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  • Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

    Operation One:
    Assassinate insurgent leader

    A small mission lead by Noyava. We attacked a fortified compound with the assistance of Frodo as overwatch sniper. We drove to a compound north east of the target and had the worst valet parking experience ever. 4 insurgents stepped out of the tree line and tried to kill us and steal our precious Land Rovers. We dispatched them and moved south. The compound was well defended, but with proper application of fire, maneuver, explosives, and medkits we prevailed.

    Operation Two:
    Five compounds, 50 enemy infantry, a hellcat, and a medical evac

    CapShawn heroically lead our haphazard squad on an assault against no less than 5 fortified compounds. One of them held the enemy commander we were searching for. As luck would have it we attacked that compound last. Luck defined here as a mixture of interesting plan choices and the enemy reading our minds.

    We inserted by a helicopter into a compound near the target area. The landing… I suspect Xorilliz and Grunt have watched Zero Dark Thirty too many times. Xor landed the Blackhawk with the tailrotor on the wall, which Grunt seemed to think was the perfect sort of landing. In fairness to Xor the compound we picked was a little too close to the target area, there were enemy patrols literally on the outside of the walls and we were under heavy fire as we landed. At least half of us were dead on landing, either from enemy fire or from the crash. Fortunately the medic, Hummel, survived and was able to get us all back up and going.

    We defended the compound from some fierce counter attacks. The enemy had a LMG in a three story building across the river that gave us a lot of trouble. With it pinning us down they closed in and blew a breach in the south wall. Fortunately we had MPL Trace, with an AR, to shove into the hole, so the enemy never made it through.

    CapShawn ordered us to advance down the river bed and he made me walk point. We encountered two enemy sentries patrol up the opposite side of the river and had some fun gun battles across the water. After that it was just a simple matter of crossing 500 meters of open fields in view of 3 of the 5 compounds. The plan was to have our AR and Sniper cover the rest of us as we cross, with Xor (now in a shiny new Hellcat) providing heavy firepower from the air. It was a good plan, given the terrain, and we did make it across. Our hellcat pilot got shot out of air by ground fire, but managed to safely land the helicopter in an open field. We successfully rescued him and forced him to fight as a rifleman from there, for the safety of Kunduz open fields you understand.

    The fighting inside the compounds was a brutal slog. Each building was defended by enemies dug in and determined. We took many casualties and expended a great deal of ammunition. After at least an hour of fighting we were ready to storm the final compound, which set about 100m north-west of the other four we had cleared out. We smoked up the field and charged up the low hill to reach the compound walls. I was, once again, at the front. Once again I was the first to hit the ground filled with enemy bullets. As CapShawn ran over by dying body I swear I heard him say "it's all working just like I planned…"

    When the assualt team reach the walls they moved right to the large gate and opened it up. Right as it opened the enemy opened up on them with two DShK HMGs carefully placed to cover that gate. Fortunately the Overwatch team was not in the path of the hail of death those HMGs spit out, but the assault team all went down. We managed to recover and secure the compound. The enemy had reinforcements moving in from the north. Given our ammo situation, and rapidly deteriorating mental health (LowSpeed grabbed a DShK and expended all the ammo on an empty building, it had to be stress - right?). CapShawn called for a retreat to the south compounds to evac by helicopter. We setup many traps in compound 5 to slow the enemies advance.

    Frodo had re-joined as a Pilot and flew in our rescue Blackhawk. As we all climbed aboard the enemy reinforcements crested the low rise to the north, by compound 5, and started firing on us! In our haste CapShawn fell out of the helicopter on takeoff. Like any good officer he was only concerned with make sure all his men were aboard and neglected to secure himself to the aircraft. Fortunately for him, my advice to leave him as a "blocking force" was rejected by the pilot and Fordo went back for him. At the new LZ CapShawn found Grunts comatose body and carried him to the helicopter as well, so it all worked out in the end.


    Operation Three:
    IED clearing at night. (Or in which CapShawn and Frodo commit a war crime)

    Orders for the mission were to clear IEDs from the road through the town on the western edge of Kunduz. Light enemy resistance was expected, and due to a logistic error NATO forces had no NVGs. Civilians were expected to be present and were not to be harmed. Clear instructions were given to that effect, along with a warning that (based on the history of the area) any harming of civilians would likely quickly turn the population violent. LowSpeed was commanding the squad, with Frodo as 2IC.

