Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000.   Posted by Bishop.Group: 0
Arthur Sunderland
 player, 22 posts
Thu 22 Aug 2019
at 05:23
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000

"We move in a column formation until we reach the rear of the large brick two storied building, as Kosacki said we will use the fence line and hopefully some cover to get to the building. Then we split into two teams I will take the right corner and Kosacki the left we will crawl into position. We will use the radio to coordinate firing together then the SAW opens up on the dismounts and the M203 can start peppering the APC's as well. Don't wait for the hit on the armour open fire once the shot leaves the tube. All good ?"

"Duerr stick with me we need to put as much fire on those dismounts as possible."


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This message was last edited by the player at 06:41, Thu 22 Aug 2019.

David 'Nobby' Clarke
 player, 83 posts
 UK, Infantry 01, Private
 Chalkline
Thu 22 Aug 2019
at 05:51
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Nobby nods.

"If we get bounced do we proceed alone or call it off?"
Arthur Sunderland
 player, 23 posts
Thu 22 Aug 2019
at 06:54
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
In reply to David 'Nobby' Clarke (msg # 141):

"Depends... my weapon is suppressed and it's very effective so if we have the drop on them and can take them out I would opt for continuing once we see if we have been rumbled. Either way if it really goes tits up the Humvee is the fall back and then does anyone have an idea for a secondary location if it gets to hot and the Humvee has to bug out without us ?"


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David 'Nobby' Clarke
 player, 85 posts
 UK, Infantry 01, Private
 Chalkline
Thu 22 Aug 2019
at 10:23
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Nobby grunts "Bloody Poland. It's as flat as cat's piss on linoleum. There's not a decent bit of slope between here and there. The only real cover is behind this big white three story building with the grey roof here," he jerks his thumb behind them, gesturing to the structure to the west. "That way if they crash through those buildings our ride is safe - even if we aren't."

Nobby flips down his NVGs and prepares to move out.
Robert Kosacki
 player, 67 posts
 Bombadier, 47 Field Regim
Fri 23 Aug 2019
at 01:26
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Bomb merely shook his head at Clarke, his family had originally come from near Krakow and he remembered his grandfathers stories about the place.  As he did he checked over his own gear just to make sure nothing was out of place.  The LAW he had taken from Sunderland would be the first thing the enemy knew of the attack that was coming at least he hoped.  "Ready Sergeant, when you are."
Brad Duerr
 player, 180 posts
 Spec-4 2nd Plt, Delta Co
 1-61 Infantry
Fri 23 Aug 2019
at 11:03
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Brad checked that everyone was on the same radio frequency and then muttered to the group. "We bothering with call signs or are we passed that shit? I doubt that the Russians have listening stations trying to break our codes any more."

He double checked his SAW again and then said to Sunderland. "I'm ready Sarge."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:48, Sat 31 Aug 2019.

Brad Duerr
 player, 183 posts
 Spec-4 2nd Plt, Delta Co
 1-61 Infantry
Sat 31 Aug 2019
at 21:52
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Glancing round at the other three soldiers with him, a thought occurred to Brad. Fuck me! Have I joined the British Army. He was the only American in this little assault, what with that medical officer Murphy sensibly keeping out of the way, somewhere in the rear in a nice warm Humvee. Wasn't the 5th ID supposed to be an American Division. Where did all these Limeys come from!
Karen Murphy
 player, 12 posts
 1LT - U.S. Army
 66T ER Nurse
Sun 1 Sep 2019
at 08:33
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Back at the Ambulance, Karen Murphy stowed her gear and waited.  A lot of being a nurse was waiting.  Being an adhoc medic wasn't much better.  With nothing much to do except wait, Karen decided she would stare at something other than the dashboard.  But first things first - She reached into the back and fished out a Dutch made medical marijuana cigarette from one of the ammo cans.  She lit it, took the first of two deep drags, then held it.  After holding the first breath almost a score of seconds, she exhaled, and took her second drag.  As she held this breath, she pulled a pair of forceps from her aid kit and snuffled out the lit cherry on her machine-made joint.  She slipped the rest of the unsmoked cigarette into a BDU blouse and secured her medical gear.

