* Kircheis is met with complete skepticism after he's promoted to rear admiral and assigned to stop a rebellion. He does so in two days with the death of no one but the rebel leader, killed by his own men after refusing to surrender, and gets another promotion as well as his men's respect.
** And this was a mission done after the previous admiral had failed, Kircheis did it with a fleet size that was HALF the size of the failed attempt.
** Defeating the full fleet of Marquis Litterheim with less than a thousand ships.
** [[spoiler: His Heroic Sacrifice repeatedly saving Reinhard from an assassination attempt.]]
* The 13th Fleet, a ragtag collection of survivors from a previous battle and raw recruits, successfully taking over Iserlohn Fortress. Counts both for Yang for coming up with the plan, and the Rosen-Ritters for improvising after the plan hits a snag and taking over the control room with melee weapons.
** Also for Oberstein, who realized what was happening and gave his commander the appropriate advice, first to defeat Yang before the Rosen-Ritters could complete their job and then to retreat when it was obvious Iserlohn was under Alliance control. [[IgnoredExpert Had his commanding officer listened his advice, they would have won or at least escaped without losses]] instead of getting {{Wave Motion Gun}}ned twice (first as a warning shot, second to kill [[GeneralRipper the idiotic admiral who insisted attacking knowing they'd die]]).
* Mittermeyer defeating his former instructor with intimate knowledge of his tactical weakness, followed by him and Reuenthal seizing an important rebel station and Oberstein using the incident to create suspicion among the rebels.
** [[spoiler: His role in the Phezzan occupation,]] notably the instance where he promptly executes his subordinates for theft and rape.
** Standing up to the Kaiser on behalf of Reuenthal, at [[spoiler: Reuenthal's trial.]]
** The flashback to his time in prison, where he gets the better of his torturer and also teaches a lesson to the {{Smug Snake}} aristocrat who put him there.
* Luring out the Lippstadt rebels into a CurbStompBattle counts for Reinhard, Mittermeyer, and all the other Imperial generals involved.
** Also, Merkatz's BigDamnHeroes to rescue Braunsweig from it.
* Schumacher finally standing up to Flegel, and the mutiny that follows.
* Schnieder convincing Merkatz to [[spoiler: join the Alliance rather than kill himself at the fall of the Lippstadt conspiracy.]]
* Ansbach forcibly [[spoiler: poisoning Prince Braunsweig]] after he wimps out of doing it himself.
* Reinhard winning a round of XanatosSpeedChess against the Phezzan representatives by negotiating [[spoiler: free passage through their system]] using the same arguments they used to sell their plan to him.
** His speech prior to restarting the war, epically calling out the Alliance government for bringing this situation on themselves and even sending Council Leader Lebello past his {{Despair Event Horizon}}.
** [[spoiler: Pretty much all of his scenes in episode 73. He becomes the first emperor to set foot on the Alliance's capital planet, and within days turns the Alliance citizens to his side and officially brings the entire system under control of the Empire, positioning himself as the leader of all of humanity.]]
** During the attempted coup on Uruvasi, while cornered by rebels, he responds by walking out in front of his guards and ''daring'' them to kill him.
* Yang taking [[spoiler: the till-then impregnable Iserlohn fortress]] without losing a single soldier.
** Destroying the coup's last defense by launching chucks of ice at it.
*** For added awesome, at the start of that very episode one of the golpists had declared that [[TemptingFate as long as they had it not even Yang could conquer the planet]]. Not even ten minutes in the episode, the very same man was on his knees out of desperation at seeing it destroyed in seconds.
** Nonchalantly choosing to entrust a man who was formerly instructed to assassinate him with his own personal firearm.
** Making snarky remarks at the politicians who seek to implicate him at his own illegal inquiry while dissecting their arguments.
*** An Imperial attack forces the inquiry to stop because he's needed on the frontlines. What does he do? First he gets them to ''beg'' him to do his job. Second, he says he'll do it because he has friends there. Finally, his remarks on the timing of the inquiry and its illegal characteristics, including never explaining the reasons for it, ''get the secretary of defense and chairman of the inquiry to resign in shame''. And they got off lucky: had the phone call informing them of the attack arrived half a minute later, Yang would have already resigned (the phone call arrived just as he was producing the resignation letter), and he would have humiliated them even further.
