Yesterday evening, a small maintenance convoy part of a maintenance company took a wrong turn at the town of Zelenogorsk while in transit through main supply route "Irina" (MSR Irina). The convoy leader realized of his mistake near the village of Myshkino. So did the local Chechen rebels who fired some potshots at the trucks, more annoyed than willing to put up a real fight. An hour later, a Russian security patrol (infantry platoon [-] reinforced with a BTR-90) was sent to find out the lost, whom they did find ... Along with Chechen reinforcements who in a totally different state of mind than one hour before were threatening the village of Myshkino from the four corners. The Chechen rebels didn't attack during the evening as the daylight started to disappear.
I am in command of a 6-men Spetsnaz group, and our mission is to infiltrate into the Myshkino village and assist the ex-filtration of the security patrol, the maintenance soldiers and the BTR-90. The battalion commander is particularly furious at the possibility of this APC falling into rebel's hands, so our mission includes getting this vehicle back into friendly lines or (worst case scenario) blowing it up so the rebels can't use it.
I am playing this scenario in singleplayer mode. The positions of the Chechen patrols are randomized for a 500 meters radius and the patrols will assist each other in the event that one of them is engaged.
|After our detour to avoid the clear terrain, we resume our movement towards Myshkino, now on a northeast direction.|
|That cut in the ridge offers a direct path to Myshkino and is a great visual reference for our movement (better to have the eyes in the sights and not on the map or compass).|
|We avoid the low terrain in fear that we may get into an undesirable crossfire from each side of the cut. Halfway to the top of the ridge is the right place to move through.|
|Approaching the village. Being on point is exhausting. Even when we are literally meters from our fellow soldiers, I am still fully alert in case some Chechen may jump from anywhere.|
|We have now reached the town and I am conferencing with the squad leader of the security patrol. His men are green as grass, this is not going to be fun.|
|A last look at the surroundings of Myshkino, before I start to recon our exit route. The town is in low terrain which can be observed from all around forest.|
To be continued ...