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President Tyler has been briefed on the attacks by rebel groups in the part of America JB that was previously under the control of the Canadian government. In response to this intelligence, President Tyler orders for the army in the area to stand down and instead, President Tyler sends in tactical teams to stealthful hunt down and arrest the perpetrators of these violent acts against the federal government of America JB. After three weeks of these legal tactics, the President received a report that saw crime was down.
To celebrate this, the President called the Governor of the America JBian territory that was just added to the Union, in uppermost America JB. He orders a meeting and a speech to be given on the State capital. So, after much preparation it is that day and Tyler makes his way to the Governors office. After a multiple hour journey on his Executive train, the President takes his limo to the Governors mansion. There they talk about the success of the missions and how to better the people living in the State.
The two leaders then shook hands and walked out to a crowed of people. The President walks to the podium and says, "My fellow America JBians, we have been through much and I am here to inform you that your communities are now safe and freedom can now prevail in your communities. The Federal government of America JB will always be here to protect your rights, in conjunction with your State and local leaders, against any and all invaders of such."
The speech received a large applause and at that moment a gun shot was heard. The Presidents security team get's him on the floor and checks him, no gun shot wounds. But, they look to the side and see the Governor shot in the head, dead. The security teams rushes the President to his limo and take him to an undisclosed location. After three hours, a domestic terrorist organization called "Three C's for Freedom" claimed responsibility for the attack and vow never to stop until the President is dead.
This is very concerning to President Tyler so he orders for their leader to be hunted down and executed on spot since he was a direct threat to the stability of the nation. After just fifty minutes of searching evidence they find out who the leader is and they storm his property, killing him on the spot. To that end, President Tyler on the radio addresses the nation and tells them that this will not be finished, Justice will prevail and America JB's lands will never be threatened.
Memoavirus New Cases Report
El Haluf: 7900
America JB: 4050
Mashriq Dawlah Islāmiyyah: 4680
Neo-Mughal Empire: 35000
Malacca-Singapore: 97 000
El Haluf: 2000
America JB: 34
Mashriq Dawlah Islāmiyyah: 350
Neo-Mughal Empire: 19 000
Malacca-Singapore: 67 000
Gefreiter Alfred Horris
The reports were skewed and dishonest the following morning. No one will officially knew what happened the days following the kidnapping of the German soldiers. What is rumored to have happened though could only be explained in fires that swept the Tanzanian country side. No one was left to speak the truth, not like they could anyway. They were not Tanzanian, they were not even people. These were barbarians we were fighting. No longer was this a war we fought to protect the German people, but to protect humanity from the barbarian of which was the tribal animal. We would rage a cruel war against them - void of any laws.
It was the early morning following the first kidnappings. Officers from the German Expeditionary Corps came to examine the bodies themselves. Five men in particular, dressed in fine desert uniforms unmounted their horses. They didn't speak much, but the expression on their faces were solemn. One soldier went and asked how they died, to which an officer solemnly responded. "In ways I have never seen before." Our encampment was silent, and it was noon until the first soldiers started speaking. Another truck load of dead kidnapped soldiers drove by - and it appeared that Ernst Weinstock had had enough.
“Are we just going to stand here and watch as they kidnap our own!” He shouted, furiously. “If we came here to rid this country of its tribal inferiors - then I’ll burn them all down if I have to!” Another soldier, a quiet but excellent markman - Julian Landsteiner tried calming him down. “We mustn’t stoop down to their level, Ernst. We are Germans - we are better.”
“So what? These are animals! They have tried to make us the prey, and we will return the favor! These are not simply humans, these are evil, dimented beasts that we must destroy!” Ernst shouted. The rest of the soldiers kept their mouths shut - it wasn’t a good idea to try and talk back to Ernst. Sometimes - not even to agree with him. Not even Julian tried saying anything after Ernsts statement. Maybe - just maybe, the soldiers agreed with Ernst. Everyone expressed some form of anger, whether it be in stress or excessive smoking. I - for certain was angry. I burned the Austrians in Europe - and I would do it here too. Regardless if I had to, or not.
