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In the springtime of a not too distant future NATO's weakened posture allows Putin to achieve "Strategic Surprise" in a generalized invasion of the Baltic States and northeastern Poland.

The unsuspecting Baltic countries felt relatively safe, especially having elements of the Franco-German brigade within the territories of Estonia and Latvia, including German attack helos:



NATO and Russian airforces stared at each other, however the majority of US heavy bombers remained safely in their hangars:



Likewise NATO's special forces were on vacation, while most of Poland's land forces tucked-away in the west of the country:



Nevertheless, the US maintained an operational armored brigade at the military base in Powidz, and also had enough heavy equipment in storage to field a second brigade in relatively short order:



And so the stage was set, and Putin decided to roll the dice by first springing a surprise attack on both southern Lithuania (to reconnect the Kaliningrad Oblast to the motherland) and Bornholm (to deny USN passage into the Baltic Sea):



Russian and Belarus Spetnaz groups then descended down on NATO airbases and HQs, destroying the airfield at Bydgoszcz and the Polish helos there, as well as recon and targeting Polish and the Franco-German HQs. Russian and NATO fighters then square-off in the skies above the Baltic and both receive a bloody-nose, however in the end the Russians manage to achieve a modest Air Advantage, and routs NATO's AWACS in the region:



The Russian navy easily takes control of all Baltic At-Sea Boxes, except for the Gulf of Bothnia, and even manages to mine the Kattegat! Both sides then start to lob missiles at each other, with NATO managing to hit and damage the 4th Guard Tank Corps HQ in Belarus, and also destroying the Kaliningrad airbase! Meanwhile Russian cruise and ballistic missiles strike the FG Brigade HQ in Riga, both Polish HQs, and damages 5 Polish and 2 NATO airbases (though none are destroyed), and both sides suffer some collateral damage. The Russians then attempt multiple air strikes in Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Several of the missions are intercepted by NATO fighters and aborted. The only strike that bears fruit is in Suduva against the Lithuanian Iron Wolf mechanized brigade, which is heavily battered by both air and HQ strikes:





Russian troops cross the borders en masse into all Baltic states, as well as eastern Poland. Estonia and Latvia are completely overrun, and NATO forces there are destroyed (Franco-German brigade HQ included). In Lithuania, Vilnius manages to give the Russians a little bit more of a headache:



In Poland, Belarus forces reach the outskirts of Bialystok but fail to immediately dislodge the Polish recon regiment there. Further south Russian troops invest several Polish cities, while up north the Russian 4th Guard Tank Division advances towards Suwalki. The heavy concentration of refugees seriously hampers the Russian advance, as well as their logistical network:



Out of their base in Powidz US mechanized forces rush towards the east of Poland, but are themselves enveloped by large amounts of refugees:



Finally, Russian troops manage to destroy all Lithuanian land forces. In Poland Belarus forces enter Bialystok and begin clearing operations. By then US Tanks also manage to reach Warsaw, however all resistance in the Baltic States collapses as Russian troops gain control of Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. German Tiger attack helos are captured in the process. Then, in Poland, Bialystok and two cities are also captured:



Despite this clear aggression NATO is unable to mount a coordinated response, and reinforcements are delayed! American marines cross the Kiel Canal and enter Germany. Polish reinforcements appear on the western map-edge, while airmobile forces land east of the capital.







Thus ended turn one of the Strategic Surprise scenario. Hopefully will get into turn two soon!
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Very good AAR, gonna follow this thread for more.
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Despite this clear aggression NATO is unable to mount a coordinated response, and reinforcements are delayed!


HAHAHA. I just love that rule. Its so plausible.

- Minister, the ruskies just attacked !!!
- You sure? Maybe this is just a terrible misunderstanding.
- The baltics have been overrun !!!
- Mmmm. Seems we should call for a summit.
- No time for summits! Russia declared war on us!!
- whoa. wait a sec pal, lets begin defining "us".

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Despite this clear aggression NATO is unable to mount a coordinated response, and reinforcements are delayed!

HAHAHA. I just love that rule. Its so plausible.

