- Troops Push Forward.
Stories of Heroism and Horror.
Posted: December, 2006
started climbing on the Humvee. Just a few at first. We would shoot them
off from our flanking positions. But they kept coming" Nuclear
arrived in Haiti yesterday. Dispatched by ZWN at the last minute, to
take the place of Field Reporter Zandra Corbes, who has been missing
since Friday. Last seen boarding a Black Hawk helicopter, in order to
cover a dangerous rescue mission deep into undead territory. Neither
the helicopter crew nor Zandra have been in contact since Friday. Rescue
missions have been ongoing throughout the weekend. But sadly, there
is no trace at this point. Our thoughts are with her and the crew of
the chopper. We hope and prey they are safe and well.
Now that International Peacekeepers have liberated the key cities of
Port-Au-Prince and Port-De-Pai,. UN forces can begin the push outwards
to neighboring areas. Rescuing Haitian villagers and town dwellers alike.
This will prove an arduous and challenging phase. But one with many
rewards. "The relief on the faces of the people being carried away
by our choppers, it makes it all worth while." said Major Mason
Drasell of 1st Airborne Command today. "Some of these people have
been holed up for days, even weeks. Not daring to go outside, in case
they were spotted and attacked by Necro's." He added.
The area was so saturated with zombie undead, that, according to a ZWN
inside source, at one point a small scale nuclear bombing was even considered.
Nothing was off the table. But the risk of civilian casualties proved
too strong an argument. The plan was shelved early on in the discussion
stage. The military declined to comment on this report.
takes a while to grasp the shear scope of devastation here in Port-Au-Prince. But rather than hear the militaries spin on
the operation, I wanted to take full advantage of my embedded journalist
status, and ask the troops to share some of their stories.
There is a clear danger that the rescuers face, each and every time
they undertake an extraction of villagers to safety. The rescue helicopter
crew's have no immediate way of screening the people they extract. Not
aware of who is infected and who is not, one crew paid the ultimate
price. "We winched aboard a small child. she had the Necro
virus She bit the pilot on the hand. He freaked out. Lost control.
and the whole chopper crashed killing all 17 crew and passengers."
recounted a fellow chopper pilot (name withheld)
operations are hampered by a continuous undead presence
The undead are attracted to the sound of the Helicopters. This makes
it difficult to land in infested areas.
extraction of villagers has the same basic strategy.
Phase one: A single Black Hawk helicopter undertakes
a reconnaissance pass. Unlike conventional war, where a foe may choose
to hide from the enemy, the undead are curious. They are drawn to the
sound. This gives the chopper a decided advantage Able to lure many
of the undead into the open. They proceed to exterminate with devastating
effect. This lays the ground work for phase two of the extraction
Phase two: Heavily armed Strykers escort rescue vehicles
to each extraction zone. Typically, these 'search and rescue' ancillary
vehicles are light but maneuverable APC's. Tanks are rarely used. "They
are not needed in the outlining villages." says Operations Commander
Col. Vincent Roy. "Tanks would be cumbersome and un wieldy. Light
armored vehicles are very effective. The gunners keep the zombies at
bay. The extraction teams are housed in the APC's. Before exiting the
APC's, we announce our presence via Mega Phone. We give each villager
three minutes to come out of hiding, and begin making their way to the
awaiting APC's. We will assist the infirm and suppress any zombie activity
towards the villagers with ground level volleys from our gunners."
Stryker's are best suited to this type of operation
A less rosy picture was painted by a search and rescue team Private
(name withheld) "The APC's also carry the villagers. We never know
how many villagers are alive, so that means we never know how many APC's
we will need either. They only hold so many. This is frustrating. You
just have to leave villagers behind when you are full. They are screaming
and hanging on. Their presence has been given away and the Necro's see
that. But what can we do? we try to hold the the zombies off as long
as we can with fire arms. We even let the villagers try to cling onto
the tops of the vehicles, but they get pulled off by the zombies. At
that point there's nothing we can do. It's heartbreaking"
Sgt. (name withheld) recounts a vivid story of the first extraction
she was involved with. "We didn't quite know how to handle the
undead at this point. We were all a bit naive I guess. Even our command.
We went out in Hummers. Well, our orders are clear. Wait three minutes
after calling the villagers on loud speaker. Wait three minutes!!! imagine
what that's like when you have hundreds of zombies suddenly looking
right at you. The Necro's started swarming around us. Our drivers were
doing something we started calling "the shuffle." it's when
Necros try to get on your vehicle. You drive forward. Reverse, anyway
you can to shake them off. Well, this worked for while. But one of the
Humvees got stuck in a deep pothole. We knew that wasn't good. We tried
to nudge it out, but it wouldn't budge.
They started climbing on the Humvee. It's wheels were spinning and screeching
as It tried to free itself. That just attracted them more. Just a few
at first though. We would shoot them off from our flanking positions.
Quick bursts. But they kept coming, like a f***n swarm of ants. They
couldn't get in though. The Armor and glass are very strong. But then
one of the windows got bust open. We think it was friendly fire from
our gunners. Whatever it was, That was it. They crawled right in. The
crew were screaming. We sprayed the whole Humvee. It was a mercy kill.
We never used a God damn Hummer again."