One stroll through our encampment could reveal easily that the soldiers were preparing for their own war. Weapons were being cleaned, ammunition readied - blades sharpened. Flamethrowers were fueled, and machine guns were loaded. Like earlier - the camp was still silent. By nightfall though, we were all well aware of what we were about to do.
We overlooked a small village from a tall hill, amongst the bushes. We could see fires from inside the village - folk dancing around what appeared to be a soldier impaled on a wooden pole. This only angered more of us. “Dirty animals.” some soldiers said. Our commanding officer, who was all willing to partake in the upcoming ‘massacre’ had given us an order to hold fire until we could completely suppress the village. This was not followed though - experienced marksman opened fire within minutes at ‘innocent’ people in the village, scurrying them away into their homes. Us assault troops moved down the hill into the village - guns drawn. It was silent, with the flames from their little celebration still crackling in the square. With no orders, no words, we broke down doors and burned down houses. Myself, and four other soldiers immediately broke into this medium sized hut, throwing the door to the side. We had our guns drawn, only to discover six, maybe seven children and four adults. Ernst from the very start opened fire - gunning down one child in the face with a trench shot gun. Another soldier ordered two into a corner of the hut, and promptly shot both to death, brutally stabbing them after. I wasn’t free of the crimes either - as I had executed all of the adults in the home.
No one was spared. No one was allowed to enter, or leave. No one, most importantly - was allowed to live. We made it sure that not a single living being that had once called this village its home would be allowed to continue existing. We burned everything to the ground - even the bodies. Not a single soul was left when the sun rose over the African prairies once more. By then - the fires were out, and our revenge only slightly satisfied.
Maybe - just maybe, we taught these animals a lesson. If not - then I am sure we would be certainly delighted to do it once more.
War With Uganda
“Mr President, the Ugandan ambassador is here.”
“Alright, send him in.”
“Mr President! Nice to see you again.”
“Your week is up Mr ambassador. I'm assuming you're here to accept my terms.”
“Well, you see Mr President, we cannot accept these terms. They are simply way too harsh for us. I'm here to further negotiate.”
“Well i'm sorry Mr ambassador, but the time for negotiation has passed. Accept my terms now or consider your country at war with Kenya.”
“We can't accept your terms Mr President, please, I beg you to reconsider.”
“No, I will not reconsider. If you're unwilling to accept my terms, consider yourself at war with Kenya. Guards! Arrest the ambassador. George! Call the cabinet together in the war room, we have a war to plan.”
“Sir, what do we do with the ambassador?”
“Lock him up with 13 Ugandan soldiers we captured.”
Tororo. 1600 hrs
Planes flew over the small town of Tororo, Uganda, bombing the small Ugandan Airfield outside the town. The small town would be the first area to fall witness to war and bloodshed. Kenyan soldiers belonging to the 1st company, 1st infantry regiment, 3rd Infantry Division charged over the border, violently clashing with the small Ugandan forces in the town. Vastly outnumbered, the enemy was swept outside with ease, victory was announced by the raising of the Kenyan flag over the town's hospital. Tororo would serve as the first foothold in Operation Martyr: The Invasion and conquest of Uganda. After the battle, nearly half of the 3rd Infantry division would set up a FOB within the town, with the police quarters serving as headquarters for the southern front. Tanks from the 1st tank battalion would later join them.
Elsewhere along the front, soldiers from 2nd company, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division charged across the border in the north from their base near Kakuma. There they clashed with Ugandan army units in the town of Kaabong. The Ugandans there, still uninformed of the battle in Tororo, were caught off guard, resulting in a quick initial rout. Kenyan forces approaching from the north west, quickly taking the town’s police station and several churches. Ugandan forces managed to regroup in the center of the town, forming a weak defensive perimeter around the town’s centrally located bank. Smaller perimeters were set south and east of the town to protect their flanks and rear. Originally underestimating the enemy, the Kenyan soldiers launched direct assaults on the bank, all with no success. After the failed assaults, reinforcements were called up. 5 tanks from the 2nd tank battalion arrived, along with another company of soldiers from the 3rd infantry regiment. Immediately upon arriving, the new company and 3 tanks were sent to flank south of the town to flush out and destroy the Ugandan units there. The strategy worked excellently, with the Ugandan soldiers having no answers for the tanks and were subsequently overwhelmed and overrun.
