Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

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Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

Post by militaryfreak » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:47 am

Hello! Sorry for the wait, I had a big personal event in my life, coupled with a move, and work commitments. I now am comfortably back on track. I've linked part 1 (I think I posted that over ayear ago lol)

Part 1 viewtopic.php?t=17613

March 23-March 30, 1960
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Coup d’état forces swept through Polis, arresting government officials, military officers, and other individuals of interest. The palace of King Lennertz was also attacked, after brief skirmishes, the guard was forced to surrender, King Lennertz himself would die before he could be taken into custody. The nature of his demise is somewhat unclear. Stories of his death include suicide, execution, or a last-stand of sorts. Leadership for the Mirthanese loyalists collapsed, leaving a provisionary government of generals to take charge.

March 30, 1960
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An aircraft technician is taken into custody by Military Police for refusal to do his job, and loyalist sympathies.

April 31st 1960
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Fighters of the workers union raise the soviet flag over a captured loyalist tank, immobilized in a makeshift roadblock

The coup d’état forces declared victory in Polis, Meanwhile, other elements began to act. The political force known as the Workers Union took charge in the industrial centers of Wusteland and Sulkra, seizing government assets, and clashing with loyalist forces.

May 3rd 1960
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On the east coast various leftist elements coordinated by Prince Kirschtein march forward, uniformed and armed with Soviet and Chinese weaponry. The groups leaders form their own government, The Sozialistische Demokratische Republik (SDR) they take power across much of the east coast and Narische Island. Still under command crisis, the loyalists are completely unable to mount an effective defense, thousands surrender to the SDR, with many defecting to join the revolution, further bolstering the SDR with more weapons and vehicles.

May 15th 1960
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SDR forces greet a downed allied pilot, shot down by anti-aircraft fire. By the time of the civil war, Mirthan still had 48 BF-109 variants in its inventory, all of which were captured by leftist forces. The planes were used for scouting and light bombing roles in the early stage of the conflict, before newer jets rendered them completely outclassed.

May 28th 1960
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By May, the loyalists were in full retreat. An unexpected, and unaffiliated, uprising of farmers in the middle of the country had seized the major route through the Glistening Desert, and the loyalists had almost no means of holding the center of the country, with few troops stationed there in the first place, and now facing being completely cutoff, forces were rapidly being pulled in hopes of consolidating a defense further north.

June 12th 1960
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With the main highway from North to South now under rebel control, the loyalists could only bring supplies along the east coast and west coast highways. The larger part of the Air Force had defected during the initial coup d’etat, and few airfields were available for both supply and combat missions. Leftist forces held total air superiority, and convoys were being hit daily. Without supplies, even strong defensible positions like the Yoho Mountains, had to be abandoned.

June 20th 1960
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The rebel farmers in central Mirthan had been motivated to their revolt by extreme poverty and a perceived unwillingness of the government to help for years. While many held sympathies for the leftist cause further south, the two factions did not have much in the way of cooperation. The revolt began when militias formed and seized two federal armories in early May, capturing many ww2-era weapons. Many of the members involved were ww2 veterans themselves, and even made a point of wearing their old uniforms.

July 21st, 1960
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A loyalist soldier looks over dead rebels, killed while manning a captured jeep.

August 10th 1960
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With loyalist forces in retreat, the SDR begin pushing into the center of the country, towards the city of Kurana. Meanwhile, Coup forces would push south to capture the big cities and link up with the workers union, who were starting falter against loyalist forces.

August 25th 1960
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Coup forces enter the West city, heavily armed with tanks, artillery, and aircraft. Lightly armed elements of the National guard were unable to put up much of a fight.

September 12th 1960
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A lone soldier of the Coup mans his machingun position, even with many of his comrades lying dead at his feet.

September 22nd 1960
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SDR forces firing at loyalist jets with a 3.7 cm AA gun, mounted on a soviet-made truck.

September 29th 1960
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With West City and Yokohama under control, the Coup forces marched east towards Kurana, where the SDR had already begun attacking the city.

October 1st 1960
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Loyalist forces disembark to return fire.

October 10th 1960
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Loyalists examine an AK-47 Rifle, taken from a fallen communist.

November 15th 1960
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A loyalist soldier poses with his Panzershreck, and the tank he destroyed

December 20th 1960
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Cutoff from supplies and command, Loyalist forces on the island of Narische, Led by Brigadier General Heinz Hahnemann formally surrendered to the SDR. General Hahnemann is often seen as traitor figure in modern North Mirthan, however realistically, he had no other option, as his position had run out of both water and ammunition.

January 3rd 1961
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Loyalist forces holding out at Konig Bar Hotel, an important improvised HQ in the city of Kurana

February 17th 1961
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A communist forces sergeant climbing onto a tank, yelling to the commander, attempting to direct fire. Mirthan still had many Panzer tanks even into the 60s, seeing use by both sides.

