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Pride The soldiers of my army were pounding at the walls of the enemy base ramming into the thick stone and metal with tanks and bulldozers There was little left on the interior of those walls having been blown away by mortar shells or destroyed by howitzer fire The few buildings that retained anything more than a foundation were scarred black and had walls that had fallen in The base was completely lost or so I thought I was in command of the regiment that destroyed the base I thought myself a master strategist and fancied in my head all the medals and honors and parades that would be held in my honor In all my smugness and confidence I had underestimated my opponents As my men tore through the forts walls I felt that final thrill of victorious pride swelling wide in my chest I ordered everyone into the base and commanded them to set up camp We would sleep here in our place of victory I figured it was safe enough the fires had burned themselves out hours ago and the winds were kept out by the remaining sections of the wall Near one oclock that morning I awoke to the sound of machine-gun fire They struck while we slept in our assumed safety and woke us with gunfire I was on my feet in an instant reaching for my 9mm pistol and barking out orders It was then in the middle of the rubble that I had realized my folly A huge metal door lay open the hole in the ground that it had been capping gaped open ready to either claim a hapless soldier or belch the enemy back up My orders did nothing we had been infiltrated by a larger stronger and better-equipped force I screamed for my men to surrender hoping this opposing commander would give us mercy in the light of the Geneva Convention In my
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