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Offline Cpt. Cooke

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AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« on: May 18, 2012, 03:20:54 PM »
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It was after two week of hard training AP1 was deployed into the area known as Bridgehead to repel an axis attack to break through the lines.  The ultimate objective would be to defend the village called Inner Esserden.

AP1 knew the battle ahead would be hard, really hard, but their immense and hard training wouldn’t allow the 2.SS to break through so easily! Aided by 3x 57mm AT-Guns and a M10 Wolverine tank manned by tankers of Able Co, they would have to stop 2 enemy Panther-tanks and three halftracks. It wouldn’t be an easy task!

The three squads of AP1, including the tank, had been set up on strategic points where they could not only observe enemy movement, but also ambush them and halt the enemy advance. It didn’t take long until the enemy convoy was spotted far south on the map by 2nd Squad, crossing a bridge going from west to east to flank around the defenses. Luckily, this had been predicted and one of the 57mm AT-guns were positioned in this area for just that cause. The at-gun fired first, but missed. It attracted the enemy tanks attention that turned on them; quickly another round was fired from the at-gun. It was a hit, but it bounced off. The AT-gun was deserted for a quick moment in order to survive the incoming HE barrage. After the barrage stopped the AT-gun was manned once again, just to spot the second enemy panther tank. Once again the AT-gun fired first but the heavy armor on the Panther forced the rounds to bounce off. The AT-position was destroyed and 2nd Squad retreated.

The axis kept flanking on the edge of the map up to the northeast where there was another bridge waiting for them to cross, although this one would be over to mainland, closer to the objective he allies were defending. This had also been predicted and 2nd and 3rd Squad was sent to watch the bridge, while 1st Squad was guarding the Fortified Hill.
The 2.SS made an attempt to cross the bridge where the two squads were waiting for them. 3rd Squad was forced to retreat after coming under heavy fire. 2nd Squad managed to ambush the enemy infantry as they tried to cross, only to once again get under heavy fire by the Panthers. The allied M10 tank quickly got into the fight to try to halt the axis forces, but was eventually forced to retreat.

AP1 made all attempt to prevent the whole axis force to cross the river but was eventually overpowered. Yet they refused to give up the fight. Several ambushes and attacks were made to do damage on the enemy. Eventually what was left of all squads was back in/around the objective, Inner Esserden, where they received heavy shelling from the enemy tanks.
The battle turned into a desperate fight between both sides inside the village, casualties on both sides. One of the two panthers was destroyed by a single soldier from 3rd Squad but the second enemy tank were still operational and still taking lives amongst AP1.
At this point enemy infantry managed to infiltrate the village and eventually after some heavy fighting, capture it. Yet there was one survivor out on the battlefield. Eventually, after taking out the second Panther tank and HT’s he assaulted the village singlehanded, eventually taken out as well.

After a long and hard fight, the 2.SS eventually came out victorious with a few survivors.

AP1 showed them how to fight, and how the 29th fight by never giving up. Yet the circumstances and heavy odds against them, they showed professionalism at a high level that impressed both myself and the enemy unit.

I would like to congratulate all of AP1 for their hard work on their very first scrimmage.

Congratulations!   




Cpt. Adam G. Jacobsson
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FSgt. Peter J. Egerton
Company SNCO



Cpl.  Van Middel - Squad Leader (AP1S1)
Cpl. Van Middel showed great leadership and skills when he together with his squad and the rest of the team, ended up being surrounded with nothing but enemies around them. He kept his cool and also took command over the team to organize the defense of the village, while being under heavy HE bombardment.
Eventually, Cpl. Van Middel was the last allied soldier in the village who was alive. This didn’t affect Cpl. Van Middel at all though. While being under HE bombardment, grenade rain and constant enemy fire directed on him, he kept his cool and killed 3 attacking enemy forces before being over-runned and eventually killed in action.

Cpl. Ionita - Squad Leader (AP1S2)

Cpl. Ionita showed great bravery as he was ambushing the enemy convoy with his 57mm AT-gun. Even though taking heavy fire, he remained as long as possible at this AT-gun firing at the enemy tanks. Eventually he took too much fire and retreated, only to once again jump back on his AT-gun to keep firing on the convoy. Unfortunate, these were bouncing rounds, but they proved to halt the enemy and give the rest of a team to re-locate and ambush them further on. Cpl. Ionita died defending a second AT-gun inside the Objective.

