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With the pronouncement of exercises undertaken by not only Prussia, but the Norse Kingdom directly on the borders of the Fourth Republic, the government was quite taken aback. The situation was unprecedented; it was clear that not only were these exercises just bilateral ones, they were sending a clear message to Poland. It was a message that was an unwelcome one, although Sikorski had been ultimately willing to overlook the diplomatic spat in Poland's recent meeting with Prussia, the exercises went a step further.

 

Not only had the country's concerns and offer at the meeting been spat upon, the Prussians, and by extension, the Norse Kingdom, were now actively pursuing an abject line of hostile behavior that was not going to be overlooked by Poland. The exercises were seen as the last straw in a line of grievances that Poland now held, and the fact that their western neighbors had the gall to perform them right along the border. Not only was this a disturbing fact to the Polish government, the Polish citizens of the western and northern portions of the nation would suffer the indignity of being directly able to hear these exercises.

 

The Polish cabinet and a select number of what were seen as "senior members" of the National Assembly would quietly arrive at the Presidential Palace for a closed-doors meeting. The Polish Armed Forces had already been put on Standing Force Alert 3 around dinnertime, which called up the reserves to their local depots, unless they were on long-term leave (two weeks, or paternal/maternal), but all regulars were to report for duty, leave or not. Soldiers were told explicitly that this Alert was "routine, in the face of the current climate in Eastern and Central Europe", and no further information was required. As per standard regulations, the soldiers and reservists were not to tell their families of the reason for their calling up.

 

As soldiers began arriving at their depots and bivouac points, lockdowns were immediately enforced, with all communication devices were requisitioned, and permission to leave depots or bivouacs could only be achieved through written permission of superior officers. At air bases and detachment points across the country, Air Force maintenance personnel were moving quickly to supply aircraft with differing varieties of armaments. All of this was being done inside housing bunkers, hangers, and on the tarmac underneath overhead cover tents. Air Force personnel were also moving to disperse their weapon caches throughout bases, utilizing covered trucks to transport large numbers of missiles to various designated points.

 

It would take less than an hour for the Polish leadership to emerge from their meeting at the Presidential Palace with a decision, and quietly bring it to the National Assembly for another closed-door session. As the national assembly was in session, and they had been told to explicitly stay on premises after working hours, the beginning of the meeting would not be covered by Polish media outlets. The media outlets were mostly engaged in covering stories about the exercises including sharing stories of residents in western and northern Poland, and the distraught nature many were in. There would be hardly any discussion in the session of the national assembly, just a simple vote on whether to finally move on those that would spit on Poland's honor and threaten her sovereignty, as well as the safety of her citizens.

 

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The vote within the national assembly would immediately grant the President the power to declare the existence of conflict, for reasons stemming from a pattern of Prussian behavior that was seen as "threatening and ignorant" of Polish concerns, and engaging in "provocative behavior that was challenging Polish sovereignty and the safety of her citizens". As soon as the vote was confirmed, the decision would not be released by any government agency, but the result would be securely sent straight to the Ministry of National Defense to enact War Plan Black Knight. Once received by Ministry of National Defense, organizational orders would then be sent immediately to all units, including briefing packages.

 

The intelligence services began directly monitoring cell phone calls and communication lines in case there were any leaks, whilst the media would continue running normal news stories including local citizens in the border areas. Whilst the votes were ongoing, combat units were undertaking efforts to prepare for combat if the call came in, with weapons being checked and cleaned, and systems powering up, all of this was being done in marshaling yards out of public view. After weapon checks were completed, briefing packages would be handed out to individual units, lieutenants and sergeants, all without rank insignias, briefing their soldiers on tasks assigned and answering questions and giving out relevant intelligence. Units would be provided with the latest intelligence provided by relevant forces on the border, and briefed on weapon systems they would be facing off against from latest reports from listening posts, stratospheric high-altitude/high resolution (SHAHR) infrared cameras, electro-optical scans, SAR, and ELINT (electronic intelligence) forces.

 

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Officially dubbed Operation Corridor Watch, the storm would begin around midnight, as Polish units began to move out from their bases and bivouacs into forward operating areas, with some support units already deployed into the field.

 

Any imaging satellites that were deployed to over Poland, their tracks having been established by Polish space-track facilities and units would suddenly face a series of laser dazzlers angled upwards along their tracks to blot out military installations. As this was happening, the Polish Air Force began a feverish task of deploying its aircraft into the sky, with fighters, bombers, and support aircraft already powered up and swinging out from under their protective canopies. Air traffic controllers would launch aircraft after aircraft into the air, many of them staying at lower level to avoid initial detection.

 

As Polish aircraft took to the sky, Polish intelligence gathering units that were airborne would withdraw away from the border, retreating to a safe distance while electronic warfare aircraft began operations. Prussian and Danish radar sets, if they were active, would begin registering jamming signals targeted at the bands they were operating on by pods on board Marzanna Advanced Stealth Interceptors that had been on routine air patrol closer to the border. These bands were ascertained by Polish ELINT forces that had begun operating at the beginning of the joint Prussian-Norse exercises. Prussian border patrol forces would also be harried by communications disruptions as local Polish reserve units deployed ground-based jamming units set to disrupt bands and frequencies the border guard operated on.

 

Whilst this entire electronic warfare operation was going on, Svarog Stealth Tactical Bombers were climbing to altitude from their bases in Eastern Poland, their internal bays and external wing pylons loaded down with lethal ordinance. Approaching the center of Poland, west of Warsaw, the squadrons of bombers would unleash a series of stand-off munitions against their neighbors-turned-foes. Low-observable cruise missiles, semi-powered glide bombs, small diameter bombs with extended range kits would tumble from pylons and bays, streaking north and west. Armed with a variety of seeker heads, including terminal target-seeking two-tone infrared seeking modules, target recognition, anti-radiation, and terrain following equipment, they streaked west and north to seek out their intended targets.

 

Ahead of the bombers, Berkut fighters quietly launched a series of low-observable, long-range anti-radiation missiles with terminal infrared two-tone guidance systems, which were aimed to knock down enemy radar sets. Even if these radar sets were turned off, the missile would continue on INS until reaching the target area, which was stored in the missiles' computer, before activating its infrared seeker, to seek out the target or engage another. The targets of these two sets of aircraft would include Prussian and Norse air defenses and early warning sites, located through ELINT operations, pinpoint combined-effects munition strikes against air fields east of Oder River, aimed at cratering the runways and striking parked aircraft, troop concentrations, transportation nodes including railway bridges and lines, Prussian bases in the region, much of which was located by SIGINT traffic.

 

Danish ships that had arrived at the port or were in the area of Danzig would be targeted by low-observable Polish Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles with terminal evasive maneuvering built into their targeting computers. Supersonic missiles with anti-radiation guidance and two-tone terminal infrared approach guidance would also be launched against the vessels for added effects.

 

The Polish air campaign would also actively engage fighter aircraft that were within thirty nautical miles of the border, with Berkut Stealth Multirole Fighters coordinating with air defense forces, scanning ahead of themselves with their wide-range electro-optical scanning arrays, but leaving their active scanners off for the time being. The Berkut squadrons would move into Prussian airspace to engage threats and also provoke an aerial response, engaging in active frequency modulation and cancellation to create a havoc of false returns on radar systems. If any threats were detected, they were engaged with a variety of air-to-air missiles, whilst surface-to-air missile systems would be on standby for any aerial counterattack.

