The First and Second Oriente Hussars invested Villanueva in the second week of May 3036, as part of the FWL’s campaign to re-conqueror the rogue Andurien province. Recently rebuilt after the disastrous battle on Wallacia, the Second Hussars saw this action as their blooding and were keen to engage the enemy, though Colonel Calderon Benge knew his force was subordinate to the more experienced First Hussars. Employing the regiment’s fast medium ’Mechs, he sated both desires with a series of lightning raids on garrison positions that provided valuable intelligence.
Whereas the Second had been rapiers, leaving a host of small wounds on their opponents, the First were a sledgehammer. Their three reinforced battalions quickly overwhelmed the opposition, crushing everything in their path. Only one engagement threatened the First when two battalions of Andurien armor tried to overrun the Hussars’ Beta Battalion. Expecting a substantially less numerous foe, the militia were horrified by the Hussars’ return fire and quickly withdrew; the First lost three ’Mechs, while the militia lost fifteen tanks. Within two weeks, the campaign was over and Villanueva judged pacified.