Operation Rose

Operation Rose

Sights of the Bright Runner
After the sound defeat of UN forces in Operation Rurik, Federation-Soviet forces went on the offensive. Although the Soviet Union was still in the process of gearing up its production to maximum war capacity, they were nevertheless able to swiftly reinforce their armies before going on the attack, consolidating their depleted AC Suit units and splitting their forces into two Fronts: the Baltic Front, headed by General Mikhail Menshikov, and the Belarusian Front, headed by General Klara Abramova.

The Baltic Front, headquartered in Leningrad-2, received priority for resources and equipment, including the first full complement of Sokolov-Fyodorov Mark-I Vladimir AC Suits. Menshikov departed on the 12th of June, with orders to attack along the coast and secure the Baltic States. He led a force consisting of over 120,000 men, over 2,000 artillery pieces, 100 Vladimirs and substantial air support. Unfortunately for him, the UN began moving in reserves forces; ultimately, he faced a full German Army Group, Heeresgruppe Baltic. Although no one in Soviet command admitted it, no one had any real belief that Menshikov would have much chance against 80,000 power-armoured Stormtroopers, advanced battletanks and 150 AC Suits.

However, both sides vastly underestimated the actual effectiveness of the Vladimir Suit as well as Menshikov's own cunning and skill. The Vladimir was not a nimble creation, but it was heavily armed, well-armoured, and possessed a highly expensive state-of-the-art portable barrier system- a scaled down version similar to the one used by D-Titans. Soviet infantry would advance, safe behind overlapping bubbles of Vladimir barriers, protecting them from enemy infantry; furthermore, many UN AC Suits were, at first, frustrated by the new threat and were quickly destroyed. This, along with highly aggressive use of Vladimir Suits against the rear of Heeresgruppe Baltic, ensured that the Baltic Front made rapid gains. UN generals quickly began developing countermeasures, but by then the damage had been done. As he advanced, he aggressively pursued for enemy surrenders, deployed dedicated looter corps and launched supply raids, desperate to use his advantage to gain as much advanced UN technology as possible. Estonia and Latvia quickly fell to Menshikov, and by the 19th of June his forces- worn down, yet flushed with praise, equipment and success- crossed over into Lithuania, where the remnants of Baltic joined with the retreating Osteuropa and Weischel Heeresgruppen. Menshikov's unexpected victory saw him widely lauded as a war hero across the Union, much to the irritation of certain Federation officers.

Abramov's Belarusian Front mostly worked on fortifying Vitsyebsk and supporting Menshikov's advance as best as it could. By the 19th of June, it was ready to advance at the same time Menshikov was pushing into Lithuania. The aim: retaking the Litbel Line.

The Litbel Line was constructed by the Soviet Union in 2003. Germany and France had defeated Soviet invasions of Eastern Europe after Impact, and the USSR moved to consolidate its gains and fortify its borders. It merged Lithuania SSR and Belarus SSR into a single body for ease of coordination (much to the distaste of the locals), called Litbel. The Litbel Line is actually several lines, with the first one, as noted, built in 2003, stretching from Kaunas in the west of Lithuania to Gomel in the east of Belarus, with overall command being led from Minsk. Most major cities in Litbel were affected by the line, either due to having to contribute resources and manpower, or due to literally being a part of the line. By 2010, however, the line was deeply outdated. In 2016, the USSR deemed it appropriate for a second Litbel Line to be built over top of the first, featuring advanced technology and defenses, theoretically enough to combat Superheavies like the Thruster Solace. The LN War ended before the Line could be finished, however, and work was paused again, only to restart in early 2018. Progress remained slow, however, and by the outbreak of the War of Federation the line remained incomplete and proved to hardly be a hindrance to the UN advance. Recapturing the line, thus, would give the Soviets a chance to finish it and in doing so, help ensure that most of the fighting from hereon in would be done in enemy territory.

It was to this theatre that newly-minted UN Supreme Commander Ezra Caine was posted, charged with stabilising the front. He quickly set about reorganising local forces, deploying Promised Land forces to spread amongst the UN troops in order to enhance effectiveness, and merging understrength forces. Ezra- strategist and geologist both- was a master of using the terrain to his advantage, and the land here was somewhat suitable for his tactics.

Ezra knew his forces are outnumbered. He also knew that he was facing serious opposition from the Soviet advance, not least of which came from the elite Superheavy forces and Evangelions attached to the Red Army. Realistically, Ezra knew that this wouldn't be a battle he could parlay into a sweeping counter-offensive, like the Soviets had. His forces needed time to resupply and reinforce. If he could buy time, the UN could finish the Litbel Line and reinforces from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic would arrive, tipping the advantage back towards the UN.

