Jan 14, 2024
Pavlovo is located on a Northern tributary of the Volga River, 544 km North-East of Moscow. It is one of Russia's two remaining super-bases. The other is at Apatity, located in far Northern Russia on the Kola Pennisula. Pavlovo is the site of a large air fabrication complex with a large land fab complex across the river at Nizhniy Novgorod.
Surprisingly, Pavlovo is also an inland sea-port with a sea-pier, a naval fab, combat ships, transport ships and even submarines.
Here is a screenshot of U.S. units approaching Pavlovo:
Russia had nearly exhausted its supply of tanks, but still held air-superiority over its own territory. However by this time the U.S. has plenty of long-range AA protection. Since Russia has strong LRAA as well, there exists an air-standoff at the Battle of Pavlovo.
Order of Battle:
Russia had approximately 281 units including:
20 MLRS range 70 km
97 AA (7 SA-20 - range 200 km)
32 Bridging Units
1 Attack Helo
3 Blackjack Bombers
5 Transport AC
5 Patrol AC,
6 Transport ships and
2 CGN range 22 km
20 Stone anti-fortification
51 Stone soft-attack
212 units from the Eastern group and and additional 95 from the SE group, including:
20 Misc. Infantry
55 IFV-1 Crow Laser fighting vehicles
16 Misc. MLRS
31 long range (302 km) WS-2 400mm MLRS
14 long-range (61-km) Artillery
18 short-range (24 km) Mortars
11 long range (71 km) Mortars
14 Long-range mid-air capable AA
8 short-range close-air AA
17 supply vehicles
24 Fighter/Bombers (not used)
8 Interceptors (not used)
830 (modded M44 ATACMS)
At the start of the battle, Russian MAR was just 13%. The U.S. started hoping for a surrender.
Although it is not evident from the unit numbers, this battle was a total mis-match in the favor of the U.S. Russia possessed about twice as much artillery, however its average range was just 34 km, compaired the U.S. long-range mortars and guns with ranges of about 70 km.
Russia possessed MLRS with ranges of 70 km but they all clustered North and were out of range of the U.S. units. The U.S. on the other hand had more MLRS, many of which were WS-2 MLRS/launchers with super-long with ranges of 302 km.
The U.S. had many tanks and Russia has none on-site.
The U.S. had twice Russia's infantry and most of the U.S. units sported laser weaponry.
The predominate Russian unit type was the AA unit, none of which did it any good, because the U.S. will not risk it aircraft against such heavy AA. The role of Russian aircraft is unknown, except that many must have been destroyed when their air-field was captured.
The two arms of the U.S. main body arrived and waited for supply. They then arranged themselves in standard formation just outside of Russian artillery range- armor at the front with artillery behind and AA behind Artillery. All units were ordered to entrench and this policy was rigidly enforced. Supply trucks were set to patrol back and forth between the battle-front and better-supplied areas to the rear.
Russia kicked off the engagement with a volly of missiles, which bounced off the U.S. AA cover. This was followed by a series of suicide probes by Russian Recon units and Engineers.
The slow attrition of soft Russian units under the bombardment of U.S. artillery was quite evident. The U.S. advantage was not readilly evident so U.S. forces settled in for a long battle and began to pick armored targets for its precision land-attack missiles. 830 missiles may seem like a lot but, although the U.S. used them sparingly, they quickly ran out. This left the operation to wait for a trickle of new missiles to come off the assembally line.
Eight Russian tanks quickly arrived from the West, but within one week Russia had 6 engineers and 6 tanks in hospital.
Any U.S. units that seemed to be suffering from damage from Russian artillery were relocated back one hex and re-entrenched. Eventually the battle grew static, except for the constant exchange of artillery.
Most of the U.S. main body had arrived and formed up South of the river. This left dozens of units to distant from the front to be effective. So the U.S. begain slowly moving combat units from the rear across the the river to form a second battle-front and to more completely surround Pavlovo.
As the battle stretched on day after day the U.S. finally decided that Russian defendes had been sufficiently weakened to risk a closer approach. With 212 units, re-deployment is not an easy task but hex by hex armor and them artillery were advanced and re-entrenched nearer and nearer to Russian occupied hexes. Most of the Russian front-line units were soft AA and artillery and were quickly damaged by the closing U.S. infantry units. The real risk for the U.S. was approaching withing effective range of Russian artillery.
Once it became clear that the defending artillery was inflicting significant damage to U.S. forces the decision was made to stage a mass attack on Pavlovo. This was a stunning success and the superior U.S. laser fire-power quickly became eveident. Dozens of IFV-1 Crow laser units inflicted heavy damage on the largely soft Russian super-base formation.
Well-supplied U.S. tanks took out Russian Engineers and BMP armor. U.S. artillery continued to hammer away at the Russian formation and its newly sprung garrison units. Damaged U.S. units are quickly identified, withdrawn and sent to the rear for repair.
Near the end the U.S. commits transport aircraft to re-supply the hungry U.S. armor.
February 4th, 2024
The battle is over and U.S. units have taken up defensive positions prior to the big attack on Moscow. Many U.S. units are under repair in the unit "hospitals".
Russia has lost 373 units, including garrsions. Its MAR is down to just 7%. The U.S. has lost just 12 units, but with 22,475 casualties.
For the final journey to Moscov the enemy barracks/air complex at Ivanovo will threaten the U.S. right flank and it will need to be neutralized. But aside from this, only 13 Russian armored unit stand between U.S. forces and the Russian capital at Moskva.