Ch 15: Warsaw (Part II)   Posted by Cap'n Rae.Group: 0
Konrad Bayer
 player, 1351 posts
 Hauptmann
 Panzergrenadier
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 19:39
Re: Riverside
In reply to Piotr Pawlowski (msg #751):

Bayer places his hands in his pockets and speaks with Piotr.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:42, Sat 22 Jan 2011.

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 866 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 19:50
Re: Riverside
"OK," Mariusz said and started to gather together the equipment he had selected.

He dragged the old machinegun and recoiless rifle shells over to the negotiator and then returned with the SKS rifle and the damaged Draganov as well as teh ammunition they had for them. Finally he picked up the spare submachineguns and ammo and set them in front of the villager.

"OK," he said, "we're looking to trade the stuff here and teh BTR for passage across the river, a truck and some extra fuel, enough for a hundred kilometers or so. In addition, if you're willing and able to throw three days' food into the deal I'm authorised to give you these," he showed the man the medicine, "it's very precious and the food's a bargain for it."

"In addition," he said, "remember we'll be coming back this way with rienforcements so you'll have another trading opportunity then. Once you've agreed to the trade we'll provide you with hostages."
Piotr Pawlowski
 player, 5 posts
 Polish
 Motor Rifles
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 20:15
Re: Riverside
A appreciative nod from Piotr emphasizes he fully agrees with Bayer's words.

Of course. Like I say, you are good commander. Wise also

After a short pause, providing the captain with a chance to add something if he so desired, Piotr turned and regrouped to help with the unloading.
Cap'n Rae
 GM, 2151 posts
 Long-time T2K Fan
 First-time GM
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 22:01
Done Deal
Mariusz Tokarski:
He dragged the old machinegun and recoiless rifle shells over to the negotiator and then returned with the SKS rifle and the damaged Draganov as well as teh ammunition they had for them. Finally he picked up the spare submachineguns and ammo and set them in front of the villager.

"OK," he said, "we're looking to trade the stuff here and teh BTR for passage across the river, a truck and some extra fuel, enough for a hundred kilometers or so. In addition, if you're willing and able to throw three days' food into the deal I'm authorised to give you these," he showed the man the medicine, "it's very precious and the food's a bargain for it."

"In addition," he said, "remember we'll be coming back this way with rienforcements so you'll have another trading opportunity then. Once you've agreed to the trade we'll provide you with hostages."


The negotiator's expression changes from leary and somewhat jaded as he kneels down to inspect the weapons and ammunittion to clearly impressed when Mariusz returns and presents the unopenned bottle of antibiotics.

"These weapons look OK but this SVD's scope is busted, you know. Let me see those pills."

He reaches out and takes them from Mariusz's hand.

"Ooh. Very nice. Alright, you've got yourself a deal. Send your three hostages over- unarmed of course. I'll take them across the river and sent back the amphib. It'll ferry the rest of you over. Then we'll get you set up with your new truck..." he smirks a bit, "...and escort you out of town. Then you'll get your hostages back and can be on your way."

His expression and tone of voice suddenly turn very grave,

"Now don't do anything stupid. This is just an outpost. Across the river, we're a lot stronger than this. You try to fuck with us, you will die. Understood? Good. Three hostages- unarmed. Send them over when you are ready."


Removed from stores:

1 BTR-70 APC (damaged)
1 SG-43 MG
1 Dragunov SVD w/ damaged scope +1 mag (full)
1 SKS rifle w/ 4 full stripper clips
2 PM-63 SMGs w/ 4 full mags
1 73mm HEAT round
1 73mm FRAG round

1 30-round mag 5.45mm b (Mariusz, please remove this from your char-sheet)

1 Bottle antibiotics (Monika, please remove these from your char-sheet)

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:08, Sat 22 Jan 2011.

Cap'n Rae
 GM, 2153 posts
 Long-time T2K Fan
 First-time GM
Sat 22 Jan 2011
at 23:01
The Commander

Dawid, Minh, and Lech volunteer to act as the hostages. Unarmed, they accompany the militia negotiator and his young rower across the river in the row boat (he takes the trade goods with him in the boat).

