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July 3 Counterattack
LA Battle 55

Conflict:

War of 1996

Date:

July 3, 1996

Location:

Earth

Outcome:

Harvester victory

Belligerents

Humanity

Harvesters

Commanders
  • Various political and military leaders
  • Unknown
Strength
  • Multiple human air forces
Casualties

Heavy; most military bases destroyed

Light; minor Attackers brought down[1]

 

General Grey: You should have told us about this when they first arrived. You should have warned us before we launched a counterattack that cost the lives of hundreds of American pilots!
Albert Nimziki: There was no way that we could have known that our fighters would have been that ineffective against their attackers.

The July 3 counterattack was an retaliatory attempt by human military forces against the aliens in the War of 1996. Compared to the attack the following day, the assault was not globally coordinated and were launched individually, though it did occur nearly simultaneously.

PreludeEdit

Following the day after the devastating first wave attack, which included the destruction of national capitals such as Washington, D.C., London, Berlin, and Tokyo, individual countries immediately began to deploy their forces for a counterattack. In the United States, three attacks were prepared against the ships still over Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, the latter of which was lead by the Marine Black Knights squadron. Some of the attacks were not full assaults, but probing strikes to assess the aliens' defenses.[2]

The AttackEdit

In Los Angeles, the Black Knights launched AMRAAM missiles at the City Destroyer. However, in what would repeat itself all over the world, the missiles explode against the City Destroyers' impenetrable energy shields. Soon after, the City Destroyer deployed thousands of Attackers that, equipped with similar shields, began a very one-sided dogfight against human forces. Only one Attacker was downed, thanks to superior flying skills and trickery by Captain Steven Hiller.

The counterattacks in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Jerusalem, London, and every other destroyed city quickly turned into a complete rout.[1][2][3] The Attackers did not stop merely with the forces in the air; they proceeded towards their bases of origin and lay waste them to ruins. This occurred before additional attacks that began to systematically destroy humanity's military forces. With the counterattacks a resounding failure, the City Destroyers began to move towards their next targets.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Independence Day UK
  2. 2.0 2.1 Independence Day: Official Novelization
  3. Independence Day: War in the Desert
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