- 1 Analysis of the Office of the Secretary of Warfare Coordination on the nature of the Allied Nations Peacekeeper Divisions
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Section 1: History of the Allied Peacekeeper Divisions
- 4 Section 2: Organizational Structure of the Peacekeeper Divisions
- 5 Section 3: Strategic Uses of Peacekeeper Forces
- 6 Section 4: Notable Operations
- 7 Section 5: Operations with Friendly Forces
- 8 Section 6: Recruitment & Training
- 9 Section 7: Notable Units and Forces
- 10 Section 8: Opinions on the Peacekeeper Divisions
- 11 Section 9: Analysis of Peacekeeper Personal Weapons Systems as Compared to Competing/Opposing Systems
- 12 Section 10: Analysis of Peacekeeper Vehicular/Aerial/Seaborne Systems
- 13 Conclusions
Analysis of the Office of the Secretary of Warfare Coordination on the nature of the Allied Nations Peacekeeper Divisions
Report A. GA801N-HA184W
Compiled by Dr. Jacques Berger, Gen. Erwin Rommel, Dr. Mohammad Salim, and Dr. Heinz Alfred Kissinger
Published September 1, 1969 C.E., London, England
Formed in 1953, the Allied Nations Peacekeepers were formed as a rapid response force to act as a highly trained strike force, its purpose being to move in, strike at a threat, and support operations as long as necessary. Originally made of the elite forces of the various A.N. member nations, from American Army Rangers and paratrooper divisions, to the French Foreign Legion, to the British SAS and German Panzergrenadier troops. Starting in 1961, however, the Peacekeeper divisions began their own specialized training regime, focused on policing and protecting national populations while eliminating and neutralizing threats to the continued security of the world by preventing major conflicts from erupting in the troubled regions of the world.
Despite the image of the Peacekeeper divisions taking up the majority of Allied combat operations, the Peacekeepers act instead as a small and highly mobile force, made to enter a region, isolate the issues at hand, protect the local population from harm, support and defend democratic ideals in the region, and assist in the creation of that region's military forces for their own national defense. Though capable of committing to sustained combat operations, the Peacekeeper forces specialize in scouting an enemy's forces, making definite identification of valuable or vulnerable enemy positions or supply lines, and strike said targets in order to cripple enemy operations.
The purpose of this report is to illustrate the tactics and strategies of the Peacekeeper divisions for the member nations of the A.N., show their specialized technologies and their purposes on the battlefield, make a cost-benefit analysis of major Peacekeeper operations within the past decade, and make a comparison of Peacekeeper operations versus Allied member nations and Reservist operations.
Section 1: History of the Allied Peacekeeper Divisions
The Peacekeepers were formed on June 14, 1953, in New York City, New York, United State of America, in a meeting of all Allied Nations leaders in response to the actions taken by the Soviet Union in the Great World War II, primarily the fall of Greece to Soviet forces. During this meeting, American President Harry S. Truman introduced a concept originally from his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, of a "united organization of nations", the purpose of which was to unite and strengthen the ties between Western democractic nations, and dampen the inter-nation struggles in an unbiased atmosphere where all member nations could find equal representation under the concept of international law. Though initially met with skepticism, primarily by Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle and Premier Rudolf Hess, Truman reminded the various heads of state that in Europe, French infantry fought alongside German tank divisions under British air cover.
Greek Prime Minister Alexandros Papagos, leader of the Greek government-in-exile, was one of the heaviest skeptics of Truman’s plans. He argued that for such an organization to be effective, there would need to be an enforcement arm for the political decisions of the A.N. This sentiment was echoed by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who warned that A.N. deicsions would only "be followed by old women and fools".
With the war in Europe raging, and the issue of actually forming the Allied Nations still at hand, Truman gave the task of creating the newly formed Peacekeeper divisions to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, confirmed by all heads of state of the Allies. Both men were respected for their military service, Montgomery for his leadership in the brutal trench warfare in World War I, Eisenhower for his expertise in the training and organization of American forces. Though both men also respected each other's skills, there was a period of acclimation to each other's personalities. Eisenhower believed in keeping his forces supplied and organized in conflict, while Montgomery wanted to ensure that forces under his command were able to both mobilize rapidly to changing battlefield conditions, as well as a more advanced form of combined arms warfare compared to the then-current Allied plans of simply attaching infantry units to tank companies and assigning them an aerial escort. Despite this, the two leaders managed to decide on five key points for the Peacekeeper forces to be effective.
- 1: A specialized training regime to compliment their status as a special operations force.
- 2: New advanced equipment designed for mobility and ease of use.
- 3: Reorganized battlefield intelligence to keep commanders informed on shifting battlefield conditions.
- 4: Train and aid national armies, to both protect democracy and build a stable national government.
- 5: Command under the Allied Nations, rather than any single national body.
Though points 1 through 4 were acceptable, no nation would agree to point 5. Each member nation felt this was an unprecedented action by military officials, giving them free reign to run their forces with little to no oversight, spending resources on projects that were needless or worse, overthrowing national governments and installing their own regimes. Eisenhower, for his part, handled the political side of the organization, while Montgomery was sent to handpick the units that would best fit with this new mission profile. Among the national armies of the Allies, Montgomery found the best candidates in German's panzergrenadier divisions, France's Foreign Legion, Britain's Special Air Service and Special Boat Service, and America's Airborne divisions.
Politically, Eisenhower was able to illustrate how command under the umbrella of the Allied Nations would, in fact, prevent overwhelming control, since the Allied Nations parliament would still control the funds needed to ensure the continued operations of the Peacekeeper divisions, and would be charged with appointing the generals and civilian leadership that would head the Peacekeeper forces, promising that "No military leader of the A.N. Peacekeeper divisions will ever place their own glory before the continued preservation of Democracy and freedom."
Militarily, Montgomery placed the training location of these new Peacekeepers in Fort Bradley, New York. Protected by the Atlantic Ocean from Soviet actions, and with the most stringent security measures that could be conceived at the time, Montgomery started the long process of training these national forces to work for an international military force. The men were trained in advanced infantry tactics, commando operations, combined arms tactics, seaborne assault, and for the first time in military history, specifically trained in humanitarian actions. They were trained with the newest weapons systems, and the latest in military strategy was implanted in their heads. They were taught improvisation in the field, and in use of various weapons systems, Allied and Soviet, to ensure that should one Peacekeeper fall, another could act in their stead, as well as utilizing the enemy's weapons against them. Officers were taught political science lessons for when they had to interact with local civilians, specifically in ensuring Allied aid supplies could go to where they were needed, though these lessons were usually of a basic nature when compared to their combat training.
In the first weeks of training, there was a 47% washout rate, many unable to comform to the new psychological requirements that expected Peacekeepers to be professional but detached in the course of their operations with civilians. Despite the rate of soldiers that could not handle the new requirements, this still left at least one full division of the newly minted Peacekeepers ready to operate. In December 1954, they finally left New York. They wore no flags on their shoulders to denote their nation of origin. They simply wore the patch of the Allied Nations bird of prey. On their arrival in Germany, they were immediately sent to the front on the Eastern border of Germany.
Their first major engagement with the Soviet Union was a proof of concept for the Peacekeeper divisions. On the confirmation of Soviet forces in the operation area, the advanced scouts for the division confirmed the vital points for the Soviet forces, including their MCV, weakened defensive positions, and the presence of Allied POWs to be shipped to the gulags in the tundra, along with troop strength and composition. Returning with the information, the commander of the division, Gen. Omar Bradley, ordered an attack. First was a night attack on the Soviet positions to draw out the heavier components of the Soviet force, as a force of combat engineers sabotaged the Soviet defenses, allowing Peacekeeper Mastiffs and Beagles to strike from the rear under the cover of GAP trucks. Forced into an unexpected pincer, the Soviet forces finally surrendered when the Allied prisoners they were keeping were released and turned against their captors.
Since then, the Peacekeepers have been the first force of attack, last line of defense, and the flexible center of all Allied actions. In the words of Gen. LeMay, "In the Peacekeeper divisions, the most adaptable unit is the one with the best chance of victory." Involved in the efforts of decolonization in many former European territories and their efforts to become independent democracies, as well as creating multiple demilitarized zones worldwide, such as the Iraq-Iran DMZ, the Korean DMZ along the 38th Parallel, and most famously, the construction of the Berlin Wall around Allied Berlin.
Section 2: Organizational Structure of the Peacekeeper Divisions
Each Peacekeeper force is designed to be its own self-sufficient force, able to take a wide range of missions, and often include their own air and armor elements in addition to their infantry and logistical forces. As an example, the chart included illustrates the organization of the 3rd Peacekeeper Marine Force.
Section 3: Strategic Uses of Peacekeeper Forces
The Peacekeepers are a variable force, able to adapt to a number of battlefield roles. Whether setting up a defensive position to protecting a column of civilian evacuees, the Peacekeepers are expected to react to the unexpected every day.
1: Offensive Strategies
The core of Peacekeeper operations is concentrating the maximum force on a single target of opportunity with force before falling back and readying for the next assault. Typically, this information comes from ACIN agents embedded in enemy formations and Recon Peacekeeper forces spearheading the main force. Once received, this information is reviewed by the commanders of the Peacekeeper division into the value of each target. For a purely hypothetical scenario, let us imagine that a Soviet armored division is spotted by an company of Peacekeepers. After calling in for support and assistance, vulnerable targets are specified. Field generators, SPAM production facilities and sensitive support units like ore harvesters are ranked in order of which is easiest to eliminate with the least Allied casualties, with estimates based on various war games. Once these targets are identified, the company will then prepare for the upcoming battle, as the commanders of that Peacekeeper company review the information. Typically, strategic targets focus on infrastructure and logistical elements. Specific units of the company are given objectives, as command waits for further orders from their commanders to the rear. Partly thanks to enhanced communications elements, this usually means that a competent field commander can be given the mission on an average of a half hour.