The boy in the attic and his sniper sister remain behind, watching the remainder of the team as it waits its turn.

The main body waits somewhat nervously for the vehicle that is to take them across the river. They can't help but feel somewhat vulnerable, essentially at the mercy of this unknown militia group. These people clearly don't like the Baron, so you've got that "enemy of my enemy" thing going, but still, it's hard to relax.

Several minutes after the boat reaches the far shore, you hear engine sounds. Some sort of amphibious vehicle emerges from behind some trees on the far side of the Narew and eases it's way into the river. A few minutes later, it's crawling up on the bank just 150m or so from where the BTR is parked. It looks like an old WWII-era American DUKW amphibious 6x truck- probably a Soviet copy (some of you might recognize it as a BAV 485). It pulls on to the road, executes a wide U-turn so that it is again facing the river, stops, and lowers its rear ramp. The familiar face of the negotiator is there, along with another man whose RPD light machine is gun levelled at its potential passengers (You!).

"OK. Please unload and safe your weapons. Then sling them on your backs. That's it. Thank you. Alright, climb aboard. We'll begin our tour shortly." he smiles disarmingly.

The team, carrying quite a bit of extra weaponry, climbs into the amphib's large cargo bay. Once everyone's on board, the driver raises the ramp and heads towards the river. The negotiator climbs up and sits next the the driver. The man with the RPD- an ugly cuss- sits facing you, ready to sweep the cargo bay with automatic fire should anyone decide to play the fool. The BAV 485 slowly enters the river and begins motoring across the Narew. It would be a pleasant ride if it weren't for the somewhat tense and uncertain circumstances. The journey lasts only a couple of minutes. The passengers stumble forwards and the lurch backwards as the vehicle touches groung and begins to climb the deceptively sleep ramp up the north bank. From there, it pulls onto one of the narrow village streets (the sour-faced, RPD-toting tour guide tells you that the village is called Zegrze) and winds its way to the main road (the 61 N). The village shows signs of fighting but much of the damage has been patched up. A few civilians are about and a couple of kids even wave at you as you roll by before a protective mother figure pulls them inside the nearest dwelling. Once on the 61, the BAV leaves the village and continues up the highway for a couple of hundred meters. It finally comes to a stop and the ramp is lowered. The negotiator hops down and meets you on the road. Pointing past the nose of the amphib, he says,

"There's your new truck. We'll provide the driver until you're out of town. We'll give you a couple of minutes to load up before we continue."

The "new" truck is an old 2.5-ton Ural 375 6x6 with a canvas roof over the crew cab. It's been repainted several times. It's current livery is a brown and light green patchwork embellished with faded Polish army markings in white. An old Red Army star has been covered up by some the weathered green paint but it's still visible. The old truck looks like it's been around the world at least a couple of times.

You load into the Ural's cargo bed. It's large enough that the 14 of you and all of your extra gear can fit comfortably. It's a big improvement, space-wise, over the captured BTR-70. A couple of jerry cans of meth are set forward near the back wall of the cab.

Once aboard the Ural, you are driven N-NW up the 61. A GAZ-69 pulls in behind you and follows about 20m behind. The negotiator drives the trailing GAZ while the tour guide sits in the passenger seat with his RPD levelled at you the truck bed. There are two more armed men in the back. These miltia people have developed a pretty clever system.

The approximately 5km journey is quiet. Farm fields line both sides of the road. At least some of them show signs of recent management. The sun is up and enough of the previous week's snow has melted to reveal large patches of bare earth and vegetation. At the end of the day, most of the snow will be gone.

You enter the small town of Serock, passing a few unnoccupied homes before crossing through a high earthen berm that marks the border of the inhabited portion of the settlement. Empty fighting position are dug into the berm's reverse slope at 10m intervals. A couple of armed men watch you from a brick and timber bunker built into the edge of the berm where the roads cuts through it. A gate of sorts made of 55-gallon drums and coils of barbed wire has been moved to one side to allow your passage. You see a BMP-1 in Polish Army colors parked on a side road just inside the berm. It's crewed and appears fully functional.

