*This article is merely educational and an exploratory endeavor into the sad state of affairs currently happening in Ukraine. I want to let everyone know that my whole heart lies in support of the Ukrainian people and their sovereignty I wish you all the best in these trying times...
In 2016, fresh out of university, I wrote an essay defending how great of a teaching toolARMA III could be for up-and-coming journalists and future war correspondents, a tool to be used by forward-thinking teachers and willing students. Moreover, a tool for understanding, rather than learning per se. My intention with this series of articles is to try and make some sense of what’s going on in the first major conflict between two similarly equipped and technologically advanced nation-states.
Inspired by the antics of Real and Simulated Wars, a Wargame Blogspot I can truly recommend for its quality and bite-sized content as well as his quick tactical analysis of usually small-scale engagements. I love the way the author simply exploits how US Infantry Destroys Soviet Armor, his first mission with a Marder 1 AIFV, and World War 2 desert maneuvers. It’s all a very eclectic mix of small portions of wargaming content. If all of this sounds like an endorsement, it’s because it is.
Given this, I’ve decided to borrow his format and simulate a Ukrainian ambush on a Russian Motorized Rifle Company during the first days of the invasion. I’ve set up the scenario but it’s the AI that’s going to be doing all of the legwork. So if some decisions don’t appear that smart, you know why.
The Russian regular forces are accompanied by a depleted Spetsnaz acting as an on-foot recon element. The Ukrainian forces are defending the only serviceable concrete road for miles around this specific location. The Ukrainian forces are a bunch of rag-tag and disorganized mix, with civilians who recently took up arms fighting alongside remnants of the Ukrainian military that fought on that same road a couple of days earlier. They’re armed with a couple of Javelins, two tripod-mounted DShK heavy machine guns, and have some on and off intel of a nearby drone with one single precision-guided missile left. Other than that, it’s all AKs and PKMs. Let’s get into it: