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Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/10/2016 2:21:08 AM   
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Over the next weeks and maybe months, I will be posting a Narrative AAR based on playing Fulda, Frontier of Freedom. It will be a game driven story recounting the actions of TF Iron Horse (1/11 ACR+ and 1/68Ar) I hope to paint the picture in words while displaying the game in screen shots. The story will focus around the TF Commander, Col Lanier Ward. I have an attachment to this game and this scenario as I lived the life during those tense years of 1980-1989 as a Tanker and Master Gunner assigned to an Armor Task Force in USAEUR. I hope all of you will enjoy the ride............


Date: 1 August 1985
Time: D1+ 02 Hours (0500 Hours)
Location: Near Fulda, West Germany and Downs Barracks.
Weather: Fog and Calm during the morning. Becoming partly cloudy with moderate wind from the southwest. there is a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

Background: World tensions continued to increase during the long summer of 1985. The Kremlin seemed to be deliberately pressing the West, and in particular the United States, on all fronts through the spring with the challenges becoming more serious by the day. The May 30th collision between the Slava Class cruiser Slava (CG-126) and the USS Moosbrugger (DD-980), in the Straits of Hormuz, led to great loss of life when the Slava’s missiles detonated. The Slava’s loss, with all hands, was decried by the Kremlin as a direct consequence of America’s reckless involvement in the Tanker War and its continual interference in the Iraqi-Iranian Gulf War.

Several other tense naval confrontations ensued over the next month with additional near collisions and one accusation of a weapons lock on an American support vessel.

By early July tensions were running at a fever pitch when National Security Agency (NSA) satellites and overflights began to note an increase in Soviet mechanized forces and airborne troops in southern Afghanistan. When confronted with the evidence of the growing threat to Pakistan, during a 4th of July meeting, the Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations walked out of the chamber without comment. On July 9th the Soviet mechanized column struck south with airborne landings in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The President ordered an immediate response and B-52s based in Diego Garcia struck Soviet targets in Kandahar and Kabul on the 11th. By July 15th the first of Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Maritime Prepositioned Ships were arriving in Karachi and marrying up with elements of the Marine Corps 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit flown in the meet the equipment. On the same day the Ready Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division landed at the Pakistani Air Force base at Mianwali and took up defensive positions north of the airfield. They didn’t have long to wait the next day they were engaged with reconnaissance elements of the Soviet 201st Mechanized Infantry Division moving south down the Indus River Valley.

Now that American CENTCOM troops were in direct confrontation with Soviet forces in Pakistan events quickly escalated worldwide. On the 16th the Soviet Oscar Class Missile Submarine Minskiy Komsomolets (K-525 ) launched a missile attack on the USS Saratoga (CV-60) south of Crete. Two SS-N-19 Shipwreck missiles (conventional warheads) struck home setting the carrier ablaze for 21 hours and causing her withdrawal to Naples for repairs after the fires were brought under control. P3C aircraft from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily sank the Minskiy Komsomolets soon after the attack, thus in Soviet eyes implicating the Italians and NATO in the growing Soviet-American confrontation.

Now that the USSR and United States were engaged in full blown a naval war using NATO bases, the NATO Foreign Ministers met in the North Atlantic Council (NAC) chambers in Brussels and called for a cessation of all hostilities by 00:01 GMT July 21st. Failure to heed this decree would result in a NATO general mobilization for its own defense. The Soviet answer came very early on the 21st when the 40th Army launched massive chemical weapons attacks on Pakistani and American CENTCOM units near Lahore. By noon units from all NATO nations were moving out for their forward positions and in a televised address to the nation President Reagan announced the Immediate Implementation the REturn of FORces to GERmany (REFORGER) plans. Early on the 22nd McGuire and Dover Air Force Bases were a buzz of activity as C-5As and C-141B cargo aircraft began the airlift to Germany. In Savannah Maritime Sealift Command Vessels began to load elements of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division and across the planet the Strategic Air Command assumed DEFense CONdition (DEFCON) 3 posture.

