FROM: JOINT TASK FORCE BANZAI
INFO: NATO COMMAND
SUMMARY: (S) Joint Task Force Banzai reports contact with elements of the Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment 1km northwest of the city of Horstein.
DETAILS: (S) Intelligence reports indicated a Soviet Armor Battalion, elements of the Soviet 74th Guards Tank Regiment, had been ordered to break off from the main Regiment to capture and/or destroy the Krattwerk Staudinger power station, located in Hainstadt, 30km east of Frankfurt. EUCOM determined capture or destruction of Krattwerk Staudinger would significantly hinder operations in and near Frankfurt and endanger Frankfurt citizens.
(S) Commander Joint Task Force Banzai ordered Kampfgruppe Von Stein, led by Hauptmann Gervas Von Stein, and aided by elements of the 1st Panzer Brigade, to mobilize from Ansbach, Hoff Corridor and redeploy to Frankfurt to interdict the Soviet Tank Battalion and protect Krattwerk Staudinger. Kampgruppe Von Stein had recently completed all operational actions in Ansbach associated with Operation Watermelon and was available for re-engagement.
(S) Joint Task Force Banzai surveillance elements determined Soviet Tank Battalion to be 20km southeast of Krattwerk Staudinger, en route to the power station. Hauptmann Von Stein established an ambush position for Kampfgruppe Von Stein 1km outside of the city of Horstein (geo coordinates 50.059170, 9.056123), 10km southeast of Krattwerk Staudinger. Subsequent engagement between Kampfgruppe Von Stein and Soviet Tank Battalion was reported.
(S) The engagement between the Soviet Tank Battalion and Kampfgruppe Von Stein is photo-documented below.