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These are in addition to your platoon outlay (which today is 100%) so food is (yes) a little light, but we'll allow the standard 65 rounds per rifleman and 900 rounds per Mg34.

One stick grenade per aufklarung and PzGren, one white smoke grenade per squad, but (currently) a critical shortage in flares. If you'd like more, you may be able to scrounge some from other formations prior to the engagement.
Oh... this is all extra supplies?
Good to know, and I will have all that placed in a pile on the outskirts of the town where we can pick it up later.
This being the German Army, I hope I don't have to leave a man with it just to watch over it. Or maybe an HQ man can take care of it until we return for it before 10am.
Just the Grenades, then.

And about the flares, I was counting on those to communicate with the rest of the squads. I'll fight with what I have, but the one red flare will be the signal for "bug-out now!"

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That will be even better, in low-light situations.
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Recon (and Briefing) ongoing...

As a FYI gentlemen, 4th Platoon is conducting a recon at the moment via PM, set early the morning following this briefing.

Once recon is resolved - barring any further questions - we will have a second Regenbogen-only briefing from Leutnant Ertl set at 0930 as your units form at the start line.
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Oh... this is all extra supplies?
Good to know, and I will have all that placed in a pile on the outskirts of the town where we can pick it up later.
This being the German Army, I hope I don't have to leave a man with it just to watch over it. Or maybe an HQ man can take care of it until we return for it before 10am.
Just the Grenades, then.

And about the flares, I was counting on those to communicate with the rest of the squads. I'll fight with what I have, but the one red flare will be the signal for "bug-out now!"



That will be even better, in low-light situations.
No worries. Administrative Note: When 4th Platoon returns from their scout, they will receive the ammo and supplies noted....they're only taking the grenades for now. The ammo slotted for 4th Platoon will replenish whatever they've shot, and then since they'll be the 'reserve' for the Kampfgruppe, they should be able to haul around whatever bits remain of that.
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KG Regenbogen, Initial Planning Session

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With the notably missing Lt. Ertl, the rest of KG Regenbogen's Officers and staff meets under a tent fly strung up between the two halftracks, where Hauptmann Heinz has a hot breakfast set out, along with coffee. "Eat up, I've had hot breakfast prepared for the men as well, since it's probably the last hot meal for a few days."

Pointing at the map given by KG staff, Heinz outlines what he believes are some stragetic pointsm, reading them properly (Right...then Up).

1) 1702. This opening is large enough and protected enough for KGHQ to set up the 75mm gun and maintain the supply trucks to some degree of safety.

2) 0106. This is where I anticipate we will have our chance at staging to cut the rail line.

3) Column 10. This is the only point in our attack short of the rail station that one road cuts through our entire area of operations. We will have to cross this danger area quickly, and anticipate defenses here.

"Alright gents, here's my basic intent, pending the report from Lt. Ertl."



1) 1st and 2nd Platoon will advance along the Eastern (top) side of the map, clearing the orchard and working up to the road at column 13. Machine guns will be set up to cover your left (bottom) flank and to suppress soviets trying to move between the buildings. You're the base of fire at this point.

2) 5th Platoon will advance through the town to column 13. With 1st and 2nd engaged, 5th should take them in their flank as they work building by building in squads, fire and maneuver on the small scale here until you can put 2 squads covering column 13.

3) 3rd Platoon's Panzers will support both advances as needed. I anticipate 5th platoon needing more assistance in the first phase of the operation.

4) 4th Pl and HQ will be reserve and support respectively. 4th will provide forward observation for the 75mm gun via radio communication or runner.

Second Phase

5) 5th Platoon will, with the support of 3rd and 2nd Platoons as needed, advance to column 10 and take the Western part of the E-W road under observation and fire as needed.

6) 1st and 2nd will use bounding overwatch to punch past 10 to 06 on their line of advance.

7) 3rd Platoon will stage its panzers in the vicinity of 1106 in anticipation of phase 3.

8) HQ and 4th will move up to the final HQ battery point, and 4th with HQ command elements will range forward as needed to maintain observation of the enemy and provide support.

Phase 3

9) From the area of 0606, 1st and 2nd Platoons, with 3rd in support,will push all the way to 0106(0107) and take the buildings by the railroad. 5th Platoon and the HQ 75mm will use fires to support the flank of your attack. This will put the majority of our machine guns in position to interdict movement along the remainder of the enemy's E-W roads.

10) 1st and 2nd will set up defensive nodes, based around their MGs, along their Western (bottom) flank.

11) 1st or 2nd will execute cutting of the track if possible at this point.

12) 5th Platoon, with 4th and HQ behind, will advance and engage the Soviets. It's my intention that by this point the Soviets are counterattacking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and 5ths advance will catch them in the flank as they redeploy forces to deal with the penetration. 5th will advance to the 01 column if possible, minimum 04 column.

13) Cleanup operations and consolidation, along with destruction of the railroad will occur.

14) If needed, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th will work their way to the RR Station by squad level bounding overwatch and sound building clearing tactics.

