Alpha Boreal, Cronzcovina- As joint exercises kick off for the Cronz-Burgundian Cooperative Arctic Brigade kick off in the newly completed Alpha Boreal High Arctic Military Complex, the Brigade joins other elements of the Cronzcovinic Armed Forces in a comprehensive combined armed operation that pushes the limits of the Croncovinic Armed Forces. Burgundie’s participation in the Cooperative Arctic Brigade dates back decades as the political landscape shifted from the 20th century “equatorial conflicts” to a “total global response” posture in the 21st century.
Strathannan, Kiravia- The Count Valsoix, in his second race since announcing his retirement pulled off a sound turning game to pull into third place in the Kiravian Grand Prix, a great feat for his general lackluster final season. In a surprising turn of fortune, Armand Christophe, of the O’Shea team played aggressively on the elevation drops, an area when most drivers throttle back to maintain control. His forward momentum carried him to 5th place, the highest ranking for the Team this season. The Burgundian team’s fans were well represented at this race, as they were so close to home. The streets were awash with the tempered and resolute sounds of pious Burgundian fans for hours after the race.
Bulkh- A successful push to resolve the combat phase of the Second Bulkhan War has concluded with a combined sea land and air assault on the three final pockets of Bulkhan People’s Republic resistance. In the early morning hours 53,000 Burgo-Bulkhan soldiers and marines stormed the coastal defenses of Orughdan under the screen of cruise missile fire and coastal bombardment. A column of 47 armored vehicles led the charge, puncturing the town’s ancient walls and forcing themselves upon the cities broad avenues. They were peppered by small arms and RPG fire as the troops flooded the city’s buildings, focusing on the sprawling and maze-like souq. Fighting for each block the BPR soldiers and partisans made the invading troops fight mercilessly and earn their progress in blood. The souq was captured by that evening which much of the city center leveled by the armored vehicles and shelling. Pockets in the outlying quarters remained but the majority of the city was captured by midnight. The Burgo-Bulkhan forces reported an estimated 3,930 dead and 1,490 wounded, while claiming 4,500 dead of the Bulkhan People’s Republic Army.
In Marileh, three Special Forces squads were able to infiltrate the weapons and fuel depots and plant demolitions charges. At 0700 during iqama, the Burgundian forces set off the charges causing massive disarray. An assault of 2,000 Legionnaires and a column of Bulkhan armor took to the chaos, punching holes through the panicked defenders lines. The salat continued despite the roar until a Legionnaire leveled his Missile Moyenne Portée against the base of the minaret and toppled it, ending the call to prayer abruptly. The surprise of the attack gave the attackers a distinct advantage and the garrison capitulated by the end of the day.
The largest contingent of the BPR’s armed forces remained in the capital to protect the government. At 0530 message was played over loudspeakers from Bulkhan planes asking civilians to leave the city by noon to avoid the impending airstrike. A stream of people were seen leaving tapering around 1030. It was well known that the army was keeping many more from leave to hold Burgundie to account for the bombing of civilians, but the embedded tick needed to be removed. The Burgundian Royal Air Service flew its first sortie at 1215 dropping 70 500lb thermobaric bombs over known government buildings. The jets were met with antiaircraft fire and a few MANPAD launches but returned to their carrier unscathed. The opening salvoes fired a 15 minute clock was set as a ultimatum to surrender was posted. For the next 8 hours every 15 minutes more and more fire bombs were dropped on wider and wider swathes of the city. By 1600 the majority of the government center was an inferno, by 2000 there wasn’t a city left to bomb and still no surrender. The sorties were concluded for the night and recon teams were deployed to find the tunnel system that the government and military had retreated to. At midnight about 3,000 soldiers surrendered, staggering through the flames to be taken in. At 0300 5,000 more soldiers came to be taken into custody as automatic fire rang out, indicating that deserters were being shot. At 0600 the Bulkhan People’s Republic called for a ceasefire and agreed to talks regarding an unconditional surrender.