Love the AAR guys! Very thourough, brings the whole event back to memory. I have uploaded the pictures me and Tristan took and am still finishing up my AAR. Pictures can be seen at host.activeworlds.com/jp/bastogne/
Well here is my AAR of the Battle of Bastogne a la GZ Airsoft Wolcott CT.
Right from the beginning I knew we had our work cut out for us. We were clearly outnumbered 2 to 1 and if we had any chance of winning any battles we had to make sure we had concise plans and extreme discipline. I knew that if I had any chance of keeping the Germans together it would be on the first assault, as prior experience had shown that over time the ranks disintegrate and discipline becomes harder to achieve. That said we put together our first attack plan for the day immediately following the beginning of hostilities.
Planning the Attack
Intel had shown that the Americans had occupied Bastogne but they were surrounded by Germans. This meant that over time their ammo supply would run out. This seemed like a slam dunk as all we had to do was engage them till they ran out of ammo. Unfortunately intel also indicated that a group of paratroopers had landed south of Bastogne and I feared that they might bring valuable re-supplies to the Americans in Bastogne. While taking Bastogne was our primary mission I knew that if we had any chance of accomplishing this, we had to stop the re-supply of ammo to the Yanks in the town. The plan was as follows. We would create a diversion East of Bastogne by placing 2 MG42’s and one Mg34 that would incessantly pound Bastogne with machine gun fire.
The MG34 on the farthest South/Eastern location would cover both any South incursions and pound Bastogne to the North/West. The rest of the entire German army would be postioned between Bastogne and Marvie (Kafir Hill). The veteran troops would be facing South and the rookies would face Bastogne. An elite group of 2 SS would be sent to the far West in case the resuply tried to circle around Bastogne and enter via the West. This was all done with 17 soldiers. 4 were on the MG’s, 7 Elite forces would face South (11 through 17), 4 less experienced troops (5 through 8) would face Bastogne and 2 elite SS (9 & 10) would wait in ambush on the West of Bastogne. I knew that while our numbers where scant that this would probably be the only chance we had of taking Bastogne. If any of the paratroopers got through it was game over as the Americans would have had overwhelming superiority in numbers and ammo. The order of the day was… Stop at all cost any paratroopers from entering Bastogne and then take Bastogne once the occupiers ran out of ammunition. I would be one of the members that would man the MG42 (1) on the far North East, Sam (2) would man the MG42 on the East and Ray and his sidekick (3 & 4) would man the MG34 on the South Eastern side. The Elite SS, comprising of Jeff and Bill (9 & 10) would take the Western side in ambush and the rest of the German troops would be positioned between Marvie and Bastogne. Below is the field diagram of our positions.
Before the battle started we sent out a scout team to ask for the surrender of the Americans, I knew that our appearance of overwhelming firepower might frighten the Americans to give up before any hostilities began. To my disappointment the American General sent me a incomprehensible response of “NUTS”. I did not have any 's so I ordered the German army to begin the assault. At first things looked to go very much our way. Right from the start Ray’s team took out 4-5 paratroopers patrolling the area. The MG’s seemed to draw the defenders to the East side of the town the plan seemed to be unfolding well. Unfortunately soon after that the Americans began to swarm the German positions like rabid killer bees with overwhelming superiority in numbers. It appeared that there were more paratroopers in the woods then defenders in Bastogne. I kept firing into Bastogne with the MG42 well out of range of any of their return fire but to my left I started to see dead German ghosts walk towards the re-spawn. As I began seeing more and more German ghosts leave the field I knew we were in trouble. Our main defensive position had been overwhelmed, it was just a matter of time before the re-supplies entered Bastogne. As gun fire became more and more silent I knew this first wave had failed and it was now time to proceed to plan B. We would never give up!....
Stay tuned for part II
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2012 17:41:12 GMT -5 by cryonics
Jeff and I moved into our first position of the day and settled in just before the Airborne drops started. We were in good position to watch the Amerikaner move to their rally point on top of a hill. We were amused with the fact that Amerikaner can walk within 10 ft of a soldat and not see them at all. Apparently the gum that Amerikaner are always chomping on blinds them to their surroundings.
There were just too many Amerikaner for us to attack at this point. After checking to see that our lines were in position and ready, we moved on to an ambush spot that allowed us to watch enemy movement coming off the hill and gave us good field of fire on the flanks.
After a while, the stream of Amerikaner slowed, and we realized that they must be getting close to breaking our line in another area of the battle. Being out of contact with command, we followed the motto of Rommel: "In Ermangelung von Aufträgen, finden Sie etwas und töten Sie es." "In the absence of orders, find something and kill it"
We moved out and made our way to the Airborne rally point hoping to find intel or anything usefull to us. For once, the Amerikaner seemed to have been pretty good at picking up any loose material. While at the rally point we heard gunfire from a couple of stragglers trying to make it to the rally point. We opened fire on them, forcing them into the line of fire from our lines.
Jeff and I then continued on doing a recon sweep of the area and looking for enemy to engage. It looked like our AO was empty, and we eventually worked our way back to command in time to ready for the next push....
To: Allies and Axis Teams From: Commander Allied Forces, HornetWSO Date: 15 March, 2012 Subj: After Action Report for Combat Actions Bastogne, Belgium 10-11 March, 2012
1 – Thanks go to Joe Migs for organizing and executing a really professional event. This was a special event, as it was the first time the Allies defended a position. From my perspective, this was another great event. I was excited to see so many familiar faces and meet new comrades in arms!
