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Everything posted by Rinaldi

  1. Political expediency, really. It's good sense to plan for a fight against your peers, even better sense to not offend sensibilities by labeling them as much. Much like how we in the West go to painful lengths to create fantastical nation-states to fight.
  2. No, this isn't a bug. Depending on what the map-maker sets the equipment standards too Pz.Grenadiers will lack their paper-strength of two MGs. This was a deliberate decision in FB to capture the relative haste with which the German army groups in the west were reborn. I am fairly confident the manual states as such at some point. Try putting a Panzergrenadier battalion in editor with 'excellent' equipment and you will see them with 2 x MGs, I am confident.
  3. A few ugly turns Ian, though from your recce it seems he has a lot of heavy assets up front. I do wonder if he has as many assets in depth as he'd like you to believe. My money is on no.
  4. That's correct Tom regarding laser guidance (our OP seems to have forgotten that MBT lases have no problem going through non IR blocking smoke all the time) though the TOW in Black Sea is the wireless, radio guided variant. Which makes me wonder what heavy jamming does to it - I never had my Bradleys in a position that justified having them fire TOWs during the campaign mission where the Russians have maximum ECM against you.
  5. Yeah the tandem fires are a mixed bag in my experience - both giving and receiving. When they work, they work very well, though the 2nd shot usually goes flying off course or is too quick behind the first to penetrate APS.
  6. They'll burn if the ammo inside goes off - which because of their durability is rare. In that regard they're no different than any other 'vehicle.' Keep 'em coming, Bud!
  7. Thinking out loud but was this a few missions into the campaign? Shield of Kiev doesn't have resupplies at all during its course (making preserving your BTR-4Es even more paramount) I imagine that extends to APS.
  8. As promised here is a link to a compiled .pdf of the AAR: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QtvMj5-T6CbqvQnR-6utl-nmpMH1rhM9
  9. That's a good task grouping for each force, which definitely helps to mitigate the risk you always run when splitting your forces. I like that you've left some degree of flexibility based on what the recce and carrier platoon reports. I know it's early days and you haven't really taken any fire but your communications between recon and combat elements so far has been superb. Good C2 all around. QED. I enjoy your AARs, they're some of my favorite to read/watch next to Miller's and Josey Wales. I love how consistently thorough you are with your orders, which I first noticed in your Eindhoven AAR. Keep it coming!
  10. There's something just oddly attractive about the light armour and cruisers. The Cromwell has become a particular favourite of mine, both tactically and aesthetically.
  11. The AAR comes to an end, probably with excellent timing given the Rome to Victory AARs have now begun! Thank you to all who followed with interest, I will post a .pdf of the amalgamated posts in a couple days' time. ___ 1843-1846: The Challengers take a battle position near the original BP3 while they wait for the smoke mission, ordered from the Palace observation point, to fall. They promptly spot and engage a pair of T-72s in the vicinity of EA1 upon taking their position. The enemy now appear completely dislocated at this point; even as the T-72s pull back into EA2 and the immediate surroundings, BMPs are seen speeding towards the vacated BP1. They are rushing headlong into 1st platoon’s alternate battle position in the reverse slope and are handled easily by the warriors interposed between the buildings. A lone platoon of Syrian infantry remains in good order and pushes onto BP2, though are kept at bay by the riflemen now in position at the palace with ease. By 1845, the