The occupied part of Serock, like Zergrze, shows signs of battle-related damage that's been mostly repaired. There are still a few demolished buildings mar the otherwise peaceful town. The settlement appears to be fairly densely populated, moreso than any other you've passed through since Gora Kalwaria (besides the occupied neighborhoods of east bank Warsaw, of course). People are out and going about their daily business. After travelling less than a kilometer, the small convoy passes through another tall earthen berm/fortified roadblock and out of the town proper. At some point during the transit out of town, another vehicle, a Tarpan-Honker, pulls out in front of the Ural truck. It's armed with a pintle-mounted PKM adn appears to be carrying the hostages and three more armed militiamen. You proceed for another two kilometers or so, until a battered bridge comes into view off to your right. About 2/3 of its length from the western (near) side is a tall, vertical green wall. It's some kind of military bridging segment, raised and folded to form an ad-hoc drawbridge where the "real" concrete and steel bridge has been severed. This must be the drawbridge the 10th TD's recon platoon mentioned being hung up at.


Wednesday, October 25th, 2000
0930 hrs.
40F
clear skies; slight breeze from the northwest
Narew river crossing (East bank), 2km north of Serock, Poland



Just past the turn-off from the bridge road (where the 61 and 62 intersect), the convoy comes to a halt. The driver of the Ural exits the vehicle and moves up the road while the GAZ-69 stops about 30m back. The Tarpan-Honker is up ahead another 30m or so from the Ural, its PKM trained backwards and pointing at your truck. The hostages are unloaded from the T-H and sat down on the shoulder of the road under armed guard (one man w. an AK), their hands tied in front of them.

The negotiator steps out of the GAZ but the RPD gunner stays put, hunkering down over his light machine gun. Another passenger from the GAZ walks over to the left rear of the Ural and levels his AK at the cargo bed. A from the T-H in the road up ahead does the same from the right side. You are more or less surrounded with two machineguns and several AKs pointed in your direction. These people clearly have you over a barrel. The negotiator speaks. His tone is still friendly, but an edge of seriousness has crept into his voice.

"Stay put for a minute. Kindly keep your guns unloaded and slung. Keep a cool head and tell the truth. The commander has been around the block a few times."

An older man, about 40 or thereabouts, walks back from the T-H and joins the negotiator. He's dressed in washed-out Polish Pantera pattern fatigues with engineer insignia and carries a slung Tantal with the wire stock folded. He's missing his right ear and an eyepatch covers his right eye.

"Well now, here we are. I'm the commander of the Independent Serock militia. Brzjek here tells me that you folks might know something about the Russians over there on the east bank. They seem rather anxious to cross here. Tell us about it, and no bullshit. Your lives depend on it."


Next Moves?


Updated tac-map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms...21,0.008234&z=18

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:32, Sun 23 Jan 2011.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2247 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sun 23 Jan 2011
at 03:36
Re: Done Deal
In reply to Cap'n Rae (msg #756):

Hearing Minh and Lech volunteer, Dawid nodded, then looked at Thor and Sutherland. He spoke to Konrad as he shook his hand in farwell, then moved to organise his section.

"Sutherland, Thor, on me."

In Polish, "Matias, Woj, Piotr, come here."

He waited as they assembled around him. "Sutherland here is your commander while I am away as assistant section leader. You will obey his instructions to the letter. Thor, you are under direct orders from Kapitan Bayer to obey me, and if not me then Lietenant Sutherland, and above all to control yourself and your emotions. I hope that is clear to you and everyone." He repeated himself in Polish so they all understood.

As he spoke, Dawid divested himself of his weapons and got ready to accompany the locals as a hostage. He was not too worried, the fact that there was a mechanism to encourage compliance was a good sign, to him. He also put a fragmentation grenade with his gear to replace the one he'd used in the battle.

Finally, he said to all his companions, "good luck my friends! Do not worry, we'll surely see you later, all safe and sound. Mariusz, that was a good job you did back there."


