Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

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Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby Tiera » Tue 6 Dec 2016 11:37

Disclaimer: The Community event forum is dormant and unvisited, so I purposefully posted this post here.
In order to celebrate the Reds DLC and the 99th Finnish Independence Day, I present you:

Community Event: Highway to Helsinki
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Scenario:
Spoiler : :
20th of September 1984: Mikhail Gorbachev dies in a fatal plane crash at Omsk. After a round of political infighting and shifting alliances, Yegor Kuzmich Ligachyov becomes the new heir apparent, and he is elected as the new General Secretary of the CPSU on 10th of March 1985.

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1985-89s: Ligachyov implements reforms to the ailing and stagnating Soviet economy, while refraining from political reforms out of fear that they could easily spiral out of the control of the Party leadership. As the old repressive political climate continues, tensions grow in Poland and elsewhere in eastern Europe.

1989: A wave of unrest spreads through the Eastern Bloc, as Ligachyov sends the Soviet Army to Poland in accordance of the Breznev Doctrine. The hardliner faction wins out in the Politbyro after the Soviet leadership receives intelligence reports about Polish plans to abandon Communist monopoly of power by allowing Solidarność to become a legitimate and legal political party. Demonstrations and public unrest0 continue elsewhere in the Eastern Bloc as well, especially in neighboring Romania. The Romanian Civil War between the pro-Ceaușescu loyalists and anti-Ceaușescu rebels begins when a week-long series of riots, street violence, and murders in several Romanian cities force the Romanian dictator Ceaușescu and his wife to flee Bucharest on 22 December. Worried about the fate of the Hungarian minority in Transylvania, the socialist government of Hungary soon requests CSCE observers to be send to Romania immediately.

1990: Violent crackdown of political protests in East Germany leads to a new international crisis, as new waves of refugees flee from the country through Hungary. Determined to bring the situation back under control, Ligachyov orders Soviet troops everywhere in Eastern Europe to move out from their garrisons, and to support the Communist governments whenever they are threatened. As the fighting in Romania intensifies and threatens to spread to the territory of the Moldavian SSSR, reluctant Ligachyov orchestrates a joint Warsaw Pact intervention to the country. The West widely condemns this "naked act of aggression", and Nato forces in West Germany are reinforced and set on a state of high alert.

1991: Yugoslavia declares martial law to the autonomous province of Vojvodina, due the unrest and disturbances between refugees from Romania and the local population. Tensions in the Yugoslav-Romanian border grow, as the Romanian militants opposing Soviet occupation seek to establish a presence to the relative safety of the border zone. The Yugoslavian socialist government seeks to avoid the fate of Romania, and reintroduces free elections. But instead of defusing tensions within the troubled federation, the elections act as a final catalyst that throws the country towards complete disintegration. Nationalist parties score major victories in Croatia, Serbia and especially in Bosnia, and mistrust between different religious and ethnic groups soon turns into demands of independence. Desperately the Ligachyov administration reaches out to the West, but attempts to settle the problems of Eastern Europe through international diplomacy fail.

Both sides of the Cold War accuse one another of supporting opposite factions and fanning the flames of the civil wars of Yugoslavia and Romania, and a new major European war seems to be at hand. In this situation the Soviet leadership decides to act pre-emptively, and secure their North-Western flank in order to bolster the security of Kola Peninsula and Leningrad. The Soviet Ambassador Aristov requests an audience with the Finnish President Koivisto, and hands out an ultimatum that demands immediate implementation of the military cooperation clause of the Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948. The Finns are shocked, but not surprised, and attempt to buy time by starting a new row of negotiations while also ordering a partial mobilization "to show their willingness to uphold their obligations of the YYA Treaty."

On the Soviet side Ligachyov feels increasingly stressed and desperate, and the deteriorating situation in East Germany threatens to escalate to a new world war. Thus he ultimately agrees with the hardline views of his advisors: that "these pesky Finns" will fold rather than fight when threatened with direct military action. Tragically on the Finnish side the government feels that the Soviets are merely bluffing to gain more concessions, and remain committed to the view that the Soviet leadership can ultimately always be reasoned with. This time they are wrong. As a diplomatic leak makes the Soviet demands to the Finnish government public knowledge, Ligachyov feels that in order to save the remnants of his credibility in the eyes of his East European allies, he simply cannot back down now.