Once command is given, targets that have been designated as "High Priority" by the company commander are relayed to the commander and his adjutant staff to decide on, primarily the field commander's intelligence officer, and sorted into "Primary Objectives" and "Secondary Objectives". Important points are highlighted on the field commander's map, and for the purposes of this scenario, the company that discovered the hypothetical Soviet force is placed under the field commander's orders, and often, the field commander is given a full dossier on units in the area.
With the main areas of the Soviet force located and the vulnerable targets specified, the field commander begins taking action against the Soviets. Raids are made on Soviet positions and defenses in order to draw Soviet forces out of position from sensitive areas. Aerial strikes are the preferred method of assaulting a Soviet armored force such as in this scenario, though the situation can shift the forces required. For example, riflemen and riot agents are commonly requisitioned against Soviet conscript armies, or Icarus AAA batteries against Soviet air wings. For this scenario, a full wing of Vindicator bombers and Longbow Liberator attack helicopters would be called on, coupled with Cryocopters and Mirage tanks to support the already present specialists in Javelin launchers and Guardian tank squadrons.
While the Soviet forces are drawn into pre-determined combat zones, fast moving units usually containing a mixture of Multigunner IFVs and Cardinal transport helicopters will move to the rear of the enemy base, supported by ACIN spies already in the Soviet base. These spies are typically ordered to sabotage power production facilities, SPAM facilities, and other vital structures in order to clear a path to the interior of the base. The Cardinals will deposit their forces on the ground and proceed to secure the area as Multigunner IFVs continue to provide support. A popular tactic is to utilize field engineers to capture the enemy base, and either dismantle the enemy infrastructure or utilize their weapons against them.
With their base of operations captured, this Soviet force will either capitulate and become prisoners of war, or continue to fight until all are either neutralized or captured. By the end of this scenario, losses to the Peacekeeper company and their reinforcements are estimated to be around fifty to eighty five in total, well within acceptable levels when compared to previous Allied operations.
2: Defensive Operations
Defensively, the Peacekeepers will observe their surroundings for the best defensible position. In urban areas, this often includes razing civilian structures to create a better position. Civilians are given voucher slips to reclaim an equal monetary amount for the property they lost, to be redeemed at any civilian Allied facility during business days. Typically defenses are made to be multi-tiered. Defenses are typically centered around sensitive facilities, including ore mining and refining operations, power facilities, and SPAM construction plants.
The building blocks of an Allied defense are the cheaply fabricated reducts and Multigunner turrets systems, distributed evenly near likely routes of advance. Heavier defenses, including Spectrum and Singularity towers, fall towards the higher tiered defenses, with barricades separating each and often funneling enemy forces into kill boxes. GAP and Cryo towers are dispersed between the second and third defensive tiers, hiding heavily fortified positions and preventing fast moving enemy units from escaping into sensitive positions. Mobile forces are dispersed through the area, tasked with shoring up defensive positions where the enemy might break through.
If there are no building SPAM facilities in the area, Peacekeeper forces find positions in the terrain to use against opposing forces. In rural areas, this can simply be taking higher positions and relegating heavier equipment to the front to target enemy units vital to enemy operations for elimination. In urban areas, this can mean the garrisoning of civilian structures (again with appropriate vouchers), and channeling enemy forces into ambush positions, wearing them down in running street battles.
One the position is secured from attacks, or the enemy forces have expended their energy on continued assaults, remaining forces will move to strike the enemy at vital points left vulnerable from the retreat.
3: Civilian Policing Operations
Unique among many modern military forces, the Peacekeeper divisions are trained in interaction with civilian populations as officers of the peace under the observation of local authorities. Attempting to work closely alongside national and local authorities, Peacekeepers placed in police and peacekeeping roles are trained to be aloof from but observational of the local population. Typically, they are placed under local command to give local forces control, even nominally, of operations, as well as giving the civilian population the image of control over the A.N. actions over their territory.
A.N. forces in these roles are issued non-lethal equipment in order to handle the situations they face. A.R.V.s are quite popular in civilian areas, while cryocopters are distributed strategically through the area to quickly respond to problem incidents that ARVs cannot face effectively. The Riot Agent Corps. are proving to be as effective as either of these weapons systems, and riot agents are being transferred from their typical posts in Allied Nations territories to trouble areas such as Saudi Arabia and Allied facilities in Japan that have been faced with crowds of angered individuals who object to certain A.N. civilian actions. These individuals are typically incapacitated, turned over to local authorities, and noted in A.N. records. Should they actually harm and kill an A.N. member, however, they will be cryotransported to the nearest Allied facility for prisoner trial, and if found deserving, sentenced to a cryoprison for an period of time as befitting their sentence. If the harm is survivable and temporary, this typically means a short term in psychological counselling, and release back into their homelands. If casualties are recorded, cryoprison terms can last anywhere from five to twenty five to even lifetime sentences.
4: Naval Operations
In the course of the growth of the Allied Nations, the duty of enforcing maritime law has fallen on the Peacekeeper naval branch. This includes combating piracy in the South Pacific and Gulf of Aiden, responding to civilian and military distress signals, and patrolling areas that have been determined too dangerous to travel as determined by the Allied Nations Meteorological Bureau. Responses depend on the situation.
In combating pirate forces, fleets utilize a mixture of hydrofoils and Swan amphibious planes. While the hydrofoils are able to disable enemy weapons systems and relay positions to the fleet they are attached to, the Swans move in with their cryoweapons and slow the pirate ships enough for boarding, with the pirates captured and sent for trial in A.N. maritime court. For civilian rescue operations, Allied naval forces will typically utilize Cardinal helicopters to reach the distressed ship and evacuate any stranded crew and passengers, transporting them to the nearest A.N. aircraft carrier for transport to port. If the ship's owners so request, A.N. salvage teams can retrieve from the ship any valuable or necessary objects.
Distress signals from military forces are handled cautiously. While rescue operations are still undertaken, a cordon is formed around the rescue area to ensure that hostile actions result in the destruction of the opposing force. Once retrieved, the military personnel are transported quickly to their nearest friendly port, and their names documented for Allied records.
Section 4: Notable Operations
Battle of Brighton
The turning point of World War III, the Battle of Brighton represents a skilled blunting of an enemy advance despite insufficient numbers and technologies, thought more randomized factors have also been made apparent in retrospect.
In typical Soviet fashion, forces of the Union's conscript armies were parachuted into Brighton without any greater strategy than "Destroy the city". Peacekeeper forces, though initially overwhelmed, were able to use the lack of a cohesive battle plan on the part of the enemy by dividing and neutralizing conscript forces through Brighton's narrow streets. Garrisoning strategic buildings, Peacekeeper weapons were utilized to clear the city block by block with minimal casualties, advancing behind their riot shields to close the distance with the enemy conscripts, able to inflict massive casualties with minimal losses. While IFVs were able to round up and neutralize conscript forces remaining in the city, Peacekeeper engineers were given enough cover to repair Brighton's coastal defenses and use the aged technology to combat the enemy fleet approaching from France.
For the Battle of Brighton, the key lies in the difference between Soviet and Allied doctrines on infantry warfare. While the Soviet armies in mainland Europe were able to easily overwhelm Allied positions due to quite literally blanketing the battlefield in men and equipment, the situation in Brighton allowed the highly trained Peacekeeper forces to outmatch their untrained and under-equipped conscript opposites, who were literally thrown onto Brighton with their weapons and their fellow soldiers. The Soviet actions of not giving their soldiers proper intelligence about their mission, compared to the constant stream of information supplied to Peacekeeper forces, allowed the Peacekeepers to quickly implement a defensive tactical action that caught the Soviet forces off-balance just as they were beginning to gain a foothold on Brighton. Losing three Dreadnought ships and almost a full squadron of Kirov airships is a stunning blow to any Soviet assault.
Battle of Tokyo
Considered the end of the war between Allied forces and the Empire of the Rising Sun, Tokyo has been considered a pyrrhic victory to end the war, as the loses to the Peacekeeper divisions were devastating enough that Reservist volunteers that normally would have been denied from service were instead accepted (while still receiving the appropriate training and, if necessary, were removed from the Peacekeepers if they under-performed).
Since Tokyo needed to be an amphibious landing, communication between fleet elements and landing forces needed to be ensured, and training for the operation was made en route by the 2nd Marine before they made the landing in Tokyo bay. While this cut down on miscommunications between fire support elements and shore parties, issues arose later in the battle when Yuriko Omega escaped confinement and tore through the Allied fleet. Also unaccounted for was the zealous action undertaken by the Imperial military late in the battle, who made a last desperate "bonzai" suicide attack, and the use of psionic attacks on initial landing parties. Despite these unpredictable factors, Peacekeeper forces were able to reorganize, reconstruct the chain of command, and continue the assault on the city, while remembering their training and doing as much as possible to prevent harm to the civilian population.
Though a victory, the costs of replacing all the lost equipment and men has become abhorrent to Allied command and the civilian population, and steps have been taken to ensure that, in such massive operations, Allied forces are not stacked up so heavily as to be wiped out by unanticipated enemy assaults or tactical actions.
The operation of rescuing the senior Allied leadership from Soviet capture in Cannes has come to be a textbook covert operation, now being studied for the speed and effectiveness with which it was carried out. Not only were Allied leaders rescued from Soviet capture and interrogation, but a significant Soviet garrison was eliminated in the Mediterranean.
The vital lynchpin of the operation were the actions undertaken by the detachment from the 4th Allied Army and Palaies des Cannes garrisons, distracting Soviet forces from the actions of the ACIN agents sent in to sabotage and destroy the Soviet port facilities and fleet in the area. This is now taught as standard operation when acting in cooperation with ACIN agents; provide adequate distractions in order to occupy the enemy with more vital issues to distract them from the extra soldiers in their ranks.
It also illustrates the vital relationship between ACIN operatives and the Peacekeeper divisions, ACIN operatives providing vital intelligence to the Peacekeeper forces while the Peacekeepers provide cover and protection to ACIN agents.
Section 5: Operations with Friendly Forces
Being an elite few in comparison to many of the world's other military groups, the Peacekeepers often find themselves working in conjunction with other friendly groups, though alliances of opportunity are not unheard of.