15) Final rendezvous at RR Station. 2 Platoons in best condition will deploy in defense of our hold on the rail line. Other 2 platoons will regroup, rest, and resupply. Panzers will go to 50 percent watch, with the other panzers performing maintenance. HQ will set up at 0204 for aid station, food, and other supplies.

Duties:

1st Platoon: Eastern Leg of the Advance
2nd Platoon: Eastern Leg of the Advance (Western portion of that leg)
3rd Platoon: Overall Support initially, Eastern Leg in final phases
4th Platoon: Reserve, HQ defense, Artillery Observation
5th Platoon: Western Leg of Advance
HQ: Artillery Support on call, Aid Station, Anti-tank support on call.

Signals: Currently no telephone. Tactical comms are Gardner's Panzer radio, 4th Platoon Radio, HQ Radio. All other communications by runner at this time. Flares are minmal. Each platoon will be issued 1 Green Smoke above what you have on hand (that'll cover all 5 platoons and empty HQ out of its extra green smoke). Red Flare is emergency call for support. Once final objectives are reached by Eastern Flank Advance and defense is in place, pop Green Smoke to alert 5th Platoon.
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'Herr Hauptmann, not a bad plan to deal with this urban fighting👍
I have a suggestion and a question on Command & Control:

Phases seem clear, but it may be advisable to clearly announce to all platoons that one phase is ended for all and that the whole coy enters into the next phase.

The question is:
Pending the return of the scouts to brief us on the enemy situation, a question on C&C:
Where do you intent to be during the several phases?'
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In phase one, I intend to be between and slightly behind the two advancing forces. In the final phase I intend to be behind 5th platoon as they've got a pretty tough fight with little support if they get attacked heavily while you're fighting your way up.

I know I have a habit of getting stuck in personally, and it's something that Obergefrieter Stang remains annoyed with and has sworn himself to limiting my direct involvement in room clearing.

As for communicating the start of a phase after the end of one phase, radio when possible, runner when necessary. With the exception of the last phase when green smoke will be used. The reason for holding off on using green smoke is that using it too much will let the enemy know our signals, while being attacked without visual signals repeatedly will lend them to think we are not using signals as start orders. Thus the lone use of green smoke should increase our pace of operations and hopefully catch the Soviet commander while his troops are out of place and on the move rather than inside those houses.
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And yes, I will hear questions or different ideas before the Scouts get back and the plan is made final.
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A radio report from 4th Plt. at 0400 reveals that the MLR (main line of resistance) in the east is exactly where we thought it would be; the buildings facing the Orchard.
(hex 1305-1306)
There will be about 15 seconds of firing while we work at locating the west end of their lines.
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With Heinz's consent, I will time the morning briefing for 0600 hours - so any radio traffic sent before then can be available to all officers present on the table by the coffee flask.
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First, how do you propose doing that? House to house fighting in the bottom half of that map? We can't go up the two streets that go north to south. Those are nothing but shooting galleries for an antitank gun or machinegun.

We really don't have the infantry for a house to house fight if it boils down to one. We definitely don't have the ammunition either.

If we're careful advancing in that orchard, possibly with infantry scouts out pre-dawn to locate the Russian positions before had with certainty, then we can deal with their units if they've set up in that first line of houses at the north end of the orchard.

The orchard is the only real cover we have moving forward and it hinders the Russian's view far more than it will ours if they're in those buildings. It'd be nice to know before hand what the buildings are made of and how many stories they are.

That long street and open ground between 1004 and 2004 is nothing but a defender's killing ground. Once the Slovaks are in position to the west of the main line, they can be backed up by that 12.7mg and the other weapons in the HQ section, particularly the 75mm. That 75 and their 8cm mortar can direct fire on those buildings where the Russians can't easily return fire.
The Pz II can sit back at 600 to 750 meters in the orchard where they can still see the buildings, if that's possible accurately shoot up the buildings, including fire through specific windows. Having telescopic sights and a steady firing platform is a big bonus over anything Russian infantry would have except maybe an antitank gun. But, with decent scouting we can know about that in advance and make its location a priority for direct fire.
Even the 5cm mortars could be used to put rounds through windows at several hundred meters if they have lines of sight. That first row of houses behind that orchard are little more than death traps for the stupid unless they have a much stronger position dug in in the orchard itself which doesn't appear to be the case.
The lines of trees give us good cover moving forward and the open spaces between them benefit or hurt both sides equally. I doubt that they have a half dozen AT guns aimed one down each of those rows anyway. If all they have are small arms the Pz II can risk sitting in a row between trees at 600 to 750 meters and give far better than the Russians can throw back. It almost becomes battleship versus canoe if that's the case.

On the bottom half of the map my tanks are going to be of little use much of the time. I can't risk moving on those long straight streets, and maneuvering between the buildings means I'm vulnerable to overhead attack as much as from forward fire at short ranges.
We end up in a position where the Russians have one side of a street and we're on the other, and we're looking at lots of casualties getting across it.
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We will wait for LT ertl to return with his full report.
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