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[ WW2 ] Campaign Diary: U.S. 1st Ranger Battalion, D&S S

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: [ WW2 ] Campaign Diary: U.S. 1st Ranger Battalion, D&S S Reply with quote

After a long absence from gaming me and my friends are going too try our hand at Savage Weird War 2. We played the old D20 version and liked it a lot and since i have a lot of time on my hands i thought i would provide a diary of our campaign in the form of various after-action reports.
My players will be portraying the part of the fictional D&S Squad (Demo and Saboteur) assigned too the HQ Company of the 1st Ranger Battalion of Darbys Rangers. The Reports will be from the perspective of an NPC, Captain Roy A Murray the Battalions S3 and nominally the CO for the squad as they are attached too the Battalion Operations staff as a special mission section.

Squad Ldr: Sgt. Michael Mayfair (Metzger-changed his name), Allardt, Tn.
Ast. SL "Guide": Cpl. Cleveland A Waters, Portland Or.
BAR Gunner: Pvt. Chico Feranandez, Havana, Cuba
Ast. BAR: Pvt. Samson P. Oneskunk, Cross Plain, S.D. (Sioux)
Thompson-Scout: Frankie "Figs" Figlio, Chicago, Il.
Rifleman: Pvt. Anthony "Fat Tony" Scarpelli, Brooklyn, NY.
Rifleman: Pvt. Phillip K "Pecker" Hardy, Lincoln, Neb.
Rifleman: Pvt. Scott "Sketch" Camp, St. Louis, Misouri
Demolitions: Pvt. Daniel "Danny Boy" Obannion, Boston, Mass.
Grenadier: Pvt Donald "Scars" Duncan, Missoula, Montana
Medic: T5 Frederick "Doc" M. Johnston, Nashville, Tn.
Radioman: T5 Donald P. "Radio/Books" Glass, St. Paul, Minnesota


For the sake of anonymity for my players i will not divulge which of the above are PCs and which are NPCs. Our first three game sessions detailed the rigorous training the actual Rangers received from the British Commandos at Achnaccary, Scotland, there was a lot of rping as well as various drills, courses and training scenarios which the players had too undergo. These scenarios allowed them too get a feel for the game system and its combat dynamic as well as each other and their fellow Rangers, player and NPC alike. These scenarios were as close as possible too the actual training the Rangers received and culminated in field exercises known as "Problems" where large groups of Rangers and Commandos played war games. There was much complaining among the American Ranger about the food which included tinned "Bully" beef, yellow beans and lots and lots of Tea, none of which was iced.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: Dieppe, France 19 August 1942 Reply with quote

Historical Context/Background:

The Dieppe Raid, also known as The Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter or later on Operation Jubilee, during the Second World War, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 AM in the morning and by 9:00 AM the Allied commanders had been forced to call a retreat. Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by large British naval and Allied air force contingents. The objective was to seize and hold a major port for a short period, both to prove it was possible and to gather intelligence from prisoners and captured materials while assessing the German responses. The Allies also wanted to destroy coastal defences, port structures and all strategic buildings.

No major objectives of the raid were accomplished. A total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men who made it ashore were either killed, wounded, or captured (almost 60%). The Allied air forces failed to lure the Luftwaffe into open battle, and lost 106 aircraft. The Luftwaffe only lost 48 aircraft while the Royal Navy suffered 555 casualties. The catastrophe at Dieppe later influenced Allied preparations for Operation Torch and Operation Overlord.

After Action Report: of Dieppe, France 19 August 1942
Captain Roy A. Murray, 1st Ranger Battalion S3
Unit: D&S Squad attached too HQ Company, 1st Ranger Bn.

