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1921

The European Front

After the rapid progression through Poland, defeating a few German battalions on the road, the Soviet army marched towards Silesia and Prussia, the core of Germany. In the south, Stalin's divisions were advancing slowly through Bavaria, due to the resistance from irregulars.

The German Army now led personally by the Kaiser, marches south from Saxony, into Bohemia, and into Bavaria. It meets the Soviet army at the small town on Weiden, on the road from Berlin to Vienna. The 1st Red Army and the 3rd Red Army led by General Stalin are met by the stronger German 1st Army and the French 2nd Army. The German troops are supported by field artillery, and a small aviation squadron. On the other hand, the Soviets had lost many of their best units in the Tyrolean Battles in 1920. Stalin only had a small aviation division. On February 14th 1921, the battle began. The EA troops, standing in a tight square, with machine guns at the ready were facing the Soviet peasant army, who commanded a few horses and machine guns. General Stalin ordered the attack on the EA square. His peasants and horses were massacred under the stream of bullets. While the peasants were falling back towards their trenches, General Stalin ordered yet another attack, supported by aviation. The German Fokkers met the Russian SPADs in the air, while the peasant and horses were once again massacred by a joint ground-air attack.

By the end of the day, the Soviet 1st and 3rd Armies were in shambles. General Stalin had lost a large amount of troops, and his invasion task force was forced to retreat to Munich. His retreat was followed closely by the victorious EA troops. By the end of February, the Soviet forces had been forced to leave Bavaria and retreat to safer ground in Austria. In the north, EA troops were equally victorious, advancing quickly into Poland.

The Northern Front

Soviet troops were luckier in Norway, where they held on to the northern Arctic part of the country. Sweden was now at peace, and Norway was unable to launch any offensive. However, Norwegian guerrilla troops in the Lapland caused a great deal of damage among Soviet troops. The guerrillas started stealing food and clothes in late autumn, leaving the Soviets unable to survive the long Arctic nights. The Soviet Army was decimated by the cold, and by January 1922, they were forced to leave Norway.

The Arabian Front

The siege of Aleppo continued into March 1921, when the EA troops were finally able to break the siege and defeat the remaining defenders. The Soviet and Turkish brigades left in the city are taken prisoners, while the rest are able to escape back to Turkey. However, EA troops, joined by Ottoman civilians march through Syria to Hatay, capturing Alexandretta in June, and into Central Turkey. Ankara falls in September, and Istanbul in December. The Soviet-Turkish armies are defeated once more in the Dardanelles, while the Red Navy Balkans Fleet is completely destroyed by German battleships.

The Asian Front

The Japanese army, more victorious than ever, is ready to cross into Java Island, where the Dutch are preparing their offensive. The Japanese army was joined by various local groups, who were fighting the Dutch colonials. Finally, after capturing all of Bali and 3/4 of Java, the Japanese army was ready to face the Dutch in Batavia. The Dutch had formed a defensive line around Batavia, and were supported by naval aviation. The Japanese, however, had both aviation and naval support from Sulawesi. On February 23, 1921, the Japanese armored vehicles charged forward, destroying the Dutch lines.

After an infantry assault, the Japanese controlled the outskirts of Batavia. However, the remaining Dutch troops garrisoned themselves inside the city walls and launched several artillery attacks on the Japanese troops. Japanese forces tried numerous times to gain land, but artillery fire from the city's defendants prevented them.

Meanwhile, Thai troops, supported by Japanese ships and Maoist troops, invaded British Burma and India, in an ambitious plan to meet up with the Russian troops who were invading Afghanistan. Although the British in Rangoon defended the city fiercely, the city fell on March 16th, and Dhaka in West Pakistan fell a few months later, in May. The Japanese forces now controlled all of Burma, and the North-Eastern provinces of British India (which also included Bhutan and Nepal). Maoist mountain soldiers entered Nepal at the same time, quickly capturing the capital, Katmandu and important peaks. By the end of the year, the siege in Batavia had cost the Japanese some of its best soldiers.

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