 

The Polish Land Forces were not left out of these proceedings, and utilizing gathering intelligence, began their own active bombardment of the combined Prussian and Norse forces. As missiles and ground attack bombs began bearing down on their foes, Oszczep tactical ballistic missiles began actively launching from mobile TEL forces, aiming at attacking troop concentrations, air bases, especially support facilities and the like, and depot yards, whilst some were to rain down destruction on the naval base at Danzig. Utilizing a variety of warheads, including high explosive submunitions which deployed over the target and rained down over assembled troops, the ballistic missiles approached their targets whilst deploying countermeasures and high-agility evasive maneuvering to avoid air defense systems. After launching, the ballistic missile units would immediately pack up shop before their launchers were still warm, and get on the road to avoid possible retaliatory fire.

 

The Polish Land Forces also actively engaged in long-range standard and missile artillery work, their batteries engaging target areas that had been identified by SHAHR surveillance on board some blimps recently deployed above the upper level winds of the jet stream. Utilizing this, and SAR data packages that had been recorded by intelligence-gathering forces, Perun long range artillery units deployed in south and northern Poland and guided missile WR-40 Missile Systems began to go to work, aiming to saturate troop concentrations with a variety high explosive, SMArt 155mm anti-armor wide-area attack loitering rounds, along with guided missile fire.

 

As the saturation of fire was poured on by Poland's Air Forces, and support elements of the Polish Land Forces, mechanized infantry ground units began moving up to the west to straddle the border and engage local forces. These forces would be support by ground-based air defense radar and anti-aircraft forces to target incoming missiles or artillery fire. Further ground operations would be much more active in the northern border region, as elements of the 1st and 10th Armored Divisions, backed up by 18th Infantry Division and two Air Cavalry Brigades began making a run at the border.

 

Led by armored reconnaissance forces, and supported by NLOS missile trucks and localized artillery units, which began actively engaging identified localized targets, including border stations, patrols, small troop concentrations and armored detachments. The armored reconnaissance units moved along several parallel roads, providing flanking support to a number of heavy armor and mechanized columns which would engage opposition forces as they moved up to, and crossed the border. Priority was given to supporting these units, which would be overwatched in depth by artillery, combat engineers, light gunship support, overhead multirole fighters, and the like, as they moved forward.

 

As the offensive opened, Polish reserve infantry units would establish forward outposts and battle lines along the borders to prevent counterattacks from developing without proper defenses in place. A few regular units would be kept in reserve, broken down into mobile strike forces to provide support for these units, which would serve as anchors against counterattacks into Poland proper.

 

As the campaign began to open against their Prussian and Norse foes, the Polish Government issued an open declaration on all major media outlets and the like.

 

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[b]The Fourth Republic of Poland - Recognition of Hostilities[/b][/center]

 

In recognition of a continually targeted campaign of threatening behavior towards the Fourth Republic of Poland and her safety of her people.

 

In response to a continual campaign of efforts to erode Polish sovereignty within her own borders.

 

In awareness to an perceived and targeted imminent threat to the life of Polish citizens and the sovereignty of Poland.

 

Poland unilaterally and hereby recognizes hostilities with the Prussia and the Norse Kingdom for their provocative and dangerous behavior, in self-defense of the Fourth Polish Republic. As granted us under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, we declare these hostilities as a necessity to the Polish state and her people, as self-defensive in nature, and we will not halt military operations until satisfied that this threat has been irrevocably dealt with accordingly.

 

Signed,

 

President Lech Sikorski

On Behalf of the National Assembly of Poland

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While the Athenian Federation can understand cause for concern on the Polish side of the equation it calls for calm and reason on all sides of the equation. War in Europe is not to the benefit of anyone and will undoubtedly lead to unneeded bloodshed. The Athenian Federation calls for all sides to lay down arms and join a meeting in Geneva to come to a peaceful conclusion of the dispute in line with the UN Charter and general international law.

 

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Dispatch from the Emperor

 

The Empire under its terms of treaty with the Polish Republic, hereby recognizes its obligations of non-interference and shall recognize them, until a resolution does so otherwise obligate us.  Meanwhile the Imperial Government shall render its intelligence services available to the World for monitoring the situation.  Further we call on no side to engage in the use of weapons of mass destruction, which could prompt Imperial Intervention.  We also would like a public presentation to the security council of any diplomatic efforts and conversations may have precipitated this war and lead to heightening tensions so that our delegation may be fully briefed in discharging its duties.

 

-Yuan Jia, Emperor of Tianxia, the Japans, and the American Imperium.

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The Norse Kingdom will not enter any negotiations of parlay until the Polish Republic stands its military forces down and ends this unprovoked military offensive.

 

Nor will we initiate offensive operations against the Polish Republic unless diplomacy fails. all military operations will be defensive in nature.

 

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Full response will be posted tonight or tomorrow

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Dispatch from the Government of the Republic of Ireland

 

The Republic of Ireland will remain neutral in this conflict unless it threatens our immediate national security. Our armed forces have been put on high alert, however they will not conduct military operations unless in self defense. The government urges all sides to come to a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

 

- Minister of Foreign Affairs Mary Baron

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"The Japanese nation would like to reiterate the warning issued by the Emperor and ask the parties to this conflict to refrain from utilising weapons of mass destruction, or committing war crimes. We would hope that this matter can be settled as soon as possible in a satisfactory manner via the UNSC, responsible for this rather obvious threat to international peace and security. Our nation also offers its services as a mediator to the dispute, should this help find a quick solution."

-Nakamichi Minoru, Prime Minister of Japan

 

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Defense Intelligence Headquarters and Totsū would be tasked with observing the situation, in order to keep the Japanese nation informed over the newest events. But while DHI could only resort to SATINT for now, the Totsū found its own, far more useful means to deal with the situation.

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Public Statement from the Imperial Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

 

The Greater Sith Empire urges calm and restraint during these difficult times. The European continent has seen enough calamity to last it a lifetime. However, the Forth Republic of Poland has every right to defend itself against these perceived aggressive actions. Nevertheless, as echoed by other nations, we urge that all parties commit to a ceasefire; while, a reasonable diplomatic solution can be achieved.

 

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Imperial Declaration

 

When this situation first crossed my desk it had been hoped this situation wouldn't present itself this way, that diplomacy could reign supreme. However we must come to the conclusion that with a Security Council unable to act on the challenges it faces and with the Polish state proving to be uncooperative in all forms the time for such diplomacy is over. The Athenian Federation as such, in line with our treaty with Prussia, recognizes a state of hostilities with the Polish Fourth Republic. This is not a war where we shall seek territorial gain, monetary reparations or anything at all. However the defence of our ally and the security of Europe must go above all other considerations.

 

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With the declaration the Alert Condition immediately went up to Alpha with all elements of the Hellenic Forces at their maximum readiness. For now the key would be moving enough forces in place to deter the Polish state from further incursions into Prussian territory. In line with this the I Corps belonging to the First Army would move through allied Austrian and own territory to establish positions throughout Prussia. It was expected it would be a few days for the entire Corps to be in place but the primary force could probably be ready to hold back Polish forces within a day. In addition to this several squadrons of F-5s and F-99s would redeploy to Prussian bases and establish patrol routes in Prussian Air Force, at first these would focus on the so far uncontested western parts to make sure a possible strike against Polish forces could happen in unison with allied forces.

 

Finally to damage its ability to sustain a longterm war a special law would be used by Athenian authorities to stop Polish businesses in the Athenian Federation from exporting resources useful for the Polish armed forces to the Fourth Republic, upon urging the Exarchate of Africa would likewise suspend Polish licenses and position military at the various installations to make sure no resources could be taken back to Poland. In the post-war scenario these goods would be released again.

