Operation: Nae jeevan kee raksha
|Operation: Nae jeevan kee raksha|
Imperial Government support
|The Seishi Clique (rebels)|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Akbar I commander-in-chief|
General Farrah supreme commander
|Taizong of Seishi|
| Çakaristan: 400,670|
Qyzylqaystani guerrillas: 75,000
| Seishi rebels: 198,200 (r.)
Seishi rebels: 120,743 (m.)
|Casualties and losses|
| Çakaristan 23 killed|
28 drones destroyed
7 helikopters destroyed
31 tanks destroyed/disabled Qyzylqaystani guerrillas: 51 killed
| 16,667 killed(confirmed)
110 aircraft destroyed
19 ships sunk
3,300 tanks destroyed
|civilian losses: 3,664|
Operation: Nae jeevan kee raksha was the military operation of Çakaristan in the territory of Jingdao. The name "Nae jeevan kee raksha" means "Protecting the New life", a reference to the name of the Xinshi Emperor.
- Main article: 1697 Fatehpur and Manbai attacks
On 9.XI.1697 AN terrorist attacks were committed in Fatehpur and Manbai. When it was found that the Seishi rebels were behind these attacks, plans were made for military reprisals. Only the Sultan got permission from the Xinshi Emperor to intervene militarily.
After the attacks, many volunteers signed up for the army. There was great optimism to punish the enemy. Because of this, a theme song was made:
|Adarani||Transliteration||Translated in Common Tongue|
क़दम क़दम बढ़ाये जा
Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja
Keep marching forward singing the songs of joy
Course of the invasion
On 24.XII.1697 AN ended the ultimatum which the Sultan had given to Taizong of Seishi. This ultimatum included:
- Acknowledge involvement for the terrorist attacks in Fatehpur and Manbai
- Extradite the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of the terrorist attacks
- Submit to the Xinshi Emperor.
These demands could not be negotiated or discussed. There was no direct contact between Taizong of Seishi and Akbar I, this was through the League of United Jingdaoese Provinces. In the first reaction, Taizong denied involvement in the attacks and proposed a neutral investigation. This proposal was rejected. Just across the border, the railway line (Cundiyangshu - Suryapur) was sabotaged, just before the ultimatum expired.
Start of the operation
An hour and a half after the ultimatum expired, airstrikes were launched on Xiaoxincheng. The Çakari Navy had already sent a convoy of ships to the Northern Sea, including an aircraft carrier. The airport, a military base and a naval ship in the harbour. Several targets were hit with cruise missiles, including the palace of Taizong in Gürbançybaq. Just across the border, military positions were attacked, taking out the anti-aircraft guns. This made it possible to carry out reconnaissance flights.
On 1.I.1698 AN the first land troops crossed the border. Reconnaissance planes had spotted troop movements of the Seishi rebels, which indicated rebel withdrawal. The road to Silafucheng was blocked by discarded military vehicles, which were bombarded by the Çakari air force. Furthermore, pamphlets were released over the towns of Cundiyangshu and Silafucheng calling for surrender. The local authorities broadcast radio messages declaring both towns as 'open cities'. A Çakari tank drove into a roadside bomb, which exploded and caused the first casualties on the Çakari side. Paramilitaries were then flown in by helicopter to bring the towns under control. The local population had found some Seishi rebels who had stayed behind, and in a large crowd, these men were taken to the central square of Cundiyangshu. The paramilitaries wanted to capture the rebels and take them into custody. Only one of the men had already succumbed to his wounds.
Xing Mirkovic, the mayor of Silafucheng, was carrying a white flag when the paramilitaries arrived. When the commander approached him, he went down on his knees begging. The commander replied, "I don't know what kind of propaganda has been spread about Çakaristan, but we are coming to restore order". The commander went to the headquarters of Apollonian Association of Refugees, but did not enter. Outside in front of the door, he asked for the president of the organisation. "There is telephone for you," said the commander with the telephone receiver of his communication officer beside him. Hesitantly, the chairman came out and took the receiver. "Hello, you are speaking to Akbar". The organisation was asked to help with any refugees resulting from the Çakari invasion. When the Çakari tanks entered the city, a military salute was given at the Silafucheng Memorial.
After consolidating the area around the towns of Cundiyangshu and Silafucheng, the advance towards Nuhai began. This started with reconnaissances, which showed that all kinds of military positions were placed in inhabited areas. The sultan arrived at the command centre, where the senior officers presented the plans to the sultan. The Sultan insisted on preventing civilian casualties as much as possible: "That is more than throwing up some pamphlets in advance". Through contacts with Daocheng, access to the mobile phone network was obtained. Thus, the protocol became that before a bombardment, a warning was sent through certain telephone masts, followed by a so-called 'roof knocker' (a bomb that causes a lot of noise, but no damage). The Sultan was satisfied: "Ethics in warfare is always a precarious point, but we must do what we can".
