So....My Tank Corps in Prussia...

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:19 pm

I its good to see madness still abounds here and long may it continue!
Cheers Ian!!!! Well, I'm an old dog and we all know you can't teach new tricks to one. :D :D :D

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Post by Luftman129 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:37 pm

Commissar, how about another chapter. I'm hoping I'll get to see it before T.S. Humberto hits here.

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:43 pm

Yes Chris, another episode, of course! I've been a bit busy with family and work--but make no mistake about it-- I will finish this tale!

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:21 pm

Bad Frostberg burned and burned from the air bombardment. As the thick columns of smoke filled the sky above them, Arajs, Hansen and their brother SS-men dug deeper into the rubble of the town, from both experience and anticipation.
Of course, their hardened hearts and brutal instincts were correct under the circumstances—unknown to them, Rosselsprung had received the word that the North road had been closed by the Soviets a few hours earlier. The trap was complete-but Roselsprung and Gruber continued to feed units, stragglers and anything they could scrape up to the Southern while perimeter of the town.

In fact, Commissar Davidov had managed to finally move his Corps’ artillery up to the front lines and placed them—nearly wheel by wheel against the defenders of Bad Frostberg. Behind the Commissar were batteries of heavier guns and all waited the order to fire, once the tank and tank-riders moved into place for the assault.

Oddly, the Commissar’s careful plans to obliterate Bad Frostberg meant nothing to Hansen, Arajs and the Latvian S.S. men about them. All they knew was thst the deeper they dug, the safer they were.

Rosselsprung and Gruber saw the larger picture. Every resource available was sent to the Southern edge of the town. In an inspired appreciation of the Soviet military mind, they stripped the town’s flank defenses of troops and guns. It was their guess that, based on previous experience, the Russians would seek a decision on the front lines that contained their best defenses, knowing that, if such a decision were reached in their favor, Bad Frostberg must quickly fall.

Truth be told, it was an administrative triumph, on the German side, that Rosselsdpung and Gruber had managed, in the space iof a few days, to pull together the defense of the town. Communications were spotty at best and the broken units that they deployed were hardly fit for the coming fight. But Rosselsprung and his IA, Gruber, had thrown them into the furnace nonetheless. This would be a fight, as Rosselsprung intended, between Russian tanks and dug-in German infantry wielding the best of individual anti-tank weapons.

Of course, this grand scheme was lost upon the German flank guards, especially Tom and Ulrich, whose thinly armored cars watched the steady and unimpeded flow of T-34s North of the town.

No one had given them the word to not react, to not fight for their Fatherland and what became of them was a matter of luck, fate and unrewarded courage.

The Commissar opened the bombardment promptly at 0500. Russian 75mm guns and heavier Army guns opened up on the town at his order.

Artillery is a strangely blind thing. Any single gun could obliterate , by itself, a group of infantry. But an entire regiment of guns, firing to at unseen targets, could be, despite their weight of shell, totally inefficient at eliminating a dug-in and determined foe. This was exactly what happened at Bad Frostberg—by the time the Russian artillery fired, the German defenders had dug in so deep that their losses were minimal.

Commissar D, the EviL, hadn’t the least interest in the efficiency of his artillery and, afterwards, simply hurtled 30 T-34s and their tank-riders towards the Soviet lodgment of three IS-2 tanks in the Southern quarter of the town. If he could reinforce them, he knew that he would ultimately win the struggle for the town and he was fully prepared to pay a terrible price for that victory.

As a tactician, the Commissar, left on his own, would have simply bypassed Bad Frostberg and spared his troops the cost of an assault—but orders were orders--and he was bound to them as much as Rosselsprung was bound to defend his “Festung”.

There cannot be any certain insight into the minds of soldiers. Some would react to an enemy with what could charitably be called “cowardice”, while others would react, facing the same jeopardy, with what could only be called bravery or heroism. No man--General, "Fuhrer" or “Savior of the Motherland” could ever predict exactly how an individual soldier would deal with the moment of crises, because they simply never knew the men at the cutting edge of death.

How the battle of Bad Frostberg turned out was solely a matter of individual courage and sacrifice, not the designs of Generals or their masters.
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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:44 pm

The “old hares”, Arajs and Hansen, kept their heads down as the Soviet tanks approached and fired indiscriminately into the rubble of their positions.

A “young hare”, Kaiser, did the same, although he was more than willing to openly challenge the T-34s with his ofenrohr. But, prudence kept him in his hole and common sense prevented him from exposing himself.

All along the incredibly thin German lines, panzerfausts and ofenrohrs were being armed and prepared for the inevitable clash in the smoking ruins of Bad Frostberg.
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Post by Luftman129 » Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:38 pm

Wow, sounds like the battle's about to begin!

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Post by IRONHORSE » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:41 am

I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME TO HELP THE COMMISSAR BY GIVING SOME INPUT AS TO WHAT THE HEROES PLAN ON DOING WITH THEIR LIVES FROM BAD FROSTBURG TO AFTER THE WAR.
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Post by M.H. » Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:16 am

You mean he plans on letting some of us survive??? :shock:

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Post by IRONHORSE » Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:26 am

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

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Post by TPMM » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:24 pm

I don't mind my avatar surviving :wink:
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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:52 pm

Hmmm...East Prussia.....we going boating??? :D :D :D
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Post by phylo_roadking » Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:55 pm

Phylo the Panther Commander has his evasion scheme all worked out - he's going to nail himself in a big crate with "The Amber Room - South Wall - VERY Fragile" stencilled on the outside. No bolshie bullet or shell will come anywhere near him then...
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Post by TPMM » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:04 pm

And Tomasz P. Michalik will paint his flame tank red and write in white "Feuerwacht" on it's side :D
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Post by Luftman129 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:37 pm

And Joachim Ribbentrop is going to give them H-E-double L with the armored railroad car.

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:04 am

My sincere regrets at neglecting you guys and the story--Frigging real life has intruded with a vengeance.

I pray to get back to the Tale as soon as possible, but, in the meantime, I beg your patience. It was never my intent to disappoint or take so long to finish this tale. Indeed, I should be drummed out of the Forum Heroes for my neglect and inaction..... :down: :down: :down: :down:

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