#39 17. SS “Götz von Berlichingen” Abteilung KriegNachrichten
lengthy time at the front defending the Heimat against the Allied plague, the
Aufklärungs Rgt. 17 of the GvB was ordered off the line for rest and refitting.
Time was spent with loved ones or family for a brief time than it was off for
more training. This was held at Palmyra, PA on October 21, 2006.
honed their skills in conjunction with a unit of the 1st LAH headed
by Uscha. Moran. Manual of arms, drill and marching was done to refresh the
memories of those of us who were at the front for so long. It’s hard
practicing drill while in a foxhole dodging enemy fire! We then proceeded to the
range to make sure our well worn Mausers were still in shape.
the range, us Soldaten got our hands on practicing with the MP 38/40,
Maschinengewehr 34 and 42, and the new Sturmgewehr 44. Everyone hoped that more
of these weapons would become available to us and that Minister Speer was trying
his best to accommodate.
camp was completed and more leave was granted. Members of the GvB then made
their way across the country to friends and family again. This steeled our
resolve to defeat this menace.
our leave was cut short! The Amis were on the move again. No rest for the weary!
The site of the battle was Fort Mifflin on December 9, 2006. Members answering
the call were:
Bill Person Schutze
Rekrut Ryan Crawford
Oberschutze Doug Perdick
Schutze Rekrut Wil Heffelfinger
Amis were trying to sneak over a river and capture an old fortress to secure a
foothold for future offensives. Somehow the Abwehr (Intelligence) didn’t get
wind of this until almost too late. We all scrambled to get ready. Oberschutze
Perdick showed up wearing the uniform of a Fallschirmjager after apparently
leaving his uniform behind at a girlfriend’s and borrowing this one! Our
gruppe made the dash to the fort,loaded up on equipment and munitions, and
headed inside. Uscha. Moran and one other member of LAH made the trip as well.
inside, Soldaten from other units hurried about trying to bolster the old
fort’s defenses. No heavy weapons were available, just small arms. We hoped
that the Amis didn’t have any as well. A few Polizei troops monitored the
Chaos, including one officer that kind of looked like Strm. Schnieder but was
far better looking. Oberschutze Chris Karr from the Quartermaster corps was
there also with some items for those in need.
Commander present lined the walls with troops and had our kleine Kampfgruppe
sent outside by the bridge and barricades. We were to assess the enemy’s
strengths and delay them as long as possible, then make our way back into the
fortress. Scha. Person positioned men at both ends of the bridge. Schutze Rkt.
Heffelfinger and Schutze Skrapits piled spare Patronen next to them while Shutze
Rkt. Crawford stood guard.
of alarm rang out from sentries on the fort’s walls and with it, came waves of
Yanks like lemmings towards us. Accurate Mauser fire dropped several but the
enemy kept surging forward. Uscha. Moran yelled for us to move back inside the
fort. We made our way safely inside despite the barrage of bullets. These
gangsters wanted this position badly.
inside, us Soldaten took positions by the entrance along with others with MG’s
and Sturmgewehrs. Smoke was thrown to confuse the Amis. Tha ancient wooden doors
of the entrance wouldn’t close anymore so we readied for some close combat.
Oberschutze Perdick gripped his G-43 tighter in anticipation.
Yanks threw in a couple of grenades and in they charged! It was a slaughter.
Amis piled up just inside the door. We couldn’t fire fast enough. Schutze Rkts.
Heffelfinger and Crawford moved to better positions reloading their already hot
Mausers. Schutze Skrapits searched his Patronentaschen for more cartridges.
fight moved into the fort but soon the Yankee gangsters lost steam. They
weren’t expecting such a skirmish. The remaining survivors pulled out to
regroup amd ponder their next move. Meanwhile, we gathered ourselves together
and grabbed a quick meal.
weather got a bit warmer so some of us exchanged parkas for smocks while
replenishing our ammunition supply. All the while overhead the drone of Allied
bombers were heard heading for deep inside the Heimat.
Yanks came at us again straight up the middle as before and through the wwoden
gates. Their command obviously had no flair for tactics. Again, it was a turkey
shoot. Some of the enemy made it to and along the ramparts. Many of them were
cut down by Soldaten popping up and firing from positions. Scha. Person nailed a
few with his Browning pistol before Scutze Rkt. Crawford warned him that Amais
were out-flanking him. They probably wouldn’t have seen him anyway!
battle then sputtered out. The Yanks lost too much for this real estate and
pulled back across the river. A small garrison stayed at the fort as we headed
home, albeit a roundabout way because of the threat of Jabos and we had to get
Oberschutze Perdick’s correct tunic back! Another job well done!
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