The Wuchang Revolution
At the start of the revolution, Chiang Kai-shek began ordering revolutionary forces and volunteer units to link up with the units that had just revolted against the AOG Military leadership. The first point on the agenda was to organize the units and to never lose momentum in this war. Every moment the AOG was not under attack was a moment for them to regroup.
The first phase of the war began with a great push in all directions, in the high hope that the AOG Military would be too disorganized to put up effective resistance.
Ultimately, RoC planners were correct in their assumption. With a dissent rate of over 60 Percent, the entire Chinese population was in open revolt against the AOG, not just the RoC Military Units.
In only the first week of fighting, massive numbers of Chinese within the AOG fled to the safe territory of RoC. And upon capture of the AoG capital, all of the Board of Directors had fled, excluding one man, Alexander von Falkenhausen. When confronted in his office by the Revolutionary Officers of the RoC, he faced them stoicly and stated his desire to join the republic in its cause. At first the Lt. in charge of the platoon that had captured the building did not know what to do in the situation. It was not until later that day a meeting between von Falkenhausen and Sun Li-gen would take place.
Little is known about what took place in Li-gen's headquarters, but ultimately, the old German General who found himself more loyal to China than the Fatherland now fought for the revolution.
The Kaiser learned of this only a day later and condemned Falkenhausen a traitor and forbid him from ever returning to Germany. Of course, the Kaiser's reaction only emboldened the old General and he immediately took command of a joint force of RoC and Shangqing Tianguo forces and proceeded to drive out a force of 24,000 demoralized AOG soldiers. Many of whom defected to the RoC during the course of the encounter.
On the south Eastern Coast, RoC units chased AOG forces far and away from the revolution's epicenter and further north towards the Neutral territory of the Legation Cities. There the AOG tried their best to regroup, but ultimately, the writing was already on the wall.
Originally Posted by Side Notes