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  • #166165
    Opossum Red
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    The feel through the floor came before the sounds of the explosions in the harbor.

    Everyone in the headquarters looked around. Oberstleutenant Wimmer went to a south facing window and started at the rising column of smoke from the small harbor.

    ” Scheiße Scheiße Scheiße, verdammt noch mal!” was all he said.

    Phones began to ring and radios became alive.
    Oberstleutenant Wimmer went to his office and shut the door.

    #166166
    kyoteblue
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    Capt Murphy made it to the emergency bridge and asked his XO for a damage report. LT. Mickey ” Doses ” Dollens, reported, Sir we took a torpedo in the starboard bow, but it only partially detonated. The Russkies must be scraping the bottom of the barrel for munitions. But we have a 49-foot hole and taking on water.  Our top speed is only 12 knots and even that could rip the whole bow off, we have to make for the nearest port with a repair facility.

    #166168
    kyoteblue
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    President Bush read the SitRep more grim news, thank all the gods that the Tricky Dick had not been sunk but she had to be repaired as fast as possible or he would have to again delay Nordic Hammer…He got on the hotline and called Mad Maggie…

    #166176
    kyoteblue
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    PRADA !!! Headlines China defeated by The Peoples Republic of Vietnam !!! Capitalist Aircraft Carrier Nixon SUNK!!!

    #166179
    kyoteblue
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    BBC Evening News, These headlines contrary to Soviet propaganda the USS Richard M Nixon has not I repeat not been sunk however a Russian submarine has indeed been sunk by The Royal Navy  Frigate HMS Surprise whilst assisting the crippled Nixon.

    #166196
    Opossum Red
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    Report

    S.S. Madeline heading home after taking 1 bomb. 4 crewmen missing presumed dead.

    S.S. Krasny Zvezda sunk. Lost with all hands and passengers.

    S.S. Sutherland received 1 bomb into engine room. Since it was already grounded, it can’t sink. It is burning but the fires are under control. 8 crew casualties and 23 of our men KIA.

    The Division ATGM section was offloaded prior to the bombing. 9 BRDM with Spandrel.

    The infantry and artillery crews had already offloaded but they are without heavy weapons.

    The 108th infantry has been given the mission of port security. This includes guards at all Petrol Stations in the area. One tank full of Diesel fuel was exploded near the harbor by persons unknown.

    After the fires are out we will begin offloading any undamaged amphibious vehicles.

    #166218
    kyoteblue
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    Forth wall taking a little break as I madly build troops!!

    #166228
    kyoteblue
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    And I built the Danish platoon that will take on the E. German scouts…

    #166229
    kyoteblue
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    The first fight is at Old Hans’s farm on the southern outskirts of our fictional town. So when I find a paintbrush and flock the Home Guards bases we will begin.

    #166230
    kyoteblue
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    All the bases are flocked and waiting for them to dry. Then Lt Hans Gruber will see the Elephant.

    #166233
    kyoteblue
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    Game note Craig rolled on the 8 Million bayonets table for our troops’ training and morale,  both sides are Confident Trained. That means neither side has an advantage. Both sies can call for reinforcements during the game. A D-10 will be used. On turn 2 both sides can roll. Both sides need a 10 to bring it in, then both sides add 1 to the die roll per turn until the number 10 is achieved.

     

    #166234
    kyoteblue
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    Lt. Hans Gruber was at 39 younger than half his platoon and older than the rest but thru hard work and training, his was the best of his Home Guard units. The platoon had been sent to Old Han’s farm on the outskirts of town to hold off any E. Germans pushing north toward Copenhagen he was confident in he would be up to the task.

    #166235
    kyoteblue
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    As his platoon arrived at his uncle’s farm he thought back to better times here as a child. The same old farmhouse and two outbuildings still stood. crops in the fields and land plowed for the next growing season.

    #166236
    Opossum Red
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    Oberstleutenant Wimmer was heading the staff meeting as some of his on duty Staff officers debriefed their specialties.