** [[spoiler: Destroying Geiersburg fortress.]]
** In episodes 50 - 52, he goads Reinhard onto the battlefield after systematically defeating his men. [[spoiler: Then tactically defeats Reinhard with only one fleet.]]
** [[spoiler: Re-taking Iserlohn]] because he figured they could probably use it again.
** In episodes 79 - 81, he faces Reinhard again and [[spoiler: kills two Imperial admirals, nearly kills a third, and manages to hold off the rest of Reinhard's vastly superior forces until Reinhard decides to negotiate.]]
* Julian Minci's first battle, where he parks himself inches from a cruiser's hull and shoots the missiles it's about to fire, destroying the whole ship and riding the shockwave to safety.
** Seeing through Muller's plan to trap the Iserlohn forces inside the fortress, and getting onto the bridge of the lead ship as they execute his plan to escape the trap.
** Taking over a warship during his escape from Phezzan by posing as, well, himself. Followed by his refusal to execute the prisoners despite pressure from the mission's captain.
** [[spoiler:After finding Yang's body, he ''ends'' the killers.]]
** The {{Batman Gambit}} to draw out and decimate Wahlen's forces, the first military strike of his new colony and a rousing success.
** [[spoiler: The diversion to get himself onto Reinhard's ship. Followed by confronting Reinhard while badly injured and forcing himself to stay standing until he collapses, just to avoid the symbolism of the leader of democracy kneeling in front of the leader of autocracy.]]
** It should be noted that his boarding of the ''Brunhilde'' was the only time in the entire series anyone so much as ''touched'' Reinhard's ship in battle.
* Reuenthal, wearing only his military uniform, holds his own against the heavily armored Schenkopp in hand to hand combat. And when the fight ends, he immediately admits he was careless to get into a situation where such a fight was necessary.
** [[spoiler:Upon taking a fatal steel beam through his shoulder, he refuses to have surgery and leave his fleet to fend for itself, and spends the next several hours giving calm, rational, and effective orders while under enormous pain.]]
*** "Stop panicking. ''I'm'' the one who is wounded, not you."
** [[spoiler:Killing Job Truniht, then treating the dying man to a {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}, including berating him for forcing Reuental's last kill to be as dishonorable as shooting an unarmed man he'd called to his office.]]
* Rubinsky defeating his {{Smug Snake}} son before escaping the Imperial occupation force. Welcome to the {{Magnificent Bastard}} designation.
* Episode 52 has ''five'': Julian figuring out Reinhard's strategy, Poplan tricking two fighters into crashing into a cruiser and destroying all three ships, Yang drawing Reinhard out into the middle of his forces, Muller's {{Big Damn Heroes}} saving Reinhard from that last one, and Yang forcing Muller to leave the battle to get another shot at Reinhard.
* Hildegard von Mariendorf [[spoiler: defying Reinhard's intentions by convincing his two top admirals to attack the Alliance's capital and force them to surrender, thereby winning the whole war (and saving Reinhard's ass in the process, as Yang was seconds away from blowing him to space dust when the command to stand down came).]]
* Admiral Bucock's {{What The Hell Hero}} speech after Truniht's surrender about how the Alliance deserves this defeat for betraying the ideals it was founded on.
** Luring one part of the Imperial fleet into an asteroid field, then slipping around behind the rest and making a pincer attack on them.
** Mar-Adetta, full stop.
* For the series' first half Frederica Greenhill appears to be nothing but a {{Faux Action Girl}}. But when Yang is arrested, she trades her housewife clothes for her military uniform and a gun, teams up with the Rosenritter, and finally breaks into the prison and shoots Yang's executioner in the head.
