Chapter 59: All on the Line
The war had broken out in the desert!
More than 12 thousand espers soldiers rushed out of the Atlantic. They have been supressing their rage for a long time, and now they all ran out like a group of mad dogs towards those raiders that were in the middle of having fun.
In the past few months, Earth was under constant attack from these outlaws and suffered great casualties.
Now, the only way out was laid in front of the soldiers from Earth: if they wanted to prevent these tragedies from happening again, they have to eliminate all these enemies in front of them right now! Stomp them until they no longer dared to set foot on Earth.
Just as the soldiers flooded towards the enemies, the Atlantic also began its violent battle with the pirate battleships.
Although the interception bomb could paralyze the engine, it couldn’t interfere with the energy and weapon systems so the battleships could still fire their cannons.
The Atlantic opened up its four missile launchers and fired towards the sky, bombarding those battleships that were stuck. It also started firing its heavy cannon into the sky even though, at the same time the Atlantic was also under heavy fire from enemy ground fire. As Earth’s only battleship, it had no choice but to rely on its energy shield and thick metal armor to defend against the enemy attacks.
The battle situation was very tricky, Atlantic chose to not target ground units and focused all their effort on bringing down the 4 destroyers and 8 frigates in the air. This was a strange tactic, because the raiders had more battleships parked on the ground, there were at least 6 destroyers and 19 frigates.
The Atlantic’s firepower strength was undoubtedly powerful. Its primary cannons could one shot an enemy frigate, and its heavy canons only needed 7-8 shots to sink an enemy frigate. Although the enemy’s destroyers had very tough defenses, against the cruiser class warship’s heavy firepower, they could hardly last more than 30 seconds under the Atlantic’s full onslaught.
However, even if the Atlantic could completely shoot down all the enemy battleships in space, what about the other 25 parked on the ground? Now their cannons were all locked onto the Atlantic, under the siege of so many enemy ships, the Atlantic’s energy defense system started quickly depleting. Could Long Chuan be planning on giving up Earth’s only battleship?
On the ground battle, the one leading the charge was the United Government’s 1st Legion, personally led by Long Chuan. Han and his Wolf Fang squad was placed behind the 1st Legion, and behind them were the special tactic squads from difference major branches of the Esper Administration.
This was also an arrangement that Han couldn’t get his head around. Placing the crucial squad that could both attack and defend in the rear, Han could still understand. Long Chuan didn’t want to lose the young talents that were Earth’s hope of competing in the Milky Way Gathering, so he wanted them to execute coordination and support missions.
But what about the special tactics squad?
Different from the 1st Legion, Special Tactics troops were the senior troops on Earth and they have been cooperating with each other for years. Other than the fact that they were smaller with only 2000 members, their fighting strength was ahead of the 1st Legion for sure.
However, Long Chuan placed such a strong army in the very rear rather than having them lead the charge, it didn’t meet the conventional tactical arrangements.
Suddenly, the 1st Legion that was leading the charge had collided with the enemy. Large-scale battles among espers were very cruel. Both sides had powers, fire balls, ice arrows, tornadoes, all kinds of super powers appeared, and the chaos and anxiety of this battle was far from being comparable to conventional wars.
According to Long Chuan’s arrangement, the two wings of Earth Federation Army consisted of espers that specialized in long range attacks, and the center assault troop primarily consisted of strength descent espers, the Monk that was good friends with Han was placed in the central assault team. This arrangement was conducive to strengthening fire coverage as it was also the typical blitzkrieg tactic.
As the leader of the Wolf Fang squad, Han was not only responsible for assault, but he also needed to constantly observe their surroundings and maintain a clear head.
Just when he turned around to see how the Special tactic troops were doing, he was suddenly shot in the chest. The bullet hit his black Kylin suit and Han felt a burning pain. The outlaws began to use firearms to prevent the 1st Legion from advancing.
In modern warfare, the role of firearms had been extensively weakened. The modern firearms now generally used shell-less kinetic energy ammunition, where the warheads and propulsion mechanism were directly connected as one piece, eliminating the need to dispose shells when firing, and greatly increasing shooting speed and firepower.
Not only were the small to medium sized firearms using shell-less kinetic energy ammunition, even the Atlantic Cruiser’s 600 heavy-caliber cannon also used this type of ammunition
Over all, heavy artillery still posed a deadly threat to espers, but the firearms generally wouldn’t be able to penetrate the combat suits that espers wore. In addition, all espers had a layer of source energy protection, so unless a heavy firearm of over 37 caliber was used, the bullets wouldn’t even be able to penetrate source energy protective layer, not to mention being able to kill espers.
The real significant threats to esper soldiers were laser weapons. However, these weapons used a lot of energy, nor were there handheld models. Most of them existed in the form of guns armed on ships, and the smallest laser weapon in the Milky Way still needed a strength descent esper to be able carry it. It was very costly and heavy, so it’s not suitable for large-scale investment.
Brothers, let’s charge!
Han did not care that he was hit by a bullet, but what he was surprised to find was that all of the special tactic troops started sprinting!
They received clear instructions and quickly passed through the Wolf Fang squad that was originally in front of them, they split up into smaller units and started rushing towards those parked enemy ships in the rear of the battlefield.
Suddenly, Han finally understood Long Chuan’s intention. The special tactic troops were at the very rear because they were given a very difficult mission, and that was to take advantage of the chaos of war to seize those enemy battleships on the ground.
After all, on this battlefield, the outlaws had up to 37 small and big battleships, positioning them in absolute dominance in terms of firepower. Although the Atlantic had heavy armor and firepower, but it still could not resist the continuous bombing from the enemy ships.
Hence the plan was to capture the enemy ships, seize them and then turn their fire around at the enemies!
They don’t even need to seize all to be successful, as long as part of the special task force successfully controlled some enemy ships, the situation on the battlefield will be completely reversed!
“Let’s go too!”
“Let’s go, even the special tactics team is ahead of us now!”
“What are we waiting for? We are the Wolf Fang squad, why are we hiding behind our main force?”
Cheng Zhong and the impatient Parker were all shouting at Han. Everyone was young and hot blooded, seeing the front was already in the heat of battle and the special tactic forces behind them went all out too, then the Wolf Fang squad was really left behind everyone else, and became the “safest” troop in this battle.
This was war!
The war with blood running and people dying every minute!
Saying a troop was safe was almost the same as insulting them! Wolf Fang’s brothers all became blood boiled and anxious.
“All of you shut up! Be quiet!” Han turned around and shouted, “We are on a mission! Don’t you guys get it?!”
Up until now, Long Chuan’s tactics were very successful, the special tactic squads began quickly seizing control of enemy battleships, which really gave the unsuspecting raiders a surprised.
But not only did the pressure he was feeling not decrease by a single bit, it got even heavier.
It was because he knew very well, the strongest special tactical troops were now dispatched to execute the plan of seizing enemy ships, and that meant the crucial and difficult mission of annihilating as many as 15,000 raiders and pirates had totally fallen on the 1st Legion.
Without the support of the Special Tactical squads, the 1st Legion was now definitely at a huge disadvantage of fighting against the enemies’ strongest ground troops at a numbers disadvantage of approximately to 2 to 3.