Advance Across The Castilian Plains

Where: Castilian Plains
Who: Konstantinov, Marchand, Ubbe, Vaclav, Vladimir, William, Zhirnovsky (NPC)
When: July, 1937

«Announcement!» Orders come down the chain of command: the XI International Brigade, along with four divisions of Spanish Regulares, are to move out for a 15 kilometer march in the heat of a spanish summer to take part in what is hailed as the start of the great Republican counterattack. Tactical orders will await at the front.

Marchand hears word of the orders, and quickly packs his gear to get started.

Castilian Plains
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Coordinates : 2 3

A flat plain of short grass stretches out around you, broken by the occasional bush or tree. It is rather exposed out here, the grass being too short to hide in, and cover too sparse to hide behind.

It is currently daytime.

While the smokey trails of a rare dogfight linger in the clear blue sky, for the most part, the air is solidly in the hands of the monoplanes of the Condor Legion. Across the broad plains of Castile, the Republican offensive grinds on, pushing further and further south. A spaniard wearing a Colonel's star looks over the men of K Company, addressing Konstantinov in swift spanish: "Brunete is south of here. The enemy is drawn up in a line in front of the town; clear the fascists from these plains, and advance on the town. Quickly!"

Marchand arrives down the road from the east, marching with the brigade. As he approaches Brunete, the American looks around to where the trails of aircraft passage lurk.

Konstantinov huffs and puffs his way along the march. The commissar isn't given to much physical activity in the best of weather, and the summer heat of Spain is not the best of weather. He mops his puffy red face hastily with a handkerchief, before going to address the colonel. He gives the ranking officer a sharp communist salute, nodding at the orders. "It shall be done, Comrade
Ubbe stares up at the trails of the dogfight, lost in his own thoughts for a couple of moments before he snaps back to this world and continues on.

William frowns as he sees the small dots flying about in the sky and the entire formation of amassed manpower begins its march towards the battlefield. His rifle is now unslung and at the ready. Sweating from the march and the summer heat, he is already sweating somewhat. His face looks thoughtful this moment of time… before the battle, probably just a soldier's way of doing mental checklists and such.

«Airstrike!» A Stuka screams down from overhead, headed for Plains! (2 2)

Marchand murmurs low, "Expect that Russian tank to be blown off the road by a Stuka."

«Airstrike!» Incoming!

Vladimir walks in from east and looks up to the dogfight at sky, he smiles as one of the fashist planes are shot down, he continues walking towards others. He does notice a stuka comes close to them to bombard, he takes cover behind the tank…

Marchand looks up to the sky, "Incoming!" shouted, as he himself dashes suddenly.

William frowns as he hears the sound of a Stuka screaming as it dives down in a suicidal rage… it prepares to drop its lethal payload… He dives to the ground in preparation for the blast.

«Ground Combat» Marchand moves West <W>.
«OOC» Vladimir says "its attacking to south of here"

Vaclav shouts, "MARCHAND!".

From Blank Room, a male voice shouts, "I'll cover your left flank.".

The top hatch of the T-26 is drawn open, to permit the soviet commander of the vehicle a better view of the plains to the south. Over the sound of divebombers and artillery, Zhirnovsky is shouting into a radio, in russian, "I say again: We have NO air cover! Under heavy fire! We're stitting like ducks out here! Both B-5s are knocked out! Shit-" A curse as the explosion from the south precedes his next report, "If we stay out here any longer, we'll lose the whole column!" The reply the tank commander recieves is garbled, but legible: "Press ahead. Resume the attack." Prior to ducking back inside and closing the hatch, the russian advises the infantry, in bad spanish, "Stay away from armour! Bombs!" the T-26 then clatters southward once again.

Ubbe stares at the Stuka dropping it's load in front of them, he slowly gets the rifle from his shoulder, readying it at the same time.

Vaclav pieces together the key elements of thier orders, and gives a curt nod to the Colonel. The corporal eyes the skies overhead for a brief moment before taking the russian tank commander's advice; snarling as Marchand dashes off, the big czech barks out, "Zaikov, Urban! Move west. Advance south, with Marchand to Brunete. Engelbretson! With me. We go east, then push south. Keep Tank in middle. Comrade Commissar attend as need. Questions?"