The Valium she had taken earlier was just starting to kick in, since it took longer to enter the blood stream in pill form than an injection would have.  The marijuana was hitting fast thanks to its route of administration via smoking.  The combined effect slowed down Murhpy's perception of time, increased her curiosity, and reduced her anxiety and fear.

Feeling just fine, Karen Murphy stepped out of the HMMWV cab, then slowly climbed onto the the dash, then roof of the M997.
 Once on top, she sat cross-legged and stared out toward the direction the thought Ivanisevic and the others might be.  She waited and watched, for now happy to be a few feet above the muck, mud, and blood of the next firefight.
Bishop
 GM, 233 posts
Sun 1 Sep 2019
at 14:42
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
In reply to Karen Murphy (msg # 147):

01:48

With 1Lt Murphy getting high in the back of the M997A2, the four NATO troopers set out east towards their target building. It was Sgt Sunderland, followed by Spc Duerr, then Bomb Kosacki with Pvt Clarke taking up 'Tail-end Charlie' position at the fireteam's rear. Nobby was comfortable with this position, as it was the position he had earlier before they teamed up with Sgt Sunderland when the Bravo Company soldiers were taking out the artillery spotters at the Japanese car factory.

The column made good time, jumping from building to building, minimizing the time spent in the open and maximizing cover. It only took the team ten minutes to move from the Hummer to the target building just west of Częstochowska street. To the south of them fields smoldered, warm with the recent artillery strikes. Even their target building did not survive the recent Soviet artillery barrage unscathed.

Something wasn't right as the four-man column split into two pairs on the west side of the building. True, the three story building was now one story; its roof and two floors turned to rubble strewn mainly to the west. That wasn't it. Finally, some clarity. It was quieter here than it was before, the sounds of battle coming now mainly from the south.

Sure enough, when Sgt Sunderland and Spc Duerr to the north and Bomb Kosacki and Pvt Clarke to the south made their way east along the building's outer wall they saw why it was quieter here. The two BMP-2s and the two sticks of infantry dismounts had stopped firing, their turrets now at the 12-o'clock position, their guns at zero degrees elevation.

The back hatches of the two IFVs were open; troops were carrying what looked like American rifles and cases of ammo down from the second story positions the Alpha Company troops had been occupying. One of the Soviet dismounts called down from an open window in Russian, and several voices upstairs laughed. One of the troops below loading the enemy rifles in the back of the southernmost BMP-2 said something in Russian in return, speeding up his gait as he walked.

OOC:

ESY:RUS rolls for characters that have Russian language skill, please.

David 'Nobby' Clarke
 player, 86 posts
 UK, Infantry 01, Private
 Chalkline
Mon 2 Sep 2019
at 11:55
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
"Bomb," hissed Nobby, "let's get the fuck out of here!"
Brad Duerr
 player, 186 posts
 Spec-4 2nd Plt, Delta Co
 1-61 Infantry
Mon 2 Sep 2019
at 12:22
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Not speaking any Russian, Brad had no clue what the enemy soldiers were joking about. It didn't sound good though as they were probably taking the mickey out of a dead member of A Company, some poor bastard who had died with a shocked expression on his face or something similar, and so that really got to Brad. Even though he was being a hypocrite, as he had laughed at dead Russians his platoon had shot, it upset him that the enemy were clearly now doing the same to some former comrades of his.

"Sarge," he hissed to Sunderland beside him, struggling to contain his anger, it manifesting as aggression. "We can fuck them up big time now. If you put a LAW rocket into the back of the BMP on the left, I can shoot the shit out of any fucker still standing. Hit 'em hard and then get the fuck out of here."

Without realising it he was echoing some of what Clarke had said.
Arthur Sunderland
 player, 29 posts
Wed 4 Sep 2019
at 00:27
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000

Arthur gives Brad a thumbs up and indicates for him to stay here while he gets into a better position for firing the law. He will crawl back to where he is sure he can get the rocket armed in flight and still have a clear path to the APC. If there is a handy tree or some other form of cover he takes it.

Slowly he rises and takes a knee aiming the launcher towards the target having opened the caps on either end and slid the rear tube open. Keying the mic on his radio he checks the other team are ready, reminds them of the arming distance and then begins a countdown from five if they are good to go.

At the correct moment he depresses the green rubber trigger on the top of the launcher. With the rocket away Arthur tosses the launcher onto the ground as he turns into cover and unslings his rifle.