The most common working relationship many Peacekeepers have is with the forces counted as members of the Allied Reserve forces. During World War III, this pairing was often what allowed many Allied lands to remain sovereign; while Reservists kept up a fluid defense, Peacekeeper forces attacked where they could, buying time for friendly Allied forces to gain an advantage.
When joined, the ranking officer of either force will usually take command; a Peacekeeper major will not attempt to usurp the command of a Reservist colonel. However, Peacekeeper forces often have more practical experiences than many Reservists that have not experienced front line combat, meaning that Reservist junior officers and NCOs will look to their Peacekeeper counterparts, whatever their rank, for advice on tactical situations. Also, with Peacekeeper weapons often being more advanced than many Reservists systems, Peacekeeper vehicles and tools are put to the front, even when Reservist forces will have numerical superiority.
In our scenario above involving the Soviet armored column, let us presume that a Reservist regiment was in the area. In this situation, the Reservist forces would have taken up the duty of creating and firing into the kill-box, while the Peacekeeper forces would swing around from the rear and neutralize the Soviet base. Though the outcome is the same, simulated battles often show that Reservist casualties number from ninety-five to one hundred-fifty, a noticeable increase from the previous, all-Peacekeeper scenario.
Despite these numbers, Reservist commanders often will jump at the chance to work alongside Peacekeeper forces, believing that their chances of victory will greatly improve.
Army of the Republic of Vietnam
Only recently being considered for membership in the Allied Nations, South Vietnam (And hopefully, Vietnam) has seen its army working alongside Peacekeepers quiet often. Typically, ARVN forces will relay enemy positions to airmobile Peacekeeper forces, who respond in time, aiding in the elimination of the threat at hand.
In operations that have been recorded of Peacekeeper/ARVN cooperation, ARVN forces will take time to ensure that the threat they are facing is indeed dire enough to warrant Peacekeeper intervention. Once that is decided, the airmobile Peacekeepers will arrive in the area and deploy, taking key positions before advancing. Coordinating with the ARVN forces that called them, these Peacekeepers will advance alongside the ARVN troops, providing fire support and experienced tactical advice against insurgent forces, though many Peacekeepers have willingly gone on-record as stating that the only help they need to give to ARVN forces is in regards to civilian interactions, not anti-guerrilla operations. Once finished in the area of operations, the Peacekeeper forces will either return to their base of origin and resupply, or remain with the ARVN forces in the area to ensure that there is no lingering enemy presence.
ARVN commanders are known to shunt Reservist forces off to other areas if they are informed that there are Peacekeeper forces in the area, and Peacekeeper commanders have started encountering ARVN commanders attempting to bribe them into acting in their operations area.
Empire of the Rising Sun Defence Force
With the surrender of the Empire of the Rising Sun, Allied Peacekeepers have spent increasing amounts of time in cooperation with the ERSDF in operations in Chinese and Filipino territories. Peacekeeper forces are still professional, and have come to earn the respect of the ERSDF, and vice versa.
Though very similar in methodologies, both forces preferring to strike vital areas of enemy operations, the primary differences fall in roles. Where Allied weapons systems are typically geared towards one primary role, and peacekeepers are trained in one primary specialty while receiving training in other secondary areas, ERSDF forces are typically given multiple roles, or "multirole" tasks. Where an Icarus AAA system would be lucky to manage to fire on ground targets with any accuracy, the Striker/Chopper-VX is capable of engaging both aerial and surface targets. This has led to new strategies, where Imperial forces will lure the opposition into carefully planned ambush positions, where transforming mecha units will lead enemy forces they cannot attack into the ambush, transform, and allow friendly Allied forces to eliminate them with minimal casualties.
ERSDF commanders have shown respect for Peacekeeper forces, though prefer to work alone, out of a desire to show their "honor" against the enemy, and show their forces "superior" to the Peacekeeper divisions.
National Revolutionary Army
With the discovery of surviving NRA forces, Allied Nations support and once more started to enter China through Korea and Thailand. These Chinese survivors are valuable sources of intelligence regarding the Atomic Kingdom, and are sought out by Peacekeeper officers in Chinese territory.
After years of brutal trench warfare, the Blue Chinese have become experts in defensive battles, meaning Peacekeepers transferred to Chinese territories have an already secured position to strike from and return to, and a staging area to distribute aid to beleaguered civilian populations and NRA forces still surviving in the Chinese wastelands. Slowly, Peacekeepers are identifying still-inhabited NRA outposts and population centers, attempting to build a network of, at least in name, democratic outposts in Chinese territory.
NRA commanders, those that are left, often treat the Peacekeeper divisions that locate them like visiting dignitaries or even royalty, depending on the rank of the officer present, and speak of rebuilding China with Allied support. While the peacekeepers in-country respond congenially to the treatment, the reports filtering back of intense cybernetic modifications to the surviving Chinese, coupled with the apparent mental instability of Chinese forces, has led to plans being drawn up to reorganize KMT territories under complete Allied Nations control, until the situation can be stabilized.
Private Security Forces/Mercenary Forces
Though often considered distasteful, at time mercenary forces are often utilized in situations where forces in the area of operations where Allied forces are severely numerically outnumbered and are in need of experienced support. Typically, like when dealing with civilians, these forces are given vouchers to redeem at civilian Allied facilities during typical business hours.
Depending on the specialties on the mercenary group in question, Allied forces will either relegate them to the protection of rear-echelon positions or vital targets on the field, or position them at the front to aid in primary combat operations against the opposing force. Depending on the private forces, the most well-known example being the Legion Mercenary Corporation, these mercenary forces can actually become vital factors in the victory of a force of peacekeepers with their experience. Smaller, more inexperienced mercenary forces typically become rear-line secondary and tertiary forces only to be called on when the situation becomes truly desperate.
To date, LMC has been contacted most frequently by Allied forces, though Interpol recommendations have put certain restrictions on the hiring of mercenary forces, primarily to record all names and as much pertinent information on the mercenaries as possible. The reasoning can be found in Interpol Allied Nations Report T. ANUO179-R5, "Proliferation of International Mercenary Armies Hiring Known Criminals".
Quite often, democratic or even desperate forces loyal to no single government will contact the Allied Nations to aid in the growth of democratic ideals in their homelands. Peacekeeper forces are the first to be sent in to assist these democratically aligned forces, though often these are merely alliances out of convenience.
Typically, these local forces are either under-equipped or undermanned. In either situation, the Peacekeepers sent in will aid in the training and equipping of these local forces, though quite often just under what a standard Reservist training regimen consists of and with equipment that can easily be traced and retrieved should the need arise. These relationships are highly symbiotic; the Peacekeepers will ensure that the local forces are well trained, while the locals provide key intelligence and psychological profiles of the area. Once the region is secured, Peacekeeper forces will then ensure a peaceful, democratic transition, while aiding in setting up social programs for those desperately in need, such as modern hospital and educational facilities.
Factions of the self-titled Global Liberation Army have seemed open to working alongside Peacekeepers, though these alliances have typically broken down during the transition to a democratic and modernized state, many GLA leaders claiming that A.N. operations were attempting to "Westernize and sanitize" the local cultural beliefs. All such claims have, to date, been highly suspect.
Section 6: Recruitment & Training
Since the Peacekeepers are an all-volunteer elite force, it is important that the training regime of such individuals is designed to keep them at their peak mentally and physically.
Recruitment often comes from the ranks of Allied Reservist forces, though soldiers in many national armies will feel that the Peacekeeper divisions are meant for their own talents and skills. Before any enlistment is made, these individuals must take a small, fifty page test to ensure that they can have some chance of passing the first entrance screenings. A criminal background check is made and, if the individual is guilty of no felony or capitol crimes, they are allowed entrance into Peacekeeper Basic Training, located currently in the former United States Marine facility of Camp Lejeune, though plans have been made, should America's rebellion get too intense, to move the facilities to the purpose-built Allied Military College Saint-Jean in Quebec, Canada.
Once "off the bus" at the base, most often early in the morning after a long bus ride, recruits are lined up just outside the main entrance to the base to show how well they can follow orders, in this case being barked at them by the base drill instructors, who will observe each recruit for signs of stress or lack of concentration. Should a recruit show such signs this early in the program, they will be marked for observation throughout, and are usually the first to be removed.
Once lined up alphabetically and by height, these recruits are marched in to the camp, straight into the medical building. These men are told to leave all personal belongings at the front, where they can be retrieved after training has been completed. They are shaved, then examined by the camp's doctors. So long as they possess no major medical issues in their history, such as broken bones or terminal diseases, they are allowed to continue on into the camp, given a new set of clothes including PT gear, Peacekeeper battle dress, parade dress uniform, and most importantly, their training manual. This will, essentially, become their "holy book" for the remaining eight weeks of training.
The day starts early for the recruits with revelry at 0430, and a calisthenics session followed by a three kilometre run. Once this is completed, the recruits are sent into the mess hall to eat, the food made for maximum caloric intake in the minimal amount of time. It is not unusual to see already healthy and physically fit Reservists lose at least ten to twenty pounds during training, though the fat of the body is usually replaced with muscle mass. These physical sessions are complimented with parade drill, meticulous uniform inspection, and small unit tactics lessons.
Through a series of aptitude tests, these recruits are separated into specific training units. Those showing skills in vehicular specialties are typically transferred to Ft. Knox, Kentucky, while aerial combat oriented individuals are sent to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Infantry training is focused in Camp Lejeune, and for the purposes of this report, will focus on this portion of the training.
Once they are selected for advanced infantry training, Peacekeeper recruits are trained in a wide variety of infantry weapons, from the iconic Grummond-8 shotgun to the newer MX-15 assault rifle. They are also trained in the use of weapons utilized by other forces, including Soviet ADK-45 rifles, ERSDF MX Type-2 kinetic carbines, gyrojet weapons utilized by certain mercenary forces around the world, and more outdated weapons systems if ever found in regions where enemy forces are not able to access more modern weapons technologies. That way, if a peacekeeper were to ever find themselves alone behind enemy lines, they can utilize the enemy's weapons against them should they run out of ammunition or should their weapon malfunction.
