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Battle of Schiller
ConflictFirst Manticoran-Havenite War
anti-piracy operations and commerce raiding in Silesia
Date1909 PD
PlaceSchiller System
ResultManticoran victory
Combatants

Chalice Privateer Squadron

Commanders

Commodore Arner

Strength

1 Q-ship (RMN)
1 CL (PN)

1 CL
2 DD

Casualties

CL damaged

1 CL
2 DD

The Battle of Schiller was fought between HMAMC Wayfarer, PNS Vaubon, and three privateer vessels from Andre Warnecke's navy.

While coming to the aid of a Manticoran merchant freighter under attack by pirates in the Schiller System, Vaubon was herself captured when the freighter turned out to be Wayfarer.

Prelude Edit

While searching for the companions of the pirates who had raped and slaughtered the crew of TCMS Erewhon and abused the crew of the Hauptman Lines freighter RMMS Bonaventure, PNS Vaubon under the command of Commander Warner Caslet discovered three pirate vessels attacking a Manticoran merchant freighter in the Schiller System. While his orders were to destroy or capture Manticoran ships in the Silesian Confederacy, Caslet argued that there was nothing in his orders that prevented him from rescuing them from pirates before capturing them himself. Caslet also did not want to allow any of Andre Warnecke's ships to escape, as he hoped their capture may be able to provide him with the location of Warnecke's base of operations. (HH6)

Order of battle Edit

RMN Edit

HMAMC Wayfarer[1] under the command of Captain Honor Harrington

PN Edit

PNS Vaubon[2] under the command of Commander Warner Caslet

Chalice Privateer Squadron Edit

Commodore Arner's force:

Course of battle Edit

Shedding her disguise of running with reduced wedge strength in order to appear to be a freighter, Vaubon accelerated toward the pirate ships, launching a drone to pretend that she had been hiding behind a freighter's wedge the entire time. Firing a double broadside of missiles that had been timed to launch sequentially but activate in one large salvo, Vaubon attacked the trailing destroyer, and heavily damaged her.

Return fire from the light cruiser and remaining destroyer heavily damaged Vaubon, but she pressed on, taking on both ships at once, heavily damaging the cruiser, killing Commodore Arner and his entire bridge crew.

Suddenly, the cruiser was turned into a hulk, and the remaining destroyer was obliterated as the freighter dropped its disguise and revealed itself to be a Manticoran Q-ship, firing its superdreadnought-sized grasers. At this point the Q-ship hailed Vaubon and revealed itself to be HMAMC Wayfarer, and demanded the Havenites' surrender. (HH6)

Casualties Edit

Wayfarer suffered no casualties, as she had taken the raiders and Vaubon completely by surprise. All three pirate ships were either destroyed or turned into wrecks and then scuttled once their crew was captured.

Vaubon suffered heavy damage, but was captured intact. (HH6)

Aftermath Edit

The captured PNS Vaubon was sent to Manticore with a prize crew, and the bridge crew were invited onboard Wayfarer as Harrington's "guests", to be sent to a POW camp when Task Group 1037's mission was complete. With the information gleamed from Vaubon's computers, and from testimony from the crew of RMMS Bonaventure, which Vaubon had rescued previously while capturing another of Warnecke's ships, Harrington decided it was time to deal with Andre Warnecke once and for all, and invited Commander Caslet to join her on the bridge for her assault on Warnecke's forces in the First Battle of Marsh.

In order to cover for Commander Caslet, who she knew would likely get in trouble for coming to the aid of a Manticoran freighter instead of allowing its destruction, Captain Harrington claimed in her after-action report that she had been sailing under the guise of an Andermani freighter, which Caslet was under direct orders to assist in the event of pirate attacks. (HH6)

References Edit


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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