Vietnam Strikes Back, 18 People's Liberation Army retreated to the cave, they rush to dozens of Vietnamese people
1979 years of the Vietnam self-defense, to defend the frontier fighting on the first day, the Guangzhou Military Region Army 55th Army 165 division 493 regiment, was ordered to attack from the Friendship Pass area on the west side, along the wave 438 Highland Village west of that bombing line with the board to implement southeast interludes, with the board to seize control 303 Highland road on the west side of Lang Son, 488 as a left-wing group with the task of adjacent units interspersed with 163 teachers and will, together with the completion of the board of the newspaper encirclement, the formation of internal and external front, breaking the enemy's retreat, stopping the enemy reinforcements to protect the main force troops to wipe out the enemy region with the board of.
February 17 at 10 am, when he was 8 even into the west side of the same road to the (board) too (the original) of Queensland Marina Village group knife connected, was suddenly the newspaper faceted fire suppression inside, even the whole battle formation completely in the fire of the enemy's coverage, there was greater casualties. Strengthen the company's headquarters, deputy head of Yao Kaixiang spot sacrifice, sacrifice camp instructor where he died. Under intense enemy fire threat, the whole company is divided with (Gordon) too (the original) road into two parts, in addition to deputy political commissar Lu Xuechun led 17 people crossed the road, entered Bazhai addition, company personnel remaining blocked in Queensland Marina nearby village, two about 1-2 km away.
18 people crossed the road include: deputy political commissar Lu, the guards, the regiment political Department Li officer, company commander, radio operators and a platoon and a platoon squad leader in this, 1 deputy squad leader, a machine gunner, 4 platoon leader and platoon a bazooka this hand, the rest of the camp staff is even machine guns, artillery assigned to a row of soldiers. He counted the weapons, in addition to five cadres than five pistols, as well as a light machine gun, three submachine guns, a semiautomatic rifle. The remaining barrel rocket launchers have no bombs, heavy machine guns, a gun rack body - free no bullets, 82 recoilless rifles have no gun barrel gun mount no shells.
Lu, deputy political commissar of the few cadres bring together a meeting to discuss what to do next? 1 tube new platoon leader controls a bit map, found that the current standing point is less than 2 km from the straight-line distance of 303 Highland, recommendations or progress to 303 Highland According to the schedule, the initiative to contact troops after nearly 488 groups to enlist their support, together won 303 Heights. Company commander and other cadres also think we should move on. Lu, deputy political commissar, said after listening to the views of everyone, and now those of us who have no fighting, in front of the enemy is unknown, follow-up units and able to come up with a higher level and are unable to contact friends and neighbors, our personal sacrifice small things, but can not break away troops, the overall impact of the follow-up action, or the first, and so on, linked to higher levels before making a decision.
later, acquired by the company commander and battalion command aircraft 861 contact, that the whole battalion was blocking the newspaper firepower, superior orders 3rd battalion adjustment task, not to continue interludes, in situ onto the defensive, waiting for the next move command, against 303 Highland task performed by the 488 group. With clear instructions from their superiors, alone behind enemy lines into the 18 PLA officers and men under the leadership of deputy political commissar Lu, a retreat into the cave Bazhai's stick, waiting Band of Brothers team collusion.
February 18 morning, the army continued to surround and annihilate the same board area newspaper, intense gunfire after another. Lu, deputy political commissar of the cave in which 18 people are attached to the hole hole, there is only one person climb over a small hole at the bottom, and other caves connected. 11 am, following the cave suddenly rush to dozens Tuoerdainv, carrying the burden of the size of the Vietnamese people. One by one they panicked, child stop crying. This time, the enemy is not found outside the cave, and quickly sent the company commander to hold a small hole, they are not allowed to tamper with a loud command, quiet.
the Vietnamese people found the cavern speak Chinese soldiers, all at once shocked, but also silence the child. Vietnamese people and country border in the border areas close contacts, a lot of people speak the dialect in Guangxi, soil vernacular, is also Chinese couplets on the door. People's Liberation Army among them will say Pingxiang in Guangxi local dialect, I asked about the situation. These people are the original inhabitants of the same town board, in order to avoid war, they all go to the mountains, caves can be found Bazhai have to hide, to drill in.
Lu, deputy political commissar, who carry biscuits and drinking water already finished, everyone was hungry and thirsty. There are two wounded bled, in a coma. And this cave is like the Palestinian villagers of the reservoir, fuel vinegar tea there, there are a lot of bacon, dumplings, even the pots and pans have a spoon. But there is no water, only helplessly looking at, what not to eat. The enemy outside the cave complex, not easily sent out water, had Yingkang. These people come in, just provide the opportunity to take water. PLA officers and men to find two buckets, so they sent two people to go outside the cave water, others stay put, and told them that constantly monitors water move.
is not tempered, the water taken back. The soldiers fear there is a problem, let the other party first few sips, and then gave them leave a bucket of water, food hole also can be divided into a number of them. With water, we quickly make a fire to cook, finally fed stomach. The Vietnamese people see no harm People's Liberation Army, also settled down to do to eat. They accordance with the requirements of the PLA, no hole, no noise. The two sides thus interfere with each other, get along with peace, until 19 am, deputy political commissar Lu, who break out in under 2 even collusion.
Before the war, troops conducted mass discipline, requiring commanders who put the Vietnamese people the difference between the Group and Le Duan apart. Lu, deputy political commissar of the other 18 people in the cave, and dozens of Vietnamese people live together day does not impose any harm to them, exemplary in respecting the discipline policy reflects the true nature of the division of the PLA righteousness!
The author is a master's degree in history, a university lecturer, focusing Vietnam war history.
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