Friday, April 24, 2009

Catechism Assault Pryford

The month of 04.009M42 saw a major Dark Angels deployment against the Catechism on Alphe. More companies were deployed and fewer were left on their obscure missions in the Perseus Deeps. On 0804.009M42 the Catechism launched their newest offensive, rapidly pushing forward and encircling the important settlement of Pryford, meeting Dark Angels forces and treating them with contempt.

Moonface's best troops were arrayed against the Adeptus Astartes warriors, and the Dark Angels once again took heavy casualties and were unable to prevent the encirclement of the city. However on 1604.009M42 the Dark Angels counter-attacked, reaching the west coast, cutting through the Chaos lines at their weakest point and hammering their best troops with surgical strikes. They were able to create a corridor to the beleagured city, but by 2004.009M42 the Catechism were still present on three sides of the city and were preparing their next assault.

Imperial High command rapidly dug in, hoping to stall the Chaos advance long enough for Moonface to become disinterested, as intelligence suggested he would if the battle went on too long. This attritional strategy prevailed for much of the war on Alphe and was the overriding principal in Imperial strategy against the Moonface Catechism throughout the war. The Dark Angels meanwhile , once released from action, immediately headed off world, much to the consternation of the Imperial Governor and Imperial High Command.

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