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The war began when the Axis of Anti Communist States invaded Iran. Both sides would suffer heavy casualties in the early fighting, both sides rallying support from foreign nations.
BackgroundIn 1936 the Axis of Anti Communist States began mobilizing in case of an attack. Turkish special forces alongside the Brazilian and Turkish navy for organized into a strike group in preparation for an invasion. In Brazil preparations were delayed as the main body of the army remained entrenched in the Andean jungle, battling the nationalist forces of Peru and Bolivia, as the Brazilian high command attempted to restore order through diplomacy.
A plan was created by the Brazilians for the AACS strike group to be sent into the Persian Gulf and invade the islands of the south coast of Iran, taking the small towns of Kish and Quesm. The joint Brazilian-Australian force, backed up by knowledge passed on by Afghan advisors, would then move onto the mainland and takes the Iranian city of Bander-e-Abbas. Utilizing white phosphorous shells, provided by the Turks, areas of resistance would be struck. The city of Shiraz in Southern Iran would then be the next target. In June of 1936 Brazil called on its AACS allies to launch their own attacks and overthrow the Communist nation.
Shortly after the command from Brazil, Turkey responds to this call to arms and sends the already mobilized armed forces East into Iran, beginning Operation Firestorm. Due to low population densities and superior Turkish numbers, the military column pushes through Tabriz and the surrounding area all the way to the Tehran which after a combination of heavy shelling with conventional artillery and a brutal firefight, falls to the invading Turkish. This is mostly due to the brave acts of the men of the Turkish Special Operations Division who crawled 250 meters under fire to plant satchel charges on enemy strong points which were subsequently destroyed. Suffering heavy casualties the Turkish are able to temporarily push the Iranians out of the west. Saudi destroyers are called to shelled the southern Iranian islands in preparation for an invasion planned by Brazil. Afghan forces pushed through the eastern Iranian borders engaging Iranian resistance near the city of Mashhad. By the end of the year Turkish soldiers begin besieging Isfahan in the central area of Iran. The low density wasteland areas in the southeast are patrolled by Afghan soldiers who begin rounding up Iranian supporters.
By October all 425,000 Iranian troops were mobilized, including 150,000 militia. Supplies from Germany and the USSR manage to sneak into Iran, arming many resistance fighters. With stockpiled oil tanks are used under the supervision of USSR specialists. A front is established by Tehran, Zanjan, Ahvaz, Kerman, and Mashhad, as well as around major oil rigs. The Iranian government would issue a draft, drawing many into the militia. Iranian officials cited the invasion as a "barbaric crime", asking for aid from many countries.
In November of 1936 a counterattack was launched by Iran, surrounding and routing the Turkish border flank, while the main army engaged the Turks at Tabriz. Despite suffering enormous casualties the Iranians manage to pierce into Turkey. Furious of the European support of Iran and the desperate situation on the border, the Turkish high command orders the destruction of three oil pipelines supplying much of Europe. The oil is quickly ignited, causing a 1000 km stretch of rubble along the former line.
Despite little support from the Turkish people a large-scale offensive is launched, finally taking the city of Tabriz back from the Iranians. Artillery from Turkish allies exploits a weakness in the architecture of Tehran, destroying large sections of the city. By the close of the year The AACS had pushed the front pass Tehran, and completely overwhelmed the Iranian flank in Rasht.
The Soviet Union began deploying soldiers later that year into Afghanistan, engaging in several small skirmishes. Stalin later promised that every republics that fully cooperates will be reward with full equality.
In Brazil, President Vargas organizes an assault on the German embassy in Rio de Janeiro. Vargas himself is killed in the civil violence, shouting "Viva Brazil!" before committing suicide. The act of terrorism is largely unexpected by the embassy and the building is partially demolished by white phosphorus. The German people are outraged by the attack and violence in the Middle East picks back up after the turn of the new year.
In the summer of 1937 a military coup was led in Kabul against the high command of the CUIS by a Yemeni nationalist. Shortly after the attack the king of Saudi Arabia, frustrated with the union, he declared his independence from the CUIS. Much to the disapproval of the union, Saudi soldiers are urged to abandon their posts. The CUIS descends into civil war as the nation of Saudi Arabia invades their old rival, Yemen. Within a few weeks the Saudi forces began beseiging Sana’a. The morale of the Afghan soldiers along the Iranian front is crushed and forces still loyal are called back into Afghanistan. In the retreat from Mashhad the Afghans manage to escape unscathed by the Iranians who remain unaware. Order begins to be restored in Kabul and preparations for the new campaign in Iran is organized.
In the summer of 1937 the nation of Iraq would join the war on the Iranian's side. Iranian forces in the east, aided by their Soviet allies would begin planning a counter offensive into Afghanistan. The cities of Juwain and Sabzewar are captured relatively quickly, as the Afghan forces scramble to reorganize themselves. The siege of Herat begins and Iranian forces begin patroling the south near Kandahar. Stalin, who was surprised of what should had been a short war, orders increased aggression in Afghanistan. Mazari Sharif fell to the Soviets so after. Soviet bombers would be used to bomb and harass Afghan bases in the north, greatly breaking Afghan morale. The Soviet Union would also officially recognize a truce between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the latter now fighting against Afghanistan.