From there the Ugandans in the bank were surrounded. Having no answer for the tanks, holes were blown in the walls of the bank itself and yet another infantry assault launched from multiple sides. Faced with impossible odds, the remaining Ugandans surrendered. The officers were separated from the enlisted and the officers were taken as POWs for interrogation and intelligence purposes. The remaining prisoners were executed. The Kenyan flag was raised over the police department building and a true front line was established in the north. From Kakuma Army Base, roughly half of the 4th infantry division was brought up to support the new front line.
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Operation Harq Shajira
Several weeks back Mashriq ordered the mobilization of its military, to many this may have been seen to be an act of aggression against the rising tension between Spain and Mashriq; however, this was not the case. For over two years now Mashriq has been keeping an eye on it Ottoman neighbour to the north and for some months now reports have been coming back telling of how the situation in the Ottoman Empire was getting worse and worse. Anatolia at this point according to the reports has turned into nothing short of an anarchy run state. The civil war between the Ottoman loyalist and Ottoman Nationalist has been going on for almost four years at this point. The Ottoman loyalist have maintained order in several key cities like Istanbul and Ankara; however, have lost the countryside to the Nationlist. By no means was this looking to be a bloody struggle in fact fighting was very limited mainly to when Loyalists venture too far into the countryside and are ambushed by the Nationalist. Yet, Anatolia has been divided and weakened from the inside. Mashriq has been watching this and forever so long been sharpening its knife to finally end the threat in the north and now when the military have been undergoing a new rearmament they feel they are now prepared to make that much needed strike.
Operation Harq Shajira was being put in play, the operation meaning “Burning Bush”. This operation will be the largest the Mashriq has ever conducted and relies on the element of speed and supply to succeed. The “Burning” part of the operation entitles the rapid assault of Mashriq’s new armor and air corps to strike a morally weakening blow against any possible Loyalist and Nationalist positions. While the “Bush” part of operation consists of the infantry and in several cases cavalry divisions to follow behind the forward assaulting elements and to ensure any defenders left behind were taken care of. The supplies of these units are one of the most essential parts of the operation, in the rural sections of the nation units will be relying on reserved cavalry divisions along with “camel” trains to get supplies to the front quickly and effectively from established FOB’s. While areas with an established infrastructure will receive their aid in forms of trucks and the spanning railway that connects most the cities together.
**OOC: Now I plan to make a total of 4 posts about this whole operation, this one is my claiming posts. In this post I will be broad with an overall campaign style of the operation, while in my following three posts could be considered “short stories” taking a soldier's perspective during key actions during the operation, being smaller but more detailed. Just something I want to try out.**
A total of four Army Groups have been moved in secret in the form of training movements towards Northern Mashriq; Army Group Junah (Wing), Army Group Dhil (Tail), Army Group Minqar (Beak), and Army Group Talun (Talon). Army Group Junah’s sector has been determined to be stationed in Mersin consisting of mainly infantry while limited armor and aircraft support. Army Group Dhil’s sector is near Nusaybin and has a similar selection as Junah’s unit consistency with the majority of the Army Group being infantry with limited armor and aircraft support. Army Group Minqar’s sector is in Adana along with being in charge of the second largest front and unlike the previous two Army Groups, Minqar has the largest amount of armor with an almost platoon to battalion ratio to infantry. Finally was Army Group Talun, unlike the rest of the campaigns front line units Talun is almost entirely made up of support divisions along with direct command of 85% of Mashriqs Air Corps at its command. Talun doesn't have a sector of command and instead has been tasked to “Follow and Supply” the three other advancing Army Groups to ensure they are not slowed down in the slightest. Field Marshall Farouk Salah al-Din, whom has been put into command of this operation went on with stating, “This conflict we set out to start is our nation's testing point, here is where our nation will make it’s stand in history. Our foe is larger, more dangerous, and more industrialized than our own… the fight will be hard. Yet they are already broken, broken by the yoke their sultan had placed on their people. We were lucky enough with breaking that yoke, and even after so broke the yoke of the British and French... We have set a fire in our hearts, we are baring our fangs, we will fight hard, and make our enemy die well. May Allah lead us this day and may he look over our shoulders with faith.”
