|World War III|
(Clockwise) A French machine gun nest on the Louis Line, Australian troops with Geweer 44 rifles, Mexican troops scramble across rocks during the fascist Louisianan invasion of Tejas, Secretary of Commerce Jean Trudeau signs the French surrender on the battleship SMS Kaiser Wilhelm, Japanese troops advance into Russian controlled Mongolia, a Cygnian marine carries a wounded girl after the Battle of Swanstone circa February 1943
World War III (often abbreviated to WWIII or WW3), also known as the Third World War, was a global war that lasted from 1938 to 1946, although related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations – including all of the great powers – eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Fascist League. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres (in which approximately one million were killed), it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War III the deadliest conflict in human history.
Fascist Britain had already invaded France in 1936, and the Empire of Japan aimed to dominate Asia and the Pacific and was already at war with the Republic of China in 1937, but the world war is said to have begun on 1 October 1938, with the joint invasion of Spain by Britain and the now-Fascist France and subsequent declarations of war on Britain and France by Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. From late 1938 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Britain controlled much of Europe, and formed the Fascist League with Australie and Japan. The war continued primarily between the Fascist powers and the Allies, with campaigns including the North Africa and East Africa campaigns, the aerial Battle of Britain, the Blitz bombing campaign, the Balkan Campaign as well as the long-running Battle of the Atlantic. In June 1941, the Fascist League launched an invasion of the Russian Republic mainly with the Battle of Khalkin-Gol in Mongolia by Japan. This opened the largest land theatre of war in history, which trapped the major part of the League's military forces into a war of attrition. In December 1941, Japan attacked Cygnian colonies, and quickly conquered much of Southeast Asia.
The League advances halted in 1943 when the Cygnian Revolution overthrew the existing Cygnian government and restored the monarchy. The end of the Hellerist dictatorship raised Allied morale greatly, resulting in decisive victories against League forces in the Battle of Swanstone and Battle of Saigon. Britain and France also suffered a devastating defeat at Tsaritsyn in Russia. In 1944, with a series of British and French defeats on the Eastern Front, and Allied victories in the Asia-Pacific, the League lost the initiative and undertook strategic retreat on all fronts. In 1945, the Allies invaded France and Australie; Russia regained all of its territorial losses and invaded French-occupied Eastern Europe. During 1945 and 1946 the Japanese suffered major reverses in mainland Asia in South Central China and Burma, while the Allies crippled the Japanese Navy. Australien forces were also crushed by the Allies and by 1945 Australie was occupied by the Cygnians.
The war in Europe concluded with an invasion of Britain by the Allies, beginning with the aerial Battle of Britain, and culminating in the capture of London by Allied troops and the subsequent British unconditional surrender on 22 March 1946. Following the Manchester Declaration by the Allies on 10 April 1946 and the refusal of Japan to surrender under its terms, Cygnia dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 August and 9 August respectively. With an invasion of the Japanese archipelago imminent, the possibility of additional atomic bombings, Japan surrendered on 15 August 1946. Thus ended the war in Asia, cementing the total victory of the Allies.
World War III altered the political alignment and social structure of the world. The United Nations (UN) was established to foster international co-operation and prevent future conflicts. The victorious great powers – Cygnia, Russia, China, Germany and Austria – became the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The influence of European great powers waned, while the decolonisation of Asia and Africa began. Most countries whose industries had been damaged moved towards economic recovery.
Invasion of Spain: 1938The French invasion of Spain kicked off the third and final world war. The French invasion would be from 4 ways. Naval forces would land troops in the north and east while land troops would invaded from the Northeast across the Pyrenees and from Portugal. The intitial combat in WWIII was in the skies mainly over Barcelona and Madrid. The underequiped Spanish Air Force was no match for the Forces aeriennes francaies and their ultramodern Amiot 143 bombers and MS 405 fighters. The Spanish were equipped with WWII era-German French, and Portuguese weapons. The French army crossed the Pyrenees at a snails pace it seemed with the tight high mountains and steep slopes. French naval vessels bombarded Barcelona after the Air Force launched their first raids. French marines equipped with new Fusil automatique 1937 rifles (these weapons would later be copied by the Germans into Grewher 43 rifles) quickly broke into the city. Meanwhile on October 3rd, Portuguese troops with French equipment launched a invasion of Spain and their colonial holdings. Meanwhile with Spain collapsing Japan on October 10th took the Philippines followed by a Australien occupation of Samoa. By October 12th French and Portuguese troops had met in Madrid. French Forgein Minister Georges Bonnet offered to spare Madrid if the Spanish surrendered. They refused. The battle for Madrid was hard fought with some 60% of the original city destroyed in the fighting. Fighting elsewhere in Spain saw the British land troops Southern Spain. The British forces moved their way up into Andalusia and met up with the fascist in hiding Francisco Franco and placed him as the head of the government in what Mosely was calling the "Protectorate of Andalusia". On October 19th, 1938 Spain surrendered and succumbed to Fascist control. France formally annexed Basque and Catalonia. Portugal took Galicia and the Canary Islands. Meanwhile, Japan annexed the Philippines and Samoa was placed under the rule of the government in Willemsland, Australie. Spanish North Africa was annexed by Portugal and Spanish Sahara was partitioned between France and Portugal. Britain retook Gibraltar and the southern peninsula in Iberia. Franco's weak Fascist regime was tied from Seville.
