Road To The Crown


237 Into The Fire Part 1

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17th July 1574 morningThe reconquest of the Tarnowian lands was implemented with a total of three small armies, yet when my troops finally reached the outskirts of the city proper, only a bit less than two hundred men remained.

"Are you sure it is a good idea?"

Looking behind, as if that could change anything at this point, Pavlo spoke with a worried expression. Thinking about this over again, but now actually facing all the forces that dared to lay siege to my lands, maybe leaving most of my army back near the marketplace wasn't the brightest idea…

"Yes, I am."

Even if I had doubts, I couldn't just let them show on my face, or even worse, I couldn't dare to admit to them. Right now, all that mattered, was that the plan to lift the siege off the Tarnow would be finally enacted!

"Everyone, move forth!"

Not bothering to even hide our appearances, my troops moved forward, pulling two, heavy guns along with them. Yet it was the items that all of the foot troops were carrying that would matter in this fight!

"Are you sure it's not enough to just fire and retreat?"

As great of a worker as Pavlo was back in the city, he wasn't suited for the fields of open combat at all. Freaking out even before the real battle would start was a sign that he would never make a good frontline soldier… But that didn't mean he didn't have his own uses!

"Yes, I'm sure. Just let my men do their job."

As much as I hated the fact that not all of my troops could get enough of their training, at least I could hope that the very first of the armies that I trained, showed enough discipline and fighting spirit to use them in this drastic gamble of mine.

Even though there were only about two hundred of us and from what I could already see, nearly two thousand troops that laid siege to the city, I didn't consider my position as a lost one!

Rather than that, while the reports about the movements in the enemy camp started flooding my command centre, I was focusing on the process of installation of the simple blockade.

The entire battle line was as simple as it could get. The bags filled with earth and sand were placed as to secure their position, while a simple set of wooden poles were erected few meters in front of them, with a barbered wire connecting all of the poles together.

With the small forest behind our backs, we were just outside of the effective range of our enemies. But as much as it was true for our rifles just as well, this wasn't the case for the two field guns that we brought with us!

"Sir, all units are ready and waiting for the signal!"

Looking at the perfect state of my first army, properly hidden behind the simple fortifications that would turn this place from just a small clearing to the fortified position of the modern military, I couldn't help but feel a painful tingle in my heart as I thought about what would have to happen soon.

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All of this hard work, gone just like that…

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