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    Following the disastrous end to the Great War and imposition of the humiliating and unwisely harsh Treaty of Versailles, Germany was forced to accept full responsibility for the war. In part recompense for this - and to ensure the Weimar Republic's compliance with the punitive reparations - the Wehrmacht was limited to no more than a 100 000 man service force, all volunteers - of which no more than 4 000 could be officers. The manufacture of advanced weapons was limited at best, and so-designated 'offensive weapons' such as armed aircraft, tanks and armoured cars were banned altogether.

    Germany found herself in chaos and spiralling inflation, while Socialists and Nationalists clashed on the streets of Berlin. The much-maligned Reichswehr had to be called in to quash the fighting between the very people many of them had been fighting for previously. Germany's politics became polarized between the extreme left and the extreme right, as the body of opinion that the German Army had not actually been defeated in the field came to the fore.

    The politicians were stigmatized as having stabbed the nation in the back by signing the November 1918 Armistice agreement... and riding the backlash as French soldiers occupied the industrial Ruhr region, a young demagogue named Adolf Hitler staged a coup in Munich in a bid to take advantage of the Weimar government's perceived imminent collapse. The coup misfied, and he was promptly jailed for nine months and banned from speaking in public until 1927.

    But that was all ten years ago now. The scarcely-known radical and failed rebel had become a senior political figure, Chancellor, head of state... and now Fuhrer. At one point the Reichswehr seemed like to be replaced by the Sturmabteilungen - who physically outnumbered the army 5-to-1 when Hitler came into power. Fortunately Hitler's loyal black-shirts caught wind of their planned coup and crushed it on the night of the 30th of June 1934 in the so-called 'Night of the Long Knives'. With your subsequent oaths of personal loyalty to Adolf Hitler, your role as defenders of the state was confirmed... and the surreptitious rearmament of Germany began to accelerate.

    As it became clear, certain selected officers (possibly even one of your number?) had been secretly experimenting with tank and aircraft doctrine in an unknown location even prior to the Nazi ascendancy.

    Most if not all of you were dismayed when you found you had been transfered from your parent formations to some new civilian transport group. Upon arriving though, it was immediately apparent that the Kfz-Ausbildung Befehl Zossen (Motor Vehicle Training Command, Zossen) was anything but.

    For the last year you have all been learning your way around the Panzerkampfwagen I - one of the most visible signs of Germany's reviving military might - as the command team of 2. Abteilung. Now today it all comes to a head - a high-ranking group of Nazi Party officials and military officers has come to observe your maneuvers.

    You know there has been much debate over the relative merits of tanks versus infantry in the higher echelons of the Reichsheer - what you do today could have a profound effect upon the doctrine (and indeed composition) of the Wehrmacht of tomorrow.

    Of course, that all depends...
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    Kfz-Ausbildung Befehl Zossen - OOB, 18 October 1935

    1. Panzer Regt. - Oberst K. Heinzel (NPC)
    1. Panzer Abteilung - Oberstleutnant M. Ackerman (NPC)

    2. Panzer Abteilung - Major Johann von Ravenstein
    1. Kompanie
    2 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    1. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    2. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    3. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. B

    2. Kompanie
    2 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    1. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    2. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. A
    3. Zuge
    5 x PzKpfw I Ausf. B

    3. Infanterie Abteilung - Major Ulrich von Steinmetz (NPC)

    NB: Abteilung is the equivalent of a Battalion in the US/Commonwealth armed forces of the period.

    Tactical situation pending in the morning
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • #3
      Are we posting/choosing in this thread?
      History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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      • #4
        Khryses, I'll be honest with you, we love military history but we have a short attention span.

        The best posts that generate the best discussions are only a couple of paragraphs long. If you have a huge article you want to link to you can provide a link so people choose if they actually want to read that.

        "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
        --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
          Khryses, I'll be honest with you, we love military history but we have a short attention span.

          The best posts that generate the best discussions are only a couple of paragraphs long. If you have a huge article you want to link to you can provide a link so people choose if they actually want to read that.
          ...I'll bear that in mind if and when I ever take to posting articles of any size

          In this case, if any of my posts seem overly long then by all means don't feel that you have to read them - they don't take me that long to think up and create, but it's not like I can link to them given I haven't written them anywhere else...
          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • #6
            0.1: Kfz-Ausbildung Befehl Zossen



            It had been a grueling few days, but so far extremely satisfying ones. Your Abteilung - made up of men who for the most part had never even seen a tank before when it wasn't rumbling across No-Man's-Land towards them - were handling their vehicles with all the elan and skill of seasoned panzer commanders.

            And such tanks! No longer the gargantuan lumbering titans, these tanks were scarcely the height of a standing man - able to get up to 50 kph on the road. Truly a weapon to break through an enemy line... and then prosecute that breach, as they had been imagined.

            That was what would be tested today - there were those in the highest ranks of the Reichsheer who still spoke out against 'such an immense waste of funds' - who simply didn't believe that these new-style Panzers could be all that had been claimed for them. To test this, Oberst Heinzel had been directed to breach the enemy-held heights to your north - then prosecute said breach - in a simulated-fire engagement against an infantry force in regimental strength.