March 15th 1961
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SDR forces, (led by Marshal Gerhard Hipper and Marshal Ueno Okajima) and Coup forces led by General Arno Rosenblum officially meet in Konigsberg.

"I thought you would be taller"
--Marshal Ueno Okajima


March 16th 1961
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The Communist forces would successfully take Kurana, after 7 months of fighting. Coup, SDR, and Workers Union leaders would come together in what would be called The Mirthanese Workers Conference, with the goal of creating a practical new government once the war was over. A constitution was drafted, and the government was formally declared. The Peoples Republic of Mirthan would be led by Jonas Ehrenfeld, Chairman of the Mirthanese Communist Party. The new government was soon recognized by China and the USSR, who had already been supplying material aid even in the years before the war.

April 8th 1961
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Captain Imaeda Ryozo, takes off in his new soviet supplied Mig-15. In addition to F-86s, P-40's P-47s, and BF-109s in the Communists inventory, soviet built Yak and Mig fighters began to arrive in large quantities, allowing them to maintain numerical superiority in the sky.

June 3rd 1961
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The final elements of the farmer revolt is defeated, and thousands of weapons were seized. The Loyalists began to consolidate their position, as American aid was inbound.

July 1st 1961
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Both sides hunkered down and prepare new offensives, skirmishes, airstrikes, and shelling was happening regularly however no serious moves were being made. Large quantities of Soviet and Chinese equipment was being put forward by the Communists, while for the loyalists, American aid was only just starting to trickle in.

July 23rd 1961
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Communist leaders examine a T-55 tank, which were becoming increasingly more available, and would soon form the backbone of the communists armored forces.

August 10th 1961
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Communist forces man their positions, prepared to either attack, or be-attacked at a moments notice.

September 12th 1961
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The Communists launch an all-out assault across the entire front line, with goal of shattering the loyalist army, and driving North. Much of the offensive would be focused on securing the city of Konigsberg, with the forces then repositioned to securing the center of the country, and splitting to secure Japanischeberg and Jagerstolz. Loyalist forces had been entrenched, and responding with heavy artillery, inflicting heavy casualties.

September 13th 1961
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Loyalist forces fight the communist offensive, in spite of heavy casualties

September 14th 1961
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Communist forces assault the loyalist lines.

September 16th 1961
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A communist fighter sits destroyed, having been strafed and rocketed. A Soviet observer, and a communist forces officer examines the wreckage.

"No matter how much you lose, we can give more"
-Rodion Malinovsky


September 20th 1961
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The communists would reach Konigsberg on the 20th, The loyalists would fight fiercely, however were outmatched by the communist air force, which conducted operations with near impunity

September 25th 1961
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Loyalist forces await commands, holding position in the suburbs of Konigsberg.

November 1st 1961
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Loyalist forces use their immobilized jeep as a machine gun position against advancing communist forces.

November 3rd 1961
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The communists would enter downtown Konigsberg in November, as the loyalists began to withdraw

December 10th 1961
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With Konigsberg in communist hands, forces were moved for phase two. Massive armored forces were positioned to break through the center of the loyalist lines. Operating a variety of armored vehicles, the most numerous was the newly delivered T-55, supplied by the soviets.

December 11th 1961
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Loyalist vehicles, ravaged and left burning in the desert by Communist airstrikes

December 12th 1961
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a Communist tank crew pass a knocked out loyalist sherman

December 15th 1961
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Communist troops examine a new M48 Patton, abandoned due to lack of fuel. Its infrared device destroyed, and main gun irreparably damaged. Of the some 130 M48 tanks that made it to the Loyalists, some 20 ended up abandoned without fuel, and were captured. Communist airstrikes effectively cut supplies across the front.

January 5th 1962
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The loyalist forces were again pushed back, unable to counter the communists complete air-superiority. Now facing assaults on Jagerstolz and Japanischeberg, the loyalists were now facing a complete collapse, and the communists would be poised to take the entire country. The government, already dependent on US aid, pleaded for US intervention. President Kennedy would order aircraft and marines to the bases on Verusa Island, Kennedy was somewhat hesitant to provide direct aid, with the Cuban Missile Crisis still in recent memory. This action was seen by the Soviets, who stepped up naval patrols in response.

January 18th 1962
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Communist forces cross a dry riverbed outside of Jagerstolz.

January 20th 1962
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Communist forces would attack Jagerstolz. the city would be heavily damaged by artillery and airstrikes. Most of the city consisted on poor districts of light buildings, most of which would be left in complete ruins by the end of the battle.

March 1st 1962
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Communist forces fighting in Jagerstolz. A sergeant calls for heavy weapons after taking fire from a nearby building

April 11th 1962
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With victory in Jagerstolz, the communists turned their attention to Japanischeberg. Almost as soon as the attacks began, it quickly became clear that the city was indefensible. Nevertheless, the loyalists would hold for as long as possible, still hoping for direct US intervention.