These recruits then are trained in operations such as urban pacification in "Fullertown" (Named for the famed commander Warren Fuller), a village filled with false buildings made to simulate a variety of civilian locales worldwide, with actors placed inside to act as disgruntled civilians, enemy combatants, and even rogue Allied personnel. Training is given on the proper use of the Legion riot shield, and soldiers who show a particular aptitude to the task as training in K-9 combat operations, specializing in explosives detection, detection of infiltrators, and even the neutralization of enemy combatants.
At the conclusion of this advanced infantry course, the newly minted peacekeepers are allowed to pin on their Allied pins, get their chevrons, and are issued their duty orders. Their time as recruits is over. Their careers as Peacekeepers begins.
Section 7: Notable Units and Forces
Among the Peacekeepers, certain units become well-known both among A.N. forces and around the world, whether through sheer force of arms, or from a knowledge of decisive tactical acumen.
3rd Marine Expeditionary Force
After the absorption of the United States Marine Corps into the Allied Nations, a major reorganization was made to the organizationl structure of all Marine elements. The 3rd was the first to be subjected to this new organization, giving the force organic air, armor and support elements, streamlining much of the strategic organization of the unit. No longer would seperate units have to be meshed together to support each other. Marine forces would no longer have to rely on naval personnel for medical support. Each unit possesses its own Guardian tank units, Multigunner IFVs, and Riptide ACVs, each for the support of the 3rd's infantry, as well as its own wings of Apollos, Vindicators and Cardinal transports. They also possess their own Assault Lander forces, though for long distances the 3rd must be transported by the Allied Navy.
Well respected by both Allied forces and their opponents, the 3rd is a leader in combined arms tactics and strategy, with so many units working in tandem supporting each other, as well as other elements of the Allied Nations. Typically they are also asked to field test new advanced military technologies, and have worked many times alongside the new Experimental Combat Division.
101st Pathfinders, 82nd Pathfinders
Originally part of the United States Army, and currently operating from the northernmost regions of South Vietnam, the 101st and 82nd Pathfinders have been trained for insertion behind enemy lines, securing vital strategic targets, and holding the area until friendly forces can link with them and take over primary operations. Specialists in light infantry tactics, the 101st and 82nd are becoming pioneers in the use of helicopter support and transport in active combat zones, and have spearheaded new ideas in the use of Cardinal and Multigunner systems in the jungles of Vietnam. Currently, they are doing their best to hold secured territory against Vietcong infiltrators and possible NVA advances. Though now prefering the use of helicopter systems, both divisions are still trained in parachuting and aerial insertion from aircraft.
1st Armoured Air Cavalry
Based in Thailand on the Cambodian border, the 1st Armoured Air Cav specializes in the use of armoured assaults utilizing helicopter support, often using Nightingale Carryalls and modified Cardinals to insert armoured vehicles into the battlefield while using Multigunner gyrocopters and Longbow Liberator assault helicopters to cover infantry and armour elements. The 1st is known for its lightning strikes against heavily defended NVA positions thought unconquerable. These forces have distinguished themselves not only for their operational histories, but also for their curious habit of playing "Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner in the course of their assaults. Though seen as experts in mobile warfare, the 1st are also suspected of war crimes including the serious charge of purposefully causing civilian casualties, to the bizarre charge that commanders in the 1st are merely using their units to find "the best waves". Such claims have, as of yet, seen no evidence.
Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
HQ ARRC formed originally as an HQ corps in the British military during the Great World War II. As member nation militaries slowly integrated in the Peacekeeper divisions, HQ ARRC is tasked with moving in closely on the heels of other Peacekeeper forces and setting up logistical and headquarters elements for Allied forces. With the greatest number of SPAM templates and production faculties under their possession, HQ ARRC have become the logistical experts in Europe, currently observing the administrative demands from the building of the Berlin Wall and other possible hotspots in the European theater of operations.
1st Armoured Brigade
The first force in the world to adopt a doctrine of armoured warfare, the formerly 1st Royal Tank Regiment became the leading experts in the new concept of the main battle tank. First riding in the original Mk. 1 Tank from WWI, the 1st followed armoured warfare through to contemporary systems such as the Guardian tank, leading the way in new methods of armoured warfare beyond the first tactics associated with tanks and other heavily armoured vehicles, including Mirage and Horizon tanks, trained in fast and hard-hitting tactics with their weapons systems, as well as joint operations with infantry, air, and naval forces.
Peacekeeper Seventh Pacific Fleet
Comprised of former American, British and French assets, the Seventh was the primary force opposing Imperial naval efforts across the Pacific. Primarily based in San Diego, California, the Seventh also held ports in Australia and Indonesia as staging bases. Despite heavy casualties and a numerous number of ships lost rivaling merchant shipping losses in the Atlantic, the Seventh's forces have managed to successfully reconstitute their numbers and rebuild 90% of their previous operating capacity. Of note are the Seventh's "Blue Eagles" flight demonstration squadron, known for their daring aerial showmanship skills, as well as their combat capacity against Imperial mecha and air forces.
No. 3 Squadron
A former RAF squadron, the No. 3 Squadron have become known worldwide for the astonishing number of MiG fighter aircraft they have downed in the course of WWIII, and the limited action they have seen Post-War has primarily been against the stolen Hawkers utilized by terrorist forces in America. Though claiming their abilities in the air have qualified them to pilot newer fighters such as the Achilles, Allied Command has consistently denied such requests, claiming that the skill required to pilot such aircraft is still too great to impress on the pilots, though rumors have arisen that Infinity Realms Aeronatuics is unwilling to create SPAM templates of the Achilles, fearful of a drop in the cost charged to the Allied Nations.
Section 8: Opinions on the Peacekeeper Divisions
While facts and figures tell part of the story, it has been considered that certain opinions on the Peacekeepers may shed more light on their operations than facts can suggest.
"The Peacekeeper forces are without a doubt the deadliest organization the Soviet Union has ever encountered in open conflict. I have seen dozens of conscripts attempt to battle a single squad of peacekeepers, and be repulsed. I have watched Peacekeeper tanks run rings around our armoured divisions, and our heaviest tanks destroyed by aircraft too fast for our weapons to take down. Though the forces of the Union are still superior to them in spirit and tenacity, to make war a science is something that it appears you Allies were almost destined to do."
- - Then Gen. Cima Len Davidova in a conversation with Gen. Alex Manning during the Second Battle of Leningrad
"What is the deadliest weapon in war? To ask Emperor Yoshiro, it would be a warrior's skill and resolve. To Emperor Tatsu, it would have been the weapons he would wield, and his numbers. But look at the Allied peacekeeper. His skill is above average, but there are warriors still stronger than he. They have resolve, but not enough to overcome any obstacle. Their weapons are not as advanced as our own, yet ours were still outclassed, and to say they are not the most numerous army is almost insultingly clear. Yet they have held against the Soviets twice, and pushed even our own Empire back to its borders. They fight three wars, yet show no signs of overextending themselves. There is an almost cold, clinical outlook when they are in combat, yet to meet one out of uniform is like meeting a man of calm and even jovial temper. Is there then some crucial part of the warrior we have overlooked? Some great mystery that the Allies have discovered that continues to elude us even today?"
- - Shiro Kamina, Emperor of Japan, Supreme Shogun of the Empire of the Rising Sun, in his first address to the newly reformed ERSDF.
"A peacekeeper is, first and foremost, a professional. They're no gung-ho, trigger happy fools like other military forces seem to enjoy bringing on-board. They're trained to be the best of any soldier, but they don't let this training blow their egos out of proportion. I've seen them in California, helping every citizen, and providing protection to Japanese-Americans that, in any other situation, would have been unlawfully assaulted. A peacekeeper truly does their best to keep the peace, because that is what they truly believe is their duty."
- - Sen. Michael Dugan, in a letter to the editor of The Chicago Tribune
"The Peacekeepers? I've seen them, fought alongside them. Sure, they're a formidable fighting force, but do you really think every peacekeeper is as perfect as they would have you believe? No, trust me, the Peacekeepers have their flaws, like everyone else, though in their case they've been blinded by their idealism. They're trained to believe in selflessness, in the idea that there's good in everyone, and because of that they can't see the truth--people are selfish, motivated by greed and by need. Even a peacekeeper can be bribed. You just need to look hard enough."
- - Centurion Ercole Bello, in a conversation with an undercover INTERPOL agent in Colombia
"I do not think the vaunted Peacekeepers are all they claim to be. Certainly, if they were truly good, they wouldn't have ignored the plight of the Chinese people. That their intervention in the civil war was so limited proves even they were scared of the weapons unleashed here by the Communists and the Nationalists. Let them try and break open our strongholds with their air force. Let their soldiers feel what it is like to be vaporised by disruptor emplacements. When the time comes to face them in battle, I think we will crush them like insects."
- - Fleet Admiral Yuming Oshang, in a discussion with General Hai Han, reported by a spy
"I'm supposed to believe that a fancy riot cop in a nice blue suit is going to solve all my problems, and then tell me that I'm doing something wrong? Peacekeepers are nothing but a pretty face for a corrupt socialist government that want to see us all forced under heel. They're so brainwashed by Allied propaganda that they can't even think that they're following the wrong leaders. If they were so dedicated to preserving our freedoms, why did they arrest our rightful president? Why do they continue to imprison those who stand for their beliefs?"
- - Abbot Howard Hoffman, before being sentenced to an Allied Cryoprison for a ten year sentence for inciting a riot that killed two peacekeepers.
"In my dreams I saw armored warriors of blue, protecting my subjects from snakes of green breathing toxins and lead. Then I have seen the peacekeepers sent by the Allied Nations turning back wave after wave of traitors and murderers. Surely, then, are these peacekeepers the saviors from my dreams. Henceforth, the Saudi people shall act in accordance with them, as they act with the blessing of the king."