 

Throughout the Athenian Federation, despite doubts about the feasibility of a Polish strike at the heartland the Hellenic Forces would not underestimate their foe. The Hellenic Air Force was at full readiness and available to counter any incoming threats with either its large amount of aircraft or the anti-air defences. Likewise the navy followed common procedures while remaining dispersed and avoiding the possibility of a single strike against them. As there was no chance of Poland starting a naval war against Athens it was better to keep the ships safe rather than opening them up to missiles. In line with general war protocols the government would be evacuated.

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As Polish aircraft took to the sky, Polish intelligence gathering units that were airborne would withdraw away from the border, retreating to a safe distance while electronic warfare aircraft began operations. Prussian and Danish radar sets, if they were active, would begin registering jamming signals targeted at the bands they were operating on by pods on board Marzanna Advanced Stealth Interceptors that had been on routine air patrol closer to the border. These bands were ascertained by Polish ELINT forces that had begun operating at the beginning of the joint Prussian-Norse exercises. Prussian border patrol forces would also be harried by communications disruptions as local Polish reserve units deployed ground-based jamming units set to disrupt bands and frequencies the border guard operated on.

 

 

As no exercises were underway at the particular time of the attack, It was only when ground communications began to be disrupted that the Norse contingent worked out that something was not right and that they should really begin to get ready for something to happen. Which it did, but it was far worse than what the soldiers expected to be a surprise war games exercise in the middle of the night.

 

Whilst this entire electronic warfare operation was going on, Svarog Stealth Tactical Bombers were climbing to altitude from their bases in Eastern Poland, their internal bays and external wing pylons loaded down with lethal ordinance. Approaching the center of Poland, west of Warsaw, the squadrons of bombers would unleash a series of stand-off munitions against their neighbors-turned-foes. Low-observable cruise missiles, semi-powered glide bombs, small diameter bombs with extended range kits would tumble from pylons and bays, streaking north and west. Armed with a variety of seeker heads, including terminal target-seeking two-tone infrared seeking modules, target recognition, anti-radiation, and terrain following equipment, they streaked west and north to seek out their intended targets.

 

Ahead of the bombers, Berkut fighters quietly launched a series of low-observable, long-range anti-radiation missiles with terminal infrared two-tone guidance systems, which were aimed to knock down enemy radar sets. Even if these radar sets were turned off, the missile would continue on INS until reaching the target area, which was stored in the missiles' computer, before activating its infrared seeker, to seek out the target or engage another. The targets of these two sets of aircraft would include Prussian and Norse air defenses and early warning sites, located through ELINT operations, pinpoint combined-effects munition strikes against air fields east of Oder River, aimed at cratering the runways and striking parked aircraft, troop concentrations, transportation nodes including railway bridges and lines, Prussian bases in the region, much of which was located by SIGINT traffic.

 

OOC - In regards to the first paragraph, please elaborate what those intended targets are so I can respond to that with detail.

 

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The Polish anti radiation missiles seeking out Norse radar sets would run the risk of running out of fuel before locating and striking at them. With them being offline as no exercises were being undertaken at the time of the assault, the missiles would have to revert to the second mode of guidance which was infrared. But with the vehicles being stood until the official start of the exercises which wouldn't be until all the forces had moved into the region in question, there was no engine heat to be detected. The missile bombardment would most likely result in being homed into supply trucks and APC's moving between the depots ferrying troops and supplies, or striking Prussian targets, but with no word from Prussia commanders, a situation report was not at hand to confirm.

 

On the airfields that houses Norse aircraft, alarms would sound as the first wave in coming ordnance was detected and it became a mad scramble to get the planes into the air. The bombers were could utterly in the open due to their size and speed and were destroyed, but all three squadrons of fighters made it into the air. Two JAS 39 squadrons and the single Norse Thunder squadron, designated NTX made it to high altitude and retreated further into Prussia to take stock of the situation and await orders. There was nothing more to be done until reinforcements were deployed from home.

 

Danish ships that had arrived at the port or were in the area of Danzig would be targeted by low-observable Polish Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles with terminal evasive maneuvering built into their targeting computers. Supersonic missiles with anti-radiation guidance and two-tone terminal infrared approach guidance would also be launched against the vessels for added effects.

 

 

The missiles would be detected long before they were an immediate threat to the Norse warships who were still out in open water in the Baltic enroute to Danzig, the layered air and missile defence formation and doctrines allowed the fleet to counter the attack easily. The fleets composition was that primarily of air and missile defence, with a good capacity for strike back.  The first line of defence came from the groups four Thunder Class Destroyers (Type 45's) and the four Lightening Class Destroyer's (Arleigh Burke's) who would respond to the incoming missile with their own missile interceptors, using the advanced Aegis systems that linked all the warships together to efficiently deal with the threat at hand using a mixture of RIM-162 ESSM missiles and SM-2MR Block IIIB from the Lightening Class warships and the Principal Anti Air Missile System's used by the Thunder Class destroyers which used the Aster 30 and the Aster 15 missiles.

 

The missiles these fired would independently target and engage all incoming missiles.

 

Any missiles that survived the first line of defence would be engaged again by not just the destroyers, but now by the  frigates. The frigate screen was made up of two Denmark Class Frigate (Horizon Class), two Viking Class Frigate (Valour Class) and two Berserker Class Frigate (Type 26 Global Combat Ship) and finally two Iver Huitfeldt Class frigate. With four dedicated air defence frigates and four frigates which had good air defence capabilities, they would also use the advanced Aegis systems to concentrate their defence in a co-ordinate manner which would maximize the efficiency of the fleets defence.

 

Any other missiles that survived running the gauntlet of such a strong defence against specifically that form of attack would be engaged at close range by close range surface to air missiles and the close in weapons systems based on the screen warships and the two capital ships, one Loki Class Battle cruiser (Kirov Class) and one Odin Class Arsenal Ship.

 

However some of the cruise missiles got through, causing critical damage to the Loki class causing it to sink after several hours, sinking the two Type 26 frigates outright with all hands as well as one Lightening Class destroyer.

 

No counter attack was made back against Polish forces, although the fleet went to red alert and reported back to the admiralty and sent a full situation report. The fleet would then recover what survivors there were left in the water before retreating out of the area and towards the North Sea. As Poland had no fleet, it made no sense for warships to place themselves in more danger.

 

On the ground, the six divisions that were still moving into the area and establishing their billets across the region were settling down for the night. With nearly 75% of their armour and support vehicles still on trains moving into the region they were mainly an infantry force with light mechanized support which included APC's, a few IFV's and a host of lightly armoured trucks and smaller vehicles. 3 Royal Marine Commando Regiment, 4 Royal Marine Engineer Regiment and 5 Royal Marine Artillery Regiment were deployed far further back from the border and would escape the wrath of the bombardment, but they could only watch in horror from their positions as in the distance, hell itself enveloped their comrades. They made the decision to retreat on foot by a forced march further into Prussia to link up with units further in the rear who were also missing out on the assault.

 

Across the front line, both the Second Danish Line Infantry Division and the Jutland Division were caught completely off guard, with only skeleton patrols and pickets around their encampments, the main bulk of the divisions were asleep, and they would never wake up. The distribution of the divisions was in company strength which was 105 men per encampment. Both Divisions suffered 60% casualties, whilst the remaining forces grabbed what combat gear they could, as much ammunition as they could carry before fleeing northwards to regroup and take stock, as well as send in their field reports.

 

Out of the Jutland Division, 4680 men survived, our of the Second Danish Line Infantry Division, 3600 men survived.

