|Result:|| UNSC withdrawal of forces
Minor Covenant victory
|*Eric Baker||*Tolo 'Zhekamee|
|*UNSC Sword of Giants||Daego Occupation Fleet|
|Heavy losses on the ground|| Minor losses in space and on the ground
The Daego Insertions, sometimes referred to as the Second Battle of Daego, was a series of searches for the Casket on the Covenant-occupied world of Daego. Commenced by James Croft and supervised by Eric Baker, the insertions were a complete failure, leading to a large loss of life which was widely considered to be in vain.object known as the
After their first encounter with the Casket on Crystal, the organised a search party, based in the frigate Sword of Giants, in an attempt to find other existing artefacts of the same likeness. The sent out multiple probes and located twenty-five possible locations in which another Casket may reside. The third location on this list was the recently lost planet of Daego. The planet's atmosphere had collapsed due to constant Covenant bombardments, which had subsequently caused multiple reactor meltdowns across the globe. This location was chosen as the first zone the party should search due to its relatively short distance from their previous location, as well as the report that , a relative of party-member Brian Hartley, may still be alive on the planet.
After the Sword of Giants slipped through the portion of the Fleet of Steadfast Guard that was guarding the planet, twelve Task Forces were formed. Each was divided into teams of two or three and assigned an area to search. Twelve were then dispersed on to the planet, one of which, carrying Task Force Lima, was shot down by anti-aircraft turrets before it reached the ground.
Task Force Alpha was assigned to searching the remnants of Richter Base, which was now little more than a volcanic crater. Using mountain-climbing equipment, the team rappelled down into the massive hole. Although they did not find the Casket, they did encounter something of almost equal worth. A from a had failed to detonate and was recovered by the team. It was delivered to ONI two years later, where it was reverse-engineered, eventually leading to advancements in the design.
The first contact of the battle was made when a Shade Turret emplacement fired on Task Force Bravo's Pelican. From there Bravo's team two, consisting of Ashley Drago, Garth Chyenka, and Seamus Greco engaged the fortification. Seamus was injured by a bolt from a , but no other casualties for team two were sustained. Team three, consisting of Staff Sergeant Peter Ulan and Brian Hartley, were attacked by a . The Elite was subsequently killed by Ulan. Team one, consisting of Jameson Locke and Sasuun 'Grtamee, was attacked by a utilizing . The Zealot died from loss of circulation and strangulation incurred by Locke. Team four, consisting of Valter Blomgren and Matias Chavez, were killed soon after being deployed, when the mine they were investigating caved in. Meanwhile, Ashley Drago of team two was wounded by a . Task Force Bravo was later evacuated during the tactical withdrawal.
Even after Task Force Bravo had contact with the primary forces on Daego, other groups met even further resistance. Task Force Golf was attacked by multiple Covenant armoured elements. They were not able to destroy the , and the attackers managed to take out three members of the Task Force.
After realising that the Task Forces were encountering more Covenant resistance than expected, and having no reports of Casket sightings, Captain Croft decided that all forces were to be withdrawn from the planet. All of the remaining forces were then transported back to the Sword of Giants, and intended to be sent back to .
As the Sword of Giants left the planet, it was pursued by the Unconquerable Will commanded by Retaz 'Baketamee. A battle ensued, which cost the Covenant forces several space fighters, and the UNSC multiple crew members and passengers, including Bajeet Apte, the only officer to be killed in the battle. In the later stages of the battle, the Sword of Giants fired its before entering , successfully escaping the corvette.
The mission was widely considered a failure. Numerous soldiers were killed for what many considered to be no reason at all. There were some successes and advancements that came out of this failure, however., the aforementioned missing ODST, was found to be alive and returned to Earth, and multiple samples of Covenant technology were brought to and were reverse-engineered.
Many found the UNSC's complete failure to formulate a proper plan worrying, especially considering the toll-taking Gung-Ho Goners" as a result.with the Covenant was at its height. This led much of the military personnel who were informed of the operation to question the capabilities of their leaders. Post-war critics commonly call upon Daego as the finest example of irrationality, over-confidence, and poor ethics within the UNSC military, particularly the and who took command during most of the mission's planning. Marine Corps teams that were killed during Daego were often considered "
The Navy's refusal to send reconnaissance teams or drones to scan the surface for enemy activity also contributed to the mission's failure. Due to the possibility of "losing the element of surprise", any and all reconnaissance efforts were delayed.
While many regard the Daego Insertions as an "action without a plan", a considerable amount of preparation was put into the operation from its initial conception. The Griswaldo System was developed by military theorist Yoenis Griswaldo, which emphasized the use of small units to scan large areas more effectively and quickly. The Griswaldo System was promising on paper, but had a few major issues which ruined its use in the Daego operation. In all of the tests, the objective was something obvious and familiar to the subjects. The Casket, however, was a completely foreign object to the soldiers deployed.
In addition, the Griswaldo System was not designed to be used during combat missions. The UNSC's underestimation of the Covenant ranks on the planet led to a lack of compensation for combat effectiveness. The smaller units, perfect for searching, were easy targets for large Covenant parties.
January 2, 2551Edit
- 0921 Hours: The Task Forces are organized and loaded into Sword of Giants. anti-air batteries fire on the Pelicans. . The dropships take off, and leave the
- 1030 Hours: Task Force Lima is hit by anti-air emplacements, leaving no survivors.
- 1302 Hours: A Covenant armoured group attacks Task Force Golf, killing numerous members.
- 1502 Hours: Brian Hartley finds his lost relative .
- 1600 Hours: James Croft orders a tactical withdrawal.
- 1656 Hours: All surviving members are returned to the Sword of Giants.
- 1701 Hours: An pursues the frigate and begins engaging.
- 1712 Hours: The Corvette sends out a squadron of and , which fire on the frigate, killing a few crew members inside.
- 1720 Hours: The corvette fires its Bajeet Apte. , injuring many crew members and passengers on board the Sword of Giants, including
- 1729 Hours: The Sword of Giants enters .
January 11, 2551Edit
- 0530 Hours: The frigate arrives at .
- 0700 Hours: A funeral is held for the casualties of the battle.
- 1210 Hours: Lieutenant Bajeet Apte dies in a coma.
- 1600 Hours: Task Force Lima is officially disavowed.