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North American Front
The North American front was the main theater of the war fought between 1932 and 1934. It was considered the
most decisive as well as it failed to force American capitulation and resulted in massive losses for the Dominion. The North American Front was largely fought between the Japanese and United States following Japan's Operation Goliath, which involved an actual invasion of the United States by the West Coast. The USAS also launched its own simultaneous invasion from the South, however the United States had been prepared for a military campaign with the USAS and defeated them within the first few weeks. The front kicked off with the Pacific Hunt, an operation launched by the Japanese to destroy the U.S. naval presence in te Pacific and intensified with the first Japanese landings on April 5th.
The Pacific HuntThe Pacific Hunt was the name given to the first phase of Operation Goliath, which was to remove American naval forces from the Pacific. Japan, prior to the the war, had secretly been tracking the location of every major U.S. fleet in the Pacific, readying for the attack. On April 5th a U.S. Squadron patrolling outside the Aleutians came under attack from a Japanese carrier fleet. Five of the seven ships were sunk while the remaining two were too damaged to continue sailing and the marines on board abandoned ship, only to be mercilessly hunted down by the Japanese zeroes. The next attack came at Pearl Harbor, where the U.S. ships stationed there came under an aerial attack from a Japanese fleet. The attack devastated the U.S., costing them three battleships and an aircraft carrier. The Japanese then moved against the U.S. at Midway, however the U.S. fleet had already been warned and the battle ended in a stalemate, with the U.S. retreating to Australia, inflicting tons of damage onto the Japanese ships as they were retreating. The final attack came at the U.S. blockade fleet, which had prepared for battle. At the massive Battle of the Panama Gulf the U.S. ships inflicted massive casualties onto the Japanese, however the superior numbers of USAS and Japanese ships forced them to retreat South, around Cape Horn. Following this no major battles between U.S. and Japanese ships were fought until two years later.
The Pacific Hunt claimed the lives of 5,804 sailors. The Japanese did not only target the military vessels but also the U.S.'s merchant fleet. Over eight hundred merchant traders were seized with millions of dollars of cargo. An additional 4,000 sailors were taken prisoner to work on Japanese death projects.
West Coast: Japanese Invasion
Following the Pacific Hunt the Pacific Ocean was left largely devoid of U.S. military naval presence. The Japanese then began to send hundreds of thousands of troops across the Pacific. Statistics show that Japan began to ship about 10,000 troops across the sea.On April 28th 700,000 troops landed on the shores of California. Los Angeles and San Diego were quickly seized as the light American presence was no match for the Japanese troops. The Japanese then won decisive victories at the Battle of Napa Valley and the Battle of Sacremento. Another two hundred thousand troops landed on the shores of Oregon and Washington, where they won victories at the Battle of Olympia and the Battle of the Forests. The Japanese then seized Portland and focused on consolidated their power in the North-Western Area.
However, at this point the Japanese luck began to run out. A Japanese offensive into Idaho resulted in a defeat a the Battle of Idaho City. Secondly the Japanese were defeated at the Battle of San Bernardino after an American counteroffensive from New Mexico secured freedom for southern California. The United States then pushed into North California, scoring a decisive victory at the Battle of San Jose and driving the Japanese out of North California. The Japanese, trapped between two U.S. armies in Central California, decided to break out and managed to defeat the U.S. encirclement at the Battle of San Francisco and linked up with the Japanese military forces in Oregon. After this California was completely under U.S. control.
A massive U.S. counterattack in Oregon ended decisively with the Second Battle of Portland, securing Oregon for the American forces. An American push North from Oregon however was ended after a defeat at the Battle of the Border. The Japanese meanwhile, had been preparing to press South East from Oregon and landing more troops on Southern California. However all Japanese hopes for any sort of victory were shattered after the Americans pushed West from Idaho and defeated the Japanese at the Second Battle of Olympia and the Battle of Seattle. The Japanese withdrew shortly afterward.
Southern Border: USAS Invasion
The USAS, as part of the Dominion Treaty, invaded the U.S. simultaneously with the Japanese. However, the Americans had prepared for an invasion from the South and had several defensive protocols in place to check the Communist advance. The United States defeated the Communist forces at the Battle of the Rio Grande and again at the Battle of El Paso. However the Communist scored victories at the Battle of Houston and the Battle of Galveston. However the United States systematically annihilated the Communist forces, at the Siege of Laredo and then at the Battle of Brownsville. The U.S. then invaded Sonora and Chihuahua. Brazilian offensives into the USAS as well forced the Communists to fight on the defensive afterward.
The North American Front was a very bloody front, claiming the lives of nearly two million Japanese troops and approximately 900,000 American. Civilian casualties were also high, with the United States suffering 120,000 civilian casualties, appalling considering that the United States had never been invaded before and that was the largest amount of civilian casualties ever. It also shocked the United States as famously stated by President Hoover: "No enemy, no matter how large or how close, has ever managed to fight us on our own soil. This is a wake up call to all of us and displays clearly the ferocity of the enemy across the Pacific."