|Russian forces move out from the ruined suburbs of Mdinar.|
|The Russian Naval Infantry commander's personal helicopter -|
a Kamov nicely built and painted by Mark Kniveton
They are opposed by regular units of the Andreivian Army.
|Andreivian sniper team by Ian Shaw|
Meanwhile in central Tcherbevan, fierce fighting continues between the Andreivian Turks and the Andreivian Armenians.
|Turk-occupied ruined buildings along Culture Ministry Boulevard|
|This ruined building was a key point of the Armenians' defence|
|Meanwhile, the Government-controlled sectors of the city|
remained relatively quiet. The quiet before the storm?
In the south a fierce action developed between Italian NATO forces and the Mujahideen - foreign volunteers fighting alongside the Andreivian Turks.
|Italian armour deploys off the southern highway|
|Italian troops arrive to search a barn|
Unfortunately the Italian troops arrived too late to rescue two captured British soldiers (believed to belong to a Hereford-based unit).
So I'd say Day One was a great success. In the north, Ian's Andreivian Government forces fought the Russians almost to a standstill but they were forced to call in many valuable reinforcements in order to do so.
In Tcherbevan itself, Andy's Turks captured a building on the Armenian side of Culture Ministry Boulevard - I perhaps didn't give Andy enough of a numerical advantage to play a convincing attack-v-defence scenario but Andy and Rob seemed to get on with it OK. They'll both have interesting stuff to do on Day Two.
And in the south, Richard and Jamie had a frustrating time trying to clear the Mujahideen away from the southern road. Powerful as an Ariete MBT is, a determined fanatic with an AK-47 can be damned difficult to winkle out of a wooded position. Thanks Stuart for your sterling efforts.
More to follow later.