Stalin's Birthday Gift

"So they are having a party?" Olli asks, wiping some dirt from his brow, "Lets go crash it."

"When you have no more God, I guess you need something to worship instead," Vesa comments in a tense voice. He keeps watching towards the faint sound of the singing coming across on the wind.

Isak quietly eyes the mines left strewn about, then looks over toward Antti. "I've been reading up what I could find. Maybe we should place a few?" His eyes dart toward the mines.

"No, let's leave that to the regular army. Instead we'll dig in more here, we'll get some time now if all they do is drinki and celebrate. If Samppa comes asking us to help, we'll do that but I'm not about to fuck up their work," Erkki says, leaning on his skipoles.

Antti sniffs once. "Heh. Ivan and his fireworks. Pity his soup didnt look so pretty blowing up." A shake of his head, and the farmer lets the Solothurn sit in the trench, leaning against the wall.

Isak shakes his head quickly. "Nothing to do with that… I mean…" He is fairly cautious in his statements. 'Lets go play with explosives' is not exactly something he is used to saying. "The fuel depot. With a bit of time, I could use the mines and rig them to blow it." He tips his head toward the fireworks. "Better way to crash the party, I think."

Vesa looks over at Isak, blinking. "You can do that?" He laughs suddenly. "Now that's a birthday present for Stalin that I wouldn't mind giving."

"Those in Raatevaara?" Erkki says for confirmation, cocking his head in interest. "That's more like our work," he contemplates. "Would make for some nice fireworks for Stalin."

"I think so?" Isak didn't even try to play overconfident. These were -bombs-, for God's sake!

Niko grunts. "It'd take us forever to ski there," he says. "But if you can rig them to explode… I'm game. At least it'll warm us up some, too."

Antti nods twice. "It does.." Eyeing Isak, he adds, "You think so? Can you manage something without blowing us all up?" he asks, a dry half smirk on his face.

"You will be far away. The one at risk is myself." Isak answers quickly, just starting at the small crate of mines.

"Do it. THat fuel depot, where exactly is it?" Erkki asks of those that were there the last time.

«Game» Antti wields his Mosin-Nagant!

«Ground Combat» Antti reloads his Mosin-Nagant!

"So we're going to go kill some Russians?" Olli asks, perking up noticibly at that.

Antti picks up a spare mosin, and checks the bullets, clicking three more shells into place. "So it seems," he mutters to Olli.

Vesa ponders the mines, rubbing his gloved hand against his hat. He pulls his rifle off his shoulder and checks the clip. Nice and full.

Isak takes a pair of the mines and looks around at those assembled. "I will need some time… and some room."

Niko nods to Isak and looks at Antti and Vesa. "We might need a different place to provide covering fire," he says. "I was getting shot at from that sauna. Better to find a place where we won't get shot at than a place where we end up splitting our fire between the town and our flanks."

Antti mutters back, "We hit from the south, then. Have always come from the north before now. Rifles will keep you covered, and if you dont get spotted, will sneak a couple quick shots once youre clear."

"All hitting from the south?" Vesa asks Antti. "Should one person hit from the east or west, maybe?"

Antti shrugs. "If someone wants a longer run back, then it would probably help."

Niko says to Vesa, "There's a road to the west, so it would have to be from the east… unless someone wants to sit on the road."

Isak moves away from the others, far enough that he can't quite hear their conversation… and he's less likely to blow them all to bits if he screws up. Once done with that, he begins to wire the charges together into a jury-rigged satchel charge.

Antti shakes his head. "Theres a road east, too. Remember?" A chuckle. "Maybe we just all shoot from south, this time."

"I agree," Niko says. "From the South. Perhaps they'll be looking to the north as well, since we've hit them from the north the past few times."

South of Raatevaara

«Game» Olli changes his style to Stealth!

«Game» Niko changes his style to Stealth!

Niko peers to the north. "I don't see anyone. Can't say for certain about northwest or northeast, however."

«Ground Combat» Antti moves North <N>.

Antti whistles lowly, as he looks into the village. "Perkele."

«Ground Combat» Olli moves into Foxhole.

Vesa squints slightly, peering into the town as well. His eyes flick left and right. "I see four and a tank. You see any more, Antti?"

Nikita walks over towards the south side of the house, humming 'Kalinka'

Olli digs around in the snow for a few miniutes, before finally uncovering a hidden little hole, "Good," he says, "Stupid Russians havn't found my hiding spot yet." He then looks back towards the villiage.

«Ground Combat» You notice Niko arrive at Grass.

Antti nods. "Five. A tank, and a Rat's tail."

