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post 3 Sep 2015, 12:30
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I have linked several sources to various posts here on the wiki timeline. I hope you're okay with that.


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Sure, in fact it's appreciated!


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Yo Krieger, ever figuring about writing something for the US Navy's mobile offshore bases, Spirit of Freedom and Independence?


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Yeah, sure, I plan on doing so in the future, at least after I finish the Generals & Zero Hour recap. I've gotten some stuff outlined for it and the US Navy (and other navies) in general already.


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It's been a while so I figured I'd let y'all know that I'm still working on stuff here, namely a summary of the US campaign in Generals. I plan to do a ZH one afterwards, then continue on with information about some other tech seen in the ROTR universe. I know the Venom suit and the Mobile Offshore Bases have been bandied about as possible subjects!

Here's a little preview, subject to change:

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The wartime commander of US forces in the CENTCOM region was a somewhat controversial among the current administration, but well-respected among his troops, US Army general named George D. Ironside. Ironside, a veteran of the Second Korean War and master of strategy and combined arms tactics, had incited controversy about his claim that the Global Liberation Army needed to be dealt with by means of direct action in order to bring about a rapid end to the conflict. His appointment to lead the US forces against the GLA was a surprise, albeit there remained concerns that his ability to lead would be constrained by the current administration, itself heavily in favor of a limited response and letting local forces handle the GLA threat.

General James “Pinpoint” Townes was another major figure in the US campaign against the Global Liberation Army. Townes was a descendant of the physicist and inventor Dr. Charles Townes, and followed him into a career centered around the research of lasers and direct energy weapons for the US military. It was a team led by General Townes who patented and spearheaded the development of the laser and particle beam cannon SDI network and laser weapons for the US armed forces. After a brief stint of teaching engineering at West Point, Townes returned to research and military command in 2010. Though finicky, his experimental laser weapons would prove to be fairly effective in several of the conflicts to come.

Another veteran of the Second Korean War leading American troops in the Middle East was USMC General Alexis Alexander. Alexander was promoted to General after her performance in the Second Korean War where she managed to organize flawless logistics to her USMC troops in the field, allowing them to overcome the numerically superior North Korean attackers and push them back over the 38th parallel. She would become renowned for her flawless support and defense of supply lines during the Global War on Terror.

Finally, the senior USAF commander in the theatre was General Malcolm Granger. A long time veteran of the US Air Force and native of Iowa who had taken out four Iraqi SAM sites in a single sortie during Operation Desert Storm, Granger had cultivated a background as a strong advocate for the effective use of airpower. His air wings had long held a reputation of precision strikes and efficiency in prior events in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now would be once more put to the test in enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq.


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^I like it, although Townes' first name is canonically Gregory. Can't wait to read about it.


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Thanks for the correction! I hope I can get this done soon.


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Taking a short break from the USA campaign write up to update an older entry (the FQ-47) given recent events:

Northrop-Grumman MQ-25 Stingray: Initially devised as a carrier based tanker and based off of the X-47 program, the scope of the MQ-25 Stingray has been expanded incrementally over the years to become only slightly less versatile than the wheel. During its initial deployment by the US Navy in the 2020s the MQ-25 was seen as an effective choice of aircraft due to its low cost, small size, and capability to be deployed on the Nimitz & Gerald R. Ford classes of aircraft carriers. With the right load-out, the Stingray is capable of refueling aircraft mid-flight, performing reconnaissance missions, and deploying a variety of munitions for various roles. It has proven to be quite effective in anti-submarine warfare.

In spite of its low cost, the Stingray comes equipped with two dozen multipurpose optical sensors, a laser targeting designator for laser guided munitions, two (or rather, thanks to the processing system, one) wing leading edge AESA radars, and standard-issue passive radar. Its armament consists of two wing bays capable of carrying three AIM-9X missiles or GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs each, (or one AGM-154 each) in addition to a lesser number of smaller ordinance (up to 4,500 kg). The MQ-25 is also equipped as standard with an ELINT pod and a AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN.

Though the MQ-25 was not originally designed to use self-editing software unlike the later AQ-360 Hunter-Killer, Northrop-Grumman quickly modified the MQ-25 with artificial intelligence programming, making the aircraft capable of learning and adapting. Like the AQ-360, it is roughly about as intelligent as a large dog. Despite its size, it has comparatively long range and loiter time due to its single high-bypass afterburner-capable Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofan.


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QUOTE (DerKrieger @ 3 May 2016, 0:16) *
Taking a short break from the USA campaign write up to update an older entry (the FQ-47) given recent events:

Northrop-Grumman MQ-25 Stingray: Initially devised as a carrier based tanker and based off of the X-47 program, the scope of the MQ-25 Stingray has been expanded incrementally over the years to become only slightly less versatile than the wheel. During its initial deployment by the US Navy in the 2020s the MQ-25 was seen as an effective choice of aircraft due to its low cost, small size, and capability to be deployed on the Nimitz & Gerald R. Ford classes of aircraft carriers. With the right load-out, the Stingray is capable of refueling aircraft mid-flight, performing reconnaissance missions, and deploying a variety of munitions for various roles. It has proven to be quite effective in anti-submarine warfare.

