Ch. 15: Warsaw (Part I)   Posted by Cap'n Rae.Group: 0
Craig Sutherland
 player, 194 posts
 Lieutenant
 42 Commando Royal Marines
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 00:16
Re: The Zoo

From beneath his scrim Craig turned to Jan;

”So which do you want ? We could double up on the BMP or take one each. Once we fire we move out along the line though, quick as. May want to let them get a little closer but once Konrad fires so do we. O.K.”

He then puts a RPG grenade in his webbing and lifts the loaded launcher under his scrim, just over the stone wall and rubble pile they are behind.

Craig was feeling warm, even in the freezing zoo. His leg was throbbing but the pain was clearing his head. He watched the BMP draw nearer, waiting for the signal.

Dawids Team
Waiting for the call to fire

AK-74/BG-15 (30/30) + 2x30(1/1 HE)+ 3 40mm HE Grenades - held at shoulder
RPG-7D (1/1 HEAT) + 2 PG-7N HEAT Grenades - slung on shoulder
AKS-74U (35/45) + 5x45 - wedged in webbing
Browning HP (18/20) w/ silencer + 2x20 - holstered
F-1 FRAG Grenade x 6, Smoke Grenade, L13A2 CS grenade
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2028 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 04:15
Re: The Zoo
In reply to Cap'n Rae (msg #969):

Having set up, there was little more Dawid could do other than wait for an opportunity to fire.

As the enemy knew generally where they were there wasn't much point in holding fire for tactical surprise, but he didn't want to stick his head up before the BMP was dealt with.

"Mariusz, do you have any smoke? We may need some, soon!"



Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
Aiming for Covering Fire

This message was last edited by the player at 08:00, Sun 01 Aug 2010.

Jan Cerny
 player, 654 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 06:32
Re: The Zoo
Wonderful!  A range of targets to choose from.  Rather worryingly to Jan it looked like the enemy behind them was becoming better organised.

"You take the BTR," Jan replied to Craig as he switched weapons, propping the Steyr against the wall he was crouched behind and starting to unlimber the RPG-22 from over his shoulder, "and I'll take the BMP."

As he set the RPG-22 up and sighted it at the BMP he looked for a weaker spot in its armour, as he had been trained to do.  His objective was more to immobilise the vehicle rather than knocking out its autocannon, as breaking contact with the enemy was the priority, but the autocannon was just too dangerous a weapon for him to ignore.  He therefore aimed the RPG-22 at the BMP's turret and waited for Konrad to give the order to fire.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski:
"Mariusz, do you have any smoke? We may need some, soon!"


Hearing Dawid's question Jan added his own response.

"Dawid, I've got one and I'll throw it the moment I've fired this RPG."  They were going to need a lot of cover to attempt to break contact again!


Jan
Crouched behind a low wall.
Switching weapons and aiming the RPG-22 at the BMP's turret.
F88 Steyr AUG (29/30 rounds - 7 mags total) - propped against wall nearby
 - Underslung M203 (1/1 HE - 9x HE, 4x HEDP & 2x ILLUM total)
PM-84 submachine gun w/suppressor (20/25 rounds) - slung on shoulder
AKS-74 (10 mags total) - slung on shoulder
Smoke Grenade x1
Frag Grenade x2
Sig Sauer P226 (15/15 rounds - 4 mags total) - holster
RPG-22 x1 - held

This message was last edited by the player at 06:39, Sun 01 Aug 2010.

Dieter Brandt
 player, 203 posts
 Gefreiter/Scharfschutze
 6th Panzergrenadier Div.
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 08:16
Re: The Zoo
Cap'n Rae:
The sniper teams deploy on the flanks, Thor and Dieter to the north, Warren and Ondar to the south. The rest of the team sets up behind cover between the sniper teams.


Settling on the northernmost flank, Dieter spotted an old cage to hide behind. It was re-inforced concrete with iron bars sticking out the top, and was relatively undamaged compared to surrounding enclosures. He settled behind it, and concentrated his aim on the opposing squad that had moved to the north to try and flank them. As Thor had followed him, not Ondar, he gestured to Thor to indicate a good position to fire from, and identified targets for him as well, confident that Thor would hit them with that huge cannon if his.

Keying the radio quickly he said simply, "Thunder 2 in position," and hoped the order would come soon. He was loathe to let the enemy get into a good position, or complete their flanking move.

