Outskirts of Lowport 7 kilometres south-west of Lowport High Kingdom of Ivernia The 'Kadikistani Volunteer Force' had not even reached the battle, but already sustained several casualties. The first ones where the result of carefully placed mines, clearly meant to damage the Kadikistani force. This slowed down the march since mine-sweeps became necessary, but it also meant that the enemy was aware of their presence. Who discovered them remained unknown and irrelevant, but it did disturb General Berbadjov greatly. He hoped that the poor communications would ensure that he still had time to surprise the enemy forces in Lowport. That element would very likely prove crucial if his forces would break the relative stalemate in the city. The casualties of the mines remained limited to 17 soldiers, because Berbadjov acted quickly in ordering minesweepers to scout the ground with metal detectors and trained rats. Most casualties fell in the flanks due to a lack of metal detectors and rapid loss of trained rats. The damage inflicted by the forest fires was limited since the cold and hard Ivernian winter was not ideal for such endeavours. Things became more dramatic for Berbadjov's Expeditionary Force when the two Burgundian aircraft cut themselves a way through the first Kadikistani column. The 'First Spear Brigade' was quick to return fire and bring down the two assailants, but not before it had the time to slaughter over 40 'revolutionary soldiers', wounding many others. Berbadjov, himself being part of the first column, witnessed the last plane going down and noticed that one of the pilots had managed to escape. It was clear that the Burgundian survivor would land not that far from their position. "Lieutenant Drevik!", Berbadjov roared, "Get a platoon together and capture that pilot alive. Do not let him escape and tell the enemy our location! When you catch him you will arrange that coward a 6 hour session with Sgt. Gurvan together with one of our local translators. I want to know what he knows, enemy positions, strength, weakpoints,... If he does not talk within that session, shoot him." Berbadjov had no doubt that Sgt. Gurvan would make the unknown attacker talk within 6 hours, he mostly needed less. "Our scouts have reportedly reached the north-western suburbs of the city. They will contact the republican forces there and notify them of our arrival. They are to ensure us passage so we can launch a new assault on the centre. We will set up a temporary base camp and field hospital here where the remaining forest will provide us some cover. For now we will concentrate most of our AA capability around here. Once we have taken the city centre we will set up a more permanent base of action." Given the latest aerial attack Berbadjov knew he had to make haste. The last of the division was landing, but still had some ground to cover before it would reach the borders of Lowport. If they hadn't been discovered Berbadjov would have probably waited until they where at their full strength before joining the siege of Lowport, but they didn't have the time. To divert hostile attention the division had splintered taking remotely different routes toward Lowport. Berbadjov made a harsh choice, "We need to speed up! Discontinue the sweeps for all column still on route, order 42.". The General's officers instantly knew what that meant. One line of dispersed Kadikistani troops would be ordered to take the lead at a safe distance from the rest of the columns and from each other. That way any more mines would be forcefully detonated killing only one soldiers, in stead of potentially killing dozens. It safe to say that tactic wasn't very popular among the men, but it was less safe to say anything against it. As their strength would gradually grow the first battalions where infiltrating the republican controlled city suburbs from the north-west. Once they gathered and organised a sufficient amount of troops they would make the 'First Spear' be known. The twenty small artillery pieces where placed a little further from away the city with the entire area still in range. The artillery would wait in cover along with the vanguard in the suburbs until they where organised and ready for a full offensive of fresh soldiers with some of the most modern arms the Kadikistani Army had to offer. Indeed it would be no secret where these men originated from, but all Kadikistan would respond is that it "can not control the will of free people to aid the noble republican cause."