Sunday, February 12, 2006
Pacification of Zarahemla (The Battle of Moroni Road)
During the pacification campaign on Zarahemla prime one of the most written about and crucial battles was the battle of Moroni road. A large number of unity infantry backed by a few armored vehicles and a small number of artillery pieces tried to recapture the Zarahemla space elevator and the capitol city.
They had managed to move undetected, by the confederacy’s surveillance satellites, under the triple layer jungle canopy that surrounded the capitol city. With most of the confederation’s forces spread thinly all over the planet the Unity troops out numbered the defenders ten to one. The attackers were highly motivated as they wished to liberate the temple in the capitol and to free the President and the Quorum of twelve.
The attack though was foiled by a confederation tank patrol on Moroni road; the road connected the capitol with the port city of Young city. The tanks were on a routine patrol making sure that the road was clear, when it ran into the Unity artillery pieces being dragged across Moroni road. The eight tanks destroyed the artillery pieces and quickly found themselves engaged in a firefight.
The battle raged all night and into the morning. One of the major heroes of the battle was captain Dawud Mansur and his tank crew. For even after being hit with two flame bombs which burned off their active adaptive camouflage skin and severely burning Captain Mansur, they continued to fight, moving up and down the road firing their main gauss cannon and destroying 14 Unity tanks. Severely burned Captain Mansur kept firing the auto grenade launcher on top until he ran out of ammo.
After running out for the side guns and the Tank’s main cannon they stayed in the battle calling in air strikes and artillery. The entire crew received the green ribbon of valor and Captain Mansur the Iron Star. The battle resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 Unity soldiers the destruction of over 30 unity Armored vehicles. Confederation forces lost 2 Assault tanks and 45 soldiers.
The Battle of Moroni road is considered crucial as it is believed that if the Unity soldiers had managed to retake the capitol and the space elevator a wide spread uprising would have occurred in those areas of the Zarahemla already occupied by the Confederacy.