This takes place close to after the capture of Washington DC, and some 4 months after the fall of Chicago and Detroit. Kaiserreich American Civil War: The Battle of Grand Coulee General Patton’s 2nd Army having waged a successful Northern campaign against the Syndicalist Military in the fall of 1937, was the best positioned to exploit the sudden Dakota Gap, where Pacific state rebels were quickly expanding. With Generals Moseley and Devers attempting to squash remaining CSA outposts on the East Coast, Patton was left largely in charge of the Westward military push. It was not until the summer of 1938 did the opportunity arise for his trademark brand of lightning warfare however. Equipped with the new M6A3 heavy tank and the refitted M3 Stuart tanks, he pressed an offensive along the Canadian border, relying on the combined arms warfare tactics that his troops had since learned since the Siege of Chicago. However, the plan did not account for the defensive lines the PSA frontier militias were adept at constructing. Hill and ridge based fire bases, numbering less than a hundred men at any time, delayed the armored advance considerably. President Howard Hughes had evidently relied heavily on foreign imports for his war machine, and the PSA military used everything from obsolete Weltkrieg era tanks and artillery, to top of the line rifles stolen from defunct Syndicalist armories. In particular, the 2nd PSA Armored Division proved a fearsome enemy. Relying on highly mobile and heavily armed light tanks, particularly variants of the Canadian Cruiser tank, they were able to hamper Patton’s advance for almost six months. It took half a year of fighting to advance from North Dakota to the outskirts of Seattle, but heavy bombing and the relentless advance of AUS troops kept the traitors constantly on the defensive. In particular, the P-48 Thunderstrike proved its worth across the board as a heavy weight fighter, routinely able to come out of dogfights the victor. However, the defensive lines always proved a problem. The few areas relatively clear of fortifications were the harsh terrain of the Sierra Nevada and the mountain ranges that dominated the west coast. With the difficulty of crossing over rivers, especially when being shot at, the Columbia river of Washington state served as a powerful shield agains the AUS advance. With the north-most crossing defended by nearly 50 thousand militia, and the now infamous 2nd Pacific Armored Division, it represented an unacceptable vulnerability in the American Union State logistical lines. Four separate attacks over the Columbia river to the Grand Coulee garrison were repulsed with heavy losses. A stalemate lasted for weeks while AUS troops slowly constricted and resupplied. It was not until the Fall of Las Vegas, from Devers 1st Army, and the Patton’s subsequent northern encirclement and capture of Seattle, that cut off 14 PSA divisions from resupply, that the war began to pickup steam again. Within a month, over 200,000 traitors aligned to the PSA were captured or killed as the snows of winter fell again. It is said the Battle of Grand Coulee was the first combat use of the newly issued M3 Zippo flamethrower, where Longist militias were able to use it to devastating effect against the stranded or disabled tanks and fortifications that became the trademark of the PSA wartime doctrine. It remains the greatest Armored battle of the 2nd American Civil War, with over 1200 tanks on either side deployed. Owing to the generous land border between the Pacific States of America and the Canadian Commonwealth, and the potential for profit, Canadian arms companies and the exiled British Royal Family approved extensive arms shipments to the fledging PSA military, in addition to training and advisors. Notably, PSA militias took quite well to the Canadian weapons, and the Boys Anti-tank rifle was exceptionally well regarded. It earned an excellent reputation for blunting AUS light tanks in the treacherous Rocky Mountains during the war, and even Weltkrieg era tanks and armored vehicles were a common sight in PSA troop formations, in particular the now Infamous A1E1 Independent. Effectively a glorified weapons bunker on treads, it’s main guns were able to delay AUS armored assaults readily, at least until the significantly improved M6A3 “Patriot” heavy tank was deployed, which was capable of marching the aging Landship designs quite well.