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"Drivers! Listen up. Rule one-stay in radio contact at all times. You won't be able to see what the hell's going on fore or aft, gentlemen, and if the shit hits the fan, then this is where your redirection will come from. Let me remind you that standard operating procedures are not a suggestion-you will maintain one-hundred-meter intervals, you will clear a kill zone as fast you can, you will not stop in a kill zone, you will use maximum firepower. Now-listen for your call sign and start your engines."
—Col. Hoffman, before the evacuation of North Gate

The Evacuation of North Gate was an evacuation of the North Gate Agricultural Depot that occurred a week after the Lightmass Offensive.

Order of Battle[]


After defeating around a dozen Drones and a Boomer, Delta Squad reported to High Command that the Locust incursions are at their lowest levels and were only sending the small units of Drones out with no heavy support. High Command, thinking that the war was in it's last days began recuperating. These actions were shown to be premature when a massive Locust attack force approached North Gate Farm, a zone that was previously thought to be secure, now under direct threat from the Locust Horde. High Command, knowing that they couldn't spare any men or equipment to defend North Gate decided to evacuate all personnel and equipment to Jacinto.

The Road to North Gate[]

The COG convoy began seeing something that they thought to be impossible: Humans living regular lives. Stranded had small shops, trying to live the type of life thought normal before E-Day, thinking that the Lightmass Offensive was truly successful. After getting to North Gate, the Gears dismounted from their vehicles to help the COG civilians load their belongings onto the trucks.

Preemptive strike[]

While the Sappers were loading supplies onto the trucks, Anya took control of JACK and sent the bot on a recon mission, discovering a group of 20 Drones. Anya informed Col. Hoffman about the Locust forces and decided to go en route with Delta-One. Taking KR A-108, they landed near the Locust forces and engaged the enemies. Hoffman and Bernie were both wounded in the skirmish, but their injuries were not life-threatening. Hoffman was shot in the calf while Bernie received a black eye and stiff lip from a Drone that she chainsawed and had to dig it's bones' fragments out from her face.[8]

The Race to Jacinto[]

Before departing, the COG forces destroyed anything that could not be taken with them in a scorched earth policy, both to prevent the Locust from utilizing them and force the remaining Stranded to join Operation Lifeboat. The convoy hurriedly left North Gate as the impending Locust assault was coming closer. In the city of Ephyra, they came under attack from the Locust. What made matters worse was that most of the Gears defending the convoy were pushing 60 including Hoffman and Bernie. The Locust Grenadiers began to attach Bolo Grenades onto the APCs, destroying one and leaving a second explosive on Hoffman's APC while he and Tai Kaliso were scouting on a nearby street. The two got ambushed and tried to fight the Locust off and were nearly killed, but were rescued by Dom and Marcus who came back for them after hearing about their predicament from Anya. The four dispatched the Locust Drones and JACK disarmed the explosives. During the continuing journey to Jacinto, a cargo truck was lost. The Gear riding shotgun was killed and the civilian driver was badly wounded. With one APC and a few trucks left, the COG forces barely made it back to Jacinto. When the battered convoy arrived, they received a hard earned hero's welcome from the local population which was a great morale booster.


Tai led a mission back into the city to recover the remains of the fallen Gears and civilians and get the stolen supplies back from the Stranded. Back in Jacinto, the rumors spread that the war was won and the Locust was defeated. However, seismic activity around Tollen forced HQ to send Delta-One on a recon mission to the city. When they arrived, they found a ten kilometer long lake in it's place.[9] The sinking of Tollen along with the loss of Montevado forced the COG to launch Operation: Hollow Storm.


  1. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 257
  2. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 135
  3. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 199
  4. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 202
  5. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 69
  6. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 70
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 206
  8. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 145
  9. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 382
Locust War
0 A.E. Emergence Day (Emergence in Jannermont · Emergence in Mattino Junction · Emergence in Ilima · Emergence in Porta Ogari · Emergence in Ephyra · Fall of Gorasnaya · Evacuation of Mercy) · Battle of Nordesca · Battle of Kinnerlake · Destruction of Halvo Bay (Destruction of Old Town · Battle of the Museum of Military Glory · Siege of Halvo Bay Military Academy · Evacuation of Seahorse Hills · Battle of Elliott's Mansion · Raid on Onyx Point · Bombing of Downtown Halvo Bay · Ambush on the Halvo Bay Courthouse · Battle of the Plaza)
1 A.E. Battle of Kaia (Battle of Jasper · Battle of Autrin) · Battle of Bonbourg · Second Battle of Jannermont · Fall of Ostri · Battle of Andius · Ambush on Voslov Bridge · Hammer of Dawn Strikes · Assassination of Ukkon (Mission to CIC Aldair · Rescue of Echo-Five · Assault on Industrial District · Mission to Claybourne · Rescue of Alpha-Two · Mission to Nedroma Health Institute · Battle of Imtik Imulsion Rig · Mission to Winlock Outpost · Mission to the Badlands · Mission to Zenic Province · Battle of Ukkon's Laboratory) · Battle of Oblivion · Skirmish in the Live Zone
5 A.E. Fall of Landown
9 A.E. Battle of Noroa · Riverside Skirmish · Evacuation of Ilima (Ambush on Checkpoint Zeta · Assault on Ilima Savings and Trust · Mission to Ilima High School · Battle of Downtown Ilima · Battle of Dr. Wisen's Orphanage)
10 A.E. Battle of Estana · Skirmish at Shenko Falls · Fall of Ephyra
11 A.E. Skirmish Outside the Wire
12 A.E. Raid on Ginnet Drive · Incursions at Endeavor
13 A.E. Battle on the Andius Highway · West Barricade Campaign · Raid on the CIC
14 A.E. Operation: Midnight · Jilane Massacre · Siege of the Slab · Lightmass Offensive (Battle of Embry Square · Mission to House of Sovereigns · Ambush at Tomb of the Unknowns · Mission to Old Ephyra · Assault on Franklin's Outpost · Mission to Lethia Imulsion Facility · Mission to East Barricade Academy · Battle of Haldane Hall · Mission to Timgad · Battle on the Tyro Pillar) · Ambush at Sovereigns Boulevard · Evacuation of North Gate · Mission to Tollen · Battle of the Tollen Dam · Evacuation of Speyer · Evacuation of Fort Reval · Battle Outside of Jacinto · Mission to the Pirnah Badlands · Battle for Fucked · Mission to Montevado · Battle Near Jacinto · Unidentified M.O.U.T. Battle · Liberation of Jilane · Siege of Jacinto City · Operation: Hollow Storm (Battle of Stromson Forest · Assault on Landown · Assault on the Inner Hollow · Battle of Ilima · Destruction of the Riftworm · Mission to New Hope Research Facility · Assault on Mount Kadar · Siege of Nexus · Battle of the Royal Palace · Sinking of Jacinto City) · First Mission to Merrenat Naval Base · Skirmish South of Port Farrall · Second Mission to Merrenat Naval Base · Battle of Port Farrall · Ambush Outside of Port Farrall
15 A.E. Skirmish in the Kashkur Foothills
17 A.E. Skirmish at Endeavor · Siege of Azura · Victory Day (Attack on the Sovereign · Battle of Centennial Bridge · Ambush on Hanover Coast · Battle of the Deadlands · Battle of the Anvegad Plains · Battle of Anvil Gate · Mission to Halvo Bay · Skirmish in Concord · Mission to Mercy · Mission to Char · Battle of Endeavor · Incursions in the Serano Ocean · Battle of Azura)