After Action Report for Baker Company, Second Platoon's Campaign.

29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
BAKER COMPANY
2ND PLATOON


116th
The Seal

T/5 Dashwood’s After Action Report: BP2’s deployment against the 2ndSS and Grenadier 559 Regiment in Vierville-sur-Mer, Dog Green Sector, Omaha Beach.









On the 15th of March 2015 Baker Company Second Platoon was deployed against elements of the 2ndSS and Grenadier 559 Regiment in the coastal town of Vierville-sur-Mer. Orders were to take the Crossroads at the centre of the town from Axis forces. The Axis was to defend the aforementioned from Allied assault.

Our forces deployed from the beach arrayed as follows:
- S2 set up in the west at the foot of the hill leading to the Crossroads
- S1 set up in the far east at the footpath leading up the hill
- S3 set up in the mid-east below the shell hole in the hill
- Armour set up between S1 & S3

Axis forces were to start from the Church and push into the town for an active defence.

Live was called and the three squads with armour support began to set off. S2, moving up the west towards Crossroads, came under immediate fire from well emplaced Axis forces in Silo and Slaughter buildings. S2 lost 3 soldiers in the attack on Crossroads; PFC Tyson, PFC Dubois and PFC Junnila. S2 was also able to inflict losses on Axis during this time. Numerous soldiers were wounded in the attack but Silo building eventually fell to S2. From here S2 set up a 360 defence of Silo and Slaughter.

During S2’s assault on the Crossroads, S1 was moving to secure the far east of the map; Big Blue 1&2, Robinson’s house, Barn and Light buildings. Contacts are spotted in Salmon building and in the ensuing fight S1 loses PFC Rodd but Is able to inflict at least one casualty in return. S1 continue clearing buildings to the west and manage to link up with S3.

S3 & S1 aided each other during S3’s push towards the centre of the battlefield. In S3’s push towards Titties, café, Truck and general store from Baby building they lost T/4 Ceglar, PFC Horvat and PFC Rodgers. During further fighting in the central street, S3 was able to deal further losses to Axis but also lost PFC Lunt in the ensuing firefight. Cpl. Sommer and PFC Morten fell taking Titties, Café, General store and Old buildings. From here PFC Runing took charge of the remnants of S3 and continued to support S1.

Armour support had managed to make it up the hill at Big Blue 1 where they proceeded to help S1&S3 clear out the buildings along the main street, upon S3’s destruction the tank supported S1 in clearing out Truck, Fancy, Book Store and Bungalow buildings, helping S1 link up with S3. From here there was a long stalemate which lasted several minutes. During the fight for Bungalow, 2Lt. Derbyshire, and the rest of S3 were killed.

During this time Axis had put most of their focus on Crossroads area ,where their tank had been attempting to overwhelm S2, and the cntre of the map where they succeeded in overwhelming S3 but were beat back by armour support and S1. From here Axis regrouped at the Mansion and prepared for a counterattack. At this time, SSgt. Kruithof had made the decision to move back towards Salmon building to guard the far eastern flank. After a long while he was soon taken out after halting an Axis flanking move.

The counterattack came when Axis infantry pushed across Mansion towards the Train station. Another force hit Bungalow as well. Axis armour encountered Allied armour who exchanged fire. The Allied tank was destroyed but the Axis tank was taken out by T/5 Friesenhan with support from T/5 Minor who was wounded in the fight. The assault on Bungalow was fierce with T/5 Kouters and his MG putting up fierce resistance along with remnants of S1, but they were soon overwhelmed by grenade fire. Cpl. Meyberg had fallen back to cottages to protect the eastern flank where he was able to take out one or two Axis. Cpl. Christiansen mamnged to ambush the Axis as they crossed by the Train station but he was soon killed. T/5 Friesenhan fell in the fight for bungalow leaving Cpl. Meyberg, Sgt. Van Middel and T/5 Minor.

Cpl. Meyberg effected a wide flank around Axis forces, killing an MG at the church, however, while trying to clear Bungalow he was killed. T/5 Minor and Sgt. Van Middel fiercely defended the Silo building of Crossroads until time was reached and the battle was finished.

