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1914-1920 (Rangers Lead The Way)

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28 June 1914- While Visiting the Texas border town of El Paso, US Vice President Joshua Chamberlain is assassinated by Mexican Revolutionaries.

29 June 1914- President Roosevelt asks Congress to declare War on Mexico. The Measure passes by a large majority.

1 July 1914- The UK, France, Italy, Japan, Argentina and The Ottoman Empire declare war on The United States, in support of Mexico.

2 July 1914- Germany and Russia join the war on the side of The United States. Romania, Chile and Brazil join in too, a few days later. World War I officially begins.

23 July 1914- The US 3rd and 4th Armies invade Mexico from the North, under the command of General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing. On the Pacific Coast, The US 1st Army under General Paul Mantarakis invades Baja California.

25 July 1914- Military forces across Europe begin mobilizing. Borders clashes between Germany and France begin. In Berlin, plans are drawn up for invasions of Denmark and Belgium, both of which have strong ties to the UK-France Axis.

31 July 1914- Austro-Hungarian Forces invade Romania. Russia soon mobilizes to her defense.

4 August 1914- The UK begins shipping troops to Canada. In order to counter this, German Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz orders his large, and growing U-boat fleet to begin a blockade of England and the Canadian coast. Also, German Army Supreme Commander, Helmuth von Moltke orders the formation of a GEF (German Expeditionary Force), which is to be sent to the United States, under heavy naval escort from the US Navy and German High Seas Fleet. Members of the GEF include Leutnant (2nd Lt.) Erwin Rommel and Jasta 11 (Squadron 11), under the command of Hauptmann (Captain) Manfred von Richthofen and his younger brother, Lothar.

31 August 1914- General Mantarakis completes his conquest of Baja California. Meanwhile, the GEF arrives in New York City.

1 October 1914, Anglo-Franco forces begin an invasion of the American Northwest from Canada. Meanwhile, in the Port Charles, New York, a major US City on Lake Ontario, former President Durand Corinthos passes away at the age of 89. His final words, "fight on", become a national slogan, causing millions to volunteer.

30 October 1914- US Forces under General Pershing are within 50 miles of Mexico City. Meanwhile, additional US Forces under Major General B.F Goodrich, a career Army Officer, land at Veracruz in the Yucatan Peninsula.

November 1914- The Siege of Detroit begins. British, French and Canadian Forces embark on an invasion of Michigan. by mid-month, they have reached Detroit. US-German Forces dig in and prepare to defend the city.

December 1914- US Forces Capture Mexico City, crippling the Mexican war effort. President Zapata's government flees to the south. Pancho Villa, Commanding General of The Mexican Army, orders his forces to retreat south. In the north, The Siege of Detroit continues, with US and German Forces being surrounded there. General Leonard Wood, US Army Commanding General, orders Major General Hunter Liggett, to take the US 2nd Army, in order to relieve Detroit. Meanwhile, the situation inside the city grows more desperate by the day. Erwin Rommel, is promoted to full Colonel by US General Wood, and with permission of Field Marshall von Moltke, is placed in command of all allied forces in Detroit. citing the US Army Rangers' defense of Grozny in 1877, Colonel Rommel orders his men to dig in and fight to the bitter end. Reports begin to filter in that French forces have been massacring civilians. In response, Rommel gives a speech, declaring that he and his men will fight to the end in order to protect the civilian population.

24 December 1914- US-German Forces in Detroit have been forced into a small pocket only a few square miles in size. In Europe, Russian troops arrive on the western front, bolstering the German defenders. Meanwhile, Romanian Forces, bolstered by Russian troops, begin to repel Austro-Hungarian Troops from Romania.

25 December 1914- US Forces under General Liggett begin Operation Orange, with the main objective being to liberate Detroit.

January 1915- Spain joins the Axis. Meanwhile, in Mexico, Mexican President Emilio Zapata signs an armistice with the United States. Mexico gives up all of Baja California, and declares a 50-mile DMZ along the California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas Borders. With Mexico now out of the war, The US turns its attention to the north.

March 1915- Japan invades the US-held Philippines. The invasion is easily repelled by June.

21 March 1915- US Troops breakthrough in Michigan, liberating the embattled defenders of the city.

April 1915- Manfred von Richthofen is ordered to begin stepping up air attacks on Anglo-Franc Aerodromes in Canada, in preparation for a massive invasion of Canada.

May 1915- US-German Forces begin massing in German South Afrika, in preparation for a invasion of the Middle East. Meanwhile, in the Caucuses Mountains, Russian and Ottoman Forces fight to a bitter stand-still.

