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Battle of Klendathu
Part of Terran Federation-Arachnid conflict

The Battle of Klendathu in the film Starship Troopers.
Date: 23rd Century (Novel)
23:50, October 18th, 2369 (Movie)
Location: Klendathu
Result: Arachnid victory
Combatants
Terran Federation (Novel)
United Citizen Federation (Movie)
Arachnids
Commanders
General Diennes (Novel)
Sky Marshal Dienes (Movie)
Brain Caste
Strength
6 MI divisions (exact number unknown) Unknown
Casualties
At least 208,600 (Movie) Unknown

The Battle of Klendathu, also known as The First Battle of Klendathu, Operation Bughouse, or Operation Madhouse, was a military engagement in the novel and movie Starship Troopers. It was the first battle of the Bug War between the Terran Federation (the United Citizen Federation in the film ) and the Arachnids of Klendathu. The Terran Federation-Bugs conflict, or The Bug War, was a fictional event in the novel and movie Starship Troopers. ... Image File history File links Klendathu. ... Starship Troopers is a 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier, and starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. ... The 23rd century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2201-2300. ... The assault on Klendathu in the film Starship Troopers. ... The Terran Federation is a fictional government from Robert Heinleins science fiction novel Starship Troopers. ... The United Citizen Federation is the government from the movie Starship Troopers. ... The Arachnids (more commonly known as Bugs), are a fictional alien race from the movie Starship Troopers. ... Starship Troopers is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959. ... The Terran Federation-Bugs conflict, or The Bug War, was a fictional event in the novel and movie Starship Troopers. ... The Terran Federation is a fictional government from Robert Heinleins science fiction novel Starship Troopers. ... The United Citizen Federation is the government from the movie Starship Troopers. ... Starship Troopers is a 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier, and starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. ... The Arachnids (more commonly known as Bugs), are a fictional alien race from the movie Starship Troopers. ... The assault on Klendathu in the film Starship Troopers. ...

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Battle

Novel

In the novel, all knowledge of the battle comes from the memoirs of Juan Rico. According to him, the Bug War had already begun prior to the destruction of Buenos Aires, but it was the attack on "B.A." that convinced the civilians ("groundhogs") that decisive action was needed. While the civilians wanted to pull everyone back to Terra, the Federation instead decided to launch an immediate assault on the Arachnids' home planet of Klendathu. The plan called for several squadrons of about fifty ships each to simultaneously emerge from their Cherenkov drives in orbit around Klendathu. They would immediately drop their Mobile Infantry contingents, who would then secure key targets on Klendathu and establish a beachhead for heavy reinforcements to arrive. The ultimate objective was to capture or pacify the entire planet. The Terran Federation-Bugs conflict, or The Bug War, was a fictional event in the novel and movie Starship Troopers. ... Terra may mean: Terra (mythology), a primeval Roman goddess, also known as Tellus, the Greek equivilent being Gaia Terra is the Latin name for the planet Earth, commonly used in science fiction as the name of Earth, instead of Earth eg: Holy Terra, the name of Earth in the fictional... A beachhead is a military term used to describe the line created when a unit (by sea) reaches a beach, and begins to defend that area of beach, while other reinforcements (hopefully) help out, until a unit large enough to begin advancing has arrived. ...


The battle itself was very brief, some eighteen hours according to Rico. Nothing went right (Hence the nickname "Operation Madhouse"). His unit was dropped in the wrong landing zone, and lost most of its men in the collision between the transport Valley Forge and the Ypres. The attack was also hindered by the initial terror experienced upon encountering the Arachnids (the K-9 Corps was decimated when most of the Caleb dogs committed suicide). Rico's portion of the battle lasted about eighteen hours from the drop to the evacuation, and he gives no evidence that this was unusual. The commander of the operation, General Diennes, lead the assault personally and died in a diversionary attack that enabled many Mobile Infantrymen to escape. The naval aspects of the operation are not discussed in Juan Rico's memoirs, but since the Arachnids possessed spacecraft of their own it can be safely assumed that these attempted to interfere with the landing as best they could. A Landing Zone or LZ is a military term for any area where aircraft land. ... Recreation of a cabin in which soldiers would have lived at Valley Forge. ... The Belfry of Ypres Ypres (French, generally used in English;1 Ieper official name in the local Dutch) is a municipality located in Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium, and in the Flemish province of West Flanders. ...


Movie

After the Bugs destroyed Buenos Aires with an asteroid, the Federation declared war against the Bugs. In an act of retaliation, the Federation sent a large amount of troops and ships to Klendathu. The plan was merely to kill "anything with more than two legs." Also Sky Marshall Diennes did not lead the assault personally, coordinating the attack from Earth. When the military arrived, the Bugs made short work of the orbiting starships with land-based plasma barrages that analyses indicated were random. The analyses proved false when the navy established an orbit around the planet. Thousands of troops were dispatched to the surface, thinking that the bugs were less active at night. While this was true, the humans were unprepared for the sheer number of Bugs still active on the surface. 100,000 soldiers were killed in less than an hour, and more than the same number again were injured. After 3 hours, a general retreat of all Terran forces was ordered. Buenos Aires (English: Fair Winds, originally Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Aires, City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Fair Winds) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, as well as... The assault on Klendathu in the film Starship Troopers. ... A soldier is a person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment (such as a uniform and weapon) to defend that country or its interests. ...


Aftermath

Novel

Rico stated in regard to the battle, "I've heard it called a 'strategic victory', but I was there and I claim we took a terrible licking." Terran Federation losses are never described in detail, but Rico says they lost so many ships and men that the Federation was reduced to mounting hit and run raids while they rebuilt their strength.


Movie

After the battle, which was an undoubted defeat, Sky Marshal Diennes was forced to resign.


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Battle of Klendathu: Information from Answers.com (640 words)
The Battle of Klendathu, also known as The First Battle of Klendathu, Operation Bughouse, or Operation Madhouse, was a military engagement in the novel and movie Starship Troopers.
It was the first battle of the Bug War between the Terran Federation (the United Citizen Federation in the film) and the Arachnids of Klendathu.
The Battle of Klendathu bears a resemblance to the World War II raid by Canadian forces on Dieppe, France, an operation which went wrong due to stronger German resistance than expected.
List of fictional battles at AllExperts (879 words)
*Battle of the Morannon (also called the Battle of the Black Gate) March 25, Third Age 3019 - Successful diversion by Gondor allows Frodo to reach Mount Doom where an accident results in One Ring's destruction, and consequently the permanent destruction of Sauron, thus interrupting the battle and resulting in a Gondorian victory.
*Battle of Narnia - Clive Staple Lewis' The Witch, the Lion and the Wardrobe
While battles that are described in religious or mythological works are not necessarily fictional, the descriptions often mix historical fact with what most scholars consider metaphors and one-sided interpretations.
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