A planetary invasion by Earth military forces is ambushed and turns into a military disaster. There is no air support and no ground reinforcement as the supporting fleet, among it the USS Saratoga, is forced to abandon 25,000 stranded marines in order to launch another assault, which could ultimately save millions of lives, upon a more strategic planet. Before departing, Commodore Ross issues instructions: "You're strongly encouraged, but not ordered to do so, to keep engaging the enemy. If however the situation becomes untenable you're authorized to surrender. Semper fidelis.". Among the scattered, abandoned and demoralized marines are the 58th, struggling to survive.
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After the Saratoga left Demios to proceed to Ixion, the 58th wouldn't have known their position in order to aim the communication dish to maintain radio contact. See more
Lt. Vanessa Damphousse
Saratoga, this is Demios. Request response to request for air cover. Situation deteriorating... Many units in retreat... Airfield in jeopardy of being taken. Many casualties, request response.
Demios, this is the Saratoga...
Commodore Glen van Ross
[interrupts the LT to speak to the troops being left behind
Lieutenant. Marines, this is Commodore Ross of the USS Saratoga. We remain proud of you. Due to security reasons, I am unable to explain this painful directive. Due to the fortunes of war... Black Forest. I say ...