Yes it might seem a little weird, but in this case NATO's response is guaranteed, though maybe not instantaneously, giving Russia a few extra precious turns to push its advance.

...and on to Turn 2:

A couple of interesting random-events start out the turn with the US armored brigade in Warsaw suffering from fuel shortages (receiviing an OOS counter). Meanwhile, as Russian troops approach the city of Zambrow, total panic grips the populace which clog the surrounding roads (interdiction counter is placed east of the city).

Russian Spetsnaz teams target several Polish recon brigades, and also raid numerous Polish airbases damaging two and incapacitating one, and causing collateral damage to US helos and Polish F-16s. The toll is high for the Russian special forces as four units are killed.

Russian and NATO fighters continue their bid for supremacy and the Russians manage to maintain a marginal air advantage. Additionally Russian AWACS now appear in the skies of Poland!



US special forces recon the 20th Guard army HQ, while a variety of Baltic SOFs raid numerous Russian airbases, and cause considerable collateral damage (including airmobile capability), and suffer a few casualties in return.



The Russians follow-up by massive cruise-missile and ballistic-missile strikes. First an attempt is made to strike at US navy ships in the North Sea by using cruise-missiles released from Tu-95s. All attemps fail however, as the USN CIWS makes short work of the attacks.



The ballistic-missile attacks are more successful and destroy 3 NATO airbases, and damages two others, causing collateral damage by degrading NATO's airmobile capability, and damaging French and German fighters/bombers. US B-2s enter Russian airspace and manage to lightly damage an airbase, while in eastern Poland B-52s bomb and damage the 4th Guard Tank Division HQ, but another attack against the 20th Guard Army HQ is aborted after a successful Russian intercept. For their part the Russians use their Su-24s and strike at a Polish armored brigade northeast of Warsaw. Finally Russian planes attempt another mining mission in the Kattegat, but are shot-down by NATO SAMs.



Russian and Belarus forces advance further into Poland, but the refugee situation remains a major impediment. However they manage to occupy several more cities, primarily Zambrow, Sokolow Podalski, and Suwalki. These advances leave some of the forward elements out-of-supply. Meanwhile the bulk of the Baltic invasion force moves south, and several airborne divisions appear in Kaliningrad, and the Russian marines return from Bornholm. The Allies continue their advance towards the front as well, with now 2 US brigades almost in contact with the enemy east of Warsaw. Polish western reinforcements rush east along refugee packed roads, while USMC units (the 22MEU) occupies the US base at Powidz.



In the north, the US 173rd Airborne brigade helicopters into Ostroda (just beyond the range of Kaliningrad’s S-400s) and marches north to check the large Russian presence massing there. No direct contact between either side happens, except at Braniewo where several Russian divisions attempt to dislodge a Polish recon brigade, but fail, causing casualties on both sides.



Further airstrikes are initiated by both side above eastern Poland. US B-1s and B-52s continue their attacks on advanced Russian HQs and Mechanized forces, and manage to destroy elements of the 2nd Guard division, but a few B-52s are also shot down by SAMs. The Russians use their Su-25s, Tu-22s, and Tu-160s to bomb advanced Polish and American forces, and damage a Polish recon brigade while disrupting the US presence in the area, but likewise suffer some loses to NATO SAMs.



The Russians clear two more cities (Zambrow and Goldap), but two others occupied by un-supplied Russian units fail to clear (Sokolow Podalski and Suwalki).

Units from Russia's Central Military District arrive in Belarus, while S-400s are deployed to Bornholm. NATO's Article 5 is now fully activated and a British mechanized brigade (along with its HQ) arrives in Germany, while Spanish fighters land at forward airbases.



As Turn 3 starts the weather turns to storms! This, combined with some residual refugees in the region, will be a major impediment to forward Russian elements, and will probably stall their advance. Additionally, the Russians fail to maintain the initiative, and turn 3 is “Contested”! This will likely be very tough going for the eastern invaders.
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Continuing of with Turn 3!



NATO manages to reduce Russia's slight air superiority advantage into a contested state of affairs, however Russian AWACS remain in the air.