At 0500 Hours the British LCA carrying the D&S squad and a 4 man team of Canadian Engineers landed at the beach below Vastervial, code named Orange 5, the squads objective for the raid was too eliminate the Telephone Exchange in the town in order too disrupt German communications and force them too use radio traffic which could be intercepted by the Fleet. 2 other LCAs also made a landing at Orange 5 containing 2 Commando Platoons under commando of Lt (s) Potter and Weder. Potter Force was given the objective of occupying the Vastervial Hotel on the D&S Squads left front while Weders weapons platoon was too move south and aid in the capture of an AA gun emplacement on Hill 50 south of the town, which was the main objective of Captain Merrill from No 4 Commando, landing at Orange 4.
Advancing up the Vastervial draw from the beach, the squad encountered an expected mass of barbed wire which blocked acess too the town, the Canadian Engineer team promptly set about removing this obstacle with wire cutters while the Rangers provided cover. After the wire entanglement was removed the Rangers advanced up the draw while the Canadians provide overwatch. Lt. Cline who was assigned too the D&S squad for the operation spotted a sandbag emplacement at the top of the draw, with what appeared too be the barrel of an MG 34 poking over its top. Advancing cautiously still hoping for the element of suprise the emplacement was discovered too contain a machine gun of Czech manufactur and a cache of ammo but no gunners. Lt. Cline ordered the guns firing mechanism removed and thrown down the cliff into the rocks in order too put it out of action. Nearby a pair of german rifles were spotted leaning against the wall of a French house close too the cliff face by Sgt. Mayfair, who promptly fouled the rifles by jamming them repeatedly barrel first into the dirt of the houses courtyard then replacing them against the house. French civilians could be seen at various points in the town but the Squad had as of yet met no resistance. As the squad fanned out forming a defensive zone around the draw, taking cover behind stone walls and buildings, a sentry was spotted through some trees on a roadway on the right flank beyond a house, apparently guarding an Opel Blitz transport truck and having a cigarette, unaware of the advancing Rangers. Sgt. Mayfair quietly dispatched the sentry with his fighting knife and hide his body in the nearby copse of trees. From his position on the road the Sgt. spotted the telephone exchange which was a two story stone building, up the road and too the right of the Ranger's position, past a small grove of apple trees. Sgt. Mayfair then rejoined th Squad and informed Lt.Cline of the buildings location. Lt. Cline directed the Engineers too occupy and fortify a two story house on the Rangers left flank and directed most of the squad too an irrigation ditch in front of the small orchard on the right flank, leaving Pvt. Feranandez the BAR gunner, his assistant and a grenadier too cover the central wide, intersection too the front of the draw. Lt. Cline then readied a small saachel charge and lead Sgt. Mayfair and Pvt. Figlio into the apple grove toward the Telephone Exchange.
As the small group approached the building a German soldier was seen looking out a window at the trio holding a Burp gun. Lt. Cline raised his rifle too fire at the
german but he slipped on the dewy ground and fell hard too the earth, the stachel charge he was carrying briefly flew aloft and landed on his head. The Burp gunner opened fire as Pvt. Figlio took cover, Sgt. Mayfair rushed forward grabbing the satchel charge he armed it and tossed it overhand at the German in the window before ducking behind a tree and dragging the Lt. too cover. Two soldiers with rifles appear beyond a wall too the right of the exchnage and toosed several grenades into the orchard too little effect, Pvt. Figlio tried too return fire at the grenadiers with his Thompson but the weapon jammed. Moments later a thunderous roar was heard as the satchel charge went off, partially collapsing the wall of the house facing the orchard and causing the roof of the second story building too collapse. The Germans occupying the Exchange which later turned out too be 6 in number including an officer from the 571st Regiment were killed in the blast, along with the too grenadiers in the yard who were killed by debris from the collapsing outer wall. lt. Cline, Sgt. Mayfair and Pvt. Figlio then returned quickly too the rest of the squad at the irrigation ditch.

To Be Continued............
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fine with keeping your player anonymous, but would you mind telling how many players you have?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:25 pm    Post subject: :) Reply with quote

Sure i have 3 regular players and 2 that show up when they do not have commitments. Each one has a standard character they play and the rest of the squad is split between them as allies. Sometimes one of the allies develops a personality or story interesting enough that i take control of them
personally, which has happened on two occasions now, i treat these allies as wild cards because the players have either grown attached too them or they love too hate them. My most devoted player who really gets into his background and the game is the one that plays Sgt. Michael Mayfair (Metzger).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Dieppe Continued............ Reply with quote

Dieppe Continued................

