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War of Dungu
Beginning:

March 4, 2001

End:

March 8, 2001

Place:

Dungu, Zaire

Outcome:

destruction of Dungan military ; complete annexation of Dungu

Combatants

The Greater Empire of Isiro

The Dungu Authority (and various local bandits)

Commanders

Serge Mbia

High Protector Ambroise Amabe

Strength

16200 soldiers, including those in 14 armed fishing vessels and 23 armed pickup trucks

15500 soldiers, with another 300 in 4 large freighters blocking the Uele bay

Casualties and Losses

3950, with 4 fishing vessels sunk and 9 pickup trucks destroyed

10980, with all freighters sunk

The War of Dungu was a war in Central Africa, specifically Zaire, in which the The Dungu Authority, which ruled the city of Dungu, was destroyed by the Isirans in a six-day battle. Led by Serge Mbia, they conquered the city, before the Dungan soldiers defected and revealed the position of High Protector Amabe. Despite this, all soldiers above the rank of Lt. Col. were executed, as were one-third of those below them.

Background

In the area of Northern Zaire, in the after math of Doomsday, only two 'nations' survived and were stable. One, Isiro, was a religious monarchy, while Dungu was a despotic society ruled by a group of 50 or so soldiers, headed by High Protector Ambroise Amabe. Very little else is known about them, as they were extremely secretive. Slowly, as Isiro conquered the nearby areas, they encountered the city of Watsa, ruled at that time by the Dungans. At first, as the two met, there was a short period of peace. Soon, though, after Isiro had its soldiers freed up from taking Faradje (by going around Dungan territory), Isiro claimed the Dungu Authority (ruled by a former Catholic Bishop who 'abandoned' his religion) violated their religious principles, and declared war, attacking Watsa. At the same time, troops from Niangara attacked Denge and Maybaya, while other detachments from Faradje attacked Dungu itself, though these were driven off with a loss of just 15 men, while the Dungans suffered nearly 40. The attacks were at the worst time for Dungu, which had just suffered a major uprisig in its cities, and many of its army were dead or wounded at this time.

March 4, 2001: The War Begins

At dawn, Isiran troops attacked Watsa from the North, taking out several outposts, and installing 5 armed pickup trucks in an elevated portion of the city. Meanwhile, most troops were kept occupied in the West, as a division of 2000 Isiran conscripts launched an attack on the town center, where most high Dungan officials were. Defending were only 1300 Dungan soldiers, but they were highly trained, and well defended, resulting in a major Isiran loss of 970 soldiers, while the rest retreated. At 0730 hours, The Isirans launched a second attack on the base, this failed, but with the Dungans suffering most losses- they lost 270 soldiers to a mere 80. However, they were then reinforced by a further 2000 troops, and the Isiran troops were ordered to retreat and instead attack an army convoy with supplies, weaponry, and manpower for the Dungans. This was attacked, and the 1500 soldiers for Dungu were forced back with the help of two armed pickup trucks. Dungu suffered 450 soldiers dead and 290 MIA or critically injured. Isiro suffered heavy losses too, with one of the trucks and 360 injured, MIA, or KIA. The remainder were pulled back to the position captured earlier, and reinforced by another 1000 soldiers. By 1800 hours, both had firm positions. However, a Dungan counterattack on the position (designated Ground Zero Watsa) resulted in a major loss. The Isirans suffered 10 dead and 15 injured. The Dungans suffered 40 dead and 20 injured This led to the taking of a vital ridge that offered a lookout over the rest of Dungu.

March 5, 2001: Operation Redemption

Directly before dawn, Isiro launched Operation Redemption, sending a small team to attack the South of the town center, while the armed trucks bombarded it with heavy machine gunfire. Pinned down from the South and the North, they were forced to retreat to a better position, and much of the square was taken, except for the Mayor's building. At 0700 hours, a massive attack was launched on the building, and it was captured with losses in excess of a 700 to both sides. Although all resistance wasn't ended, until 2000 hours, this is when the assault on Watsa officially ended.

Other attacks, however, hadn't been as successful, and after pushing back the attack on Denge, Dungan troops pushed back to the outskirts of Niangara before the Isiran troops were sufficiently reinforced as to hold back the Dungans. Though the Dungans didn't have the manpower or weaponry to take Niangara, they managed to hold a siege, which the Isirans couldn't break out of, despite numerous attempts.

In Maybaya, the war had essentially become one of attrition, and Isiran troops were pulled back, to a camp outside the town. This proved to be an error, as they were ambushed while they were the most tired, and routed, suffering 500 casualties.

March 6, 2001 : Operation Hellfire

With Isiro losing many of their battles, troops were pulled back from all Dungan cities but Watsa, which was already taken. This was in preparation of Operation Hellfire.

At 1100 hours, just before noon, Isiran troops attacked a hill in Dungu, such that the sun was in the enemies eyes, the established a firm position there, set up artillery trucks, and started spreading to the rest of the city. At the same time, at the South of the city, a major attack by conscripts from Watsa nearly took the Mayor's building, but a rallying effort by one Dungan general surrounded the attackers and decimated them. Both sides suffered heavy casualties, but the Dungans were reinforced by soldiers from others from the rest of the city, thus weakening other positions. However, Isiro was overreached, and was unable to take advantage of this until the next day. As a result, both invasions were halted, though the trucks position was held firm despite numerous attacks.

March 7, 2001 : The Capture of Dungu

At dawn, using almost 800 troops, Isiro attacked and captured three major points in Dungu. This was via a conscript attack on all of the South-West. Almost all Dungan soldiers were diverted to the attack, and thus Isiro was able to launch a second attack from the armored trucks. Before they could be stopped, the were outside the town square. However, Dungans returning from the fight against the conscripts held a stable defence until 1800 hours. Then, an attack from the Uele river, which the town square was backed up against, finally captured Dungu at 2300 hours. The war was practically over, but Ambroise Amabe had fled to Denge, and the hunt for him was still on. The last divisions of Dungan troops had moved to Denge, abandoning Maybaya (which was taken roughly around midnight).

March 8, 2001 : The War Ends

At 0930 hours, the siege of Denge began. Despite a stockade put up, attackers stormed the first line of defence but were ultimately unable to storm the second one. After five pickup trucks were installed, they attacked one section of the wall while a secoond was hit by mortar and RPG strikes. Meanwhile, a third hole was being drilled in the wall silently while most Dungan soldiers were elsewhere. The pickup trucks succeeded first, but all but one was destroyed in a swift Dungan counterattack, while the Isirans fled. The RPGs did get through, but struggled to get a foothold. However, while this occurred, the third group went through, and the 400 troops there swept through the light defences. by 1800 hours, all Dungu but for Amabe's headquarters was taken. Two hours later, 75 Isiran special forces entered a breach, and fought their way to Amabe's position. While they were just outside, Amabe detonated an RDX based explosive, killing himself and 56 other Dungans, in addition to the remaining 23 Isiran soldiers.

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