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Subject: Mission 2 -- 2/3/B/1-506PIR rss

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John Cobb
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Mission 1
Mission 2
Mission 3
Mission 4
Mission 5


Preface: Going forward Dansby's rank has been changed to SSgt. It just wasn't realistic to have a Lt. running an 8 man squad.

Squad: SSgt. Dansby, Sgt. Hicks, PFCs Barsatto, Tembley, Apone and Cadwallon, and Pvts Messick and Tolliver.
Unit designation: 2/3/B/1-506PIR (that's 2nd squad, 3rd platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment)

Mission 2: Secure the town with its important crossroad and railhead.
Phase 1: Approaching Town

The Company S2 reported very low probability of enemy contact but SSgt. Dansby isn't taking any chances. The squad approaches from the west and observes town from the treeline. No activity is detected so they move out in column. There are 2 fire teams in the main column each overseen by an NCO. Barsatto is out front alone as scout.

The squad approaches town cautiously and moves right into an ambush. Dansby's FT is exposed on the bridge and Barsatto is just to their front when a German sniper (10) opens up at point blank range from a wooden structure to the east. Somehow the sniper misses what should have been an easy shot.

Most of the squad hits the ground but Messick sprays the building with his SMG suppressing the sniper. Barsatto and Dansby realizing there is no cover to be had, charge the building. In hand-to-hand combat, Dansby dispatches the sniper (IA10).

The squad reforms and moves out in the same columnar formation heading up the dirt road that leads to the crest of a hill overlooking town. Fire teams Hicks and Dansby are still on the dirt road when Barsatto moves to the treeline and spots 2 Germans (5,49) manning a Light Machine Gun position. The Germans, dug in to cover town and apparently oblivious to the U.S. presence, are surprised by the GIs.

The enemy work to turn their LMG on the road but Dansby makes an accurate grenade throw taking the a-gunner out of the fight (IF5). Barsatto moves in from the flank and overpowers the gunner in close combat. (WA49x2). It starting to look like the intelligence report on enemy presence in town was way off.



Phase 2: Town Center
Cadwallon and Tolliver take possession of the captured enemy LMG and form a base of fire to cover the squads advance. After another eventless observation period, Barsatto and Apone move north and clear the nearest building. The rest of the squad joins them there. Across the tracks on the northwest road the burned remains of a Panzer(PzIV) are spotted.

FT Cadwallon sets up a new base of fire with the LMG to cover the northern part of town while FTs Dansby (Dansby, Tembley, Messick) and Hicks (Hicks,Apone,Barsatto) scout the eastern buildings in mutually supporting routes.

As soon as FTs Dansby and Hicks are out of sight, a sniper (2)opens up on FT Cadwallon from across the tracks. Cadwallon is struck and incapacitated. FTs Dansby and Hicks hurriedly return to positions from which they can engage the sniper but their quick shots are ineffective. The sniper fires again killing Tolliver. He then tries to break contact and hide. Hicks spots the sniper crossing the street behind the burned out tank and drops him with rifle fire. (KF2)



FT Hicks moves to the LMG position to stabilize Cadwallon and provide cover as FT Dansby crosses to the railroad station. FT Dansby clears the remaining buildings north of the tracks.


Phase 3: Securing the Area
As FT Dansby returns to the train station, they are engaged with rifle fire from a German patrol (37,26,50) on the hill east of town. Messick and Tembley return fire. Contrary to tactical doctrine, the Germans clump up and Tembley's automatic rifle proves especially effective against the tight group. (KF37,IF26,WF50). FT Dansby continues pouring in fire as FT Hicks maneuvers through town to gain LOS on the enemy position. Tembley again pours AR fire into the enemy taking out the wounded German. (WF50)

FT Hicks, now at the eastern edge of town, provides cover as FT Dansby cautiously makes their way up the ridge and ensures the German patrol is no longer a threat. FT Dansby then moves south along the ridge until they reach a point overlooking the last significant building in town, the church. From there, they provide cover as FT Hicks moves up to the church. Inside, Sgt. Hicks discovers and succesfully disarms a booby trap left by the enemy.



With the town and tactical terrain secured, the squad is able to safely move the injured Cadwallon to the train station. Their mission complete, the squad holds the town under observation and waits for the rest of the company to arrive and invest the important railhead.

Post Mission Analysis:

A total of 26 points gets the victory. Tembley again was a beast with the AR racking up the body count. 7 enemy down but the cost was steeper this time with 1 GI KIA and another barely dodging a body bag. Cadwallon aka "Bullet Magnet" gets his 2nd purple heart in as many missions.

With the CPs from the first 2 missions, all the survivors are able to improve their skills. Hopefully, they will fare better on the next mission once Cadwallon recuperates and Tolliver's replacement arrives.
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Ruben Rigillo
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Campaigning Ambush is a great feeling!
Great Report!
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John Cobb
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Qwirz wrote:
Campaigning Ambush is a great feeling!
Great Report!

Thanks. I'm having a blast with this game and can't believe I waited this long to get it. I am currently in the middle of Mission 3 and will be posting the next session report soon. Right now, it doesn't look good for the home team.
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Eric Smith
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Lovely report. It gets tougher from here. -E
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Got my copy a couple months ago. We are getting beating around a little more in these missions.
 
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