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  17:55:26  13 July 2009
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Danlo
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Part 4 - continued

The crossing was mostly uneventful until they reached the half-way mark and someone looked back at the opposite bank. Everyone craned to look at the monitor for the weapons camera and they all could easily make out ten Controllers lining the ridge above the river. The mutants just watched the retreating BTRs until they gained the opposite shore and then slowly melted back into the undergrowth.


The vehicles came ashore about five klicks north of the bridge they had originally crossed the Prypiat on. But they where still inside the unexplored region of the Zone and about three klicks north west of the Army Warehouses, and about ten klicks north of the Dark Valley. The sense of hopefulness returned. They would all make it home. According to Andriy’s map the trees he could see at the top of the ridge was Red Forrest, the forest loomed to the west and sat on the top of the plateau that rose above the river.

The land gently rose to the forest and gave easy access to the hills that surrounded the valleys that made up the relative safety of the Explored Zone. The forest was about a kilometre away and there was literally nothing for anything else to hide behind; it looked as if they were going to have a clear run into the hills. The three Stalkers exited the vehicles and using both their naked eyes and field glasses scanned the sloping hillside in search of anomalies and pronounced the area relatively clear. There were some small springboards but they could easily avoid them.

Gunning the engines the much depleted expedition continued up the hillside.

The gunner in the rear vehicle reported movement in the tree line. The front vehicles turret swung around to verify and just managed to see a sudden flash as if something had exploded. He could just see the large projectile streaking towards the rear BTR and everyone heard the cry from the rear Gunner, ‘RPG!!!’

The rocket propelled grenade smashed into the rear of the second BTR. It exploded just over the rear wheels and slammed the vehicle’s rear which swung out to its left. The engine growled and the forward wheels turned but the vehicle was going nowhere. The first BTR had opened fire at the tree line. One hundred and fifteen millimetre explosive rounds impacted the exact point where the RPG had been fired from. The edge of the forest quickly caught fire. The gunner continued spraying cannon fire into the forest at either sides of the place where the RPG had been fired from, until the Major told him to cease.


- Major, there’s no way we can move this bloody thing. The rear wheels on both sides are gone, and two of the axles are either cracked or shattered. I’ve no idea what they filled the head of that RPG round with but it packed a hell of a punch.

- Ok, so what the plan then. We can travel slow enough to keep you covered until we reach the edge of the Army Warehouses.

- I’ve looked at the map, sir. I think we can cut across through the Red Forest on foot and reach the Army Warehouses in about three hours. We have enough men and armament to make sure we reach the fences.

- Senior Lieutenant, I’m not happy about it.

- Sir, there can’t be that many men in the woods. We’ll make it through. Besides the information you are carrying is the whole point of the mission. You need to get that to the base in Vyshhorod, as soon as possible. We were fortunate that none of the man were injured.

- Very well. If you are not at the meeting point in two hours I will request attack helicopters and a search party. We won’t leave anyone behind again.

Major Kuznetsov’s vehicle moved off, the vehicles gun turret scanning the tree line covering the soldiers that climbed away from the damaged BTR. Only a single soldier was left at the crippled vehicle. He pulled out two thermite grenades, pulled the pins and tossed them both into the vehicle. Two seconds later a great white light exploded out of BTRs and a bright red fire burned through the interior. The fire destroyed the electronics and any paperwork left behind.
  18:25:18  14 July 2009
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Racemate
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Very cool piece.

I got that men from damaged BTR was going to cross the Red Forest on foot, but why they couldn't ride on the top of the rest BTRs? In any case it would be faster and more safety.

Or did I miss something?
  22:28:27  14 July 2009
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Danlo
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If they are attacked again the men on the top would be more vulnerable sitting on the BTR, and they would slow the BTR down - I suppose I should put something like that in and mention that the BTR will travel faster and call for helo support
  23:30:45  14 July 2009
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hhiker
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Part 4 - continued
- Sir, there can’t be that many men in the woods. We’ll make it through. Besides the information you are carrying is the whole point of the mission. You need to get that to the base in Vyshhorod, as soon as possible. We were fortunate that none of the man were injured.

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Hmm... i'm starting to feel sorry for these poor bastards already ...
Can't wait for the next part.
  06:18:44  15 July 2009
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Racemate
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If they are attacked again the men on the top would be more vulnerable sitting on the BTR, and they would slow the BTR down
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That's right, but is it more danger that they will go through the obviously hostile territory? In addition to the Major is not gonna lose people anymore.

Then are additional 10-12 people for two BTRs will slow them seriously down? (Each BTR has diesel engine 300 hp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTR-94).

Even that is so, it would be more logical to send one BTR ahead to call for support and deliver info faster, and trying to get back under the most possible protection of second BTR for others.

I seems to me just logical. But anyway that scene is already fine.
  06:45:52  15 July 2009
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If they are attacked again the men on the top would be more vulnerable sitting on the BTR, and they would slow the BTR down

That's right, but is it more danger that they will go through the obviously hostile territory? In addition to the Major is not gonna lose people anymore.

Then are additional 10-12 people for two BTRs will slow them seriously down? (Each BTR has diesel engine 300 hp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BTR-94).

Even that is so, it would be more logical to send one BTR ahead to call for support and deliver info faster, and trying to get back under the most possible protection of second BTR for others.

I seems to me just logical. But anyway that scene is already fine.
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Aye but don't the military patrol into hostile territory constantly and get killed, and just keep sending in more patrols? it's obvious these people are not zone savvy and it's not much to question there intelligence really.
  11:16:06  15 July 2009
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Racemate
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Aye but don't the military patrol into hostile territory constantly and get killed, and just keep sending in more patrols? it's obvious these people are not zone savvy and it's not much to question there intelligence really.
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Yep, but they aren't for patrol or gathering intelligence in the Red Forest. Major even didn't ask them for this. They just need to get through it as fast as they can. Moreover, they aren't zone savvy.
  13:14:50  15 July 2009
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Danlo
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tbh - in the original story told by Sid in the mod I found this idea in he just said that the remaining transports where attacked in the red forest and the survivors of the vehicle were lost to the forest - I thought this was a better version.

Destroying an abandoned vehcile is usual for military ( I assume the Ukraine military would generally behave in a similar fashion to British and Americna forces) sending the undamaged BTR ahead made sense to me as it could travel faster - and had working radios -

also - a moving target in forested areas is more difficult to attack (maybe not everyone would get through but most should) - but of course no one knows what's in the Red Forest at this point in Zone history so not even the Stalkers can say that is not safe to walk through.

Remember the Zone, at the time of the story, is only 7 months old.
  14:50:46  15 July 2009
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Racemate
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---QUOTATION---
tbh - in the original story told by Sid in the mod I found this idea in he just said that the remaining transports where attacked in the red forest and the survivors of the vehicle were lost to the forest - I thought this was a better version.
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My bad, never heard about that story.


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also - a moving target in forested areas is more difficult to attack (maybe not everyone would get through but most should) - but of course no one knows what's in the Red Forest at this point in Zone history so not even the Stalkers can say that is not safe to walk through.

Remember the Zone, at the time of the story, is only 7 months old.
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I saw in movies about WWII they used a tactic to have some infantrymen on tanks (only German army had first BTRs then) in case if hidden enemy could damage the tank infantrymen went first to wiped them out.
  20:43:34  15 July 2009
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-=Grunt=-
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Lol, infantry meat shield ftw.
 
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