Aril 5th 2007
The Steel Rain Incident
A routine inspection by a group of high ranking officials to a forward base of operations far south of the Fordorsian Mainland resulted in one of the most spectacular rescues in Fordorsian military history.
A large, hostile force consisting of combatants whose origin and mission are still unclear attacked the small base whilst the inspection was underway. The defensive force consisted of 20 standard infantry, two Mk.1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, one outdated Mk.2 Main Battle Tank and the 10 security personnel escorting the inspection party. The attack seemed to be well planned as the attackers surrounded the base from higher ground and used explosive weapons to disable both IFV’s moments into the attack, preventing escape.
Due to the considerable distance between the base and the closest allied forces, the time it would take for friendly reinforcements to reach them would be several hours. Securing the non-fighting officials, the defence force would go on to hold the attackers at bay for 3 hours before receiving support. The event that follows is still not believed to have happened by many Fordorsians.
Due to their only long range radio becoming non-operational due to damage shortly after their first and only call for help, the troops could not receive or give any updates on the situation until contacted by the air support directly. What they heard was the voice of Captain Phillip Greene, pilot of the Air Freighter “Volcanius Rex”. The Air Freighter, a gigantic cargo plane armed to the teeth with 20mm and 40mm chain guns, was on route from the Fordorsian Mainland on trading purposes. The crew was informed of the situation and was advised to stay clear in case of any airborne attacks. Ignoring the advice, the Captain decided to help out by providing the much needed air support the troops needed. Approaching the base, Captain Greene advised the defenders to stop whatever they were doing and quickly find cover. Not knowing who the voice belonged to due to formalities being on no ones mind, the troops were confused as to what to do. That changed as the giant plane roared over the base at low speed and altitude, all guns blazing, apart from the twin 40mm chain gun at the rear, which spun into life as the plane was climbing away from the base, completely decimating the attackers. Some of the soldiers on the ground described the scene as “An endless sea of fire and dust”. The guns fell silent before the plane turned back and continued on with its trade mission as though nothing had happened.
Some fighting continued, but with the upper hand belonging to the remaining Fordorsian troops. Two Fordorsian helicopter gunships arrived some time later to seal the fate of the unknown attackers and drive them into the surrounding mountains, with only a few managing to escape. The helicopter unloaded 60 fresh troops brought to secure the area, with the survivors being air lifted to the closest friendly base. Out of the defenders, 11 infantry and 6 of the security team were lost. The IFV’s and the Mk.2 MBT were also lost along with the tank’s crew.
The quick thinking and bravery of the “Volcanius Rex’s” crew earned them a long break and each of them a commendation, along with the Fordorsian forces defending the base.