SITREP012: OPERATION URAN – H0 SUMMARY
SERIAL: 100917 TS REL ASOR SITREP
TOP SECRET//REL TO ASOR
DOI: 10 SEP 2017
SUBJ: OPERATION URAN – H0 SUMMARY
Initial engagements with the BKT have revealed that the rearmament and training of the BKT 12th Mountain Division is more advanced than first realised. Particularly in technical capabilities but also training. Expected T model tanks have not been encountered instead modern American Bradley IFVs with high capability and well trained crews have been sporadically encountered across the frontline. A full platoon of Bradley’s almost crushed the key initial bridge securing operation by 2nd SPG 1SQN but after disabling one they chose to withdraw.
The Western forest area reported initially as being essentially armour free has also encountered sporadic Bradley vehicles. 2nd SPG has requested advanced shoulder portable AT weapons, these are being sourced for selected special operations.
BKT defensive positions within the forest were also more advanced than initial offensive recon and probing identified. Anti-Air, support artillery and fixed AT weaponry have significantly slowed the the advance West however 83rd Airborne have had significant success operating in behind Orange Route and were re-supplied before being cut off due to a BKT counter attack.
Heavy casualties were suffered on the initial advanced with fixed AT weapons, bunkers, wire and supporting artillery all but neutralising the first wave. Support from 2nd SPG teams has punched a hole in the Southern sector of the BLUE Route but the main supply route blue to the north is not open and held by BKT forces. BLUE 2SQN with support from 2nd SPG squads with light mortar support successfully pushed the BLUE Southern sector however.
The initial push was successful with scattered bunkers and wire throughout the forest. ORANGE forces reached 83rd 1SQN and 2SQN forces and resupplied them before lines were broken through from the South and contact with 83rd was lost, ORANGE force secured from counter attack from South and holding.
83rd 1SQN successfully secured an LZ and setup an alamo, several casualties on drop from a roving armed technical patrol. After initial roving patrols heavy contact came through from the North forcing a standoff at the alamo. After a break out all remaining forces counter attacked up the North-West flank neutralising defensive AT positions.
We then turned Eastward neutralising a armoured vehicle repair and supply depot where we have setup a base of operations. Scouting patrols made contact with Orange force and managed to get resupply through before being cut off by BKT counter attack. Contact with 83rd 2SQN was lost after counter attack, believed to be lost or scattered.
First offensive took the BKT totally by surprise, the bridge was secured with in 10mins of the beginning of the offensive. The town was captured several hours later after some fierce house to house fighting. AT positions on the flanks of the town have been neutralised and a BKT counter attack on the town was held off almost single-handedly by Bravo Team 1SQN 2nd SPG.
BKT entrenched positions have been identified in the forest beyond the town and pose a major obstacle with significant kill ground between the town and forest. Fighting continues.
2nd SPG 3SQN conducted a direct assault on the town South pushing through to Route Purple, the following assault on Studenets was met with mechanised forces and armour and was pushed back after fierce fighting on the outskirts of the town. Its believed the BKT HQ was located in the town hence the strong opposition on approach. Nightfall on day zero has seen several light counter attack/probes but no major offensives, position holding.