- This article is about an in-universe event. For the in-game mission, see The Moloch Desert.
The battle of the Moloch Desert was one of the largest battles during the Emmeria-Estovakia War. On the backfoot, the Estovakian military began to amass their remaining forces in the Moloch Desert in an effort to prevent the Emmerians from reaching Gracemeria.
Despite their combined force, the Estovakians were still outnumbered by the Emmerians, who advanced with relative ease. On the cusp of victory, Emmerian Command ordered that all Emmerian forces halt their advance after learning of a scorched earth policy that threatened Gracemeria.
Emmerian intelligence learned that the Estovakian Forces were attempting to combine their force in near Moloch Desert in eastern Anea in a final effort to stop the Emmerians from reaching their former capital. As the route through the Moloch Desert led straight to Gracemeria, the Emmerians concluded that they would use this opportunity to severely cripple the Estovakian military.
On March 25, 2016, the Emmerian military commenced a large-scale invasion of the Moloch Desert. During the engagement, Warlock Separate Battalion broke the Estovakian defense perimeter, Quox Armored Battalion recaptured the airbase, and Emmerian bomber units destroyed anti-air installations before commencing a direct assault on the Esovakian field headquarters. Concurrently, Garuda Team provided support to the various operations.
At some point during the battle, the Emmerian Department of National Safety discovered that Estovakia had a scorched earth policy planned and had already made preparations to move the WMD catalyst into Gracemeria. This prompted Emmerian Mission Command to issue a ceasefire order to all participating Emmerian forces, in hopes that this would slow Estovakia's plan.
As the Emmerian forces were not aware of the WMD threat, most were puzzled by the order but followed it anyway. However, Marcus Lampert defied the order and proceeded to engage the recently-arrived Strigon Team, forcing his squadron leader Talisman to participate in the dogfight as well. Ultimately, Garuda Team shot down all Strigon aircraft and were punished for defying orders.
Although the Emmerians had been forced to halt their advance, Estovakian forces suffered heavy losses during the engagement, severely weakening the strength of the defenses around Gracemeria. However, as a result of this loss, the Estovakians hastened their scorched earth policy.