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Operation CITADEL 042000ZJAN17

Op CITADEL  

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  1. 1. Will you attend Operation CITADEL at 2000Z on Wednesday 04 January 2017?

    • Yes, I will attend.
    • Maybe, and I have PM'd my IC to say why.
    • No, and I have posted an LOA.


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Welcome to 1943.

 

It is the fourth of July. Throughout German positions near Kursk thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks, assault guns and artillery pieces are being moved into position as final preparations for Operation CITADEL are made.

 

Throughout the afternoon small groups of officers and NCOs who will lead the initial assault waves are bought forward to view the Soviet defences. Engineer teams wait impatiently for darkness to fall so that they can begin the nerve wracking task of clearing lanes for the assault troops.

 

In our sector A Coy has been tasked with neutralising a significant Soviet strongpoint and then fighting through with armoured support to breach the first of three lines of Soviet defences.

 

Infantry assault teams are scheduled to move into no-man's land under cover of darkness at 0220. There will be no preliminary bombardment. Our attack is scheduled to begin at 0300. German armoured formations will begin to move at the same moment and should be in position rapidly to link up with the infantry and exploit their initial success.

 

INTENT

 

German forces will ATTACK and CARRY Soviet first line defences to make way for follow on forces. German forces will DEFEAT any Soviet counterattack.

 

EXECUTION

 

Daylight recce of Soviet forward positions will take place between 1930-2000Z (i.e. half an hour before normal op time) all Officers and NCOs are encouraged to attend. O Group, also in daylight, will follow. Troops will then disperse to holding areas. We will then skip time forward to 0210 and move forward to departure line.

 

Infantry Assault Groups will depart friendly lines at 0220 to conduct a silent advance on Soviet first line positions under cover of darkness.

 

At 0300 Infantry Assault Groups will ATTACK and CARRY initial Soviet position.

 

At 0300 mixed Panzer detachment including elements of Heavy Panzer Bn will move forward through cleared lanes to ATTACK beyond initial Soviet position.

 

At 0300 Mortar detachment will begin sustained fire onto assumed position of Soviet in depth defences. Fires to be adjusted via radio message from lead units.

 

By 0330 Infantry Assault Groups will re-group with armoured element and Panzergrenadier reinforcements in order to push the attack beyond road feature.

 

TASK ORG

 

A/1; A/2 - initially as Infantry Assault Groups organised in ten-man Sections and moving on foot. If killed then re-org on re-spawn as ten-man Panzergrenadier sections mounted in SdKfz 251 half-track vehicles with towed PaK40 A-Tk guns and move forward to assembly point for second phase attack.

 

7RHA - as Bn Mortar detachment at prepared mortar position. Radio communication is essential. Secondary task to man fixed MG42 position on front line during covert advance of infantry before initial assault.

 

FSG; Flight - as mixed Panzer force mounted in own choice of Tiger (x2) Panther (x4) MkIV (x4) StuGIV (x3) ready to attack at exactly 0300. Prior to that point secondary tasking to man fixed MG42 positions on front line during covert advance of infantry.

 

13AASR - ammunition, logistics, resupply using Opel Blitz and SdKfZ 251. Anti Air using SdKfZ 7 mounted FlaK 41.

 

16CSMR - CASEVAC and medical treatment. Directing reinforcements to vehicles and assembly areas. Opel Blitz ambulance and SdKfZ 251 available for the use of.

 

 

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Edited by Maj Emmet

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A Coy HQ Attendance

Yes - 1

Maj Emmet

 

Maybe - 1

Capt Ellis

Early bird voting score: -14 points

1 Platoon HQ Attendance

Yes - 2

Lt Millar

Sgt Boothroyd

Early bird voting score: +20 points

1/1 Section Attendance

Yes - 2

A/LCpl Kalinsky

Rec Sendall J

 

Maybe - 3

Cpl Silbot

Pte Pedersen

Pte Verreck

 

LOA - 2

Pte Stunkel

Pte Coupe

 

Not yet voted - 1

Rec Fuchs

Early bird voting score: -10 points

1/2 Section Attendance

Yes - 5

A/LCpl Haagenrud

Pte Juul

Pte Fuente

Pte Nielsen

Rec Elst

 

LOA - 2

Cpl Taylor

Pte Nicholls

 

Not yet voted - 1

Rec Poole

Early bird voting score: -20 points

1/3 Section Attendance

Yes - 5

A/LCpl Sullivan

Rec Willis

Pte Coxson

Pte Bowler

Pte Riley

 

LOA - 2

Cpl MacDonald

Pte Oliver

 

Not yet voted - 1

Pte Flip

Early bird voting score: -21 points

2 Platoon HQ Attendance

Yes - 1

Lt Smith

Early bird voting score: -42 points

2/1 Section Attendance

Yes - 6

Cpl Ainsley

LCpl Tebbs

Pte Hendrickx

Rec Griffin

Pte Dante

Pte Davies

 

Maybe - 1

Rec Luyt

 

Not yet voted - 1

Pte Osborne

Early bird voting score: -7 points

2/2 Section Attendance

Yes - 3

A/Cpl Dennett

Pte Ludlow

Pte Lath

 

LOA - 1

Rec Carey

 

Not yet voted - 3

Pte Hanslien

Rec Barry

Rec Rae

Early bird voting score: -44 points

2/3 Section Attendance

Yes - 4

A/Cpl Lee

Pte Peto

Rec Tuggins

Pte Boring

 

Maybe - 1

Pte Crosby

 

Not yet voted - 1

Rec Gibbs

Early bird voting score: +3 points

Support HQ Attendance

Yes - 1

SSgt Kirwan

 

Maybe - 1

Capt Ellis

Early bird voting score: -11 points

FSG Attendance

Yes - 5

Cpl Scarle

LCpl Dahl

Pte Morris

Pte Liberts

Pte Rabbit

 

Maybe - 1

Pte Joyce

Early bird voting score: +38 points

7RHA Attendance

Yes - 4

A/Bdr Christoffer

Gnr Meadows

Gnr King

Gnr Vos

 

Maybe - 1

A/LCpl Richardson

 

Not yet voted - 1

Gnr Stevens N

Early bird voting score: +7 points

13AARS Attendance

Yes - 2

Pte McPherson

Pte Keeling

 

LOA - 1

Pte Ingebo

Early bird voting score: +5 points

16CSMR Attendance

Yes - 4

SSgt Kirwan

Pte Howard

Pte Leadbitter

Pte Karlsson

Early bird voting score: +15 points

JHC Attendance

Yes - 3

Fg Off Jackson

Plt Off Fletcher

Plt Off Clayton

 

Not yet voted - 1

Plt Off Stevens

Early bird voting score: -31 points

Reserves Attendance

Yes - 1

Pte Jensen

DISTAFF Attendance

Yes - 1

CSM Braddock

 

Maybe - 2

Pte Wilson

Pte Turnbull

 

LOA - 1

Pte Dodge

Early bird voting score: +7 points

Voting statistics:

Yes: 50 (62%)

Maybe: 11 (14%)

No: 9 (11%)

Failed to vote: 10 (12%)

Total eligible: 80

Edited by A/LCpl Richardson

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Gentlemen,

 

Happy New Year.

 

Our first combat operation of 2017 takes place this Wednesday as we round off our 'Christmas Special' with a trip to a small part of the German offensive near Kursk in July 1943.

 

At the time of writing almost 20% of us have failed to vote. Please can ICs follow up personally. Operation Orders and Task Org will follow later on today.

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