A gradual buildup of NATO forces continued for the remainder of the week, unlike the “bolt out of the blue” attack that many had assumed, this war would be fought with an aroused and ready NATO force. By the 23rd, NATO intelligence was indeed seeing evidence that Warsaw Pact units were being brought into a higher state of readiness, but it was not certain whether this was in advance of an offensive operation or strictly defensive in nature.

By July 31st the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) was deployed across the Fulda Gap. Near Fulda itself Task Force Ironhorse comprising the 1st Squadron, 11 ACR took up defensive positions. They had been reinforced by the 1-68 Armored Battalion of the 8th Mechanized Infantry Division and the 2-18 Field Artillery Battalion of the 212th Field Artillery. Engineering units spent several days creating improved positions and placing obstacles along likely avenues of advance. They wouldn’t have wasted their time.


Col Ward looked at the message he was just handed and immediately looked at his watch. 0230Z. It wasn’t supposed to come to this. They were smarter than this. And yet, the message in his hand said differently. Soviet Recon elements had crossed the IGB. Those units were already in the vicinity of Schwartzbach. "Major Jones, get them to "RedCon1" and have the Cdrs report to me on the secure net NLT 0300Z. Also, order the LP/OP's brought in by 0400z." By giving that last order, Col Ward hoped to instill the seriousness of the situation and the immediacy that it required.



He looked at the map that hung in the TOC. His Squadron had been in sector for the better part of a week. First in the Forward Assembly Area with one Section of Scouts accompanying each of the Engineer Company (Reinforced) Plt’s forward as they laid the minefields, emplaced obstacles, dug fighting positions, and prepped bridges to be blown. The work they did was extensive.


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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/11/2016 3:21:01 AM   
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Minefields were laid down or across roads, wire, berms, felled tree obtacles were designed to channel the Soviets or deny him terrain. All obstacles were covered by Artillery TRP’S(pic1). It was here that he knew his forces could do the most damage.
Troop/Co Cdr’s, Plt Ldr’s and PSG’s had gone forward to view the terrain, scout routes, and marked positions during the first few days. The good thing is that most had done this drill many times during “GDP Walks”. Each Plt Ldr had a GDP book that contained every detail of the area, from Gas Station Locations to Phone Booths with their phone numbers, Bridge Weight Classifications to Overpass Clearances.










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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/11/2016 3:53:16 AM   
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Ward flipped the Avenue of Approach overlay on top of the Obstacle Plan. With the intel reports identifying the 79th GTD Recon element closing on Schwarzbach, Ward knew first contact would come in the Elters/Wittges vicinity on his south/right flank. The lead Soviet Battalion would be the Forward Security Element (FSE) and out of which would come the Combat Recon Patrol (CRP). He needed to destroy this force, and hold ground at first. The success of this fight would drive his next decisions.








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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/11/2016 11:21:10 PM   
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Hi,

Very well done!

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So we're at war with the Russkies eh?? I suppose we really ought to invade or something. (Lonnnng pause while studying the map)
Hmmmm... big place ain't it??
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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/14/2016 2:15:38 AM   
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Ward then looked over to his right where the map showing all his units positions and Engagement Areas. The addition of 1/68Ar gave his position some depth. C/1/68Ar was his mobile reserve.

"Sir, GSR's are reporting multiple vehicles spotted coming out of Schwarzbach. They say they'll have a hard count in 5." "S3, lets mount up" said Ward as he walked out of the TOC......







