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The Tundra war
The Tundra war was an armed conflict that was mostly fought on Hobthian and Urustavian soil, in a time period of roughly nine year. It is considered the first modern conflict, and saw the introduction of several modern weapons, most notably the Aeroplane and the tank.
Date started: 23.278GD
Date finished: 54.287 GD
Centralised Powers (Urustavia, Pratvich-Lustrian Kingdom, Enmar)
Western Conclave (Hobthia, United Feudal Territories)
Western conclave victory
End of the Pratvich-Lustrian Kingdom
Severe territorial loss for Urustavia
On the early morning of 23.278GD, a small incident on the border, involving a bad tempered Hobthian ambassador and a drunk Urustavian guard led to a gunshot being fired in the air. This shot was heard by the Hobthian border station, 3 miles further, and a series of unfortunate miscommunications led to a retaliation bombardment from the Hobthian 3rd field artillery battery, who obliterated an Urustavian fuel depot. Hours later, no less than 7 Urustavian infantry divisions crossed the border, heralding the war.
It is believed that the war would have erupted sooner or later, due to the terrible relation between Hobthia and Urustavia. (See Neighbors of Animosity from professor Reyneard Foxenvoll for more on this matter.
The first 5 years of the war were fought mostly on Hobthian soil, in a brutal war of attrition. With Hobthia being outmatched by Urustavia and its allies in both manpower and brutality, the battles slowly but surely made their way to the Hobthian border, who tried to stem the hammer blow offensives. During the fourth year of the war, the Centralised powers were only 4 miles from the Hobthian capital. It was there the war stagnated in a bloody stalemate. Both sides tried to break it with incredible scientific advances (and the odd lucky accident).
However, after the daring but failed Petchnikov offensive from 12.282GD, the war swayed in favor of the Western Conclave.
What followed was a unstoppable steam roller offensive from the Hobthian army. Angry and bitter after seeing their land turned into a barren, trench ridden wasteland, they pushed Urustavia and its allies back into their motherland. After another 3 years of combat, the Western Conclave finally reached the capital of Bharagrad. And after a 1 week siege, the demotivated, exhausted and broken Urustavian army revolted and surrendered. Urustavia’s allies followed swiftly in capitulation, incapable of continuing the war on their own without the industrial power house of Urustavia. The war was over.
It is not sure when the first tank made its appearance on the battlefields, but it is clear the it was the BOD-W1. It was fielded by the Hobthians somewhere between the spring and summer of 279GD. The Urustavians were awed by this first tank, and soon came up with the Kanolska MII. Albeit poorly build and crude, the stage was set for tan arms race that would see many tanks come and go and would cement the tank into warfare for the years to come.
Trivia: The biggest tank battle in the Tundra war was fought during the Petchnikov Offensive. During this battle, the Urustavian army came within 1 mile of the Hobthian capital, but was halted in the most epic tank clash of the war. The battle involved nearly 3000 machines on both sides, with the Hew and Mar II on the Western conclave side as main battle tank, and the VU-31 Schnucka on the Centralised powers part.
The signing of the capitulation (dipicted above) took place in one of the biggest tanks that saw action in the conflict, namely Overseer number 2: “Hanq”. “Hanq” was installed in the Urustavian capital as a monument and symbol for the losses during the war and the Hobthian victory.
PaVo 1.1 ‘’Cabalosiera’’ Yoro Propulsia Artilliria
Azillain followed the development of tanks with a keen eye, and were one of few nations that developed an early armored fighting vehicle of their own despite not participating in the Tundra war. Azillain’s first tank was actually a piece of self-propelled artillery, a revolutionary but poorly executed concept. The designers faced problems that also plagued many Fallerein tanks; there was no combat experience to compare their ideas too, nor a real understanding of armored warfare.
The PaVo 1.1 rolled of the production lines after two years of redesigns and much trial and error. Like many other early tanks, it was not designed from scratch, but based on an existing chassis. In this case, the Passia Volos, which was a robust bulldozers build by Corvus Bellias.
The PaVo was armed with an adapted version of the Stom.P 120.00 howitzer, and served as a mobile artillery platform. It was codenamed Cabalosiera, which means patient hunter in Azillian. Although it’s armament was by no means unimpressive, the sacrifices that had to be made to allow the PaVo to carry it were grave. Its armor was nearly non-existent. A thin iron plate covered the main hull, and the crew that manned the gun did so in an open-topped box on top of the tank. Although somewhat protected against small arms fire (unless attacked from above) it could easily be taken out by any weapon greater then a machine gun. The main cannon also proved to be highly inaccurate on the vehicle, as each shot moved the vehicle so much that the entire targeting process had to be repeated over and over. This made efficiently ranging in practically impossible.
The PaVo’s cannon had been modified to fire AP rounds as well, allowing the vehicle to double as an tank hunter too, but this presented another problem; it’s poor weight distribution and small tracks made it very slow, and thus a sitting duck to the enemy after it would have given away its position with a shot.
