RE: [GZG] [Brushfire]Day1.5 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Robertson, Brendan" <Brendan.Robertson@d...>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:06:10 +1000
Subject: RE: [GZG] [Brushfire]Day1.5 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Day 1.5 (dusk) - First Contact
*Kaboom!* The noise of exploding chemical feul as the truck was
raked by RFAC fire set Sgt Rague's teeth rattling, even through his
suit. Someone must have heard FUNK Yelfour when he rocked into the side
the truck and now it was going to get them killed. "Blow the walls!"
side walls of the truck shredded in the blast of pre-set spalling
throwing shrapnel whizzing through the air towards un-expected perimeter
check point. Fist sized shards pinged off brick walls the the *tink* of
armour; at least two connected with the dismounted patrol still placing
barrier across the road.
One trooper died instantly as he leapt into the stream of RFAC
shattering his helmet, another leapt further than intended as a grenade
exploded underfoot, ripping the power supply free of the suit. Then it
all flamers and rifle butts and the whining thump of servo-enhanced
as the three surviving PA troopers contacted the six dragoons and their
The IFV was first to go as a flamer filled its interior with
gel through the open infantry door. It did not die alone as loose ammo
cooked off and ruptured the PA suit integrity. Another dragoon died
weight of numbers swarmed the last two PA suits to the ground and knifes
sliced into softer joints to cripple the occupants. As the noise
another dragoon noticed the dripping stump of one hand and collapsed as
adrenaline wore off.
If Col Atkinson ever saw that civilian again, he would be facing
long drop as a collaborator. From the looks of it, the briefing had
wrong again; local forces were not friendly, but neutral. If it hadn't
for that garbage truck trying to "sneak" past the pickets, it could have
gotten real ugly. Initial reports were sketchy, but clear. Major Hudak
set up a forward defence under the cover of sympathisers and bribed
The garbage truck had exploded nicely when fired upon, but 5-man
squad had made a mess of Cpl Spaniel's Dragoon squad. The PA had been
totalled for the loss of 4 troopers and the IFV, but now reports were
pouring in of light missile fire and PA skirmishers using hit and fade
tactics on the NE edge of town. Cpl Jones IFV lost mobility to a
hit, but managed to rip the GMS off the attacker's SUV. They were using
civilian vehicles as mobile missile platforms!
Without immediate reinforcement, the Dragoons could be overrun.
Explosions seemed to be the presage of destruction as the canvas
roof flipped off the top of an SUV and a light GMS rotated into firing
position. Time seemed to slow as Cpl Tellif of the Arrows and Sgt Grace
the Hooligans aimed their weapons in classic western fashion and fired
the hip". Heavy missile passed light missile in mid-flight and the
of simultaneous fireballs lit the street through the broadening
Sgt Grace accelerated his SUV away from the encounter with his heavily
wounded gunner intertwined with the debris of his launcher. Cpl Tellif
cursed as the drive wheels jammed and he noted the flaming wheel rolling
down the street past his cracked windscreen. It was going to be a long
'Neath Southern Skies
> -----Original Message-----
> Brushfire Day 1 - The Calm Before the Storm
> Col Atkinson struggled to understand the local dialect
> of the civilian he was questioning, but the gist of things
> were clear. "We 'no 'nout ab'ut tanks. You'se been da first
> we seen dis month. We ha' seen some o' dose mil'try types
> poking 'round the warehouses but dey scarp'd after some
> message yester."
> "So, they've found something on the side or Hudak's
> orders are more complicated than a simple take and hold
> mission," though Atkinson. Wheels within wheels. Reports
> had continued about initial deployments and there had been
> little contact with Hudak's Hooligans; just a few pot shots
> between recon elements of both sides with no casualties.
> The engineering report on several units damaged in the
> landing was positive and all units should be back to full
> strength soon.
> Major Hudak's briefing to his line officers was short
> and to the point. "Atkinson's Arrows are looking to take me
> prisoner, so we'll use that against them. Sgt Miklos, I want
> you to set up a hit and fade operations between *here* and
> *here* (points to map). Use Lt Tunde as your fallback point
> in case of a strong thrust. Infantry platoons, I want you
> dispersed and dug in. We don't have the firepower for an
> extended engagement against tanks, so get behind them and use
> your IAVRs where they are weak."
> The briefing broke up after that with discussions of
> tactics and where they could steal the best beer from in town.
> Game Notes: There is no contact from either side at this
> time, so presume your existing orders were carried out (Major
> Hudak, I still need your asset deployment within what was
> discussed to continue further).
> 'Neath Southern Skies
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