downed. The remaining Turkish planes decided it was time to take the fight to the enemy, namely the lurking GMDs and frigates making sure the carrier went down, and began strafing runs. Having minimal payloads following the dogfight, the planes managed to only muster an outgoing barrage of six (6) general purpose missiles of which only two (2) managed to make contact after penetrating the CIWS network. A single Arab frigate took those two missiles like a champ initially as only its exhaust port was hit, but soon secondary backblast from damaged piping caused internal error and several areas below deck became gas chambers for the crew operating on the engines and so forth. Presently, the ship is a sitting duck as repairs are underway and it may have to be tugged out of the hot zone or abandoned. Back to the Turk planes, they dared to make one more strafing run using their remaining ammunition housed in their rotary cannons and managed to cut the bridge of a GMD before being blasted out of the sky. The damaged GMD is now missing several ship officers as shrapnel and 20+mm shells did a number; the vessel itself is still operational. The Arab vessels are now watching the carrier sink without engaging in fear of some sort of nestled trap around the lone vessel; ergo, the possibility of a hidden minefield put in place beforehand or lurking subs cast in the shadow of the larger battle concentrated around the CBGs.
-The remainder of the Turkish fleet had been able to keep just out of range of the Arabs’ missiles but the comprehensive number of attack aircraft meant to sink the fleet began stacking kills. After about three hours, many of the surface vessels in the Turkish fleet had been either damaged beyond all repair, lost to the sea, or unable to defend themselves to the fullest extent. The major thing the Turks had going for them was their ability to launch munitions at the Arabs via submarine, but still the damage reports began to pile after ASW saw a sharp increase once the skies had been cleared of fast-movers to some extent. The Turks are now down to one (1) half-operational carrier only capable of putting up ten to twelve birds upon rotation, five (5) frigates left to ASW and limited air interception, one (1) cruiser with only a quarter of its munitions left and no short-range comms, six (6) corvettes left pushing off light Arab vessels and rescuing crewmen, ten (10) light PT boats with little to no ammunition, and between six to eight (6-8) subs still operational at varying conditions. Overall, this means only something like thirty-one (31) of the original 100 or so surface and sub-surface Turk ships remain in action; which honestly isn’t bad considering they’re up against two CBGs with additional detachments approaching from multiple directions. The Arab armada sustained an additional two (2) GMDs being lost, two (2) LCSs, three (3) MRNCs, and three (3) frigates damaged or listing to their final fate thanks to the lost Turk vessels dumping their final volleys on the Arabs before having to abandon ship or sinking with it. So don’t forget the losses described earlier. Although the Arabs lost fewer ships technically, more of their more important vessels have sustained damage and won’t be returning for at least one more report. Furthermore, nineteen (19) additional air losses have been taken by the Arabs after the skies were spammed with flak just as the Arabs were trying to spam ASMs.
-Anyhow, the Turkish fleet had done its job by the turn of night: the Arabian fleets had been coaxed away from the Straits and pretty much the Aegean as a whole. This breathing room allowed for the Black Sea and Ukrainian fleets to wait out the storm and strike at the most opportune of times. While a majority of the Arabian armada was engaged in trying to knock out the Turkish fleet, naval engineers/saboteurs were working on getting the neutralized frigate out of the Strait by means of making it more bite-sized. While they were setting up their explosives and coordinating with the fleets held in reserve as to minimize travel time, twenty (20) fast attack vessels sped past the doomed frigate and engaged the Arabian ships keeping guard for their boys in Gallipoli. The assault ships managed to link up with the eight (8) frigates and two (2) cruisers left loitering following the invasion of OeK-held Greece. All-in-all, the small task force did quite a number on the small number of Arabian ships holding down the fort, so to speak. The Federation was matched by four (4) GMDs and four (4) frigates protected by twenty (20) MRNCs which were meant to guard the Straits. The light attack ships pretty much made a car chase out of the incident with both sides managing to poke holes in one another; eventually the casualties measured out to eleven (11) lost Arab ships and thirteen (13) Federation assault boats out of action with the defensive advantage held by the Arab ships leading to slightly fewer losses. The unexpected Federation swing from Greece managed to pull the Arab destroyers and frigates off of the peninsula and south into larger Aegean waters. One (1) Russian frigate was lost during the fight but other than that both sides have simply stared at each other and discharged minimal amounts of ammunition granted they don’t know their level of security should reinforcements fail to arrive for either party.
