|The Last Great War
Author: eldarranger PM
Lieutenant John Anderson has served his time in battle and was about to enjoy a quiet vacation, but duty always calls at moments no one wants them to...Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,360 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 08-25-09 - Published: 08-24-09 - id: 5328723
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Prologue: The Bear Awoken
The end of the World War II brought with it the idea of a long-lasting peace between the world's strongest nations: America and the Soviet Union. But as time went on, it was obvious that the two super powers could not co-exist. The Cold War had begun.
With an Iron Curtain stretching across Europe from north to south and the Berlin Wall separating Capitalist West from Communist east, both sides regarded the other with extreme caution. Each side spent untold trillions on military power, investing in both conventional and nuclear weapons. The intense conflict resulted in achievements in espionage and science. It even included a race to the moon...
But as the 1980s came to an end, the Communist State found itself in a dire dilemma. They were bankrupt and unable to stay in the arms race. The money required to maintain and upgrade the Soviet Army began to disappear and resulted in cuts along the country's civilian market. With famines running rampant, an economic depression on the rise, and Reagan's 'Star Wars' project unbalancing the delicate respect of mutual deterrence; The Soviet Politburo devised and made a radical decision. Demand help from Europe, or conquer the continent and take what they needed by force.
America and their NATO allies first viewed the threat as just another Soviet bluff, they were wrong. Political negotiations were still taking place when Russian armor began rolling through the Fulda gap in March of 1989. The Europeans were taken completely by surprise, and the Soviets were able to push halfway into the continent until NATO forces halted their attack just outside of Paris and Rome. World War III had begun.
For seven months, the war remained a stalemate until several REFORGER battalions from the United States landed in Barcelona, Spain and made a sprint to Paris. With fresh forces and more equipment and vehicles, NATO began a major counter-attack pushing the Russians back into Germany. Right before European armor and infantry began to go over the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Army pointed missiles at Western Europe's major cities which included London, Paris, Rome, and Marseilles.
With the threat of nuclear annihilation, NATO forces came to a halt.
As the events in Europe slowed, American satellites detected large amounts of activity in Eastern Russia. The entire Pacific fleet was mobilized and scrambled throughout the ocean as a response. American attention shifted to the west coast and new suspicions arose as Soviet activity continued to spike on Russia's eastern coastline.
On January of 1990, a large number of Russian fleet vessels were launched and their objectives were unknown. But satellite imagery and US naval units detected a major rise in ships traversing throughout the ocean, but the majority of the vessels were registered cargo ships. Though the ships were not a threat to the United States, it didn't relieve tensions in America.
With the increase in Red activity on the eastern coast, the Soviets renewed their attack on Europe. But unlike last time, they encountered heavy resistance and two years of fighting resulted in major losses for both sides and only a few kilometers of ground were gained.
The year is 1992, and the guns have suddenly gone quiet. Both sides wait in an unsteady patience as they wait for what the other would do next. But the Soviets had chosen a path from which they could not return and victory was their only option.