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  1. After a dozen of tries I finaly manage to succeed. I forgot the name of it but it was the one where you get a screening scout platoon assaulted by two mechanised platoons and tanks early on and you have to secure a central town . To win I basically used the scout platoon as a suicidal ambushing screen, then I cleaned up all the vehicles w/ air, javelins and artillery before flanking with the reinforcements through the reverse slope along the river bed.
  2. Hello guys, Do you have any tips for the sixth mission ? I find it very difficult.I don't want to spoil it, but basically the initial engagements is really a wrecking ball and it's difficult to win after that.
  3. If you're interested I've made several posts on the modern French army (circa 2017-2018) in this thread : I go over organisation, doctrines, units operationnal capabilities and a scenario in which french forces take part in CM:BS campaign.
  4. Hello everyone : Here is a very interesting 1st person video of French CAESAR artillery in Irak during a fire mission : https://youtu.be/x_rQ0IaRag0 2 guns firing 6 shells each in less than a minute, very physical for the guys, even though the semi-automatic system helps a lot. You can notice they're firing almost at full charge, which means they must be targeting a target close to the max range of the gun (42km). In this video you can also see a pair of guns doing a MRSI fire mission. First shot at high angle and next one with a lower angle so both rounds arrive at the same time : Hope you enjoy !
  5. Yes this campaign is really hard, I had to redo each mission several times. Currently in the 6th one, and after surviving a very agressive rush at the begining, I'm facing helicopters without any air defence asset. I used them to destroy a few BTRs from accross the river.
  6. I'm currently going through the 5th mission of this campaign, and it also seems that the 120mm mortars present in the briefing aren't actually in the scenario.
  7. When Shock Force was made in 2007, it was only 4 years after France threaten to veto US intervention in Iraq and later refused to join, and before France increased its effort in Afghanistan in 2008. So I guess we were still in the freedom fries days and the "chease-eating surrender moneky" vibe, not a selling point indeed. Since then, there was Afghanistan, Lybia, Mali, CAR, Syria and Iraq 2, France increased its military expenditures, so French armed forces and equipments are well regarded again. What is in the pipe at the moment I don't know, I've heard of a Russian VDV and US Marines pack, and if things follow Shock Force path, we should get at some point a NATO DLC where I hope France will be included :).
  8. There was no CAESAR in Raqqa nor was there indiscriminate shelling from Raqqa, it was in support of FDS troops. It's not the same thing as deliberetly targeting hospital, etc on a regular basis. I'm not pretending the coalition is clean and never kills civilians, because it does, but there is a difference between collateral damage and intended damage. It's not good guys or bad guys, it's part of the Russian strategy and they consider it suits their interests. I'm not here to judge Russians actions, it's not the place and we've had our share of atrocities, yet when it comes to the game, I'm not sure Syria is a good metric to compare because the rules under each airforce operates are completly different and the conflict itself has nothing in common with CM:BS when it comes to air war.
  9. You know very well most of those destructions don't come only from planes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian–Syrian_hospital_bombing_campaign I'll just leave that here as an example and won't say more not to derail the thread.
  10. I agree, but the CMBS manual states in the game scenario that an amphibious force is sent to the Black sea to defend Odessa. I agree it's not very realistic but the Marines need their landing ! So I just added a French battalion in it haha.Page 6 of the manual, I quote "while the NATO fleet in the Black Sea lands Marines at Odessa to protect the city from capture as Russian forces move out of Crimea." A more realistic option would be for them to come from Roumania along the coastal road.
  11. Tbh, comparing Coalition and Russia in Syria can be very misleading, it's easy to have high number of target hits and combat sorties when you bomb indinstinctivly (on purpose ?) civilian and military targets and when you have very flexible RoE ... The fact that Russian planes almost always use non guided bomb should be a hint. I think the Russian army is force to be recon with, and I think CM:BS depicts it well, when you use the appropriate unit to order artillery fires you get very good response times, imho the issue is more with the US army which was kind of overbuffed in some aspects which explains the imbalance. The Abrams could certainly be toned down a little and it should not whistand so many artillery hits, the APS systems which were not fitted in 2017 or the modern grenade launcher which I have never seen other than in the game are also over abundant in my mind. That being said, the US has a tactical technical edge, and this should be balanced by scenario designers.
