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Firestorm: Stripes

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Battle for the Planebruch Bridgehead

Warsaw Pact
VS West German
Bill Shiel

To Stavka

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Following the seizure of a bridgehead over the Neuendorfer Graben at Planebruch, elements of the 79th Guards Tank Division encountered a serious imperialist counterattack spearheaded by elements of the puppet German administration in and around the village.

Combat elements of from the Divisions Motor Rifle Regiment had crossed the Neuendorfer Graben and set up strong defensive positions in the village, where a company of motor riflemen with attached AA and ATGW support occupied the Church and central village square, supporting elements of Divisional Reconnaissance, Anti-Aircraft and Heavy Anti-Tank units had crossed with them. In close support were two companies from a Tank Regiment with attached reconnaissance and anti-aircraft elements

The West German assault was spearheaded by what appeared to be an enemy reconaisance unit equipped with Leopard 1 and Luchs vehicles with additional support provided by enemy motorised infantry and Leopard 2 tanks, with armoured anti-aircraft support in the form of Gephard vehicles.

The enemy reconnaissance movement moved quickly to assault our right flank which was anchored on a wooded and hilly area, the speed of the enemy advance was disconcerting and the prompted early committal of the heavy anti-tank assets and motor rifle ATGW support to assist our recce BMPS tasked to hold this sector in an attempt to stem the speed of assault, whilst a number of Leopard 2 tanks were bailed out, the overall performance of our units was at this stage of the battle sub-optimal and the imperialist puppet forces were able to eliminate some of our ground mounted ATGW launchers and force the divisional reconnaisance unit to give ground.

Enemy radio jamming made it impossible to contact the supporting Tank companies, and the enemy was able to push his attack to the outskirts of the village, destroying the heavy anti-tank unit as they advanced. In an attempt to distract the enemy commander the Motor Rifles BTR transport vehicles pushed through the village and brought the enemy Gephards under fire. Fortunately the enemy tank crews proved reluctant to remount their Leopard 2s and a Leopard 1 platoon advancing to quickly was given a bloody nose by our motor riflemen and quit the battlefield. This proved fortuitous as the radio jamming ensured that no reinforcements were available to our beleaguered troops

Sensing that our troops were clearly isolated from their Comrades the German imperialists launched their attack onto the ridge overlooking Planebruch to the east, if they succeeded in capturing and holding this ridge not only would our position have been untenable, but our route back across the canal would have been cut. A Leopard 1 platoon supported by two Luchs units gained the ridge, Leopard 2 tanks provided the enemy with overwatch fire cover, the crisis of the battle had been reached. Unbeknown to the enemy however our heroic signal technicians had been able to unscramble the enemy jamming and reinforcements flowed over the canal, two companies of T64s and an attached armoured car unit were able to cross the canal, accordingly our sector commander order a maximum effort counterattack, reconnaissance BMPS and BRDMs,, supported by Divisional AA Tanks attacked the enemy armoured cars whilst long range missile fire from our tanks and infantry was directed at the enemy Leopard 1s, other Tank comrades closed with the enemy heavy tanks. This time our fire was good, the enemy assault was halted decisively on the ridge, where a dense fire of burning fuel burned long into the night. The Imperialists attemted to disengage but their tankers were captured cowering in the woods around their tanks and our heroic T64s rounded up an entire platoon of infantry left unsupported after the decisive defeat of their armoured supports.

Not only had the enemies counter attack been stopped but we had cleared the way for out advance to continue toward Bad Belzig

Army List

Hq 1 T64
2 x 4 T64 with AT8
Motor Rifle Company with 4 AKM Stands, 3 RPG Stands, 1 x SA14 stand, 2 x AT4 Stand, 1 AGL stand, 8 BTR 60
1 x 4 BRDM 2
1 x 4 BMP2
1 x 3 Shturm
1 x 4 ZSU-23-4
1 x 4 SA8 Gecko

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  • recce103c says:

    Congratulations on the win. Great storyline.

    a bit more on the enemy and some more pictures would have helped enlighten the AAR

  • Stone says:

    Congratulations on the win. Great narrative but please add photos into the narrative.

  • bayankhan says:

    Good win. What I do is write up in a WP document, and save photos into a directory in Saved pictures. Then I use the ‘Add more’ function in the battle report to bring up a screen. Upload image; upload related text, rinse and repeat. That way the readers can relate the text to the pictures. One picture per turn is a good idea. If you just take begin/end, use the gallery to put the starting pictures, put in your text next, then repeat at end.

    For what its worth

  • Major H. Jones says:

    Great write up.

  • Davehodo says:

    Nice win. Keep the reports flowing.

  • PanzerGrau says:

    Congratulation on your victory comrade.

  • Redvark says:

    Thanks for all the comments , with respect to the photos the console on a Mac simply asks you to upload photos it doesn’t seem to have the functionality to break up text with photos which is how I would write it up for Breakthrougj Assault. Style is subjective and anyone who reads my stuff on BA will know I’m not a fan if I did this he did that turn by turn narratives anyway. I’m sure like everyone I would love to do more with the reports but what with work, caring responsibilities, writing for BA and trying to actually play a few games it’s not always easy 🙂

  • Red Alert says:


    Well fought – you might want to put just a little more effort into the reports 😉

    LINK – why good reports are important

  • M. Nisbet says:

    Ah, finally arrived, Comrade Redvark. Good report, highly commended.

  • SirBinglebertSlaptyback says:

    Good report. If I may though old boy, try adding smaller chunks of text with pictures in between (txt, picture, txt, picture). It breaks it up and makes it easier to digest

  • CrazyIvan17 says:

    Well done your first victory Comrade! Welcome to the frontlines!

  • PEIPER says:

    I just wish there was a bit more meat to go with the potatoes here. Kudos on the win!