smoke is falling and building in a gap between rocky mesas, masking the counterattack which kicks off shortly after at 1846. The column is motoring forwards, putting down marching fire, when the battle ends. The Challengers spot and rapidly engage - with catastrophic effect - the T-72s that had minutes earlier pulled back into EA2. Dismounts from the 3rd Platoon fire on the only Syrian unit still maneuvering aggressively, keeping them a comfortable distance from their positions. Debrief: A short, sharp battle, though many lessons to reiterate none the less: The battle is a good example of why having a plan, even a skeletal one based on little information, is important. Likewise, alternate positions are imperative – even if they are found ‘on the fly.’ Topping this point off: there is almost always an alternative position, no matter how barren the terrain seemingly appears. Know when to pull back. Admittedly, it could have been a done a bit earlier from BP1 – which to my surprise was the main effort of the enemy, rather than on my right like expected. It was simply too tempting to keep the dismounts at BP1 on line and putting down fire on the enemy dismounts. This only really served to expose them to overwhelming return fire from Syrian small arms, BMPs and eventually, artillery. It was good fortune that they did not incur more losses in such a position. An artillery fire mission over a wide area would’ve sufficed to smash the slow moving, dismounted thrust. A defense against a combined arms attack is an intricate dance in separating armour from infantry transports, the transports from their dismounts and then destroying each in turn with assets best suited to do so. In this case, these assets were Javelins, Warriors and Artillery, respectively. Active counter-recce can sometimes be as easy as trusting your gut at fleeting glimpses of movement and putting down an area-of-denial fire mission. Fires don’t have to kill enemy observers or scouts, merely compel them to continue to displace. A scout dodging shrapnel is not reporting on your dispositions or guiding in fire. There are lessons to learn from the Syrians, too: The initial thrust on my right flank was disquieting but broken up by javelins. Had more weight been thrown behind that initial thrust I would’ve found myself very hard pressed – could the Warriors have stopped a company’s worth of BMPs at that position? I’m doubtful. The enemy attack on the left was also disquieting for a short while, before it rapidly became shambolic. The enemy dismounted attack was not a bad idea in theory, certainly it had sufficient overwatch elements, though it could’ve made use of artillery before rather than after it commenced. Further, the supporting BMPs taking the forward slope of the small rise they took position on was a fatal decision to the supporting effort. The enemy clearly had a lot of indirect fire assets. It was used anemically in the initial bombardment, coming down in small quantities for only a short time. It was also poorly templated: the best positions I could take were obvious and yet no fire was put on them. A stronger initial suppressive fire would’ve allowed for a much further forward dismount point. Infantry dismounting 300m away from my positions, rather than 800m away, would have likely put me in checkmate. Situation at end of battle & Total Losses: The butcher's bill at battles end.
  12. Trust me as a Canadian in the UK I can agree with the last sentiment - of course, according to them our English is off...it is a recurring point of contention with my better half.
  13. Following with interest. There's a certain Spitting Image song I have in mind regarding Afrikaaners that I shall keep to myself. The map is beautiful, I'm curious to see what scheme you develop.
  14. This has been modeled for a while - it's just rare to see. The older BMP1s will have functional firing ports. Also seen in CM: Afghanistan, which is on an absolute dinosaur build of the engine.
