Category Archives: Operation: Orpheus

Operation: Orphues, Scenario VII: Escape from Zverograd

The Allies still hounded Manfred’s Marauders as they fled south toward the city’s shores of the Caspian Sea.  The Axis strike force was almost finished with their mission.  They recovered their target and need only escape the doomed city of Zverograd.  A feat easier spoken about than accomplished.  The weather which had allowed the retreat at the zoo had started to clear.  Even the cloud ceiling rose back into the sky enough to allow aircraft once more.  Manfred could hear the roar of the P-47 Pelican engines echo on the crumbling city building behind him.

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Operation: Orphues, Scenario VI: Eurydice Found

The Zverograd Municipal Zoo took on the appearance of a Russian fairytale winter palace from where Manfred’s Marauders concealed themselves.  It was like looking into a snow globe as huge white flakes descended lazily from a dark gray sky onto the domed enclosures of the many exhibits of the zoo.  In comparison to much of the city, the Zoo had fared the conflict quite well.  There were only a few broken windows, and it didn’t appear as if any of the building had anything but light damage.  As Manfred observed the zoo with binoculars, he witnesses large black shadows darting from one pool of inky blackness to another.

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Operation: Orpheus, Scenario V: Central Park at Night

“It’s quiet…too quiet.” Manfred softly spoke as his Marauders traversed through the fresh snow of Zverograd’s Central Park.  They were up to their waists in fresh powder and just as deep into the Allies territory. Yet, they hadn’t seen so much as ranger footprints in the deep snow. Snow fell thick on this cold night.  It created a strange surreal sensation of the world at peace even though every man of Manfred’s Marauder knew the contrary.  Manfred’s target was nearly within his grasp.  With a little luck…

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Operation: Orpheus, Scenario IV: Slowing the Red Storm

Manfred’s Marauders observed the SSU force marching southward to several Axis controlled points of Zverograd.  While the force didn’t have much in the way of vehicles, it did seem to have a never ending line of soldiers.  More than enough to push through the current Axis battle lines if the controlled areas weren’t warned in time.

Manfred decided to send a team of Grenadiers south toward the former shopping center Gum to alert the forces their of this impeding red storm.  To buy the runner sometime and give the Axis forces time to reinforce, Manfred and his Marauder who try guerrilla tactics on these SSU troops.  They hoped that at least slowing this army would be enough.

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Operation: Orpheus, Scenario III, Shadows of the Reich

“Mein Herr, the German transmissions are coming from that building.” Pointed the Kommandotrupp radioman to a long abandoned husk of Zverograd building that even the SSU had given up defending.  Most of the buildings were piles of concrete, rebar, and rubble.  The building with the strange German transmissions was notable in that it still stood, barely.

Manfred’s Marauders approached warily and wearily after moving all day to evade the SSU in the doomed city.  For the last hour, however; it seemed that the Axis expedition force had escaped the Soviet lines entering back into a no-man’s-land that none of the blocs even bothered fighting over anymore.  Still, it would make an excellent trap for the Marauders.

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Operation: Orpheus, Scenario II: A Bridge Too Long

Manfred and his Marauders stared out across the long expanse of Zverograd Bay from their hiding spot on the western bank.  “Ach du lieber! Das Red Bridge must be at least two kilometers long.” Marveled one of the Panzer Killers armed with a Panzershrek.  Manfred paused for a moment to look at the grenadier grimly before going back to studying the marvel of Soviet Engineering.  The first half the bridge would be easy enough, plenty of cover and places to hide.  They could even use routes on the underside to conceal themselves from SSU eyes.  It was the second half of the bridge that concerned him.

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Operation: Orpheus, Scenerio I: Secret Mission, Airfield Defense

“Herr Kreuzer, were are coming in for approach at Zverograd airfield.  Prepare yourself, while we have control of it, the SSU AA has been…” The pilot’s radio cut out as the Axis transport plane is rocked by a salvo of 85mm of anti-air fire exploding the aircraft’s cockpit in a ball of fire. 

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Operation: Orpheus Introduction

While I don’t play Dust Tactics, I do like the idea of a string of scenarios that make up the Operation boxed sets.  With the start of Operation: Orpheus (I might have to change this name if Dust actually uses it), I will attempt to create this same game campaign style within the game mechanics of Dust Warfare.

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