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Lt. Kolzenf remarks to nobody in particular:
I'm curious to see how long Ertl's plan for his recce will survive contact with the enemy
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For what my thought may be worth:

- Battery up both platoon mortar together a bit behind the hill. Their firepower may be somewhat negligible, but their can provide smoke cover.

- Make sure one or two panzers (or more) have open oil cans ready to be dropped by a crew member on top of the engine in the back to create an emergency smoke screen.
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The 5cm GW 36 doesn't have a smoke round...
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I'm curious to see how long Ertl's plan for his recce will survive contact with the enemy
I had to change it twice before even leaving, so your guess is as good as mine!

and about radios;
The standard set has a range of about 1 km., and "3km. when standing still"... I dunno, but that is what it says.

Everyone was talking about Armored cars, but in a unit this small that already has Mark II Scout tanks I don't know if that is any kind of an issue. Sdkfz. 222s have been mentioned, even Panhards, but those would have the same radios.
More than half as many 223s were made as there were 222s, and those didn't have anything but an MG. I would still prefer one of the 223s, because it had a radio with a range of 10 km for voice and 40 km for morse code transmissions.

What a wonderful thing that would be, eh?
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Which standard set are you looking at Exo?

Most of what I'm looking at says that, with the exception of tanks (to a very limited degree), radios largely weren't present below the company level.

Later in the war we get man pack radios in many platoons, but at this stage your bikes are communicating in-unit using flags. I can see Sen's HQ Kettenkrad having a radio, but it has to stop to get any real range and can only reach the HQ set in the Kugelwagen at that stage.
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Radios in infantry units and such are generally held at battalion level in a signals platoon and issued on an "as needed" basis. The same with field telephones. The operator(s) / specialists to use the equipment are sent along with the set(s) from the signals platoon.

That's why I'm toting a flare pistol. When I need signals, that or a whistle are going to have to do most of the time.
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Lt. Kolzenf finds the suspense of the wait is killing him.
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"Anybody up for a wager on the outcome of this scenario?
Terms TBD.
E.g. I bet that half of the recce platoon will not survive this scenario."
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Pessimist!

You should have more faith in the brave men of 4th Platoon as they hurtle toward the town.

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Which standard set are you looking at Exo?

Most of what I'm looking at says that, with the exception of tanks (to a very limited degree), radios largely weren't present below the company level.

Later in the war we get man pack radios in many platoons, but at this stage your bikes are communicating in-unit using flags. I can see Sen's HQ Kettenkrad having a radio, but it has to stop to get any real range and can only reach the HQ set in the Kugelwagen at that stage.
The FuG 5 would be in the Mark IIs, with a RT range of 2 Km and a WT range of 4 km.

I was thinking that I would have something lesser, such as the FuG Spr A or something similar because; (a) its a Recon Unit, and (b) I have that 2nd Combo (sidecar) in each squad that does not have an MG and ammo, so I figured it had to be there for something.
So, if not, I will have to send a man back with messages.
And yes, I'm glad we have flares, but I only know one signal used by the Germans. A white flare means "Friendly forces HERE."
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Well...in my 5 paragraph order, I noted that yellow smoke/flare is 'need assistance immediately' and red smoke/flare is 'cease fire/friendly'.
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I believe the two R75s have one carrying a M34 and one carrying three men.

Your HQ bike may be a better candidate in future, but I believe at this stage it's equipped with extra maps and supplies (schnapps?) that may be critical on the mission.

At this distance from HQ, a rider is a better bet.
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The 5cm GW 36 doesn't have a smoke round...
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Well.. in my 5 paragraph order, I noted that yellow smoke/flare is 'need assistance immediately' and red smoke/flare is 'cease fire/friendly'.
Understood.
And I have one of my own for "Enemy forces HERE."



Goes BOOM, probably makes black smoke.
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And I ypu survive this engagement, you'll be getting something with a radio ......I'll burn favors with regiment or outright steal if need be.
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