February 18, 2008

141 Russian Cavalry BTN in Bessarabia 2 - Recon Rescue

2 July 1941. We are to go out on a rescue mission. Elements of the 4th Infantry Btn have been cut-off and are now behind the enemy front but are attempting to get back to friendly lines. It is our objective to find them and take them back.

After Action Report
Company diary B Rota 141 Cavalry Batalyon 176 Strelkovaya Divisiya
Comunication are broken with Battalion HQ. I have sent Mladshiy Leytenant Fedorov to search for Battalion HQ an reestablish communication link. We are in the meantime trying to rescue some trapped recon units.

9.00 We moved on in from the river and started our search. We immediatly fell uppon an 47 INF Gun who oppened fire and caused a lot of time and losses. It took a lengthy fire fights and finaly concentrated fire to take the crew out. The Gun took out an AC and immobilized the other. At 11.00 we captured the Gun.

9.30 To the south Mladshiy Leytenant Suchov had little reistance and found elements of the recon unit. Together with the recon units they turned north for the other survivers of the recon Platoon.

9.50 Mladshiy Leytenant Suchov together with division Mladshiy Letenant Kratscho found more Recon units and were told were to find the last group. Mladhiy leytenant Suchov gathher a small force and went on searching. They stumbled into a minefield and lost some men but went on.

10.40 They found the gruop of the recon unit. They were wounded and slowed he retreat down.

11.30 Mladshiy Leytenant Suchov made it back and we could hear heavy Romanian Armor approaching not to far away. Huridly we turned all our forces to the east to safety.

KIA: 2x Battalion SWT teams and Platoon commander Mladshiy Leytenant Antonovich.
MIA: 1x Battalion Crew
Eliminated: BA-6 and crew
Immobilized: BA-6 with crew (fate unknown)

Trophies: 1x 47 INF Gun, 1 x LMG

Log details: AC=3, Romanian RE 4/5, Russian RE= None,