Battle of Doria
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This article is about the Alliance Civil War battle. For the eponymously titled LOGH episode, see The Battle of Doria Starzone, And... (episode).
|Battle of Doria|
|(Alliance Civil War)|
The encircled 11th Fleet
|Date:||May 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE)|
|Result:||Major loyalist Alliance victory|
In May of 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE), the Iserlohn Garrison Fleet, also known as the Yang Fleet, under the command of Admiral Yang Wen-li fought the 11th Fleet of the National Salvation Military Council in the Doria Starzone, in the first major battle of the Alliance Civil War.
A defector from the 11th Fleet came with news of the rebellion. The man, Captain Baghdash, told Yang that Vice Admiral Legrange was waiting for him in a certain starzone, wishing for a straight fight. Baghdash, however, had actually been sent deliberately by the NSMC to assassinate Yang and thus rob the 13th Fleet of its powerful leader, ensuring the 11th Fleet's victory in the ensuing command confusion. Walter von Schönkopf, with additional information from Lieutenant Frederica Greenhill, saw through the plot and made certain that Baghdash's tank bed would not wake him up until after the 11th Fleet had been dealt with. Yang, also well aware of Baghdash's true intentions, had for his part found that the 11th Fleet was on the move, and that they would likely meet in the Doria Starzone.
Aware that Baghdash had provided false data about the 11th Fleet's plans, Yang was able to position his force to catch the enemy's flank and attack, throwing the enemy into confusion. This assault quickly overwhelmed the 11th Fleet with a thrust through the centre, cutting the enemy in two, effectively jamming communications between the two halves. Commodore Dusty Attenborough used his squadron to stall the forward half, commanded by Rear Admiral Stokes, preventing it from aiding the rear half commanded by Legrange, which was being encircled by the rest of Yang's fleet. Despite efforts by Legrange to salvage the situation, the Yang Fleet's greater combat experience, aided by Rear Admiral Fischer's masterful fleet movements, meant Legrange found himself hopelessly encircled and outnumbered.
Eventually, with little more than 10 vessels of the 11th Fleet's encircled half remaining, Legrange finally ordered a communication line with Yang opened. Effectively surrendering what little remained of his forces, Legrange then shot himself. With this, Yang rejoined Attenborough's squadron, and the rest of the 11th Fleet was effectively overwhelmed and crushed after it refused to surrender. The National Salvation Military Council had effectively lost its space arm, and the awakened Baghdash, who swiftly switched sides, appraised that Yang's forces would likely win the conflict. (LOGH: 'The Battle of Doria Starzone, And...')