 

Out on the far flank and at the end of the camps situated through the region, Royal Danish Parachute Division were not caught unprepared. They had a matter of minutes to realize what was going on and being one of the three elite formations within the Norse Army, were not going to be caught like the soldiers further down the line. Grabbing whatever they could carry and fit in their bergans, they would begin a hard forced march to the north west away from the rapidly increasing violence along the front lines. However as the Polish attack began to pour it on, a full battalion was obliterated as it began to move out, caught between artillery fire and missiles carrying HE munitions, they never stood a chance. Those not killed in the explosions, died from sudden nerve trauma, wounds sustained or burns. The 5 Para Engineer Regiment would never leave Prussia.

 

The main Norse armoured forces and support vehicles were totally at the mercy of Polish firepower as they sat on train lines and in depots waiting for the final leg of their journey to the exercise theatre. Vehicular losses were catastrophic.

 

With all surviving Norse forces falling back out of the lines of fire on foot to avoid drawing any further attention from the Polish military forces. The general direction of retreat was north west to hopefully bring them back into the vicinity of Frankfurt. The surviving forces would move in their company groups and they would stay off roads and open ground for as long as they could. The idea was to regroup and go back on the offensive after the wounded had been placed into safety.

 

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The Norse Kingdom Border into Prussia.

 

With the entire army called into active service, 1.1 million soldiers and their armour, transport vehicles, support vehicles and all the war fighting machinery they would require to move across Prussia safely until they got to the front lines and drove the Poles back into Poland and leave enough men behind to keep them in their place.

 

Each week from the day the Polish invasion started, 100,000 soldiers would leave the Norse heartlands and begin the march across Prussia, ensuring to stay behind the protective shield of advance screens of mobile air defence units and the RAF. It had begun.

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Recognition of Hostlities

 

Pursuant to Article I of the Krakow Concordant, the Greater Sith Empire recognizes a state of hostilities between itself and the aggressive coalition, which has united against the Fourth Republic of Poland.

 

Silesia

 

With the official recognition of hostilities, the Armed Forces of the Imperium began to dispatch units to the Silesia area. The First Imperial BattleGroup, consisting of two hundred fifty thousand troops, one thousand armoured vehicles, and various artillery pieces, would begin it's deployment to the area. The mobilization would be helped by local assets in the area; while, armoured units would be drawn from local units stationed in the Northern Military Districts. While it was likely the deployment would go uninterruped, various defensive assets would be used to guard the mobilization. The nation's sophisticated Air Defense System would guard the skies; while, ACI - 37 Corvus Gunships would conduct point defense incase of possible low-level enemy incursion along side mobile SAM units. Five squadrons of the Empire's sophisticated Lu-65 Air Superiority Fighter would be dispatched to the area as well to conduct CAP. Xenian EWAC and AWAC would be supporting friendly aircraft in the area.

 

Athenian Border

 

The situation alongside the border was at a calm; however, Imperial High Command would take no chances. Three hundred thousand troops would be dispersed along the border on a defensive posture. For this front, the Empire would not go on the offensive. After all, there was no need. At the moment, there would be a wait and see approach. However, the Imperial Airforce, in the form of ten Lu-65 Squadrons and supported by mobile and other Air Defense Systems, would be placed on High Alert.

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While unexpected the betrayal of the Sith was not something the Hellenic Forces couldn't compensate for, the movement of such a massive force to a relatively smaller area would trigger just about every early warning measure the Athenian Federation had. From satellite observation to the unattended ground sensors and M1201s scattered along the border and even the eyes of units at the border.Two divisions belonging to the Second Army would spread out along the border preventing the same mistake the Sith had made, being so awfully obvious and presenting themselves as juicy targets. Remaining elements of the Second Army would spread out over a larger area to be able to compensate for any holes punched through the border. M1203s specifically would maintain in range to be able to deal precision strikes against the Sith aggressors.

 

To coordinate and guarantee protection the Hellenic Air Force would also take a role in the area, around 4 U-2As would watch the border closely as two U-2Bs guaranteed communication and a U-2C served as the central system to bring it all together. Four squadrons of U-1Bs and two squadrons of U-1As would be kept in the air at all times and prepare to engage enemy forces across the border. To in general guarantee protection of the Athenian airspace fiteen F-5 squadrons and three F-70 squadrons would be ready to engage any airborne threat against either the ground forces or the unmanned aircraft.

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As a result of the unwarranted and aggressive military actions against the peaceful Prussian state, the Kiel Canal is closed to all non-allied nations. International trade will now need to navigate through the Danish straits. The Prussian Navy ( Preußische Marine) will enforce the closure – vessels flying the flag of allied states can expect to be thoroughly searched prior to entering the canal.  Any vessel found to be in violation of the new closure will be seized, their cargo confiscated, and crew imprisoned.

 

 

 

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The Federal Republic of Prussia recognizes a state of war between itself and an aggressive Polish state.  Prussian citizens made their wishes clear following the collapse of Greater Germany. The Prussian state seeks nothing more than peace in central Europe, but we cannot sit back as Poland tries to slaughter its way through Europe in a misguided quest for increased land. All states flying the banner of the Prussian eagle will remain Prussian. Not one single kilometer will be seceded to Poland.

To the Polish aggressors, Prussia will hold firm – we will fight to preserve the trust our citizens placed in their government. Lay down your arms, return to your homes and no more blood will be shed.  To continue this war is a folly that will find many Poles and Prussians maimed and dead.  Failure to heed this warning will result in Prussian Junkers once more enforcing the Prusso-Polish border. 

 

 

 

Prussian satellites would observe a massive amount of movement near its border with the Polish state before the Poland began operations against the eye in the sky.  Command units in Berlin would issue an immediate alert to the Bundeswehr.  It was determined an imminent invasion would occur, and several government members would be sent to Prussia’s second capital as it was situated well within the Athenian secure zone. Other government members would be sent to secure areas, as the reserve capital system became activated. Although Königsberg was extremely close to the Polish border, the Chancellor would refuse to leave his post there.  In his words, “If I flee from my post what right do I have to request our citizens brave the onslaught of Polish aggression with courage and patience?”  Nevertheless, his security detail would move him away from the relatively unprotected civilian offices to a hidden military bunker within the capital.

 

Prussian federal police would be deployed to the east to help evacuate citizens from the contested areas. The government would activate emergency broadcast systems allowing television, radio, and SMS to alert citizens of the invasion. Additionally, warnings would be sent that some cities may fall to initial aggression, but that Prussia would not forget about them. Additionally, local police would be informed that they were not military personnel and should continue to enforce the peace and not engage the aggressors. To avoid conflict, to “Keep Calm and Carry On”.

 

Across the nation, Polish citizens would be detained for the duration of the conflict. Polish goods, property and businesses would be seized. Any military hardware found would be confiscated permanently.  International relief agencies, such as the Red Cross would be allowed to visit those arrested to ensure their continued good health, and to assure their families back in Poland that Prussia was treating them well. Local police would handle most of these arrests, but would coordinate with federal authorities.

 

As command units were busy in Berlin, Space Operations in Schleswig-Holstein would find themselves without eyes over Poland following Polish blinding operations. Luckily, for Prussia, Poland made the mistake of allowing a lot of their aircraft airborne before beginning  electronic warfare operations. This allowed Prussian TRACON to spot the low level flying aircraft, giving Prussian units precious time to enact defensive measures. Counter-jamming would go into action as reports filtered in of Polish activities from the increased Prussian border presence. In addition, Prussian jamming would begin to occur against Polish assets.  Fast reaction troops would be assembled to defensive positions as the full mobilization of Prussian Junkers began to occur. Missile defense systems would light up as Polish munitions became known, but even so the first strike would be quite painful for Prussia taking out a number of early warning sites in East and West Prussia as well as incurring significant damage to several airfields in both states. 