- - King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in his first address to the Saudi people after the mass rebellion of the Saudi White Guard
"The Peacekeepers are competent, yes, superbly trained and extravagantly equipped. They are not to be taken lightly on the battlefield, as allies or as adversaries. They are not, however, sustainable. Surgical strikes and special operations, yes they do quite well at those. But history has exaggerated their contributions to the war, and more importantly they believe that exaggeration. The Peacekeepers are not, and cannot be, an army in the true sense of the word. So long as you continue to believe that you are fighting for peace and not fighting something as simple and banal as war, that your objective is to 'free' or 'protect' the enemy from themselves and not simply to kill them, you are doing more harm to yourself than good. Genuine good and evil are far more rare in war than the Allies want to believe. It is why Peacekeeper morale has plummeted in Vietnam, China, and the United States. They lack conviction."
- - Col. Harold Moore, now MIA in Vietnam and presumed dead
Section 9: Analysis of Peacekeeper Personal Weapons Systems as Compared to Competing/Opposing Systems
Grummond-8 Pump Action Shotgun, Legion Riot Shield
A mainstay of the Peacekeeper arsenal, the Grummond-8 is the standard primary combat small arms utilized by a peacekeeper when deployed. Chosen for its robust nature, reliability, and the various ammunitions that can be utilized, from the typical shot shell to the new "Dragon's Breath" incendiary rounds for use in heavily forested terrain, and the non-lethal flexible baton rounds for non-lethal riot containment. Though of a shorter effective range than many systems, the Grummond still finds use on today's modern battlefields. Issues are few, primarily relating to this effective range, as well as comments made about the lack of upgrades that can be made to the system.
The Legion Riot Shield, made of ceramic and rubber in a 60-40 ration, and covered with a durable steel-vanadium alloy, has been designed with survivability of the user in mind, able to shield the body of a fully grown adult man from rounds up to .50 calibre. This negates the range issues presented by the Grummond, allowing the user to close the distance between themselves and the target, delivering warnings to surrender, drop their weapons, and surrender. Should the target continue to resist, if the peacekeeper is within a five meter radius, they are authorized to utilize lethal force.
- - ADK-45 Assault Rifle: Though the ADK-45 does have a longer range than the Grummond, the lack of training usually possessed by those using the system means that the range factor is negated by the lack of accuracy of the rounds. Combined with the thickness of the Legion Riot Shield, the ADK-45 falls short of the Grummond.
- - MX Type-2 Kinetic Carbine: The primary infantry weapon of the ERSDF, the Type-2 is highly effective at range, and more effective due to the training given to its users. Like the ADK-45, it outclasses the Grummond in range, and its rounds are more potent due to their ability to inflict burns. However, in most cases it is expected that the Legion should be able to absorb the fire from the MX Type-2, and if the peacekeeper can close the distance, they will have the advantage with their Grummond.
- - Beretta MB-4 Gyrojet Bullpup: An inverse of the Grummond in a sense, the further the target is from the MB-4, the more severe the impact from the round, and has a much higher ammo capacity than the Grummond. Given the range of the weapon, the peacekeeper would have a great deal of ground to cover, such that their Legion would probably not survive the journey. On the other hand, peacekeepers will have a massive advantage in close quarters.
- - MX-15 Assault Rifle: The MX-15 is somewhat less powerful than its primary competitor, the ADK-45, due to its lower calibre, but is also considered the more accurate thanks to a lesser recoil and more advanced sights. Again, like the ADK-45, with the use of the Legion a peacekeeper should be able to close the distance.
- - ARM-14 Rangemaster Battle Rifle: The precursor to the MX-15, the Rangemaster is still constantly encountered in skirmishes in the United States against anti-Allied forces. Though no less dangerous, the same tactics used against the MX-15 and ADK-45 are utilized, though often peacekeeper forces merely remain behind cover since the terrorist forces are often too fast to apprehend on foot.
M64 "Javelin" ATGM launcher
Born out of the need to eliminate Soviet armour quickly and without a greater danger to the operator than with previous generations of anti-tank weaponry, the Javelin represents possibly the last generation of man-portable anti-tank rocket launchers. With the advent of newer energy-based anti-tank weaponry, plans have been established to slowly phase the current Javelin ammunition stocks out of service, and to be replaced with proton-based missiles. For comparison, each weapon system described here was fired at a series of decommissioned Mastiff main battle tanks. When fired, the Javelin, with its spectrum targeted warhead, was able to home in on the Mastiff's turret and destroy it, neutralizing the main gun and the turret, leaving the Mastiff unable to fire.
For testing against aircraft, tests were conducted against a surplus Hawker. Again, the Javelin's sophisticated spectrum tracking system allowed the operator to guide the missile directly to the target's fuselage, destroying the Hawker in mid-flight.
- - RPGL-7 RPG Launcher: The direct opposite to the Javelin's complex targeting systems, the ease of manufacture and lower weight implies that the RPGL would normally outclass the Javelin. However, the Javelin's more sophisticated targeting systems and warheads ensure a greater kill ratio than the arcing trajectory of the RPGL. In testing, the RPGL, while aimed at the turret, missed the target twice entirely. On the third shot, the projectile hit the top of the turret, spraying the interior with high velocity fragments. The turret was taken out of commission and it is probable that the commander and gunner would have perished. However, the tank was still mobile after the attack..
- - GSf-30 Misznay Flak Cannon: Another "dumb-fire" weapon, the Misznay fires an explosive shell which detonates at a pre-determined altitude or time limit. These shells fill the air with a cloud of hot metal fragments, designed to damage aircraft passing through it. In tests against a Hawker, the Misznay managed to shred the Hawker's engines after several missed shots, causing the target to crash into the ground.
- - PF60 "LAW" Disposable Rocket Launcher: A disposable rocket launcher designed for ease of use, the LAW is known to inflict heavy damage on heavy enemy vehicles, though reports state that there are issues in the weapon being used against lighter targets. Against a target Mastiff, the LAW inflicted heavy cosmetic damage, and did manage to destroy part of the armour plating, though it was unable to fully destroy the target vehicle.
- - MX-20 Muramasa Plasma-Cutter Cannon: Designed to fire a stream of plasma at enemy armoured targets, the Muramasa has acquired a reputation as both a dangerous anti-armor system, but also as a complex system that takes many hours of maintenance to properly keep in working condition. Against its Mastiff target, the Muramasa bisected the target, completely wrecking the tank and raising temperatures inside the crew compartment to 800 degrees.
- - Wz. 42 Anti-Tank Rifle: Am aged weapon that is still used among nations that cannot afford more advanced systems for the majority of their infantry forces, the Wz. 42 is considered obsolete in comparison to modern anti-tank systems. Tested against its target, the Wz. 42 did little more than cosmetic damage, though it has been confirmed that with good aim the rifle can be used to disable a vehicle's vital systems.
FN-MIN 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun
The FN-MIN is designed to support squad operations with heavy suppressive fire, while also being more mobile than heavier weapons systems. Though decried as an inaccurate weapon that does little to actually impact the target, in the hands of a skilled operator the FN-MIN has been shown as highly effective in holding off waves of enemy forces.
- - RDP 7.62mm Light Machine Gun: The Soviet equivalent of the FN-MIN, the RDP is a prime example of the Soviet principles of ruggedness, reliability and power. Though the ammunition is the same calibre as the FN-MIN, the RDP is as simple to strip and fire as the ADK, meaning that, theoretically, any Soviet conscript can pick up and utilize the system. In tests against the FN-MIN, little difference was found between the two systems, though it was noted that the RDP had a heavier recoil.
- - Degtyaryov 7.62mm Machine Gun: A less popular make of Soviet machine gun, the Degtyaryov is known for its use by the Soviet Mir garrison, whose heavy combat suits allow them to circumvent the recoil of the weapon. When tested by an unarmoured infantryman, the weapon's recoil and inaccuracy prevented any effective usage.
- - MG-60 5.56mm Light Machine Gun: The MG-60 has become common in the jungles of Vietnam as a support weapon. Though lacking the stopping power of the heavier 7.62mm, the fact that the MX-15 and the MG-60 both use the same ammunition eases the strain on logistics and allows rifle ammunition to be used in an emergency. When tested, the MG-60 had somewhat less recoil compared to the FN-MIN, though it was noted that the MG-60 jammed more frequently than the FN-MIN.
- - Bren Light Machine Gun: Produced as a smaller and more portable weapon for light infantry units, the Bren has been converted to fire 7.62x51mm AN rounds. Accurate once the handler adjusts to the aiming picture being offset, the Bren is able to provide mobile and accurate fire for its size. In testing, the Bren was able to eliminate all targets, though it was noted that the changing of the magazine required the user to heavily adjust their sight picture.
No. 7 (T) .303 Lee-Enfield Sniper Rifle
Adapted from an old WWII design, the No. 7 serves as the preferred sniper rifle of Peacekeeper riflemen. For testing purposes, all weapons were fired by a series of trainers from the Hesketh-Prichard Sniper Training School. In testing on five targets from 100 to 500 meters, the No. 7 missed two out of the five targets, though all of the successful shots killed the targets instantly.
- - 1903 Springfield Rifle: Still being utilized by Allied forces in America, the 1903 Springfield is in fact a clone of the Krag-Jørgensen rifle used by the United States until the adoption of the 1903 in 1905, and saw service both as the primary weapon of the United States Army, and the primary sniper rifle during WWII. In testing, the Springfield missed one out of five targets, though only three of the targets were killed instantly.
- - Mosin-Nagant M1930: The sniper rifle of the Soviet Union, the Mosin-Nagant is the oldest of the rifles tested, yet still are capable weapons in their own right. The rifle has also gained a reputation among Allied forces due to the skills the Soviet forces have for stealth actions, leading to fear whenever an Allied soldier hears the distinctive crack of the rifle. In testing, the Mosin-Nagant hit four out of five targets, all of which were instant kills.
- - ESKBR-2 Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle: Utilized by the ERSDF, the ESKBR-2 is one of the Rising Sun's few conventional ballistic weapons. Using caseless ammunition and firing semi-automatically, the firing rate of the ESKBR-2 already outclasses the other rifles mentioned previously. Despite this, when tested, the ESKBR-2 was noted to have less accuracy than the other rifles, and struck only three of the five targets, killing only two instantly.
