War of the Three Valleys

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War of the Three Valleys
Part of Flamaguayan-Zegoran Conflict
Zegoran-m50.jpg
Zegoran tanks in line
Date6 May - 13 June 1968
LocationNorthern Flamaguay/Zegora
Pitino
Result Flamaguayan strategic victory
Flamaguay recovers most of the territory lost during the civil war
Prekovy acquires (northern area)
Belligerents
 Flamaguay
Political support:
 Embrea
 Saratovia
 Zegora and Bogatovia  Prekovy
Commanders and leaders
Raimundo Armelne Momir Dudakević ?
Strength
150,000+ deployed in-theater ? ?
Casualties and losses
4,109 killed
10,000+ wounded
518 captured
9,027 killed
20,000+ wounded
11,614 captured
~500 casualties
5,000+ civilians killed
500,000+ civilians displaced

The War of the Three Valleys was an armed conflict between Flamaguay and Zegora and Bogatovia in 1968. Relations between Flamaguay and Zegora were never fully formalised following Zegora's opportunistic annexation during the Flamaguayan Civil War of territories ceded to Flamaguay as part of the Great War peace settlement. Claiming to act in self-defense due to alleged Zegoran build-ups, Flamaguayan forces launched a preemptive strike across the border. Taken by surprise, Zegoran forces were thrown into disarray. Operating in conditions of air superiority, the Flamaguayan forces were able to make constant gains across the front. Prekovar intervention resulted in the northern conflict area being seized by Prekovy, which did not enter into hostilities with either side. Within a month, Flamaguay had pushed the front line to the post-Great War borders, whereupon the advance was halted. Following a failed Zegoran front-wide counterattack, and fearing escalation into a regional war, both sides agreed to a ceasefire on 13 June.

The conflict is also referred to as the War of Flamaguayan Aggression in Zegora, which presently maintains its claims over the territories.


Background

The conflict was part of the greater disputes between Flamaguay and Zegora.

Military Preparations

Super secret

Combat Operations

Flamaguayan Attack

Flamaguayan air-strikes achieved total surprise.
The Zegoran air force took heavy losses.

Initial forces:

Flamaguay: 3x division, 5x independent brigades. Groups of small ethnic Flam and Embrean cells cause chaos behind the lines.

Zegora: 1x division, 1x independent brigade


The first and most critical operation in the conflict was the surprise air attack against Zegoran forces at dawn on 6 May.

At 6:30 local time, Flamaguay commenced air, naval, and ground operations against Zegora. Early-morning Flamaguayan naval airstrikes from the battlegroup composed by the carriers Irreducible and Intrépido succeeded in disabling the Zegoran navy's northern squadron at Crnozalive (Bahía Negra in Flamaguayan). For the loss of 4 airframes, the Armada sank 3 small craft in port (corvettes/patrol boats), and damaged the conning tower of the submarine 303-Strelac, rendering it inoperable. A further 4 patrol aircraft, 3 transports, and 6 helicopters were destroyed on the ground. The Zegoran submarine 318-Poskok was returning from patrol, and managed to escape as it had not yet put into port [and later sinks a Flamaguayan destroyer on its route south]. Concurrently, the main body of the Flamaguayan navy publicly put to sail in the south, although maintained their course well within territorial waters.

A massive two-pronged operation was launched by land-based Flamaguayan air assets against ground targets. More than 150 aircraft struck Zegoran airfields in the contested region, with low-level strikes destroying over 100 aircraft of various classes caught on the ground. Zegoran ground elements in-theater were interdicted by fighter-bomber raids. Zegoran airfields in range of the contested area were struck by some 60 high-altitude bombers, with the intention of knocking out their runways in order to limit retaliatory operations. Airbases near to Kralvićevo were not targeted, as the coverage of anti-air batteries around the capital was considered too formidable. The Zegoran airforce retained considerable assets around the Kralvićevo region and in the eastern areas of the country, but was unable to bring its remaining strength to bear during the first 48 hours of the conflict. The Flamaguayan air force lost 19 aircraft in the first two days, mostly to low-level anti-aircraft fire.

Launching surprise attacks, Flamaguay was able to seize operational initiative at the strategic level. Following a lightning bombardment, and under cover of friendly aircraft, three divisions and five independent brigades moved north into Zegoran-controlled territory. Simultaneously, small cells of the Flamaguyan-backed terrorist group Homeland and Liberty (Flamaguayan: Patria y Libertaad, Embrean: Pátria e Liberdade) launched raids against police posts and seized control of train stations.