-By time the Arabs had been moved away from the Straits, the naval engineers working on the frigate stuck in the channel managed to obliterate the thing and the Ukrainian fleet was the first one to begin its passage through. There existed the possibility of the Arabs managing to catch the slow-moving ships in-transit, but CAP and strike aircraft armed with ASMs made sure the put-off Arabs stayed quite the ways away. The Federation never got to use their ASMs due to specifically restricted flight space, but the looming threat was enough considering much of the Arab air power was still contesting the Turkish fleet. The Ukrainian ships managed to make into the Aegean without incident, however the Black Sea fleet caught some hassle as the undamaged Gettysburg-class supercarrier made its return to the Straits with its accompanying battle force. The ships didn’t engage each other as the Arabs were smarter than that knowing the Straits could once again be closed by large debris and the fact the Federation had airborne anti-shipping assets and parked subs nearby, so the CBG stood idle while its air wing burned the midnight oil. The Arabian F-35s squared off with Federation Sukhois and MiGs (hailing from Greece mostly) leading to the Arabs losing six (6) birds and the Federation four (4) before a majority of the aircraft from both sides had to retire. At any rate, a quarter of the Black Sea fleet remains parked in the Black Sea fearing that stacking too many ships in the Straits during the air battle would eventually lead to a butchered operation. The present situation is a stand-off with the Arabs desperate to breach the reinforced naval battlespace as to support their marines in Gallipoli. Permalink
-The Arabs managed to offload an additional 20k troops into Sedd el Bahr and the outlying regions without incident before the naval support was pushed off in the operation described above. This bolstered the line pretty significantly considering the time table established from last order set, putting rough numbers at 46k Arab troops in the area. Although the original number called for 140k men to be offloaded with accompanying equipment, there’s just no way that was going to happen with the air and seas contested and the high demand for ROROs to make such a drop happen would just make them sitting ducks in the grand scheme of things.
-While the Arabs were digging in and hoping for the best following the battle at sea, night quickly reared its ugly head and made a mess of things. A battalion of Turkish low-tempo operatives managed to disperse themselves into enemy lines during several hours of night. Forward Arab patrols were left intact as to not alert the defending MG and anti-whatever positions held in the rear, but there was still damage being done in clandestine means. Basic intel was stolen by the Turks while fuel and ammo caches were wired to explode. Eventually the battalion was found out and had to fight its way out of harm’s way; and successfully did so by blowing the dumps sky high and using the confusion as a means to escape. However, casualties still remained high with something like 150 of the original 1 000 Turks being taken prisoner or counted as KIA. Their mission had been a success though as the Arabs had lost about two days’ worth of supplies and their ranks had been tested and accounted for by the Turkish forces lying in wait.
-Twenty (20) SRBMs sitting quietly afar sprang to action with four (4) hitting defense clusters in the Arab lines after dodging ABMSs; eliminating 2 000 men and 20 AFVs due to the rather dense structure of the defenders not being able to maneuver into open landscape. Arab UAVs loitering in the skies meant to attack surface vessels were instead re-routed to attack the TELs and advancing Federation forces that had now thrown it into high gear. The UAVs managed to knock out six (6) SRBM launchers while killing eighteen (18) other AFVs and support vehicles before they were knocked out of the sky from fuel exhaustion. Four (4) Arab Blacksharks managed to penetrate a narrow air corridor to Gallipoli following some high-risk aerial refueling and launched stand-off munitions against the Federation ground forces putting 1 200 infantrymen into ambulances or body piles while between twenty and thirty (20-30) AFVs were put out of action. All the Blacksharks managed to make it home, but one has a clipped wing from a pursuing Federation air element.
-Artillery batteries from both sides were attempting to knock each other out, or at least keep each other busy while the AFVs and infantry did their work. The Turks managed to put up a few more arty pieces than the Arabs however and eventually all effective Arab guns were either silenced in fear of being lost or were actually lost. This put the Arabs at a disadvantage when it came to firing for effect, but the fact they were acting defensively assisted in keeping the Turks off some ways still. AFV-wise, both sides are statistically equalized just about, but the Federation forces stand with 18k more pairs of boots than the Arabs. Presently, the threat in Gallipoli has been contained, but not eliminated by the Turks with the Arabs desperately needing their naval assets to return or at least distract the offshore Turkish naval detachment from attacking in the future and crushing any chance of escape or fending off the ground-based attackers for much longer. All-in-all, the Turks have lost just shy of 3 000 men total while the Arabs are down 2 600 or so but the body count is sure to rise if the pressure is kept up.