Dieter Brandt
Moving to left (north) flank and settling into firing position, identifying targets
PSG-1 + mag (18/20)
1xFrag, 2xSmoke
x25 Image Intensifiers
Composite Bow
AK-74 with underfolding stock + mag (30/30)

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 783 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 10:48
Re: The Zoo
Mariusz settled down behind a wall and a pile of rubble as he listened to Dawid, "Uh, four roll-up and some loose tobacco. Why would..." he slapped the side of his helmet as he realised what Dawid was on about, "Sorry, I have one orange smoke, I'll keep it handy now."

Mariusz
Behind a wall with rubble at the base
Tantal 30/30
Orange smoke grenade handy

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2029 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 11:20
Re: The Zoo
In reply to Mariusz Tokarski (msg #974):

Dawid laughed as he gripped the stock. "It's as good a time as any for a joke! Jan, Maiurz, keep that smoke handy!"

Waiting was the worst. Dawid started to pray to the Black Madonna for their deliverance.


Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
Aiming for Covering Fire

This message was last edited by the player at 08:46, Mon 02 Aug 2010.

Jan Cerny
 player, 655 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 12:03
Re: The Zoo
Jan grinned to himself slightly as he aimed the RPG-22.

"When we get the chance I have some cigarettes for a proper smoke!  I need one myself!"

This message was last edited by the player at 15:59, Sun 01 Aug 2010.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 911 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 15:52
Re: The Zoo
Tucker moves towards the zoo buildings that have long been abandoned by its inhabitants and the the people who used to be their caretakers.  On the move there, Robert once again switches out the 40mm flechette round out of the chamber and replaces it with a HEDP round to be more effective against vehicles and buildings.  Once they find suitable cover, he sets up next to Minh and gets ready to open fire, leaving the recently acquired Romanian AK slung.  He looks at her with a smile, "Let's see what you got sweetheart!"

Tucker takes aim on a lone soldier and switches his M-16A2 from 'SAFE' to 'FIRE' (Burst) but ready to fire the grenade launcher if needed.

Tucker
M-16A2 [30/30] / M-203 [HEDP]
H&K SOCOM Pistol [10/12] (Holstered)
Slung Romanian AK-74
Holstered (Vest) Browning HP-35 [13/13]

Salvaged Gear:
Claymore Mine & Pouch    2.0
Mag Bandoleer [6 MAG 30] 3.0
5 L. Canteen             5.0
Lg Alice Pack
[19] AK-74 Mags

Aimed shot on closing troops

This message was last edited by the player at 21:34, Tue 03 Aug 2010.

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 784 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 16:48
Re: The Zoo
Marius laid the smoke grenade on the rubble in front of him and made sure his pouches were secure. He rested the Tantal on the wall and aimed at the advancing squad.

He blinked to clear his vision and his memory flashed back to his favourite day here, the best memory he had. He'd been twelve and had passed all the exams he'd needed to get into the advanced programme in the best Gymnasium in Warsaw. His mother and father, both teachers had been so proud and had taken him to the zoo to celebrate.

He remembered the gentle fall sunlight warming his back and walking in the middle of his parenst, one hand held by each of them, knowing it was babyish but loving it nonetheless. He smiled as he remembered his father laughing at the antics of the monkeys and how they had all marvelled at the gentle majesty of the gorrilas.

One of the advancing soldiers was close to the cafe where they had celebrated, all of the Tokarski rites of passage revolved around food, in fact everything revolved around food. The family associated food with love and their portly shapes showed that they loved each other very much.

Smiles, laughter and a sense of overwhelming pride subsided slowly as did the memory of the taste of the hot chocolate and whipped cream topped with powdered cinnamon.

He blinked the memories of another world away and focused on making this world a hell for some other poor unfortunate.
Craig Sutherland
 player, 195 posts
 Lieutenant
 42 Commando Royal Marines
Mon 2 Aug 2010
at 08:26
Re: The Zoo

After listening to Jan Craig moves the RPG to face the stationary BTR. His breathing becomes shallow as he aims for the APC. Time slows as he waits for the signal.

The distance was long so Craig tried to compensate using the optical sight on the RPG-7D, it was graduated out to 1000 meters. Using terrain features to judge the range between himself and the target Craig adjusted his aim. At least it wasn't moving.

Dawids Team
Waiting for the call to fire

AK-74/BG-15 (30/30) + 2x30(1/1 HE)+ 3 40mm HE Grenades - held at shoulder
RPG-7D (1/1 HEAT) + 2 PG-7N HEAT Grenades - slung on shoulder
AKS-74U (35/45) + 5x45 - wedged in webbing
Browning HP (18/20) w/ silencer + 2x20 - holstered
F-1 FRAG Grenade x 6, Smoke Grenade, L13A2 CS grenade
Minh Quyen
 player, 517 posts
 Spec-4
 U.S. Army Military Police
Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 13:22
Re: The Zoo
Quyen takes up a prone position near Tucker on their side of the line. "Ok I'm ready." she says quietly, while staying as low as possible as the enemy fire snaps overhead.