Vladimir nods to vaclav and moves west
«Ground Combat» Vladimir moves West <W>.
«Ground Combat» Ubbe moves West <W>.

«Ground Vehicles» T-26 M33_ moves South <S>.

PzKpfw 1 fires Twin MG 34 (Alessandro)… «Ground Vehicles» PzKpfw 1 hits T-26 M33_ (#9226) in the BACK!
No effect.

The main gun of the T-26 opens fire once the vehicle has clattered south. The rattling of machine gun bullets against the russian tank's armor has no effect expect to unnerve a few of the rookie crewmen. within, Zhirnovsky lets out a terse breath, as a pillar of earth is thrown up beyond the light german tank ahead. "Reload the main gun, and keep ahead, full speed! Get us across these plains before that stuka comes back around!" The commander is answered with a chorus of voices calling, "Yes comrade!" To himself the russian commander mutters, "That little war wagon can't stand against us, we just need to get out of the open, and we'll make it."

«Ground Vehicles» You notice T-26 M33_ arrive at Blank Room.
«Ground Vehicles» T-26 M33_ is hit by an antivehicle mine!
«Ground Vehicles» T-26 M33_ hits T-26 M33_ (#9226) in the SIDE!
Penetrating Hit!
CREW HIT!
Zhirnovsky suffers 1 wound damage to its head.
SPLINTERS!
Zhirnovsky suffers 5 wound damage to its left chest.
Zhirnovsky suffers 5 wound damage to its abdomen.
MOBILITY KILL!
«Ground Combat» Zhirnovsky has been killed!

William frowns as he spots the B-5s up ahead, smoking and engulfed in furious flames. Its occupants are all burning to death as they speak. After the explosion of the Stuka's bomb, many men had been tossed into the air in bits and pieces. He nods to the Comrade Corporal. "Aye aye, Comrade Corporal." He follows the Corporal eastward.

«Ground Combat» Vaclav moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» You notice William arrive at Plains.
«Ground Combat» You notice Konstantinov arrive at Plains.

Konstantinov has no questions for Vaclav. It would not be proper for the commissar to ask questions, as he knows all. He merely checks to see that is pistol is loaded, and follows Vaclav.

William runs onto the grass, following the Corporal's tail. He now turns southward and begins moving again…

Vaclav jogs along, sweating profusely, but not slowing under weight of the gun, or heat of the sun.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!

«Ground Combat» Vaclav moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice William arrive at Plains.
«Ground Combat» You notice Konstantinov arrive at Plains.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!

William gazes southward at the action unfolding in front of them. Dots still moving along in the sky, men shouting and firing at each other, vehicles groaning and firing at anything that moves… utter chaos.

Konstantinov is definitely moving more slowly in the heat, but he manages not to lag behind. Too far. The sound of rifle fire makes him tilt his head up. The commissar never has been a sterling front line officer.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

Vaclav abruptly drops to his belly in the short, brittle grass of the plains, and barks, "Machine gun south!"

«Ground Combat» Vaclav deploys his DP 27!
«Game» William assists Vaclav!

William drops down to his belly besides the Comrade Corporal and assists with the ammunition belt and such.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

William scans the grass area looking for the enemy, who is probably itching to spray machine gun rounds on unsuspecting Republican riflemen…

Konstantinov gets down as low as he can, falling to the dirt with a soft, sweaty curse in Russian. He then drags himself over to try and get a view of the machine gunner to the south of them.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Giustiani fires his Chauchat at Vaclav but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 2)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Giustiani but misses!

William whispers to the Comrade Corporal. "I see him…" Bullets wiz by as the man sees them and opens fire upon them.

«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!

«Game» William assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Blank Room (3 2)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Giustiani but misses!

«Ground Combat» Giustiani tries to fire his Chauchat at Vaclav but his weapon is jammed!

«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

Vaclav barks curtly, upon hearing the distincly abrupt clatter of a jammed chamber, "Rush him! Now!"

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 2)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Giustiani and hits!
Giustiani suffers 2 wound damage to his left hand.
Giustiani suffers 2 wound damage to his right chest.

William stands up to rush the enemy the best he can, at a dead run.