Battle of Gornji Most

Gornji Most was heavily damaged in the fighting and remains largely abandoned

By May 16th lead elements of the Flamaguayan force had reached Gornji Most, a large industrial town in central Pitino that housed a strategic bridge across the Irlidza river. Capturing the city would allow the Flamaguayans strategic control of the road and rail networks across the Pitino region, and prevent the Zegoran defenders from easily mobilising reinforcements from Zegora proper into the combat area. The town was defended by reserve elements of the Zegoran 18th Division, who were unprepared for the rapid Flamaguayan advance and had little in the way of prepared fortifications.

On the morning of May 17th Flamaguayan forces launched an artillery barrage on the western suburbs of the city, with the 37th Mechanized Infantry quickly advancing into the outskirts and seizing the cement factory overlooking the Irlidza bridge. Zegoran troops were pushed across the river and formed a defensive perimeter on the east bank, using rocket artillery to bombard the factory in which the Flamaguayan command had taken residence.

The stalemate across the river lasted for two days, with buildings on both banks being largely destroyed by artillery and small arms fire. On May 19th, the Flamaguayan commander Luigi Guidone received word that AZiB reinforcements were being transported into Gornji Most from Kralvićevo via the Potočari Tunnel and would deploy within 48 hours. On the evening of May 19th, Flamaguayn frogmen entered the sewer system under the east bank of the river and used explosives to destroy key Zegoran strongholds including the post office and telephone exchange. The disruption granted the Flamaguayan forces the initiative, and a mechanised battalion crossed the Irlidza bridge against only light and sporadic resistance. By the morning of May 20th, Guidone's forces had captured the Gornji Most train station and pushed the Zegoran defenders to the eastern outskirts. The same day a sapper brigade used TNT to collapse the Pitino entrance of the Potočari Tunnel, preventing its use by Zegora to mass-mobilise reinforcements into the region.

Prekovar Intervention

The Prekovar government was caught off guard by the Flamaguayan invasion and alarmed at the rapid rate of advance, particularly by the defeat in Gornji Most. After a few days of heated internal debate, Prekovar forces are ordered to cross the frontier into northern Zegora on May 23th. Not arrayed for an invasion, Prekovar forces nevertheless advanced over the border, with the limited Zegoran elements in the north retreating without offering resistance. Zegoran border guards, believing the Prekovite forces to be enacting a mass mobilisation in support, openly celebrated the incursion across the front and welcomed Strelci forces with rakija. Ethnic Zegoran villagers lined the main trunk routes from Prekovy throwing garlands at passing vehicles.

Irregular anti-Zegoran and anti-Prekovar elements harass Prekovar column and manage to inflict casualties but fail to substantially delay the Prekovar advance. By the evening of May 26th, Prekovar leading units reach Flamaguayan forces, who have been racing north trying to limit Prekovar gains. Backroom discussions between the two governments result in an agreed ceasefire but fail to de-escalate the overall conflict.

The Flamaguayan foreign office denounced the Prekovar intervention as "in general an irresponsible affront to peace in Wallasea and in particular an insult to the integrity of law-abiding nations such as Flamaguay".

Advance to the "1910-Line"

Zegoran reinforcements slow the Flamaguayan advance, but are unable to stem the tide.


Zegoran Counterattack

Zegoran rocket artillery after firing a salvo into Casa Bonita.

On June 5th, Zegora launched a front-wide counterattack, which ultimately fails to displace the Flamaguayans from significant positions. The offensive is halted after four days.

Conclusion

13 June - Ceasefire

Casualties

Aftermath

Prekovy alarmed by Flamaguayan resurgence, giving more political clout to hardliners.

In Zegora, the war was considered a national embarrassment and led to an administrative purge of senior officers in the Zegoran armed forces and intelligence services who had failed to recognise the danger posed by a resurgent Flamaguay to the west. King Rajko, only three years into his reign and already wary of reliance on Prekovy in international affairs, considered Prekovy's failure to commit forces to the conflict as an indicator of its unreliability in geopolitical affairs. Fearing that Zegora would soon be surrounded by openly hostile enemy states, Rajko chose to pursue his family links with the Saratovian monarchy at the expense of a renewed alliance with Prekovy.

Birth of the Comprehensive Negotiating Framework for Southern Wallasea.

Orders of Battle and Force Composition

Flamaguay

Land

37th Mechanized infantry Division

Air

Sea

Zegora and Bogatovia

Land

18 Infantry Div

Air

Sea