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Mexican-Canadian-Russian Coalition victory.
The American War (often considered World War 3 by some because of the many nations that fought in it.) was a war fought between the United States of America and NATO against Mexico (at first) Canada joined the war in early 2005 fighting against the USA, Russia joined the fighting later on in late 2005. It is considered one of the deadliest wars in history (in terms of human loss) and the most expensive war ever (in terms of material loss). It is distinguished from previous conflicts in the twenty-first century on the fact that it was fought in very similar ways, and with very similar tactics to WW2.
The war officially ended in February 20th 2009, with a cease-fire established between the warring countries, with Mexican, Canadian and Russian forces occupying and claiming former USA territory.
It takes place in a world where the US never invaded Iraq because the 9/11 attacks crippled their economy to much, a responsible group for the attacks was never established and all US-arabs were deported, imprisoned or escaped to other countries.
The End of the Drug War.
The year is 2000, after years of fighting fierce drug cartels and with violence on the rise, the Mexican government decided it had had enough, and enacts a new punishment for corrupt officials and cartel members; death by firing squad. This worked in a seemingly unfair way, but was surprisingly efficient; when a police officer is accused of corruption, a military official does a small investigation and if the accused is deemed guilty, he is executed the following day. The executions are aired on national television with two purposes; to show that the government is doing something, and to make cartel members afraid. Many cartel members and corrupt officials leave Mexico and go into the USA and Central America.
After what remained of the cartel leadership escaped to the USA, executions eventually weren't required anymore. The lack of crime for the following months gave Mexico time to "put itself together", and the new period of peace starts a huge increase in economy for the country, since it is able to spend all it's resources on its domestic economy. By the end of 2011, Mexico is now one of the top economical powers in the world and the second in America, surpassing Canada and Brazil.
Mexico, while there was no drug cartels to be fought, decided to ensure that no other internal conflict like the Drug War would happen ever again, so, with the new money that the sudden boom in economy brought, Mexico re-structured and rebuilt it's army, navy and air force. It also started well funded programs in social equality, welfare and education.
The New Army
The Cortez Reform, as it was originally named, was the increase in numbers and technology of the Mexican Armed Forces in 2002 involved the following:
- Increased funding to armed forces.
- Substantial increment in recruitment stations.
- Development of domestic military technology (ex. Quetzalcoatl helicopters and Pipila tank class)
- Buying foreign military technologies (ex. Russian Sukhoi jets.)
With this main reforms on the armed forces of Mexico,established themselves as the second most powerful military in America (behind the United States) and one of the best in the world. Despite now being a strong military, it still somewhat lacked the numbers and combat vehicles to be one of the "top" military powers.
In September 16, 2002, the annual military parade celebrating Independence day, it became clear just how much the Mexican military had improved. Rows upon rows of domestically made IFV's, APC's and tank destroyers paraded in the streets of Mexico City while Russian bought SU-35BM's flew the skies. The only surprise in this parade was the lack of new equipment originated from West Europe and the US. This was due to President Ron Paul pressuring NATO into not selling military equipment to Mexico due to fear of Mexico's military capabilities surpassing the ones of the US. In fact the last military equipment ever sent to Mexico by the US before the war was a shipment 5,000,000 IOTV body armor.
The 2003 parade (the last one before the war) brought out even more military equipment, Russian Mil Mi, Quetzalcoatl type helicopters, and 1M Pipila main battle tanks paraded while even more SU-35BM jets and new domestically built jets based on the Sukhoi design did aerobatic maneuvers in the sky.
Tense Relations Between Mexico and US
After many narco and cartel members were executed or captured, the ones that remained escaped mostly to the US and started new Cartels in the southern states, with them drug trade and gang violence increased alarmingly in the border states. Most of this violence was blamed on the Mexican people and government for "dumping their problem on us" by US civilians and politicians alike. This accusations, along with the deep hatred that runs against the US in some parts of Mexico, further strained diplomatic relations.
Many Mexican journalists criticized the US as being incapable of doing what was necessary and only blaming the problem on someone else. There were news reports of racial violence and killings between US whites and Mexican-Americans.This incidents were followed by an exodus of Mexican-Americans moving back to Mexico.
One of the notable incidents that brought out even more trouble was the launching of the military satellite Aguila-1 from a newly built space center in Oaxaca.
The breaking point of US-Mexican diplomatic relationships was when the US refused to send humanitarian aid to the Yucatan Peninsula after it was ravaged by Hurricane Tomas. At this point, Mexico broke all of its diplomatic ties with the US, it recalled it's ambassador and closed of its embassy.
Battle of Brownsville-Matamoros. The war starts.
By late 2003, there was an intense hate between Mexicans and US Americans, partly because of old problems, but mostly because of recent events.
In December 29, two Colombian immigrants robbed a bank in Brownsville and killed three civilians, scared and being pursued by police cars, they decided to make a run for it towards Mexico. Military leadership in Brownsville thought the Colombian robbers were Mexican spies after a misinterpreted call to close the border crossing bridge. The robbers' car got stuck in the Rio Bravo and they escaped to Mexico. The U.S. Army colonel commanding the border post, sent an infantry platoon and a M2 Bradley across the river to pursue. Before the invading force advanced more than 400 yards, they were brutally pushed back by a 1M Morelos tank that had been alerted of the invading force by a civilian 911 call. The Morelos tank fired and destroyed the Bradley at a range of less than 100 yards, the second shell that was fired missed the M2 and flew into the US, hitting a diner and killing two civilians and an off-duty soldier. The gunner of the Morelos killed three US soldiers before the rest could cross the river.
This battle, despite being a short one and having only 6 casualties, is considered one of the most important of the war. After this incident both the Mexican and the US government declared war on each other and started readying their armed forces.
Aftermath of the battle.
