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MP Canadian Military

Page history last edited by Michael 2 years, 2 months ago

 

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     The only regular Canadian military unit is the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Before the Atomic War, their headquarters was at CFB Petawawa, in Ontario not far from Ottawa. That base was mostly destroyed during the Atomic War, along with many other military installations; the current headquarters is at Hardisty, Alberta.

     When the 140 men of Project Paragon first appeared, they formed a single Commando led by Major Alan Hastings. As their control and numbers expanded, they added more units. The whole Regiment numbers 1600 men as of July 2140 (not including trainees and cadets).

 

Units

 

     The main elements of the Regiment's fighting force are four Commandos (abbreviated Cdo), at about company strength. Each of the Commando units (about 140 to 160 men) is led by a Major, with a Captain as 2IC (second-in-command). There's a Quartermaster-Sergeant, two enlisted batmen and 3 drivers in the Cdo HQ section. Each Commando has four infantry platoons, and will usually have a Heavy Weapons Section attached when in the field (two six-man gun teams).

     The platoons are each led by a Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant, along with a Colour Sergeant. Infantry platoons are supposedly 40 men, with two or three Sergeants, two Corporals or Master Corporals, a batman for the officer, four drivers, and 32 privates.

     Platoons are divided into three Sections:  a Sergeant or Master Corporal leading a dozen men. In theory a fourth Section would be added in wartime, but the military has never put this into practice.

 

1 Commando

 

  • CFB Petawawa, Ontario (about 150 km northwest of Ottawa, and 50 km from CFS Carp); this is also the Regiment's furthest-east base of notable size.

  • CO:  Major Freddie Chandler; 2IC:  Captain Charles Bates; Quartermaster-Sgt Logan McLean

 

2 Commando

 

  • CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba (near the former city)

  • CO:  Major Peter Hobbs; 2IC:  Captain Alexander Schofield; Quartermaster-Sgt Jack Wyatt

 

3 Commando

 

  • CFB Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (near the former city)

  • CO:  Major Andrew Rogers; 2IC:  Captain Louis Cartwright; Quartermaster-Sgt John Griffiths

 

4 Commando

 

  • CFB Medicine Hat, Alberta.

  • CO:  Major Luke Hammond; 2IC:  Captain Aidan Lee; Quartermaster-Sgt Connor Kirby

 

     Non-infantry combat units (artillery for example) are usually titled Squadrons (abbreviation Sqdn). Known units include:

 

Headquarters Security Squadron

 

  • Based at the Regiment's headquarters, CFS Hardisty, Alberta. There are only about 60 people in the unit, not all of whom are field agents. The commander is Captain Shane Relizh. These are the people being referred to as "Caninjas". Besides acting as headquarters security, they gather intelligence about external threats to Canada and the Regiment.

 

Air Squadron

 

  • operates 30 aircraft -- pilots are mostly Sergeants. CO is Lieutenant Mason Lord. Training takes place at CFB Winnipeg.

 

Communications Squadron

 

  • rebuilding radios, operating the bigger radio stations, and probably in charge of monitoring and deceiving radio networks outside of Canada.

 

Logistics Squadron

 

  • commanded by Major Scott Holmes. They develop new ordnance, coordinate national industrial efforts, allocate resources, and (most visibly) drive the convoy escort vehicles on long-distance routes, and military cargo vehicles in those convoys. A few military rail vehicles are also part of this squadron.

 

Civil Affairs Squadron

 

  • legal affairs and propaganda. Each full province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) has a "government officer" with the rank of captain:

 

    • Alberta:   Captain Liam Davis

    • Saskatchewan:  Captain Nathan McKenzie

    • Manitoba (including Thunder Bay):  Captain Harrison Fuller

 

Training Squadron

 

  • Lieutenant Dominic Walters and several NCOs, leading 50 or so recruits. Normally found at CFB Petawawa.

 

1st Artillery Squadron

 

  • two batteries of mixed field guns, mostly 37mm, 75mm, and 105mm, plus some 25 pdrs (one a Sexton), towed by trucks or high-speed tractors; they can be carried by train, also. No artillery was stored at CFS Carp, these are all old monuments, salvaged items, plus a few things from the museum at Brandon in Manitoba. Ammunition is 22nd Century production -- smokeless powder and high explosives, but no fancy fuses.

    • normally one battery is at Medicine Hat, the other is at Winnipeg (700 km from Thunder Bay, by the way).

