Adara's company monitor indicated that Major Dorne had split his tank column up into two groups. A lance of medium tanks was skirting it's way at flank speed leaving behind the main column of heavy tanks and technical support units. The mediums would reach their position within five minutes, the main-body would make it in around ten.
Plenty of time for the battle to swing either way.
Being not to keep on the idea of being involved in close-quarter-combat, Adara had wanted to protest Hauptmann Jackson's decision to send the Knights back. They could seriously use their help against the COMSTAR QRL. While they were all veterans - except for Alex - this was the first time for the lance to be in actual combat. And while Curtis Jackson may be one of the original survivors of the Ranee Margo, he was untested as a CO. The lack of a meshed unit could very well lead to the destruction of their lance and their deaths. Hauptmann Jackson's unorthodox methods did not inspire confidence in the young Leftenant.
Unfortunately there was no time to argue tactics.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Friday, December 21, 2012
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Egg salad. I never figured out how my mom made egg salad. With the help of Tita Maggi – yes, the Tita Maggi (if you’re old enough to remember the show) – I found out that if you mix a little pineapple or cheese – depending upon your taste – into the boiled egg and mayo mix, you end up with something that tasted almost identical to my mom’s egg salad. But I am completely certain that my mother never opened a can of pineapple bits or grated cheese when she made egg salad. I guess I’ll never figure out how she made it. I’m quite sure Egg Salad isn’t among the hand-written/typed recipes on index cards that she keeps in a tin box around the house.
One time, I made a complete soupy blunder attempting to copy it, that the dogs wouldn’t touch it.
Monday, November 12, 2012
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Leftenant Kerstine Wendorf scream over the company frequency failed to drown the sickening crunch of ferro-fibrous metal and the deafening crack of an ancient wooden pine as Hans crashed his battered Jenner into the wood line. The scarred Jenner’s left torso slammed into a massive pine tree and the spindly legged war-machine twisted with a tortured scream of dilapidated metal to the right of the sturdy tree creating a billowing cloud of dust, oily-smoke, mist and debris. In complete contrast, Corporal Hans Kristoferson silently succumbed to his injuries, becoming Echo Company’s first official casualty in an undeclared war.
“Bishop-two to Bishop one, all Knights are in Hauptmann.” reported Adara adroitly. After a short pause she added “Hans is dead.”
“Bishops power up!” was Curtis’ only response as he ignored the death of a fine man and brought his seventy-ton Archer, nicknamed “Aura Deva” to life. The slumped machine snapped erect with the sudden surge of electrical power from the Battlemech’s fusion engine flared through its myomer muscle structure filling Curtis’ cockpit with a wave of comforting warmth. The targeting data from Max’s Oscout immediately scrolled along Curtis’ primary monitor. The Instatract Mark VII targeting computer showed that the COMSTAR Quick Response Lance or QRL had entered the one-point-five kilometer war perimeter. The QRL was still too far to be properly identified, but the computer indicated that they were medium weight jump capable ‘Mechs. They were currently leaping along the plains at a speed of roughly one-hundred and fifty meters every seven seconds which would put them right on top of Bishop Lance in roughly a minute.
Curtis’ computer immediately drew a line ahead of the QRL’s approach indicating the effective range of his lance’s Long Range Missiles or LRMs. LRMs had an effective minimum range of one hundred and fifty meters and a maximum effective range of six-hundred and seventy-five meters. The Bishop’s advantage was that they were not and could not be spotted immediately by the rapidly advancing QRL. However, trying to hit a target that was moving at twenty-one point four meters per second half a kilometer away was virtually impossible even with the sophisticated targeting equipment of his Archer.
He needed them to stand still.