Ch. 16: The Battle of Warsaw (Part I)   Posted by Cap'n Rae.Group: 0
Minh Quyen
 player, 587 posts
 Spec-4
 U.S. Army Military Police
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 01:46
Re: Laying in Wait
After passing off her AK74 Quyen hurriedly stuffed her smallpack with the six frags from Jay along with the belted ammunition from Dawid for the machinegun. She then threw the pack over her shoulders and grabbed the PKM. It was a little large for her frame, but she could handle it and the explosives.

Then before walking over to where Jan's group was assembling she taps fists with Tucker and says "They broke us up Sergeant. I won't be there for you like last time so be careful."

Once at their position Quyen sets up the PKM where Jan directs her and then asks him, "I have claymore and POMZ-2... with some grenades. Want me to setup?"



OOC Stuff:
Jan Cerny:
"Jay, give those six frag grenades we found to Mariusz and Minh to make booby traps with."

Did this happen?
Jan Cerny:
Tony how much ammo is Dawid giving Minh for the PKM?

Need to know how much.
Arturo 'Orso' Ottenebrato
 player, 92 posts
 Sergente Maggiore Capo
 Paracadutisti Incursori
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 02:23
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Piotr Pawlowski (msg #950):

"Works for me. Better though if they," he indicated the other team who'd be on the other side of the road, "Draw the fire and we do the same for them."

Setting up a few metres from Piotr, Orso ensured he had plenty of cover as well as a clear area behind for the RPG backblast, such as it was. Additionally the location had to be out of the expected line of fire from the other side of the road. A covered path of withdrawal for all of them was also high on the list of priorities.
Content, if not entirely happy with the set up, Orso then ran quickly through the equipment he was carrying, mainly to familiarise his partner with his capabilities and restrictions rather than any expectance Piotr might actually have to use any of it himself.

"You might need to carry the RPG if it's not fired in the first ambush. I'm very heavily loaded."

Orso
Franchi SPAS-15 (7/6 buckshot) + 6x6 buckshot + 5 slugs (loose)
Grenade attachment
Armscor MGL Mark 1 (4 HE, 2 smoke/6) + 2xILLUM, 6xHEDP, 2x HE, 3xSmoke
RPG-7V + Russian PG-7M HEAT x1
Grenade, M26A1, x6
Grenade, smoke, M18 x2
Mecar BTU rifle grenade, HEAT x2
Swiss Army Knife
Gas Mask
4x Binoculars
RV-2/400 Hand Radio
NO medical supplies

Piotr Pawlowski
 player, 71 posts
 Starszy Sierzant
 Motor Rifles
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 03:11
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Arturo 'Orso' Ottenebrato (msg #952):

"I can do, just tell me before you fire so I can, err, how you say, shut asshole?" and gives out a laugh.

Piotr is making a primary position piling up rubble and such.
Mrityunjay Byanjankar
 player, 174 posts
 Naik (Corporal)
 Gurkha Rifles
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 06:56
Re: Laying in Wait
Disappointed after returning empty handed in his brief search for the MG crew, Jay set about fulfilling orders. From the captured equipment he passed on 6 frag grenades to Minh and Mariusz, and swapped an RPG rocket from Craig for 4 frags from his pack.

He listened carefully to the new team orders, aware that he would now be under Dawid's leadership.

To the group in general he asked, "anyone need mag for AK rifle? I have spare many." If there were any takers he would dish them out.
Jan Cerny
 NPC, 1140 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 10:29
Re: Laying in Wait
Jan called his small team together.  "OK.  Piotr, I need you to carry the RPG for the moment.  You will be paired with me and I will use the RPG if necessary but if we can then Orso will use it because of my wounded arm.  Minh, you will be paired with Orso.

"When the order comes to withdraw Orso and Minh will move first and then Piotr and myself.  We are to head back to the Capitaine's position.  He will send the signal over the radio or blow two long blasts with his whistle if that does not work.

"You all know this I am sure but once an AFV is immobilized we can withdraw and leave it so we do not need to destroy it.  Priority dismounted targets are leaders and then crew served weapons and do not finish off any wounded, leave them the problem of looking after their wounded.

