Here is an example of the, not so brief, Main Briefing for the introductory scenario. This will give you some idea of how I see the events unfolding.
The Soviet Union is withdrawing it's forces from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). They have alerted both NATO and the UN that they are moving two divisions east in the sector of the 8th Guards Army. This announcement was made months in advance. Several smaller units have left their permanent duty stations, earlier this month, for new locations further east.
NATO was on low alert status and is having to learn to deal with the fact that the Cold War is over. What to do now?
But wait, the 533rd Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion stationed in the Fulda Gap is getting information that isn't matching up with how events should be unfolding. It seems the Soviets aren't moving to the east. They start scrambling to find out what's up.
The 79th Guards Tank Division left it's garrison at Suhl and moved southeast on Route 281. When it reached Coburg the lead element, the 17th Guards Tank Regiment, turned southwest on Route 303 and west onto Route 279. The entire time they were in road march formation. There was no NATO interference with the approach to the border.
17th Guards Tank Regiment entered Saal an der Saale and gave the prearranged order for the batteries of 8th Guards Army to fire on Camp Lee and the approaches to Bad Neustadt and Rödelmaier. The guns errupted into life as the lead elements drove through Wülfershausen and turned towards the 11th ACR.
2nd Squadron, 11th ACR at Camp Lee, outside Bad Neustadt, is hammered by 152mm artillery fire. The camp had been warned only minutes before and very few of the squadron's vehicles were moving towards Rödelmaier on Route 279. It is fitting that 2nd Squadron was the last element of the Regiment to leave Vietnam, after five and a half years of service, and it is the first US unit to be engaged by the Soviet advance in WWIII.
The two elite units that have been facing each other over the decades will come together in a mighty clash. The Black Horse outposts along the border at Rödelmaier will have to deal with the Soviet advance down Route 279 until the rest of the squadron can move to their aid. Or until the Soviet Army breaks through and is advancing.
At 0400 the day is just beginning. What was going to be a hot day in July was about to get a lot hotter.
The Cold War is about to become a Hot War. It's time to dance to the music.
< Message edited by Mad Russian -- 4/29/2013 2:23:46 PM >
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