  12. Hello guys it's me again ! In this post I aim to present the grounds for a French campaign fitting into the story line of CM:BS. Let's first look at the 2013French defence white paper (link in english) : https://www.defense.gouv.fr/english/dgris/defence-policy/white-paper-2013/white-paper-2013. In it you can find the operationnal contract of French armed forces which will be our guideline to build a credible French Orbat for the CM:BS campaign. In this document its stated p88 that French forces must be able to deploy their forces in three different context, in addition to soverignity and abroad permanent deployment: A National emergency force of 5000 troops on standby allowing the deployment of 2300 troops in 7 days in a radius of 3000km. This immediate reaction force is made of: A combined land group of 1500 men (rougly 2 GTIA) with armoured vehicles and helicopters A naval group made of one LHD and its escorts, and one SSN An air group of 10 fighter jets as well as supporting transport, refuelling and maritime patrol aircrafts. Three foreign long term non permanent operations of crisis managment (such as Mali or Iraq) with 1 as main contributor. All those operations together represents A combined arms brigade (7000 men), special forces, one LHD and its escorts, approximately 12 jet fighters and appropriate support planes A Major coercitive operation against a peer ennemy in coalition in with "first entry" capability where France would assume partial or full command. With a notice of approximately 6 month and for a limited period of time, France is able to deploy the following components: Two comined arms brigades (approx 15 000 mens), reinforceable by allied brigades to form a NATO type division under French command Up to 45 fighter jets ans supporting aicrafts A naval group made of the Aircraft carrier, 2 LHDs, escorts and SSN resources needed to guarantee the functions of command, intelligence and logistics for the operation (transport, health, fuel, munitions, spare parts). On completion of this engagement, a remaining force capable of participating in a crisis management operation over a long period. Those 3 contexts add up together, which means French armed forces are supposed to be able to engage in the 3 at once. As you can see, the third context fits perfectly the Ukraine scenario of CMBS. I also used the RAND study on the European generation capabilities posted just above: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1629.html With this in mind here is my proposal for the deployment of French forces in the fictionnal CM:BS scenario found in the game user book : Early 2017 In light of the recent developments in Ukraine, the rise of tensions with Russia and the possbility of a conflict, France reduces its footprint the overseas operations to the minimal requirred and cancels the homeland anti-terror operations which overburdens the forces. Armed forces are intensively prepared for the possibility of a conflict with Russia. France, as the main European military power, also decides to take part in the NATO Task Force in Poland and sends an armoured GTIA (combined arms battalion approx 800 mens) [represents the 3rd abroad comitment of France as of 2017 with Sahel and Iraq, within the contract] June 2017 When learning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the new French president, elected on a "strong EU" promess, decides to uphold his engagements and to send the immediate reaction force. Within 48 hours an Airborne GTIA (800 mens) is air deployed to reinforce Kiev defenses [Airborne troops part of national emergency force are able to pe deployed at 6000km in 48H, they constitute the QRF of this force :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3q-fh-V3gY]. Air strikes are conducted from mainland France [see operation Hamilton or opening of the Libya campaign] and special forces are inserted. French battalion part of the NATO task force moves into Ukraine and engage combat with first Russian elements. Within a week, an Amphibious GTIA is assembled and embarks onboard 2 LHDs to sail towards Odessa with the NATO Marine fleet. An Air element of a dozen of Rafale and Mirage fighter jets and support planes are deployed in Polish airbases neighbouring Ukraine [second component of the immediate reaction force, and part of the fleet of the major coercition force]. A French combined arms brigade starts to be assembled to be sent to Ukraine and reinforce the already deployed troops. While plans are drawn for the mobilisation of a second [major corecition scenario] July 2017 The 1st French Brigade arrives in Ukraine just in time to relieved pressure from Russian offensive on Kiev and takes part in the NATO counter-attack towards central Ukraine [in line with RAND estimated deployment timeline]. Around 45 fighters are now deployd in the AO. French airborne battalion in the North and Amphibious Battalion in the South keep defending Kiev and Odessa respectively. The 2nd Brigade is assembled and gets ready to be sent to Ukraine under short notice. Reserve vehicles are sent to the front to replace losses. August 2017 The 2nd French Brigade arrives in Ukraine joins 1st Brigade to form a NATO division under French command with some extra European battalions. The newly formed division take part in the central offensive and races towards Luhansk to cut Russian escape routes. [Maximum French effort planned in the operationnal contract] Airborne and Amphibious Battalions take part in the general offensive. Amphibious battalion takes Sebastopol again 162 years after the first time. September 2017 After the cease-fire, most of the French forces are disingaged but a remaining forces stays in the country as a stabilisation force [in line with te white paper]. Here is my realstic scenario, aren't you thrilled ? EDIT : Post is now complete.
  13. Thank you very much I'll look into this for the rest of the presentation posts I plan to do !
  14. Hello guys, So I figured that the main difficulty devs would get trying to implement the French is language barrier and finding sources especially considering French army organisation was quite significantly tweaked in 2014-2016. So I've managed to build a quite precise Order of Battle from online ressources, and magazines. I've not taken into account units out of the scope of the game such as logistic and non-combat support elements and command elements are greatly simplify (as a result command element are the least accurate I think). This may not be 100% accurate, especially regarding support elements, but main combat formations should be exact. The document presents the main formations from which are drawn the GTIAs and SGTIAs as well as off-map assets that would make it in the game scope. Except when specified otherwise, all soldiers are carrying a Famas assault rifle. Doctrine wise, when it comes to fire suport, French army is quite close from the US army. For Artillery Fires, Squad Leader and Platoon Leaders can order simple artillery fires, while Foward Observers will provide more advanced fires (danger close fires, predicted fires, special effect shells, large bombardments). When directed by foward observers and their observation vehicles, fires don't require ranging shot. For CAS, Foward Observers and TACP teams are allowed to guide an airstrike, but also a Platoon Leader in certain circonstances. The main difference (at least from how US army is depicted ingame) is for helicopters and CCS. In French doctrine, Helicopters will enter in direct radio contact with the supported units and are responsible for the fires they make, all units from Squad Leaders and upwards can guide helicopters. They will also provide them recon and intel directly. Next time I'll try to present the different vehicles and armaments with "stats" similarly as how US, Ukrainian and Russian weapons are presented in the Game Manual. ToE France CMBS2.docx
  15. Well it would have made sense back then for sure, I think it would be a pity to make all the effort of creating the faction and implementing it in the previous game. Especially since a lot, I mean A LOT changed in the French army since then.I think gameplay wise it would also be more interesting to play the French against a challenging faction like the Russians, rather than against the Syrian army. French army would also be a nice contender against Russia in multiplayer, as it would be more on par with Russia than the US. Lastly, from a political standpoint, Eastern Europe is a major point of interest for French diplomacy, it would be very unlikely for the fisrt military power on the continent, always talking about european defense, not to get involved in a conflict at the border of the EU. For example, France is taking part in the NATO task force in the Baltics, in the last Trident Juncture it was one of the main contributor, so it would probably send a sizeable force in Ukraine.
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