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Morrow Project Caches

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Cache Description

 

     As usual, information in italics isn't initially known to player-characters!

 

     Each Recon team knows the location of six supply caches:  four nearby, and two further away. Caches contain supplies and equipment.

     The usual cache is cube, 3 meters on a side, of heavily-reinforced concrete; a short 'neck' extends upward a half-meter or so from the top. The neck ends at a stainless-steel circular hatch 1.22 meters in diameter, secured by six five-sided 'security' bolt heads, and with lots of weatherproofing sealant.

 

The main use for 5-sided bolt heads outside of the Project is on fire hydrants.

 

     The interior of the cache is 2 meters on a side, with a plastic liner. There is no power system or refrigeration; a nitrogen tank with an automatic pressure release value, and a bucket of dessicant material, are fitted in an attempt to maintain a non-corrosive atmosphere within the cache. Items are wrapped up in transparent polyethylene bags.

     Note that there are some caches of different shapes and sizes -- some of the oldest caches were pretty much custom built. Also, Science and MARS teams have access to some larger caches with more and different contents. For example, there are MARS caches with 81mm mortar rounds, 90mm cannon ammo, TOW missiles, various missiles and rockets, etc.. There are some caches with equipment for the "non-standard" vehicle teams (hovercraft, for example).

     Boots are men's size 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, and 12.

     Stuff never found in caches:

 

  • gasoline, kerosene, water, bleach or other liquids likely to evaporate or start fires, in quantities over about a quart

  • anachronistic equipment  - e.g. reactors, lasers, medkits, CBR kits. Project batteries are about the only exception to this (they look fairly ordinary).

 

     Nearly every Recon team cache has the "universal" items; other caches mix and match contents, but at least one set of the three Operations types, and the food, will be in at least one cache. Important note:  these are by no means all the cache content sets -- just those known of by a typical Recon team.

 

Universal

 

cache contents - universal - 3.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

mass, kg

volume

1

14.5x20 runflat tire and wheel, for Commando vehicles (or regular military 2.5 ton and 5 ton trucks, for that matter); normally laid flat on the top of the cache; weight about 150 kg; uninflated but looks the same since it's a runflat. They are randomly set up for either left or ride side usage ...

150

0.8

1

vehicle lube set:  19 liter can of API GL-5 gear oil, 5 liter can of lube oil, 5 liter can of chassis grease

30

0.1

1

box of 18 (one of each size) resistweave coveralls, without patches

31

0.4

1

box of 6 sets Project-issue underwear (socks, shorts, tee-shirts) -- two each of small, medium, large sizes

1.5

0.1

2

sets of Project-issue personal equipment (belt, suspenders, ammo pouches, holster, canteen, compass, KCB-70 knife, field dressing in belt pouch)

7.14

0.1

2

pairs of Project-issue black leather boots - one is medium, one is randomly either large or small

3.04

0.1

2

cases of LRP rations (each case is 5 boxes, 12 meals per box, 4.2 kg per box), total 120 meals

42

0.1

1

box of 12 M10A1 filter canisters for M25 gas masks

6

0.1

1

case of 2880 rds 9x19mm ball ammunition

 

0.1

1

case of 1200 rds .44 Magnum ball or soft point ammunition

 

0.1

1

case of 1640 rds 5.56x45mm ball ammunition

 

0.1

1

case of 2000 rds 5.56x45mm linked ammunition (twenty Stoner-system 100 rd. plastic tubs), 4 ball to 1 tracer

 

0.1

1

case of 920 rds 7.62x51mm ball ammunition

 

0.1

2

cases of 800 rds 7.62x51mm linked ammunition (four cans, each with a 200 rd. belt), 4 ball to 1 tracer

 

0.2

2

cases of 210 rds .50 cal linked ammunition (two cans, each with a 105 round belt)

 

0.2

1

case of 500 rds 12 gauge Magnum buckshot ammunition (in five "30 cal" cans)

 

0.1

1

case of 2500 Stoner-style links for 5.56x45mm ammo, and 1800 M13 links for 7.62x51mm ammo, plus linker/delinker tools for each caliber

 

0.1

1

case of Morrow batteries:  280 MP-AA "camera batteries", 10 "radio batteries", and 2 "vehicle batteries"; total weight 12 kg

 

0.1

 

Resupply

 

cache contents - resupply - 4.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

2

Project mountain kits

0.6

2

Project personal desert kits

0.4

2

Project personal cold weather kits

0.4

2

Project survival gear

0.6

2

Project CBR gear set

0.6

1

Project team desert gear set

0.3

1

Project team cold weather gear set

0.3

1

case of six Stoner M22 rifles, with slings and 36 magazines

0.5

2

Browning Hi-Power pistols, each with 4 magazines and a holster

0.1

1

HK69A1 grenade launcher, with sling, cleaning kit, and holster

0.1

1

M10B shotgun, with sling and two D-cell hulls for AA batteries (batteries not included)