- - SKAS Semi Automatic Rifle: Utilized by both Soviet secondary units and Vietcong personnel, the SKAS was one of the Soviet Union's first semi-automatic rifles, and very nearly became the standard weapon of the Soviet Union, had the ADK not been invented a few short years later. Despite this, the rifle has become infamous in Vietnam for its usage against ARVN Range and Allied forces. Tested, the SKAS hit three out of five targets, though only two of said hits were instant kills.
- - Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle: Due to the secrecy surrounding the Dragunov rifle, all information is merely speculation. However, usage by both experienced Soviet snipers and the infamous Natasha Volkova indicate that, in the hands of a skilled operator, the Dragunov outclasses nearly every other sniper system on Earth. Attempts to apprehend a model of this rifle have, so far, been unsuccessful.
Section 10: Analysis of Peacekeeper Vehicular/Aerial/Seaborne Systems
Along with their heavier and more well known weapons, Peacekeeper vehicle systems are considered some of the most effective in the world.
M52A6 Prospector: The workhorse of the Allied logistical operations, the Prospector continues to act as the hub around which all Allied operations orbit. Both ore transport and command structure, the Prospector's use as both a generator of income and active command and control system cannot be understated. Despite its relatively weak armour and inability to mount any sort of offense, the Prospector is the lynchpin of all operations.
- - Sputnik: The Soviet expansion vehicle, recent additions have improved the versatility of the Sputnik, such as the inclusion of Garroch repair drones and add-on weaponry. Compared to the Prospector, it can indeed be considered superior.
- - VZG-405 Ore Collector: Another improvement on the idea of an ore collector for the front, the VZG has been outfitted with reactive deployable armour plating, designed to protect both the transport and the other. Again, the design can be considered an improvement over the Prospector, though the VZG is unable to perform its duties while the reactive armour is up.
- - Model 13 Ore Collector: The Empire's primary ore collector, the Model 13 is equipped with "Yuyuko" twin kinetic burst autocannons and a nanite point defence shield, which grants it greater survivability than the Prospector and also allows it to be used in an offensive role. On the other hand, switching to its weapons forces it to dump valuable ore.
- - Opel Blitz Truck: Used during the Second World War as for transporting supplies, the Opel Blitz is now considered more along the lines of a museum piece than actual ore transport, capable of carrying much less than ore collectors designed for the purpose.
- - Battlewagon: Recently put into service by the South Vietnamese, the Battlewagon is more heavily armoured than the Prospector and also has a protected firing position for a single infantryman, who is able to utilize their weapons to defend the Battlewagon. With its greater survivability compared to the Prospector, the Battlewagon can indeed be viewed as the superior logistical system for South Vietnam.
MBT-X8 Guardian Main Battle Tank: Capable of utilizing either its 90 mm smoothbore cannon or its "Spyglass" target designator, the Guardian is also fairly survivable thanks to its composite armour and speed compared to other enemy systems. Problems have arisen, however, when attempting to utilize multiple designators on a single target, as well as the lack of ability to engage opposing air units. Thankfully, with the addition of a new turreted machine gun on some Guardians, survivability against infantry has increased. For testing purposes, a decommissioned Mastiff was used. Against the Mastiff, the Guardian was able to knock out the Mastiff's treads and heavily damage its side armour, but with assistance from a friendly Spyglass designator, the Mastiff's turret was destroyed.
- - T-55 "Anvil" Heavy Tank: Though considered a relic by many modern tank commanders, the Soviets have recently begun reactivating many Anvil tanks, leading many Allied forces to study up again on the T-55. Though its main guns are fairly weak by modern standards, the thick armour and ability for infantry to ride on the sides mean that the Anvil is still a viable main battle tank. Against a target Mastiff, a T-55 with armour piercing shells, the Anvil managed to damage the turret and knock out the Mastiff's machine gun. On the other hand, it should be noted that the Soviets have been using high explosive shells and not armour piercing shells with their Anvils. Newer models equipped with 125 mm "Drakon" cannons could not be gained for testing.
- - T-58 "Rhino" Main Battle Tank: The primary main battle tank of the Soviet Union and its allies, the Rhino is still in use as an MBT thanks in no small part to its robust nature, and is capable of taking on both infantry and tanks. With a 85mm autoloading cannon similar to that used on the T-64 "Hammer", the Rhino also comes equipped with a 12.7mm DShK heavy machine gun that enables the tank to effectively dispatch infantry. Against a target Mastiff, the Rhino was able to heavily damage the side armor, though the Mastiff's turret remained functional.
- - T-64 "Hammer" Main Battle Tank: The main battle tank of the Soviet front line armies, the Hammer's modular weapon mount, autoloading 85 mm cannon and TS1 Tsarsky" Leech-beam make the mass-produced tank a viable contender when compared to the Guardian. Though slightly more expensive than the Guardian, it is also more versatile thanks to its "leech-beam", capable of literally ripping weapons and armour off an enemy vehicle to improve its survivability and offensive capability. Against the Mastiff, the Hammer scored heavy damage against the turret, reducing the Mastiff's effective performance. Its leech beam also took longer than could be deemed effective to rip the Mastiff's main gun from its position on the turret, though following this the Hammer was able to quickly destroy a second Mastiff with both guns. Again, newer models of the Hammer, equipped with 100mm "Kinetic Kill-Guns", have not been tested.
- - Model 30 Tsunami Tank: The Tsunami's light nature and lack of firepower compared to other tanks means that it cannot defeat main battle tanks in direct combat. Despite this, the amphibious nature of the Tsunami allows them to act as effective raiders against naval forces and aquatic ore refining operations, while also allowing for strikes from unexpected directions. Combined with its "Kagami" nano-deflection armour, the survivability of the Tsunami can, for a time, be greatly enhanced, allowing it to breach the enemy's lines and move to engage it from the rear. Tested against its Mastiff target, the Tsunami scored some damage against the Mastiff, though the side armour was not breached, and the treads remained fully operational. Testing of newer models equipped with Nanite Disassembler launchers could not be made.
- - Model 123 Jishin Buster Tank: Currently the primary Imperial MBT, the Jishin is armed with twin MXT-7 "Onamuji" plasma-cutter cannons, able to almost effortlessly slice through opposing armour with little afterthought. The Jishin is also capable of deploying into a more stable firing position, which also increases its survivability by reducing its target profile. In testing against the Mastiff, the Jishin was able to cut through the Mastiff's frontal armour, taking it completely out of action.
- - Cerberus Defensive Tank: Unofficially the "main battle tank" of various mercenary and private military contractor groups, the Cerberus is heavily armed and armoured, capable of independently engaging both armourf, infantry and air elements with its three independent turrets, though time is required for the vehicle to deploy into a stable firing position and engage the enemy, during which time it is vulnerable to enemy fire. Against the Mastiff, the Cerberus' railgun ripped through the side armour and out through the other side, the resulting forces nearly gutting the interior of the tank, and likely killing all the the crew inside.
- - Type-69 "Battlemaster" Battle Tank: Thought to be destroyed entirely in the Chinese territories, encounters in the Chinese wastelands have shown the Battlemaster is not to be underestimated. Though it is known to suffer from some issues with reliability, the Battlemaster possesses a fairly powerful main gun, and its frontal armour is thicker than normal, though side and rear armour seems to suffer in comparison. Recovered and restored from the wastes, the Battlemaster was able to damage the side armour on its test Mastiff, though the Mastiff remained operable. In testing with a "jammer missile" equipped model, the Battlemaster was able to completely shut down the Mastiff's systems, something which would have allowed the Battlemaster to follow up with additional shots, something which would have likely resulted in the destruction of the tank.
- - Panzerkampfwagen VI. Mastiff: The main battle tank of several Allied countries as well as insurgent forces operating in America, the Mastiff is still known for its reliability, armour, and weaponry. Newer models also sport a target designator similarly to the Guardian, though this designator is primarily used to target for artillery or air strikes. In testing against another Mastiff, the firing Mastiff was able to heavily damage the target's turret side armour and disable its main gun, though the target remained capable of moving.
XMTB-66 Mirage Tank: Armed with a powerful spectrum dispersion cannon, the Mirage has been shown to be highly effective against enemy armour. Combined with its camoscanner technologies, the Mirage is able to set-up in a predetermined position, ambush enemy armour systems, and retreat to a safe location outside of the enemy's effective range, if the enemy has not been completely eliminated. For testing, the Mirage was sent against a decommissioned Mastiff. In testing, the Mirage sliced through the Mastiff's front armour, with refraction from the spectrum beam completely wrecking the interior of the target.
- - KDB-14 Thresher Battle Walker: An anti-tank walker, the Thresher is equipped with twin 50mm cannons effective against lighter vehicles, and a 75mm main gun equipped with armour piercing shells, which it must deploy into a more stable configuration to use. Though not as fast or agile as its cousin the Sickle, the Thresher can still prove to be a serious opponent for Allied and Imperial tank columns. In testing, the Thresher's 50 mm cannons did little more than light damage to its first target Mastiff, but against its second target, the 75 mm pierced the side armour, destroying the interior systems and likely killing any crew inside.
- - Model 01 Isha Vector Jet Tank: Recently developed by Mishaguji Vectors, the Isha is capable of both blindingly fast speed and near-complete domination over enemy armor. Equipped with a rapid firing kinetic-burst cannon, the Isha is able to flank the enemy, destroy their armour, and speed away to reload, which has been noted as a possible flaw that could be exploited by a skilled opponent. In testing, a single slug from the Isha left a 80mm diameter hole surrounded by molten slag on the targeted side of its target Mastiff, and filled the interior with metal spalling.
- - Talos Armoured Fighting Vehicle: Manufactured in Italy and distributed to many private armies, the Talos is armed with a high-speed railgun capable of piercing the armour of a Hammer tank and possesses speed rivalling that of the Multigunner IFV, and also has the ability to aid other friendly units with their targeting. In testing, an acquired Talos ended up nearly tearing the Mastiff's turret off the chassis, leaving the Mastiff crippled.
