July 4 counterattack
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War of 1996


July 4, 1996




Total Human victory


Nations of Earth


  • Various political and military leaders
  • Unknown
  • Possible Harvester Queen
  • Combined air, naval, and land forces
  • Complete destruction of alien forces

The July 4 counterattack, or known as The Fourth[1], was a globally coordinated attack on the Harvesters during the War of 1996 on July 4, 1996.


After the arrival of the City Destroyers on July 2 and the mass destruction of human cities, alien forces were unimpeded in their systematic campaign of wiping out human infrastructure. Human military forces were unable to stop the Harvesters due to their energy shields that made their vessels completely invulnerable to conventional weapons, including nuclear weapons.

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David Levinson proposing his plan.

However, David Levinson, an MIT-trained satellite technician assigned to work with Area 51's research staff, inadvertently discovered a way to deactivate the Harvesters' shields. Inspired by his father Julius Levinson, David realized that the aliens draw all their coordination and energy from the alien mothership in orbit. He can temporarily shutdown the City Destroyer's shields by transmitting a coded virus into the mothership's systems and allowing human conventional weapons to strike back at the invaders. However, this plan requires directly infiltrating the mothership. David proposed using the captured alien ship from the Roswell incident to gain entry, and as well deploying a nuclear warhead to cripple the mothership after the virus was uploaded and thus ensure disorientation amongst alien forces on Earth.

U.S. President Thomas Whitmore approved of Levinson's plan and sent out a message to every military forces on Earth about the counterattack via Morse code. In which American forces will lead the first attack to confirm the shields are disable before relaying the news to their allies. Forces in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia were able to confirm their readiness.

The CounterattackEdit

USMC Captain Steven Hiller volunteered to pilot the captured spaceship with David Levinson to personally upload the virus. Upon entering the mothership, Levinson was able to upload the virus; however, he and Hiller were unable to escape after their ship was permanently docked, forcing them to hide from the aliens throughout the duration of the counterattack.

On Earth, President Whitmore led a strike force composed of available military pilots and volunteers against a City Destroyer approaching Area 51. Whitmore's attack confirmed Levinson's virus had worked and allowing all human forces to mounting their counterattack. It is during the battle at Area 51 that the Americans learned that the City Destroyer's weakness is their primary weapon and that destroying it will cause a explosive backlash that completely destroys the ship. Soon afterwards, the Americans inform of this weakness to the other military forces on Earth.

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The mothership explodes.

After Whitmore's forces destroyed the City Destroyer, Levinson and Hiller resigned to their fate that they will not escape but decided to launch the nuclear warhead. To their surprise, after launching the warhead which destroyed a observation room it caused their ship to come loose and allowing them to make a harrowing escape from the mothership, which is subsequently vaporized in a massive explosion. Levinson and Hiller safely returned to Earth and landed their ship in the outskirts of Area 51.



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