* Schenkopp is pretty much a walking CMOA, but particularly stands out during the mission to rescue Yang from prison. He escapes the police with some timely assistance from the rest of the Rosenritter, then kidnaps the Alliance Council Leader Lebello on the highway by blowing up his entire escort. He then demands that Yang be set free in exchange for Lebello's life...along with a hundred bottles of wine. All while leaking the conversation to all the Imperial forces so the government won't be able to cover it up. Finally, after the government proves willing to let Lebello die, he breaks into the prison in "half a nick of time" and gives one of his men a chance for his own CMOA, shouting the group's identity to the prison guards and making them run away instantly.
** In one of his first battles after taking command of the Rosenritter, He leads his troops into storming and taking over ship after ship, each time taking several minutes to ''sing'' challenges over every Imperial channel to a traitorous former commander he knows is somewhere in the enemy fleet.
** [[spoiler: After getting a fatal wound with an ax in the back, he doesn't retaliate against the man who did it and acknowledges that he was beaten. After killing two more people who try to finish him off as the gaping wound gets worse, he then looks at the other Imperial soldiers still standing, and wars which of them wants the honor of being the last person he kills. They understandably all get out of his way, and he walks up the stairs and sits at the top just so he'll die looking down at something rather than up.]]
* Julian, Poplan, and Mashengo's escape from the Earth Cult base, particularly the beginning with Julian's flying kick to a guard and Poplan ruthlessly killing a doctor who refuses to give them any information.
** And that's not counting the other major event that happens around the same time. Namely Reinhard's campaign to wipe out the Earth Cult once and for all. And [[spoiler:largely]] ''succeeding.''
* Mashengo gets one of his own during the second conquest of Iserlohn Fortress, braving a hallway full of arrows to caber-toss a '''marble pillar''' at the crossbowmen, completely ''obliterating'' them.
* Lutz and Muller protecting Reinhard during the coup on Uruvasi, with special mention of Lutz's cry of "Seig Kaiser!" before raising his gun against seemingly impossible odds, followed by [[spoiler:his {{Heroic Sacrifice}} buying time for Reinhard and the others to escape, taking quite a few of the mutineers with him.]]
* Kesler stopping Mittermeyer from murdering Lang, keeping him from becoming a criminal by convincing him to let Lang be dealt with legally. And he doesn't mention he already has the evidence to do just that, forcing Mittermeyer to agree with him purely because he's right, without the promise of satisfaction against Lang.
** Saving Hilda and Annerose during the Terraists' attack on the Imperial Phezzan residence, involving jumping through a window into a burning building and shooting two attackers in the heart while in midair.
*** This also nets Kesler both a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and another moment of awesome, as Hilda's handmaid takes a fancy to him, and a brief voice-over states that he marries her several years later.
* Poplan and Katerose von Kreutzer tag teaming Wahlen's forces, with some of the show's best and most fluid battle animation to boot.
* Wahlen's flagship taking a hit and him being nonchalant about getting his prostethic arm blown off: "Losing something I lost before does not inconvenience me at all".
** Him quelling a huge riot just by giving both sides a {{Death Glare}}.
* Annerose gets one during the attack on the Imperial Phezzan residence when she throws a statue at a Terraist and whacks him in the face, then shields Hilda from the falling glass his resulting wild shot causes.
* Mecklinger's {{The Reason You Suck Speech}} to Grillpalzer.
* '''[[spoiler:Reinhard]]''': "There is only one Reinhard von Lohengramm, and there is only one man whose name will be remembered for killing him. Who wants to be that man?"
* Paul von Oberstein managing to completely invert HonorBeforeReason by simply pointing out that the so-called "honorable" path would cause millions of unnecessary deaths, while his more dishonorable tactic would save them. In the process, without breaking a sweat, he also verbally browbeats two of the Empire's greatest geniuses. [[AndZoidberg And Bittenfeld.]]
* The first half of the season two finale, dedicated entirely to Yang and Reinhard meeting face to face for the only time in the series. They simply have a civil conversation comparing their opposing idealogies, each with complete respect for the other as a {{Worthy Opponent}}, and the scene never feels slow at all despite its unusual length.
