Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tau Breakout

Following the bloody attritional battle on the coast of Tuva the Tau were keen not to repeat engagements of that kind if they could possibly avoid it. Instead they developed a new strategy to break through the Imperial lines, which were now weakened thanks to the withdrawal of the baneblades and three Librian regiments, pulled out of the line to help against Snazteef in the north.Cunningham intended to build a series of defences along the Tuva coast, hundreds of miles deep, to slow the Tau and force them into battles he wanted, attritional ones, avoiding the Tau advantage in manouevre. However it all went wrong on 1703.009M42.

Earlier than anticipated, in the dead of night, a small force of Tau began a reconnaisance against the Librian positions. In the darkness a number of Armoured units were taken out immediately, and the Tau began to push inland across the half completed tench lines and fortifications. Concerned this was a new offensive Cunningham now made a fateful decision, throwing in his Librian reserves against the breakthrough, leaving his right flank, manned by the Porphyrians, dangerously exposed.

A day later, just as Cunningham realised that Elan Ro's assault was a probing feint, Shadowstrike's main force landed directly infront of the hastily erected Porphyrian defences. After a brief stand off Shadowstrike's forces broke the line and rolled over the remaining Porphyrians like a speed bump.Three days later the grand Tau tactic of manouevre and encirclement had been employed to the full and Cunningham's Librians were forced to retreat to the natural barrier of the border heights mountains. Meanwhile the Porphyrians and Tarsis PDF were forst ever westwards, forming a new defense line just to the east of Maybourne. In just a few days all the hard work of the previous weeks had been undone. General Du Prez was left asking some serious questions, and his high commander asking some even more serious ones of him.

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