Wednesday, March 12, 2008
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, COPYRIGHT, 2007, FARLEY MALORRUS "DEFECTION" Chapter......(FIFTH PANZER, A NOVEL I AM WRITING) FLASHBACK BY COLONEL BAKER C COMPANY BEFORE CROSSING INTO GERMANY..... "It was late morning and the foggy myst wore off...I could hear the sound of tanks in the distance. It sounded like a stampede of 1000 horses. The men were spent but frisky, and although we had no tank support, we did have artillery, and attitude. The column got closer, and eventually shadows could be seen over the horizon of their approach. It looked like a company or maybe a division. We had 120 men, exhausted, tired, and mentally freaked out from the previous 4 days of non stop battle. 300 of our guys dead. The order was given to "Lock and Load." With tank traps set, mines placed, snipers in place, bazookas in the trees, and artillery on call so we watched and waited........The tanks stopped, as did the rest of the approaching German battalian.The silence was eery. Sorely outnumbered, without radio, and cornered in a ravine, I knew nothing else to do but sweat in 40 degree weather, and Pray. The tanks opened fire, as the sound of 88's roared, and started to pound us. A decision had to be made, as we were spotted. Cut and run or fight...." "I called in the spot, and the Artillery opened up like the Gates of Hell itself had opened. I saw most of my guys trying to keep their heads down, as the German Regiment opened up on us and scattered.
I couldn't understand why they stopped, they paused, and seemed to just stare at us...It was a conundrum....."DEFECTION)
"Vat iz Zis? The Commander ist Dead? Rommel ist Dead? VAS?
Nein, NEIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZIS CANNOT BE TRUE? HOW DID ZIS HAPPEN???????????? OUR COMMANDER KILLED BY THE FUHRER?"
"It is true, Rommel was forced to take poison when Hitler found out he was in on the assassination attempt, in fact, set up to be the new President of a Democratic Germany. Rommel's family was threatened if he insisted on a trial; he had no choice to save his beloved wife and son. It was fast, as they drove off he drank the cyanide, died in seconds, and buried with all Military Honor......Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox," The "Hero of Germany," the man responsible for the Invasion of Europe and Africa is dead, by Hitlers cronies.
(Pregnant pause as General Von Brandt sinks deep into introspection)
"Bring ze high command of the Battlion to my tent immediately. We are holding the south flank of defense right now, but the men must know..." ( (