«Game» Konstantinov changes his style to Sprint!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 2)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Giustiani but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

«Ground Combat» William moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 2)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Giustiani and hits!
Giustiani suffers 4 wound damage to his abdomen.
Giustiani suffers 4 wound damage to his left hand.

William comes running in, bayonet gleaming in the sun!

Konstantinov may not be the bravest frontline soldier. But he doesn't particularly want to be killed. And he does have a pistol. And an act of bravery might look good on his political record. "For the People!" he cries, as he puffs behind William, to the south.

«Ground Combat» William moves to engage Giustiani in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Konstantinov moves South <S>.

«Game» Giustiani unjams his Chauchat!

William runs and gets in hand-to-hand combat range of the enemy.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 2)!

William gets ready to thrust his enemy through the heart!

«Ground Combat» William attacks Giustiani in melee combat with his Kar98k and hits! Giustiani suffers 6 wound damage to his right hand.

No sooner is the offending bullet cleared from the machine gun's chamber, with a triumphant yell, than Giustiani looks up to see a Republican solider right on top of him. Rolling to one side, his hand never the less gets torn badly by William's bayonet, a shout of pain and alarm at the injury.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Konstantinov fires his Tokarev TT-33 at Giustiani and hits!
Giustiani suffers 4 wound damage to his left hand.
«Ground Combat» Giustiani has been killed!

William grins as the enemy falls down dead, having been shot by the Commissar. "Excellent shot, Comrade Kommissar!" He goes to loot the dead man's corpse.

«Ground Combat» Vaclav moves South <S>.

«Game» William loots the body of Giustiani

Konstantinov does not waste his time with brute physical combat. That, is not the commissar's area. He merely draws his pistol and aims it, with some precision, at the fleeing Italian. He smiles as he watches the fascist fall. Not a particularly appealing smile. "For the People, Comrade Engelbretson," he says simply. This is a good propaganda moment.

Vaclav sprints in from the north, barking abruptly, "Gunfire west! Eyes west!"

«Ground Combat» Vaclav deploys his DP 27!
«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

William goes down to his belly again, and aims for the enemy machine gunner. He watches the tank go forward to engage a Republican vehicle.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!

Vaclav mutters under his breath, blue eyes narrowed on the fascist center.. "Open fire."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 2 wound damage to his right hand.
Raisuni suffers 2 wound damage to his right chest.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» William fires his Kar98k at Raisuni and hits!

William fires at the enemy, after lining up his rifle sight at the enemy's torso and pulling the trigger.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (2 1)!
«Ground Combat» Raisuni fires his Chauchat at Vaclav and hits!
Raisuni suffers 2 wound damage to his right arm.
Raisuni suffers 4 wound damage to his right chest.

«Ground Vehicles» PzKpfw 1 moves South <S>.

Konstantinov crawls over, keeping slightly behind Vaclav and William, to peer at the Nationalist soldiers west of them. "For the People," he repeats, as if reminding both the Republicans.

William watches as the tank rumbles backwards. "For the People, Comrade Commissar." He eyes the rifle sight for another shot…

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» William fires his Kar98k at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 5 wound damage to his left leg.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (2 1)!
«Ground Combat» Garcia fires its .44 Largo Tigre at Vaclav and hits!
Vaclav suffers 2 wound damage to his left hand.

«Ground Combat» Vaclav reloads his DP 27!

William fires again, and hits the enemy in the leg, of which its effect can be seen by a gush of blood flying into the air.

«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni but misses!

William spots the second Nationalist, but keeps his attention on the enemy machine gunner…

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» William fires his Kar98k at Raisuni but misses!

«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vladimir fires his Mauser M1893 at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 3 wound damage to his right leg.

«Ground Combat» Raisuni reloads his Chauchat!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (2 1)!
«Ground Combat» Garcia fires its .44 Largo Tigre at William but misses!

«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni but misses!

