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Battle of Channel Islands
Part of the Second Midwayan Civil War
Date May 11, 2011
Location Channel Islands, Catalinan, United States of JBR
34°00′58″N 119°48′14″W
Cause

MSFSR attacks the Channel Islands of the United States of JBR.

Result
  • MSFSR defeated; large numbers in causalities.
  • JBRican Navy and Coast Guard increase activity surrounding the coast of JBR.
Belligerents
JBR Flag United States of JBR RedFrontFlag Midwayan Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Commanders
Flag of JBR Drew Perry RedFrontFlag Kipling Lee
Strength
1,246 soldiers
23 naval carriers
56 destroyers
42 cruisers
51 fighters
3,482 soldiers
21 fighters
14 destroyers
Casualties and losses
32 killed
112 injured
6 destroyers
0 missing
2,928 killed
132 injured
2 destroyers
20 fighters

The Battle of Channel Islands is the second major conflict in the Second Midwayan Civil War and the first attack made by the Midwayan Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on JBRican soil. The battle is the second time an attack was made within the collected islands known as the Channel Islands, a chain of islands off the coast of the United States of JBR; the first one being the Siege of the Catalina Island which involved only one of the Channels' islands, the Santa Catalina Island.

The battle began around 9:30 AM; just thirty minutes after the first battle, the Siege of Sand Islet City which the MSFSR lost. A surprise attack, the MSFSR troops were originally planned to reach the city of Long Beach, Catalinan; one of JBR's vital beach cities. Reports of an attack by MSFSR was found likely by the reports from the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of JBR the day before the attack, however the government believed that the Union of Midway would alarm JBR ahead of time should MSFSR aircraft and vessels head towards JBR. In the early morning of May 11, 2011, reports of the Siege of Sand Islet City appeared on much of JBRican media and government intelligence although this did not alarm the Navy or Coast Guard at the time.

Around 9:21 AM, an operator detected indications of a small fleet of unidentified aircraft and vessels heading towards the Channel Islands. Originally believing it was just a team of JBRican and Midwayan forces, the operator dismissed them and did not report to his supervisor.

Within nine minutes of this incident, it became apparent that the "team of JBRican and Midwayan forces" were in fact the MSFSR fleets. Detected, the MSFSR's fighters opened fire on the San Clemente Naval Base and believed the entire fleet itself could not reach the shores of JBR. The JSS Stargazer, JSS Republic, and JSS Liberty were among the first vessels to be sunk in the first wave of attacks. Immediately, soldiers within the base and nearby fleets quickly had launched a counterattack against the incoming aircraft with antiaircraft cruisers and deployed several fighters. Almost immediately, the MSFSR's fighters were destroyed as the naval fleet of MSFSR entered the scene. The falling debris from the destroyed MSFSR fighters quickly sank eight of the fourteen incoming MSFSR destroyers along with six JBRican destroyers. Down to six destroyers, the MSFSR anchored at a beach three miles north of the San Clemente Naval Base where about 3,200 soldiers were deployed. Poorly armed and vulnerable to air raids and ambushes from the beach's natural fortifications, many of the soldiers were quickly killed as they advanced to the naval base. By 9:42 AM, more than two-thirds of the original invaders were killed and the remaining were either captured or committed suicide by themselves. One fighter remained undamaged and a few of the soldiers escaped with it. However, before the escape, several soldiers fought to gain control of the plane with each other. The fight led to a subsequent death of 24 soldiers. In the end, the JBRican forces were victorious and security within the Santa Barbara Channel.

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