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The July Revolution in 1830 led to the overthrow of Charles X by the citizens of France. Louis Philippe I became 'the King of the French' in the July Monarchy on the 7th of August in 1830.

Louis Philippe thought that this was a similar situation like when Napoleon was the ruler of France and now it would be his chance to go down in history as a brilliant strategist and as the one who brought the citizens of the European kingdoms to power.

The situation of France was great. They had occupied northern Algeria and also had some colonies in America. Now, it was time to regain rightful French land and to overthrow the European monarchies.

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Louis Philippe I

Louis Philippe I. was born on the 3rd of February in 1810. His father, Ferdinand Philippe, was a revolutionist and a wainwright. Louis Philippe had many contacts to powerful revolutionists and to other important people, which eventually led him to the French throne.

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Victorian Age (1836), Extreme, France

I've changed some historical information to make it more relevant to the story.

Edited by Globin4060

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EPISODE 1 - "OPÉRATION RECONQUÊTE DU NORD" (1)

From 1830 to 1836, Louis reorganized the economy and increased the welfare in his country. Louis also brought back the "Grande Armée" and structured it like under the rule of Napoleon.

 

On the 1st of January in 1836, Louis sent French diplomats to the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and to the Russian Empire.

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Their objective was to improve the diplomatic relations between France and these countries. That was something very important for Louis' plans.

 

The Netherlands and Luxemburg were part of the First French Empire from 1805 to 1815, and Belgium even from 1795 to 1815. In Louis' eyes they should get French again, starting with Belgium.

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On the 29th of January in 1836, Louis gave his good friend and talented general Bertrand Clausel the supreme command over the "Opération Reconquête du Nord".

 

The French troops were ready soon. Bertrand's 10,500 troops strong brigade was divided into three regiments. 

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France declared war on Belgium on the 10th of August.

 

The first regiment under Colonel Léon Pétin conquered the city Bruges in north west Belgium. The second and main regiment under General Bertrand Clausel took the city of Namur and the third regiment under Colonel Alain Clausel advanced through the Ardennes and took the important city of Liége.

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The French attacks were successful with some losses. Now, Bertrand ordered the first and second regiment to besiege and capture the Belgian capital Brussels. The third regiment divided itself and captured the citys of Genk and Malmedy.

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The French invasion was successful and Belgium surrendered just after 3 months.

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Many Belgian citizens were happy to be a part of France again, but of course some people were angry, especially the former powerful people of Belgium, because they lost the sovereignty of their country.

 

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Bertrand Clausel

Bertrand Clausel was a good friend of Louis. He was born in 1794 and went to the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr in Britanny. He was a talented strategist and general. He had a wife and three children and was keen on art.

 

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EPISODE 2 - "OPÉRATION RECONQUÊTE DU NORD" (2)

Bertrand prepared over 13'000 troops and sent them to the border of the Netherlands and Luxemburg.

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France declared war on the Natherlands and to the Dutch vassal Luxemburg on the 24th of March in 1838.

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Two regiments under Colonel Léon Pétin and Alain Rouge attacked the citys Middelburg and Breda. Two other regiments conquered the city of Eindhoven with much Dutch resistance. Another regiment under the command of Bertrand attacked the city of Luxembourg from the north west and from the south.

 

The attacks were successful but the two regiments that attacked Eindhoven were nearly completely destroyed and both Colonels were dead.

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Bertrand sent his regiment north to support the war against the Netherlands and Léon's regiment attacked the city of Rotterdam. Alain's regiment attacked Arnheim to replace the two destroyed regiments.

 

The attacks were successful, so Léon continued with attacking Amsterdam and Utrecht with each a half regiment. Alain advanced north and captured the citys Leeuwarden, Zwolle and Groningen.

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Meanwhile, the French colony in South America had to defend against the attacking Dutch troops from the west.

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A regiment under Alexandre Plateau managed to push back the enemy troops and to advance into their territory.

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The citys Wageningen, Kabalebo and Alalapadi were captured easily.

 

The Netherlands and Luxemburg signed the Peace Treaty of Amsterdam on the 11th of September in 1838.

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Louis decided to leave the northern part of the Netherlands, because not many French lived there and France wasn't interested in this rebelious region. But Louis let a puppet government come to power, so he still had power there.

 

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Léon Pétin

Léon Pétin was born in 1801 in Samur. He went on a special military school in Samur for future colonels. Léon has a wife and a daughter.

