This article is about the Halo Wars campaign level. For the Firefight map in Halo: Reach, see Beachhead.
Beachhead is the thirteenth level of Halo Wars.
At the Apex, the Arbiter releases Professor Ellen Anders from her restraints and forces her hand onto the Apex console. The console reacts to the touch of a Reclaimer, activating the nearby Forerunner Sojourner-class dreadnoughts docked in the structures around the Apex. The Arbiter triumphantly announces that the fleet will be the destruction of humanity and Anders takes advantage of the Arbiter and his Sangheili Honor Guard's distraction by the fleet to activate a teleporter in the Apex platform with an order to take her to the surface.
Anders is teleported to the inner surface of the shield world where she is attacked by three Flood infection forms. Suddenly, the infection forms are killed by Sergeant John Forge who has arrived to rescue Anders. Anders quickly warns Forge that the Covenant are assembling a huge fleet. Forge escorts Anders to a nearby Pelican, but the Pelican is destroyed by the Flood. Accompanied by other ground forces, Forge leads Anders to another LZ at a lower level that the UNSC forces defend against Covenant attack for a minute and a half. Finally, a Pelican arrives to extract Anders who reveals that she needs to get back to her lab as she has a possible solution for the problem of the Forerunner fleet.
With Anders rescued and safely aboard the UNSC Spirit of Fire, Captain James Cutter orders Forge to secure a beachhead for the Spirit of Fire's forces. Forge begins a ground assault to eliminate four Covenant citadels in the area. He is aided by Red Team and a Scarab that can be captured by the UNSC forces if they free it from the Flood. Finally, after eliminating the citadels and their defenses, including multiple Mega Turrets and another Scarab, Forge secures the area with the creation of UNSC firebases on the site of each destroyed citadel. Having been informed of the situation by Anders, Cutter congratulates Forge and orders him to stand by for a mission briefing.
Scene fades in on Ellen Anders, who is awaking still in a Forerunner containment field device on the Apex. In the background, the Arbiter, flanked by two Zealot Elites, approaches her. The Arbiter is dragging one of his energy swords along the floor.
Stasis beam deactivates, Anders collapses, the Arbiter picks her up by the neck with one hand, and holds the human up to his eyes.
The Arbiter drags the struggling human over to the control console, and throws her on the floor in front of it.
The Arbiter lifts her hand above the holographic, spherical console, which reacts by spinning, and then stopping to reveal five highlighted hexagonal "buttons", upon which the Arbiter places Anders' hand. In response to human touch, the control console begins to emit a steady beam, which terminates in a flash as the once dormant structures surrounding the Apex platform begin to slowly unfold and awaken from their millennia of inactivity, revealing themselves to be Forerunner Sojourner-class dreadnoughts. Staring up at the unraveling fleet in awe, the Arbiter releases his grip on Anders. The two other Elites which had accompanied him share the same reaction. The several honor guards leave their posts to better behold the spectacle of the unfolding fleet. The Arbiter lifts his fists into the air, and begins to preach charismatically.
The ships continue to move, taking form. Anders, while the Elites are distracted by the event, moves to the platform where the stasis beam was, which reacts by lighting up.
The platform responds by teleporting Anders to a seemingly calm, lightly forested area on the surface of the shield world.
A short distance away three Flood infection forms drop from cover and they quickly approach her. She slowly backs up.
The infection forms continue to advance. The lead one leaps at her and suddenly explodes. The other two soon explode as well; it is revealed that Sergeant John Forge has shot them.
The Pelican that brought Forge in is shot down.
When Forge and Anders get across through the teleporter:
A Pelican arrives soon after.
Red Team arrives via HEVs.
A few squads of Grunts abandon a Scarab, as a few Flood tentacles spring up out of the ground
Forge and his troops soon engage another Scarab guarding a bridge with some Honor Guards, but with help from the captured Scarab the enemy is soon defeated.