The opening days of the conflict will be the hardest of the operation, what protected Mashriq from past Turkish offenses in 1920 is what we will have to face now. The Taurus Mountain range along with the Guneydogu Toroslar are what makes the border between Mashriq in the north and the Ottomans in the south. However, these obstacles are also a support feature with the assault. The Ottoman Loyalists are centered around the large cities and towns while it’s the Turkish Nationalist that are being forced to guard these borderlands. The Nationalist lack the weaponry of the Ottoman military being forced to work with scraps they can manage to get a hold of. Along with the fact the large majority of the Mashriq infantry are light based and are trained for this sort of harsh terrain. Army Group Minqar has the hardest task ahead of them, their breakthrough is the most essential of the offensive stage of the campaign. While their infantry are more than capable of scaling and fighting the mountains, their armor is not. So the idea for Army Group Minqar is to basically funnel nearly 800 tanks through a gap between Medetsiz Tepe and Demirkazik Tepe where the terrain is more flat and friendly to the mobile armor. Nicknamed the “Pozanti Road”, the armor element of Minqar will have to make it nearly 90 km’s before they are off the road and have reached the Anatolian plains where they will be much more effective in combating Turkish and Ottoman troops. It is estimated that the Road will take about three to four hours to cross in its entirety, meanwhile the supporting infantry will have to work through the mountain range to ensure their safety from ambushes. This will be the first time in history that an armor element will be supported by infantry compared to the more normal other way around.
Army Group Junah will have a just as difficult task with their approach. The Taurus Mountain range covers the majority of southwest Anatolia and here is where the heart of Army Group Junah will be taking place. Unlike Army Group Minqar, Junah doesn't have that much armor to worry about keeping protected along supported roads; however, what they do have two large issues they will have to cover. First off their offensive is to be focused along the Anatolian coastline, at first glance this isn't much of an issue. The coastline allows the passage of their limited armor element, yet that’s the only positive they may see in the operation. The Mashriq navy is small even when compared to what is left of the Ottoman navy and have been ordered to stay in port for this conflict meaning that if Ottoman naval ships do decided to make an appearance Junah will be limited in combating such a threat and more than likely will have to move off the coast into the mountain interior. Along with the threat of the Ottoman navy they have more Nationalist towns to clear in the starting phase of the operation where they will more than likely see early engagements.
This brings us to the third and finally offensive Army Group, Army Group Dhil. Dhil is the smallest and most infantry focused of the Army Groups. They have been tasked to clear the Guneydogu Toroslar. With a small population in the area and having some of the worst terrain of the opening campaign they are likely to see the least amount of opposition and what opposition they will see will be from Nationalist camped out in the mountain villages.
Not much to say about Army Group Talon, their sole purpose of the campaign is to follow behind the three other assaulting elements and to keep them supplied, along with aiding in airstrikes and supplying any needed reinforcements from their reserves.
On October 13th 1922, Mashriq sent a declaration of war to the Ottoman State in Ankara citing their Casus Belli to be “The destabilization of the Anatolian region is a direct threat to our nation's security.” Even with the declaration of war delivered the Ottoman Empire was slow to react, they saw the vagueness of the message to be in support of the Nationlist Rebellion and the Mashriq was going to be supporting them. On the other side when Mashriq troops started to cross the border the Nationalist saw this armed intervention to be Mashriq supporting the Ottoman Loyalist in their quelling of the revolution. Either way it would seem this conflict would become a three way war between the Loyalist, Nationalist, and now the entry of Mashriq.