Following the destruction of the Telephone Exchange, Lt. Cline ordered the men too dig in and fortify the area, with the Squads mission accomplished, they had only too wait until Lord Lovatt, Leader of No. 4 Commando too which the Rangers were attached called for the retreat, which would not occur until the Commandos had eliminated a battery of 105 guns inland code named "Hess". The Canadian Engineers used some TNT too blast out improvised trenches near the crossroads and too demolish a few trees and walls around the perimeter too act as improvised tank traps and too funnel any attacking infantry "hopefully" into a kill zone. While the engineers were at work Lt. Cline repositioned the German Opel Blitz transport too partially block the roadway in front of the Telephone Exchange, and directed Sgt. Mayfair and Corporal Waters too canvas the area for German equipment and too check the surrounding houses for enemy occupation. It wasnt long before the owners of the sabotaged rifles were found, with weapons in tow attempting too sneak out of the area, Sgt. Mayfair acting on impulse opened fire on the two fleeing Germans and so did Corporal Waters, makinf short work of them. The pair then continued canvasing the area and discovered an abandoned 50mm mortar with a crate of HE rounds in the rear courtyard of the Telephone Exchange. Returning too the LT's Command Post which was a three story house just too the left of the draw, the Sgt. made his report and assigned several men too retrieve the mortar and set it up in the back yard of the CP. It was at this time that the CP came under fire from a previously concealed sniper. The sniper was located in the second story of a 2 story house directly in the center of the Rangers defensive perimeter. Corporal Waters (at the time he was the squads grenadier) spotted the sniper firing out of a window and dispatched him with a HEAT rifle grenade fired from his Springfield rifle.
Lt. Cline then ordered the squads medic too establish an aid station for possible wounded in an old pillbox near the draw on the right flank and sent Sgt. Mayfair too man a forward Observation Post, behind the low wall of the Telephone Exchange, from which he could observe any traffic on the road coming from the Port of Dieppe. The Lt. then made sure that Pvt. Feranandez the BAR gunner and his assistant Samson Oneskunk were properly deployed in order too cover the Intersection in the center of the Rangers small beachhead, discovering that the BAR could not cover a narrow road approaching the position on the left flank, the Lt. placed Pvt. Figlio and Pvt. Guillame behind a hedgerow facing down the road too cover that direction.
Pvt. Scarpelli and Corporal Waters took up positions in the two story house the sniper had been in, in the Rangers center front in order too cover both the road and the front of the Rangers position. This repositioning left the Rangers with a weak right flank but with several units of commandos operating out in that direction, Lt. Cline felt it was a
gamble he could take, he did not wish too split up the Canadians on the left flank as they were used too operating together and had an NCO of there own too direct them. Lt. Cline received a radio-call from Weder Force, the Commando unit on his right flank, the units Sgt. explained that Lt. Weder had been killed and that their Bren Teams had been pinned down in a wood directing in front of Hill 50, where their objective the AA battery was located, Captain Merrill who was too lead the main attack on Hill 50 was also in a bad spot and was receiving direct fire from the 20mm AA guns as they moved into position on a nearby hill. The Commando Sgt. requested assistance from the Ranger Force, who were in a position too provide supressing fire on the guns left flank. Lt. Cline then ordered two of his Rangers too fire the captured German mortar while he acted as a forward observer from the third story window of his CP, calling down corrections too the mortar team in the courtyard below.
Bringing the mortar into play which had a limited supply of ammo was a long shot but it paid off, the first four rounds struck the top of the hill dead center between the pair of quad 20mm AA guns, secondary explosions from that position indicated that some of the rounds for the guns had cooked off. The AA Guns immediately stopped firing and calling out a correction too the team the rest of the shells were made too fall wide of the target, these rounds put two of the defending machine gun teams on the hill out of action. This action allowed Cpt. Merills Company too take the hill with a valiant Bayonet charge, while the Lt. watched in awe of the Commandos who forced the Germans off the hill with close fighting and Grenades.