After an incredible fight that lasted hours with no one side being able to win over the other, a draw was finally called with both sides having been utterly ruined in the fighting. Only a handful remained on either team.


2Lt. Derbyshire’s After Action Report: BP2’s deployment against the 2ndSS and Grenadier 559 Regiment in Englesqueville, Normandy.



At 2300hrs on the 7th June 1944, Second platoon lay on the border of Englesqueville readying themselves for an imminent assault on the village, In brief, First Squad and the tank were set up in the west and would hold the flank while second and third squads made an assault of the eastern segment of the town. The plan was set and we a waited the call from HQ to begin.

The assault began in a swift manner with the Sherman, crewed by T/5 Dashwood and PFC Santa, opening fire at the first crossroads building in an attempt to score some early hits to the enemy while also providing some distraction. In conjunction with this, the platoons second squad began their assault of the far eastern buildings of the village while supported by elements of third squad who had begun to suppress the enemy with heavy fire to keep them from being able to spot the oncoming attack.

As Second squad began to move up, our tank support called out that contacts had been sighted approaching through the field in front of them, however three of the attackers were dispatched immediately. The tank crews quick reactions took pressure off Squad one, however more contacts had been spotted approaching from the central fields to the east of the squads positions. Corporal Meybergs account of the actions is as follows:

" after they had moved out we found that we also had enemies on our eastern flank. Due to a quick reaction the tank, he also got the axis in the eastern field (B6). This is when PFC Kal, who was still watching is sector, reported a contact west of cramp building. With a clever bit of marksmanship he one-shotted the axis soldier. At this point PFC Kallai was forced to reposition and left his sector, but again PFC Kal had been aware of this and moved so he could cover both sectors. T/5 Kouters spotted another contact and dealt with the axis by a burst of this Browning Machine gun."

Second squad cleared the first obstacle, a bunker, successfully and moved into the first building in the east without any objection from the enemy and swiftly moved into the End building. Sergeant Van Middel stated:

"Once we reached End building, the enemy opened up on us, Cpl Christiansen got shot while trying to flank the enemy. T/5 Friesenhan covered the far southeast in case of a counterattack there.
Meanwhile PFC's Tyson, Dubois and Niblock cleared out End and stayed in a defensive position while Sgt. Van Middel and Pvt. Kesby cleared out the bunker and overwatched the turtle windows."

Thirds squad quickly followed suit and in the footsteps of second squad began to move up to support the assault in the east with the ultimate objective of acquiring the church. While moving up Thirds squad took blind machine gun fire from the enemy Marder tank which had stationed itself behind the village on the eastern flank. It was here that Squad three took its first casualties as a well-aimed enemy grenade that took down both T/4 Ceglar and PFC Running. Now aware of the enemy tank's location, Second Squads PFC Dubois now flew into action and successfully knocked out the enemy tank from the 'end' before it could deal any significant blows to our advances.

It became apparent that third squad was unable to cross the road to the southern buildings with the loss of PFC Rodgers and so after a quick thrust, third and second squads joined up in the east in the two northern buildings. Both squads came under sporadic fire from various enemy locations causing slight confusion, however the tank had now redeployed in the east and was shelling buildings and hedgerows alike resulting in several enemy losses, however a miss communication did lead to the loss of PFC Lunt to friendly HE fire.

Meanwhile a fire fight had ensued between the Allied held northern buildings and the enemy held southern buildings, both sides took casualties and our attack had momentarily floundered due to the constant barrage of enemy troops that had been in the area. Squad two's PFC Tyson, who had already gained two victories while securing the end building, now began to fight off the enemy counter attack with the support of his squad, however not without some losses of their own;

"Pvt. Kesby got killed while he was running to Turtle and PFC Niblock got shot in the head after looking out the windows facing Tank and Barrel buildings. PFC Tyson stopped a small counterattack and 'sniped' some enemy's south of the road, killing another 4 from the second floor while Dubois was guarding the stairs."

