Newcomers Pt 7
The Benemar swarmed across Terra almost completely unchecked, their sheer numbers and the suddenness of their attack meant the Humans were unprepared for such and assault and even though their orbital defence platforms reaped a bloody toll on their attackers the Benemar overwhelmed them. Still the Humans fought, determined to make the Benemar pay in blood for every inch of Terran soil they took and for every Human they killed the Benemar would loose a hundred of their warriors.
The Benemar focused their assault on the heavily populated area with little military presence, the bombardment form space alone killed millions before they even began landing their warriors to begin culling the population. But as the attack went on the Humans were able to mobilize more of their assets and the Benemar’s advance began to slow. But they were still heavily outnumbered and out gunned, stalling is all the Human generals could really do.
High Chieftain Veetop sat upon his throne overlooking the planet below and watched it burn, it was as he thought, the Humans were weak and they ran from his armies and screamed as they were slaughtered. He wished he was down there but he had lost the bought with High Chieftain Beeqol so he was resigned to command the fleet.
The now slave Goolack was chained to his throne naked and forced to watch as his own warriors were now under the command of his rivals, his entire clan had been disgraced and disbanded but still he kept up the pretence that this will end badly for the Benemar.
“I wonder what Human slaves are like? I look forward to beating them into submission” High Chieftain Veetop said to himself, so far no Humans had been captured but there was still time, they had a number of outlining worlds and there were still billions left on their homeworld.
“They will not submit” Goolack said.
“Silence! You lost your right to ever speak again” he shouted hitting him.
“I shall show you how Benemar live, we do not let other races oppose us us, we conquer them!”
General Patton command the Terran defence force from an underground bunker hidden in the Antarctic, here he had access to the entire planets forces and his commanders and the picture was looking bleak at first look. But he had a plan and soon enough all the pieces would be in place, all that was needed was his reinforcements. He just hoped they would get there in time.
Outside the solar system the 8th army arrived and joined the task force that was gathering just outside of scanning range. Admiral Winston had wanted to attack the moment he arrived but General Patton had told him to wait, his captains were also getting impatient as the longer they waited to more people died.
“Are we really just going to wait here sir” Captain Clerk asked.
“Those are our orders, general Patton has superiority as he is the acting supreme commander and has some sort of plan in place” The Admiral replied and his tone betrayed that he did not like waiting either.
“But the longer we wait the more innocent people are dying!” Captain Kiev objected his thick Russian accent putting heavy meaning on his words.
“Do we at least know the situation on the ground sir?” Captain Williams asked polity.
“We know is the Benemar have landed close to 12 million troops but the figure may be more-”
“12 million!! There was only a fraction of the defence force on the planet” Kieve interrupted.
“Yes Captain and I would prefer if you did not interrupt me again” Admiral Winston said getting to his feet.
“It’s all right, I understand your frustration but as I was saying because of the large number of enemy troops our forces have fallen back to more defensible positions but we have strongholds on all major continents”
The captains all fell silent, they had no choice but to wait and have faith in their comrades on Terra to hold the line.
General Patton held on tight as another bomb landed on the surface above, somehow the Benemar had found his bunker and were trying to dig him out, the intent was to cut off the head and body will die.
“Put me through to the enemy fleet, I think it’s we had a chat”
“Yes General” answered a com operator and he gave the thumbs up when the connection was made.
“This is General Abraham Patton of the Terran defence force”
The main monitor then shifted to show the bridge of the Benemar flagship, it was a dark and horrid place but sitting in his throne was the Benemar High Chieftain Veetop looking very pleased with himself.
“Ah General have you reconsidered my offer for your surrender?” he growled grinning all across his face.
“Actually I was going to ask if you wanted to surrender” he countered as another bomb hit.
High Chieftain Veetop gave a throaty laugh that almost sounded like he was going to choke and spat on the Benemar chained to his throne.
“Me? Surrender? Have you gone mad with fear Human”
“You really don’t understand us at all do you?”