  15. Let's crack on - only one more update left. Things move quickly now. ----------------- 1832-1842 The enemy infantry pinned in front of BP1 hug earth and return fire, often firing their RPGs at excessive range in an attempt to hit the Warriors that continue to menace them. Syrian mortars begin to range in on 2nd platoon’s dismounts in BP1, which causes me considerable anxiety. While the firefight is going my way the sheer number of Syrian infantry pinned down and firing at 2nd platoon’s infantry (who are slowly accruing casualties) make it too risky to currently disengage, so the best I can do for now is sit tight and hope the enemy fire mission is inaccurate. My own artillery at 1832 begins its own fire for effect. Similarly, the Harriers continue to smash unseen targets at the western edge of the battle zone, apparently hinting at still-fresh enemy forces entering the area. The tell-tale spires of acrid black smoke confirm as much. The Harriers expend their remaining ammunition in this manner and bug out of the fight, their job magnificently done. By 1834 the enemy mortar fire is hitting in the vicinity of BP1, thankfully well to the rear of the platoon. Our own artillery fire however, hits with devastating accuracy and effect. Syrian infantry are downed in heaps under the air bursting 155mm shells. 2nd platoon engages the enemy infantry from BP2 as friendly 155mm bursts over the pinned enemy. 1st platoon displaces as enemy artillery bursts on and around BP3. 3rd platoon likewise remounts and displaces as new enemy armour appears to their front and left. Enemy artillery fire also begins to range around BP3, with much more accuracy. 1st platoon takes a few light casualties as the enemy artillery switches to a fire-for-effect but is quickly able to displace from the potential kill zone and shelter in their Warriors. The enemy artillery fire coincides with a spot report at 1836 of additional enemy armour, in platoon strength, moving into EA1 and towards the Syrian infantry. The arrival of this armour marks the end of the fight at BP1, the survivors of 2nd platoon are ordered to disengage, pushing through the mortar fire in their rear and to their planned alternate position. The near absence of long-ranged anti-tank ammunition coupled with the absence of my own armour means that BP1 would be a death trap for my exposed infantry. Their warriors also move with them to the rear. The infantry uses them to resupply and grab as much AT as possible before taking up their new positions. The hasty BP is likewise evacuated, with the 3rd platoon falling back into the palace proper. By 1838 every unit has moved into alternate fighting positions and has restocked on as much handheld AT as they can. Luckily the Syrians are not punching forward with as much impetus as they were doing when the battle first began. A lull sets in for several minutes as the Company HQ observes a handful of enemy armour vehicles and a single tank begin to push cautiously through the middle. The fire mission that had been pounding the Syrian infantry with terrifying results is called off; across the entire front the enemy advance restarts, slowly. A single question was at that point on my mind: Where in the hell was my promised quick reaction force? I am not left wanting for long, by 1840 the cavalry arrives, much to my relief. Their timely arrival obviates the need to rely on a close-in defence on the reverse slope. It only takes a couple of minutes for the leader of the tank troop to liaise with the Company 2IC and get the brief on enemy contacts and locations. While this happens, the Company commander observes the Syrian T-72s pulling back into EA2, dispersing among the little rises and mesas. A curious, though welcome, decision for the Syrians to make. Situation as of 1842 hours. With the enemy seemingly stalled out or overcome with caution, it's time to drive them back. By 1842, the Challengers have been brought into ‘the know’ about the battlefield situation and an aggressive, hasty counterattack has been drawn up.
  16. That's right - and to answer the second part of your question I believe it worked very well. Only one Javelin team eventually got hit by fire - my experience in Black Sea told me that if you're fighting Tanks or IFVs with relatively modern fire control systems (as some of the T72s in this mission had) you seriously risked immediate counterfire from the launch.
  17. Yes, exactly! Thank you. Yes that's correct. For the Warriors I'm using Hull Down waypoints after 45 second pauses. That generally gets them into firing position at the end of a turn, allowing me to react and pull them back next turn after only a brief bit of exposure. As you know, hull down waypoints cancel out other subsequent ones once conditions are met. So that's a good work around. I'm doing the same with Javelins, giving them pauses that get them aiming at the end of a turn, again 30 to 45 seconds. Once a Javelin team is aiming they can be given a delayed movement order without stopping the firing procedure. I noticed they basically never engaged if you tried to string the entire action of moving up, pausing to fire and withdrawing all at once.