Squad three now also took positions in the End building a long with Squad two, losing only PFC Bagge to enemy fire. This left the squad heavily depleted, but they still delt the enemy a heavy blow, PFC Zenhenko killing 2 enemy soldiers, an Machine gunner and a Combat engineer who was armed with a Panzershreck, while PFC Morten took down a further contact in the 'tank' building. In the confusion of battle, PFC Golob had managed to cross the road further east and was now engaging the enemy from the rear;

"I lost touch with the main body when we encountered a tank. I drifted to the left, crossed the street and both hedgerows. I was constantly under rifle fire, so I leapfrogged toward the hedgerow in front of the town, where I heard k98 bolts on the opposite side. I tried to flank him and come behind him where I ran into their commanding officer and killed him. I immediately got wound from two grenades, tried another flanking movement even further left of the town, but was sniped and killed doing it.”

With the enemy still putting up a fierce defence and the loss of several numbers including SSgt. Evensen, I called for First squad to move up to our position and on arrival directed them to the Northern side of the road where we had so far been unable to penetrate in any number.
First squad, supported by the tank, began their assault on the northern buildings immediately. Corporal Meyberg stated:

"we got to the tank and it was pretty clear that 'Barrel',' Cot' and 'Tank' building should be cleared ASAP. PFC Kal wasted no time and immediately moved up with PFC Kallai. PFC Kal got one guy in the barrel building and the decision was made to go to cot and Tank right away to not give the enemy time to think.
unfortunately this could not prevent that PFC Kallai died in clearing tank. PFC Kal didn't doubt for a second and killed the guys who just killed PFC Kallai. Just after he cleared tank PFC Kal saw a guy moving out of turtle and reported this to the squad, T/5 Kouters reacted amazingly quick to this call out and killed the enemy soldier."

On clearing the Northern side of the road, troops from squad two moved up and cleared both the 'Church' and the'cow', T/5 Friesenhan now moved up and managed to flank the enemy from the South east where he singlehandedly took down two enemy troops, he then proceeded to the 'Cow Building' himself rejoining the rest of the platoon. Squads two and three were set up in defence positions, Squad two defending the Church and the U shaped Building while Squad three defended 'Tank'. The enemy was now low on numbers and in a strange turn of events a member of the axis force managed to get in behind our lines, and assaulted the 'Turtle' building which had become abandoned as we had moved up to take further buildings resulting in the loss of both Sergeant Van Middel and PFC Ljung. Fortunately PFC Kal reacted quickly calling out the contact who was quickly dispatched by accurate fire T/5 Kouters' machine gun.

Meanwhile First squad were set on a flanking mission to clear out the final objective, the crossroads building from which the enemy had assaulted us from in the early stages of our attack. With no further contact the Crossroads were cleared and a defence was set up, the remaining contacts were now few and far between resulting in a man hunt. Fire was taken from the Southern fields and so elements of squad one began to patrol the area with support from the tank, which lasted a significant amount of time. As the order was given to return to defensive positions whilst the tank scouted the north, the final enemy soldier presented himself at the door of the around the tank building where his fire resulting in the loss of PFC Kal. Now aware of the enemies location PFC Drummond closed in and ended the mission with a swift shot from his M1 Garand, eliminating the final axis soldier in the village of Englesquville.


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  • HeadQuarters:


    2Lt. Derbyshire

    For his victory in battle, Second Lieutenant William J. Derbyshire is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal. In addition, for leading his platoon to victory in an official scrimmage, Second Lieutenant William J. Derbyshire is being awarded the Legion of Merit

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    SSgt. Evensen

    For his victory in battle, Staff Sergeant Martin W. Evensen is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

    Furthermore, for outstanding organisational skills vital to the effective running of the Platoon, almost certainly contributing to battlefield effectiveness. Staff Sergeant Martin W. Evensen is being awarded the Soldiers Medal.