“I understand enough that your kind are weak and cowards, your world burns before me, your people are being enslaved and if you think I am going to surrender then you are clearly mad”
General Patton smiled “I guess then that your answer is no?”
“Good” Patton cut the link and was put through to Admiral Winston.
“Admiral, you may begin your attack now, we are ready”
Patton smiled at his friends eagerness to get into the fighting and turned to his operators. “Are all systems ready?”
“Yes General, all platforms are powered and awaiting your order”
“Good, deploy the orbital guns and order the counter attack”
All across the planet the Humans suddenly stopped retreating and turned and fought back with every ounce of strength they could, all Benemar fronts began to encounter series resistance and could no longer advance. This sudden change In the Humans manner caught them of guard and many began falling back. But that was not all, underground and hidden from both scanners and prying eyes were huge bases, the ground parted to allow a cannon the size of a skyscraper to emerge and point up at the Benemar fleet above the planet.
“European gun ready”
“Mediterranean gun ready”
“Middle eastern gun ready”
“West and eastern Russian guns ready”
“Asian guns ready”
“Pacific guns ready”
“North and south American guns ready”
“African guns ready”
“All guns are deployed and ready to fire general”
General Patton gave a toothy smile as he imagined the Benemar’s faces at the sudden appearance of these weapons, they had no idea what was coming. He gave a single order.
The guns recoil was massive but was built to withstand it, but the earth around it was kicked up and sent anything close by flying as the immense power created it’s own shock wave. They were fast to reload too and could fire a single shell every ten seconds.
“High Chief we are detecting in coming fore from the surface”
“Impossible, no gun has the power to fire from the surface of a planet”
Just as he finished speaking one of the shells struck his ship, it was only a glancing hit but it destroyed a third of their port side guns, but the shell did not stop it continued on and struck and destroyed a cruiser that was close by the flagship.
The entire Benemar fleet came under fire, with thousands of ships in orbit it was impossible for the Humans to miss even if they tried, the Benemar captains panicked and tried to avoid this incoming fire but in the confusion they collided with each other.
“High Chieftain, we are being torn to shreds we must withdraw”
“I told you this was going to happen” Goolack laughed and was quickly shot by the High Chieftain.
“Pull the fleet back out of range!”
“More ships have appeared behind us!”
“Who’s!!!” he demanded to know as if he did not already know.
“Its the Humans”
The Benemar sensor operator did not respond.
“I asked you how many?!”
The operator slowly turned “2064”
High Chieftain Veetop froze, that was almost the number of fleets in the entire Benemar fleet, and he only had half it under his command. “Get me High Chieftain Beeqol!”
“I can’t he’s dead, all of our forces are being overrun or are in retreat order is breaking down”
Veetop screamed in frustration.
Admiral Winston stood on his bridge watching the main monitor and the Benemar fleet desperately trying to get out of range of the orbital guns, he grinned as he saw what Patton was planning. The catch them between a rock and hard place.
“All ships, target the Benemar forces and engage on my command”
He quickly got his confirmations from his captains.
“2nd army fleet The Barons reporting ready”
“8th army fleet The Desert Rats ready”
“9th army fleet The Heavens Wrath ready”
In total there were 12 fleets in this task force under Admiral Winston and like Patton he gave one order.
If the fire from the planet was considered bad the fore from the fleet was catastrophic, the two points of fore tore the Benemar ships apart, those that were not destroyed by the opening barrage tried to make a run for it past the Human fleet. They too were shredded under multiple broadsides and their escape pods destroyed, there were to be no survivors.
The battle engagement last only a few scant hours but int hat time, close to 50 million Benemar were dead…none had been able to escape and no word got back to heir home world of what had happened.
“Your timing is excellent as always Admiral” Patton congratulated.
“As is your planning, well done”
“So I guess your men will need some rest?”
“Oh no, we have been attacked and this is a declaration of war” Admiral Winston grinned,
“To the Benemar homeworld then?” General Patton said.
“To the Benemar homeworld”
Bento Prime satellites detected incoming ships and rejoiced at the returning of their fleet, they prepared to welcome home their conquering hero’s