Shortly afterward German smoke rounds began falling into the Rangers position, these rounds were followed by a furious salvo of HE rounds which forced the Rangers deeper into their cover, so many rounds fell near the LT's CP that he ordered his Radio-Man and Medic too leave the building and take cover in the house next door, which the did only after the Lt. began too kick his Radio man in the butt too get him moving.
The Lt. saw that several rounds had landed near Pvt's Figlio and Guillames position and he raced out of his CP, and leaped over a wall too get too them, as he approached the hedgerow at a deep run he was struck in his right shoulder by a bullet fired from an unknown position, the bullet toppled him over the low hedge and into the improvised foxhole of the unharmed duo who immediately bandaged the wound and applied sulfa powder to it. It was at this time that Sgt. Mayfair lifted his head up from the OP too look down the road, sensing that the barrage was over.
He spotted several German vehicles approaching and spied several German infantry off too his right setting up an MG34 aimed down the main road at the Rangers lines. The Sgt. Fired off an entire clip from his Garand in two round bursts at the MG team too little effect then raced toward the CP, informing everyone that the Germans were attacking as he went. The Sgt. did not find the Lt. at the CP so he grabbed a satchel charge and leaping the low stone wall in the courtyard he informed the BAR Gunner PVT. Feranandez too attack any targets he saw appear at the next intersection. As the Sgt. raced forward again heading toward the center of the Rangers position the BAR gunner opened up on the intersection. Over on the right Flank, Lt. Cline was in a lot of pain but still able too function, he saw the Commandos of Weder force approaching, having withdrawn from Hill 50 and moved too intercept them. The Lt. directed the commando Sgt. who had several wounded too his makeshift aid station and commandeered the units remaining BREN team too anchor the Ranger right flank along the irrigation ditch, the Lt. then in a daze stumbled off too retrieve the squads medic.
From the 2 story house in the enter of the Ranger's line Corporal Waters in the second story window overlooking the road saw the Germans advancing and witnessed the appearance of a German halftrack which was crawling up the road toward his position, the tracks front and rear machine gunners were blasting away at the Rangers line. When the Track, which was loaded down with infantry stopped below the Corporals window, he lobbed a frag grenade down into the vehicles open top which exploded killing everyone on board and sitting the vehicle ablaze. Corporal Waters then became the target of a hail of machine gun fire from across the road and was forced too retreat downstairs crawling on his hands and knees too avoid the fusillade.
Sgt. Mayfair moved into position behind the two story house that sheltered Corporal Waters and looked around the corner toward the intersection, down which flew tracer fire from both the Rangers BAR and incoming fire from the German machine guns. The Sgt. could see the flames from the burning halftrack in front of the house, but his attention was drawn immediately too a small German tank, really a French Tankette which had been captured by the Jerrie's and put back into service, the vehicle was small but heavily armored and lacking a main gun it instead had a machine gun poking out of its armored turret. The tank was moving into the lane and Sgt. Mayfair began too fear for the BAR team at the end of the road if the metal beast got into the Rangers lines it might cause some serious damage, behind this tankette advanced a half dozen Germans crouching low using it as cover while they advanced. Sgt. Mayfair armed his satchel charge and tossed it left under-handed around the corner of the building, the charge skidded too a halt under the tank and detonated prematurely perhaps struck by fire from the BAR team. Sgt. Mayfair was temporarily deafened and knocked backwards by the force of the blast, which disabled the tank setting it on fire and killed or scattered the following infantry.
Following the explosion of the tank, the Germans began too withdraw and minutes later the fight was over. The Rangers consolidated their position and waited for several long hours fearing another attack that never came, before finally receiving the call too retreat too the beach and board the LCAs. Once they Rangers and supporting units where safely back on their transport ships, they were astounded too learn of the carnage inflicted on the Canadian forces at Dieppe proper. No. 4 Commando and the D&S squad had taken their objectives but that had been the only success of the Operation.