The city of Nuhai was offered peace with an ultimatum. That ultimatum expired without response, after which protocol was implemented and the bombardment began. Also, positions in Beidija, Xiaoxincheng and Yuehan were shelled with cruise missiles. The Çakari forces began a southern encirclement of Nuhai, closing the border between Azuma and Jingqyzyl. The air base north of Nuhai, where the Heavenly Air Support Regiment was stationed, was immune from attack. Capturing that airbase would be an important strategic advantage for the further formation of the "Northern Wall". The Seishi rebels had built a defence line around that airbase, expecting the Çakari forces to arrive from the east. The airbase was also important to the Seishi rebels, firstly for control of northeastern Jingdao and secondly for a counterattack on Çakaristan.
When four C295 propeller planes had already taken off and were due to make a surprise landing at an abandoned airfield some 30 kilometres from the airbase, information came through that a jet was on its way to the airbase. The colonel lieutenant decided to use that jet as cover and land it at the airbase. This reckless decision led to a successful attack on the air base, with the Çakari flag being raised within an hour. The advance defence units of the Seishi rebels thought they were completely surrounded and raised the white flag. Within three hours of the assault unit landing, the ArBa 178 transport jet landed for supplies. The attack killed one Çakari soldier and wounded 10. 45 Seishi rebels were killed, 12 wounded and the remaining 106 rebels were taken prisoner.
A large-scale ground offensive began from the Silafubian district. The advance was towards the city of Seishinsosimiao, a logical target. The Seishi rebels concentrated their defence in a triangle Beidija, Xiaoxincheng and Yuehan. The Seishi rebels in Seishinsosimiao suffered their first attacks, but despite the sustained shelling, it was not the main force that was expected. Meanwhile, the missile installation north of Yuehan was captured by special commandos. The connection to the missile installation had been sabotaged earlier, so no missile had been fired.
The main force split north of Seishinsosimiao into three groups. The First Banner Group continued in a north-westerly direction. Jet fighters bombed air bases near Beidija, Xiaoxincheng and Yuehan. The Second Banner Group proceeded in a westerly direction, towards Gürbançybaq. A small unit of special commanders advanced and encountered a small unknown unit. These turned out to be Qyzylqaystani guerrillas, led by Kuai. The Qyzylqaystani guerrillas have been fighting the Seishi Clique since the beginning of the Post-Chidao Troubles. They are loyal to the Xinshi Emperor. Their leader, Kuai, is the brother of Taizong of Seishi. After contact between Kuai and General Farrah, the attack on Gürbançybaq was jointly coordinated. The Second Banner Group came to a halt a few dozen kilometres from the outskirts of the city. Artillery was deployed, small units began closing roads and capturing villages around the city. The Third Banier Group surrounded Seishinsosimiao. A Çakari helicopter was shot down by a rocket launcher, the occupants were killed. A reconnaissance plane had sight of the incident, so a drone was sent to mark the shooter as a target. The gunman retreated into populated areas, the retaliatory attack was called off.
Landing of Lingtsu
In the early morning of 20.VI.1698 the landing of Lingtsu started. 36,000 troops and 2,300 vehicles went ashore. The landing took place on the inhospitable coast, just west of the Jingdaoese border. The Seishi rebels were surprised by the landing and taken by surprise, because of the lack of a port. After the Çakari troops reached a bridgehead, the engineers began to build an artificial pier. Some of the landed troops headed east across the Jingdaoese border towards Tyrador. A buffer zone was created between Tyrador and the border. The landed troops moved further inland to link up with the First Banner Group. With this accomplished, the entire northern Jingdaoese border with the Green was under Çakari control; the northern wall was complete.
At the same time, contact was made with the special forces that had captured the rocket installation. To the east of the landing site, anti-aircraft guns called "svargeey chhaata" (heavenly umbrella) were placed. This was to withstand possible barbarian shelling from the ruined city of Tyrador. At the same time artillery was set up and the tanks were gathered into divisions. Taizong received a message from the Sultan: "You have until the end of this day to surrender. You and your fellow rebels may yet receive mercy. Remember the former king of Krasnocoria, who was sent into exile after a fair trial. Think of the responsibility you have for the citizens in your care. It is not a matter if but when your reign is over."