  18. As promised, let's move right along! ------------------------------------------------------------- 1826-1831: The TACP team begins to move into a better position to vector the air support into both EA2 and EA3, which by this point the enemy attack had broadened into. As that occurs, the small group of enemy vehicles that strayed into EA2 are engaged with good effect: a javelin at BP1 destroys a T-72, subsequently leaving the BMPs as easy prey to a pair of Warriors at BP1. The Warriors engage briefly, then duck back into their defiladed positions. Even as this engagement is occurring the enemy vehicles and dismounts spotted at 1825 appearing in front of EA1 turns out to be much larger than a platoon in size. The BMPs duck behind a low rise and are not seen again for a bit, but over this little rise comes an entire company of Syrian infantry, who fan out into a line. Behind them on another small rise caused by the rolling terrain, a machinegun section takes position to support their advance. Shortly afterwards, the BMPs re-emerge taking a forward slope position on the same rise they initially ducked behind, also clearly in a position to support the advance of their infantry. Despite this development, the dismounts in BP1 hold fire, waiting until the enemy close to within effective small arms range. The Syrian infantry advance along the COA1 axis into EA1. Their BMPs take rather exposed firing positions behind them. Realizing that this advance has humbugged the relatively thinly held BP1, who is now bereft of the support of their sister platoon who has earlier displaced, an Observer is dispatched from the palace when the word of the enemy advance reaches the Company HQ. He speeds to a small rise near the vacated BP2 to take a good position to call in a 155 mission on the enemy infantry. The mission is called in a linear pattern with medium, long, anti-personnel parameters. I break my rule of ‘tanks only’ and order the Javelins at BP1 to start engaging the BMPs, displacing between shots – usually with 30mm chasing them out of their initial firing positions – so as to make it as safe as possible when my own infantry unmask themselves and begin firing. Then, inexplicably, the 2nd platoon leader opens fire prematurely on the advancing Syrian infantry, baiting a storm of return fire from the MMGs and remaining BMPs. Miraculously none of 2nd platoon get hit by the cannons or enemy fire and begin to calmly and accurately give the Syrian infantry their return fire. The javelins are not so lucky, a team fires its final missile – with good effect – but before they can displace into safety a 30mm round burst kills the gunner. With a general firefight having begun the 2nd platoon’s warriors begin to take firing positions at BP1 and the vacated BP2, taking hulldowns for a few seconds at a time and displacing to a new position. Their cannons systematically rip into the supporting BMPs, reducing the pressure on their dismounts. However, despite all my precautions one of the Warrior’s is eventually hit and destroyed by a BMP’s anti-tank missile. As the IFVs go tete-a-tete they also go tit-for-tat. Although the Warriors find far more success in a sustained fight, knocking out half a dozen BMPs in a matter of minutes. The Syrian infantry continue their advance in spite of their supporting assets systematically being destroyed. As 2nd platoon’s fire forces them to ground, they doggedly return fire with small arms and RPGs, causing a few of the defenders to become wounded in action. A pleasant surprise is had when Warriors, all the way over on the reverse slope of BP3 identify and begin to engage the Syrian infantry from the flank. A section of warriors at BP3 is given better firing positions and ordered to spray the area with coax. The goal is to keep the Syrian infantry pinned and in one position until the previously mentioned artillery mission finds the range. As the enemy BMPs begin to thin out the 2nd platoon’s warriors switch their own fire to the infantry and their supporting MMGs, the enemy thrust into EA1 is rapidly disintegrating into a mob. By 1831 the entire battlescape is brimming with fire. EAs 1 through 3 now have targets in them and almost every element of the company is engaged. 3rd Platoon dismounts in the hasty BP begin to acquire enemy targets in the vicinity of both EA1 and EA2; what appears to be a second machinegun section setting up to further support the hapless Syrian infantry are engaged from the scrubs and bushes and are forced to defend themselves with return fire – making their role as fire support defunct. The exchange of fire largely goes the way of 3rd platoon but they do suffer a few casualties. The Harriers also contribute to the engagement, apparently with excellent effect, hitting BMPs as they begin to move through EA2. Streaks of smoke from the high ground near where the Syrians were initially spotted hint at the presence of anti-air, though they are not successful in engaging the jets. Situation as of 1831 hours, marked by activity along the entire company front. The enemy thrusts thus far have been either destroyed or completely stunned as more and more of my assets come into play. It is clear at this point that the enemy have been arriving in waves; there’s too many vehicles stacked up in front of BPs 1 and 3 to be from the same units engaged in the first phase of the battle. The plan at this point is such: BPs 1 and 3 continue to engage as they are currently doing, with the Warriors switching their targeting priorities back to enemy armored vehicles. The Company 2IC, with 3rd platoon’s remaining warriors at the ‘hasty’ BP4 will take firing positions to add their weight to BP1s engagement.