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    Designated Marksman:


    T/5 Järvinen

    For his victory in battle, Technician Fifth Grade Juuso Järvinen is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

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    Tank Crew:


    T/4 Dashwood

    For his victory in battle, Technician Fourth Grade Scott Dashwood is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Technician Fourth Grade Scott Dashwood is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    For peerless skill and quick reactions resulting in the thwarting of an enemy ambush. And for the effective close fire support contributing to allied success on the field of battle, the tank and its crew are being awarded an Army Commendation Medal .

    PFC Sánta

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class György Sánta is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class György Sánta is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    For peerless skill and quick reactions resulting in the thwarting of an enemy ambush. And for the effective close fire support contributing to allied success on the field of battle, the tank and its crew are being awarded an Army Commendation Medal.

    Squad One:


    Cpl. Meyberg

    For his victory in battle, Corporal Ian Meyberg is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

    Furthermore for putting in an extensive amount of work towards the planning of the attack on both a platoon and squad level, and painstakingly taking photos to stitch together a map and name for each building, witch helped the platoon in the final battle against the 2nd SS and 559. Grenadiers. Corporal Ian Meyberg is being awarded a Soldiers Medal

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    Cpl. McDonald

    For his victory in battle, Corporal Ewan S. McDonald is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Corporal Ewan S. McDonald is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Kal

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Jasper A. Kal is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Jasper A. Kal is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore, for outstanding acts of bravery and heroism in the face of enemy fire resulting in the killing of several enemy combatants, PFC Kal is being awarded his Bronze Star.

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    PFC Kallai

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Gergely Kallai is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

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    PFC Rodd

    For his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Adam D. Rodd is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Stefan

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Nicholas Stefan is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

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    PFC Kryger

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Janus Kryger is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Janus Kryger is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Drummond

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Jack D. Drummond is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Jack D. Drummond is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Kaspian

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Waleed Kaspian is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Waleed Kaspian is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    Squad Two:


    Sgt. Van Middel

    For his victory in battle, Sergeant Sven S. Van Middel is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

    Furthermore for surviving the entirety of the first round and being only one of two having done so, Sergeant Van Middel is being awarded his Army Commendation Medal.

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    Cpl. Christiansen

    For his victory in battle, Corporal Lukas V. Christiansen is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Corporal Lukas V. Christiansen is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Junnila

    For his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Joakim K. Junnila is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Tyson

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Michael B. tyson is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Michael B. Tyson is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore for outstanding actions far above and beyond the call of duty, for excellent skill on the field of battle resulting in the defeat of countless enemy combatants, Private First Class Michael B. tyson is being awarded a Silver Star.

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    PFC Dubois

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Jérôme D. Dubois is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Jérôme D. Dubois is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore for outstanding use of his AIT and for destroying enemy armor and allowing friendly armor to move unmolested, and for excellent understanding of concealment and fire and manoeuvre, Private First Class Jérôme D. Dubois is being awarded an Army Commendation Medal.

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    PFC Niblock

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Ethan J. Niblock is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Ethan J. Niblock is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    Pvt. Kesby

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private Dan P. Kesby is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private Dan P. Kesby is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore for providing vital intelligence and ground surveys to Allied high command of the battlefield and how to exploit weaknesses in the Axis front, for tirelessly working towards this end even when it was widely considered "impossible", Private Dan P. Kesby is being awarded the Soldiers Medal.

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    Squad Three:


    PFC Lunt

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Luka Lunt is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Luka Lunt is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore for providing Allied high command with vital maps and intelligence which greatly contributed to the Allied victory, Private First Class Luka Lunt is being awarded the Soldiers Medal. In addition for exercising firm resolve in the face of hostile resistance, and taking over command upon the death of his superior during an assault leading to his own demise, Private First Class Luka Lunt is being awarded the Purple Heart

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    T/4 Ceglar

    For his victory in battle, Technician Fourth Grade Patrik Ceglar is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

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    PFC Runing

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Christian Runing is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Christian Runing is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore while under heavy fire from General Store, PFC Runing survived the approach to Titties clearing it, killing one axis. Once Cpl. Sommer and then PFC Lunt was killed PFC Runing took over the squad and led the team from Truck to the Bungalow, clearing each building and killing two axis in the process. Unfortunately once he got to the Bungalow he was killed clearing it out, but did manage to get a kill whilst clearing. For this action Private First Class Christian Runing is being awarded a Purple Heart.
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    PFC Horvat

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Tine I. Horvat is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Tine I. Horvat is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Gardiner

    For his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Phillip J. Gardiner is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    Reserves


    1Lt. Patterson

    For his participation in his third official realism scrimmage, First Lieutenant Elliott L. Patterson is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award.