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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/14/2016 6:07:18 PM   
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Ward rode in the Loader's Hatch of HQ66 while his Squadron Master Gunner TC'd the M1. His Master Gunner had mounted two pieces of Lexan on the flat area in front of the Loader's M240 traverse ring allowing the Col to place his map between the plates and make notes on them as needed. HQ55 with the S3 was following some 100m behind as HQ66 came to a stop at the intersection they were going to split up at. As the S3's tank pulled alongside, Ward pulled off his CVC and and "Sam, it's in the Troops hands now. Make damn sure Delta disengages BEFORE Ivan hits the obstacles. Maj Jordon saluted and headed off to Kleinsassen where he could observe the fight Delta was soon to be in. Ward was enroute to the 1/68Ar TOC, just outside of Friesenhausen, to touch base with LTC Merrit.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/15/2016 2:10:38 AM   
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After a short ten minute talk, Ward climbed back on his tank and into the Loader's hatch. Dawn was breaking and like most mornings in Germany, the low ground and valleys were covered in a fog. As he stood in the hatch, a flash of light lit up sky, reflecting off the low clouds. At first he thought it was lightning, but the distinct report of a tank cannon followed some seconds later. Then 4 lesser thumps came upon him. He looked at his watch...0502z. 1/11ACR was in contact with the Russians.........

Within 5 minutes the initial reports were painting the picture. Delta was engaging the FSE, Bravo was in contact with Recon elements In the Hofbieber/Langenbieber defile. Alpha was reporting 20 plus tanks exiting Allmus on the K4. Delta was given the order to displace under the cover of smoke that the Mtr's of 1/68 were about to fire, but not before a barrage of heavy artillery had taken its toll...2 tanks damaged, 2 destroyed.

The Recon elements in Bravo and Alpha sectors were taking a beating at the hands of their respective tank plt's and Ward's FSO was about to punish the Russian's with their own Artillery.










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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/16/2016 1:27:39 PM   
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0529z....Ward had directed his Master Gunner to get him to the Squadron Toc which was located about 2kms north of the 1/68AR TOC. Upon arriving he went to the S2 M577 and looked at the situation map. His S2, Cpt Donnelly, was plotting the most recent contact reports from all the Troops. "What do you see Ed?" asked Ward. "Sir, Delta and the Artillery took out the CRP and FSE that came out of Elters and the Russian Main Body of the lead tank Bn is now in the obstacles south of the town. That's one Tank Battalion. Bravo is in contact with a Mech Bn(-)of in the Hoffbieber/Langenbieber defile. They are tied up in the minefields. That's Bn number 2. Alpha has Tank Bn (-) in Traisbach, also trying to breach the minefields there. That's Bn #3. Sir, we're being hit by the lead Tk Regt of the 79th GTD."

"FSO! you got those bastards targeted?" yelled Ward. "We're on em Sir! replied the Cpt who was furiously issuing commands to his batteries. Donnelly looked at his Commander and said "They came in hard Sir. They committed all three Battalions right from the get go trying to find the weak spot for the follow on Regt. The CRP's in Alpha and Bravo sector are still poking around and we lost track of the one in Alpha's sector which was last reported in the vic of Niederbeiber."

"Ok Ed...nobody said Ivan was dumb. He knew we were here and that's why I'm surprised we haven't been hit harder with his arty." said Ward. He walked over to the radio and contacted the S3. "What's it like over there Sam" asked Ward." Maj Jones had positioned his tank overlooking Bieberstein. He had observed Delta's fight and also saw the brutal barrage they received for their efforts. "Sir, the smoke is in place to cover Delta's move, and they should be displacing in a few." He confirmed the S2's report of the damage Delta had inflicted and that the Russian's were tied up in the minefields. "Kick Kelly in the ass Sam and get those troops moving" ordered Ward as he put down the mic. "Sir, the bridge at Almendorf didn't blow. The Sct Section responsible for it is enroute to see what went wrong." said Cpt Lowe, the Asst S3. "Let me know as soon as its destroyed Cpt. We can't leave Ivan any crossing over the Haune." growled Ward. Not everything will go as planned he thought to himself.