    I am the current Commander of the 10th Panzer Regiment. We are at about 1/3rd strength. As we get more vehicles and materials salvaged we may get something like 2/3rds of our equipment and men.

    We have a few additional elements that were loaded on our transports. These include obsolete vehicles from the Patriotic War.
    We have ammunition for some.
    All units will be issued 1/2 rations of ammo.

    We have the Divisional AntiTank company.
    We have Divisional scouts, minus some vehicles.
    We currently have the 2&3rd mechanized infantry battalions but only 1 battalion of BTRs.
    We have our integral mortars and Air Defense for 2 battalions, plus some of the Regimental assets.
    We have the divisional bakery and Regimental mess team but we will have to buy or acquire petrol and foofstuffs.

    While military maps are in  short supply, we were able to get dozens of roadmaps at the local petrol stations. Each scout team and each company commander will have a road map. The artillery and observers will use the military maps…

    Be aware that a few scouts raced to Copenhagen earlier I’m the civilian movent.

    We will begin a movement north.
    2 prongs. Each will have.
    Scouts on civilian vehicles.
    Pt76 platoon
    T34 platoon
    Followed by
    T55 platoon
    ADA section
    Infantry company in BTRs.

    Make as many reports by civilian telephone as possible. Our switchboard number is BR549.
    Use radio to call for artillery and high priority spot reports.

    All weapons free.

    Synchronize watches. 15 after the hour in 5, 4,3,2,now.

    Scouts move out 15 minutes. Keep good distances. We obviously do not have air superiority yet.

    Questions?

     

    #166237
    Opossum Red
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    The scouts moved along the empty four lane highway to the north.

    They had borrowed some civilian vehicles from the Volkswagon dealership. There was a good natured grumbling about who would ride in the “Things” but they were built for this mission.

    It was strange to see and hear the tanks being tanks a few hundred meters behind.

    #166245
    Opossum Red
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    Oberstleutenant Wimmer read the report from the field.

    Movement north along 4 lane highway was uneventful until we got to this point. There were several agricultural buildings and a cut through a hill channeling the column to the area of the road.

    Scouts went forward and were fired upon from ambush by a platoon of M60a3 tanks and an entrenched Infantry company.

    Both scouts were KIA.

    Lieutenant Affelstrudel deployed his PT76 platoon aggressively, destroying 1 M60a3 and damaging others. He called for immediate artillery fires but didn’t get any response.
    He took the dugin enemy infantry under direct fire, assisted by the shooting from his covering platoon of T34s.
    As the enemy was breaking, fire from several ATGMs struck the PT76 platoon. All 3 vehicles exploded with no survivors.

    The T34 platoon retired in good order and sent this report.

     

    #166246
    kyoteblue
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    So this was war Lt Gruber thought. stillness suddenly ripped apart by bullets and shells explosions and the god awful smell of burnt flesh…

    But the E Germans walked right into an ambush… they died and fleed other than the old M-48 tank his unit had come out without a scratch!!!

    He knew next time he would not be so lucky…

     

     

    #166249
    kyoteblue
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    4th wall campaign note because the Danes won. the next battle will be at the same place as orders from on high say no retreat no surrender

     

    #166250
    kyoteblue
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    PM Burke read the report of the brave platoon of home guard soldiers with pride and concern they had held off the E Germans but lost one precious tank and poor Denmark had next to none left.  He called Gen’l Keepers and begged for operation Nordic Hammer to be moved up…

    #166251
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Gen’t Keepers got off the phone with the Danish PM and called for the latest reports on operation Nordic Hammer. But with the Tricky Dick still being repaired, he saw no way it could be moved forward.

    #166252
    kyoteblue
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    Capt Murphy paced the Flag Bridge while puffing on his new pipe an anniversary present from his wife. He had sent her the Scottish tea she craved, His XO joined him and gave him good news the damage to the Tricky Dick while bad was not as bad as it first seemed so the repair crew moved up departure time by 3 whole days. The Tricky Dick could leave port on the 17  day of the war.

