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Battle of Nadiem
Conflict

Clone Wars[2]

Date

21.6 BBY, 5 months after the Battle of Geonosis[2]

Place

Nadiem[2]

Outcome

Republic Victory[2]

Combatants

Galactic Republic[2]

Confederacy of Independent Systems[2]

Commanders

General Grievous[2]

Strength
Casualties
  • Moderate
    • Many clone troopers[2]
    • At least one AT-TE walker[2]
    • Several LAAT gunships[4]
    • Commander Zephata'ru'tor[3]

Most of the Separatist forces[2]

Civilian casualties

Most of the Nadiem's populace either displaced or killed

Barriss Offee: "Worried about the battle, Master?"
Luminara Unduli: "No, Barriss. I have every confidence in our army, but I wanted to get the civilians clear before the fighting began."
―Luminara and her apprentice shortly before the Battle of Nadiem.

The Battle of Nadiem occured during the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatists. In 22 BBY, five months after the Battle of Geonosis, the Separatist Droid Army, commanded by Confederacy General Grievous, invaded the Republic-controlled planet of Nadiem and was able to to grab a strong foothold on the planet. The Republic then sent a detachment of their own clone army to counter the invasion, along with several Jedi Generals including High Generals Luminara Unduli and Saesee Tiin, resulting in a full scale battle, with Nadiem's civilian populace caught in the middle.

During the fighting, Threadneedle Canyon became a poing of contention betweent the two sides, with Grievous and the Confederacy controlling on side of the canyon, and the Republic controlling the small valley on the other. Meanwhile, General Tiin set up a strong Republic blockade around Nadiem, preventing any Confederate reinforcements to make it planet-side. While General Unduli apprentice Barriss Offee were strengthening the Republic's defenses and evacuating a small town in the valley, Grievous ordered a large amount of his forces to go through the canyon and destroy the Republic troops on the other side, while he staid behind and commanded his soldiers from his command bunker deep inside Separatist territory. As the Separatist forces were moving through the canyon, Offee and several clonetroopers got stranded in the center of the canyon after giving up their transportation to a group of refugees. Realizing that engaging the droid forces directly would only result in their deaths, Offee ordered her troops to fire at the advancing Separatist column from far away, and after the battle droids returned fire, to lie down and pretend they were dead so that the enemy would pass them by without a second glance. Offee's plan worked, and after the droids passed them, her troops and herself climbed the canyon and prepared to ambush the Separatist forces from behind.

The Confederate column soon engaged Unduli and her troops on the other side of the canyon, and were about to break through the Republic's defenses when Offee and her troops began to fire on the droids from behind. With their rear support failing, the droid tried to retreat when Offee's clonetoopers detonated several explosives they had put into place beforehand. The resulting explosions caused a avalanche, cutting off the Separatists' only way of retreat, and any remaining battledroids were systematically neutralized. With most of their forces destroyed, the Separatists were forced to abandon Nadiem. However, while Grievous was fleeing Nadiem in his personal Belbullab-22 starfighter, he was attacked by Jedi Master B'dard Tone and his apprentice Zephata'ru'tor above the planet. Grievous managed to kill Zephata'ru'tor and seriously injure Tone before escaping into hyperspace.

Contents

Prelude

The small town at the Republic-controlled end of Threadneedle Canyon.

In 22 BBY—five months after the Battle of Geonosis and the start of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems—the Confederacy Droid Army, under the command of the Separatist cyborg General Grievous, invaded the planet of Nadiem in the Baxel Sector. Even though Nadiem really had no strategic value to either side, the Separatists attacked the planet mainly because the Republic had chosen to defend it. In response to the invasion, the Republic reinforced their clone army on Nadiem, as well as several Jedi Generals. Among the Jedi dispatched were High Generals Saesee Tiin and Luminara Unduli, Unduli's apprentice/Jedi Commander Barriss Offee, and General B'dard Tone and his apprentice Zephata'ru'tor.

Grievous and his Confederate forces managed to grab a strong foothold on Nadiem before the Republic could respond, and landed a large amount of troops and tanks. When the Jedi-led support arrived, General Unduli, Commander Offee, and several other Jedi landed on the planet and began to reinforce the Republic's defenses, while General Tinn set up a strong Republic blockade around Nadiem. During the invasion, the citizens' of Nadiem had been caught in the middle of the fighting, killing many and displacing many more. As a result, the Jedi started an evacuation of the planet's residents, with General Unduli and her apprentice personally overseeing the evacuation themselves.

During the invasion, Threadneedle Canyon became a point of contention between the two sides on the planet, with the Republic fortifying there defenses of a valley on one side of the canyon, while the Separatists' controlled the other. Grievous, from a command bunker deep inside Confederate territory, ordered the bulk of his battle droids and heavy tanks to move through the canyon and sieze the valley on the other side, and ordered several droid starfighter squadrons to break through the Republic blockade over the planet and provide air support. Meanwhile, the Jedi continued to evacuate Nadiem's populace, with Unduli and Offee focusing her attention on evacuating a small town in the valley. While Unduli and Offee were organizing the evacuation, a clonetrooper squad stationed in Threadneedle Canyon that were monitoring the advancing Separatist column from afar, reported to Unduli that the droids were quickening their pace and would arrive in the valley in less that an hour.

