The Battle of Directus also known as Operation Constantine is the military operation to liberate Ustio from Belkan rule. The Battle of Directus was popular as it made the Galm Team, including it's team leader, "Cipher", popular among the Ustians.
In early May, the tide of the war had turned. In it's rapid Blitz of it's neighbors, Belka had stretched itself too thin. In the first few weeks after the initiation of Offensive Campaign No. 4101 (the Allied counter-offensive), all Osean and Sapin land had been liberated. Only one country remained under Belkan occupation, Ustio.
The Belkans lost morale after a minor setback at Solis Ortus the day before. The Osean-Ustian army coalition, spearheaded on land by the Osean Army Airborne and in the Air by Ustio's 66th Air Force Unit (commonly reffered to as the Galm Team) were able to advance to Directus from their current location.
Liberation of Directus
The following day, 122nd Airborne, as well as an Osean Army division, headed north to Directus. At the same time, the Ustian Army headed south, also towards Directus. It was a pincer manoeuver, to ensure the Ustio-Branch Belkan Army could not escape.
As the armies approached, the commanders of the Ustio-Branch Belkan army started to grow weary. Although their army was confident, the generals wanted to leave Ustio immediately, and head for the safety of South Belka. Because their general's were busy preparing to escape, their troops were forced to fight without anyone to lead them. this put them at a distinct disadvantage to the Allies, who had competent commanders at their helms.
As the Osean army engaged from the North and the Ustian army from the South, the civilians started resisting the Belkan occupation forces. They used anything they could find to fight or stall the Belkans with. In a symbolic act now repeated every night in Directus, the Ustians broke into a church to ring the "Freedom Bell", which rang across the city, signifying that liberation had come.
With the overwhelming air coverage of the 6th Ustian Air division, Belka quickly lost air superiority over the city, even with the presence of jammers. Without air cover, the Belkan ground forces were sitting ducks. During this phase of the battle, the Belkan general who was commander of the Ustio-branch Belkan army attempted to flee the city by helicopter, but was shot down by the 66th Air Force Unit an exspecially effective squadron in the 6th Air Division.
Within a few hours, the Belkans had lost control of all five sectors of Directus. The Ustio-Branch Belkan Army had been defeated. Although an Ace Belkan squadron did arrive, it was too little, too late. The squadron was quickly dispatched by Galm Team. With their escape routes cut off, The Ustio-Branch Belkan Army surrendered.
With the fall of the Ustio-Branch Belkan Army HQ, the first phase of the war has come to an end. With the loss of Directus and the vast majority of the Ustio-Branch Belkan Army, the remnants fell back to Belka's first line of defense, the Hydrian line. This also signified a dramatic shift in the war; Belka was on the defensive. As the Allies prepared to invade Belka, the darkest, and bloodiest, days of the war were about to begin.
The way the citizens in Directus revolted against the Belkans and helped the allies retake their capital is simailar to how the French resistance assisted the allies in World War II by revolting and assisting in taking Paris from the nazis, further showing how the Belkan War is similar to World War 2. The Belkans (Nazis) are demoralized after their defeats, and when the citizens learn that Osean (Americans) and Ustian ( Free French) troops are attacking, they riot and help retake Directus (Paris).