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"Mission wasn't always lucky, but I suppose that day was. Torque bow damn near took my head off."
—Jace, describing his first combat operation to Alex Brand

Operation: Midnight was a Coalition operation to secure Ferro Bridge on the Landown Highway so that a COG convoy could pass along the bridge. The Operation was Pvt.Jace Stratton and Pvt.Gil Gonzalez's first combat mission. The Operation was commanded by Lt.Draper, who was in charge of Midnight Squad.

Order of Battle[]

Draper briefing Midnight Squad before the operation begins.

Arrival at the Bridge[]

"Operation Midnight. You know the drill, men. The bridge is just up ahead and the main convoy's gonna be here soon. Let's get this job done right."
—Draper, to Midnight Squad before the operation began

Fourteen years after Emergence Day, the COG began launched Operation: Midnight to take and hold the Ferro Bridge long enough for a convoy to cross over it. Two Assault Derricks drove along the Landown Highway though the Stromson Forest, until they got near the bridge. They then dropped off Midnight Squad, and Lt.Draper briefed the Gears on their mission to hold the bridge. They walked the remaining distance to the bridge, and when they arrived, Draper sent Sgt.Jonathan Harper, Cpl.Ahman, and Pvt.Takashi to secure the far end of the bridge, and Pvt.Gil Gonzalez and Pvt.Rufus to scout underneath the bridge. He and Pvt.Jace Stratton stayed on top of the bridge to keep watch for the Locust. When Harper and his men reached the far end of the bridge, they found a hole in part of it. He ordered Takashi to get a rope ready for him and Ahman to rappel down to investigate. As the Gears inspected the bridge, they all reported in Draper that there was no sign of Locust activity.[2]

Harper fighting a Theron.

Locust Ambushes[]

"Tell me I didn't just hear that."
"You did. We're fucked.
—Takashi and Ahman, upon hearing Tickers

Draper then contacted the Derrick drivers to see if they had spotted anything, but received no answer: the Locust had killed them. Rufus, Gil, Ahman, and Takashi all then came under attack from Tickers at their respective positions. Draper and Jace then came under attack from a squad of Theron Guards led by General RAAM. Rufus began beating the Tickers attacking him and Gil to death, in order to avoid making them explode. Once they finished them off they began heading to regroup with Draper and Jace. Takashi and Ahman were able to kill the Tickers attacking them as well, but all of their movement had put a strain on Harper, who was holding onto the rope they were hanging from. A Theron also began approaching him, and he began trying to find a way to fire on it without dropping the rope. Draper and Jace began falling back to Harper's position, and met up with Rufus and Gil on the way. Rufus was hit by a Torque Bow bolt, which exploded and killed him. A second bolt exploded near Jace, taking off half of his left ear. Meanwhile, the Theron attacking Harper severed the rope holding up Takashi and Ahman, sending them plunging down toward the river below the bridge. Takashi managed to grab onto part of the bridge, but Ahman was unable to, and fell into the water.[2]

RAAM watches as COG reinforcements arrive.

Reinforcements and Victory[]

"What the hell are you smiling for, Gil!?"
—Jace and Gil, when Gil spotted four King Ravens approaching

Harper, Jace, and Gil arrived just in time to save Harper, and took cover to fight against the Therons. They killed several, but were close to being overrun. However, four King Ravens then arrived, and opened fire on the Locust, killing all of them, except for RAAM, who escaped by jumping into the river. The Gears celebrated their victory, and were contacted by Takashi, who requested a pick-up from where he was hanging from the bridge. He was rescued, and the convoy made it across the bridge, bringing Operation: Midnight to a close.[2]


Several months later, Jace related the story of Operation: Midnight to Sgt.Alex Brand, who had inquired as to how he had lost part of his ear.[2]


  1. Ahman is MIA, as far as we know, his body was never recovered.- Joshua Ortega
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gears of War: Midnight

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)