Israeli Turn 8 Cont..."Reshef, this is Arik, report your situation?" "Arik" was Ariel Sharon, Cdr of the 143rd Ugda. Until just a few months ago, Sharon was the Commander of the Southern Front (Sinai). Forced into retirement by Moshe Dayan, his only parting request was that he be given a Reserve Division Command. With outbreak of war, he was now serving as a division commander within his old command...
"Not good" replied his brigade commander. Mitzna's Bn got hit bad as he approached the crossroad. My tanks have no room to maneuver among the ditches and trenches. Brom's force discovered a large minefield running from the canal all the way to Lexicon and the Farm."
"What do you need to make it work?" asked Sharon. "I need to control the forces in this area" said Reshef, refering to elements not belonging to his Bde. "Granted" said Sharon. "I also need all the artillery and star shells I can get. Here are the coordinates..." Reschef called off grid numbers over the command net, which also included those from Matt's forces that had been ambushed on Tirtur's eastern end.
"Reshef, you know your mission, do what needs doing" ordered Sharon. Reshef acknowledged his commander. Mitzna, Almog, Yitzak, and Shaked all overheard the conversation. "We will wait for the star shells and artillery to do its work. Mitzna, you will get help from more Red Boots approaching your Infantry positions as we speak. Once the artillery lifts, push them across Tirtur and clear those damn trenches. Matt's forces to your east will do the same. Looking at Almog and Yitzak, "get your tanks in position along Lexicon and pour as much fire as you can into the enemy.....Use your Mortars to fire any star shells you have. Just as Reshef ordered them back to their units, the sounds of far off artillery was heard with a low rumble...Sharon was as good as his word...
The skies north of Tirtur began to glow as the star shells ignited. As the commanders eyes adjusted to the brightness, the extent of the enemy positions became apparent as they scanned the positions through binoculars....Enemy infantry were scrambling from trench to trench carrying suitcases which the Israeli's knew were missiles. Scores of soldiers with RPG's manned the trenches...
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