"The assignment to hold out at the field hospital should
be easy," I thought as I laid down my M60 Para on the
My trench-mate, Julian, handed me a water canteen and a
field med-kit while reading the after action reports he
recieved from the Commander. The past few days the Reds have
sieged the main base located just north of the rural town
the hospital was in. According to the commander, although
the Reds have inflicted heavy casualties the fight was still
at a stand off.
This news worried me because if the base fell, all that
stands in the way between the civilians of Kuching (a
city-capital of Borneo) and the Reds will just be a few
dozen injured infantry in trenches. Abandoning civilians to
the Reds was NOT an option according to the commander.
Suddenly a messenger from the radio hut came screaming for
"Sir, rocketeer squad 9 have reported up to 14 Soviet
tanks designation Rhino and 3 other Soviet vehicles
designation Flak Track are approaching the city. The squad
leader estimates the arrival of Soviet force to the city to
be within an hour or two."
"Radio HQ and ask for reinforcements if they can provide
it. Report of our condition and advise them that the enemy
will try to flank the base"
"Yes, sir," with that he left although still shaken by
the news of the tanks.
With only an hour to prepare, the company of GI's under my
command got to work. We began planting anti-tank land mines,
restock or rearm ourselves and brace for the arrival of the
tanks. Trenches were deepened and camouflaged with the
tropical foliage which was abundant.We could not fall back
to the base as the fall of the city meant the fall of the
entire island of Borneo.
Suddenly, a building, probably a bank, exploded behind the
trench that I was in. The tanks were rolling down the hill
and already started targeting us. I checked my GPS and
realised that the Reds were just sitting at the outskirts of
the city and are contented to pound away at the city from
Debris began raining down on the trenches but so far no
casualties were reported. I thank God that the hospital was
at the other end of the city and will take the Soviets a
longer time to reach there. With the destruction of the
building, the Soviets approached our position. With no
apparent warning one of the tanks, a Rhino hit one of our
land mines. The Soviets were in our mine-field! We came out
of our camouflaged encampments with weapons firing.
RPGs and M60's fired at the tanks but to no apparent
effect.The tanks leveled their 120mm cannons at us and
started blowing my company away. I gave the order to fall
back to the empty buildings behind us. Our only hope to make
sure the city did not fall was to garrison the few remaining
buildings that were left.
As if reading my mind, the Soviet tanks resumed their
artillery barrage on the buildings. Impending doom for the
city was in sight. As I began to order my company to face
the Soviets head on in an effort for the civillians to
escape. A sonic boom was both heard and felt as a squadron
of Harriers rained destruction on the 9 Soviet tanks that
were left. Left burning and or in some cases disabled
temporary, the tank force of 5 vehicles began to retreat and
regroup to the outskirts of the city.
A bright light shone on the horizon quickly enveloped the
remaining tanks and incinerated them.With a quick look at my
GPS, it showed a group of 10 Allied PRM-12 tanks (Prism
Tanks) intercepted the Soviet tank force. Within a few
minutes, the Soviet tanks were no more.
Perhaps there was still hope for this God-forsaken place