-Several Sonya-class vessels parked in the Caspian launched a healthy dose of TLAMs at Iranian air bases after the Arabs flew over the forenamed sea to assault the Transcaucasian territories of the Federation. The bases targeted in the north were hit hardest granted they were closest to the source of the missiles, but those closer to the Persian Gulf were left fairly unscathed thanks to localized airfield defenses and the rather steep change in geography from sea to mountains to openness; factors which wore the battery life of the guidance systems. Anyhow, Mehrabad, Tabriz, and Shahrokhi have been put out of the fight for at least two CRs. Omidiyeh and Chahbahar managed to only sustain a few potholes in their runways and a few birds taking debris damage. Bushehr, Shiraz, Khatami, Bandar Abbas, and Vahdati took more intermediate damage but should be up and running by next CR.
-Following the assault on the Iranian air bases, Federation bombers took to skirting the Caspian coastline to engage the surface fleet of Iran in said water body and managed to do effectively. Two (2) Su-24s and one (1) MiG were downed by interceptors, however. The central port for the Iranian Caspian fleet, Bandar-e Anzali, took rather significant damage and no one will be able to dock there for quite some time. Iranian subs have been noted as missing and are likely attempting to evade the Federation presence for as long as possible granted they are significantly outnumbered. The Federation’s PT boats are now making sure all reported enemy ships can be confirmed as kills and are also taking prisoner of the surviving Iranian crewmen. There has been light harassment from the skies by local Arab patrols, but with most of their AF tied up in Turkey the PT boats combined close-in defenses have deterred heavy engagement.
-After knocking out a good bit of Iran’s naval and air assets, the real fun began as the Federation launched a ground assault from territory recently gained through behind closed doors dealing. Utilizing Turkmenistan and its standing military, a multi-pronged assault breached the immediate Iranian border previously thought to be secure due to the presence of a former government now dissolved. A solid armored core of roughly 1k armored vehicles managed to punch along the north heading towards Tehran. Although the force had many assets dedicated to supporting the push, the terrain made life terribly hard for the advancing Federation forces. The Iranian defenses left something to be desired, but were putting up a solid resistance still by utilizing the geography to their advantage; sappers and combat engineers began blowing holes in the mountainside near critical infrastructure which forced the Federation advance to idle and deal with the matter while taking heavy fire from Iranian regulars utilize guerilla tactics. The Federation took a pretty sharp set of losses due to a rather uncomfortable lack of support infantry able to fan out and eliminate the Iranians. All of that’s to say the Federation managed to punch inland a good 175 kilometers or so by the end of the day; logistically there are some significant challenges as trucks and light cargo aircraft will need to catch up. The Federation fuel and rations can likely sustain the entire force for a good two days of extensive fighting and a few days more should they stay put. Losses for push sum to about 80 AFVs left sitting the side of the highway and 400 infantry and crewmen needing medical help or burial; the sheer density of the armored fist leads to the rather ugly total of vehicular losses. Additionally, six (6) Mi-55s were lost to MANPADSs and mechanical failure (Central Asian militaries are under-budget, yo) and three (3) Su-25s intercepted by diverted fighters heading home from their Caucasian battles. Speaking of the Caucasus, the rather large, but statistically ambiguous, group of reinforcements meant to dissipate and reinforce the Arab paratroopers has been re-routed to defend the Iranian capital. Whether or not they make it time is up for debate. Regardless, Federation CAP has fanned out mostly to make sure nothing comes out of the damaged airfields. Iranian losses are presently unknown due to their current fighting style; internal reports show a large amount of men being put out of action from the Federation CAS though. In summary, Tehran is feeling the heat but so are the Federation attackers after their lengthy blitz through harsh geography.
-To the east, a second prong consisting much of the Turkmenistan military, began pressuring the Iranians near Shahrud. The attacking force was mostly infantry and artillery heavy with a light number of AFVs offering fire support against hardened positions. This prong was stopped just outside of the city limits after a light infantry division held in Iran’s reserve position managed to dig themselves into the area and take pot-shots at the exposed Turkmen infantry. Given the short distance of the attack, casualties have remained light as most of the Iranian defenses were either consolidated closer to Pakistan or heading to defend Tehran. Actual losses remain unknown but it has been confirmed that two (2) Federation helicopters have been shot down with at least ten (10) crewman and passengers being killed. On a side note, the Turkmen have been hesitant to actually react to orders from their Federation superiors due to the rather recent nature of being flung into the Soviet super-structure. Having been recently indoctrinated, many of the men feel this war is not their own and are merely pawns of Mother Russia. Dissent and defection are in high percentage amongst this assault force.