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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/16/2016 1:44:39 PM   
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Ward walked over to his FSO. "Show me what you got Tony" said Ward as he put his hand on the Cpt's shoulder. Tony Delgado was one of the best FSO's in the Regt. His boys were going to make or break this fight. "Sir, Ivan hit the MLRS location and we lost one launcher. Each of the TRP's covering the minefields is about to get hit. We missed Ivan coming out of Allmus on the K4 but we wont miss em in Traisbach! I'm holding one battery back for Counter fire missions. I need to find his tubes Col..." said Delgado. "Ok Tony, hit em hard but don't blow your load. This is just the opening round and I need your guns to keep Ivan honest." announced Ward as he turned to get back to his tank.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/16/2016 6:47:16 PM   
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0544z....It seemed like an eternity but only 45 minutes had passed since the fighting started. Hq66 had been cruising at 40mph towards Alpha Troops positions in Almendorf since it left the Squadron TOC. His Master Gunner took a route along L3379 until they came off the high ground outside of Margretenhaun. There he turned off the road and took up a position overlooking Traisbach. "6 This is 3 over" came the call. "This is 6, what ya got Sam?" They were talking over the Sqdn secure net, they very rarely used call signs but when they did, it was serious. "Delta is having a hard time disengaging. I expect them to be out of Bieberstein in the next 10 minutes but if they don't they are going to get overrun" over. This is 6, well Alpha is having the same problem Wiesen. I'm here in Alpha's sector. I'm not going to push Kelly or Art as it's their fight on the ground and we both don't know what the issue is. Besides that, how's the situation over there Sam?" "Tony's arty took a big chunk out of their attack and Charlie has entered the fray taking shots with their TOWS from my position." stated the S3. "Tony is about to hit em with another MLRS volley but then they have to resupply. Looks like Bravo is fairing the best as Ivan is concentrating on the flanks. I just got a report of another Mech Co heading into Traisbach. Also there was a report of a reinforced Mech Co vic 429129 from Charlie Troop. Keep your head down Sam." Ward replied as he unkeyed his mic.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/17/2016 10:35:13 PM   
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0614z...Ed Donnally looked at the situation map and didn't like what he saw. Oncce the fog had lifted, the size of the attack became apparent. The lead Regt of the 79th GTD had come in full bore across the entire front of the 1/11 ACR. They hit all three major avenues of approach, each with a reinforced Mechanized Bn to the best he could discern. Based on the reports he was monitoring, the Squadron had basically wiped out the CRP's, FSE's, and lead elements of the Main Body of each of the Bn's, but it was becoming apparent that sheer numbers were weighing against the Squadron.

He had just updated the map when he heard his callsign come over the Sqdn net...."Black 2 this is 6, give me a quick overview Ed" ordered Col Ward.







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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/18/2016 4:45:59 PM   
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Col Ward took in all the information his S2 reported. The Sqdrn had been in contact for a little less than 2hrs now and the first crisis was upon them...ammo.

His units were reporting a "Yellow" or Black" status which meant they were down to about 25% of their basic loads. To disengage now to rearm, just as the Russian's were getting through the obstacles was a huge risk. At the same time he knew his Troops and Arty had mauled the lead Regt of the attack.

He got on the radio and called his FSO......"Tony, I need your guns to hold the line. We're going to take some risks with them holding in place but I have to buy some time for my Troops" "The MLRS is rearming as we speak and should be ready in 30. The tubes are at your disposal Sir" responded the Cpt. "Make it happen Tony, Out"



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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/19/2016 1:05:57 AM   
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Cpt Delgado went to the S2 and passed on what Col Ward had told him and asked his friend what and where. The S2 went to his situation map and pointed out the multiple locations he recommended the Artillery hit. Delgado went back to his radios and started the process. HE made sure each of the battery's had the coordinates he wanted hit, and hit hard. He transmitted in no uncertain terms that the Sqdrn was depending upon them to hold the line and there was nothing more important. Each Battery Cdr responded with the same message....Blackhorse!



