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Monday, September 25th 2017, 5:55pm

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

News Summary Post

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Monday, September 25th 2017, 5:56pm

Modernization of the Caspian Flotilla
January - The VMF Rossii has accelerated a program to modernize the Caspian Flotilla with the order of five Makhachkala-class coastguard patrol ships, a patrol-oriented variant of the Project 83 "Avantyurin" class small antisubmarine ships. Five vessels of this modified class, named for cities in the southern Caspian region, have been laid down at the beginning of this month. The Russian Foreign Ministry has advised the governments of Persia and Azerbaijan, who also possess coastline on the Caspian Sea, that the five new ships will replace ten more antiquated vessels of the Lilya class currently deployed in Baku with the 14th Corvette Flotilla.

Ivanovski-Layevska Gang Terrorizes Cherkassy
February - The Ivanovski-Layevska Gang, led by bandit Oleksandr Ivanovski and Nataliia Layevska, continues to stage robberies in the region of Ukraine, with fourteen crimes in the region of Cherkassy over the months of December and early January. The gang has apparently chosen to target some of the relatively few privately-owned banks operating in the city, principally the Sberbank Ukrainy (Ukrainian Savings Bank), which is privately owned, staging five different robberies on all three different branch locations within the city. In the fifth robbery, Nataliia Layevska allegedly shot and seriously wounded two armed guards hired to protect the bank, and the gang took a nineteen-year old teller, Anna Katzir, hostage in order to escape from police. Ms. Katzir is the second known kidnap victim of the gang, and remains missing as of the fifth of February.

Although the Ivanovski-Layevska Gang began operations in the regional capital of Kiev last year, sometime in December they apparently moved their operations down the Dnieper to Cherkassy. It is believed that they had a close encounter with Kiev police in November, and moved to Cherkassy as a result. The newly-formed Federal Security Service requested the regional authorities for permission to become involved, which so far has not been granted.

Cam Ranh Bay Security Breach
February - Locals discovered the severed leg of a commando frogman who is believed to have attempted to infiltrate the Russian and French naval anchorage in Cam Ranh Bay, Indochina. The Russian base commandant was informed of the discovery by local police officials. The VMF Rossii has reacted strongly to the infiltration, asking the Indochinese Patrouille Navale, responsible for coastal security, to increase security around the port. A joint investigation has been launched.

Army Hunts Wolves in Vyatka
March - Troops of the 191st Rifle Division have been called out to conduct a major sweep of the Darovskoy Raion in the Vyatka Oblast following a series of attacks by wolves in that region. It is believed a harsh winter has caused the wolves to move out of the wilderness toward human-occupied regions, where they have attacked and killed an unknown number of children and lone adults, particularly those living outside towns and villages.

Synthetic Rubber Production Meets National Goals
March - According to figures published this month by the Ministry of Labour, the production of synthetic rubber within the Russian Federation surpassed half a million tons annual capacity in 1947, sufficient to completely satisfy not only the Federation's own internal market, but also export to friendly nations. Once, the rubber cartels of the west laughed at the daydream of Sergei Lebedev of producing tyres from potatoes or oil, but now, Russian industry can pursue its course without fear of supply disruptions. The Russian Federation continues to be a world leader in developing cheaper and less labor or material-intensive methods for synthetic rubber production.

Preparations for 1948 Militariad
March - Final preparations are underway for the 1948 Militariad, the second repetition of this contest to be hosted by Russia. The Militariad will be held during the months of April and May at locations around the Russian Federation.

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Monday, September 25th 2017, 5:58pm

Aviation Cruiser Petropavlovsk, Gulf of Paria
Sunday, March 28, 1948

Vice Admiral Gordey Levchenko glanced out over the flight deck of his flagship, the aviation cruiser Petropavlovsk. The ship swung easily at anchor in the calm waters off Port-of-Spain, with little work being done aboard ship. The three aviation cruisers of OG Jove had spent the last two and a half months cruising slowly between the various French and Atlantean ports in the central Atlantic, practicing their "salesmanship" - crew slang for aircraft operations. Doubled pilot berths on Petropavlovsk and her two sisterships meant that there were more than enough pilots for the limited numbers of planes.

