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The Battle of Rotterdam was a defensive operation by the Chimera that had completely took the Anglo-Maquis Coalition by surprise and almost scuppered the Human Operation Overstrike, an offensive to liberate Western Europe, before it had even begun.

BackgroundEdit

After the success of the Anglo-American Operation Morning Star which had liberated Britain from the Chimera. Maquis officials contacted the British to ask whether the latter could help free Western Europe from the same species. The British Intelligence Corps, under the command of Colonel Rachel Parker, agreed to send two squadrons to the Maquis headquarters in Luxembourg to help with their fight. With Chimeran sea defences littering the coasts of France, Belgium and the Netherlands it was near impossible to enter Europe from the Atlantic Ocean. A few weeks before the planned start of Overstrike (August 30th), Maquis intelligence officers discovered and announced that Rotterdam was a safe corridor for the two squadrons to fly through.

BattleEdit

Operation Overstrike

British Kingfishers are blasted out of the sky by the Chimeran Gun Towers.

On August 30th, 1951. Two squadrons based at Dover, Kent, England decided to depart. First Squadron, headed by Major Stephen Cartwright of the Royal Marines, but also containing Maquis Colonel Roland Mallery, Raine Bouchard and Private James Grayson,took off first, with Second Squadron, lead by Colonel Rachel Parker of the Intelligence Corps heading off four hours later.

Within route to Rotterdam, the Chimera launched an ambush attack on First Squadron with their Gun Tower, shooting down several VTOLs. Most of the surviving soldiers bail out alive and scattered in ruined city. Meanwhile, Cartwright order Parker to turn her Second Squadron back to Dover. Grayson and Bouchard jumped into the destroyed building and took down several Chimeran fighters as they exit the building and found the Maquis troop. Maquis soldier report them that Martin jumped with him and broke his on the upper floor and help lift Grayson up to reach him. Grayson found Martin is already dead and took his BM001 Razor. After Chimera soldiers killed the Maquis soldier, Grayson and Bouchard managed to took out most of the Chimeran fighters before regroup with Mallery at the rally piont.

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