In spite of its low cost, the Stingray comes equipped with two dozen multipurpose optical sensors, a laser targeting designator for laser guided munitions, two (or rather, thanks to the processing system, one) wing leading edge AESA radars, and standard-issue passive radar. Its armament consists of two wing bays capable of carrying three AIM-9X missiles or GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs each, (or one AGM-154 each) in addition to a lesser number of smaller ordinance (up to 4,500 kg). The MQ-25 is also equipped as standard with an ELINT pod and a AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN.

Though the MQ-25 was not originally designed to use self-editing software unlike the later AQ-360 Hunter-Killer, Northrop-Grumman quickly modified the MQ-25 with artificial intelligence programming, making the aircraft capable of learning and adapting. Like the AQ-360, it is roughly about as intelligent as a large dog. Despite its size, it has comparatively long range and loiter time due to its single high-bypass afterburner-capable Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofan.


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And finally, here's the US campaign overview from Generals:

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As Islamic State was folded into the GLA coalition, the GLA found itself with a windfall of funding and members. The merger between the two groups led to the GLA taking control of Syria and Iraq. Intelligence analysts had previously suspected that Islamic State and the GLA might come to blows, but were sadly proven wrong. Baghdad's bloody fall was, along with the missile attack on Tel Aviv, the final straw for the United States to become directly involved once more in the Global War on Terror. With Bajkonur under GLA control the GLA placed the continental US under direct threat.

The current president had campaigned in the past two elections on prioritizing domestic politics and extracting the United States from the protracted conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, accomplishing the first within his first term of office. However, the rise of Islamic State and the GLA sabotaged his plans to be a more domestically focused president and forced his hand, especially after the raid on Incirlik and the attacks on US troops in Kazakhstan. Hand in hand with the withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan was the breakthrough in fusion power by American nuclear companies and the ongoing shale oil revolution which contributed to low oil prices. Such events further lowered American interest in becoming engaged in the Middle East.

Debt had reached new highs during the current administration, and the economy remained relatively weak ever since the current president took office. Even more troubling in light of the turbulent geopolitical climate of the first two decades of the 21st century was the force reduction of the US military. At a time when Russia, China, and Iran were increasing their military capabilities, and the growing threat of non-state actors such as the GLA, the United States and its allies were reducing their troop numbers and cutting back on future weapons programs.

All this came to a reluctant end with the fall of Baghdad. Military spending was raised and the armed forces were mobilized in an effort to bring the GLA crisis to an end. Though the US had previously directly faced the GLA by raiding and destroying a GLA force establishing a chemical weapons factory and foothold near the village of Mazar in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan and had helped out, albeit with limited forces, with peacekeeping efforts in Kazakhstan. The raid in Badakhshan, known as “Operation Silent Dawn” consisted of an airborne special forces attack on the chemical plant, destroying it and all GLA forces in the vicinity. As a result, GLA attempts to subvert northern Afghanistan and supply its regional troops with chemical weapons were stalled. The Mazar raid also turned up information on the mysterious “Dr. Thrax,” the former immunologist who was designing the GLA’s lethal biological weapons.

However, the liberation of Iraq would be of a much larger scale. Controversially, US and British troops were ordered back to Iraq within two years of being withdrawn from the country. A coalition of NATO, Saudi-led troops, and Iraqi Armed Forces remnants organized in northern Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf to launch Operation Final Justice, the third invasion of Iraq within the past 25 years. Operation Final Justice would showcase many of the leading military leaders of the US military of the time. The battle was feared to be a hard fought one; the GLA forces in Iraq were made up of many former members of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard and Islamic State die hards. The President, recently elected to a second term, was extremely concerned over an unpopular invasion of Iraq harming the chances of his party in future elections but could not sit back and let Iraq fall into the hands of the Global Liberation Army. Under the advice of several in the Pentagon he decided to step back and let the most qualified generals handle Operation Final Justice.

The wartime commander of US forces in the CENTCOM region was an extremely controversial among the current administration, but well-respected among his troops, US Army general named George D. Ironside. Ironside, a veteran of the Second Korean War and master of strategy and combined arms tactics, had incited controversy about his claim that the Global Liberation Army needed to be dealt with by means of direct action in order to bring about a rapid end to the conflict. His appointment to lead the US forces against the GLA was a surprise, albeit there remained concerns that his ability to lead would be constrained by the current administration, itself heavily in favor of a limited response and letting local forces handle the GLA threat.