After the US soldiers retreated, the commander in charge of Matamoros received orders to blow up the border bridge, evacuate the city and evacuate the military personnel and equipment as fast as possible. It was to be done in that precise order.
The Mexican leadership knew that it didn't have the time or resources to mobilize its forces to the northern border. So instead, it ordered all of its forces to evacuate cities and towns and form a perimeter of sorts 50 km into the border. This way, the Mexican Army could prepare for the incoming US attack.
Minutes after the attack, the Premiers of many countries issued statements condemning either Mexico or the US for the way the situation was handled, and pleading for peace talks, this pleads were ignored by both governments. New year festivities were tense around the world, after three days of waiting, the US finally attacked in January 1, 2004.
The Invasion of Mexico.
On January 1st, at 0600 hours a combined force of the US Army and the US Air Force invaded Mexico's border cities and towns. All of these towns were evacuated, but the Mexican Army didn't leave without first booby-trapping as much of the city as they could, this caused a few tank casualties and several injuries among infantry soldiers. This experience made the US military a lot more careful as to their next step.
Immediately after the cities were deemed clear, US Army general David H. Patreus ordered half his tank forces and some 100 attack helicopters to spearhead the assault on Monterrey without any intel on the cities defenses. This proved to be a fatal mistake, since there were anti-aircraft and artillery systems hidden in the mountains surrounding Monterrey.
The tank and helicopter force flew to Monterrey unmolested, but around 10-15km before they could reach the city outskirts, AA emplacements in La Huasteca, El Salto and Cerro de La Silla fired upon the attacking helicopters, in the initial attack, 43 helicopters were hit and 41 were downed. The AA guns kept firing missiles and eventually reduced the helicopters to only 12, these helicopters retreated to the command post in northern Nueva Leon.
While all this happened in the air, the artillery emplacements in the mountains and in the city fired upon the tanks with HEAT-bomblet dispersing ammunition, this caused some 50 tank deaths in the first strike and 63 on the following two strikes, the tank force, confused and not knowing how many casualties it had taken, also fell back. While they returned to base, Mexican Mil-Mi and Quetzalcoatl attack helicopters harassed them for 20 more km, the tanks, without any AA systems due to the doctrine the US military has of air superiority and with the Stinger carrying infantry still in base, were powerless to do anything, and suffered 17 more tank deaths before the helicopters fell back.
The Battle of Monterrey
The next day on January 7th, General Patreus asked the recently transferred air-force general Edward A. Rice to bomb the mountains surrounding Monterrey with stealth bombers. Rice complied but didn't send F-22's or F-35's as Patreus had hoped, instead he sent 20 F-15's. The mission, was successful, it destroyed all the AA emplacements and almost all the artillery emplacements, two F-15's were lost to Mexican AA fire.
The next day, a coordinated assault was launched by the US, first, air force jets would fly into the city to establish air superiority and destroy any AA systems they might find, immediately after the jets departed, a wave of 107 UH-60 Blackhawks carrying Rangers were sent to secure the outskirts of the city, while the Rangers secured the city outskirts, tank battalions were sent to spearhead the assault into the city. The tanks were followed by the bulk of the US infantry forces, transported in Humvees and Bradleys. The total US casualties for this operation were:
- 1 F-22
- 4 F-15's
- 3 M1A1 tanks
- 9 UH-60 helicopters
- 86 soldiers
The fighting for this operation was sporadic and of non-intense nature, but once the US army entered Monterrey, the real battle began, Mexican soldiers fired upon tanks with HEAT missiles, snipers covered whole streets from office buildings, Pipila tanks viciously engaged in combat with US armored vehicles and infantry platoons.
The numbers of the Mexican Army were a lot greater than expected, thousands of civilians had joined the army to protect their home, this along with the fact that no Mexican unit surrendered during this battle gave heavy casualties to the US army. During two weeks, there was intense fighting throughout the city, the US forces slowly pushed towards downtown and the military command. In the occupied parts of Monterrey, US servicemen were attacked by young kids and teenagers with Molotov cocktails and pipe-bombs.Mexican soldiers and civilians fought for every inch of the city, even after they ran out of ammo, they would use their sidearms or run for a dead soldier to use his/her rifle, Monterrey is considered as one of the most brutal battles of the whole war.
In the end, the superior US numbers and their air-support won the battle, but it wasn't without a sacrifice, over 1000 tanks and some 800 IFV's and APC's were destroyed during the battle and over 14,000 US lives were lost, it was the most costly battle for the US since World War Two. On the Mexican side 39 tanks were lost 430 IFV's and APC's were destroyed and 5,026 enlisted soldiers were KIA. Despite not being enlisted, many civilians volunteered to fight and were given rifles and spare body armor, these deaths do not figure in the total casualties, but it is estimated some 4000 volunteer civilians were killed, plus some other 2000 civilians that died as result of the fighting.
Battles of Chihuahua, Saltillo, Ciudad Victoria and Tampico. (January 2004)
While the 1st Armored division and the 3rd Infantry division fought in Monterrey, other divisions fought in the capital cities of all border states (with the exception of Sonora and Baja California) were attacked by infantry and cavalry divisions, all the other battles were fought in a similar way and had the same results as Monterrey, heavy US casualties but the objective of capturing the city was accomplished.
Tampico, being an important city and port, was attacked by the 4th marine division, the results were also similar but the battle differed in the fact that it was mostly fought in the 500 meters of the coast, and most casualties were caused by drowning (on the US side), but the city was also captured.
In all these cities (including Monterrey) guerrilla and terrorist operations continued against the US occupying forces until the cities were liberated in 2008.
Zacatecas and San Luis. (March-April 2004)
These battles, although not considered important in the war, were fought similarly to the previous fought battles. The only difference was that since these cities had been evacuated before the assault the battles were shorter and more intense because there wasn't fear of civilian casualties. Once these cities were captured, the US had a firm grasp in mainland Mexico.
