Battle of New Jerusalem

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Battle of New Jerusalem


Human-Covenant War


July or August 2552


New Jerusalem, Cygnus system


Covenant victory

  • Heavy casualties on both sides

United Nations Space Command





  • Ground forces

26th MEF nearly annihilated; presumably heavy Army casualties

Unknown; presumably heavy


"Cygnus? Didn't think there were any survivors."
Taylor H. Miles, upon hearing about a survivor from the battle.[1]

The Battle of New Jerusalem was an engagement in the Human-Covenant War. It was fought on the human colony world of New Jerusalem in Cygnus system between the UNSC and the Covenant in July or August 2552.[2][3][4]

The battle[edit]

In July or August of 2552, New Jerusalem was invaded by the Covenant; this invasion was resisted by the UNSC Army[5] and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Force, which was nearly annihilated.[6]

At some point during the battle, ODST Carlo Hoya was captured by the Covenant, but managed to escape, saving a dozen Naval officers' lives in the process. After the war, Hoya would go on to join the new SPARTAN-IV Program.[7]


  • It has been implied that Kojo Agu saw action on the planet at some point during the war, possibly simultaneously with the Rookie.[2][8]
  • The presence of the Marine Expeditionary Force engaging in a "Rapid Offensive Picket" on New Jerusalem may suggest that at some point, the planet was lost to the Covenant, and the UNSC made an attempt to re-take it.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo 3: ODST Pre-mission Evaluation - Dutch Interview
  2. ^ a b Halo 3: ODST Field Guide: ("This Marine was recently transferred from the 26th MEF, part of a Rapid Offensive Picket that suffered near-annihilation at New Jerusalem, Cygnus.")
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint, Rookie: ("Just weeks after the tragedy of New Jerusalem, he dropped near the city of Mount Haven.")
  4. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Dirt": ("The Covenant just attacked Reach," the pilot reported.")
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint, DMR
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Rookie
  7. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide
  8. ^ Halo 3: ODST Pre-mission Evaluation - Romeo Interview