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  • Leaning back, Hans radioed his men "Gut work men, we have shown the high command the true power of our panzers!".
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    • Hauptmann Kurt Mann, the maintenance Zug commander, takes his binoculars and looks at and listens to the massive assault of steel and tracks against the opposing position. On his watch, it is 1150...No need to look at it, his stomach's tells him its just before lunch.

      The exhaust fumes, the cordite from the firing guns and the upturned earth made by the tracks all mixing in his nostrils and a sign of battlefields to come. "Well, this is not the blood, sweat and steel smells of the old cavalry days" thinks the old horsesoldier.

      To his right, the command panzer with the battalion commander Major von Ravenstein in the hatch with binoculars and radio handset. To the new smells, there is one particular new noise – The scratching of the radio waves as the CO controls the armoured waltz attacking the “enemy.”

      Hearing footsteps behind him, Hauptmann Mann turns to see his second-in-command, the red-haired Oberfeldwebel Frans “Rot” Bracken who stops and makes a perfect military style salute...The new style “Heil Hitler” having adoption issues with most older-generation German soldiers.

      Mann returns the salute in a matter-factly style. “What’s up Rot?” preferring using his senior NCO’s nickname, instead of his rank.

      Oberfeldwebel Bracken looks at the command panzer. As he sees the CO busy directing the battle, he decides to speak with his zug commander in an informal tone. “Mein Herr, the Lager is set up, and a motorcyclist feldgendarme came to advise us that the ammo and refuelling trucks should be joining us in about half-an-hour hour.”

      “Good news. A bit late, but still good news. Thanks Rot” responds Mann, knowing that the informal tone from his senior NCO was a mark of trust and respect in their relationship.

      Looking again through his binoculars, he tells Rot “I don’t think our services will be needed today. But it is always good to practice our procedures for any eventuality. The exercice seems almost over.” He adds with a smile “...And there is always a Model A needing servicing because of its finicky air-cooling engine.”

      Oberfeldwebel Bracken smiles at the last comment. Although, in Rot’s estimate, his platoon commander is an above-average leader, he knows nothing about motor engines and its mechanical parts. Listening to him speaking about mechanical imperfection on a panzer just brings a smile to the once-car-engineer’s face.

      Mann looks at Bracken. “What are you smiling about?” he says in mock seriousness.

      “Herr Hauptmann, I was just thinking...fantasizing really...of possibly having the platoon go for a good meal in one the town’s gashaus later this evening,” half-lying says the senior NCO.

      “Fantasy, as you said, Rot” responds the officer. He adds, “Besides, with all the brass in the village of Genshagen at this time, I would be surprise, if we find anything decent to eat by the time we get there.”

      Looking in his binoculars again, he sees a Panzer having trouble with its left track, but alas it continues on...No work for his maintainers...

      Looking at the red-haired German who turned into a good friend during these past months, Mann sighs before speaking again.

      “Rot, keep this for yourself...There seems to be interest from the Regimental Commander to send me to the Field Pioneer Company to take command,” says Mann.

      The news hits Bracken like a ton of bricks. There is a look of surprise on his face for a few seconds, before he recomposes himself.

      Seeing the effect on his senior NCO, Mann says “Nothing his confirmed yet. And why would the Regiment want an old cavalry officer to take over an engineer unit. That would be so illogical.”

      “Maybe, Mein Herr,” responds Bracken “but the old cavalry officer is doing a half-decent job playing a maintenance officer.” He hesitates, and continues “Besides, it should not be too much of a surprise, as the rumour is that Herr Hauptmann Kotch is spending more time with his snapps and easy frauleins to try to forget the last war, and not spending much time commanding the ragtag bunch who call themselves pioneers!”

      “Oberfeldwebel Bracken that will be enough” says Mann in a very serious tone, telling the senior NCO he ‘crossed the line’ of things he can discuss with his officer.

