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Operation Salvation

Tarusa

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They had arrived intermingled with some of the Vympel Group. While the contractors had been absorbed into the ranks of the Pannonian military, these men had simply vanished. They had been taking orders from the Imperial Military intelligence in Kispest, until communication became an issue with the seige. All together they were roughly company sized, but to help with disappearing they had broken down into several platoons. With their communications severed from Kispest they had largely remained an inactive force as they waited and watched events unfold. Small minor intelligence missions had been launched and they had monitored communications of friend and foe largely as they awaited.

They would now act as a forward element of several battalions of 98th Guards which had been unloading from two of the ships and organizing the past weeks within the city of Halaszbastya. The situation on the ground had devolved rapidly over large swaths of Pannonia, the military had all but abandoned parts of the country in the North and with situation in Kispest they had moved largely from the South as well, allowing rebels to seize large swaths of land that could very well not be loyal to their cause.

Information of Horvaths goal of re-taking Sankt Viet had reached Lt. Col Valeriy Heletey who was in charge of the detachments of the airborne units deployed in Pannonia. Knowing the condition of the Pannonian army, and the distance it would have to travel would be far greater than his own units. So they would move, the two battalions would advance towards Sankt Viet in their vehicles, they would move at the first sign of darkness. Communications with the Special Operators that had been hidden as parts of the Vympel Group that had been awaiting would give them orders to swing east and begin operations of hit and run with the more mobile platoons, and others would begin acts of sabotage behind the lines of the enemy or commit to direct action as diversionary attacks, as "Pro-Pannonian" militia.

Tarusan boots had unofficially always been on the ground, and those unofficially would remain that way. Those on the other side of issue in Pannonia had already officially crossed the boundary and used military forces deep within the borders of Pannonia. Their actions had paved the way for greater involvement beyond equipping the national army, the detachments officially would be "securing the borders of Pannonia from further intrusion by foreign aggressors", unofficially for the time being they were now launching Operation Salvation, the repelling of rebel forces from the western reaches of Pannonia.
 

Tarusa

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Sankt Viet
Outside the city

The special forces platoons had varying degrees of success. Those who had been carrying out hit and run attacks on Eugenian forces to the north and east of the city had simply encountered bad luck, one platoon was unfortunate enough to not even so much as find any patrols to attack and another had simply not managed to inflict any true meaningful casualties or disruptions. The diversions to draw Eugenian forces outside of Sankt Viet had failed and would be unfortunate for Lt. Col Heletey who had hoped to draw them into a more open area to use his superior firepower to his advantage without worrying of collateral damage to the city as much.

The true victory behind his movements towards the city had came from the three platoons of special forces who had acted in coordination of of various acts of sabotaging enemy efforts. They had placed explosives along smaller bridges and sections of railway lines, some they already destroyed, a select few they would lay in wait to destroy. They had cut major powerlines and telephone lines that connected Sankt Viet to the rest of the rebellious province.

The main force of two Battalions of the 98th Airborne had arrived to the outskirts of the city on the North-East. It had been no secret that they were coming after General Horvaths announced goal of reclaiming the city. Heletey was sure that the defenders would have prepared themselves for the defense of the city, and Urban Operations were always the most difficult to dislodge an enemy force that was prepared, as heavy equipment can only go so far in an urban environment. He would not advance into the city directly at this moment, he would refocus and give a chance for the Pannonians to potentially arrive, or at least be closer to act as a secondary thrust to his attack. Any attacks to be carried out would be small scale on the suburbs or carried out by mortar attacks against positions identified as hostile. Two Special forces platoons would regroup themselves towards the Southern edges of the city.

The men were to be given a slight show with their arrival, as within the hour they could see across the sky the streaks coming from the north of several cruise missiles that had been launched by submarines of the Empire. It was not what many would think of an opening large scale salvo, the number could have been no more than six if they were counting correctly. The target was unknown to them, but as fate would have it it was the dockyards that were the target.
 

