Thousands of MEB and rebellious CDF ambushed around 60 forts and factories owned by the USCPF and pro-US CDF militia in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The attacks were quick and surprising. The CDF militia, without body armor and only being equipped with basic weapons such as shotguns and hunting rifles, were crushed and extinguished with little effort. It wasn’t until a few days later that the US caught wind of the attacks, but even that was too late, as the rebels had already secured all of the deep south. (not including the northern half of Georgia) USCPF command sent out an alert to facilities on the border of Arkansas, the northern half of Georgia, and Oklahoma to prepare for an attack. The US troops in these facilities were surprised when they saw tanks, armored vehicles, and tan men with kevlar and robust gear compared to theirs. The USCPF in these border facilities either retreated or were slaughtered during the attacks. Since the US was so unprepared, they quickly lost the states of Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Arkansas. In the next few weeks, the MEB reinforced the border, but most importantly they set up a socialist puppet government in the south known as the People’s Republic of Tidewater. US officials in the new PRT territory were executed and imprisoned. The PRT claimed the western fronts of Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and around half of Colorado. The US government was astonished to see that the PRT had already won over the hearts and minds of citizens in the south. While all of this happened, the PRT and MEB prepared an attack on New Atlanta.
The Battle of New Atlanta
The Battle of New Atlanta was by far the bloodiest battle of the Atlanta Crisis. It all started on the early morning of September 5, 2096. Georgia was the only state in the deep south which hadn’t fallen to the MEB, so the southern CDF militia and USCPF were determined to hold the city and the rest of Georgia. The attack began when MEB artillery bombarded US front lines, decimating a portion of the scrap outer city. Although US artillery was firing back, the northerners were forced to fall back deeper into the city. PRT and MEB forces marched through the ruined portion of New Atlanta. They struck the US defenses hard and fast with tanks and ground troops, killing many defenders. The US forces were eventually pushed back into downtown New Atlanta, which was where the most horrifying and bloody fighting happened. Artillery from both sides rain down on the city, causing concrete buildings to collapse. Smoke and debris covered the streets, making vision extremely limited. Due to the vision problems, all of the combat that happened was close-quarters, almost medieval. Troops fought inside the shells of collapsing buildings. Shipping supplies into the fight was too costly and dangerous, so ammunition was limited. Soldiers fought with knives, shovels, axes, and even chunks of concrete found on the ground. After two months the northerners pulled out of New Atlanta, and were completely chased out of Georgia. The PRT now controlled the whole deep south and the largest city in North America. Casualties were high on both sides, but the citizens of New Atlanta were given the worst end of the deal. Most of the outer parts of the city made of scrap metal had been literally flattened by artillery, as well as the concrete inner circle.
PRT Offensive of 2097
The puppet government of the PRT used propaganda to tell citizens that the Atlanta Crisis was a failed US attempt to secure the south of it’s own imperialistic agenda, and that the US was corrupt and unjust. The MEB told gullible citizens that unless they fought the north, they would be killed when the US invaded and took back the south. This triggered rage among citizens, and PRT military numbers boosted greatly, mostly of enlists who wanted to protect their families from “the coming onslaught”. This resulted in the offensive of 2097. In late January and early February, the PRT invaded the US states of Tennessee and South Carolina. The inexperienced PRT troops hit the US lines hard and fast, allowing them to gain a large amount of land in the states, but the attack lost steam very quickly and ended in March. PRT casualties were high as their tactics were inadequate and their training was rushed, but they were able to gain large portions of land because of MEB support. Major battles during the push were the Battle of Hanover, the Battle of Halfmoon Creek, and the Battle of Skavinski Hill.