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Character introduction

Salamander Kampfgruppe (サラマンダー戦闘団) is an Imperial special army kampfgruppe reporting directly to the Imperial General Staff and led by Lt. Colonel Tanya von Degurechaff. It was originally formed as the experiment unit mentioned by Degurechaff in her paper Unit Usage and Operational Maneuvers in the Current War. The General Staff accepted her requirement and nominated her to hold the test. Its official name is Experimental Kampfgruppe under the General Staff, and code name, Salamander. After the test ended, this code name was transferred to a new formed high-mechanized kampfgruppe which is led by Degurechaff.

Forming Units Edit

Originally Planned[1] Edit

  • 203rd Aerial Mage Battalion
  • Infantry forces
    • an infantry unit that can function as field engineers
    • a supporting artillery company
  • a newly created tank company

Experiment Period Edit

Initial Roster Edit

  • Leader - Lt. Colonel von Degurechaff
  • 203rd Aerial Mage Battalion
  • 332nd Infantry Battalion, made up of reservists, fresh recruits, and officers who were wounded in Rhine[2]
  • a reserve artillery company armed with old model 15 cm guns[3]
  • a tank company armed with Panzer IV Ausf. D[4]

After Tanya's Negotiations Edit

  • Leader - Lt. Colonel von Degurechaff
  • 203rd Flight Mage Battalion
  • a reserve mage company[5]
- To serve as the "anvil" while the 203rd hammers the enemy.
  • a Fallschirmjäger (parachute) battalion detached from the 2nd Guard Division[6]
- The 332nd was defiant to Tanya's orders, and so was replaced by another battalion that was stationed in the capital and eager for battle.
  • a self-propelled artillery company with old model 15 cm guns mounted on captured François armored cars[7]
- Since commanders are allowed to make field modifications to their equipment, Tanya acquired some captured François vehicles that remained unused to fit the guns on.
  • a tank company armed with Panzer IV Ausf. G[8]
- The tanks were meant for Romel's 21st Armored Division, but Romel needed more fuel than tanks in the Southern Continent, and agreed to swap tanks meant for him for more fuel shipment.

Practice Period - Commander Edit

  • Leader - Lt. Colonel von Degurechaff
  • 203rd Aerial Mage Battalion - Maj. Weiss
  • a reinforced infantry battalion - Capt. Thon 1926/10/16~1926/10/20(MIA) → Lt. Tospen
  • a self-propelled[9] artillery battalion - Capt. Meibert
  • a medium tank company - Capt. Ahrens
  • a reverse mage company - Lt. Wustmann

Trivia Edit

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Kampfgruppe artillery position in volume 7. The howitzers refer to 15cm sFH 18. However, this artillery company should equip with 15 cm self-propelled guns instead of towed guns.

  • During the forming of the experiment unit, the 332nd Infantry Battalion, the original infantry one, rejected Tanya's order and required for the independence in action. Finally, Tanya replaced it with a Fallschirmjäger Battalion, which had stationed in the capital for a long time and the commander desired for battle.
  • This kampfgruppe is quite unusual, since the normal one is organized to carry out a specific task and usually gets temporary.

References Edit

  1. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP p. 421)
  2. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP p. 424)
  3. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP p. 424)
  4. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP p. 425)
  5. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP pp. 433-438)
  6. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP pp. 441-445)
  7. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP pp. 430-431)
  8. Dabit deus his quoque finem - Chapter VI: Operation Door Knocker (JP pp. 426-429)
  9. Ut sementem feceris, ita metes - Chapter IV : Operation Iron Hammer (JP pp. 316)