They say war is hell. They also say its glorious, amazing, great and a whole host of positive things. Those who say that have never been in it. Others try to assign worse adjectives' to it - wrong, immoral, cruel. They've never been in the front lines either.
War is hell. That is all.
I am Lieutenant Reihk Garve, 42nd Mechanized Infantry of the Wulfengheist Empire. I have served my entire life, and seen it all. From the Storming of Cairo to the Reclamation of Berlin, I was there. In the front lines, fighting.
I have seen countless men fall, and felled many more. I have had exactly 12 APCs and 5 Tanks shot out from under me. I've been shot at by anything and anyone, and they've even got lucky. Getting shot at isn't fun, getting hit is worse.
But I'm not here to complain about my job, I'm here to tell you how to survive it. I may be retired and old now, but I remember it, all, quite vividly. Mortal danger kind of does that.
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