|West Russian War|
Greater Germanic Reich
Russian Liberation Army
West Russian Revolutionary Front |
West Siberian People's Republic
United Partisan Organization
|Commanders and leaders|
Adolf Hitler |
Georg von Küchler
Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb
Friedrich Paulus †
Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist
Karl Lennart Oesch
Kliment Voroshilov |
(Note: this is all shamelessly copied from the TNO wiki)
The West Russian War was a conflict fought in European Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus, between the Greater Germanic Reich and its allies, and the West Russian Revolutionary Front and their allies.
During World War II, Germany invaded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, leading to its total collapse and the occupation of Russia up to the Urals and the A-A line. In the years following the war, various Russian warlords rose in the power vacuum created by the fall of the USSR. Loyal Soviet generals under the leadership of Voroshilov formed the West Russian Revolutionary Front to force the Germans out of Russia. The United States and Japan both seeing a chance to counter German ambitions, would give military aid and support to the WRRF. When the German economy imploded, the WRRF took the opportunity and launched a massive attack.
The war began with a massive partisan offensive, that caught the German forces totally by surprise. easily forcing Reichskommissariat Moskowien's forces back. Confusion ran rampant through the Wehrmacht as the Russian forces advanced westwards. Berlin, not wanting a total collapse in the east, scrambled to send reinforcements to prevent this. The war began to take its toll on the already struggling German economy, causing further strife. This was coupled with a major partisan uprising in Reichskommissariat Kaukasien by the Transcaucasian Soviet. Marshal Zhukov led Operation Suvorov, advancing toward Ukraine in the south. Marshal Tukhachevsky's forces, meanwhile, also saw many victories as they aggressively pushed into Moskowien from the north. Gorky, Pensa, Arkhangelsk, and Plesetsk were all soon seized by the advancing Russian forces. The Front used the momentum from these early victories to great effect, and their army swelling in size as newly liberated russians in former Moskowien territory joined the war against the Germans.
The German high command turned to desperate means to stave off the collapse of their front line. One such measure was the creation of the Russian Liberation Army, under Andrey Vlasov. In desperation, the Germans even allowed the creation of the Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia (KONR), the embryo of a free Russian Republic that would rule over areas liberated by the German counter offensive.
The internal struggle in the Reich culminated when SS forces attempted a coup against the Wehrmacht in the east, with the intention of destroying the army to seize power in Germany. The coup failed however when General Hans Speidel preemptively attacked the SS, forcing them to disperse.
Collapse of the WRRF
Just as the Front's forces were on the brink of reaching Moscow, the hardships of war began to take its toll on WRRF forces as the German Lines began to solidify. Many of the Soviet generals and their forces abandoned the war effort, due to political divisions, severely weakening the Front from within. Due to these setbacks, Speidel was able to rally the Wehrmacht and defeat West Russia. At the same time, collaborationists such as Vladimir III, pushed into communist territory forming his own state in Vyatka. As WRRF forces desperately fell back, Nikolai Averin gathered the bulk of what was left of the Russian armored forces for a last stand near Gorky, where he repelled the assaulting Wehrmacht to allow the remaining Russian troops to retreat safely.
As a direct result of the SS coup, the SS State of Burgundy was created to appease Heinrich Himmler, and the Schutzstaffel was split into the German and Burgundian branches. The WRRF collapsed and was left with control over the area surrounding Arkhangelsk to the far north. New warlord factions rose up to fill the power vacuum caused by the collapse of the WRRF in their previously held territory. Despite Germany's success in the war, it was a Pyrrhic victory. The war strained the already reeling German economy even more so and severely weakening Reichskommissariat Moskowien, which never managed to retake the A-A line or many of the cities they had lost during the Front's advance.