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Oh, and especially for Enewald:



The only thing that could stop the Lithuanian motorized offensive were the mobile female groups, trained in complete secrecy by the Japanese. :p


Photoshopping into existance is what I guess I'll have to do. Don't worry, I still possess some 150 interwar pictures of Lithuanian troops, that'll be enough till 1943 or something. :D
 
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The Asian War fronts, April 22, 1940


May 19, 1940.
My beloved Marta!
The war is almost over!

Yes, my dear, almost. The Lithuanian Expeditionary Corps has taken Peking (Beijing), the last bastion of Japanese opression in China! Our boys were first to chase the Japs outside China, back into Fengtien Republic, currently overrun by Russians. By April 22, we were in but a few miles away from the city.


A Landsverk armoured car on the streets of Peking. 1940.

It took us five days to capture Peking, Marta, five long, rainy days. On April 27, we entered Peking, victorious once again. The Germans only reached our lines by May. Japans fought as if it was their last battle, protecting the city to the last man. We haven't taken a single soldier or officer prisoner - a shocking sight, there were over 60,000 men guarding the positions. But I got used to seeing dead bodies litter the landscape, Marta. It hurts only the first time.


The Siege of Beijing.


In the meanwhile, the Russians in the North finally took Transamur and the Fengtien cities. Following a successful counter-attack in Mongolia, Russians and their allies charged into Manchuria and broke through Transamur defensive lines. They turned out to be pretty lousy allies, it took them a month to besiege Vladivostok and they lost over 100,000 men during the urban battle. There are rumours that a lot of Russian soldiers are refusing to follow orders and desert, disagreeing with the current government. I hope this won't grow into something huge until we secure the peace treaty with Japan. Would be a shame.


Following a shameful, month-long siege of Vladivostok, with attacker:defender ratio of 12:1, losing about 6 divisions in the battles for and around the area, Russians finally braced up and poured into Manchuria, crushing any opposition with ease. By May 2, they took Mukden and Harbin, twin Fengtien capitals and started an offensive in Korea.

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The Asian war is Over.


Chinese woman reading an English newspaper about the Japanese surrender. June 23, 1940.


June 23, 1940
Dear Marta!


I'm starting my journey home anytime soon, but this letter will surely arrive in good old Lithuania first. I've enclosed the map of the peace treaties that have been signed today. Japan officially surrendered, Germans took Taiwan and Iwo Jima, and tons of those small Pacific Islands I could never pronounce, and Russians split Manchuria with Mongolians, took back Transamur and forced Korea to join their alliance. I'm not sure if that alliance with Korea was part of the discussions between us and Russians, but who gives a damn about Korea? Today the independence of new Republic of China was proclaimed. Strong, free China is now led by a very close friend of mine, who I met during the battles with Legationists.


Mitteleuropean decision to bet on Sun Li-Jen as the new leader of China was a product of long dicussions between the leaders of the Alliance. Was it a good call to set up a military government? Probably, taking into account the Western Chinese states still present on Republic's borders and Republican Chinese Army almost nonexistant.

His name is Sun Li-Jen, and he's a relatively young Chinese general, but, being 40 years of age, he's still older than the murdered Emperor Pu Yi. He became a legend while assisting us and Germans in the Western China, in the mountains. Battles for those areas were very tedious, with both sides pushing each other to and fro for months. General Sun Li-Jen managed to recruit thousands of locals and line them up into semi-independent regiments, which operated deep behind Japanese lines, intercepting their supply shipments and pillaging military infrastructure.

We all in Asiastab have great expectations for him, especially now that Sun Li-Jen will officially lead China to joining the Mitteleuropa tomorrow. I think it's a decision long overdue, we need a strong China as an ally in Asia, and China is only going to get stronger and stronger now.

P.S. Here's the map I was talking about. PLEASE, I beg you, don't hang it anywhere, just put it in the cabinet, and as soon as I come home, I'll have the honour of hanging it on the wall myself. And some other trophies I'll have brought from this mad war. And I think we'll need a medal rack now, Marta. Your old man's in for a few conferrals!

Yours,
General Popeliucka.



The new Far East, July 1940.

On July 1, 1940 the Republic of China joined the Mitteleuropean Alliance, while Korea remained with the Russian Far-East Union. The peace treaty proposed by the victors to Japan was rather honourable, just as the German Peace proposal that brought an end to the Weltkrieg.

Japan had to let Fengtien and Korea go. Korea would now be made truly independent, and the Manchurian lands would be divided between Mongols and Russians. The latter established bases all over their sphere of influence, fulfilling their obligations to make sure there would be no revolts.

Russians also took control of the northern Kuril Islands, and the whole Sakhalin. This particular gain was widely covered in Russian media, hungry for glory and revaunchist over Japanese victory in the 1905 war. However, all the praise for German-orchestrated Russian victory went not to Chernov-Tsereteli's government, which was rapidly losing the public support, but to General Anton Denikin, who commanded the successful sieges of Kharbin and Mukden. General Egorov, whose 31st Army was responsible for the dishonour at Vladivostok, was found guilty of being a Japanese spy and lynched by his own soldiers, mad with grief over half their comrades fallen in the battle for the Far Eastern city. Denikin's name was never mentioned in connection with Vladivostok, and his name remained clean and shiny.

