Chapter Ten: A War Harder Than It Looks
Operation Benz started off with a week long bombardment over an estimated 2.1 million soldiers around the Southerners defenses. We had 14,537 artillery spread out over 100 kilometers of land and we were shelling nonstop.
I was watching from a distance, about a kilometer from the lines with my men from a small tower. We were looking at a map so we could figure out what we wanted to do when the shelling ended in 7 days. About 1230 on June 7th we got news that Russia was entering the war, and they would join the South’s defense. This was when I realized we would have trouble.
“Which way are the Russians gonna come from?” I asked.
“They may come from the North, where the Border with China and Russia are. I would be shocked if they came from the South.” Said one general.
We radioed in Kim Jong-Un.
“I already have a plan, were gonna set up 1 million soldiers around the area, and we’re gonna have 20,000 of our own and the rest of them are China’s army. We need as much as the North’s power to be on the front line.” He said
Which we understood. So I was then given the objective to switch to the possible Russian-North Korean front. I hated being switched around from front to front, being switched from front to front was a constant struggle of gaining how the enemy was and how good were the soldiers on each front.
My job was to lead the 20,000 men in my force along with the Chinese. On about May 25th, a short while after the UN entered the war, The Russians launched their first attack on the Border.
But it was a attack that would be a tone setter for the front. At first, the Russians supplied us to unify the Koreas in the period of the Korean War. But now the Russians were our enemies. In our firm belief we still think that the Russians used the same tactics as before.
They blew up the railway across the Tumen river as their first act to weaken us. Then they launched bombing raids to take out Rason. We couldn't defend from the bombing raids, our anti-air was not meant for higher altitude aircraft. As the Russian forces crossed over the border, artillery units they had were just out of our reach from our small artillery force. Soon after the heavy bombardment from the Bombers to the Artillery, over 3000 tanks crossed the border and just as with the artillery, we couldn’t reach them as well. A the end A day after the long bombardments, we were getting reports that the bombings had killed 15,000 citizens. Later on in the day around fourteen hundred hours, our forward outposts spotted a large Russian force.
My army corp which had 45,000 men, myself and the Chinese general had decided we’d cut off the Russians main attack force. In order to repel the attack, we decided to dig in behind the Chinese defensive lines, and form a defensive pattern around Rason as we planned to hold back the Russians if they broke through the Chinese defensive line.
We formed a defensive of three lines around the ruins of Rason. The Northern Defense, Eastern Defense, and the Western Defense. We knew the defensive lines would be more of a guerrilla warfare type, as we extended into the wooded areas and suburbs around the city of Rason.
We dug into several different points around the city, and we had the land to our advantage. We listened to the sounds of battle a few kilometers away from our position, we were all tense. From what one of the Radio Operators of the Chinese lines had stated, The Russians had a massive force of Heavy Infantry along with Heavy armour units and lighter infantry units. Also according to the Radio operator, the Russians showed aggressive tactics and used their armour and air power as an advantage. Besides the lack of better anti air, we also had a major lack of anti armour weaponry. We also made sure to dig into the countryside as well due to its flat layout and it being the only real passage of the tanks. Earlier we had put in some very old anti tanks mines that I was pretty sure that outdated my parents. The Russian tanks would have a troubling time getting across and making the Russians use more manpower to get rid of the mines. It would take the Russians time as well as we spread them out carefully, and in spaces we had our men with rocket launchers and light machine guns.
My brigade and I were guarding the Northern flank. We had a garrison of 1500 joining our defenders, which brought up the defense of the North to about 7,500.
We could hear from the radio transmissions of the panicked Chinese defenders, I had a slight knowledge of Chinese and could catch bits and pieces. From what one of my men reported to me, he heard that the Russians were tearing the Chinese lines apart with their aggressive tactics. Besides knowing of the heavy use of tanks and infantry on the Russian side. We prepared ourselves for the highly probable confrontation. Within four weeks in the battle, the Russians broke through the Chinese lines, and we although we knew what we were in for, we were still tense and rather more edgy than normal. The Scouts I had sent claimed that they were advancing rather quickly even through the minefields that we had placed, and according to one of the scouts, the older mines had no effect on the heavier armour, it only slowed down their lighter vehicles.
The battle soon caught on quick and within the first few hours the casualties on both sides including adding on more to the staggering losses on the part of the Chinese. As the Russians continued towards our lines at a rapid pace. We attempted to dig in more to prepare for the Russian attack. Obviously we were outnumbered, much like the original chinese defense line. The higher ups in the Chinese military were to bring another army to provide more equipment, more supplies and fresh faces to the front. In our small number there would be no way to hold back the large Russian force.
So with the digging in of our forces and improving of some defenses. My force of 7,500 were waiting patiently for the Russians to get to us. Finally at 17:50 the Russian forces were in our sights.