All the Rangers received C.I.B. Badges for the battle
Lt. Cline, Corporal Waters and Sgt. Mayfair were awarded the Silver Star.
Pvt. Guillame was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he was killed by a stray bullet during the battle.
Pvt. Chico Feranandez was awarded the Bronze Star.
Lt. Cline also recieved the Purple Heart for his wounds.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Operation Torch: Taskforce Center: Rangers at Arzew Reply with quote

Arzew, North Africa, 0500 Hours Nov. 8th 1942


Squad Ldr: Sgt. Michael Mayfair (Metzger-changed his name), Allardt, Tn.
Ast. SL "Guide": Cpl. Cleveland A Waters, Portland Or.
BAR Gunner: Pvt. Daniel "Danny Boy" Obannion, Boston, Mass.
Ast. BAR: Pvt. Chico Feranandez, Havana, Cuba
Thompson-Scout: Frankie "Figs" Figlio, Chicago, Il.
Grenadier: Pvt. Anthony "Fat Tony" Scarpelli, Brooklyn, NY.
Radioman: T5 Donald P. "Radio/Books" Glass, St. Paul, Minnesota



I realize these could get out of hand size wise so i am going too simplify them down a bit. I hope they still help garner interest for Weird Wars, which i feel is an excellent game.




The D&S squad embarks for North Africa from the Port of Weymouth in England along with the rest of the 1st Ranger Battalion and the invasion force. Along the way there are several scares before they even make it too the beach at Arzew in North Africa. While several platoon of Rangers including the squad are on the deck of the HMS Royal Ulsterman (a ferry from the Belfast -Glasgow run converted too a troop ship) a pair of white frothing wakes are seen in the water bearing down on the ship, the Squad assumes they are torpedoes and immediately they begin shouting too alert the British seaman in the ships control tower, the ships alarm sounds and begins too turn but it is too late. As the torpedoes approach, everyone rushes too the opposite side of the deck and a couple of Rangers almost abandon ship. Soon these "torpedoes" are seen in the water on the opposite side of the ship, having gone under the vessel and turn out too be dolphins. This relieves the Rangers and annoys the British seamen, Sgt. Mayfair comments "If i had my rifle, i would shoot those damn fish!"
The rest of the trip is fairly uneventful, and the squad passes it below decks complaining yet again about British chow. Sgt. Mayfair polishes his brand new Model 27 revolver (the first .357) similar it is said too the one Patton carries, which Mayfair mail ordered from a catalog in the states paying 62 dollars for it. (more than a months pay for a private), and cleaning his newly acquired trench gun (shotgun) and accompanying overlarge bayonet which he acquired from the Battalion Sgt. Major Alvin Biddle in trade for a looted Luger he took off a dead German at Dieppe.
Sgt. Mayfair harangues the squad with his "rules" for combat he expects the men too adhere too, which includes doing everything he says to do and being "mean" too Germans, despite the fact that they will be landing in area of North Africa controlled by the Vichy French. Pvt. Scarpelli scavenges a handful of grease from the engine room just prior too the assault and the squad applies the substance liberally too themselves before embarking in the assault craft. Their is some talk at this point of leaving behind a stinky present for the British sailors in the bunks as they depart, but the Sgt. after determining this too be a tactical error not too mention a breach of allied decorum, puts and end too the discussion. (The squad at this point has had enough of British rations, all save Scarpelli who would gladly eat an old shoe, and have began too feel wronged in a peculiar oversexed, overpaid, overhere yank way. it should be noted the Rangers would never think of pulling such a trick on the Commandos, for whom they have a great respect, but her Majesty's Navy is apparently fair game.)
During the boarding of the Assault boats one boat is lost, but the Rangers manage too escape the sinking vessel too be loaded onto another craft, the Rangers have a difficult time getting on board with all their equipment, which involves descending a web net/ladder into an LCA that is rocking in the waves (Sgt. Mayfair blows two of his bennies). The assault crafts are launched, the Battalion is divided into two task forces, Darby and Dammer named after the commanders and the D&S squad goes with Dammer force which lands directly at the Arzew harbor and is tasked with silencing several coastal guns near the port, a task similar too the one Darby Force is undertaking up the coast.
