The only significant problem with targeting Cartago was the fact that the DCMS didn’t have any “extra” ’Mech units that it could task to strike at the world. The great majority of the Combine military had been mobilized to respond to the “Davion aggression” and given combat assignments. Other than the Ghost and Ryuken regiments already involved in Operation OROCHI, along with what mercenary units Tai-sa Tomoe Sakade could hire on Le Blanc, the only “uncommitted” units anywhere close to Cartago were those assigned to the defense of Proserpina. And while Kurita had instructed his generals to “damn the defensive lines” and mobilize everything along the front, even he couldn’t go so far as to leave the important world of Proserpina undefended.
Nevertheless, there were no other units available, and so Kanrei Kurita authorized the Ninth Benjamin Regulars — the only ’Mech unit remaining on Proserpina — to detach a battalion of volunteers for a strike at Cartago. Chu-sa Hohijo Bradbury had no shortage of volunteers, and left Proserpina in late August, grounding on 21 September. Just as on Breed, these Combine MechWarriors remained on the move and often reorganized, making Cartago’s defenders — three conventional infantry and light armor regiments left behind when the Clovis DMM left to respond to the Ryuken strike on Clovis — believe there was an entire ’Mech regiment on the world. Chu-sa Bradbury’s ’Mechs struck what few military targets they could find, stealing away with consumable supplies enough to keep a full regiment fighting for a month, and likewise struck at significant communications, industrial and commerce targets before they left a week later.
The frantic battle reports from Cartago’s people, along with unconfirmed sightings of Combine ships in the Johnsondale and Barstow Systems were convincing enough to the AFFS High Command that the DCMS could be following a second axis of attack, aimed right at New Avalon. In reality, Bradbury’s volunteers returned to Proserpina, their jobs done.
- System Name: Cartago
- Coordinates: 141.09, -10.17
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