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The West Barricade Campaign was a several month effort by the Coalition of Ordered Governments to retake the West Barricade after the Locust captured it in 13 A.E. The COG was successful in their efforts, retaking several districts and forcing the Locust into hit-and-run strikes as they tried to rebuild their forces.

Order of Battle[]


Following their capture of the Andius highway thirteen years after Emergence Day, the Locust took most of the West Barricade from the Coalition of Ordered Governments. Col. Victor Hoffman began working to regain the lost territory by taking the Locust air support down, ordering the Prince Ozore's Artillery to concentrate on killing every Reaver that they saw.[1] The Engineers and Gear squads also worked to collapse the sewers leading deeper into the Jacinto Plateau in an effort to prevent the Locust from launching another assault before the COG could begin theirs.[2] Their efforts were successful after several months of fighting and once the Reavers were suppressed in late Reap, Hoffman began the push into the West Barricade.[1]

Planning the Battle[]

Hoffman convened a meeting at the CIC at Wrightman Base to brief the unit commanders on the battle plan as the Six-POA pushed the Locust out of the West Barricade with artillery strikes and the 802nd Raven Squadron concentrated on killing Brumaks before the ground forces arrived. Hoffman informed them that they did not know how long that they had before the Locust would be able to send more Reavers out so they had to move quickly to finish the ground forces off. The Alpha and Echo Companies were ordered to move to Brodeau Square and clear the area out building by building while the Connaught and Chevron Companies flanked the Locust positions on the Andius Highway and caught them in a crossfire. Hoffman joined the Gears in riding to the battlefield to fight with them on the front lines.[3]

Retaking the Andius Highway[]

Two days later, the Connaught and Chevron companies assaulted the fortified Locust position on the Andius Highway near the Jacinto Maximum Security Prison. They used two Mammoth bridge-layer tanks to crash through the fortifications and crushed dozens of Locust Drones and Boomers beneath their wheels. The surviving Drones jumped off the highway and began to flee as the Gears dismounted their Armadillos and began hosing them with fire from the bridge. As a group of the Gears passed the prison, an inmate named Marcus Fenix was given a rifle by Officer Nikolai Jarvi and picked several Drones off as they attempted to run for safety. The few Drones that managed to get by the prison were slowed down by the attack which allowed the Gears from the bridge to catch up with them and kill them. The battle finished not long after and the Gears secured the newly freed areas of West Barricade and part of the Andius Highway while the supplies were sent to the prison which was cut off for months following the Locust attack.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gears of War: The Slab pg 346
  2. Gears of War: The Slab pg 330-337
  3. Gears of War: The Slab pg 349-351
  4. Gears of War: The Slab pg 352-357
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)