    #166253
    kyoteblue
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    Pravda  Our E. German Workers and Soldiers have defeated the cowardly Danes yet again. Next, the Red Army Symphony will play the 1812 overture.

    #166254
    kyoteblue
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    This is Robert Conrad with the BBC news, in Denmark news of a victory over the E German drive to relive the battered Soviet Airbourne Div. Next, the BBC symphony will perform Hail Britannica.

    #166257
    kyoteblue
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    President Bush was awoken to be given the good news of a small victory over the E Germans in Denmark.

    #166273
    kyoteblue
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    Admi. note to self. Lt. Gruber’s platoon now roll on the elite table for winning and the E. Greman T-34/85  go down to the regular table.

    #166275
    kyoteblue
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    Lt Col Pittman walked with Gen’l Jack as they rounded the USS Iwo Jima’s flight deck, Jack gave Pittman the sitrep for Nordic Hammer, with the Tricky Dick coming back on station we will only be a couple of days behind H day. How are your men doing?? Pittman replied waiting impatiently sir, they are ready to get at the bastards!!! Good to hear !!! Dismisted.

    #166287
    kyoteblue
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    Gen’l Keepers got off the phone with President Bush, and eat a hand full of tums, this would be a suicide mission no way around it but it need to be done to keep Denmark in the war. He called his aids to issue orders.

     

    #166288
    kyoteblue
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    Just Jack knocked on Pittmns’s cabin door then entered,  Pittman was awake and looked at his Gen’l Sir what do I owe this visit?  Pitts I’ can’t order you to do this but you are the best, hell only man who can pull this off. You will take one platoon and do a HALO jump into Denmark and join the Danes of Team X to hold off the E. Germans and keep Denmark in the war, and this comes directly for the President. Will you do it???

    #166289
    kyoteblue
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    Onboard the USS Stark somewhere off the west Danish coast, Chief what the hell do you mean we only have one Zodiac ?? The Chief replied sir there is a war on and it’s the best I can do but I have a backup smaller inflatable and a canoe so the whole of Seal Team 13 can land and carriy out its plan….

    #166290
    kyoteblue
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    Lt Russel Howard eased up his yoke to climb into the lowering clouds speeding along until they reached their destination  There it was a soviet freighter just waiting to be bombed. and Jack was just the SOB to order it…

    #166296
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Capt Hans Gruber looked on in amazement at the few surviving E germans fleed and the flaming pyres of tanks and APC’s …

    #166298
    Opossum Red
    Participant

    The harbor ADA was on high alert.  All of the new radars were placed along with the sound surveillance system.  Sa2. Sa4. Sa8 ringed the harbor.  The unloading had gone well under the cover of darkness. The morning mists had turned into a soupy fog both in the harbor and ashore.

     

    The ship captain protested as the special teams rigged his ship, but after being reminded who actually owned the ship and receiving his papers and a bonus, he was happy to leave the warzone.

    The ship was so settled in that opening the pumps to flood her had barely moved her, but the explosive charges that removed her lower bow did shake things up a bit.

     

    The amphibious vehicles streamed out of the ship easily.  BRDM, BTR. SAU. MTLB almost anything in the inventory were headed up the boat ramps and into warehouses or covered parking.  The idea of doubling the high water fording kit height was even allowing the tanks to trudge slowly across the shallow seabed to the ramp.

    She was nothing more than a sitting target; empty, when the NATO aircraft came to pounce on the decoy.

    The ADA was waiting…

    #166299
    Opossum Red
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    The advance company of the tank battalion of the tank regiment drove ahead in the thick fog that had rolled in with the east wind.

    The old IR driving and targeting devices made vision little better than just sticking your head out to look around.

     

    The infantry dismounted and started to probe forward.

    NATO artillery cut loose and after the thunders died down the panzer battalion commander saw many columns of smoke boiling up through the fog.

