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Game:Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Previous mission:Cole's Charge
Next mission:Push Into Carentan
Date:June 11, 1944
Location:Near Carentan, France
Objective(s):1) Rescue Lt. Combs.

2) Defend the farmhouse.


TranscriptEdit

Baker's introductionEdit

All my men are accounted for. Baker's dozen is more of a half dozen really, but we're okay. First time I've sat down and talked to some of these guys since before we dropped. Hartsock is still telling stories about his bar fights. Obi is still talking about his dame back home. McCreary is still kind of an asshole. It's good to be together.


ConflictEdit

Almost two hours after "Cole's Charge", Baker's "half dozen" prepares for their next assignment. However, some of the men were feeling tired and exhausted, especially after the enormous charge they undertook with Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cole to capture the Ingouf farmhouse. In fact, they were just about ready to fall asleep till Mac quickly broke the mood.

Mac: We don't have much time so I'll make this quick. We're spread thin and there are Germans everywhere. Lt. Combs and what's left of his platoon are pinned down not far from here. They might last two hours, they might last two minutes, but they won't last at all if we don't reinforce them. We have to hold this position as well, so I can't send all of us.

Mac turns to Baker.

Mac: Baker, take Hartsock, Obrieski, Zanovich and bring Combs and his men back here.

Baker grabbed his M1 Garand rifle and ordered Hartsock, Obrieski, and Zanovich to fall in behind him. The first few minutes outside the farmhouse wasn't all that bad. Off in the distance, Baker may have heard some birds singing a tune. It was either that or the sound of artillery shells whistling off in some place. Then all of a sudden, Baker began to hear the same whistling sound. It was the sound of mortars, and they just dropped a shell just thirty feet in front of him and his squad. Baker immediately ordered his squad to spread out and try to stay close behind him. Luckily, no one was injured.

Baker and his squad began heading west through some hedgerows and eventually saw a little village. Baker took tentative steps into the village. It wasn't long before Baker heard the shot of a Kar98 and saw the German taking cover behind a wall as the bullet just grazed his left shoulder. Just then, a whole mass of German soldiers rapidly open up on Baker and his squad. He therefore ordered his squad to set up along a wall just ten feet away and lay down a base of fire. Baker spotted a nearby house which he could use to maneuver around and finish off the German soldiers. Regrettably, when he went around the house, he spotted more German soldiers laying down fire behind a dead horse carriage. Baker quickly realized that he had grenades with him. He took one out, pulled the pin, and tossed it as he could towards the carriage. A few seconds later, the grenade detonated and killed the German soldiers. One group down, about a couple more to go, Baker thought to himself.

Baker ordered his squad to suppress another group, which was located near an apple orchard, while he flanked around the walls and cut them down. Moments later, an MG42 from inside a house not far from them opened up. Baker covertly maneuvered around the house of the MG42, crept up towards the MG42 was located and took down the machine gunner with only one good shot to the head. The machine gunner's blood from his head was now on the machine gun. The firefight had now ceased thanks to the accomplishment of Baker and his squad.

Moments later, however, mortar shells continued to rain down. This time, the mortars were so close that Baker could sense that they weren't far off. Baker orders his squad to fall in behind him as they began to push south. As the mortar shells continued to fall, Baker spotted an American soldier fighting off against an entire German rifle platoon. It was Lieutenant Combs. Baker ordered his squad to lay down a base of fire where Lt. Combs is firing.

Combs: Are you the relief force?

Baker nodded.

Combs: Thought they'd send a few more. Remind me to file a formal complaint with battalion. Alright, we got one shot at this sergeant. We clear off the road and make a run for it.

With Baker's squad laying down suppressing fire, Baker flanked around the German group and caught them by surprise. Baker and his squad continued to use the Four F's he was taught in basic training until they reached the mortar team. Baker chose the option of ordering every man to use their grenades and blast the Germans out. Every man pulled their pins, tossed as high and as far as he could towards the mortar team, and prayed. Seconds later, German bodies started flying in the air maybe five feet off the ground before gravity forced them down less than a second later. Baker soon linked back up with Lt. Combs.

Combs: We've got get back to that farmhouse. The only way is up that road and I saw Germans in that orchard. We have to clear 'em out on the way back.

Baker could sense that there was going to be a counterattack as he would be heading back to the farmhouse. Baker therefore ordered his squad to take cover on the first floor of the house where Baker put a bullet in the machine gunner's head on the floor above them. Baker pushed aside the dead German corpse and mounted on the MG42. Baker and his squad now had the advantage.

Moments later, Germans began entering the area. Unaware that Baker and his squad were lying and wait, the Germans continued to move further. When the Germans came close, Baker unleashed hell with the machine gun. Baker's squad quickly followed in succession.

Combs: I'll suppress them from here. Take 'em out sergeant.

It wasn't long before Baker and his men had successfully defended the counterattack. Baker met up with Combs, who was really happy to see that Baker had survived the ordeal.

Combs: Damn fine job, Sarge. Damn fine. Let's get back to the farmhouse.

Two minutes later, following the path Baker and his squad took, Lt. Combs reached the farmhouse safe and sound. Mac was glad to see that Baker and his squad also made it out alive and congratulated them.

Mac: Glad to see you're okay sir.

Combs nodded.

Mac now turned to Baker with a serious look on his face.

Mac: Baker, we've stirred up the hornet's nest. The krauts know we set up CP here and they are about to pour everything they have at us.

"Everything?" Baker thought.

Mac: Everything. Don't let 'em through!

Baker ordered his base of fire team to set up eastward along the wall. He then ordered his assault team to set up westward along a separate wall not far from the base of fire team. Minutes later, Germans from every direction entered the area like the Plague of Locusts in Egypt. It is uncertain how many Germans Baker and his squad may have killed but there certainly were a lot of them. The fighting only lasted ten minutes before it was all over. Baker had never felt so scared in his entire life. He was breathing heavily because he was so frightened. Mac then told him to meet up with Combs and Cole at the farmhouse. When he got there Cole was holding a bottle in each hand.

Cole: These are for you and your men. Found 'em in the cellar. It's Calvados, an apple brandy. Get some rest boys. Tomorrow you move into Carentan.

Chapter ends.

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