But he- and Soviet Command- also knew that the momentum the Soviets were maintaining was starting to lose steam. Any advance beyond Litbel into Poland would require reinforcements from the Ukrainian Front and control of the Baltic Sea. Any immediate combat beyond the Litbel Line, assuming the Soviets won, would consist primarily of Superheavy and air units.

So then, Ezra's path was clear: he had to stop the Soviets in their tracks or, failing that, cripple their Superheavy capability. Either of things things would help win the war, either in the short term or the long.

Turning Points

Turning Points
Destroy or Rout Enemy Forces.
Protect Allied Forces.
Secure Minsk.
Secure Litbel West (Vilnius and Kaunas)
Secure Litbel East (Babruysk and Gomel)
Secure Polish Line (Grodno and Baranavichy)

Local Allies

Baltic Front

Leader: Soviet Commander Mikhail Menshikov
Artillery%20Pog.png?dl=0 1. Red Army Artillery Division Vladimirs%20Small.png?raw=1 1. AC Red Guards Division PogInfantry.png?dl=0 1. Red Army Infantry Division PogInfantry.png?dl=0 2. Red Army Infantry Division
Type Artillery Type Vladimir Suits Type Infantry Type Infantry
Mag 60/100 Mag 60/100 Mag 60/100 Mag 60/100
Arm 1 Frag Missiles Arm 1 Bolter Cannons Arm 1 Infantry Weapon Arm 1 Infantry Weapon
Arm 2 Rail Vulcans Arm 2 AC Prog Swords Arm 2 Infantry CCW Arm 2 Infantry CCW
Arm 3 - Arm 3 P-Heavy Bolters Arm 3 - Arm 3 -
Arm 4 - Arm 4 Anti-Air Missiles Arm 4 - Arm 4 -
Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 1 Sergeant Spec 1 Sergeant
Spec 2 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 2 - Spec 2 W-Spec (Rail Vulcans) Spec 2 W-Spec (Rail Vulcans)

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Belarusian Front

Leader: Soviet Commander Klara Abramov
Artillery%20Pog.png?dl=0 2. Red Army Artillery Division Mk1%20Pog%20Strat.png?dl=0 3. AC Red Army Division PogInfantry.png?dl=0 3. Red Army Infantry Division PogInfantry.png?dl=0 4. Red Army Infantry Division
Type Artillery Type AC Suit Type Infantry Type Infantry
Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100
Arm 1 Frag Missiles Arm 1 Railcannons Arm 1 Infantry Weapon Arm 1 Infantry Weapon
Arm 2 Rail Vulcans Arm 2 AC Prog Swords Arm 2 Infantry CCW Arm 2 Infantry CCW
Arm 3 - Arm 3 Rail Vulcans Arm 3 - Arm 3 -
Arm 4 - Arm 4 Anti-Air Missiles Arm 4 - Arm 4 -
Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 1 Sergeant Spec 1 Sergeant
Spec 2 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 2 - Spec 2 W-Spec (Rail Vulcans) Spec 2 W-Spec (Rail Vulcans)

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1. Vozdushnaya Armiya

PogFighter.png?dl=0 1. Air Defense Air Group PogFighter.png?dl=0 2. Air Defense Air Group PogFighter.png?dl=0 1. Air Artillery Air Group PogFighter.png?dl=0 1st Tank-Hunt Air Group
Type Fighter Craft Type Fighter Craft Type Fighter Craft Type Fighter Craft
Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100 Mag 100/100
Arm 1 Rail Vulcans Arm 1 Rail Vulcans Arm 1 P-Heavy Bolter Arm 1 P-Heavy Bolter
Arm 2 Anti-Air Missiles Arm 2 Anti-Air Missiles Arm 2 Frag Missiles Arm 2 Anti-Armor Missiles
Spec 1 Pathfinder Spec 1 Pathfinder Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells) Spec 1 W-Spec (Bolt Shells)

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Vitsyebsk Fortress Zone

Leader: Soviet Commander
Fortress%20Pog.png?dl=0 Vitsyebsk Fortress Zone
Type Fortress
Mag 100/100
Arm 1 Anti-Air Missiles
Arm 2 Bolt Turrets
Arm 3 Flak Cannons
Arm 4 LRM Batteries
Arm 5 Positron Turrets
Spec 1 Spotter
Spec 2 W-Spec (Bolt Turrets)

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Valid Resources

All Valid Evas and ODs may be deployed.