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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/24/2016 1:36:24 PM   
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0708Z...Col Ward took stock of his squardron. C Trp and Delta Co were decimated in the main attack but they accounted for over 140 confirmed kills. What was left of Charlie Trp was ordered to pull back to Dietges and resupply.

The remaining tanks of Delta were to join a Sct Section of Bravo at 303143 to buy time for A/1/68Ar to disengage.

Ward agreed with the 1/68Ar Cdr that C/1/68Ar should relieve Alpha as the position SW of Kleinsassen was becoming the focal point of the Russian attack. At least one Russian mech company and a tank company were approaching along the road in the valley from the east.

Bravo Trp was also ordered to fall back to their secondary positions overlooking the L3379 road after reporting some 55 kills. They were also pretty well beat up......

Alpha was still holding at Almendorf with serious help from the artillery. It was Delgado's artillery that had proven devastating to the Russians. Traisbach, Hofbieber/Langenbieber, Bieberstein, Elters, Kleinsassen, and the K29 were littered with scores of destroyed vehicles. And yet they still came..........







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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/24/2016 2:39:56 PM   
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The LOA (Limit of Advance) and the kill zones.........






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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/24/2016 8:32:36 PM   
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HQ's 66 rolled into the perimeter of the 1/11 ACR TOC. It had taken longer than he wanted to get here but the TOC had jumped multiple times since the battle started. It was now located just west of the K21 along a logging trail. The tank stopped just long enough for Col Ward to jump off as the tank headed north for another 100 meters before backing into an opening in the trees. The Russian's had just been stopped in front of A/1/68Ar but stragglers were everywhere. Ward walked up the ramp of the S3 577 and he saw Sam Jordan, his S3 sitting on one of the benches. His NBC suit was splattered with blood and Sam had his head in his hands. "Sam, how ya doing?" asked Ward. Jordan's eyes lit up a bit after seeing his CO but the look on his face said something different. "Come on out here Sam" said Ward as he motioned with his thumb to the side of the track. Once outside, Ward asked "What happened Sam?" "We were overwatching Delta on the high ground south of Kleinsassen when the **** hit the fan. Everything was going ok when all of a sudden Ivan hit the town with arty. I was in protective open, but Logan had the his hatch open. He was just reaching to close it when an air burst hit just in front of us. A piece of shrapnel ripped his face off. I had to stay in place as I was spotting for Tony (the FSO) but the whole time the kid was slumped in the turret with no face." Ward put his hand on his friends shoulder and said "Sam, you did good. You did what you had to do. What you were trained to do. It's a **** storm out there and it ain't getting better. Charlie is gone, so is Delta, but we hurt em Sam, we hurt em bad." stated Ward. "You going to be ok?" "Yeah, the crew took the tank to the Aid station and should be back in a few. I saw the situation map. What's next?" asked the S3. I told Charlie to consolidate at Dietges, Bravo to fall back to their secondaries, what's left of Delta was to hook up with a Sct Section from Bravo and delay Ivan at the L3379/K21 Intersection to give Dan's Alpha Co a chance to disengage. His Charlie Co is enroute to relieve them. There's a mech and tank Co headed down the L3379 northeast of Kleinsassen as Ivan tends to reinforce success and this is where he's gotten the farthest. Alpha is still holding Almendorf but I'm thinking of moving B/1/68 over there." Ward said as he outlined the situation. "I'm grabbing a Hummer driver to replace Logan. I get the feeling we are going to need every tube we got in the next round" said Jordan. "Yup, you're sticking with me from here on Sam." said Ward. "Square away your ride Sam and come up the trail when you're ready. I've gotta talk to Tony and Ed." Ward walked back into the track as his S3 stood there thinking what else the day would bring.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/25/2016 11:23:09 AM   
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0727Z...The sounds of gun fire was close, very close, as Ward climbed back on board his tank. The remaining Delta tanks and a Sct Section from Bravo were in the fight for the L3379/K21 intersection. The Russians already controlled the K18 east/west Niederbieber, Langenbieber, Bieberstein road giving them a covered and concealed route to shift forces. He needed to remain in control of the L3379. It also ran east/west from Kleinsassen to Margretenhaun, right into Alpha's position in ALmendorf.