 

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EPISODE 3 - THE FRENCH-SARDINIAN WAR

Louis was very happy about the successful campaign against the north and he decided to continue with Sardinia.

 

Again, Louis gave Bertrand Clausel the command over the "Brigade Sarde" with about 13'000 troops. France declared war on the 13th of July.

Bertrand's plan was to attack the city of Besançon with one regiment and attacking the Sardinian capital Turin with two regiments under his command. Bertrand's brother Alain captured the city Nice with another regiment.

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The first attacks were successful but thousands French soldiers died.

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The French troops advanced deeper into enemy territory, but Alain's attack on Savona failed. Alain was killed with his whole regiment. This was a big shock for Bertrand, but he had to continue.

 

Unexpectedly, the biggest part of the Sardinian army was stationed in Savona and Bertrand decided to focus all regiments on Savona and attacking the Sardinian citys in the east with only one Battalion.

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Meanwhile, the French regiment under Léon Pétin had to defend Corsica against the attacking Sardinian troops from the south.

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Léon launched an counterattack on the 25th of January in 1840 and he slowly managed to capture important citys and harbours of Sardinia.

 

Sardinia surrendered after hard fights on the 22nd of March in 1840.

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Their territory got fully occupied by France.

 

France had good relations to the great powers of Europe, except for the Ottoman Empire and Prussia.

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Louis knew, that something big is going to happen soon.

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Alain Clausel

Alain Clausel was the brother of Bertrand Clausel. He was born in 1797 and also went to the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr in Britanny. He became a colonel and fought with his brother in many wars. Alain died in September 1839 in the Battle of Savona against Sardinia.

 

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EPISODE 4 - THE FRENCH-SWISS WAR

France had very good relations to the Austrian Empire and Louis received an information from the Austrian Empire, that they are at war with the Ottoman Empire. Louis didn't want that the Ottoman Empire had more influence in Europe, but Louis decided not to join this war at first.

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His plan was to invade Switzerland first, so he ordered his general Henri Marques to mobilize 2 brigades (18'500 troops).

On the 31st of October in 1841, a brigade from the north west launched an successful attack on important cities, like Geneva, Basel and Zürich. Another brigade invaded the Swiss cantons Valais and Tessin from the south.

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The three southern regiments had some problems advancing through the Alps, but they were still able to be quick.

 

Then, Henri ordered four regiments to cross the river Aare and capture the Swiss capital Bern. Two other regiments invaded the eastern cantons Grisons and Thurgau.

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Switzerland capitulated on the 26th of December in 1841.

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The Ottomans were able to conquer more and more land of the Austrian Empire.

Louis decided to intervene and ordered Henri to attack the African territory of the Ottoman Empire.

Two French brigades (17'000 troops) under Henri Marques crossed the border to the Ottoman Empire on the 30th of October in 1842 and captured the city Bizerte.

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The vassals of the Ottoman Empire declared war on France on the 27 of November.

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13 minutes ago, goktug14 said:

Good epidode! 

but pls no touchey to people's neutrality lol

Of course not.

̶b̶̶e̶̶c̶̶a̶̶u̶̶s̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶f̶̶r̶̶a̶̶n̶̶c̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶i̶̶s̶̶ ̶̶a̶̶f̶̶r̶̶a̶̶i̶̶d̶̶ ̶̶o̶̶f̶̶ ̶̶t̶̶h̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶h̶̶i̶̶d̶̶d̶̶e̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶n̶̶u̶̶k̶̶e̶̶s̶

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EPISODE 5 - HOT WAR

The city Tunis fell just in a few days and France was able to advance quickly towards Tripolis.

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The French troops captured the important city Tripolis and Henri ordered the troops to move on and capture the important city Tripolis.

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Meanwhile the Austrian Empier was able to hold back the Ottomans with financial help of France.

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Austria stationed their troops at good defended positions.

 

The French campaign against the Ottoman Empire was doing very good, but the French troops near the Sahara Desert got small problems with the temperature.

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Louis decided to land on the mainland of the Ottoman Empire and ordered Henri to prepare their troops.

 

Henri ordered a landing on the bad defended Ottoman city Ioannina with a brigade with over 10'000 well trained troops.

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Louis received a surprising war declaration of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies on the 21st of January in 1844.

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He decided to finish the Ottomans first, but he sent two regiments anyways, so France can defend their islands Corsica and Sardinia.

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