The Russians seemed sure of our defensive stance here. From how they were formed up, they were more cautious. The tanks rolled forward, and the infantry followed close near the tanks. I had my binoculars, and I counted at least 4,000 men in that area alone.
My group had moved through the defensive line in the woodland area. We had men stationed in the houses overlooking the woods. Most of the men were on the hills farther back. We made sure we were spread out but not too thinly. Finally we saw an explosion from one of the Russian tanks. The RPG was just enough to disable the tank’s tracks. I scoped in, and saw men running to the tank, to get the crew out. The crew was unable to bring all its men out as the fire consumed the bowels of the tank pretty quickly.
I knew my rifle wasn't meant for long range combat I had to wait if i wanted to attack. Then, more tanks started hitting the mines, most of which were unharmed, others had their tracks disabled, but could still fire on our position. They decided to stop, and their infantry would go on and begin the assault and special ops were going to attempt to collect them.
Our elite sharpshooters began to pick men off. I saw a Russian soldier get hit in the torso, and fall over, in obvious pain. Than another one got hit, and his arm was hit. He didn't seem to be as affected, but obviously still in pain.
The Russians had to endure heavy sniper fire as they were being picked off on their way towards our positions. The tanks then aimed their cannons at our Sharpshooters, blowing them to bits. I ordered for more sharpshooters to continue to fire on the infantry, they were taking out Russians left and right, but we were still under heavy tank and small arms fire. The Russians soon fell back just out of our reach once more.
“Great stuff! Keep it up!” I yelled at my snipers over the comms, really pleased, but taking into account that there would be more waves.
“We have this covered.” They said, cheerfully.
So we could see them re-evaluating the offensive, and we evaluated our positions. I was in a small dug trench, with ten others who were five snipers and five guards. We had managed to spread seven thousand and five hundred men across a kilometer. The positions were heavily dug in, and we were ready to repel or attempt to repel the Russians.
So my rifle had the range of one hundred meters, and so we waited for them. The elite men however could pick them off at four hundred meters as they had a lot of better skill with bolt action rifles. The Russian soldiers had to stick around their tanks, as they had obviously taken a heavy hit on their men. We also noticed another army heading West, but we had to focus on this one.
So they got closer for our MG’s and rocket launchers to fire. They opened fire with a vengeance. I watched a tank take a direct hit from an RPG , and it just just deflected. The tank began to lumber forward.
“Hit the tank in the treads!” I shouted as a shell buzzed over my head.
Another RPG team did as I ordered. This tank appeared to be rather new and unknown to us, it wasn’t there during the first wave.
Both us and the Russians soon realized we were in a stalemate, they also began to dig in. The evening soon turned into the pitch black of night, the Russians were not only out of our range, but they were active.
I unfortunately couldn’t do much, as my rifle was out of range. So through the day, tanks and rocketeers exchanged fire at each other. The tanks however would take the most damage in that fight but most were still mobile.
One of the runners from the Western group reported that their group was fighting an army of fifteen thousand men, but they were able to hold their own. The Eastern Defense was in our case practically useless, there would be no way the Russians would launch an invasion on the beach head. Just to be sure though, I made sure that they maintained their defenses. Later in the day, the Eastern defense radioed over the comms. They were frantic, they were reporting of Russian Cruisers and Destroyers. Then more frantic reports came in about Russian Marines landing on the beach head and began to assault the position with precise naval bombardment and heavy machine gun fire. The Eastern Defense began taking heavy losses. We then began to receive Chinese Air Support, we made sure to direct most of their air support to the Eastern Defense. We could see the dog fights and the naval bombardment from our position. On
the second day, I just watched from my position, keeping contact with other troops spread across the battlefront.
The battle would last two weeks, before the Chinese were able to bring 1,500,000 soldiers to the battlefield. We had managed to hold the Northern and Western lines.
The Eastern line on the other hand was unlucky. They were all slaughtered and it soon became a notable staging area for the Russians to get their supplies and more troops. Our defense although failed on one end was a rather notable defensive. We had fought off ten Russians waves against my group, we were nearly pushed to the nearby neighborhood behind the wooded area, We had the feeling that we were going to be defeated.
The 475 men and I were defending the wooded area, which was deemed a by our other commanders a tight area to defend. Although we had the best cover, we had a heavy advantage over the Russians as it was more confined. But little did we know, we the Russians would change their attack.
The Russians were beginning to bombard the forest, they bombarded our position for hours until the night. It was rather silent, the first silent night of this war. Most of us were still on edge, but most of my men had fallen asleep.
Suddenly we were brought back to life by one of the screams of my men. More screams soon followed, then more silence.
“W..what the hell is going on?!” A soldier questioned, clearly panicked.
“ I don’t know, but stay sharp!” I hissed.
We then heard rather quietly whispers, followed by suppressed gunfire.
I bowed and hoped for the best.