General Gregory “Pinpoint” Townes was another major figure in the US campaign against the Global Liberation Army. Townes was a descendant of the physicist and inventor Dr. Charles Townes, and followed him into a career centered around the research of lasers and direct energy weapons for the US military. It was a team led by General Townes who patented and spearheaded the development of the laser and particle beam cannon SDI network and laser weapons for the US armed forces. After a brief stint of teaching engineering at West Point, Townes returned to research and military command in 2010. Though finicky, his experimental laser weapons would prove to be effective in several of the conflicts to come.

Another veteran of the Second Korean War leading American troops in the Middle East was USMC General Alexis Alexander. Alexander was promoted to General after her performance in the Second Korean War where she managed to organize flawless logistics to her USMC troops in the field, allowing them to overcome the numerically superior North Korean attackers and push them back over the 38th parallel. She would become renowned for her flawless support and defense of supply lines during the Global War on Terror.

Finally, the senior USAF commander in the theatre was General Malcolm Granger. A long time veteran of the US Air Force and native of Iowa who had taken out four Iraqi SAM sites in a single sortie during Operation Desert Storm, Granger had cultivated a background as a strong advocate for the effective use of airpower. His air wings had long held a reputation of precision strikes and efficiency in prior events in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now would be once more put to the test in enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq.

Operation Final Justice:
The Iraq campaign, led by General Ironside, played out much like a replay of Operation Desert Storm as the US led coalition charged through southern Iraq under heavy air support flying in from the George H.W. Bush carrier battle group and air bases in the Persian Gulf. The GLA initially tried to meet the invasion force in battle, but after initial defeats retreated back to Baghdad while littering the roads with IEDs. News networks worldwide showed footage of burning GLA vehicles and aircraft littering the highways of Iraq, and within a few short weeks the coalition forces were at the gates of Baghdad. A three day siege and air campaign against the GLA troops in Baghdad ensued. The GLA air defense network made the bombing campaign difficult, necessitating the use of reactivated F-117 Nighthawk and the new F-35 Lighting II aircraft on SEAD missions. F-22 Raptors based out of Al Dhafra Air Base were deployed to take down GLA aircraft while evading detection from SAMs. A small number of Coalition aircraft from various nations would be shot down during the siege, and by the third day the GLA had managed to capture several of the surviving aircrews of the downed aircraft. The Coalition quickly realized that it could not risk having prisoners executed on live television and quickly arranged for a full on assault on occupied Baghdad.

The Global Liberation Army defenders had well fortified Baghdad in anticipation of the US-led assault. Rebel fighters had taken up positions in the extensive urban sprawl of the city and awaited the inevitable push from the Coalition armor and aircraft lined up outside Baghdad. Most of the GLA’s remaining armored forces in central Iraq made a futile last stand outside Baghdad against the vanguard of the US Army armored division present in theatre backed by full air support courtesy of General Malcolm Granger. General Gregory Townes also dispatched several of his own troops to the Iraq campaign, equipped with experimental laser and microwave weaponry. Though expensive, bulky, and temperamental, the weapons proved extremely effective against the lighter-armored GLA forces. The directed energy weaponry burned through their targets and were just as much of a psychological deterrent against the GLA as their chemical and biological weapons were versus the GLA’s foes.

Seeing the crushing defeat of their lead force outside the gates of Baghdad at the hands of American armor and airpower, Anwar Sulaymaan, the young GLA commander who led the conquest of Baghdad quickly took decisive action. He and his command staff retreated from their stronghold in the Republican Palace to a base north of the city and ordered an immediate launch of their heretofore concealed “Scud Storm” located there. Tragically for the people of Baghdad, the missiles had not yet been properly programmed for launch at the time of firing. The toxin-loaded missiles went off course shortly after launch and struck a commercial area of the Al-Rusafa district, killing or horrifically wounding thousands of Iraqi civilians. The missiles failed completely to hit the Coalition forces about to move into the city and the failed attack was seen as emblematic of the GLA’s indifference to the welfare of the Iraqi people. Chaotic protests broke out throughout Baghdad as the US-led attack force pressed through the city, despite frequently broadcast GLA propaganda that the “infidels” and their “apostate allies” were nowhere near Baghdad and were being slaughtered en masse by the brave defenders.

As the GLA had well fortified the city against armor, troops from the 75th Ranger Regiment and 101st Airborne were quickly deployed via helicopter to eliminate the GLA defenders hiding in the suburban outskirts. GLA fighters with Stinger missiles managed to shoot down a Blackhawk helicopter, but quick intervention by friendly aircraft managed to prevent the passengers of the downed helicopter from being overrun. In a lighting bout of urban combat, the American soldiers quickly eliminated the GLA defenders with minimum casualties and allowed the Coalition armor to enter the city away from the heavily mined main roads.