He said to the local ORMO types taking them across, "if we get the chance, I'd be glad to work on the BTR, especially if you have a shop or garage. It will run, but needs a day in the shop to really run better."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:54, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1003 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Sun 23 Jan 2011
at 16:41
Re: Done Deal
Before moving out (OOC: Sorry guys, had to wait until I got a chance to post this until now), Tucker calls over his squad so he can meet before they pull out.  "OK, real quick.  Right now, with the exception of Minh & Lech, we're the QRF for the group in case something kicks off and we run into trouble.

Deiter, I'd like you on point if we go into action.  Warren, you will be drag, Janek with me.  In the case of us meeting up with the 10th, Dieter will go to drag and Warren will do what he needs to do up front.  Any questions?  If not, clear and make your weapons safe, except for your sidearms, if any."



Dieter (Point)

Tucker / Janek

Warren

Quyen / Lech (Hostages)

Tucker will go over and say good bye to Minh before the team pulls out.  "See you when I see you.  Try not to kick anyone's ass here too bad OK?"  He reaches out for her hand and gives it a soft kiss.

During the escort to Serock, Tucker sits with his squad and makes no sudden moves and takes in the sights until they finally stop and then meet with the militia leader.
Jan Cerny
 player, 854 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Sun 23 Jan 2011
at 21:24
Re: Done Deal
Before the hostages left Jan shook their hands, confident that they would be safe.  His initial impression had been that these villagers were friendly - they could easily have fired on Thor for his erratic behavior or on Tuck for drawing a weapon before things had calmed down.  They had shown restraint and that was a good indication at to how they conducted things.

On the journey Jan took in as much information as he could, studying his surroundings and noting anything of military significance.  His general impression was that this was only a feasible route for the 10th if they could negotiate escorted passage.  Trying to force their way down this route didn't look to be good idea at all!

He also tried chatting to their guide or any of the guards who were happy to talk to him.  He tried to find out information on roughly how many people there were in the area, the political structure between the different villages and whether there was much trade, particularly a free market that he and his comrades might be able to visit.



"Commander," he called out in response to the question to the Commander of the Independent Serock militia in Polish, "our CO does not speak Polish.  I will translate for you unless you speak English.  My name is Janecek Cerny and I am originally from Ostrava in what was called Czechoslovakia at the time."
Craig Sutherland
 player, 299 posts
 Lieutenant
 42 Commando Royal Marines
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 02:16
Re: Done Deal
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski:
He waited as they assembled around him. "Sutherland here is your commander while I am away as assistant section leader. You will obey his instructions to the letter. Thor, you are under direct orders from Kapitan Bayer to obey me, and if not me then Lietenant Sutherland, and above all to control yourself and our emotions. I hope that is clear to you and everyone." He repeated himself in Polish so they all understood.


"Al-right well lets hope no one creates a situation where a chain of command needs to be in place, we are just going for a ride. Clear and sling your weapons."

Once he was on the villagers vehicle for crossing the river Craig found a handrail and held on. He doubted anything was going to go wrong on this trip but never the less he kept close to Thor.

Craig followed the directions of the villagers and kept his hands in view the whole time. When they stopped at the bridge on the other side of the village Craig tried to take in as much of his surroundings as possible. When the commander began to speak he listened but made no comments.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:17, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Thor Halgeirsen
 player, 347 posts
 Norwegian Kvartermester
 Marinejegerkommandoen
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 03:49
Re: Done Deal
Thor was confused. Who was this "Sutherland" Dawid had spoken about? Did he mean Thor was to listen to the southern lands?

In reply to Craig Sutherland (msg #761):

Could south land be his nephew Svafrlami? Did Dawid really intend for Thor, GOD of Thunder and Lightning and protector of mankind, father of rr, Magni and Mi, brother of Baldur and Vli, son of Haptabeiir and Fjrgyn to follow his nephew?

There had to be some mistake....

This message was last edited by the player at 03:49, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Matias Adamczyk
 player, 4 posts
 Polish
 Motor Rifles Draftee
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 04:11
Re: Done Deal
Matias listened to Dawid's instructions, both the English and Polish, intently.  As Dawid left, he was already going over the words, trying to learn the ones he'd hadn't understood in English by comparing them to the Polish.

