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The battle of Lake Washington was a major clash of the land forces of the UNSC and the Covenant during the Second Battle of Earth.
On November 12, 2552, the UNSC 128th Regiment, under control of General David Grant, was fleeing from a superior Covenant force and was caught at Lake Washington, in what was once Washington state. The UNSC forces, with little time left, dug into positions around the lake, creating a perimeter around it. On the lake, UNSC floating landing pad 17 was evacuating wounded to orbit.
The covenant force closed with them and encircled their ranks, and struck at them with massed infantry, armored charges, and repeated air strikes. The UNSC forces stubbornly held firm as the Covenant smashed against them time and time again. Casualties were initially very lopsided, a 4:1 ratio in favor of the UNSC troops. For a moment, it seemed like, against all odds, the beleaguered humans might succeed. The Covenant’s numerical superiority was quickly diminishing, and the UNSC forces were beginning to take the advantage.
But, with the threat of defeat looming, the Covenant enacted a devastating plan. A CCS-class cruiser broke through the atmosphere and entered the airspace over the lake. In typical Covenant fashion, it open fired with its shipboard weapons on the ground forces, inflicting massive casualties on each side. It’s plasma torpedoes laid waste to the ground lines and the landing pad, while pinpoint pulse laser strikes destroyed armored units and aircraft. The UNSC forces that survived the barrage was completely ineffective against the cruiser, and fled, decimated.
November 12, 2552
UNSC forces, retreating, dig in at Lake Washington
Covenant forces close on UNSC troops
November 13th, 2552
UNSC forces are outflanked and surrounded by the Covenant troops. Covenant forces prepare to assault the enclosed UNSC forces.
Attack begins. Covenant repeatedly charge the UNSC lines. Covenant forces sustain heavy casualties.
Covenant forces cease attack, regroup.
Second attack begins. Again, Covenant sustain heavy casualties.
Covenant CCS-class cruiser descends through atmosphere and commences an orbital bombardment of UNSC forces. UNSC forces are decimated and routed.