Coalition tanks drove through the streets of Baghdad, easily crushing all resistance in their path and liberating the small makeshift prison the GLA constructed to hold the captured pilots as well as the Republican Palace. The Rangers went on to secure vital infrastructure in the city and prevent the GLA from carrying out further theft or reprisals on the city and its populace.

What was apparent to General Ironside was that the Scud Storm needed to be eliminated as soon as possible in order to prevent another GLA attack. The ground forces were ordered north as an arclite B-52 mission with accompanying aircraft was called in to level the remaining GLA mechanized units defending the Scud Storm. As the last GLA vehicles in the area were reduced to scrap metal, the Rangers entered the remains of the GLA base via helicopter and captured the Scud Storm, putting an end to the GLA threat in Iraq.

News reporters followed the Coalition troops into Baghdad, where the world once again saw the outcome of the GLA’s infamous brutality. Religious minorities, non-believers, homosexuals, and anyone the GLA saw as insufficiently Islamic had been routinely publically executed during the GLA occupation. Non-Sunni women had been considered fair game for the GLA militants and it is reported that many leaders in Baghdad had maintained slave harems. It is still up for debate if many of the GLA defenders refused to surrender or were summarily executed on sight by Iraqi Armed Forces soldiers.

The downfall of the GLA in Iraq was the worst defeat suffered yet by the jihadist organization and shattered their momentum in the Middle East. The Battle of Baghdad as well as the entirety of Operation Final Justice was grim reminder to the GLA that they were no match for the superior technology and training of the US military in a direct fight. Mohmar Deathstrike and Abdul bin Yusuf quickly called for a meeting of GLA leaders in Yemen, a failed state and major stronghold for the GLA. Yemen’s Iranian backed de facto government had found itself losing ground to the GLA recently in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s faltering air offensive against Yemen. Iran saw the GLA as a useful tool to use against their Saudi enemy, however, and the GLA was happy to accept Iranian aid in order to defeat what they saw as a corrupt American puppet state.

Operation Treasure Hunt:
CIA contacts picked up the location of the meeting in the small coastal town of Al-Hanad, and the US deployed a squadron of attack helicopters to assassinate the GLA leaders meeting there. However, GLA scouts had detected the approaching helicopters and sounded the alarm. Gunmen armed with Stinger missiles were in wait for the helicopters and shot three helicopters down before they could eliminate all their targets. With the surviving crew captured, the US once again had to launch a rescue mission.

Lt. Colonel John Burton, a celebrated US Army Ranger officer, led a small team to rescue the downed helicopter pilots in what would be called Operation Treasure Hunt. Due to the presence of GLA MANPADS and ongoing rules of engagement in urban areas, air support would be minimal. Despite the continuing high restrictions on rules of engagement, Colonel Burton was able to get armor support from the Coalition as well as Reaper drones from a nearby CIA held airbase. A long-time friend of General George Ironside, Lt. Colonel Burton preferred to lead his men from the front, and would personally accompany them on the Al-Hanad raid.

Al-Hanad was swarming with large numbers of GLA militants, as the defenders expected an imminent US attack to rescue the captured pilots. Colonel Burton and his team entered Al Hanad by means of HMMWVs and quickly eliminated the GLA units in the city with the aid of the US military’s new M1A4 Abrams tanks. The PALADIN point defense lasers proved to be extremely effective versus the GLA’s anti-tank missiles and RPGs, while UAVs were able to detect IEDs and terminate enemy patrols before they saw the Rangers. GLA agents had managed to organize several mobs of armed thugs to patrol the streets and engage the Americans, but the Rangers used flashbangs to suppress and eliminate the unorganized gangs. With the GLA vehicles neutralized Col. Burton and the Rangers rescued all of the captured aircrew and exfiltrated with negligible casualties to the rescue team. Enraged by the humiliating defeat, the remaining local GLA militants gave chase in force but were easily dispatched by the Coalition rearguard. Despite the impressive success of the rescue mission and the elimination of a key GLA stronghold in Yemen however, the key GLA leaders including Deathstrike and Yusuf managed to escape and re-enter hiding. Deathstrike in particular would have difficulty coordinating GLA cells during much of this time, a fact that would greatly hinder the group in the near future.

