Samuel and Mitch had asked Richard and Louie to fly west about 10 miles and cross the border. They were going to come in from that direction and hit the armor. Samuel was going to go to the east and cross and come in from that direction. As he began his course to the east from the south, Mitch told him that there was a cloaked chopper coming over the wall and moving due south. Samuel decided to rise up and follow the bird to see where it was going. It arced around and flew eastward and then turned into a west flight and crossed the road. He and Mitch watched it bank into the south and then turn onto the path of the road and go low. Samuel had a feeling the bastard was going to strafe the area and sure enough whoever was flying did just that and tore the hell out of the ground and small buildings and some of the old Oil pumps. Mitch followed the bird up and over the wall and watched it make a big arc and come back. This time Samuel waited for it to make its turn and saw that it was going low again and heading for the vehicle that was sitting against the wall. That vehicle had just blown a tank to kingdom come. Samuel came down and dropped right behind the Minion bird and fired a salvo of missiles into the rear engine just below the rotor. The bird exploded and became visible as it streaked in a fireball toward the wall and exploded again as it hit the wall. Samuel dodged upward and flew over the wall through the flame and smoke.
Lieutenant Fred Miller watched Lieutenant Hargus die as his tank was hit with some missiles from the west. Hargus’s tank kept on rolling forward and then a second salvo of missiles hit it and blew the turret off. Fred kept moving through the debris and pushing the rest out of the way. He had directed Sergeant Koch to swivel the turret and target whatever vehicle had shot missiles into Hargus. His turret had swiveled around almost 90 degrees by the time they got through the breech. Sergeant Koch was watching the target computer and as soon as they cleared the breech a vehicle popped up on his computer. He was waiting for the retical to adjust and rest on the target when the rear end of the turret exploded. He was thrown forward violently and instinctively fired the cannon. The round hit the dirt around 50 feet to the south of the vehicle he had been targeting. Lieutenant Miller had been thrown forward also and fell onto the barrel of the cannon as it went off. He was burned and deafened and rolled off the barrel onto the ground. The second salvo of missiles hit the side of the heavy battle tank and blew the rear drive wheel cockeyed which made the track come off its wheels and twist oddly. The screeching noise clearly made the tank come to a halt. Sergeant Koch could not get the barrel to target anything. His computer was in complete static mode and he was in pain from being thrown against the breech of the cannon. He turned and climbed through the hatch to the platform of the turret. Lieutenant Miller was not aboard and he turned quickly to see the breech in the wall. A chopper was burning where it had hit the wall and the smoke and fire was roiling from the rear of the turret.
Lieutenant Miller had fallen on some broken pieces of the wall and was lying crumpled over on the metal and concrete. His body was burned badly from the barrel and his hearing was muffled badly from the cannon boom. He was trying to get up off the rubble when the second salvo of missiles had contacted the far side of his tank. The concussion wave knocked him back down against the rubble and he faded into unconsciousness. Sergeant Koch could see that the tank was blocking the breech and that was going to be a real problem because no more armored vehicles could get through until the tank was blasted out of the way. He jumped down at the back and began to squat run his way back to the North side. He stopped for a minute and turned back and saw Lieutenant Miller lying on the rubble. He hurried back and knelt by the Lieutenant. Once he felt for the pulse, he hefted the lieutenant up over his shoulder and began to carry him toward the breech. Corporal Ronny Sanderson was looking through the scope on the .50 call sniper rifle and had the two men in his sights He had watched the one jump from the tank and scoot toward the wall opening and then stop and run back. He watched him bend down and then pick a man up and struggle to carry him back through the wall. He almost shot the first man but when he ran back and picked up a comrade he just watched as the man successfully carried the wounded man back through the opening.
Lieutenant Lamont and Sergeant Jordalhski had flown over the tanks as they scraped their way through the breech in the wall. When they came back they witnessed the destruction of the first tank and made another arc to the west and came back just in time to see the second tank take its beating. Samuel called and told him to hold off on using any missiles. The breech was successfully plugged at the moment and he wanted to see what the rest of that force was going to do. Lamont took his chopper to the west and set it down on a rise so they could watch the force. There were two howitzers and about 10 hummers and two troop carriers. They could see the troops down at the wall close to the breech gathering and there were 5 of those hummers setting there also. Samuel was on the east side and setting on the ground. The howitzers would be the first targets if they began to move toward the wall. Samuel was hoping these men would give up this hopeless task and go back to their own base. He knew Oscar wanted to make that base obsolete but they really did not like to attack the Emperor on his own soil.