The first day of the invasion went much better than expected with nearly no shots even being fired. The confusion between the Ottomans and Turks made it all too easy for the Mashriq Army Groups to achieve their day one objectives and some more. Most importantly was the victory in the Pozanti Road where the main armor element has been able to make it through Taurus Mountains without delay. For next week progress into Anatolia was somewhat uneventful with neither side of Turkey making really any offensive push against the incoming Mashriq forces. The cities of Karaman, Anamur, Mardin, and Adiyaman were all captured during this time with limited fighting from mainly Nationalist forces. However, during this time the Loyalist have decided that the Mashriq invasion took more importance than the civil war with the Nationalist and soon sent the majority of their military from Ankara to their garrison in Konya where they have determined Mashriq would reach next. The main Army reached Konya the same day as the advancing Army Group Minqar from Karaman did. At first it was seeming to be a Mashriq victory as the rushed Ottomans had to quickly set up hasty defenses, even going so far as to reach the outskirts of Konya. However, as Ottoman defense solidified, Mashriq forces were soon being pushed back. Although arguably the more advanced weapons of Mashriq were capable of beating the Ottoman weaponry in a one-on-one competition. The more elite Ottomans have started to take the edge as the battle rolled on. The next day it was apparate the Mashriq forces could not keep the advance and soon started to rout from the battle, retreating from Konya. According to the Ottoman battle plan they started a chase of the retreating Mashriq forces and seeing this at the potential turn to not only the Mashriq war but could be a sign of unifying the nation once again with a show of force the main Ottoman army advanced. For the next two days the Ottoman’s chased the retreating force for nearly 24 miles with only a few skirmishes in between. On the dusk of the third day though, the Mashriq force turned and fought outside of Cumra. The short battle concluded when the sun completely fell and shots from either side started to die out. However when the sun rose on the fourth day a surprise awaited the Ottomans, an encirclement has been made. A strategy claimed to be invented by the Mongols, the Wearing Lure. Mashriq knew that they could not defeat the main Ottoman force in a straight up brawl and anticipated they would advance when weakness was shown. However, unlike the majority of nations in the world, Mashriq fights dirty an unconventional style of warfare if you would. It’s common for armies to fight in a chain of command style, warfare for centuries has been fought this way. However, it only took Mashriq five years of conflict to discover another method. The use of small unit tactics allowed Mashriq forces to act indepenate when it was required and was even encouraged in many senses according to their light-mobile style of warfare, leading to the military being much more flexible and fluid than their counterparts.
As demonstrated by the British in their Middle Eastern Campaign against the Ottomans, the Ottomans focus the majority of their forces in a single attack in an attempt to destabilize the front and to create chaos; however, if that attack fails future offensives become extremely limited. Yet since theMashriq forces act fluid such a strategy doesn't work only allowing for things as now to occur. The days before Mashriq flanks were able to secure Gokyurt and Dozdag. From there they were able to swing around behind the advancing Ottomans in the cover of the night completing the encirclement. The fourth day resulted in the bloodiest fight to date of the war. Where the 8th Army of 150,000 of Army Group Minqar started to pick apart the estimated 230,000 Ottoman 1st Army. With the Armor from Minqar and some air support from Army Group Talon the pocket held tight for another two days before the battle was concluded. The Battle of Cumar resulted in a grand Mashriq victory, with 7,461 KIA and 6,686 WIA on the Mashriq side. While the counting is not complete as of yet estimates put the Ottomans at 122,000-170,000 KIA with another 92,000 being captured.
This battle was the one Mashriq was looking for and now the true advance would begin. The newly captured prisoners were stripped of their equipment and handed over to Army Group Talon to do with as they pleased...
For the next month Mashriq would continue their advance into Anatolia, their victory over the Ottoman at Cumar was still being felt on both sides. The Ottoman military was still scrabbling to raise a new force to combat Mashriq in larger battles than small skirmishes, Mashriq has turned Cumar into a propaganda machine using it to inspire not only the Army but the Nation as a whole saying it was the blessing from Allah, and on the Nationalist side things were going side ways as some have decided to join the Mashriq advance stating they were their to liberate them such as the Kurdish and some of the young Turks. When Ankara fell without a shot fired on November 2nd the Ottoman government was forced to flee to Eskisehir to escape capture.
