Great War of Pellina
|The Great War of Pellina Summary|
|Date:||November 1812 - February 1827|
|Result:||St Samuel & Allies victorious|
|Military:||STS - 681,000, S/Hol - 840,000|
|St Samuel & Allies||Southern Holdinia & Allies|
| St Samuel
| Southern Holdinia |
The Great War of Pellina, was a series of wars fought between the Kingdom of St Samuel and the Southern Holdinia Empire, at the peak of colonisation of Pellina period, which took place mainly in Pellina. Both St Samuel and Southern Holdinia had raced one another to gain control of the Arab Pellina Island and controlled colonies and protectorates throughout the region. The two sides had already fought each other in the Baba Canal War, with St Samuel being the victors.
The Great War of Pellina ended following Duke Otto Van Bischkirk's final defeat at Damietta (18 February 1827) and the Treaty of Ajaman, resulting in the end of Southern Holdinia occupation of Pellinese states.
The Kingdom of St Samuel & Allies
- St Samuel - King Joseph Fernandino (King Louis Fernandino until his death in 1818)
- Abu Omar - Emir Muhamed ibn Ta'anari
- Samah Island - Emir Hassanein Zubromawi
- Abu Hana - Emir Yasser Al-Somayli
- Salehstan - Emir Salim Baraniq
- Yasmia - Emir Farouk Al-Razi
- Soudi Amedia - Emir Saud al Owairan
- Midistan - Emir Tariq Al-Temiyat
- Haythamia - Emir Mohammed Al Amri
- Lariya - Emir Yusef Hammada
The Southern Holdinia Empire & Allies
- Southern Holdinia - Duke Otto Van Bischkirk
- Hassia - Emir Tariq Al-Thynniyan
- Makaoui - Emir Muhamed Al-Zeid
- Moodiqa - Emir Mohammed Hijaz
- Saleemiqa - Emir Saud ibn Shia-Agil
- Shadiaq - Emir Hisham Al-Solaimani
- Sherifidan - Emir Mustafa Bin Haji
- Maleeqa - Emir Sherif Al Dalharni
- Muhtaseb - Emir Muhamed Abou Hamed
After the Baba Canal War, the Kingdom of St Samuel and the Southern Holdinia Empire had begun a race of occupation on the Pellina Island. After their defeat in the Baba Canal War, Southern Holdinia had forcefully occupied the Emirate of Maleeqa. They also backed rebel forces in the Emirate of Muhtaseb, where they supported the rebels and overthrew the Emir.
The Kingdom of St Samuel received requests from the Emirate of Haythamia, the Emirate of Midistan, the Emirate of Soudi Amedia, the Emirate of Lariya and the Emirate of Yasmia for protection from the Southern Holdinia Empire and by 1810, all had become fully fledged protectorates of St Samuel.
In 1811, St Samuel supported the overthrow of the Southern Holdinia-backed government of Salehstan, making the Emirate of Salehstan the ninth protectorate of St Samuel. Southern Holdinia had control of eight protectorates, which were the Emirate of Muhtaseb, the Emirate of Maleeqa, Emirate of Moodiqa, the Emirate of Saleemiqa, the Emirate of Shadiaq, the Emirate of Hassia, the Emirate of Sherifidan and the Emirate of Makaoui. The Pellina had been divided into the St Samuel controlled south and the Southern Holdinia controlled north.
The Great Pellina War
Siege of Tasabay
On the 20th of November 1812 Duke Otto Van Bischkirk declared war on the St Samuel protectorate of Salehstan. This was as a direct result of the overthrow of Southern Holdinian backed Salehstani government. On the morning of the 20th, Southern Holdinian troops landed north of Tasabay and besieged the city of Tasabay, the capital of the Emirate of Salehstan.
A fleet of Samuelonian ships happended to be docked in Tarabay and the Samuelonian Admiral, Claudius De Angel had to scuttle his ships, and used the naval cannons as additional artillery and the ships' crews as marines. During the siege St Samuel lost four ships of the line and six frigates, plus a large number of smaller vessels. Admiral De Angel suffered a mortal bullet wound to the head, inflicted during his defence of his ship, HMS Gloria. The city was captured on December 3rd 1813, after about a year-long siege.
Gulf of Dominica
Minor naval skirmishes also occurred in the Gulf of Dominica, where a strong St Samuel squadron under Rear Admiral Christian Du Fallier besieged a smaller Southern Holdinian force under Rear Admiral Wolfgang Andermann off the coast of Lariya.
The Makaoui Campaign
In 1817 Duke Van Bischkirk called up nearly 30,000 Makaon's to fight for the Southern Holdinians in the war, but the war was not popular with the people of Makaoui and by the time that St Samuel invaded Makaoui in 1819, many Makaon's took up arms against Southern Holdinia and supported the Samuelonians.
St Samuel's invasion in September 1819 was led by Lord Giussepe Encarcci and 10,000 men from the 24th Battalion Royal Queens Pierrepont Infantry Regiment. Lord Encarcci's invasion was supported by around 100,000 Makaon's who had welcomed the arrival of the Samuelonians and by 1823 had overthrown the Southern Holdinians in the Emirate of Makaoui.
The collapse of Southern Holdinia
By 1824, St Samuel had gained the upper hand in the battle. The emirates of Muhtaseb, Maleeqa, Sherifidan, Hassia, Shadiaq and Makaoui had all surrendered to St Samuel and the only territories that remained under Southern Holdinia rule was Moodiqa and Saleemiqa.
St Samuel forces had sustained a disasterous defeat in Moodiqa in 1823 and had called off an invasion of the emirate. Saleemiqa was well defended with around 200,000 Southern Holdinian based in the region and was supported by around 300,000 troops from Moodiqan.
Lord Francisco Vax-Conte, of St Samuel was charged with the task of taking the Emirate of Saleemiqa and had around 150,000 Samuelonian troops at his disposal along with nearly 500,000 Arab soldiers. On the 15th of May 1824 Vax-Conte sent a large sea-borne invasion force of around 20,000 troops to land on the north coast of Saleemiqa. Vax-Conte himself led an invasion in the south from Maleeqa and was met with fiearce resistance from Moodiqan and Saleemiqan defenders in the southern town of Al-Mish.
Battle of Damietta
The Battle of Damietta, fought on 18 February 1827, was to be Duke Otto Van Bischkirk's last battle, in the Great War of Pellina. His defeat put a final end to his rule over his Arab territories. The battle raged for eight days on the outskirts of Damietta, in the Emirate of Saleemiqa.
Lord Vax-Conte headed an army of army of around 170,000 consisted of 129,000 infantry, 32,000 cavalry, and 7,000 artillery with 250 guns. Duke Van Bishkirk's army consisted of 117,000 men; 90,000 infantry, 11,000 cavalry, and 16,000 artillery with 150 guns.
By the seventh day of the battle, the Southern Holdinian's held the advantage and Lord Vax-Conte had sustained huge loses by Duke Van Bishkirk's massive artillery bombardement. It was to be the Samuelonian cavalry, who were to be the hero's of the battle, for on the seventh day, Lord Quintos Di Onour led a heavy cavalry charge against the Southern Holdinian's. Sustaining huge loses, the St Samuel cavalry continued on and finally broke through the Holdinian lines. Lord Di Onour himself was killed during the charge, but the movement was to be the deciding factor in the battle and the charge was to become known as "The Charge of the King's Brigade."
By the 26th the Holdinian forces had been broken and Lord Vax-Conte made one last final push, famously shouting "Send every man forth!" By the evening of the 26th Duke Van Bischkirk's commander, Lord Andreas Kelzermann surrenderd to Lord Vax-Conte.