For the most part, OG Jove had stayed off the main shipping lanes, encountering few merchant ships and even fewer warships. They'd had a Brazilian destroyer shadow them briefly, as the task force dipped below the equator, celebrating the line-crossing traditions in the style of sailors throughout the years. Levchenko had fortunately crossed the line in years past, but he'd been surprised at how many of his sailors had also done so.

The cost of good salesmanship was a lot of hard work and a lot of strain on aircraft, mostly older Sukhoi Su-5 dive bombers and La-9K fighters. Levchenko had lost two Su-5s and an La-9 due to mechanical failures and ditching, although on all three occasions, the plane-guard destroyer Rekordny had snatched up the crews before the aircraft sank. Rekordny's captain, a young freshly-promoted kapitan II rang, had cheekily ordered a large flag displaying a fishing pole raised on his ship's mainmast.

But now, at anchor in the sheltered Gulf of Paria, it was at last time for a respite. "Salesmanship" was halted. Planes were secured below for maintenance. Liberty boats were hoisted over the side, and swimmers dotted the water around the ships.

Other allied warships had joined them in the anchorage, including several ships from Atlantis, serving as hosts. Two Chilean Navy cruisers, Araucanía and Los Lagos, had made their now-traditional pilgrimage to the Gulf of Paria to work up with their Atlantean friends, far from prying eyes; they would be returning to Chile on the morning tide, and Levchenko planned to attend a farewell dinner to be held aboard the Los Lagos.

The only thing the task force missed - and which Levchenko had no way to rectify - was a sufficient quantity of chilled alchohol for a good steel beach party. The two Sadko-class supply ships that doddled around in OG Jove's wake were too small for good refrigeration - a fact which Levchenko planned to point out, somewhat scathingly, in his final mission report to High Command. Maybe this time someone would listen.

OG Jove would only stay in the Gulf a few more days before turning back on the long return voyage to Mother Russia. Levchenko didn't mind. He'd received word from the intelligence officer on his staff that the Germans were planning some sort of major naval exercise in the North Sea soon; the Admiralty had ordered OG Jove to remain south of the 44th Parallel, at least until the exercise was over, so that the British didn't come to the erronous conclusion that some sort of mischief was afoot. From speaking with the French commander in Dakar, Levchenko knew that, for the same reason, the French had chosen to send their fleet at Brest to make a 'quick' cruise to Indochina.

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Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 7:47pm

New Agency Formed
Month - The 3rd Special Bureau of the Military-Industrial Commission has been reformed into the Rossiyskoe aviatsionno-kosmicheskoe agentstvo (Russian Aviation and Cosmic Agency) with the goal of overseeing centralized planning for Russian high-altitude rocketry endeavors. The agency, which will be headed by its new director Pavlov Polzin, will report to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Gang Survives Brush With Army
April - Ukrainian bandits Oleksandr Ivanovski and Nataliia Layevska both survived an unexpected shootout with a Russian Army unit just outside the city of Kremenchuk. The gang had apparently left behind Cherkassy where they had staged sixteen bank robberies over the last three months, and had apparently fled the increasingly intense scrutiny of police. The six members of the gang, travelling in two cars, took a ferry across the Dniepr River near Kremenchuk, boarding the ferry just before four Cossack soldiers, part of a local army unit, came aboard with their truck. One of the Cossacks noticed and recognized the gang's hostage, kidnapped Cherkassy bank teller Anna Katzir, and offered her a cigarette in an attempt to confirm her identity. Layevska, the closest gang member, began shouting at the soldier, and a struggle developed between the Cossacks and the six bandits, who opened up with illicit submachine guns. Two soldiers were killed and the other two injured during the gunfight. The Cossack soldier who had first noticed Ms. Katzir survived, despite suffering thirty-one bullet wounds, and reportedly shot three gang-members including Nataliia Layevska herself, although it is believed that none of the gang were killed. Twelve other bystanders were injured, two seriously, and the gang took a second hostage, identified only as a twelve-year old boy.

