South Nebraskan Invasion of East Nebraska

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South Nebraskan Invasion of East Nebraska
Part of Nebraskan Front of World War II (Tierra)
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Clockwise from top left: East Nebraskan Marines in gas masks preparing to counterattack South Nebraskans at Wateria, East Nebraskan soldiers using a Type 92 heavy machine gun to defend against a South Nebraskan attack in Ash, the remains of a South Nebraskan landing at the Hōrīsupuringusu River, a South Nebraskan machine gun nest during Operation Summer Rays, an East Nebraskan bomber during Operation Cherry Blossom, South Nebraskan soldiers parading in Wateria after East Nebraska's surrender.
Date April 18 1940 - September 2 1940.
Location East Nebraska
Result South Nebraskan Victory
Belligerents
East Nebraska

North Nebraska

South Nebraska
Commanders and leaders
Prime Minister Otani Seiji

Minister of Defense Yashiro Shiba
General Fuse Sukeyasu
General Manaka Yoshio
General Yamasaki Shunichi

President David Straterman

Secretary of War Cecil Gorden
Field Marshal Douglas Martin
Field Marshal William Pitts
Field Marshal Raymond Martin
Field Marshal Michael Manza
Field Marshal Frank Hudson
Field Marshal Edd Russell
Field Marshal Fredd Thomas

Strength
450,000 personal

404 tanks
1,170 field guns
935 aircraft

2,000,000 personal

3,583 tanks
4,236 field guns
4,638 aircraft

Casualties and losses
157,500 killed

197,500 wounded
27,000 captured
350 tanks
780 aircraft

111,340 killed

435,890 wounded
3,100 missing
820 tanks
320 aircraft

The South Nebraskan Invasion of East Nebraska, also known as the Higeki (Tragedy), and also sometimes referred to as the Battle of East Nebraska and the Fall of East Nebraska, was the South Nebraskan Invasion of East Nebraska during the Nebraskan Front during World War II (Tierra). In five months, South Nebraskan armies were able to subdue the East Nebraskan military, effectively isolating North Nebraska until the Spring Offensives in 1941 and 1942.

South Nebraskan plans consisted of two different crossing of the Platte River; Operation Summer Rays and Operation Summer Blues. Despite prior knowledge of invasion, East Nebraska suffered losses all throughout April and May. With bridges of the Platte still intact, South Nebraska was able to make pushes with armored units, ultimately coming to the East Nebraskan capital of Wateria by late July. East Nebraskan units continued to fight until September, when the East Nebraska government went into exile in North Nebraska, with much of the military following suit, effective giving South Nebraska control of the nation.

Background

East Nebraska Situation Prewar

East Nebraska, under a Republican government, remained unstable throughout the 1930s. After North Nebraska declared war on South Nebraska as a result of their invasion of West Nebraska, East Nebraska declare neutrality in the conflict, saying that the previous alliance between North and East Nebraska was null and void, due to the fact it was signed by the emperor, and not the new Republican government. This effectively cut any relation North and East Nebraska had.

South Nebraska Plans

With plans to break North Nebraska control of the Nebraska continent, many in the South Nebraskan government did not support an invasion of East Nebraska after they refused to honor their alliance with North Nebraska. President David Straterman disagreed, saying that diplomacy could not function when the East Nebraskan government could hardly function itself. He also brought up East Nebraska stationing ships in South Nebraska's side of the Platte River as evidence the new Eastern government had no plans to align themselves with South Nebraska.

Unlike the invasion of West Nebraska, South Nebraska did not share a land border with East Nebraska. Secretary of War Cecil Gorden favored using paratroopers to capture bridges along the Platte River to negate the problem, while Field Marshal Douglas Martin advocated using frogmen and marines to secure the bridges, as air superiority could not be guaranteed early in the war. Eventually a compromise was made; Martin's plan would be used to capture the larger, more strategically important bridges, while Gorden's plan would be used to capture the smaller bridges.

East Nebraska Plans

Prime Minister Otani Seiji believed that he could avoid war with South Nebraska and North Nebraska by remaining neutral, much to the dismay of Fuse Sukeyasu, the Minister of Defense at the time, who advocated joining North Nebraska against South Nebraska, warning that "War would come soon enough, and when it does, we should be the ones who attack first."

The intense disagreement between Seiji and Sukeyasu led to Seiji dismissing Sukeyasu from his position and replacing him with Yashiro Shiba. Shiba was a moderate, who neither advocated war or peace. The now General Sukeyasu was frustrated, and proposed a plan to Shiba for a offensive across the Platte into South Nebraska; the plan was dismissed; Shiba advocated a strategy defense along the Platte, believing East Nebraska's navy would prevent South Nebraska from both declaring war; and even in the event that they did, the navy would prevent a crossing of the Platte.

Prelude

South Nebraska began to mobilize forces along the Platte on January 10 1940. On February 2, East Nebraskan observers noted a "considerable military buildup... ...along the South Nebraska side of the Platte River." The note was soon delivered to General Manaka Yoshio, who relayed the note to Shiba, who announce to the East Nebraskan National Diet on February 4 that the South Nebraskans were building of their military presence on their coastline of the Platte River.

Prime Minister Seiji allowed for a "limited defense" to be set up on East Nebraska's side. This included field guns, tanks, and trucks, but limited aircraft. Seiji then announced to the world the South Nebraskan military buildup. Aside from those already in the Allied Powers, few nations condemned South Nebraska; most deciding to remain neutral.

