|First||Name: Toyotomi Hideyioshi|
Toyotomi Hideyioshi was a Japanese Marshall. He was Commander in Chief of Japanese forces in China. Under his command, the Japanese army captured most of Eastern China. However, during the Pacific War, despite his numerical superiority, his forces were defeated by Sichuan.
Invasion of ChinaEdit
In summer 2104, Japan launched a full-scale invasion of China in what it claimed was a peacekeeping mission to end anarchy and warlordism and restore "free trade". The operation immediately came under international scrutiny as its methodology resembled military conquest rather than humanitarian aid, and the United Arab Republic denounced what it claimed was an opportunistic land grab.
Japanese soldiers landed in the ports of Zhejiang and in Taiwan and faced little resistance from the peasant armies of the Warlords. The Japanese Air Force bombarded several military bases and economic and communication centers in Taiwan, where more than 900 tons of bombs were thrown.
In a location known just as the Crane village in Taiwan, more than 300 Chinese soldiers and irregulars fortified and faced in house to house urban combat 5,000 Japanese soldiers. The casualties were huge, as more than 32 Japanese soldiers died and 120 were injured. The commander of the forces was reluctant to use artillery or call the air force, in fear of civilian casualties, as many villagers had not left their homes. However, after many days of brutal combat, victory for Japan was secured.
Offensive in JiangsuEdit
In autumn 2104, Toyotomi Hideyioshi was appointed Marshall and took command of Japanese forces in China, which were made up by the Army Groups VI, VIII and IX of the Imperial Japanese Army. The Japanese army in China was reorganized as the Imperial Mainland Japanese Army and it's Army Groups were renamed Army Groups I, II and III.
Toyotomi Hideyioshi begun a military operation in Jiangsu, with the goal of gradually securing all of the East China coastline and defeating the Chinese Warlord Sun Ce, who commanded an army of 200,000 men, mostly untrained and badly equipped conscripted peasants, and who was in control of Jiangsu and Shandong.
The offensive was made up of an armored thrust spearheaded by 6 armored brigades. The offensive was supported by the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force, who bombarded military HQs and economic and communication centers in all of Jiangsu.
Offensive in ShandongEdit
In winter 2104, a new great offensive begun in Coastal China. This time Five Army Groups (Army Groups I, II, III, VII and IX) of the Imperial Japanese Mainland Army (IJMA), supported by one Army Group of the Imperial Japanese Army (Army Group V), twelve Marine Corps, twenty Armored Brigades, six Battleships and three Carriers carrying over thirty Fighters and twenty Bombers begun the largest yet Japanese offensive in China, with the goal of defeating Sun Ce once and for all.
The operation begun with a two weeks long bombardment of Sun Ce's forces and economic and military centers. Then, in only three weeks, the Japanese army managed to takeover Shandong. Sun Ce himself was trapped by Japanese marines and committed suicide.
With the fall of Shandong, the Imperial Japanese Mainland Army begun preparations for a new offensive. The Japanese Navy bombarded Hebei with cruise missiles as a preparation for a campaign against warlord Cao Qing, who had declared himself Emperor in Beijing. However, Tianjin was captured only in spring 2105, because Japan was more focused on it's intervention in Vietnam and operations in China subsided.
Chinese Offensive against SichuanEdit
OAfter the July 18 Japanese attack on Ho Chi Minh City, the People's Republic of Sichuan delivered an ultimatum demanding Japanese withdrawal from China, and declared war after receiving no reply. In autumn 2105, the might of Japan’s army was able to display itself fully in an offensive against Sichuan. In many of the pitched battles, the Japanese overran the Chinese army. Meanwhile, Gangnam troops were more successful against the Japanese and secured the city of Tianjin and the surrounding area. This area was incorporated into the Transitionary State of Beijing.
Defeats in ChinaEdit
In summer, the tactical ingenuity of China’s forces allowed them to gain the upper hand against overwhelming Japanese forces arrayed against them. With the help of Gangnam from the north, the advances of Japan were stopped and in Southern China, the Chinese even managed to make gains against the enemy. Another attempt to attack Taiwan was made and once again it was repulsed, gaining Taiwan the fame of an impregnable fortress.
Japan launched a new desperate offensive in China in autumn, but it was cut short by China’s defensive strategies. The Japanese large vehicles and their huge army attempted to move forwards, only to find cities that had been evacuated and turned into fortresses. The countryside was similarly transformed and Japanese advances were negligible. With Japan’s forces focused in Mainland China, Hainan was easily liberated by Chinese troops. Soon after, civil war ensued and the Japanese Empire collapsed.