Chapter 8: Exit Strategy
The woods outside the town Tovokamov, Zagoria
September 15th, 4:30 AM
Situation: Voluntarily stay behind enemy lines to fight the Russian occupiers, Knothole Force Tier-1 team callsign Ghost plan to make hell for the Russian forces occupying Zagoria with NAPA guerrilla fighters.
Weather: Cloudy, rain
+BLUFOR: 1 Tier-1 team callsign Ghost
+Independent: 2 infantry companies with Mortar supports
+OPFOR: 1 Motorized Infantry Battalion, 2 MI 24V Hind gunships
Harvey's briefing: The Russian goverment's declaration of "Welcoming" the Democratic Republic of Zagoria into the Russian Federation has caused uproars through out the world. The Zagorian goverment in exile has issued a strong objection from their office in Geneva, Switzerland condemming the Russian act of aggression. The Kingdom of Acorn, the United Federation and the UN has condemmed the invasion as an act of aggressive imperialism. That means they'll be back, with larger force for a full scale war with the Russian. For now we need to lay the ground work, your mission is to work with NAPA partisan fighters and wreck havoc on the Russian as much as possible. First we need to know what the Russians are doing in the country, your job tonight is to captured a Russian high ranking military officer named Major Colonel Vitaly Kharokov. He's traveling on a convoy to inspect a military camp outside the town Tovokamov, the plan is that NAPA fighters will harrass the camp with mortars and sniper fires while you ambush and stop the convoy. Make sure that you watch your fire, we need the colonel alive as HUMINT. Once you captured the colonel, make your way through the wood back to the extraction point where the partisans will help you back to their camp.
Petrenko's Intel: My men will harrass the camp with mortar shells and sniper fires, their callsign is Black Wolf. We have a very limited amount of shell to harrass the Russian main forces in the camp. So you will have to spring the ambush very fast grab the target and run as fast as you can back to the extraction point. However we've also learned that the enemy has deployed their helicopter squadron into this area as a Quick Reaction Force. Expect gunship sweeps and Spetsnaz commando to be mobilized once the alarm is sound.
As Silver leads his team through the forrest in the dead of night, he keeps his communication with NAPA fighters who were not far from him, they were preparing for a supprise assault on a nearby Russian encampment. "Ghost leader to Slingshot come in over." Silver contacted the NAPA commander with his radio equipment, "Ghost, this is Slingshot. My men are in position, mortar team is set, what's your status over?" Meanwhile back to Silver, he and his teammates were setting up land mines and arc of fires with some other NAPA teams. "Setting up the ambush now sir. What's the ETA on the convoy over?"; "Convoy is about 3 minutes out now. I suggest you hurry and set up that ambush. We'll fire on your go."; "Roger that, we're setting up the jammer too so the Russian won't be able to call their pals here." Silver gave Metal Sonic a hand signal to set up the radio jammer, Metal Sonic quickly assembled the radio jammer in his position, ready up the device with frequency lock on to Russian's communication frequency and active range. "Jammer set. Getting into position now." Metal Sonic then stay low on the ground, laying low with his XM25 ready to lay down heavy fire support.
Silver and his teammates quickly get into their respective positions, ready up their weapons and wait for their guests to arrive. "Slingshot this is Ghost leader, we're set and good to go. Repeat, we are set and good to go over."; "Good copy Ghost, we are going to shell the base in a few moments. Just make sure you grab the target and get out quick." Just at that moment, sounds of mortar fire and explosions begin to take hold of the area, the ground rumbles, the fire was burning anything it touches, Russian troops in their camp were screaming, howling, falling left and right as they seek shelters from the mortar attack, first their barracks were hit with two mortar shells and exploded, concretes and debris flying all over the place, then their armory was hit and exploded with a large "boom", "Ghost this is Slingshot, we have good effect on target, the Russian are in disarray and they're trying to call for help. What about you over?" Meanwhile at Silver's location, the convoy was coming in, still unaware of what was happening they were trying to call their comrades but to no avail, all they can hear on their radio was static sound. Suddenly their vehicles started to blow up one after another. The convoy stop immediately, their troops disembark and ready their weapons.
During the chaos and confusion, they were suddenly ambush by their guerrilla foes, the NAPA fighters. The Russian were being slaughtered by partisans hiding on both sides of the road, unable to keep their formations they were quickly gunned down to the last man, the only survivor was the high ranking officer who was lucky to stay out of the line of fire. He was soon discovered by Silver and his teammates who then tied his hands and put a bag on his head and begins to move back to their extraction site. "Slingshot, this is Ghost Leader, be advised. We've captured the target. Repeat major Kharokov is in our hand. We're taking him back to the extraction point now over."; "Good copy Ghost, outstanding work, we are withdrawing from the combat zone to our camp now. Be advised, we were able to pick up Russian radio traffics, they're mobilizing a QRF strike force to hunt us down. Expect Spetsnaz and gunships like you said over."; "Solid copy Slingshot we'll keep an eye out for them out. Come on guys we need to get the hell out of here before the Russian catch up with us move!"