On 8th of June 1991 the forces of the Leningrad Military District receive orders to cross the border and march westwards to "defend the neutrality of Finland against the impeding attack of Germany and her allies in accordance of the Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948."

tl;dr: It's June 1991, Eastern Europe burns, and Soviet forces from the Leningrad Military District invade Finland.

Situation:
Two days ago four Soviet Motorized Rifle Divisions with strong air support invaded southeastern Finland without a formal declaration of war. The Finnish Border Guard units dispersed away to the forests, and during the following day the Soviet advance pushed through the defences of the first regular FDF military unit they've encountered, the Infantry Brigade 8. The brigade was badly mauled in its first combat encounter, and it sustained so severe losses during the two-day long rearguard action that at the moment it can no longer be considered fit for combat. Bolstered by few hastily raised local defense battalions, the remnants of the brigade withdrew towards northewest to hold the line on the narrow lake isthmus area north of Taavetti. This area was correctly identified by the Soviet HQ as the weakest part of the Finnish presence in the whole Kymenlaakso region, and the Soviet forces pressed their advantage and broke through during the previous night, pushing towards northeast with alarming speed.

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Now, on 10th of June, the Finnish HQ has sent the Savo Jäeger Brigade forward to stabilize the situation. The brigade has been tasked to take positions along the ridges of Salpausselkä hills at the outskirts of the Repovesi National Park, in order to foil or at the very least delay the Soviet attempt to bypass the defenders of Kymijoki river line by a swift and sweeping flank attack.

In-game setup:
Conquest, 4v4 or 3v3 (depending on the number of players) with historical OOB decks:
All participants play with a deck they'll receive from the event host. The decks are based on historical Soviet and Finnish OOB, and describe units like Soviet Motor Rifle Battalion (BMP) or Jääkäri Battalion
[/size] http://www.fireandfury.com/orbats/modcwsov.pdf

The scenario describes an offensive of a Cat-C late 1980s MRD with elements from the standard standard TO&E of a BTR regiment, BMP regiment and Tank Regiment against Finnish opposition consisting of elements of a standard TO&E Jääkäri Brigade 90, and assorted support formations from HQ Reserves.

Special rules for the scenario:
The scenario seeks to portray a typical combined-arms engagement.
1. Initial meeting engagement: Defenders have a setup time of 10 minutes. During this time they may establish lines to a predetermined area of the map and move all units out of the spawn normally. During this time attacker can only use Recon units to advance over this line, but may use artillery and air units normally.
2. Actual battle phase: Both sides can employ all units normally.

When neither side opens up new zones (which they won't as per game rules: the attacker goal is to reach the enemy spawn within the time limit), the game goes on until the time limit without any need for silly floating points. And as a house rule, capturing new zones is a no-no.

So it's basically up to the attacking force how they'll seek to breach the enemy defenses - will they amass a huge force and try one decisive attack, conduct more general advance through the line to pin the defenders down along the front?

So, as a summary:
1. Pre-made historical OOB decks. Definitively not your average RD match as far as equipment goes.
2. Four players, 4 for attackers and 4 for defenders. Slots are open.
3. Map is the larger variant of Highway to Soul without the side spawns, only starting areas in use and with no new commands.
4. Game mode is Conquest with a time limit, with the special goal of attackers reaching the enemy spawn, and defenders holding out until the clock runs out.


Finnish briefing:
Mission: To delay the enemy advance, ultimately stopping them before phase line K (friendly spawn).
Friendly forces at your disposal:
Two battlegroups, each consisting of:
- 1x Jääkäri Battalion with standard recon elements (dirt bike scout teams), and standard TO&E = 4 Companies with 4 platoon, each with x4 Jääkäri squads, armed with 112 Rskes APILAS and 66 KES 88 AT weapons, supported by an Anti-tank Company armed with Pstohjus 82M ATGM missiles. Standard battalion-level mortar support with light and heavy mortars. Light anti-air assets are in place to support both battlegroups.
-Additional support from Erillinen Panssaripataljoona equipped with modernized T-55s. Both battlegroup have a company of these tanks at their disposal, with two companies being held at the reserve.

In addition the General HQ has assigned following operational troops for the mission at hand:
- Brigade-level TOW Company.
- Rest of the two companies of the Erillinen Panssaripataljoona, equipped with T-55Ms.
- ItO 90 AA unit
- Operational-level artillery assets
- Helicopter unit from Utti in ATGM configuration
-Air support in the form or light CAS and interceptor sorties.

