|Question 1 A|
You have recently been given command of a small Imperial Guard training facility, the Ransen Military Base (RMB) near the township of Atbakta on Wavre. Units from this training college have already gone onto further training and are have recently been deployed in the Abraxis sector. It is your responsibility to see that the basic training is of a suitable standard. As such specify and justify two foci of your training regime.
With respect, I believe my focus would center on Discipline and Teamwork.
Without discipline, the Imperial Guard is nothing. The mental fortitude to fight against the enemies of Man and charge into the enemy lines unflinchingly is a requirement for any Guard regiment, and as such I would drill the trainees mercilessly and use a harsh physical exercise regime to whip them into fighting shape. With this, I should be able to easily reassemble them into an appropriately disciplined mindset, which in turn opens many, many doors. Without discipline, orders will be disobeyed, troopers will go haring off on a whim, and the enemy will have the best possible opposition.
Once discipline has been instilled, I will teach them to fight effectively. Men fighting singly, on their own with minimal direction are merely warriors. Men fighting in concert with their comrades, disciplined and in good order are more than mere warriors. They are soldiers, and no force of soldiers has ever lost to warriors in the history of mankind. With teamwork, they will learn to work as a well-oiled machine, complementing each other, covering for weaknesses, and operating as a cohesive whole greater than the sum of its parts. This is the strength of the Imperial Guard, second only to Courage.
|Question 1 B|
A recruit is brought to your office for assignment of punishment after physically attacking a roommate who insulted his family. Understanding that discipline must be enforced but that the Guard is short of men at present, what punishment do you assign? Why? What effect will this have on the morale of his fellow recruits?
This is a matter that should be taken care of by the Imperial Commissariat. However, I am assuming that since the recruit was brought to my office, the Commissariat is either unable or unwilling to take part. In such a case, my actions would follow thusly.
I would give both recruits the benefit of a hearing, and then i would pass judgement. The recruit who struck his fellow is to be given five lashes, and one month of observation by superior officers for signs of continued lack of discipline. The instigating recruit would be given five lashes and sentenced to have the words "Libelious slanderer" written upon his forehead for two weeks, with an alcohol based marker. If he attempts to remove the words they will be replaced and a further five lashes given.
In this, both would be admonished for their action and warned that the penalty for striking a fellow Guardsman is death, and the penalty for slander equally dire. Given that they have not spent a large amount of time in the Guard, I will give them an easy out, once. Ideally, this will give the recruits the impression that I am not to be trifled with, while also driving home the point that I am willing to be somewhat lenient, if it is necessary.
|Question 1 C|
The only full company of recruits presently at the RMB have just finished a final field exercise, the final requirement to finish training. They have been living in the field for 3 days 15km from the main base. You go out to visit and inspect the men that afternoon in a pelting thunderstorm. As evening falls and you prepare to leave you attempt to contact HQ to update them but after a yell and loud bang radio contact is lost and cannot be re-established. How do you react and what are your actions and/or orders?
Here, given that I am out in the field, I have a decision to make. Should I assume that the loud bang was merely thunder, and the result of an unfortunately coincidental lightning strike near the base HQ? Or should I assume it is the product of hostile action, and treat it as such?
Unfortunately, I must assume the worst. I would declare Condition Scarlet and order the company to relocate two kilometers to the east, and set-up camp there. Lookouts would be posted throughout the night, and as soon as dawn rose the company would be ordered to advance in skirmish formation to scout the HQ. Upon reaching the base, we would split into platoon formations and sweep the area. Any personnel not normally allowed on base will be challenged once, then shot. If it was a mere coincidence or a command scheduled training drill, all well and good. If it was enemy action, however, they will be swept from our doorstep and neutralized.
Question 2 introduction
The evening passes uneventfully in driving rain that eases but does not cease all night. The men of Delta Company carry out their night time duties with the skill expected of very green recruits, i.e., badly. The relocation goes ahead as you expect, but as if in slow motion as the inexperienced troops battle the night and driving rain. You are left with the impression they are doing their best but RMB is a basic facility and you are to have chance to implement your training plans. Furthermore, given the lack of ammunition left after the exercise you are grateful no attack occurred overnight.
In the late morning as the advancing formation nears the RMB buildings and as the rain drops to persistent drizzle, your radio crackles to life. “RMB Delta, over… RMB Delta, over”.
Subsequent communication is short but you establish that you are talking to the 274th PDF Company (1st Atbakta Guard) who have been activated overnight, have squashed enemy contact in the town Atbakta and within RMB itself. Given that friendly forces are in contact you return to the base, the march taking roughly 2.5 hours.
As you approach the base proper you see smoke trailing from many buildings, indeed, some are clearly still aflame, unhindered by the drizzle. A group of infantry in PDF uniform is seen to the north of the facility and you are guided in by radio contact, this time from RMB staff. A lieutenant approaches, snaps off a salute, and guides you to a small HQ post for a briefing.
During the evening minor uprisings have occurred on a large portion of the continent, including the defection of a number of PDF and Imperial Guard units to the archenemy. Within Atbakta rioting was quickly and harshly dealt with by the police and PDF before moving to the Ransen Military Base. The local uprising had focused on attempting to storm the training base and badly outnumbered and surprised almost all the staff and recruits perished. Buildings were doused in fuel and set aflame. Little of the base as you know it remains.
Although the 1st Atbakta Guard easily dispatched the remaining cultists (bodies still strewn around the base) their commander was among the casualties leaving you in command of the Atbakta area. No communication has been heard from higher command since midnight when very brief orders were given Note: Your orders will be detailed in Question 3.
A map of the area of operations and units under your command are in the TMC II thread.
Given the area of operations and situational details you have at hand, what are the main objectives of an Imperial Guard force in the area? Given the size of forces available can these reasonably be met by your forces? If not, what measures can be taken?
Detail the strengths and weaknesses you expect from the forces you command.
As the day drawn toward nightfall a second PDF unit, the Atbakta Irregulars, arrives. You may select either 2 infantry and one vehicle choice, or 3 infantry choices from the list in the TMC II thread for this unit. Keeping in mind your answer to Question 2B, justify these selections.
Ah, apologies. I'm going to have to bow out, I'm having too much trouble keeping up with everything. ;)
That's because you are in every freaking game on the board Ak!!!! :)
Hey, not quite! I can say with certainity that I am NOT in the Ganger roleplay, or the soon-to-be Penal Legion RP. :P
That is 2 out of what? 15!?!?!
Hehe, Ak the RP slut! He gets around!