-A mostly armored force with superior CAS and CAP pushed on through towards Sabzevar. The encountered only a few patrols close to the border and have made good time to the aforementioned city. They’ve managed to secure the city itself despite some reluctance to enter the urban area, but the number of tanks and other AFVs (roughly 200 combined) was enough to intimidate the local defenders. Not only that, but dense artillery has kept the forward movement pretty intact and the momentum remains strong. Morale-wise, this Uzbek force remains more confident in their abilities; mostly because they’re left to their own devices and are simply in place to hold the flanks of the two other nearby advances. Still though, the older, more nationalistic officers have expressed concerned about their respective nation’s standing in the grand scheme of things but this talk has not spread to the lower ranks and remains hush.
-Another armor-centric force was routed to take Mashhad and Torbat. Initially, the blitz went smoothly towards Mashhad and the Torbat party broke off to head towards their target. Soon however, things started to take a downturn as the large city of Mashhad was filled with Iranian militiamen, guardsmen, and regulars armed with ATGMs and explosives in general. Taking to tactics familiar to our generation, VBIEDs and rigged explosives plagued the attacking Federation forces and have caused a stall in their advance. Knowing that if the Mashhad metropolis couldn’t be captured fast enough men and resources would be swallowed up quicker than they could be distributed, the Torbat detachment turned ‘round to catch the backdoor of the city. Guided artillery has assisted in keeping the Iranians from being able to move too much, but the area is saturated with bad spots for armored vehicles and infantry alike. The Iranians have taken to collapsing small buildings to barricade critical road junctions and so forth that allow easy in-and-out access through the great metropolitan area. Already, almost 1 000 Federation losses have been reported; many simply shrapnel wounds, concussions, collapsed lungs, lacerations, etc. But vehicular losses stand at sixty (60) AFVs needing repair or sending off to the scrap pile. The skirts of the city have fallen to Federation hands and overall it’s entrapped, but the fight has only begun. CAS continues to pound away at whole streets hoping to get lucky enough to kill a few insurgents but nothing seems to be consistently effective and civilians put a damper on things just a tad. Federation CAP have seen little resistance, but the Iranians did managed to scramble six (6) Dragons with extended fuel loads towards the combative area from the airfields mentioned as being lightly damaged. The Dragons engaged with long-range munitions and managed to down one (1) MiG-29 and damaging two (2) Su-27s before one (1) Dragon was downed and another lost control of its control surfaces and hit dirt.
-A final push originated in Afghanistan and was meant to make sure the Iranians protecting against a Pakistani breakthrough couldn’t glide north. Unfortunately for the Federation, the Afghanis have a rather independent mindset and there is a severe lack of trust in the Afghan Army as well as corruption. Of the 90k men put into the assault, only about two-thirds of that number actually followed their orders through. Unfortunately, that still didn’t serve well as the local mujahedeen had something to say about their countrymen being manipulated by the rebirthed Soviet empire which they ardently fought decades ago. Although the rag-tag and dishonest holy fighters aren’t particularly popular with the Islamic Republic due to the whole opium trade business and being a disgrace to the Muslim faith, the Iranians weren’t dense enough to exclude any possible intel from internal sources. The mujahedeen, which had embeds in the Afghan Army, tipped off the local Iranian patrols and made a mess of the hoped surprise attack. Small elements and artillery batteries from the Pakistani line were able to position themselves in a way that stopped the rather disoriented Afghanis. It was hoped the advance could push on all the way towards Kerman, but artillery and naval assets parked in the gulf put a damper on that. Morale remains extremely low amongst the Afghan forces which want nothing more than to return home and fight for either full political autonomy or at least just stay out of a Russian war. At present, the Afghans are positioned about 75 kilometers outside of Zabol with unknown casualties. Unless some serious fear or inspiration is struck in these forces, nothing good is going to come out of them.
-There has been a sharp increase in armed resistance in Greece. Local occupation forces from the Federation have intercepted snippets of letters and electronic activity inspiring ardent nationalists to rise up and fight against the detest Turks which threaten to swallow up their nation if their friends in the reformed Soviet Union have anything to say about it. Intelligence suggests that this partisan activity is not internally funded nor initiated but rather there is another party getting these men and women into a belligerent attitude.
-Chechnya has actually been rather quiet despite the good timing to start another revolution. The KGB suggests that this may mean the rebels are moving quietly south closer to the frontlines as to actually make a political and martial statement in conjunction with their Islamic friends. Still, the situation is ambiguous and not severely threatening.
