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The Ghosts of Hill 40
« on: 08/26/15, 12:08:22 AM »
Colonel, you asked for a compilation of our black box reports for the after action review of the fighting at Hill 40. I've compiled the notes as is, directly from the black box. Please remember that all of these are eyes only; and generally above the pay grade of anyone outside of MI, so count yourself lucky. MI has good intel despite the rest of the Army believing otherwise, and I hope that General Hierse keeps that in mind next time.

MI always pays back its debts, Colonel.

-Jr. CPT Turari




Day 1

We reached Point Thranta on Peak 80, overseeing Hill 40 without any major trouble. The Republic forces patrol the area lightly due to the difficult terrain of the peak, despite the peak being relatively being close to the major fortifications of Hill 40 and its child ridges. Corporal Dine set up our equipment upon arrival. I sent sergeant Malford to start the first watch on the ridge, while sergeant Childs, lieutenant Cale, and I kept an eye on the perimeter. The assignment has been quiet so far, and with luck; it will continue that way.

-Junior Captain Turari


Turari cradled her heavy rifle between her arms as she readjusted herself between the two rocks she was concealed behind. She had been assigned to Balmorra after the first push into the mountains and the late spring weather had turned the entire range into an endless muddy sinkhole; not exactly a vacation on Rishi. A lot of the troops being brought in after the initial push had been green replacements, and her squad was no exception. Military Intelligence faced a shortage of veteran troops like everyone else in the Imperial Army and the officers of the division she was attached to have made it all but explicit that the objective here was to make her squad a little less green as much as it was to watch enemy troop movements. Hill 52 had one of the bigger fortifications on the mountain range and MI needed to know who and what came and went from it. She refocused her attention on the path as she shook her head. She could distract herself with these thoughts when she got back to the tent later.



Day 5

Non-stop rain for the past 3 days has reduced our visibility. I have noted potential inaccuracies caused by this in the attached Republic deployment reports. Childs and Dine are supposed to take a copy of the black box back past Hill 47 tonight to upload the data to Imperial 9th Legion Command. I strongly recommend any offensive action in the ridgeline be delayed due to rain.

-Junior Captain Turari


As Turari walked down the mountain path with sergeant Childs in front of her, she sealed the black box in a waterproof bag. The black box, a small datachip that fit in the palm of her hand, had been invented for soldiers who were going on missions that required comm silence. The black box was designed to be easily hidden somewhere with a tracker if something went wrong between broadcast periods; allowing any recovery team that may be sent to at least recover the mission records. Chiss had better night vision thanks to their genetics and Turari had to accept, with a mixture of appreciation and dismay, the fact that she still couldn't see past her outstretched hand in the torrential rain. The rain over the week had turned the hills into a giant mudslides and the valleys into sinkhole pits deeper than some of the buildings on Correlia. Since it would be difficult to broadcast so close to the Republic line, Childs and Dine would use the rain to their advantage and get through the patrols to somewhere the transmission wouldn't be intercepted. She heard a muffled curse behind her as Corporal Dine slipped on the flowing mud as the path crumbled under him and nearly swept her off her feet as he slid a few meters down the hill. The sergeant in front of her let out a soft chuckle and he saluted to her before helping Dine up and off into the dark. And as Turari watched after them disappear into the night; she wondered in the back of her mind whether it would be the mud or the Republic that would kill them first.
« Last Edit: 09/12/15, 11:31:27 PM by LVT »
Turari (29, Major, jr. grade CEDF)     Silivia Fenir (21, Freighter Captain)
Lashila Sellara (25, Grey Sith)         Harkasone Milan (29, Philanthropist)
Reill Farr(31, Silent Mandalorian)     Mystenin Felsa (26, 'Green' Jedi)
Touko Saizar(19, Turari's underling) Temple Guard #124(35, Pro Spook)
                                                    Philla Kasan (29, Captain, 51st Recon)

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Re: The Ghosts of Hill 40
« Reply #1 on: 09/12/15, 11:25:47 PM »
Day 7

An Imperial assault by a company in the 4th Infantry happened at 0013 today despite our warnings. The rain hasn't let up for days, and the assault failed. We've noted increased Republic activity after the assault, with strengthened patrols. I've attached notes about the new Republic division. Our position seems secure, but I've sent Malford and Cale to scout a second position regardless. With luck, we'll get some good information on the Republic 12th.

-Junior Captain Turari


Turari sat up straight awake to the sound of mortars. The distinctive banshee wail of the Republic heavy guns soon joined the cacophony of small arms present to the valley. She grabbed her rifle and her clothes, as an afterthought; as she pushed past the small tarp that separated the campsite from the sleeping quarters.

She hopped past the rocks, slipping into her pants in the process. The flares lit up the night sky as bright as the Tatooine suns. Turari threw herself forward towards the ground at the sight, unwilling to risk compromising her position despite the mud creeping up around her neck adding to the unpleasantness of the ever constant rain. She crawled forward towards the observation point.

Cale glanced back at her as she approached, his voice a hoarse whisper. "Flares went up three minutes ago. I thought we were outed for a second." Another flare went up as Turari reached the ridge. She caught sight of an infantryman, bogged down by his anti-tank gear; that was cut off from the rest of the group by blaster fire. The group watched as the man drowned slowly, over the course of an hour; unable to escape from the muddy sinkhole his armor had gotten stuck in. His squad helplessly shouted, alternating between cursing the Republic and vainly pleading for him to hang on. The heavy repeaters of the Republic slowed the bogged down Imperial infantry to a halt, making them sitting ducks for the Republic artillery. The muddy terrain muffled the sounds of artillery impacts while simultaneously clearing the valley of carrion.

She heard the unpleasant noise of someone losing their late dinner to her left. Her squad hadn’t seen that much fighting, and watching people asphyxiate from drowning isn't very pleasant even for the combat experienced. They had been watching the attack for hours, and it finally seemed to be winding down. Unable to retreat, the wounded Imperials fought to the last man, and the Republic was content let the rain clear up the remains of battle. As they returned to camp Turari noted mentally that she was glad that she wouldn’t be returning to HQ. Somebody was going to pay for this.



Day 11

We’ve relocated to our secondary position after encountering increased patrols. The team hasn’t been made yet, but we’ve had a few close calls. The new observation points are good enough keep the mission going with its current parameters, but we may have to pull out earlier than expected. The rest of the Imperial division that attacked the hill camped out on the opposing ridge; 52. The tension from the staring contest is palpable.

-Junior Captain Turari
« Last Edit: 09/12/15, 11:29:34 PM by LVT »
Turari (29, Major, jr. grade CEDF)     Silivia Fenir (21, Freighter Captain)
Lashila Sellara (25, Grey Sith)         Harkasone Milan (29, Philanthropist)
Reill Farr(31, Silent Mandalorian)     Mystenin Felsa (26, 'Green' Jedi)
Touko Saizar(19, Turari's underling) Temple Guard #124(35, Pro Spook)
                                                    Philla Kasan (29, Captain, 51st Recon)