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German-American War of 1900

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Following the American victory in the Spanish-American War, German Kaiser Wilhelm II felt jealous of the US's growing influence, especially in the Pacific and South America, and wanted to increase German influence there. The German plan was to defeat the US Atlantic fleet in a battle, then shell American ports New York, Boston, Norfolk, and Charleston. After a lengthly bombardment, German troops would occupy these ports and defeat the US by marching to the Great Lakes, cutting the country in two, defeating the forces in the north, and then moving southward to finish off the US.

The plan was approved by the Kaiser, and the attack occurred on the 1st of April, 1900.

1900: Invasion

The German navy launched the assault that day. American citizens woke up to an enormous bombardment following a land invasion. New York and Charleston fell fairly quickly, with some Bostonians resisting, though falling in the end. Norfolk's naval facility was burnt.

The US navy launched a counterattack, meeting the German fleet in battle on April 6th. The battle of Delaware proved to be a draw, and neither side won the battle. Suddenly facing a major threat, Kaiser Wilhelm ordered German troops to advance on all fronts, hoping to win a decisive attack.

As April dragged on, the German army advanced swiftly, driving a spearhead through the US forces. German military discipline and training crushed US Division after Division. Unable to mount a successful defense in the North, the US army fell back, retreating south and westward.

By the first of may, German forces occupied Washington. However, the War was not over. Theodore Roosevelt rallied an army together, and launched a counterattack, pushing the German forces back. The US and German navies meet each other in battle again, and neither side is able to seriously damage the other.

As may turns into june, Germany is beginning to have supply and replacement problems, due to the US contesting the Atlantic and many European nations actively calling for Germany to abandon the campaign. Hoping to find a way to end the war decisively, Wilhelm orders the German Army to launch a general offensive, hoping that the attack will destroy the US army and allow Germany to defeat the US.

The US army manages to hold the line, and launches its own offensive, gaining a huge amount of ground early on. However the new kind of artillery, with shrapnel, as well as machine guns, have caused casualties to sky rocket, and the US army decides to equip its soldiers with steel helmets to protect them.

The helmets protect the Americans from shrapnel, though machine gun fire still claims the lives of thousands of US soldiers.

As both sides continue the fight, and with the Germans starting to tire from months of fighting with little to show, the US begins an attack that they hope will be able to defeat the Germans.

By October, with savage fighting raging across the North, the Germans decide to bring the war to the south by having the troops in Charleston and Norfolk launch attacks to gain ground in the Southern States. Hoping to gain some allies, Kaiser Wilhelm offers the southern states freedom if they secede and fight the north on the side of Germany.

Due to the recent war with Spain, which united the nation against a common foe, and the German aggression, no states secede, though several southerners do join the German army hoping that a German victory will allow the south to be re-established.

Nevertheless, as 1900 ends and with no end to the war in sight, neither side really plans for the future, now just focusing on the bloody war raging in North America.

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