Arthur Sunderland rolled 59 using 1d100. That's a hit with an aimed shot.

Arthur Sunderland rolled 53 using 1d100.  Russian = 50. I think that is a success as well.



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This message was last edited by the player at 01:27, Wed 04 Sept 2019.

Robert Kosacki
 player, 69 posts
 Bombadier, 47 Field Regim
Sat 7 Sep 2019
at 08:35
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
"After I take the shot Nobby" Bomb waited until he had lined up the shot and got the go ahead and then whispered "Take that ya jammy bastards." and fired.  Before rolling back into cover.


18:29, Today: Robert Kosacki rolled 27 using 1d100. Heavy Weapons 60.
Bishop
 GM, 242 posts
Sat 7 Sep 2019
at 13:16
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
In reply to Robert Kosacki (msg # 152):

01:59

As the three Soviet soldiers worked to load the two seperate BMP-2s, a voice shouted down from the former Alpha Company positions in Russian.

"Private BI-LEN-KO!!! Get your stupid ass up here as quickly as possible!" a male voice called out from the first story window on Częstocowska Street's east side. The other soldiers standing next to him laughed, and the laughter carried downstairs. Down below carrying an armload of American M16A2 rifles, Private Bilenko hurried his gait as he made his way toward the open back of the waiting battle taxi. "Yes, Senior Sergeant!" he called to his superior waiting above.

Northwest of the northern BMP-2 Sergeant Sunderland aimed his LAW rocket. In Vietnam fully 33-45% of LAWs misfired, simply refusing to work and were duds. 33-45%, and that was forty years ago when the rockets were new! Artur hoped he hadn't armed a dud rocket, or passed a dud to Kosacki. He held his breath, depressed the firing button, and waited.

The 66mm rocket flew out of the tube and impacted the BMP about waist high forward on the left hull side. A huge shower of sparks flew meters in the air as the rocket punched through the enemy Infantry Fighting Vehicle's thin armor plate. A second later, access hatches flew open as the driver, gunner, and commander sought refuge outside the now smoke-filled fighting vehicle.

Five seconds later, southwest of the southernmost BMP-2, Bomb Kosacki fired his M72 LAW rocket. He was less familiar with the small rocket's checkered past, but that didn't stop him from getting a hit on the enemy vehicle. The rocket flew into the open doorway as Private Bilenko was turning to jog back upstairs as ordered. The 66mm rocket packed a relatively tiny punch, but exploded after hitting the vehicle's internal bulkhead.

No hatches flew open on the second, southernmost BMP-2. Instead, smoke began to rise up where access panels and hatches were closed but not dogged down. Private Bilenko and the soldier next to him were thrown to the ground when the LAW detonated and suffered either shrapnel or blast damage or both. Bilenko cried out in pain as he crawled slowly away from the stricken vehicle; the other soldier didnt move and laid very still, not calling out or moving.
Brad Duerr
 player, 189 posts
 Spec-4 2nd Plt, Delta Co
 1-61 Infantry
Mon 9 Sep 2019
at 08:33
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Almost simultaneous with the firing of the second LAW Brad, who was now hunkered down prone behind a solid piece of masonry several meters back from Sunderland, with his SAW deployed on its bipod on top of his improvised barricade, joined in the attack, firing a stream of rounds from his light machine gun. He started with any targets he could see in the open, then switched to anyone trying to escape from a burning vehicle and lastly targeted the high windows where someone had been yelling down from in Russian. He was using his M249 to its maximum firepower, spitting out as many rounds as quickly as he could, trying to continue to push the initiative they had achieved and keep the enemy soldiers off balance, uncoordinated and unable to respond properly. Even if he didn't hit anyone he hoped at least to suppress them sufficiently to allow the rest of his team to start to withdraw. They had done the damage they intended to do as both BMPs had taken significant hit but it was now time to get the hell out of there unscathed. Any extra casualties they inflicted now were a valuable bonus but escaping unharmed was now the key objective.


Brad
Lying prone behind some solid stone (for additional protection/armour) with his SAW on its bipod on top
Firing 5 bursts targeting:
 - 1) Commander
 - 2) Driver
 - 3) Gunner
 - 4) High up windows where someone was yelling in Russian
 - 5) High up windows where someone was yelling in Russian
M249 SAW (62/67)

This message was last edited by the player at 14:17, Tue 10 Sept 2019.

