Ski Company, 250 "Division Azul"

A World War II Living History organization depicting the Spanish Volunteer Division that fought on the Eastern Front.

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Sinyavin II

Posted by "Sucio" on November 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM

After Action Report

Date: 27 October 2012

Location: Workman Farm, Fort Scott, KS

Event Type: Tactical

Reporting Officer: Diego Martinez y Garza ("Sucio"), Alferez, 250 Cia. Esquiadores

Description:

Once again, the Red Heathens attempted to breakthrough to the beleagured city of Leningrad. This godless horde was met near the small, deserted village of Alexandria by the brave soldados of the Ski Company and their dauntless comrades in 38 Jager and soundly defeated.

It was, by no means, an easy victory. The enemy fought hard and continued to pressure the thin gray line of guripas and soldaten. Only aggressive reconnaisance, steeled defense, and determined counter-attacks kept the communist dogs at bay. The issue was very much in doubt throughout much of the day as countless human-wave assaults were repelled with great loss upon the enemy. After driving off these murderous attacks, the Kampfgruppe would pursue, only to be met by an equally determined defense by the enemy.

Feeling the initiative slipping from our grasp, I ordered an all-out attack to be made against the enemy's main defensive line. This attack caught the enemy forming for another onslaught, spoiling their efforts and upsetting their timetable. The Kampfgruppe pushed the enemy back to their main lines, inflicting heavy casualties, but quickly stalled as the Red Demons rallied their fleeing troops and stabilized their defenses. Our attack was stopped on the verge of victory as the devils launched their own counter-attack. Our units were divided and driven back with heavy losses, barely escaping destruction in detail.

But amidst this reversal, Fortune smiled upon us. In the confusion, a small detachment of guripas, separated from the main body and attempting to evade decimation, soon found themselves behind the enemy's main line of resistance in close proximity of their Command Headquarters. Acting on their own initiative, these guripas seized the opportunity and launched a furious assault on the enemy HQ, taking it in a blaze of gunfire that caught the enemy completely unawares. It was this improptu attack that turned the tide of battle in our favor as this small detachment discovered and seized the enemy's codebooks, allowing us to anticipate their future movements. All members of this detachment have since been recommended and awarded the Iron Cross, 1st and 2nd Classes.

Although the battle had turned, it was not done. The enemy was quick to realize the consequences of losing their code books and launched a series of all-out attacks that proved to be the most violent and desperately fought of the day, even reaching as far as our own Headquarters before finally being stopped and thoroughly destroyed as they pillaged for food.

Regrouping quickly, we set-off in pursuit of the defeated enemy, meeting one last, desperate charge. We immediately formed a firing line and checked this final onslaught, leaving the field covered in enemy dead.

After a hard-fought day, we had inflicted a severe defeat upon the enemy.

 

 

 

 

Diego "Sucio" Martinez y Garza

Alferez

250 Cia. Esquiadores

River Battle, 2012

Posted by "Sucio" on May 15, 2012 at 10:40 AM

After Action Report

Date: 28 April 2012

Location: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO

Event Type: Public

Reporting Officer: Diego Martinez y Garza ("Sucio"), Sargento, 250 Cia. Esquiadores

Description:

Operating along a major river the enemy uses for supply and communication, our German comrades, scouting along our flank, were assaulted while searching the ruins of an unknown village. Racing to the sound of the guns, the guripas of the Ski Company arrived in time to relieve the pressure on a platoon of Falschirmjagers. Backed into a corner of the village by the enemy attack, the brave German paratroopers did not have much time left. The glorious Ski Company quickly formed a skirmish line and immediately began advancing on the enemy's flank, catching them entirely by surprise. Caught in the middle of this devastating firepower, the enemy's first assault was quickly repulsed.

A second, more determined, enemy attack soon develped along the same line. The guripas quickly reformed and retraced their advance to find the enemy's flank. Again, they found the enemy surprised by such a maneuver, finding the guripas behind their own assault troops. The enemy, however, adjusted to this new threat and repositiioned a heavy machine gun to check the Spanish advance. Cazador Mono, seeing the effect of the enemy's actions, took it upon himself to deal with the gun. Charging into the enemy position, Cazador Mono fired a single shot and threw back an unexploded enemy grenade, killing one of the crewmen and damaging the machine gun. Before they could do anymore harm, Cazadore Mono had overrun the gun position and taken the gun and its stunned crew prisoner. It was at this point that Cazador Mono then chambered a fresh round into his rifle. With the loss of the machine gun, the enemy's attack faltered and collapsed. Among the prisoners was found a fugitive Spanish Republican who was soon dealt with by the guripas.