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "Away with all your superstitions, servile masses, arise, arise!".

Dmitri is partying hard here, dammit.

«Ground Combat» Antti moves into Foxhole.

Vesa wrinkles his nose, listening to the shouting. He just shakes his head.

Nikita feels slightly inspired

"Looks like no one is in the tank," Olli says from his hidy hole, "Maybe we steal it!"

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "We'll change henceforth the old tradition, and spurn the dust to win the prize!".

«Ground Combat» You notice Isak arrive at Grass.

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "So comrades, come rally! And the last fight let us face!".

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "The Internationale unites the human race!".

Vesa looks back at Isak as they get down in position. "Isak…do you want me to come with you? I can help with whatever you need, maybe it won't take so long to set up the charge."

Niko crawls up to the foxhole on his belly. He hisses, "Anyone to our east?" He glances to the west. "Left flank looks clear."

Dmitri leads the singing mob in bolting down a vodka. "You could sing in Red Square with voices this good, comrades!".

Isak shakes his head quickly and points at the nearby foxhole, indicating that Vesa stay. With that, he continues creeping forward, eyes bright and alert.

Antti sniffs dryly. "Steal it, the hunter says. You know how to drive a tank, Olli?" Aside to Niko he mutters, "Ivan never leaves the town. Take aim here, and wait for Isak to be ready."

Vesa can't fit in that foxhole and doesn't have time to dig another. He stays low in the snow, readying his rifle in case it's needed.

«Game» Dmitri tries to inspire the troops!

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "No more deluded by reaction, on tyrants only we'll make war!".

"No, but how hard can it be?" Olli says ashe starts peering down his rifle sight at one of the Russians.. the one holding a rather unfilliar weapon, "The Russians have a new rifle?"

"I count five," Niko says. He unslings his rifle and remains prone, taking aim.
Grass
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The Grid-----> > > > > THE GREATEST GENERATION < < <


Coordinates : 29 3

The tall pine trees are mostly scattered in small clusters around the area, and while there are some open spaces, smaller trees and bushes have laid claim to most of it.

It is currently dusk.

This is an arctic environment, with a temperature of -23 degrees Celsius.

Sub-Rooms :
1. Foxhole

===============================< In Your Location >===========================
Finland (#524) Isak I. Mosin-Nagant
Finland (#311) Niko I. Pystykorva
Finland (#10359) Olli (1) - Foxhole I. Pystykorva
Finland (#313) Vesa I. Pystykorva
Finland (#10362) Antti (1) - Foxhole I. Mosin-Nagant
======================< Raatevaara >===================
Objective (#189) Fuel Depot Objective
Unmanned (#266) T-26 M33_ Tank
Unmanned (#90) 76mm Univers Towed Gun
Soviet (#2) Anatolii I. Mosin-Nagant

Soviet (#312) Bogdan I. Mosin-Nagant
Soviet (#594) Lev I. SVT-38
Soviet (#726) Nikita (1) - Houses I. SVT-38
Soviet (#82) Dmitri I. Tokarev TT-33

Room Modifiers :
Elevation : 2 Cover : 80%
Stealth : 140% Inf.Move : 130%

West <W> East <E>
South <S> North <N>

«Ground Combat» Isak moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Isak arrive at Raatevaara.

Niko says, "I see someone with a pistol. A Tokarev model. An officer, I think."

Vesa doesn't say anything, listening to Dmitri and the others calling out their Soviet cries. His eyes stay trained on Isak.

Antti nods. "New rifles shoot faster," as he takes aim.

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "The soldiers too will take strike action… They'll break ranks and fight no more!".

Bogdan likes this part the best.

Nikita walks around in the house, the sounds of the party distracting him, it sounds like they're having a lot of fun now.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara (29 4)!

«Ground Combat» Nikita fires his SVT-38 at Isak but misses!

Lev is rocking hard with the commissar. It's a shame theres no big pic…

«Ground Combat» Olli tries to fire his Pystykorva at Lev but his weapon is jammed!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (29 3)!

«Ground Combat» Antti fires his Mosin-Nagant at Nikita but misses!

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "Comrades, take cover!".

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "Stop partying! Dirty finns!".

«Ground Combat» Dmitri moves into Houses.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (29 3)!

«Ground Combat» Vesa fires his Pystykorva at Lev but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Lev with your Pystykorva! Your accuracy is 27 percent!

«Ground Vehicles» Lev gets into T-26 M33_.#-1

«Ground Vehicles» Bogdan gets into T-26 M33_.#-1

«Ground Vehicles» Anatolii gets into T-26 M33_.#-1

Antti snaps off a shot and mutters, "Keep him covered."