The tank passed around the vehicles that made up the TOC. HQ66 and 55 would provide security for them as they moved to their new positions in Bockels. Sam Jordan was in the TC hatch waiting for Ward to get in front, HQ 55 would pick up the rear of the column.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/26/2016 11:41:33 AM   
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....As the column formed up, Ward sat down on the Loaders seat and unfolded his map that his Master Gunner had updated in his absence. What he saw in map graphics confirmed what he was told by his staff and what he had witnessed on the battlefield. Charlie Trp was combat ineffective and the survivors were pulling back to Dietges to reorganize, resupply, and take up a blocking position at 421202 along the N458. Whether that would actually occur was in doubt, and if it didn't, his right flank was wide open. The hilly, heavily wooded terrain was more of a defense than the force that remained in the area.

About 2Kms to his north,(the reason they were moving) a composite Tank Plt of Delta along with a Sct Section from Bravo had torn apart two Russian Mech Co's in the vicinity of the L3379/K21 intersection. The rest of Bravo had fallen back in good order to their secondary positions overlooking the L3379.

Alpha Trp was still holding the Steinau, Almendorf, Margretenhaun line, but once Ivan found out how weak he was along the L3174 road, that position would be compromised.

It was the tankers of 1/68Ar that now had responsibility of holding the main defensive position along the spur that sloped into Wolferts. There were reports of a mech and tank Co. moving south, and two tank CO's moving west, all converging on Kleinsassen.






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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/26/2016 9:20:57 PM   
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As the column started to move, Ward stuck his head out of the hatch. HQ66 was moving along the tree line in the small narrow valley south of Bravo's secondary positions, heading west towards Dippetz. He could hear the muffled gunfire from the battle being fought behind and to his right. He dropped back down and thought about what had transpired over the past 2 1/2hrs. They had won the Recon battle, maimed the FSE's and Main Body elements of 3, maybe 4 Battalions (based upon the number of confirmed kills).

The enemy forces now approaching should be of the follow-on Regt but something just wasn't adding up.



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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/27/2016 2:42:55 AM   
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...130 tanks, over 140 BMP's. That's at least 2 Regt's. Ivan is committing his 3rd Regt? If that was the case, Ward had the upper hand at this point. He had 4 assets that were still intact. His Artillery. They had frustrated any attempt at Counter-Battery targeting. 2) FASCAM...he had not utilized it as of yet. 3) Dual Purpose Conventional Munitions...also still intact. 4) 1/68Ar. "Jeeezzz" thought Ward as he sat up straight in the loaders seat. If that's the case (and he still wasn't 100% sure, but this is war, and nothing is for sure) Ward began to formulate his next actions.........

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/30/2016 3:21:08 PM   
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They waited too long to make the jump. Small arms fire raked the side of the column. The 50 caliber machineguns mounted on the 577's swung to the right as the vehicle commanders returned the fire. Next came the artillery. Impacting rounds threw up large clumps of debris onto the tank as the sounds of shrapnel pinged off the armor. The tank swerved left then right as the driver avoided the shell craters and then the Master gunner hit a button on his control panel releasing a half salvo of smoke grenades. The ensuing smoke combined with that created by the artillery barrage, concealed the vehicles from further observation. After ten minutes, the column had cleared the area and was continuing its move to Bockels.

HQ55 was brought forward to the head of the small column. The 577's split apart and fell back 100 meters as the two HQ's tanks also separated 50 meters between each. They were in contact and they needed to more surprises.

The reports coming over the command net were now sporatic. Alpha was reporting the approach of a mech and tank company north of Traisbach at 174064. They were also engaging tanks at 184129, coming down the L3174. "Damn" thought Ward as he picked up his map from the turret floor. He stood on the loaders seat as placed his map back under the Lexan sheets. He plotted the contacts and then caught a radio transmission of vehicle commanders fighting enemy tanks at 236147. That was the Bravo Trp Commander....He had not switched his radio back to his Trp net in the confusion of the fighting.