May 16th 1962
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A communist gun crew relocates, facing heavy artillery fire.

June 16th 1962
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Fighting in Japanischeberg would end in mid-June. However just as new offensives were planned to capture the cities of Neugrad, Athens, and Landsen. By now, the US would drastically expand military aid to the Loyalists, seeing a desperate need to match the quantity of aid provided by the soviets.

August 5th 1962
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Communist forces moved north to Neugrad, although the communist faced little resistance, they had stretched their supply lines. To compensate, the advance was slowed, while supplies caught up.

September 10th 1962
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Communist soldiers examine an abandoned M2HB .50cal machinegun. Many .50cal machineguns were captured throughought the war. The design was so liked, that the Hiroharu Arms Company would create an indigenous copy called the MG92 in 1992

September 18th 1962
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"When I grow up, I want to be a hero like you!"
--Little girl to a communist soldier.

Communist forces where often greeted as liberators in many of the communities they arrived at. Drawing new recruits, and creating a national fervor for the new communist state.


October 7th 1962
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Communist soldiers patrol newly collectivized farming.

In October things would escalate exponentially. A naval clash between Soviet and American ships would occur on the 7th of October. While there were no deaths, a Soviet destroyer was lightly damaged. In a conference in Tokyo, a Ceasefire was hastily pushed forward on the 20th, and US and Soviet Forces would mostly withdraw. The ceasefire was set to last until February 20th 1963, under nuclear threat. Both sides hunkered down and rearmed. The Loyalists were strengthened and restructured to match the communists, and the buildup was starting to look like the coming conflict could last for years. Soviet and American delegates would see the ceasefire extended to March 15th, with an official armistice being signed in Tokyo on March 14th, a day before the ceasefire was supposed to end. A somewhat arbitrary border was drawn with both sides retaining most of the cities, resources, and industry they had managed to hold.

Aftermath
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The Communists would structure their government as The Peoples Republic of Mirthan, informally referred to as South Mirthan. Though initially, soviet aligned, relations would sour in the late 60’s as the South would follow the steps of China and the ever-widening Sino-Soviet split. The nation was restructured, many industries were nationalized, and farming collectivized. A so-called Socialism with Mirthanese Characteristics would see the nation industrialize rapidly, at cost to its citizens. Its new distance from the soviets would see relations with the west opening in 1970. By 1980, many nations began adopting a one-Mirthan policy, seeing more business done with the South. Military funding began to fall by the wayside, as weapons and equipment were scrapped in favor of rapid industrialization. The military would also be watered down by massive conscription. The Government sought a position like that of North Korea, with heavier emphasis on economic success and diplomatic cooperation, as a means of safeguarding the nation.

The provisionary government of the Loyalists would restructure itself into a quasi-dictatorship, Initially still calling itself Mirthan. It would liberalize into a strong federal elected government in the 1970s. changing its name to the Federation of Mirthan often informally called North Mirthan, giving many of states semi-autonomy, but with strong federal oversight. It would continue relevance on the national stage, until the 70s to 80s, as more countries began to recognize the South as more useful nation to have relations with. The North would opt to vast defense spending and receive heavy American aid. In return, the north would export resources to the US and would cooperate with whatever the US wanted, becoming a western-puppet strong-man government. Relations with the South would remain hostile, with several clashes in the later years. It would come to a head in 1984, when the North would invade the South.

Seeing the near communist takeover, the US would take a more active stance against communism. Aid for North Mirthan had come too little, too late. Which would effect US policy in the Vietnam war a few years later. Officially, the US recognized both Mirthans, however became slightly more Southern aligned as commercial relations became bigger and bigger. However would continue to supply the North until 2012. It would normalize relations with South Mirthan in 2013.
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Re: Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

Post by Food_Truk » Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:26 am

Crazy amount of detail, really nice photos as well. Is this based on actual events?
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Re: Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

Post by militaryfreak » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:24 pm

Food_Truk wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:26 am
Crazy amount of detail, really nice photos as well. Is this based on actual events?
Not really any direct inspiration for the story. I did draw inspiration from the Arab-Israeli Wars, Indo-Pakistani Wars, and early Vietnam war for most of the battle scenes
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Re: Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

Post by Food_Truk » Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:21 am

militaryfreak wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:24 pm
Not really any direct inspiration for the story. I did draw inspiration from the Arab-Israeli Wars, Indo-Pakistani Wars, and early Vietnam war for most of the battle scenes
If you're not writing professional war fiction yet, you should consider trying it. You really manage to get into the details.
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Re: Mirthanese Civil War 1960-1963 Part 2

Post by militaryfreak » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:50 pm

More of my work can be found on my flickr. They should be at the bottom. Usually I do 21st century conflicts
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums
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