-As put earlier, Afghanistan is already a mess with the Federation in political control of the state. The local freedom fighters tired of foreign interventionism and previous imperialism have stocked up on arms (hey-o Pakistani black markets) and are making huge bank thanks to the opium trade which has relatively easy movement and access to foreign buyers thanks to military assets not being able to watch whole borders while fighting off fiends. At any rate, the Russians would be wise to simply stay out the country as much as possible and put the Afghan Army in reserve and let the crime and corruption in said outfit do its work. Rumors of a popular revolution are already being heard through the grapevine (I’m pretending Afghanistan finally got phones and stuff, man) and that’s a real bummer for the future of the nation.
-Turk morale close to the front remains high; especially considering much of the territory occupied by the Arabians is part of the fictional Kurdistan. Radicals in the Turkish military continue to spout out bigoted statements saying the Arabs have been fueling Kurdish terror cells that will murder women and children in the nights if the Arabs ever break through fully. Young men in the Turkish ranks are eager to hear this and remain vigilant in their fight. Unfortunately, this puts serving Kurds at a disposition as they are pressured by racism and so forth and silenced reports have shown Turkish reserves brutally forcing Kurdish families from their homes. The whole ME is a mess and ethnic issues are a problem in the Arabs’ military too considering the many sects feel one another are only self-interested and not fighting for the great purpose, whatever that is. Overall, hodgepodge units are bad news.
-Arabs control about one-fifth of Turkey.
-The Arabs in the Caucasus have been reinforced slightly, but Federation landings threaten the comfort of mobility and the ability for the paratroopers to link up in a more organized attack and defense network.
-Arab forces in Gallipoli are in severe danger of being booted off the cliffs.
-Turkish Navy pretty much down and out, but the Black Sea and Ukrainian Fleets have reinforced Federation holdings in and around Turkey as a whole.
-Straits secured by the Federation and strategic importance re-established.
-Insurgencies in several hotspots behind the lines.
-NE Iran is in dire straits as the Federation managed a surprise attack which puts several politically important cities in active crosshairs.
-Israel lost its southern-most port and the West Bank is being battered heavily. Golan Heights remain in contest and Tel Aviv is going to be sandwiched soon.
-Aswan High Dam needing repair. Many Egyptians displaced, with more on the verge of dehydration thanks to salinity sky-rocketing and water reserves draining. Economically, the Egyptian state is in trouble.
-Federation spaceborne missile defense network reduced in numerical effectiveness. Permalink
-Damage sustained from the (now total) destruction of the Aswan High Damage was underestimated and tens of millions of persons have been killed or displaced rather than tens of thousands. The economy of Egypt is in crisis and much of the habitable areas are now under water or have so much debris and filth in them that the entire nation is in a humanitarian crisis. Utilizing any bit of Egypt as a critical military installation is pretty much a no-go, save the Sinai; however even it can be in danger logistically should a breakthrough by the Israelis occur.
-The AC-130s flying in the Caucasus were shot down due to high IR flickers. Casualties and outcome of their support still stands, but it should be known that the Federation CAP retains greater credence than previously acknowledged.
-SRBM attacks performed by the Federation against Arabian AFBs within ~250km of their borders/frontlines went unreported. However, the maturation of C-RAMs and ballistic missile protection systems did a number on the incoming missiles and only a few bases/airstrips have been put out of action. Minakh and Aleppo in Syria are out for one CR and Rasin al Aboud sustained some damage to its hangars and communications leaving its fate to be determined by the Arabians; it can be repaired but it'll take two CRs. In Iraq, Qayyarah West, Sinjar, and Mosul out of action for one CR. All other air fields/bases sustained only minute shrapnel damage and so on and should be able to birds in the air. Only twelve (12) birds were caught on the ground across the board granted much of the Arabian AF was already in the air.