Battle of the three cities
In the evening of the last ultimatum, the Sultan, General Farrah and Kuai stood around a table with a map on it. The positions were drawn on it. Kuai had passed on all that he knew of seishi rebels. "Your Majesty, if you want to conquer the cities of Gürbançybaq, Nuhai and Seishinsosimiao first, you will lose precious time to attack the Seishi triangle. Taizong has that time to strengthen its defences and entrench itself in Jiaom and Zuowei." The general said, "If we strike first at Beidija, Xiaoxincheng and Yuehan then our positions at Gürbançybaq and Seishinsosimiao are too vulnerable to a counterattack. Now the enemy in the triangle, if we attack the triangle without first consolidating outside it, then have a soft underbelly." "Gentlemen," the Sultan responded, "then we must implement a strategy of 'all or nothing', at the same time as 'shock and awe'. Look, if Taizong is overwhelmed by an attack on all fronts and a great show of force, he will surrender."
Outside, in front of the Sultanic tent, looked at the clear night sky. The black sky was lit by countless stars, but that seemed to disappear with the rise of the full moon. It lit up so strongly that the stars almost disappeared, as well as the land which was clearly visible for hundreds of metres. The Sultan hoped that Taizong would make a wise choice. But it was midnight, and there was no message from Taizong.
At 4 a.m. sharp, the attack began. Fighter jets took off from aircraft carriers in the Northern Sea and began attacks on targets in and around Beidija, Xiaoxincheng and Yuehan. Ships appeared off the coast of Beidija, clearly visible to indicate the encirclement. A unit of the Second Banner Group blocked the IA18, the highway between Gürbançybaq and Jiaom. Minesweepers cleared paths through the minefields under artillery cover. Helicopters strafed targets around Seishinsosimiao. Drones carried out precision strikes on targets in the city. A large explosion occurred when an ammunition store was hit. The Sultan ordered a halt to the shelling of Seishinsosimiao, because the unexpectedly large explosion had undoubtedly caused many civilian casualties. By loudspeaker, the Sultan called for surrender. Not much later, a large white flag appeared above the town hall. The Çakari troops moved into the city, followed by first responders.
When the paths through the minefields were clear, hundreds of tanks moved in. Positions around the town of Gürbançybaq were shelled. This time resistance was much stronger, which was not unexpected because of the concentration of the better Seishi troops. But the Qyzylqaystani guerrillas in the city came into action. They cunningly got the city under control. The last positions surrendered when it turned out that they were completely sealed off and encircled. Quite soon, the connection was made with the earlier blockade on the IA18. The siege around the town of Nuhai continued. Helicopter and drone attacks were carried out. Resistance proved stubborn, some helicopters were shot at and damaged. One of the helicopters had to make an emergency landing after being shelled and landed just on the outskirts of the city. A fast group with all-terrain vehicles had to rescue the pilots of the helicopter. Then the power plant was switched off. The city was left without electricity and after nightfall remained largely in darkness. At night, helicopter and drone attacks continued. Roofies were used in particular to instil fear. The attacks ceased deep into the night and it was only after sunrise that all-terrain vehicles began to move into the suburbs. White sheets were hanging from many houses, in the middle of the town square there were citizens with white flags, sheets and anything white. They had captured some Seishi rebels and were restraining them with firearms. The captured men looked battered. After the Çakari troops arrived, a Seishi leader was shot dead before their eyes by one of the civilians. Quickly the Çakari troops acted to prevent any more Seishi rebels from being shot.
Strike the four-coloured flag
While the three cities were conquered, air raids were mainly carried out on the remaining Seishi triangle. Not all bombardments were aimed at destroying military targets, but also to create as much noise and confusion as possible. Taizong's official car was found in Gürbançybaq. A few courageous Qyzylqaystani guerrillas and Çakari commandos took that official car along the AI18 highway to Jiaom. The Seishi rebels saw the official car approaching and were confused about it. The car was stopped and the Seishi rebels were fired upon. The composite unit, which came to be called "Sì sè lǜ" (four-coloured green), moved forward and managed to breach the positions of the Seishi rebels. A communications post was captured and soon misinformation could be sent out. All kinds of messages about attacks, surrender of positions and ghost victories were sent out. The Seishi rebels found out that misinformation was being sent and attacked the communications post. The Sì sè lǜ-unit managed to escape in time before the communications post was blown up. Nevertheless, uncertainty remained about the accuracy of information among the Seishi rebels.
In a valley northeast of Zuowei, many anti-aircraft guns had been placed, but the positions of the positions were unknown to the Çakari troops. To attack the ground positions, an air attack was needed. Only the Seishi rebels' anti-aircraft guns had been able to successfully hit at least one fighter jet. The pilot had escaped with his ejection seat and was now in enemy territory. There were no reports whether he had been captured. Thus began an attack with a large group of drones, which were marked on the Seishi rebels' radar as enemy aircraft. The anti-aircraft guns were then stripped of their camouflage and began firing at the suspected planes. The subsequent fighter jets were thus able to shoot at the anti-aircraft positions. Within a short time after the anti-aircraft guns were knocked out, the attack on ground positions began with attack helicopters. Tanks and armoured vehicles finished the job.
