Battle of Jericho VII

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Battle of Jericho VII

Conflict:

Human-Covenant War

Date:

February 9, 2535February 12, 2535

Location:

Jericho VII, Lambda Serpentis system

Outcome:

Covenant Pyrrhic victory
  • Jericho VII glassed
  • Heavy Covenant ground casualties
Belligerents

United Nations Space Command

Covenant

Commanders

Captain De Blanc
Chief Petty Officer John-117

Prophet of Candor
Unnamed Arbiter

Strength
Casualties
  • Heavy ground losses
  • Moderate space losses
 
"Four of us and a thousand of them? Piss poor odds for the little guys."
Kelly-087

The Battle of Jericho VII was an engagement fought between the United Nations Space Command and the Covenant between February 9, 2535 and February 12, 2535 on the human colony of Jericho VII.

The battle[edit]

Covenant forces led by an unnamed Arbiter under orders of the Prophet of Candor, landed on Jericho VII, where they encountered tough resistance from UNSC forces above the planet and on the ground,[4] resulting in a three day long stalemate.

On the ground, Blue Team members: Blue-One, Two, Three, Four, and Five massacred the Covenant troops. Blue Team's mission was to draw out the Covenant rear guard, so Red Team could slip behind their lines and plant a HAVOK tactical nuke, hoping to destroy the next Covenant ship that landed and dropped its shields.[5] These few Spartans were able to kill hundreds of Unggoy and destroy Shade turrets with little difficulty, as well as neutralizing their Type-26 Banshee air support, by using the fougasses they had planted in case the Unggoy got out of hand.[6] Meanwhile, Green Team was preventing a Covenant ground force advance on the planet.[7]

The three divisions of the UNSC Marine Corps on the planet,[1] operating elsewhere, suffered minor casualties and easily accomplished their goals as well. However, the 105th Drop Jet Platoon was slaughtered by a massive force of Unggoy. Blue Team swept through the area and avenged the platoon by killing hundreds of the Unggoy involved in that operation. All of the Spartan teams accomplished their missions and returned safely to the remaining fleet in a Pelican dropship.[8]

Unfortunately, the UNSC fleet lost control of the space around Jericho VII after a brutal three day battle with the Covenant fleet. However, Captain De Blanc was able to evacuate the Spartans aboard UNSC Resolute before the enemy fleet began its glassing of the planet. Spartan-117 requested to watch the planet being glassed. He observed the assault for nearly an hour as Jericho VII was destroyed.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

Intelligence gained from the battle was utilized by Mobile Armament Systems in the creation of the CQB variant of the MJOLNIR armor.[10] On July 12, 2540, five years after the battle, Operation: GUARDIAN LANCE was carried out to recover several pieces of Covenant equipment from the glasslands of the world. These specimens were later brought to SWORD Base on Reach.[11]

Some of the future SPARTAN-IIIs of Alpha Company were orphaned in the battle.[12] Jameson Locke, a future SPARTAN-IV and an Office of Naval Intelligence agent, was also orphaned during this battle. He evacuated from Jericho VII only minutes before the Covenant glassed the planet.[13]

Trivia[edit]

  • The conflict was the first battle to be depicted in the Halo series.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 7 ("In orbit, there were dozens of frigates, destroyers, and two massive carriers.")
  2. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 7 ("As predicted, the Spartans of Red, Blue, and Green teams—augmenting three divisions of battle-hardened UNSC Marines—had stalled a Covenant ground advance.")
  3. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 8 ("Three dozen Covenant ships—big ones, destroyers and cruisers—winked into view in the system.")
  4. ^ Halo Interactive Strategy Game back side
  5. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 2
  6. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 19 (2010 edition)
  7. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, page 113 (2011 edition)
  8. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 20 (2010 edition)
  9. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, pages 22-23 (2010 edition)
  10. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 39
  11. ^ Halo: Reach, multiplayer level Sword Base
  12. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 70
  13. ^ Halo Waypoint: Jameson Locke