02/14/3062 15:21 Location – 32km W of Fairkeep, Yun Shi Mountains, Nashuar
Captain Wells was on edge, Outpost Clearwater had just been attacked and recent reports showed that a large force of Canopians was closing on his position. Meanwhile a Boomerang Spotter Plane flies near the advancing column keeping out of LRM range.
Captain Wells – “Windjammer, are these reports accurate?”
Windjammer – “Yes sir, we have confirmed with the 1st Legionaries and I have done a flyby, a reinforced company of Canopians are headed to Fire Bastion.”
Captain Wells – “Damn”
“All sectors Red Alert, this is not a drill, enemy inbound”
“Sergeant, get my mech ready?”
Sergeant Weln – “Yes sir”
A flurry of activity broke the relative monotony of waiting, field guns and artillery pieces are brought to battery, tanks start up, and mechs wait patiently in their blinds for the Canopians to arrive.
Captain Wells was set up in his Penetrator alongside several other mechs still in the blinds monitoring the remote sensor array. The 14th Mechanized Infantry (dismounted) were slowing down the Canopians with ambushes in the hills but they couldn’t really damage them without taking unsustainable casualties.
15:41 Location – Chu Lin Gap, Nashuar
Commander DuChamps’ Task Force HAYMAKER (8 mechs, 10 tanks) was making their way through the Chu Lin Gap, for the past ten minutes the vanguard tanks had been harassed with infantry hiding in the woods. They never fired a second shot and finding them was difficult even with the Raven’s sensors. The damage was mostly superficial so it wasn’t worth the effort to seek them out.
The Task Force had to follow the lower ground due to the tanks, the 7th’s defenders didn’t have the trouble they were already in fighting positions along the slopes. The Canopians unfortunately had to go right through the line of fire, Captain Wells opened up with the 14th Mechanized’s field guns and tanks to pull the Canopian armor support away.
While the 14th and 3rd’s armor units engaged each other Captain Well’s Mech lance (Penetrator, Juggernaut, Griffin, and Thunder) engaged DuChamps Command Lance (Thunderbolt, Thug, Huron Warrior, and Marauder). His Lieutenant’s Lance (Javelin, Commando, Dragon Fire, and Lineholder) engaged Ensign Holms (Raven, Shadow Hawk, Phoenix Hawk, and Hunchback) on the other side of the Hill.
Captain Wells – “Major Moss we have engaged the Canopian forces and would appreciate some air support”
Major Moss – “Captain Wells I vectored Twister-Two and Whirlwind-Six to your position upon hearing the recon reports, they should be overhead soon for a bombing run”
Captain Wells – “Roger that”
Fire Bastion Sensor Ops – “Captain Wells I am detecting four Guardian Strike Fighters burning towards our location right now, ETA 4 minutes”
Captain Wells – “14th Gun Command I need AAA over our position, load flak and prepare to engage”
14th Gun Command – “Roget that Commander”
The hill top gun positions stopped firing while their crews reloaded their long range guns. The heavier Anti-Tank positions lower on the slope continued unabated firing shells into Canopian armor.
The Mech Battles occurred near hill 515, Commander DuChamps’ air support succeeded in dropping the Juggernaut and the Thug brought down the Thunder but DuChamp’s lance was destroyed. On the other side of the hill Ensign Holms managed to rout the other mech lance but lost the Heavy LRM carrier and its elite crew to a Fire Javelin.
The Hawk mechs pursued the retreating mechs destroying the Penetrator (and Captain Wells) but losing the Shadow Hawk (and Ensign Holms) in the process. Overhead the FEDCOM Dark Crow fighter and AAA dropped two Guardian Strike Fighters while the Dark Crow was downed and the Vulcan bomber was forced to hit afterburners to escape. The remaining Guardians, Phoenix Hawk, Hunchback, Raven, and Armor (3 out of 10) destroyed the FEDCOM field guns and armor company but left the infantry alone as they retreated due to serious damage.
After Action Report
Task Force HAYMAKER will need to be reinforced in order to take Fairkeep but we have destroyed 7 enemy mechs. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough infantry support for our salvage and recovery crews in the area. A Duskbat recon plane has confirmed that FEDCOM has mobilized their salvage teams to the field.
TDR-7M, SHD-2H, MAD-5D, HUR-WO-R4L, THG-11E, 2 Manticores, 2 Longspears, Heavy LRM Carrier, 2 Light SRM carriers, 2 Guardian VSTOL Strike Fighters, 5 Mechwarriors, 2 Pilots, 26 Armor Crewmen
PEN-6M, THR-1L, KWL-LH8, COM-1Dm, DGR-3F, JG-R9T1, JAV-11A, 4 Pattons, 4 King Scorpions, Dark Crow Fighter, 12 Field Guns (4 AC2s, 1 AC20, 3 AC10s, 4 AC5s), 7 Mechwarriors, 1 Pilot, 24 Armor Crewmen, Infantry Casualties unknown