Charlie 1/68Ar had arrived at the Wolferts Spur position. The Co Cdr's Section and a tank Plt were already in engagements. he two other tank Plt's were told to come up to the position to his left...slowly. Both Alpha and Bravo Trp's dispatched Sct Sections to block the Russian tanks coming down the L3174 reported by Alpha Trp. Ward no longer had eyes on the K18 which meant he had no idea what enemy forces were moving east/west. Then the rain came......

"Ed, I need FASCAM deployed between 350140 and 360140 NW to SE." ordered Ward. he saw an opportunity to split the Russian attack and give Charlie 1/68Ar the time they needed to get into position. If he could delay the forces coming out of Kleinsassen, Charlie would only face one, not two tank Co's..... If the Russians got caught in the minefield, he could destroy them with his artillery...










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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/31/2016 8:20:22 AM   
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0801Z......"Yes" shouted his Master Gunner after the report came over the Cmd net. "Say again Cruel 6" said Ward releasing radio switch on his CVC. "This is Cruel 6, I say again 12 tanks, 10+ BMP's destroyed vic 320160 over". C/1/68Ar had removed the immediate threat and had caused the enemy to pull back. That was the first time Ivan gave up on an attack all day. Dan Merritt's troops had done a fine job. A/1/68Ar had stopped two Mech Co's and now this report from the C/1/68Ar Cdr. "Black 44 you monitor? over" "Roger, cancel the FASCAM?, over" Roger Ed, we'll save it for something else."


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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/31/2016 6:48:39 PM   
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0819Z...Ward saw the 2 A10's as the came in over Almendorf. The number of white streaks emminating from the northeast was astounding. One aircraft was hit immediately as the other made its run along the ridgeline south of Wiesen. More missiles filled the sky as the plane made a sharp bank and dipped below his view. He saw it again heading southwest, the area was too dangerous to make a run.

The second A10 flight came in hot...again multiple missiles were fired at the inttruding planes. Again, one was hit, but this time the second released its load on the ridgeline.......

The issue now was the seam between Alpha and Bravo Trp's along the ridge that separated them. The Russians' had bullied their way into Margretenhaun with 2 Tank Co's which overan the Scouts that were defending that location. The B/1/68Ar Cdr heard the reposts and took it upon himslf to dispatch one of his Tank Plt's to Bockels. His blocking position in Dipperz would be comprimised if those forces were to make it to the N458 highway. The last full strength Scout Section from Bravo Trp was about to occupy a battle position overlooking that town.

The Russian's were using the wooded terrain south of the K18 to cover their movements. Ward still had elements of 5 Sct Sect's keeping eyes on the road network crisscrossing the woods.

It was the report of an enemy Tank Co from the C Trp XO that caught him off guard......






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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 1/31/2016 8:22:48 PM   
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Thanks for posting, nicely done aar

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 2/1/2016 10:57:24 AM   
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agree, just to say this is a brilliant read and really like the maps etc

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 2/2/2016 12:27:05 AM   
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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 2/2/2016 2:54:36 AM   
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Ward's column and the Plt from B/1/68Ar were all moving towards Bockels in the attempt to stem the breach of the lines at Margretenhaun. As the Plt from Bravo cleared the spur some 500 meters east of the village, they were met with a hail of from the Russians. HQ66 came to a hard stop as the TC yelled into his mike. HE looked to his left and right and ordered his driver to back up....fast. The rest of the column hard broke to the right towards the trees. More tank rounds flew past...the sound unmistakable. The Plt from Bravo had reacted quickly also. Realizing they were not going to make it to Bockels, They popped smoked and turned on their smoke generators. It wasn't pretty, but all the tanks made it back behind the cover of the spur.