Sorry for the late post, kept getting DC'd by MOCpages if I attempted to submit anything over a paragraph long. Touchy connection. Permalink
“Once again the Federalist Republics of America marches on! At 04:30 ADT, the Federalists began combat operations against the Midwestern Alliance. The first hammer fell when the Federalists slammed the fledgling navy of the Allies. A Federalist helicopter assault on the navy in Corpus Christi executed by SEALS presumably for the effect of taking them aprize was moderately successful as three destroyers were taken in a matter of minutes. However, the marine contingent aboard the carrier and remaining destroyer were warned as the others missed their radio check-ins for the morning. Not soon enough, however, to prevent the SEALS from coming aboard. Hard fighting ensued on the two ships as every passageway became the scene of a furious hand-to-hand fight as the SEAL teams were discovered and engaged. The captain's bridge was the focus of the encounters, and the captain was unfortunately lost in the short firefight. Seeing a large Federalist fleet hovering in the area, and knowing the nationality of the attackers, the first mate immediately ordered scuttling charges to be placed after the SEALS had been forcefully expelled from the vessel. Powerless to stop it, the Federalists watched as both the light carrier and fourth destroyer sunk to the bottom from self-inflicted wounds. The other naval anchorage of the Midwestern fleet was attacked, and all vessels there were sunk or taken aprize by the Federalists. As of now, with the exception of the midget patrol boats operated in the numerous bodies of water across the Midwestern Alliance, the MAN is a complete loss, compared to the relative cost of 165 SEALs missing or killed in action. No Federalist naval forces were fired upon in this lightning operation.
“Alerted by this fight in the Gulf, the Midwestern army went into full preparedness immediately, just in time as the ground offensive started by the Federalists. Radar contacts from Ontario and Utah signaled the start of the air war. The 101st Airborne division and the 75th Rangers breached the airspace over Minnesota, but their long air times worked against them, and they were hammered along the way by air units as far south as Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs to as far north as Saskatchewan. Overall, the landings were successful, though at a high price, in North and South Dakota where they began operations against the ICBM facilities there. However, by the time they arrived, Minot had been sufficiently warned, and the defenders were in full readiness. Perimeter defenses with well-placed crews and armored cars made the going rough for the unsupported airborne soldiers. Brief success was enjoyed when the 101 penetrated the extreme southern portion of Minot, but found that the ICBM crews had already sealed themselves into their bunkers, making it almost impossible, as by nature of their design, to assault them. Just then, the 25th attack wing of the MAAF showed up and through 18 sorties, drove the 101st back out of the base. Only one ICBM silo was taken out of action. 1080 casualties for the 101 and 75th were counted between losses in the air and on the ground to 240 Midwesterners. 5 cargo planes and 3 escorting fighters were lost for the FRAAF to 6 MAAF fighters.
“By this time, the Allies were in full readiness around their territory for expected general attacks from all sides by the Federalists. They needn't have waited long. Minnesota was the first place to be breached by the encroaching Federalists. Immediately, the MNG blew bridges and roads in select places to impede the progress of the Federalists. Due to the terrain being dead in the center of the land of 10,000 lakes, progress has been slow down treacherous and purposefully damaged roads and continuous harassment of the Allies' ground and air forces. Progress has been blunted by tactical-well emplaced defenders in all but three prongs of the Federalist line, and the whole advance has been held to 22 miles. 6 MAAF fighters and 14 CAS were lost to the FRAAF's 2 fighters and 8 CAS. 26 M1A2s, 640 men, and 60 IFV/APCs were lost on the Midwestern side to 20 M6s, 802 men, and 79 IFV/APCs.
“In Oklahoma, the progress in the open areas of that state favored the Federalists in numbers and tactics. As the majority of the MAAF was up north, the Federalists could count on relatively favorable skies in the south. However, as the lines began to collapse under the great weight of the FRA, the MAAF sent 5 B-52s with escort to carpet the advance. It took some doing, but the badly outnumbered Midwesterners were able to pull back and save themselves from utter annihilation, but giving the Federalists over 80 miles of progress and taking a good portion of Oklahoma out of the fight. This state cost the Midwesterners 954 men, 32 M1A2s, and 78 IFV/APCs to the Federalists 650 men, 19 M6s, and 53 IFV/APCs. The air war was a bit costly with 10 fighters and 1 B-52 on the MAAF side to 8 fighters on the FRAAF side.
“Manitoba was the scene of a very successful assault by the Federalists right across the border of Ontario into Churchill, Manitoba. The city was taken with relative ease and has caused great concern to the Midwesterners that a large prize has fallen to the Federalists within one day. The main body of the Allies' forces are intact there, and still pose a threat, with small-scale counter-attacks already making an increasing presence on the Federalist lines. Air support for both sides was almost nonexistent, making it a purely ground war. Right now, approximately a two-divisional force is in or around Manitoba, but their efforts are split between Manitoba and Minnesota right now. Only 89 Allied soldiers are killed to 98 and 2 IFVs killed for the Federalists.
