By Murray Leinster
Miles of yank entrance had long gone lifeless. And on lone squaddies, misplaced within the threat of the fog-gas and the tanks, depended the end result of the battle of 1932.
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The President of the us was once on the different finish of the cord, this time. "General? " "Still in a initial level, sir," acknowledged the overall, with out haste. "The enemy is getting ready a break-through attempt, very likely geared toward our machine-shops and provides. in fact, if he will get them we'll need to retreat. An hour in the past he paralyzed our radios, now not being conscious, i guess, of our tuned earth-induction instant units. I daresay he's wondered that our communications haven't fallen to items. " "But what are our percentages? " The voice of the President was once regular, however it used to be strained. "His tanks outnumber ours to 1, after all, sir," stated the overall frivolously. "Unless we will divide his fleet and break part of it, after all we are going to be overwhelmed in a basic strive against. yet we're evidently attempting to ensure that this type of motion will ensue inside of point-blank diversity of our artillery, that could support a bit. we are going to minimize the fog to safe that aid, risking every little thing, if a basic engagement happens. " there has been silence. The President's voice, while it got here, used to be extra strained nonetheless. "Will you converse to the general public, normal? " "Three sentences. i've got no time for extra. " there have been little clickings at the line, whereas the general's eyes lower back to the board that used to be the battlefield in miniature. He indicated a place along with his finger. "Concentrate our reserve-tanks here," he acknowledged meditatively. "Our combating plane the following. straight away. " the 2 spots have been at approximately contrary ends of the conflict box. the executive of employees, checking the general's judgment with the alert suspicion that was once the newest addition to his tasks, protested sharply. "But sir, our tanks can have no safety opposed to helicopters! " "I am particularly conscious of it," stated the overall mildly. He grew to become to the transmitter. a skinny voice had simply introduced on the different finish of the cord, "The commander-in-chief of the military within the box will make an announcement. " the final spoke unhurriedly. "We are involved with the enemy, were for a few hours. we have now misplaced 40 tanks and the enemy, we predict, sixty or extra. No normal engagement has but taken position, yet we expect decisive motion at the enemy's half should be tried inside of hours. The tanks within the box want now, as constantly, ammunition, spare tanks, and the detailed offers for contemporary conflict. specifically, we require ever-increasing amounts of fog-gas. I entice your patriotism for reinforcements of fabric and males. " He hung up the receiver and again to his survey of the board. "Those 3 listening-posts," he acknowledged all at once, indicating a spot close to the place an enemy tank have been destroyed. "Have they been reoccupied? " "Yes, sir. simply said. The tank they said rolled over them, destroying the situation. they're digging in. " "Tell me," stated the final, "when they stop to record back. they're going to. " He watched the board back and with out lifting his eyes from it, spoke back. "That listening-post within the useless quarter, with the 2 strayed soldiers in it. was once it said?