The battle

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Evacuation

General Unduli: "How goes the evacuation, Lieutenant?"
Clone Lieutenant: "Slowly, General. Most of the civilians want to bring possessions with them, but we have limited space..."
―A clone lieutenant to Luminara Unduli on how slow the evacuation of Nadiem is going.
The evacuation of Nadiem.

As the Separatist column moved closer to Republic's position, General Unduli allowed any civilian who wanted to abandon their homes a chance to board a Republic LAAT/i gunship to be transported to a safer location, hoping to get them clear before the Confederacy began their assualt on the town. However, space and time was limited, so Unduli told the refugees that they were prohibited to take personal possessions with them. While most did comply with this order, at least one man tried to smuggle a great amount of wealth onboard a gunship in his shirt, but Unduli stopped him from boarding the evacuation ship. Even with this rule, however, there were still to a large amount refugees to move with so few gunships, and many had to wait in long lines for a chance to board a ship. In some cases, there were even mad scrambles to board gunships that were lifting off.

During the evacuation, Crys Taanzer and her son Kennan, both residents of Nadiem turned refugees by the invasion, managed to get to a Republic evacuation site, but were not able to board any ships due to the long lines. During the Separatist invasion, Cry's husband had been killed, her home destroyed, and her son's arm injured. While the two of them were waiting at the evacuation site, a Jedi Healer who was helping the refugees, noticed that Kennan was not crying, even though his arm was baly damaged. With Cry's permission, the Jedi had his padawan quickly test Kennan's blood, confirming what the Jedi had originally suspected, that Kennan was Force-sensitive. With this information, The healer offered Crys a chance to let Kenann escape Nadiem, saying that her son could join the Jedi Order and that he would be given safe transport to the Jedi's temple on Coruscant within two days. Realizing that they would likely both die on Nadiem if she did not take the offer, Crys agreed with the healer and gave her son over to the Jedi.

In the meantime, the clonetrooper squad stationed in the canyon came across a group of civilians from an outlying settlement in the canyon. One of the refugees was very ill, and had delayed the others' progress to the evacuation site. The squad's ARC trooper commander contacted General Unduli and informed her of their situation and requested for a gunship to pick the squad and the refugees up. When Offee heard about this, she asked her master to let her go along with the gusnhip to pick up the refugees. Unduli permitted Offee to go, but only if she took a squad of clone commandos along with her, telling her to move quickly before the Separatist army arrived.

The Separtist droid army moving through Threadneedle Canyon.

As Offee's gunship approached the stranded refugees, the Confederate column had reached a point in the canyon they had designated a sector five, with the a droid reporting back to Grievous about their progess via hologram. Grievous, from his bunker, told the column that the Republic would likely ambush them later on in the canyon, at a point he had designated as sector seven, due to it being the narrowest part of the canyon. The cyborg general told the column to move their heaviest tanks to the front, ordering them to smash through the ambush when it happens.

Meanwhile, above Nadiem, General Tiin's fleet was engaged by Separatist Fighter Wing Zero-Zero, trying to break through his blockade. However, the Republic fleet was too strong for the droid starfighters to break through, and the Separatists were forced to turn back. Grievous was extremely angered when he heard about this news in his bunker, now knowing that he would not have air support for the upcoming battle.

Playing dead

"We've lost contact with Commander Offee and the advance squad, General."
―A clone lieutenant to General Unduli

When General Unduli was informed about Tiin's success, she told Offee about the development over comlinks. Offee was gald to hear the news, hoping that it would out-weigh the bad news she had to report. Offee told her master that when her gunship arrived to pick up the clones and civilians, there were more refugees than she had anticipated, and as result, there was not enough room for the clonetroopers aboard the gunship. Deciding that she could not abandon her own soldiers, Offee decided to stay with the clonetroopers. Offee said to her master that she and her troops would try and hold off the Separatist column from there, and told Unduli not to send another ship, because the Separatist would be upon them before it would arrive. Unduli was disappointed by this news, knowing that Offee would almost certainly die fighting the Confederacy army, but knew that her apprentice was right, and did not send another gunship.

As Offee closed her comlink, the squad's ARC trooper told the Jedi that his squad had been planning an ambush for the Separatist column. His squad would set up explosives at the narrowest part of the canyon as the column approached, hoping to delay the droids' advance and make a stand. Commander Offee new that the plan would only slow the Separatists for a short time, and would only result in their deaths. However, she had a different plan, one that would possibly keep them alive longer.

Offee and her troops pretending to be dead as the droid army passes them by.

