West Berlin Overrun Edit
Diplomatic talks between NATO and the Soviet Union bogged down with no discernible end to be seen. In an emergency meeting Politburo decided that ratharing than face total economic collapse voted to go to war with NATO to secure much needed resources. In East Berlin, Fifth Shock Army, 2nd Battle Group under the command of Colonel Vladimir Orlovsky readies the preparations for the assault on West Berlin. The unit having a key position in the attack dispatches Major Valeriy Lebedjev, an old friend of Orlovsky and KGB officer to oversee things. Upon arrival Lebedjev informs Orlovsky of the Politburo decision at 0340.
First Action of World War III
At 0345 Lieutenant Romanov who will be a value officer of Colonel Orlovsky, was out on recon with Alfa-squad a Spetnaz commandos team in West Berlin when the Colonel callsign Sokol-1 inform him to go through plan Odessa. The plan call for the destruction of NATO's air defenses before the coming attack at dawn, allowing Soviet Air Force to move about the battlezone with more ease and less difficulty. Romanov led the four man squad into the heart of the NATO camp killing a number of guards quietly as they place the explosives on the AA emplacements. With that done led Alfa-squad out of the area where the Spetnaz team would meet up with friendly forces later on while Romanov met up with his unit for the upcoming Assault.
Breach of the Berlin Wall and Attack into West Berlin
An hour later Captain Nikolai Malashenko, commander of Second Company and Colonel Orlovsky nephew address the troops of the great victory to be won against as several fighter and low flying aircraft flew by shortly before the attack began. As planned the explosives went off and destroy NATO Anti-Air emplacements moments before the attack, Soviet fighter squadrons and ground support elements fill the skies over West Berlin. As air raid sirens disrupted the morning, artillery shells smash into NATO positions and placed explosives brought down the Berlin Wall revealing a huge armored force of T-80 U, T-62, PT-76 tanks, BMP-2 APC’s, and infantry as the skies over West Berline are filled with AA fire. NATO units though shocked try to stand their ground in which their force comprised of U.S. made M1A1 Abrams, M60A3 Patton, M551A1 Sheridan tanks, and M2A2 Bradley APC’s. Soviet units advance Brandenburger Tor to Ernst Reuter Platz trading shots with NATO units with artillery fire and air strikes supporting the troops. The Soviet units pierce through the NATO lines which caught the defending troops in a pincer maneuver and encirclement with M1025 HMMWV troop Transports and infantry being trapped and destroyed. Remaining NATO units that survive the initial attack fall back firing as they retreated and try to reform their shattered lines.
Capture of Molkta Bridge and the advance toward 17th June Street
Second Company and Lieutenant Romanov's tank platoon secure a road junction from a mix force of armor and infantry when news arrive of the northern flank, Section B whose task was to secure Molkta Bridge over the Spree river came under heavy attack by armored units supported by U.S. made AH-64A Apache and AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters. Aside from the Molkta Bridge Soviet units began to stall with the arrival of the enemy air threat in a number of areas along the frontline. Molkta bridge was needed for the continue advance into West Berlin, the Colonel order Romanov force to reinforce Section B. The northern was in danger of folding when Romanov's tank platoon with two SA-13 Gopher Heavy Anti-Air vehicles reinforce Section B and secure Molkta Bridge dealing with NATO counter-attacks. Upon the Molkta Bridge captured, Soviet Mi-25V HIND, Mi-28 Havoc, and Ka-25 Helicopters were sent to support the ground forces. This then tipped the balance in favor to the Soviets.17th June Street, army command plans to use the street for the victory parade at noon. NATO units fought with whatever units remaining but prove futile as the Soviets under Colonel Orvolsky, Captian Nikolai Malashenko, and Lieutenant Romanov overrun the NATO defenders.
U.S. 6th Armored Battalion upon the Soviet capture of 17th June Street launch a counter-attack stall the Russian advance long enough for a withdrawal of important personal and dignitaries as the battle became hopeless. Colonel Orvolsky planning on this had Malashenko’s Company and Romanov’s unit take up defensive positions on 17th June Street with Sections B and A supporting. The Americans attacked with tanks, helicopters, APC’s, and some infantry units but the combine forces of Malashenko and Romanov along with air strikes and artillery fire, the Soviets held their ground inflicting twice the losses on the attacking U.S. force. Hours later a flight of Tu-95’s carpet bombed the area in front of Soviet positions and destroying what remained of the U.S. Battalion, the battle of West Berlin was over.
The success of the Soviet victory was a heavy blow to NATO forces, the following months the Soviet Union march on across through a significant part of Europe until newly arrived American reinforcements and supplies ground the Soviet advance to a halt.
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