Looks as if Christian just got himself a medal.Eventually, elements of the 4th began turning west, leap frogging Christian’s position on that end of the bridge. They were packing up to join the advance when the General’s Adjutant showed up and asked if they had been the ones who had taken the strategically important bridge over the Río Oscuro. Christian had almost told him that it wasn’t a big deal, the few Chileans defending it had fled as soon as his team had shown up and his Gunners had taken a few potshots at them so that they would keep running. The Adjutant had looked Christian in the eye and told him not to tell anyone else that.
Reinaldo is realising that he might be headed back to the US soon.The situation wasn’t getting better, that much was clear as word reached them that the city of Coyhaique had fallen to the Argentinian forces and their allies. Reinaldo Contreras had noticed something far more obvious that screamed volumes about everything. His Squadron was now conducting almost all of its operations over Chile rather than Argentina.
And the Harrier, or at least its equivalent TTL, has just entered combat. Cue everyone back in the US giving the CIA and ONI the side eye if they missed this one. I would also love to see the aero tech experts loudly protesting that "Fixed wing aircraft DON'T work that way!!!" only to have the spies replay the Chilean gun camera footage that shows that THESE aircraft DO work that way.At the same time, a new plane with markings from the German Navy had appeared. As a Naval Aviator himself, Reinaldo understood that planes that operated from Aircraft Carriers frequently had to make serious compromises in order to conduct their missions. The compromise that these planes seemed to have made involved dispensing with the laws of physics. Reinaldo had tangled with these planes as they had conducted attack runs and discovered that they just turned away and even a plane as maneuverable as an F-11 couldn’t stay with them.
As for that wonderful Argentine turboprop ground support aircraft, I suspect that it will inspire someone back in the Empire to design an improved version for CAS. Something that looks a little like this perhaps:
After all, the Germans already have helicopter gunships. Sigi flew them very successfully in Korea.