Saturday, December 10, 2016

Libria I: Battles for Derwood

In late 011.016M42 the relentless crusade assault on Zhukov's western flank continued, as the large force of Volscian guard down the Derwood Road. Zhukov had already detached a force of Novgorod Guard to cover this new assault, but it would take time to make the trek back from the northern front to the central cities. Without intervention by the astartes Zhukov's rear guard would be unlikely to be able to hold off the crusade advance.

The loyalist imperial forces met in their HQ on Libria II and agreed the Space Wolves would send a small force to blunt the Volscian advance, allowing Zhukov to reinforce Derwood before they arrived. The Space Wolves immediately embarked for Libria I, but they had precious little time to act on any intelligence of the Volscian forces. Their assault was forceful and determined, but the crusade force were well prepared for such an intervention. The Space Wolves took heavy casualties and the crusade rolled over the meagre defences taking the city of Derwood from the loyalists on 2811.016M42

Despite losing the city Zhukov was not concerned. Arriving two days later the Novgorod Guard gave the Volscians no time to fortified, and immediately launched an all out frontal assault on the mechanised Volscians. The casualties as ever were horrendous, as the Novgorod commanders sent in wave after wave of infantry and even cavalry against the crusade tanks. However the numbers took their tool, and by 3011.017M42 the Novgorod guard had worked their way around the Volscians, forcing them to retreat or be surrounded. Derwood had been retaken.

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