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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Operation Louisville Slugger

June 20th, 1946
4:54 hours

English Channel 5km off of the French coast near Le Havre

The Soviets have pinned what they believe are the last surviving fighting units of the NATO forces in Western Europe in a 60 mile perimeter around Le Havre France. Assigned to the assault are 753 of the Soviets newest heavy tanks. Model Iosif Stalin 3s and T-44s are lined up tread to tread. 4623 guns, rocket launchers and mortars are ready to fire on command. 453,163 men are manning the guns and tanks or on foot. They are anxious to get it over with and start the assault.

Just over the horizon appears one of the grandest sights ever in naval history. The largest fleet of modern battleships ever assembled starts to come into view. Bow waves are visible as these creations of human ingenuity move through calm waters. They are on a mission. This mission means the destruction of tens of thousands of fellow human beings and their weapons.

Overhead the skies are filled with an umbrella of warplanes many of them coming from the over 20 fleet aircraft carriers combined into another great fleet who's task it is to guard the safety of the stately steel fortresses below. Over 600 naval fighters combine with 1203 land based fighters in a tightly choreographed display of military might. All of this power is concentrated in a 50 mile square patch of the English Channel.

This patch of concentrated power and combination of 16" and 14" naval artillery is highly mobile and ready to move where it is most needed firing it's salvos from over the horizon, seemingly coming from nowhere to wreak havoc and destruction on an unimaginable scale with accuracy no other weapons system could match.

According to an after action reports of Operation Neptune submitted by the German High Command after D-Day "a cruiser may be compared with a regiment of artillery. Battleships carrying 38 cm. or 40 cm. guns have a fire-power which to achieve in land warfare is difficult and only possible by an unusual concentration of very heavy batteries." Only a small number of railroad guns can match their size and range. There are over 450 of these guns moving at up to 15 knots.

Blinded by the air umbrella put up by the NATO forces the Soviet Tank Armies start their advance. Spotter planes cruise up and down the coast guarded by NATO fighters. The fist ranging salvos cause no concern among the Soviet Generals as they unleash their artillery blindly into the enemy’s enclave hoping to silence the artillery that remains in the opposition forces. The naval guns far out ranging the Soviet artillery guns and concern grows as the salvos from the massive 16" naval guns start to land far inland. Guns of unimaginable power and shells of massive proportions that have been waiting since the day they were assembled to do what they were designed to do.

Then the full salvos start. One hundred and six 16" guns from ships with the names of the USS Wisconsin, HMS Nelson, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, South Dakota, Indiana, and Massachusetts landing almost in unison with unimaginable accuracy and carnage. One hundred and twenty 14" guns from ships named the Howe, Duke of York, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee, California, Idaho and others add to the chorus with spotter planes directing their flight. 113 of the Soviet army's heaviest tanks are obliterated in the first two salvos. Dozens disappear with every salvo after.

Panic ensues and shell shocked Soviet troops and armor that are caught in the open run for cover. But there is no cover for miles. Miles of open ground offering no cover leaves thousands of the finest fighting men on earth with nowhere to escape. They stagger over terrain chosen by their tank commanders. Chosen for its lack of obstacles. Chosen for its lack of cover.

Their doom is sealed. All they can do is to await their appointment with death and dismemberment. They have no prepared bunkers, trenches, fox holes or even a place to hide. They are literally just waiting to become dead meat.

Out ranged and blind, the Soviet artillery parks are blow to piles of smoking debris. Many not even knowing what hit them. High explosive shells coming from out of nowhere ending their lives far from home.

The area outside the outskirts of Le Havre are instantly turned into an image of World War One's no-mans land. Giant craters filled with smoking and burning, flesh, fuel and steel strewn the landscape for miles and still the salvos continue.

Raining death an destruction on anything caught in the maelstrom of screaming steel and explosives. Each shell exploding with unimaginable force and destruction and leaving in their wake a massive crater full of death and dying.

The noise is indescribable. It is beyond comprehension. Never has such a concentrated and mobile force of human destruction rained down on other human beings with such accuracy. Never have 22 modern battleships joined together in a chorus of unimaginable destruction.

This display of firepower makes carpet bombing look like child's play. The shelling is done with pinpoint accuracy and it is constant at over 450 2000lb shells being fired per minute if needed. The salvos continue until there is nothing alive and nothing moving. Everything larger than a rat is dead or dying. It is horrific even to those who have perpetuated the slaughter. Even to those who hate the enemy with a white hot passion. Only an atom bomb can compare.

The salvos fall for only 36 minutes. That's all the time that is needed. In those 36 minutes 739 Soviet Heavy tanks were obliterated, 232,624 men are dead or casualties and 3542 guns, rocket launchers and mortars are destroyed.

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