Post by Surdra on May 13, 2020 14:12:16 GMT -5
There were not many people in the world who were greatly surprised when they learned from early TV and radio broadcasts on the morning of the 21st of August 1989 that the armed forces of the two great power blocs, the Kingdom of Surdra and her allies on one hand and the nations of the Atovatski Pact on the other, were at each other’s throats in full and violent conflict. Preparation of war, including the mobilization of national armed forces, had already been proceeding for some two weeks in the West (and for certainly twice as long in the countries of the Atovatski Pact) before the final outbreak of hostilities. Yet the magnitude of the assault when it was first felt in its full flood and fury was none the less astounding, particularly to those in the Western world (and these were the majority) who had paid little attention in the past to portents for the future. Bombs were bringing death and devastation on the ground, aircraft exploding into fiery fragments in the sky. Ships were being sunk at sea and the men in them hammered into pulp, electrocuted, burned to death, or drowned. Other men, and many of them, were dying dreadfully in the flaming clamor and confusion of the land battle. For the third time in the 20th century a great and terrible war had burst upon the continent of Europe and quickly spilled out to numerous other battlefields across the globe.
Future historians would most likely date the beginning of the Third World War as a day in 1989, but as far as the people living in the far flung reaches of the developing world were concerned, it had already been in progress for more than a quarter of a century. By the summer of 1989 a number of small undeclared wars had already been fought between the two superpowers in a score of countries with a variety of motives, methods, and participants. These far flung wars would feed into the mutual distrust and animosity of both sides until in August of 1989 it could no longer be contained. Events like the Surdran invasion of Saint Alagon in the beginning of 1987 and the brutal soviet response to the East Dinsmark democratic protests would serve as some of the first warning signs that the world had reached the point of no return on the road to war. It would perhaps be the February Constitutional Crisis in the beginning of 1986 that could be considered the start date of the third great war. The world had no idea that the scheming of five men would lead to the deaths of millions and the destruction of countless countries throughout the world. What most at the time considered minor military actions or international incidents would soon become the first act in the last great war of the 20th century.
But like before, this war would create its own heroes and villains on both sides. Names, that through victory and defeat, genius and folly, brutality and humanity, that would be etched into history. Names like William V, Orlovsky, Craddock, Kruger, Lopatin, Castleton, Dmitriev, Beaufre, and Zheng. These men would lead their countries and armies in the ultimate test of skill and nerve and sacrifice, in a war unlike any they or their countries had ever fought before. From the defense of Orlais, to the silent war under the artic, to the invasion of Karlinski and the siege of Suvorova, to awesome landing at Churneau and then the torturous campaigns of the Alyons, from the frozen forests of Brokilon to the devastated wastes of Val Lydes, they would be tested as none before. It would be a new kind of war, but they would lead a new kind of army, ready for battle and for glory...and they would bring the world to the brink of destruction.