    #166344
    kyoteblue
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    Capt Gruber hated this part of war, as earthmovers covered the dead E. Germans in a mass grave…

    #166355
    kyoteblue
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    Flight of the Intruder… Lt Geroge W Bush was flying an unfamiliar plane but war is unfamiliar downright crazy. His target a Commie freighter in the harbor a sitting duck!! He came over the target and the flak exploded all around him he reached bingo and released his bomb load just as the flak caught up with him….. a plume of smoke and debris are all that was left of him…

    #166358
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Capt Murphy waited as long as he could to give the rescue teams more time to look for any sign of Bush. He could wait no longer, he called the Whitehouse Chief of Staff to inform the President that his son George was missing in action… cold comfort but it was all he had…

    #166363
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    The Whitehouse butler woke the President and handed him a note. Bush read the note as the butler left the bedroom, he crumpled it in his hand and looked at his sleeping wife Barbara…

    #166369
    Brannon Pittman
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    Just Jack knocked on Pittmns’s cabin door then entered, Pittman was awake and looked at his Gen’l Sir what do I owe this visit? Pitts I’ can’t order you to do this but you are the best, hell only man who can pull this off. You will take one platoon and do a HALO jump into Denmark and join the Danes of Team X to hold off the E. Germans and keep Denmark in the war, and this comes directly for the President. Will you do it???

     

    “Ha,” Pittman chuckled, “as if you even had to ask! We’ll leave by nightfall”.

    Lt. Col. Pittman held an emergency briefing immediately following his conversation with the General. He took a long drag from a cigarette before then putting it out and briefing the men.

    “Gentlemen, this is it. You magnificent bastards are going to be the first into Denmark.” The men erupted in cheers and ‘oorah’s’ at this. Pittman held up a hand to quiet them down, and  they did so.

    “I’m not gonna lie to you boys and say this will be a cakewalk,” Pittman began. “We’re going up against the E. Germans. They may not have the most up to date hardware, but by shit they got a lot of em. I’m sure most of you have seen a fair few WW2 movies and will probably recognize the iconic T-34 the Commies had. Well, they’re back and they aint friendly this time ’round.”

    He paused and nodded to the projector operator. It flicked to the aerial recon photos taken earlier in the day.

    “Now the Danes did a damn good job holdin’ ’em off at first, but they were pushed back and now they’re desperate for help. We’re gonna give it to ’em. We don’t have time to wait for the Tricky Dick to undergo repairs, so they’re sending us in to do a HALO jump.” Pittman could see some smiles and nods at this.

    “So this means we’ll have to travel light. We won’t be able to bring any ATGM’s or M60’s, we’ll have to opt for M249’s and LAW’s, and I’ve requisitioned every damn one that could be spared and any explosives and Night Vision they can give us too. Air support is an unknown at this time, so we’ll pack a radio just in case. Once we land I want complete radio silence, don’t want them knowing we’re there yet. Now, as you can see, the hills channel the enemy into an ambush position, which the Danes took advantage of. We will drop behind the Danish lines and link up with them. Once contact has been established we will prepare a second ambush behind the Danish lines. Once the Commies re-engage the Danes, our friends will perform a tactical withdraw, feigning retreat. We will be lying in wait on both sides of the highway, concealed and silent. Once the enemy convoy has reached Site 1,” Pittman pointed to the marker, “We will break radio silence and start the hammer-blow. I want that lead and rear vehicle toasted, boxing them in. Immediately following, I want our LAW and explosives teams ripping into the tanks and APC’s with everything they’ve got. Riflemen and 249 gunners will be responsible for pinning down any dismounts. I want chaos gentlemen. We don’t have to kill em all, although that would be nice. We just need them scared so shitless they tuck tail and run, buying the rest of the MEF time to launch. Do I make myself clear?”

    “SEMPER FI!” the men let loose.

    “Good,” Pittman retorted. “Let’s go make history.”

    I love the smell of Napalm in the morning!

    #166370
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Breaking the fourth wall Woo Hoo Uncle Carl would be proud of ya!!!

    #166371
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Oh, and it’s Semper Fi !!!

     

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