In response to the gunfight, the government of the Ukrainian Federation Republic took the unprecedented step of tripling the monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of the gang members.

Petrograd Affirmation
April - In the political aftermath of the Danish Straits Incident, the Russian Federation government has issued a notice dubbed 'the Petrograd Affirmation' to the Kingdom of Denmark, voluntarily declaring that Russian submarines will not attempt a submerged or covert passage of the Danish Belts, and will endeavor to provide the Danish Ministry of Defense with twenty-four hours notice, insofar as practicable, whenever a Russian warship intends to transit any of the Danish straits.

Presidential Address to Duma
May - In an open letter to the Duma, President Fyodorov declared that his program of electricity deregulation has been a resounding success. Citing three different studies commissioned by various different parties, Fyodorov indicated the amount of wasted electricity has dropped nearly 30% across the entire Federation, while the number and severity of blackouts has decreased by a like figure.

Fyodorov additionally responded to Duma questions about international affairs. Relations with the Baltic States, particularly Latvia and Lithuania, continue to improve, particularly with the announcement that Lithuanian President Kazys Grinius will step down at the end of 1948, restarting a more free democratic process. Fyodorov indicated that the Russian Federation's position on the Treaty of Stockholm, where Lithuania surrendered territory and trade concessions to Germany, has not changed. Since the death of the seventh Bogd Khan in 1947, the Mongolian government continues to undergo an extended interregnum, with Khasbazar Ochirbat, the close friend and personal secretary of the deceased Bogd Khan, continuing to exercise the reins of state. With regard to the recent British violation of Danish territorial waters, Fyodorov expressed his opinion that the event was a 'lamentable lapse of judgment' but did not pose any serious tactical, operational, or strategic challenges to either the Russian Federation or the German state. Fyodorov noted that the government's recent notice to Copenhagen, the so-called Petrograd Confirmation, represents a Russian attempt to lead by example in showing respect for Danish general neutrality.

Morskoi Sbornik: Naval Jets in Sea Service
May - The glorious Marine-Maritime Fleet of the Russian Federation has announced that in the current training exercise of the Northern Fleet, code-named Rubin-2, new turbojet powered aircraft have been deployed for the first time on an operational basis at sea! The Sukhoi Su-7 and Alekseyev I-212 fighters, products of the devoted workers and talented academicians of our industrious motherland, are among the very first ship-based turbojet aircraft to enter sea service anywhere in the world, proving to all that the Russian Federation stands ready to defend itself against any foolish power wishing to disturb the tranquility of our peaceful and enlightened age! [1]

1948 Militariad Completed
May - The second 'Militariad', an international event which has grown out of the Russian Ground Forces' internal readiness competitions, has completed. Disappointingly, Russia itself only received one gold medal out of the thirteen categories, but received three silver and three bronze medals. (See separate report.)

Ukrainian FR: "Ivanovski-Layevska Gang Terminated"
June - Police officials in the Ukrainian Federation Republic announced that all eight members of the Ivanovski-Layevska Gang, which robbed dozens of banks in Kiev and Cherkassy, finally met their end on June 18th in the city of Poltava. The gang had apparently decided to take refuge with a gang-member's family member on the outskirts of Poltava. However, the relative instead approached the Ukrainian police, who narrowly missed surrounding the gang at their new hideout. Alerted to the police presence, the gang scattered and attempted to flee, forcing their hostage, Anna Katzir, to drive one of their three cars. Instead of doing so, she crashed it into one of the gang's other cars, immobilizing both, near the Monument at the Grave Ivan Kotliarevsky. The third car, undamaged, raced away, pursued by two police motorcycles. However the driver eventually lost control of the car, causing it to roll into a cemetary. Two of the three occupants were thrown from the car, one being crushed underneath it. The two surviving gang members continued resisting arrest, and were shot down when they drew guns to fight the pursuing police.