A thing that also came to attention in these battles was the lack of numbers the US army now had, compared to their numbers at the beginning of the invasion just two months before. These battles are considered the main cause of the US enforced drafting and dramatically increasing the funding of it's recruiting program. Within 1 month the Army had replaced it's casualties and more.
On the Mexican side of things, the US now had the whole northern part of Mexico occupied, the Mexican leadership sent a special operations battalion to the important ports in Veracruz and Acapulco so that supplies could keep coming in, also, the Mexican Navy in Acapulco received an impressing boost in funding, this was used to build 1 aircraft carrier, and 2 Tlaloc Battleships (these were a mix between a WW2 battleship and a modern missile system equipped destroyer). Many SU-35BM jets were also built under license, these jets, although they belonged to the navy, were dispatched to Mexico City to defend the capital. Many destroyers were built (around 20) to defend the cargo ships with supplies coming from Russia, China and South America.
Initial International Reaction
After the initial battles and the first six months of war, many nations quickly took sides and proceeded to blame either country in what was now starting to look like one of the most violent wars in the past century. Many nations were quick to send aid or give moral support to the warring nations, before the first year of the war ended, Mexico was supported by the US old enemies, like Russia, China, and many Middle Eastern countries, all them sent equipment and aid to Mexico. The US was supported by it long time allies, the British and many NATO nations. Mexico's supporters mostly sent material for military vehicles and tents and food for the Mexican civilians that had been evacuated from their cities.
Support to the US came mainly in boxes of ammo and aid money. Even though the countries supporting either Mexico or the US were hostile to each other and threatened to sever economic and diplomatic ties, they remained neutral until late 2006 and early 2007.
Many African nations gave moral support to Mexico. But many others supported the US. This started gang violence between supporters of each country. This violence in turn started a widespread war throughout Africa that lasted for 3 months before war-lords rose to power in many African countries.
Countries in the Pacific and Oceania mostly condemned both countries for not starting diplomatic talks and called for an end to violence, these countries were ignored by most of the international community.
The US Pushes Deeper Into Mexico.
On August 3rd General Mikelson (General Patreus had been wounded in Monterrey by guerrilla fighters) ordered the US forces that had assembled in Zacatecas, San Luis and Durango to attack nearby Mexican Army garrisons. This fell quickly because most of the forces were able to escape. But the garrisons that weren't able to evacuate their forces were some of the few Mexican forces to surrender without a fight to the US army. From their temporary bases in Zacatecas and San Luis, the US army began to slowly push in a semi-circle towards the final goal, Mexico City. Their advance quickened after the battles of Guanajuato and Queretaro. This battles were very different from the previous battles because the US army and Air Force changed its strategy.
Battles of Guanajuato and Queretaro Cities.
The battles of Guanajuato and Queretaro differed from previous battles in how they were fought, instead of long assaults with tanks, helicopters and infantry, they were fought differently. First, the US army pounded the cities with artillery, the main targets were tall buildings and public plazas, these places had been known to be used as fortresses for days until the defendants ran out of ammo or were all wiped out. Then high altitude bombers carpet bombed places where the military had been known to be residing. This technique, which became known as the "Mikelson terror-bombing" though consider inhumane and causing many civilian casualties, was terribly effective, and Guanajuato and Queretaro both fell with a lot less casualties than other cities.
The American War is also known for being the first to use new advanced war technologies. This technologies, like missile blockers and "Mechs", as they came to be known, were a result of a large leap in technology due to the desperate nature of the war. These two technologies helped both sides during the war, but the Missile blocking system, was of vital importance to the Mexican Army during the battle of Mexico City and the ones after that, since it virtually destroyed the US air superiority, Mechs also were of vital importance in the battle of Mexico City, although they weren't extensively used in combat until after 2006 in the liberation of the occupied cities and invasion of mainland US.
Mechs.Mechs (officially named exoesqueletos de combate, English combat exoskeletons) were already in development in late 2002, they were originally intended to work in hostile environments as heavy duty labor, and as humanitarian help, clearing debris and carrying supplies through terrain that would be too difficult for vehicles, but to long and extenuating for humans or pack animals. A few prototypes were to be used in hurricane Tomas, but technical difficulties prevented this from happening.
They were invented by Mexican and South African scientists Manuel Zepeda and Douglas Mgogi, when the war started, their program received funding from the government and donations from many Mexican companies, this boost in funding allowed Zepeda, (Mgogi had left Mexico when the war started) to perfect his design. The first prototypes were ready a few months before the battle of Mexico City, and they saw extensive testing, halfway through their test, the original purpose of the Mechs, which was to rescue soldiers trapped by rubble and to transport ammo boxes to the front line, was changed to a battle support role, a MMC-5 was attached to their "shoulders" and a small missile system was installed in their "forearms." This upgrades, along with bullet-proof ceramic sheets installed to protect the wearer, made mechs deadly machines in battle. They served an IFV role and slowly replaced the Russian bought BMP's, Zepeda's mechs were a fair match to US Bradleys since they were as fast and far more agile than them. They were involved heavily in urban fighting, and and served as Bradley killers and as squad support against un-armored infantry.
Later mech designs featured more armor so they could take a shot from a M1 tank main gun and give the operator a chance of survival and had a miniature Missile Blocking System installed to protect them from helicopters. After the battle of Mexico City, many more designs and variants were made to fulfill different roles, including anti-tank, anti-aircraft, demolition and ammo and weapons transport.
Missile Blocking System (SAMR).
