Operation Hardrada - Main Sitrep
Date 25th/26th Of October
(apologies everyone for the delay)
This Viking king wanted to rule England as well as Scandinavia. He came to a sticky end near York. As a Viking of the old school his methods of uniting them were rather crude and bloody, We wanted to liberate a large amount of MU to show how Resistance agents from these countries can work together to free minds from shaper influence with not a Axe or longboat in sight.
Resistance agents from the UK, Norway, Sweden and Denmark and Germany all made a massive effort to successfully build 9 layers of fields over Denmark. All except one field went up before checkpoint and they won Resistance multiple cells in these countries.
The Gestation: Agent @Beornhaeth whilst in Bergen for the Interitus anomaly met up with agents from throughout Scandinavia. his Teammate @MrWolfe introduced him to the formidable @Vibeke and later he met with @Markbyres and @TTGeek. Drinks were had @markbyres suggested we should really Field Denmark. Why not sound like fun..
The Development: Lots of time looking at maps showed a particularly perfect anchor to use the small Island of Christiansø, in the Baltic seemed perfect. Agent @TTGeek put the call out to the Danish resistance and Agents @ukuxnad and @Dixxen stepped up to the plate.. Keys were farmed the plans started becoming clearer. UK Anchors were chosen. Agent @insanityinside proposed some excellent anchors in Lancashire. Clearance Teams were arranged and Gothenburg Resistance was contacted about the tricky clearance right through their highly contested city.
Operation Objectives: International operation to put 10 layers over Denmark using island in Scandinavia and various anchors in the North of England and Wales.
The Delay: The Op was progressing and then all of a sudden we had Shards all over the Baltic and an anomaly in Gothenburg. Also a Random Resistance tourist turned up in Christiansø and linked the two anchors. We decided to delay the Op and review the field plan until at least until the Aarhus anomaly was finished.
The Implementation: I worried that with 2 Scandinavian anomalies and a busy summer that the Danish and Swedish Resistance would be approaching burnout. Why worry, the date was decided and all the hangouts started buzzing again and engaged again.
The Clearance Started early with local agents hitting the green blocks as often as possible but in a pattern that hopefully would not arouse suspicion. In the middle of this some key agents were hit by the mini intel bans which meant we struggled to keep on top of the rather large intel task. However we decentralised the roles and brought more people in to help.
On the Day in question we started the main job of clearance early. The Swedish team had set up some guard blockers on Friday. In the UK Agents in the North East began clearance for the links that would be cutting through the North east.. On the West Coast of the UK agents began the difficult task of preparing the link paths around some Big ENL Strongholds, The Teams took no chances and began targeting remote coastal portals either side of the lines. The night before the UK Team had prepared a channel blocker from Wales to Morecambe Bay to avoid any surprises.
In Denmark the lines were closer together so the agents adopted a cautious approach so as not to arouse suspicions. In Sweden the ENL decided that now would be a good time to tear down the Resistance blocks and win the Septicycle. Agent X moved heaven and Earth to allow to get the keys to set up a 250 km channel guard. Across the 1100 km link lines all types of activity were now occurring and being dealt with. In York the local Enl were trying hard to field the city across the path of the fields. Now however the fielding teams began to take their places thanks to the great efforts of all the clearance teams. Agent @Vibeke and @frkengan put down their glasses of wine stopped directing the fantastic Norwegian Clearance efforts and everyone prepared for the final push. . Teams had sacrificed their guardians and had spent long days and nights leading up to this moment
Agent @Sprnor and @Beornhaeth had arrived at their anchor for the first field and found that it was inaccessible due to the time. A fall back anchor was proposed however this meant the northern path for the initial field had to be redrawn. Things now did not look so good with several blockers in Saltburn. The Danish resistance then told us that their path was clear likewise Norway and now Sweden. Crunch time. The call went out for the Ferjeleia to Christiansø link to be thrown. Without this link no other fields could be thrown. However once it was thrown we were showing our hand. Time was critical. Meanwhile the situation in Saltburn was critical Agent @Quaint and @miikel were on route but signal issues and bad luck were conspiring against the agents on the ground. To stop any cross links it was decided to link the first UK anchor to Christiansø and now we really were showing our hand. Despite the best efforts of those involved we decided to Skip the first field and go straight to the Settle fields. Agent @annandauk called the sequence and the first fields went up to the great jubilation of the many agents involved. Many of the fielders had spent the days leading up to the op as clearance and emotions were high whether on top of a bleak hillside or sitting in a warm pub.
As an extra bonus we discovered later that as well as pulling off a great fielding OP we had as well in fact partially prevented at least 1 ENL BAF sequence planned as part of the Unity OP. The Only regret was that the final welsh Keys did not get to Norway in time to allow @Vibeke to throw the final field.
In the morning light Enl agent @FroViking made the trip in his boat to take out the Ferjeleia anchor. I was relieved he was not crazy enough to attempt this at night as I was genuinely concerned for his safety.
Area covered by largest field: 305363 km²
Perimeter: 2925.15 km
1st Primary field - 3,284,804 MU @flygirl1
1st side Field 62,126 @Sanitybites
Linking the two anchors in Settle created 2 inner side fields
2nd and third inner side fields 876 and 610 MU for @Sanitybites
2nd Primary field - 3,286,462 MU @ampluralelf
3rd field Primary - 3,545,274 MU @insanityinside
4th inner side field 311,534 MU @pankomputerek
4th Primary field - 3,597,708 MU @stabbybob
5th Inner Side Field 55,716 @madasahat
5th Primary field - 5,329,900 MU @TheFuryD
6th Primary field - 5,377,377 MU @LadyU
6th and 7th Inner side fields 16,129 and 35,524 MU @LadyU
7th Primary field - 5,392945 MU @ZenithUK
8th and 9th inner Side fields Inner side field 8494 and 6678 MU @ZenithUK
8th field - 5,405,680 MU @TheFuryD
9th field - 5,406,037 MU @kierkergard
Total MU 41,123874
Key transfer and logistics @mimtwin
Big Shout out for +Vibeke Eika
and her team in Norway. Amazing what can happen when you bump into people in a Pub isn't it.
Special thanks to +Martin Jørgensen
in Denmark TTGeek the brilliant can do attitude exemplified in Denmark.
And For +Valerie Wallace
for providing a firm hand on the intel
In the Uk a special mention for +Jonathan Widnall
who did months of work in various places to help
Amazing work in Sweden by all agents a big shout to +Niklas Hallqvist
who decided to go with a crazy plan from a guy he’d never met and assembled an excellent team.
Brilliant work by all the UK teams in punching these lines through a very densely populated part of Europe loosing their own guardians and working tirelessly.
Thanks to +Martin Chalk
for having a careful look at everything and a lot of advice.
Big shout to +Vicki Ellen
for working hard to make it happen and being a cheerleader for the Op.
Most people helped out in more than one way . It was nights like this Operation that combined everything I love about ingress. High Drama, Co-operation and the final relif when it all goes to plan.
@Simpkin#operationhardrada #WheresDenmark #Resistance+Ingress +Brandon Badger +Joe Philley +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Brian Rose +John Hanke