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I looks like there's still a possibility, that the Soviets will try their luck in the north. Two pairs of their Mi-24's begun probing our positions and ran into the A/2-67, which is one of our reserve tank companies. Unfortunately the A/2-67 Vulcan AD battery has been moved south to fend off the Su-25 attacks. The 50 cal defensive fire of our Abrams tanks turned out to be ineffective and the company HQ was annihilated by the combination of ATGM and rocket fire. Despite of this success our only Chaparral battery managed to send one of the Hinds to the ground.
Suddenly, exactly at 0804 HRS, a message from the higher HQ has been presented to Col Reynolds:
-Thanks God - sighed with relief, the tired warrior - I ain't crazy enough to continue the fighting and trying to recapture the lost ground. We'd suffer from the enemy defensive fire as much as he had suffered from ours. I don't want anymore of my boys getting killed senselessly.
There was also another reason why Col Reynolds felt that an enormous burden has been taken off his shoulders. Unbeknownst to his battalion and company commanders, the higher HQ issued a code word Mickey Mouse. I meant that in case of Soviet crossing of the Stielbach river, the 3rd BTC commander was supposed to launch a nuclear strike on the attackers. The consequences of it could be truly grave, since so far the atomic weapons haven't been used in the conflict. As a soldier, Col Reynolds was going to obey the orders. But he felt truly alleviated, that he wouldn't need to execute this one. The US commander quit smoking long time ago, but with all the stress leaving rapidly his body, he felt like he urgently needed a cigarette. One of the staff officers passed him a Lucky Strike. He took of his helmet, took a deep drag and looked at the sun, that could be barely seen through clouds of smoke. It wasn't such a bad day for humanity after all...
The US victory came at a very hight cost:
The 1-26 mechanized battalion of LtCol Raymond "Koz" Kozinsky has been completely annihilated during it's valiant stand on the Chemical Hill. "Koz", spent his youth chasing the men in black pajamas through the jungles of Southeast Asia. Now once again he had to put into use his skills of survival in the extreme conditions. He managed to avoid the capture and despite of being wounded, arrived safely to friendly lines.
The battle between the US 3rd BTC and the Soviet 57 Guards Motorized Riffle Division, was one of many waged during the Ten Day War ( known also as the May Day Offensive ). Some argued that it marked a tipping point, after which the Soviet offensive lost it's momentum. Popular revolutions swept through the eastern block and the hardliners in Moscow were eventually replaced by a democratically elected government, which engaged in disarmament talks with NATO. Col Reynolds remained in active service until 1997. After his retirement, he wrote an autobiography called "War and peace on the Chemical Hill", which become an instant bestseller in twelve countries including USA and Russia.