Stormy weather makes raids more appealing, and Russian SOFs attack multiple Polish airfields and airbases, and manage to slightly damage several of them, including both Gdansk and Gdynia, and destroy numerous Polish air units in collateral damage. However the Spetsnaz teams take a terrible toll, and Russia's special forces are heavily depleted. NATO SOFs recon and target the CMD army HQ, while Baltic SOFs raid and damage several Russian off-map airbases.

NATO and Russian ballistic and cruise-missiles continue to target each other's airbases and HQs. The Russians destroy one NATO airbase and damage another Polish one, while NATO missiles strike the CMD Army HQ and damage another off-map Russian airbase. The Russians launch multiple airstrikes against Polish and US formations, and thanks to the weather avoid detection, but also not score any hits. The USAF attempts to strike at the CMD Army HQ with B-52s, but are aborted by Russian S-400s! The Russians suffer minor collateral damage, while NATO suffers heavy collateral damage and lose both some airmobile capability and several English bomber squadrons. Russian HQs and rocket artillery fire at Polish and US formations in Ostrow Mazowiecka, and disrupt Polish troops there.

Due to residual refugee-clogged roads, and poor weather, most Russian forward elements become out-of-supply. However a new supply depot is created in southern Lithuania in an attempt to alleviate the situation. The Russians fail an attempt to send emergency resupply to the CMD Army HQ.



The Russian advance in eastern Poland stalls due to the lack of supplies, however along the Kaliningrad border Russian troops destroy a Polish recon Brigade and occupy several borders cities (Braniewo and Bartoszyce).



There is first contact between US and Russian heavy units as US and Polish armor troops counterattack out of Ostrow Mazowiecka, and rout the Russian 201st division!



Meanwhile the 11th and 12th Polish divisions rush up the highway towards Gdansk.



Partisan resistance is strong, and most Russian clearing operations fail, except for Braniewo, while paratroopers in Bartoszyce suffer casualties! A second USN carrier battlegroup arrives in the North Sea, but is stuck there due to the Russian control of Bornholm. German paratroopers and Spanish mechanized troops are mobilized. A-10s land at forward NATO airbases.

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During Turn 4 the weather clears! The US apache helos west of Warsaw suffer replacement-parts shortages, and are inverted. However, the USAF is able to expedite maintenance of a B1 unit, which is placed in the “Ready” box. The Russians have spectacular successes at electronic detection and most NATO HQs are detected!

A lot of fancy US aircraft (F-22s and carrier-based F-35s) appear above the Baltic skies and the airspace remains contested.



NATO now manages to gain control of the Bornholm Basin, thanks to Danish, German, and US SAGs in the vicinity.

Belarus Spetsnaz heavily damage the Polish airbase in Malbork, destroying some Polish aircraft, but they are themselves eliminated. Russian Spetsnaz attempt several targeting mission, but fail in the attempt, and even lose a team in the process. US SOFs target the 201st division HQ, while other NATO SOFs raid numerous Russian airbases, but come back empty handed, and lose a Polish GROM team.

NATO and Russia launch cruise missiles against each other SAGs, however there are no successful strikes.



Russian ballistic missiles hit a NATO airbase, and cause minor damage, while NATO missiles hit and destroy a Russian airbase. US B-2 bombers attack Russian HQs near the eastern frontline, and cause damage to the CMD Army HQ, however some of the B-2s are shot-down by S-400s (a high price to pay)! Russian Su-24s attempt strikes of their own against several Polish HQs, with some being shot down without effect, while others causing the disruption of the Polish Malbork HQ. Russia follows up with HQ strikes at the US 173 brigade along Poland's northern border, and disrupts the unit. The Polish HQ northeast of Warsaw attempts its own strikes of the 201st division HQ, but fail to score any hits. Another Russian attempt to mine the Kattegat is shot-down by NATO SAMs.



With the weather improving most Russian units recover their supply, except for the southernmost Russian elements (notably the 20th Guard Army HQ, and some Belarus airborne troops to the south).