"If you get separated then RV at the Zoo and wait therefore 24 hours if it is safe.  If you are still separated then go to Gora Kalwaria."  Jan then turned to Orso.  "Obviously you make your own decision on Gora Kalwaria."

He then turned to Minh.  "Set up whatever mines you can.  Ask the Capitaine how he wants them set up.  Any questions?"

This message was last edited by the player at 14:16, Thu 03 Nov 2011.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2550 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 10:39
Re: Laying in Wait
The street was about 40m wide at this point, and the ambush was to be in a V pattern. No chance of hitting either element in the crossfire unless they let the enemy get between them.

"Okay, here's what I want done:

Jay and Tucker, you're together as the anti-tank team. You'll be 10m forward, engage the 2nd vehicle through. We fire on the signal. You fire, then retreat past Mariusz and I. We'll fire a belt or so, then retreat past you. Use smoke or 40mm grenades to cover us when withdrawing. Remember, we can't stop and fight, one volley and then we leave."

Mrityunjay Byanjankar
 player, 178 posts
 Naik (Corporal)
 Gurkha Rifles
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 12:50
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Dawid Waldus Piotrowski (msg #956):

Jay nodded to indicate he understood the orders. He had done this kind of operation many times before, from the Falklands through to the Balkans, not to mention the Twilight War. "No have smoke, just HE and frag grenade."
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2552 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 12:59
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Mrityunjay Byanjankar (msg #957):

"Fine, Jay, those'll do nicely. Speaking of that, have any cigarettes now, while we have a chance."

He lit a cigarette, offering the captured pack around.

"Mariusz, set up the Claymore where you like. It can be to cover our retreat. Normally it would be set to start the ambush, but our rockets will do that.

"I know you know all about being an urban guerrilla, but for the rest of us let's remember that the usual bronegruppa tactic is to have a tank or armoured vehicle in front, followed by groups of infantry."

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 975 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 15:58
Re: Laying in Wait
Mariusz set up the claymore at the point he felt was the easiest way up the rubble that they were using to hide behind from the perspective of a soldier being ambushed. That way he hoped to get some of the men as they tried to pursue the team.

Once he had completed the mining he returned to Dawid's position and set himself in the assistant gunner's position. He looked at Dawid and said, "If we're shooting and scooting I intend to fire a grenade and a burst if there are appropriate targets. Is that OK or do you have a different plan?"
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2554 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Thu 3 Nov 2011
at 20:57
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Mariusz Tokarski (msg #959):

"That's fine, just open up when I do. We aren't staying so it's much better to add in your firepower than have you act as my loader. Just remember to blow the second Claymore to give us cover to move."

So here's how it goes:

  1. First Claymore goes off, Orso engages 1st vehicle, Jay/Tucker engage 2nd in line.
  2. Mariusz and I open up on dismounts and give covering fire for Tucker/Jay to withdraw past us to RP.
  3. Mariusz blows second Claymore to keep enemy heads down. We withdraw to RP.

As a reminder, our first RP is in the far corner of this Bank building, with the HQ section's position. If all else fails, try to get to the granary. If you can't, try and make the bridge and the west bank. The Baron is unlikely to follow that far.


This message was last edited by the player at 03:15, Fri 04 Nov 2011.

Arturo 'Orso' Ottenebrato
 player, 100 posts
 Sergente Maggiore Capo
 Paracadutisti Incursori
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 02:49
Re: Laying in Wait
Jan Cerny:
You will be paired with me and I will use the RPG if necessary but if we can then Orso will use it because of my wounded arm. Minh, you will be paired with Orso.</Blue>

"That is madness."
Orso had a professional opinion and wasn't afraid to express it.
"How can you hope to be accurate with a wounded arm? Leave it with me and Piotr as we've already set up. If it's not fired before pulling out, it's not going to slow me down much more than I already am."
"Also, my hands will be too full to assist Minh with the machinegun."