      Easing his tone, Mann directs his NCO “Rot, how about you going back to the Lager and send a runner to me, when the ammo and supply trucks arrive. We are just about finished here and we need to be ready at the Lager when the panzers come in to refit” Looking behind at the Lager, he adds “And tell the ambulance drivers to make their sparking new vehicle...Hmm!...Less shiny. I would just hate having our Lager becoming a target because the ‘enemy’ decides to shoot at shinny things.”

      After a “Jawhol, Mein Herr” and an exchange of military salutes, Hauptmann Mann returns his attention to the battle, while Oberfeldwebel Bracken walks back to the Lager, hoping that IF his officer goes to the Field Pioneer Company that he is not replaced by an old grouchy ‘when-I-was-back-in-The-Great-War’ officer or, worst, a young know-it-all. Behind him he can start hearing the shouts of victory. The ‘battle’ is over, and this is when his team starts its hard work.
      Last edited by Capt AFB; 29 Sep 10, 22:31.

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      • Oberleutnant Sturm stood up at the end of the 'battle'. First he checked on his men and equipment. Two of the motorcycles had sustained damage from the hasty dismounts. If this was war they could have fixed it in the field for temporary repairs, but there was a maintenance unit to his rear and they could use the work.

        Walking over to his command cycle, the Oberleutnant unstrapped his helmet to reveal a gray grizzled hair. It was obvious that he was not a young man. In fact he was recalled to the service just 3 months ago by the Army. He wore the EKII (1914) and EKI (1914) on his breast as well as a small pin version of the Pour Le Merite (Blue Max) he had won during Operation Michael amongst the storm troops. Like many things in the new Germany things had changed including the removal of the 'von' from his name as the honor was rescinded mainly due to the Kaiser abdicating and the land ceded was taken over by Japan and the rise of the democracies who sought to lower the number of 'privileged' elite.

        Reinhardt had entered the Army with the Prussian 1st Cavlary Regt. in 1914 and was sent to the officer cadet at the Officer School in Danzig. Graduating early the young Ensign was sent to the front lines. There he found the cavalry unit he was assigned to had been disbanded and he was placed with the infantry for the remainder of the war. Sturm was not one of the lucky 100,000 permitted by the Versailles Treaty. But he was kept on reserve status till a 'better' day came. The yellow waffenfarbe indicated cavalry, but Sturm was sure sure that would change.

        Removing his canteen from its cover; Sturm uncapped it and took a long swing from it. He capped and returned the canteen to the cover and pulled out a small notepad. In the background he could overhear his senior NCO Bar telling them what they did right and wrong. He would reinforce that later in a more thorough debriefing, but right now he wanted to get his notes to the Major for his AAR. An unlit cigar in his mouth the 35 year old Oberleutnant began to write.

        (OOC: Sorry for the long post. Just doing back story.)
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        • Leutenant Heinz clambers out of his turret and starts walking the length of his Zuge, already in road formation and ready to return to the motor pool.

          "Lutz, come on over. Hauptgefreiter Schmitz, get the rest of the Zuge up here."

          The Zuge gathers round quickly, everyone sweaty and a bit bruised from the extreme uses of their Panzers.

          "Before I go to the Kompanie Staff meeting, I wanted to tell you all how proud I am of the work you did. Our little Zuge and a Zuge of Infanterie kept Three Kompanien of OpFor from getting into Genshagen until it was too late. Had they been able to get into Genshagen, it's possible the Regimental assault could have stalled, and the Battalion would have certainly faced a severe PAK threat on their flanks. What I want you to take away from this are a few things: 1) that you always find cover when you have to fire from a stationary spot. Our Panzers are not thick enough to take on artillery guns in a duel, so we must always seek to give ourselves the advantage of cover. 2) your armor gives you a significant advantage. The Infanterie was suppressed by a few well coordinated volleys from their MGs. Panzers can only be suppressed by artillery or anti-tank fire. Remember that, and endeavor to help your attached infanterie. 3) Find a flank and exploit it. This applies if it's the whole regiment, or (pointing to the crewmen) if it's just a couple of panzers and some infanterie. No matter what the scale of the fight is, find a flank and exploit it. We're mobile troops, so use that mobility to get into the best positions quickly, and carry infanterie to the fight when you can so they're not tired and they get there in time."