Valid Superheavy Squads are as follows.
SOS Squadron
Wolf Squadron

Valid Horde Armies are as follows.
Liberty Bell Battlegroup
Wizard Army
RAF Air Command
1. Sverhtjazelye Sovetskaya Gvardija

Allocation

Supreme Commander

Minerva Linden

Superheavy Squads

SOS Squadron
Wolf Squadron

Horde Armies

Liberty Bell Battlegroup
Wizard Army
1. Sverhtjazelye Sovetskaya Gvardija

Special Circumstances

Agitator: If Soviet Commander Mikhail Menshikov dies in this battle, then the Distrust, Resentment or Hatred of Authority Circumstances will be removed from future battles involving the Red Army.
Enemy Reinforcements: The enemy has extra units on the way. We estimate that they will start arriving on the battlefield by turn 4-6.
Heroes of the Baltic: The Baltic Front has just rushed through Estonia and Latvia, sweeping all resistance before them. Their heroic charge has made them all into veterans and champions, and they take a +10 to all characteristics for this battle and for future battles involving them. However, they've not had time to resupply; all of their Horde Magnitude starts at 60.
Limited Data: Circumstances mean that the map is shrouded in fog of war. Units may only see a number of KM equal to their Perception Bonus, but have shared vision.
Powerful Enemy: There is a chance of this battle having a particularly powerful foe appear, such as a Dysangelion, Divine Evangelion or an enemy Battleship.
Resentment of Authority: You may not deploy any ODs to take command of Local Allies. Every round, the Supreme Commander must test Command -40 as a free action. On a failure, all Local Allies become uncontrollable and will revert to their own patterns of action.
Superior Leadership: The Enemy Supreme Commander for this battle is Ezra Caine.
Supply Line (UN): If Baranavichy or Grodno are taken, all UN Hordes take a -15 penalty to any attack made with ranged weapons. If both points are taken, this penalty increases to -40.
Supply Line (UEF): If Vitsyebsk is taken, all UEF Hordes take a -30 penalty to any attack made with ranged weapons.
Unfinished: All Fortresses except for Vitsyebsk are unable to perform attacks.
War Hero: If Soviet Commander Mikhail Menshikov dies in this battle, then until Strategic Turn 6, all Red Army battles will suffer from the Poor Morale Circumstance, reducing starting morale by 2.

Victory and Defeat Effects

Victory

Victory here will add two hordes of Fighter Craft to the Liberty Bell Battlegroup.
Victory here will add the Sokolov-Fyodorov Design Bureau to your resources. They count as an IB 5 Researcher and grant a 5% Research Ability bonus to Weapons Engineering and Facility Design.

Defeat

Defeat here will incur a 3 CP penalty.
Defeat here will trigger the 'Ukrainian Revolution' Event.

Advice

Advisor Advice
Marianne2.png?dl=0 "Belarus is a flat land, but it has its share of forests. They're much thinner than we saw in Russia, however. Use the forests to provide cover for our infantry. There are a lot of rivers in our way, however, and the enemy has the advantage here due to their hover tech. If at all possible our AC Suits, with their superior speed and the fact that they can cruise right over rivers, should be used to punch through open areas and attack enemy artillery positions."
Alphonse3.png?dl=0 "We're facing three UN army groups, and even though they've been in a retreat for the last 700 kilometres, we can expect them to have consolidated their lines. I expect heavy concentrations of gungnir artillery, sleipnir battle tanks and E-Destroyer squadrons. They'll probably try to use artillery barrages to make the approach to Minsk as grueling and brutal as possible. The best counter for artillery and tanks is to tie them up in close combat with AC Suits. If we don't do this then we can look forward to having our forces slashed to ribbons."
Minerva%20Linden.png?dl=0 "Mikhail's drive through Estonia and Latvia have made him something of a hero and his cockiness is making the Red Army even less willing to listen to me. Our allied forces are also not quite as flexible as they were as they've had to merge many of their AC Suit units. We do, however, now have control over the Soviet Dreadnought Guards. I advise leaving them and the Bell to me. The Wizard Army would be helpful here too, especially under the command of General Kaiden."
Liu%20Lin.png?dl=0 "Ezra Caine… His presence on this battlefield makes the difference of a hundred E-Destroyers. Caine excels at the infiltration assault, so expect him to post forces in ambush positions. What's worse is that Caine's company, Promised Land, will have no doubt dispersed its leaders amongst our enemy forces. They'll be tougher, more stubborn and deadlier than ever."
Misato3.png?dl=0 "In a big way, our Eva deployments here are based on what Superheavies we're bringing. SOS is a must, but whether we bring Wolf along or detach them to reinforce a different battlefront is the question. If we bring Wolf, then I'd suggest we take tough, close-combat focused Evas. If we don't bring Wolf, then longer-ranged units, possibly in F-Type gear, wouldn't go astray…"

Battlemaps

Strategic Overview

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Terrain Overview

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