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The name or term "Battle of Klendathu" refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Battle of Klendathu disambiguation. The attack was a complete defeat, resulting in heavy casualties for the United Citizen Federation.
In the months following the Meteor Attack on Buenos Aires , the United Citizen Federation sped across the galaxy in a campaign against Klendathu , which they thought was just a single Arachnid planet.
Sky Marshal Dienes planned landing troops in a mass swarming assault across the planet. Waves of Mobile Infantry troopers would be brought to the surface in the initial offensive. After securing the initial beachhead, the forces would fan out and eradicate any bugs they came across. The plan ultimately backfired due to the Federation's arrogance, elitism, lack of strategical planning, lack of artillery or air support, belief that all non-human species were inferior to themselves, and reliance on sheer numbers.
Within minutes, the Mobile Infantry were rushed into their dropships. Bug defenses began almost immediately in the form of plasma bursts from the surface. It was believed that the plasma was just random and light; however, this intelligence was quickly discovered to be misleading when several well-placed barrages of bug plasma damaged and destroyed several ships.
The Rodger Young was somewhat damaged during this battle by Plasma but managed to remain largely intact and operational.
Once the Mobile Infantry reached the surface, fighting began immediately with troopers using Tactical Oxygen Nukes to destroy many Plasma Bugs. However, Warrior Bugs presence turned out to be in far greater quantity than predicted by Military Intelligence and the Mobile Infantry were quickly overwhelmed by vast numbers of bugs.
Private Shujumi, embodying overconfidence and recklessness, advanced ahead of his squad as a lone wolf and fired on bugs. However, a Warrior flanked him, severing his leg at the knee. A pack of Warriors descended on the wounded Shujumi, completely tearing him apart limb from limb. Distraught at Shujumi's demise, Katrina McIntire broke formation and ran away, but was dragged screaming into a bug nest. A general retreat was ordered within the first half hour after the first drop and the Mobile Infantry retreat that followed nearly became a full blown rout.
The second and third waves were able to return to their drop ships as they did not have enough time to get far from the drop zones. The first wave was virtually destroyed by the time the General Retreat was ordered. The Mobile Infantry suffered far over , casualties in the Klendathu Invasion, , of which died in the first hour. Starship Troopers. The Wildcats were deployed in the first wave. Led by Lieutenant Willy , the Wildcats charged towards enemy positions without being detected.
Lieutenant Willy led a further charge dividing the company into squads. Running around a large rock, a surprise attack by a Warrior Bug tears Lieutenant Willy to bits in a matter of seconds. The remaining troopers, under Squad Leader Ace Levy , kill that Warrior but soon hordes of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Warriors appear.
The troopers, unsure of their orders, do nothing and request orders from Ace, but Ace filled with fear freezes and simply says "I don't know". It took Johnny Rico to give the squad the orders they needed "Kill them, Kill them all!
The squad engages the Warriors losing several soldiers such as Shujumi , who ran out in front of the squad and became easy prey, and Katrina McIntire , who fled before falling into a Bug hole and being dragged into a tunnel to her doom by a Warrior. When the general retreat was called, with troops around them already in retreat, the Wildcats retreat in some disorder with many stragglers becoming easy picking for Warrior Bugs.
Kitten Smith was then maimed to death by a Warrior Bug. Johnny Rico, seeing his friend die, fired upon the Warrior, knocking it to the ground. Believing the Warrior Bug to be dead, Rico relaxed and lowered his weapon, but the Warrior unexpectedly used its last burst of energy to lunge at Rico, piercing the trooper through the leg. Two more Warriors then spotted and charge towards him but using his Morita Assault Rifle 's inbuilt shotgun Rico was able to fight them off, just barely.
Crippled, Rico was unable to return to the dropships. Rico was declared Killed in Action causing Carmen to mistakenly take him as dead.