Estimation of enemy forces
Forward elements of the 64th Guards Motorized Rifle Division are advancing towards our sector. According to our intel and reconnaissance reports the unit is a Cat-C Soviet division, with a single mechanized regiment equipped with BMP-1 IFVs, an armored regiment with T-80 and T-64 MBTs, and a Motorized Rifle Regiment with BTR-60 APCs. Reports from Infantry Brigade 8 indicate that the enemy has attacked with strong armored support, and utilized a lot of indirect firepower. Gunship helicopter attacks and constant air support and interdiction indicate that this is the operational spearhead of the enemy offensive, and that the enemy will contribute strong forces to the engagement ahead. As always, antitank and antiair operations will be pivotally important.

We must maintain superiour situation awareness, and use our limited resources as efficiently as possible. Trying to hold a single continuous line, or spreading our forces too thin are certain recipes for defeat. Good luck commander, you're going to need it.


Soviet briefing:
Mission: Advance along the highway, secure the flanks of this supply route, reach phase line R by 45:00.
Friendly forces at your disposal:
Three regiments of the 64th Guards Motorized Rifle Division:
BTR Regiment (BTR-60)
BMP Regiment (BMP-1P)
Tank Regiment (T-80B, T-64B)
Division- and Army-level support assets (AA, artillery)
Air support from the 1st Leningrad Figher Division (MiG-23) and the 2nd Leningrad Fighter-Bomber Division (SU-17, MiG-27).

Estimation of enemy forces
Our recon indicates that the Finns are moving a c. brigade-sized motorized unit to block our advance. Air recon has also spotted T-55 tanks in the area. As per standard tactics of the Finnish military, the enemy will most likely utilize a lot of indirect fire, especially mortars. So far the enemy has refused to stand and fight, instead preferring to fight using ambushes and short skirmishes, seeking to disengage when outnumbered. While pushing along a narrow route and securing the highway area, we must also secure our supply lines and flanks against potential counterattacks. Be confident - we have the enemy outnumbered and outgunned. Now we must engage and decimate this isolated enemy force, so that our operational manouver group can follow us and continue the attack westwards towards Lahti and Helsinki. Time is the essense here - do not let the enemy tie you down to secondary fronts! Create a strong operational spearhead, crush the enemy on one sector, and move forwards towards a speedy conclusion of this conflict.
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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby Mister Maf » Tue 6 Dec 2016 12:03

Well I don't plan on participating but I did enjoy reading the scenario. You put a lot of thought into this. I hope someone records the match; I'd like to watch it.
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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby pebakesa » Tue 6 Dec 2016 12:58

Awesome! I hope I've got the time to participate. I've been looking into creating a scenario similar to this to play with some friends who are more casual wargamers and would enjoy the greater immersion of historical decks and game modes.

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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby dumbaos » Tue 6 Dec 2016 13:31

Sounds awesome, been wondering about these kind of events and if they'd work in WRD. Hopefully it'll happen, and be recorded for viewing pleasure of us peasants.

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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby another505 » Tue 6 Dec 2016 13:34

Aww come on, why does the USSR has always to be the bad guy :lol:


I rather see Finland tries to stop a full on scandi invasion just for fun. Sibling country dispute. 8-)


anyways, a cool idea for wargame 4 would be these situations, a video, with premade decks for us to play in multiplayer.
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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby steppewolf » Tue 6 Dec 2016 14:38

Sounds awesome, unfortunately I cannot join due to lack of time but I'd like to suggest a proper soundtrack:


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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby Fade2Gray » Tue 6 Dec 2016 15:02

Nice to see these events being organized again.
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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby smyljr » Tue 6 Dec 2016 15:18

i don't think i will be able to take place in this, but i sincerely hope someone will record this, or provide a link to the replay once it is over.
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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby Naamarauta » Tue 6 Dec 2016 15:35

Count me in as a defender

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Re: Community Event: Highway to Helsinki

Postby Tiera » Tue 6 Dec 2016 15:47

another505 wrote:Aww come on, why does the USSR has always to be the bad guy :lol: .

How come? They're merely upholding the superiour societal model and law and order against devious anti-Soviet elements, who seek to throw whole Eastern Europe into chaos.
Had the Finnish leadership complied and followed their legal obligations, no one would have had to suffer. ;)
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