- "I never say hello like that, you could say shoot them"
- — Allen making a joke
Objective XYZ is the 5th chapter of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30.
Short of men after the mis-drop, Hartsock and Baker alone must clean up a Norman hamlet occupied by a German infantry company...
Baker and his men were talking about what the German eats for breakfast while Leggett attempted to contact their platoon with no avail. Mac order Baker and Red to eliminate the Germans on the village which occupied by a German company while Mac brings Leggett, Allen and Garnett to flank the village. Soon, Baker and Red faces resistance but swiftly dealt with. They proceed and met a machine gun nest firing down the road, they avoid the road and kill the Germans that are in the way before killing the machine gunner. They came to some more farm buildings where more Germans served as an obstacle. After they eliminate the enemy, they reach to an open plain where the German are in their defense. Using the Four Fs, Baker and Red cleared the defense and reach the big manor in the village. Once they enter the manor, they saw four Germans in the diner eating breakfast, they soon eliminate them before exiting the manor. Outside the manor, they saw the last building occupying the Germans and Allen and Garnett outside preparing the bazooka. However, Allen misfire and shot at the stables instead. This alert the Germans who are prepared for the Americans, Allen fired the second shot and the whole upper floor of the building is set on fire. This cause all the Germans to exit the building and attack the outnumbered paratroopers but the paratroopers managed to defeat all the Germans in the area with no casualties for the American side. They soon got a Opel Blitz and serve as transport for the 3rd Squad.
Defeat the soldiers at the German barracks Edit
Army intel reports noted an unnamed French village, labeled Objective XYZ, occupied by an entire Germany infantry company.
I never asked to be squad leader.
Leggett attempts to get word on the radio.
Hartsock: So we're supposed to kill them all before they finish breakfast. Say, what do you suppose Krauts eat for breakfast anyway? Sausage? Toast?
Garnett gets hit by pigeon turds.
Garnett: Oh, goddamn it!
Hartsock: Cold glass of blood?
Leggett: Sarge, I can't get anyone on this thing. We're fucked.
Mac: All right, same plan as before. Hartsock, you're with Baker. The Krauts know we're here, so go say hello the Airborne way.
Allen: You mean shoot them?
Mac: Yes, obviously, Private Allen.
Allen: It's just I've never said hello like that. You could just say shoot them.
Mac: Well smart-ass you're with me. Baker, remember most of these guys don't know we're coming. So you and Hartsock tread lightly while you can. Move it!
Mac took Allen, Garnett, and Leggett.
Baker and Hartsock headed down the main road and spot a pair of German soldiers camping out near a truck. Baker orders Hartsock to suppress them while he went around the barn they were standing near by. One of the German soldiers attempts to make a flanking maneuver, just as Baker had done. The two encounter each other but Baker cuts him down before he could put his finger on the trigger. Baker flanks around the German soldier and cuts him down. Baker and Hartsock cross the main road and encounter an machine gun unit and an enemy rifle squad and start opening up on their position. Baker orders Hartsock to suppress the rifle squad while Baker flanked around them and cut them down. Baker then orders Hartsock to rally on him and the pair flank around an orchard encountering another rifle squad. After successfully cutting down the rifle squad, the two start taking out the machine gun team.
After the machine gun team is taken care of, more German riflemen open fire on Baker and Hartsock's position as the Germans start pouring out on the road from the houses. Using the Four Fs to Baker's advantage, he and Hartsock were able to cut down the German riflemen in a matter of ten minutes.
Baker and Hartsock head up the road and start firing on more German rifle squads. Eventually, the two reach a house that's, perhaps, an acre wide. The house seemed more like a mansion. Inside, four German soldiers were enjoying their breakfast. Baker and Hartsock each threw a grenade in there. Moments later, the room was obliterated. Baker and Hartsock reached the back door of the house and saw Allen and Garnett taking cover near an Opel Blitz. Garnett was loading a rocket into a bazooka Allen was holding.
Garnett: Alright it's connected. Backblast clear.
Allen pulled the trigger, and the rocket whooshed by unintentionally into a farmhouse. A few moments later, German soldiers started showing up wondering what that loud explosion was.
Allen: Oh shit, load another. Load another!
Garnett: I'm trying, hang on!
Garnett was struggling to put the M6 rocket in the bazooka, probably because of the number of Germans that were headed towards their position, Hartsock's, and Baker's location.
Allen: Load it now Garnett!
Garnett: Hang on!
Allen: No hang on! If you get me killed Garnett, I swear to God I will fucking kill you!
Fortunately, Garnett puts the M6 rocket in the bazooka.
Garnett: Loaded. Wires connected! Go!
Allen pulled the trigger and the shot whooshed through the air like a jet and hit the window of the house where the Germans were coming from. The whole window was obliterated and up in flames. Regrettably, that was the last rocket of ammunition the bazooka had.
Now Allen and Garnett got folded with Baker and Hartsock. A large skirmish ensued, about 2 dozen German soldiers came into the courtyard firing and throwing grenades, After a few minutes of intense firefighting, the Germans had all been killed or wounded, then Mac and Leggett arrived just in the nick of time to save them before they were overrun. Everything was silent for a few seconds, Baker and Red had a stunned and dazed look in their eyes, then Garnett spoke.
Garnett: That was kind of crazy. I'm sure I'll never do anything like that again.
Allen: I'm sure we'll do something that crazy a few more times before the sun goes down. So who's hungry?
Leggett: The keys are still in it! I say this Opel Blitz just became official U.S. Army property. What d'ya think, Mac?
Mac: I think I'm drivin'!