After noticing how fast the US Air Force fighters were bringing down the obsolete Mexican jets, and with the SU-35BM's defending the capital, the Mexican government issued a petition for inventors and military designers to find a way to slow down or even neutralize the US air superiority, which had allowed the US forces to win many battles by using extensively bombing and close air support techniques. Over 200 contestants submitted inventions and/or ideas to solve the problem, but the clear winner was mechanical engineer Andres Romo. Romo had recently developed a laser that could fry computer circuits and chips, with funding from the Mexican government and help of the UNAM, Romo perfected his design and created the Sistema Anti-Misiles Romo (English: Anti Missile System Romo), this system, usually called SAMR or just SAM, worked by firing a thin high intensity laser guided by a missile tracking computer into a missile and it would fry the guidance and detonating systems. The most incredible part, was that it was insanely cheap to produce and could work without any human operators for more than 5 years (the only downside to this was that it shot down both Mexican and US missiles).
The SAMR or Tio Sam as some soldiers called it, disabled the US Air Force and the Mexican Air Force wing-mounted missiles, as well as their SAM's (surface to air missiles). This gave the Mexican pilots some equality over their US counterparts since the advanced jets only means of defense was now dogfighting, fierce dogfights were held in the air, often without a clear winner, sometimes a fired missile would be lucky and wouldn't be reached in time by a SAMR and a plane would explode in a fireball. The brutal dogfights that were fought changed air tactics for the rest of the war, and US Air Force bombing raids were forced to use unguided bombs, since their slow falling bombs and air to ground missiles were easy targets for the SAMR, and the projectiles would fall harmlessly into the ground. This system is considered the main cause why the US F-15 fleet was reduced to 4 planes and so many F-22's and F-35's were shot down by enemy planes.
For his invention, Andres Romo was considered a hero. His SAMR's were installed in many factories and the Mexican war economy stopped suffering so much from bombing raids and production rates soared through the sky. Romo's SAMRs helped protect Mexican soldiers and factories alike from threats above.
Closing in on Mexico City.
As the US forces closed in on Mexico City, the Mexican leadership needed desperately more time to prepare Mexico City's defenses and to evacuate as many civilians as possible. The solution to this problem was simple, but costly, one armored battalion and one infantry brigade were to be sent to Toluca to stall the US army as much as possible, at least one month was needed. The 3rd armored battalion of the 21st military zone was chosen along with the 17th Brigade of the 21st zone. These two forces were put under the command of Brigade General Jose Manuel Gomez.
The Toluca Task Force, as it was now being called, quickly mobilized and started preparing for the US charge in the outskirts of Toluca. No permanent emplacements were built so the Task Force could slowly fall back without leaving equipment behind. They were there for three days as the civilian population evacuated to Mexico City and towns to the south, the Toluca Task Force set traps and laid mines in the roads leading to Toluca City.
The Toluca Massacre.
On November 14th, 2004 the US reached the outskirts, as tanks, humvees and APC's marched over the huge minefield, all mines were detonated. This was done to cause even more casualties and to ensure no mines would remain active after the battle. In 3 seconds alone, over 10,000 US soldiers were either killed or WIA, this is considered one of the most brutal moments of the whole war, one of General Gomez's aides even said that Gomez was depressed for the days that followed what became known as the Toluca Massacre.
The US saw things differently. They were angered at the massacre and waves of new recruits arrived to US recruiting posts. But in the fielded armies, there was a rise in desertions for the following months, mainly Mexican-Americans and soldiers with Hispanic origins. The US president gave speeches saying how the army wouldn't falter and would keep on going until they crushed the oppressive Mexican regime. The US army waited for two weeks as waves of new recruits arrived and dead and wounded were sent back home. On the 29th of November, the US army attacked again.
The Battle of Toluca.
The US army attacked after 5 hours of artillery bombing, the bombing didn't cause any casualties on the Mexican task force, but it destroyed many houses and buildings behind the perimeter, forcing them to "skip" a part of city and having to fall back quickly to Toluca downtown. This battle was fought mostly by tanks, snipers and vehicles, during the month and a half that the battle lasted, it wasn't uncommon to see a Mexican gazela (an armored SUV with a machine gun mounted on top) being chased by one or more US humvees firing at each other. Despite the efforts of the Toluca Task Force, the US closed in on Mexico City faster than expected, the Mexican Pipila tanks' numbers were slowly going down as they were destroyed in ambushes or fierce skirmishes. Mexican snipers would wait for hours or even days until a US patrol came upon their sights, and fire at them coordinating their shots with other snipers. Many skirmishes and confrontations were fought with US artillery raining all around, by Christmas, the original 5000 Mexican soldiers were now reduced to less than half, having suffered 2647 casualties, and the 100 tanks were now only 53.
These, however, weren't meaningless deaths. Casualties inflicted upon the US army were either the same or even more. US casualties are usually considered to have been around 4000 for the whole battle.
In December 26th, after the Christmas truce ended, the Mexican perimeter was broken by a superbly crafted US attack, three tanks and 100 soldiers charged through a street that had been recently hit by a heavy artillery barrage, the US force broke through the wakened defenders and the Mexican army didn't have the resources to send to fight the "trespassers." So the Task Force collapsed upon itself and fell back to Mexico City.
They had accomplished their task of delaying the US advance, but only halfway through, over 3 million civilians from Mexico City and around 1 million Toluca natives, were still in the city.
Mexico City (January 31, 2005-November 25, 2005)
In January the 1st, a statement was issued to the Mexican leadership requesting their unconditional surrender, to which the officer in charge of Mexico City's defences, and Secretary of National Defence, General Marco Aguilar Guzman replied: "Funny, I was about to ask you the same thing." For one month both armies prepared for the oncoming clash, the battle was correctly predicted to be the most vicious of the whole war.