11 May 1915- US Forces launch Operation Firefly, the invasion of Canada.

13 May 1915- Former President John Kennedy III passes away in Hyannisport, Massachusetts.

15 May 1915- US Forces reach the outskirts of Toronto.

17 May, 1915- Toronto falls, Anglo-Franc troops are forced to fall back after suffering heavy casualties. They fall back to Ottawa, in hopes of making a stand.

6 June 1915- in the middle east, US-German forces under the command overall command of US General Paul Mantarakis, launches Operation Shifting Sands, landing in the Southern Arabian Peninsula. Ottoman and British forces have difficulty gathering in the area, allowing the invasion force to go unchecked. At the same time, Quebecois resistance fighters in Quebec, rise up against their British and French occupiers.

1 July 1915- US-German forces reach Mecca. In order to prevent a riot, and brutal occupation, they reach an accord with the city's Muslim Government. In exchange for the city's inhabitants turning over all Ottoman and British officials and troops in the city, the Allied Forces will simply by-pass the city, promising not to enter the sacred city. They come to an agreement, sparing unnecessary bloodshed.

6 July 1915- Russo-Romanian Troops enter Hungary, and begin a drive towards Vienna.

18 July 1915- US Forces reach Ottawa, beginning a long and bloody battle for the city.

August 1915- In order to boost American-German cooperation, President Roosevelt places the United States Navy's Northern Atlantic Squadrons (based in Wilhelmshaven, Kiel and Danzig in Germany) and the US Navy's Northern Atlantic Submarine Fleet under the command of the German Admiralty. Grand Admiral Tirpitz orders a complete blockade of The United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Portugal and Norway join the Allies. In Response, The United States dispatches troops to Portugal.

September 1915- US Troops complete the Liberation of Quebec. Elections are scheduled for November.

November 1915- Anglo-Franco Troops are ejected from Ottawa. They are then forced onto a 1000 mile retreat from the city to Hudson Bay, where they are evacuated by the Royal and French Navies. In the aftermath of the success, President Roosevelt's approval numbers soar to over 90%. He announces that he has nominated, California Governor Hiram Johnson, as his new Vice President. Johnson is easily confirmed by the Senate.

February 1916- After being harassed by weeks by Quebecois Resistance fighters, US and German Air Forces, and Allied troops, the Anglo-Franc forces are finally evacuated from Canada.

8 February 1916- Canada capitulates- It is forced to recognize the independence of The Republic of Quebec, and it is also forced to cede Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and the Toronto Peninsula to the Republic of Quebec. Vancouver Island is ceded to the United States. With Canada out of the war, the focus turns to the Middle East and Europe.

March 1916- US Troops begin shifting to Portugal, beginning a massive buildup of forces there. At the newly created US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, US Scientists and Metallurgists begin working on a US Armored vehicle. The US Navy's Pacific Fleet begins a blockade and bombardment of Japan's home islands. Meanwhile, production of Warships increases dramatically. The plan is to begin a blockade of French-Indo China by early 1917. President Roosevelt announces that he will seek re-election for a 5th term in office.

May 1916- The Buildup of US Troops in Portugal is complete. The Force consists of mostly US Troops, but it also consists of Portuguese and German Troops. On 2 May, The US led Force begins its advance into central Spain. This forces the French and British to pull troops off the Western Front and send them to Spain. The US Force is placed under the Command of General Hunter Liggett. Meanwhile, the US Army Air Corps, under Major General Mason Patrick, is deployed to the Western Front from Aerodromes in Germany. Back in the United States, Colonel Erwin Rommel, delivers the commencement address to the West Point Class of 1916. After delivering the speech, Rommel is re-deployed to the Middle East.

June 1916- US Forces in the Middle East split into two task forces. The Western Task Force, under the command of German General Erich Ludendorff, is tasked with seizing Cairo. The Eastern Task Force, under the Direct Command of General Mantarakis, is tasked with capturing Palestine and Jerusalem.

July 1916- In the American West, Anti-War Riots begin in Utah, mostly by Mormons and Native American Indians. When Police attempt to peacefully breakup the Riot, a rebellion explodes, and the Utah National Guard is called in.

August 1916- In Spain, US Forces are less than 100 miles from Madrid. Meanwhile, In The Middle East, General Ludendorff's forces capture The Suez Canal. With the canal now in allied hands, General Ludendorff sends a spearhead west, towards Cairo and Alexandria, led by Colonel Rommel. Meanwhile, General Mantarakis' Forces capture Jerusalem and have a strong hold over Palestine. At the Aberdeen Proving Ground, US Technicians and Scientists create a prototype tracked armored vehicle, known as a Tank. They create the AAV-1 (Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien in OTL). It is quickly scheduled to enter Mass Production.