  19. Not entirely true; crates, concrete barriers and logs (off the top of my head) can and will be used as cover by troops, how effective they are is another matter, but the fact that troops conform to such things in an action square suggests they're more 'real' than not. The fact that they can be destroyed along with the rest of the scenery is a further suggestion..
  20. Thanks for that, another update planned for tomorrow - I'm keeping the AAR short and sweet. Already working on the next.
  21. Alright, let's get into the fighting proper with this update: --------- 1820-1825:The action begins with enemy artillery landing near the palace; a mixed mission of air bursting high explosive and slow-building smoke. The palace, as I suspected, would be a magnet for fire and there are no losses among the few men emplaced there. BP2 reports BMPs in the area beyond Engagement Area 2 simultaneously with the enemy barrage. Reports begin to come in quickly from BP2 and 3 over the next few minutes. One of particular note is the spot report of a UAZ on high ground to the west of EA3. I suspect it belongs to an enemy forward observer team and luckily enough BP3 is best furnished of all the positions with forward observers. Harassing 81mm fire is ordered on the high ground to discourage or kill the suspected enemy forward observer. Post battle analysis later confirms that several scout teams and a forward observer had did moved onto that plateau and suffered casualties as a result. Enemy smoke begins to build by Battle Position 2, masking my dismounts' field of fire for a time.At 1823 tank and auto cannon fire began to impact an area of scrub and bush, at that time unoccupied, to the right of BP2. Obviously this is speculative suppressive fires. The origin of this inbound fire was rapidly established to be coming from several platoon sized elements of T-72s, followed closely behind by BMPs. They advanced over the same high ground being impacted by my mortars, roaring into what I had identified as COA3 and towards EA3. By the end of the minute the entire company is aware of the enemy thrust and a rapid, coordinated reaction was as a result possible. Firing as they move, the threat forces debouch off the high ground and move into Engagement Area 3.BP2 had no javelins and was at any rate at this time completely masked by the enemy smoke, making their position useless. They were ordered to remount and, joining with the 2IC and his reserve Javelin team, assume a new, hasty BP. They would help with inflicting losses on this enemy thrust as they entered EA3. The overarching idea: Maximize the scant dead ground I had behind the palace and the mobility of my units. The goal was to have anti-tank infantry and then anti-infantry armour. As this shift occurs, the enemy thrust enters the designated free-fire zone of the Javelins at BP3. Two Javelins are fired by the detachment emplaced there, scoring a single kill. The Javelins displace rapidly to new locations within the BP. The Javelins engage. Sticking with the idea of letting my Warriors engage the BMPs, the Javelins - operating on limited ammo - engage enemy T-72s instead. Situation at 1825. Showing the ground for the Hasty Battle Position and the thrust of the enemy,As BP2 dismounts rush to their Warriors to remount, an advancing T-72 acquires a Warrior that becomes exposed and sends a round crashing through the smoke and into it just as the infantryremount. Miraculously, only a crewman is made a loss and the dismounts tumble out, panicked, but safe. They fall back to the palace, heedless to the world for the time being. The end of minute 1825 sees a rapid series of developments: the 2IC’s attached Javelin team has already taken position in the Hasty BP and scored a satisfying kill. A Javelin at BP3 likewise bag another T72 from their new firing positions. BP1 starts to report the enemy thrust broadening out into EA2 and, more alarmingly, reports enemy dismounts and BMPs swinging out to the left, near a rise behind EA1. Finally, the radio squelches with the welcome announcement that the promised Harriers are at their checkpoint and ready to provide us with anti-tank air support.
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