Anti-aircraft defensive systems would begin to activate against the Polish onslaught despite taking damage across the line. More, mobile SAM units would need to be deployed from the Western part of the nation to augment the Prussian defensive line. Prussian Bahn would immediately go into war mode, reserving their high-speed railways for troop movements. Additionally, freight trains would be commandeered for military purpose as a flood of men and materiel would begin to be organized and transported to the East. Reserve units across the entire Bundeswehr would be called into action, organized and deployed as they became available. Although these units would take time to be organized, the Prussian military machine was beginning to activate.

 

Aircraft would be called back from Pomerania to supplement the slowed down airfields in the east. Additionally, reserve planes would be called into action to provide better air coverage in the east of the nation. Backed by Prussian anti-air defenses, aircraft would concentrate on engaging any Polish planes within 10 kilometers of Prussian territory. They would not pursue into Polish territory, instead enforcing a defensive Prussian pattern of strength.The Prussian Navy would be loaded down with munitions before exiting port – they would engage in a defensive pattern as they left Hamburg. These ships would launch several missile strikes against major bridges, railways and roads that led into East and West Prussia from Poland. The aim was to hurt Poland’s ability to quickly move troops to the front.  Danzig’s military port would be utterly crippled following the massive Polish attack – it would require extensive repairs before operations could begin again. Luckily, Prussia did not lack port facilities in the north. 

 

Long-range artillery, backed by missiles from the north, would counterattack against Polish batteries and ground based forces near the border. Combined with attacks against these troops road, rail and bridge ways their movements, let alone their health, would probably be fairly poor. Border guards, backed by fast reaction troops would begin to blow bridges and main rail and roadways near the border to further hinder Polish troops. These troops would be responsible for hindering Polish advances as further behind them, Prussian troops began to fortify defensive positions, beginning with moving artillery positions to better use the terrain.  Mobile SAM units would be arranged to be better hidden from the air, as their operators would turn them off and on as needed, while continuing to move them to avoid Polish counter attacks.

 

Troops in West and East Prussia, Pomerania, Brandenburg and Silesia would be outfitted and begin defensive postures. West and East Prussian units would receive support from Pomeranian units. These units would concentrate on maintaining a fortified defensive perimeter  and holding back Polish aggression. The Silesian troops, meanwhile would reinforce their defensive positions in the Sudeten Mountains along the border with the Sith Empire. Hidden artillery would begin to pound Sith positions from within the mountains. Mortar fire would hamper the Siths as they near the mountain ranges – their air superiority would not help them as Prussian forces poured death from above. Prussian engineers would blow bridges, roads, and rail passages leading into the mountains to further prevent Sith forces from advancing. Mines would be placed in all open terrain within the mountains to destroy the Sith’s ability to use their armor and mechanized forces. Mobile SAMs would punish any Sith aircraft foolish enough to penetrate along the border. Additionally, further forces would be rallied in Silesia and Brandenburg to support the defensive effort.

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To: The Greater Sith Empire

From: Foreign Office of the Austrian Interim Authority

 

Esteemed neighbors, we regard with distress the sith backing of polish aggression. It is our view that the current crisis presently embroiling Europa is one of unwarranted paranoia manufactured through the saber rattling of an acquisitive regime (poland) and its international supporters. Your unconditional support of its present move against Prussia, our ally, a stable, democratic, and legitimate regime, and our ever faithful allies to the south is not only disconcerting but highly alarming. Rather than acting with impartiality and method to suppress the agitative and noxious nationalism of the Poles, your move has only served to fan the flames of national butchery. We emphasise with the greatest urgency the need for both peace and forethought and request an immediate secession of your movements, submission to neutral Austrian mediation, and your acceptance of fair terms of surrender- which satisfy both Prussian and Athenian security interests.

 

Sincerely,

 

Velimir of Metternich, Foreign Minister of the Austrian Interim Authority

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Jacqueline Rian, a woman with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes, threw down a newspaper on the floor of a dirty tavern in Ehestadt. A half smoked cigar sat in the middle of the tray at the center of the table as two of her friends threw cards onto the splintered table. The paper covered the table and fluttered the cards onto the floor.

 

"Trying to disrupt the game, Jackie?" said Amelia Damprix, the brunette "You're better than this."

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"No, I'm trying to call two knuckled heads to attention. Do you two see what's going on in Europe?" she said to Amelia and the other woman, the blonde, Maria von Ribe. "War."

 

Maria pushed the paper off the floor then reached over to the cigar and took a long drag. "Wanting to go off to die in a foreign war so fast, Jackie? That's so like you and getting the two of us in deeper trouble. We're still paying off the debts from your last little scoff down in the Middle East."

 

"Might be different this time, Maria, this is filled with patriotism and nationalism. There's money to be made there."

 

"What money?" said Amelia, picking up her card hand and throwing a set down in front of Maria. "Four twos."

 

"A grant from the Imperial Government and a grant from the Polish government to form volunteer brigades." She turned to Maria and smirked, "I've even heard they're willing to look past felonies - even murder."

 

Maria chewed on her cigar, looking at Jacqueline. Her lips turned to a smirk and a heavy laugh pushed out from mouth. "I'm listening."

 

Jacqueline leaned toward the center of the table, "I can write a few letters, one to the Polish government and one to the Imperials. We'll ask for a volunteer grant, head out into the countryside and find some young girls who are tired of life on the farm or serving their husbands. Rally a force and head off to Poland. It'll take a few days at most."

 

"Ha!" Amelia laughed and leaned back in her chair. "That's Romantic."

 

"Think we can't?" Jacqueline smirked again, "Think, get our records expunged, have some fun killing foreigners, and maybe meet a bunch of rich men in Europe and retire after the war. What have we got to lose?"

 

"The last of our funds." said Maria.

 

"Either there or we can spend them on cheap booze in northern China." Jacqueline said and flung the whiskey bottle to the floor. "And by the time we're done, we'll have money and a best-selling novel."

 

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The three women, unscrupulous characters all with scars on their faces, eyes that were tired from drugs and alcohol, but with ties to the Ancient Order of the Amazons bet the last of their money on the scheme. While Maria and Amelia left Ehestadt toward the Chinese countryside, Jacqueline went to the south to impress the last of her ties to the Austrian Exile State and hope for a chance to prove her worth to the Imperial government.

 

 


 

To: Lech Sikorski

From: Jacqueline Rian

 

President Sikorski:

 

You don't know me, my name is Jackie Rian, a woman of limited means of the Austrian Exile Community in East Asia. My parents once lived in northern Austria and took trips to Poland in their off time. Now hearing that your country is in danger of collapse from foreign influences I would like to pledge what meager funds I have to your cause. My associates are now rallying people to your cause in the name of liberty, though from a less romantic perspective, in the name of liberty and wealth. I only hope that we have not missed the war and that the spoils of the Prussians, Danes, and Athenians still sits untouched.

 

Further as a loyal Habsburg subject, let us paint a new Europe together.

 

My only hope is that you may have some funds available to help equip my men upon their arrival in your country.

 

-Jackie

 

 

 

To: Tomoor Bataar

From: Jacqueline Rian

 

General Bataar:

 

I am a noble of the Austrian Community in Exile and am raising a few brigades of soldiers, in the Amazon tradition, to fight in Europe in their war. If possible, I would like to request funds for this venture as my family wealth is running low. I hope to extend the influence and wisdom of our people and monarchs and only ask for this request as the first and last monetary aim of your government. There are other members of the court who will vouche for me and I hope that you can spare enough to equip, say, thirty-thousand women-at-arms.