Joe Migs really put a lot of time and effort into the organizing, building of props, field preparation, personal $$, and scenario development for his events! I will always find a way to make these, even from VA!
JP did another bang up job, and as usual brought a tiger’s tank worth of gear and “special” surprises for the Allies. Thank you, you really made this a special event for us.
2 – The Set-up: The event was designed to be an Airborne defense centered on the cross road town of Bastogne. Additionally the plan called for an attach on the town of Foy. Fortunate for the Airborne, elements of Yankee Division was also thrown in the line, as well as, local “resistance”, who assisted us when the (merd hit the fan) I mean, chips were down.
The goal was for a German siege on Bastogne as the “Main Event” punctuated by side objectives for the Allies.
Sunday the tide would be turned and the Germans would now be on the defensive at Foy. A coordinated US assault on Foy was in order.
3 – Call to Arms: The Airborne Forces were tasked with setting up a “hasty” defense of Bastogne. Unfortunately for the Americans, a limited supply of food, clothing, and ammunition was available. As the US forces arrived, the situation dawned that they were surrounded and low on ammo. Make every shot count was the word!
Luckily for the Airborne, “Sparks” was able to make contact with Higher and arranged for an emergency airdrop for ammo, medical supplies, and food.
Just after learning of the pending airdrop, German forces pressed in on the town. Out of the haze walked two German Officers carrying a white flag. First Sgt Migs escorted the Germans to the Command Post so that I could inquire the nature of their business.
The Germans spoke with a thick accent and broken English, and were surprised when I asked for their surrender. They appealed to our sense of “humanity” and to end the intolerable suffering of our forces.
I was presented with letter from the German Commander requesting our surrender or face annihilation. “Aw Nuts” I said as I read the note and then turned to First Sgt Migs, “How should we answer them?” I asked,
“I liked your original comment Sir!”. Quickly I grabbed a pencil from my map case and wrote on the Plea for our surrender:
“To the German Commander from the American Commander, NUTS!”, and handed the note to Migs, who in turn gave it to the Germans.
Neuts!, Vas ist Neuts? Negative or Affirmative. First Sergeant replied “it means GO TO HELL”.
“Many Americans will die” scowled the Germans. “Migs, get these Krauts out of here!” Our ordeal had only just begun.
4 – Tight as a Tick: As the Germans cleared our lines, MG 34’s and 42 opened up on us from the North. I got a hold of SSGT Viper and tasked him with organizing the defense from the NW to the NE, which is where the balance of most of the German fire was coming from. SSGT Viper never wavered and got his troops in order and dug them in tight as a tick.
With SSGT Viper stabilizing the line in the Northern sector, I moved to South East the edge of town, where we had a road block set up. It was here that I saw Lebeaux our local resistance fighter appear. He brought news that American planes had dropped supplies in his woods to Northeast of the roadblock.
I had been notified that elements of the Yankee Division were located to the South and East of the drop, and that they had been cut off from the US lines since the siege began.
Sparks was able to make contact with the YD, via the BC-611. I tasked YD with finding the airdrop, recovering it, and returning with it to our lines. Allowing the US to receive much needed ammo and medical supplies and consolidating our forces. To expedite this I sent out our Scouts from the 82nd, who made contact with YD and helped them fight their way to our line.
The combined forces were successful in recovering the “bundles” and had to fight their way to our lines, though it was a bit touch and go. As Yankee Division entered our position, I shook hands with their ranking officer, and told them I was glad they made it and that they could help us defend these strategic crossroads.
5 – The Best Defense . . . S2 had reported elements of the 1st and 6th SS Panzer Divisions where maneuvering to our East. I tasked the 82nd with reconnoitering toward the Spearhead, in hope of establishing defensive position in which we could stop the Germans. Sgt Paladino moved out with his ”band of marauders” and stopped the Germans. Our Eastern flank was being held by Green Troops, and had been spared by Sgt Paladino’s cool headed assessment of the situation, tactical sense, and aggressive fighting spirit.
Since Sector Viper to the North was still very hot, but stable. I sent out elements of YD from the Southern roadblock to sweep East and push North to clear the woods East of Bastogne. YD masterfully maneuvered, engaged, and defeated German MG’s and snipers, which helped quiet the Vipers AO.
Looks like a good time! Seems pretty much everyone has at least a basic uniform and all WW2 Weapons! A good mix of weapons on the allied side, nice to see the Garands too. Seems the Stg44 has certainly gained popularity I don't think I spotted even one MP40 ;D. Anyways keep up the great work guys.
Last Edit: Mar 18, 2012 13:36:07 GMT -5 by Sgt_Tom
Dracul: It looks like it lost a lot of steam and I now feel bad for randomly dropping off.
Jun 15, 2018 14:58:17 GMT -5
stuka: I mean it's not your fault. It is interesting though that things are falling off as we are finally getting our ww2 guns with the type 38/96 and the enfield as well as it recieving a new loading system, it's kind of unfortunate
Jun 16, 2018 3:30:04 GMT -5
Dracul: I don't know, maybe its because all the guns are becoming available, there is a decreasing need for the forums.
Jun 16, 2018 16:29:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of the talk was about making guns, as all the uniform info was already out there, but now the weapons are out there and are usually decent quality.
Jun 16, 2018 16:33:32 GMT -5
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5