It's 0500, 1 Sept 1939, and the war has just begun as the German 10th Army is crossing the frontier. Kampfgruppe Klink is assigned to the operational control of the 4th Panzer Division, and is in the vanguard of the invasion. Col Klink's plan for his sector of the line is to use his infantry to open the hole, then have his motorized reconnaissance and panzers pour through in the direction of Mokra.
Seeing the situation falling apart, the CO, 1st Freitag, takes desperate action. He moves right, where he leads Sgt Haas and Cpl Nader's squads towards the enemy rifle bunker.
The Germans roll up a random event, and this allows them to get the field gun back in action, and it's immediately put to good use.
The Germans roll a scurry, and another random event. A hero emerges, which I should have assigned randomly, but it only made sense to make it Sgt Haas (who has endured two mortar barrages, charged across the bridge under 76mm gun fire, then led a close assault victory) of 1st Platoon's 2nd Squad.
Then the Poles roll a firefight and a random event.
Colonel Klink, from his observation post, let a broad smile cross his extraordinarily handsome face. "You see Schultz, we are on our way! Have our reconnaissance elements lead the way east!" "Jawholl, mein Colonel. What about the..." "What, Schultz? Come on man, what is it?" "The, uh, the 'stragglers,' Sir?" "What? Stragglers? Ah, yes Schultz, I catch your meaning. Who was the first to desert the field?" "2nd Lieutenant, mein Colonel." "Damn, an officer? What are they teaching these youngsters these days? Very well, have him shot."
-2nd Lt Nessler, commander of 1st Platoon, executed for cowardice.
-Sgt Landauer (1st Sqd/1st Plt), Cpl Hackl (4th Sqd/1st Plt), and Cpl Steinkamp (MG, Wpns Plt) reprimanded and reduced in rank for cowardice.
-Cpl Obst wounded in action, received Wound Badge, will return after Polish campaign.
-Officer Cadet Hinkle transferred from KG HQ to assume command of 1st Grenadier Platoon.
-1st Lt Freitag and Sgt Haas recommended for Iron Cross 2nd Class for leading their men through heavy enemy artillery, mortar, and machine gun fire into close combat to destroy the enemy's central, fortified positions, which opened the way for the armored thrust on 1 Sept 1939.
-Lost ~20 KIA/WIA. 3rd Squad, 2nd Gren Plt eliminated until replacements received.
-Caused ~30 KIA/WIA, captured ~20 EPW, 1 field gun and 1 medium mortar.
Well, it was a hell of a fight and was iffy right up to the end. I've played a boatload of games already, just need to take an 'operational pause' to get them written up. But I'd rather keep playing. Next fight is the early recon efforts on the north side of Mokra; spoiler alert: the KG did better than its real-life counterparts, but the fights following it get pretty damned ugly... Stay tuned, more to come.