Germans received Taiwan, Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands. Taiwan was quickly labeled Deutschlands Flugzeugträgerriese - ''Germany's Giant Air Carrier'' and now housed a German army of 60,000 men with over four aircraft squadrons. German Empire transferred control over Qingdao and Hainan Island to the new China.

As derogatory as the provisions of the treaty seemed, they did not set forth any regulations on the size of the Japanese army, navy, or air force. The Germans have also made it clear they would not object to Japanese expansionism, should it be aimed at any country not present in Mitteleuropean Alliance. Divide et impera policy at its best, as King Mindaugas commented the treaty.
 
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Which update would you like to have first, in addition to the already written Final Report on General Popeliucka's Chinese Campaign 1939-1940 :

1) Russian elections: Troubles again!
2) Red Hydra's Tentacles: growth of the Internationale


Please post your wish by tomorrow, 4:00 pm GMT. :D
 

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Russian elections: Troubles again!
 

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Not necessarily! In one of my games, Social Conservatives came to power in Bengal as the consequence of their event chain. They're Radical Socialist in this particular game, though.
 

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Lithuanian Corps Operational History



Asian war started on December 28, 1937 with the formal declaration of war by AlgOstAsien Gmbh on Legation Cities and ended on June 23, 1940 with the underwriting of the Japanese peace treaty and the creation of Chinese Republic.

Lithuanian Expeditionary Corps, commanded throughout the whole war by General Klemensas Popeliucka, was deployed in Quinzhou, southern China at the moment when German troops controled but a few southern provinces and Qingdao city in the north.

What followed were twelve major battles and countless minor scirmishes:
1939
1) Battle for Zhanjiang, March 13
2) Battle for Maoming, April 16
3) Battle for Jiangmen, April 21
4) Battle for Macao, June 3
5) Battle for Guangzhou July 6
6) Battle for Shantou, August 14
7) Battle for Quzhou, September 8
9) Battle for Shanghai, September 29
10) Battle for Hefei, October 9

1940
10) Nanyang Encirclement Operation, January 26
11) Qingdao Encirclement Operation, March 18
12) Siege of Peking, April 27.

For more than a year of service to Mitteleuropa in China, General Popeliucka has shown exceptional bravery and amazing skills in leading the Lithuanian troops to victory. Starting with two undermanned divisions and a brigade of FT-17 tanks, the Corps finished the war in full operational strength and with brand new gun-equipped tanks, pride of Lithuanian war effort. General's exploits on the battlefields of China and his particularized notes will prove to be of great service to Lithuanian military science in the near future.

During the Asian War, Lithuanian Corps has suffered casualties of 1,542 men, whose graves will be kept in order and whose heroic deeds shall not be forgotten by the Chinese nation.


General Popeliucka's tanks parading through Vilnius, returning home triumphant.

Following his return to Europe, General Popeliucka was awarded with an Iron Cross, the first Lithuanian to be bestowed such an important military decoration. He also received a promotion to Full General, having spent the whole Chinese Campaign as a Lieutenant General. His Majesty King Mindaugas III mentioned in his speech on Mitteleuropean victory, "the heroes like Klemensas Popeliucka will shape the European history in the years to come".
 
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Meanwhile, in Russia....


Bologoe train station, roughly in the middle of Moscow – St. Petersburg railroad route.

September 2, 1940


- What are we doing here?
- Waiting. We gotta make sure they’re both goners, Vova.
- But aren’t they gonna catch us if we sit, like, here and wait?
- Nope.
- What’s this place called anyway?
- Kaiser’s Muffin.
- Stupid name.
- What, cause it’s German?
- Yes, cause it’s German. The hell we need German names for? Russian is an amazing language, George. It’s one of the richest languages on the earth.

The two men were sitting in a small café at the train station Bologoe, a town situated almost precisely in the middle of the MSK-SPB railroad. It wasn’t really cold, yet both men wore overcoats. George, somewhat older and tougher, was enjoying a glass of tea in the trademark Russian Railroads tea glass holder while Vova surrounded himself with a pile of small cheap snacks.

George asked for some sugar. It was brought in a shiny new metal tin with a print of Battle for Harbin and words ''КВЖД - Russian Manchuria Railroad – opening 1942!”. George picked up a few lumps of sugar and sank them in his tea.

- Finish your buterbrod, Vova, the train’s gonna blow up any minute now. – he said, quietly.
Vova peered at his sandwich.
- You know, buterbrod is also a German word, it was originally Butterbrot.
- So? You're going to use a Russian word for it from now on?
- Well, I’d damn better!
- There isn’t one. - cackled George.
- Impossible! There must be one! Russian language is…
George punched Vova’s foot under the table.
- Shut up and eat your goddamn Butterbrot. We’re not done here yet.
 
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