          The men nod at the analysis of the fight they've just been through, a few beaming with pride at their performance, untested till this point. Leutenant Heinz sees a certain irritated Obersturmführer storming up to him, and pull several Deutschmark notes out of his pocket.

          "Hauptgefreiter Schmitz, get these Panzers back to the Motor Pool. Have the men do their routine maintenance. And the first round is on me when it's done. But be sure to get that maintenance done, otherwise we'll be having a nice little run first thing in the morning....."

          "Lutz, go on with them, you've earned it. I'll get a ride back."

          "Jawohl Mein Leutenant" Hauptgefreiter Schmitz then hurries the men into their Panzers, leading the way back to the motor pool.

          Heinz cringes and looks back to where that Obersturmführer was storming up, only to see him cornered by one of the dignitaries. With a thanks to God for small miracles, Heinz walks over to the battalion, mulling over the events.

          "Hmm, maybe now they'll see that using these Panzers in a frontal assault is useless. The flank attack was too weak today. In a real fight the weak attack should be to the front just to hold them, while the heaviest attack should be to flank and exploit our mobility. And I wonder when we're going to get some Panzers that can at least equal the range of those PAKs. 2 MGs is just not enough to impress infantry. We need a real cannon with explosive shells and a range better than 800m before the shells are too spread out to be worthwhile."

          Leutenant Heinz walks up to where the Kompanien are gathered, and shakes hands with a few of his former "enemies" congratulating them on how well they fought.
          Last edited by TacCovert4; 30 Sep 10, 04:04.
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          • Fritz's Day

            As Lt. Robert Fritz's Zuge arrived at the motor pool, he crawled out of his hatch, his face covered with sweat, and at last was relieved that the exercise was over.

            He beckoned the other crew members getting out of their panzers to get together for a quick meeting. As his squadmates gathered around him, he looked at each crew member standing before him, a new sense of awesome responsibility which was abruptly placed on his shoulders. He sighed, whipping off sweat on his face, and smiled slightly, "Well done job! Gentlemen, let us thank God that this was only a tactical exercise. I want all commanders to hand in tactical reports and recommendations on how to improve our tank platoon," He shook his face, and paused a bit before continuing on, "I realize that I am new to this job, but I promise you this: I will always look out for you guys! You put your lives in my hands, and my life is also in your hands, as a commander is only good as his men under him. Should there be a war tomorrow, do I have your trust?" Squadmates nodded excitedly, as they saw how Fritz was calm during the assault on the hill. They knew that here is a real good leader, and they better listen to what he has to say.

            Fritz nodded, and dismissed his squadmates. Fritz thought to himself, "Well, it's time for me to write down my report...." So, a new chapter was opened in his young life as a newly minted commander of 3/2 Zuge. Fritz chuckled, though nobody was around to hear him. He knew that his father would be proud of his achievements. His father worked so hard to get his son plenty of opportunities that he did not have during his childhood. Here is the opportunity to climb up the ladder and perhaps even make a great name for himself! Fritz looked up to sky, and then around him, tanks, cars, and motorcycles all parked. Mechanics, squadmates, and the other Zuges parking in their designated spots were chatting, laughing, and working to repair the vehicles. Fritz saw some commanders discussing together, though he could not hear them clearly. He nodded, he did not know if a war was forthcoming, but he promised himself from the very day he become an officer that he would set himself apart from other officers by preparing himself to study and fight the next war. That was how it was supposed to be, Fritz thought silently.

            Very briefly, he took out a pen and notepad. He jotted down a few lines, "Write report. No frontal assaults. Mobility. Reserve units closer. Better radioes," He stopped and stared at his note, then looked up and seeing his tank, he muttered something under his breath. Finally, he wrote down the final line, "BETTER TANKS!" He laughed on inside, wondering would military actually start building better tanks? That was how his day went on.
            Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

            "Aim small, miss small."

