|Race Invasion of the United Kingdom|
|Part of The Race Invasion of Tosev 3|
|United Kingdom||The Race|
Due to the small size of the island, England had escaped the full force of the Race's military might when they first landed, but they proved to be more than a nuance to the Race in the Middle East, India and France. The origins of the invasion lay with the attempted coup by shiplord Straha. After this failed and Straha defected to the Americans, it was feared that he would've taken many of the Race's plans with him, allowing the Tosevites the knowledge of what the Race intended to do for the new two years. Thus making the Invasion more political than strategic.
At the time, the Race in France were within reach of the Rhine River, and was massing for an invasion of Germany. Because of these developments, it was decided that England would be invaded, not Germany. The drive against the Rhine River was halted while forces were transferred to France for an invasion of England.
The Invasion began with an airborne assault using Parachutists and Transports. Two landing zones were carved out in the South and Midlands of the UK, with the intention to drive on London. The landing went off without a hitch in both zones, but as the English began to regroup, the RAF struck back. After the Race arrived, the RAF had been hoarding aircraft of all kinds, and now threw everything it had into the fight. While the Race's Killercraft were able to dominate the skies, their Transports were horribly vulnerable. British fighters chose not to engage the Killercraft but the Transports, ferrying troops and Landcruiers to England. This tactic paid off and a few transports were destroyed while in flight or when they landed.
Resistance within Race occupied area's of the UK kept up the fight, sneaking in mortars to attack the airfields, killing many ground crew staff and engineers. Despite these smattering of success, the ground crew and engineers at the landing zones kept working under fire, allowing the Race to land a significant force, and began to drive on London.
At first, the Midlands Zone was pretty quiet as the Race was still gathering strength. Their Zone was further inland and as a result, the invasion here was made up of airborne troops with helicopters. They landed with success, but didn't spread out quickly, instead forming a defensive perimeter. However, once significant troops had been landed, it quickly spread out with the intention of capturing airfields for the Race. One such attempt was against the the Bruntingthorpe Air Base. This attack was destroyed as the air fields AA guns took out the Race's helicopter air cover, forcing the troops who had been landed to surrender.
The South Zone was the most active front in the UK. The British could not stop the Race's armoured thrusts. However, once the Landcruisers moved on , the country side seethed with rebellion, tying down troops and stopping logistics. With no room to manoeuvre, the Race was forced to attack British strong points with success but at great cost. Within the first week of the invasion, the cost in males and equipment over shot the computer projection for the campaign. Several heavy transports had been lost flying in from France, leaving the airborne logistics dangerously stretched.
British Counter AttackEdit
As the Race continued it's advance, British PM Winston Churchill issued a dire warning under a flag of truce. Evacuate from the UK or face an unspecified type of warfare not yet employed against the Race. Atvar warned complete destruction of the UK if Churchill used atomic weapons, but Churchill denied that weapons were atomics.
The answer to this riddle quickly solved it's self when the British Army employed Mustard Gas and phosgene artillery shells against the Race's drive from the South near the city of St Albans. This blunted the Race's offensive and caused great casualties. It even allowed the British to retake the city; but by no means stopped the Race's advance. Some gas masks were captured by the race leading to the first time ever that the Race would try to adapt Tosevite technology to their own rather than the reverse.
After gas was employed, the front in the South became the only active front while the Race was solely on the defensive in the Midlands. This let the British Army pushed against the Lizard pocket in the Midlands, while the front in the South pushed on towards London allowing them to seize a broader stretch of territory. However, because of the gas the Race changed their drive on London by pushing around from the west of the capital by way of Maidenhead, to try and link up with the Midlands Zone.
However, as the Race advanced, heavy casualties from combat along with the constant gas attacks combined with little to no protection from them began to gnaw at the moral of the Race's infantry and they started fleeing the battle field whenever gas was employed. The advance itself finally came to a halt at the river Thames in South Oxfordshire
Retreat and EvacuationEdit
Even as the Race advanced in the South, the pocket in the Midlands was shrinking. Constant rebellion in Race control England along with the RAF was causing logistics to become a nightmare to maintain even in the South. As Atvar realised the campaign in England was lost, he pondered using Atomic weapons to destroy the island; but dismissed it. As the advance from the South drew closer to London, the more built-up areas they encountered and had to traverse, leaving more pockets of resistance in their rear. Flying transports over Britain was now getting riskier every day, as not only the RAF intensified the air war against them but so did the Luftwaffe in northern France. Realising that the battle in the Midlands was lost, Atvar ordered it's evacuation.
As the Race started evacuating the Midlands Zone, the RAF started using remote controlled dummy aircraft to let the Race expend their missiles against them, before engaging the Killercraft. This tactic led to a number of Killercraft being lost before the Race finally twigged on to the tactic.
After the Midlands Zone was evacuated, the British Army swung south against the Lizards still on English soil. The Race engaged the British in a withdrawing fight, before finally leaving the British Isle all together just as winter began to approach.
A tremendous effort had been made by the Race in invading England, with little gain. Although she'd been victorious, England was also wrecked and briefly out of the fight against the Race. However, by introducing gas, the other Not-empires around the world started using it as well and in larger quantities than the British. The campaign was also the first and last time the Race would conduct any island invasions. After the evacuation of England was completed, while Britain was still weak from the invasion, it was decided to continued with their drive against the Rhine.
However, the Race's decision to invade the UK, had allowed the Germans to dig in and prepare for when the Race would attack them. It had also bought valuable time in completing their first atomic bomb which was used on the Race. Many Race veterans of the UK fiasco realised that if they hadn't bothered with invading England, the Germans wouldn't have been able to stop them when they were driving them before.
While a tremendous victory on England’s behalf, this was the country’s only shining moment. The campaign was the only major land victory Britain would be able to claim as it's armies would be defeated the following year in the Middle East and India.