Factories in Mexico City worked 24/7 to produce equipment and tanks, over 500 Pipila tanks were built in that month alone and some 250 Battle Exo-Skeletons were assembled and armed. Factories outside of Mexico City built weapons and ammo, they sent supplies to Mexico City by civilian trucks and cars. Russian imported BMP's and 6.8mm ammo (Mexico switched to that caliber in 2004) were transported from the ports of Veracruz and Acapulco while many Central American countries sent aid packages to help supply civilians in Mexico City. Thousands of civilians volunteered to protect their homes, and teenagers built pipe-bombs and molotov cocktails to be used against the invaders. Bunkers were built, trenches were dug, machine guns were installed in buildings, and anti tank guns were covered with sandbags and placed in strategic corners.
The area surrounding El Zócalo, Mexico City's central plaza was considered impenetrable, 30 feet walls surrounding el Zocalo were erected from buildings that had been evacuated and then demolished, SAM systems and flak cannons were placed all over the place as well as many SAMR anti-missile systems, bunkers were dug for the president and his family, as well as for civilians that had resided in that area. El Zócalo, in the true sense of the word, was an impenetrable fortress.
Meanwhile, the US gathered the usual intel and waited for NATO forces to arrive to Tampico, the US had convinced NATO to declare war on Mexico and send soldiers and equipment to aid them in the capture of Mexico City. The following countries sent support:
- United Kingdom- 400,000 soldiers, 100 Challenger-2 tanks, 20 Tornado T-3 and 30 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft.
- France- 300,000 soldiers, 100 Leclerc tanks, 50 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.
- Germany- 50,000 soldiers, 100 Leopard-2A6 tanks, 30 Tornado T-3 and 20 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.
- Turkey- 450,000 soldiers.
After 3 days of European troops coming in, the US-NATO forces attacked in January 31st.
The battle of Mexico City saw the most brutal fighting since Stalingrad and Leningrad. There was intense and fierce fighting to gain control over intersections or even simple houses, tanks engaged each other at ranges of less than 50 yards while infantry platoons engaged in vicious close quarters combat. Mechs were sent to eliminate large enemy soldier groups and aircraft engaged in vicious dogfights that often ended without a clear winner.
The first few weeks consisted on full on attacks by US-NATO armored and infantry platoons, this proved to be of almost no effect, since the Mexican defenders had prepared themselves well for this, after one month of only going 100 yards deeper into Mexico City and suffering heavy casualties. General Mikelson decided to change his strategy, he sent the whole 75th Ranger regiment in UH-60 Blackhawks and parachuted the 101st Airborne division a couple of miles into Mexico City, as well as most of the NATO airborne and SpecOps capable forces. This strategy proved successful, but only on half of its intended objectives. The operation, named operation thunderclap, gave the joint US-NATO forces a firm footing and some bases inside the actual city, but it didn't succeed in clearing out the defenders. The US-NATO army controlled area, was filled with some 100,000 Mexican soldiers and around 10,000 militia members, in fact a Mexican command post and a French garrison were within sniping range of each other.
After operation thunderclap, there was no stop or lull to the battle, the fighting just kept on fiercer than ever. All those bombing raids and artillery strikes had brought many buildings down and had collapsed some sewers, at first soldiers went into the sewers to surround or flank an opposing force, but soon fierce close quarter battles were fought in the sewers. A new type of sniper was also born, platoon or a squadron would take over a tall building and use it as a sniping emplacement, at first it proved highly effective for the Mexican defenders, they were able to take down whole patrols very quickly by ambushing them. Soon the NATO and US forces adopted similar strategy and then snipers started to shoot at each other from 50 story high skyscrapers.
Two months into the fighting, after going 10 miles into Mexico City, the NATO-US forces where nowhere near the Mexican leadership, and they had suffered terrible casualties because of the hardened defenders. General Mikelson and the NATO top dogs fielded their own Mech designs as well as flame-thrower tanks. The Mexican government, not wanting to burn their own city, instead assembled a volunteer firefighter brigade that would stop fires from spreading and quelming them in the midst of battle.
Also a plan to destroy enemy equipment came into action, the plan, which became known as the Chaval Initiative, consisted of paying kids and teens to smash rifles and handguns from fallen soldiers and if they were in contact with a militia, to take them there. The kids or chavales, were paid usually as little as 50 pesos for every 10 rifles smashed or in-utilized, they were also sometimes given bas of chips and candy bars to take home to their families or enjoy by themselves.
For three more months the US-NATO forces went deeper into Mexico City and both sides suffered heavy casualties heavy street and in-house fighting took place daily, it is said that new types of warfare were born in the battle. When the US-NATO troops fielded their own new war machines like mechs and advanced tanks, the future looked even more bleak for the Mexican defenders.
As the invading troops pushed in deeper into the fortified zone where the Mexican leaders were, the Mexican defenders got more desperate and resorted to even wilder techniques, they were terribly effective too. There were some unconfirmed reports of suicidal charges and bombings, but a stop was put to it by Generals.
Even though the battle was desperate for the Mexican side, it soon became clear that enemy material losses were now beginning to take on the invaders, tanks were now being used mostly for defence purposes and less and less planes started to be visible. The breakthrough of this battle however, didn't take place in Mexico City, it took place in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. In July 12, 2005, a US transport ship (the recommissioned and repurposed USS Kennedy), having set sail from Florida was transporting tanks, Mechs and weapons to Tampico, where they would be sent to Mexico to replenish the US and NATO troops, was captured. The ship was spotted by a Mexican stealth frigate and since it had been stripped and repurposed as a transport ship, it was easily stopped and boarded by Mexican navy forces. The supplies, which consisted on most of the last two months US war production, were captured and the USS Kennedy was landed in Veracruz and the supplies sent to Mexico City.
After this, the US-NATO advance was suddenly halted with the help of the captured supplies and the Mexican defenders slowly built themselves up and started pushing the invaders back.
