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The outbreak of World War I came as a bolt of lightning to the Colonial Forces in China. Since the Scramble for China ended relations had generally been fine, Russo Japanese war excepted, between the powers. Indeed, the pan-Chinese nature of resistance meant that there was a great deal of coordination between Colonial forces before the war. However while Colonial leaders were perhaps reluctant to fight each other, they had no qualms about sending millions of Chinese to their deaths.

As in Europe the Germans found themselves fighting a two front war. Again they benefited from a slow Russian mobilization, further hindered by Central Asian and Mongol revolts. Germans also sponsored Islamists in Xinjiang. The primary battles of the war in China would be fought in the North China plain between the Yellow and Yangtze River, sometimes devolving into trench warfare. British forces, or rather Indian and Chinese troops under British command, took the brunt of the fighting against Chinese forces under German command. French holdings did not directly border German ones, but men were thrown into the meet-grinder as well. Russo-Japanese efforts to coordinate a push from the North were understandably fraught, but Beijing would fall, although only weeks before the Romanovs did. The Germans benefited first from strong commanders, and then from the collapse of the Russian Empire, which drew most Russians north. Nor were American forces ever more than a token is Asia. However the Allies had resupply, and the Germans did not. By 1918 they had been reduced to guerrilla attacks before the armistice hit.

However the War was not the end of the troubles of China. The flu came. The Russian Civil War in the North took attention, and caused a volte-face on cooperating with the Mongols. The Japanese felt betrayed by the relatively minor gains they had made for their struggle. And the Allies had made promises to Chinese nationalists during the war, promises that would not be kept…

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I guess the Boxer Rebellion ended up becoming the Scramble for China. What happened to the Qing Dynasty by the way?

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did something for fear loathing and gumbo's 1972 election (in its full glory):
Nicely done, but usually when there are four candidates in a wikibox they're arranged in two rows of two (see 1912, 1860), not one row of three and a row of one, like you have it here.
The Second Battle of Iceland, codenamed Operation VALHALLA by NATO, was a major battle of the Third World War fought on the island nation between NATO forces (consisting primarily of units of the US Navy and Marine Corps) and the Soviet Union. NATO's goal was twofold; the liberation of one of their member states and the removal of Soviet threats against reinforcement and resupply convoys to Europe originating from the US and Canada. The capture of Iceland by Soviet airborne troops in the opening phases of the war (Operation NORDIC HAMMER) had been a serious blow to NATO, as it opened a serious hole in their naval and air defense grids. An attack by long range Tu-22M Backfires bombers against USN Task Force 22 on June 23rd lead to the loss of the USS Saipan (LHA-2) and saw the carriers USS Saratoga and USS Nimitz heavily damaged, with the Nimitz put out of action for nearly six weeks.

After the near-elimination of the Soviet long range bomber fleet during Operation DOOLITTLE in late July and the strengthening of NATO naval forces by reinforcements from the US Pacific Fleet, Supreme Allied Commander Robinson approved a daring plan from Commandant Kelley to retake Iceland. The losses of the Marine security force at Keflavik AFB and nearly 2,000 Marines aboard Saipan had been a serious blow to the USMC's reputation and morale, especially as they became a sideshow to the Army's heavy units brawling with the Soviets in Central Germany. The buildup of the II MAF had been ongoing for several weeks as the 2nd Marine Division had been preparing to refit itself for battling the Red Army, when the decision was made to redirect those troops to Iceland. Leaks in Brussels and at the Pentagon that the Marines were headed to Europe lulled the Soviets into believing that NATO could not as yet risk any offensive operations.

The Soviet troops on Iceland, made up primarily of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division, had only expected to occupy the island for a few weeks until the end of hostilities in Germany. The slow attrition of their fighter defenses in repeated NATO air raids in June and July and the inability to land reinforcements by air left them weakened to a determined NATO attack. The first USMC landings were made by helicopter at the small fishing port of Stykkishólmur in NW Iceland. The rocky topography of the Icelandic coast had given USN Admiral Jacobsen fits for weeks, until an offhand suggestion made by one of his staff that they should just get directions from the locals led to detachments of Force Recon Marines dropping into several coastal villages in and around Stykkishólmur recruiting local fisherman to act as guides for the heavy landing ships into the harbor. A missile attack by long range bombers did result in the loss of the cruiser USS Wainwright and cargo ship USS Charleston but USMC operations were minimally affected. Once the remaining MiGs at Keflavik were destroyed by Marine Harriers and F/A-18 Hornets from the Strike Group, the Soviet paratroopers were at the mercy of NATO air attacks and heavy bombardments by the battleships USS Iowa and USS New Jersey. After 6 days, Soviet forces had taken nearly 30% casualties and had seen the loss of most of their heavy weapons, leading to their surrender on August 19th. Scattered hold outs would continue to resist for another few days until LTG Emerson declared the island secured on August 24th.
Need to be thanking Lieutenant Edwards
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