“God created war so that (people) would learn geography.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
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The Military Airfield
November 1st, 1:00 AM; Mount Pleasant Airport : As the battle for the airfield began to seemingly wind down, the Dingoes found themselves turning their attentions from the surrendered mercenary UrbanMech company, towards the infantry forces gathered primarily in the camps, though one or two regulars platoons were hiding among the fortifications near the DropShip and DropShuttle.
The Approach of Doom
The seven, powered-down Mechs remained standing obstacles, while the rest were either ruined fields of debris or sprawled across the ground. The infantry, urged on by their officer platoons were mobs of troops, firing wildly at the approaching Command and Assault lances of the Dingoes.
The Command Lane moved in close to bring all their weapons to bear on the infantry, and started raining fire on them, but to less effect than hoped. The survivors responded, with multiple strikes across various Mechs, allowing the massed fire from several hundred soldiers to be felt at close range.
Pitbull and MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” took multiple strikes across their Mechs. Advocate, however, took the brunt of the attacks, including two separate strikes to the head from grenade launchers.
The Intruder-Class finally blasted-off, clawing its way into the sky over the airfield, and not looking or firing back as it left.
As the rest of the unit closed with the remaining infantry, and Pitbull called out to target the officer platoons, the unit brought their Flamers to bear, eradicating one after another of the units, burning more than two companies of regular troops in the effort, all of them officers. There were spatters of return fire from the conscripts, but their desire to keep fighting seemed to be waning.
Pitbull demanded the immediate surrender of all surviving troops, and lacking any officers to drive them, the entire remaining force, roughly a thousand men, surrendered. They were corralled in the part of the camp furthest from the artillery strikes that was still intact, and near the water reservoir. The San Marcos 12th Air Assault Brigade had ceased to exist.
The surviving Mechs asked permission to move their forces to their DropShips, where they would hold until they had permission to leave into orbit. They got permission, and moved themselves from the field.
Slayer and Pitbull made contact with the San Marcos Air Force Mobile Field Hospital, the largest air-mobile MASH in the world, contacting the entire compound and reporting that they could retrieve the wounded once Iron Dingoes infantry and armor was available to escort them across the field. The facility, consisting of fourteen (14) 30-ton modules, two (2)Pegasus Utility Helicopters (Med-Evac Variant), and six (6) Light Utility Transports (single-patient MASH Variant).
Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” made contact with * “The Werewolves” and encountered them in the middle of their assault on the “Barracuda”. They quickly managed to subdue the handful of troops on-board the DropShuttle, securing it for the Dingoes. The defending anti-air and artillery units were also noted for salvage and removal. Everything else was up in the air at the moment.
The field secured, the unit called in their salvage units as well as the infantry and armor held just a few kilometers away. Pitbull managed to detect about a company of tanks making their way north towards the airfield, and dispatched the less-damaged Mechs from the unit (8 Mechs) to intercept the tanks before they reached the field, while the rest would hold the field until the arrival of the infantry and armor, and then follow-up.
The Relief Column
November 1st, 1:45 AM; 10 kms south of Mount Pleasant Airport : In the wide-open plains south of the airfield, the intercepting Mechs moved to stop the approaching tanks.
The unit identified the eastern lance as a group of Manticore Heavy Tanks, with a pair of Von Luckner Heavy Tanks holding the center, and a pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks slightly behind and beside them. The last pair were unidentified for the present, but also heavy tanks.
Sniping quickly began as the tanks got within PPC range, with Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” getting in a long-range shot with his PPCs that tore the turret off the leading Demolisher, rendering it dead, though capable of being salvaged.
One of the unknown tanks, now identified as a pair of Burkes, got off a long-range shot on Oddball with an LRM.
The Von Luckners and Manticores tried to use the small woodland on the east of the field as a means to snipe back, but the Dingoes Mechs had the range, so they quickly abandoned it.
As they got closer to range, fire became withering, with multiple PPC strikes across the field doing scattered moderate damage against the tanks, and only light return fire. Glamour somehow managed a magic shot with her Blazers, reflecting a shot through the track well and blowing through the rear armor to destroy the other remaining Demolisher.
Still having range with their PPCs, though slowly heating up, the Dingoes Mechs did increasingly devastating damage to the tanks. Blaster took out a Burke, Pitbull took apart a Von Luckner, and Glamour took apart one of the Manticores.
In response, a Burke did passing damage with its PPC and LRMs to Pitbull.
Having closed to effective range, the remaining heavy tanks did what they could, with the remaining Burke getting in multiple strikes on Blaster, but the rest were ineffective.
The rest of the Dingoes did multiple strikes across the field with moderate damaging results. Pitbull blew the turret off another Manticore, Oddball destroyed the other Burke, Fixer critically blew the fusion engine on the Von Luckner, and another Manticore fell to Templar’s attacks.
Faith strode up to the remaining Manticore, and kicked it right through its side armor, destroying it.
The unit allocated the Blind Justice lance to remain on-site, holding the area for salvage once the unit’s DropShips had relocated to the airfield, and the rest of the unit began moving back to join them and establish operational control over the landing field for their employers from The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, and for their own reinforcements from the “Revolver” and the “Spearhead”. Things seemed to be progressing well.