He followed all the instruction, and stuck close to Sutherland throughout the whole transit process.  He hadn't heard the man speak much, and he didn't know what kind of name 'Sutherland' was, but he had an air of competence about him, and Matias respected that.

Consequently, Matias was also near Thor for most of the trip.  He couldn't help but stare at the large Norweigan a few times, but tried not to make it too obvious, when he caught himself dooing it.

At the sound of Jan speaking in Polish with the militia commander, Matias's ears perk up.  Maybe he could be useful in helping translate if the officers needed another native speaker's aid....
Dieter Brandt
 player, 318 posts
 Gefreiter/Scharfschutze
 6th Panzergrenadier Div.
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 12:39
Re: Done Deal
Dieter nodded in agreement with Tuck's instruction. Nothing else really needed to be said, so he didn't. When the time came he loaded himself and his gear into the truck for the journey north. As they travelled he nodded off, dozing gently as the truck jostled them along the bumpy road.

As they pulled to a halt he awoke. He scratched himself absently, he could really do with a shower and a shave...

This message was last edited by the player at 13:09, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Konrad Bayer
 player, 1352 posts
 Hauptmann
 Panzergrenadier
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 15:14
Re: The Commander
Cap'n Rae:
"Well now, here we are. I'm the commander of the Independent Serock militia. Brzjek here tells me that you folks might know something about the Russians over there on the east bank. They seem rather anxious to cross here. Tell us about it, and no bullshit. Your lives depend on it."

Jan Cerny:
"Commander," he called out in response to the question to the Commander of the Independent Serock militia in Polish, "our CO does not speak Polish.  I will translate for you unless you speak English.  My name is Janecek Cerny and I am originally from Ostrava in what was called Czechoslovakia at the time."


Following the translation, Bayer says to Jan, "Tell him the truth. The men across the river are marching on Warsaw to remove the Baron and his forces. They want to cross, but they are not interested in making enemies of the community here."

This message was last edited by the player at 15:14, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Monika Sawicki
 player, 73 posts
 Polish
 Medic
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 15:20
Re: The Commander
    Monika doesn't like being under anyone's guns.  She is biding her time, hoping that the Captain gets it right.
Jeff D. Warren
 player, 189 posts
 American - CIA
 Special Operations Group
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 17:46
Re: The Commander
Jeff too had dozed off in the ride over.  Once the truck stops, he waits quietly, suspicious of his own Russian Army fatigues.  If Konrad asks him, he will gladly hop out and help negotiate the 10th's passage.
Konrad Bayer
 player, 1357 posts
 Hauptmann
 Panzergrenadier
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 18:09
Re: The Commander
Jeff D. Warren:
If Konrad asks him, he will gladly hop out and help negotiate the 10th's passage.

...which he does.

As Jan relays his response to the militia commander, Bayer turns to Warren and says, "We can try to play on any motivation they might have for toppling the Baron to get them to cooperate. But bargaining to get the 10th over is your game. If it comes to it, I hope you have something to work with."

"Let's see what they say first."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:09, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Jan Cerny
 player, 859 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 22:02
Re: The Commander
Konrad Bayer:
Following the translation, Bayer says to Jan, "Tell him the truth. The men across the river are marching on Warsaw to remove the Baron and his forces. They want to cross, but they are not interested in making enemies of the community here."

Jan nodded in response to Konrad's instructions and turned to face the Commander of the Independent Serock militia.  Noticing Matias nearby he called the young Pole forward.

"Matias.  Please translate what I say to the Commander back into English for those that do not speak Polish."

"Commander," he then continued in Polish, speaking to the older, battle scared man.  "We are a mixture of people from a motley collection of countries with a lot of individual stories but at present we have one clear objective.  The Black Baron must be defeated.  Some of us are allied with a village to the south of here called Gora Kalwaria.  Some of us were recently forceably conscripted militia in the service of the Black Baron until they escaped.  One of us is the ally of the Russians across the river.  All of us now oppose the Black Baron and are actively fighting against him, some through belief that it is the right thing to do and some because fighting him is the best of a bad range of options.  We have had a lot of success, particularly against his pirates and his Black Guard and we have destroyed a lot of his AFV.  Brzjek there can testify that we have just traded one of the Baron's BTRs to him in exchange for this truck."