    Shortly after the team entered town there was an incident that caused the whole mission to go off the rails. CapShawn, the EOD specialist of the operation, conducted an illegal, and unwarranted, stop and search of a civilian. The civilian in question had a quantity of explosives on his person. CapShawn paniced at the sight of explosives (which if you know him is really confusing to say the least, I would have expected him to find the sight of a backpack full of C4 about as remarkable as someone wearing pants) and started yelling "the civilian has explosives". Frodo, who had command at this time due to LowSpeed being indisposed, opened fire on a different nearby civilian, killing him. This caused the first civilian, the one with bombs, to feel threatened and he started using a bomb. Someone then shot him dead as well. (Based on our extensive post Op investigation it turns out the civilian with the explosives was a worker in the nearby mines, who had a permit for his explosives. He had the permit in the bottom of the backpack with the explosives. The civilian with him was his cousin, which explains his extreme distress at seeing him gunned down by NATO forces. )

    After this unfortunate incident Frodo issued kill on sight orders for all civilians, which quickly escalated the situation. Before long civilians were throwing homemade bombs at the NATO patrol. The insurgents, sensing an opportunity, stepped up their attacks as well. Several explosive ambushes took place, but our valiant, if homicidal, NATO forces overcame the attackers. The progress clearing IEDs was slow. As civilian casualties mounted the nearby allied Afghan army dispatched Mechanize Infantry from their base to the north to help. As the IEDs on the north had not been cleared the Afghan Army IFVs were disabled by roadside bombs. Once again our NATO forces made a poor choice and fired anti-tank missiles into the disabled IFVs killing many of the recently dismounted occupants. They then hosed down the remaining, formerly friendly, forces with machine gun fire.

    This operation, while technically a success - all the IEDs were removed from the AO, was a strategic disaster for NATO. What little remains of the local population is no doubt no firmly in the insurgent camp. Add to that the destruction of the friendly Afghan Army forces which will further destabilize the region.

    But hey, at least we had fun, right ? : )

    Zues/Editor Note: This was a very different mission from what we normally do, and I very much hope people enjoyed it half as much as I enjoyed making it happen.


    Operation Four:
    Is there a doctor in the fortress?

    This was a protracted defense mission. The objective was to defend a hospital/CIA outpost and the three doctors/CIA operatives, from increasingly fierce enemy attacks. I played the part of one of the doctors, and was able to provide extra medical assistance in emergencies. Otherwise I was focused on hiding and not dying. Dimi was the squad leader for this fascinating exercise in close quarters dying.

    The enemy launched a massive infantry assault, nearly 150 soldier took part in the attack. NATO gunners in the towers took a heavy toll on the enemy attackers that came in from the East and West. The north, with all the rocks and building, provided a safer approach route. From there the enemy was able to wrap around the east and west sides of the walls and tried to make their way to the gates.

    When the gate assault failed the enemy stepped things up and began trying to get sappers up to the walls to blow holes in the walls. They managed to get up to the south East tower and destroy it and a part of the wall there. Fortunately there was a secondary wall in that area, so the breach was contained. Many enemy soldiers died trying to force their way through that breach…

    As the first attack wave died off our intrepid pilot, Sparrow, tried to get some reinforcements into the castle. Unfortunately his LittleBird was shot down and the reinforcements were scattered around the western approaches. Experiment626, Frodo, Vilky, and Whiner made a sortie from the gates to rescue them. There was a pretty intense firefight and a great deal of smoke grenade usage (+1!) but all the friendlies were recovered and safely brought into the castle.