September 1916- In Utah, the riots and Rebellion continue, as more National Guard Units are called in. In Washington, General Leonard Wood proposes a plan that would call for the use of Chemical Weapons on the Rebellion. President Roosevelt, on the advice of his Chief of Staff, Garrett Corinthos, decides to put the plan on hold for the time being. In Egypt, Colonel Rommel captures Cairo.

October 1916- A Regiment of AAV-1s under the Command of Colonel George Patton are deployed to Spain. In Russia, a massive bomb blast strikes St. Petersburg. Czar Nicholas II, and most of the royal family are killed. the only survivor is the Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, who is the Czar's Daughter. In the aftermath, Communist Terrorists led by Vladimir Lenin, seize the Government Quarter and launch a Coup D'état. They imprison The Grand Duchess and Schedule her in a Mountain Top Prison in Finland (part of Russian Empire), and schedule her for a public execution. When world of this reaches the Allied Powers, they immediately plan a rescue mission. Colonel Rommel, along with his deputy, Captain Friedrich Paulus, are flown to Norway, where they are placed in Command of a US Army Ranger Unit. They are tasked with freeing the Grand Duchess. In Command of the Ranger Unit (under the overall Command of Colonel Rommel), is 1st Lieutenant Pierce Atherton, Grandson of Former President Ryan Atherton.

1 November 1916- Operation "Night Wing"- Colonel Rommel, Captain Paulus and Lieutenant Atherton led an Assault on Otteka Castle in Finland, in an attempt to free the Grand Duchess. They are successful and she is taken to the United States.

7 November 1916- President Roosevelt defeats Governor Woodrow Wilson for a second time, and now is about to begin his fifth term.

December 1916- Civil War breaks out in Russia. Communist Forces rise up in all the major cities. In Response, Czarist Forces are pulled from the Western Front in order to fight the war at home. Germany is also forced to pull troops in order to protect its eastern border. In Utah, Chemical Weapons used to put down the Mormon/Indian revolt.

January 1917- British and French Forces launch massive attacks against the weaken German Defensive Positions. The Germans are forced to employ gas weapons to stem the Axis advance. In order to bolster the German Defensive Line, the US begins shifting more troops to Germany.

February 1917- After an 11-month blockade of it's home islands, Japan capitulates. At the battle of Jutland, The combined mass of the US Navy's Atlantic Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet, smashes the Royal and French navies, resulting in total control of the Atlantic for the allied Powers.

March 1917- Holland joins the Allies. In South America, Argentina surrenders to the allies, cutting off a huge source of food for the UK. US Tanks are deployed to Spain, in preparation for a massive assault on Madrid. Meanwhile, Russia formally withdraws from the Allied Powers as the country descends into total Civil War.

April 1917- US Forces smash into Madrid, crushing the opposition. The Spanish Government collapses, and the army runs is shattered, forcing Spain to sue for peace. The US and Portugal begin a three-year occupation of Spain.

May 1917- Italy begins deploying troops to Spain in an attempt to stem the Allied Advance. In Southeastern Germany, Austria-Hungary attempts to launch an invasion of Germany, in hopes of drawing troops from the western front. On the Western Front, The air war heats up. a special Squadron, Jasta 1, is formed. It is comprised of the best fighter pilots available. The three most notable members are German Aces Manfred and Lothar von Richtoffen and American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker. The three men are nicknamed "The Bloody Red Barons" by the New York Times.

June 1917- The Austro-Hungarian Advance is rebuffed by German forces, in a massive route, where the Austro-Hungarians suffer over 80% casualties. In the Middle East, Colonel Erwin Rommel, now back in command of the new German Armored Spearhead, captures several port cities in the Italian colony of Libya. The Italian Government considers dropping out of the war entirely.

July 1917- Ethnic unrest breaks out in Austria-Hungary, as the country begins to break apart. In the Middle East, the Ottoman Empire drops out of the war. By 1922, the empire will have broken up entirely.

August 1917- US Forces land in Ireland, as part of Operation Irish Freedom. Within two months, Ireland is liberated.

September 1917- Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary seizes power in Vienna. With his empire paralyzed by famine, and collapsing under the weight of ethnic unrest, announces he will seek peace with the Allies.