Jan then glanced around his comrades, thinking of specific details that would help in the discussion.

"Amongst us are Americans, Germans, British, Russians and Norwegians as well as Poles.  There are NATO soldiers, Pact soldiers, a Partisan from the Solidarność movement and a member of the Polish Home Army.  There are also a number of other Poles who's stories I've not yet heard, though they have thrown their lot in with us and have actively fought against the Black Baron's forces.  I'm sure that all of us will be prepared to tell our stories over a glass of vodka," he actually doubted that that was true in a couple of cases, particularly his own - he would tell a story but not the full one at this time unless he found a Polish leader who truly impressed him, "but now is probably not the time for that.  In the long term some of us are looking to form an alliance against the Black Baron but the key thing at the present moment are the Russians on the other side of the river and you need to speak to one of my comrades about them."  He waved at Jeff, signaling him to come over, before letting him take the floor, as such, and explain what he was prepared to reveal about the 10th.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:05, Mon 24 Jan 2011.

Piotr Pawlowski
 player, 6 posts
 Starszy Sierzant
 Motor Rifles
Mon 24 Jan 2011
at 22:17
Re: The Commander
Piotr never made it back to the unloading party. The moment he'd withdrawn from his conversation with the captain Dawid called out for him.
He listened when his countryman gave his instructions. It was a good boy, little eager maybe, but good altogether.


The ride over Piotr tried to ignore the firepower pointed at them and enjoyed the relative peace the trip offered. Using the time to observe the people in the back of the truck.
When the truck came to a halt he remained seated, but paying full attention to the words spoken in both languages.
Thor Halgeirsen
 player, 349 posts
 Norwegian Kvartermester
 Marinejegerkommandoen
Tue 25 Jan 2011
at 03:23
Re: The Commander
The ride in both vehicles found Thor snoring softly, his head rocked from one side to the other by the vehicle's movement. He awoke briefly to change from aquatic to terrestrial conveyance, but only long enough to transfer himself, his equipment, and whatever stores were needed.

Even upon arrival he remained asleep, reliant on Magni* to wake him if he was needed.


*Matias
Jeff D. Warren
 player, 190 posts
 American - CIA
 Special Operations Group
Tue 25 Jan 2011
at 03:24
Re: The Commander
Jeff nods to Bayer and replies in German "I will do my best."

He waits for a moment to speak, and then says to the commander, in Russian "Do you speak any Russian? My German and Polish is not so good, but might work.  Or we can do English if you prefer."

He waits for the Commander's response (or puzzled lack-thereof), and then either A) continues in Russian, or B) Communicates in broken German/Polish or C) Communicates the same message as in Russian through one of the translators (Jan)

"I am the Senior Lieutenant in charge of the recon platoon currently located across the river.  They are from the 10th ex-Soviet Guards Tank Division.  An American official met up with the men and has convinced the senior officership to switch sides, and the men are eager to follow them.  I know the Polish people's history with both sides of the war is not a good one, but I can promise you that these men are not the Soviets that have raped your land, and do not wish to further.

Currently, there plan is to head to Warsaw in order to find somewhere to hold up for the Winter in order to keep pushing West to link up with NATO.  Currently, this plan involves by forcibly removing the 'Black Baron' who is oppressing over the land, and I'm sure giving you trouble.  This is also a good will act on our part, as we have heard nothing good about the man.  Once spring comes, you can be sure the 10th will leave, maybe even sooner.  This discussion is probably best saved for the American in charge, who I'm sure will meet with you if you permit.  The 10th wants only to pass through your  village, so that they may make it to Warsaw.  They are very low on food, so they have few alternatives.

Whether or not you want to join our little Anti-Baron coalition with the GK militia, this NATO unit, and the 10th is up to you, and a discussion we probably should save for later.  If you want to trade or bargain with the 10th, that is entirely understandable, but understand that right now they have little to offer that they don't need to commit to the inevitable battle for Warsaw.  Again, the American can help with that.  I know he has some 'help' from even higher sources.  Also, your kindness would not be forgotten, and you could enjoy some of the spoils that the liberation of Warsaw will bring, such as the equipment from the Baron's men."


