AUTHORS NOTE: This article has been linked in the TechCrunch article on V2 in the opening paragraph. Many thanks to the entire eRep community for your many submissions which made this article possible. This article will be our historic record of America's first V2 battle, and I am proud to have been there with you.
I was at the Washington Battle of 10/2 Bridge, an historic rout and opening salvo in the brave new world of V2. It is a day and a place that none of us that were there shall ever forget...
12:55pm Location:10/2 Bridge The hospital had disolved, and the medics had retreated...
Sometime before 1:00pm:This reports first recorded death was Blanemcc, a SEES member and Heli pilot who took artillery up the ass on the plains west of the bridge in the opening hour of the conflict, on the front line. Defending the route to 10/2 in the original Russian break through of allied lines, he would be the first of many to die that day...
I had gone to defend the bridge, following the DoD Civilian Orders. I was entrenched with my anti-aircraft artillery unit (shown below), and settled in to await the advance. These were tense moments.
That's me on the "Bridge", lol
1:00pm: 10/2 When the initial Russian advance reached the bridge I stood, momentarily, alone (having watched my friend Matthew Smith The Awesomeness slain before my eyes). To say I was scared was an understatement. Just me and my artillery standing between the Russians and the bridge.
They shot at us...
...we shot back!
2:26pm:10/2 A scream could be heard, "Morphine!". We later learned it was a dying Daks.
3:00pm: Southern front: Bernard75 was part of an elite Polish military unit, the GROM who arrived as reinforcements for our southern flank at the bridge furthest south.
Arriving three hours before the end of the battle, they managed with heroic ferocity to push the Russians well back into their own territory. The Russians, seeing that their supply routes would soon be cut off, counterattacked with a massive veteran attack, to push the Poles back to that bridge, which they then held (along with a multi national force) at great cost in lives and men, till the very end.
To our brave comrades from Poland, America thanks you as well.
3:50pm:10/2 Initially, we repulsed the Russian advance, and we had made great strides in a push west and south. But the Russians countered, and much of that initial gain was lost.
mjmnum1 was there, "Oh God the nightmeres!" and fought to his last breath, as was Bishop M, and F91 Gundam(a noob barely a week old).
4:50pm: 10/2 A distress call went out from Ivar Gizteb, "We need help at the 10/2 Bridge" on the public channels. Shit was hitting the fan. My head was spinning and everything went into slow motion...
Meanwhile: The entire SEES SS had been ordered to relieve the defenders at 10/2, and many died in the battle to break through. Chisholm deployed 20 grid away, and death came while battling forth to relieve us. He took 5 Russians before he fell.
Just as all hope seemed lost, in rode the United States Armored Cavalry! Seriously, I heard the bugles in my mind as they arrived, in force, to repel the advance. Marching beside them were infantry from the United States Army Ranger Battalion (I need unit designations, people!).
And repel they did. I followed along, battling who and where I could, as we pushed, and rolled, thundered and pushed. The army (with me in tow) retook 15-20 grid before being pushed back. Far to the west, and far to the south, before, having spent 6 gold on medic assistance, I retreated from the field for the day.
It is fair to say I saw the Russian advance on Seattle to the south and east, but this was a long way for my tired artillery unit to travel (one grid per turn), and we had done our part for Washington.
The Battle of Seattle:
Someone else should tell the southern Washington battle story, the Battle of Seattle. It is said that hundreds of eAmericans fought bare handed in street to street fighting, but were decimated by the wrath of Russian tanks.
Here's a story from Seattle defender, and later POW Jack Cross, one of the last remaining Americans in Seattle before occupation (condensed): "I was woken from my slumber in my tank, disturbed by shelling on the city. Many Russian tanks were headed down the street next to me, and as I looked in front of me, I saw a squad of infantry chopped down in front of me, meanwhile several veterans who also were charging ahead in their tanks set their sights on me..."
While this story doesn’t cover much of the exploits of Washington's southern front, an honorable mention to our Greek ally, exohoritis, with a total kill ratio of 94-13, and total damage +6300. He fought valiantly for our southern flank and died while in defense of Seattle. America thanks you.
And to Sandar Cain, a South African ally, who single handidly took out 13 Ruskies at Bridge 9/19 before dying a glorious death with military honors.
By 5:00pm, the day was lost, the capital taken. Treat your prisoners well, Russia. We shall remember.
Battle for Alaska:
I've been told President Reala will tell this tale, I'll just give this short perspective:
Later we joined the tail end of the War in Alaska (and spent another 20g), as guests of the SEES Militia. And may I say; those sons’s of bitches can fight! I couldn't keep up with Halfie, I was still using my slow artillery unit then. But I was proud to be a part of the wrap up of operations there. I switched to one kick-ass heli unit to chase Russian stragglers right up to the end of that battle. Flew over Colin Lantrip sitting by himself defending a bridge at 13,14 at reset, waved to him as we flew over. You see us fly over Colin? He was sleeping on that bridge, we now know. We threw some granola bars out the window, which he enjoyed at breakfast.
Also saw our nations colors flying over Anchorage, where in sat our President, Bradley Reala. But another day’s story.
This story, this day’s glories, were The Battle of 10/2. And while we lost the War of Washington later in the day, death and carnage everywhere, headless chickens loose on the field of battle...
...I will never, ever forget 10/2 nor those Cavalrymen and Rangers whom we fought along side.
When I return to Washington (and I shall return), I know I will be fighting with some seriously committed and tough eAmerican’s by my side. What a proud tradition we have, both civilian, militia, and military.
In 10/2 I saw American’s at their very best. We have nowhere to go but forward, citizens. To victory.
UPDATE: 6:50pm Day 974 American Field general Belldandi at grid 8/02 appears ready to make an attempt at retaking Bridge 10/2 in a new battle opened in Washington by The United States today.
She's done it! In a lightning attack by Belldandi, Devin Kesten and MSuracer, the bridge is ours.
America, we are now at war. The fourth World War has begun.
Join: The United States Training Corps
UPDATE: Battle in Oregon
Authors note: If you were at 10/2 let me know so I can add your history to the story.
Note: I gotta say that while this is expensive as hell, everyone fighting together is a real kick-ass experience.
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