The Crack of Dawn

Bia 2015-09-23 10-38-38-765

Game:Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30
Previous mission:Dead Man's Corner
Next mission:The Fall of St. Come
Date:June 8, 1944, 0550
Location:Southeast of St. Come-du-Mont, France

The Crack of Dawn is the tenth level of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30.


The level starts somewhere outside St. Come-Du-mont at 0550 on D+2. Baker is dealing with the death of his close friend, Risner the previous afternoon. Joe "Red" Hartsock tells him that Sergeant "Mac" Hassey wants to talk to him. Heading over to Hassey, Baker walks past Risner's corpse still inside the tank, as Desola, Allen and Garnett examine it. Allen picks up the death pistol from the ground where Risner dropped it. Reaching "Mac", Baker is told he must take a farmhouse being used as a machine gun post by the Germans.

Moving down the road, a German mortar bombardment leaves a crater, and 2nd Squad is forced into a house. Remembered the Four Fs from training, Baker was able to keep his men alive as they moved through the backyard and keep moving on down the road. During the walking they find a dead paratrooper still hanging in the tree he landed in; another dead paratrooper is layed out on a nearby table, having died from a bayonet.

Further mortar fire takes place, though this is quickly ended by a Naval bombardment from the English channel to soften up the German defences. Moving through the hedgerows, 2nd Squad finds the mortar position, and make sure to destroy an anti-aircraft gun with satchel charges. They reach the farmhouse and are immediately spotted by the machine gun team. Remembering the Four Fs, Baker has one fireteam suppress the unit, while the other charges at them. As they take over the farmhouse and its MG42, Baker mounts the turret, ready to repel the German counterattack down the road and through the hedgerows. With all the Germans dead, "Mac" and Pvt. Legget arrive. While the town of St. Come-du-Mont is just down the road, Hassey gives the platoon the order to rest for a few hours.


"I rested my head on my helmet for an hour and pretended I was asleep. I spent most of the night trying to figure out what I'd say to George's mom when I saw her again. He died a hero? He died for the man next to him? But he's gone, and I'll never see him again...I'll never see George again...Day three."

Leggett: Hey Baker, sorry about your friend.

Hartsock: Hey Baker, Mac wanted to talk to you...sounded important.

Allen, Garnett and Desola examine Risner's corpse

Garnett: Just a shitty deal.

Desola: Well in war, everybody gets a shitty deal.

Reaching "Mac"

Mac: Now, there's a farmhouse down this road a bit. An MG has been wreaking havoc on anyone who passes by. Baker, this is the first time I have left two teams under you. This is a lot to take in. While you're in combat, watch your flanks and make sure as hell the Krauts are being hit on theirs. Remember Baker, base of fire with one, flank with the other. Move Out.

After the farmhouse is captured

Mac: Still alive huh. Glad to see it. St. Come-du-Mont is just down the road. We are going to sit tight here for a few hours. Check your equipment and make sure you have enough ammo. And something, you look like hell!


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