«Ground Combat» Nikita tries to fire his SVT-38 at Isak but his weapon is jammed!

Niko squints. "Looks like they got into that tank," he mutters. "Two in houses, though."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (29 3)!

«Ground Combat» Niko fires his Pystykorva at Dmitri but misses!

Nikita acks as his weapons jams. Ack!

"God fucking damnit!" Olli hisses as his rifle jams, "Pefect fucking timing." He ducks down.

Vesa barely notices the three running for the tank now, firing at the one who's seen Isak.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (29 3)!

«Ground Combat» Vesa fires his Pystykorva at Nikita but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Nikita with your Pystykorva! Your accuracy is 6 percent!

«Ground Combat» Olli tries to hide!

Dmitri sees a coward pretending his weapon is jammed! "Comrade, shoot!".

«Ground Combat» Antti moves out of Foxhole.

Nikita wrestles his rifle, thoughts of Siberia close at hand.

Isak finally lays the charge and turns to run. Unfortunately, he messed up the trigger, and it went off a bit early, lighting up the sky near him, so he bolts out in a dead run

«Ground Combat» Isak moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Isak arrive at Grass.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (29 3)!

«Ground Combat» Niko fires his Pystykorva at Dmitri but misses!
«Game» Nikita unjams his SVT-38!

(From T-26 M33_) Lev swings the turret around to the south, where the shooting is coming from.

«Ground Combat» Vesa tries to fire his Pystykorva at Nikita but his weapon is jammed!

Niko hisses, "Damned tank!"

«Game» Olli unjams his Pystykorva!

Antti mutters tersely at the explosion, "Come on, get out.."

Niko says, "Let's fall back."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara (29 4)!

«Ground Combat» Nikita fires his SVT-38 at Antti but misses!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Raatevaara! (29 4)
(#524) Isak is missed by the 7.62mm DT CMG mounted on (#266) T-26 M33_!

Vesa swears softly as now it's his turn for the rifle to jam. He ducks back a bit, seeing Isak come out unhurt, and starts trying to slide back in the snow.

Isak is not taking any chances, and rather than ducking for cover, continues to run past the area he knew his brothers-in-arms were firing from, and straight through south

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Raatevaara (29 4)!

«Ground Combat» Dmitri fires his Tokarev TT-33 at Isak but misses!

«Ground Combat» Isak moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Niko tries to hide!

«Ground Combat» Olli moves out of Foxhole.

«Game» Antti changes his style to Sprint!

«Ground Combat» Antti moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara (29 4)!

«Ground Combat» Nikita fires his SVT-38 at Vesa but misses!

Niko flinches as bullets whiz by him. "Damned tank," he says. He tries cowering in the snow, perhaps panicking. He should be running.

Nikita shouts out. "Commisar! I think I killed one!"

Dmitri nods in satisfaction as Nikita fires, even though Dmitri can't see how he's firing at. "Excellent shot, comrade!". . o O (Maybe he won't end up in Siberia after all.)

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» Dmitri shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his Tokarev TT-33!

«Ground Combat» Bullets fly through the air!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara (29 4)!

«Ground Combat» Nikita fires his SVT-38 at Vesa but misses!

«Ground Combat» Vesa moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» Dmitri shoots in the general direction of South <S> with his Tokarev TT-33!

Vesa gets shot at a few times, but looks largely unruffled by it as he skiis south. His teeth grit as Dmitri keeps spraying and praying with that pistol.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» You notice Niko arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

«Ground Combat» You notice Olli arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara!

Antti moves westward, eyeing the town with a thoughtful look..

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Raatevaara!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara!

«Game» Niko changes his style to Sprint!

Vesa mutters, "Let them waste their bullets." He moves after Antti.

«Game» Olli changes his style to Sprint!
«Game» Vesa changes his style to Sprint!

Antti mutters, "I think I'll head in and try to drop another bomb in Ivan's soup. Anyone want to come and give cover?"

«Ground Combat» You notice Olli arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

«Game» Antti changes his style to Stealth!

Vesa pulls his rifle around, quickly moving to unjam it as the others catch up. "I'll go, Antti."

"What are we doing?" Olli asks as he catchs up, rifle bouncing across his back.

«Ground Combat» You notice Niko arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

Antti nods to the carpenter. "Stay low and hidden. Move nroth with me. If it goes well, I'll slip in and drop a grenade in one of the houses, then run."

«Game» Vesa unjams his Pystykorva!

Isak stops, huffing a bit with the exertion, and when Antti mentions something about going back, Isak looks up at him, confused. "AGain? They are alerted. Going back now would be suicide."