 

2nd Artillery Squadron

 

  • various not-so-mobile guns at bases and other spots. Some ancient muzzle-loading cannon, a 9.2" railway gun with a very small amount of ammunition, a Jagdpanzer Kanone 90 (no ammo available, but the vehicle could be put in running order), and a whole battery (six guns) of First World War German 15 cm cannon. They have a lot of other artillery that could be used to fire home-made canister rounds -- one-of-a-kind weapons that the Paras don't have the time, information or inclination to make proper shells for.

    • any base with defenses will have at least one cannon from this Squadron.

 

Security Branch

 

  • commanded by Major James Morley. They fulfill the role of national police force, along with counterintelligence activities. Widely loathed as a "secret police" agency, though really far less nasty than some 20th Century agencies.

 

Ranks

 

ranks in the Canadian military

rank

daily pay

number

notes

Colonel

$10.00

1

Jerry Jones

Lieutenant-Colonel (2IC of the Regiment)

$7.00

1

Kevin Bull

Major

$4.00

6

 

Captain

$3.00

24

 

Lieutenant

$2.50

30

 

Second Lieutenant

$2.00

5

 

Cadet

$0.50

8

 

Chief Warrant Officer (Sergeant-Major)

$1.50

1

Anthony Yates

Master Warrant Officer (Quartermaster-Sergeant or Squadron Sergeant-Major)

$1.00

13

one per Cdo or Sqdn

Warrant Officer (Squadron Quartermaster-Sergeant or Colour Sergeant)

$0.75

36

one per Sqdn or Plt

Sergeant

$0.60

100

 

Master Corporal

$0.50

80

 

Corporal

$0.40

40

 

Private

$0.30

1255

 

Private (during training)

$0.20

50

 

The Regiment receives $5211.50 in wages each week.

 

Qualified Paratroopers

 

     The term "qualified" refers to those soldiers who were frozen as part of Project Paragon. They are considered very "politically reliable" (which may or may not be entirely true -- e.g. Tim Fraser). There are only 14 jump-qualified men remaining on active duty, all officers or senior NCOs. All of these men are at least 50 years old (biologically); most of them are heavy drinkers. They are allowed to wear  the maroon Airborne beret.

 

  • Colonel Jerry Jones, age 59, unmarried. Was a 32 year old Major when frozen.

  • Lt-Colonel Kevin Bull, age 57, widowed (before the Atomic War). Was a 30 year old Captain when frozen.

  • Major Freddie Chandler, age 58, unmarried. Was a 31 year old Captain when frozen.

    • according to Tim Fraser, Chandler is an incessant womanizer, and drinks a lot even by Airborne Regiment standards (but seems to handle it well).

  • Major Peter Hobbs, age 56, married with grandchildren. Was a 29 year old Warrant Officer when frozen.

  • Major Andrew Rogers, age 54, widowed. Was a 27 year old Captain when frozen.

  • Major Luke Hammond, age 54, married with children. Was a 27 year old Lieutenant when frozen.

  • Major James Morley, age 55, married with children. Was a 28 year old Captain when frozen.

  • Major Scott Holmes, age 51, widowed, has children. Was a 24 year old Lieutenant when frozen.

  • Captain Shane Relizh -- age 57, unmarried, a fierce anti-Communist of Ukrainian ancestry, was a 30 year old Warrant Officer when frozen. Before the Atomic War, he trained in kung fu for five years, and in kendo for five years (reaching ni-dan rank). He was very interested in studying aikido, but he was chosen for Operation Paragon. His interest in martial arts and ninjutsu led to the covert martial arts training given to the HSS agents.

    • Tim Fraser thought that Relizh may have had CSIS and CIA connections before the Atomic War, and might have been a mole inside Project Paragon.

  • Sgt-Major Anthony Yates, age 60, unmarried. Was a 33 year old Warrant Officer when frozen; he joined the Army at age 18 in 1973 (initially with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry), and served in Cyprus three times with the Regiment, and at Montreal during the 1976 Olympics.

    • very professional, and would murder his own grandmother for the good of the Regiment. Any promotions to Warrant Officer or Master Warrant Officer are cleared through him.

  • Quartermaster-Sgt Logan McLean, age 50, has a common-law wife. Was a 23 year old Sergeant when frozen.

  • Quartermaster-Sgt Jack Wyatt, age 51, married with children. Was a 24 year old Sergeant when frozen.

  • Quartermaster-Sgt John Griffiths, age 55, unmarried. Was a 28 year old Sergeant when frozen.