Quyen then supports her rifle on the ground and chooses one of the approaching figures to target. With the iron sights set on the man, she'll fire her aimed shot followed by a second once the order to open up is given. While she waits on the bitter cold ground, Quyen struggles to control her breathing and stop shivering.

Quyen
One aimed + one quick
Prone next to Tucker

Thor Halgeirsen
 player, 191 posts
 Norwegian Kvartermester
 Marinejegerkommandoen
Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 14:13
Re: The Zoo
Moving into position slowly and carefully, Thor paid more attention to concealment and cover than just about anyone else in the small unit. Despite, or perhaps because he'd been in combat so often, preserving himself in one piece was more of a priority than wide fields of fire. Of course Mjollnir was more suited to single well aimed shots than laying down masses of fire many of the others weapons were capable of.

"Thor position."
It took him a few rather embarrassing moments to transmit his message before he realised that half a building falling on him had flicked the switch on his radio to the "off" position. The lack of injury to himself or significant damage to his equipment was yet further evidence of his divinity...

Bipod deployed and laying prone amongst the rubble, Thor was a difficult target for even an expert marksman. Even Thor himself would have difficulty first spotting his location, and then hitting the tiny exposed part of him without impacting on the debris of the destroyed city.

Thor "The Thunderer"
Taking great pains to remain unseen while moving into cover amongst rubble (crawling if necessary).
Prone, bipod deployed, aiming at a vehicle crew member, grenadier, machinegunner, anyone in body armour in that order of preference
Barret M82A1 ("Mjollnir") (10/10) + 4x10 + 1x6
PM-63 (25/25) + 1x25
H & K USP-9SD, 9mm (15/15) + 3x15
M-26A1 hand grenade, x4
M-18 Smoke grenade, green, x2
M72A4
Bayonet/knife
Individual Tactical Radio

This message was last edited by the player at 14:17, Tue 03 Aug 2010.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2031 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 21:58
Re: The Zoo
As he was lying behind the concrete retaining wall watching for the enemy advance, Dawid had a thought.

"Everyone, if we get split up or have to escape, make your way North a kilometer on the riverside. North, away from the Baron!"

He hoped that everyone heard. If they got scattered that would be a catastrophe. South would make pickup by the Queen easier but southward would put them closer to the Baron's territory.


Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
In cover at the zoo
Aiming for Covering Fire

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2032 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 22:06
Re: The Zoo
As he was lying behind the concrete retaining wall watching for the enemy advance, Dawid had a thought.

"Everyone, if we get split up or have to escape, make your way North two kilometres, east two kilometres to Park Brodnowski. North, then East to the park: away from the Baron!"

He hoped that everyone heard. If they got scattered that would be a catastrophe. South along the river would make pickup by the Queen easier but southward would put them closer to the heart of the Baron's territory.


Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
In cover at the zoo
Aiming for Covering Fire

This message was last edited by the player at 22:09, Tue 03 Aug 2010.

Cap'n Rae
 GM, 1929 posts
 Long-time T2K Fan
 First-time GM
Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 23:22
Re: The Zoo

Konrad is about to initiate the ambush when the Baron's start it for him. The BMP-2's main gun thunders out and five 30mm HE rounds explode against the main wall of the primate building. The command group and the MG team are showered with stinging bits of concrete and the wall has five new, jagged, circular windows but no one is seriously injured. This does, however, force them to take cover and reacquire their targets (or locate new ones).

Not content to wait and see if Konrad is still alive to give the order to open fire, Jan takes aim at the BMP and depresses the top-mounted trigger of the RPG-22 laucher tube. The rocket takes off in a cloud of smoke and water vapor and streaks towards the BMP. A second or so later, the rocket hits the BMP on its right, front idler wheel, exploding in a brilliant orange flash and tossing snow and debris for a dozen meters in all directions. Jan tosses the spent tube aside and pulls the pin on a smoke grenade. The BMP's gunner must have seen the backblast of Jan's RPG because the turret starts turning in his direction. Jan throws the smoke and begins to displace to another position. [Jan- RPG-22 & 1 smoke grenade]