Ward realized that with the Russians occupying Margretenhaun, Alpha Troop was effectively cut off......


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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 2/3/2016 1:37:57 AM   
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In the Loaders hatch, Col Ward summed up the Squadrons situation in his head.....Charlie and Delta were done. Bravo was providing eyes with dismounts and had one viable Sct Sect left. Alpha was still holding Almendorf but was cut off. His only effective combat forces were his artillery and 1/68Ar. "Dan, give me an update on your Apache and Cruel elements, over", radioed Ward to the 1/68Ar Cdr. "Apache has 10 runners, Cruel 14. There're pushing hard down the K21 and if Ivan gets thru, the Wolferts position is screwed, break" came back the answer. " IF I can get Apache to get back and form a backstop, Cruel can deal with anything heading from the east, over" Black 44 this is Ironhorse 6, standby for orders, over" This is Black 44, standing by, over" replied the FSO. He knew the situation....He had been working hand in hand with Ed Donnally for over 18 months. Between the two of them, they had seen the picture unfold on their maps, made decisions based on the reports, and been correct more than not. When the old man radioed them by call sign, they both knew it was not good. "Black 44...Grids 166124, 304166, and 303142, DPICM in Effect , over." came the Call for Fire. Ward allowed his team the extra time to respond to his order. One of the locations contained friendly elements on top of the fact that he was requesting a very valuable, but limited asset. Both Donnally and Delgado looked at each other as they understood the seriousness of the situation. "Grids 166124, 304166, 303142 DPICM in Effect Out." said Delgado into the mic.

Right now, the only maneuver force Ward had was B/1/68Ar, and as long as there were Russian tanks in Margretenhaun, he could not get them safely into Bockels anytime soon.









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He had eyes on each of the grids that were called in. Ward knew that each one was an FPF mission..."Final Protective Fires" where the units involved needed a wall of steel to stop the Russians from breaking through. The first grid was Margretenhaun..He needed to let the Russians know that entering that village in strength was going to come at a heavy cost. A Sct Squad in Bockels was directly responsible for keeping tabs on that location.

3 1/2 hrs of continuous fighting had left over 700 vehicles burning across the German countryside, and thousands of bodies. Thick smoke hung in the valley between Elters and Wolferts, and the defile from Hofbieber to Langenbieber was a charnel house of wrecked and destroyed vehicles, as was Traisbach. The exit from the woods of the K21 highway looked like the toys of a child piled one on top of another, a testament to the fury of the artillery strikes.

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RE: Narrative AAR Fulda Frontier - 2/7/2016 3:40:40 PM   
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0851Z... "Ironhorse 6, this is Duke 6.....Sitrep to follow...

Bravo reports 5+ tanks, multiple BRDM's, and ZSU's destroyed vic 235168 and 235145, Green ammo, still RedCon1, break.." Ward took in the report, opened his map, and updated his graphics. He had heard the cannon fire out of Dipperz and was relieved to hear that the advance was blunted. B/2/68Ar was still in good shape. "Alpha and Charlie report heavy armor contact vic 303168, Black ammo, RedCon2, heavy armor/BMP contact vic 359161, Yellow ammo, RedCon2.....they're getting hit hard and we lost eyes on the BMP's. We caught a bit of the A10's spot report before he got hit....didn't like what I heard...shifted forces to close right flank. My left is weak. Bravo has to stretch their line east, over"

"Concur, over" responded Ward. He knew how critical the K21 highway was to the Soviets.

"We've just about worn out our welcome here and are preparing to disengage to the following grids..." Merritt sent the locations, Ward plotted them and knew Dan was trying to tell him his folks were still in the fight, but not for long.....The disengagement would require a 3-5km move......

Bravo 1/68Ar had to shift east.....

"Dan, I'm putting together a scratch force to deal with the Russian's in Margretenhaun. I'm taking a Plt from your Bravo, the closet to my location, the rest of Bravo is to shift east to cover your move, out"










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