Bajorország

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The attack came in ways they did not expect. Prior to the attack only mortars had assaulted ZLA positions and destroyed a town. Now there were reports of killings, murders, and now these missiles hit Saint Lucia's harbor. Such weaponry was entirely out of the scope of Eugenia's Army and their non-regulars would not hold up well to such munitions. Army command also did not want to have to engage in fierce combat inside of the city and decided that rather than destroy the city which was of paramount importance to Eugenia, they would withdraw from the city. Over night troops left the city as fast as they could where the order of retreat was swiftly acted upon. The Eugenian forces instead would move backwards towards Eugenia proper where they could set up better defensive positions in towns of smaller importance.

The harbor itself was still serviceable, and that was the most important part. The explosions thankfully did not cause tremendous fires or ignite any thing massively explosive. That helped morale as having missiles hit the city was bad enough. Being helpless to incoming enemy fire was bad enough. The Eugenians debated destroying the harbor further to prevent usage from Pannonian forces, but ultimately felt it wasn't right to destroy their own city. They would work to halt the advance in other ways.
 

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For now, the remion armed forces have been on the border with what was once the Republic of Bajorország, now the Republic of Eugenia. One exercise after another, simulations of war and the extraction of civilians from war scenarios. They were usual actions for those men stopped at the border. They hoped that the politicians seated at the European Forum could put an end to their stay there. Too bad that when the officers gave him orders that morning, they weren't the ones to return to base, home, but to advance. Politics had failed to bring peace to the brothers in the north.

The order was given to advance, to cross the border and secure the area, the collaboration of Eugenia's armed forces, until yesterday armed by Tibur, was expected. But the quality of that army could not be taken for granted. The air force would be, like the last few months, the guardian angel of the men on the ground.
 

Tarusa

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Sankt Viet
98th Airborne Expeditionary Force

The night was interesting, some units had made probing attacks into the suburbs and met with resistance that had gradually faded to almost nothing. Some units received no resistance at all as if the enemy had never been there or left before they came. It was in the middle of the night when the Remion forces acted thru the air. Several of the anti-air systems on the forces vehicles that acted as their mobile protection were destroyed by missiles, some were luck enough to evade destruction thru counter-measures and just pure luck. It wasn't just anti-air units that were struck, several mortar companies were silenced during the night as well, being mobile came at a cost of making oneself noticeable.

This was to be expected, Heletey had expected to eventually have pushed the limits too this point, but it was his job to follow the orders from the powers that be and make the results happen on the ground by any means he could.

As daylight began breaking and reports from units reached command that enemy resistance had ceased or was light, the command staff made the decision. They would take Sankt Viet. The show of force, of superior firepower had won the day. They would not have to level a city to rubble as General Horvath had done weeks before to take a city from hostile forces. This was perhaps one of Heletey's greatest achievements in his long career, and would certainly get him noticed for he had taken a city from hostile forces without air support.

Heleteys convoy entered the city, one that was not welcoming but also not unwelcoming of his forces. The people that remained in the city and were not attempting to flee for safer places seemed like they did not know what to expect of the future. His convoy for the command staff were en-route to the municipal offices where he would establish his new command post. The rest of the forces were to establish security zones and begin assessing the situation in the city to provide relief and security. A company of special forces would move to the south and secure a corridor to Thalgau allowing another avenue of aid into the reclaimed territory and city, as well as allow a corridor of safe passage for those wishing to flee.

For the moment they would not pursue the enemy, he had completed his limited objective and would hold it. It was the politicians turns to do their dirty work, a job Heletey would never desire for himself.
 

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Air Force Base, North Remion.
Air Force Remion

Some men are loading houses onto a high-wing aircraft, one of those used to drop food and ammunition to ground troops.

