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Charge of the highlanders

The Swiss Coup of 1768

Date
  • June 16, 1768 - June 17, 1768
Location
  • Switzerland, Ukraine
Result
  • Loyalists Victory
  • Sarunu Defeated
Territorial Changes
  • Kiev restored to Sardinia Empire.
  • Switzerland is restored to peace by King Alexandre II
Combatants

Kingdom of Switzerland (Absolutists)

  • Swiss Armed Forces
    • Swiss Army
    • Swiss Navy

Sarunu Organization


  • Ukranian Insurgents
  • Russian Insurgents









Kingdom of Great Britain (British Empire)

  • British Military 
    • Royal Army
      • Highland Brigade
      • 3rd Brigade

Sardinia Empire



  • Sardinia Military
  • Royal Guards
Swiss Loyalist Army
  • Queensguard
  • Swiss Army

Kingdom of Spain (Spanish Empire)



  • Spanish Armed Forces
    • Spanish Army
Commanders
  • King Sebastian I ✝
  • Grandmaster Ronald Cobens 
  • Sotnik Ivan Kamarov
  • Prince Alexandre II
  • Lord Joseph Grey
  • Lieutenant General Sir Richard Venables ✝
  • King Giorgio Clemente
  • King Ishmael Decksteel
  • General Antoin Herman 
Strength

Absolutist Switzerland

  • 120,000 Swiss Soldiers

Saranu Organization

  • 5000 Ukranian Insurgents

British Army

  • 7000 Highlanders
  • 45,000 Infantry
  • 12,000 Cavalry
  • 106 Artillery pieces
    • 2,000 Artillery Corpmen



Swiss Loyalist Army

  • 80,000 Infantrymen 



Sardinia Empire

  • 50,000 Infantry
  • 12,000 Cavalary
  • 150 Artillery


Spanish Military

Casualties 

  • 2567 Swiss Rebels during the Fall of Koniz
  • 5000 Sarunu believed to have perished
  • 2000 Swiss Soldiers
  • Queen Genevieve I
  • 5000 British Highlanders
  • 20 Swiss Civilians
  • Most of the Queensguard
  • 8000 during the Battle of Koniz
  • 650 Sardinians during the Siege of Kiev

The Swiss BallEdit

June 16th, 1768. A ball is being held in honour of the return of the children of the Swiss Queen, Genevieve I. Alexandre and Adelina have successfully been reentered into Swiss society and everything is going swimmingly, or so it seems to the public eye. Queen Genevieve summons her advisors and calls for a meeting in the Throne Room, where the truth is revealed about the regent Sebastian. He has slowly destabilised the government and taken over, turning 60% of the Swiss Military to his cause. Lieutenant General Sir Richard Venables arrives on the scene with the Highlanders of the 74th Royal Highland Regiment and quickly forms an honour guard for the Queen, however Koniz is completely surrounded by Sebastian's followers and the situation looks grim.

Charge of the HighlandersEdit

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The 74th desperately try to hold the line after their failed charge

With the castle of Koniz  surrounded, the 74th Royal Highlanders under the command of Sir Venables charge the enemy, crying fowl murder at the enemy. With the Sarunu's advanced weaponry the Highlander's are cut down including Venables who appears to be dead to all the world. 5000 Highlanders charge down the mountain, only 400 return alive.

The Fall of KonizEdit

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The storming and massacre at Koniz

Events are rather hazy at present, but on the return of the Highlanders to the fortress of Koniz and Venables is suffering from a head wound, which as rendered him dazed. We know however that the Sarunu and Swiss rebels launched an attack and that many Swiss Guardsmen inside turned upon their former friends. All the Queensguard were wiped out, except for a few spies who killed their comrades. It is believed that either Cobens or Sebastian mortally wounded Genevieve. Many fled Koniz through the old tunnels which were crowded, damp and old, many were trampled by those who were panicking and five people died because of this. It is reported the last person to leave the castle was a dazed, bloody Venables, who with his sword tried to bravely stall the enemy, being cut down by two bullets from a Sarunu machine gun fired by a treacherous Queensguard.