Operation Guardian Angel:
That said, the US campaign in Afghanistan and Central Asia had hit unforeseen difficulties. Though the ISAF force had managed to control much of the urban areas of Afghanistan the GLA had managed to usurp the Taliban factions and controlled much of the countryside. The American president had, aside from a few high profile actions such as Operation Silent Dawn, continued his course of letting Special Forces trained Afghan Armed Forces and police forces fight the GLA while keeping US forces out of combat. However, the Afghan military and police remained intensely corrupt and were for the most part ineffective in stopping the GLA from carrying out attacks on locals and foreigners alike, if not actively aiding the GLA militants. To make matters worse, the Pakistani government had lost control of the tribal lands in northern Pakistan to the GLA. Corrupt Pakistani military officers and politicians funneled arms and funding to GLA militants and there was a very real fear that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could soon follow. To that end, the President authorized a raid into Pakistan via the contested Hindu Kush mountain pass in order to capture high-value targets and disrupt GLA operations. Due to the President’s desire to let Afghanistan and other nations handle the GLA, the US contribution to the attack was limited to a US heavy infantry company with minimal air support from a handful of Reaper drones. The President also feared antagonizing heretofore neutral elements in Pakistan with a heavy American presence. Most other ISAF nations could not afford to send large forces themselves either at the time. When questioned, the President cited intelligence reports that the GLA forces immediately south of the Hindu Kush pass were as of yet small in number and poorly organized.

What had been assumed by intelligence to be a small GLA force was in reality much stronger and more numerous than was anticipated, and the task force was ambushed as they passed through the Hindu Kush pass. Most of the Afghan National Army regular troops were killed in action or ran from battle shortly after hostilities began. As a result, the ISAF troops were forced to make a tactical retreat back into Afghanistan in the face of a counter-offensive, although not without managing to capture several GLA high-value targets. With this latest turn of events, GLA in Pakistan became overconfident with the possibility of a real victory against an American force and had committed the bulk of their forces in northern Pakistan to a pursuit operation. Furthermore, the nature of the quick pursuit meant that the GLA were unable to send most of their heavy anti-air arsenal with the vanguard force.

General Granger’s and Ironside’s forces were responsible for the rear guard defense of the retreat, codenamed Operation Guardian Angel. Significant close air support was deployed from Bagram Air Base in order to defeat the GLA force and safeguard the retreating ISAF troops. Various combat aircraft including the new Comanche stealth attack helicopter and A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support jets relentlessly bombed and strafed the unsuspecting GLA pursuit force, turning the GLA counter-offensive through the Hindu Kush mountain pass into a one-sided slaughter. There was no shelter for the GLA forces in the narrow mountain pass; their short ranged anti-air missiles and artillery were worthless against high flying fixed wing aircraft and the geography ensured that the husks of destroyed GLA combat vehicles would box in the next waves. Panicked GLA fighters radioed regional cells with requests to attack Bagram, but the disorganized and scattered attacks on the airbase were utterly unsuccessful. In a matter of hours the GLA offensive was entirely reduced to corpses and burning scrap metal. Whatever militants survived the intense bombing surrendered to the closest ISAF troops. Meanwhile, the surviving ISAF troops from the aborted attack made it safely back to Afghanistan to prepare for the inevitable second attempt at an invasion of Pakistan.

Operation Stormbringer:
Despite the success of Operation Guardian Angel, the situation in Pakistan continued to deteriorate. Entire regiments of the Pakistani armed forces had defected to the GLA and the USA and India feared that the country would be on the brink of collapse just as Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Yemen did. It was around this time that Deathstrike would resurface as supreme commander of the GLA, overseeing operations in Pakistan. The CIA rightly believed that it was Deathstrike who masterminded the subversion of the Pakistani military. It was only a matter of time before Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal fell into GLA hands. As the GLA still controlled Bajkonur after a failed Russian attempt to retake the launch site, the GLA would be then able to strike any city on earth with nuclear warheads. To that end, Operation Stormbringer, the US-led invasion of Pakistan, was quickly organized by General Ironside. Operation Stormbringer consisted of a two-pronged offensive by ISAF in the north and a US/British led coalition landing by sea in the south supported by US, British, French, and Indian carrier battle groups. General Alexander would oversee the southern invasion along with a USMC officer specializing in armored warfare, Colonel Jeremiah Bradley.

This time, the northern invasion was far more successful, breaking through the depleted GLA lines without much difficulty. The large scale amphibious invasion in the south was the biggest conducted by the US military since the Inchon Landing during the first Korean War. Despite stiff resistance from GLA militants and former Pakistani soldiers, the US Marines were undeterred as they advanced up the beach rapidly, backed by intense bombardment via Tomahawk missiles and carrier-based fighter aircraft. With further aid from a flight of B-52H bombers from Diego Garcia Air Base and other air support, the US Marine Expeditionary Unit leading the operation quickly cleared out the western side of coastal stronghold serving as the GLA’s main base of operations and training centers in south Asia first.

