Part 16: part 2
Chapter 8 part 2
A major battle is taking place at Revilla. Currenlty 38000 Americans are attacking 66000 Mexicans, and there are 6 more American divisions heading into Revill from the north. This will likely be one of the largest battles of this war.
Prussia has declared war on Denmark, following Danish attempts to integrate the Duchy of Schleswig into the Kingdom of Denmark. Mecklenburg and Hannover have joined Prussia in this defense of German interests. Historically the whole German Confederation and Austria joined, but at this point in the game the alliance structure is missing; it also happened a year later in real life.
General Houston arrives in Buena Vista and begins to capture that province.
The Arrow Incident has occured (seven years late) and the 2nd Opium War has started.
The Arrow was a ship registered in Hong Kong and suspected of piracy and smuggling. Officials of the Qing Dynasty boarded the ship and arrested 12 Chinese subjects. Britain claimed that the sailors should be released and that they were protected under the Treaty of Nanjing (the end of the 1st Opium War) because they had registered the ship in British Hong Kong. The Qing thought this was bullshit and the British realized this was a weak argument. So the British, not wanting to look like international jackasses, claimed that the ship had been flying a British flag at the time (it wasn't) and that the Qing soldiers insulted it. Which is good enough reason to start a war they could use to get a new Treaty of Nanjing so they could force the Qing to let them sell opium in China.
Our two steamer transports are ordered to sail around South America and dock in San Diego following Houston's capture of Buena Vista. Our plan: to have Houston board the ships with two divisions and launch an invasion to the south of Mexico City. On this map you can also overview the current status of the northern invasion of Mexico.
The American 52nd Corps is told to invade the province of Sonora while the Texan Army heads to San Diego to wait for the ships.
Castañuela is captured, and US troops in Louisiana are ordered to march through the Republic and to make their way to Tampico to assist the Americans that invaded from the Gulf of Mexico.
El Rosario is taken, but Mexico has landed troops from the western coast that have engaged the American forces there.
We capture Caliente and order the American 2nd and 23rd Corps to continue their push into Mexico, heading into Nombre de Dios and Guaymas.
The Battle of Revilla is reaching its peak, with each force fielding ten divisions. The Mexican divisions have better ground, but their numbers have been falling and it seems Mexico was unable to supply the manpower to reinforce its troops before the battle.
The American troops in El Rosario easily defeated the Mexicans and are heading to Loreto, to capture the rest of the Baja peninsula. Also a naval battle is occuring off the coast of San Diego; it appears some Mexican steamers are involved, leading us to believe that Mexico is trying to launch invasions by sea north of most of our troops.
In light of the current situation on the Pacific coast and the rapid rate at which we are capturing Mexican cities, the plan for the sea-based invasion of southern Mexico is scrapped. General Houston is ordered bring his men to Corpus Christi, and the transports are returning to port there. We have a new plan now, one that none of the other members in this war will see coming.
After liberating Jose de Parral, the 8th Corps is moving on to El Orite. The Battle of Revilla is nearing its end, with most of the Mexican division already retreating or destroyed.
An envoy from Mexico arrives, bringing with him an offer of seperate peace. They will cede San Fransisco to the US and San Fernando and Caliente to the Republic if we bow out of the war. We decline immediately. Texas will fight alongside the US until the US decides to end the war.
Hermosillo is captured, and the troops there are ordered to march to Guaymas. Meanwhile, Mexican forces have landed in Loreto to confront the American troops capturing that province. It is only one division, so victory there is assured.
Revilla, which was the site of the largest battle of this war less than a month ago, is captured. The American armies there are ordered to attack Monterrey, where most of the Mexican survivors of the Battle of Revilla retreated to.
Nombre de Dios is captured, and the army there is sent to Sombrete. Mexican cities are falling like clockwork.
After the capture of Acaponeta and Durango American armies will be only three provinces away from Mexico City. Capture Mexico City and the war will have been a complete success.
Houston's men arrive in Corpus Christi, and there they are split into two seperate divisions. Houston will be commanding the 1st Texas Infantry and 1st Texas Volunteer Cavalry, the same divisions used in the invasion fo Hawaii, who have been reinforced with the most men we could find. They board the steamers in the Gulf of Mexico. The transports are ordered to travel to the Straits of Florida.
There they begin the first part of our plan: the assault and capture of the Bahamas. This is the "expected" part of the plan. With the Mexican navy tied up fighting slightly older American ships, taking the undefended Bahamas is almost obvious.
General Houston has a grander plan than the seizing of a handful of worthless islands. A plan only he, the brilliant whiskey-soaked commander he is, could possibly think of or consider.
The Invasion of Argentina.