OOC: Didn't feel like throwing that all into the translator haha.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:42, Tue 25 Jan 2011.

Matias Adamczyk
 player, 5 posts
 Polish
 Motor Rifles Draftee
Tue 25 Jan 2011
at 04:43
Re: The Commander
Matias felt no need to wake Thor up at any time during the journey.  In fact, he didn't even know that he was supposed to, if needed.  Apparently he didn't understand that a few grunts and elbow nudges meant 'Hey, wake me up if anything happens'.

But when Jan called him over, Matias dutifully joined him, turned back to face the group, and began to translate Jan's Polish into English.  He stumbled a few times, and had to simplify some of the concepts to words he knew, but he felt that anyone listening would be able to follow along fine.

When Warren came forward, Matias stayed put.  It quickly became clear that the commander and he might have a language barrier, and they Matias could continue to function as translator if they needed him to.
Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 867 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Tue 25 Jan 2011
at 18:20
Re: The Commander
Mariusz kept a careful watch on events as the negotiations took place.
Cap'n Rae
 GM, 2155 posts
 Long-time T2K Fan
 First-time GM
Tue 25 Jan 2011
at 23:21
Re: The Commander

[Assuming that someone- Jan or Mariusz or Monika- translates for Warren's benefit.]

The commander's reply is quick.

"Yes, I want to speak with this American official and the Russian commander of the- what was it, 10th GTD?- before I agree to anything further.

"Before we even consider the possibility of going out on a limb to go on the offensive against Czerny and 'liberate' Warsaw, we need to know what we're going to be replacing him with. He's a right bastard, but we've come to a sort of understanding. Sometimes the evil you know is better than the one you don't.

"Arrange a meeting. Bring them here. We'll talk, but that's all I can promise."


[If you have anything further to say to the commander of the Serock miltia, you can still post it and I will respond IC.]

With that, the hostages are released and the party is reunited aboard the Ural-375. Still under escort by the militiamen in the Tarpan-Honker and the GAZ, the truck rolls on to the bridge and towards the raised section that keeps Serock independent. There is a sturdy MG bunker near the heavy-duty winch that presumably raises and lowers the drawbridge. The drawbridge itself appears to be a folding bridge that was once mounted on a tank chasis or large truck and is now mounted somehow to the pavement of the real bridge. The entire contraption is raised and lower by a complex set of cables, pulleys, and the main winch. Soemeone with considerable engineering skill had to have put this together. The bunker MG is trained on you as you wait for the bridge to be lowered. It takes about 5 minutes for the process to be completed. As soon as you are across, the drawbridge is raised (this doesn't take quite as long).

You arrive on the other side and one of the 10TD's recon platoon steps out of some brush. He probably thinks that you are representatives of the Serock Militia. When Warren steps forward, the man is surprised and quite pleased. There is much laughing and back slapping.

Safely out of range of the militia defenders on the far side of the river, you meet the rest of the recon platoon. They are gaunt and unshaved and their mix-and-matched uniforms are dirty and threadbare. They immediately ask if you have any food to spare. They board the truck and lead you back to their camp.


TO BE CONTINUED
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2252 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Wed 26 Jan 2011
at 14:28
Re: The Commander
In reply to Cap'n Rae (msg #775):

On the trip over, Dawid made friends with their "escorts", offering them cigarettes and having one himself (also offered to Minh and Lech).

"Ah, a fine day for a river crossing!"

When he was reunited with his comrades, it was smiles and handshakes all around. "I admit, they videotaped my confession as a CIA spy, it will be broadcast tonight! I was weak!"

He clapped Sutherland on the shoulder and grinned. "Did the berserker give you any trouble?" He looked over at Thor, "did you give Lieutenant Sutheland here any trouble, hey?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:31, Wed 26 Jan 2011.

Konrad Bayer
 player, 1373 posts
Mon 7 Feb 2011
at 17:16
Re: The Commander

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