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  • In the spring, the newly reinforced Soviet forces launch an offensive against the Chinese
    • After some good initial gains, but the offensive stalls with significant casualties
    • Various NATO nations, especially the US, had sent equipment over the winter. The new equipment makes the previously-successful massed tank assaults suicidal
  • By the middle of the year, most Soviet category B divisions have been mobilised and sent to the Far East, and almost 25% of the category A divisions from Europe are also committed
    • Many of the Category C divisions are upgraded to category B or mobilised. Mobilisation-only divisions begin training
    • The machine gun artillery divisions created for territorial defence in the 1990's start being converted back to motor rifle divisions
  • Poland plans to send an extra division to the Far East, but seven ethnic German soldiers announce that they will resist a foreign transfer
    • Ethnic Germans demonstrate in support of the soldiers. The demonstrations are put down violently by riot police
    • Germany protests and moves several divisions closer to the border
  • In June, a few senior officers of the German army, and at least one cabinet minister, open secret talks with several German ethnic organisations in Poland
    • Another round of demonstrations breaks out, and are violently suppressed. Small groups of demonstrators fight back with military small arms
    • Polish army units move in. Pomerania and Silesia appear to be in a state of civil war
  • Poland charges that many of the rebels are German nationalists, who have crossed the border with help from the German army
    • Berlin denies any involvement, but admits that Germans may have crossed into Poland, and moves military units closer to the border to improve security
  • There are several incidents on the Germany-Poland border in July, including exchanges of artillery fire
    • On 27th July elements of the German III Corps move into Poland in response to what they call a "full scale attack" by the Polish 4th Mechanised Division
    • By 29th July Germany and Poland are at war, which neither side is ready for
  • Poland is supported by the three Soviet divisions still stationed in Poland, but still outnumbered
  • By the end of November, the Bundeswehr is in trouble. Soviet Frontal Aviation has left its most modern aircraft in the west, which makes life difficult for the Luftwaffe
  • The Czech army breaks through the southern flank and heads for Berlin. The Warsaw Pact announces that it intends to occupy and repartition Germany to guard against future aggression
  • Germany turns to NATO for help, claiming that its actions were justified by Polish military provocation, and that its very existence as a state is threatened
    • While NATO debates intervention, the US army crosses the frontier
    • Within a week, France, Belgium, Italy and Greece demand that US troops withdraw to their start line. When this does not happen, they withdraw from NATO in protest
    • British and Canadian forces cross the frontier. Danish and Dutch troops stay in place, still NATO members but not involved in the war
  • Soviet troops attack in northern Norway. Paratroopers and marines are landed in NATO rear areas, but ground troops fail to break through to them.
    • NATO forces in Norway advance east toward the Soviet naval facilities on the Kola Peninsula. The Soviet paratroopers and marines in Norway are isolated and destroyed
  • At sea, the Soviet Red Banner Northern Fleet sorties and tries to break through the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom (GIUK) gap into the North Atlantic
    • After three weeks, the NATO fleet emerges victorious, after the Soviets suffer a loss of 80% of surface tonnage
    • Some commerce raiders make it into the Atlantic, and wreak havoc with NATO convoys
  • Romanian police shoot and kill a man crossing the Hungary-Romania border
  • There are mass arrests of Magyars (ethic Hungarians) in Romania, met with armed resistance
    • A secessionist Magyar government declares independence from Romania
  • Romanian troops move to crush the rebellion. Hungary protests, is ignored, and declares war (with allies Bulgaria and the Soviet Union)
  • Hungarian, Bulgarian and Soviet troops cross the border into Romania. Romania declares war on the three invading nations and asks NATO for assistance
  • Yugoslavia sends three divisions and five brigades into Romania. They are under Romanian command within two days
  • In July, a group of Maoist guerillas called Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) make a bid to take control of Peru
    • The Peruvian government does not fall, but Sendero Luminoso takes control of about half the country
    • Other South American and Central American countries experience varying levels of instability


Timeline of the Twilight War (2nd Edition)
1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

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