Silver and his team rush through the forrest and suddenly they heard the sound of fear buzzing above. They look up and saw spotlights mounted on an MI 24V gunship, it was flying low above the forrest, finding a location to land, obviously to drop Russian Spetsnaz down to hunt down the NAPA fighters. "Shit! Looks like they're faster than we thought. We need to keep moving. Avoid contacts at all times." Silver signals his teammates to keep low, they hit the dirt and crawl to hide from the Hind's thermal sights. Then another MI 17 was flying over head and it starts to rope down Spetsnaz commando to hunt the NAPA fighters on the ground. "Looks like we have to break silence, Metal Sonic, you aim for that MI 17 with the M25. You ready?"; "On your go." Metal Sonic aims the XM25 grenade launcher's trajectory at the transport helicopter's cargo hold and as Silver gives the go ahead for his teammates, they fire their weapons and caught the Russian elite troops unaware, Metal Sonic fires a precision shot and brought down the MI 17 crashing down into the forrest. The Spetsnaz were equally caught off guard as their men were mowed down all too quickly to react, the pilots and gunner of the MI 24 turned their gunship back and fired salvoes of rocket against their enemies on the ground.
"Incoming!" Shard scream at the MI 24's barrage, he duck down to the ground with his friends and barrage inflicted massive damages to the forrest, knocking down trees, creating craters and not only that but killing more than half of the NAPA fighters who were following Silver's team. "Goddamn it! God fucking damn it! Fuck you Russian drunk pigs! Die!" Shard madly fire his CZ85 assault rifle at the Hind but the gunship's was like a flying crocodile, its armor was too tough to handle. "Fuck it! We can't take that thing with these pussy ass pea shooters. Larry, you think you can use your jinx on that thing?" Shard shouted to his Lynx companion, who was thinking his mind to the max to cause some sort of bad luck to the Hind, but instead exploding magazines for its nose canon, or failed engine or some other forms of bad luck, Larry causes something miraculous to happen. Larry found an SA 18 AA missile launcher, "Hey look! We got the thing we need! Help me with this Shard!" Larry loaded the missile launcher, and Shard was baiting the Hind to come back for round two. The Hind swung around and flies in, its nose was heading down and its gunner was ready to mop up. Suddenly, Larry launches his heat seeking missile and it slammed into the gunship's engine, inflicting critical damage to the helo as it crashed down into the forrest and exploded into a huge burning wreck.
"Slingshot this is Ghost Leader, be advised. We just took down an enemy helo, moving back to the extraction point now. What's your status, over?"; "Ghost Leader this is Slingshot, we are moving to an alternate base camp at grid Alpha-1 Golf-6. Our original base camp have been relocated there when we heard that the Russian were mounting Search and Destroy operation in the AO. Double back pronto over." Commander Petrenko and his men were driving like there's no tomorrow to their new base camp, their original encampment in the wood was packed up and moved away to avoid Russian Search and Destroy strikes. Their tents, supplies and other vital neccessities were all packed up into crates and loaded into trucks and technicals and runaway as fast as they can into the dead of night. Meanwhile Silver and his teammates have just arrived at the extraction point and were on the trucks being drove back to their new encampment. "Lights off Dimitri. We need to make sure Russian gunships doesn't see us." Silver reminded the drivers of their trucks, the headlights of the trucks were then turned off and the trucks continues their journey completely in the dark. For some reasons, the returning trip was rather quiet, almost too quiet. They expected roadblocks, armed patrols, choppers buzzing overhead but nothing happens. There wasn't any oppositions on the road. And so they came back to their new camp, at an old abandonned industrial complex. A good place to hide as the place was rather secluded, with hangers to hide vehicles, heavy machineries to repair their equimpents and producing better weapons, that is if they can refurbished these gives.
"Commander Petrenko, target is in the house." Silver presented Major Kharokov to commander Petrenko, the NAPA partisan were thrilled to know that their high stakes has paid off, not only have they scored a huge amount of damage on the Russian's garrison in the area but also their enemy's intel is now in their hands. "You truly are the master of warfare my friends. Harvey would be most pleased to know this. Now then Russian pig, what are your so called "Comrades" are planning now?" Petrenko begins to interrogate Kharokov who was tied to a chair inside the factory. Shard notices on the major's neck, there were tattoes of the St Basil church, a red skull with black hammer and sickle symbol on its forehead. "Wait, what's that tats on you? You don't look like one of those grunts." Major Kharokov chuckles when he heard Shard's assessment, it then bursts into a laugh. "That's right. I'm not one of those kids who think they're soldiers. Chairman Uri Vastizov was correct when he said that you were going to get him no matter the cost. Even if it leads to World War III or even Four. Well guess what kids, play time is over, we are the Red Ghosts. We've passed the phase one, now is phase two. Uri will let you win this fight, it will be a defeat so humiliating for the current Russian goverment that the people will no longer be contend with their leader. Then we will have our revenge on our leaders, arrogant, headstrong fools who used us like tools in the Cold War, treat us like scapegoats so they can escape the Hague scot free. But no more. When the people rock them out of the Kremlin, we will hunt them down and finish them off, one after another." Kharokov's tone began to grow stern as he continues his confession, he doesn't feel guilt, but rather joy or even freedom even in captivity. He show them all the positions of Russian troops, force compositions, strength and numbers.
"So you're willing to let some of your pals die just so you guys can have a pay back at your old bosses? Cold as ice." Leeta commented on Kharokov's action and decision, she felt somewhat a strong hatred toward major Kharokov but at the same time, she was questioning Red Ghosts very own sense patriotism or in any case, their moral sensibility, letting their comrades die in a needless war, destroy their own country's pride and dignity, send it into another time of instability and chaos just to be borned a new. It's a decision that only a dead man would make, cold, haunting and chill like ice on one's spine. Their whole plan was the touch of dead man on the living people who betrayed in their last life.