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How the Covenant won the Battle for Earth | Halo Battle Breakdown Fixed

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On today's Battle Breakdown, we examine how the Covenant managed to overwhelm Earth's defenses and win the Battle for Earth.
The Battle of Earth is featured primarily in Halo 2 and Halo 3, and - despite the presence of the UNSC Home fleet and the various Orbital Defence Platrforms and their Super Macs - sees Earth fall to various Covenant fleets, and later the flood. I'll explain it all on today's Halo Battle Breakdown episode!
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15 Mai 2018

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EckhartsLadder
EckhartsLadder Vor 6 Monate
I'm going on vacation for a week! Still have 4 or so videos which I've set to go live. Wanna keep up to date? twitter.com/eckhatsladder
Chris Schultz
Chris Schultz Vor 6 Monate
thank you for explaining that battle eckhart. i have been so confused by that battle in halo 2 for so long
Daniel Aleman
Daniel Aleman Vor 6 Monate
reach
YukarioMashimato
YukarioMashimato Vor 6 Monate
Wait did you just call earth a human colony!?! Love all of these videos
John Navas
John Navas Vor 6 Monate
EckhartsLadder how about the battle of reach or even the battle at the supergate -STar gate SG 1
Adamus39
Adamus39 Vor 6 Monate
Betrayal at Calth 30k
ERNESTO THE KNIGHT
ERNESTO THE KNIGHT Vor 14 Tage
Why tf do I watch the most random stuff it’s 4 am and I have school
alex:r.c
alex:r.c Vor 19 Tage
This needed a video???
Azza Brown
Azza Brown Vor 20 Tage
What dates did these battles occur?
agentgingerman
agentgingerman Vor 23 Tage
The only reason the first fleet was puny was due to the prophet not realising he had found earth, it wasn't until the second fleet that they fully understood what they had found
Noah Turner
Noah Turner Vor 25 Tage
"Permission to leave the station?" "For what purpose Master Chief?" "To give the Covenant back their bomb." "Permission granted."
Matthew David
Matthew David Vor 26 Tage
there is no way humanity could recover within the century even with Sanghili help
Big Boi Choi
Big Boi Choi Vor 27 Tage
Where tf were the mac cannons on the second invasion
Rubidium 37
Rubidium 37 Vor 28 Tage
All I see are DICKS
Zachary Hopson
Zachary Hopson Vor 28 Tage
I love the ending with the doggo
Reinaldo Valdes
Reinaldo Valdes Vor Monat
We were never winning a war against such a formidable foe if the great schism never happened, humanity would’ve been done for.
Reinaldo Valdes
Reinaldo Valdes Vor Monat
Thank you I always wondered how many ships and what type of ships took place in this epic battle since I was 6 😭
Joseph Bell
Joseph Bell Vor Monat
Omg the pupper
DeelIo
DeelIo Vor Monat
What about the Covenant Seperatists which helped the human forces?
Chatian
Chatian Vor Monat
Voi and Mombasa =/= Half of Africa Lord Hood was just overexaggerating
John O'Neil
John O'Neil Vor Monat
Pehaps the battle for Norion in Metroid Prime 3?
Sebastian Rose
Sebastian Rose Vor Monat
i havent played halo in like 15 years and only played till the second one..... watches whole video anyways. i have no clue what any of this is about. great video 9/10
Seth Chapman
Seth Chapman Vor 2 Monate
Did anyone know that cruiser on floodgate is the one from the one in halo 1
dog rocket
dog rocket Vor 2 Monate
Umm they didn't win earth humans won the war
abuseurpublic
abuseurpublic Vor 2 Monate
Were it so easy...
HaloF4n 4lyfe
HaloF4n 4lyfe Vor 2 Monate
You have good taste In music
johannes øihusom
johannes øihusom Vor 2 Monate
About the battle of Earth in Halo, did the Covenant only attacked New Mombasa and East Africa, just to uncover the portal you see in Halo 3? What about New York, Washington DC, London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, New Mexico, Ottawa and Bejing? where they attacked?
Q Anon
Q Anon Vor 2 Monate
The battle of the ark, plus reach book version.
doltBmB
doltBmB Vor 2 Monate
Earth is by definition not a colony you git.
MrAJEO
MrAJEO Vor 2 Monate
0:59 that one covenant ship in the back between the two big ones almost bumped into its buddy up front.
