THIRD WORLD WAR
NATO Nuclear Arty only 13
Soviet 8 (50%)
Both sides escalated and are now eligible to use Nuclear Arty.
“Mr President, NAP means that we are now in a spiral sir.” Said a General in a concerned tone. “One that will surely escalate!”
“I understand that General, listen to me, you have spent the last hour explaining why we are going to lose the war due to my predecessors peace stance and winding down of military capability along with the Euros.” He paused. ” Am I right….? Ok, so if we really are doing to do this then lets nip it in the bud. Any Divisional commander may now authorize NAP, to inflict damage and slow down the Russians. Do not escalate beyond this until ordered other wise. Am I clear?
“Yes Sir” Came the chorus.
“We are clear for Nuke Arty release! ” Shouted the Officer across the din of the planning room in Belgium. A pall fell over the Europeans, through the cigarette smoke, hard men exchanged glances. US EUCOM staffers dashed out telex messages to DIVCOM staffers, release orders were signed, codes issued.
“With air losses as they are you cant expect any less” said one of the US officers to the Belgians and French near him. ” How do you say? – Bullshit…we can hold them!” Said a French colonel. “I strongly doubt it, you are being shot out of the air twice as fast as the wargaming suggests. This war is lost in two weeks unless your boys learn how to fight.”
A roaring argument ensued the noise level escalated. A single 9mm shot was fired. “Now that I have your attention gentlemen, are the accumulated losses a foreshadowing of things to come or merely a bump in a rocky road? We must plan for the worst, release the codes”
The General holding the pistol aloft continued “While many Soviets forces have fallen to the valiant efforts of NATO, the Soviet skill and quality of air has returned the favour. In the Northern front losses have been almost 1 for 1. An unacceptably high rate for the NATO side.”
A runner burst into the Ops Room!