            The dignitaries would watch from a stand specially constructed on the eastern outskirts of Genshagen.

            At the pre-battle tactical meeting, Oberst Heinzel had outlined his plan:

            Oberstleutnant Ackerman (your closest rival in the Regiment, and certainly no friend of yours) would take 1. Panzer Abteilung and two Kompanien of 3. Infanterie Abteilung - under the command of Major von Steinmetz, who looked somewhat resigned - around to the east, advancing through the crossroads at map-reference L25 then north-west up the road to outflank the 'enemy' positions, then attack from behind their flank to secure the heights.

            Meanwhile Major von Ravenstein's 2. Panzer Abteilung - and C Kompanie of von Steinmetz's Infanterie Abteiling - is to advance and probe the enemy positions, fixing the enemy's attention on their front and pulling any of their reserves forward to oppose you... leaving them vulnerable when Ackerman descends on their rear.

            He meanwhile will be with the dignitaries at Genshagen, observing the course of events for his after action report.

            You have your orders, gentlemen - the 2. Panzer Abteilung's planning session is open to questions and discussion!

            Points to bear in mind:
            • The enemy is believed to be dug in in battalion strength on the small hill to your north, and in unknown strength north of Genshagen.
            • While it is nominally in the exercise area, the traffic of vehicles up the road to Genshagen from the south could make things... complicated.
            • The enemy is believed to have a small number of the new 3.7cm Pak 36, rumored to be a dangerously effective anti-tank gun.
            • Feel free to ask any questions you wish in the IC thread - you may get helpful answers


            @Torien: Yes, now Post in with your tactical thoughts - or just establishing a role for yourself. The only possible player-character I've named is von Ravenstein, the others are all fair game.
            Last edited by Khryses; 15 Sep 10, 19:16.
            Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
              Khryses, I'll be honest with you, we love military history but we have a short attention span.

              The best posts that generate the best discussions are only a couple of paragraphs long. If you have a huge article you want to link to you can provide a link so people choose if they actually want to read that.
              Perhaps the problem is that this is not an article, its the opening post for a game. The color and detail provided in those is the number one reason we all love K's games so much! Keep it up K!
              Satis elouquentiae sapientiae parum

              Diadochi Wars GAME:http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...d.php?t=140484

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              • #8
                We have Panzer Is, they have Pak 36s, they can knock out our tanks from 1k away easily. This situation is looking rather hopeless without Stuka support or a serious amount of smoke. All we can really do is try to stay out of range of their guns and do our best to fix their attention from that distance. If we get any closer the guns will shred the Panzers and leave the Infantry to fight without support.
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                • #9
                  I'll go ahead and throw in for one of the two company commanders.
                  Satis elouquentiae sapientiae parum

                  Diadochi Wars GAME:http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...d.php?t=140484

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                  • #10


                    "As we contemplate on how to best Oberstleutnant Ackerman's unit and gain the best tactical position against possible enemies, I wanted to introduce myself for those of you whom I have not directly spoken to. I am Major von Ravenstein and I humbly lead you and your fellow men in this phase of our military careers. I will do my best to make the most fair decision for our unit based upon your suggestions. So any thoughts men?"
                    De nihilo nihil. - Persius

                    Nemo solus satis sapit. - Plautus

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Destroyer25 View Post
                      We have Panzer Is, they have Pak 36s, they can knock out our tanks from 1k away easily. This situation is looking rather hopeless without Stuka support or a serious amount of smoke. All we can really do is try to stay out of range of their guns and do our best to fix their attention from that distance. If we get any closer the guns will shred the Panzers and leave the Infantry to fight without support.
                      Hauptman Destroyer, thank you for your suggestion. As we have more of our men come in and throw in their two cents, I will consider your which one will best fit into our goals! Again, thank you for serving with me!
                      De nihilo nihil. - Persius

                      Nemo solus satis sapit. - Plautus

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HistoryGirl View Post
                        Hauptman Destroyer, thank you for your suggestion. As we have more of our men come in and throw in their two cents, I will consider your which one will best fit into our goals! Again, thank you for serving with me!
                        Danke Major. Hauptmann eh? I guess I'll take 1. Kompanie then.
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                        • #13
                          Oberleutnant Julius Schmidt, 2nd Zuge, 1st Kompanie, Reporting for duty!

                          Should we not flank them from the east as Oberst Heinzel has taught us?
                          History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
                          _________
                          BoRG
                          __________
                          "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Torien View Post
                            Oberleutnant Julius Schmidt, 2nd Zuge, 1st Kompanie, Reporting for duty!

                            Should we not flank them from the east as Oberst Heinzel has taught us?
                            Welcome Oberleutnant Schmidt! I'm not sure where we should be because I am hoping to get more intel! I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
                            De nihilo nihil. - Persius

                            Nemo solus satis sapit. - Plautus

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Torien View Post
                              Oberleutnant Julius Schmidt, 2nd Zuge, 1st Kompanie, Reporting for duty!

                              Should we not flank them from the east as Oberst Heinzel has taught us?
                              An Oberstleutnant is commanding a Zuge? Also, I believe our mission is to probe enemy positions frontally to allow Ackerman's Panzer Abteilung to executed the flanking maneuver.
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