Part 33: First War of Texan Aggression
Chapter 22: First War of Texan Aggression
The approval of Congress and the people was anticipated by President Hogg.
As soon as the war was officially declared, our troop transport went at full speed for the beaches of Acapulco. There are 80,000 men on those ships, ready to overtake Acapulco then continue on to Mexico City.
The first stage of this war will be for our troops in Arizona, Chihuahua and San Fernando to move into the portion of northwest Mexico that is currently unguarded (many of Mexico's troops are in Central America, left unmoved since their last war with USCA and putting down revolts in the area). The troops landing on the southern coast will take Mexico City and dig-in there, where they can observe troop movement from Central America to the border.
Acapulco falls to our armies, led by the son of the hero of Buenos Aires. There isn't a division in sight as Ellis Jr makes his way to Mexico City.
Buena Vista falls, and our divisions continue on to Hermosillo.
Castanuela falls, and that is the signal for the troops in Chihuahua to move into Jose de Parral. There is a lone Mexican division dug-in at El Orite, we are not going to risk assaulting them until we have the province surrounded.
We take Sonora, and head south into Guaymas.
We should mention that we are encountering no resistance here not only due to troops slowly making their way up from Central America, but also because the other half of Mexico's forces is east of these positions, staring down our troops in Santiago and Matamoros.
We chose a very good time to strike at Mexico; their interior is devoid of troops. After Mexico City falls we may decide to attempt taking Tlascala and Veracruz, which would cut Mexico right down the middle. We would need more troops there though, and we are not sure if we could spare any from the borders. Troops numbers between Texas and Mexico are nearly even; the Republic having a slight advantage.
The Lone Star Flag flies proudly over Mexico City! There isn't much time to celebrate, as there is a Mexican division heading our way from Tlascala. Our forces split up: four divisions will dig-in at Mejico, and four will head to Tlascala. There are likely many more divisions heading our way from the southeast.
Hermosillo is captured and the divisions there are routed to Sinaloa. Once we get as south as our own southernmost possessions the first stage of the war will be over; by then the Mexican army will be arriving in full force.
The Mexican division arrives at Mexico City before our troops get to Tlascala. General Herrera's attack is nothing more than a stalling effort by the Mexicans.
Jose de Parral falls, and the brave men that took it continue on to Durango. Thanks to the odd geography of the area this will mean we are encircling El Orite and we should be able to assault the division there at a great advantage.
Another Mexican province falls, and the troops are ordered to push forward to Cuitlan. We hope to get down to Mazatlan before too many Mexicans arrive.
We chase Herrera's army back to Tlascala, where he is defeated again.
The United States, having gone to war with Mexico at least 8 times in the last 52 years, approves of this war.
We liberate Tlascala, and from there we see many Mexican reinforcements heading up the coast. We are not going to attempt to take Veracruz; there are too many Mexicans and our forces in the interior would be spread too thin.
Durango is seized, and the men who have been waiting in Castanuela move to engage the stranded division in El Orite.
The Mexican General Miramon is putting up a good fight but does not stand a chance, being cut-off from the rest of Mexico. A lone division assaults our forces in Durango, desperately hoping to break the encirclement, but they make no progress.
Three divisions from Monterrey are sent to put a definite end to the Battle of El Orite. The Mexican division there was well dug-in and the effect of encirclement was not as drastic as we hoped.
Eight Mexican division are heading north, probably to Durango. We send our troops that have just liberated Sinaloa to back up our men in Durango. Mazatlan will have to wait.
We receive a peace offer from Mexico, offering to cede a number of their provinces. We decline the offer. We are willing to fight longer to attempt to gain more than that.
Our forces in Mexico City and Tlascala are being surrounded, and the troops in Tlascala are sent to Acapulco to defend our supply route to Mejico.
The USS Maine, which had been off the coast of Havana, experienced a mysterious explosion and sank on February 4, 1898*. The newspapers in the US have blamed Spain for the incident**, rousing public fervor against Spain. The government in the US, long a supporter of the rebels in Cuba and eyeing Puerto Rico and the Phillipines, uses this to declare war on Spain. France, who has been a guarantor of Spain for some time now, honors their treaty and declares war on the United States. French involvement in the matter was unexpected by the United States, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
*historically, the Maine sank on the 15th, and war was not actually declared until the 20th of April. And the war was declared by Spain against the US technically, but the US took the first action by sending a letter to Spain saying "hey we support the Cuban rebels and are going to let the President use force to help them gain indepence. also, fuck you".
**to this day it is still unsure how the Maine was sunk. There have been conflicting studies and reports throughout the past century. The "why" is certain: an explosion. But there the debate is whether the cause was an internal malfunction/accident (as was claimed by the Spanish scientists originally) or a mine (as was claimed by US officials). Also, France had nothing to do with this historically.
Eighty Mexican divisions are heading north through Mazatlan, and we are sending seven from El Orite to confront the four already there. Once they arrive we can send in the four divisions from Cuitlan.
One Mexican divison arrives in Cuitlan, and we fear the seven divisions from Orite won't arrive in time.
Our divisions get there in time, and we are able to reinforce from Cuitlan, but the Mexicans have a good General, Morales. The Battle is going poorly; we may have to retreat.
During the Battle of Mazatlan, Mexico offers us the same peace deal as before. We accept the deal this time around. It is a large amount of land, and the war has started to turn more toward Mexico's favor recently anyway.
The border is now moved much farther south and would be more cosmetically pleasing if it weren't that Mexico retains Hermosilla and three other small provinces on northern half of the Mexican Pacific coast.
Except for the forces in Mexico City, which are boarding the transports to head back home, our troops are sent straightaway to the American border, to match American troop buildup on the other side. We are unsure how the Americans will take the news of our gains (ie. the now high badboy score). Their current war against the Spanish and French removes fears of an American-Texan War for the time being, but still the troops will guard the northern border until we receive a sign that the US does not mind (or approves) or if they are needed elsewhere.