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The 2nd Battle of B7R, also known as The Battle of B7R, or Operation Battle-Axe was the largest scale air battle in modern history until the Battle of the Comona Islands in December 2004. This battle made Cipher, also known as "The Demon Lord of the Round Table."

Briefing

DATE: 1200/05/28/1995
AREA: B7R
OPERATION: BATTLE-AXE

" Orders have come in for an emergency sortie.

A major air engagement is taking place as we speak between Belka and the Allied Forces near the border, in the B7R airspace, which Belka is committed to defend at all costs. B7R, commonly known as the 'Round Table', has long been a symbol of Belka's political, military and industrial might. However, at noon today, along with its lightning-quick commencement of Operation Battle-Axe, the Allied Forces officially announced the permanent abrogation of its nonaggression treaty at the Assembly of Nations, and simultaneously attacked B7R with a massive fighter squadron. This mission may be our chance to finally end the Belkan War once and for all.

I wish you luck. "

Summary

Premise

As the war dragged on, attention was re focused on B7R. After the destruction of it's chemical laser tower, defense Excalibur, it was on of the few things of Belkan might that Belka was able to hold on to.

The Round Table had more tangible value as well. Underneath it's surface lay a vein of natural resources, the resources that Belka had gone to war for in the first place. In addition, whoever controlled B7R had control of a direct air route into each others country.

With Belka on it's knees, this was an opportunity too good to pass up. Operation Battle-Axe went into the planning stages. It was to be a grand aerial battle, without equal.

Rise of the Demon Lord

On May 28th, in front of a special meeting of the Assembly of Nations, Osea announced it was permanently withdrawing from the non-aggression treaty. With that, Osea, along with the Ustian 6th Air Division, launched a massive surprise sortie on B7R, the likes of which had never been seen before.

Although the Allies initially caught Belka off, the shock quickly wore off, and the battle seemed to turn against the Allies. These were trained Round Table fighters, not draftee's like many of the Osean pilots. The fight devolved into absolute madness, as captains lost control of their own squadrons, and any semblance of an organized battle had been thrown to the wayside, effectively turning this into a "every man for himself" type of situation.

Then, Galm Team arrived to the battle zone. By the time they got there, 40% of the Allied fighters in the Round table had been shot down. It was an uphill battle, but a winnable one.

As Galm team did their work, luck swung back into the Allies' favor. For every plane they downed, their odds got better. The Allied fighters became more organized, while the Belkans, on the other hand, became more and more shattered and desperate. One Belkan pilot even said that "The Demon Lord had come to drag them all down to Hell."

Even with the appearance of an elite Belkan Round Table squadron, it wasn't enough for the Belkans to maintain air Superiority over B7R. Any sane Belkan pilot left alive quickly egressed from the area. The Round Table belonged to the Allies.

Aftermath & Result

The consequences Belka faced after losing the Round Table were crushing. Without control of B7R, Belka had given the Allies a direct path into their homeland. The consequences of this would become apparent three days later.

Another, larger, casualty of the battle was South Belka itself. Half of it had already fallen to the Allies, but the North Belkans continued to tear up and use their land as a defense line to protect the Fatherland in the North. By the end of May, South Belka had enough. Most of it surrendered and disarmed peacefully, the lone exceptions being a few cities in the northeast South Belka, which had major North Belkan influences.

Unable to defend itself in South Belka, the Belkan army retreated farther north, to the border of the Belkas. The end of the war was fast approaching.

Quotes

Joshua Bristow

"Wizard One to all units, the enemy has broken formation, take em out."

"Wizard One to all units, Belka's days are over. Let's wrap this up!"

"Larry, can you read me?"

"It's happening just as you thought."

"It's about time we got out of this dead end job."

Patrick James Beckett

"Get a good eyeful of this flying! Let it sinkin!"

"I fight for peace, that's what I'm up here for."

"Another one's coming"

"I've never been in an aerial battle of this scope before."

Larry Foulke

"Looks like you've still got the touch."

"You think you can stop bloodshed by shedding more blood? Flying with all those ideals floating around in your head is gonna get you killed."

Anthony Palmer

"Sorcerer one to all units, that's the Galm team, watch and learn."

AWACS

"Emergency transmission from operations HQ, 40% of allied air forces are already lost!"

Other Allied

"Wheres our support?"

"Our supports here, who did they send us?"

"IFF has confirmed it's Galm! The reinforcement team is Galm!"

"Galms not fighting alone, let's show em what the Osean Air Force can do!"

"That kind of pilot, they call him "Demon Lord."

Silber Squadron

"Get out there the rules will protect you."

"Be on the lookout to climb to higher altitude."

"Boss, bail out!"

"I wasn't able to cover them."

Schnee Squadron

"Target is in firing range. Schnee One too all units, release your missiles."

"That pilot is incredible, he did all this with those limited contacts."

Schwarze Squadron

"Schwarze leader to all craft, escaping craft is heading this way. It's Huckebein! Don't let your guard down."

"There they are, the mercenary dream team."

"All planes, we don't have time to go game hunting out here!"

"What the hell happened!?"

Other enemies

"Still no reinforcements from base, if only they'd get here we could put an end to this all at once."

"Still no reinforcements from base, what is our country doing!?"

"Another aircraft, who shot it down?"

"Demon of Ustio!"

"So that pilot is the Demon Lord!?"

"Our commander's plane is gone! Confirm our chain of command!"

"He can't be human!"

"He like a Demon"

Trivia

The battle is likely inspired by the actual Operation Battleaxe in the desert theater of WW2. The beginnings are even the same, the British(allies) attacked the Germans(Belkans) with superior numbers but suffered heavy casualties.

The fact being that the B7R area is a semi-arid climate with scarce hydrographic resources is a the principal reason why there were few land battles for the region because the the logistical problems for land campaigns would make it harzardous for either side to participate in a fight there. This the the main reason why it is well know for air battles because it is the perfect manner how to fight because it involves quick entry and exist from the battlefield as well as decisive results from the the dogfights in which the side that achieves sir superiority controls the natural resources has well has the crossroads that it represents.

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