Jihan Patel
Jihan Patel Vor 2 Monate
The earth will rebuild 1like =1prayer for earth
Diego Rios
Diego Rios Vor 2 Monate
It still blows my mind how close humanity came to being wiped out, I mean the civilians on earth must have been in complete panic and hysteria once the covenant fleet began its attack with little to no resistance.
Alex Stylez
Alex Stylez Vor 2 Monate
humanity had avantage on ground battles, Covenants in space
Dave Slyker
Dave Slyker Vor 2 Monate
Earth wasn't a colony.
ThatGuy Man
ThatGuy Man Vor 2 Monate
If no other attackers came how did the gravemind in high charity get to the ark without coming through earth’s portal? That part always confused me
Freekofnayture
Freekofnayture Vor 2 Monate
Damn i couldnt imagine the carnage. Earth got FUCKED
Legend
Legend Vor 2 Monate
3 frigates were present when they fired on the forerunner ship 2 went to the ark 1 stayed on earth,earth was on edge
Bennett Fender
Bennett Fender Vor 2 Monate
Technically neither side won the covenant won strategically but tactically humanity won you should have mentioned that more.
Thomas Myers
Thomas Myers Vor 2 Monate
Cuz chief
ragnar40kblackmain
ragnar40kblackmain Vor 3 Monate
The battle of macrag. Ultra marines vs the tyranids
Jeffry Hiendy
Jeffry Hiendy Vor 3 Monate
HOLY SHT! 20TH OF OCTOBER ITS MY BIRTHDAY! FUCK! SO WHEN I CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY I WILL DIE! WHAT DA??
Gregory Neff
Gregory Neff Vor 3 Monate
what do you use for your animation?
Harison Gross
Harison Gross Vor 3 Monate
Can anyone tell me where the game's timelines intertwine with this timeline? It looks like there are some points but I can't tell for sure. I've played all of the games through Halo 4 but I've never been able to piece everything together. Maybe I should read the books at some point.... Thanks in advance.
Ashton Ingram
Ashton Ingram Vor 3 Monate
Halo vs star wars halo won no.jokes
Ayo
Ayo Vor 3 Monate
Earth is a human colony apparently
darth rabid
darth rabid Vor 3 Monate
1:01 why does that one ship move
enCODed3
enCODed3 Vor 3 Monate
did they tho?
Joah The Thread
Joah The Thread Vor 3 Monate
Despite how cool the Halo 2 Anniversary graphics are I would have preferred the whole battle of Earth being displayed as this. (1:22)
Just some satanist.
Just some satanist. Vor 3 Monate
Fuck the covenant, NOBODY touches earth!
Headless Bill
Headless Bill Vor 3 Monate
...and sooo the rest of the covenant fleet just bypassed the other 297 MAC platforms?
Hondo the Razor
Hondo the Razor Vor 3 Monate
Mike Pence brought me here
Suzy Hoover
Suzy Hoover Vor 3 Monate
Battle of installation OO
Matthew Elvins
Matthew Elvins Vor 3 Monate
what was the covinents losses?
The Tremendous Lad
The Tremendous Lad Vor 4 Monate
What's the name of your outro song? Its dope
Bork bakker
Bork bakker Vor 4 Monate
Is your intro home resonance?
TV-94
TV-94 Vor 4 Monate
I think Cortana actually mentions the small size of the initial fleet was because the Prophet of Regret didn't actually know Earth was the Human homeworld and, incredibly, didn't even expect to see Humans there, unless I'm mistaken, the Cole Protocol clearly did its job well.
Falcon Wargaming
Falcon Wargaming Vor 4 Monate
I think Harvest is an obvious yet worthy choice.
Hanyu Kee
Hanyu Kee Vor 4 Monate
I like the Corgi at the end
The Riverwood Trader
I love your videos. I just wish that they would have treated the MAC weapons like they really were. A projectile weapon system that powerful would be able to reach the moon in under seven seconds. This would have made the effective range of the guns about the distance between earth and mars 58 million km and would take a projectile 2.5 minutes to get there. Yes you could do a lot in three minutes but by the time you noticed a projectile moving at you at .04 C it would have been to late. and you would have been shredded by at least half the defense grid guns so 150 projectiles every minute or so. If a target entered within range of the moon it would have been hit by a 600t slug at 4% the speed of light in 1.2 seconds. Lets calculate the energy that a weapon like that would release upon impact (215,701,242,177,334,335,000 J, the tzar bomba was 339,033,031,529,759 J). Thats 636224.9 times the destructive power of the most powerful 50 mt nuke ever built and detonate. A bomb with the blast radius of 55 kilometers. the MAC fitted to these stations would be able to play asteroids with the moon. The rate of fire and reload according to lore was about five seconds for smaller weapons so we will say twenty seconds for recharge and fire for the larger ones.Ya the covenant fleet was well within kill range of the defense guns. Also what about PDC and anti boarding weapons. It would have taken a covenant fleet of thousands of ships to take out Earth with just these station defenses. Smaller frigates fired smaller projectiles with lower accelerations but they too could hit objects at moon distance in about 5 seconds or so doing more damage than a 100 mt bomb per shot every 5 seconds. At this point I have no idea why the UNSC even has missiles on their craft. They would be considered short ranged weapons at best and low yield.
Olivia George
Olivia George Vor 4 Monate
But then they didn’t
WaveForceful
WaveForceful Vor 4 Monate
The covenant never won the battle for Earth, It was a USNC tactical victory thanks to aid from the Covenant separatists (Elites)
Sabbatine
Sabbatine Vor 4 Monate
An ODP fires a 3000 ton slug 4% the speed of light... I didn't think even a CAS could survive a hit... but my Halo knowledge is a little dated and founded in mostly the games and the Fall of Reach book. Are there actual lore examples of an ODP hitting a CAS? Can someone point me to them? Thanks!
the One and only tiger
technically the UNSC won in the end
Niehoe304
Niehoe304 Vor 4 Monate
This is an odd star wars episode
Jeffson777 jeff
Jeffson777 jeff Vor 4 Monate
Do you know how much nostalgia i got by watching the halo 3 cutscenes?
Shawn Abraham
Shawn Abraham Vor 4 Monate
One of the cruiser’s needs new power brakes
vodahmiin nonamehere
Battle of Reach
NCR Trooper
NCR Trooper Vor 4 Monate
I don't know why but back when I played Halo 3 all the time I would try and count the Covenant Ships on the mission Tsavo Highway and I got 28 CCS Battleships and 2 CAS Assault Cruisers
Silver Crescent
Silver Crescent Vor 4 Monate
whats funny is that with the speed of a super MAC's round that "Kill Zone" should be roughly to the moon, or further. I did the math in response to a comment in this video, de-vid.com/video/video-IFw6_AAnqCE.html&lc=z22pcd0pwlvnzbzh004t1aokgzxpknzwxnocz0degsflbk0h00410.1527299552512229 full discussion is in the first comment, by Dylan Marx "that round from the frigate sounds fast, and it is, but not really when put on a cosmic scale. Lets use the distance of 1/4 the range from earth to the moon, from what I found when I looked up the distance from earth to the moon it is approximately 238,900 mi or 384,472,282 m. 1/4 of that is 96,118,070.5 m. at a speed of 30,000 m per second that you provided that mac round will cross this distance in 3203.9356833 seconds. or a little over 53 MINUTES! at the immense range where spinal mounted weapons are effective the reapers can dodge them. get in close and their weapons can slice through most ships like scalpels. In the final battle in mass effect 3 you have the reapers packed in to close to dodge with capital ships firing their spinal mounted weapons at point blank range in order to hit them. The Covenant are the best equipped to fight the Reapers as their plasma weapons would melt through the reapers like a hot knife through butter. However as stated in the video their war potential has been severely reduced and as I have stated multiple times, the reapers number in the millions. Their is no outcome where the humans and covenant win unless a third party is engaged and even then its not really that they win, so much as they don't loose. there is a vast difference between those two things ODP speed of light =186000 mi/s 1% = 1860 mi/s 4% = 7440 mi/s speed to 1/4 distance to moon about equal to 8.03 seconds speed to moon about equal to 32.1 seconds" This is the speed of a MAC round, in space there isn't a conventional "effective range" like on earth where the weapon looses to much altitude and hits the ground or the range is limited by the shooter not being steady enough/able to aim well enough (a rifle has a long range but the shooter wont be able to effectively use it without a scope and doing the math to put the bullet on target) to hit the target. The round doesn't have many forces acting upon it, in other words, its gonna keep going until it HITS something! The "effective range" would be the range that that the round would have a high chance to hit before it can be effectively dodged. At the cannon speed that the ODP is said to fire at they would be able to hit a ship at the moon faster than most would be able to react, at the range the ships in game are shown to be at they wouldn't even get the chance to piss themselves. Not to mention every ODP on that side of the planet would have a clear shot at the fleet so roughly 150 based off of what Johnson said. that fleet shouldn't have even gotten the chance to send an SOS. this is bungee trying to make the Covenant out to be more powerful and the UNSC more limited than they actually would be. in reality those ODP would be able to wipe out a massive fleet even without the support fleets surrounding the planet, in Halo 2 the ODP fires roughly once every 14 seconds as counted between the two shots from the Cairo station here, de-vid.com/video/video-ham0pO00SRo.html and there are over 300 of those monsters around earth, if they can put a round "clear through a Covenant capital ship" as Johnson claims then they should have wiped that fleet out in a matter of seconds, a minute tops.
Hunter Powers
Hunter Powers Vor 5 Monate
EckhartsLadder how about star trek next generation? when the Borg attacked earth?
Ashes first of the name
Then 10 years later.. BOOM HALO 4 HUMANITY iS BIG AGAIN WOW SUCH MUCHO GREAT JOB FROM 343
Typ 3 kiryu
Typ 3 kiryu Vor 5 Monate
Battle on crait
Pilot 11A
Pilot 11A Vor 5 Monate
Please do the battle of Installation 04.
Zenith Soulcross
Zenith Soulcross Vor 5 Monate
I would love to hear your opinions on the "One Year War" of the mobile suit gundam 0079 and how either the federation or the zeon could have prevented or given a better outcome to the war.
Nomad without freedom
Also.....Relatively speaking Even though Humanity was losing the war against the Covenant, The war shows just how Strong Earth/Humanity. The Covenant if I Remember correctly was comprised of about 10 different Alien races give or take Against Humans ALONE. They also had the advantage of slightly more Advanced technology that they salvaged from the forerunners AND it still took the covenant a few decades to get the upper hand. When it came to Ground troops the Spartans were far superior than any covenant adversaries......there just wasn’t enough of them. If you’ve seen the Anime Halo Legends there was an episode called prototype in which Earth was developing some Advanced Weaponry (Mechanized Battle suits, munitions....etc) on some hidden Moon or Planet that was eventually located by the covenant.....The Humans destroyed the Base and Weapons to keep them from falling into Covenant Hands But not before using one of the Gundam Styled Suits to Obliterate the entire covenant invasion force. I believe if they would have been able to field these weapons the outcome of the war would have been different. Just my observation.
Nomad without freedom
Interesting.....I just subscribed.
EckhartsLadder
EckhartsLadder Vor 5 Monate
Welcome aboard
David Nolen
David Nolen Vor 5 Monate
Were the Sanghelei alone did they not have any of the other covenat races with them like the Ungoy that joined the anti covenant groups.
David Nolen
David Nolen Vor 5 Monate
Wouldn't technally the UNSC won the intial fight if you consider the first engagement with the covenant a different battle.
ECLIPSExGAMING
ECLIPSExGAMING Vor 5 Monate
uhh they didnt....
edua172
edua172 Vor 5 Monate
Battle for terra, the horus heresy warhammer 40k
Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali Vor 5 Monate
"Were it so easy..."
Harry Tattersall
Harry Tattersall Vor 5 Monate
Battle of the Ark full space battle
ramon50333
ramon50333 Vor 5 Monate
Why do make about paratrooper attack of the insect planet
Steven Mann
Steven Mann Vor 5 Monate
I don’t think it was a total loss in regards to the battle of Earth even after watching this video. As heavy as the losses were, the entire planet, although it was not the main objective to conquer Earth, the planet itself wasn’t conquered in the End despite half the continent of Africa being decimated.
SpetZemas
SpetZemas Vor 5 Monate
Humanity was decimated. If I’m not mistaken 2/3 of the human population was exterminated. That would be approximately 23 billion people dead.
Ken S
Ken S Vor 5 Monate
One point-- Earth is not a "colony" of the UNSC. If humanity were eradicated from the Earth and then humans from elsewhere established a new foothold there you could call it colonized, but short of that it remains the source *of* colonization.