As the remaining prisoners were sorted, counted, and handed over to newly arriving German units, the main enemy attack approached the village. Taking up defensive positions nearest the enemy attack, the guripas held their ground valiantly, slowing down and stalling the attack until enemy reinforcements added sufficient numbers to overwhelm the Spanish defense. The adjacent German units continued to fight, not giving an inch of ground, but the superior numbers and firepower of the Allies was too much to withstand. All units, battered and bloodied, were ordered to fall back, form a new defensive line, and fight another day.

 

 

Diego "Sucio" Martinez y Garza

Sargento

250 Cia. Esquiadores

Battle of the Steppes

Posted by "Antonio" on February 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

After Action Report

Date: 10 December 2011

Location: El Dorado, KS

Event Type: Tactical

Reporting Officer: Antonio Fuentes y Trabajando, Sargento/Cabo 1o, 250 Cia. Esquiadores

Description:

Arriving on the field of battle with colors flying, the men of Division Azul showed their audacity, letting the enemy know they were there and daring them to attack. The Spaniards linked up with the 352 Infanterie and received their orders. The German commander pointed out a suspected location of the enemy headquarters, so our brave guripas geared up and moved out to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy.

On their way to the objective, lowly Russian partisans made a feeble attempt to slow the guripas’ advance. The partisans made hit-and-run sorties that kept the Spaniards on high alert. These hit-and-run tactics hardly slowed up the guripas, however, as they advanced toward the objective. All of the partisans that stood against the guripas were killed or captured, thereby preventing them from warning their comrades of our approach. A soldat of 352 Inf. scouted ahead of the Spanish and confirmed the location of the enemy command post.

The guripas sent men to the east and west to catch the unprepared Soviet horde in a double envelopment. The western assault force was confronted with an open field that had to be crossed in order to close with the Russian devils in hand-to-hand. While under covering fire, the heroic Spaniards advanced one by one across the field. Some of the esquiadores found cover behind a large, round hay bale, but found it hard to move from behind it to continue the attack as the Red Devils reacted quickly and laid down a withering cross-fire, effectively halting the Spanish attack. Improvising, the Spaniards began to roll the hay bale all the way up to the edge of the enemy camp then sprang out from behind it to catch the astonished Russians off-guard and dumbfounded. At nearly the same instant, the eastern assault force, having circled around completely undetected, began their attack from the south. Collapsing under the combined assault, the enemy was scattered and routed, their HQ was utterly destroyed, and vital intelligence was collected.

Once the enemy HQ was secured, the brave guripas, joined by men of the 352 Inf., raced toward a bridge crossing to block the enemy retreat. The men gathered on the far side and dug in for a heavy fight. Soon, Hades’ minions tried to cross the bridge. The valiant men of Germany and Spain repulsed every futile human-wave attack that was launched, capturing the enemy’s colors in the process. But every attack took its toll and eventually the men were forced to fall back to other defensible positions. Desperate to retrieve their colors and low on ammunition, the pursuing enemy launched a reckless bayonet charge against the esquiadores, who fought as if nailed to the ground. The heroic men of Spain and Germany pushed the heathen Red Army off the field, preventing them from breaking the line.

While our casualties were heavy, the enemy suffered far worse. The initial enemy force was almost completely destroyed and several reinforcing units were severely mauled, rendering them combat ineffective for some time in the foreseeable future.

Antonio Fuentes y Trabajando

Sargento/Cabo Primero

250 Cia. de Esquiadores

Battle of the Bulge

Posted by "Sucio" on January 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

After Action Report

Date: 14 January 2012

Location: Camp Clark, Nevada, MO

Event Type: Tactical

Reporting Officer: Antonio Fuentes y Trabajando, Sargento/Cabo 1o, 250 Cia. Esquiadores

Description:

Our brave German comrades began an offensive to push and break Allied lines and win the war. The courageous guripas of the Legión Azul bravely took part in the offensive creating havoc on the American lines.

Beginning the assault into Recht, our soldados, along with comrades from Italy and Germany, attacked the Allied forces holding the village. Italian ski troops of the Alpine Division and German grenadiers of Grossdeutschland began the attack, drawing the enemy forces toward them and allowing our brave soldados to swing around to attack from behind, achieving almost complete surprise. During the hard-fought battle, the Russian devils had put up a strong defense, but the valiant guripas managed to break through and push into the town. Slaying the entire godless hoard, we, along with our comrades in arms, took the town and forced the barbarian enemy to retreat.