As of so far Operation Harq Shajira has been an overwhelming success, yet the war isn't over as of yet...
**OCC: As I said before this post is my first planned of a few; such as taking account of a soldier during the Battle of Cumar, the unmentioned Ottoman Naval attack on Port Said, and the position of an Ottoman Soldier captured by Army Group Talon…**
“Allah does not charge a soul except with that within its capacity. It will have the consequence of what good it has gained, and it will bear the consequence of what evil it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” Ayat 286
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Heyo friends of The Democratic Republic!
The Free Nations Region is hosting a debate session on Saturday, August 1st at 19:00 UTC, and we want YOU to come on over to our discord and participate in some lively discussion. But, first things first, we need to decide what we will be debating.
In this dispatch, I have outlined in detail eight questions. These questions are presented in four groups of two, each of which contains questions related to each other. In the following poll, you can decide which two questions we will be answering on Saturday:
I hope to see you there and I can't wait to see what topics the community decides upon!
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The Panzerkampfwagen Modell A Project
From the very beginning - the tank was viewed as a future key weapon in replacing the cavalry units of the German Army as a breakthrough method. The A7V tank was an ample vehicle for assaults in the trenches - but it was incredibly slow and cumbersome. While bristling with armaments, it’s expense meant that tanks would always be in low numbers. Their engines too were unreliable, albeit most tanks were regardless. The inconvenient positioning of most of the A7V’s components, and its battlefield mobility, or lack there of proved too inadequate for the German Army. The German Army also adopted a new cavalry tank that proved semi effective in breakthroughs and flanking maneuvers, but could withstand only the weakest of small arms fire and was little more than a tracked armored car. Additionally - it didn’t carry any heavy weapons. As such the vehicle was inadequate to replace the A7V, and in many instances they were even assisted by the A7V.
In 1920, Henschel began development of a new standard tank as a spin off project of their cavalry tank. Initially - the tank was designed around a quick firing 20mm cannon, or twin mounted machine guns with an anti tank weapon (more than likely, a rifle) in a moveable turret forward of the turret ring. It's purpose was mainly to act as a infantry support vehicle, noting its machine gun turret. However it lacked many features needed to serve in that role, such as a heavier cannon. It would not be able to attack heavy defenses, like the much bigger A7V. The design was in essence a failure, as the cavalry tank introduced (Leichter Panzerkampfwagen Modell 1) was much cheaper and much more suited to cavalry roles compared to the displaced prototype. The inabilities of the Panzerkampfwagen Modell 1 was evident in that heavy weapons could not be mounted. Even infantry mortars, while they could be equipped essentially meant modifying the tank as a whole.
The German War Department despite that was determined to get rid of the A7V tank. As a variant was lacking to succeed it, the German War Department tried mounting various different weapons on the tank. Going so far as such to completely modify the upper hull in order to mount a 88mm naval flak gun for heavy fortification duties. This aforementioned variant was produced in small numbers, but were only employed in defensive roles. The A7V like the Leichter Panzerkampfwagen Modell 1 was illsuited to be redesigned and by 1922, various companies were trying to seize on the lack of tank designs that suited the German War Department. This included companies from Henschell, Daimler Benz, Bayerische Motoren Werke and various railroad locomotive manufacturers.
Daimler Benz took over a recently abandoned project by Oberschlesien Eisenwerk of Gleiwitz, the Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien. The Sturmpanzerwagen Oberschlesien was a in many comparisons to the A7V a much better performing tank. While on paper - its stats were excellent, on the testing grounds it proved lack luster. The engine, set to be rated at 190 horsepower was prone to catch fire when running at maximum RPM’s. By downrating the engine, the tank lost all speed advantage over the A7V. It’s intended goal of acting as a fast, light spearhead tank would not be achieved. Armament wise, it’s turreted configuration and forward mounted machine guns would later be incorporated into the Panzerkampfwagen Modell A. BMW followed a similar design, but later pulled out of the competition to pursuit a new project in armored cars.