In October 20th 2005, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Russian Primer Vladimir Putin had a web-conference in which Vicente Fox asked Putin for military help, Primer Putin said that it wouldn't be possible to send Russian forces to Mexico City to aid in the counter-attack. Putin considered the plea and then responded that the Russian forces could distract the US army so that it would be easier to reconquer Mexican territory. In November the 1st, the Russian Setznas GRU invaded Alaska.
When the Russians invaded Alaska, the US morale hit an all time low, soldiers deserted and escaped back to the US, and many just didn't want to fight anymore. It as at this time that the Mexican Army organized its counter-attack, after waves of recruits joined the army. In November the 10th the Mexican Army started to push the invaders out, slowly at first but by November 20, the bulk of the US army, after suffering some of the heaviest casualties in the battle, fell back to Toluca to regroup. The battle officially ended when the remaining US-NATO forces that were trapped in the City were destroyed or surrendered to the Mexican Army. After this amazing victory, and with the US fighting a war on two fronts, the Mexican Army started to re-take the lost territory.
Pushing back the invaders, re-conquest of Mexico.
The last US-NATO invaders were killed or surrendered in the 25th of November. The Mexican Army kept pushing back and kicked them out of Toluca by the November 27, the invading forces retreated to Queretaro and Guanajuato cities, here they intended to re-assemble and attempt to conquer Mexico City again. The Mexican Army however, wasn't about to let that happen, they quickly assembled an offensive plan and mobilized half of the troops in Mexico City to Queretaro and Guanajuato. They bombed the cities with artillery, but this wasn't common artillery, it was pamphlets inviting the citizens to fight against the invaders as soon as the Mexican Army commenced the attack. In December 16, the Mexican Army and the Marines (the Marines weren't required to protect the coast anymore) attacked both cities simultaneously. Both battles were victories for Mexico, there was little or no fighting until they got close to US-NATO headquarters, and even then the US and NATO troops were easily overrun. The remainder of the invading army retreated to the city of Monterrey, this proved to be a mistake, as many guerrilla and partisan groups used bombings and ambushes to kill occupying soldiers. The morale of the retreating invaders hit an all time low. Mexican forces attacked Monterrey in December 29 and had retaken the city by January 24, 2006. General Galvan laughed in his quarters after the official surrender and said to an aide "The year looks good." In Monterrey, the Mexican troops were given a well deserved rest and were relieved by troops left to defend Mexico City and new recruits. In March 15, after a month and a half of waiting and massing their forces the final assault to regain the last of the occupied Mexican land began. A thousand tanks advanced and fired their guns upon the towns and cities occupied by the US-NATO forces, if the cities weren't abandoned, the GAFEs were sent instead, US resistance was fierce, and NATO troops didn't give up easily, but the final stretch of land was finally conquered, Mexico was free by May 1. People everywhere celebrated and the soldiers itched to invade US soil. The Mexican government not seeking more conflict, didn't invade, much to the complaints of soldiers and citizens alike, they however massed their troops in twinned cities all across the border.
The Alaskan Front.
In November 1, 2005, the Russian Spetznas invaded the northern state of Alaska, although this move was partially to support their Mexican allies, but the hatred that remained for the US after the Cold War, the Russians also wanted to show that if they faced in direct conflict, Russia would have won.
The invasion started at 0600 hours, Russian paratroopers were dropped over the major cities if Anchorage and Juneau, the cities, taken completely by surprised were under Russian control by 0658. More troops were dropped in various small cities like Wasila and Fairbanks and large towns in Alaska, some were dropped in the Aleutian islands. The main ports and cities were under control of the Russian invading forces by 1000 hours, at that time, SU-37 Berkut fighter planes were sent to fly patrols over Russian occupied cities and land, this had the purpose of nullifying US air supremacy and preventing the few remaining F-22's stationed there to be a danger to the Spetznas. On November the 7th, about half a million Russian troops had disembarked in Alaska, along with some 15,000 tanks. With this huge force stationed in Alaska, the Russians pushed towards the Canadian border and easily defeated the US defenders, who were small in numbers and equipment. In January 9, 2006, after being stalled by a US infantry battalion's valiant defence to the last man (no single US soldier was captured in this battle) the Russians reached the Alaskan border and stopped their advance, they then concentrated their efforts in securing Alaska completely and building bases and defendible positions in case the US counter-attacked. Alaska was claimed as Russian territory in April 7th, 2006.
The Canadian Front.
Canada had tense relations with the US after they refused to ban Arab people from traveling in and out of Canada like the US did after the 9/11 attacks. This was viewed as a betrayal by the US government and citizens, and there was reports of ethnic beatings against Canadians in the US and vice-versa. Canada finally closed its borders to US citizens and goods in December 2, 2003. The US broke all diplomatic ties with Canada and voted on having it kicked from NATO, this issue, however was never voted on as Canada renounced its NATO membership in January 7, 2004 after the US invaded Mexico. In May, a Mexican citizen that had been jailed as a spy (he actually was) escaped an Illinois prison, the Mexican in question Michael Gomez, provided intel to the Mexican government for the first few months of the war. When Gomez escaped prison, he realized it would be impossible to reach Mexico, so instead he headed to Canada. The Canadian government took him in and protected him, the US demanded for Gomez to be deported to the states, Canada refused.
