“Imagine being inside a steel ball, rolling cross-country – bouncing and twisting. A tank is full of very large, very hard and very heavy machinery, all moving and grinding around. Tanks, even if well-maintained, try to EAT their crews. one false move and you are history. That’s just driving around…”
“Don’t even start thinking about the complications when the main gun is firing and hot brass is dropping down from the TC’s station – or the loader’s gun – and the turret is full of cordite fumes.” – extract from speech given to new cadets at Camp Ripley Academy by Rowan Svenson – Military Governor, Minnesota
The Jaeger Infantry Company is the University’s equivalent of a standing army. It is composed of approximately 200 ‘Regulars’ and is the only unit that is always kept at full strength. Selection is made only from personnel who have already served at least 2 years with the University’s Armed Forces.
It is designed to be a ‘true’ light infantry unit – and one that could also be the nucleus of a resistance movement if the University territory was occupied (the most likely candidate for invader would be Maxwell’s Militia). Vehicles are assigned on an ‘as needed’ basis; Jaegers walk (or usually run) and have no ‘organic’ transportation except for some handcarts and bicycles.
Maxwell’s Militia traces its ancestry to “Site R”: the Alternate National Military Command Center (ANMCC)at Raven Rock Mountain, Pennsylvania (on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border). This underground base survived a near miss and the fallout from attacks on the nearby targets of Camp David and Fort Detrick (a bio-weapons facility).
Tech level E+ Aerial Recon
The use of observation balloons goes back to the Napoleonic era – and became widespread during WW1. It has not been forgotten in the world of the Morrow Project
The above picture is an Italian design from 1923 : the ”Avorio-Brassone. This balloon has a (hydrogen) gas capacity of aproximately 1100m3 and could be used in wind forces up to 25 m/s. It can rise to to a theoretical height of 2175 m – higher than any earlier design. Note: lack of oxygen can be a problem at this height.