 

-Jackie

 

 

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Officially the letter was never received however several shipments of gold from the mines in the virgin west would be reported hit by bandits and vanish.  Such shipment would eventually find its way into the hands of the Amazons a long with a list of names of arms suppliers along the silk road underground market.

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Closing the Kiel Canal is a mistake. Russian imports and exports will suffer even though Poland doesn't have access to the canal. Therefore Prussia will be billed for the loss of revenue incurred while the canal is closed.

 

Poland, as with every other nation, has access to the Kiel Canal. Should Russia desire a re-opening of the canal we suggest a use of its considerable influence to force the Poles to cease their aggressive actions against Prussia, and a return to their borders. No reimbursement of revenue will be provided as the Canal has been closed for national security reasons.

 

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A letter would be sent to the governments of Poland, Prussia, Noorse Kingdom, Sith Empire, Athenian Federation, Russia, and Austria requesting the following:

 

To whomever it concerns,

 

As many of you know all to well, war has broken out across mainland Europe. Although this conflict cannot be resolved in the present time with both parties being able to be satisfied, many innocent civilians remain terrified and in danger of military strikes. Civilians on both sides have been affected by this conflict and deserve the right to be able to go to a quality healthcare institution without the fear of being attacked. The United Republic of Ireland would like to send 2 Mercy-Class Hospital Ships to the Baltic Sea. Each ship has 300 beds, 20 ICUs, 8 operating theaters, and the capacity to accommodate 40 major surgeries a day – about as many as a large hospital in Dublin. The ship is unarmed and painted white with red crosses to conform to the Geneva Convention criteria for a civilian hospital ship, firing upon it is a war crime under international law. It carries medical personnel from the Ministry of Health and the Irish Red Cross.Each ship also has a HELO-60M Medevac helicopter which has been donated by the Ministry of Defense.

 

I ask you to please put aside your political differences and allow your people to receive the care and help they deserve.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

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Poland, as with every other nation, has access to the Kiel Canal. Should Russia desire a re-opening of the canal we suggest a use of its considerable influence to force the Poles to cease their aggressive actions against Prussia, and a return to their borders. No reimbursement of revenue will be provided as the Canal has been closed for national security reasons.
 
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Perhaps you're forgetting that Poland is landlocked and does not have access to the sea nor does it have access to the Kiel Canal. Prussia’s comments sound like an tactic to force us to pick a side, but we will not be bullied into joining your war.
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Lake Temagami was a little bit more organized in keeping relative order but any other settlement in Bear Island’s Nation of the Bear. . . in a country without much a formal government presence in the streets little was functionally stopping noisy foreigners recruiting for volunteer brigades. All it would take is the siren’s call of a superficially noble and worthy cause, promising a bit of payout, and most importantly someone with enough charisma to draw unwitting moths to fire. 

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Perhaps you're forgetting that Poland is landlocked and does not have access to the sea nor does it have access to the Kiel Canal. Prussia’s comments sound like an tactic to force us to pick a side, but we will not be bullied into joining your war.

 

Prussia is certainly aware of its geography, as well as that of the state currently invading it. That being said, Poland had access to the Baltic via Prussian territory prior to the current invasion. As did every other nation prior to the invasion, including Polish allied states. This said, Prussia was informing Russia of its options to reopen the Kiel Canal, not asking it to pick a side. Russia has a right to remain neutral in the conflict, as does Prussia in ensuring its national security by closing down the artificial waterway. 

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Prussia is certainly aware of its geography, as well as that of the state currently invading it. That being said, Poland had access to the Baltic via Prussian territory prior to the current invasion. As did every other nation prior to the invasion, including Polish allied states. This said, Prussia was informing Russia of its options to reopen the Kiel Canal, not asking it to pick a side. Russia has a right to remain neutral in the conflict, as does Prussia in ensuring its national security by closing down the artificial waterway.


We are pointing out, as you seem to misunderstood, that because of the war, Poland does not have access to any body of water now. Therefore, Poland is not a threat to the canal and it does not make sense to punish the rest of the Baltic Sea powers who do not intend to harm Prussia.

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We are pointing out, as you seem to misunderstood, that because of the war, Poland does not have access to any body of water now. Therefore, Poland is not a threat to the canal and it does not make sense to punish the rest of the Baltic Sea powers who do not intend to harm Prussia.

 

It's not a matter of punishing fellow Baltic Sea Powers - although we are disappointed they have failed to support Prussia against Polish aggression. It is, however a matter of priorities. Prussia cannot allow the Kiel Canal to be the target of an attack by Polish or Polish-allied states flying the flag of a neutral vessel - nor can we allow it to be clogged with civilian traffic as Prussia fights a war in the east that will require quick movements of men and materiel. We apologize for the inconvenience, however the Danish straits continues to operate normally. As Russia has a history of dealing with terrorist attacks we hope they can appreciate the need for national security when dealing with potential targets. 

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"And so the battle lines are drawn."

 

These were the words uttered by Sikorski, as he pored over a map in a command bunker hidden deep beneath Warsaw, and continued to receive reports from the front, as well as from the foreign ministry. The UN Security Council had stalled at finding a resolution, a deadlock between East and West had reared its ugly head, and now military minds were to decide the fate of the conflict. The only way to do that was for either side to force an agreement on the other, and Sikorski knew that this would be a tough proposition.

 

Reports from the battlespace east of the Oder River were favorable, SAR high-level reconnaissance was reporting that the Danish forces in the area were beginning to retire, after being thoroughly manhandled by the first strike. Strikes against rail lines had successfully interdicted trains bearing heavy armament from Denmark, and the Danish Navy had been given a bit of a bloody nose. The Polish General Staff were, however, far from content to allow the Danes to withdraw and regroup without being harried, and decided on steps to hopefully turn the semi-orderly withdraw towards the west into a bit of a rout. These would, of course, coincide with follow-up strikes against Prussian targets, that were attempting to stabilize the line, and even launch a modest artillery and missile counterattack against Polish ground forces.

 

While the Prussian Air Force was bringing its own fighters up to the line, to try to establish some form of aerial dominance, they would not make it much farther than east of the Oder River when the Polish air defense network and early warning systems began picking them up. Over-the-horizon long range radar, in multistatic arrays picked up traces of the aircraft probably as far back as Berlin, and other early warning systems also began sounding off alarm bells. Berkut multirole stealth fighter squadrons, around a total of eight, would move forward in multi-altitude formation, in groups of four to engage the marauding Prussian fighters that were coming to enforce their turf. Behind them, high altitude surveillance drones began engaging in intelligence gathering missions, including SAR, EO/IR, and high-resolution cameras, along with a powerful AESA package, transmitting over encrypted network.

 

These fighters would get help against ground air defenses in the form of more anti-radar missiles, launched by tactical bombers at a safe distance, with Prussian early warning and radar equipment being targeted viciously. Mobile SAM forces being engaged by long range artillery with wide-area attack munitions when they showed their faces, whilst Prussian jamming and counter jamming signals were triangulated back to their sources and engaged by artillery, both gun and missile, as well as marauding tactical bombers that were loitering with standoff munitions.