The War Expands: 1938-1940Along with invading Spain, France also invaded the Netherlands after the Dutch and German declaration of war on October 4th, 1938. The French army had crossed into Flanders and South Holland. The Dutch army was small at first but had recruited some 30,000 men by the declaration of war. The French and Dutch first clashed at Antwerp as the French attempted to take the port. The first battle was brutal and dragged on for 2 weeks. The First Battle of Antwerp managed to halt the Fascist advance on the rest of the Dutch front. However on October 23rd the French won out and the forces in cities like Ghent and Rotterdam were under the threat of being destroyed. On October 30th Rotterdam fell to French troops. The winter weather began to set in during the battles of early November. In parts of Zuid-Holland and Ultrecht the German and Dutch forces massed and counter attacked on November 7th in Operation: Rolling Hills. The farthest the allied troops managed to get was Antwerp with the second battle for that city. The French with extra British troops managed in 10 days to push the Allied troops away. On November 20th the French drove into the rest of the Netherlands mainly overrunning the coast and parts of the South even taking some villages in Western Germany. In Amsterdam the French propped up Anton Mussert with the newly formed Batavian Republic. The fascist Dutch supporters were thrown into combat at a firefight near Veendam in the Northeast. They were slaughtered. Many refused to charge. Others simply ran to the other side to fight for the Allies. Soon French soldiers had to enforce the fascist jackboot on the Batavian conscripts. Meanwhile to the south the French and British provoked the New Italian Empire under Victor Emmanuel II to attack into Austria, a German puppet kingdom.
The Italian army had increased its size ever since the jubilant Prime Minister Benito Mussolini launched a coup and ousted the liberal government with the consent of King Emmanuel. The Italian army had the adequate number of weapons and vehicles but it was the quality of them which made the Italian army fair badly. The rifles couldn't shoot straight half the time, the vehicles were poorly armed and armored and broke down often. And the Italian Air Force still liked using their Fiat Cr series which dated back to the Fiat Cr.20 aircraft from 1926. The Italian invasion of Austria was slow as its troops slogged through snow and mountains. Into 1939 the Italian army was slowed 120 miles from Vienna and locked in a war of atrition. Pietro Badoglio, the hero of the Abysinnian Conflict from earlier was declared Generalissimo of the Italian army in Austria. Italy's feudal attempts to seize Austria all winter would end in failure.
The German army was the best of the then current Allied forces in the beginning of 1939. Germany had its armored vehicles and they were decent but most came from borrowed Czech designs. Not to mention some were being used by the Czech army. One notable Czech sniper of Corpral Vaclev Jezek who survived the war fighting in the Rhineland, Austria, his home country twice, Russia, Italy, and lastly, he shipped himself off to Siberia where he was wounded by a stray Japanese machine gun bullet in Korea. The French and British on March 3rd, 1939 occupied all of Holland. French troops drove into the northwest states of Germany. Spring 1939 saw heavy fighting in the Rhineland as the Germans attempted to "Bleed the French white" as they attempted to retake Alsace-Lorraine.
"Good evening my friends. Today I announce that late this afternoon, French forces waved the flag of fascism over Cologne. I promise, that we Germans, shall do everything in our power to stop the hordes that were influenced by that of the Anglo-Saxon menace. Their anti-German, jealous ideologies drive them to hating us so much we must put each and every one of them down like animals. For that is who they are. I call you, every man, woman, and child, capable of fighting. To take up your arms and protect your families. The state of the Reich and of god are at stake of being torn down by madmen at the heads of dying empires. Kill the schwein that seek to tear us down. For we shall fight on the beaches, fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the streets, and in the fields. We shall never surrender"- aging Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Reichstag, August 1939.