Wasting no time, the Kampfgruppe began to pursue the enemy, being checked by an isolated American unit making a stand at a small bridge crossing. Again the courageous Italian Alpini and German grenadiers pressed the attack while our heroic cazadores flanked the position and pushed the enemy toward their inevitable fate. Within minutes, the Americans abandoned their positions and retreated in confusion. With the objective secure, our forces set up a defense for the coming counter attack. The Alpini deployed across the bridge on the far side with Grossdeutschland to the left of the Spanish on the near side.

The Americans returned in force, just as we had expected. The selfless and valiant Italians managed hold the enemy as long as they could, but were driven back onto our main defensive line. The impetuous Americans of the 84th Infantry Division attacked head-long onto the bridge, with no regard or concern for the trap awaiting them. Choosing the opportunity perfectly, our steady and disciplined guripas opened fire, inflicting grievous casualties on the enemy as they crossed the bridge, sowing panic and confusion and stalling the Americans’ reckless attack. In vain, the Americans kept sending ill-coordinated attacks onto the bridge, but none were successful. Our brave soldados held as if they were “nailed to the ground.”

The defense of the bridge-head became untenable when the heathen and cowardly Russians, now reorganized and shamed by the Americans’ brave sacrifice, finally found their courage and outflanked our position. Our selfless soldados fought bravely and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy, but sustained many casualties of their own. The courageous soldiers of Grossdeutschland, the Italian Alpini, and our cazadores were forced to fall back to fight another day.

Antonio Fuentes y Trabajando

Sargento/Cabo Primero

250 Cia. de Esquiadores

Battle of Sinyavin

Posted by "Sucio" on October 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM

After Action Report

Date: 8 October 2011

Location: Ft. Scott, KS

Event Type: Tactical

Reporting Officer: Diego Martinez y Garza ("Sucio"), Sargento , 250 Cia. de Esquiadores

Description:

The Red Devils once again attempted to breakthrough to the city of Leningrad and relieved their all-but-defeated comrades. But the communist heathens met the brave guripas of Division Azul and soldaten of 38 Jager.

The engagement began as Soviet 44th Guards Division and local partisans attempted to infiltrate and cut our supply lines. The threat was immediately met by 250 Cia. de Esquiadores and a company of German Jagers. Sporadic fighting erupted in the nearby woods as the enemy proved to be elusive and uncharacteristically cunning. Using hit-and-run tactics, the enemy inflicted serious casualties on our brave soldados, attacking in the most unexpected places and often surrounding small units of guripas and soldaten, only to fade away again into the forest when resistance became too tough.

By midday, the infiltrators had been defeated and the Company received orders to lead the Division's counterattack and drive the Godless demons off the field. With our German comrades in 38 Jager, the Company pitched into the main Soviet attack with the elan and spirit of Cortes and Pizarro. Unable to withstand such a heavy blow, the enemy fell back, but not without putting up stiff resistance. Small groups of determined and die-hard Guardsmen and partisans continued to harass and delay our advance but were eventually overrun and destroyed.

As the day ended, the enemy was in full retreat and our intial lines were firmly reestablished. A full-scale pursuit was not feasible as our casualties were significant, allowing the Red Beasts to escape.

Actual numbers of enemy casualties prove difficult to determine, but based on reports received as the fighting went on, they undoubtedly were heavy as they failed to cut the supply lines for any significant length of time, followed by their main attack being violently thrown back by our counterattack.

Unfortunately, however, the Red Scum did manage to disrupt supplies long enough to cause some concern. However brief their initial success, it is possible they did capture some vital intelligence regarding our communications capabilities.

Diego Martinez y Garza ("Sucio")

Sargento

250 Cia. de Esquiadores

River Battle, 2010

Posted by "Sucio" on April 25, 2010 at 7:05 PM

After Action Report

Date: 24 April 2010

Location: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO

Event Type: Public Display

Reporting Officer: Antonio Fuentes de Trabajado, Sargento/Cabo 1o, 250 Cia. de Esquiadores

Description:

Forming into a Kampfgruppe with 1 LSSAH, 38 Jager and Fallschirmjagers, the guripas of 250 Ski Company pursued a recon element of British paratroopers through the woods surrounding a small farm. Our brave soldados pushed the paratroopers though the farmstead, taking the field and sustaining no casualties. 250 then occupied the farm house and made preparations for a counter attack. Meanwhile, elements of the 1 LSSAH started moving in and taking up positions in the outlying buildings, setting up their StuG and PaK 40 next to the farm house.

