Chapter 481 - The Fruits Of Victory Change Hands
In order to support the Vietnamese Branch to carry out their objectives, the Kingdom of God had arranged for their satellites to concentrate on Vietnam.
Yue Zhong knew that they had satellites in their control, that was why he had deployed troops carefully from Tian Xin, borrowing the cover of the night to slowly creep towards the forest.
This time, Yue Zhong's raid had truly come out of the blue, and although Dan Dong tried his best to organize his troops in a bid to resist, it was futile. His troops had already left their previous location, and had been through 2 days of intense fighting. Surrounded by the troops of Yue Zhong which were 5-times their numbers, after just defending for 30 minutes, their simple defences were broken through, and the entire force collapsed.
"Damn bastards! Those useless pricks from intelligence!!" Dan Dong watched as his troops were torn apart by those soldiers from all directions utilizing all sorts of abilities, and his face became grim as he ordered: "Surrender! We surrender!"
A white flag rose from that camp of the Kingdom of God, representing that the battalion had lost all intent to resist, and were surrendering.
At this time, there were about 150 soldiers left. The Europeans were different from the Asians. Over at that side, when the battle wasn't in their favour, they would surrender automatically. Of course, it wasn't that their fighting will was weak, instead they had high fighting will and combat strength, it was just that they were more accepting of loss as compared to the Asians.
Yue Zhong used a force of 5 battalions, 2,500 men to overcome 400 soldiers of the Kingdom of God. They managed to kill over 200, but at the cost of about 100+ of his own men. It could be seen that the Kingdom of God was truly strong.
Yue Zhong quickly ordered his men to round up the soldiers of the Kingdom of God, before organizing his troops to begin the second assault towards Lang Son City.
By this time, the Kingdom of God soldiers of the 1st Battalion were either chasing down the Vietnamese survivors or raping women. The moment Yue Zhong and his forces came storming through, they instantly cut down these unsuspecting soldiers, slicing straight through the heart of their forces.
"How did it come to this? Damned yellow monkeys!! Fucking Yue Zhong!!" Within Lang Son City, Alex saw the events unfolding and cursed out loudly.
One of the intelligence officers immediately came up to advise: "Commander, please retreat. If you don't, we're going to be exterminated!"
The entire Lang Son City was blanketed by sounds of firing again. This time, it was the Kingdom of God soldiers who surrendered, or were executed on the spot. These soldiers were elites, but without their bearings and orders, they could not withstand the onslaught of Yue Zhong's forces.
The Kingdom of God was not lacking experts, but under the siege of enemies 5 times their size, those who saw their chance escaped, the rest who were slower were immediately killed.
Alex gritted his teeth and cursed: "Retreat!! Damn yellow monkeys!! I'll remember this!! I will not let you go, Yue Zhong!!!"
Under Alex's orders, the remaining Kingdom of God soldiers began to escape in various directions.
This time, it was the enraged Vietnamese that made a move. Many of them turned around to kill those retreating soldiers of the Kingdom of God, and those that came across Yue Zhong's troops would surrender, otherwise they were immediately overcome and executed as well.
Those soldiers from of Kingdom of God tried their best to escape, in the end, it was only Alex and about 20 experts who managed to break out.
Alex was the commander of the Vietnam Branch of the Kingdom of God, and he was an Agility-based Evolver in his own right. That was how he managed to break out.
Yue Zhong forcefully wiped out the remainder of the troops of the Kingdom of God, before continuing his advance towards the inner centre of Lang Son City.
As of now, most of the troops in Lang Son City, be it Vietnamese or the Europeans, were nearly annihilated. However, Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong had managed to hold out, bringing 2,600 soldiers and withdrawing to a secretive location that was surrounded by some defences.
Around the location there were a few walls and holes for guns, arranged in a complicated defensive formation. The best way to overcome these defences would be to just blast the entire area into nothing.
After Yue Zhong brought his men to attack Lang Son City, he did not immediately charge at the secretive location. Instead, he deployed his men to block off any possible escape routes, and to clean up the remainder of the Great Vietnamese Empire soldiers within the city.
The Vietnamese people in Lang Son City were currently in extremely bad moods, their hatred for the Kingdom of God and Yue Zhong's forces were similarly high. To them, there was no difference between the troops, they were all invaders. Hence, the resistance within the city was still strong.
Yue Zhong was absolutely merciless towards the Vietnamese who had acted against him, and deployed his troops to unleash a killing spree. Any Vietnamese youths that jumped out passionately to defend were instantly executed on the spot, shocking the other Vietnamese people.
Under the threat of the countless firing and cannons, the entire Lang Son City soon quietened down, as most of the Vietnamese survivors that were rounded up awaited judgement in fear, uncertain of their fate at Yue Zhong's hands.