November 1917- Archduke Ferdinand signs the armistice of Villa Giusti with Germany, Romania and The United States. With Austria Hungary out of the War, The Romanians prepare to shift troops to Germany. In North Africa, General Mantarakis' Army of the Middle East completes its conquest of French North Africa. his 2nd in Command, General Erich Ludendorff and his Armored Spearhead Commander, Erwin Rommel, are both flown to the United States, where they both receive Medals from President Roosevelt.

December 1917- Following his victories in Africa, Erwin Rommel is granted a Christmas furlough, which he spends in the United States with his Fiancé. On December 1st, he attends the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia, where he is asked to coach the Army team. Army defeats Navy 19-17. In Europe, French and British troops begin preparing for a final, all-out push for Berlin. the plan is code named "Victoria Offensive".

January 1918- In Eastern Europe, the civil wars in Russia and Austria-Hungary continue. Famine ravages Italy, forcing her to drop out of the war. Britain, Belgium and France are the sole remaining Axis Countries.

21 March 1918- The Axis launch the "Victoria Offensive" in Northern Europe. Allied Lines are pushed back in Holland and Germany. Norwegian and Irish troops are shipped in to bolster the American, German and Dutch soldiers.

July 1918- The Axis Forces, are finally halted outside of Cologne. The US Navy's Atlantic Fleet and German High Seas Fleet begin bombarding the British and French Home Ports. In the Pacific, The US Pacific Fleet begins moving against the remaining Axis Naval Forces in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

August 1918- Allied Forces begin their counter-offensive in Northern Europe.

September 1918- Belgium in overrun, and King Leopold surrenders, northern portions of the country are ceded to Holland, and portions of the east, as well as Luxembourg, are ceded to Germany. In the North, Denmark is invaded and quickly overrun by a combined German-Norwegian Force. The Country is divided up between the two nations.

2-8 October 1918- During the Battle of the Argonne Forest, seven companies of the US 77th "Statue of Liberty" Infantry Division, are cut-off and surrounded by British Forces. 575 US Troops hold off over 10,000 British soldiers before being rescued by Allied Forces. of the 575 that entered the battle, only 194 are able to walk out. The commander of the small detachment, Colonel Thomas J. Kearns, his deputy, Major Warren Hotchkiss, Sergeant Michael Corinthos Sr. and a few others are awarded the Medal of Honor. Many others are also decorated.

October 1918- The Axis lines in Northern Europe collapse, forcing the remaining axis troops in Germany to pull back into France.

11:11 hours, 11 November 1918- On the 11th minute, of the 11th hour, of the 11th month of 1918, representatives of the French and British Governments meet in the Forest of Compiegne in France. both sides sign an armistice agreement, officially ending "The Great War". There are massive Celebrations in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oslo, Dublin and Bucharest.

November 1918- The internment of the French and British Royal Navies begin. The Ships are interned in both the United States and Germany. In Ireland, a new constitution is signed, setting up a US-style Democracy. the 1st elections are scheduled for 1920.

January 1919- In Germany, Adolf Hitler, an Austrian National, is executed for espionage. In the United States, the 18th amendment, banning the alcohol in the US passes congress. The Bill is vetoed by President Roosevelt, but the veto is overridden by five votes in the house, and one vote in the senate. The amendment is quickly ratified, and alcohol is banned in the United States.

February 1919- Congress Passes the National Parks Act, creating hundreds of National Parks across the US.

March 1919- Mitchell Palmer is named Attorney General.

30 April 1919- Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova is assassinated by Communists in New York. This is seen as a hard blow to the Czarist Forces in Russia.

28 June 1919- The Treaty of Versailles is signed. A DMZ is declared between Portugal and Spain. Gibraltar is ceded to the United States. Egypt and Singapore are ceded from the UK to Germany, and the Middle East is divided up between Germany and the US. The US also gains control of Australia and New Zealand. Germany

1919- Hundreds of bombs are detonated by Communist Terrorists across the US. In Russia, Communist Forces begin to gain the upper hand. The US Army Begins issuing M1918 BAR Rifles, M1919 30. Caliber Machine Guns, and Thompson Submachine Guns.

January 1920- White House Chief of Staff, Garrett Corinthos, who has held the position since 1901, announces he will run for President as an Independent.

1920- the German Parliament passes a law permitting Polish Home rule. In 1926, Home is give up for total sovereignty. In November, Garrett Corinthos is elected President of the United States, with US Army Chief of Staff Leonard Wood as his running mate. He Defeats Republican Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio and Democratic Governor James M. Cox of Ohio. In Ireland, Michael Collins is elected President to a five-year term. His party, Sinn Fein, gains a majority in the Senate and Council of Representatives.

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