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|Battle of Toll|
|Date||December 9 - December 11, 1979|
|Result||Minor Maudlandic Victory|
The Battle of Toll was the first major battle in the New Swabian War, The AFNM launched a massive attack against the New Swabians at the beginning of the war and succeeded in pushing the New Swabians far away from the border without a major fight. However as they approached the city of Toll, Bernhard Knapstein and the High Command ordered General Wilhelm Kunz to stop the Maudlandic advance in its tracks and turn the war around.
The Maudlandic Army had started its campaign with 15,000 regular infantry, 750 Ski Troops and 120 Snow Tracs. Its force had been slowly depleted by the name to leave guards behind it and by the time Major General Lykke reached the outskirts of Toll was running out of ammunition and fuel. Lykke's forces prepared a runway for the Maudlandic Air Force to land on by the 6th and he and his men rested in preparation for their attack.
Kunz had also been busy preparing the city for the inevitable attack, the city had been evacuated days before and had been turned into a death trap for the approaching Maudlandics.
Lykke's Ski Troops and Snow Trac units spearheaded the Maudlandic offensive with the rest of his force following behind on foot. Lykke had badly underestimated the resolve of the New Swabians his men were facing and although his Snow Tracs with Mortars could easily deal with the emplaced New Swabians Lykke had placed the Snow Tracs in a breakthrough formation and the New Swabians succeeded in encircling the Snow Tracs and effectively wiped out his Snow Tracs.
The Maudlandic Infantry attempted to follow up the early success of the Snow Tracs and Ski Troops but the offensive was blunted by Machine Gun positions in buildings around the city. Lykke had placed his artillery with the Snow Tracs and so had no way to deal with the New Swabian units. Kunz made a massive counter attack supported by artillery and aircraft. Kunz's forces smashed the Maudlandics out of Toll and into the countryside and Lykke was in danger of losing his Airfield and the Maudlandic army was in danger of losing all it had gained over the past week.
Lykke ordered his men to form a defensive line around the Airfield with his Ski Troops using Aerosleds to raid the approaching New Swabians. With the help of the Norwegian Air Force Lykke's forces managed to hold on to the Airfield but lacked the firepower needed to evict the New Swabians. However Lykke was spared by the intervention of Otto Dietrich and the NSLP who aided him by sneaking teams of Ski Troopers behind the New Swabian lines and convincing Kunz that he was facing a two front attack. With this knowledge Kunz felt it advantageous to pull out while he still could and left the city to Lykkes forces.
The capture of Toll brought the Maudlandic army one step closer to the New Swabian capital. However, it was a hollow victory, the Maudlandic troops involved had been depleted and exhausted and more importantly the majority of Maudlands armoured Snow-Trac division lay in ruins inside the city. The destruction of those Snow Tracs marked an end of the rapid advances that had previously characterised the Maudlandic Army's offensive and until 1982 the Maudlandics would never again make a major attack fronted by Snow-Tracs.
For the two generals involved the battle was a major blow to their respective careers. Because he had been unable to capture the town without the help of the NSLP and had lost almost four-fifths of Maudlands Snow Trac force Lykke was court marshaled and discharged from the Army. Kunz was only demoted to Major-General but he was assigned a Corps under General Trelk and charged with helping to defend Neumoyer. It should be noted that both Generals recovered with Lykke becoming the effective joint commander of all allied ground forces and Kunz led a long insurgency after the war.