Yue Zhong directly implemented military rule to run and control Lang Son City.
All Vietnamese survivors were under curfew and were strictly to stay within their own rooms. If there were any Vietnamese seen roaming outside, the army was given authority to execute offenders on the spot. Under such a rule, all forms of contact between the Vietnamese survivors were cut off, and they could only wait fearfully for further orders in their own homes.
Dan Dong was brought forwards by a soldier to Yue Zhong's sight, and the moment he saw Yue Zhong, he opened his mouth: "I want the treatment rightfully due to captives!! I'm a commanding officer! I have the right to humane treatment and respect according to the Geneva Convention!"
According to the Convention, Dan Dong would be considered a prisoner-of-war, and would not be subjected to ill treatment. Furthermore, China always had the practice of treating her captives fairly. However, Yue Zhong was someone who killed captives without blinking depending on his mood, hence Dan Dong would not necessarily get what he wants. The prisoners-of-war would usually be treated slightly worse than the Scum Battalion. At least the people in the Scum Battalion could get to eat their fill, whereas prisoners would have to live on a meagre amount everyday.
Dan Dong had just eaten one meal of that miserable gruel, and his digestive system had rejected it almost instantly. Thinking about his future, his heart turned cold.
Yue Zhong eyed Dan Dong indifferently and said: "Bring your men and submit to me, work for me. I can feed you and clothe you, and you'll have the respect you deserve."
These soldiers of the Kingdom of God were proficient in all sorts of modern weaponry, and were men of talents that Yue Zhong sorely needed.
Dan Dong had an incredulous look as he said: "Mr. Yue Zhong. We're just your captives, and we have no intention of working for you. Our Kingdom of God is willing to pay a sum to buy our freedom, what do you think?"
Yue Zhong did not bat an eyelid: "Then you guys can continue to rot in the prisoners' camp. This is the treatment of the prisoners here. Wait till your Kingdom of God amasses enough funds to start negotiating, then we'll talk. Oh and, we don't keep idlers here. Even captives have to work. You must be prepared."
Dan Dong heard those words and his mind became numb. The food was already unbearable, and they could not eat their fill. They would still have to work? Their bodies would quickly deteriorate! In this current world, that would mean certain death!
Dan Dong swiftly made his choice as he respectfully saluted Yue Zhong: "I'm willing to lead my men to submit to you!"
Yue Zhong showed a satisfied look as he gave an order: "Very good. Bring your troops and go blast that Lin Yang District." That was where Wuyan Hong and Chen Sheng Yong were currently holed up in.
This time, Yue Zhong had mobilized a number of his powerful Enhancers, but he didn't bring any artillery personnel. Their breaching capabilities were weak. The moment Dan Dong brought his men to join Yue Zhong, they filled up that weak spot in Yue Zhong's troops.
Right as Yue Zhong was about to give the order to fire, a military officer came running up to him: "Leader! Chen Sheng Yong sent someone to seek an audience."
Yue Zhong was surprised: "Oh! Let him in!"
A 32-33 year old man with an ordinary build and looks came up to Yue Zhong and began fawning upon him: "How do you do, Leader Yue Zhong!! I Li Ming Zong, am pleased to make your acquaintance."
Yue Zhong eyed Li Ming Zong and immediately got down to business: "What words does Chen Sheng Yong have for me?"
This time, Yue Zhong had basically control of the entire situation. The entire Lang Son City was in his hands, and he wasn't in the mood to play games with this Li Ming Zong who was obviously not a decision maker.
Li Ming Zong discarded all his prepared bullshit and immediately replied: "The Eagle King is willing to join you, and listen to your commands. He will also support your conquests over here as well as in Thái Nguyên!"
Yue Zhong immediately became more attentive.
This time, the total death count of the Vietnamese survivors were in the 40,000s. However, there were still about 110,000 survivors. Yue Zhong was clear that Thái Nguyên would have a huge number of survivors as well.
If Chen Sheng Yong who was a local really threw in with Yue Zhong, then Yue Zhong would have a better means of controlling these Vietnamese survivors.
Yue Zhong continued without skipping a beat: "What are his conditions?"
Li Ming Zong hesitated a while, before looking straight at Yue Zhong and spoke in Chinese: "The Eagle King hopes that you can show your great mercy, and not kill too many innocent Vietnamese."
Wuyan Hong had been a racist and supremacist and slaughtered numerous Chinese. Yue Zhong wasn't some saint himself. In Luo Cun Village, he had retaliated by killing the 4,000 Vietnamese survivors. With Lang Son City and its nationalistic inhabitants landing in the hands of Yue Zhong, Chen Sheng Yong was afraid that Yue Zhong would act up in anger, and raze the entire city to the ground.