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Invasion of Sussex
Beginning:

August 7th 2010

End:

August 10th 2010

Place:

The Counties of West and East Sussex

Outcome:

Southern England gains control of most of East Sussex but is unable to expand beyond chichester in West Sussex.

Combatants
  • Southern England
  • Local Tribes
Commanders

Isle of Wight Council FlagGeneral Thomas Picton

Various local councils

Strength

Approx 7,000 men, the Republican Navy and the Republican Air Force

Up to 30,000 civilians pressed into service

Casualties and Losses

100 dead

  • Federal Army 60 dead
  • RN 40 dead

At least 3,000

The Invasion of Sussex by Southern England is an ongoing military operation in the British Isles. As such, the information below is subject to rapid change. The invasion began at 6:00 AM following a steady buildup of Navy, Army and RAF forces in East Cowes, Hastings and Worthing.

History

Preparations

The Federal Army and Republican Navy had spent the past three months building up its forces at its bases on the mainland and at East Cowes in preparation for the assault and the Republican Air Force had spent the last six months preparing for its first ever combat operations. The Defender attack aircraft were loaded up with heavy weapons while the Zeppelin RAS Tornado was loaded up with the Republic's entire supply of cannonballs that would be dropped from altitude and destroy enemy forces. The Federal Army also deployed its entire mechanised force to Hastings in preparation for the assault.

7th August 2010

The assault began in a lightning style as the RN's hovercraft stormed over the coasts of England into West Sussex and established a perimeter around the city of Chichester. Infantry forces from Worthing then followed the RN hovercraft into the areas and encountered light resistance from armed civilians. The FA soon located a possible center of resistance from captured insurgents, they called a Defender strike on the area and soon FA forces pacified the first major center of resistance. With the blockade around Chichester in place by 1PM the Mechanised Brigade in Hastings departed for their target in Battle.

However they encountered much stronger resistance than their partners in West Sussex and soon the assault began to stall Ironicly this was at the same place as the original Battle of Hastings and soon fierce resistance came up in the village itself and the RAF had to conduct a strike on the historic Battle Abbey.

8th August

The second day of the assault began in a similar way to how the first had ended. Army troops were still fighting in Battle while RN marines and hovercraft still waited outside Chichester for confirmation of the assault. Then the most controversial order of the campaign so far was given. All RN marines and vehicles were to make there way to Battle to help the Army troops there who were still struggling to break through while the small 2000 man infantry force would advance in alone with only the RAS Hurricane to provide intelligence and no air cover. Needless to say the assault was a disaster, the various local councils that the FA had encountered in Battle had long been banded together in Chichester. Normally the Republics response on discovering a new nation would have been to open diplomatic relations with them. However, like his counterpart in Worthing, the police chief in Chichester had turned it into a military dictatorship, in fact rumours gained from captured civilians in fact indicated that the two groups may have been part of a larger group of allied dictatorships across Sussex.

If this was the case it might have explained why there was now such large opposition to both the group in Chichester as well as the group in battle. However while their comrades in Chichester were now facing massive resistance the army group in battle were finally beginning to crush the enemy resistance, At one o'clock the Army forces in battle (backed up by RNV Isle of Wight and three defenders) finally secured a posistion around the Town center and tied of the fight that had been going on for over 24 hours now the soldiers simply called in the RAS Tornado and all the available Defenders to air strike the remainder of the town and wipe out the remaining enemy combatants. The town was finally secured at six o'clock in the evening and the soldiers settled in for the night.

9th August

As the night drew to a close Army troops were finally moping up all resistance in Battle while RN and RAF forces readied in Cowes to launch an attack into the rest of East Sussex, with the main goal in West Sussex now secure it was now time for the Republics forces in East Sussex to try to take their original goals. A stroke of luck occurred at 8 PM that night when the Local Dictator in charge of the Rother and Wealden districts realised that despite the large numbers of troops available to him he had no way of defeating the technologically superior FA troops and although he could have held them of for a while they would have eventualy have captured him and he would have been executed. Instead he wanted to live and he now pledged his allegiance to the Federal Republic.

10th August

The 10th of August was mainly a day for the Federal Army to finally mop up the remaining resistance in West Sussex but despite many successes they were unable to make further progress and in light of increasing casualties the Federal Armies high command declared the expansion period to be over for now. The invasion had been a partialy successful for the republic, they had crushed the resistance in East Sussex but the large resistance in West Sussex had prevented them from expanding further.

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