William frowns as he misses! "Bloody…" he whispers to himself. Shots from further west must indicate that the Republicans there have now gotten the enemy in a kill zone, fired upon in two different directions!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vladimir fires his Mauser M1893 at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 1 wound damage to his left chest.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» William fires his Kar98k at Raisuni but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni but misses!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» Ubbe fires his Mauser M1893 at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 2 wound damage to his right arm.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Plains (2 1)!
«Ground Combat» Raisuni fires his Chauchat at Vaclav but misses!
«Game» Konstantinov assists Vaclav!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Blank Room (3 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vaclav fires his DP 27 at Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 7 wound damage to his head.
Raisuni suffers 4 wound damage to his right leg.
«Ground Combat» Raisuni has been killed!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains (1 1)!
«Ground Combat» Vladimir fires his Mauser M1893 at Garcia and hits!
Garcia suffers 5 wound damage to its right chest.
«Ground Combat» Garcia has been killed!

William pulls back the bolt and ejects the used cartridge, then shoves a fresh one into the chamber. Seeing the machine gunner's head explode, he moves for the second… who also is killed by a round through and through his chest, complete with a red myst.

Konstantinov does what he can to give some aid to Vaclav on the machine gun. He's not good for much else, at a distance. A slight smile comes to his face as he, too, listens to the sounds of Republican gunfire. The People.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Plains!
«Ground Combat» Marchand snipes Raisuni and hits!
Raisuni suffers 6 wound damage to his head.
«Ground Combat» Raisuni is already dead! Can't you let the dead rest in peace?

William sighs in relief as the enemy are dispatched.

Vaclav mutters, "Move west, meet up with rest of Company. Now!"

«Ground Combat» Konstantinov moves West <W>.

William smirks as the dead Nationalist is shot again and moves to rendeveous with the rest of the Company… or at least the survivors.
«Ground Combat» William moves West <W>.

«Game» William loots the body of Garcia

«Ground Combat» Vaclav moves West <W>.

«Game» Konstantinov loots the body of Raisuni

Vaclav shouts, "COMRADES! REFORM IN CENTER!".

William begins looting from the corpses of the dead.

Vaclav instructs curtly, "Engelbretson! Keep eyes south!"

«Ground Combat» You notice Vladimir arrive at Plains.

«Ground Combat» Vaclav reloads his DP 27!
William crawls a little bit southward, on his belly, and scans the horizon for the enemy.

Vladimir crawls slowly from west, he seems to have a bloody mouth which seems to be becouse of a bullet hit his chest also his wound at the leg. "See how I got that bastard?" he gives a broken smile and waits for orders.

«Ground Combat» You notice Ubbe arrive at Plains.

Vaclav waits for word from William before ordering the advance to continue.. in the meantime, the corporal prompts, "Casualties! Where in Hell Marchand?"

«Ground Combat» You notice Marchand arrive at Plains.

Marchand enters, carrying his rifle readied, step by step moving slow and quiet.

«Airstrike!» A Stuka screams down from overhead, headed for Plains (2 2)

William calls out to the Corporal, "It's clear, Comrade Corporal!"
Vladimir says "What happenned to our tank?"

«Airstrike!» Incoming!

Marchand speaks up. "Ammo here." He turns to glance back. "Like I said. I bet a Stuka's blasted it."

William stands up and prepares to move southwards, when a Stuka's screech can be heard! He looks up, and dives for cover again…

Konstantinov is untouched. As he prefers. The sound of the plane overhead makes him twitch briefly, but he hides any further reaction in front of the men.

«Equipment» Marchand picks up Astra Model 400.

Vaclav spares a look north, frowning deeply as he notes, "Tank gone. Continue advance south. Get Hell out of plains, and find cover. Now! Move South!"

Marchand lifts up a gun from one of the fallen bodies. "Find cover is right, comrade. "

«Ground Combat» Vaclav moves South <S>.
«Ground Combat» You notice William arrive at Plains.
«Ground Combat» You notice Vladimir arrive at Plains.
«Ground Combat» You notice Ubbe arrive at Plains.
«Ground Combat» You notice Konstantinov arrive at Blank Room.

«Airstrike!» A Stuka screams down from overhead, headed for Plains! (2 2)

Vladimir crawls from north, "We should get out of here before they bomb us out of here."

William kneels down, watching the closeby town or village or whatever Brunete for enemy movement and for friendly troop positions.

«Airstrike!» Incoming!

«Announcement!» Under heavy bombardment, the Republican offensive grinds on, the Nationalist battalions falling back into the protection of The Villaneuvas surrounding Brunete itself.

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