The Battle of London by David Scholes

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Not anywhere in Europe leastways.

Occasionally the GLCC and CNWA might team up, like now with the youthpak threat, and that was as good as it got

The GLCC aerial bombing, such as it was, had done nothing to alter the loose general direction of the rolling, roiling mass of youth and several of the pilot less drones had been destroyed. Drones they couldn't afford to lose.

From their high watch towers at the edge of the neighborhood area the CNWA snipes stood ready. As it came into snipe range just below the horizon and before they could possibly respond the youthpak was hit with volleys of deadly accurate fire. Scores of them fell but it only seemed to simply galvanize them. If anything speeding up their approach to the CNWA. From the vantage point of the towers the snipes saw evidence of a disciplined and efficient elite operating within the seething mass of youth. These leaders were happy to use the mass as a shield.

Once in range the youthpak leaders, that is those with the lasrifles, concentrated their fire one watchtower at a time. Eventually the towers also came into range of the nasty little laspens held by quite a few of the youth. By then the snipes had to withdraw from the remaining watch towers to prepared positions among buildings guarding the approaches to the CNWA.

The snipes were now using the JOTH sniperifles in a less conventional role, remaining behind cover and getting a slight curvature of the projectiles. .

The youth took heavy losses with the CNWA snipes trying to target their suddenly very wary leadership.

Perhaps it was a lack of confidence in their defenses or more likely a lack of intestinal fortitude but, at a crucial point in the battle, the CNWA coordinators decided to skip town. They left in three ancient internal combustion engine transportation devices powered by bio-fuels. The older coordinators would remember that these used to be called cars. Running alongside the slow moving transporters went some of the best of the CNWA's ageing ex-special forces troopers and with them went any remaining chances of holding out against the youthpak.

After that extemporized withdrawal the youthpak, still taking losses from snipefire, lasfire and just plain ordinary fire started to overrun parts of the neighborhood watch area.
Not unreasonably the youth picked up any weapons of value that there fleeing adversaries may have left.

Earle Gagne perhaps the best and certainly the youngest of the ageing ex-SAS troopers had chosen not to go with his masters in their ignominious retreat. Instead he held out in one of the force field protected buildings. Raging feral, rather than merely menacing, some of the youth surrounded the nearest force field protected buildings. Confident in the knowledge that the force bubbles could not be maintained for long. Even less time when they were under lasfire.

Some of the force bubble protected buildings had basements, sub-basements and short escape corridors surfacing in unlikely locations.

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