On the way in the Squads landing craft encounters a small fishing boat, and all Rangers on board train their rifles on a pair of bewildered local fishermen, who are scared catatonic until the boats pass each other. The squad also has a strange encounter as the boat suddenly is lit from below by a series of very bright lights shining up from the shallows below, the effect is eerie and causes much speculation which is written off as the lights coming from some sort of illuminated lobster pots the fishermen use. This does not stop T5 Glass the Radioman from talking about martians and invaders from Barsoom, a line of talk which quickly earns him some distain from the other Rangers.
The LCAs of Dammer force find the harbor boom down and coast right up too the docks vaulting unto the pier they secure the area and capture a couple of French sentries and some local Arabs. Major Herman Dammer the Battalion XO organizes the companies and prepares too head off too the gun batteries at Fort De La Pointe, but not before ordering the D&S squad too head down the beach and recon a two story tower too the Forces right which may be an observation or fire control tower for the guns. The squad has orders too recon the area, capture the tower, take prisoners and act as an outpost between Dammer and Darby who is further down the beach.
The Squad moves out and observes the tower which is silent, then moves in capturing a single officer who is bunked in the towers ground floor. Sgt. Mayfair places the BAR team in the tower and makes the 1st floor his command post. Shortly after the tower is taken a hidden sniper begins firing from the rocks above the Rangers position and seriously wounds Private Scarpelli in the shoulder, who falls down bleeding and unconscious, exposed too the snipers line of fire. The BAR Gunner moves too the door erecting a barracade with a table and fires on the sniper but soon finds himself pinned down by both the sniper and another rifleman concealed in the rocks about 100 yards down the beach.
Sgt Mayfair grabs the French Lt. and using him as a human shield approaches the downed Scarpelli, T5 Glass the radioman who speaks some French follows and dictates too the hidden sniper what Sgt. Mayfair says, which is basically "give up or we shoot this guy!" The sniper instead fires at Mayfair (rolls horribly) and instead hits the French officer who slumps over dead. The hidden assailant curses at the Sgt. in french before he begins firing again at the Rangers. Mayfair returns fire at the Snipers muzzle flashes with his thunderous trench gun but is soon himself wounded in the shoulder and driven back into the first floor along with T5 glass, dragging Scarpellis barely conscious form with them. T5 Glass takes Scarpellis Springfield which is loaded with a HEAT rifle grenade and keeps watch on the front of the tower while the Sgt works furiously too save Scarpelli, wishing he had paid more attention during the emergency medical aid classes in Scotland, all the while yelling at the other Rangers outside and in the floor above too deal with the snipers. Eventually the BAR team and Corporal Waters managed too eliminate the sniper on the right flank, who was simply a rifleman with a combination of a bayonet charge of "one" conducted by Waters with the BAR giving suppressing fire.
A stray round from the fusillade provided by the BAR men ended that threat. The real sniper was a bit more resilient and harassed the squad for a bit longer until eventually he repositioned himself down the beach behind a small pier and a fishing shack the Rangers had passed by earlier. A lucky shot by T5 Glass using Scarpelli's rifle grenade launcher caused a huge explosion killing the sniper, but confusing the Rangers as too what exactly had been stored in the shack too cause such a detonation, at least until Pvt. O'Bannion came forward too explain that he had left the squads satchel charge by the pier fearing it would be set off during a fight at the tower. The squad radioed in too Battalion which immediately sent a medic too take care of Scarpelli and set up an aid station at the D&S squads position. The squad had about half an hour too rest with the sounds of battle diminishing inland until they were called into action again, this time on a mission that was integral too the entire operation.



--------------too be continued.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: Operation Torch: Arzew, The Cap Carbon Lighthouse Reply with quote

Arzew, North Africa, 0600 Hours Nov. 8th 1942


Squad Ldr: Sgt. Michael Mayfair (Metzger-changed his name), Allardt, Tn.
Ast. SL "Guide": Cpl. Cleveland A Waters, Portland Or.
BAR Gunner: Pvt. Daniel "Danny Boy" Obannion, Boston, Mass.
Ast. BAR: Pvt. Chico Feranandez, Havana, Cuba
Thompson-Scout: Frankie "Figs" Figlio, Chicago, Il.
Radioman: T5 Donald P. "Radio/Books" Glass, St. Paul, Minnesota