Once they had established a beachhead to bring in the second wave of Coalition troops, General Alexander received some disturbing intel. All GLA forces in the area were converging on the USMC beachhead to launch an attack that would push the Americans back into the sea. Further air support from Bagram was on its way, but the carrier battle groups might not suffice to stop the GLA attack. But General Alexander and Colonel Bradley had a plan. The GLA had heavily fortified the town leading to the eastern part of the training compound, making it suicide for armor to pass through. But teams of light infantry could get in and eliminate the fortified GLA infantry without much risk. Colonel Bradley deployed his tanks in ambush positions along the northern roads and the coast to eliminate the GLA reinforcements. US Marine fire teams advanced under cover of air support to capture the makeshift fortifications set up by the GLA in the town before the GLA forces from the eastern base arrived, thereby turning the GLA defensive positions against them. The plan was a success; any GLA forces that managed to evade being destroyed by fighter aircraft were shot to pieces as they made their way through what had been believed to be a GLA fortified town. Heavy air support from Bagram and Diego Garcia arrived in time to aid the carrier based fighters in leveling much of the GLA eastern camp to the ground, allowing the US Marines and Coalition forces to capture what remained. With the success of the landing, GLA combat capabilities in southern Pakistan were effectively broken.

The campaign would last for several months as the Coalition forces and loyalist Pakistani military hunted down and crushed the GLA presence in Pakistan. Colonel Bradley would make a name for himself as he led his Marines in battle all the way to meet up with the ISAF forces at the confluence of the Indus River and its tributaries in Punjab. The event would be memorialized as “Indus Day,” signifying the liberation of Pakistan from the GLA.

Operation White Knight:
Despite the efforts of Somalia’s new government, the East African country had become a home for GLA militants. The government again requested American aid to capture or kill a local warlord who had become a rising star in the jihadist organization. Fearing another Deathstrike, the US government gave the go ahead for the assassination operation. A small team was dispatched to Mogadishu to accomplish the operation. GLA rocket buggies detected the armor present and launched an attack, destroying some of the Americans’ tanks. Regardless, the US commandos quickly responded and eliminated the warlord’s defenders, eliminating his guards patrolling the Bakaara market without difficulty. The warlord had well fortified his fortress located near the Baakara market against ground attacks with emplaced weapons and IEDs, but his headquarters was vulnerable to raid via air. A team of Rangers infiltrated enemy lines by Blackhawk helicopter and destroyed the warlord’s headquarters with him inside of it. The operation was a success, but GLA elements still remained in country, albeit left without effective leadership for the time being.

Operation Blue Eagle:
Meanwhile at the UN, the United States faced possible veto action from Russia and China for their activity in Central Asia. Russia feared losing friendly governments in Central Asia to the United States, and the Chinese also became more and more concerned over the possibility of increased American influence in the region. Making matters worse, the tense truce between Saudi Arabia and Iran was breaking down rapidly. Iranian aircraft had sunk a Saudi Arabian destroyer due to a communication error, and the Saudis had openly announced their nuclear program in return. Ostensibly it was a counter to a potential GLA nuclear threat, but everyone knew that Saudi Arabia’s nuclear missiles would be targeted at Iran.

It around this time that the Global Liberation Army announced their willingness to negotiate a cease fire after their defeats at the hands of the United States. Despite official skepticism from the CIA and the US government at large, even from the more pacifistic President, the US allowed for the United Nations to send a diplomat to meet with GLA warlords near Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul and the surrounding region had been declared a demilitarized zone by the UN prior to the intended meeting. A multinational force including elements from General Granger’s army and a PLA light infantry regiment was sent to oversee the meeting in case the GLA attempted to interfere.

Unfortunately, it turned out that the CIA’s predictions were correct; the meeting near Kabul was a trap by the GLA after all. Suicide bombers killed the entire negotiation team within seconds, prompting a swift reprisal on GLA forces in the area. The GLA militants were quickly surrounded by US troops and were subsequently eliminated when they refused to surrender. It turned out that the GLA were stalling for time to build up a force across the Kabul River to conquer Kabul and attempt to drive the Americans and their allies out of the country once and for all. Despite a marked numerical disadvantage, the troops that had been guarding the UN team quickly mounted an assault across the river on the forward GLA forces, capturing their camp before the GLA troops could march on Kabul. A squadron of helicopter gunships was sent to eliminate the heavy GLA defenses, allowing the US tanks and Chinese infantry to overrun the GLA forward operating post.

It was soon discovered that the GLA had recently encamped a significant army outside of Kabul in preparation to assault the undefended city. Seeing his vanguard force eliminated, the local GLA commander ordered the demolition of a nearby dam to isolate the Coalition raiding force from their base on the other side of the Kabul River before sending out another attack force. With the dam destroyed, the bridge connecting the two banks was taken out along with a fishing village down river. However, the Coalition force would not be deterred so easily. The stranded troops were supplied and reinforced by aircraft, preventing the GLA from cutting them off and defeating them. General Granger sent further combat air support from Bagram Air Base to help the Coalition troops on the ground to destroy the GLA army and eliminate their Scud Storm weapon before it could fire on the Americans or Kabul. The Chinese commander even went so far as to requisition a tactical nuke to use on the GLA should they have been able to deploy their Scud Storm. In the resulting lighting strike, the encamped GLA force was completely wiped out.

