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Battle of Grendelsbane
Battlesign RMN vs RHN PN
ConflictSecond Havenite-Manticoran War
Date1919 PD
PlaceGrendelsbane System
ResultHavenite victory
Combatants

Royal Manticoran Navy
Task Force Grendelsbane

Republic of Haven Navy
task force of the 1st FLT

Commanders

Adm. Higgins

Adm. Griffith

Strength
  • 7 SD(P)
  • 16 SD
  • 4 CLAC with 430 LAC
  • 19 BC and CC
  • 32 SD(P), SD and CLAC
Casualties
  • 7 SD(P)
  • 400 LAC

unknown

The Battle of Grendelsbane was an armed engagement between the Royal Manticoran Navy and the Republic of Haven Navy in the opening days of the Second Havenite-Manticoran War.

When the Havenites hit the system in a surprise attack as part of Operation Thunderbolt, the overwhelmed RMN forces destroyed all stationary hardware in the system, including Grendelsbane Station, with nuclear devices.

Order of battle Edit

RMN Edit

Task Force Grendelsbane - Admiral Allen Higgins commanding:

  • wall of battle:
    • a battle squadron (SD(P))
    • two battle squadrons (SD)[1]
  • a CLAC squadron
  • screen:
    • a battlecruiser element
    • a cruiser element

RHN Edit

Task force of the First Fleet - Admiral Jacques Griffith commanding:

  • wall of battle[2]
  • a CLAC element
  • screen

Course of battle Edit

Seven Manticoran SD(P)s and 400 LACs were destroyed in the initial engagement. Admiral Higgins then ordered the withdraw of the rest of his forces and the destruction of all orbital facilities and ships under construction or undergoing repairs.

Aftermath Edit

The complete loss of the Grendelsbane yards was the killing blow to the High Ridge government. Prime Minister Michael Janvier resigned from his office and First Lord of the Admiralty Edward Janacek took his own life after news of Operation Thunderbolt arrived on Manticore.

The destruction of the shipyards also resulted in the destruction of numerous starships under construction, including 46 Invictus-class SD(P), 27 Medusa-class SD(P), 19 CLAC and 53 lighter types. This was a major blow to the RMN's fleet strength. (HH10)

Admiral Griffith was awarded the Congressional Cross for his conduct in the operation. (HH11)

Admiral Griffith captured 42,000 of the shipyard workers that were unable to evacuate with the Manticoran forces. These workers were later returned to the Star Empire of Manticore by the unilateral decision of Havenite President Eloise Pritchart as an olive branch in her attempt to end the war. (HH13)

References Edit

  1. including HMS Indomitable, task force flagship
  2. equivalent of 4 battle squadrons
Operations of the
Second Havenite-Manticoran War

Thunderbolt | Cutworm | Cutworm II | Cutworm III | Gobi | Sanskrit | Beatrice

Battles of the
Second Havenite-Manticoran War

Second Tequila | Grendelsbane | Second Thetis | Second Maastricht | Second Trevor's Star | Second Marsh | Raid on Alizon | Raid on Zanzibar | Gaston | Tambourin | Hera | Squalus and Hallman | Augusta | Chantilly | Des Moines | Fordyce | Lorn | Solon | Second Zanzibar | Lovat | Manticore

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