- - Peacock Tank Destroyer: Utilized by the Ranger forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the Peacock substitutes subtlety for power, mounting six 105 mm recoilless guns on a small, mobile chassis that is able to effectively navigate the jungles of Vietnam. Despite the lack of heavy armour used by the Vietcong, the Peacock has become invaluable against NVA probes into South Vietnam when faced with enemy Rhino tanks. Against its Mastiff target, the Peacock's six guns penetrated the side armour, destroyed the treads, and dented the turret.
- - Panzerjäger 44 Ausf. J "Bulldog" Tank Destroyer: Still utilized by forces acting in opposition to the Allied Nations, the Bulldog's high velocity gun remains effective against main battle tanks. In testing, a Bulldog scored moderate damage against the target's side armour, partially crippling the treads but otherwise leaving the Mastiff functional. However, in testing with a second Mastiff, the Bulldog destroyed the Mastiff with a single shot to the rear armour, a scenario considered not unlikely due to the Bulldog's still effective fibre optic camouflage. With the use of APDS ammunition, the Bulldog was able to punch cleanly through a third Mastiff's crew compartment, with the round passing out through the other side.
- - Mk.45 "Marauder" Tank Destroyer: Almost elegant in its simplicity, the Marauder is able to move into position, target and eliminate enemy armour, and reposition in time to fight again. Though limited in its role, and lacking any kind of turret, the Marauder is used by several Reservist militaries and independent forces due to its robust nature and survivability. In testing, the Marauder dealt significant damage to the target Mastiff, piercing the side armour and destroying the gunner's seat.
SATV-26S "Athena" Cannon Target Designator Vehicle: Considered the final word in tactical artillery systems, the Athena targeting vehicle is still only a small part of a complex yet effective system. With its spectrum targeting system, the Athena is capable of directing the Athena Satellite Network to attack a target. In testing against a mock-up of a Soviet construction yard, the Athena blasted a hole straight through the roof, melting a 1 meter-wide hole into the roof and heating up the interior to 600 degrees Celsius. Also tested was the Athena's Aegis Shield, formed when the Athena targeting vehicle orders the collection satellite to fire on its own collector dish, converting the solar energy into a thick shield of energy that prevents high velocity objects from passing through, protecting both the Athena and friendly Allied forces from attack.
- - V4 Rocket Launcher: A highly accurate, long ranged tactical ballistic missile launcher, the V4 can employ powerful high explosive warheads, as well as missiles containing deadly Desolator Defoliant payloads which spread the corrosive toxin over a large area. In testing, the V4 was off its target by only two metres and managed to destroy the right segment of the target construction yard, collapsing the closest wall and disabling several of the Construction Yard's systems, as well as scorching any vegetation within a radius of several dozen metres.
- - Model 89 Wave-Force Artillery: With details of its manufacture and workings still considered a state secret by the Empire, the Model 89 is known for its accuracy and destructive firepower. Like the Athena system, there is no need to keep the Model 89 supplied with physical ammunition, though it is noted that it takes quite some time for the Model 89 to recharge its firing capacitors. However, the system also allows the Model 89 to fire its wave-force cannon prematurely, reducing damage but allowing for the weapon to be fired more quickly; this also allows the Model 89 to double as an anti-vehicle weapon in times of need. Against its target, the Model 89 created two 30 cm diameter holes in the front and back walls of the construction yard, as well as sparking the nearby vegetation, forcing a halt to testing as the area was cryo-frozen to prevent a forest fire.
- - Colossus Multiple Launch Missile System: Utilized primarily in urban operations by private military contractors, the Colossus is able to detonate its missile just before the point of impact, splitting the missile into millions of lethal flechettes capable of ripping through flesh and killing the operators of enemy vehicles. Despite this effectiveness, tests against structures have determined that the Colossus is simply unable to pierce the thick armour of any structure, though this was at least partly due to its ammunition.
- - V2 Rocket Launcher: The original V-Series mobile rocket launch system, the V2 is still a deadly artillery piece in its own right, capable of striking targets from extreme range. Though still utilized by a number of remote Russian artillery batteries, the V2 has also fallen into the hands of other, more unsavoury groups. In testing, the V2 ended up missing the Construction Yard by several metres, but the explosion of its warhead was able to damage the Construction Yard nevertheless.
- - Type-45 "Armageddon" Self-Propelled Siege Cannon:A massive self propelled artillery piece, the Armageddon mounts a monstrous 800mm cannon. Essentially a cannon with a motor and treads, the Armageddon takes much longer than other artillery pieces to deploy and fire, though when it finally is ready, even a single shell can inflict tremendous devastation. Though no models could be secured for testing, several strips of film from the Chinese Civil War show that a single cannon is capable of levelling a major metropolitan area in under an hour, a testament to its power and destructive ability.
- - FM-042c Horizon Light Artillery Vehicle: A light self-propelled piece, the Horizon acts as a rapid response artillery for field operations to slow the enemy advance. Though lacking the explosive power of its larger cousins, the system is still favoured for its mobility, utility, moderate cost and the ability to fire on the move. In testing, the Horizon caused little noticeable damage against its target, though it was also recorded that against a Mastiff, the shell pierced the thinner top armour and destroyed the interior.
- - "Valkyrie" 105mm Self-Propelled Gun: Replacing the older Eclipse howitzer, the Valkyrie system is capable of bombarding targets from miles away before quickly redeploying to a new firing position. Though less mobile than its predecessor, its long range, destructive power and considerable accuracy for an artillery piece show promise for the system. In testing, the Valkyrie caved in a roof section of the construction yard mock-up and cracked part of the foundation.
- - M-95 Pershing Howitzer: A foot mobile howitzer utilized by Allied Reservists, the Pershing can also be towed by motor vehicles, increasing its mobility. Despite its low cost and range, its lack of mobility or protection leaves it vulnerable to enemy attacks or counter-battery fire, and it also lacks accuracy compared to other systems. In testing, the Pershing managed to destroy a large section of the left wall and damage the Construction Yard's internal machinery.
F-11 Apollo Air Superiority Fighter: The primary air superiority fighter of the Peacekeepers, the Apollo is considered effective against all manner of aerial targets. Though its twin Sol autocannons remain the sole armament for most Apollos, the recent addition of wing hardpoints allow for a wider range of weapons to be mounted. Testing against a modified Firebolt equipped with remote piloting systems, the Apollo quickly acquired a lock on the Firebolt and downed it after several seconds of sustained autocannon fire.
- - Mikevich-Gurevoyan MiG-19E Jet Fighter: The Soviet Union's primary air superiority fighter, the MiG-19E is has several hardpoints for ordnance, and is typically loaded out with six M-Type "Matryoshka" heat-seeking missiles, which take a while to lock on, but which can deal heavy damage to a target aircraft. In testing, a captured MiG-19 was able to gain a lock on the target Firebolt after several seconds and fire off two missiles, which sought out and destroyed the target completely.
- - MiG-9 STOVL Interceptor: Now either relegated to reserve forces or sold at discount to allies to the Soviet Union, the MiG-9 was once the most deadly fighter in the world, thanks to its high speed and powerful armament. Despite the losses accrued during WWII, the MiG-9 is still a capable system thanks to its armaments, though noted issues with maintenance have led to many communist nations seeking a better, less troublesome system. In testing, a MiG-9 took some time to successfully down its target Firebolt; several of rockets managed the damage the Firebolt's left wing, though the rest ended up missing, and the MiG's machine guns were able to finish the Firebolt once its rockets ran out.
- - Model 32 Mecha/Jet Tengu: One of the Empire's more famous mecha designs, the Model 32 serves as the Empire's primary fighter. With its unique ability to land on the ground to avoid enemy fighters, it is also considerably more versatile than other fighters. In testing, a Model 32 was able to quickly acquire a lock on the target Firebolt, though it took somewhat longer to down its target than the Apollo did. In testing with a plasma-cutter equipped model, the Tengu was able to melt the target's fuselage and combust the fuel tank, destroying the target in a far shorter time.
- - VF-23 Fujin Variable Striker: The Empire's most advanced air superiority fighter, the Fujin is armed with two micro-missile pods, each containing 250 missiles, as well as two kinetic burst autocannons similarly to those on the Tengu. In testing, the Fujin was able to utterly obliterate its target Firebolt with a swarm of micro-missiles, leaving almost no trace of the Firebolt.
- - P-55 Hawker Jumpjet: The breakthrough that allowed Allied forces to break the Soviet stranglehold on Europe's airspace, the "Hawker" is still one of the world's most manoeuvrable fighter craft, thanks to its VTOL jet engine. In testing, the Hawker took several seconds to acquire a lock before loosing off a single missile, which destroyed the target's engine and sent the rest of the fuselage crashing to the ground.
AH-53L Longbow "Liberator" Attack Helicopter: Born from the losses suffered by Allied airmen during the Battle of Cuba, the new "Liberator" is equipped with an enhanced fire-control radar, anti-tank missiles, and a 20mm autocannon capable of dispatching infantry, though it remains vulnerable to dedicated anti-air systems. In testing, the Liberator was tested against five Mastiff tanks and a mockup infantry platoon. After strafing the infantry platoon with its autocannon and eliminating all of the infantry targets, the Liberator armed its missiles and opened fire on the tank column, quickly blowing reducing all of the Mastiffs in under a minute. After this, the Liberator still had enough ammunition to down a target Bluejay.
- - Krasna KA-65 "Twinblade": The Soviet Union's attack helicopter, the Twinblade also doubles as an aerial transport. In testing, the Twinblade was able to quickly kill off all the infantry targets, though its rockets were less than effective against the tanks, only scoring two kills and leaving two other tanks unable to fire, but with their drive systems still functional. However, the Twinblade was able to quickly destroy a concrete bunker with its rockets in subsequent testing. Against a Bluejay, the Twinblade quickly downed the target.