Retreat of the HighlandersEdit

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74th Highlanders being overrun by the Swiss Rebels

The last 400 men of the 74th along with the 76th made a ragged retreat from Koniz to the Ruhestatte Schloss and began to fortify the palace against incursion from Sarunu attack. They barely made it out with 200 men. Covering the retreat of the rest of the Koniz population. Many were cut down in the throne room as they struggled to get through the ancient tunnels to safety. Those who survived escaped carrying their wounded commander on the battered colours of the Regiment to safety.

Arrival in BernEdit

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Death of the Queen

Battered, tired and scared the survivors arrived in Bern and took shelter in the old Royal Palace. Where, on the 16th of June, 1768 Queen Genevieve I of Switzerland died of her wounds. General Venables though badly wounded and in pain stayed with her in her final moments holding her in his weary arms as she slipped away. Her final words were that she loved her children. Her body was carried to the Ruhestatte Schloss by six Highlanders and was interred in the crypt of the palace, awaiting her final burial.

With the death of the Queen, the rule of the country now fell to Prince Alexandre. Who bravely took command of the Loyalist forces of Switzerland. 

Withdrawal to JuraEdit

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Withdrawal to Jura

Venables wounded, but angry was placed in command of the Coalition Army by Sir Joseph and Prince Alexandre. He quickly decided to go on the defensive and retreat to Jura, where he held a large palace and estate, the Ruhestatte Schloss. The Schloss was decided on to become the Loyalist base of operations and Prince Alexandre took residence there the next day. They began to prepare a defence network and also brought in as much of the local resources and recruited as many loyal militiamen as possible. With night time closing in, the British and Swiss were surprised by the arrival of a force of Spanish Hussars and Infantry under the command of King Giorgio I. The Spanish were placed alongside the Swiss to offer them morale support due to their inexperience as fighters. 

The Battle of KonizEdit

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General Venable's at the capture of Koniz, shortly before being shot in the chest three times

16th of June, 1768. The Coalitional Army arrives outside Koniz and begins bombarding the city with mortars for nearly twelve hours, causing the creation of two breaches in the large outer walls and creating a weakened gatehouse.

17th of June, 1768. The leaders of the Coalition meet before hand and General Venables prays for their endeavours. The battle commences. With the artillery still keeping a constant fire upon the Sarunu forces, the British, Spanish and Swiss Infantry charge up the steep slopes of Koniz and into the breeches. The Highlander's of the 74th Regiment lead by General Venables reach the breach and are forced to climb a large cliff of rubble, but the Highlander's fury and determination overcome and they climb the rubble and throw themselves upon the Swiss soldiers within, screaming Gaelic warcries. The Third Brigade and General Ironskull have it easier, the rubble from the second breach has built almost a ramp and they quickly over power the Swiss forces within. Meanwhile, General Herman and King Giorgio lead their combined forces against the gates, making slow progress due to heavy fire coming from the Sarunu forces defending the gates, however they make it inside and begin to quickly defeat the unexperienced Swiss, whilst recieving a weak defence by the Sarunu.

March on KievEdit

"We all know what King Alexandre would do. King Alexandre would gallop up to the gates of Kiev alone, break them with his warhammer, and ride through the rubble to slay Sebastian with his left hand and the rebels leaders with his right. I am not Alexandre. But we will march, and we will free Kiev … or die in the attempt." - Ishmael to his troops.

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Ishmael and his Army marching out of the city of Koniz to Kiev

The Loyal King of Switerzland decided to send King Ishmael Decksteel of Sardinia and his troops toward Kiev. After fighting in Koniz, Ishmael prepared to move his forces out and March onto Kiev. He brought along the Prime Minister of Sardinia along with Ryan Warhawk and Marcus Ironskull to support the Artillery. Ishmael knew what he wanted to do to bring those traitors to justice!

Siege of KievEdit

For more information please read this http://porbritain.wikia.com/wiki/Siege_of_Kiev

Leaders and Key FiguresEdit

CoalitionEdit

RebellionEdit

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