  • Quartermaster-Sgt Connor Kirby, age 54, widowed, has children. Was a 27 year old Sergeant when frozen.

 

     Another couple dozen retired "qualified men" might be called up, to command militia units perhaps.  Names in green are dead, red captured.

 

Base Organization

 

     At one of the large bases, besides the Commando, there will be at least a dozen families for officers and senior NCOs; a hundred or so Base staff and security; and several dozen civilians worker and volunteers. A few clergymen, a couple of merchants operating the canteen and exchange, etc. make up the rest.

     Major bases:

 

  • CFB Medicine Hat, Alberta -- a base for watching America/Doom Riders. 4 Cdo is based here.

  • CFB Saskatoon, Saskatchewan -- 3 Cdo is based here.

  • CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba -- a base for watching America/Doom Riders; also the main motor transport center, artillery training and proving ground, and aviation training field. 2 Cdo is based here.

  • CFB Petawawa, Ontario -- training center for new recruits, and defense force for various projects in eastern Ontario. 1 Cdo is based here.

 

     Minor bases:

 

  • CFS Lake Louise, Alberta -- secret research unit, and detention center

  • CFS Hardisty, Alberta -- military headquarters; also the source of most petroleum products

  • CFS Thunder Bay, Ontario -- the eastern end of the railway, and trading port

  • CFS Hagersville, Ontario (the Tyre King dump)

  • CFS Carp, Ontario (the Diefenbunker) trashed lightly remodelled by R-101

  • CFS Hay River, Northwest Territories -- trade with, and observation of, the various northern tribes

     

     All of the above have an airstrip, at least.

 

Service

 

     Pay for enlisted men is pretty low, but food, housing, and most other costs are covered by the Regiment. A private can easily save $50 per year.

     The annual attrition rate is about 15%, so nearly 200 recruits are needed.

     Retirement after 8 years of service comes with generous benefits, including a pension (3/4 of your final pay rate) and land grants. However, only a fraction of enlisted men make it to 8 years of service. Any soldier with a good-conduct discharge is liable for call-up as reserves for as long as they're physically capable.

     In effect, officer cadets are now recruited from the children of veterans; promotion from the ranks is much less common than it was 20 years ago.

     In a given year, a couple hundred young men compete to join the Regiment as enlisted men. Less than 1% of the adult male population are veterans. About a thousand men could be quickly recalled to active duty, along with a couple dozen retired "qualified men" to act as officers or senior NCOs.

 

Supply and Logistics

 

Equipment


     The soldiers of the Regiment use C1A1 (FAL) semi-automatic rifles, C2A1 (FAL) select-fire rifles, Browning Hi-Power pistols, C4 (Sterling) 9mm sub-machine guns, and C1 (Browning) belt-fed 7.62mm machine guns. They also have four M2HB .50 caliber machine guns, twelve L1A1 81mm mortars, and ten M2 Carl Gustav recoilless rifles -- but ammunition stocks are low for these.

     They began their expansion with lots of ammo, but by 2140 they are forced to use inferior replacements for some weapons. For example, Tim Fraser reported that most of the M2 Carl Gustav weapons are stored, due to very few rounds remaining; and some not-very-effective rounds are being loaded for their .50 caliber machine guns. The supply of mortar ammunition is too low to allow any training; production of "ersatz" rounds has not been very successful so far. L2A1 fragmentation hand grenades were expended long ago, and not replaced.

     There are over 100 C7 rifles in storage -- these are the Canadian-produced version of the M16A2 rifle. These weapons are used, but still in fairly good condition. After the initial supply of ammunition ran out, 22nd Century technology didn't produce small-arms propellant that worked reliably in these small-bore rifles.

     Military arms have been confiscated from the populace, but not in a very determined fashion. The Regiment has outstanding offers for any pre-Atomic War weapons turned in to the government.

     Some armories may have had supplies of Rifle, No. 4 Mk I/3 weapons and ammunition, although Long Branch (near Toronto) was destroyed during the Atomic War. Tim Fraser had never seen those in use.

     Training, and potential arming of recalled (discharged) troops, is done with various bolt-action civilian rifles. The commonest of these are Cooey Model 710 -- basically a copy of the Winchester Model 70 in .30-06 caliber. The Regiment holds several hundred of these, and a few hundred thousand rounds of .30-06 ammunition.

     A hundred or so Cooey Model 84 and Winchester 37A single-shot 12 gauge shotguns are held by the military, having been confiscated and kept.