Sergeant Jesse Bradford had made his way over to were the civilian militia folks had set up and found that three of them had been killed in that obscure strafing run from a cloaked chopper. He had assumed that one of Oscar’s choppers took it out when it appeared in a fireball and streaked into the wall. He gave them solace and told them that this skirmish wasn’t over yet so they had to continue to be on guard. He did not know what was coming next but he did know that Oscar’s third armor group was due to arrive any time and they would be able to set up some heavy artillery. The two burning tanks at the breech was testimony to the strong will of the Texans to fight for their freedom. The breech was plugged up at the moment and the only thing that could come through were men on foot and that would be a horrible mistake for them. Melvin Purvis and Hiram Johansson had reloaded the SRM launchers on their LAV’s and everyone was sitting in anticipation of the next move. It was 2330 and Jesse finally received Intel from the other two places of invasion. Shawn had radioed that the attempt to enter Texas on the 180 had failed. Most of the armor and artillery had been destroyed. It was sad that better than half of the troops that came there had been killed. Shawn said they had lost a few of the citizen militia and he lost two men from his squad. He heard from Captain Wyatt Harper and Major Leroux and was told that the 285 attempt had also failed. They all were counting the dead and regrouping. Jesse returned to his squad who were spread out and waiting for the coming attacks.
Major Clyde Grissom sat in his hummer looking at the devastation at the wall, He did not expect this to happen and his rage was building. He had just lost his two tanks. He still had all the hummers so his light armor was fully intact however, he couldn’t get through the breech without moving the tank that was now burning out of the way. The troops that had gathered close to the wall would be a dead ball of meat if he sent then through on foot. He was not willing to do that yet. His only chopper had been hit with something and crashed into the wall on the Texas side. He had the two howitzers but they could not move. He was thinking of setting them up or at least one and blowing another hole in the wall. He had heard only brief Intel from the first tank commander about some light armor on the other side but he did not know where it was located. He glanced at his time piece and noted it was 2335 and he hadn’t heard any Intel from Colonel March or that Lieutenant that was supposed to bust through the 180. The orders were to enter Texas and once inside to go radio silent so they could be in already. General Sanchez was doing something that was secret so he did not know what the mad man had cooked up.
Lieutenant Ernst Groinrocker sat in the lead hummer watching the tank burn as it blocked the access where the wall had been breeched. Sergeant Koch had drug Lieutenant Miller through the opening earlier and the medical team took Miller away. He heard a few minutes later that Miller had passed on. Koch was dazed and was being treated. Ernst waited for the medics to bandage Koch and give him something to get his energy back before he approached him to get some Intel. He sat down in front of Koch and began to question him. “Sergeant, did you get a good look at what they have on their side before you were hit?” Koch looked at the breech and his tank that was now engulfed in flames. He turned to the Lieutenant and asked about Miller first and got a negative head shake. “They have some missile launchers, one on the west and one on the east of the road. Hargus was hit from the west twice and his tank is further in but just a hulk now. I saw the turret blown off before it came to a stop. We were targeting the vehicle to the west when we got hit from the east. Our one and only chopper, was taken out by another cloaked chopper, so somewhere there is a chopper that belongs to them.” Ernst took this all in and then asked “did you see any ground troops?” “Well sir, I would say they have a fair amount of troops hidden in those oil rigs and small buildings. I can tell you this; if you send any men through that opening they will be cut down before they can reach any cover.” Ernst looked at the opening and the tank exploded from the ordinance that was inside. Two men that were close and trying to see what was happening on the other side were knocked down from the concussion. “DAMIT, GET THOSE MEN AWAY FROM THE BREECH BEFORE WE LOSE ANYMORE.” He yelled at the men and told Koch that they were going to have to try and get through to stop the Texans. “We need to move that tank out of the way. I can tell you right now that Major Grissom is going to waste as many as he has to so he can get through. Bloody hell these men are obsessed with taking Texas back. Get yourself ready to make a run through that meat grinder Sergeant.” Koch knew this was going to be their end but it was either, be shot by the Texans or his own officers.
Captain James Bridger led the small platoon of men that drove the hummers, the one heavy battle tank, the one self driven 185 howitzer and the two LAV- 25’s equipped with the SRM missile launchers across the old oil and gas fields toward the old highway 18. Major Leroux had split up the teams in groups of three and his was armor group three. They had by passed the city of Kermit and cut straight through the old oil fields hoping to cut the arrival time down. It was 2340 and they could see the fires burning at the wall that was now only around 10 miles from their position. They had cut over to the 18 or N PINE St as it was so fondly called most of the time, around 20 miles north of Kermit and were driving on that road to the border. James had contacted Sergeant Jesse Bradford finally and asked for a SITREP. Jesse had told him about the breech and the battle that ensued where both heavy battle tanks had been destroyed and now the breech was bottled up with the burning husks or at least one of them. James was impressed that Jesse and his men plus the civilian Militia had been able to hold them. He said they would be arriving around 2350 and would set up in an arc about 1 mile from the wall with the tank the howitzer and the LAV’s. He would bring the hummers closer and the platoon of men. Jesse told him that there were two LAV’s, at the wall presently and they were the ones that had taken out the tanks and there appeared to be at least one cloaked chopper that took out one of the Emperors choppers. James smiled at that and knew that two choppers had come up earlier. He told Jesse that and said they would most likely be on the other side of the wall. James acknowledged and cut the comm., and began to move into position.