Niko grunts. "Key phrase: if it goes well," he mutters. "You must have a death wish."

Vesa nods to Antti. "Let me get reloaded." Which he starts doing, checking the clip and pulling another from his pocket.

Antti shakes his head to Isak, "Different part of town. While everyone's looking in the east." He shrugs, "Does that sound stupid?" the farmer asks simply.

"It sounds a little stupid," Olli says, "But what else can we expect from you? Lets do it."

«Game» Olli changes his style to Stealth!
«Game» Niko changes his style to Stealth!
«Game» Vesa changes his style to Stealth!

Antti mutters, "Isak? What do you think?"

Niko shrugs. "Fine, whatever," he mutters. "Let's get this done."

Vesa has his rifle ready now, after the satisfying sounds of the clip being loaded. He looks back at Isak and then at Antti.

«Ground Combat» Antti moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!

«Ground Combat» Olli moves North <N>.
«Ground Combat» Vesa moves North <N>.

Grass
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The Grid-----> > > > > THE GREATEST GENERATION < < <


Coordinates : 28 3

The tall pine trees are mostly scattered in small clusters around the area, and while there are some open spaces, smaller trees and bushes have laid claim to most of it.

It is currently dusk.

This is an arctic environment, with a temperature of -23 degrees Celsius.

Sub-Rooms :
1. Tapper-Rautakorpi Farm

===============================< In Your Location >===========================
Finland (#313) Vesa I. Pystykorva
Finland (#10359) Olli I. Pystykorva
Finland (#10362) Corpse of Antti I. Mosin-Nagant

Room Modifiers :
Elevation : 1 Cover : 80%
Stealth : 140% Inf.Move : 130%

West <W> East <E>
South <S> North <N>

Vesa keeps his head down as he skiis after Antti. He freezes as he can barely see Antti's body go down, ripped by the hail of bullets coming from Raatevaara. "Shit!"

"Well, thats not good," Olli says, frowning a little bit, "I'm calling this mission off. Lets drag him home." He jerks a thumb at Antti's unmoving body.

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "Hurrah for Stalin! I shot one of the kapitali$ts as a gift for our Leader!".

Antti groans under his breath, "Son of a bitch."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!
«Ground Combat» Ivan fires his DP 27 at Vesa but misses!

Olli does take a peek to the north, "There are only two of them that I can see. Machine gunner though." Who then opens fire again, "Goddamnit."

Vesa turns his head towards Raatevaara, his face tense with anger as he hears the Russians shout their victory. He slings his rifle back, moving over to Antti's side quickly. "We got you, Antti…" And then bullets. Crap. He grabs Antti's arm or whatever's there to grab. "Let's get out of here."

Olli grabs Antti's other arm, and starts dragging him south.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!

«Ground Combat» Ivan fires his DP 27 at Vesa but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Isak arrive at Grass.

Vesa stares as Isak comes up, hissing. "Turn back! MG!"

From Raatevaara, a male voice shouts, "Its an assault, Comrades!".

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!

«Ground Combat» Ivan fires his DP 27 at Vesa but misses!

"Retreat." Olli hisses at Isak. Both he and Vesa are dragging Antti to the south.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Raatevaara (28 4)!

«Ground Combat» Ivan fires his DP 27 at Vesa but misses!

Vesa has a good grip on Antti, moving quickly.

Isak does a quick headcount, but misses Antti. With a quick growl he ducks behind a tree. "Antti?"
«Ground Combat» Vesa moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Isak arrive at Swamp/Marsh.
«Ground Combat» You notice Olli arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

Vesa gets one of Antti's arms around his shoulder, looking around as they move south. "Damn. Where's Niko?"

"Coward ran off, I bet," Olli says, as he stops pulling Antti, instead letting Isak do the work.

"Not a coward," Isak snarls at Olli, although whether from the exertion of dragging Antti's heavy ass or frustration is hard to say.

Vesa keeps himself under Antti's arm, not letting go of the man. He blows a puff of steam out. "Well, let's get back, I guess."

"Then where is he?" Olli demands, frowning, "He heard the machine gun, and rather then coming to help his friends, he ran off. That makes him a coward in my book. No matter what else he's done."

Isak says simply, "You confuse foolishness with bravery."

"No," Olli says, shaking his head, "You dont leave people behind. Thats what the Russians do." And then he's off.

Vesa says nothing to the conversation, his attention on not falling on his face as they pull Antti along.

Isak just grumbles to himself and continues to drag Antti along with Vesa.

«Ground Combat» Vesa moves North <N>.

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