[*Cadian 1010th Field Army;*]
[*2451st, 2nd Armoured Company*]
+++Three Days Prior to Reclaimation+++
Colonel Quirinus and Captain Antheia stood around a stack of crates hastily prepared into a table in 2nd companies section of the motor pool. Maps were strewn about its top, some had fallen to the floor after being cast aside for being outdated by recent intelligence.
Gathered around them were many of the 2nd company tankers. The platoon lieutenants stood by their Captain, Marcellus was jotting down all the notes while they were going through their advance preparation. Ennius and Linus were whispering quietly to themselves and pointing, no doubt Ennius was explaining the finer details to his counterpart. Linus was a good soldier, with great instincts and initiative, but came off as more of a blunt instrument.
Across the makeshift table was the Colonel and the regiments attached commissar Heinold. Flanked around him were his four underlings, all junior commissars undergoing their trial-by-fire. Learning the particulars on dealing with more experienced and battle-hardened Guardsmen. Solon Remus was the juniors exemplar, he graduated top of his class at the Progenium.
"Reconnaissance elements have advised heavy resistance around the area leading to and surrounding the starport. The railhead has known active triple A and at least a hundred foot mobiles, infantry AT is unknown but expect handheld rockets or melta weapons." Colonel Quirinus briefed.
"What about the starport?" Antheia asked.
"The starport has been turned into a fortress, we've received word of minefields, old maps show weapon emplacements, at least another hundred foot mobiles, artillery both SPG and SPAA variants. Expect fierce resistance." Colonel Quirinus returned.
"Any info on enemy armoured assets. Tanks? Hellhound or Russ variants?" Antheia questioned.
"Unknown. The traitors have whatever they managed to retain from Imperial stores or produce locally after their revolution. Prepare for the worst. Rely on your attached infantry and mechanised assets, you'll be buttoned down through those streets." Advised Quirinus.
"Nothing against our vehicle up-armouring?" Antheia jested over to My Fair Lady and the portions of scavenged armour plates welded onto Ladies own hull.
"Do what you..." Quirinus began, before commissar Heinold cut him off by patting his hand on his shoulder.
"We will use this as a learning experience." Heinold glanced over to his juniors. "Remember this."
"As a representative of the department munitorum, I must mention that His holy weapons and armour are built to particular standards. For both your protection and their intended purposes. As such, each of these modifications are against regulation. You run the risk of making your suspension front heavy putting additional strain on foremost roller. The additional weight can tax the engine beyond its advised limits." Heinold's voice was cold and matter-of-fact.
He drew his gaze to each of the 2nd company tankers. His dark brown eyes stared sternly, analysing each of their reactions. Heinold unfurled his crossed arms and straightened his belt.
"Yet," he continued his voice becoming suddenly warm and his gaze kinder. "I am also the bridge between our two organisations. Whilst His vehicles are explicitly built to their intended purposes they must still be able to meet certain distance requirements before parts need repairs or replacing. Our life in His service can often make these thresholds impossible, so your applique could very well extend the service life of your machines. It could save your life. Then there's the psychological aspect to it, if this additional armour fills your bellies with mettle and keeps you performing in this metal then who am I to question you?"
Heinold chuckled lightly to himself. Before he turned back to face Colonel Quirinus.
"We've had this conversation in quiet before Colonel, but I'll make this loud and clear. I have no issue with your men and women outfitting their vehicles as they see fit. Provided it's not overly detrimental to the vehicles performance or malicious tampering to avoid doing your duties. Those caught doing so will be punished." Heinold finished.
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Captain Antheia and company tech priest Maximilian verbal confrontation on un-sanctioned vehicle modifications.
Saruians at their FOB. Prior to command meeting.