AKA, the 13th fight of Operation Payback
It's 0533 on 20 July 1990, and the invasion of Avalor, a small Caribbean island-nation near Cuba, upon which Castro-regime holdovers have been organizing, training, and launching attacks on the homeland, is underway. Previously three Reconnaissance and Surveillance teams from 10th Special Forces Group were inserted to support the invasion; one is in position in OP India, but the second team was compromised and extracted, and the third team (Rebel 33) was ambushed and wiped out. Now 1st Lieutenant Huerta's 18th Grenadier Guards of the 6th Parachute Battalion are jumping from C-130s onto three separate Drop Zones (DZs) in the pre-dawn darkness. They will immediately form up and march on their objectives, the terrorist training areas and barracks on Avalor, manned by terrorist trainees and their Venezuelan and Iranian trainers.
In the last fight we saw Lt Jaramiho's 1st Platoon successfully seized DZ Crow. Here we pick up the action at DZ Bluebird, where bad guys alerted by the earlier firefights with Cuban R&S teams are watching paratroopers of 2nd Lieutenant Escobedo's 3rd Platoon descend and crash to the earth.
The table is set and the troops are rearing to go; let's get it on! Get ready for some rip-roarin' fun!
Things are going great, right? Sure the Sarge went down and a riflemen is knocked down (with little hope of getting to him) in the southeast, but there's a good group of Cubans in the center/center left, and the LT is in the bottom, unengaged.
Tex opens fire...
Holy @#$%, what a damn fight!!! Not sure if you could feel it, but that whole damn thing was intense, and only ramped up once the RPG got the LT and M-60 gunner. After that it was a couple guys versus a couple guys, and the back and forth was absolutely incredible. I can't believe I lost!!! But damn that was fun!
Now we move to the final DZ to see how 3rd Platoon does. I really need this to go well, as if they are unable to secure their DZ and form up I'm not sure how the hell I'm going to have the manpower to fulfill the mission objectives of taking the enemy training areas and barracks. Operation Rush Delivery is showing the cracks of a plan hastily put together! I hope you're having as good a time as I am.