The War Diary of Lt. Green, 305th US Armoured Division

12th of January 1948

The Church of Saint Stephan, on the edge of the French Dead Zone

Colonel, today has seen a fight the likes of which I have never seen. We had begun to ship the three crates under cover as instructed posing as a medical convoy. We had divided our group into the three vehicles. The British medical team (rescued last year) were in the ambulance with one crate, Sergeant Barnes and his team with a jeep with one crate and myself with my squad in the remaining jeep with the final crate. Destined for *CENSORED* we had stationed overnight at the Church of St. Stephan. The church is not within the dead zone and has seen no previous interference from the enemy so we were expecting little trouble. In the morning we were preparing to depart when movement was spotted to the north west of the church over a ridge.

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Lt. Green (rep 4) starts to the south of the church where the jeeps are parked in an orchard. He leads his men (all rep 3) west to the south of the ridge.

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The British medical team head into the church, they are poorly armed and not combat ready. (Rep 3, two pistols and a sten)

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Sarge takes his men to the north east of the church, PFC. Danisco remains just inside the walls of the church. Pvt. “Jimmy” Juniper enters the church to take up a firing position in the bell tower.

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The Cult of Eigon (rep 4 led by a rep 5 leader) advance to the ridge. They are extremely well armed with new FG42 assault rifles and a MG32 carried by the red hooded cultist.

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Insight tests are taken! The Cultists get the jump on Sarges men and lay down withering fire on Pvt. Williams who was caught out in the open.

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Williams takes a hail of bullets and is cut down. Farrah returns fire from the cover of the hedge.

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The gunfire gets the attraction of the undead! German war zombies begin to stir from their graves.

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Lt. Green shoots at the flank of the cultists but achieves little. Pvt. Cooper is wounded and Pvt. Toledo is stunned.

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Pvt. Juniper from his bell tower sniping position wounds a cultist with his trusty semi automatic rifle. Pvt. Farrah takes down the MG32 gunner and his team mate. A zombie moves in to feast on the gunner whilst the rest of the cultists head out of the line of fire.

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Sarge takes up a firing position to block off the cultists and chop down a zombie. The undead move towards Williams dead and bleeding body.

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A zombie crashes into the cultists knocking down one unlucky gent.

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Cultists make good eating… nom, nom, nom…

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The dice come up doubles and I draw a random event card. A new PEF appears inside the centre of the church.

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Rescuing their cult brother, the cultists edge up to the wall to avoid Junipers sniper fire.The zombies feast on Williams while Sarge falls back inside the church grounds.

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Another random event. The zombie feasting on the MG gunner is now a very fat corpulent zombie indeed.

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The PEF that appeared in the centre of the church moves, activates and is revealed to be another group of cultists trying to enter the church grounds in the main entrance!

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After a hug insight firefight, two cultists duck back round hedges and one is cut down to become zombie fodder! Sarge comes under intense fire and uses his star power to become stunned instead of dead!

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Cultists charge over Williams body into the church yard and come under fire from the window by a plucky British medic. He succeds against all the odds in dropping the two cultists to the ground. The Zombies eagerly feast on the corpses. The cult leader, not fancying his chances vaults the walls and sprints for safety.

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Corporal Devine is knocked to the ground. Lt. Green and  Pvt. Kildare drag the zombie back stopping it from ripping out the corporals throat.

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Cultists shoot down a zombie while their brothers run and are eaten!

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Pvt. Toledo carrying the wounded Pvt. Cooper comes under attack from zombies coming from the orchard. Lt. Green and Kildare save Corporal Devine.

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A cultist is zombie chow. The British medic tries to kill the undead from the safety of the church window but achieves little.

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Sarge retreats into the church and his men along with the British medics take up firing positions at the window. The last remaining cultist on the road is attacked to the rear by a sneaky zombie. His fallen brother is drawing a crowd of undead hungry to eat his flesh.

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Taking advantage of the American retreat and wall of zombies in front  of the church, the two surviving cultists run to the American jeeps… containing one of the precious mysterious crates each and their prime objective!

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The two cultists manage to hotwire the jeeps and steal the crates! They escape off map back and head back to the League of Eigons lair…

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Sarge hears the jeeps roar off into the distance! Charging out of the church he primes a grenade and heads to the British ambulance. The zeds finish the cult meal and turn towards entrance of the church yard.

