#36 17. SS “Götz von Berlichingen” Abteilung KriegNachrichten
Abteilung of the 17th WSS Götz von Berlichingen was once again called to be in
the spearhead in the struggle to push back the Allies and their masses of men
and material. Members present were:
Unterscharfuhrer Bill Person
Untersharfuhrer Randy Knauss Oberschutze
Rottenfuhrer Allen Brenneman Schutze
The operation was
codenamed “Nordwind” and held at Ft Indiantown Gap on March 17-18, 2006. Our
leaders sought to stabilize the front lines after the titanic struggle recently
in what the Allies are calling the Battle of the Bulge. We, along with several
units including Luftwaffe ground units and Heer units, were to probe a section
of no man’s land and attack the weak areas. Unfortunately, the Yankee and
Tommy dogs we were facing were fresh replacements and quickly got us in a
defensive fight. If not for the courage and tenacity of a great many Soldaten,
more ground would have been given up than there was. The Allies paid dearly in
blood for what gains they did make. The fighting in the West will be especially
hot in the Spring of this year.
Congrats go out to Schutze Perdick on this being his
sixth battle that he participated in. The General Assault Badge has been
bestowed upon him.
A unit meeting was held after the battle. Some
concerns regarding certain awards were ironed out.
For the Tank Destruct Award, some original rules
regarding it were found and the rest were hashed out. This is the official
list. Total for a badge is 15 points. No rollover of excess points –
start at zero every time. Maximum award available is one Gold Tank award.
Jeeps – 1 Point
Deuce and a half truck, ¼ ton truck, command cars –
Half-track, M8 armored car, Diamler armored car – 4
Fully tracked and armored vehicle (i.e. tank with
cannon) – 15 Points
Motorcycles do not count. Special
instances will be judged case by case.
Close Combat Clasp – Event must have no armor
support on the axis side, which means no tracked type vehicles present. (That
25 events (bronze)
50 events (silver)
§ 75 events (gold)
Unterscharfuhrer Person has a list going back to October of 1999 on what events
count if anyone doesn’t know their total.
Sturmann Schneider was able to knock out two armored
cars at this battle so he becomes the second member in the GvB to achieve the
Tank Destruct Award. Congrats! Sturmann Schneider also received news from the
Heimat that his wife, Trish, gave birth to their first child, Ruslan Alexander.
They have the honor of starting the next generation of defenders of the Heimat!
The 17th GvB received good compliments of
performance in the field with following orders, fighting capacity, etc. Thank
you for your dedication. We must continue to strive to be the best “little”
unit in the hobby. Taking shortcuts or cutting corners for the sake of a few
dollars or effort will not get us far.
Future events ( info and registration sent to all
Broadheadsville, PA April 22
Hamburg, PA May 6-7