David 'Nobby' Clarke
 player, 89 posts
 UK, Infantry 01, Private
 Chalkline
Mon 9 Sep 2019
at 13:18
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Nobby's not taking part in the turkey shoot but rather watching the flanks.

"Where are the fucking flank guards?!" He thinks, scanning nervously.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:13, Tue 10 Sept 2019.

Robert Kosacki
 player, 70 posts
 Bombadier, 47 Field Regim
Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 06:10
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
"Fooked if I know" Kosacki snapped back dumping the LAW case and bringing his battle rifle up and peeking around the corner.

OOC: I forgot what the exit plan was, it's been a busy couple of weeks.
Arthur Sunderland
 player, 31 posts
Tue 10 Sep 2019
at 08:24
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000

Arthur heard the empty M-72 tube hit the ground and roll on the gravel at his feet as he brought his rifle to his shoulder and aimed for the open window through it's scope.

It was then he saw the crew egressing from the BMP Arthur put the chevron from the Russian made optic at about knee height of the first crew member, given the close distance and pulled the trigger. He then did the same for the second and third as they clambered off the APC. He could smell the smoke and as he did Arthur hoped it was a good sign that both APC's were alight and burning inside.

Once the crew were down regardless as to who did it Arthur would scan the level of the former HQ which the Russian voice emanated from looking for targets of opportunity to show themselves within the windows.


Sunderland.
Taking a knee behind cover
VSS Vintorez (30/30) 939mmB SP6, PSO-1-1 telescopic sight
Firing on dismounted BMP-2 crew until they are down.

I was waiting for the 40mm to drop on the APC's and then realised it was Kosacki who had the M203, so drop a couple and then we will bug out.



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This message was last edited by the player at 10:12, Tue 10 Sept 2019.

Robert Kosacki
 player, 71 posts
 Bombadier, 47 Field Regim
Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 05:07
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Bringing his rifle up into position he fired a grenade up int A company's former postion, hopefully they had bugged out but whoever was up there now wasn't going to be friendly.

15:02, Today: Robert Kosacki rolled 33 using 1d100. Heavy Weapons 60.

"Yee ready Nobby tae run?"
David 'Nobby' Clarke
 player, 91 posts
 UK, Infantry 01, Private
 Chalkline
Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 10:00
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Robert Kosacki:
"Yee ready Nobby tae run?"


"You know bomb, I think these fucking plonkers came up here without securing their flanks."

He looks about, seeing no movement at all while the others pour fire into the column.

He shakes his head and gets ready to move out. "Yep, let's go before more of them turn up."
Bishop
 GM, 251 posts
Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 18:51
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
In reply to David 'Nobby' Clarke (msg # 159):

02:00

Two AM saw the group continue their attack against the two BMP-2s and the unnamed Senior Sergeant's dismounts. The Soviets had the numbers AND the high ground, but the NATO troopers had fire discipline and esprit de corps. They hadn't been working that long together, but being professional soldiers, each man seemed to know what was expected of him.

Their BMP-2 penetrated by Sgt Sunderland's M72, the crew of the northernmost enemy vehicle scrambled for the assumed safety of the street below their tracks. It was the last mistake they would make. Spc Duerr poured on fire from his M249, missing the commander of the vehicle but hitting the driver and gunner, both men crying out as they fell to the ground wounded.

Realizing they were under small arms fire, the commander of the BMP-2 felt that if he could just make it to the ground he could use the stricken vehicle's armored hide to cover himself from the incoming rounds. Sgt Sunderland didn't give the man the chance, hitting him several times center mass until he fell to the ground motionless.

Brad Duerr kicked himself for missing the commander of the enemy IFV. He was so concerned with his past performance that the first few bursts went wide, flying harmlessly above the building across the street. The sound of Sunderland's VSS Vintorez comforted the young Specialist, and his subsequent bursts began to strike in and around the holes in the building where the windows used to be.

