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The investigation of the dead man will be conducted by many people. The Lady Scientist, the Cowboy, the Nurse, the CID men, and the solders. All will have a part in this mystery.
Three CID men are checking the scene. They don't get many murders on the mostly crime free military bases. Sure the occasional drunken solder, or maybe some petty theft, or even an AWOL once in a while. Most of them come back in a few days. But not many murders.
This is a big event. The base television station is even on site to record the events. Naturally they will have to be heavily edited to protect operational secrets and the privacy of the dead soldier.
The medics are here to collect the body.
Three doctors are here, they will conduct a preliminary examination of the body here in the field to get important evidence into the hands of the investigators as soon as possible.
Several members of the US Army Astro-Rangers are in attendance. These elite troops are training for the High Frontier of Combat.
Scientists, medical men, and the FBI are all here. Now that the missing man has been recovered their task is now one of apprehending the vile criminal who is responsible for this outrageous murder.
The US Army Astro-Rangers will bring their Space Age skills to solve a problem as old as man. How to find a murderer.
This new ground surveillance radar system is being used to look into the forest and search for a hiding criminal. They do detect movement near the edge of the woods. They are adjusting their gear to determine the nature of this motion. It is this type of high technology apparatus that will win the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Even the Infantry is bringing their newest weapons here. This XM-60 Machine Gun is the latest thing in man portable fire power.
The soldiers have erected tentage to cover the recovered radio, and the body. They also have another tent to protect the body after they retrieve it from the vegetation.
The CID men begin their investigation, looking for any clues on or near the body. Footprints, tire tracks, a dropped cigarette can all help to place the murderer at the scene.
With the search over so quickly, many of the men are not quite sure what to do now. They want to help, but don't know how to now.
The Military Police confer and try and determine their next move. The other soldiers hurry up and wait. Not the first time that has ever happened in this man's Army. The sniper sits on a high perch and watches.
On the perimeter the men keep watch. They know that there is a murderer out there someplace, a killer who has snatched a victim right out from the edge of a group.
The Military Police Officer explains the search pattern that they will run in their search for the missing man. It is all the same, a missing child, a missing man, a missing suspect. The map gets a grid overlaid on it and you search every square until you find what you are looking for. In a large base like the Atomic Testing Base hikers get lost, and missiles go off course and so the Military Police get a lot of practice searching the area.
One of the CID men finds the body. It is horribly torn and mutilated. Something awful has happened to the missing soldier.
Another CID man comes to his assistance along with another soldier.
Something rustles in the forest, but with all the commotion, no one hears it.
Every ones attention is drawn to the scene. They had some tiny hope they would find the man alive, but now that hope is gone.
A soldier is missing from the Atomic Testing Base. The troops have been sent to the location where the missing man was last seen.
While the missing man was Army, even men from the Navy have volunteered to help. Inter-service rivalry is put aside in times of danger.
The troops set up a perimeter and work outwards, looking for any sign that may tell them what happened to the missing man.
The CID man inspects the location of the destroyed radio. This is the new radio that will be used by the US Army Astro-Ranger Force. This potential security breach is was a major concern, along with the loss of the man. At least they know he did not run off to the Soviet Embassy with it.
Anytime a man goes missing you have to look at all the potential scenarios. Did he have an accident? Was he murdered? Did he run off with a woman? If he had access to classified documents or materials, did he run off with enemy agents, or was he killed by them? At least we know that this missing man did not take the secret radio with him.
Achtung Schweindehund is billed as A Boys Own Story of Imaginary Combat. It is that, and very much more too. Harry Pearson tells not only his story, but also the story of modern miniature historical wargaming. He is English and tells of growing up about the same time as I grew up in America, fifty years ago. Mr. Pearson describes the models, the friendships, the trends, and characters who populate the wargame world.
Published in 2008 by Abacus, London, UK.
I found the book funny and I have many friends that are very similar to the people described in this book. This is a great book. I got it from Amazon for less than $10. Highly recommended.
When armies break and run, only a few things will stop them. One is exhaustion, another is hunger.
In my wargame rules, having field kitchens and medical stations gives the gamer logical places to retire and regroup his armies.
In this instance, a horse has been placed in a sling on a framework to keep the horse off his feet for a while.
Here we see kitchen troops butchering cattle. The troops are already starting to gather.
If the routing troops are no longer in the line of fire of the enemy, then they can rally at these locations and recover their morale to fight again. This gives a practical wargame reason for having service and support units in a wargame army.