River Recon South

Einar Kassel grinds ahead, pointing to the lowering terrain. "I don't know if that swamp's going to be close enough to cover them for very long," he says, pausing to confer with the gunner.

Von Meiszen asides, "Maybe they won't have a very good lookout. They haven't had much good of anything else so far."

Von Meiszen slogs his way unhappily through the mud. "I'm glad I didn't wear my good uniform."

Einar Kassel snorts, holding the duffel of shells over his head as he makes his way through the muck. "I think we should move to the river, get some eyes on the bridge. Whattaya think?"

Von Meiszen nods. "I think that's good sense," he agrees, the mortar riding on his shoulder.

Einar Kassel slips carefully ahead,eyes on the bridge as soon as he's in range.

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Von Meiszen arrive at River.

Von Meiszen moves more cautiously and stealthily as they approach the river.

Seeing the bridge clear, Einar turns his eyes east… and immediately ducks down into the water to his nose. "Back. Back!" he hisses. "I make a tank and infantry." His voice is shakey, and not just from the chilled river.

Von Meiszen squints through the darkness. "I don't see it," he replies, fading back all the same.

Einar Kassel squints to the other side of the river, then resumes his journey across the chest-deep water. "The front hull does sort of look like any other squat hut, I guess…"

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Von Meiszen arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

Von Meiszen holds up a hand to Einar. "Hst. No, now I see it too."

Einar Kassel nods, setting up the shells. "Here's good. If anything happens, we can immediately drop some shells on them. Here, deploy the mortar, 've found a good solid patch."

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

Von Meiszen is clearly grateful to get the mortar's weight on the ground as he sets the baseplate and fits the mortar together, eyeballing the line to figure the range.

Von Meiszen raises his head, visibly cocking an ear. "Sounds like something may be happening."

Einar Kassel nods, picking up a round. "Sounds like it. Open up!"

Einar Kassel raises a hand to his ear. "I'm not hearing anything…"

Von Meiszen pauses in preparing to fire the mortar. "Maybe they've taken care of it… that sounded like our guns, not enemy rifles. We'd better not give away our position until we hear the enemy, we may just make it worse."

Einar Kassel nods slowly. "I think you're right. I'm going to move up. Keep an eye on me, I'll signal if there's any activity." He rubs at his left arm, then carefully slithers ahead.

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves East <E>.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Einar Kassel waves Von Meiszen up, gesturing the all-clear.

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

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

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» Von Meiszen fires his Granatenwerfer 36 at Minor road!

Einar Kassel comes back, waving a hand across his throat. "There's nothing there! They've moved out!" he calls as loud as he dares—pobody's nerfect, after all.

Von Meiszen looks up from the mortar alertly and nods. "Did you see which way they went?"

Einar Kassel shakes his head. "No, they were gone when I got there." He's shivering, but looks back towards the river. "I should get back there, make sure they don't come. If you see me waving my arms, that means open fire on their position. God I could use a smoke," he adds.

"I've got one for you when you get back far enough that they aren't likely to see the lit cherry," Von Meizen replies.

Einar Kassel reaches out to shake the mortarman by the shoulder. "Good man, good man!" he grins before making off again.

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

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves East <E>.

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

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

Einar Kassel waves his arms, high as he dares above the water. Luckily the mortarman's been watching him, and should know where to look.

«Artillery» Granatenwerfer 36 artillery barrage batters Minor road (16 7) ineffectually.

Milan whispers, "More cover in the woods. We could sneak and flank them." He suddenly grits his teeth as a mortar shell thuds not too far away. "Incoming!"

From Minor road, a male voice shouts, "Mortars!".

Einar Kassel pumps his fist, signifying nothing—though the mortarman may take it as some other sort of signal.

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

Milan nudges over to you, "We could move into better cover, near the tank in the trench up there."

Milan adds, "And cover this section from there…we'd be in trees, anyone advancing to here would be in the open road."

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

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

Gustaw shakes his head slightly. "Better not, they might get in the trench, and the Germans love their submachineguns.".

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

Milan grimaces but nods. "No support for our tank. Once it fires, they'll be vulnerable and spotted."

"Well, we can always move if the situation changes…" Gustaw points out.

Milan gives a nod, "Our comm lines still working? I've heard no report from the trenchlines north."

Gustaw eyes Milan. "Comm lines?" he wonders, with faint amusement.

Milan adds, "Telegraph wires."

Einar Kassel waves his hands over his head again, noticing the… slackening in the barrage.

«Artillery» Granatenwerfer 36 artillery barrage batters Minor road (16 7) ineffectually.

Milan blinks now, "Putz. Tank crewman got out of the tank!"

Milan rises up, starting to move towards the tank in the woods through the trench. "I'll help cover it."

«Ground Combat» Milan moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» Einar Kassel moves West <W>.

Einar Kassel is grinning ear to ear as he comes back from the river. "Brilliant!!" he caws, visibly shaking now as he whips off his drenched jacket. "We should drop another shell or two and then get out of here, they're freaking out!"

Von Meiszen snaps a sharp salute just before he leans to the side and covers his ears.

«Ground Combat» Von Meiszen fires his Granatenwerfer 36 at Minor road!

"Do you know how our men are? Did they get away clean?" asks Von Meiszen as he prepares to fire a parting shot.

«Ground Combat» Von Meiszen fires his Granatenwerfer 36 at Minor road!

Einar Kassel pulls the arming pin on a shell, then lobs it to the gunner. "No idea. They sure stirred up some activity, though—I just managed to make some talk of tankers leaving their vehicle." He starts to gather up the shells that have fallen from their cases. "Now, let's get going."

Von Meiszen fires the last round and quickly packs up the little mortar back into an easily portable form. "Before they start looking for us," he adds with a grin, offering Einar a light and a smoke from his silver cigarette case.

«Ground Combat» You notice Wilhelm arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

Einar Kassel grins, accepting the light from VonMeiszen. He takes the baseplate, andfast as he can manage, hauling it and shells, runs. Wilhelm is handed the heavy metal foot like a 15-pound football. "Good trooperback to the lines!"

"Late but moving fast, eh? Ha ha!" Von Meizen's inappropriate barking laugh can be heard as he claps poor long-suffering Wilhelm on the shoulder, going the other way. "We have to get out of here before they recover from their barrage."

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