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            • TO: OKH

              FROM: Oberleutnant Reinhard Sturm
              2. Zuge/Krzn. Aufklaerungskompanie

              SUBJECT: Addendum to Oberst Heinzel's AAR

              I. In the new era of armoured warfare the use of motorcycles as screens for advancing forces have shown a value far less than anticipated. This can be attributed to the following reasons.

              1A. Cross-country mobility of the motorcycles have been less than hoped for.
              1B. A lack of radios makes keeping in contact with follow on forces difficult to maintain.
              1C. Lack of armour except for helmets mean entire crews can be killed on contact with the enemy.

              While this should not to be interpreted to mean that motorcycles lack any value for the Heer; the value is limited to the FeldJaeger (MPs) and as convoy escorts or as mounts for Schnelle Infanterie. What is needed for the Aufklaerungs forces is an armoured vehicle with good cross country mobility, fire power to suppress enemy forces till relieved or fight their way out of a kill zone and each vehicle be equipped with radios (transmitters and receivers).

              /S
              Oberleutnant Reinhard Sturm
              Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

              "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

              What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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              • Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                TO: OKH

                FROM: Oberleutnant Reinhard Sturm
                2. Zuge/Krzn. Aufklaerungskompanie

                SUBJECT: Addendum to Oberst Heinzel's AAR

                I. In the new era of armoured warfare the use of motorcycles as screens for advancing forces have shown a value far less than anticipated. This can be attributed to the following reasons.

                1A. Cross-country mobility of the motorcycles have been less than hoped for.
                1B. A lack of radios makes keeping in contact with follow on forces difficult to maintain.
                1C. Lack of armour except for helmets mean entire crews can be killed on contact with the enemy.

                While this should not to be interpreted to mean that motorcycles lack any value for the Heer; the value is limited to the FeldJaeger (MPs) and as convoy escorts or as mounts for Schnelle Infanterie. What is needed for the Aufklaerungs forces is an armoured vehicle with good cross country mobility, fire power to suppress enemy forces till relieved or fight their way out of a kill zone and each vehicle be equipped with radios (transmitters and receivers).

                /S
                Oberleutnant Reinhard Sturm
                That's Feldgendarmerie, not FeldJaeger.
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                • Originally posted by Destroyer25 View Post
                  That's Feldgendarmerie, not FeldJaeger.
                  At first they were known as FeldJaeger during WWI.
                  Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                  "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

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                  • Originally posted by RichardS View Post
                    At first they were known as FeldJaeger during WWI.
                    Yes but we're not in WWI anymore are we? Unless you want to take that hill without Panzer support?
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                    • Hans steeped over to Muller and Strum, who were arguing loudly over the proper identification of Militärpolizei and said "perhaps, mein comrades, you would prefer to take this argument to the mess hall?"
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                      • Originally posted by Dashy View Post
                        Hans steeped over to Muller and Strum, who were arguing loudly over the proper identification of Militärpolizei and said "perhaps, mein comrades, you would prefer to take this argument to the mess hall?"
                        Müller looked at Ludwig with a grin. "That depends Hans, can I count on a plate your famous Sauerkraut being there?"
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                        • Originally posted by Destroyer25 View Post
                          Müller looked at Ludwig with a grin. "That depends Hans, can I count on a plate your famous Sauerkraut being there?"
                          with an equally wide grin, Hans replied "I don't know about sauerkraut but im sure that theres some gut lager stashed away..."
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                          • Originally posted by Dashy View Post
                            with an equally wide grin, Hans replied "I don't know about sauerkraut but im sure that theres some gut lager stashed away..."
                            "Count me in!"
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                            • 1935-1939 - The Road to War

                              After the conclusion of the Genshagen exercise General Lutz - commander of the Kommando der Panzertruppen - announced the formation of the 1st Panzer Regiment from the Kraftfahrlehrkommando Zossen. For the next months Oberst Heinzel and the men of his command spend almost as much time on parades showing the Reichsheer's new armored might as they did in training, as the first of the new Panzer-classes emerged from the design-procurement process. Two Kompanies became 3 per Abteilung, with no less than 160 Panzers assigned to the newly expanded Regiment - renamed the 5th Panzer Regiment in 1937.