0.1

 

Operations A

 

cache contents - operations "A" - 3.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

demolitions kit, minus the case of C-4

0.1

1

case of 30 M112 C-4 demolition blocks

0.1

1

case of 2 M183 demolition charges

0.1

1

case of nine Armbrust-300 anti-tank rocket launchers

0.4

1

case of twelve M371A1 90mm HEAT rounds

0.5

1

case of twelve M590E1 90mm canister rounds

0.5

1

case of 21 HAFLA-35L incendiary launchers

0.5

1

case of 1 clip of M74 incendiary rockets for M202A1 flame weapon

0.1

2

cases of 6 M18A1 claymore mines (12 mines total)

0.2

1

case of 4 M16A1 anti-personnel land mines

0.1

4

cases of 2 M19 anti-tank mines (8 mines total)

0.4

if this cache is detonated, the resulting crater will have a diameter of about 8 meters, with chunks of concrete scattered about

 

Operations B

 

cache contents - operations "B" - 1.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

case of 72 M433 HEDP 40mm grenades

0.2

1

case of 24 M651 tear gas 40mm grenades

0.2

1

case of 144 M576E2 multiple projectile 40mm grenades

0.2

1

case of 44 mixed red, white, green star shells and M583 parachute flare 40mm grenades

0.2

2

cases of 50 rounds 20mm linked ammunition (100 rds total)

0.2

 

Operations C

 

cache contents - operations "C" - 1.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

case of 72 empty Stoner system magazines

0.1

1

case of 120 empty Ingram M10 magazines

0.1

1

case of 48 empty M14 rifle magazines

0.1

1

case of 24 empty HP-35 pistol magazines

0.03

1

case of 30 M26A1 fragmentation "defensive" hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 16 M34 white phosphorus hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 16 AN-M8 white smoke hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 16 M7A3 tear gas hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 16 AN-M14 thermite hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 20 Mk3A2 explosive "offensive" hand grenades

0.1

1

case of 25 Mk 1 illuminating hand grenades

0.1

 

Food

 

cache contents - food - 1.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

20

cases of LRP rations (each case is 5 boxes, 12 meals per box, 4.2 kg per box), total 1200 meals / 420 kg

1.0

 

Arctic and Mountain

 

     This set isn't usually found south of the 40th parallel.

 

cache contents - arctic and mountain - 4.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

2

Project mountain kits

0.6

5

Project personal cold weather kits

1.0

5

ALICE pack frames, including cargo shelf and two straps

0.5

1

Project team cold weather gear set

0.2

3

20 liter jerry cans of kerosene (as Optimus stove fuel), heavily sealed and wrapped

1.0

2

HK69A1 grenade launcher, with holster

0.2

6

rope packs for grapnel, each has 122 meters of 8mm nylon line

0.2

6

XM1 rocket-assisted grapnel and M688 munition for 40mm launcher, in bandoleer

0.2

 

Neighborhood Defense

 

cache contents - neighborhood defense - 3.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

case of 6 TRW Low Maintenance Rifles with slings, 6 claymore bags, and 36 Stoner system magazines

0.5

1

case of 6 M6 "Scout" survival rifles in stainless steel (.22 LR and .410 gauge)

0.2

1

case of 10,000 rounds .22 LR ammunition (boxes in cartons in cans ...)

0.1

1

case of 125 boxes of 25 rds .410 gauge shotgun ammunition - birdshot (3125 rds total)

0.1

1

box of 20 Israeli "Model 4" civilian-style gas masks, each with two 40mm filter canisters and a green canvas shoulder bag

0.4

1

box of 4 Civil Defense model CDV 715 gieger counters (survey meters, 1.5 kg), 20 CDV 742 dosimeters, one CDV 750 dosimeter charger; the survey meter and charger each use D-cell batteries, which are not included

0.1

1

box of 180 D-cell batteries - long dead by the mid-1990s

0.1

1

box of 240 battery hull adapters (AA battery to D cell hull)

0.1

1

box of 18 olive drab wool blankets

0.3

1

crate if 18 vacuum-packed sleeping bags

0.2

1

box of 18 M65 olive drab field jackets, size medium and large, with hoods

0.5

1

case of 18 Army individual first aid kits (belt pouch with plastic box:  field dressing, eye patch dressing, bottle of 50 iodine water purification tablets, container of foot powder, tube of lip balm, 2 muslin bandage/sling rolls, tube of antiseptic salve, 10 bandaids)

0.1

1

box of 20 SCALP suits (suit, contamination avoidance, liquid protective); each has poncho, trousers, and footwear in sage green; five each in sizes of S, M, L, or XL

0.3

 

Shelter Assistance

 

     Intended to help about 50 people, although the tents will only accommodate 40 people.