As unfamiliar as she obviously was, she needed somebody nearby to help her.
Mrityunjay Byanjankar
 player, 179 posts
 Naik (Corporal)
 Gurkha Rifles
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 07:23
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Dawid Waldus Piotrowski (msg #960):

Jay nodded in response to the clarification of orders. His plan was to find a good firing point in the shadows, take a prone position and then wait with RPG in hand. He might have to wait to get a good shot at the flank of an armoured vehicle, so he took his time to find a good spot.

In the hurry to go through final preparations, he clean forgot to mention that he didn't have a clue where the zoo was, not to mention Gora Kalaria, he just hoped he wouldn't get left behind again.
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2558 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 08:50
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Mrityunjay Byanjankar (msg #962):

Dawid examined the position, at the corner of Kepna and Targowa. Because of this, the AT team was as far forward as possible.

"Mariusz, if we're doing a fake minefield, might as well put it across Kepna street so we don't get outflanked, and maybe rig some actual booby traps with frags in the doorways along Kepna."

"I'm going to say a prayer, if anyone cares to join me."


He took out his Rosary.

"Dear Lord, Jesus and the Black Madonna, please protect and help us prevail. We are doing Your work, to free the people of Your beloved Poland. We ask for your mercy, and should we fall then please take us Unto your arms. Amen."

Minh Quyen
 player, 590 posts
 Spec-4
 U.S. Army Military Police
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 16:15
Re: Laying in Wait
Jan Cerny:
He then turned to Minh. "Set up whatever mines you can.  Ask the Capitaine how he wants them set up. Any questions?"


"No." Quyen replies quickly. She then leaves the PKM where her position was pointed out and moves forward. After a quick survey to pick out the best locations (Combat Engineer roll?) she kneels down and opens her small pack containing the mines, grenades, and other explosives.

Her first mine is the deadly POMZ-2 that is is setup above ground for an all around blast effect. She places it where the circular explosive zone will do the most damage to where she imagines any infantry to soon be. The POMZ-2's trip wire is then rigged and then the mine itself is armed. She then takes a few seconds to camouflage the mine but doesn't worry too much about that. With all of the debris and clutter scattered everywhere and shooting going on, she expects human nature to take over and their enemies too concerned with other matters than watching each and every footstep they take.

Quyen then falls back a little and moves off to the side. She purposely set up the first mine the furthest out so she or anyone else wouldn't accidentally trigger them. Her next mine the American claymore that she angles towards the side of road where she expects infantry to dismount from the vehicles from to take the best advantage of the cone shaped nature of this particular mine. Quyen then arms it using the command detonator - saving the trip wire component for her frag grenades.

For her third mine she falls back yet again, all while trailing out the claymore's detonating wires until she nears the area right next to where her squad is set up at. There she finds a suitable place for the grenades. For this last one she uses the trip wire that is in the claymore's packaging bag. She extends it across the length of ground and at each end she ties it to one of the grenades. Then then wedges each grenade in or under a small pile of rocks or debris with just enough pressure to keep them in place and for their spoons not to fly off. She then carefully pulls the pins on both grenades and looks at her booby trap. When men move towards their position, the lead one will snag the wire and pull both grenades out from their hiding spot and with no rocks in their way the spoons will fly off. Double explosion at both ends.

Time up...

Running back Quyen grabs the claymore command wire and inserts it into the detonator which she leaves with Jan. She then quickly explains the mine setup and returns back to her position where he gun was waiting.

Quyen
PKM <<<using bipod>>> (100/100)
Setting up mines (1 x POMZ-2 trip, 1 x Claymore command, and dual frag grenade trip)

Mariusz Tokarski
 player, 976 posts
 Polish
 Teenaged Partisan
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 16:38
Re: Laying in Wait
Mariusz nodded to Dawid and rushed off to place any plates he had found in the positions he had been advised to lay them in. Once he had finished he took the opportunity to speak with Bayer, "Sir," he said, "when we are pulling back I suggest we take the road to the river that is next to the dock spur here."

