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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Toulouse - Soviet View

Come in and report Nicolai.

Yes Sir. We shot down over 180 bombers and 111 of NATOs fighters comrade. Toulouse was destroyed and the few remaining supplies and units were destroyed as well.

So everything went well then?

Yes comrade our ground to air missiles performed as expected. We were able to use the wire guided system to allow the missiles to close upon the lead bombers in each group. Then the internal system took over. Our hit ratio was not inspirational but what they destroyed was very significant. Most of their lead bombers and path finders where destroyed.

I have other reports Nicolai that have much lower figures of enemy aircraft destroyed comrade. What do you say to that?

I only have the reports from the pilots, anti aircraft guns and missile sites to base my report on sir.

Ha. Those reports are always too large. Well the main point of the plan was to let the bombers destroy what they think are tons of supplies and to demonstrate that we can cover every little insignificant area with our missiles and fighter as well as AA fire.

Again sir the majority of the enemy’s losses were accomplished by our brave fighter pilots. The missile units were more of a scalpel aimed at the leadership of the bomber forces. If you hit the head the body will follow as our boxing instructor always told us.

Enough of your babble Nicolai. I saw from my vantage point some pretty large explosions exactly what did we leave behind to cause such fireworks?

Strategically placed gasoline barrels, worn out tires and worn out equipment. Much like the movies comrade. Much of it was for show. Lots of explosions and smoke designed to convince the enemy that they had done their job. The men left behind were the penal units and the civilians so there will be bodies for their spies to observe. The power of the pattern bombing is a sight to behold. I’m glad it was not done on one of our frontline units. Casualties were high among the penal units and civilians.

Maybe the French will start to get angry at NATO for bombing all their cities. I read a report that over 20,000 French civilians were killed in the bombing and shelling before their D-Day. Amazing that they still fight us.

Some bad new comrade. A stray American bomber let his bombs go off target and that they hit the Ground Missile Site #4... Sir I’m sorry to inform you that your son was killed along with Maior Shumilov. My condolences.

Ah Nicolai … very bad news indeed… leave me for a while please…

Of course comrade.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Toulouse Report 8th Army Air Corps

Sept. 5th . 1946
16:23 hours
8th Air Corps HQ

Gentlemen listen up. What’s the short version Norm?

Well sir we accomplished our mission but with unacceptable losses?

Give me the bad news first.

We lost 216 aircraft out of 800. Most were bombers. 109 where shot down outright. Another 26 were damaged beyond repair. We lost 66 fighters out of 300. Another 15 are write offs. The most damaging part was those damn missiles that seemed to target our lead bombers. Almost every flight leader was targeted with many of them being hit. It appears to be a conscious effort by the Reds to bring down the pathfinders and leadership of the raid. So even though we estimate around 30 ground to air missiles were fired only 12 or so actually hit anything but what they hit was our flight leaders. Of the hundreds of air to air missiles fired by the medium bombers and a few heavy Pe 8s and again a very small percentage hit but what they hit was devastating to the raids leadership.

Is that it for the bad news?

Yes Sir.

Alright lets hear the good.

We accomplished our mission. Despite being outnumbered and those hellish directed missiles Toulouse was heavily damaged and their supplies, railroad rolling stock and switching yard are totally destroyed. As I said the mission was accomplished. We also gave as good as we got. We estimate that out of 1000 enemy fighters, medium bombers and the Pe 8s 250 were shot down.

Yes but at what cost? We can’t afford many more “victories” like that. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that they had very heavy anti-air and fighter assets in the area. After all it is within spitting distance to the Pyrenees. I can’t say I’m looking forward to writing all those letters to the families of the Flight Leaders.

I can’t say I envy that part of your job.

Thanks Bill. Gentleman what other things are on the agenda?

Sir if I may ask a question?

Yes Bob. We’re all friends here.

Why was this raid done with B17s and not 29s? I would think that our losses would have been much less.

That’s a good question Bob and one that I really shouldn’t answer in this meeting. But what the hell there will be a formal announcement soon so I’ll let my HQ Staff hear it first. There is a new component of the US Army being formed. The strategic arm of the Army Air Forces will become the Strategic Air Command and become a forth autonomous force within the US Army. That leaves the Army Air Forces with all it’s tactical air assets in place. For now fighter bomber, interdiction, fighter sweeps, close air support, local air superiority and such will stay with the Army Air Forces. Strategic bombing against the enemies infrastructure will be handled by the new Strategic Air Command or SAC. They have been assigned the B29 groups and most of the long range fighter and jet aircraft for escorts. They are separating themselves as we speak and setting up shop in their new offices in the Pentagon. They are being highly selective in their personnel and you may or may not be asked to join or to stay with the Army Air Forces. Much of this will depend on rather intrusive background checks from what I understand. So whether or not you are chosen depends upon what your neighbors, close friends, relatives, third grade teacher and nanny have to say about you. It seems that this background check and not your competence will be the determining factor.

That’ a lot to digest General. Why the sudden decision?

From what I understand it is felt that a new fresh set of eyes, ears and tight lips, if you catch my drift, are needed to solve our strategic bombing problems. I caution everyone of you…If any word of what I just said reaches any one outside of this room our military careers and possibly our freedom will come to an end. This is considered highly classified and you 10 are the only ones I trust with this information. This is not to be mentioned again until any official announcement is made. So unless you are being transferred to SAC you will not be seeing the B29 in action. They will be using different facilities and supply chains etc. It’s all designed to compartmentalize the operation and to keep loose lips from sinking …er … you get the picture.

Are we suspected of being commies Sir!

Well son the top brass is not taking chances. We need to shut down the leaks and we need to do it now. Our losses are unsustainable and way out or whack compared to the Brits so there is something rotten in Denmark and this will hopefully solve the problems. If you are not asked to join SAC then I would consider talking to your nanny and find out what she has been saying about you. That’s all gentleman it is out of my hands. Good luck.