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Battle of Poicters
Battlesign RMN vs RHN PN
ConflictHavenite Operation Perseus prior to the First Havenite-Manticoran War
Date1904 PD
PlacePoicters System
ResultHavenite victory
Combatants

a picket of
the Royal Manticoran Navy

People's Navy
Battlecruiser Squadron 14

Commanders

Capt. O'Donnell

Cdre Yuranovich

Strength

1 CA

4 BC

Casualties

1 CA

2 BC damaged

The Battle of Poicters was the ambush and destruction of the Manticoran heavy cruiser HMS Star Knight on patrol in the Poicters System by Havenite forces as part of Operation Perseus.

PreludeEdit

With accurate intelligence on Manticoran ship movements because of the Argus network, Rear Admiral Edward Pierre decided to split his command, Battlecruiser Squadron 14, and dispatched two divisions to intercept and destroy HMS Star Knight in the Poicters System. Meanwhile, he and the rest of his command transited to the Talbot System to intercept and ambush the light cruiser HMS Athena on patrol there. (HH3)

Order of battleEdit

Royal Manticoran NavyEdit

HMS Star Knight, CO Captain Seamus O'Donnell

People's NavyEdit

Detached element of the Battlecruiser Squadron 14, CO Commodore Yuranovich:

  • Battlecruiser Division 143
  • Battlecruiser Division 144

Course of battleEdit

The four Sultan-class battlecruisers of Battlecruiser Divisions 143 and 144 translated on almost a direct intercept course with Star Knight. Unable to evade and heavily outnumbered, Captain O'Donnell rolled his ship to interpose the belly of her wedge between her and her attackers before changing course in a futile attempt to avoid action. Unfortunately, the Havenite divisions separated and each battlecruiser chose an independent vector to come at Star Knight from so many angles that she would be unable to interpose her wedge against any one of them without leaving herself vulnerable to the rest. (HH3)

AftermathEdit

HMS Star Knight was lost with all hands. (HH3)

ReferencesEdit


Operations of the
First Havenite-Manticoran War
Perseus | Allied Counteroffensive 1905 | Allied 6th Fleet Offensive | Stalking Horse | Dagger | Commerce Raiding in Silesia | Cerberus System | Icarus | Scylla | Bagration | Buttercup
Battles of the
First Havenite-Manticoran War
Talbot | Poicters | Casca | MGX-1403 | Yalta | Air | Seaford Nine Ambush | First Hancock | First Seaford Nine | Third Yeltsin | Chelsea and Mendoza | First Nightingale | First Minette | Fourth Yeltsin | Candor | Second Minette | Second Nightingale | Tyler's Star | Schiller | Selker Rift | First Seabring | Second Seabring | Trevor's Star | Micah | First Adler | Second Adler | Third Adler | Second Hancock | Second Seaford Nine | First Zanzibar | First Alizon | Second Basilisk | Third Seabring | Cerberus | Elric | Solway and Treadway | Barnett | MacGregor | Hyacinth

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