Once his target was down, Arthur too turned his attention to the dismounts across the street in the first floor windows. The enemy was starting to get their bearings now and there were several muzzle flashes the Royal Marine could aim at. As the near misses zoomed closer and closer, bouncing off the street and the corner of the building they hid behind, Arthur was starting to wonder if they would ever get fire dominance on the enemy. The Soviet dismounts had been stunned by the loss of their ride home but were now getting into the fight, pouring their fire on Duerr and his SAW as the young American sprayed the windows on the other side of Częstochowska Street.

Just as the northern pair began to wonder why the southern pair of NATO troopers weren't firing, Kosacki's 40mm made a soft 'phoot' sound as his M203 fired in the early morning summer darkness. The shot was perfect, the round having barely enough distance down range to arm as it arced perfectly across the street. Just like Robbie wanted, the round sailed right through the window and detonated inside the building near the enemy's own belt-fed weapon.

KA-THOOM!


Seventy-five percent of the enemy muzzle flashes stopped firing instantly. From their positions across the street, the four NATO troopers could hear the enemy soldiers writhing around in agony. The pressure taken off Duerr and Sunderland was immediate as the enemy reeled from the one-two punch the American and Brits were able to deliver to the Soviet dismounts.

OOC:

Duerr: -10 shots

Sunderland: -8 shots

Kosacki: -1 40mm HE

Arthur Sunderland
 player, 36 posts
Sun 15 Sep 2019
at 05:30
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000

Arthur continued to scan the windows taking several shots at the those Russian dismounts still active in the old HQ building. He controlled his breathing as he said "Alright Duerr begin to move out, I will cover you." He then clicked his mic on his radio;
"All call signs, that's it move back, out."

After he had covered Duerr Arthur would follow him out as fast as he was able. Meeting the others back were they split Arthur would lead the small group back to the Humvee, rifle at his shoulder ready for any surprises.

Once they had a visual on the Humvee he would radio Lt Murphy and let her know they were coming in and to get the vehicle started.

Sunderland.
Taking a knee behind cover, firing 2 shots in the next combat round, before bugging out while changing magazine.

VSS Vintorez (06/30) 939mmB SP6, PSO-1-1 telescopic sight
Firing on two different muzzle flashes in former HQ. If the MG is still active that's his priority.

Arthur Sunderland rolled 36 using 1d100.  Shot 2 - To Hit = 48.

Arthur Sunderland rolled 8 using 1d100.  Shot 1 - To Hit = 48.



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This message was last edited by the player at 21:36, Mon 16 Sept 2019.

Karen Murphy
 player, 13 posts
 1LT - U.S. Army
 66T ER Nurse
Mon 16 Sep 2019
at 17:03
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Karen Murphy saw the flashes and hear the explosions nearby.  The sounds jolted her into action.  Slow, slow action.  With painstaking carefulness, she carefully dismounted the top of the ambulance.  Once on the ground, she laid hands on the side of the vehicle, using them as a reference as she unhurriedly moved around the vehicle to the passenger side.  Eventually, after two false attempt to open the door, managed to snag the door handle.  Once inside the vehicle, she buckled up and sat calmly, wondering if all of the others might make it back.
Brad Duerr
 player, 197 posts
 Spec-4 2nd Plt, Delta Co
 1-61 Infantry
Mon 16 Sep 2019
at 21:35
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
Arthur Sunderland:
He controlled his breathing as he said "Alright Duerr begin to move out, I will cover you." He then clicked his mic on his radio;
"All call signs, that's it move back, out."

"What?" said Brad, mildly confused. He had thought that he was supposed to cover the others retreat, having the highest rate of fire weapon and Sunderland being armed with a silent sniper rifle. He didn't hang around though if the British Sergeant had changed the plan. Instead he followed the instruction and pulled himself back into cover before getting up from his prone position and making his way back to the Humvee with the Lieutenant was waiting for them.

As he moved back he kept his SAW ready, carrying it like a large rifle, ready to engage any enemy troops how had somehow wandered between the place they had launched their attack from and their extraction point.


Brad
Pulling back to the Humvee
Ready to engage any targets he encounters with short bursts
M249 SAW (52/67)

Robert Kosacki
 player, 73 posts
 Bombadier, 47 Field Regim
Wed 2 Oct 2019
at 03:28
Re: Death of a Division, 18 Jul 2000
"Nice" Kosacki muttered at the explosion.  He looked across at Nobby "Let's go before they start shooting again." he waits for the older man to get going before following.