A small Green Beret squad was deployed in Toronto to capture Gomez and return him to the US, however, the mission went terribly wrong, the Toronto police got a 911 call saying that some men dressed in black were entering a building (they were actually exiting it and moving to Gomez's residence). Toronto PD mobilized a couple of patrols, when the patrols arrived on the scene, they were fired upon and one officer was shot and killed, another officer reached his radio and called for help. SWAT units arrived on the scene, but Canadian Army troops were sent there and arrived minutes after the SWAT units, the Canadian government, knowing it shouldn't waste time in case the US sent another squad (the men had been identified as green berets by then) contacted the Mexican government and asked if they needed Gomez alive, they were told that no. With that answer, the SWAT units and Canadian Army troops mobilized and breached the building, an intense firefight ensued. The firefight lasted a good 15 minutes, at the end 8 out of nine Green Berets were dead, 5 SWAT troopers were killed while 3 were injured and 4 Canadian Army soldiers were killed and 7 wounded. Michael Gomez was executed in the final minute of the fight. The sole surviving Green Beret died while being treated in an ambulance.
When confronting the US with this invasion, the US instead demanded a fine paid for the deaths of the soldiers and when Canada angrily refused, war was declared in July 21, 2004.
War in Canada
The war in the Canadian front wasn't fought in a traditional way, with only some skirmishes being fought in the border at most of the times and sometimes deep invasions up to 100 miles into both countries, this invasions were usually quickly pushed back. However, heavy fighting occurred in Toronto and its surrounding suburbs and in Niagara. Other border towns also saw heavy street warfare. The fighting kept on going like that until late 2005, when recruits of the US army, joining expecting to defend their country in the south were sent to Canada, a more classical invasion began and the US had taken Toronto, Niagara and large portions of land in Ontario, nevertheless, Ottawa still stood strong. Ottawa was never captured during the war as the US war effort concentrated more on Mexico. Canadian land was occupied until May 2006, when Russian and Mexican troops were sent to aid the battered Canadian Army, in a joint effort the invaders were pushed out of Canada.
In May 2006, after Mexican troops were sent to Canada and the Russians had conquered Alaska, the US and NATO allies were afraid the MCR (Mexican-Canadian-Russian) Coalition would invade their homeland and in an ill-advised move by the chiefs of staff, the President of the United States ordered a W53 nuclear warhead to be detonated in the town of Naco, where there was a particularly large force of Mexican soldiers. The bomb was detonated 1 mile south of the town, so that the city would be damaged while most of the fallout remained in Mexico. When the SRBM was detected, the Mexican Colonel commanding the forces in Naco decided to use the 100 or so helicopters they had to evacuate schools, pilots were sent to various schools with only 15 minutes till impact, people ran for their lives. At 10:26 A.M. in May 26, 2006, the third ever nuclear weapon use in combat detonated in the outskirts of Naco, only 13 helicopters made it out with 147 people, the rest of Naco's population and stationed soldiers perished. The world cried in outrage, even countries that had declared themselves neutral were outraged against the US use of nuclear weapons on a civilian target. Nuclear war almost broke out as Russia readied its nuclear weapons, if not for the intervention of Canada, Russia would have launched its nuclear arsenal upon the United States and NATO countries involved in the war.
Instead of risking an all out war, the MCR coalition decided to invade the US, by June 2, there was already a plan, the MCR coalition invaded in June 3 at 0500.
Invasion of the US, war in three fronts.
In June 3, in the early morning, Mexican troops advanced to the US cities immediately on the other sides of the border and captured them with no armed resistance. Russian paratroopers and naval infantry attacked Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland. Canadian troops invaded the US northern border cities, namely Buffalo, Detroit and Seattle, it's navy also shell bombed cities in the East Coast. The invader forces faced virtually no resistance on the first days of the invasion and got as far as Las Vegas, Houston and Chicago in the first three days in the Pacific, South and Northern fronts, the goal was for the Canadian and Mexican armies to join by "slashing" through the US mainland. After this was accomplished, Russia would take care of the area between that "wall" and the Pacific coast, occupying over half of the US mainland territory, forcing the US to surrender, the invasion, however didn't go exactly like that.
United States of America in turmoil.
After the Naco bombing, the US faced almost worldwide opposition, and many previously supporting nations withdrawed their aid to the war-torn US. President Bush, after having ordered the death of over 10,000 people, was found dead in the oval office from a suicide wound. Two different chiefs of staff resigned and the US armed forces desperately tried to stabilize themselves. The US was on the verge of anarchy, if not for the newly elected president's tenacity, the US would have broken apart, instead, after 3 days of no response to the invasion, the US started the defence of their homeland, it was the first war fought in US soil ever since the invasion of Pancho Villa in 1916.
The Mexican Generals in charge of the invasion finally got to a defended town in Texas, after heavy fighting and a considerable slowing of the Mexican advance, General Mariano Zepeda decided to operate differently. He continued his advance completely ignoring smaller towns and only attacking places with considerable US and NATO prescience. When the Mexican Army finally got to Dallas, in June 15, after occupying the suburbs, General Zepeda ordered his army to surround the city in a siege-like way. Dallas was now cut off from the rest of the US.
Not wanting to risk a failure and defeat like the US and NATO invaders had faced in Mexico, General Zepeda first gave the order to prepare all planes, helicopters, and drones available. Then, in June 16, he asked for the unconditional surrender of the city to the top US officer and the city mayor, this of course was refused. Zepeda was expecting that, so he equipped all his flying-capable forces with ground attack weapons and used high altitude bombers to bomb SAM sites and AA emplacements with missiles and guided bombs (the US had yet to field their own version of the SAMR) then, every armed plane, helicopter and UAV bombed the city indiscriminately. Pilots and operators were told to bomb whatever targets they wanted, and not to come back to base with absolutely any ammunition in their crafts. Pilots at first refused, but were then threatened with execution and all of them complied.
This bombing quickly caused Dallas to succumb to fires and many buildings to crumble down. After one week of this, Dallas finally surrendered, the surrender was presented by Sergeant Michael Mardini, he was the highest ranking officer left alive in Dallas. The surrender was accepted, but no aid was provided to Dallas' citizens and the Mexican Army moved forward.