Eight Ukrainian policemen and two Cossack cavalrymen belonging to a so-called "unit of special designation" engaged the gang members in a gunfight that lasted less than fifteen minutes. Two gang members were killed in the opening seconds of the gunfight. Gang leader Oleksandr Ivanovski was killed by Russian police sharpshooter Lavrentiy Volkov, while Nataliia Layevska, armed with a might machine gun stolen from a group of Cossacks the gang had killed in April, held off the police until she had expended all of her ammunition. She fled, briefly outrunning police until she was chased down by a police dog named Molniya, who severely mauled her, allowing the two Cossacks to catch up. When she refused to surrender and charged them with a knife, they killed her with their cavalry sabres. Police sniper Volkov killed the fifth gang member shortly thereafter, ending the gunfight.

After she crashed the cars, the gang's hostage, Anna Katzir, was stabbed six times by Nataliia Layevska, but she crawled away from the scene and received medical attention from a civilian doctor, who rendered first aid. The gang's second hostage, a twelve-year boy, was abandoned shortly before the gang fled their hideout. Two policemen were lightly wounded.

Given the gang's noteriety and the number of spectators present, the final Yevropeiska Street Gunfight has been received attention even as far as the international press, who have compared the gang's exploits to everything from Bonny and Clyde to the Siege of Sidney Street.

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Notes:
Note [1]: The Defenders of Our Motherland and the Enlightened Age actually don't have that many jets embarked. The carriers Kulikovo, Chesma, Kazan, and Grengam each carry four Su-7s each, while Azov and Osel carry four I-212s So while things are being talked up, the six ships barely have two squadrons worth of jets scattered across the entire fleet.

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Wednesday, October 25th 2017, 7:51pm

Results of the International Army Games / Militariad, 1948


ALPINIST CHALLENGE
-- Overview: Tests mountain infantry skills in a series of events including skiing, free and rope climbing, and shooting.
-- Defending Champion: France.
-- Location: Labinsk, Krasnodar Krai
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Alpinist's Medallion and three thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Romania - Vânători de munte
2. France - 199e Bataillon de Chasseurs de Haute Montagne
3. Nordmark - Jegerkompaniet
4. Germany - Gebirgesdivision 1 (Bavarians)
5. Czechoslovakia
6. Russia - 28th Highland Mountain Division
7. France - 27e Division Alpine
8. Yugoslavia - 35th Infantry Regiment, Twenty-First Mountain Division
9. France - 64e Division Alpine
10. Atlantis
11. Russia - 1st Mountain Cavalry Division
12. Poland - 21st Mountain Infantry Division / Podhale Rifles Division
13. Germany - Gebirgesdivision 4 (Swabians)
14. Germany - Gebirgesdivision 3 (Austrians)
15. Russia - 9th Mountain Rifle Division

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GRENADIER CHALLENGE
-- Overview: Tests the skills of an infantry squad in a series of events including team obstacle course, relay obstacle course, 10km run, and shooting range. Teams had to consist of at least five individuals including one rifle grenadier, one sharpshooter, and one machine gunner.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Volkhov
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Grenadier's Medallion and three thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Britain - 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
2. France - 94e Régiment d'Infanterie de Marine
3. Atlantis
4. Bulgaria
5. France - 2e Division d'Infanterie Coloniale
6. Netherlands - Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers
7. Germany - Infanteriedivision 19 (Hannoverians)
8. Germany - Infanteriedivision 1 (Prussians)
9. Czechoslovakia
10. Poland - 1st Legions Infantry Division
11. Russia - 10th Guards Rifle Division
12. Atlantis
13. Russia - 13th Guards Rifle Division
14. Lithuania
15. Netherlands - Regiment Limburgse Jagers
16. Romania
17. Russia - 5th Guards Motor Rifle Division
18. Latvia - Bataljona Mežzinis
19. Germany - Infanteriedivision 9 (Hessians)
20. Yugoslavia - 45th Independent Infantry Regiment
21. Belgium - RCPBGr
22. Netherlands - Regiment Infanterie Oranje Gelderland
23. France - 6e Division légère blindée
24. Belgium - 1RCA
25. Britain - 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)

