|EHU invasion of Turkey
Night of the Living Alternate History
|Part of Middle East War|
Unionist soldiers near the Turkish border
The invasion of Turkey by the Eastern Hemisphere Union, spearheaded by the Saudi Arabian land force, was the first major battle of the Middle East War. The invasion was launched after months of planning and preparation by many nations of the EHU, beginning in 1979. A EHU resolution passed in 1979 officially removed Turkey from the union, led by Saudi Arabia, who argued that Turkey had become corrupt by the west, and not looking into the union's best interests.
Over one million EHU soldiers would eventually be amassed along the 500 km southern border of Turkey, making the invasion one of the largest of its kind. The EHU relied heavily on surprise to sneak aircraft into Turkish airspace, destroying much of the valuable border defenses that would have slowed the assault. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, the approximate 500,000 Turkish defenders were eventually pushed north, inflicting many casualties on the Union personnel.