    Once the sun had fully set the enemy launch another attack, supported by 3 BMPs. The hospital building took quite a bit of damage from one of the BMPs, but otherwise the mechanized infantry attack was successfully repulsed. At the same time as the light armor attacked the enemy para-dropped two squads into the compounds just north of the castle. The enemy had great difficulty navigating the compounds there. They had to blow up many walls to make a path to the castle walls. Once they finally got through to the castle, they managed to get a ladder up and over the wall. Three enemy soldiers made it over the walls. Two stole most of the NATO ammo from the truck and escaped back over the ladder, though one got shot as he crossed over the top of the wall. The third hid until NATO forces turned their attention back to the perimeter. Then he snuck into the hospital, up the stairs and killed one of the Doctors everyone was guarding, right under the noise of three NATO soldier in the room with him. He died a happy soldier.

    The remaining enemy forces were mopped up shortly after and the mission, mostly a success. That one doctor was really kind of a jerk so no one much missed him* ;)

    (*Yes, I did use Zues to control an enemy solider to sneak in and shoot my own player character in the head.)



    Operation Five:
    Kunduz Land Rover expedition

    About all I really remember from this was watching [MENTION=30401]LowSpeedHighDrag[/MENTION] rock his Hellcat out of a tailrotor lose and auto-rotate across 2KM to touchdown safely. Then over the radio in response to his mayday, [MENTION=6577]experiment626[/MENTION] was barking orders to a convoy off three LandRovers on how to approach the downed friendly helicopter, create a perimeter, and repulse an enemy attack as the roared down the road. For an un-rehearsed maneuver carried out by whoever happened to be at the wheels ,it unfolded beautifully. Even the enemy paused to watch in admiration, that's how amazing it was. The enemy then proceeded to continue their attack and shoot up 50% of the squad and put a couple of belts of LMG ammo down range into the downed helicopter. But it all worked out in the end.

    Prior to that there were some running battles with EI along the roads on south east Kunduz. And there was a compound full of technicals and goats.

    After the helicopter there was a grand finale charge across 600 meters of ground under Mortar fire. The enemy mortars were eventually eliminated after a hard fight at their fortified compound.

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    Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

    Not a lot to say. I was involved in operations 3 & 4 and had a blast. I introduced a new player (Whiner) to TG and I think he'll be coming along to future TT's. He said he had fun as well.

    I got to lead a fire team for a short bit on OP3. We did our best to follow orders and clear buildings as we moved through the town. OP4 was a blood bath. But it was really fun. Everyone fought well as a defensive unit. I'm pretty sure that no matter how many losses we took, the enemies casualties were x5. We fought off wave after wave. At one point the fight at the main gate was so close we could have mounted bayonets. lol

    Looking forward to next week!

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    • #3
      Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

      Originally posted by Noyava View Post
      Operation Three:
      ... war crime... illegal, and unwarranted, stop and search of a civilian. ... civilian with the explosives was a worker in the nearby mines ... a strategic disaster for NATO.
      Lies. There were no civilians, NATO forces only engaged legitimate targets... okay, maybe there were some civilians, and maybe some mistakes were made but they attacked us first... sort of.. not really:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7GK...ature=youtu.be

      Originally posted by Noyava View Post
      But hey, at least we had fun, right ? : )
      Truth. I had lots of fun. I have about 5 hours of footage (over 100GB) so I'm sure there will be couple more short videos coming this weekend.

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      • #4
        Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

        Goats, goats everywhere. ?.


        "Ok....smoke sometimes works."

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        • #5
          Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

          Originally posted by Lord Shenanigan View Post
          Lies. There were no civilians, NATO forces only engaged legitimate targets... okay, maybe there were some civilians, and maybe some mistakes were made but they attacked us first... sort of.. not really:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7GK...ature=youtu.be
          LOL. The quote "I don't care" says it all :) I was curious why civilians were hostile to us because I didn't think any of us shot them.
          - Current ArmA Pathfinder

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          • #6
            Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

            Technically this was a goat farm. Get it? :)



            This is Grunt being med-evaced after taking a bullet from CapShawn123 unknown sources/

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            • #7
              Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

              I was afk and came to in an empty field !...joined in after for some great action in and around the central part of the map in the North around the river. it's a great map for small concentrated ops.
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              • #8
                Re: Tactical Tuesday - Kunduz Spec Ops - Feb 2

                One more video I recently made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-ZjiVj4Iiw

                In this video you can see the first few minutes of combat during the hospital defense mission (operation 4) from my perspective, that is from the southern building.

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