He pointed to the map to the area that had once been the bus station and an open air market, "There's cover for us and the gap the Baron can come through is only about three hundred meters. If the Queen is coming, that would be the area to catch the Baron with her mortar and grenade launcher. If that didn't work I suggest retreating between the stadium and the river on our way to the granary, that way, if the Queen is nearby she might have a shot with the Rapira, it would be fleeting and unlikely, but if she was on the river it might distract the Baron. If the Queen is carrying any troops from Gora Kalawaria having them setting up an ambush at the base of the position I suggested might be a nasty surprise for the Baron."

He returned to his firing position.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:41, Fri 04 Nov 2011.

Jan Cerny
 NPC, 1147 posts
 Czech/French
 FFL
Fri 4 Nov 2011
at 17:54
Re: Laying in Wait
Arturo 'Orso' Ottenebrato:
"That is madness."
Orso had a professional opinion and wasn't afraid to express it.
"How can you hope to be accurate with a wounded arm? Leave it with me and Piotr as we've already set up. If it's not fired before pulling out, it's not going to slow me down much more than I already am."
"Also, my hands will be too full to assist Minh with the machinegun."

As unfamiliar as she obviously was, she needed somebody nearby to help her.

"OK, let me be clearer," replied Jan to Orso with a look of frustration on his face.  "Minh is quite capable of firing the PKM on her own and we are not staying around for long enough to make a loader necessary so I am not asking you to assist her.  We are only staying long enough to make the enemy infantry deploy and walk onto the mines.  Therefore I need you firing either your grenade launcher or the RPG!"

He then turned to the subject of the RPG.  "As I said I am sure that you will end up firing it but I do not trust your judgement regarding target selection so I am not giving you a free choice of targets.  Before we attacked the stadium we had four rockets but you chose to fire one at the bunker rather than using your own weapons.  That was total overkill and a waste of one of our best AT weapons so I am making sure that the RPG will be fired when I say that it should be fired.   Therefore if the enemy do not come down this route and we have to move to a new ambush site then Piotr will carry the RPG.  I do not ask you to agree.  Just to understand and follow orders like an ordinary soldier.

"Therefore you will partner with Minh as I said and I will partner with Piotr when we withdraw.  Now let us go and look at the ground."

He glanced over at the rubble strewn ruins beside the road and visualised Konrad's plan.  "For the first ambush we will change the deployment slightly as this will be our best chance to use the RPGs with a flank shot.  Piotr will set up near Minh to machinegun the infantry with her.  Orso and I will set up ahead of the machinegun positions to get a flank shot at an AFV.  Orso will fire the RPG at an AFV of my selection and I will fire a HEDP round at something more lightly armoured, ideally a truck to make sure that it explodes.  Once the infantry deploy we must push them back onto the claymore which I will initiate."  Jan nodded at Minh, indicating that he understood the command wire.  "Once the mines start exploding we will start to withdraw, getting into our pairs as soon as we are in cover so that each pair has a radio.  We will need to withdraw at least 200m, probably more, before we can risk crossing the road to re-join the others.  Any further questions?"
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1144 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 01:43
Re: Laying in Wait
Minh Quyen:
Then before walking over to where Jan's group was assembling she taps fists with Tucker and says "They broke us up Sergeant. I won't be there for you like last time so be careful."

Tucker looks up and sees Minh walking over as he finishes the last checks of his gear and ammo.  He gets up to meet her and before she gets there and dons his gear for the upcoming fight.  He returns the tapping fists to her and smiles, "No one's breaking us up, it's temporary.  You'll be with Jan's group so you should be OK.  If it gets bad enough, I know you'll be there for me.  Don't get all sentimental on me now girl.  Good luck to you and see you on the other side."
Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1145 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 02:12
Re: Laying in Wait
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski:
The street was about 40m wide at this point, and the ambush was to be in a V pattern. No chance of hitting either element in the crossfire unless they let the enemy get between them.

"Okay, here's what I want done:

Jay and Tucker, you're together as the anti-tank team. You'll be 10m forward, engage the 2nd vehicle through. We fire on the signal. You fire, then retreat past Mariusz and I. We'll fire a belt or so, then retreat past you. Use smoke or 40mm grenades to cover us when withdrawing. Remember, we can't stop and fight, one volley and then we leave."