 

C8 Rifle

 

    A new rifle has been seen, the C8. It is based on the Sterling SMG design. Semi-auto only, can accept FAL bayonets and magazines. Design and factory set-up began in late 2139, in response to the Doomrider menace. A trials platoon was testing these weapons in the spring of 2140. It uses a lever-delayed blowback operating system; the receiver is a seamless steel tube 37mm in diameter, about 80 cm long (I may be wrong about the length).

     Note that this rifle is unrelated to the "real world" C8 rifle.

 

name

caliber

range

shots

damage

capacity

loading

malf

weight

C8 Rifle

7.62mm NATO

90 m

Major

2d6+4

20

magazine

99/98/85

4 kg

 

 

Uniform

 

     The maroon beret (and jump wings) are only worn by "qualified men" -- only 14 men in the Regiment, and in theory various retirees. Other "dress" headgear are peaked caps for officers and warrant officers, and wedge caps for enlisted men. Dress and walking-out uniforms resemble that of the Canadian army in the 1980s.

     On fatigue duty, or in the field a basic olive green uniform is worn; officers and men wear either a wedge cap (aka garrison cap) or an M1 helmet. Load-bearing equipment resembles typical 1950s canvas equipment, in olive drab.

 

Tactical Vehicles

 

     The Airborne Regiment did not have any vehicles available at all when they emerged from the Diefenbunker.

     Until a few years ago, they didn't feel the need for armored vehicles. Contact with the Doomriders and the Morrow Project have changed their minds.

     A couple dozen Leopard 1 tanks have been recovered, but none are in any condition to travel more than a few yards, and no ammunition is available for the main guns. A single Taurus armored recovery vehicle is the only working AFV in the military; it's based at CFB Winnipeg, along with most of the non-working Leopard tanks and some other old armored vehicles.

     Hence, the Canadians are only a bit better equipped with AFVs than the Doomriders ... although less eccentrically. An unknown but growing number of "guntrucks" exist -- they are pre-Atomic War semi-tractors or dump trucks with with 8mm to 10mm of mild steel armor (14 to 15 points of armor, in game terms) and armed with 7.62mm Browning machine guns.

 

 

     Seen in combat for the first time at the Battle of Kenora is the Boarhound -- an eight-wheeled armored car, which has 38mm to 50mm thick armor (25 to 31 points in game terms), and carries an 84mm cannon (plus one or two machine guns).

 

R2 Com Van

 

    A 3/4 ton communications truck was present at the battle of Kenora, the main radio station for the Airborne Regiment. It has a shelter box on the back, with two self-erecting tower antennae.

     The big antennae are directional, and have powered rotators; one covers 30 to 80 MHz; the other is for 144 - 148 MHz. There are a couple of "whip" antennae for short-range stuff.

     The truck itself is a 4-wheel drive R2 communications van, a Canadian version of the Dodge M37 from the 1950s; it has a 265 cubic inch gasoline engine.

     There's a couple of CB scanner radios, a military 125 watt HF radio (40 meter band); a backup 1.6 to 30 MHz radio; a VHF/UHF civilian "amateur" radio; a 220-225 MHz amateur radio; a Motorola police radio; an aircraft radio (typically ~100 MHz); a PRC-77 tactical FM radio at 2 watts; a PRC-70 radio (probably removed from a Morrow Project vehicle); a remote operating unit for a 300 meter remote controller; a clock, antenna control boxes, various meters; a bank of batteries and an automatic battery charger, headphones, speakers, microphones, field telephones, Morse key, field wire, etc. There's only room for at most two people inside the "shelter".

     It's been employed in the scheme to lure in Morrow personnel.

 

Artillery

 

QF 25 pdr Mk 2

 

9.2" railway gun

 

Ground Transport

 

     While there is sufficient motor transport in the country to move the whole army, they quite often expect to be operating off-road. Move rates are expected to be:

 

  • infantry on foot:  5 kph

  • mounted troops, walking:  6 kph

  • mounted troops, at the trot:  12 kph

  • motor transport: 10 kph

  • steam tractors: 6 kph

  • pack mule or horse, 5 kph

  • horse-drawn wagons or carts: 4

 

Aircraft

 

    Thirty simple fixed-wing aircraft, the Viking, are in service. According to Tim Fraser, they were built within the last ten years, using some components (mostly engines) stored with the Airborne Regiment.

     The Airborne Regiment had tried some parachuting from these craft, but the lack of silk or strong synthetics has led to some ... accidents. They have some pre-Atomic War parachutes in storage, but the amount of deterioration is unknown.

 

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