However, even as the Kaiser spoke, some of the most influential words of the war. The call of two new ideologies would clash, not in Europe, Africa, or Asia, but in the land down under.For years the Democratic Republic of Cygnia and the Australien Rijk had been at each others throats for years. The Australasian arms raced consumed each others populations. The peace all came crashing down in September of 1939. The invasion was swift in the early plans by Australie to take parts of Cygnia. The battle of Tennant Creek was the first major battle in the front. The Australiens under the leadership of Johan Vijolen and their copy of the French combined arms tactics used earlier (now know by the Australiens as Bilksem oorlog. The main commander General Hans van Heuten combined his Luchmacht air squadrons with fast moving Schilld regiments Cygnian tanks such as the Cruiser III and the heavier medium tank the M3 Heller with its 75mm sponson gun were easy tagets for the Fokker FA-87 Pelican dive bombers of the Luchmacht. Through the later part of September and October the Australien advance was halted by the Cygnian Lieutenant General Jackson Kennedy (who would prove himself in the latter Pacific front of 1944-1946). The commanders of Cygnia and Australie waited over the course of the Southern Winter. Rushing supllies to the troops sitting in the scorching sun and training for combat in the summer. But that was in the center of the continent. Up north the fighting continued with General Vijolen fighting to take Darwin. The fighting in the city was fierce. Cygnian troops, outgunned and surrounded surrendered in January 1940 due to a lack of fresh water and ammunition. This was one of the first times that the Australiens successfully used naval forces to take an area. Australien troops landed under both enemy and covering fire from Cygnian artillery and the pocket battleship RMS Zuid-Papeo. 1940 saw the opening of the North American theater. The fascist Louisianan state with supplies coming in from France and some minor support from the Integralist regime in Brazil struck in winter at the Dutch dominion in New Netherland and the Empire of Mexico. Louisiana mainly struck hard at New Netherland in the first stages of the conflict. LSAF bombers hit New Amsterdam, Detroit, Adrianberg, and Burgh. The industrial cities and factories of Iroquoisa were heavily damaged by Louisianan Amiot bombers. Troops from the 1st Quebec volunteers where quickly thrown into the fray in the battle of Mohawkville against Indian militia and soldiers with the occasional New Netherland armored group. However the problem wasn't with the LS leadership but with the amount of men they could field. Their plan was to dominate the continent with the materials they had. Louisiana compared to Mexico and New Netherland was vastly underpopulated almost by 30 million.
Europe in 1940 was a interesting place to say the least. Fighting was stalled across the continent. In January a joint Anglo-French marine force landing in Norway. German troops couldn't save the country in time. In the Balkans the Italians broke into Yugoslavia and Greece attacking the country. However, Greek forces managed to overrun Albania from the south. Yugoslav troops were also reinforced by extra Hungarian and Bulgarian reinforcements. Italian troops into spring restarted their advance on Vienna. Italian troops despite the horrible supplies of weapons and vehicles managed to advance two-thirds of the way to Vienna from March until July with heavy fighting and casualties. However in Germany, things were getting worse for the Allied forces. France had already created two puppet states. The Rhinelander Republic and the Bavarian Republic. Both under fascist principles. The British stake in the claim was up north. Thought it fell under French jurisdiction Britain created the State of Flamaland just to piss off the Batavians. Flemish forces would fight with their British masters over the Saxony-Hamburg region of Northwest Germany. Britain promptly annexed the "Fatherland" of the Anglo-Saxon race. Into summer of 1940 the Germans were increasingly desperate. The Kaiser, however, refused to leave Berlin. His son and now Chancellor Heinz Guderian managed to sneak out of Germany, thought a somewhat sympathetic Russia, and into the Cygnian Raj. From their they took a cruise liner to Cape Town. Finally on August 3rd, 1940, the mainland of Germany and its allies had been overrun. Europe was in fascist hands.
Down under in Australasia, the Miracle of Derby occurred. General Kennedy in stunning success managed to evacuate some 300,000 Cygnian soldiers from the small port of Derby to Cygnian Indonesia. Australie's advance, however, was continually ground down for another year thanks to shortage of supplies and the barrenness of the Outback. Chancellor Heller also decided to release on the Australians, thousands of well trained, aboriginal bush fighters to cause partisan havoc on the fascist invaders. In America the Louisianan invasion of Mexico and New Netherland also started to grind to a halt. Manpower problems and general unpreparedness for the winter and the war completely hampered operations. In Africa the war had just begun to heat up, and the Fascist decided they had a new threat to deal with, a much much bigger, and eastern threat.
