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Defense of Sinai

Defense of Sinai was first phase of Battle of Sinai. Second phase was Defense of Alexandria.

Defense of Sinai

Date: 4 - 8 May 395

Location: Sinai and south Judea

Result:

  • Disputed Christian army victory
  • Collapse of republican defense line
  • Fall of Sinai to Christian army hands
Belligerents

Roman Popular Republic

African allies

Sassanid volunteers

Christian Army

Christian volunteers

Persian mercenaries

Barbaric tribes

Commanders

Commander-in-Chief dictator Aveciana

Commander of defense line general Gracias (K.I.A.)

Commander of land forces general Ginemius (W.I.A.)

Commander of navy support admiral Hieronymus Constantinus (K.I.A.)

Supreme Empire Ruler Flavius Arbogastes

Commander of Army General Theodem Aveciana (W.I.A.)

Leader of barbarians Granicus (K.I.A.)

Leader of Christian volunteers Pope Siricius (K.I.A.)

Strength

Republican Army

100,000 rifle troops (Defense line)

100,000 reserves

50,000 African allies

15,000 Sassanid cavalry

1000 cannons

Christian Army

250,000 volunteers

10,000 elite guard troops

75,000 Persian mercenaries

450,000 barbarians

Casualties and losses

Republicans

65,152 killed

125,588 wounded

42,052 captured

Christians

298,000 killed

250,000 wounded

89,000 deserted

Prelude

After self-proclaimed tyranical ruler of United Roman Empire, general Arbogast, gathered massive army of elite guard troops, European barbaric tribes and Persian mercenaries, he marched toward Sinai, only possible way to Roman Popular Republic.

Republican Intelligence Service under general Ginemius leadership informed government about christian leaders plan to conquer Sinai and march against republic in late 394, or early 395.

Important advantage of Christians were spread of plague in Hispania and West Europe by RIS agents on Aveciana and Ginemius order. Destructive and terrible plague which decimated Christian army in Hispania and France, also pressured barbaric tribes to support Roman Empire and send massive army to help invading forces.

After Mediterranean Campaign, Republican Army was exhausted, 5th Elite Division was destroyed during Peloponese invasion and in Pompeirica was intensive native people attacks against Colonial Militia.

Dictator Aveciana ordered build military training centers, Alexandrian War Academy and officers training facility. He also met with Indian, Sassanide and Chinese leaders. Indian army however can not help Republicans because of unification war in Punjab. Chinese leaders were in civil war, but Sassanide empire sent 15,000 elite troops. Aveciana declared Sassanides as greatest allies and friends of popular republic.

Battle

Battle started at early May 395, when world largest army in history arrived to Sinai. Defense line architected and built by general Gracias with massive artillery support and cavalry support resisted against Christian Army.

Republicans had technological superiority. However, Christians have also rifle troops and manpower superiority over Republican Army.

During 4 - 5 May 395, all attack waves of Christian Army were destroyed and Christians had large casualties. Barbaric leader Granicus was fatally wounded by bullet shrapnel to neck and pope Siricius was literally hit by cannon shot and teared apart.

During night from 5 - 6 May 395, group of bribed traitors installed bombs in most crucial sectors of defense line - near lakes and northern shores. Explosion of bombs destroyed two crucial defense points and morning 6 May 395, Christians started new massive attack. They penetrated through first defense line, encircled Central Defense Group and captured 30,000 Republicans.

At afternoon 6 May 395, Christians conquered northern shores and captured central navy commanding facilities. Admiral Hieronymus Constantinus was captured and executed on Arbogastes order.

During night 6 May and early 7 May 395, Christians attacked second defense line, and crossed a ditch full of acids and iron fortifications. Second defense line fall at night 7 May and field commanding outpost was captured. During fight, general Ginemius was hit by bullet and ran away. General Gracias was killed in man-to-man fight. He successfully killed seven mercenaries before his death.

Battle ended 8 May 395 when last small group of republican troops in central defense area surrendered to Christian Army.

Aftermath

Direct consequence of this battle was second phase - battle of Alexandria. Christian Army promptly crossed the Nile and start siege of Alexandria. Remnants of Republican Army retreated to Alexandria, however, also enemy lost their leaders. Especially death of Pope Siricius led to collapse morale of Christian volunteers. Death of Granicus led to chaos in commanding chain of barbarian tribes and massive desertions of barbarian allies.

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