Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 7, Total War; Chapter 7, Todd Wainio.
It’s been a while since I had time to read for the fun of it, this is the last chapter of Total War and it makes sense that it’s Todd Wainio who closes the 7th part of the book.
The man who survived Yonkers & all the shit during the outright & total war against the ghouls has had some tales to tell.
This chapter focuses on the closing stages of the Z war, the meticulous search for any remaining enemies in America. How they used a staggered line approach as they would search for plane wreckage in our time frame, or a crime scene.
Weather was a major obstacle, as was night-time.
They were reluctant to move during the night, it doesn’t surprise me as there would be less light pollution and so night would truly be pitch-black. Fog was another problem as the world climate would’ve changed rather dramatically. As evidence suggests, the nuclear winter has drastically changed the global temperature and winter’s are now especially long & harsh.
Todd was one of many soldiers during this time, slowly pushing from the Rockies to the Atlantic coast, reclaiming their country literally inch by inch. It apparently took three years to clear the way and I would imagine the mountains would have proved the most difficult. The three main army groups (North, Centre, and South) had to move as one long line, covering every inch of America, sounds like an extraordinary effort and I can only hope they had enough radios (or similar lines of communication) to make sure nothing slipped through their net. Which is where the idea of the Force Appropriate Response came into effect, destroying the minor zombie threats and allowing the units to leapfrog their way across the country while keeping the line unbroken.
Effective but it must have been extremely difficult in practice.
He is more than aware of the similar predicaments of other countries, he states that a BBC film showing Britain’s clean-up operation creeped him out enough without the extra “mood music”. He seems especially grateful that he was discharged from the army prior to the clean-up operations in Canada & Mexico, who obviously didn’t have the same access to manpower & resources as their neighbours. Continue reading this post