Until this day, Taizong's location was unknown, for every time he appeared in public, he disappeared again. The expectation that he would be in Gürbançybaq proved false. The possibility that he would try to flee became real, despite the firm opposition to the Çakari invasion. The Sì sè lǜ unit had received information of a possible whereabouts of Zhang San, although that information had not been confirmed, the general had nevertheless agreed to deploy the unit. The Taizong POW was said to be in a farmhouse, south of Xiaoxincheng. For a farmhouse, there were a lot of men there, which led the unit to believe that there was more to it. Under the cover of darkness, the unit began its raid. With muffled sniper fire, guards were eliminated. By disconnecting a surveillance camera and connecting a jammer, the entire surveillance system was brought down. The alarm was raised, but men from the Sì sè lǜ-unit had already entered the courtyard. Some rooms were reached through the roof, where the confused Seishi rebels were surprised. After apparently capturing the farmhouse, the men found nothing unusual. Until one of the men noticed some strange patterns visible, indicating a secret entrance. They found the secret entrance and began an exploration in a labyrinth of corridors, rooms and stairs. One of the men was hit, after which the gunman was eliminated. Smoke bombs then caused confusion, allowing the unit to move into the corridors. They kicked in a door, where a young man held an older man at gunpoint. He shouted, "One more step and I'll shoot Zhang San dead!" The unit stopped and made a video link with the Sultan. The leader of the unit said to the general, "With one shot, I'll put an end to this hassle. It is Taizong who is holding Zhang at gunpoint". But the general ordered restraint.
Kuai had himself flown to the farm, where he went to see his brother. He pleaded for his surrender and release. "It's over, my brother," said Kuai. Taizong replied, "You are no longer my brother, you are a traitor!" "You can stop the violence, surrender!", pleaded Kuai. Taizong pointed his gun in the direction of his brother, but quickly put the gun back on Zhang's head when he realised that the men behind his brother were responding to the threat. Zhang groaned in pain because of Taizong's hold. Kuai lied that the Sultan would pardon him if he surrendered and signed the declaration of surrender. Taizong said: "That Sultan will never rule over me! He pushed Zhang to the ground, put the gun to his own head and fired. Kuai screamed in horror. Once again he lost a brother. The Sultan had looked on and offered his condolences to Kuai. Zhang was helped to his feet and said, "We must quickly call on the Seishis to cease the rebellion. Then the violence can stop!" With the support of a soldier, Zhang San was taken to a radio room, there he spoke a message: "Here speaks Zhang San. Taizong is dead, the struggle is over. Stop the fighting, stop the violence." This message was broadcast repeatedly. The general ordered restraint and to fire only in the event of enemy fire. Over the next hour, northeastern Jingdao fell silent. The sound of bombs and gunfire hushed.
In the following days, all Seishi-controlled territory was taken over by the Çakaristan military administration. Immediately, repair work began on vital infrastructure and clearing of minefields. In consultation with Daocheng, the Çakari forces entered Mengtian. Due to a possible conquest of the Green by Floria, the Mesoun area, the eastern border had to be protected. As a result, the fallen Seishi government in Mengtian had to be replaced. The two provinces were placed under a provisional government. At the same time, a solution was sought for the Seishi prisoners of war, who were confined in camps.
Very tentatively, cooperation with the League of United Jingdaoese Provinces began. To begin with, the northern railway line, as part of the Apollonian Express, was restored. The eastern route up to the city of Jinqucheng was also restored. Kuai was installed as provisional governor of Jingqyzyl province. The governor of Mengtian expelled by the Seishi rebels was restored to his position. The town of Cundiyangshu became the headquarters of the Red Helmets. The Çakari troops are now used as orderlies, and to symbolise this the soldiers were given dark red berets or helmets. On the berets and helmets, an emblem with a golden laurel wreath of aquila with the words 'Pax Apollonia' (Apollonian Peace) written in golden letters in the centre.
The contact with the Gunbatsu Clique was difficult. But Zhang San told the Sultan in a personal meeting that the other factions within Jingdao were generally impressed by the Çakari performance. The Sultan asked Zhang San about the possibilities of restoring Jingdao, the long speech of considerations tired the Sultan. Zhang San asked if he was free to go and talk to the political groups, to which the Sultan replied that he had been freed from the hands of Taizong, so could go wherever he wanted. Before long, Zhang San returned with an invitation to the Sultan to attend a conference in Xiacheng.
The operation was carried out with the area coming under military occupation. Its progression: