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For the simulation in Fallout 3's Operation: Anchorage add-on, see Anchorage Reclamation simulation.
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200 years, and your humor is still bad. America liberating Anchorage? Now that was a good joke.Captain Zao, Fallout 4

The Battle of Anchorage (also known as the Liberation of Anchorage, Anchorage Campaign, and the Anchorage Reclamation) was fought between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China, started by the Chinese invasion of Alaska in the year 2066. The battle lasted over a decade with the United States unable to rout Chinese occupation until the deployment of the first power armor suits. The T-45 series power armor suits acted as a stop-gap and halted Chinese progression until the T-51 power armor suits deployment putting the Chinese on the backfoot.[3][4] After the Battle of Anchorage, more advanced power armor units such as the T-60 series power armor saw extensive use in future battles.[5]


With conditions deteriorating between the U.S. and China, a military presence in Alaska was established to prevent a possible invasion across the Bering Strait. With increasingly scarce oil reserves, a last deep-sea deposit below the Pacific Ocean was claimed by China before allegedly being sabotaged by American special operatives. Strained relationships spiraled downward into conflict as Chinese forces marched into Alaska, officially starting the Sino-American War. Under the command of General Jingwei, the Chinese Army took control of Alaska's oil pipelines and reserves.

Under the leadership of General Constantine Chase, the U.S. Army battled fiercely at the front lines of the conflict before Chase began deploying specialized power armor units, such as the first introduction of both the T-45 series. While the T-45 acted as an effective counter to the Chinese forces in the region, it was a stopgap measure, and merely stabilized the front, due to among other issues, the rapid consumption of energy cells. It would not be until the introduction of the T-51 series power armor,[6] series that Americans would begin pushing the Chinese back. Future power armor suits were further refined as the conflict dragged on, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was reclaimed. With American resources flowing through Canada, strained diplomatic relations between the two countries became problematic. Canada was militarily annexed with the near sabotage of the Alaskan pipeline.

With a combination of inclement weather, constant American bombardment, trench warfare, and U.S. power armor units attacking mainland China, the Chinese supply lines were severely weakened. By January 2077, the city of Anchorage was finally liberated and the Chinese presence was removed. A commemorative memorial was erected in Washington, D.C., in honor of the soldiers who fought and perished for the United States. Violence between America and pockets of Canadian freedom fighters continued throughout 2077, up until the Great War.

According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the full clean up of the remnant Chinese force was achieved on January 28, 16:32PM, and the U.S. lowered their DEFCON status to DEFCON 3.[7]


The Battle of Anchorage appears in a simulation in the Fallout 3 add-on Operation Anchorage and in the intro of Fallout 4. Furthermore, it is mentioned in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Fallout 76, and one of its participants was meant to appear in Van Buren.



  1. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 10 Alaska is reclaimed, and the Anchorage Front Line is again held by the Americans."
  2. Capitol Post terminal entries; Capital Post Top Stories -- January 11, 2077, Commies Crushed - Alaska Liberated!
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinance becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
  4. Fallout Shelter item description: "Deployed pre-War against Chinese tanks. That's right – tanks."
    (T-45d power armor (Fallout Shelter))
  5. Fallout 4 loading screens: "The T-60 series of Power Armor saw extensive use by the United States Army after the Battle of Anchorage. In fact, soldiers in T-60 Power Armor were among those trying to retain order on October 23, 2077 - the day America fell to atomic war..."
  6. Fallout 4 loading screens: "The T-51 series of Power Armor was the pinnacle of mechanized protection before the Great War. First introduced in the Battle of Anchorage, it is highly valued today for its increased protective capabilities."
  7. Switchboard terminal entries; Central terminal, DEFCON Status - 2077
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