PFC Patterson - Asst. Squad Leader (AP1S2)
PFC Patterson displayed great leadership during the scrimmage. Several times PFC Patterson lead his squad into ambushing and attacking enemy forces (even without weaponry enough to actually stop the enemy convoy) in order to halt them in order to protect his teammates into getting safe. PFC Patterson found himself the last survivor of his squad and defending the village. Eventually the axis soldiers flushed him out and PFC Patterson died defending the village.

PFC Dessaint - Machine Gunner (AP1S2)
PFC Dessaint showed great skills with his weapon as he and a squad-mate was positioned on a location where he could watch one of the bridges where the axis would came to cross. Immediately as the enemies made their attempt to cross, PFC Dessaint opened up with his machine gun. He scored two kills right there. His accuracy made the enemies think before crossing and PFC Dessaint managed to halt their advance. The enemies brought tanks up and managed to break through and PFC Dessaint retreated into the village where he eventually scored another kill. PFC Dessaint died defending the village.

Cpl. Rollins - Asst. Squad Leader (AP1S3)
Cpl. Rollins showed great leadership on the field, observing the enemy movement as well as reporting their every movement. Cpl. Rollins himself also lead several ambushes on the enemies that managed to halt the enemies in order to protect his team-mates.
Cpl. Rollins also was to great assistant for the planning and preparation for the scrimmage. He stayed up late nights with other members of the platoon, organizing extra drills to test everything from a Panther-tanks weak spot into memorizing the whole map and its environment. He also contributed a major part in the tactics of the scrimmage.

PFC Mikael  1st. Class Auto. Rifleman (AP1S3)
See: PFC Mikael’s Combat Awards

PFC Stewart - Tanker (AP2S2)
PFC Stewart, originally not from AP1, aided AP1 in their need of a tanker. He attended the drills and other events in order to train with the platoon. His assistant was to great help in the scrimmage.

FSgt. Egerton - SNCO (Able Co. HQ)
AP1 were in need of one extra soldiers due to some not being able to attend. FSgt jumped in and filled the last slot, helping AP1 out. Beside from this he had also been attending the extra drills and events in order to train for the scrimmage. FSgt. Egerton will also be awarded the CIB 2nd Award for his second participation in an official scrimmage.

2Lt. Buschur - Commanding Officer (AP1)
2Lt. Buschur knew the hard opposition he would have to face, yet this didn’t stagger him. His leadership skills in preparation and on the battlefield were exceptional. Not only did he organize extra drills, he even made special maps showing any high ground and low ground on the map.
On the battlefield he remained calm throughout the whole battle, even though taking one setback after another when AT-guns failed to penetrate the heavy armor of the Panther tanks. He cared for his men first and made sure they got out alive from their tough seats.
Even though eventually being defeated, 2Lt. Buschur made sure himself and all his men, had done everything in their might to stop the advancing forces of the 2.SS.
« Last Edit: May 18, 2012, 03:49:14 PM by Maj. Cooke »

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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 03:30:38 PM »
Congrats 2 everyone who participated, We showed what we can do!
*Salute*!!!
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 03:34:18 PM »
*Salute* And congrats to all you my friends! They are all well deserved!

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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 03:39:31 PM »
Great work everyone!  Especially those mentioned above.  All recognition very well deserved.
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 03:44:00 PM »
Congratulations lads! Definitely well deserved, good job!
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2012, 03:44:49 PM »
Fight like men, die like heroes. Good work, *Salute*.
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 03:48:21 PM »
Congrats guys. Hard fight but whats a fun fight! :)
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2012, 03:50:42 PM »
Amazing work all of AP1! You fought extremely well! I'm proud of all of you!

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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012, 03:51:13 PM »
*Salute* Damn good work guys. Next time, they'll lose so quick they won't know what hit 'em.
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012, 04:05:20 PM »
Congrats gents, good job!
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2012, 04:09:16 PM »
We gave them a hell of a fight! Congratulations on the well-earned medals to all of you!

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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2012, 05:12:17 PM »
Excellent work soldiers. Looks like it was a heck of a fight.
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2012, 06:34:40 PM »
Great showing, AP1! You sure kicked those SS in the teeth and made them pay for their win. Congratulations!
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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2012, 07:17:19 PM »
Congrats! for the very well earned awards, great job AP1

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Re: AP1 Scrimmage After Action Report
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2012, 09:32:10 PM »
Congratulations AP1 !
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