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Firestorm: Red Thunder

The Team Yankee Global Campaign

Autobahn Rearguard

West German
VS Warsaw Pact
Hauptmann Steiner was overlooking the positions of his Panzergrenadier Kompanie. Large clouds hung over the east. The words of the briefing still rung in his head.

„Steiner, Soviet forces have broken through our defences at Amelinghausen. They will cut the Autobahn A7 near Bispingen. If they do, they threaten to break out in to our rear. Your objective is to delay this thrust as long as possible and retreat to the new defensive line at Schneverdingen .“

Steiner had ordered the Zug of Leutnant Meier in a position behind the minefields which was put in to place by some Minenwerfer Skorpion. With a small hill to their left they would hold the right flank and one of the most likely objectives of the Soviets.
Steiner was sure that Zug Baumann would hold the line in the crop fields long enough to allow the rest of the Battalion to establish a new line. They would be supported by Gepard Flakpanzer and some Jaguar 1 Jagdpanzer.

The division had promised at least one flight of Panavia Tornados. With their MW1 they would make short work of tank concentrations. And LARS rocket artillery was standing by for some fire missions.

Most important to his defence would be the Leopard 2 of Leutnant Bock. With their 120mm Rheinmetall canon there was nothing in the Soviet arsenal they could not destroy. They were well camouflaged in an ambush position.

All of a sudden the voice of Feldwebel Müller brought Steiner back from his daydream. „Hauptmann hören sie das?“ „Ja, Müller. Der Ivan ist jetzt auf der Autobahn. Hohlen sie mir Leutnant Meier an den Apparat.“…

Using their ground based air cover Soviet forces were crossing the Autobahn. Zug Meier would be hard pressed to hold the right flank of the Kompanie. A bombardment was hitting a small wood right behind the positions of Meier and his men.

Meier and his men were spotted and a hail of machine gun fire from the advancing T-72 and BMP-2 was hitting them. The well trained Grenadiere were in a good position and sustained no casualties.

With target insight the Jaguar opened fire at a range of 1500m and with the first salvo of HOT missiles 3 T-72 were turned into burning wrecks.

Leutnant Bock and his 3 Leopard 2 were watching the enemy movement through their optics. „Zug, Feindpanzer, 750m, am Feldrand. Feuer frei!“ The three metal beasts opened up on their foe turning another two of the enemy tanks in lumps of metal.

The Marder of Zug Meier opened up on the BMP-2 Scouts in the Field in front of the minefields. Meier and his men being hit by machine gun fire were still too shaken to hit something with there Panzerfausts and Milans.

More T-72 were approaching the center of the line.
Steiner sent forward his Marder to get some information on the movement of the enemy on the other side of the autobahn. Steiner watch as his Marder almost on the Autobahn was hit. The explosion of the 125mm HE shell blow the Schützenpanzer to pieces. „Feind hat Grünstreifen erreicht!“ shouted Leutnant Baumann on the radio.

Since the airspace was clear Steiner ordered the Gepards to withdraw to the new defensive positions. In the distance the explosions of rockets could be heard as a LARS battery hit the advancing soviet air defence.

Having dealt with the imminent threat on the right flank Leutnant Bock moved his Zug towards the center starting to put rounds into the Tanks on the Autobahn.
From the position in the field two Milan missiles were sent on their way by Baumanns men. Being to nervous they missed their target.
As the Leopard left their ambush position the tailing tank was hit by a T-72. The Leopard was put out of action as the crew tried to escape the burning tank.
The Jaguar were spotted as well and were taken under fire from the Autobahn. With an explosion one of the Jagdpanzer was taken out. The Schützenpanzer sustaining more and more casualties.

If Leutnant Bock would not make it to the center Steiner was sure he would need to withdraw soon.

Not too late Bock arrived. With a mighty roar the two remaining Leopard made short work of some T-72. The first thrust of the soviet was blunted.
Pulling in a defilade position another Leopard was put out of action by fire of the last 3 T-72. Leutnant Bock remained calm. Ordering his driver to reverse fast as they engaged the enemy.

Meanwhile Zug Meier had put the BMP-2 in the field in front of them out of action.

Having seen the work of the tanks Steiner ordered the flight of Tornados to divert and the Jaguar to withdraw to the new defensive position.

Fire from Bocks tank and some Milans of Zug Baumann decimated the last T-72 company to one tank.
In a desperate attempt to break the right flank the Soviet brought up their artillery and Shilkas.

The situation got more and more chaotic as Marders and Soviet support vehicles were engaging each other. Steiner tried to assess the situation. He knew even tough he had dealt with most of the MBTs his Kompanie was in the most vulnerable state trying to withdraw under fire. He had the upper hand for now.

Having moved around the small hill Leutnant Bock engaged the attacking artillery. A mighty blow almost knocked him unconscious. The artillery was direct firing on his tank.
„Hauptmann, was macht dieser verrückte Ivan da?!“ A crazy T-72 had moved out of cover and tried to flank the tank of Bock.
Leutnant Baumann ordered his man to engage the lone T-72 but to late.
A column of flame shot out of the hatch of Leutnant Bocks Leopard as it was hit in the side. Retaliation by a Milan came to late.

With the last T-72 smoking and the sun setting down the Soviet lost their will to keep attacking, for the day. Steiner ordered his men to withdraw under the cover of darkness to the new line. Were they would try to delay the enemy once more.

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