Johnny Rico was, however, rescued after the battle, possibly by Roughnecks After the battle, the Wildcats were almost entirely wiped out, with Troopers Rico, Flores, and Levi, as the only known members to survive. The unit was disbanded, and the aforementioned three were transferred to the Roughnecks. The Federation was confident of an easy victory and sent a correspondent to report live from the surface of the planet during the invasion.
When a general retreat was ordered, however, the reporter was killed by a Warrior Bug caught live on camera shortly after the broadcast began, and the cameraman then retreated after Rico tells him to get out of there.
With the camera still rolling, the camerman recorded Kitten's death, and Rico's rage over his death. The Warrior Bug responsible, then attacked the camerman, impaling the unfortunate man through the chest, and causing him to throw the camera near Rico, just as the mandible of the Warrior stabbed him through the leg.
With the last few seconds of tim recording Rico in agony, the camera then went off, due to damage. The Rodger Young and a few other ships bearing scars of battle as they retreat to Ticonderoga. After the surviving Mobile Infantry troopers were recovered by dropships and brought back aboard the Corvette Transports, the remaining ships in the fleet retreated to Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga. Many of the ships that participated in the battle were non-operational and had to be towed to safety.
The Terran Navy was cut to ribbons when so many of its ships were massed in Klendathu's lower orbit, limiting the operational deployment of Federation forces in Arachnids space for some time.
Well over , ground troops were killed in the battle, with , killed in the first hour alone. By any measure, the battle was an unmitigated disaster. Apart from material losses, the psychological effect of the disaster drastically damaged morale across the Federation. Strategically, with so many ships and soldiers lost in one fell swoop, there was no way surviving Federal Military forces could effectively combat the inherent numerical superiority of Arachnid forces, which began swarming Federation holdings in all directions.
Maru's leadership outlined a new grand strategy of using surviving forces to clear out the planets outlying Klendathu one at a time, which were less heavily populated by the Arachnids. This would follow the classic routine of heavy aerial bombing runs by F Thunderbolts , followed by sending in the Mobile Infantry to mop up the survivors and clear out subterranean Bug holes.
At the same time, this would provide more opportunities to observe and research the Arachnids to examine them for tactical weaknesses. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Categories :. Cancel Save. United Citizen Federation. Sky Marshal Dienes.
Brain Bugs. Warrior Bugs Plasma Bugs. Unknown, possibly light compare to the UCF. Meteor Attack on Buenos Aires. Battle of Klendathu. Raid on Tango Urilla.
The first major supplement for the Starship Troopers miniatures game, the Klendathu Invasion provides everything you need to expand your games to include the disasterous Klendathu campaign, Mankind's first strike against the Arachnid's homeworld. Poorly equipped and sent to battle with only half the training of Cap Troopers, these guys nevertheless pack a heavy punch with their own unique weapons, access to Fleet assets and nukes! Will you make it back to the Retrieval Boats or will you be stranded on a hostile alien world? These PDF files are digitally watermarked to signify that you are the owner.
Battle of Klendathu
The name or term "Battle of Klendathu" refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Battle of Klendathu disambiguation. The attack was a complete defeat, resulting in heavy casualties for the United Citizen Federation. In the months following the Meteor Attack on Buenos Aires , the United Citizen Federation sped across the galaxy in a campaign against Klendathu , which they thought was just a single Arachnid planet. Sky Marshal Dienes planned landing troops in a mass swarming assault across the planet.
Starship Troopers: The Klendathu Invasion
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Second Battle of Klendathu
The homeworld of the Arachnid menace has been located and the Mobile Infantry has been moved into position to strike — are you ready to join the greatest battle Mankind has ever initiated? For months, the Road to Victory has lead the Mobile Infantry across the galaxy to the ultimate confrontation between Man and Arachnid. This is a battle of the species on the desolate world of Klendathu, the culmination of every skirmish and campaign yet fought in a hundred systems. Three hundred thousand Troopers stand ready to drop, dedicated to defend the human race with their own lives. Within an hour, a third of them will be dead.