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Battle Name : Hit and Fade on Elliirad Platform [Battles-Rebel Alliance Operation: Clean Sweep, Mission 8] (Note that mission 7 doesn't count in the timeline)
Battle Location : Near Elliirad
Battle Occurred : Sometime after the Battle of Hoth, before "Shadows of the Empire"
Battle Type : Hit and Fade (For the Rebels)
Force Making Attack : Rebel Alliance
Opposing Forces : Rebel Alliance / Galactic Empire
Victorious Force : Rebel Alliance
Imperial Personnel : Unknown
Imperial Force Composition : XQ2 Platform Elliirad, ISD Striker, Cargo Ferries Lesyta, Rugin, Slainte and Tanyay, Modular Conveyors Luung, Mhath, Posi, and Weema, Zeta Squadron (TIE Fighters, have 4 Advanced Concussion Missiles), Nu Squadron (Assault Gunboats, have 16 Concussion Missiles and Tractor Beam), 12 TIE Interceptors, 6 Type A Containers (Munitions) and 6 Type F Containers (Gravsled)
Rebel Personnel : Unknown
Rebel Force Composition : Gold Squadron (Y-Wings, have 10 Proton Torpedoes and 20 Chaff Bursts), Blue Squadron (A-Wings, have 12 Concussion Missiles and 5 Flares) and Escort Shuttle Upsilon (Storm Unit)
Battle Outcome
Battle Outcome
Imperial Survivors : Unknown
Surviving Forces : ISD Striker and cargo related assets
Imperial Loses : XQ2 Platform Elliirad, Zeta Squadron, Nu Squadron, 12 TIE Interceptors and 2/3 of cargo related assets
Rebel Survivors : Unknown
Surviving Forces : Gold Squadron, Blue Squadron and Escort Shuttle Upsilon
Rebel Loses : Moderate losses to Gold Squadron and very light losses to Blue Squadron

    The Imperial Cargo Transfer Station XQ2 Platform Elliirad was another Imperial platform that fell victim to the Rebels' hit and fade attacks. The platform had the cargo containers near it. The Rebels sent in Gold and Blue Squadrons to conduct this attack on Imperial cargo assets in the area. Moments after the battle started, the stolen Escort Shuttle Upsilon arrived in area. The stolen Escort Shuttle was carrying a Rebel demolition team. Unfortunately at the time Imperial Forces did not know that the shuttle was being used by the Rebels. The Escort Shuttle headed towards the platform.

    Zeta Squadron was deployed to protect the platform. Nu Squadron was a deep patrol squadron that came to assist in holding the platform. In this battle the Rebels could not afford to lose 2/3 of their strike force. The Imperial cargo ships hypered into the area at various times to pick up the cargo containers with the munitions. The Escort Shuttle was allowed to land on the platform. The Rebel Storm Unit was able to plant the demolitions on the platform and leave. By the time the shuttle had left the platform, it was at the mid point of the battle. With the Escort Shuttle trying to leave the area, Imperial fighters were diverted to catch up to and destroy the fleeing Rebel shuttle. However, the Rebels were able to prevent the its destruction and the shuttle safely hypered out of the area.

    Shortly after the mid point of the battle, the ISD Striker came out of hyperspace quite some distance from the platform. Some time after the Rebel Escort Shuttle left the Imperial platform, the platform exploded. The ISD Striker launched 12 TIE Interceptors to assist the platform, however the ISD arrived too late to save the platform or a large number of Imperial cargo assets from being destroyed. Once the Rebels completed what they set out to do, they hypered out of the area.