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WWII KG Regenbogen: Episode 1, Barbarossa

With the ongoing success of the WWI Rainbow series by ColonelSennef (and the current guest episode being run by TacCovert4) I have decided to move a few years later and launch my own Command Decision Kriegsspiel - not a RPG, not a game of overarching strategic scope but the story of a brave few making up an impromptu (and frequently reformed) combat formation through a number of episodes/scenarios over the course of the war.

Kampfgruppe Regenbogen will be born in June 1941 as a German formation formed from elements of 14. Panzer Division and will likely encompass allied Axis elements in future episodes. As per its predecessor, actions, victories, defeats and losses will be reflected in future episodes.

As GM I will control the enemy and provide you with intel on his actions in the thread or by PM if required. As you are (currently) of company size and with good local comms, you can communicate freely but ‘in character’ in the main thread.

For simplicity's sake, your name or nickname should be your username (or name, if you prefer).

Ideally every unit will have a commander plus a deputy, either of whom can post orders for that unit, so there should be no pauses. When posting orders for your units, please be clear on what exactly is your intent. Vague musings on the future or similar will be understood as directives given to your men.

If posting of orders takes too long (normally over than 24 hours) the enemy will take over the initiative and you'll have to react to him.
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Overview: June 1941

On 22 June the northern segment of Army Group South unleashed its offensive against the Soviet Southwestern Front. Surprise was near-total, but difficult defensive terrain impeded the assault and gave local commanders time to organize a defense. The German 1st Panzer Group and 6th Army successfully pierced the first enemy lines, repulsing a disjointed armored counter-attack and driving deeper in an attempt to complete the penetration and trap several Soviet divisions in an isolated pocket.

As spearheads of the 13th and 14th Panzer Divisions hammered east against desperate resistance, Major Khryses was given the command of a battalion-sized collection of smaller Kampfgruppen tasked with slipping past the major enemy defense points and developing the schwerpunkt ahead of the main advance. One such formation was KG Regenbogen; thrown together at short notice from elements of the 1st Panzer Group not yet engaged with the enemy.
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Bidding and OOB

My friends,

For this initial episode all options available to be chosen are German. This will definitely not be the case moving forward, but it keeps things simple for now - and is moderately historical with the well-ordered state of the Axis war machine in June 1941.

Anyone can try to bid for any position, and at this stage there are no pre-existing rights. However as GM I reserve the right to assign positions or create extras.

KG Regenbogen

HQ Platoon (German)

CO: Hauptmann Heinz (TacCovert4)
XO: Stabsfeldwebel Gardner (TAG)

1 Staff Section w 12 men, 2 Kugelwagen, 1 truck, 1 Kettenkrad
1 Pak38 w 6 men, Kettenkrad, Kugelwagen
1 Pak36 w 3 men, 1 Kettenkrad
1 Field Ambulance w 3 men

1st PzGren Platoon

CO: Oberfahnrich von Pruitt (Pruitt)
XO:

4-man HQ section (1 Kugelwagen, 2 BMW MCs)
3-man mortar team (1x 5cm Granatwerfer, rifles)
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34, 1 PzB 39
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34

2nd PzGren Platoon

CO: Leutnant Kolzenf (ColonelSennef)
XO:

4-man HQ section (1 Kugelwagen, 2 BMW MCs)
3-man mortar team (1x 5cm Granatwerfer, rifles)
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34
10-man squad w 1 truck, 1 MG34

3rd Armored Platoon

CO: Leutnant "Ente" Senft (Senorankka)
XO:

5 Pz IIe

4th Motorcycle Platoon

CO: Leutnant Manfred "Exorcist" Ertl(The Exorcist)
XO:

2-man HQ R75,
9-man squad (1 MG34 R75, 1 subM R75, 4 single MCs)
9-man squad (1 MG34 R75, 1 subM R75, 4 single MCs)

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Force Pool

HQ Options:
0-1 Pioneer Squad
0-1 Pak 38
0-1 Mortar Squad

Platoon Options:
0-1 Armored Platoon
0-1 Armored Car Platoon
0-3 PzGren Platoons
0-1 Motorcycle Platoon

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What to do?

If you're interested in a command, please name the Platoon you're after and the option you would prefer to pick. Please note that HQ Platoon can select an option from the first 3 "HQ options" as well as the fixed elements, while 1-3 Platoons can choose from the last 4 "Platoon options".

The numbers at the start indicate the minimum and maximum of each element that must/can be present in the Kampfgruppe; in this instance there are no mandatory inclusions and you can have no more than one (for example) Motorcycle Platoon.

I do have an OOB worked out for each option, which will be posted when the bid is accepted.

If you would prefer an XO role, please post your preference for a Platoon (HQ or otherwise) that is already established.

Any questions? Post, PM or VM away!

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For once I kind of want the stress slot.......

Hauptmann Heinz at your service......

I'll hold off on my pick until I see what 1st Platoon will be.
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Of course I am interested! I will take 1st Armored Platoon.

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In this instance Sen has already selected the 1 Armored Platoon available from the force pool.

Probably the closest match remaining is the Armored Car Platoon if you're interested in that?
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Does it have six and eight wheel Armored Cars or are they the little four wheeled vehicles? How about using Panhard 178's? If none are possible, please give me a Panzer Grenadier Platoon with Sd Kfz 251's. Please note as well that a Fahnrich is an officer candidate, I am not sure that a First Lieutenant would be called both.

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Just a bit of historical background, in 41 the Panzer Grenadiers were predominately truck borne. Halftracks were still be distributed. Lots of halftracks had been built, but the armored-troop carrying variety were still pretty low in number....most halftracks being artillery tractors.

The Armored Cars are almost certainly the Sdkfz 222 (4x4) and Sdkfz 232 (6-rad) types. Both types are armed with the 20mm cannon and coaxial MG. Of course considering the tanks in the Kampfgruppe, the armored cars are faster on road and have the same armament.

Also.....to anyone reading......Kampfgruppe HQ could use a Feldwebel.....
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And halftracks were given to units that require them mostly. We are a ad-hoc Kampfgruppe so most likely trucks or even bicycles.

Sdkfz 222 or 232 does have the same gun as my Panzerkampfwagen IIs, but I have tracks and they have wheels. Road network in Soviet Union is lacking.

We shouldn't underestimate Soviets thanks to Finnish Winter War, they will be tough opponents. Maybe even tougher than Engländers.
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I could be interested in a Recon Platoon of Motorcycles... but I don't know how they were organized.
How many in a Squad would have had sidecars, and would one Squad in the Plantoon have been Armored cars like the Sdkfz. 221/222?
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You're correct that Oberleutnant Fahnrich is a little redundant. Your correct rank should (will) be Oberfahnrich, as a 3rd Lieutnant equivalent.

The AC Platoon is made up of Sdkfz 222.

TacCovert4

You're correct; the PzGren formation is truck borne (although there's nothing stopping a battlefield commander from mounting them on 3rd Platoon's Panzers or similar for off-road transport.

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Welcome back!

A Recon Squad would likely comprise 1 BMW R75 with MG34, 1 BMW R75 without as well as 4 single MCs with SMG-toting riders.

A Recon Platoon would include 2 of these squads, as well as a command R75.

Exo & Tac

I'm willing to add a fourth (recon) platoon of MCs to KG Regenbogen in this episode if the Hauptmann agrees. Let me know if you want to go this route vs Co. XO.
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