Battle of Carillon

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Battle of Carillon
Battle of Carillon
Conflict: Escape from the Cylons
Date: Short Time after Destruction of the Colonies
Related Episode(s):
Place: Carillon
Result: Decisive Colonial victory
Combatants
The Colonial Fleet Cylons
Commanders
Commander Adama Imperious Leader
Strength
Battlestar Galactica;
Unknown number of Vipers
One basestar;
Unknown number of Cylon Raiders
Materiel Losses
Unknown, small number of Vipers lost. All ships destroyed
Casualties
Light casualties Imperious Leader killed, Carillion destroyed
Battle Chronology
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Battle of Cimtar Battle of Carillon Battle of Otarsis Quadrant


The Battle of Carillon is yet another ambush launched by the Cylons, who find the embattled Colonials, despite having only one battlestar, far better prepared than at the Battle of Cimtar a short time before.

The battle begins as Sire Uri gathers every Colonial Warrior to an award function on Carillon, hoping to use the ceremony as an occasion to call for a vote to disarm the military. The indigneous race of Carillion, the Ovions, are allied with the Cylons. They report to the Cylons of the presence of the Warriors, and the Cylons seize their apparent opportunity.

Fortunately, a suspicious Adama sends crewman and other personnel wearing Warrior uniforms to the planet, leaving the actual Warriors on alert aboard Galactica. When the ambush strikes, Galactica deploys her Vipers and manage to hold off the attack easily.

Starbuck and Apollo, on Carillon during the start of the attack, set fire to the tylium mines beneath the surface before they flee. Escaping in their Vipers, they decide to make an attack run against a Cylon basestar near the planet. After setting their communicators to Cylon frequencies, the two Warriors pretend to be in communication with several other attacking Viper squadrons (including squadrons that didn't exist like "Purple" and "Orange").

The Cylons are fooled; the Imperious Leader orders the basestar to retreat, moving the ship lower into the atmosphere to use the planet as a shield. By the time the Cylons recognize the deception, the tylium fires lit earlier had spread throughout the mines, detonating the planet and destroying the basestar with it (Saga of a Star World).

Notes

  • This fictitious battle is unrelated to the real-life Battle of Carillon which is noted by some historians as a "classic example of tactical military incompetence."