Craig follows Jan's lead and lets fly at the BTR-80 with the RPG-16. The rocket finds the BTR's turret, exploding squarely against the curved front glacis and obliterating it. The BTR starts backing away, trying to escape down the street it came, its flaming turret pouring smoke. Craig's position, given away by the backblast of the RPG-16, immediately starts drawing heavy small arms fire. [Craig- 1 RPG-16 HEAT rocket]

Both sniper elements, located on the flanks, select targets (or reacquire them] and open fire. Thor's target's head explodes as a .50 cal slug blasts through it. Dieter's man goes down awkwardly and lies writhing in the snow, obviously wounded. Warren and Ondar's targets, both running to new cover, fall as the marksmen pull their respective triggers. Screaming is aubible above the din of the gunfire. [Thor -1 round; Dieter -1 round; Ondar -1 round; Warren -1 round]

Minh and Tucker are put off by the strike of the BMP's 30mm barrage but, having been slighly farther away from the impact of the HE rounds, they recover relatively quickly. Minh takes aim at a man behind a stump. His head jerks backwards violent and bits of his hat (or scalp) are sent flying. He drops like a sack of potatoes. Tucker picks out a running target and puts a burst into him. He falls on his face and slides a couple of feet through the snow. [Minh -1 round; Tucker -3 rounds]

The initial exchange has largely gone the team's way. The BMP appears disabled (although its main gun still poses a significant threat) and the BTR has been deprived of its weaponry and forced to withdraw. At least a half dozen of the attacking infantry are down, either dead or wounded. And, so far, none of the team have been hit. However, around 30 of the enemy infantry remains and the second BTR is likely still behind the roadside building to the E-N-E. Also, the possibility exists that more of the Baron's troops are on the way.


Next Moves?

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:19, Sat 21 Aug 2010.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2033 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Wed 4 Aug 2010
at 00:02
Re: The Zoo
The exploding 30mm shells made his ears ring, but Dawid didn't pay it any mind due to his concentration. He hunkered down as the shrapnel pattered around.


Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
In cover at the primate house.

This message was last edited by the player at 14:33, Thu 05 Aug 2010.

Dieter Brandt
 player, 204 posts
 Gefreiter/Scharfschutze
 6th Panzergrenadier Div.
Wed 4 Aug 2010
at 07:18
Re: The Zoo
Dieter smiled in grim satisfaction as he saw his target go down. His smiled faded as he heard the screaming, and could see that the man has a serious belly wound than would probably prove fatal if not treated soon in a hospital, something which Dieter knew wouldn't happen. The man's future held nothing more than a period of searing agony followed by a slow, painful death. He suppressed his desire to put the man out of his misery, allowing his training to take over. The man was no longer a threat so he acquired a new target and carried on firing.

He intended to keep sniping selecting targets until the order came to move out. Every so often he will check the northern flank to see if he can spot additional movement.

OOC - Rae, time to start a new thread - we are approaching 1000 posts.

Dieter Brandt
Selecting new targets and continuing to fire
PSG-1 + mag (17/20)
1xFrag, 2xSmoke
x25 Image Intensifiers
Composite Bow
AK-74 with underfolding stock + mag (30/30)

Craig Sutherland
 player, 196 posts
 Lieutenant
 42 Commando Royal Marines
Wed 4 Aug 2010
at 10:04
Re: The Zoo

In a crawl even before the RPG round had hit Craig made his way behind the zoo building to the rear left-hand corner. Trying to make himself heard over the noise of the battle as he crawls, he yells;

"On me Jan."

He then reloads the RPG-7D with the grenade in his webbing. Trying to get a clear shot at the BMP Craig will either move at a crawl further along the line or if enough cover is present to the front right corner of the building.

He is aware of the troops moving forward and possibly from the north flank so will only move if there is no incoming fire or if Jan is covering the crawl. He is still wearing his scrim over the upper-half of his body.


Dawids Team
Firing on the flanking force to the north or the APC's

AK-74/BG-15 (30/30) + 2x30(1/1 HE)+ 3 40mm HE Grenades - held at shoulder
RPG-7D (1/1 HEAT) + 1 PG-7N HEAT Grenades - slung on shoulder
AKS-74U (35/45) + 5x45 - wedged in webbing
Browning HP (18/20) w/ silencer + 2x20 - holstered
F-1 FRAG Grenade x 6, Smoke Grenade, L13A2 CS grenade

This message was last edited by the player at 09:20, Thu 05 Aug 2010.

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 785 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Wed 4 Aug 2010
at 12:18
Re: The Zoo
Mariusz found some new cover as quickly as he could and then tried to find a target to shoot at.
Jan Cerny
 player, 656 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Wed 4 Aug 2010
at 23:09
Re: The Zoo
Craig Sutherland:
"On me Jan."