 

Meanwhile, the Polish Air Force fighters would crash over the border as the battles raged below. With information being securely datalinked to them through encrypted communication channels, began launching two drones from beneath their wings, the apparatuses conformal until released. The lightweight drones, with a radar cross section that was equal to that of the Berkut fighter, and armed with a simple active radar signal, would streak forward ahead of the fighters, towards the Prussian fighters to confuse them as to whether these were real targets. As the drones launched, a series of long-range BVR missiles, with throtteable duct rockets to engage highly-maneuverable aircraft would be launched, the missiles homing in with semi-active radar with secure midcourse datalink updates.

 

If the Prussian fighters continued to get closer to the Polish aerial intruders, through the missile fire and otherwise, more shorter range air-to-air missile equipment would be queued. These fighters would be covered by further aircraft to the east, ready to rotate into the combat, and loitering over Central Poland. Simultaneously, long range surface-to-air missiles were launched from well inside Poland to further dissuade Prussian aerial units from moving east. These missiles utilized radio-command guidance through a secure data uplink, and could be controlled by in-air fighters and uplinks from radar systems to engage Prussian aerial units as well.

 

Meanwhile, on the ground, Poland would not be blind to the Prussian missile launches from its naval vessels and other sources, these missile launches were recorded by Polish early warning stations, including over-the-horizon radar and shorter range equipment. The progress of the missiles tracked, as they passed over the Oder and further east, easily being picked up by overhead fighters that were engaging the Prussian Air Force. The response to these missiles would be in the form of mobile SAM units and anti-aircraft artillery that would fire salvos at the missiles as they fell, before adjusting position again, engaging them with extreme prejudice, although invariably some missiles would get through, and cause some damage to Polish infrastructure that would have to be repaired and would be immediately seen to by local contractors backed up by construction engineers that were moving into the region.

 

The Prussian artillery fire that was in response to Polish fire would not go unnoticed, and for a few salvos, the artillery fire would cause some dissension with Polish ranks, with some units experiencing light casualties in soft-skin transport and men, along with a few direct hits on Polish artillery units, that saw some casualties and damages, that were also changing positions. The Prussian strategy of trying to snipe back at Polish forces, was invariably made much harder by the Polish Air Force, which had tactical bombers on stand by with stand off munitions to engage their forces with. Counter battery radar would help Polish artillery pinpoint and track Prussian artillery forces, and NLOS missile batteries began sending up wide-area loitering munitions to engage these forces. Prussian artillery that would try to shoot, then move position, could be hit while it was on the move, or stay in the same place and get hit there. Overall, it was proving to be a hard start to the day for both sides' artillery services.

 

Both the Danes and Prussians had suffered one strike at the hands of the Polish Air Force, and another round was due to begin, as four strategic airlift aircraft that had taken off during the initial aerial run, and loitered in Eastern Poland for the time being. As the Polish Air Force and Land Forces sought to suppress Prussian early warning forces, yet again, these aircraft began opening their large rear cargo doors, and lines of munitions began falling from them. When it was said and done, over two hundred standoff cruise missiles missiles and semi-powered glide bombs fired their engines and began streaking west. Receiving their orders from Polish drone intelligence, these munitions, with a variety of seeker heads, sought to pound various enemy assets.

 

Prussian troop concentrations, retreating Danish forces, identified by surveillance assets, the Danish early warning station on Bornholm, rail hubs, and identified defensive positions, air defense elements and artillery units, as well as some missiles streaking west for a more important task; striking the spans of the Oder River. Several standoff cruise missiles from tactical bombers and follow-on tactical ballistic missile launches by ground based strategic strike forces began to rain down on major spans across the Oder River, especially including major highway and rail bridges. Further attacks would accrue against Prussian aerial facilities in the area, with standoff anti-runway munitions being launched by tactical bombers against them, and tactical ballistic missile launches from Central Poland against remaining ports along the Baltic, east of the Oder River. These ballistic missile units would scoot after launching their payloads into the air, while tactical bombers continued to rotate in and out of bases in Eastern Poland.

 

Although hampered by some of the withering Prussian artillery bombardment, that was being responded to, the Polish Land Forces crashed over the border into Poland in a three-pronged offensive towards the Baltic. The Western Flank was a screening force, made up of the 3rd Infantry Division (mechanized) and 8th Armored Brigade, striking out towards the City of Pila. The Central Prong of the attack was made up of the 1st and 10th Armored Divisions, respectively covering the west and east banks of the Vistula River, striking directly down the river towards Torun and Bydgoszcz. The 18th Infantry Division (mechanized) provided support for this advance. On the river itself, two battalions of the 12th Assault Regiment began their own trek downriver, striking between the two armored divisions with armored boats laden with soldiers and heavy armament, and equipped with self-protection radar and FLIR systems on top of their regular sensory systems. To the East, the Polish 7th Armored Division and 1st Grenadier Division (with mechanized support) began an offensive against East Prussia, striking towards/through Goldap and straight towards Konigsberg.

 

In Silesia, elements of the 21st Infantry Brigade, support by elements of local reserve units began probing attacks supported by artillery and mortar fire towards the Katowice Metropolitan area.

 

Although the Prussian forces were engaged in widespread delaying actions, the Polish forces began their advance with impunity, with armored and heavy mechanized columns spread out with flanking company-strength armored reconnaissance units supporting their advance. With surveillance forces engaged in widespread surveillance of the area, Polish units would move to engage sabotage forces quickly with light artillery and surface-to-surface missile battery support. With ground-launched small, but effective secure-link UAVs in the air above the columns, the widespread advancing units would have superlative intelligence of defending forces or possible ambushes ahead of them, and sought to engage them with artillery or air support before mopping up with infantry or mechanized forces. When a defensive position or resistance was encountered, mechanized mortar units and long-reaching lightweight missiles would engage the threat while infantry and armor, working in disciplined coordination, engaged in highly maneuverable tactics to destroy the Prussian forces.

 

If destroyed bridges were encountered, combat engineers were moved forward with bridging equipment to continue the advance, or an alternate route was sought where the river could be forded or crossed. The Rosomak APCs were very useful in this endeavor, as they had amphibious capability and could cross rivers to secure the other side and create bridgeheads. All of these forces would have the support of light gunships and overhead air support. In between these advancing forces, Polish infantry units began a general advance of their own towards the Baltic, mostly with battalion-sized elements moving into Poland with local artillery support.

 

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[b]Foreign Ministry Statement[/b]

 

"The Fourth Republic of Poland pledges to recognize any Irish ships dispatched to the Baltic as noncombatants and not associated with the war, except for the treatment of wounded individuals. We will respect all commonly accepted laws surrounding these vessels, and refrain from engaging them willfully.

 

These ships and staff will be held to a pledge that they treat anyone, no matter what their nationality is. Of course, passage of these vessels into the Baltic and their protection will not be Poland's decision."

 

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A response would be sent back by the same courier who dispatched the letter to the Polish President, the letter signed and sealed by a Presidential aide.

 

[b]To: Jacqueline Rian

From: Lech Sikorski[/b]

 

Ms. Rian,

 

As Poland finds itself engaged in a fight for its life against a Europe that shows increasing ignorance to our cause and interests, your letter brings some light to my world, and reminds us that we have some friends in this world, even if they might come at a price. There are many stories of courage and bravery that come out of the Austrian Exile Community in Tianxia, and on behalf of the Polish people, I accept your proposal to have your volunteers join the Polish Land Forces.

 

We have more than just funds to equip your forces, what Poland is nowhere short on uniforms and rifles to hand out, and I'm sure that my High Command will be glad to have your services.

 

I look forward to your forces arriving.

 

Lech

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The Norse Kingdom will not hinder Irish hospital vessels as they enter the Baltic respecting the freedom of the seas, but we will not be responsible for their safety. Furthermore, no Irish warships will be permitted to enter the Baltic to act as an escort for the hospital ships due to Irish sympathies to Poland and Ireland's previous act of aggression towards the Kingdom.

