Date: March 1st, 1776
Spring, 1776. For the last six hundred years, it has been nothing but death and destruction.
In 1150AD, Germany was split apart. The Germans states had split into groups. Brandenburg held Berlin, with only Saxony and Oldenburg for protection. Around it, lay the German states of East Prussia, Eupen and Hanover.
This had all started when Otto I, the second before previous ruler of Germany before Hindenburg, had tried to take the Schweig mountains, which Hanover had made part of It's state in 200BC, to add to the Brandenburg state in 900AD He started with politics first. When this failed, he sent in priests to convince the workers and civilians to try and get them to rebel against their rulers. Even this failed, so he used his final way of taking what he wanted. Force.
300 warrior troops, 250 legion troops, 200 archers and 50 cavalry led the spearhead of the attack to take the Schweig mountains. The army of Hanover had only 400 spare troops, most of them new recruits or peasants, to face off against the 800 Brandenburg troops, which as only the spearhead of the invasion. The 400 strong Hanover garrison was only armed with spears, shields which very few of them made of metal, few swords and six inch long daggers. Almost no chance against the swords, metal shields, spears and bows of the invaders heading towards them.
On December 2nd, 900AD, the Brandenburg army attacked the village of Eschewing one mile inside Hanover and two miles away from the Schweig mountains. The village was destroyed and the entire population massacred. Only six peasants, from the army in the mountains, and ten villagers, armed only with daggers and stones, were to defend the village. All of the defenders were killed. The Brandenburg army lost only one warrior with two legion troops and another warrior wounded.
Later that day, the Brandenburg army battled with the Hanover army. The Hanover army was defeated and driven away with 300 dead. Only 100 Brandenburg troops were killed with under ¼ of the killed wounded.
Otto then decided to conquer all of Hanover. A second army, composing of 200 warriors, 350 legion troops, 150 archers and 208 cavalry, was launched to assist the first army. By December 14th, the second army rendezvoused with first army and both counterattacked the Hanover army. The battle in the town of Hanover destroyed it completely. 600 Hanover troops were killed. The Brandenburg, even though they won, had suffered the loss of 700 troops. But the loss of so many men paid off. Hanover had been captured and was made part of Brandenburg.
But Brandenburg's occupation of Hanover did not go without ease. Two days after Hanover was captured, the governor of Eupen sent a messenger to Brandenburg stating that unless Brandenburg moved all It's troops out of Hanover by December 20th, Eupen would declare war on Brandenburg. Eupen's messenger had told Otto that Eupen had signed an alliance treaty with Hanover. The treaty's members were made up of governor William Frederick from Eupen, King Barbarossa of Silesia, Prince Martin Liechbertz of Saarland and the new member, King Ulborg Luther of Hanover.
Otto told Eupen's messenger…
"Our armies will not leave the land of Hanover. We have fought long and hard to take this land and paid it with many lives. I tell you and your people, our armies will not consolidate to your demand."
This reply infuriated William Frederick. He decided to tear up the warning days for Brandenburg and build up his army to oust Brandenburg from Hanover.
Brandenburg needed help in this battle. Otto turned to governor Franz leichtenz of Saxony for help. Saxony, a few weeks earlier, had signed an alliance treaty with king William II of Oldenburg. The two agreed to help Brandenburg as they were forced out of the alliance they had with Silesia and Eupen.
On February 3rd, 901AD, the great battle began. Brandenburg launched It's entire army to smash through Silesia and link up with the 1500 Saxony troops. Once the two linked up, they would charge towards the Silesian capitol, then charge southwards to face off against the Eupen and Saarland armies. Oldenburg's troops would split into two factions. One would swing around the left of the main battle to attack Saarland's left flank. The other would swing right and attack Saarland's right flank.
The entire attack was a failure. Over 2,000 Brandenburg and allied troops were killed. Only 50 of the 1500 Saxony troops survived. The entire Brandenburg army was obliterated into a force of dead, wounded or captured. Oldenburg's troops, however, refused to budge and quickly launched the attack to take Saarland. This to was a failure, but most of Oldenburg's troops escaped.
Altogether, 6732 men were lost in this one great battle. Over half of the casualties were from the Brandenburg alliance group.
The two sides never became friends. Even two hundred and fifty years later, the war with the two sides still existed. Finally, the Brandenburg government decided to make them selves a new state, known as Germania, after their ancestors fought against the first Roman empire centuries before them. The states that joined Germania were Hanover, which was still under Brandenburg's control, Saxony, East Prussia, Oldenburg and Bavaria. The remaining states of Silesia, Eupen, Saarland and the Rhineland.
In 1132AD, East Prussia's government, however, were told of the a atrocities committed to the Hanover people by the Brandenburg army. They, immediately, broke away from the Germania government and joined the Germany side.
By 1150AD, most of what was once a united nation, was destroyed. The two sides remained at war until the United Governments finally occupied states. The war that had lasted for over six hundred years was finally finished.