Russian armor and mechanized units advance and attack forward US and Polish heavy units northeast of Warsaw. The Russians and US commit considerable air and helo resources, however US air units are heavily hit, killing a B-1 unit and damaging an A-10 unit. The Russians destroy a Polish recon regiment and damage the US armor brigade, which retreats towards Warsaw. The Russians units pursue along the road!

Further north, Belarus mechanized forces assault the town of Orzysz, and thanks to overwhelming air support (while intercepting and aborting NATO air support), destroy the defending Polish recon brigade!

Along the coastal border of Kaliningrad Russian mechanized and airborne units attack the suppressed US 173rd brigade, and once again manage overwhelming air support, while the USAF suffer further B-1 loses from S-400 strikes! The 173rd is destroyed, and Russian troops pour into norther Poland!

Northeast of Warsaw heavy US and Polish units regroup and intercept advancing Russian armor in an attempt to counterattack! The USAF manages to provide some air support, but loses some more B-52s to Russian S-400 strikes! In the end the Russian manage to halt the counterattack, but suffer loses to some of their forward armor units.

Definitely a dark day for the USAF! shake



Meanwhile, US, German, and Danish SAGs enter the Bornholm Basin. Mechanized USMC battalions enter Germany through the Kiel Canal, including cobra helos. 2 USMC battalions (including the 2nd Recon) airmobile into Ostrada, while Polish mechanized forces take defensive positions in cities east of Malbork. Another 2 USMC battalions airmobile into just west of Warsaw (outside the Russian S-400 range). British mechanized troops and a brigade from the 82nd airborne advance east along the inland coastal road west of Gdansk. Spanish mechanized units and German airborne troops enter into Poland. In the northern lake country Polish recon units retreat towards Olsztyn to create a new defensive line.

At the end of two weeks of fighting the Russians manage to clear another 4 out of 5 occupied Polish cities. The rest of the 82nd airborne arrives in Germany, along with elements of the RRC, and an additional Germany paratrooper unit. Germany activates another SAG, bringing the ASW level to 3. The 41st Army from Russia's Southern Military District appears in Kaliningrad! NATO begins repairs for two of its destroyed airbases. Refugees finally dissipate off of Poland's roads and highways.



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Well, we have a tradition in Poland for letting Russians reach the outskirts of Warsaw and then kicking their sorry asses away. It worked at 1794, 1831 and 1920, so maybe it will work again?
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I dont understand how AWACS gets knocked down in T1 and Airborne get past Early Detection and SAMs turn 1? Lucky roll?

What is stacking on the Island? 3 SP. I see.

Im curious because I was thinking the same thing, but chickened out, and your end of turn 1 air advantage is not very big delta to move AWACs?
 
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hipshot wrote:
I dont understand how AWACS gets knocked down in T1 and Airborne get past Early Detection and SAMs turn 1? Lucky roll?

I'm unsure as to what you are referencing to here? I did not use any airborne movement on turn 1 (or any other turn for that matter). I used airmobile on later turns, mostly by NATO troops.

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Im curious because I was thinking the same thing, but chickened out, and your end of turn 1 air advantage is not very big delta to move AWACs?

The Russians had air-advantage on both turn 1 and 2, which shifted the AWACS a total of 2 points (from NATO+1 to 0 on turn 1, and from 0 to Russia+1 on turn 2).
 
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Continuing on with Turn 5!

The beautiful spring weather continues with clear skies. With Putin's cyber capabilities depleted the USA manages to hack into Russia's airforce network and reduces their AWACS capabilities. Then a bloody round of air combat ensues and NATO fighters manage to achieve air superiority above the Baltic, and friendly AWACS fill the skies again!



NATO minesweeper clear the Kattegat, while Russian cruise missiles target and successfully strike at German SAGs in the Bornholm Basin, causing the ships to retreat back to Kiel. Retaliatory NATO cruise missile strikes are launched again Russian SAGs in the Southern Baltic, but miss their mark.



Russian and NATO SOFs target each other's frontline HQs with success. Raids are attempted on both side's airbases, with a Latvian SOF team heavily damaging a Russian base, but also getting captured in the process. NATO ballistic missiles target Russian Airbases and Kaliningrad's S-400 batteries, and cause some minor damage. Russian ballistic missiles target NATO airbases, with little effect.