While 1 LSSAH were taking up positions, elements of the American 101st Airborne and the heathen Red Army began advancing through dragon’s teeth west of the farm. Our brave guripas soon became heavily engaged with the Soviet soldiers. Meanwhile, the American 101st began pressuring our left flank, taking an outlying building. The brave soldiers of the Wermacht quickly stalled that advance.

With this attack checked, the Allies started advancing the rest of their army. The remainder of 1 LSSAH arrived and reinforced the left flank. Filled with frustration, the godless Russians launched a human wave assault against the heroic 250 to dislodge them from their advantageous position. Within seconds, our brave guripas, in a hail of rifle fire, obliged the heathens and assisted them in dying for the Motherland.

The Allies were now advancing both armor and infantry to take the farmstead. On our left flank, they advanced a Stuart light tank along with two half-tracks mounting .50 caliber machine guns. Against the middle and right of our line rolled more half-tracks and infantry, including the British paratroopers. With the Stuart on the left flank, they began to push 1 LSSAH out of their defensive positions, knocking out the StuG with a bazooka shot from the rear. With the line collapsing, the brave Spanish guripas continued to fight as if nailed to the ground.

Their position quickly became untenable as another British element emerged on their right flank. Knowing that they were out-maneuvered, 250 launched a charge with shouts of “Santiago!” and “Viva la Muerte!” and nearly broke the Allied advance but were forced to withdraw with heavy casualties. Even though the Axis inflicted much damage upon the enemy, the day was not to be ours. Much of the Kampfgruppe managed to retreat to fight for the Fatherland another day.

Antonio Fuentes de Trabajado

Sargento/Cabo Primero

250 Cia. de Esquiadores

Battle of St. Gilles

Posted by "Sucio" on April 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM

After Action Report

Date: 7 Nov 2009

Location: Ottawa, KS

Event Type: Public Display

Reporting Officer: Johannes Collier, Sturmscharfuhrer, 11th SS “Nordland”

 

Description:

     German advance Recon Troops secured the town of St. Gilles and our anti tank unit set up its Guns, at which point the main body of the German force arrived in troop transport. While they dismounted and were taking positions within the town, a recon patrol lead by our brave comrades in the Spanish Blue Legion was sent across the river to the Farm of Pierre Cour. Shortly after crossing the river and entering the farm they ran into an American jeep-mounted patrol and came under heavy fire. As we did not want this American unit to report our positions, and to assist the Brave Spanish Volunteers, a counter attack was launched in the form of a well-practiced two pincher formation lead by the 11th SS and the 12th SS. The Allies tried to reinforce their patrol, but our forces were too good for them. The Americans suffered numerous dead and wounded and were driven from the farm.

     As our brave forces were occupying the farm, the Allies called in artillery and mortar fire, followed by an attack which included a machine-gun armed scout car pulling a 37mm gun. The artillery fire and attack forced our troops to do a well-disciplined fighting withdraw back to the town. As the Americans were setting up their 37 mm gun, our anti-tank guns and hidden troops, as well as our machine guns, prepared to fire. The American gun and infantry support were able to get off a few shots before our anti-tank and machine guns destroyed the scout car, the 37mm gun, and inflicted great harm on the Allied infantry who were forced to withdraw away from the river. Up to this point our brave forces had only suffered light losses.

     As we were firing on those Allied troops who had not withdrawn, they fought bravely but were no match for us, the Allies rained artillery and mortar fire on us causing the loss of many brave comrades . During the artillery fire the American Paratroops, infantry and British Commonwealth troops, supported by a vehicle mounted 40mm gun and a halftrack with a 50 caliber machine gun, attacked up the center and on both flanks. Our troops fought bravely but our anti-tank gun positions were taken out one by one. The massive amount of artillery and weapons fire, along with the overwhelming numbers of troops and equipment, inflicted heavy losses on our troops, who fought with great bravery. The Allies paid dearly for it but were able to take the town from us after the losses of many more comrades; whose loss will be surely missed in the hard days to come.

     Our troops fought and died bravely for the Fatherland and the few who were not wounded or killed withdrew to fight another day.

 

 

Johannes Collier

SS Sturmscharfuhrer

11th SS Nordland


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