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PRESENTATION
-- Overview: A series of judged events including military marching drill and rifle display team.
-- Defending Champion: Czechoslovakia.
-- Location: Moscow Suvorov Military School, Moscow
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Presentation Medallion and three thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Germany - Wachbataillon of the Heer
2. Britain - The Coldstream Guards
3. Czechoslovakia - Prague Castle Guards
4. Poland - Ceremonial Battalion of the Polish Army
5. Lithuania - Lithuanian Life Guards Regiment
6. Atlantis
7. Russia - Independent Special-Purpose Motorized Rifle Division of the Internal Troops
8. France - The Republican Guards
9. Russia - Peterhof Regiment / Peterhof Guards
10. Netherlands
11. Yugoslavia - 1st Guards Infantry Regiment, Guards Infantry Division
12. Belgium - Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers
13. Latvia - Color Guard of the 3rd Latvian National Guard Battalion
14. Atlantis
15. Britain - The Grenadier Guards
16. Russia - Lifeguard Jaeger Regiment (Gattchino)
17. Czechoslovakia
18. Romania

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FROGMAN CHALLENGE
-- Overview: Tests the skills of combat swimmers in a series of tests including a distance swim in combat gear, demolition of an underwater obstacle, and infiltration of a shore-line.
-- Defending Champion: France.
-- Location: Mariupol, Ukraine
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Frogman's Medallion and three thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. France - Commandos Marine / Nageurs de Combat
2. Russia - 4th Company of Special Designation
3. Russia - 1st Company of Special Designation
4. France - 1DINA
5. Britain - The Special Boat Squadron, 1st Special Air Brigade
6. France - 2DINA
7. Germany
8. Russia - 1st Separate Special Battalion Vostok
9. Atlantis - Corsairs Special Diving Unit

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PARACHUTE RAID
-- Overview: Tests the skills of military special parachutists. Teams parachuted from an aircraft into a designated drop zone 40km from a target area where shooting exercises were held. Teams had to consist of at least five individuals including one rifle grenadier, one sharpshooter, and one machine gunner.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Ryazan
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Parachutist's Medallion and three thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. France - 1REP
2. Germany - Kommando Spezialkräfte
3. France - 13e Regiment Dragons Parachutistes
4. Netherlands - 1e Parachute Fusilier Regiment
5. Yugoslavia - 1st Pandur Battalion
6. Bulgaria
7. Germany - Fallschirmjägerdivision 1
8. Britain - 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment
9. Germany - Fallschirmjägerdivision 2
10. Russia - 4th Airborne Division
11. France - 1ère Regiment Chasseurs Parachutiste
12. Atlantis
13. Russia - 3rd Guards Separate Special-Purpose Regiment
14. Atlantis
15. Russia - 1st Guards Airborne Division
16. Atlantis

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1200KM MILITARY RALLY
-- Overview: Tests the skills of motorized reconnaissance troops. A team of four men cover a 1200km course starting in Arkhangelsk and ending in Petrograd with twenty checkpoints, using unimproved tracks and cross-country terrain. Competitors could either bring a vehicle of their choice (radio is mandatory) or be provided with a Russian NAZ-67 4WD vehicle.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Akhangelsk-Petrograd
-- Prize: Winning team receives custody of the Rally-Raid Trophy for one year and six thousand rubles prize money.
-- Note: The 1947 Rally was only 250km, so the 1948 version is significantly harder.

Rankings
1. Germany - Panzerdivision 11
2. Poland - 10th Mounted Rifle Regiment (Reconnaissance)
3. Russia - 14th Guards Mechanized Brigade
4. Britain - 1st Battalion, 12th (Prince of Wales's) Royal Lancers
5. France - 3eme Régiment de hussards
6. Atlantis
7. Russia - 13th Motor Rifle Division
8. Germany - Panzerdivision 2
9. Atlantis
10. Germany - Panzergrenadierdivision 12
11. Russia - 5th Guards Tank Division
12. Atlantis
13. Czechoslovakia
14. France - 2e Régiment de Hussards de Marine
15. France - 36e groupe de reconnaissance de division d'infanterie