Americans Weapons Edit
German Weapons Edit
- Staff Sergeant Gregory Hassay
- Sergeant Matthew Baker (Playable)
- Corporal Joseph Hartsock
- Private First Class Kevin Leggett
- Private Larry Allen
- Private Michael Garnett
Fire Team: Edit
- Cpl. Hartsock - M1A1 Carbine
The Story of Objective XYZ - Easy EditPage 1 of the Official After Action Reports relating to the action at Objective XYZ.
Page 2 of the Official After Action Reports relating to the action at Objective XYZ.
Close up of Page 1 showing Col. S.L.A Marshall's hand drawn map of XYZ complex. NOTE: Marshall's map is not as accurate as the game.
Summers went through the next five houses in the same manner, one man aiding him--Pvt. John Camin, armed only with a carbine. They switched weapons from house to house, one covering with the carbine while the other rushed the door with the tommy gun. The houses were thick stone-walled and the walls were slotted with fire ports. The Germans kept firing on the road. The machine gunner kept plastering the embrasures. Summers and Camin went on, from bldg to bldg, taking no prisoners because no chances afforded, fighting and firing, and saying nothing to one another. Thirty of the enemy were killed in the dwellings before the two men rushed a building near the end of the line, kicked the door open, and found it was a troop mess hall. There were 15 men at the table paying no heed to the fighting. Summers cut them down as they started to arise.
The heroes of XYZ. Sgt. Summers earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in this fight.
The Bazooka Edit
The men waiting there saw the last bazooka round set the upper part of the houses in flames. Lieut Combs and Lieut Theodore S. Richards arrived in time to see it, also. The Germans began pouring out of the house anf the men at the hedge poured fire into them as they fled backward. It was much too late for them.
House 1 of the XYZ complex as represented in the game.
Photographed by Gearbox, this is the "dining room" house that faces the courtyard where the final XYZ battle took place.
The "dining room" house as represented in the game.
Research at the US National Archives - Normal Edit
Located in Washington DC, the US National Archives provided Gearbox with thousands of pieces of historical evidence used in the making of the game.
Co-Director, Brian Martel, at the archives. He discovered thousands of photos, US Army reports, eyewitness accounts, maps and spy plane images.
The Party Forms Edit
Cole figured he didn't want to engage until he could be sure where he was. So he bear on the door of the house at the edge of the town. An answer came back--from a woman--but she wouldn't open up, though Cole continued to pound the door for about 10 minutes. A boy from the 505th who spoke fairly good French came up and gave her an argument through the door. She opened it. She was reluctant to give them any information but finally told them they were at Ste Mere Eglise.
Pages and pages of personal journals of paratroopers, such as this one, were discovered by the Gearbox research team at the Archives.
Maps hand-drawn by soldier in 1944 offer minute details about small unit actions. This map tells of Private Sterno's role in "Cole's Charge."
The US Army Signal Corps took combat photographs throughout the ETO. Gearbox accumulated about 500 such photos of paratroopers in Normandy.
Before D-Day, Army Cartographers scribed every road, house and hedgerow in France. The maps helped Gearbox rebuild Normandy 60 years later.
The Thompson Submachinegun - Col. Antal Briefing - Difficult EditThis is the U.S. M1 Thompson Sub-machine Gun.
The Thompson Sub-machine gun was the weapon of choice of the paratroopers of D-Day.
The Thompson weighs 12.5 pounds, when fully loaded and is 33 inches long. The Thompson fires between 600 and 700 rounds per minute.
Paratroopers would load their Thompson with either a 20 round or a 30 round magazine.
In Brothers in Arms, the 45 caliber Thompson is absolutely deadly in the hands of a trained paratrooper in close combat. Use this weapon for the close assault.
Normandy Photo Essay - Authentic EditGearbox made several trips to France to survey the battlefields. The following photo essay from one of those trips was compiled by Micheal Neumann.
Exit 4 to Utah Beach is now named after an army engineer who helped blow the seawall to link up the 101st Airborne with the 101st Airborne with the 4th Infantry Division.
Low tide, dawn, Utah Beach, 2004. Artist, Jennifer Wildes stands near a rusted reminder of the amphibious landing.
"Chariots" racers on Utah Beach in 2004.
A house near St. Martin-de-Varreville was the command post where the assault on Objective XYZ started. these children live there.
The Church of Foucarville. 60 years earlier, the 502nd PIR held the Northern most flank of the entire invasion.
The distinctive house at Dead Man's Corner was put up for sale in 2004.
The steeple of the church in St. Come-du-Mont was destroyed by artillery on D+2. It has since been completely restored.
The tannery near Bridge 2 on Purple Heart Lane has become a residence, Only close inspection betray traces of the battle that took place here 60 years earlier.
From under Bridge 3 on Purple Heart Lane, Lt. Col. Cole ordered his men down the bloody causeway.
An elderly man recounts Lt. Col. Cole's attack on Carentan - which he witnessed as a boy 60 years earlier just yards from this spot.
The factory in the industrial section of Carentan has been abandoned since the war. but is still standing.
A statue ear the entrance of the cathedral in Carentan is pocked by 60 years old bullet holes.
Designer, Erik Doescher is mobbed by school children in the central square of Carentan.
Art Director, Brian Martel scans the horizon at hill 30 looking for landmarks and anything of interest. He found a cemetery.
Difference in the PS2 version Edit
- Baker's introduction was from the mission "Silence the Guns"
- Red doesn't speak until after Mac and Leggett has left.
- The part where Garnett was freaked out while looking at a dead cow was cut.
- Mac and Red uses an M1 Garand.