The Battle of Jeddah / Operation Jeddah
For a summary of the plot, see: Wrapping up Dominance V
A second group dropped on the runway area (firebase group, 50 strong) and secured it for the CEO of Legion Premiere, Jacques Danjou's jet to land. Evacuees from the Fortress were escorted to the fire-base and escaped in captured planes. Planes were set aflame prior to this to cover the evacuation and to hide the fire-base team.
The fire-base team hid in the smoke and flames with Jacques, acting commander on the ground, while the assault group fled the airport to the west in captured emergency and service vehicles. They proceeded west for a time, then swung south as if heading for the naval base. The assault group then stopped at a school and rescued some students, as well as seized a bunch of heavy equipment vehicles.
They seemed to continue south towards the navy base, but instead turned east suddenly towards the hospital where Dr. Weston had taken Commander Vellas after he was wounded fighting an ijiraq, and where they were subsequently captured.
The hospital was secured with minimal resistance, and a squad stayed back to hold the enemy off at the beginning of this phase. (NPC Sergeant Wilks and his team).
After rescuing the VIPs at the hospital, they continued east towards a mall and major intersection and stopped there to rescue more CCD tourists and civilians.
It was nearby that the group from a small CCD regional prison (led by LCol Romanov) were discovered, as a large force of hostiles moved out of the censored portion of the satellite feed of Jeddah. The assault group pressed north towards the airport, a detonating the gas station along the way to hold the enemy back, and crossed the highway onto the airport. Additional Legionnaires stayed behind to slow the enemy's progress. Back at the airport, Nicholas Trano offered his wizarding services to Jacques to aid in destroying the airport's electric-grid and maintain smoke-screen that obscured friendly movement from the enemy. He was shot after hours of channeling. The spy, Julie Reed, who had been accompanying Trano throughout his tenure in the CCD, made sure he was taken to Jacques' jet as it was the most likely means of extraction.
They dug in at the airport while the VIPs and evacuees reached the fire-base group, where by that time the air vehicles with a CCD extraction team had arrived. The fresh soldiers, supplies and aircraft were promised to Jacques as part of the Custody of Defense deal to resuppply what was spent by the Legion, but everyone soon came to realize that the CCD brought the wrong ammo. CCD military uses caseless ammunition, a cutting-edge, advanced technology not employed by the Legion. The fresh supplies were useless to Legion rifles and weaponry.
The assault group dug in and was bolstered by members of the fire-base team. When Dr. Weston and Commander Vellas arrived with the convoy from the hospital, Michael disembarked to unleash a hell of his own.
LCol Romanov's prison convoy passed the assault group during this display and reached the evacuation point but two aircraft were shot down trying to cover the LCol's convoy before it reached the airport, tipping the enemy off in advance that the airport wasn't abandoned after all.
After a dazzling display of power, Michael left to the fire-base with the rear vehicle of LCol Romanov's convoy. The assault group dug in and prepared to repel the enemy. Everyone met up at the fire-base, loaded onto aircraft and escaped.
Jacques' personal jet was the last friendly vehicle off the ground, and the remaining members of the assault group were overrun. The enemy's command disintegrated and the revolt dissolved somewhat. Spent of ammunition, wounded, and fatigued, the city huddled what remained, and as dawn broke, the next push of CCD military presence flew overhead. Artillery had finally arrived.
To the legion, this day would go down as the Battle of Jeddah, one of the most important engagements in their history. Almost every Legionnaire involved were killed or mortally wounded, but in one night, Jacques Danjou secured a higher payment than years' worth of the Legion's entire budget. The propaganda will be immortalized, and Jacques Danjou, as commander on the ground, will become a world-wide name. He flies to Sierra Leone with Trano and Reed on board his jet.
To the Custody, this day would become known as Operation Jeddah. Very little in the way of Custody lives and money were spent to secure the Dominance. Although the economic and political ramifications would be ongoing, the CCD lost very little in terms of military manpower. On route back to Moscow, the Ascendancy was already hard at work crafting a spin to the CCD advantage.