It wasn’t until AFFS special forces personnel arrived on Bergman’s Planet, however, that they realized that the resistance could call upon several thousand armed underground militiamen. Almost all had at least rudimentary training, thanks in part to a widespread interest in CombatMan, a “game” that allows anyone interested to take part in realistic combat with simulated weapons. Additionally, some “old-timers” were AFFS veterans and had passed on valuable knowledge to younger militiamen. The special forces personnel had only to provide some guidance and specifically plan out their strikes.
Lindon’s Battalion landed on 10 March to a virtual parade in the city of New Palermo. The resistance had already made its move and toppled the Combine governor. Likewise, special forces attacks crippled the planetary militia, allowing the insurgents to easily take control of the world. Lindon’s Battalion deployed to quickly crush what pro-Combine forces took to the field, completing the “conquest” of Bergman’s Planet by 16 March. Ironically, though it was the first world to fall in the War of 3039, it was one of the last that the DCMS High Command learned of, due entirely to the world’s wholly pro-Davion (or at least anti-Kurita) bent.
Tai-shu Kester Hsiun Chi ordered a reconnaissance force from the Twenty-First Galedon Regulars to the world, after regular communications with the world stopped. That force landed on 8 August and immediately reported the presence of mercenary forces and a strong insurgent underground, triggered the mobilization of the rest of the Twenty-First Regulars. In the meantime, the Galedon Regulars reconnaissance force and Lindon’s Battalion fought a campaign of raids and light engagement, always remaining on the move and never committing full-force to a single battle.
When the rest of the regiment arrived on 5 September, however, the nature of the fight changed significantly. Tai-sa Rai Githor approached the problem of a planet full of insurgents supported by mercenary BattleMechs with a heavy hand and an extremely proactive strategy. He first took command of the world’s capital city, flooding New Palermo with BattleMechs, infantry and armor, installing a new planetary governor before literally conducting a door-to-door search of every building within the city. He took a significant number of prisoners from just New Palermo alone, but during the next several weeks, he took thousands more as his troops scoured the world. Lindon’s Battalion did what they could to stop the Galedon Regulars, but at best they picked off small units that had become separated from the main body.
The mercenaries did attempt one massive assault, targeting the makeshift interment camps holding the political prisoners. They hoped that by freeing the prisoners they could rally the world’s people behind them. Of course, the mercenaries also realized that it could be a trap—which it was. The Galedon Regulars savaged Lindon’s Battalion, and though special forces teams managed to free some 2,500 prisoners from one camp, the teams — along with some 300 armed civilians — were cut down and every single prisoner was returned within a week’s time.
Lindon’s Battalion pulled off of the world shortly thereafter, ceding Bergman’s Planet to the superior Combine forces.
- System Name: Bergman's Planet
- Coordinates: 268.36, 75.63
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