Acapulco and Cancun (July 15, 2006-July 31, 2006).
The US Pacific Fleet, wanting to force the Mexican Army to return to Mexico, attacked the coastal cities of Acapulco and Cancun in a desperate effort to force the Mexican invading force to return to defend their homeland. The attacks partialy succeeded, some forces were sent to defend the cities, but most were sent from Mexico City and not from the US front.
The attacks consisted of US infantry ships dropping troops in the beaches of Acapulco and Cancun, this was extremely difficult since both cities have buildings built within 100 meters of the beach. The US Marines were selected for this operation, in July 15, they disembarked and fought fiercely to control the first line of buildings in the beach. The assault on Puerto Marquez was a failure since most of the boats and helicopters were hit by artillery and AA emplacements in the bay arms almost completely surrounding the bay. The assault on the Acapulco Bay and on the strip of beaches on the other side of Puerto Marquez were successful, landing forces and capturing the first line of defence, but not going any further.
The Mexican Navy engaged in short range sea battles with the US ships for the following 4 days, heavy casualties were suffered by both sides. On July 20 however, the US Navy ships were destroyed by Mexican fighter and ground attack planes, they were almost totally free to do so since the US forces did not have am aircraft carrier amongst them.
Heavy fighting continued in Acapulco for one more week, until the Marines were forced to surrender due to lack of supplies and overwhelming casualties. The official surrendering took place in July 31.
The Battle of Cancun, however wasn't as fiercely fought or lasted as long, the US Marines landed on July 15 and their forces were destroyed or had surrendered by July 20. The Navy group supporting them was destroyed in the afternoon of July 15.
Pushing Deeper Into Mainland US.
After the Battle of Dallas, the Mexican Army moved forward and layed siege to towns and cities, all were asked to surrender, and after the fate Dallas had suffered almost all of the defended cities surrendered to the Mexican Army. The Russian and Canadian forces adopted similar tactics and joined the advance inland. The strategy used in the invasion, although very effective and little lives were lost, took a long time, since every individual town, city and settlement had to be layed siege to.
By November, the whole western US was now under control of the MCR coalition, they joined forces and slowly pushed eastward towards the capital. The Canadian Navy was joined in their blockade and raiding of the East Coast by Russian and Mexican ships, the US was completely surrounded, unable to receive supplies and to break through, however, their spirit wasn't easily broken, they refused to surrender.
The US and the remaining NATO forces made a strong perimeter around the Appalachian Mountains. The largest minefield that ever existed was also planted around the perimeter, artillery emplacements were built and complex trenches and tunnel systems dug. The MCR coalition, deciding against an almost impossible frontal attack, instead layed siege to the remaining unoccupied land. The invaders had settled themselves by February 2007. The US was expected to surrender quickly due to being outnumbered, outgunned and completely surrounded. The US however, didn't surrender and resorted to almost daily raids and artillery barrages over the minefield, the invaders responded with their own artillery strikes.
In March 9, the invaders started digging underneath the minefield, by April 19, they had gone through, a force of Russian Spetznas and Mexican GAFEs breached through and established a 1 mile long "safe zone" across the minefield, soon trenches were dug and a form of warfare very similar to WW1 trench warfare came to be. This trench battles kept on going until January 30, 2008. By then, the MCR coalition had only gained three miles, both sides had suffered medium casualties but neither was about to stop fighting.
The Battle of Washington D.C. (February 24, 2008-December 24, 2008)
After almost a year of pointless fighting, the MCR coalition decided to put an end to the war by invading the capital of the US and capturing the leadership, this was easier said than done. An operation started to be developed in January 2, 2008. When the attack plan was finished, the MCR troops fighting beyond the minefield suddenly fell back and the siege resumed. Most of the infantry and tank forces were moved to the Gulf of Mexico and then transported to the blockade. In February 24, at 0800 hours, the invasion of Washington D.C. began.
Invasion.The invasion consisted of over a million paratroopers directly deployed to D.C. and three million soldiers disembarking in Maryland and Virginia, the initial attack was largely successful due to the unpreparedness of the US troops, however, fierce resistance was encountered once the outskirts of Washington, D.C. were reached. The battle was very similar to the battles of Monterrey and Mexico City, the defenders refused to give up and fought to the death without surrendering, small military units waited days or even weeks to ambush MCR patrols and tanks, the MCR coalition suffered "double intense" casualties, only making it because of the number of volunteers.
Battle and Capture of the White House.
After months of fighting, the MCR forces were very slowly but surely closing in on the White House and the US leadership, but as they closed in, battles were fiercer and resistance was deadlier, but despite the heroic resistance of the US troops, their losses couldn't be replaced and in Christmas Day of 2008, the White House was finally reached. With only a handful of defenders left to protect it and completely surrounded on all sides, US president Dick Cheney, issued a statement declaring an unconditional surrender of the United States of America to the MCR forces. Both sides celebrated an end to the war, The MCR forces were quick to disarm the remainder of the US forces in Washington and started making an agreement with the US government as to how the war would be solved.
Resistance of Military Bases in the East Coast.
After D.C. was captured, many military bases refused to surrender to the invading forces, but after a presidential order, all of the bases surrender in January 2, 2009.
The End of the War.
After 5 years of fighting, the war had finally come to and end, both sides had suffered heavy casualties and were tired of war. The war officially ended with the Treaty of Whitby, it ceded over half of the US land to Mexico, Canada, and Russia as compensation and collateral for the war. The whole Western US was divided between Mexico and Canada, and Alaska was given to the Russians. The treaty also demanded of the release of all POW's by both sides, and that all hostilities come to an end.
The US was occupied for 5 months, until May 31st, 2009. That day all MCR forces pulled out of the new US and let it rebuild itself. Mexico and Canada resumed diplomatic and commercial relations with the US and NATO countries.