* The very first episode has Reinhard and Yang prove just how good they are: Reinhard's fleet of 20,000 ships is outnumbered 2-1 and [[HypercompetentSidekick his hand-picked excellent subordinates]] have been replaced by older admirals [[UnderestimatingBadassery who think he's just a lucky parvenu]] yet he still wins with ease by ''attacking'' and overpowering two of the three enemy fleets (and his admirals start paying him the respect he deserves), and Yang puts together not one but ''two'' different plans to counter him, but he's ignored twice (and the Alliance loses over ''25,000'' ships).
** The following episode confirms this when [[YouAreInCommandNow Yang's superior officer gets injured and orders him to take over their force]]: an easy Imperial victory quickly turns in a brutal attrition battle from which both Yang and Reinhard have trouble to extricate themselves, and when one of Reinhard's admirals disobeys an order to try something else he makes his flagship an easy target that is promptly shot down by the Alliance fleet. In the end it turns in a strategical ''stalemate'' [[KnowWhenToFoldEm when Yang and Reinhard both realize that continuing the battle would be pointless and decide to retreat at about the same time]] (he ''still'' gets a tactical victory by destroying far more Alliance ships than he lost. Or that he brought to the battle, for what matters).
** "Overture to a New War", the extended remake of these episodes, makes Reinhard's victory against the Alliance 4th Fleet (his first victim) even more awesome. As he had taken them down so fast that the first the 6th Fleet heard about it was ''Lohengramm Fleet opening fire on them from nowhere''. And Reinhard still found the time to make his men rest between the two engagements. For added awesome, the Alliance plan called for surrounding Lohengramm Fleet, but the force that ended up surrounded was 6th Fleet.
** It also gives Yang's friend Jean Paul Roberts a moment, as, like Yang, he anticipated Reinhard's plan (and he was the only one in 6th Fleet to understand where Lohengramm Fleet was coming from), and even put together ''the same tactic Yang will later use to stalemate Reinhard''. Sadly, [[IgnoredExpert 6th Fleet commander vice-admiral Moore ignored him]] and played right in Reinhard's hands, the result being 6th Fleet surrounded and slaughtered to the last when Moore refused to surrender out of sheer pride (and had Lapp arrested for mutiny when he called him out).
* In the third episode, the fanatics of the Patriotic Knights Corps try to break into Yang's home. Emphasis on ''try'', courtesy of Yang's remote-controlled ''hydrant''.
* Minor character vice-admiral Bewcock of the Alliance 5th Fleet had one during the invasion of the Imperial space following the Seventh Battle of Iserlohn by giving [[ModernMajorGeneral commodore Falk]] ([[ArmchairMilitary known for proving his talents only with speeches and never with actual results]] and responsible for both the disastrous operation and ordering to sack the seized planets when the supply lines were cut off by Kircheis) a piece of what he deserved: he gave him a seizure and caused his temporary ''blindness'' (thus removing him from active duty for almost a year) by ''rebuking him over the radio''.
* The ''[[CurbStompBattle crushing]]'' of the Alliance invasion of Imperial space. [[SaltTheEarth The taking away all the food from the planets that were about to be invaded just to stretch Alliance supply lines]] may skirt the line due the awfulness of the act (then again, it was Oberstein's idea, and we know how little he cares of things like honour), and the annihilation of the supply convoy was just too easy to qualify, even if it instantly got the so-called Liberation Fleet to scrape the barrel and got Falk to order to plunder the 'liberated' planets for food. But the ''spanking'' of the Liberation Fleet at the hands of Reinhard and his subordinates? Pure awesome. Especially because the only Alliance force that managed to get away with little losses good order was Yang's 13th Fleet (and they did that by forcing the Kempff Fleet to ''disengage to regroup and avoid annihilation'' and then running away because they knew the strategic outcome of the campaign was already decided) and Kircheis, being Kircheis, ''captured an entire enemy fleet'' before facing with Yang (who was in serious trouble and had no idea if he would get away when Reinhard ordered to let remains of the Liberation Fleet assemble at Amlitzer).
