River Recon

Von Meiszen finds himself wishing for his horse as he creeps along as quietly as he can with a mortar strapped to his back, holding it close to keep it from banging against his equipment. But no, this sort of thing comes with the territory when you go into the infantry. If he has regrets they are no use to him now.

Bastian Hertz points ahead, to the treeline alongside the road. "We move up, mortar into the swamp, scouts skirting north through the ford. We'll need to be fast, up until the ford. Then it's slow and careful, keep a good lookout.

Quietly, Heinrich came into the area, holding his rifle on his back. He nods to any who come close, and just focuses on the task at hand, for now.

Einar Kassel has traded his MG34 for a box of shells, and would rather not think about just how tiny the pistol on his thigh is.

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Heinrich arrive at Forest.

Bastian Hertz slows down, crouching low for a bit, then transition ing to the ground. He waits for Heinrich to catch up before pointing ahead. "There's the ford. Slow from here on out, I think, till we get to the trees. Then we'll move south, observe the road where it curves to the bridge, then move ahead to the edge of that copse of trees and see what's down the road east. Good?"

Nodding, Heinrich makes his way up after his brother. "Yes. From here, we go quiet. " he says as he checks his rifle, loaded. Good. "Ready when you are."

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz moves East <E>.

Bastian Hertz panther-crawls, oblivious to the threat in wait… until his eyes adjust to the dark. The man doesn't seem to have seen him, though, so he moves in toward the Pole in the trench.

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Fire mode has been changed to FA.

Bastian Hertz slithers up to the trench, leaning into it. He slowly eases the selector into burst mode and takes aim… fish in a barrel—he hopes.

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz fires his MP40 at Wladyslaw but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Wladyslaw arrive at Forest.

From Forest, a male voice shouts, "Germans in the trench!".

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz tries to hide!

«Ground Combat» You notice Ewald arrive at Forest.

Bastian Hertz slips down into the trench, trying to shrink against a corner out of the line of blind fire.

«Ground Combat» You notice Heinrich arrive at Forest.

Bastian Hertz raises a finger to his lips, knowing the direction the others would be coming from.

"Were you fired upon, trooper?" Ewald hisses softly as he crawls towards Bastian's position, taking a peek to the south.

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves into Slit Trench.

Bastian Hertz peers over to the east, not wanting to be outflanked. "I was made," he reports. "One rifleman, to the south."

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of some sort of Tracked vehicle. (16 7)

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves to engage Wladyslaw in close quarters combat, but fails.

«Ground Vehicles» Jozef works on reloading 37mm Bofors with 37mm AP!

Ready to fire!

Wladyslaw shouts, "CAN'T SEE ANYTHING NOW… I THINK THE NAZIS HAVE PULLED BACK!".

«Ground Combat» Heinrich moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Ewald tries to hide!

Bastian's eyes flicker over to the other two Germans… their muddied uniforms and faces—then to his. That must be making them hard to see. He tries, desperately, not to breathe.

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves to engage Wladyslaw in close quarters combat, but fails.

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves to engage Wladyslaw in close quarters combat, but fails.

Ewald whispers, "Start heading back across the river. We can't handle that tank."

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves to engage Wladyslaw in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Ewald attacks Wladyslaw in melee combat with his Scoped Kar98k but misses!

«Ground Vehicles» 7TP arrives from Forest!

«Ground Vehicles» 7TP moves North <N>.

«Ground Vehicles» You notice 7TP arrive at Forest.

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of some sort of Tracked vehicle. (16 8)

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw attacks Ewald in melee combat with his Karabin wz.98a but Ewald blocks it!

Wladyslaw finds himself in melee suddenly with a German who popped up out of nowhere.

Wladyslaw shouts, "INFILTRATORS!".

Bastian Hertz allows the sniper to toy with his prey, carefully squirming down the line of trenches—not wanting to come through in front of that rolling tank.

Heinrich swears quietly, as he nods to the others. He begins to move, when the man tells him to- heading off in the direction he was told…It was an order, after all.

«Ground Combat» Ewald attempts to disengage from close quarters combat with Wladyslaw, and succeeds!.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Ewald but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz fires his MP40 at Wladyslaw but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Forest (16 9)!

(#2521) Bastian Hertz is missed by the CKM wz.30 mounted on (#14103) 7TP!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Forest! (16 9)

Ewald quickly backs off the Pole, and tries to slip into the shadows again. "Fall back, boys."

(#2521) Bastian Hertz is missed by the CKM wz.30 mounted on (#14103) 7TP!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Forest! (16 9)

(From 7TP) Jozef sees the muzzle flash and immediately opens up on the submachine gunner.