Grenadier: Pvt. Anthony "Fat Tony" Scarpelli, Brooklyn, NY. (WOUNDED &
OUT OF ACTION)

With the Guns at Batterie Du Nord and Fort De La Pointe put out of action, the Rangers had accomplished their main objective, all that remained was for Terry Allen's Big Red One, the 1st Division too began the main landing stage, supported by Combat Command B of the 1st Armoured. There was one small hitch however, the Rangers had lost the shore-to-ship radio and the proper signal flairs too be used too communicate with the fleet when the first LCA was lost during the combat loading of the assault craft. The entire task force was offshore awaiting this signal from Colonel Darby. Feeling a severe pressure too get the signal off too the fleet as soon as possible, Darby came up with an unorthodox plan. A few miles up the coat was a light house at Cap Carbon, the D&S squad and its radio operator who knew Morse code would drive too the lighthouse and use it as an emergency signal too the fleet. The problem was that they Rangers had no vehicles and it would take too long too reach the lighthouse on foot, so the squad would have too infiltrate into the nearby Vichy French occupied town of St. Marie along the coastal road, steal a vehicle and drive too the lighthouse.
Darby gave the squad carte blanche ordering them too accomplish this task however it was necessary too do so. Sgt. Mayfair sprung into action and heading too the area where the battalion was keeping the French prisoners from the recent fighting, commandeered French Uniforms for his men and himself and set off at a brisk trot toward the ridge overlooking the town. From this vantage point the Rangers spotted what appeared too be a small French motor pool below on the edge of town. Cautiously the squad advanced down the rocky slope and into the area behind the motor pool, a plan too cut the wire and enter the area from the rear was aborted when it turned out that nobody had any wire cutters too cut through the fence. Advancing quietly too the front of the motor pools main building, the drunken voices of oblivious Frenchmen could be heard, a closer look showed that 5 French soldiers were lounging in front of the complex with their weapons leaning against the wall or near to hand. A French motorcycle was resting in front of the building as well. Pvt. Feranandez volunteered too cause a distraction that it was hoped would lure the soldiers away long enough for the squad too slip in and commandeer a larger vehicle. Chico Crept forward and heaved a smoke grenade high into the air so it landed in an alleyway across from the motor pool. When the smoke began too billow out of the alley the French soldiers were surprised and ran too see what was going on, abandoning the front of the building. As the squad crept silently into the building and out the back where the vehicles were kept, PVt. Feranandez acting on his own initiative pulled a daring (it was later argued unnecessary ) maneuver and lept onto the back of the motorcycle and sped away, with the French soldiers given chase on foot firing wildly at him. Chico eventually made it back too the Rangers lines but not before speeding through town firing his colt pistol at anything that moved and narrowly avoiding being shot by several Rangers at a roadblock below the Battalions CP. Meanwhile the rest of the Squad jumped into a French "Laffly" Artillery tractor which was towing a 37mm infantry gun and caisson, broke through the motor pools main chain gate and drove off in the direction of the lighthouse uncontested save by a single sentry who was promptly ran down by the wild driving Rangers who were hell bent on not stopping until they reached their objective.
Arriving at the lighthouse too the drive guarded by a pair of sentries, the squad finally stopped the vehicle, as the sentries approached Pvt Obannion stood up in the back of the vehicles open cab and fired several shots from his. 45 at the sentries, killing both. The Rangers then pulled up too the lighthouse and cleared out two remaining guards, having a close encounter with a grenade which was thrown down the interior stairwell. T5 Glass then positioned the lighthouses mirror so the beam would be directed at the fleet and using an on off-toggle switch for the light, signaled the fleet too begin landing, which after several repetitions was finally acknowledged. Being behind enemy lines with daylight fast approaching the squad dug in around the lighthouse and waited for the Battalion too clear out the village and come after them, a task which was accomplished two days later. Lucky for the squad the soldiers at the lighthouse had been well provisioned with cognac, cheese and canned sardines.


Sgt. Michael Mayfair awarded Bronze Star
Pvt. Feranandez awarded the Silver Star
Pvt. Scarpelli awarded the Purple Heart
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