Jan grabbed his rifle and moved as quickly as possible at a low crouch to join Craig behind the zoo building to the rear left-hand corner, relying on the rapidly deploying smoke to conceal him.

"Take the BMP," he yelled to Craig.  "We need to take out that fucking autocannon!  I think I only immobilised it!"

Jan then brought his rifle to his shoulder and looked for a suitable target, intending on covering Craig why he tried to take a shot at the BMP.  If he could find a group then he fired the M203 at them.  If he couldn't spot a group then he fired pairs of single shots at any other available targets.

"Mariusz," he added, continuing to yell.  "More smoke!"


Jan
Joining Craig and covering him why he hopefully gets a shot at the BMP.  Firing the M203 at a group or two pairs of single shots at two individual targets (depending on what targets he can see).
F88 Steyr AUG (29/30 rounds - 7 mags total) - held
 - Underslung M203 (1/1 HE - 9x HE, 4x HEDP & 2x ILLUM total)
PM-84 submachine gun w/suppressor (20/25 rounds) - slung on shoulder
AKS-74 (10 mags total) - slung on shoulder
Frag Grenade x2
Sig Sauer P226 (15/15 rounds - 4 mags total) - holster

Thor Halgeirsen
 player, 194 posts
 Norwegian Kvartermester
 Marinejegerkommandoen
Thu 5 Aug 2010
at 06:50
Re: The Zoo
Disappointed that even his godly strength would be unlikely to hurl a grenade the necessary distance to be effective, and noting the BMP remained a threat, Thor prepared the M72A4 he'd been carrying ever since hitting the beach in northern Poland way back in July.
Aiming carefully between chunks of rubble, he placed the crosshairs on the BMP, trying if at all possible for the side. With a little luck though Svafrlami would strike the dragon first saving Thor from expending the valuable weapon...

Thor "The Thunderer"
Aiming M72A4 at BMP
Waiting to see the results of Craig's RPG shot before firing
Prone, bipod deployed, aiming at a vehicle crew member, grenadier, machinegunner, anyone in body armour in that order of preference
Barret M82A1 ("Mjollnir") (9/10) + 4x10 + 1x6
PM-63 (25/25) + 1x25
H & K USP-9SD, 9mm (15/15) + 3x15
M-26A1 hand grenade, x4
M-18 Smoke grenade, green, x2
M72A4
Bayonet/knife
Individual Tactical Radio

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 786 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Thu 5 Aug 2010
at 09:08
Re: The Zoo
Mariusz squeezed off a few shots at the oncoming enemy hoping to delay the envelopment that they were in danger of suffering and then popped the smoke grenade and tossed it out in front of their defensive position.

Mariusz
Tantal (30/30)
Orange smoke grenade
Firing 2-3 shots and deploying smoke grenade

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2035 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Thu 5 Aug 2010
at 12:47
Re: The Zoo
In reply to Mariusz Tokarski (msg #991):

Noticing Mariusz had bugged out, Dawid caught up to Mariusz.

"Don't leave me behind again! You have my ammunition. I'm naked!"

Dawid Piotrowski
PKM (90/100 +  1 spare belt w/-15 down)
2 Fragmentation Grenades
In cover at the primate house.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:12, Sun 08 Aug 2010.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 913 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Fri 6 Aug 2010
at 02:05
Re: The Zoo
The ambush already sprung, Tucker fires bursts at targets that present themselves for the shooting.  He will continue using three-round bursts to engage non-armored targets.

Tucker
M-16A2 [27/30] / M-203 [HEDP]
H&K SOCOM Pistol [10/12] (Holstered)
Slung Romanian AK-74
Holstered (Vest) Browning HP-35 [13/13]

Salvaged Gear:
Claymore Mine & Pouch    2.0
Mag Bandoleer [6 MAG 30] 3.0
5 L. Canteen             5.0
Lg Alice Pack
[19] AK-74 Mags

Engaging ground targets with burst fire

This message was last edited by the player at 02:06, Fri 06 Aug 2010.

Minh Quyen
 player, 518 posts
 Spec-4
 U.S. Army Military Police
Sat 7 Aug 2010
at 23:29
Re: The Zoo
Still lying prone in the zoo's cover, Quyen shifts her weight until the iron sigts settle in on another enemy infantryman. After a brief pause while he controlled her breathing again, she squeezes off a pair of single shots.

Quyen
(29/30) Ak74
Prone next to Tucker
Firing 2 single shots at any enemy