Ceratosaurus Productions
Hey Ecks! Love your channel and especially these videos! Think you could make Admiral Cole's last stand? I'd love to see that!
SunnehPower
SunnehPower Vor 5 Monate
Well since you covered the Battle of Earth, now you need to cover the battle right after, the Battle of Installation 00(The Ark). Though most of that was a ground engagement and the fleet battle was rather one-sided in the Separatists' favor. At least until Player 3 entered the match.
MoppyPuppy
MoppyPuppy Vor 5 Monate
I'm disappointed in this video, the Covenant in Halo 3 had a total of 30 ships on Earth during the events of the game. The Covenant had to have taken staggering losses to have their fleet reduced to that size.
TornadoADV
TornadoADV Vor 5 Monate
Earth is not a "colony" it is a "homeworld".
Ceeday's Bodyguard
Ceeday's Bodyguard Vor 6 Monate
Humans lose because they get run over by cones, crates, and or sometimes get run over by the sidewalk because halo glitches will be the halo glitches...yah that's it
joe ledoux
joe ledoux Vor 6 Monate
1:01 why did the cruiser spaz out?
Adam Hinestrosa
Adam Hinestrosa Vor 6 Monate
I thought this was FL Studio when I saw the thumbnail.
BeardedBill86
BeardedBill86 Vor 6 Monate
I find the space battles in the halo games extremely lacklustre and rather nonsensical when compared to what we're told in the books about the capabilities of both sides. My view is they downplay the UNSC fleet in the games to try and increase the feeling of importance of the players actions (such as when Chief destroys that ship with the bomb, where an entire fleet failed to do so beforehand.. for some reason).
Dem Dorfs
Dem Dorfs Vor 6 Monate
Africa was Eradicated in Halo franchise? Never played that game. But this sounds racist as fuck.
Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson Vor 6 Monate
3:00 The Wiki says that the UNSC fleets, lead by Fleet Admiral Harper above Earth remained engaged against the numerous Jiralhanae-led ships in orbit. Then, on Nov 17th, Truth's fleet, comprised of hundreds of covenant ships, arrived, and was the largest Covenant fleet ever recorded in history. The UNSC was outmatched, but with around 300 ODPs, the remaining UNSC fleet, and Hood's brilliant leadership, they pulled a defensive against Truth. They destroyed hundreds of medium and heavy Covenant vessels, and brought the number down to 40. In return, the UNSC fleet was completely wiped out. Sources are Wikia.Halo.com.
Thel 'Vadam
Thel 'Vadam Vor 6 Monate
You should cover the Battle for Harvest, it was the nice First Contact with the Covenant
Dave Robinson
Dave Robinson Vor 6 Monate
Everything you said was wrong, the small covenant fleet was pretty much wiped out there was no covernant reinforcement forces arrived to battle earth as the covenant were convinced humanity was dealt with at reach as they believed this was the home planet, every thing was going unsc way till the forerunner destroyer jumped to earth and whipped out the defence fleet ffs it even says this in the halo 3 and odst game during the games and only a few ships made it passed the defenses. covenant fleets where to busy by the elite vs brute uprising,
Zion McCarthy
Zion McCarthy Vor 6 Monate
how does a projectile weapon, MAC, have an effective range, if its in space. If there is no gravity or air resistance then the range on a projectile weapon is infinite
Kyle Caelian
Kyle Caelian Vor 6 Monate
Why didnt the UNSC just use all their Long Swords that could penetrate holes through covenant ships? Because Master Chief.
Omar Rojas
Omar Rojas Vor 6 Monate
How the arbiter and his forces beat truths fleet on the ark from halo 3?
Nick Kovar
Nick Kovar Vor 6 Monate
A breakdown of the battle for the ark in halo 3
SubR
SubR Vor 6 Monate
They just don't write games like this anymore
ianciti
ianciti Vor 6 Monate
Fun fact. the "whispers" that precluded the covenant coming to earth were actually a chain of events kickstarted by a forerunner beacon being activated on earth. my source for this information is the NOW CANON Halo 2 audio drama series "I Love bees" and it's actually very interesting if you go back and listen to some of Cortana's dialogue on halo 2. the covenant weren't planning on finding humanity on earth, they were looking for something else.
Elite Dude
Elite Dude Vor 6 Monate
Well we kinda didn't win we just invaded new mombasa but we just stole the holy artifact
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