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250KM MOTORCYCLE RAID
-- Overview: Tests the skills of motorized reconnaissance troops. A team of four men with motorcycles cover a 250km course with eighteen checkpoints, using unimproved tracks and cross-country terrain. Teams need to consist of at least four men, with either two motorcycle-sidecars or four motorcycles.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Tver
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Reconnaissance Trooper's Medallion and four thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Atlantis
2. Russia - Independent Special-Purpose Motorized Rifle Division of the Internal Troops
3. Poland - 10th Mounted Rifle Regiment (Reconnaissance)
4. Russia - 1st Mountain Cavalry Division
5. Atlantis
6. Belgium - 3rd Régiment des Chasseurs Ardennais
7. Netherlands
8. Russia - 13th Guards Rifle Division

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ARMOURED SPEARHEAD
-- Overview: A platoon of medium tanks (three minumum, five maximum) and their crews conduct a timed cross-country drive through obstacles including hills, water obstacles, tank traps, and rough terrain, ending on a shooting range with pop-up targets, to be engaged both with main gun and machine guns. Teams may bring tanks of their choice or be provided with Russian T-44-76s.
-- Defending Champion: Russia (T-47 Tsiklon).
-- Location: Alabino Proving Grounds, near Moscow
-- Prize: Winning team receives custody of the Trophée Argent de la cavalerie blindée (a silver trophy contributed by the French Army) for one year and ten thousand rubles prize money. The best Russian team is awarded the Tukhachevsky Medallion and ten thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. France - 2e Division Blindée
2. Netherlands - 4th Panser Regiment
3. Germany - Panzerdivision 9
4. Poland - 2nd Armoured Regiment
5. Bulgaria - 1st Armoured Brigade
6. France - 1er Régiment de Dragons de Marine
7. Russia - 1st Guards Mechanized Brigade
8. Atlantis
9. Britain - 4th Royal Tank Regiment
10. Nordmark - Skaraborgs pansarregemente
11. France - 7e Division Blindée
12. Atlantis
13. Czechoslovakia
14. Germany - Panzerdivision 2
15. Latvia - No.4 Company of the Latvian Mechanised Brigade
16. Germany - Panzerbrigade 23
17. Russia - 4th Tank Brigade
18. Atlantis
19. Russia - 5th Guards Tank Division
20. Lithuania - 1st Tank Battalion of the 1st Mechanised Brigade

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FLYING COLUMN
-- Overview: A team of two armoured infantry carriers and mounted infantry squad conduct a timed cross-country drive through obstacles, ending on a shooting range for the embarked infantry. Mounted infantry teams have to consist of at least five individuals per vehicle, including one rifle grenadier, one sharpshooter, and one machine gunner. The vehicles have to be armed with a machine gun and be armoured against small arms fire. (Tracked, half-tracked, and wheeled vehicles were permitted equally.) Teams may bring vehicles of their choice or be provided with Russian BTR-152s.
-- Defending Champion: Russia (BTR-152).
-- Location: Volkhov
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Dragun's Medallion and five thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Russia - 14th Guards Mechanized Brigade
2. Atlantis
3. Germany - Panzergrenadierdivision 12 (Pomeranians)
4. France - 131e Régiment d'Infanterie Motorisée
5. Bulgaria - 3rd Armoured Brigade
6. Belgium - 12th Regiment of the Line
7. Atlantis
8. Czechoslovakia
9. Russia - 5th Guards Motor Rifle Division
10. Britain - 1st Battalion, 12th (Prince of Wales's) Royal Lancers
11. Germany - Panzergrenadierdivision 14 (Saxons)
12. Atlantis
13. Britain - 1st East Riding Yeomanry
14. Russia - 5th Guards Tank Division
15. Germany - Jaeger Brigade of Eingreifdivision 1