“Operations into Wyoming and Alberta were stopped almost before they started for the Federalists, who for unknown reasons attempted to breach the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to the few passes, fewer roads, and impassable terrain (as most of the mountainous terrain consists of some flat areas surrounded by 10-100' shear embankments), only a battalion has managed to make it into both states as the whole force is moving very slowly on roads likely unfit for so many heavier vehicles. In Wyoming, a single Allied company was able to hold up a Federalist battalion for three hours before finally withdrawing and blasting the pass shut, halting completely the Federalist advance in that area. Allied losses are minimal at 57 personnel to 94 Federalist personnel and at least 12 AFV/APCs lost in various accidents. The single battalion that made it into Alberta has gained only a half-mile into the province.
“Colorado was in the crosshairs of a surprise invader, the FREE army. However, while having the element of surprise, the Republicans were even less acquainted with the terrain than their Federalist counterparts, and quickly found themselves funneled onto the I-25 corridor running straight south to north, and the only road capable of handling large amounts of traffic for prolonged periods of time. Consequently, it was the target of quick-thinking Air Force officers and a flight of 8 AF43s which easily cratered the road in some tight spots before being shot down to a plane by vengeful Federalists. The Republicans kept up a decent advance before being largely stopped just south of Pueblo by the 4th IFD and 10th Special Forces stationed at Ft. Carson, the large hardware stores at that post, and with the help of several battalions from the CNG. This military-heavy state is going to be a chore for any military to take for many reasons. The Air Forces are strong also in this area, and though it has cost the MAAF dearly, they have stopped the Federalists from gaining air superiority in this area. The day's fighting cost the FREE 389 personnel, 12 AFVs, and 25 APCs to the Allies 276 personnel, 23 outdated AFVs, and 52 APCs. The air war cost the MAAF 22 fighters, 18 CAS to the FRAAF's 11 fighters, and 10 CAS aircraft. The FREE now hold approximately 60 miles of territory along a very narrow line of advance generally restricted to the I-25 corridor, the base of the foothills to the west, and the plains just to the east.
“At day's end, things aren't looking so good for the Midwesterners. While they're currently outnumbered, they still have a many reserves to call upon. However, they have had some successes, as the Federalists have targeted Minot AFB while leaving practically every other military installation alone and have launched disastrous attacks through heavily mountainous areas. The Federalists also have several thousand men behind enemy lines that are bereft of heavy equipment and are without relief and logistically on their own. While surprise led to the success of their landing, the same surprise will not aid in their relief. Overall, the Federalists have the decided upper hand in this struggle, but time will tell how the Midwesterners use their home field advantage, to coin a phrase.
“Once again the Federalists and their Republican allies pushed on the Allies, starting the day off with re-assaulting Minot AFB in North Dakota. After pleas by the Allies for reinforcements of any kind went unheard by the commanding officers, the fight for the base was a losing one as the 101st and the 75th now fully formed, conducted a multi-directional assault and eventually took the base with minimal losses. The defenders, after putting up a defense with what they had as best they could, finally called it quits about 10:30 am. A silo crew attempted to conduct a launch against New York City, but the nature of the US command system requires that two silos must concur before a launch may be conducted, and none of the other crews were willing to launch as it would endanger their lives. Without orders on top of that. The crews of the other ICBM sites in Montana and Wyoming also received no orders to comply with the silo's calls. The crew surrendered after their commander took his own life, ending the battle for Minot AFB. 54 Federalists and one tank destroyer were lost to the entirety of the Minot garrison on the Allied side. The situation for the airborne soldiers is still tense, being caught without relief entirely surrounded by the enemy. However, surprise seems to have been complete, and the base commissary is providing the ~24,000 men with a boost in the food department, and the base itself has plenty of fuel for at least a half day's combat operations should the need to hold out arise.
“In Minnesota and Manitoba, after the Allied defenders again received meager reinforcements at best, caved in to the massive pressure of the Federalists and conducted a retreat with as much organization as they could muster. Several of the units that were sent forward are now facing a situation in which they are utterly outflanked and in danger of being cut off. Two battalions have ceased to exist as capable units, losing almost 35% of their men, under an intense aerial campaign and powerful armored coordination. Owing to the fact that the Allies' air cover was minimal and greatly spread out, local air superiority was gained quickly by the FRAAF, though periodically intruded upon by the MAAF with negligible results. The resulting maneuvers saw the Federalists advance on a broad front, grabbing up an additional 95 miles in both states. Relief of the airborne forces is in sight. The day's actions cost the Allies 901 men, 25 M1s, 50 assorted vehicles/APCs, and 21 aircraft of all types. The Federalists lost an estimated 439 men, 11 M6s, 23 assorted vehicles/APCs, and 10 aircraft of all types, mainly to ground fire.
