World at War 854 books in series
Storming the Gap: First Strike Publisher's Summary
Storming the Gap: First Strike reveals the explosive origins of the Third World War and delves into the opening salvos of the conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in a world where the Cold War turns hot in 1985. This epic story is told from a range of viewpoints - through the eyes of the decision-makers in Washington as well as the tankers and infantry fighting through hills and towns of southern Germany.
Based partly on the scenarios from the smash-hit game by Lock 'n Load Publishing - World at War 85 - each tale is a pulse-pounding narrative of intense armor clashes that will help determine the fate of the most valuable piece of real estate this side of the inner German border - the Fulda Gap.
Caught by a surprise Soviet attack, NATO hastily deploys its men and tanks on the first day of the war. Their mission: protect the bridges over the Fulda River in a desperate bid to halt the onslaught of Soviet Armor before it can strike west and bring the Western alliance to its knees.
As the first book of a series that tells one version of the war's progress, Storming the Gap: First Strike can be enjoyed as a companion to the platoon-scale war game or by casual listeners as a close-up view of mechanized combat in a war that never was.
"The M1's round carved into the hull deck of the rear tank. A bright emerald glow filled the thermal sight. When, at last, it dissipated, the T-80 was nothing but a heap of smoldering steel. The remaining enemy tank was caught between the two dead T-80s. It pivoted left and right, but the thick woods on either side blocked its progress."