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Prey World - Rebellion Beyond By Alexander Merow Characters: 6019

Updated: 2018-07-06 12:02

Meanwhile, the soldiers killed each in the devastated streets of Wakkanai with bayonets, folding spades and combat knives, when they had no more ammunition. The world had not seen such a barbarian warfare since decades.

Over 100000 GCF soldiers were already fallen during the battle for Wakkanai – and about 50000 Japanese. The defenders had the advantage of operating from well protected positions. Nevertheless, the international media just spoke about great victories and military triumphs, and showed only happy and successful soldiers.

However, the bloody reality looked different. The houses of Wakkanai had already been razed to the ground and the noise of assault rifles, the clatter of heavy tanks and the screams of soldiers still resounded through the apocalyptic landscape.

The Japanese, among them even women, defended every inch of their city with mad fanaticism and were not willing to give up. Not until the GCF artillery bombarded the city with chemical weapons. Only after this murderous hail of shells, the morale of the defenders was slowly fading away. The barrage with chemical bombs was finally the guarantor for the inglorious victory of the GCF.

The international press did not mention the use of chemical weapons with one word and just glorified the slaughter of Wakkanai as a "great success for all peace-loving people".

General Takeuchi, a tough and stubborn man, who had commanded the defense of Wakkanai, instructed his soldiers, after some more bloody days, to withdraw to the hinterland. Soon after, he was sent to Sapporo by Matsumoto`s high command, in order to strengthen the enormous defense belt around the metropolis. Some of his soldiers had finally comitted harakiri, the ritual suicide in case of defeat, before their emplacements had fallen. However, only a few soldiers and civilians reached Sapporo alive.

Exhausted and slowly demoralized GCF troops followed them and took Abashiri and Kitami which could not be defended anymore. Shortly afterwards, their advance stopped, because the decimated troops had to be reinforced and new soldiers were brought from the warships.

The stubborn defense of Wakkanai had gained time for the Japanese and the staff of the GCF army had to admit itself, that they could not take Japan with a coup de main, although the operation in the south was still running according to plan.

But Sapporo could not be eluded, because the metropolis was too important and blocked the entrance to the central island of Honshu like an adamant rock. Over one million Japanese soldiers had been positioned here, waiting in endless trenches and emplacements around the strategic aim. Behind them, a large part of the Japanese airforce and several divisions lay in wait, while modern anti-aircraft guns expected the GCF bombers.

If the fight for Wakkanai had already been very bloodily, the attack on Sapporo would still become a much more terrible trench warfare. The metropolis with its 2.5 million inhabitants had to be be

sieged and starved out.

This was, from the point of view of the invaders, no satisfying initial position, so that they nevertheless thought about the use of nuclear weapons against the densely populated area around Tokyo, in order to demoralize the Japanese. However, president Matsumoto threatened the World Government in a radio speech to reply every atomic bomb on Japan with own nuclear strikes against cities in North America, England or the Near East.

"As long as one single Japanese is still alive to press the red button, we will also defend ourselves with nuclear weapons!", warned Matsumoto.

But the plan was soon rejected by the World Government, and the land invasion was continued with conventional weapons.

In the more weakly defended south of Japan, the GCF was mostly successful. Kyushu and Shikoku had already been brought under control by the invasion army of general Williams. Only Kumamoto remained as a place of resistance, but in the long run, the Japanese were chanceless.

Williams seemed to be very confident and said in an interview that Matsumoto was almost defeated. Soon after the conquest of the southern islands, the battle for Sapporo could be started. Now it was time to bleed the Japanese slowly to death. When Sapporo would have been taken too, the whole country could be crushed like a nut from both sides.

But meanwhile the World Government had some problems to recruit new soldiers in China. Too many young Chinese had not come back home from the front and an increasing number of them just felt utilized by the GCF.

Even the hate against Japan which had passionately burned after the attack on Hangzhou, had abated now and could not be stimulated anymore, despite of intensive war propaganda on television.

Nevertheless, the armies of the Lodge Brothers were still legion, but now, more and more soldiers from other regions had to be carried to the front.

A worldwide recruting campaign for the war against the allegedly ?fascist regime of Matsumoto" started. New soldiers were mustered, from North America to Africa. Thousands of young men were brought to the Asian battlegrounds – to die for the interests of the chosen few.

President Matsumoto believed, if the war would continue for years, that there was no chance for his nation to hold the invaders back. But maybe the enemy propaganda which always seemed to be confident had just deceived him, because the casualties of the GCF were substantially higher than expected.

Same was valid for the morale of his people that impressed Matsumoto once more. The 150 million Japanese had soon understood, what a defeat would mean for their country. More and more young men were volunteering for the front and flowed to the recruitment posts of the Japanese army. Perhaps, as the president hoped deep inside, the World Government was still not invincible. Anyhow, the decrease of Chinese voluteers was a first partial success. Matsumoto did not lose his hope, although it was not too big.

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