Excerpt from the novel "A Century of Iron: A History of the Empire of Drecke
...With the successful launch of War Plan White by the Imperial Fleet, the General Staff made the decision to launch an invasion of Laurentopolis. Though their economy was strained by these overseas "adventures" and the canal construction that was occurring, it was felt that sufficient reparations could be extracted from Laurentia to finance the war and canal project and still have enough left over to cover budget shortfalls from the previous decade. Imperial General Staff after Naval victory
Coming at dawn on the 15th, the advance forces were secreted within various tramp steamers and cargo ships confiscated off the coast. The Dreckian Marines stormed off the boats, quickly capturing the dock and signaling the main fleet that it was time to enter the harbor.
Landing 23 brigades of infantry, the Dreckian invasion was the largest oppsing force the Laurentians had ever faced. Within 8 hours of fighting, the Dreckians had pushed miles inland, except for the area surrounding the Laurentian capitol building. Known as the Capital Bulge, Laurentian Royal Guard regiments held the line for 3 days.
The Laurentians were only saved by the construction of a number of Stone Blockhouses on the plains surrounding Laurentopolis.
With the containment of their forces, it was only a matter of time until Drecke was forced from their positions. This end was hastened by the arrival of the combined Aristran-Mecharian fleet which sank or drove off all Dreckian ships.
Within weeks, the Laurentian troops had pushed the Dreckians onto a 2-mile long spit of sand on the western outskirts of the city. In a last chance operation, the remaining Dreckian navy broke the blockade, and with this success, the ground forces then seized any and all water transportation available and made their way to the fleet.
Starting with a force of 230,000 men, only 72,000 made it safely home to Drecke.
Soon after the Dreckian monarchy suffered a number of internal revolts leading to the eventual collapse of the empire which Drecke had carved.
OOC: my final thanks out to arklite for his help on these 3 parts . Part 3/4