As the Separatist column approached sector seven, Grievous ordered his droids to be prepared to smash through any Republic ambush. Just then, Commander Offee's troops began to fire on the droid forces from farther afar, destroying a few B1 battle droids. The Confederate battle droids and Armored Assault Tanks began to fire back blindly, and after a short pause where the clonetroopers did not return fire, continued marching forward. Meanwhile, the Republic forces back in the valley lost contact with Offee's men, with Unduli fearing that her apprentice was dead. AS the droid column was moving through sector seven, they past Offee and her clonetroopers, lying motionless on the ground. Believing the Jedi and clones to be dead, the droids moved past and continued on towards the valley.

However, Offee and her troops were not dead, but just pretending to be. Commander Offee had realized that she and her troops would be killed if they engaged the Confederate army directly, and instead made the droids think they were dead. Once all the droid had passed the squad, Offee told her men to get up and grab the explosives they had originally planned for the ambush, saying they had a lot of climbing to do.

The trap

Unduli: "Barriss!You're alive! But how? I was sure you and your troops were dead..."
Offee: "So were the droids. And that's what saved us."
―Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee after the Republic's victory at Nadiem.

The Separatist army eventually emerged from the mouth of Threadneedle Caynon and engaged Unduli's forces. The Republic army was well dug in and prepared for the Confederacy, and their Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery began to cut into the droids' flanks. However, the Separatists' Hailfire droid tanks fired back with deadly accuracy, destroying at least one Republic AT-TE and killing several clones. The droid forces began to overwhelm the clones' position with their superior numbers, and it seemed that the Separtists would win the battle.

The Separatist army caught in the avalanche.

However, as one of the battle droids was reporting the column's progress back to Grievous, who was still in his bunker, Offee's squad, who had climbed to the top of the canyon wall, began to fire down on the Separtist column from behind. The droids were confused by this, having thought they had left no one alive back in the canyon. Commander Offee's squad destroyed the column's rear Hailfire tanks and dwarf spider droids one by one, thinning the Separatists' ranks. Meanwhile, Unduli's troops continued to fire on the Separatists' frontward ranks, mowing down the column's forward line. With their front and rear guards gone, the droids' progress was stopped, forcing them into a frantic retreat. With the Confederate column now in disarray, Unduli and her clonetroopers launched a charge against the withdrawing droids.

This played right into Offee's plan. Offee had had her squad place their explosives at the top of the canyon, farther behind the Separatists. When the first droids reached the explosives, Offee's troops detonated the explosives, causing an avalanche that destroyed many battle droids, and leaving the remaining Separatists trapped behind a wall of rubble and the charging Republic clones. Back in his bunker, Grievous smashed his hologram of the battle in frustration, knowing that he had just lost Nadiem.

As Unduli and her men destroyed any remaining battle droids, Commander Offee and her squad emerged from the smoke created by the avalanche. Unduli was glad and surprised to see her apprentice alive, and asked how she had survived. Offee told her master about her plan, joking that she and her troops had hid in plain sight from the Separatists.

Aftermath

Separatist withdrawal

Kybo: "You have seen the General in action?"
Tone: "At Nadiem, he killed my padawan and left me as ou see me now."
Jedi Master B'dard Tone and Jedi apprentice Flynn Kybo about General Grievous's escape from Nadiem.
B'dard Tone after his confrontation with Grievous at Nadiem.

With the majority of their army destroyed, the Confederacy was forced to abandon Nadiem and leave it to the Republic. Grievous chose to leave Nadiem in his personal Belbullad-22 starfighter, the Soulless One, trying to clear the Republic blockade on his own. However, as he entered space, Grievous was attacked by General B'dard Tone and his apprentice Zephata'ru'tor. Tone, aboard a starfighter, and Zephata'ru'tor, being a Duinuogwuin which were able to survive in the vacuum of space, flew at the escaping Grievous, trying to engage him in battle.

After a short space battle, Grievous was able to cripple Tone's starfighter, seriously injuring the Jedi Master. Then, as Zephata'ru'tor was in front of Grievous's ship, the cyborg activated his hyperspace motivator. The Souless One jumped into hyperspace, catching Zephata'ru'tor in the path of the lightspeed jump, disintegrated Tone's apprentice into nothing.

Tone was later rescued by the Republic, and was forced to undergo several cybernetic replacements due to the injuries he had sustained at the hands of Grievous, including a metal plating covering most of the left side of his face, as long as a robotic right arm. For the death of his padawan at Nadiem, as well as his injuries, Tone held a personal vendetta against Grievous which later caused him and two other Jedi to leave the Order to hunt down the Separatist general. Tone and his companions later tracked Grievous to the moon of Belsus, where Grievous killed Tone in a lightsaber duel.

Appearances

  •  "Hide in Plain Sight" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2 (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: General Grievous (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Dark Times 7: Parallels, Part 2 (Appears in flashback(s))

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 2
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 Hide in Plain Sight
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Dark Times 7: Parallels, Part 2

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