THE NICARAGUAN WAR CHRONICLES
“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
- Winston Churchill
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Nicaragua was a land in bitter turmoil. It had been this way since the country’s beginning. Throughout the decades for the people that lived there, the only changes they lived through was from one dictator to the next even though the U.S. government established a military presence within the country through the first third of the 20th century to help stabilize the country. None had been positive replacements. On the map, Nicaragua is situated right in the middle of Central America, bordered on the north by Honduras and on the south by Costa Rica. For most of its history since 1936, the corrupt Somoza family rule consolidated full control of the country for four decades under an iron fist of force. They politically maintained their rule by hook and crook and successfully appeased the U.S. government by safeguarding profitable private business ventures keeping safe the thousands of acres of coffee, sugar, and banana owned by private American companies.
A revolutionary movement, the Sandinista National Liberation Front, was starting to take root among Leftist political lines. They began to promote social unrest against the regime with a much more organized and concentrated effort aided particularly by Castro’s Cuba. The Cubans and the Soviet Union provided weapons, tactics, supplies, and advisers. The Nicaraguan people desperately desired individual liberty but with a dictatorship controlling their destiny, they lost hope of ever attaining it. With only one other option, which they saw available, in due course, they joined up with the Communist rebels in hope of achieving certain rights that were promised.
Certain powerful political factions in the U.S. strongly believed in the concept that if Nicaragua could be taken by the communists, then other Central American countries could also succumb to the Leftist influence. To allow communism to take root that close to America's borders was totally unacceptable in spite of Somoza’s otherwise wretched policies. Given that these potent power bases exerted enough clout within U.S. government circles, their interests pressured the demand for direct action be mandated utilizing clandestine means.
The regime’s so-called highly vaunted Nicaraguan Guardia Nacional - National Guard was seen as a bunch of untrained soldiers, derelict ruffians, and feebly-led by incompetent leaders. Their combat weakness at all levels was believed to be no match for the international communist supported rebels, who despite being simple peasants, were trained in effective guerrilla tactics. Combat between the two would prove out that the rebels had more heart to fight and were successful against the Guardia Nacional. American support couldn’t come in the form of direct U.S. military action for the American public would never accept that scenario especially not right after the debacles the Vietnam experience left the nation in just a few years back. The international community would also bring pressure against the U.S. via the UN if American troops invaded the country. Thus much of America’s political power base was against any type of U.S. direct military action. So covert plans were drawn up and executed instead.
The country was becoming alive with armed rebellion; directly assisted and supported by outside communist nations, who armed and trained the indigenous people. It was into this hot cauldron of sociopolitical upheaval and blood-spilled conflict in late 1977, that highly-skilled clandestine American combat fighting veterans began to be inserted within Nicaraguan borders under the international radar. Their specific goal was to fight the Communist Sandinista rebels to stem their revolutionary tide and stabilize the country enough for Western Hemispheric nations to come to the aid of their neighboring country and diplomatically pressure a mutually-agreed accord for both the regime and the people. With the blessing of the despotic regime, the American operators immediately became the dreaded shadowy enemy who merged out of the darkened foliage to strike as a whip-lashed cord taking down rebel camps and supply depots utilizing thunder and lightning and leaving the ruins in utter fire and brimstone ashes.
The realism of warfare thunders within every chapter. The story takes the reader deep inside the cataclysmic combat action seen through the eyes of an American covert operator, a member of a Strike Team, designated Bravo. His direct action and the team’s are depicted in the thick of the hellacious risk of danger and the peril of death-defying assignments. This diary of real-life agony and anguish that takes a toll on the human body and spirit is based on true accounts. Their warfare missions provide a realistic look at the traumatic bane of armed conflict and its terrorizing face and subsequent results as Bravo Team goes face to face with the rebel insurgents. Nothing short of complete sterilization of their target is acceptable. Despite that the 12-man team is constantly out-manned by the enemy force, Bravo manages to overcome the odds with chilling and bristling fighting sequences that puts the reader’s mind in the very midst of terrifying clashes; close enough at times to see the whites of the enemy’s eyes before death overtakes the fallen. Nothing is as dramatic as actual in-your-face combat action up close and personal. The true-life mission stories written, depicts each battle and fire-fight with the intensity and sensation that only a real participant can portray. The ruggedness, rage, fury, controlled chaos, physical affliction and mental torment of combat is fought at alarming levels where opponents face a life and death struggle with an animalistic instinct to survive each new mission assignment.
Come onboard the choppers, flying nap-of-the-earth tree-tipping ground-hugging wild roller-coaster rides of mind-boggling action as Team Bravo infiltrates enemy terrain filled with the scent of death.
GAME ON! is BOOK 1 of a five eBook series entitled, THE NICARAGUAN WAR CHRONICLES; based on true events.
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