As a basis we use the "There are many rivers to cross" campaign for Chain of Command which can be found in the 2018 Lard Magazine. We try to be better in keeping you up to date with events as they unfold as we were with other campaigns. To this end I'll try to update this post as often as possible with all the relevant news concerning your favourite characters. I'll also create a dedicated page where you can (hopefully) soon find the reports of the actions as they were fought.
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real persons, especially those of wargaming extravaganza, is purely intentional. Should any of the people I took for inspiration recognize themselves I hope you take it for the good-humoured jibe it was meant to be. In the unlikely case that should anybody else feel the desire to be featured in this adventure just let me know. I'm sure as soon as the bullets start to fly and casualties start to mount there'll be plenty of opportunity for men from the ranks to fill the boots of those who've gone before them.
The forces of her Majesty - Defenders of Liberty and Democracy
When the Germans opened their second offensive, the so called Fall Rot, the Division was tasked with holding a sector 5 to 6 times larger than could normally be expected of them. And that's where the journey of our valiant heroes begins...
The Platoon Commander
|2nd Lieutenant Martin McMutton|
When his father is called upon to serve as a medical officer in the Great War Martin is sent to Duke of York's Royal Military School for education. Being easily distracted and admittedly a little lazy he barely makes his grade and instead of pursuing a military career he then goes on to become a mechanic in the booming refrigeration industry.
He marries Paisley Robertson in 1929 and together they have two daughters Kacey and Annabelle. When the shadows of yet another war begin to gather over Europe he feels the obligation to make himself available to the armed forces of his Majesty. Being almost too short for a place on her majesties payroll it's due to his military school training that Martin is eventually enlisted as an officer into the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division in December 1939.
The Platoon Sergeant
|Sergeant Curtis P. Campbell|
Corporal 1st Section
|Corporal Christopher O'Sliter - 1st Section|
Corporal 2nd Section
|Corporal Patrick Smyth - 2nd Section - Field promotion|
Corporal 3rd Section
|Corporal Michael Awry - 3rd Section|
The dead and missing:
Corporal Davis D. Dockerty - KIA
25 years of age and a strapping six-footer Davis Dockerty was a Clerk at the General Post office and deep within he still is. His head for figures and aptitude for paperwork makes him well liked by the company quartermaster and in return by his men as well. He's well known for his good spirits under even the most dire of circumstances. Davis reportedly was seen staging a grand scale what-if game centered around a joint anglo-american invasion of France against a hypothetical German occupation force as part of a training exercise for the men of his section. This earned him a reprimand from his Lieutenant as it's absolutely unthinkable the Germans could ever be able to boot the BEF out of France, let alone subdue the mighty, if admittedly a little inflexible, French Army.
Davis is killed on the 6th of June while trying to shore up the left flank of the platoons positions in the face of the German onslaught.
Men of the Reich - Saviours of Europe from Bolshevism
Kraftradschützenbataillon 7 (7th Motorcycle Battalion)
|Leutnant Dieter Steindorf|
Dieter's upbringing was a comfortable middle class with 4 siblings in the large capital city of Berlin. In addition to his excellent performance in the regional Realschule Dieter was fortunate enough to have a father who served with distinction in the Great War thus helping him in getting a commission in the Wehrmacht in the newly formed Panzer divisions. Keen to be at the tip of the action he requested a leadership position in the specialized Motorcycle Reconnaissance Battalion and was granted command of the first platoon.
He is 26 years old and stands about 5ft 8in. His father not wanting his son to get soft had him working part time laying and carrying bricks in addition to strength related sports has resulted in Dieter looking like bricks he used to carry a virtual block of a man.
|Feldwebel Heinrich Zornburg|
Born and raised in the inner city of Dresden hardened Heinrich to the realities of life. His father worked in the local armaments factory supporting a large family made making ends meet difficult at time so Heinrich went to work at a young age getting work where he could to help support the family, before joining the Hitler Jugend gaining a reputation for an iron will leading local groups. As soon as he could he joined the Wehrmacht at 18 years old and due to his will and training in the Hitler youth he rose rapidly to the rank of Feldwebel at a young 20 years of age.Thin and rather pale belies a strength of will and body that impress all who come into contact with him.
Führer 1. Trupp
|Obergefreiter Hans Schwarzfuss, 1. Trupp|
Hans was born and raised in the small village of Linzdorf in Saxony working and living on the family farm. All that heavy lifting turned an already very tall Hans into somewhat of a lumbering giant. A model citizen and thanks to his disciplined upbringing Hans found life in the Hitler youth easy to adjust to and equally found life in the Wahrmacht to suit him well.
At 21 years of age Hans is ready for to lead his squad into France even with the laughs and smiles he gets when fitting his bulk onto his motorcycle, but knowing he has the squads respect he takes it with a good nature and bidding joke with his men.
Führer 2. Trupp
|Obergefreiter Wolfgang Obermann, 2. Trupp|
Hailing from the west in the large city of Cologne 21 year old Wolfang dreamed of an adventurous life outside the dreary office job he was saddled with so jumped at the chance to join the Wahrmacht and even better ride a motorcycle while doing it! All that office work has left Wolfgang a bit pale and on the thin side which he hopes to change, but sadly it seems nobody can cook in the army so will likely need to wait until he gets married after the war!
Führer 3. Trupp
|Obergefreiter Heintz Kellermann, 3. Trupp|
The dead and missing:
Obergefreiter Johann Waldarm - KIA
An average looking 19 year old citizen in all respects working as an office clerk in the northern city of Hamburg Johann answered the call of his country and joined the Wahrmacht to serve his Fatherland. Usually accustomed to paperwork his quick wit allowed him to adapt to the army life and his ability to navigate came to attention of his superiors who assigned him to the Motorcycle Battalion to take advantage of this ability to scout ahead. Johann is killed on 6th of June 1940 in his first engagement with the enemy.