OPSAD (Organization for Planetary Security and Defense)
Effectively a local militia/national guard for 'point defense' of colonies and typically derived from the local population, it usually consists of retired veterans who've settled in the area as officers and SNCOs with conscripts in the 17 to 23 year old range serving a planetary defense service term.
IFOR (Invasion Forces)
The shorthand designation for the forces invading Cascadium through a stable arcanotechnological synthetically generated Einstein-Rosenbridge Wormhole. Consisting of a population similar to the Ottaman Turks, they are currently ruled by a Saddam like strongman and this current campaign is merely another in a string of efforts to acquire wealth through conquest. They have a mixture of technology but akin to a 1950s era Arab army but with a smattering of older equipment and extremely advanced and deadly artifacts from a time before their world's near end a thousand years ago. As said above their goals on Cascadium are simple conquest, enslavement, and wealth through spoils.
Primary invasion leadership arrives through the portal/wormhole, one General Monham who notes that there are still some needed preperations before the invasion can truly step off from this base. He orders the scout forces to spread out as he pulls more rifle company sized units through the portal along with as many of his engineering units as he could manage to cram into the prepared area. They'll spend the next week clearing trees, laying gravel, and building up the storage infrastructure to support the numerous divisions on the otherside of the gate.
I-Day / Day of First Contact 06.08.2789 A.D.
Roughly a month into these efforts a forward motorized recon element happens upon one of the many small homesteads and unlike other encounters in which the residents were captured and sent back… the troops choose to indulge. A girl manages to get away on a small motorcycle and flees to the town of Dorvan Farms, the closest settlement of any sort. The unit is unaware of this.
A response consisting of law enforcement special response units and regular LEOs arrives within the day with light armored vehicles and a VTOL in support. While superior in technology they lack the heavy weapons of the military scout unit and are driven off with some losses but manage to kill nearly half of the recon unit whom pulls back and communicates their situation back to General Monham. The officers are executed upon their return and Monham is forced to up his time table, sending two regiments of motorized infantry and a armored battalion to take the settlement.
Within Dorvan Farms a bit of fear has taken hold, some confusion as to whether or not it was merely a small band of brigands that somehow managed to arrive on the surface without being noticed to some form of invasion. The settlement's governor has activited all law enforcement entities under his control as well as the OPSAD garrison battalion technically under his management. Though it is only sixty percent operational when the first air attacks begin during the dawn.
I-Day +1 / Beginning of the First Battle of Dorvan Farms
The IFOR use a strange mixture of propulsion less craft of odd make and propeller craft of odd configurations. While both perform well early in the attack, air defense units belonging to the garrison unit soon begin plucking them from the skies. They soon cease their operations and are replaced with direct tube fired towed artillery. This causes the stream of evacuees to become a torrent, pouring out along the east and west highway routes. The remaining LEOs and the OPSAD battalion have arranged themselves in a line of defense, watching as their allotment of UCAVs display the oncoming force.
Monham's goals however isn't the simply taking of a city, he also wants the population and thus as these forces roll in the center elements merely engage and lock the defenders in place as the follow on units move out and to the flanks. Civilians are caught on the raised roadways in the open as indirect and direct fire begins to fall around them. The deployment had left lesser manpower on these flanks assuming the heaviest weight would fall on the settlement itself. Rather than breaking, most of the young men and women being from Dorvan Farms, they hold and fall back as needed. Their weapons, heavier than that of the LEOs, extract heavy losses from the oncoming IFOR. Though sheer numbers force them to fall back.. until both road routes are cut. Those left soon begin moving overland to the north, mostly using farming vehicles built for such as the OPSAD battalion bleeds to hold the gap open as the town is steadily enveloped by a force that outnumbers them 50 to 1.
By the end of the first day the envelopment is complete, two-thirds of the settlement's OPSAD battalion has been spent in a frantic and desperate defense with most of it's survivors having pulled out through the gap covering the rear of what civilians managed to get out. Some remain within the surrounded town however, nightfall and an enemy that seems to lack night fighting equipment allows more to slip out while others fight on.
Dawn brings the final assault, a heavy force of infantry and tanks directly attack the town. Most armed colonists are killed in their positions, most remembering what happened to those that surrendered to another enemy from a war decades ago. By mid day only a handful of positions are still held, mostly small pockets with the largest being in the central colony administration complex due to it's hardened nature. While those still in contact question 'where is the air support?' they have yet to realize that a device on the hills to the south from the invader's past has been setup. Laser based, it effectively sweeps the skies within line of sight and orbit even with the operators only just understanding how to run the device thats over a thousand years old.
By the end of the day some leakers had slipped out through battered hostile encircling formations either by luck or just simple weight of accurate and terrifying fire. But the central admin complex falls and eventually every bit of resistance is collapsed under weight of numbers though at great cost to the IFOR. Nearly six thousand fall into the hands of this force from another world as the looting and celebrating begins. Foreign soldiers and dedicated teams proceed to strip anything of technological (or otherwise) value from the settlement and separate any of those with special knowledge. All are to be shipped back through the portal into a life of servitude.
Outside the now fallen town the scattered remains of the OPSAD battalion have reconstituted into what could best be described as a reinforced pair of companies under a retired UASCM (United American Starzone Colonial Marines) Major. However despite being spent, a handful of pre-positioned supply points enable at least a partial munitions restock and this unit carries on fighting a delaying action to allow the train of civilians traveling overland to get away.
General Monham, with his first if very costly victory under his belt soon details a motorized regiment reinforced with a tank battalion and another reserve infantry battalion for an attack on another settlement further down the highway, Del's City. However unlike Dorvan Farms it has had both an alert and the streams of evacuees from Dorvan Farms to confirm that there was indeed a hostile army on the surface of their world. As a result most of its population has spent this day either further evacuating or assisting the settlement's own OPSAD battalion in fortifying the approaches to their town.