A subsection of the East Nebraskan navy was deployed near the mouth of the Platte River, but most of the navy remained in port. Although this violated the 1919 Platter River Agreement, the agreement was signed by the emperor, and not the new Republican government.

The South Nebraskan Unicameral voted 32 - 16 in favor of war with East Nebraska, using the Platte River dispute as justification for war on April 17; on April 18, at 2:46 PM, President David Straterman declared war on East Nebraska, citing East Nebraska's unwillingness to comply with the 1919 Platte River Agreement (which stipulated no one nation may station naval forces on or near the Platter River's mouth).

First Stages

The East Nebraskan embassy in South Nebraska would no receive word of the declaration of war until 4:00; by that time, planes carrying Gorden's paratroopers had already crossed the air boundary, and Martin's frogmen and marines had already taken control of several bridges, encountering little resistance.

At 4:24, Field Marshal Douglas Martin and Field Marshal William Pitts marched 49 infantry divisions and 11 armored divisions across the Platte River's bridges, and engaged in combat with the East Nebraskans.

East Nebraskan forces travelling to reinforce Yoshio's coastal defenses.

General Manaka Yoshio, who was in charge of East Nebraskan defenses, reported at 4:41 that the Platte River's coastline was "...in a state of total war." At 4:56, the East Nebraskan government received the South Nebraskan declaration of war. Yashiro Shiba soon afterward authorized 14 more divisions to reinforce Yoshio's forces, and ordered a total mobilization of the East Nebraskan military.

Reinforcements could not arrive in time, and most of the Platte River's coastline had been taken by South Nebraska, with the vast majority of its bridges still intact.

Battle of the Platte River

The South Nebraskan high command knew that the large East Nebraskan Navy could prove troublesome; a blockade of the Platte River would spell disaster for the invasion of East Nebraska; a naval engagement between the East Nebraskan and South Nebraskan fleets would be inevitable.

Although the East Nebraskan fleet was the largest in all of the Nebraskan continent, the South Nebraskan fleet was much more modern. The two came to clash on the mouth of the Platte River on June 4, 1940.

The East Nebraskans vastly overestimated the abilities of their fleet; it was a complete disaster for East Nebraska. East Nebraska lost 4 of its 6 battleships, both of its carriers, and 2 cruisers were sunk. 7 of the 12 destroyers present were damaged, along with 1 more cruiser. The defeat caused the fleet to turn back towards the mainland for repairs.

In contrast, the South Nebraskans lost 1 battleship and 2 destroyers, with no other ships damaged to the point of needing to return to port. The battle granted South Nebraska unrestricted control of the mouth of the Platte River.

Second Stage

With the Platte River firmly under its control, South Nebraska began to rush reinforcements across the bridge. Soon, an operational plan calling for a general offensive into Ash, aiming to reach the Hōrīsupuringusu River before July. South Nebraskan forces in the meantime mounted a strategic defense until more forces could be brought in for the offensive.

War in the Air

South Nebraskan ground-attack aircraft over the East Nebraskan countryside, May 22, 1940.

As this was occurring, fierce air combat occurred. East Nebraska aimed to destroy the bridges connecting South and East Nebraska via aerial bombardment. However, East Nebraskan air force was inexperienced, and flying mostly outdated planes, compared to South Nebraska, which fielded modern fighters and attack bombers, and whose pilots are considered among the best of the entire war.

For most of the invasion, South Nebraska would hold air superiority, but the short range of their fighters gave East Nebraska the ability to down fighter bombers and ground-attack craft.

Spring Offensives

South Nebraskan tanks advancing into Ash (June 2, 1940)

With reinforcements now across the Platte River, Field Marshal Douglas Martin launched his general offensive into Ash in late May. Using an armored spearhead tactic, Martin caused massive destruction to the East Nebraskan forces. Although East Nebraskan field guns and anti-tank infantry were able to slow the offensive down, Martin was persistence that the offensive must continue. Eventually, the South Nebraskan forces took the important city of Yotakinoma, and the East Nebraskan high command decided that a change in tactics was required.

Minister of Defense Shiba decided attempt to pull the East Nebraskan forces back across the Hōrīsupuringusu, and have the bridges destroyed to prevent a crossing. General Sukeyasu disagreed, and said that East Nebraska could not afford to give up anymore land to South Nebraska, or they would risk a total collapse.

General Sukeyasu's plan eventually won out, and East Nebraska would mount a defense across the Hōrīsupuringusu.

South Nebraskan intelligence found out about General Sukeyasu's plan however. Most Field Marshal wanted to continue pushing before the East Nebraskan reinforcements could arrive, gaining as much land as possible.

Field Marshal Fredd Thomas had a differing idea; push until South Nebraska's aircraft would be in range of the Hōrīsupuringusu, halt, and then wait until most of the East Nebraskan reinforcement were across the Hōrīsupuringusu, then bomb the bridges across the river; entrapping the East Nebraskan forces. This plan was not without flaws; Field Marshal Raymond Martin pointed out that if the reinforcement numbers are to be believed, South Nebraska could not take that many POWs, and killing unarmed soldiers might only further sway world opinion against South Nebraska. Thomas pointed out that East Nebraskans rarely surrendered, preferring to "die honorable".

South Nebraska restarted their offensive, and by June 19 the had reached their objective, and the offensives came to a halt.

Stalemate & Bombing of the Hōrīsupuringusu

With both sides ordered to not attack, both sat in defensive positions; the East Nebraskans waiting for an attack, the South Nebraskan resting after such a grueling offensive.

The air battle continued, and South Nebraska virtually controlled the skies over the front lines, occasionally being challenged by East Nebraskan planes.