With so many problems it would have fared poorly on the battlefields of its time, but it never was deployed in any major confrontation. The only action the PaVo saw was during the Azillain civil war of 285GD, in the siege of Monta Santa. There, the battery of 50 PaVo tanks depleted half their ammunition trying to range in on the town’s square. The crews abandoned their attack after the rebels casually redeployed their line to open ground, in plain sight, without taking a single loss from the dozens of shells which were (poorly) aimed at them.
Crew: 5 (2 loaders, 1 gunner, 1 driver, 1 commander)
Engine: Coso Velosa 5 (150 HP)
Top speed: 8 Km/h
Manufacturer: Casa Des Militariad & Combatimento
Armament: Modified Stom.P 120.00 howitzer
Weight: 29 tonnes
Country of Origin: Azillain
did I mention four of my friends dressed up as the Fukushima nuclear power plant for Halloween
(notice how the third reactor is fine and has regular doors because that one’s okay)
(I love these people so much)
The one chugging the cooling fluid is actually me.
H/M & Rångeldin OGST/13
After the success of the DLIN/91, Feodal warlords decided they needed a tank to supplement their armor devisions with something that could pack a bit of a punch. Bigger calibre experiments with the DLIN chassis had failed horribly, so. aided with Hobthian expertise UFT engineers designed the OGST/13. Nevertheless not intended as such, the OGST/13 classifies as a tank hunter, and performed well in certain situations. The biggest advantage it had to offer was it’s speed and maneuverability. A lot was sacrificed to achieve this, most obviously it lacks most basic protection for the crew, and was very vulnerable to small arms fire. Other issues were hard to solve break-downs (the internal machinery of the tank was far more complicated than other materiel used by the UFT)
OGST/13’s were most effective in hit-and-run tactics, for which it had a most suitable gun. The new Rynaard BrisantGwr was able to deliver high explosive rounds over long distances. All tank-aces that used an OGST/13 earned their stripes ambushing enemy convoys and enemy armor.
In the closing days of the Tundra Conflict many OGST/13’s were actually used by the centralized powers. Despite it’s lack of armor for the crew, the tank itself was designed to take a punch. UFT warlords found it an important consideration as valuable armor was far harder to replace than personnel. Because of this the OGST/13 was, ironically enough the most captured tank of the conflict.
1: Rynaard BrisantGewr
1: Rångel auto-carbine 6.6-56
Design: Hew&Mar Motor works
Manufacturer: Rångeldin Linwerke
Top speed: 27 km/h
The Sigmund Storhm Khastha (Assault fortress)
The Sigmund, named patriotically after the Pratvich-Lustrian King, was the last combat vehicle to be added to the Centralised Powers’ arsenal during the Tundra war. It was categorised as a tank, although some historians go as far as to classify it as a land ship. The giant vehicle had been devised as a terror weapon, and competed only with the Klinelgerst when it came to sheer size.
The peculiar design was based on two giant round housings for the tracks, connected by the armoured command capsule. Each track section had its own power plant consisting of no less than three diesel engines, and each of these had to be operated separately. The arsenal at the disposal of the Sigmund was the most impressive of any tank that served in the Tundra war; 4 heavy cannons, a siege howitzer and a multitude of machine guns truly turned it into the fortress its name proclaimed it to be. However, the iron-clad titan proved almost impossible to handle. The commander had to shout his orders into speaking tubes leading to the turrets and engine decks. Making himself heard was quite the ordeal with the constant roar of the engines and weapons. Furthermore, the tubes were placed all over the command capsule, which led to the commander running around the deck most of the time (which was considered good for stamina, but bad for the temper). The Sigmund was also seriously underpowered, and could only manage five kilometres an hour. The poor engines, which had to be shifted from gear to gear independently when making a turn, broke down so often that the tank often needed more spare parts then ammunition for its weapons during combat situations. Despite its less than adequate performance, the Pratvich-Lustrian high command expected the Sigmund to finally turn the tide of the war.
In reality, it came too late to change anything. It was introduced three weeks before Urustavia’s exhausted army revolted and capitulated, and only saw combat on three occasions in its brief fighting history. Pratvich-Lustria soon followed in surrender, and Tundra War ended before the Sigmund could truly show its worth.
Crew: 24 (16 gunners, 1 commander, 6 engineers and 1 ammunition runt)
Engine: six Juzara DD diesel engines
Top Speed: 3 Km/hour
Manufacturer: P&L royal armory
2 x 160 mm CkC cannons
2 x 120 mm PzH cannons
1 x 240 mm Y.9 heavy howitzer
14 x Cal.50 Djaktakka machine guns (air-cooled)
Country of Origin: Pratvich-Lustrian Kingdom.
Trivia: A complete (though inoperable) Sigmund was discovered three years ago, hidden in the forests near the village of Zwello. It is speculated that the crew hid it there after the capitulation of the Centralised powers, possibly to continue the war should the need arise. The decades old but mostly intact tank was found by children on a school trip. It is the only surviving Sigmund, and it is currently being restored in Ostrahland (the former Pratvich-Lustrian Kingdom).