Dalkeith

The fall of the Fourth Deneb Light Cavalry doomed the Davion Guard on Dalkeith, who could not hope to prevail without a stroke of Immense luck or the arrival of Allied reinforcements. With attention and resources focused on the battle for Tharkad, there was little hope of help rescuing them, no chance ot the cavalry arriving "just in the nick of time". The Fourth knew their fate, but like many members of the Brigade of Guards before them, did not give up. They would not break or surrender, but would sell themselves dearly, extracting the highest price possible from the Loyalist force.

General James Ito was only too happy to hring the battle for Dalkeith to a close; the elimination of the Fourth Guard would complete the task he had been ordered to carry out at the Civil War's commencement. His plan was unsubtle, but given his numerical advantage it didn't need to be. The Loyalists would stage a three pronged assault on Newhaven, the simultaneous probes pushing the Allied defense to break ing point and hopefully beyond.

Marshal Orsina observed the Loyalist troops moving into position and divined their intention, but there was little she could do in the confines of Newhaven. Only two options remained: stand and fight and be annihilated, or break out and stage a guerilla war against the Loyalists. She chose the latter, but knew her timing would have to be perfect if there was to be any chance of extricating the Fourth Guards.

The Loyalist assault commenced shortly before dawn on 27 September 3066, a sustained artillery barrage pounding the already ruined city to soften up the defenders and pin them in place while the attackers moved into position. The Fifth Alliance Guard approached the city from the South West, the 26th Lyran Guard from the north, and the Third Royal from the east. Marshal Orsina had little love for James Ito and the Fifth Alliance Guard but she respected their abilities and knew that though battered, the unit remained formidable. The same could not be said for the Third Royal who, despite a fearsome reputation, had under-performed in the campaign and who, the Marshal's intelligence staff told her, had yet to recover from the grave losses sustained in the fifth wave.

Kathy Parks knew that her command was the weakest link In the Loyalist tasktorce and expected the assault on Newhaven to be bloody. What she didn't expect was to see the Fourth Davion bursting out of their defensive positions and assaulting her troops as they readied themselves to assault the city. The Royal Guard unit, already under immense strain, collapsed under the surprise assault. By seven AM, little remained that could be recognized as the Third Royals, though the Fourth Davion Guard's victory was Pyrrhic; nevertheless, the assault cleared their path from Newhaven. It cost the Fourth both of the surviving armor battalions, while scarcely a battalion of infantry remained in the field. The entirety of the Fourth came to less than a combat command.

Furthermore, though their path appeared open, clearing It had taken time. Before the Davion Guard could complete their escape, the Fifth Alliance and Twenty-sixth Lyran Guard fell on them from the rear. By the end of September, the Fourth Davion Guard had effectively ceased to exist. Some elements did escape and staged a series of hit-and-run attacks against the Loyalists in October and November. By New Year, there was no doubt as to the Loyalist control of Dalkeith though its value "in the Civil War had long-since evaporated.

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