Battle of Actium

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Operation: IRON FIST


Operation: TORPEDO

Battle of Actium


Human-Covenant War


May 2545




  • Covenant Pyrrhic Victory
    • Heavy Covenant casualties
    • Actium glassed

United Nations Space Command



Colonel Akono Menteith

Unknown Covenant Fleet Master




  • Total destruction
    • 12,000+ soldiers

Heavy casualties

"Let no one here question our place in human history. That we are here right now is not coincidence or accident. It is our fate. And this war, our birthright — our legacy. Our generation was born to fight the Covenant, and you, my fellow soldiers - were born for this very day. Today the enemy will hear the roar of humanity. And they will fear us."
Colonel Akono Menteith's address to the 53rd Armored Division

The Battle of Actium was a military engagement that occurred between United Nations Space Command and Covenant forces during May 2545 on the colony world Actium.[1]

The battle[edit]

In May 2545, a Covenant armada invaded Actium. By May 10, Colonel Akono Menteith, whom had assumed command of the UNSC Army's 53rd Armored Division, gave a rousing speech to the roughly twelve-thousand surviving UNSC soldiers. Later that month, he led the remnants of the division deep into Covenant-held territory in order to destroy three of the largest Covenant staging areas on record; the 53rd did so with the aid of a pair of HAVOK tactical nuclear weapons, though they suffered heavy attrition.

Within the month, the 53rd Armored Division was annihilated. Actium fell to the Covenant and was presumably glassed. Colonel Menteith's speech became legendary throughout the colonies as a symbol of human resistance against the Covenant.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit]

The battle shares its name with a real-world engagement that occurred in 31 BC. The historical Battle of Actium is often considered a crucial step in the transition of the Roman Republic into the Empire.