[VT]: Operation Poltergeist
- Jul 1, 2018
Encrypted by SIN & Classified
Border Defence Forces
4 82-BM-41, 2 2K22 Tunguska Tracked SAAW system, 8 Toophan 5 Anti-Tank Missile
The time was 10:45 PM in Pakse Laos and all was quiet at the Pakse Garrison including the office of the Colonel who leads this Garrison. It was humid outside there was no air conditioner and the fan in his office did very little to help. He tapped in pen on his desk as he read a piece of paper in front of him. The new government had been established, and alongside it came a new military. He and his men had come from before, and unlike those to the north, the had not bee give the chance to serve there country as he wanted to. They had not participated in the raid on China and had not taken place in the ousting of a dictator. Soon he feared that his time would come to a close and he and all the other border forces would be replaced and forgotten. He felt that his own career was on the line unless he did something to show usefulness. He had heard of the new officer corps and how they had been trained specifically for their roles, all while he had not. Leaning back in his chair he would grab his walkie-talkie, now there was no more time for thinking he had to do something here and now."This is Colonel Tống. Wake 1st Lieutenant Ngô. I want his men assembled and ready in ten minutes. I want them to go on a foot reconnaissance mission to..." he said with a pause pulling up a map."The hills above Chong Mek. I want intel on the border outpost and customs office. Tell them to take route 16w. Over" he said and then waited for a confirmation. He smiled at hearing it and sat back, it would be a long march for the troops but he figured this would save their positions as well. Show command that they were not lazy and could rough it like the old days before cars. It would be an 8 to 10-hour march for sure, but he trusted they would make it just fine.
In the barracks, a freshly awakened 1st Lieutenant Ngô would walk in with his Sergeant at his side. The Sergeant would pull out a pot and meta ladle and start clanking them together while he blew his whistle."Rise and shine! 1st Lieutenant is on deck! At attention!" the Sergeant would shout as the Soldiers either scrambled startled awake or slowly rose. Lining up the bunks they soon stood at attention."Men! The good Colonel has seen fit to allow us to improve our reputation! he has so generously given us a reconnaissance mission! I want you all dressed in ten minutes. This mission will be ten hours in and ten hours out. We are heading to the hills above Chong Mek! Understood!?" the 1st Lieutenant shouted out receiving a sir yes sir from the large platoon at his disposal. As soon as the 1st Lieutenant left with a smirk on his face the Border Troops quickly began to get dressed dawning their K07 uniforms and black combat boots. This included the officers who would be quickly in their field uniforms as well. The Border Troops quickly put on K07 pattern chest rigs while the officers in addition to that put on pistol belts with holsters. In addition to that, the 1st Lieutenant took with him a map bag with a map of the area and a road map. In the bag was also a compass to go along with the two neatly folded up maps in there. In the holsters the officers had they carried K14-VN pistols with 13 rounds of fmj plus one in the chamber. 4 of the 50 strong platoons carried RPK Machine Guns with six 40 round magazines in their chest rig, the longer magazines sticking out the top and unable to have the flaps closed over. Loaded into the RPK machine guns was a 75 round drum magazine which could not be stored on the chest rigs the troops had. Loaded into the magazine was surplus fmj ammunition but every 5 round was a tracer round. Two of the soldiers were given standard Dragunov sniper rifles with four ten round magazines each filled with fmj ammunition. As these were too large for the chest rig they replaced their chest rig with a magazine dump pouch. Two soldiers were given RPG-7V2 launchers on top of their AKMS rifles which had six thirty round magazines with fmj ammunition + one loaded into the rifle. Another two soldiers were given backpacks to hold three OG-7V warheads to be used by the RPG operators. These two were also given AKMS rifles which had six thirty round magazines with fmj ammunition + one loaded into the rifle. The remaining forty were given AKM assault rifles with six thirty round magazines with one loaded into the rifle already. Every fifth round was a tracer which would help estimate bullet drop in the event they had to shoot at a distance. Everyone except for the ones carrying the RPG or RPG warheads was given an assault pack which was loaded with two days worth of rations. Everyone carried on their load bearing rigs two full canteens while five were made to carry water refill packs and another five were made to carry rations for those five. Every two hours they would switch packs so no one had to carry the water the whole way. Two carried with the first aid kits encase of injury while everyone had strapped onto them encrypted two-way radios while one carried along range radio pack to keep in contact with the base. All officers carried binoculars and pens so the could make notes about positions upon arrival.
Once everyone was ready and lined up 1st Lieutenant Ngô would start the march having them follow in a staggered column behind him. They would follow beside route 16w the entire way and take twelve ten minute breaks along the way to allow for short rests during the march. Once at 15°08'06.6"N 105°29'26.3"E they would take one last beak before they would hike to 15°08'34.7"N 105°28'45.2"E. Once there it was planned for them to set up camp and observe the Thai city bellow, but that would be in eight hours.