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Situation Report: Friendly Fire Incident In Ruhr

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Incident investigative review


SUMMARY: (S) Joint Task Force Banzai S2 reports friendly fire incident between Kampfgruppe Von Stein and elements of the 1st Panzer Brigade, Kampfgruppe Schmidt.

DETAILS: (S) After taking significant losses during the course of Operation Red Lecroid, Joint Task Force Banzai, Kampfgruppe Von Stein withdrew from the Frankfurt corridor and established a refitting and refueling location 1km east of Heedfield (51.259836, 7.597107), in the Ruhr corridor.

(S) Surveillance elements attached to the 1st Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Schmidt, reported observing an East German company halted approximately 6.5km northwest of Ludenscheid. Intelligence surmised the reported East German company to possibly be en route to Frankfurt to reinforce assaulting Soviet units. Command 1st Panzer Division approved Kampfgruppe Schmidt to engage the detected East German company.

(S) NATO investigators assess Kampfgruppe Schmidt surveillance units mis-identified Kampfgruppe Von Stein as an East German company based upon Von Stein's usage of winter camouflage pattern applied to all Kampfgruppe Von Stein vehicles. This led to engagement between the two companies resulting in significant losses. Hauptmann Schmidt and Hauptmann Von Stein have been recalled by NATO investigators to Brussels to provide statements pertaining to the engagement. Presented below are evidentiary materials compiled by NATO investigators documenting the incident.

Satellite view of engagement area. Area located east of Heedfeld (51.259836, 7.597107), Ruhr Sector.
Reported deployment areas for Kampfgruppe Schmidt and Joint Task Force Banzai, Kampfgruppe Von Stein..
Aerial photo of Kampfgruppe Von Stein while stopped at refitting site.

The coming storm

Kampfgruppe Schmidt spearheads their Leopard 1s around Task Force Banzai’s left flank, and advance Leopard 2s up the Task Force’s right flank. Von Stein is truely surrounded. Schmidt unleaches a barrage of missiles from the LARs into the midst of the Task Force’s ranks. Luckily, the Task Force is shaken, but not stirred.
Kampfgruppe Schmidt’s Leopard 1s advance down the road, concealed by hedgerows, and open onto Von Stein’s LARs, destroying two of the missile carriers. The remainder of Hauptmann Schmidt’s forces advance, looking to engage.
Kampfgruppe Schmidt Leopard 2s enter the forest and quickly dispatch Von Stein’s Leopard 1s.

Digging In

Hauptmann Von Stein retaliates against the enemy assault, starting with a missile barrage from the LARs, destroying the command Marder and forcing Hauptmann Schmidt to walk. Task Force Banzai’s Milan teams open into the Marders advancing through the cornfield, destroying both of them.
Task Force Banzai Marders move to the hedgerows to take side shots on the advancing Leopard 1s, bailing one of the big cats. The Gepards move to support the Marders, to unleash hell in support of Von Stein’s left flank.
Task Force Banzai Marders plow through the hedgerows attacking Hauptmann Schmidt’s Luchs. Both scout cars erupt into flames, clearing the forest of all attackers.

Under Fire

Kampfgruppe Schmidt reverses his Leopard 1s, attempting to keep their front armor towards Von Stein’s incoming Marders and Gerapards. Schmidt’s infantry slog through the cornfields, having lost their rides to Von Stein’s Milans. It is then that Hauptmann Schmidt unleashes another volley at Von Stein’s massed infantry, dug into the objective. Again, the artillery pins the Panzergrenadiers down, but all survive.
Kampfgruppe Schmidt’s Leopard 2s unload on Task Force Banzai’s Gepard platoon, killing three of them.


Having weathered the rain of fire, Hauptmann Von Stein orders a counter attack. Task Force Banzai let loose another missile barrage, destroying two of Schmidt’s Gepards. Von Stein’s Marders, having advanced to the flank of Kampfgruppe Schmidt’s Leopard 1s, destroy the two cats. Von Stein’s Gepards unleash their fire, shredding much of the advancing infantry.
With the rear of Schmidt’s Leopard 2s exposed, the Task Force Jaguars pop out of ambush, opening into the back of the two mammoth cats. Kampfgruppe Von Stein’s Leopard 1 platoon and Luchs catch up to the remainder of the force, overwhelming Hauptmann Schmidt’s group. With the arrival of Von Stein’s reinforcements, Kampfgruppe Schmidt withdraws from the field.

Battle Analysis

This was the second game I played at the Adepticon Team Yankee tournament. Of the games I played during the tournament this was the only blue on blue game I played, which made things more enjoyable and thematic. In talking to the tournament organizer, of the twenty-four players at the tournament the highest represented forces were British, followed by U.S., East Germans, Soviets and West Germans. I did find it funny that, despite there only being four West German players at the tournament (myself included), I ended up playing one of the other ones. I’m not complaining, mind you, just thought it interesting.

I found the reversals in the game’s fortunes to be nail-biting. My initial set up was rather cramped, and Mike prestaged an artillery barrage for the middle of my formation, which freaked the heck out of me. Luckily dug in infantry are harder to pry out than a Louisiana tick. Leopard 2s are dangerous and difficult to destroy, which I have now found out being on the opposite end of them. Between Mike’s Leopard 2s taking out one of my Leopard 1 platoons and the whittling down of my LARs on the first turn, I thought things would not go well for me. I managed to get some good dice rolls in with my artillery which damaged his Marders and Gepards, and the side shots from my Marders and Gepards on Mike’s Leopard 1s helped change the tide. In the end, pulling my Jaguars out of ambush behind Mike’s Leopard 2s and the arrival of my second platoon on Leopard 1s saved me from a bad situation.

On a more serious note, some may question why I wrote this AAR as a friendly fire incident. I came upon this decision recently following a number of factors. The first of those factors was Phil’s recent article pertaining to the reporting of blue on blue games during the course of the campaign. One of the things stated by Phil which struck me was the realization of the volume of blue on blue incidents in actual warfare. I surmised it would be much more common for blue on blue incidents to occur during the course of a major engagment, as depicted in this campaign, than units being pulled from the battlefield to conduct training exercises. Further, while at the Adepticon Team Yankee tournament, from a distance, many players mistaked my forces as East German, due to the winter camo scheme I used. This is readily understandable, but also brought me to the conclusion that under the chaos of battle this same mistake could be made. I have provided a reference photo below of the camo scheme I was attempting when painting my army.

Regardless, thanks for reading this report and I hope to get in many additional games in the near future.

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  • bayankhan says:

    good report

  • Terror says:

    Great work right here.

  • Klute says:

    Congrats on the Win, Amazing AARs…. you should be proud, Thanks for sharing.

  • Jagdpanzer says:

    interesting use of tactical nukes!! well done on the win!

  • Cryofrost says:

    nice AAR, and congratulations on your victory.

  • HMS_Belfast says:

    LARSes are at their deadliest when they park minefields underneath the enemy’s most expensive tanks.

    Nice job with the ambush!

  • PEIPER says:

    Great work on the win Stone!
    Awesome AAR are per usual

  • Winged Hussar says:

    Nice AAR. Congrats on the win.

  • Kubikhan says:

    Congrats, Stone. I faced similar problems when playing this Scenario with Mannheim6. To paraphrase a famous Banzai line: No matter where you go, there the Arty are. You turned it around though, and man am I jealous of your graphics skills. My two reports this weekend will likely not meet the new high standards of the Bundeswehr. As for the video, anyone else just slightly creeped by the return of this old WWI Veterans/SA song? I know it’s “Traditionsfahig” but seriously…