"Marco, there must be an error on these accompanying documents, I don't remember the presence of our men in San Lucia." said the boy that was driving the forklift. "No mistake, friend" replied his colleague. "These are orders from the Irregular War Bureau, no one knows what those folks over there have in mind. If you read, they are cases of Rum from San Jose and condoms." Afther that, the man opened one of the case his colleague was carrying, and took a bottle for himself. "I don't think they mind if I keep it for later." Both of them burst into loud laughter.

In reality, what the two men could not know is that this plan was designed to affect the morale of Tarusa's soldiers, as well as their sobriety. Hoping that, full of their recent victory, several soldiers would enjoy the gift and get drunk. In the meantime, in the region, the Secret Service of Remion would have infiltrated the population to create partisan bands, to be armed and trained.
 

Tarusa

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Sankt Viet
Tarusan Headquarters

The sound of hostile fighters in the sky patrolling the region from time to time had become something familiar in the days following the victory but a unique sound as something larger was coming. Intelligence had never stated anything about the enemy having heavy bomber capabilities, and communication to the headquarters quickly became very erratic as officers called for orders on whether to engage the low flying single aircraft or not. They were not expecting airdrops from home, especially over hostile skies, so what was the meaning of this. Soon parachutes were seen opening out as pallets of cargo began falling from the sky. Lt. Col Heletey ordered the cargo seized by the units spread across the city, as its contents were unknown for all he was aware it was weapons to attempt and fuel a resistance of what was left for citizenry in the city.

As the cargo was secured the command staff themselves came to inspect the interesting cargo they had been informed of. Heletey himself wanted to see this as he found it quite hilarious.
"Would you look at this boys! Even the Republic knows its a lost cause fighting us, they're giving us strong enough booze to tolerate sleeping with their women when we finally get there and the protection we need so we don't take anything unwanted home with us!
He took a moment and thought, he grabbed a box for himself to carry back "Hell I am gonna take this, it is a gift after all, I'll take it home with me. Order a pallet to be dispersed to the companies. The men that have some down time can enjoy themselves, the rest we will ration out to the public. Call it a good will gesture from the Tarusan Government."
 

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Skies of Meridian Sea
Operation Sky Train

The logistics behind the sky train were going to put to test the reach of the Imperial Air Force. It had a strike regiment that was part of its operations in southern Thrakia, which for the time being was to be taking a backseat to the more urgent crisis in former Pannonia. The government had attempted to reach out to partners elsewhere to ease the potential strain on crews, but it had been left with little choice having not yet having reached any formal agreement with the City State. Tankers would first make the flight to Thrakia with each tanker having two crews for rotational shifts. From there the tankers would loiter over the Meridian to refuel the strike aircraft of the 16th strike regiment on their ferry trip towards Halaszbastya.

The General Staff had hoped to avoid the need for air assets and had been hoping diplomatic avenues could reach a deal, while preparing the sword while the pen was trying to work. The time for the sword to be put to work was getting closer, the enemy was making its moves and so would the Imperial Forces. Bringing in air support was the first priority, the next would be flying in the remainder of the 98th Guards Division as well. Starting the fight wasn't the goal, but force parity was. If you cannot make peace by the pen, making them think twice about an outright attack by being of an equal strength would.
 

Tarusa

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Sankt Viet

The Death of Horvath was a difficult pill to swallow amongst the staff of the Expeditionary Force. He had been the closest thing to an end in the conflict as there ever could be, for the time being. The Csengians had captured six men they believed to be responsible for the assassination of the General, as they had not managed to make themselves away from the scene fast enough. It had been believed there was a partisan activity being formed and organized, now the assassination of the Csengian leader proved it to be true, and the threat was something that could not be overlooked now.

Companies had in the hours since the attack been organized to do block sweeps, sealing off entire city blocks and going door to door. The Imperial troops had taken it upon themselves swiftly as the thought the Csengians would potentially be out for blood and the city streets would be covered in Zaran blood was a worry, and an image that they did not want being seen by the world while the government was attempting to make peace. To the media this would be a necessary evil targeting only partisans for the safety of the populace and the city, the reality was, the majority of the Zaran populace that remained in Sankt Viet that did not cooperate with the military was being rounded up and removed from their homes. Those that were found to have weapons, or were believed to be part of a resistance movement were being detained and would be sent to the detention camp in Pressburg, the homes that were vacated or seized would be in turn given to Csengian refugees who had been dislodged from their homes by the Eugenians.