                              Oblt. Vosburgh's Zug take their new PzKfw IIs out on training.

                              In early 1936 Von Ravenstein was promoted to the ranks of Oberstleutnant. Oberleutnant Exorcist was transferred to 3rd Panzer Regiment in that later expansion, while Erwin Heinz at last failed to avoid promotion 2 weeks later, rising to the rank of Oberleutnant - while after some doubt as to whether he would be moved out to a different arm, Hans Ludwig was elevated to the rank that matched his role (Hauptmann) the day after the birth of his son Pieter. But outside the ranks of the 5. Panzer Regiment "Wunsdorf", dark clouds were gathering over Europe.

                              Even while the respective officers were writing and considering their AARs after the exercise, Italy was launching an invasion of Ethiopia. Despite initial setbacks the vastly out-equipped natives were forced back and back, and soon Mussolini had his triumph. The world at large decried this blatant aggression... with a few exceptions. In March 1936, three Infanterie-Kompanies of the resurgent Reichsheer marched triumphantly into the Rhineland in clear violation of the unfair proscriptions of the Treaty of Versailles - and this sign of strong leadership was received with scarcely a protest from Britain and France.

                              Then came the Spanish Civil War, and the chance for field-testing - the Condor Legion deployed in support of General Franco, while German observers gifted a number of PzKfw I to the Spanish insurgents. Notes were made on how they fared against the French and Soviet models used by the Republicans, but great care was taken that no German advisor became involved in the fighting on the ground. Later that year - bowing to the inevitable - Mussolini saw the light and the Rome-Berlin Axis was signed, drawing Europe's second Fascist power further into Germany's orbit.

                              One year later, Austria applied for annexation, becoming part of a new Grossdeutschland - quickly followed by the mainly German populations in the contested Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. It seemed that the Fuehrer had Midas' touch - everything he touched turned to gold, fuelling Germany's triumphant resurgence and repudiation of the humiliating end to the previous war. No more would Germany tolerate France and Belgium occupying her industrial heartland to extort further concessions from her! Germany had a great destiny, as was evinced when Great Britain backed down - again - as Hitler ordered the occupation of the rest of Czechoslovakia in early 1939.

                              In late August the tension rose once more, and the 5th Panzer Regiment was deployed as part of 3. Panzer Division to Pomerania. There was little doubt that Poland would be the next target for the Fuehrer's expansion - but incredibly the Poles kept doing their part to raise the tension, abetted by Britain and France (who seemed very keen to posture and stand against Germany's destiny when it didn't mean actually committing any troops). Keen to explore every option short of outright war, the Fuehrer called off the planned invasion on the 25th of August, with one and a half million soldiers deployed on Germany's borders. Germany's diplomatic offer on the 29th of August was rejected out of hand when the Polish Ambassador failed to come to the negotiating table, simply playing for time. On the 30th, Edward Rydz-Śmigły ordered Poland's full mobilization... and 37 hours later, Polish soldiers attempted to destroy the Gleiwitz radio station. Outraged, the Fuehrer ordered a full offensive to begin at 0445 on the morning of the 1st of September, 1939.

                              Fall Weiss was begun.


                              Any brief summations of what your chosen characters were up to over the last few years? Completely optional, but would be interesting to see

                              NB: Yes, I know the 'history' above is slightly biased - doing my best to present it as seen by the characters at the various points.
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                              • FYI the attack on the radio station was staged. A feeble attempt by the SS and Abwehr to justify the attack Poland.
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