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The grenade is a direct hit! Astonishingly blowing up six zeds (an impact 2 weapon!) and knocking the rest down. The Brits and Sarges squad pile into the ambulance ready to chase after the stolen jeeps. Juniper pops the weasel and finishes off the only zed inside the churchyard.

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lt. Green is cut off from his Sergeant and leads his men down the road away from the church. They retreat in good order. Only Toledo lags behind carrying the heavier than he looks Cooper.

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Knocking zeds out of the way, the ambulance careers after the jeeps and leaves the table… Only the living dead remain behind at Saint Stephans…

In the next game I will have to figure out a car chase scenario involving the two fast jeeps and the slower but armed to the teeth Ambulance!

I mainly play All Things Zombie and I have been using these and Nuts War Without End for my horror gaming needs. When I first started out Colgar had designed a set of random encounter cards for use in the game and the skill taken to make them blew my mind. Colgar designs cards for many game systems but for now these are the only ones I own and use.

I asked to make an extra set of cards for the game using his template and he was only too willing to let me. It took a long time and was actually quite hard to come up with 50+ zombie tropes to use as event cards, especially when Colgar had already made 50+ cards and I didn’t want to duplicate any.

Colgar was extremely helpful all the way through the process and here is is most unexpected blog write up on the whole process. I am a bit gobsmacked to be honest!

http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/spendloves-atz-event-cards.html

 

At 9:27 hours we moved our forward recon unit to assist a British distress call from the farmhouse 47 at Saint Vincent’s.

Sergeant Barnes reported 7 war zombies and were promptly dispatched. During the firefight it was noted that gunfire was taking place inside the main farm dwellings. By the time Sergeant Barnes squad had reached the gates the two British medics from 2nd armoured company had come out of the farmhouse carrying a wounded man. The man had been bitten by zombie but was not infected. He was removed from the area in the ambulance and quarantined at the British barracks.

Upon investigation in the building. Sergeant Barnes found four dead British infantry men, all four had been bitten and had been killed by gunfire. All four had come into contact with the enemy Zedtruppen. It is my evaluation that Zedtruppen can pass on the infection even though they are a controlled war zombie. We must proceed with caution against the German Special Weapons Panzer Division in our area.

Lt. Green
1st company
305th US Armoured

24th of November, 1947

Dearest Mother,

I trust this letter reaches you before the new year! The lads and I are very grateful for the coffee and chocolate you sent and we will have a slap up feast on Christmas Day, Cookie can do wonders with a can of spam and corned beef!

The weather here is starting to get cold, the leaves are falling in waves of golden brown, red and orange. It really is beautiful here in CENSORED however windy it gets! Yesterday we were on patrol in the local area and we found a lovely house by a track. The gardens were in good order, just a few weeds trying to choke the remaining flowers. You would never think that this war had ever happened here. The house itself looked empty. No bullet holes, no broken windows or blasted walls. No smoke rising from the chimney! I sat in the jeep as we drove by thinking to myself that’s a place to retire to, when this (some say endless) war ends.

Of course no one was around. No one alive that is. Who would want to live in the CENSORED CENSORED zone? It was just as we drove past that the first ones of the morning shuffled out of the gardens. I remember looking in the mirror and seeing one of our own paratroopers stumbling down the road behind us, almost as if he had just landed out of the sky. Dragging his parachute behind him along the muddy track. For a second I nearly stopped the jeep, he looked so human. You could see it in the eyes though. They always give it away. That soulless glass window look. Like looking down on the creek water at Joes farm. Johnny just leaned out of the window and sent that boy to heaven. Quick, clean. The Padre says they don’t feel pain when we send them to God. But each time I pull the trigger I just can’t help but see their own mother, waiting for a son or daughter that won’t be home for Christmas.

Sarge was in the jeep in front. A German one was in the way. He just rolled right over it as if it wasn’t even there. I saw it just go under the wheels and be churned down into the mud. They have fitted these CENSORED to the CENSORED now. Just shoves them out of the way. Easy. Otherwise we get stuck, particularly in larger groups of them and no one wants that. It happened to the Lieutenants jeep two weeks ago. We had a good laugh about that back at the camp.

I am afraid I have to go now for a while. We are moving to CENSORED with some CENSORED that we found. Freakish things still won’t open though. We have tried crowbars, even a grenade! Must be something good for Fritz to lock them up like that. Johnny thinks it might be gold! The corporal is running a book on what it is. I am sure we will find out soon enough.

I trust you and May are keeping well, please give my regards to everyone. Have a great Christmas and don’t worry, I will be home soon.

All of my love,

Charles