 

cache contents - shelter assistance - 4.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

box of 1200 disposable filter masks

0.1

1

box of 192 "space blankets"

0.3

1

crate of 4 olive drab Army 17' hex tents with poles, stove jacks, stakes and lines; 80 kg each. The tents are usually considered adequate for ten soldiers.

2.0

3

cardboard boxes of Civil Defense "Medical Kit C" - some of the drugs will be expired by 2000 at the latest; some liquids will have evaporated

0.3

1

box of 24 hand generator flashlights

0.1

1

box of 96 bottles of 200 potassium iodide "anti-radiation" tablets; all have expiration dates around 1995

0.1

1

box of 240 bottles of iodine water purification tablets, 50 tablets per bottle. Use 2 tablets per liter, wait about half an hour. Note that these tablets are not very effective against cysts and viruses. Expiration dates on all bottles are around 1994.

0.1

1

sanitation kit (chemical toilet) - drum with seat, chemicals, sanitary napkins, 10 rolls of toilet paper; meant for 50 persons for 2 weeks

0.1

1

box of 4 Lyster bags (for sterilizing and dispensing water). Each can hold 135 liters of water.

0.2

1

plastic box of 2200 calcium hypochlorite ampoules (use 4 per full Lyster bag - one to clean, three to treat the water; or about 1 per 20 liter water can). Note that calcium hypochlorite is pretty much the same stuff used to chlorinate swimming pools ...

0.1

1

chest of carpentry tools

0.3

1

pallet of 20 cans of carpentry nails, various types

0.3

 

Shelter Repair

 

     This is meant to provide repairs to last for 2 year repairs for 60 homes.

 

cache contents - 300 person shelter repair - 8.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

68

roll of three-layer reinforced polyethylene sheet;  black HDPE woven inner layer, LDPE outer layers (one blue,  one white). A one-meter grid is printed on both sides, along with the manufacturer's name (Morrow Industries) and date of manufacture. A roll is 4 meters by 50 meters, weight 44 kg. The material weighs 220 grams per square meter,  including the gray reinforcing bands. Each roll is wrapped in transparent polyethylene, and secured with a polyester band. 68 rolls is 3 tons, by the way.

7.5

2

roll of transparent polyethylene sheet

0.2

60

box of nails, 5 kg

0.05

60

box of washers, 0.4 kg

0.03

1

coil of black 5mm nylon rope, 600 meters, 7.8 kg (0.013 kg per meter)

0.02

1

coil of black 14mm nylon rope, 600 meters, 71.4 kg (0.119 kg per meter)

0.07

4

box of 300 metal straps (to fasten polyethylene sheet to timber)

0.05

12

coil of galvanized 1mm binding wire, 25 kg

0.06

60

roll of duct tape, 2" wide by 50 yards long, weight 0.5 kg

0.024

 

SK-5 Maintenance

 

cache contents - SK-5 maintenance items - 6 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

4

rubber skirt segments, complete with fingers

0.4

4

skirt patches, 30 cm by 8 meters

0.7

1

skirt patch kit (cement and tools)

0.1

6

propulsion propeller blades

0.2

1

propulsion propeller hub

0.2

2

centrifugal lift fans

4.0

4

windows, 8mm thick polycarbonate -- these can be used in the four front windows, or on the halves of the side windows

0.1

1

control repair kit -- cables, bell cranks, pulleys, small parts

0.1

1

minor parts kit -- light bulbs, small electrical components, wiper blades

0.1

2

drums of hydraulic fluid, 50 liters

0.1

 

     Many of the SK-5 caches contain ammunition for the assault version of that hovercraft:

 

cache contents - SK-5 ammunition - 2.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

mass, kg

volume

4

case of 72 M433 HEDP 40mm grenades

105

0.8

12

cases of 210 rds .50 cal linked ammunition (two cans, each with a 105 round belt)

369

1.2

 

Survival Library

 

     Most or all of these books are also found on laser discs aboard some Project vehicles.

 

cache contents - survival library - 2.0 cubic meters

quantity

item

volume

1

crate with 5 plastic tubs of books, totaling 1000 different books. Some of the books were reprinted by the Project for various reasons (though without any notice of MI or MP affiliation), but most are ordinary commercial or military texts or manuals. Covers a pretty wide range of topics:  medicine, motor vehicle repair (cars, trucks, bicycles), blacksmithing, metalworking, simple steam engines, simple turbines, carpentry, housing and construction, water supply and sanitation, electricity generation methods, radiation hazards and mediation, forestry, agriculture, etc. Very little science or advanced technology is covered -- for example, there is nothing about aeronautics, electronics beyond a simple radio, marine engineering, etc. Mass 250 kg.

2.0

 

School

 

     This is a 150 kg, 1 cubic meter package of supplies to support 6 classes of 40 children each. See here for a description of one-third of it.

 

more to come ...

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