“In Colorado and Oklahoma, the situation again turned bad for the Allies as meager reinforcements made almost no difference to the ground effort. In Colorado, after a bloody day, the 4th IFD and 10th Special Operations unit were forced to fall back behind more defensible boundaries north of Pueblo, holding up in the rough terrain just south of Colorado Springs. Again, excellent cooperation between ground and air forces is responsible for this gain of approximately 40 miles. Due to the challenging nature of the terrain, the Republicans are limited in their ability to put large numbers of soldiers on the frontlines at one time, presently only able to put a divisional unit at the front. This helps the defender, but without cohesive leadership, ad hoc defenses, and outdated machinery (or too little modern AFVs) grants its own advantages to the attacker. A concerted effort was given to restoring Allied strength to the skies as a squadron of F43s challenged the FRAAF, but were greatly outnumbered, losing 8 of their 25 aircraft in a matter of two hours to an FRAAF loss of just 3 machines. Oklahoma saw another breakthrough for the Federalists, and in the favorable terrain, they were able to breach the south-eastern border of Colorado and spreading out on the plains there. As the open fields and flat plains that far from the mountains give all the advantages to the attacker, the Allies have had to pull back very quickly, and were unable to seriously affect the integrity of the Federalist flanks. Traveling much faster than the Republicans, this second force is merely 10 miles behind the Republicans, even though they are separated east to west by nearly 90 miles. There again, the Allied air force made its presence felt by inflicting 4 losses on the FRAAF to 9 losses themselves. The butcher's bill on the ground is 1,250 in total operations of the Allied infantry in CO and OK, 67 AFVs, 91 IFV/APCs, 8 attack helicopters, and 22 artillery guns. A Republican tally puts the numbers at 256 men, 18 AFVs, and 32 IFV/APCs. The Federalists have published losses of 187 men, 22 AFVs, and 43 IFV/APCs.
“Only in the west did the Allies meet a favorable outcome in the day's fighting. Scant support made little difference as the defenders put up a good fight against the Federalists doggedly pushing through what passes they can find. While the Federalists are well-trained in mountain combat, some routes pushing through 10,000'+ altitudes take their toll on the men and advances are measured only in hundreds of yards even in the absence of opposition. Two battalion-sized infantry-only forces were successful in making sweeping movements around the known passes and have established a presence on the Allied side of the Continental Divide. About that time, a massive aerial counter-offensive began with large numbers of Allied CAS and some CAP plying for control over the area and blasting FRA positions. The Federalists had anticipated this, and heavily reinforced their air support there. In the end, only 4 MAAF fighters flew back to base, and approximately 22 CAS aircraft were lost. The Federalists lost only 6 aircraft in this operation, 2 fighters and 4 A-10s. Operations against the Allied forces pinning the Federalist down began immediately, but the small number of men that made it through have not had much success after exhausting hikes. However, with their attention now split between forces in the mountains and forces from behind, the Allied position is weakening by the hour and may collapse altogether soon. Reports of numerous other battalion or larger Federalist units penetrating the mountains have been heard, and it is estimated by the FRA higher ups that as many as 2,500 men have made it through on foot or utilizing ATVs and will be coordinated and prepared to begin operations as quickly as they are rested. In the climbing and hiking, 5 Federalist soldiers are reported missing, and 2 were killed as a result of incidents. As a result of better safety precautions, however, vehicular accidents on the Federalist side have fallen drastically with only 1 hummer lost in the treacherous passes. The Allied and Federalist manpower losses are relatively even, at 121 and 103 respectively, with the Federalists losing more AFV/IFVs to AT missiles and the counter-attack: 25. In return, the Allies have lost about 4 attack helicopters and 12 IFV/APCs.
“While the vast bulk of the Midwestern forces have yet to be heard from, it looks like the Federalists and Republicans have taken advantage of this situation to make significant gains, squeezing this small state into the vice. Time will tell the story of this war. Stay tuned.” Permalink
"Early in the morning, the Federalists and Republicans pressed hard against the Midwesterners on all sides once again. However, merely thirty minutes into the assault, the President of the FRA was contacted by the heads of state of the Allies and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities; the Allies were surrendering unconditionally. Armed forces on both sides stood down as the Allies stacked their arms and awaited their fate, which is now entirely up to the government of the FRA to decide."
"I cannot personally describe how si.ck and tired I am of people just up and quitting when the going gets tough. 'Your future is just a long series of what you're doing right now strung together.'" Permalink