“Dictators are not in the business of allowing elections that could remove them from their thrones.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
September 1st, 3024 : Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airfield : 2:30am : The force protecting the main airfield at The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, * The Sangrian Training Company, reported to Command, that they were under-going an attack of some sort. Reports indicated that a mixed force of BattleMechs, armro and infantry had made landfall in the forests south of San Andrés, La Centra, and was moving to surround the airfield. Forces on-hand to defend the facility were the training company less one platoon holding their barracks at Sea Breeze, and the local militia who were busy celebrating the local election results. One mixed platoon worth of troopers from 12th (Foot) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “The Krakens” were quickly summoned, but it would take time to summon the remainder.
The defenders placed their available anti-tank guns in three positions to give good covering fire of the airfield, and scattered their infantry along the edges to have an opportunity to move and fire. Their Ignis Infantry Support Tanks were going to take the place of standard armor, and were deployed to best respond to intrusion, or give transport to their assigned infantry. Also, a pair of commercial passenger planes blocked easy passage from the north end of the isthmus.
The marines, always masters of improvisation, managed to rig a series of explosive fields across the map, unknown to the attackers, that might help defend certain locations from rapid advance.
Careful observation by LtJG William “Wild Bill” Lennox, leader of the marine platoon, noted that while there were a handful of civilian transport trucks scattered across the airfield, one vehicle seemed out-of-place, conveniently located in the small woodland on the south side of the airfield, next to where the marines were setting-up their anti-tank gun, was a decidedly bold vehicle. Closer examination revealed it to be a Wheeled Scout Car equipped with an SRM-launcher and a communications array. The squad of marines abandoned their position around their MP-75mm Anti-Tank Gun, and stormed the site, taking one casualty, but seizing the vehicle and accessing its com-link.
The communication were linked to the incoming hostile force, which appeared to be a force of mercenaries, calling themselves the Firewatch Company. Carefully listening to the communications reports coming over the radio, hinted that the unit’s four (4) Mechs were coming in from the east, the half-dozen hover armor from the west, while the infantry, a mixed company of foot, jump and mechanized troopers, were making their way through the city proper. The marines quickly moved back into position, abandoning the scout car for now, and went back to manning their gun position.
The infantry quickly moved onto the field, with two platoons of jump infantry bouncing from rooftop to rooftop, while the mechanized infantry platoon moved swiftly along the western access road ahead of the foot platoon.
To the north, four Mechs appeared along the eastern edge of the airfield; a Stinger, a Wasp, a Spider and a Locust. To the west, five J Edgar Light Hover Tanks moved swiftly down the airfield. The defenders prepared for the worst.
The eastern pair of mechanized infantry, mounted on Davion Eagre ATVs, were intercepted by the two closest Ignis’ APCs, blockading them from approaching closer. They exchanged fire, with the mechanized infantry doing some damage to one Ignis, damaging its stabilizer and other minor damage.
In the open, the anti-tank guns opened fire on the Locust, hitting multiple times across its CT, as well as their opening shot, which critically struck its LA lower actuator and shoulder. The closest infantry also took a scattering of shots at the Locust, across its RT and multiple hits to its LL. The two Ignis closest to the Locust also sprung an ambush, ramming it.
The J. Edgars also opened into the two closest Ignis, stunning one crew and doing stabilizer damage and scattered motive damage across both vehicles.
The Locust responded with a critical strike to one Ignis, blowing-off its turret and making it immobile.
The Locust then tried to move away from and around the remaining Ignis, but slipped on the pavement and skidded 90m across the airfield to stop just before the closest building. The other Mechs moved to support it, while the closest three Ignis took advantage of this opportunity to follow along and fire on it, though to no effect.
One anti-tank crew managed to hit the Stinger with a critical to its RL foot actuator, with the infantry closest to the Wasp doing scattered damage across its left side (LT multiple shots and LA). One Ignis managed to strike with both its facing flamethrowers into the mechanized infantry, destroying the squad and its vehicles. Another anti-tank crew fired into the closest J. Edgar, blowing through its skirts and forcing it to become immobile.
The J. Edgars responded by blowing apart the tracks off one Ignis, and moderate damage to another. The other fired on one hunkered-down anti-tank squad, doing some scattered damage to the defenders.
The Locust struggled to stand, but failed, falling back against the building hard. Its companions, seeing the damage the Mech was taking, but wanting to fulfill their objective, left the Mech behind, and proceeded across the airfield, with the Spider and Wasp coming under scattered anti-tank fire. The downed Locust was rammed again (though one missed) by the closest Ignis’, doing general damage all across its chassis, but without doing anything serious. The closest infantry also opened fire on the downed Mech, doing a critical to its MGs, and other scattered damage, but nothing else serious.
The surviving mechanized infantry swiftly crossed the airfield, and were joined by the remaining Mechs, who all seemed to be aiming for the fuel tanks on the north-west side of the airfield. The J. Edgars were firing on both local Ignis and the bunkered anti-tank gun squads, though one circled around the far side, and attempted to slip back across the airfield, before striking a hastily prepared minefield near one anti-tank gun position, blowing its skirts off, and flipping it over the position to crash on the far side.
The Locust failed a third time in attempting to stand, knocking the pilot out for good this time. It quickly came under attack from an anti-tank gun crew (striking it in its RL), while the closest infantry struck multiple times in its LL, destroying its lower and hip actuators, while the closest Ignis to the Locust opened fire with everything, both striking its remaining legs, destroying them utterly. The Locust was out of the fight. The marines in the central bunker opened up on the Wasp doing scattered damage across its RA, LL, and RT.
The Spider did heavy damage against one Ignis, and the Stinger blew off the turret off another. One J.Edgar destroyed the tracks off its closest Ignis forcing it immobile, while the remaining mechanized infantry opened fire with their MGs on the closest marine squads.
The one militia group retreated from the advancing jump infantry along the east, while they entered the building, and took up positions over-looking the airfield. Along the western edge, the remaining jump infantry also swarmed into the tall building overlooking the airfield, and took up positions.
One anti-tank crew hit the Stinger in the LL, while the closest militia among the fuel tanks hit with a critical strike blowing the Stinger’s RL completely off. The Stinger was out of the fight for good. The remaining Mechs and mechanized infantry moved among the hangars along the northern edge, firing at any infantry that dared raise their heads, but seemed unwilling to remain, slowly moving west. While it seemed like they had been trying to secure the fuel dump, they were apparently unable to, and were retreating while firing on any target of convenience. The foot infantry platoon, began to disperse, swiftly vanishing into the urban environment around them.
The remaining forces gathered in the north-west, with the J.Edgars bringing up the rear. The whole force was slowly moving west under cover of the hangars.
The Spider took some withering fire, but non-serious damage from the combined militia forces in the hangars. The anti-tank crews fired passing shots at the J.Edgars, but missed, though one militia group did a couple glancing shots on one, slowing it down. The J.Edgars also fired on the various Ignis with little effect.
The remaining mercenaries slipped away north and west into the closest urban center, and the defenders while unable to destroy the Mechs (their primary objective) were able to hold the field.
The attacking mercenaries were able to gain a vantage point over the airfield and take some intel, but had been unable to scout the entire field, or secure the fuel dump, so only accomplished one of their minor objectives.
With the invaders still unknown, and the defenders unable to complete their objectives, the raid entered its second phase of attack…