The first evening of detentions had been lucrative so far, out of the blocks that had been searched some they had detained some 163 Zarans whom were believed to be members of the partisan resistance that had been operating within the city or had information, and another 337 that were removed from their homes for "association" with partisans.
 

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Border between Eugenia and area occupied by Tarusan forces

Full European summer, there had been no rain for more than two weeks. Nothing new for the locals or Remion's soldiers, it was normal to have warm summers and mild winters. Some high-ranking officers with their subordinates were discussing the various plans on a map placed in the center of the room. Around them other men proposed to the collection of information were engaged in their work.

"Horvath's death was an interesting twist. We can already see the power struggles within this faction, the entire command line of the Csengians army is in question." One of the senior officers told his colleagues, intent on moving units on the map. "Even though his death is officially attributed to a partisan group in the area, I have a feeling that some politicians in Tibur again wanted to shuffle the deck to see if we had a better hand to play on this round."

While the discussion went on for several minutes about where to improve the defense, move troops or deploy a better anti-tank defense. A communications officer interrupts the group of officers and gives the highest-ranking person a paper from the Ministry of Defense and signed by the Head of State. The man read the document, as he reached the end of the document a slight laugh could be seen appearing on the middle-aged man's face. "Gentlemen, we will move soon, so I expect the best possible preparation of your individual men. Franco Carboni, you will not be able to participate with us, you will be sent to Gonzaga and then north, you will have to set up defenses on the border with Csengian. The presence of tanks enemies is not to be underestimated." The man raised his wrist and adjusted his watch, setting the time x. "24 hours before we cross this line and see what Tarusa's men are made of. When we attack, we will also order the partisan forces to carry out armed resistance against the invader Taruso."
 

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The 52nd Tank Division had been held back by the communist forces on the first night. The city itself was still damaged from just weeks earlier having revolted when Kovacs was killed and the city was taken by General Horvath. They would not be repulsed on the second day. Smoke filled the air from the burning Parliamentary building that had been bombed the night before by a pair of Tarusan jets, the building provided an eerily glow across the night sky as it was burning.

As daylight began to crack little light onto the horizon the sound of the artillery roared to life. The first hour was a consistent shelling of positions that had been identified during the night as enemy positions. As the guns fell silent the first companies began entering the city with the infantry dismounted providing cover for the tanks as they moved from building to building and block to block. When heavy resistance was encountered that was easier to dislodge without worry of collateral damage then sheer firepower was used as the infantry would simply call in artillery which would rain down metal for several minutes upon the area before silencing their guns again.

The process was effective as by the end of the afternoon half of the city had fallen in an overwhelming victory to the division. The river divided the city, with multiple bridge crossings which would be the hardest task yet. The rebels were obviously ill equipped and largely untrained, but it was easy enough to make explosives and just get lucky from time to time. Major General Nikolai Yolkin wanted to go for glory, half of the city was not enough in a single day. He wanted to crush this revolt once and for all so he could turn his attention to the south. "Across the river!" was his orders to his subordinates, and the order went down the chain of command.

As darkness fell the first platoon of infantry with a tank as support tried to cross a bridge on the edge of the city and was met by raking machinegun fire. The tank rolled forward towards the middle of the bridge to provide cover and destroy the enemy position, the main gun roared to life and as it proceeded forward something underneath, buried by the enemy stopped the tank cold in its tracks. The explosive device blew the tracks apart on the tank and the crew scrambled to bail out of the vehicle as the infantry covered them. Crossing the river would prove another point of resistance from the enemy, one that would irritate Yolkin, for he would have to wait another day or more to haven taken the whole city.
 
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