This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross

The Anglo German Brigade

Prior to the Twilight War both the British and West German armies maintained permanent training establishments in Canada, where the vast size of the ranges available meant they could carry out combined arms training on a scale that would be impossible in Europe. The British facility, British Army Training Unit Suffield, (BATUS) was located at Canadian Forces Base Suffield, thirty miles from the town of Medicine Hat, whilst the Germans were based at the German Army Training Establishment Shilo (GATES), at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, twenty miles from the town of Brandon, Manitoba. Both bases had a number of permanently based staff and held a varied fleet of vehicles, including Main Battle Tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers, as well as helicopters and large numbers of soft skinned vehicles.


At the start of October 1996 the permanent British units at BATUS operating in the Opposing Force (OPFOR) role were C Squadron, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars, and the 1st Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment. They had been joined in late September by the 1st Battalion, the Royal Hampshire Regiment, who had recently completed an eighteen month tour of Northern Ireland and had come to Suffield as part of their retraining in the armoured infantry role prior to redeployment to the British Army of the Rhine (the Royal Hampshires were missing their B Company, which had gone to Nicosia, Cyprus on a United Nations posting). The German OFPOR Battalion at Shilo was the 81st Panzer Grenadier Battalion, which was hosting the 53rd Panzer Battalion.  


Following the outbreak of War in Europe it was expected that the units at Suffield and Shilo would soon be on their way home to join the fighting. Virtually all of the air and sealift capability available was committed to ferrying US forces across the Atlantic however, so by spring 1997, despite several false alarms, both the British and German contingents remained in Canada, a situation that the Germans in particular found frustrating. By then the Canadian Government had begun making plans to deploy a Battle Group to Korea to support the American forces fighting there. With much of the regular Canadian Army fighting in Europe, the newly forming Korean Command consisted mostly of reserve troops, and in a move designed to bolster these troops and show solidarity amongst NATO members, the British and German Governments agreed that their troops in Canada would deploy to Korea with the Canadians, at which point any further thoughts of returning to Europe became moot.


Plans to deploy to Korea were halted by the Soviet Invasion of Alaska in July 1997 however. Whilst Canadian troops began preparing defensive positions in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia, the British and Germans remained at Suffield and Shilo respectively, where they were held in reserve (the British were joined at Suffield by several Canadian Militia units). With the Soviets seemingly contained in Alaska, they remained in reserve throughout the rest of 1997 until the nuclear exchange caught up with Canada (Toronto was the first City to be targeted, on the 12th of December), at which point they assisted the Canadian authorities to maintain order and distribute disaster relief in their respective areas.


When Alberta closed its borders in May 1998 the British Forces at Suffield found themselves within the territory controlled by the Albertan Government. Following discussions between the Acting Premier of Alberta, Brigadier General Parker, and senior British officers, it was agreed that whilst the British had no official position on the closure of Alberta's borders, the BATUS forces would remain at Suffield and would cooperate with the Albertans for the foreseeable future. A benefit of this arrangement was that the British received fuel supplies from the refinery at Bowden, so were able to keep their Warriors and Challengers operational. In return for this they assisted the Albertan forces to maintain law and order and distribute disaster relief, and escorted merchant convoys travelling through Alberta and beyond. The British fought a number of actions against marauders during this period, on several occasions crossing the US border into Northern Montana. With their recent experiences in Northern Ireland the Royal Hampshires in particular proved extremely effective in anti marauder operations, and during the summer and autumn of 1998 several American and Canadian marauder groups found themselves smashed by British troops proudly flying the Union Flag from their Land Rovers.

 

The Germans at Shilo were in a more perilous position however. With incursions by marauders affiliated to the self proclaimed King of Saskatchewan causing the local security situation to deteriorate and their supplies of fuel and ammunition (particularly small arms ammunition for their G11 rifles) rapidly dwindling, in the late summer of 1998 they decided to abandon CFB Shilo and cross Saskatchewan to try and link up with the British at Suffield (although a few individuals opted to remain in the Shilo area). The German column departed Shilo at dawn on the 07th of September on the 600 mile trek to Suffield with their forward elements making contact with a reconnaissance patrol from the Royal Hampshires on the Saskatchewan / Alberta border two weeks later.


After wintering at Suffield, what was now known as the Anglo German Brigade was in the forefront of the Alberta Defence Force's operations to pacify Saskatchewan in May 1999, with a joint force of British and German infantry supported by Challenger and Leopard tanks and Cougar armoured vehicles from the South Alberta Light Horse spearheading the attack on the King of Saskatchewan’s stronghold in Saskatoon in September (it was a detachment from the 81st Panzer Grenadier Battalion that captured the King as he tried to flee the City).