More screams of my men soon followed. I took a defensive stance and I aimed my gun and prepared for the combat. I soon saw them in the pitch black, I aimed and fired. I shot at a man who was much larger than me, and I hit him in the torso and he collapsed on the ground.
I then saw the rest of them and aimed my rifle.,
“Open the floodlights!” I shouted.
The floodlights soon were turned on making a bright light, the night vision optics of the Russians had betrayed them. They were all staggering in blindness.
They were then in turn easy to take out. But the next problem arose. We heard an explosion within our defenses. The Russians were clearly in our lines and trenches.
Rumours from the Eastern theater were the same as well. They, according to the few survivors of the Eastern Defense, they would send Special forces and then send in heavy infantry. I quickly pulled my pistol, and hopped into a trench, waiting. Then the trenches fell silent. Then heavy machine gun fire erupted from a trench line across other men were falling back as well. I quickly realized and got into a defensive retreat formation. I could clearly see into the woods and could see that my men were being overrun by the Russian forces.
“Do not go into the neighborhood. We need to defend it! Get in defensive form!” I yelled to my men falling back. I quickly filled my magazine with 10 bullets, and I aimed in from behind a broken wall.
I shot at the Russians, and I got the luckiest shot, as a bullet tore through 3 men and killed at least two of them. The men were lined up perfectly, and fate would have it, they would be killed.
We had 500 men originally to start the battle part off, as others had been called to different parts of the Northern defensive, and we were down to probably 450, 400 or maybe less. I could see the flames from the forest from all the grenades, and it was obvious we had given them a ton of casualties.
The Russians could see us taking a defensive formation, and we saw they were not advancing towards our defenders. I ordered my men to spread out and cover from the top of houses and behind obstacles. We knew holding out with men together would not work well.
I then saw them start rushing. They were rushing in a greek kind of charge, which was more of to overwhelm us, and force us to use ammunition. I opened fire into the crowd of Russian soldiers and shot man after man, and then when they reached us, I grabbed my pistol and started to open fire. The men rushing me did not seem to care, as one after another fell.
I quickly ran out of bullets in my current pistol clip, and I tossed a grenade about 10 feet away from me into the waves of Russian soldiers. I backed up, and got my gun reloaded.
I watched one of my men, as I was putting the clip into my gun, he was being charged by 10 men, he grabbed a grenade and pulled the pin on it. He held it, as the 10 men rushed him. He dropped it, and the grenade went off as the 10 men reached him. He died and so did at least 9 of them.
I managed to empty another 12 bullets into the rushing soldiers, and I could see we were causing a ton of damage. I could see bodies lying and others in pools of blood. The fighting was now being pushed into the neighborhood, and It was becoming more hand to hand combat, as we were being forced to use knives. I finally fell back far enough for a brief time and radioed into the nearest group.
“Anyone who can be sent to the neighborhood by our wooded position would be greatly appreciated. Taking heavy losses, and we haven’t even killed over half of them yet!” I then got a response that group Sheyon-Tai was able to send at least 200 men to our location, but it would be a good 20 minutes.
I quickly got behind cover again, and saw the fighting was moving towards houses which a few of our men were on top defending. I quickly loaded my Ariska and started to shoot at the men entering the building, and managed to kill off 7 men at the entrance. The man on top was able to hold off another 5 minutes but ran out of ammo.
Around 1425 we got our reinforcements and we were really desperate at that point. I had under 40 bullets for my ariska and 70 for my pistol, and only one grenade left. I was dealing with a torn open leg as the enemy had managed to stab my leg.
We were able to push back into the woods and push them out, causing a ton of casualties. The end of the fight ended at 1445, and I sat down and a medic attended to my wounds.
I looked off at the Russian army, they were falling all the way back. I ordered my men to be ready in a defensive formation incase they charged again. I had killed at least 125 men, or so I thought in the defense of the neighborhood. Finally, news was received around 1530 that the Russians had taken 5 losses around the Northern defense, and 6 others in the West. The eastern was still hanging on after taking on days of Russian naval bombing.
We finally got word that the Chinese had constructed a garrison strong and large enough, and they would be transferring them over to the battlefield eventually and as fast as they could.
However we had lost fifteen thousand of the twenty two and five hundred thousand men. On the last day of battle, the Russians were unable to make any further advancement into the province and cities, and so they called it off.
They were almost successful. Our lines bent and almost broke, but as they were unable to post anything. With the Chinese garrison coming, the Russians were unable to keep up with the fighting and pulled the plug on the offensive..
We had managed to defend an entire province from the Intense Russian army with over 22500 men in an unusual defensive formation, and we had outlasted the Russian army, a really strong army that could destroy us if we did not have backup by the Chinese.
Kim Jong-Un was pleased with the defense, and praised us for our hard work. He said it will definitely help as we were pushing the United Nations back into the South and it would hold off the Russians from a northern invasion. I don’t know if that would be the case, as we started to get more failure in the war.