Operation Desperate Union:
With the ousting of the GLA presence in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan was left as the only country under total GLA control in Central Asia. However, the GLA forces there were personally led by Deathstrike and the traitorous PLA General Ismail Khan. General Khan had assembled his Uyghur separatist troops with the forces of multiple GLA warlords in the mountains on the Kazakhstan/Aldastan border in order to deter the US strike into Kazakhstan. Fearing an international incident, the Chinese government quietly gave the United States the authorization to capture or kill General Khan and his officers.

Having deduced the location of the enemy army, a small US task force was rapidly assembled to break the GLA forces before they became too entrenched. The initial attack was successful in breaking through the GLA defenders until they received fire from Scud launchers. Fearing bombardment from missiles loaded with anthrax, the embattled US troops called for reinforcements and a strike from the US’ latest weapon - the Particle Cannon. Derived from an anti-ballistic missile defense system, the ground-based Particle Cannon used mirrored satellites to reflect focused particle beams back down to targets on Earth. The Particle Cannon strike destroyed the GLA’s long range artillery and allowed the embattled US task force to fall back and regroup.

With respite granted, the surviving members of the US assault team received reinforcements in the form of air support and a full brigade of troops personally led by Colonel Burton. Unfortunately, by this time the Chinese renegades had met up with the GLA defenders, along with a nuclear missile stolen from the PLA. The US forces in the area could not afford to let the GLA utilize the missile. Colonel Burton led a commando team to infiltrate the GLA base in the north and thereby bypass the heavily defended and IED and sniper filled town in the center of the AO, allowing for a joint Particle Cannon strike and heavy aerial bombardment to destroy the local center of GLA resistance. A team of American paratroopers surreptitiously dropped into the GLA headquarters and captured their command center, although Deathstrike was nowhere to be found.

General Khan and his men had some of the best weaponry China had to offer, including two Overlord tanks stationed in the GLA compound. The Overlord tanks managed to inflict casualties on US armor during the attack but were soon eliminated by Small Diameter Bombs dropped from American jet fighters. That accomplished, the main US strike force under Colonel Burton headed south to eliminate General Khan’s forces before they could prepare the nuclear missile for launch.

The presence of Chinese fighter aircraft was another unusual issue US forces had to deal with. F-22 Raptor fighter jets were deployed to intercept the renegade J-11 fighters, and Apache gunships were deployed to hunt down and destroy the entrances to the remaining GLA tunnel network in the area. Fortunately, the advanced American fighter jets were more than a match for General Khan’s aircraft and no Americans were killed by enemy aircraft.

With the GLA’s entrance to the mountainous area denied, the US force rallied for a final assault on General Khan’s base. The Particle Cannon was again used to break the rebel PLA troops defensive lines, allowing for the US troops to rush in under air support and capture General Ismail Khan’s command center and nuclear missile silo before the nuclear missile could be used. General Ismail Khan and his remaining troops surrendered to Colonel Burton and were repatriated to China to stand trial for treason and conspiracy against the People’s Republic. Operation Desperate Union would be known as one of Colonel Burton’s finest hours during the war.

Operation Last Call:
With the fall of General Ismail Khan’s forces the GLA were forced to withdraw to their final Central Asian stronghold in Astana, currently under the direct military supervision of Mohmar Deathstrike. Extensive US intelligence reports showed that nearly all GLA forces still active in Central Asia had gathered within the Astana area to mount a last stand against the NATO/Chinese allied forces, with a significant stockpile of biological weaponry. The other remnants of the local GLA troops still held Bajkonur, yet Deathstrike had yet to transfer the biological weaponry to the launch site at Bajkonur. After much debate, it was decided to mount an attack on Astana first to liberate Kazakhstan’s capital and capture or eliminate Deathstrike and most of the GLA leaders. General Ironside and Colonel Burton were once again placed in charge of planning and directing the attack on Astana.

A reconnaissance team of US special operations agents personally led by Colonel Burton, codenamed Colt, extensively reconnoitred the Astana area, revealing the massive GLA presence in Astana and the fact that much of the city limits had been fortified in preparation for the NATO/Chinese attack. Colt was able to locate and track a convoy of Scud launchers making their way to the city, subsequently designating them for an airstrike. Having destroyed the ballistic missiles and their escorts, Colt exfiltrated from the area before the GLA could launch a retaliatory strike. It is unanimously agreed that the members of Colt team struck a great blow to the GLA’s fighting capabilities in the Battle of Astana.

The combined NATO/Chinese force sent aircraft to eliminate GLA vanguard forces and the tunnel networks leading from Astana to prevent the GLA from mounting a breakout assault. Air support was key in preventing the GLA from mounting a counter attack and aided the US troops immensely as they went through the passes, crushing all GLA resistance they encountered.

