Frontier Commonwealth (FCW) Mining Colony New Manchester, Capital city Dublin
Day 13 of the yangtze Hegemony's invasion of New Manchester
Dublin Royal college Evacuation Point: three miles from the front
22nd Royal Grenadier's
Local time: 0221
Site garrison dugout.
Corporal Samantha Cho
A group of a dozen well armed FCW soldier's sit around an old Jerry rigged Holo screen playing the FCW's news, the dug out's roof rains down dust and dirt as occasional shells land around it.
"Today Prime Minister Margaret Allen has vowed to retake Manchester, even as Hegemony forces arrive on the Commonwealth world in mass. International response to the invasion has been mixed as some like the UIC have offered humanitarian aid along with a promise of a peace keeping force, other have supported the annexation of the planet, vowing to support the Hegemony should outside forces attempt to interfere. Some sa..."
The Holo screen goes dark as shells begin landing closer and more often. a warning siren begins to wail as the group splits up and goes to find something to do till the bombardment to end. for the last few days the Yang sent a gentle reminder that they were near, normally not that effective but there has been a few casualties. Sergeant Baker was caught outside during the first bombardment, he was evacuated along with the civilians shortly after. The college has since been one of the last remaining sites capable of moving large mass of people from the continent to Commonwealth islands off the coast, to the few remaining orbital defense sites and military sites still under FCW control.
Corporal Cho couldn't stand the boredom, since the initial invasion two weeks ago, she hadn't seen much combat. when it became clear the Hegemony had the upper hand with their orbital bombardments, the remaining FCW forces focused on evacuating the the civilian population. The few stories of civilians escaping the occupied territory told gruesome tales of slavery and execution of military prisoners. None of this surprised anyone, an enemy who was willing to use poison gas and civilians as shields couldn't be treating prisoners well. Not to say there were many who surrendered or that the yang were taking many prisoners, most of the ones who did surrender could be found littered around the burned out city.
As Corporal Cho sat at a desk cleaning her weapon for sixth time, the bombardment stopped. followed closely by the sounds of close heavy gun fire to take its place. quickly the soldiers within the dugout quickly moved to their positions outside the dugout.