Shortly thereafter, we landed soldiers at several dozen locations on the planet -- having initially underestimated their ability to track where we landed, we established several zones where we had firm control. That is, until their air support arrived. Ours could not stand against theirs, and without the ability to bombard targets remotely, their aircraft bombarded our heavier forces, including several kinds in various regions that seemed designed to engage armor on the ground directly. Our tanks were, unfortunately, unable to withstand the cannons of most of these close attack craft, and while we gave respectable casualties, we received much the same.
While the combat took place, we identified five of their regiments who seemed to be foremost in battle, and each had their own distinctions. Rossiya, host of the city of Moskvá, seemed to have taken the greatest offense to us. Bharot, also identified as India, seemed to have massive numbers that they moved with the aid of other regiments who helped equip them. Much was the same with Zhōnghuá, whose forces seemed to be more poorly equipped but who fought with a zeal that nearly matched the Cadians themselves! Another, a group that consisted of different companies united under the banner of Europäische Gemeinschaft, seemed not to fight with quite as much zeal, but like the fifth, identified as the Ian-que, their forces seemed to enjoy striking from a distance.
All in all, were they equipped with the proper gear, any of these regiments could be formidable in the service of the Emperor. Clearly, this is one of the reasons Your Lordship sent us to this world. Unfortunately, what they lacked in some fields, they made up for in the others, and our forces were taking grievous losses at this point no matter their composition. Of course, as I noted already, we were far from letting them strike with impunity, but they seemed to adapt to our fighting methods very rapidly and used every advantage they could get.