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28th July 1944 Vistula river Poland, near town of Baranow.
Meine Herren the Bolshevik offensive is rolling towards us. Armee Gruppe Mitte is withdrawing. Our forces are have been ordered to withdraw across the Vistula by OKH.
MIsssion: Kampfgruppe is ordered to hold the approaches to the bridge for as long as possible in order to allow as much of 4th Panzer Army to cross over. This will enable a stronger defence of the West Bank and allow us to consolidate the front and hold the Russians with the Vistula as a barrier. OKH expects us to hold until 0630, when the last convoy of troops should be over the river. We must not allow the Bolsheviks to gain a bridgehead across the river or the entire front could collapse.
Patrols and prisoner snatches indicate we are facing elements of the 1st guards tank army and the 350th rifle division. Intelligence suggest that the enemy may have outrun their supply train and are using their reserves to be continue their assault.
The guards tank army is equipped with the latest Soviet equipment. Some sightings of heavy tanks have been reported by withdrawing units.
The 350th rifle is a mainly infantry unit equipped with some lend lease vehicles.
The most likely course of action is for the enemy to probe our positions to try and ascertain our strength as the search a a place to secure a bridgehead across the Vistula
The most dangerous course of action would be an combined arms assault by the guards tank army prior to our withdrawal to the strong positions over the river
Mission start late afternoon for deployment. Time will shift to pre dawn.
Under strength Infantry platoon
Attached anti tank guns and rockets
5 SS Panzer platoon.
Limited respawn available for initial. Then re role into 5 SS
Civilian. Area should be deserted apart from a stray refugee.
Deploy your forces in the defensive positions to guard the Southern approaches to the river. Engineers have mined the Eastern approach to your position and it should be secure from armoured assault.
Strong defensive positions are located across the river. See map