I-Day +3 Battle of Del's City
The morning of the third day begins with a spoiling attack by light vehicles with ATGMs against the leading elements of the force advancing on Del's City. The attempt by light aircraft to counter is costly due to the presence of man portable air defense systems and truck mounted SAMs present on the ground. Overall this campaign has not been kind to the IFOR's air forces, their only saving grace being the presence of the weapon at their invasion site.
These attacks really only buy a few hours however, weight of fire driving off these light skirmish colonist vehicles and soon enough the general attack begins in earnest. The first wave comes directly down the road from Dorvan Farms, Cascadium Highway 103. Another comes down from the north following Cascadium Route 1 after traveling on a secondary road and taking a cross roads town to the north. In all, three companies of tanks and a full regiment of infantry attack from two sides. Again the technological edge of the OPSAD defenders and remaining law enforcement pays out and unlike Dorvan Farms they've had two full days to stand up to full strength. On top of fighting from prepared positions they've forced the hostiles to advance over a land prepared for them. Mines, tank traps, and various means to funnel infantry and their supporting vehicles into prepared killing areas. Light artillery, UCAVs, suicide drones, and smart mortars exact their costs before the IFOR formations even get within line of sight of direct fire weapons.
Additionally, coming in at near tree top level to avoid the losses of the first day, the aerospace forces of Cascadium make their presence known with stand off weapons and VTOL gunships begin to stalk the IFOR's flanks, the latter of which is operating from a FOB on the otherside of the river.
Gradually by sundown however the sheer weight of the repeated attacks, and a shift in the use of artillery from only light use to reduce damage to dedicated use to dig out defenders has reduced the OPSAD battalion's situation. This alongside the dedication of a reserve regiment trucked down the road from their invasion site finally pushes things in the favor of Monham's troops. By nightfall IFOR units have penetrated into city limits and the defending battalion is beginning to evacuate with units still in contact on the southern limits of Del's City.
I-Day +4 Battle of Del's City, Second Day
More and more IFOR units pour in from the north and the west, their time tables turning as their full force commitments continue to step off from their staging areas. Soon the OPSAD battalion's remnants are driven from the settlement itself and into the countryside to the south.
Both sides seem to accept a sort of unofficial pause, reorganizing and in the case of IFOR troops in Del's City, mass looting. However with such a concentration of forces in an urban area the decision is made to trade some infrastructure for enemy kills.
Within the hour twenty-five ballistic missiles with a mix of unitary high explosive warheads, cluster payloads with smart munitions, and kinetic rods blanket the city limits. It is estimated that half of the IFOR's equipment and manpower were eliminated in this strike thus forcing them to dig in and hold to wait for more forces to reinforce their situation. All the while the OPSAD unit drives on south toward a more defendable position.
FEBA - Forward Edge of the Battle Area
I-Day +5 The General Offensive Begins
With the costly engagement to his east General Monham decides that now is the time to finally exploit what he realizes is his one major advantage over the forces that resist his efforts, numbers. His previous engagements had been employed assuming some parity between his army and the defenders, Dorvan Farms and the technological treasures within ending this illusion. Some of his advisors claim it could simply be a wealthy hamlet like some of those in the Empire to the north with access to old technologies they could no longer make. The siege of the second settlement silenced them as well.
One preplanned operation, the concept of it formed after a mixture of reconnaissance flights (before air defense assets began to pluck them from the sky) and from information gathered from the recently captured Koles. It was a simple equation, if he moved fast enough and with overwhelming numbers he may have a chance at establishing a foothold on this world in such a manner that its residents and the power beyond the skies couldn't respond quick enough. All of it in the hope he could negotiate something of a ceasefire and a ceding of land and population to his nation. As a result a Corps sized element was dispatched to the north, two reinforced divisions to the east and to the west. He held roughly a division and a half in reserve, having them establish themselves in the hills surrounding the 17th Army's basecamp and their only way home.
The direction to push with most of his forces was figured by a mixture of both aerial reconnaissance and intelligence gathered by scrying the minds of those captured as they where cycled through his base on their way to Eideon. A major settlement sat at the confluence of both rivers that hemmed his forces in the east and west, hundreds of thousands and the infrastructure to support them as well as major road, air, and rail all converging in one spot. Of course the scrying also gave hint to a much larger armed presence in the city of Varde as well as further forces nearby.
Opting for the one strategy he knew would work, he assembled the majority of his forces into a corps sized formation. Placing it under the command of one of his trusted underlings and sending it north as the underling saw fit. As a result most of the mechanized and armored forces opted for a road march, moving east down the now safe roadway and then turning northward with tank formations at the head. His various motorized infantry divisions opted to move overland, directly northward, their trucks and various craft moving in waves over the fields of Cascadium.
The eastern FEBA had remained static and quiet since the ballistic missile strike, the OPSAD battalion of Del's City having driven farther south and dug in around a small town that served as little more than a weigh station for those going further south. It covered the crossroads for two major colonial highways as well as a bridge that leads further to the east. An additional battalion's worth of OPSAD troops have also moved north to reinforce them from settlements further in the south.
To their north and to the horror of those troops as they came within view of drones was another enemy formation. An entire division sent to the east by General Monham to force a crossing of the (insert name for eastern river) and push toward the mountains and any settlements within reach.
Two battalions of the 4th Marine Division drop directly onto the invasion site after a successful raid destroys the laser system defending it. Taken by surprise and unable to stop a platoon of exo equipped troops from crossing through the portal and securing the site on the other world before the gateway could be shut.
General Monham and his surviving formations surrender.
OPLAN 047 Timeline
D-Day 08.04.2789 A.D.
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