Intelligence had shown that the GLA had fortified makeshift walls outside their base right outside of Astana with large amounts of surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank rockets, but the US had an ace up their sleeve. A new hypersonic bomber aircraft, the F/B-40 Aurora, saw its first combat deployment at Astana where it was utilized to surgically eliminate GLA defensive positions and strategic targets without fear of ground fire. The GLA had managed to construct a Scud Storm as well, but it was easy prey for a high altitude bombing run. As the walls were sighted by Predator drones and cleared out by Aurora bombers, US aircraft could finally take the offensive once more. Fighter aircraft relentlessly bombed the GLA defensive positions as well as the massive armored force within the formerly fortified encampment, paving the way for the NATO/Chinese push forwards. With the walls gone and the skies ruled by the Americans, the GLA could not defend their base against the American led onslaught. The joint NATO/Chinese task force smashed through the GLA defending forces and razed their base to the ground, liberating the city in the process. Resistance from the fanatics was fierce but the jihadist force eventually surrendered under relentless air bombardment and the approaching Coalition army.

All the GLA commanders in Central Asia were killed or captured during the Battle of Astana, save for Mohmar Deathstrike himself. Deathstrike managed to flee Astana for the Arabian peninsula before the American force destroyed the GLA base, as well as signaling to the GLA cell holding Bajkonur about the next move for the Global Liberation Army…

But for now, the Battle of Astana was a massive success for the US led coalition. Coalition casualties were low and the GLA had suffered a severe existential blow, losing most of their leaders and their grasp on Asia east of Syria. GLA forces in Africa and the Arabian peninsula fragmented, blaming each other for the crippling blow dealt to them. To celebrate the event and of the heroism of the Coalition troops, the President publicly addressed the American people about the victory.


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Another excellent fic that adds context and authenticity to the events of the Generals USA campaign. In retrospect, I too feel that Operation Stormbringer would have made much better sense had it been set in Pakistan instead of the Caspian Sea coast of Kazakhstan as depicted in the game. Are you planning on continuing this series to cover more of the campaigns? I would be particularly interested to see your take on the ZH missions, especially those during the endgame of the war where the GLA kicks of the insurrection in Europe. It might be interesting to tie those events into the bigger context of the EU's general state at that time that was hinted upon in previous updates.
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Thanks, I decided to play through the ProGen version of the US campaign for this one rather than relying on YouTube "Let's Plays" of the Generals campaign as a guide because most of the Let's Plays I could find, frankly, sucked. I know the mission briefing/text crawl of Stormbringer mentioned the Caspian Sea, but the presence of US naval warships would put that in question. I figured Pakistan would make sense as a potential flashpoint, and its not as if Generals didn't make geographic errors (like the 3rd US mission being explicitly stated as taking place in the Hindu Kush mountains but the text crawl stating "northern Kazakhstan").

I do plan on covering the Zero Hour campaigns, though I plan on adding a bit more on events "behind the scenes" as to how things turned out the way they did. I will cover to some extent the US homefront and the election that brought Paulson to the White House, the GLA power struggle and Deathstrike's daring, all or nothing plan to attack Europe, and maybe a bit on how the Chinese were faring during this time.


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This is fantastic work Kreiger smile.gif
Is this gonna go on the wiki, because I'm feeling it should


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Thanks! I'm not sure at this time if it'll go on the wiki, as there's been a fair bit of debate on what to do with it. We'll see.


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QUOTE (DerKrieger @ 11 May 2016, 3:03) *
Thanks! I'm not sure at this time if it'll go on the wiki, as there's been a fair bit of debate on what to do with it. We'll see.


Honestly, this sort of writing would fit in perfectly as it is well written and very clear and concise lore written in the short paragraph format that wikis love.
Not that my opinion means much, but i would say go for it and slap it up there smile.gif


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I believe the wiki's still being updated so I could get to it sometime. I might even expand on it a bit more. Before I'll get started on the Zero Hour recap I might go ahead and write up something on the Mobile Offshore Bases.


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You know in my humble opinion now that the Devs had added the widowmaker AKA F35 I think people can effectively consider most of the US aircraft Der Krieger has wrote up cannon
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Maybe, perhaps due to the fact that I'm co-writer with MARS and GeneralCamo.


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Can there be an index in the first post ?


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I'll likely have to do something around those lines. Unfortunately, with the format being what it is, it'll be impossible to create an index unless I delete the first post.


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QUOTE (DerKrieger @ 17 Jan 2017, 6:18) *
I'll likely have to do something around those lines. Unfortunately, with the format being what it is, it'll be impossible to create an index unless I delete the first post.


Just ask a mod to edit in the index at the top of the first post.


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