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    SSgt. Kruithof

    For his participation in his third official realism scrimmage, Staff Sergeant Sander P. Kruithof is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award.

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    T/5 Minor

    For his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Technician Fifth Grade Mark A. Minor is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

    Furthermore for surviving the entirety of the first round and being only one of two having done so, Technician Fifth Grade Minor is being awarded his Army Commendation Medal.

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    T/5 Friesenhan

    For his victory in battle, Technician Fifth Grade Thimo R. Friesenhan is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his third official realism scrimmage, Technician Fifth Grade Thimo R. Friesenhan is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award.

    Furthermore for actions against hostile armor and enemy infantry, working in close support of his squad and making effective use of weapons outside of his AIT, Technician Fifth Grade Thimo R. Friesenhan is being awarded an Army Commendation Medal.

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    PFC Kouters

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Johnathen S. Kouters is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

    Furthermore for outstanding close fire support and effective use of fire and maneuver providing vital cover to his squad. Private First Class Johnathen S. Kouters is being awarded a Bronze Star.

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    PFC Bagge

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Linus R. Bagge is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Linus R. Bagge is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Ireson

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Andrew J. Ireson is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Andrew J. Ireson is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Zenhenko

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Jordan W. Zenhenko is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Jordan W. Zenhenko is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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    PFC Golob

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Iztok Golob is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

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    PFC Rodgers

    For his participation in his third official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Luke M. Rodgers is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd Award.

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    PFC Morten

    For his victory in battle, Private First Class Christensen Morten is being awarded his World War II Victory Medal.

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    PFC Ljung

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Patrik L. Ljung is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

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    PFC Bonde

    For his victory in an attack round of an official Scrimmage, Private First Class Peder Bonde is being awarded his European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.In addition, for his participation in his first official realism scrimmage, Private First Class Peder Bonde is being awarded his Combat Infantry Badge, 1st Award.

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  • Congratulations on the awards everyone and good job BP2!

  • It was a pleasure fighting with BP2, these battles were more intense than anything I have experienced sitting in front of a computer screen. Congrats on all the medals.

  • Congrats everyone :)

  • It was an honor to fight with you, BP2! This campaign has definitely brought my 29th experience to a never before seen level thank you for that! Congratulations everyone!

  • Congratulations Gentlemen! It was a pleasure to have led you all into battle!

  • Congratulations, everyone! Thank you for the awards as well!

    For those of you that haven't taken part, just joined or wished that you could've gotten more out of this event: Keep coming to your drills, listen to what your squad leaders and squadmates have to say to give you more experience for next time. Even if it was a stroke of bad luck this time around, the next time you might end up being that shining beacon for the 29th that ends up winning the day for us!

  • Congratulations everybody! Another win to the 29th. Keep it up!

  • Excellent work by all concerned 1st Platoon members really nice work...

  • Good work everyone

  • Very well done everyone, keep it up! :)

  • Congratulations BP2 and our guests !

  • Excellent work everyone. Fantastic AARs. Congratulations to all and a special congrats to the star recipients PFC Kouters, PFC Tyson and PFC Kal.

  • Solid work BP2! Congratulations champs!

  • Congrats everyone!

  • Maps for reference!
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  • Congrats everyone!

  • Congrats everyone!!

  • I'm proud of you all guys. It was a hard and long battle, with a lot of preparations both in and outside of drills to make this happen, and to secure us the victory. Ever onward!

    Salute

  • Congrats BP2!

  • Great work gentleman, you've made us all proud!

  • Congratulations BP2! Also congratulations for everyone who got a medal. ^^

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