«Ground Combat» Heinrich moves out of Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Ewald but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Ewald tries to hide!

(#2521) Bastian Hertz is missed by the CKM wz.30 mounted on (#14103) 7TP!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Forest! (16 9)

«Ground Vehicles» Mariusz barks orders at Jozef!

(#2521) Bastian Hertz is missed by the CKM wz.30 mounted on (#14103) 7TP!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Forest! (16 9)

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz tries to hide!

After helping his fellow German into the shadows, Ewald starts to move out of the trench and back towards the east.

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves out of Slit Trench.

(From 7TP) Mariusz mms. "They are around here somewhere, careful.".

Wladyslaw meanwhile sees another one, not in the trench. He aims up.

Bastian Hertz opens up to cover his Scharfuhrer, after hearing the Pole cry out. Then he, too, slips into the shadows, careful to get away from where he'd fired.

Heinrich Tries to crawl away, getting away slowly, as he frowning as he keeps low to the mud as he moves.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Heinrich but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Heinrich tries to hide!

After the pole opens fire on Heinrich, Ewald moves closer to him, trying to help him back towards the river.

(From 7TP) Mariusz peers through the optics. "Nothing… lets go south a bit, we got the whole line to cover.".

«Ground Vehicles» 7TP moves South <S>.

«Ground Vehicles» You notice 7TP arrive at Forest.

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of some sort of Tracked vehicle. (16 9)

«Ground Combat» Heinrich moves West <W>.

Once out of the way of the machinegunners, Bastian means to slip from the trench… but ends up cowering under an overhang, trying to stifle his breath in a sleeve. The memory of being shot is enough to tell him that every crack and pop from the enemy machineguns is another hit he should havemay have, he can't be sure in the state he's intaken.

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz moves out of Slit Trench.

"Hold up at the river, Trooper," Ewald says quietly, as Bastian starts moving out, "I am going to continue forward and see what I can see."

(From 7TP) Jozef swaps out ammunition boxes and waits.

(From 7TP) Mariusz yawns, getting bored. And not comfy. "Give them twenty minutes and then lets get out of this damn tank.".

Wladyslaw shouts, "STILL CAN'T SEE ANYTHING. I THINK THEY'VE GONE!".

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves East <E>.

Bastian Hertz raises his head and nods to the sergeant. "Aye," is his response, followed by slipping out of the trench—better to NOT be where people will walk into him.

«Command from Ewald» Hold at the river.

«Illumination» A Very light goes off over the battlefield!

«Command from Ewald» Do not move when there is a flare in the sky!

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Heinrich but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

Wladyslaw shouts, "ONE IN THE WATER!".

«Command from Ewald» Fall back across the river!

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Heinrich but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw reloads his Karabin wz.98a!

Wladyslaw takes aim on Heinrich's head. He pulls the trigger - to get a dull click. Swearing he fumbles with a stripper clip.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Heinrich but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» Bastian Hertz moves West <W>.

From Forest, a male voice shouts, "More up here!".

«Ground Combat» Heinrich moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Bastian Hertz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest!

Bastian Hertz squirms and wriggles his way away from the trench, trying to both get clear of the Poles and maybe make sure Heinrich isn't dead yet. He's got his own problems, though, it seems.

«Ground Combat» Wladyslaw fires his Karabin wz.98a at Bastian Hertz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (16 9)!

Bastian Hertz suddenly bolts upright, sprinting across the ford!

Bastian Hertz bolts halfway across the river, then throws himself into the water as if hit… but emerges a few metres down the bank, gasping for breath.

«Report from Bastian Hertz» Sufficient time has passed for both infantrymen to get clear.

Shaking, Heinrich looks as frightened as he ever has before, closing his eyes and trying to calm himself down. "That was…that was close." he says.

«Ground Combat» Ewald moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Ewald arrive at Grass.

Bastian Hertz panther-crawls across the ground towards Heinrich, quite pleased to see the young man still moving. "And here comes the Feldwebel now," he breathes.

Heinrich is rapidly gaining his wits about him, as he nods. "Yes. Good, it…was exciting." he grins over to his brother, and nods to Ewald as he comes. "Shall we continue, Feldwebel?"

"What is this Feldwebel business?" Ewald says, giving Heinrich a bit of a glare at that, "Obersharfuhrer. The Heer trooper doesn't know any better, but you should." He then nods his head a little bit, "Our recon is complete. Let us go back and report to the luftwaffe the enemy position."

Heinrich is half frozen in terror, really- but he nods. "Sorry, Obersharfuhrer…" he says, as he takes another deep breath…

Bastian Hertz without a word, the mildly chastised soldier makes his way back to their lines, keeping low for a bit longer in case their foes have given token chase.

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