- - "WA-11 Helix Assault Helicopter": A massive helicopter of North Korean origin, the Helix like the Soviet Twinblade doubles as an aerial transport, but trades speed for durability. In testing, the Helix was quickly able to kill off all infantry with its Gatling cannon, though its grenade launchers only succeeded killing two of the tanks, though the remaining three were immobilised due to track damage.
- - Model 40 Striker/Chopper VX: Another Imperial mecha designed for versatility, the Model 40 is capable of shifting from an anti-tank helicopter to a capable anti-air platform. In testing, the VX quickly destroyed all five target Mastiffs in about the same time as the Liberator, though it failed to kill most of the infantry targets. It was then able to drop to the surface and down its Bluejay in record time.
- - Pegasus Combat Helicopter: Used by mercenary groups and PMCs, the Pegasus is utilised against all manner of targets the employers of such mercenary groups can identify. In testing, a contracted Pegasus destroyed three out of five target Mastiffs and all of its infantry targets in quick time. Of the surviving Mastiffs, one was discovered to be completely immobilized while the other was heavily damaged, though still capable of firing and moving. Testing was temporarily halted when, during the aerial combat test, the Pegasus fired too early at the target Bluejay, nearly sending it spiralling into the booth Allied personnel were observing the tests from. Despite this, the speed in which the Pegasus was able to target and down the Bluejay was also considered as impressive.
- - UNH-1Z Cardinal Viper Attack Helicopter: The Cardinal "Viper" is an armed modification of the Cardinal used by the ARVN in Vietnam, where it has acquired somewhat of a notorious reputation. In testing, the Viper wiped out the infantry platoon in record time, leaving only a few charred remains, though its grenade launchers were less than effective against the Mastiff tanks, failing to destroy a single tank, though it did succeed in immobilising two of the five tanks. On the other hand, the variants equipped with "Hellfire" missiles were able to successfully destroy two out of five tanks and immobilize a third.
- - Westland AH-53 Longbow Attack Helicopter: Though found now in the hands of American insurgent forces, the AH-53 also continues to be employed by Allied Reservist forces. During testing, the AH-53 destoyed four of the target Mastiffs and left the fifth with an unusable turret before running out of rockets. Though it was not possible to acquire one of the jury-rigged Longbow models equipped with a 20mm autocannon, it was assumed that performance would be identical to that of the Longbow Liberator's own autocannon, minus the anti-air capability.
B-2X Century Strategic Bomber: Utilized heavily by Allied Strategic Air Command, the Century is known for three things; its size, its survivability, and its power. Where the smaller Vindicator is known for its effectiveness in precision strikes against vehicles, entire wings of Centuries are utilized to destroy enemy compounds and production centres, as well as field bases and on occasion enemy armies. Additionally, the Century can also be used as a paratrooper transport, and some models have been fitted with remote controlled tail guns for self defence. For testing, a mockup of a Soviet base was constructed, including a replica construction yard, power plant, barracks and war factory, with several vehicles and infantry targets placed in the base. After a bombing run by a flight of four Centuries, the construction yard was left structurally unsound, while the power plant and barracks were destroyed. About half of the base's vehicles and infantry were either destroyed or otherwise damaged.
- - Kirov Airship: A monstrous zeppelin capable of carrying an effectively unlimited supply of bombs, the Kirov is employed by the Soviet Union as a heavy bomber. An example could not be secured for testing. However, wartime experience and footage has shown that a single Kirov can completely level an entire Allied base and any units inside it within an hour. While it is exceedingly durable, the Battle of Brighton has shown that, with concentrated fire, a Kirov can be downed relatively quickly without aerial support.
- - B-15 Skyfortress Bomber: Once the primary strategic bomber of the Allied Air Forces, the B-15 has seen recent action in the hands of anti-Allied terrorists in North America. Propeller driven and equipped with a fewer number of bombs than the Century, the Skyfortresses utilized by the American terrorist forces has been confirmed as being equipped with unconventional arms, including seismic bombs and napalm bombs, which have been decried by many as a war crime. Despite being unable to secure any seismic bombs for testing, tests utilizing napalm bombs on a target base determined that infantry would die nearly instantly, while any vehicles in the area would have had their crew suffer from heat stroke and death almost instantly if directly in the flames.
"Michell"-class Assault Destroyer: Determined to be possibly the most successful ship-of-the-line in the modern world, the Michell class is equipped with a heavy 120mm cannon intended to support naval, beachhead, and ground operations, a set of retractable treads making such actions possible. Recently refitted with updated shipboard communications, survivability of the vessels has shot up exponentially, meaning that when its famous gravametric generator is activated, it is able to survive for much longer than it would typically. For testing, a decommissioned Ironclad destroyer was utilized, as well as a Mastiff medium tank. Against the Ironclad, the 120mm cannon destroyed the bridge and fore sections of the ship, sinking it in roughly ten to fifteen minutes. Against the Mastiff target, the cannon knocked out the drive train and turret, essentially taking the Mastiff out of its enter into combat.
- - "Akula"-class Attack Submarine: The most effective attack craft in the Soviet Navy to date, the Akula is known as a deadly opponent by the many Allied crews that, until the creation of the Ironclad-class, were largely untouchable by Allied naval operations. Gaining their reputation in attacks on Allied shipping in the Atlantic, the Akula is known for its ability to run almost silently except where the most advanced detection equipment is in use. Utilizing the data gathered during the Third World War, it was determined that a typical Akula-class submarine would sink an Ironclad with its RU-20 supercavitating torpedoes, only to finish it off with its RU-7 torpedoes, taking a total of roughly ten minutes.
- - "Potemkin"-class Battlecruiser: While heavier than the Michell class, the Potemkin also carries several flaws, such as a ponderous speed and a complete lack of effectiveness against aircraft, though newer models with SAM batteries have been reported by ACIN personnel. Despite these flaws, the Potemkin class is almost an object lesson in Soviet straightforwardness, armed with only two 450mm guns and layers of steel armour as well as the same model magnetic harpoon as utilized by the JS-4 Apocalypse. Though little data has been compiled on the class, footage from the Battle of Crete has shown that it is capable of crippling a Michell-class with a single shot.
- - "Naginata"-class Cruiser: Built by Shirada Shipworks zaibatsu, the Naginata-class cruiser is considered an expert ship in what it is designed for. With torpedoes rivaling the Akula class, the Naginata is also equipped with a retractable array of torpedo tubes that can be used to launch five torpedoes in a five-point pattern towards the enemy's position. In testing in conjunction with the ERSDF-N, the Naginata destroyed the target Ironclad in roughly twelve minutes, though the use of the Type-S array destroyed a second target in under seven.
- - "Ironclad"-class Destroyer: The American made Ironclad-class was specifically designed to find and combat enemy submarines like the Akula for the protection of Allied convoys from North America to Europe. Equipped with a 100mm gun and twin depth charge launchers, the Ironclad was excellently suited for anti-sub convoy duty, though in recent years its insufficient armour plating and relatively weakened weapons make it less capable against modernized ships. In testing against another Ironclad, the ship heavily damaged its target's hull and deck, though its primary systems were still in working order. In each test of all ships, it was noted that the Michell-class' amphibious capacity made it a much more versatile and useful craft than any other systems.
"Von Esling"-class Aircraft Carrier: One of the mightiest seacraft in the Allied naval forces, the Von Esling-class is considered the most capable heavy combat ship among the world's navies. Armed with the Sky Knight UCAV, the Von Esling class is also equipped with the more advanced and air-to-air capable Sky Paladin UCAV. Since many of the comparable ships in the world to the Von Esling could not be secured for testing, instead the deciding factors instead were their recorded actions in battle. Reviewing the ANV Thomas Jefferson during the Battle of Pearl Harbour, it was recorded in sinking the cruiser IJN Seiichi Itō, destroying several Imperial defences on shore, and covering the retreat of the Allied assault force from the Hawaiian islands.
- - "Dreadnought"-class Missile Cruiser: One of the Soviet Unions heaviest ships, the Dreadnought-class is equipped with three surface-to-surface Molot V4 missile launchers, making it possibly one of the most heavily armed ships on Earth. With footage of the CCCP Stalingrad from the Battle of Gibraltar, it was also determined that the class is capable of firing missiles at a faster rate than first recorded, though how this is accomplished is currently unknown. In the same footage, the Stalingrad was seen to heavily damage the IJN Menji to the point where the Imperial commander had to pilot the fortress out of battle in order to save both the crew as well as the fortress.
- - "Shogun"-class Battleship: The heaviest Japanese naval craft before the construction of the Musashi-class, the Shogun-class' twin turrets' trio of 400mm guns are capable of putting six superheated slugs onto target from a range of at least two miles. The class is also well known for its identifiable paint on its hull, primarily on ships with veteran crews. In footage of the IJN Kin during the Battle of Pearl Harbour, the Kin destroyed the ANV destroyers Fairborne, John Paul Jones, and Von Koester, as well as forcing the crew of the ANV Yorktown to scuttle their sinking ship.
- - "Jutland"-class Battlecruiser: Having seen much action during World War II, the Jutland-class battlecruisers are still known today for their heavy guns and thick armour, though their speed and accuracy have continually been called into question. Despite this, several ships of the class have come into the possession of the American insurgents, and have become a minor nuisance to Allied shipping in North America. In footage of what was the ANV Iron Duke, the cruiser destroyed an Allied infantry training facility on the Washington coastline, before turning its guns on a nearby unidentified craft and destroying it. While the remains of the craft were recovered, the identity of the craft has yet to be determined, though sources indicate it was made using nano-alloys. How the crew of the Iron Duke were able to destroy such a craft on their own has yet to be determined.
Having reviewed all available data and information, it is the conclusion of those writing this report that the Peacekeepers are, in fact, the most versatile, well-rounded, and adaptable of all contemporary combat forces and armies. The wide variety of backgrounds in the Peacekeepers, coupled with their expertise in high-technology weaponry and combined arms, makes them the perfect force to utilize for a lightning strike or low-intensity occupational situation. Despite this, the Peacekeepers cannot carry on a sustained conflict without support from other Allied forces, and must be given attention to prevent future issues with morale and mental stability within the Peacekeeper ranks.