Crouching Bear, Hidden Eagle: 1941-1943In the first few years of the war Africa had remained quiet. It wasn't until 1940 when the Phony War broke its silence. Soldiers under General Kaulza de Arriaga launched a major offensive into the German Congo. 100,000 Portuguese soldiers attempted to take the massive colony for themselves. Portuguese troops easily took Wilhelmsville and parts of Katanga. What the Portuguese didn't expect was the South African response. South Africa had perused a policy of "neutrality at war", the concept that South Africa was at war but was not to make any moves in a defensive mode. In September of 1940 South African troops broke into Mozambique. South African troops easily overran the capital. General Eisenhower who had landed in Cape Town in the previous month with newly proclaimed Kaiser Wilhelm III. Eisenhower was proclaimed by the Kaiser and the South African President Jan Smuts as the supreme commander in Africa. While Southern Mozambique fell the Portuguese used their Angolan loyalists and whatever white troops they could spare to invade Namaland. The Portuguese invasion of Northwest South Africa came to a surprise to the local SAA colonel. The South African's had deployed 3 brigades of infantry and was surprised. The initial Portuguese invasion was finally stopped by the 1st German African Armored Corps which was transported from the Congo to South Africa via the Lettowville-Cape Town Railway which then traveled north through the Namibian Bush Highway. The Allied Counter Offensive drove deep into occupied Namaland. General Gurt von Runsted continued to push into Angola from his positions. 75,000 South African and German soldiers flooded into Angola. The Allied invasion of Angola was met with some resistance on the border but as they pressed inland they were joined by local tribal warriors who had fought a minor nuisance guerrilla war against the Portuguese for 6 years. In February of 1941 Mozambique fell to South African forces who paraded through the conquered capital city of Maputo. In German East Africa, Italian forces had been advancing south despite the humidity, dieses and guerrilla fighters the Italians pressed on Dar es Salaam. The easy collapse of the Portuguese colonies lead to almost 100,000 South African and German soldiers transported north set up defensive lines on the former Mozambique border. The Italian army crashed into the line with full force but with South African factories producing German made armor and weapons stood no chance. Allied troops pushed north in a lightning attack. By April 1941 all of Southern Africa and Southeast Africa was under Allied control. Yet the fighting wouldn't end in Europe.
After the conquest of the Balkans the Italians set up several puppet states. Croatia and Bosnia were willingly freed and joined as Italian allies. However Greece and Bulgaria were forcibly set up as puppet regimes. In March of 1941 Italy decided it was time to destroy the Ottoman menace which had plagued southern Europe for so long. On March 3rd, fascist Bulgarian and Italian soldiers crossed the border into Ottoman Thrace overrunning the region. The Ottoman Confederation was a loose country of the old Empire that was held together by a weak, multi-ethnically represented regime in Ankara. French and Italian troops came up into Palestine quickly routing local Muslim, Christian, and Jewish militias. By April of 1941 the Ottomans had been subdued. Doriot's grand plan of surrounding Russia was complete. For Operation: Napoleon was ready to begin in a month.
To the east of Germany and Hungary lay the untouched giant. Across the Red Curtain lay the Russian Republic, the sleeping giant. It was sleeping in its west, and kicking in its East. Since 1931 the Republic had been involved in affairs in China and Mongolia ever since the start of the Chinese Civil War. Russia had occupied Mongolia in 1928 establishing a Republic under Russian values. Then in 1933 it invaded Sinkiang which resulted in the collapse of the Republic of East Turkistan and the Ma Clique. President Romanov had continually supported the Nationalists under Chang Kai-shek. The Communists were being destroyed by 1937 when Japan had invaded. Russia had declared its neutrality in the European War. Russia saw itself as the decider of the fate of China and Japan. War nearly erupted between Japan and Russia in 1939 thanks to the battle of Khalkin-Gol in Mongolia. Romanov barely had a opinion of the Fascist on Russia's borders in spring 1941. In a Press conference after a Duma Session in Petrograd, Romanov when asked with a question about the build up of Fascist soldiers on the border he responded with, "Its not our business." Romanov was in the middle of a possible scandal during that time. Though it was somewhat true, special URP stalwarts had rounded up and reportedly killed several opposition leaders from the left leaning parties, especially the Bolshevik Party.On June 22nd, 1941, the unthinkable happened. In a lightning strike at 5am Fascist troops rolled over the Russian border. The Russian army in the west was mobilized. Despite having at least 600,000 men mobilized on the border, the resistance was easily brushed aside. Romanov was in shock on how he could be so ignorant. Extensive conscription was enacted across the country. The Russian army quickly attempted to counter attack at Minsk in August of 1941. The counter attack their was fierce but the terrible Russian vehicles and tanks led to heavy casualties. The Russians were forced to retreat. More defensive lines were prepared outside Riga and Kiev. With heavy battles in Western Ukraine and Lithuania, Romanov constantly orders no retreat and barked at his generals.