 

The Brigade remained in the Saskatoon area for some time afterwards, carrying out numerous anti marauder operations in conjunction with troops from both the Alberta Defence Force and the Canadian Western Military Government. During this period, the Royal Hampshires converted to horse cavalry, transferring their remaining armoured vehicles to the Cheshires. In August 2000 the Brigade moved east, eventually taking up station in Western Ontario, where it is currently responsible for maintaining security and distributing aid in the Sudbury / Sault Ste Marie and Kitchener / Waterloo areas in conjunction with the 31st Canadian Brigade Group, which is headquartered at CFB London.


A number of volunteers have also been attached to Canadian Forces fighting Quebec Separatists, leading to a number of unconfirmed instances of British and German troops clashing with French forces supporting the Quebecois (seeking revenge for the occupation of their homeland, the Germans are particularly eager to encounter the French – at least one Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank has been sighted in the vicinity of the St Lawrence River with what appears to be hastily applied Canadian Maple Leaf insignia covering its Bundeswehr markings). 

 

At the start of the War troops wore standard national uniforms - DPM for the British and flecktarn for the Germans - and carried standard equipment, however the inevitable wear and tear has meant that a number of personnel have adopted Canadian equivalents, including Canadian CADPAT camouflage uniforms, often with a British or German national flag added.


Similarly, many troops have armed themselves with Canadian made Diameco C7 assault rifles and C8 carbines to replace their issue weapons (the Germans have found ammunition for their G11 rifles impossible to procure in Canada, whilst many British troops feel that the C7 is a far superior weapon to the L85, particularly the A1 version), Also common is the C1A1, the Canadian version of the FN SLR, which has proved particularly popular with British troops. Support weapons include GPMG's and MG3 Machine Guns, as well as small numbers of mortars. 

 

A small number of armoured fighting vehicles remain operational as well as larger numbers of soft skinned vehicles - particularly common are Land Rovers and Unimogs. Both nations had extensive vehicle fleets at their respective bases prior to the outbreak of the War, with practically every vehicle in their inventories represented, so even vehicles that are rare elsewhere may be encountered – the Germans have a single Flakpanzer Gepard which they have found to be extremely successful when used in an anti personnel role against marauders, whilst the Cheshires have an operational Abbot Self Propelled Gun that is crewed by Royal Artillery personnel from the BATUS staff. The British even maintain an operational Gazelle Scout helicopter, although due to a lack of fuel it has been effectively grounded since the Brigade left Saskatchewan.

Order of Battle


UK Contingent
















C Squadron, 13th / 18th Royal Hussars

Location: Kitchener, Ontario

Strength: 60 men, 2 x FV107 Scimitar, 3 x FV4030/4 Challenger 2

FV107 Scimitar “Corsair”

FV107 Scimitar “Cougar”

FV4030/4 Challenger 2 “Churchill”

FV4030/4 Challenger 2 “Coriolanus”

FV4030/4 Challenger 2 “Cymbeline”


1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Strength: 350 men, 4 x FV510 Warrior, 5 x FV432 APC, 1 x Value Engineered Abbot SPG

HQ Company

A Company

B Company

C Company

D Company


1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment

Location: Kitchener, Ontario

Strength: 250 cavalry

HQ Company

A Company

Y Company

Z Company


29 Flight, Army Air Corps

Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Strength: 25 men, 1 x Gazelle AH1


105 Logistics Support Squadron, Royal Logistics Corps

Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Strength: 40 men


BATUS Workshop, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Strength: 50 men

German Contingent
















Panzerbataillon 53

Location: Sudbury, Ontario

Strength: 250 men, 2 x Leopard 1 A5, 6 x Leopard 2 A4, 1 x Flakpanzer Gepard

HQ Kompanie

1 Kompanie

o Leopard 2 A4 “Ballack”

o Leopard 2 A4 “Häßler”

o Leopard 2 A4 “Kessler”

o Leopard 2 A4 “Neumann”

o Leopard 2 A4 “Voller”

o Leopard 2 A4 “Von Greiffenberg”

o Flakpanzer Gepard “Sturm”

2 Kompanie

o Leopard 1 A5 “Baumann”

o Leopard 1 A5 “Klose”

3 Kompanie


Panzergrenadierbataillon 81

Location: Waterloo, Ontario

Strength: 300 men, 4 x Marder 1 A3, 1 x M113A2, 1 x Jaguar 3

HQ Kompanie

1 Kompanie

2 Kompanie

3 Kompanie























FV510 Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle belonging to Major Tom Hardy, Officer Commanding, B Company, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 1999. It is painted in the distinctive two tone sand / green camouflage pattern applied to British vehicles at BATUS and carries the name of Hardy’s wife, Abigail on the front left side.































Flakpanzer Gepard “Sturm” in the vicinity of Sudbury, Ontario, July 2000.