US B-52s, escorted by NATO fighters, attempt to further strike at S-400 batteries and HQs in the Kaliningrad sector. Russian fighters intercept but are routed and take damage in the process. However, the B-52s are themselves routed by Russian SAM fire. Near Warsaw a squadron of Russian Su-24 bombers manages to get past NATO SAMs and score some hits on the polish HQ there. A Russian HQ strike hits the Polish HQ northeast of Warsaw, rendering it ineffective for the rest of the turn. US Apache helos strike at Russian HQs east of Warsaw causing heavy damage, while also suffering some loses of their own. Polish and German helos strike at Russian HQs south of Kaliningrad with some good effect, while Russian HQs in the vicinity successfully retaliate against Polish HQs in Malbork.



Russian troops bypass numerous Polish cities in the northern lake country and begin encircling the defenders of Paslek, while Russian marines arrive at the gates of the urban coastal sprawl of Elblag. Large mechanized and motorized columns from the Southern Military District, and massive amounts of their supporting artillery and rockets units, pour out of Kaliningrad and rush south along the coastal highway towards Polish positions.



To the east of Warsaw the Russians assault both cities of Ostrow Mazowiecka (defended by Polish and US mechanized forces) and Wegrow (defended by a Polish airborne brigade). The attack on Wegrow is successful and Russian forces invest the city and begin clearing operations. The attack on Ostrow Mazowiecka is supported by Russian bombers and helos (while on NATO's side US A-10s make an appearance) and inflicts heavy losses on both Polish and US units, however the defenders manage to hold their ground!



In the Mazurian sector the Polish defenders of Szczytno are destroyed and the city is occupied by Belarus mechanized forces, while the urban sprawl of Olsztyn is occupied by Russian troops, and a NATO truck unit is captured! Further north, in the coastal Kaliningrad sector, Russian mechanized and airborne troops assault the city of Paslek, and manage to cause heavy casualties to the defending Polish armor units, however sustain casualties to their own airborne troops. Furthermore the Polish defenders hold-on to their city, and refuse to retreat! The bulk of the 82nd airborne lands in Pluck, while across Poland US and Polish troops prepare to counterattack against advancing Russian troops. Just south of Ostrow Mazowiecka a combined assault by US and Polish forces (including a USMC battalion) push-back overextended Russian armor units, but sacrifice a USMC battalion in the process. In the north, a combined Polish and USMC force, surrounds and assaults a forward Russian armor tank brigade (1st GT), and annihilates it, however the 2nd USMC recon battalion is also lost! Large numbers of US apache helos setup base just west of Warsaw. US and Danish SAGs enter the Southern Baltic and suffer some hits, while fresh German SAGs enter the Bornholm Basin.



Two cities east of Warsaw are successfully cleared by Russian forces. Further north the Urban sprawl of Olsztyn is also cleared, however another 3 cities in the surrounding areas prove difficult to stabilize, and a Russian tank brigade suffers casualties.



Despite their successes the Russians do not yet manage to regain the initiative, however they now have a considerable victory point differential.
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This is a great AAR, enjoying it.
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And on to Turn 6!

Heavy spring rains return and ground US A-10s! This bad weather is very inopportune for the Russians, as it causes several Russian formations to lose supply east of Warsaw, and most of the Russian units in Mazuria find themselves short of supply as well. This weather will also protect the NATO "bulge" northeast of Warsaw, which had become in danger of being outflanked.