** The Battle of Amlitzer, culmination of the campaign, was one for both Reinhard, Yang and Kircheis. Reinhard, because he forced the Liberation Fleet in a battle they couldn't win through the whole campaign, and destroyed another Alliance fleet. Yang, because he ''still'' defeated the Mittermeyer Fleet (in the opening moves of the battle to boot) and the Black Lancers ''thrice'' (both time as an afterthought. The first time, his main trouble was the Mecklinger Fleet keeping him pinned and unable to help the disintegrating Eight Fleet, and when they tried to interfere he swatted them away as they prepared to attack him from behind. The second time Yang was covering the retreat of the 5th Fleet and the survivors of the 8th and spanking the Black Lancers just happened to be the easiest way to cover the retreat of the other ships. The third time, finally, was Yang saw he could retreat, and breaking through the Black Lancers was the fastest way to do so), and nearly salvaged the situation. Kircheis, because when Yang was about to deal with Mecklinger and reverse the course of the battle he managed to ''catch him with his pants down'', appearing behind him with 30,000 ships and easily breaking through the Alliance minefield that should have prevented him from doing just that.
* [[OneManArmy Ovlesser]] holding Rentenberg Fortress for the Lippstadt League in spite of Mittermeyer and Reuenthal's relentless attacks with superior forces. And given it was boarding actions, he did it ''personally'', repelling the attacks with his battle axe ''eight times''. He then butted in a communication between Reinhard and his admirals to ''challenge him to come and fight him''.
** Then we have Mittermeyer and Reuenthal ''personally boarding Rentenberg to capture Ovlesser''. With some smarts, ''they succeed'', trapping him in a pit hole prepared just for him. Renterberg fell immediately after.
** Then Oberstein finding a way to make him useful to Reinhard's cause, not leaving Ovlesser any chance to to refuse. How did he do it, with brainwashing? Nothing so tasteless: he simply convinced Reinhard to call him a WorthyOpponent and send him back to the Lippstad League for another battle. [[JustAsPlanned As expected, Braunschweig took it as proof of treason and had him executed, sowing the seeds of mistrust and suspicion among the nobles and their soldiers]].
* During the Alliance Civil War, the Battle of Doria. 11th Fleet, loyal to the National Salvation Military Council, has prepared a trap to assassinate Yang and then attack his forces... And, as they emerge from warp in the Doria starzone waiting for their spy's signal that Yang has taken the bait, ''the whole Yang Fleet, '''that was lying in ambush''', opens fire on their flank and executes a by-the-book Nelson's Touch''. [[CurbStompBattle It's one of Yang's easiest victories]], made better by Nguyen Van Huu (Yang's subordinate who led the thrust that cut in two 11th Fleet) [[LargeHam laughing as he did his job and told his men they were better make sure they hit the target when they shot, even if they didn't need to aim in the situation]]. The commander of 11th Fleet had only one thing to say: "DidntSeeThatComing".
** What about Bagdash, the man sent to assassinate Yang? Did he change sides? Nope: Yang saw through the ruse and told him he believed him, and when Bagdash went to a tank bed to recover before sending the signal Schönkopf, who had also seen through the ruse changed the timer. Bagdash wouldn't wake up until ''after'' 11th Fleet has been reduced to ten ships who Yang has let go. ''Then'' Bagdash switched sides...
* In episode 25, we learn that, with the Lippstadt League out of the way, duke Klaus von Lichtenlade, the Minister of State (that, with the Prime Minister position vacant, was the ''de facto'' head of the government) was plotting against Reinhard. In episode 26, Oberstein uses [[spoiler: the attempt on Reinhard's life that ended with Kircheis' death]] as the excuse Reinhard's admirals need to act against him, so what the admiral do? Well, have you even seen ''thousands of warships landing in the same city and its outskirts with tanks parachuting down''? Because that's how they returned to the capital to arrest Lichtenlade and his accomplices.
** Also, Oberstein giving Reinhard the figurative kick in the pants he needs to recover from [[spoiler: Kircheis' death]].
* Mückenberger's role in "My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars" is made of win. Hell, the first thing he did was to point out that Reinhard wasn't the only one who got promoted for {{Nepotism}} to an incompetent vice admiral who was also ''the nephew of duke Braunschweig''. He's also the guy responsible for Yang and Reinhard first encounters at Legnica and Fourth Tiamat with his failed {{Uriah Gambit}}s (whose results were when Mückenberger starts realizing that Reinhard's rise wasn't just due to favoritism).
