Briefing: Nerd Night 10/11/13

On Monday morning, August 19, 1991, you were awoken to the news that Premier Gorbachev had been relieved of his duties and a “State Committee for the State of Emergency” had been created to run the country during the transition of power. Your Spetsnaz unit, in Norilsk for Arctic warfare training, is put on alert; but being so far from the centers of power in the U.S.S.R., no one can really imagine going into action unless you are airlifted back to Moscow or Leningrad.

On Tuesday, August 20, 1991, you are kicked out of bed at 1 a.m and ordered into full Arctic warfare gear immediately. You pile into the back of several UAZ trucks and are rushed to the nearby Soviet Air Defense Forces Base. Waiting in a hangar are a number of high ranking generals from the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces, the arm of the military that is responsible for all land-based strategic and theater nuclear missiles. They don’t look happy. One or two look drunk. Most are on the verge of panic.

With heavy lidded bloodshot eyes, the diminutive, ruddy-faced bulldog, Lt. General Konstantin Pavelovish Suslin of the Strategic Rocket Forces begins your briefing.

OPERATION WHITE 36                 Date/Time of Briefing: 08/20/91/0130 hours

Operational Forces to Deploy: Spetsnaz_GRU_squad

4th Special Purpose Brigade, Elements, Red Army
82nd Special Purpose Airborne and Arctic Warfare Company, Red Army
124th Heavy Lift Wing, elements, Red Air Force
1st Platoon, 18th Special Signals Company, Elements, Strategic Rocket Forces

Strategic Situation: 

Site 6 is home to an ICBM silo of the 123rd Strategic Missile Wing, located in the foothills of the Byrranga Mountains of the Taymyr Peninsula at 76° 12’ N and 106° 18’ E. Strategic Rocket Forces Command lost all telemetry and radio contact with Site 6 six hours ago. Site 6 has not responded to any subsequent attempts at communication. Site 6’s last communication, at 18:30:22 Moscow standard time, was that the facility was under attack by forces unknown. We can only assume now that Site 6 is in the hands of terrorists, counter-revolutionary or imperialist forces. No demands or ultimatums have been issued at this time.

Further complicating the strategic and tactical situation is the presence of a violent storm over Site 6. Air reconnaissance of Site 6 is extremely restricted. High winds combined with low visibility and an unknown amount of snowfall over the site mean that a successful air insertion at Site 6’s landing field via aircraft landing or para-drop are rated as extremely low-probability. No appropriate military resources are near enough to reach Site 6 by ground within the time constraints.

The final factor arguing against air insertion is that Site 6 is equipped with four SA-12 ground- to-air missile batteries. If Site 6 is in the hands of hostile forces, they may have control of the air-defense system, making an approach by air impossible without extreme casualties.

Mission Objective: 

Your company must reach Site 6, regain control, assess the technical situation at the facility, and re-establish communications and data exchange with Strategic Rocket Forces command at Sverdlovsk. The objective is time-critical. Communications and data exchange must be achieved by 14:45:13 hours, August 22, 1991.


The task force will deploy from Soviet Air Defense Forces base at Norilsk.

The task force will be divided into two equal teams consisting of two platoons of Special Purpose Forces. Each team will include three personnel from the Strategic Rocket Forces, who will deal with any technical issues at the silo complex once it is secured by the Special Purpose Forces. The use of two separate teams using two different approaches to Site 6 will ensure the success of the mission.

th-3Team number one will attempt to reach Site 6 vi Mi-26 helicopter launched from Norilsk Air Defense Base. Team number one will proceed via nape-of-Earth flight in order to avoid the radar systems and air defense batteries at Site 6.

Team number two will be inserted 114 km from objective, beyond the worst of the blizzard conditions, by Antonov-124transport aircraft out of Norilsk Air Defense Forces Base. After performing an open-field landing and disembarking, Team two will proceed overland to the objective using four MT-LBV multi-purpose tracked vehicles.

The Special Purpose Forces team to arrive at Site 6 first will immediately secure the facility and then re- establish communications with Strategic Rocket Forces Command Sverdlovsk. The second team to arrive will provide support. Task Force will remain in place until weather permits safe extraction. th-1


All information about, and even the very existence of, WHITE 36 is classified Top Secret.

Expected Weather Conditions: 

The area of Site 6 is experiencing unseasonable weather. A violent blizzard has reduced visibility to less than 100 meters. Sustained winds are estimated at 65kph with gusts over 100kph. Air insertion directly into Site 6 is an extreme hazard.

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