After a very bloody round of air combat (especially for the Russians) the airspace once again becomes contested. Russian Spetsnaz target a Polish HQ in Malbork, but suffer capture. NATO SOFs raid multiple Russian airbases, and lightly damage a couple of then, but also cause considerable loses to grounded airplanes, including airmobile assets. Another attempt to raid a S-400 battery in Kaliningrad fails. NATO cruise missile strikes follow, with multiple attempts made against S-400 batteries both in Kaliningrad and Mazuria, and inflict some light damage at both locations but not enough to take them out of commission. Russian cruise missiles strike at a targeted Polish HQ in Malbork and inflict some light damage, reducing its effectiveness. NATO Wild Weasels take advantage of the stormy weather and attempt to hit Russia’s radar network, and do degrade it slightly. Russian Su-24’s strike at the Polish HQ in Malbork, and despite the stormy weather further damage it and renders it useless for the turn. However NATO is now fielding multiple HQs, especially around Gdansk, and the reduction of the Malbork HQ is only a slight setback.



Russian units sludge through the spring mud east of Warsaw and overwhelm the battered NATO troops in Ostrow Mazowiecka, and thanks to their artillery superiority manage to destroy the defending US regiment, and rout the Polish unit out of the city. Further south more Russian mechanized units destroy the Polish mountain infantry unit defending the town of Lochow, and occupy it. In the north Russian units surround and assault the city of Paslek, destroying one of the defending Polish recon brigades, and routing a Polish armor brigade. The routed Polish unit retreats south along the highway, and causes an overstacked situation!



NATO forces south of Ostrow Mazowiecka begin to withdraw and reposition themselves around Warsaw. US and German reinforcements arrive in the sector, and this is the first time since 1945 that a German unit occupies the Polish capital!



Further north Polish and USMC units regroup around the Mazurian city of Ostroda, and prepare to defend its vicinity, even attempting a minor counterattack against nearby Russian airborne troops, causing some causalities. In the north, near Elblag, Polish and British troops create a defensive perimeter around the heavily populated area. The area around Danzig is now home to a mosaic of NATO troops, including British, Spanish, French, Danish, and Dutch units!



Several more Polish cities are cleared, including the heavily contested city of Ostrow Mazowiecka. In the Mazurian lake countries several cities are still giving the Russians a difficult time, causing further casualties. The Russian 58th Army arrives into Belarus from the Southern Military District. Italian, Spanish, French, and German reinforcements arrive in Poland and Germany. NATO manages to increase its air-detection radar capabilities, and the newly arrived II MEF corps HQ now fields a mobile Patriot battery. Despite these arrivals NATO finds itself in a very precarious position as Russia reaches its "automatic victory" level. The Russian victory-roll fails for this turn, affording the Allies some time, however NATO commanders are now contemplating the release of tactical nuclear weapons!

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After being away from home for most of March I finally got a chance to continue (and coincidentally finish) this scenario. I had to quickly brush-up on the rules and situation, but thankfully it was all still relatively fresh in my mind.

And on to Turn 7!

After last turn's storms the weather clears again. A few random events cause some negative effects to the Russian: First an airmobile point is used-up evacuating Belarus refugees from eastern Poland, while Polish refugees fleeing recently occupied Ostrow Mazowiecka clog the roads west of city, rending the bridges over the Pisa river impracticable.

The now heavily battered Russian airforce is completely overwhelmed by NATO airpower, which achieves air supremacy, and increasing its AWACS advantage by two levels (up to 3). A Belarus fighter squadron is destroyed, while numerous Russian planes are damaged or forced to abort. Shortly after, the inshore box of Bornholm island becomes contested, threatening to cut-off the Russian units there.



Several Russian SOF teams successfully recon and target Polish and US HQs next to Warsaw, however they also suffer a captured team (particularly against the 82nd division HQ in Plonsk). A third Russian team raids and destroys the airfield in Gdynia, causing collateral damage to Polish fighters, and grounding a squadron of German attack helos, but are destroyed themselves. On NATO's side an Estonian SOF team raids Russian air detection radars and manage to cause a deterioration of its capabilities! Finally US SOFs target the Russian WMD 6th Army HQ in the Mazurian sector.