** Also, the two battles. At Legnica they fought in the atmosphere of the gas giant... And the, suddenly, Reinhard retreated causing ''6,000 kph winds'' to pin down the Alliance Fleet, and then ''set the atmosphere on fire'', with Yang [[IgnoredExpert anticipating many of his moves but getting ignored by the fleet commander]]. And at Fourth Tiamat... Well, let's just say about the juiciest parts: Mückenberger tried to get Reinhard killed by sending him to charge the combined 2nd, 10th and 12th Alliance Fleets but Reinhard got on their flank by ''calmly waltzing there as soon as he got into range without firing or getting fired upon'' (the Alliance fleet commanders feared a trap and didn't realize until Reinhard got into position. Lobos rightly chastized them for this during a lull in the fight), thus getting in the right place to secure victory once Mückenberger attacked, and Yang saved the Alliance fleet by ''taking '''Reinhard and his flagship''' as hostages''. This was how they became {{Worthy Opponent}}s... And Reinhard got promoted and made Count von Lohengramm.
* In episode 79, Yang managed to pull off a reenactment of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cannae Battle of Cannae]] against Bittenfeld and Fahrenheit's Imperial Fleets, in that he achieved a total encirclement of the enemy while having a numeric disadvantage. For those that are not familiar with military history, Cannae was one of the greatest tactical feats in all of history, and no one ever managed to pul it off again after the death of Hannibal Barca... Until Yang, more then 3000 years later.
* After the Imperial Civil War, Reinhard decided to launch an invasion of the Alliance, but they first needed to deal with Iserlohn Fortress being in Alliance hands and blocking the way. Someone suggested to build another fortress and use that as base to attack Iserlohn, but it was antieconomical. So, what did the Empire do? They took the nearly identical Geiersburg Fortress and [[spoiler: ''made it mobile and warp capable'' before sending it to attack Iserlohn with its fleet of 16,000 ships]]. Sure, Yang still stopped the attack, but the Empire did something that was supposed to be impossible...
** The subsequent Eight Battle of Iserlohn was pure CoolVersusAwesome. Iserlohn and its 10,000-strong fleet trying to stalemate for a month awaiting for Yang's return (as he had been called to Heinessen for an illegal inquiry) against [[spoiler: Geiersburg Fortress]] and the Kempff Fleet and Müller Fleet, totalling 16,000 ships, trying to conquer or destroy Iserlohn:
*** first move: an exchange of [[spoiler: ''WaveMotionGun shots'']]. Didn't do too much, aside for discouraging other assaults like that;
*** the second move is again from Kempff, who used the interferences in the sensors from the previous [[spoiler: WaveMotionGun fire]] to send a boarding party (the Alliance unable to do the same due fear of the Empire finding out Yang isn't there). Cue the battle between the Imperial boarding party and the Iserlohn defenders, attacking each other in space while in power armour and riding flying bikes... For all the ten seconds it took the Imperials to [[OhCrap realize they were fighting the Rosen Ritters]], [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere at which point they ran]];
*** Kempff third move, three days after the boarding attempt, is unbelievable in its boldness: he sent out Muller and his fleet to circle Iserlohn and attack from behind while he [[spoiler: ''charged with Geiersburg firing the [[WaveMotionGun Vulture's Claw]]'', tanking the [[WaveMotionGun Thor Hammer]] fire until the two fortresses came close enough to ''block each other's WaveMotionGun with the tide in the respective liquid metal armour caused by the vicinity between the two masses'']]. Oh, and the tide meant that the liquid metal armour on the side facing Muller was ''stripped away'', and the gun towers floating on it went away too. Cue Muller ''breaching Iserlohn's outher walls'' and trying to board, until Merkatz managed to solve the situation: first they moved the Thor Hammer (that was also floating on the liquid metal) in such a way to shoot at Muller from an odd angle; then Merkatz took off with the Iserlohn fleet and Yang's usual flagship and started circling Iserlohn, passing close to the Hammer; Muller guessed they were trying