 

Both ships will be required to make port in Copenhagen to be boarded and searched by Norse officials to ensure no Irish military personnel, weapons or munitions are trying to be smuggled into Prussia.

 

If these conditions are met, the ships will be permitted to leave Copenhagen and enter the Baltic proper. If they are not met, such personnel, weapons and/or munitions will be confiscated and held until the end of the conflict, and the vessels will be allowed to continue on their mission.

 

Frankfurt de Order

 

The Polish General Staff were, however, far from content to allow the Danes to withdraw and regroup without being harried, and decided on steps to hopefully turn the semi-orderly withdraw towards the west into a bit of a rout. These would, of course, coincide with follow-up strikes against Prussian targets, that were attempting to stabilize the line, and even launch a modest artillery and missile counterattack against Polish ground forces.

 

 

The retreating infantry forces were dispersed enough already to make the large scale hammering by the Polish military negligible, with casualties under one thousand men lost. They would continue their retreat until they reached the rear lines of the Prussian military. All wounded would be offloaded to their medics and combat fit men would fall into line with the Prussian commanders until Norse reinforcements reached the war.

 

While the Prussian Air Force was bringing its own fighters up to the line, to try to establish some form of aerial dominance, they would not make it much farther than east of the Oder River when the Polish air defense network and early warning systems began picking them up. Over-the-horizon long range radar, in multistatic arrays picked up traces of the aircraft probably as far back as Berlin, and other early warning systems also began sounding off alarm bells. Berkut multirole stealth fighter squadrons, around a total of eight, would move forward in multi-altitude formation, in groups of four to engage the marauding Prussian fighters that were coming to enforce their turf. Behind them, high altitude surveillance drones began engaging in intelligence gathering missions, including SAR, EO/IR, and high-resolution cameras, along with a powerful AESA package, transmitting over encrypted network.

 

 

The Prussian air force had forced the Poles to reveal the forward air defence network and what seemed to be a force appropriate response in terms of fighter aircraft. The Norse air force now had many planes in the air from the heartlands and would be preparing for its air counter attack to cover the Prussian advance and support the Prussians own air offensive. AWAC's based in the Baltic and in Prussia would work alongside Prussian detection networks and aircraft in the air including two JSTAR's which were also in the area supporting operations out of the firing line to coordinate the air offensive.

 

All seven Norse Thunder Advanced Air Superiority Fighters would enter the battle space east of the Oder. The fighters entered the air battle at extreme high altitude using super cruise and would immediately begin actively searching for Polish fighter aircraft. Once located they would move in and engage them enemy aircraft with zero mercy as they poured on missile fire and when the opportunity arose, directed energy weapons to fry the polish jets electronics and/or reduce the engine output enough to prevent the Polish jets from maneuvering and in some cases, even engage Norse or Prussia aircraft. In support of the six NTX squadrons, eight F-22 squadrons would also be operating in tandem across the front line using the same tactics minus the DEWs.

 

In areas that were heavily disputed and Norse stealth aircraft were engaging Polish stealth aircraft, a supporting five squadrons of F-15 Silent Eagles would enter the battle in air to air mode armed with medium and short range missiles. They would engage any airborne targets of opportunity that presented themselves in support of the F-22's and the NTX fighters.

 

In support of the NTX squadrons, from the rear of the aerial assault came the four waves of Tu-160r's which operated in a similar manner to the B-1r as a missile truck. Each wave, comprised of ten aircraft would fire a full contingent of up to fifteen long range air to air missiles at the Polish aircraft when they had reached within sixty miles of the contested airspace before turning around and bugging out to refuel and rearm. From over the Baltic and over Prussia, four squadrons of Thor's Hammer Strategic Bombers would also enter the contested airspace, remaining on sensor silence to prevent detection. When they neared their targets (15 miles), they would release eighty JDAM's that would target mobile SAM forces, Artillery any determinable forward command and control centers and large formations of soft targets such as light armoured vehicles and forward radar units. When the JDAMs were released, the bombers would turn around and begin their flight back home to refuel and re-arm.

 

Under the cover the first wave of aerial counter attack, the RAF deployed four squadrons of A-10 II Warthog's to the battle space at low altitude to engage Polish ground forces with devastating volleys of missile and cannon fire against the forward armoured columns and support vehicles along the edges of the Polish advance. If they came under attack from airborne targets, F-22's would be re-tasked to deal with the problem aircraft.

 

The Polish attack on Bornholm would be met by the multilayered defence system that had cost billions to put in place. The first response would be the S-400 and S-500 regiments which provided the long range backbone of the Norse air defence network, these would engage and destroy any hostile missiles that got within range as they would be tracked very possibly from the moment of launch if they were launched within the 500nm radius of detection. Any missiles that survived that gauntlet would have to face the short range air defences which would come in the form of ASRAD-R  surface to air systems and Crotale NG (VT-1) surface to air systems. The detection station of Bornholm was only lightly damaged, but enough to force it to be shut down for a few hours whilst repairs were made. In the intervening time, mobile radar networks would be established through the use of vehicle mounted AESA emitters to ensure the static radar network, if disabled in a war, will only be down for a limited time before the mobile network connects and re-establishes coverage for the hole. Furthermore, infrared, thermographic and optical sensors had been established in key locations of the radar network where the probability of holes was highest.

 

The Berkut's drones would only be problematic for a while as their patterns of flight on radar did not match up to the established patterns of flight by the real thing. When identified, the drones would be eliminated by cannon fire to save on missiles for real threats. The revelation was set via secure datalink to the Norse command and control units who would, in turn send to their Prussian allies.

 

As the Norse space forces had not yet been attacked by the Poles, they continued to gather intel on enemy positions for the navy, which had moved to the edge of the Polish range of operations and well within the safety blanket of the homelands own air defence net. Using mathematical algorithms to predict where the Polish would next relocate their artillery and anti air units which would still provide them with good fields of fire against Prussian and Norse forces, the satellites fed a constant stream of data to commanders on earth. Whilst it was a shot in the dark, the navies nine Arsenal ships would begin programming the first strike of missiles, which would target the current, and the next predicted location of the Polish support units. All the missiles had the ability to independently target ground forces should their operators deem it the best course of action if it looks like this one would fail to achieve the desired affect.

 

Each arsenal ship would fire one hundred hypersonic cruise missiles with cluster warheads which would explode at altitude over the targeted areas and release hundreds of DPICM sub-munitions of the anti armour and anti infantry variety with the intent to cause as much damage as possible to Polish ground support units such as air defence forces, mobile radar's and artillery units. This attack would be followed up by a second volley of fifty hypersonic cruise missiles from the arsenal ships with SADARM warheads. Each missile carried ten SADARM submunitions. These would catch anything that the DPICM's missed.

 

 

Prussia

The first of the Norse battle groups had broken itself down into its combat regiments as they neared Nowogard. They would turn south and begin advancing under their own air cover in the form of F-22's, F-35's and F-15SE's. They would hit Pila along a broad front just as the poles were estimated to reach the city.

 

OOC

If there is anything you are not happy with, or want to ask about, please PM me or grab me on IRC tonight if I'm online. I cant guarantee posting often from Thursday onwards due to my housing situation, but i guarantee I wont do a Zephyr

 

In regards to that final part, that's just me reminding myself for the next post where my other large formation is, but i would prefer if that when you get to responding to that last part, that we talk on IRC about it beforehand just to clear some things up Shammy if thats ok?

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