NATO cruise missiles now strike at the Russian S-400s in Kaliningrad, inflicting more damage, but without destroying the battery. More NATO cruise missiles target Russian detection radars without effect. Russian ballistic missiles strike at Polish and US HQ in the vicinity of Warsaw inflicting heavy damage to both! Russian cruise missiles strike at NATO airbases but fail to cause any damage. NATO follows up with some heavy air-strikes with Italian WW successfully degrading Russian SAM capabilities. Later, US B-52 and Apache strikes cause heavy damage to the Russian 20th Guard Army HQ east of Warsaw. Further north, in the wooded Mazurian lake-country, US B-2 bombers, and Apache helos, manage to evade Russian S-400 detection and strike hard at the 6th Army HQ and manage annihilate it, along with its S-400 battery; the USAF finally has its revenge! The Russians try to strike back by sending Su-24 bombers against Polish and US HQs north of Warsaw, but without any escorts become quick prey to Polish and US interceptors, which abort, damage, or destroy the bombers. Finally Russian rocket artillery hits Polish defending units in Elblag, causing disruption.



Russian forward elements in Mazuria and east of Warsaw recover their supply-lines due to the improved weather, however its airborne units in Bornholm now find themselves cut-off! Russia converts an MSU into a supply depot in the Suwalki gap, while recycling another in Lithuania. Due to its shrunk supply-lines NATO decides to recycle its ammo-dump in Warsaw.

Russian units now advance on all fronts towards the areas vacated by NATO forces during the previous turn. The 58th Army from the Southern Military District rushes down the main highway in and west of Ostrow Mazowiecka, forming long columns of mechanized and artillery/rocket units.



Russian units continue their advance towards the Polish capital and attack a Recon regiment in the lightly wooded area south of Wyszkow, destroying it. Further Russian units surround and attack the city of Wyszkow, but fail to dislodge the Polish defenders, with both sides suffering heavy casualties, including numerous air assets.



Further north Russian mechanized and airborne units attack Polish and US Marine units in the environs of Ostroda, destroying the marines and routing the Poles. The USMC regimental HQ in Ostroda is now in danger of being surrounded. Near the coast Russian mechanized, airborne, and marine units assault the urban area of Elblag, and thanks to overwhelming artillery and rocket support, manage to rout the Polish defenders, investing the city.



The Polish defenders of Wyszkow abandon the city and retreat across the Pisa river to create a new defensive line, along with newly arrived or reinforced US airborne and mechanized forces. Just east of Warsaw US and Polish armored units advance to make contact with forward Russian elements but do not assault, digging-in instead, and hoping to draw-in the Russians into their kill-zone. A brigade from the 101st airborne, along with their divisional HQ, helicopters into (and liberates) the town of Olsztynek, and are later joined by a USMC armored battalion from the south. This force, along with a Polish mechanized force to the northwest, assaults Russian airborne brigades in the flatlands north of the town, resulting in a bloody exchange. A little further north, British and Polish mechanized troops assaults an overextended Russian mechanized column, destroying one Brigade, and cutting-off several other mechanized brigades to the south.



US, German, and Danish SAGs successfully venture into the Southern Baltic, threatening the Russian SAGs there. The Russian airborne units on Bornholm find themselves completely isolated! Meanwhile both Russian and US/Polish forces near the city of Hawa cause mutual isolation (this turned out to be a mistake on my part, as the Russian units should still have been able to avoid isolation, but not the NATO units).



As the turn winds-down Belarus forces clear the city of Ostroleka, and open a bridgehead over the Pisa river. Two more cities in Mazuria are cleared as well, however the coastal urban area of Elblag remains hostile to their occupiers, and cause casualties to Russian marine units. NATO increases its SAM capabilities, while Russia repairs some of its air detection radars. Repairs begin on the Gdynia airfield.

Finally the Russians get to roll for a second time on the automatic victory table, and get a "0", winning the game! A bit of an anti-climactic end to a nail-biting game, but it was all a little too little, a little too late for NATO. As its amalgamation of units was finally starting to gain the critical-mass necessary to halt the Russian advance (especially with its mastery of the air and emergent mastery of the Baltic Sea), NATO diplomats decide to through in the towel. In the end casualties were just to high (including a lot of US units destroyed), and the Baltic States return to the Russian sphere-of-influence, but at least Poland is safe, and the Russian army withdraws back to their new empire!
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Great AAR!! Thanks for posting it!
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