to be chased and decided to circle the fortress from the other side... And got into range of ''every single floating gun turret of Iserlohn'' while the fleet turned tail and surrounded him. When the Kempff Fleet came to reinforce Muller, Merkatz let them go and didn't give chase to not get into [[spoiler: Geiersburg's]] gun turrets range. Also, Muller did learn from a dying POW that Yang wasn't on Iserlohn, but Merkatz's trick (and use of the ''Hyperion'') managed to make him doubt of the data (he ''still'' realized it was the truth when another POW gave a fake confession of having been ordered to tell them that to confuse them, but Kempff fell for the fake confession and stopped him from setting an ambush);
*** When Yang finally arrived with [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits 5,000 ships from independent squadrons assembled in a single fleet as best at they could]] (and [[AttackPatternAlpha instructed to assume pre-ordered formations as soon as Yang gave the code word]]), Kempff led 12,000 ships against him after taking care of sealing the Iserlohn Garrison Fleet inside. With a superiority of over 2-1 and believing Yang in the fortress, he expected to smash them into bits. Cue Yang's force putting itself in a ring formation and bombing the fleet from all sides, with the Imperial fleet unable to escape the ring because ''the Alliance Fleet was occupying all the usable space of the corridor''. And to make things worse, Merkatz and ''Julian'' had anticipated Kempff's plan to keep the Garrison Fleet sealed in, so they kept the fleet inside the liquid armour and charged back out as soon as Kempff was away, catching him with his pants down. Kempff tried to charge in the ring of Yang's fleet to at least break into Alliance space... Cue Formation E and the ring becoming a wall, blocking the Imperial Fleet's route;
*** Kempff retreated to [[spoiler: Geiersburg]], and tried his last move, something so absurd he couldn't come up with it until he was too desperate for anything else: [[spoiler: ''ram Geiersburg into Iserlohn'' to [[TakingYouWithMe take out both his "huge good for nothing fortress" and the one thing blocking an Imperial invasion of the Alliance]]]]. Remember that above it's mentioned Yang [[spoiler: destroyed Geiersburg]]? That's when he did it, and with embarrassing ease ([[ProperlyParanoid as he already had a plan for this situation]]): [[spoiler: his fleet shot ''one'' of the thrusters moving Geiersburg, causing the fortress to careen into the Muller Fleet and go in a place where the Thor Hammer could finally cause terminal damage to Geiersburg and blow it into pieces]]. End result: [[spoiler: Geisersburg]] and the Kempff Fleet [[spoiler: that had docked to evacuate the crew]] were annihilated, and the Muller Fleet was reduced to just 700 ships (with Muller wounded when a battleship collided with his flagship). [[RedBaron Now you know why they call him "Magician" Yang]];
*** the last act of the battle: [[TheDeterminator as Muller led his fleet away in spite of his wounds and promised his men he would bring them all home]], the commanders of the Alliance reinforcement squadrons, rear admirals Van Huu and Alarcon, led their 5,000 ships to try and finish Muller Fleet. Will Muller fail in his endeavour? Nope: [[BigDamnHeroes Reuenthal and Mittermeyer, previously ordered to go and reinforce Kempff and, if necessary, take over the operation, arrived in time to put themselves between Muller and his pursuers]] and [[CurbStompBattle annihilate the pursuing squadrons]], before retreating when Yang (who feared this happening) arrived to bring back his insubordinate men.
*** Finally, we relay what Reinhard ''and'' Yang would have done had they been in command: [[spoiler: ''smashed Geiersburg into Iserlohn as soon as they arrived and before anyone could put the ships in place to use Yang's counter, and then move there another fortress'']]. The sheer boldness, coupled with the fact it would have succeeded without fail and they both spoke of it to their aides without having any idea the other had the same idea, put this plan here. Also, a bit of awesomeness for Oberstein as he didn't react ''at all'' when Reinhard told him of that plan (Frederica took a few seconds to digest what she had just heard when Yang told her what he would have done, and was actually scared by it).