"We'll make due with what we have Dawid.

Second vehicle is ours on the command.  You cover us out and then we get you on the way back to the RP.  I only have [2] HEDP rounds left so I'll try to make 'em count."

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2566 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 07:00
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Robert 'Tuck' Tucker (msg #968):

"Good. Last minute consultation with Jan."

He jogged across the street, talked with Jan for a moment to get things straight, then returned. He marked a 5m radius in the street using chunks of concrete, a bit of wood, whatever debris was handy, and pointed the line out to Tucker and Jay..

"That's the arming line for your rocket. Okay, we, that is, the AT team, will take first shot at the lead vehicle. That's the signal to start the attack. You have a second rocket, save it. It takes 15 seconds to rearm, you should be running by then! Indeed, we will cover you."
Mrityunjay Byanjankar
 player, 181 posts
 Naik (Corporal)
 Gurkha Rifles
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 07:14
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Dawid Waldus Piotrowski (msg #969):

"So I take first tank now?" Jay replied, tying to clarify the order.
Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2567 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 11:55
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Mrityunjay Byanjankar (msg #970):

"Take the first shot at the first vehicle if you can, but in the end you are to take your best shot, that is, a flank shot. Hopefully, Charlie will figure out if you can't hit the lead vehicle's flank.

"If you think you have to switch targets and there's time, have Tucker call it in over the radio so Charlie is aware. That's all you can do."

Robert 'Tuck' Tucker
 player, 1148 posts
 Platoon Sergeant
 10th Mountain Division
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 14:33
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Dawid Waldus Piotrowski (msg #971):

"We're taking the first, best shot, at the first vehicle.  Once we fire our rounds, we're to displace to the first rally point, reload and then await for Dawid to catch up to us.  From there, we look for another vantage point to take or get another shot at one of the vehicles.  We keep running a fighting retreat until we're dead or can't run anymore.  I'm going to be leaving my ruck at our first rally point just in case it gets hot quick out there which I imagine it's going to.  In case something goes wrong, I've got one claymore in there plus some of my extra ammo," Tucker says to Jay and Dawid.
Jeff D. Warren
 player, 339 posts
 American - CIA
 Special Operations Group
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 14:42
Re: Laying in Wait
Jeff and Craig quickly settled into their new hide.  Before doing so, he had made it clear to Dawid and Konrad that they would most likely not be withdrawing with the rest of the platoon during the running ambush.  Fortunately, the radio was good and worse case scenario they could meet with either the Queen or the 10th.
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"Priority target is the Baron, if he's dumb enough.  We both know what he looks like.  If need be, we'll wait until the friendlies have broken contact.  I imagine the Baron might get out to survey the carnage, if he hasn't shown himself or been killed by that point.  If the column starts to move off again, we'll drop a leader and then displace.  Head for the palace, or barracks."

Jeff watches Craig for a reaction, and for any input.  From one officer to the other, and as they both had been SF of some sort, Jeff respected Craig.

"Agreed?"
Craig Sutherland
 player, 428 posts
 Lieutenant
 42 Commando Royal Marines
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 20:31
Re: Laying in Wait

Jeff D. Warren:
"Agreed?"



"Agreed, lets just hope he hasn't had his weetabixs this morning."

He waves off the confused look on Warrens face as he continues to scan in the direction of the column with Jays Binoculars.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:31, Sat 05 Nov 2011.

Dawid Waldus Piotrowski
 player, 2571 posts
 Ex-Sergeant
 Polish Artillerist
Sat 5 Nov 2011
at 21:26
Re: Laying in Wait
In reply to Robert 'Tuck' Tucker (msg #972):

"We have one Claymore set to cover our retreat. Where is the second one?"

"If there is no second Claymore set, then get the other Claymore to Minh over in Charlie as soon as possible so they can use it to start the ambush. Unless they have another directional mine, which I don't think they do."