Throughout history, dogs have been used as front-line attackers, scouts, sentries, trackers, messengers, unit mascots, and much more. Whereas some were once bred for fighting – the now extinct Molossus dog may have been specifically trained for battle – modern weapons have relegated canines to support roles where their keen senses can assist accompanying troops.
The “Schmerzen Express” grinds to a halt inside the fort’s gates, a Trojan Horse with boxcars full of U.S. Army Rangers ready to ambush the unsuspecting German soldiers outside. The doors open and Lt. Mike Powell and his squad engage enemy snipers in towers overlooking the tracks in a deadly firefight.
Once the train platform is clear, Powell makes his way inside to free some Allied prisoners held in cells on Fort Schmerzen‘s top floor before heading deeper into the facility to plant his explosives.
He’s on his way to fictional Fort Schmerzen, which he’ll destroy with help from a team of U.S. Army Rangers he’s meeting at a nearby train station. While the soldiers in the park offer little resistance, the station is better-defended.
Powell’s objective: cut power to the electrified perimeter fence so his team can sneak through, then send a false order for a train to stop at his location. I’m not sure how his transmission is heard since he just destroyed the nearby radio post, but I digress.
Like the last one, most of this mission isn’t based in history, so I had to find something specific to focus on: trains.
It’s 2015 and people are making grand plans for the upcoming year, but before I share any goals, I’d like to take a look back at History Through Gaming’s 2014.
On July 7, I posted “Getting the (St.) Lo-down on the King Tiger,” my first post in more than two years (and a headline that I’m still far too proud of), and made a commitment to keep the blog up and running. I ended up publishing 28 posts (including blog updates) over the rest of the year, passing the 50-post milestone with “The 20 mm FlaK and the Flakvierling” on Dec. 1.
I’m still amazed I got more than 50 posts out of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, and now that I’m nearly finished with the game, I’m looking forward to diving into the next game. If all goes as planned, I should hit 100 posts sometime next year.
He’s still making his way through the forest along the Siegfried Line towards the fictional Fort Schmerzen, but he’s got a few more stops to make before rendezvousing with his squad to make the final assault.
If you haven’t seen this week’s post about the bombing of Germany’s Ruhr Valley, follow this link to check it out.
As usual, I’ve added a mission photo album and the following photos to their specific galleries:
- High Standard HDM gallery: Six new photos.
- MG42 gallery: Five new photos.
- Type IXC/40 U-boat gallery: Three new photos.
- Thompson submachine gun gallery: Two new photos.
- M1903 Springfield sniper rifle gallery: One new photo.
That’s it for this week, but make sure to come back Monday as I get closer to finishing Medal of Honor: Allied Assault!
As Lt. Mike Powell heads towards the fictional Fort Schmerzen, he’s asked to infiltrate a “secret assembly plant and weapons stockpile” inside a Siegfried Line fortification and disrupt the production and resupply of the StG 44.
Col. Stanley Hargrove tells Powell that Allied bombing of the Ruhr Valley has hurt the German military, but that production of certain weapons had been moved to unknown locations. Now that Powell has found one, he needs to sneak in, steal some blueprints and the latest version of the assault rifle, then blow up the rest and escape to continue his main mission.
While the Ruhr Valley was certainly the most important industrial center in Germany during World War II, it was not the center of production for the StG 44, and even if the factories building the weapon had been bombed, it wouldn’t have made sense to move production to the Siegfried Line.