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PIONEER'S CHALLENGE
-- Overview: Tests the skills of combat engineers in building a four-span pontoon bridge (capable of bearing tanks), clearing a roadway through a forested area, and constructing defensive trenches, laying a (dud) minefield, barbed wire obstacles, and a timber-roofed bunker to a set of specifications. Maximum team size is set at fifteen men.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Rzhev
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Pioneer's Medallion and four thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Germany - Infanteriedivision 1 (Prussians)
2. Russia - 23rd Engineer-Sapper Battalion of 40th Rifle Division
3. Belgium - 2nd d’Anvers Fortress Regiment
4. France
5. Atlantis
6. Russia - 34th Separate Engineer Battalion of 12th Rifle Division
7. Yugoslavia - 110th Engineer Battalion, Second Infantry Division
8. Atlantis
9. Germany - Infanteriedivision 9 (Hessians)
10. Czechoslovakia
11. Germany - Infanteriedivision 19 (Hannoverians)
12. Atlantis
13. Poland - 11th Sapper Battalion (11th Infantry Division)
14. Russia - 75th Light Engineering Battalion of 15th Rifle Division

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SAPPER'S CHALLENGE
-- Overview: Tests the skills of combat engineers in demolishing a series of barbed wire obstacles, a tank trap, and a concrete bunker, followed by sweeping a (dud) minefield. Maximum team size is set at fifteen men.
-- Defending Champion: Russia.
-- Location: Rzhev
-- Prize: Winning team receives the gold Sapper's Medallion and four thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Poland - 11th Sapper Battalion (11th Infantry Division)
2. Germany - Panzerdivision 2
3. Russia - 55th Sapper Battalion of 1st Rifle Division
4. Czechoslovakia
5. Atlantis
6. Russia - 320th Sapper Battalion of 2nd Rifle Division
7. Germany - Panzerdivision 11
8. Netherlands - Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers
9. France
10. Belgium - 1st Régiment des Chasseurs Ardennais
11. Atlantis
12. Russia - 23rd Engineer-Sapper Battalion of 40th Rifle Division
13. Germany - Panzergrenadierdivision 12
14. Yugoslavia - 110th Engineer Battalion, Second Infantry Division
15. France

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THUNDERBOLT
-- Overview: Tests the skills of artillerists in transporting a field howitzer across unimproved terrain and then firing at a target 7km away. Teams could bring their own equipment or be provided with a Russian truck and 76mm regimental howitzer.
-- Defending Champion: Bulgaria.
-- Location: Mikhailovskaya Military Artillery Academy, Petrograd
-- Prize: Winning team receives custody of a silver 105mm shell (provided by the Bulgarian Army) for one year and four thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Yugoslavia - 17th Independent Artillery Regiment
2. Britain - 4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
3. Bulgaria - 3rd Artillery Regiment
4. Russia - 2nd Guards Airborne Artillery Regiment
5. Germany - Infanteriedivision 1 (Prussians)
6. Russia - 155th Artillery Regiment of the 29th Motor Rifle Division
7. France
8. Russia - 224th Artillery Regiment of 16th Rifle Division
9. Germany - Infanteriedivision 19 (Hannoverians)
10. Atlantis
11. Atlantis
12. Germany - Infanteriedivision 9 (Hessians)
13. Netherlands - 3rd Regiment Korps Veldartillerie
14. Bulgaria - 7th Artillery Regiment
15. Netherlands - 5th Regiment Korps Veldartillerie

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EQUESTRIAN PATROL
-- Overview: Tests the skills of military horsemen in a patrol, obstacle course, and team relay. Team had to consist of at least ten horses and riders.
-- Defending Champion: Poland.
-- Location: Volkhov
-- Prize: Winning team receives custody of a small silver Horseman's Trophy for one year and four thousand rubles prize money.

Rankings
1. Belgium - 2/4th Chasseurs à Cheval Regiment
2. Poland - 19th Volhynian Uhlan Regiment
3. Britain - The Blues
4. Russia - Kuban Cavalry Division
5. Russia - 1st Zaporozhe Cossack Cavalry Division
6. Britain - The Life Guards
7. Poland - 4th Cavalry Brigade
8. Russia - 1st Mountain Cavalry Division
9. Poland - 26th Greater Poland Uhlan Regiment