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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Lost Division



July 26th, 1946

14:40 hours

Excuse me sir but you need to have a look at this.

What is it Compton?

We have lost contact with the 20 Armored Division. They were ordered to stay in contact with the Soviet 14th Tank Army but not to engage.

Fill me in on this unit Sid. Is this one of those fresh off the freighter and who’s in command?

Yes sir it is an untested unit and General Green is the commanding officer.

Untested huh. Is a polite term for fresh meat Sid? Isn’t Green that gun ho desk jokey they push on us?

Yes sir.

How exactly are they out of communication and for how long?

About 6 hours now sir ever since the Reds started jamming our signals. The other units have adapted but the 20th Armored doesn’t have a Signal Battalion assigned to it yet. We sent out a Signal Company to regain contact and they have not reported yet. We have indications that there are Red Units of Battalion size and greater that are in position to cut off the 10th’s egress.

How in god’s name did that happen?!?!!?

General Green apparently decided to stand and fight at Baby. Here are some maps that give you the general situation.

It looks like Green has a pretty good setup behind the river. We believe he was going to ambush the leading elements of the Reds to give his troops some combat experience and then move on south following his orders to Brive-la-Galliarde.

The next map shows how he got his ass in a sling by trying to improvise.

By delaying his retrograde movement too long he gave the Soviets time to set him up. There are two recon battalions to his southeast who can slow him up just enough for the Soviet 27th Armored Division to cut him off.

For crying out loud … what was that idiot thinking? Get me Ike on the phone … NOW! Then order the 101st to stand-by for further orders. Get me in contact with Green! I don’t care if you have to crash land a plane in there with a working radio. GET ME GREEN! Then get Norgard in here and have him bring me the status of every air unit within range of the 20th Armored. What kind of distances are we talking here and didn’t they have most of the 49th Quarter Master Group assigned to them for safe keeping?

It’s about 20 miles from Baby to Brive-La-Galliarde and yes they did.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

20th Armored Division

Mobile HQ 10th Mechanized Division
General Paul Green
Near Baby, France
July 26, 1946
06:34 hours

Get your ass in here Cole. I’m tired of running. We need to get some combat experience for the division. Put CCA southwest along the river the CCB covering the bridge and the CCC northeast along the river. Put CCR in reserve behind CCB. It’s time to see how those new Pershings stack up against the Soviets best. Will see how that S2 takes a 90mm. Mine the road and rig the bridge for demolition.

Sir, may I remind you that before we lost communications we were told to stay out of harm’s way and just stay in contact with the Reds and not to become heavily engaged.

What the hell are we doing here then? I didn’t come over here to keep running from Bolsheviks. This is a perfect setup for an ambush. We’ll give em a bloody nose and the set up for the next one. Don’t worry Cole. God damn it I’m not an idiot and I’m not going to get into a stand up fight. We’re just going to kick them in the teeth and then keep on “relocating to the rear”.

May I speak freely sir? Go ahead Cole.

We have a brand new unit sir made up of green troops straight from boot camp. They cut our training by 2 weeks and stuffed us on that transport and here we are in France. Some these guys can’t even figure out the new shift pattern of the M26 much less drive in a straight line. I think this is a bad idea sir.These boys have never seen the elephant much less a Soviet S2 heavy tank.

Listen Cole we have to stand and fight sometime and now’s the time! Don’t get your undies in a bundle we’re not going to stay long … just long enough to see the elephant as you put it and then we continue as ordered. I’m sure the old man won’t whine if we take a few S2s out. We’ll just keep in contact by punching them in the mouth. Now get your ass out there and get this bunch inline. Briefing at 07:10… move it soldier.

Yes sir.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

War Diary of Nicolai Fedyorvitch Papivin by Dan

War Diary of Nicolai Fedyorvitch Papivin
General Commanding 3rd Air Army
July 30th 1946

Today we officially welcome the 64th and 79th Fighter Squadrons into the 3rd Air Army. We have been assured that they will serve proudly in this conflict.

Recorded into strength:
64th Siberian Fighter Squardron
12 Yak 9
8 La-7
1 P47

79th Siberian Fighter Squadron
14 La-7
5 P39
2 P63