Henschel decided to enter the competition with a redesigned version of the Leichter Panzerkampfwagen Modell 1. It was so redesigned in fact that it bared little similarities to the base tank. The hull was extended feet, hull widened, and armament completely rearranged. Instead of machine guns and anti-tank rifles, the tank mounted a 57mm cannon for both anti-tank and anti-fortification purposes. It was short in length, but featured enough of a punch to pierce through any contemporary tank's armor. It also featured enough ammunition to engage in several engagements - nearly a hundred rounds.
A secondary machine gun was mounted in a forward turret, left of the drivers viewport. The secondary turret had a 90* traverse to the left, and a 120* traverse to the right. It’s traverse was purposely limited on the left side as to not have the machine gun impact the driver's viewport, and accidentally shoot the tank. Armor was quite adequate for the cost and size of the tank, with some areas featuring sloped armor with a 25mm thickness. While not enough to withstand heavier cannons, it was thick enough in some critical locations to defend itself from lighter cannons and all small arms fire.
The tank proved more effective than all of its contemporaries. Not only was it cheaper, but it was better armored and armed in comparison. Additionally - it was substantially more mechanically reliable. While not a fast tank, it would prove much more effective than its predecessor, the A7V. In late 1922, the German Army officially decided to replace the A7V tank with the new Panzerkampfwagen Modell A.
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Famine fails to break the Chadian spirit
Éttiene sits alone at home again, sitting inside watching the snow fall outside as the radio plays Roussels latest work, Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, recorded in the colonies and smuggled into the country through the docks of Bordeaux. As the orchestral piece concludes, the station voice comes back and announces a brief news break. ((Written in English even though it's spoken in French))
"Today as grain failure sweeps the world and the factories close due to strikes, life remarkably moves on as usual in the central African country of Chad. Set against the backdrop of continued conflicts with the Bedouin population in the northern parts of the country, in the capital of N'Djamena citizens go about their day as though not much has changed. Mainly because in this remote area of the world, not much has changed.
As many countries form breadlines due to shortages in wheat and rye, food is plentiful in Chad. Fields of sorghum and millet interspersed with small patches of cassava and peanuts stretch as far as the eye can see on the outskirts of the city, twisting along the river until it flows into Lake Chad, the immense freshwater source that makes it possible for Chad to withstand this global crisis. The lake contains some of Africas largest stocks of fish, as well as providing fresh water through its two major rivers and its large basin to the many farms of southern Chad. Combined, it's more than enough to allow the people of the country to continue their everyday life without making too many cuts in food intake.
As for the miners strike that's crippling much of the civilised world, especially Italy and Vandalia, there's no evidence of such affairs here for a multitude of reasons, the largest being that Chad has very little in the way of coal reserves, relying mainly on agriculture and fishing to support its small, closed economy. A secondary reason is that in these small coalfields, rumours circulate of government agents opening fire on striking workers, however as of right now these are only rumours with no true evidence. Whatever the case, despite its high poverty rate and remoteness, Chad seems to be doing well for itself compared to the rest of the world. It's going to take a lot more than a wheat failure to break this country, that's for sure. This is Ahmad Abruz for Radio Paris."
As the radio broadcast turned its focus to the successes of Chad in mitigating the crisis, Étienne began listening more intently, captivated by this former colonies ability to beat out the motherland in ensuring the supply of food for its citizens. With his factory closed permanently due to the lack of coal to run it, and the city rapidly running out of coal to supply power, on that snowy December day he made a decision that would change his life. He decided to move to Chad. Picking through his rather empty apartment, he packed two bags with clothes, food, some photos, his radio and other things he figured he might need, he put on his warmest coat and left his apartment for the final time. Knowing the trains weren't running, he resolved to hitchhike his way to Bordeaux, where all smugglers bound for the exile government in Dakar left from. He'd either hide as a stowaway or barter for a ride, then hitchhike his way across the Sahel to N'Djamena, where he'd pledge allegiance to the Emperor. The more he thought about it, the more ridiculous it sounded, but he knew anything was better than freezing to death, alone and without a job in Paris.