Originally meant to be a quick operation, the battle for Sirdar turned into a long and bloody affair early on in the Civil War. The headquarters world for the entire PDZ, Sirdar was more importantly the logistics center for the region. In contrast to many other PDZ logistics centers, the Department of the Quartermaster had built a decentralized system on Sirdar, with dumps scattered over the world.
Allied forces under the command of Fleet Admiral William Cossacks landed on Sirdar in April 3063, and quickly secured the capital of Selkirk and the attached AFFC Edgewood Military Complex. The defending Sirdar CMM were steadily ground down over the next two weeks, with almost a full brigade being destroyed.
The battle entered its second phase in May 3063, when the Loyalist 4th Donegal Guards and Second Chisholm's Raiders arrived in-system on the 5th. In response Kossacks called for reinforcements, and reluctantly went of the defensive. Though the Forth and Twenty-First Illician Lancers took heavy casualties in the intervening month, they survived until support reached them in late May. The Davion Light Guards arrived first, followed by the First Federated Suns Armored Cavalry and the Ninth Illician Lancers a week later. Their arrival turned the battle well in favor of the Allies.
From the moment his forces landed, Kossacks went on the offensive and inflicted severe damage on the Loyalist forces. Despite receiving more reinforcements of their own General's Amelio and Eisner, commanders of the Loyalist forces, eventually realized the battle was lost and began preparations to leave Sirdar by the end of July.
The battle of Sirdar brought the equivalent of some eight RCT’s well more than a hundred thousand men, into direct conflict with each other. While many other battles would eclipse that of Sirdar in both size and importance, Sirdar was certainly the largest battle of the early Civil War. Moreover, the battles were still governed by the morals and common principles of war – concepts that would soon be thrown to the winds.
- System Name: Sirdar
- Coordinates: 128.31, -312.18
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