Swiss Invasion of Piedmont
Part of War of the Sardinian Aggression
Date 14 July, 1749 - 11 August, 1749
Location Northern Italy
Status Swiss troops take control of Turin, Nice, and Cuneo.

Sardinian Army retreats to Sardinia.

900px-Savoyard flag.svg Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia SwitzerlandFlag Kingdom of the Swiss
600px-Flag of Most Serene Republic of Venice.svg Viceroyalty of Venice

Genoaflag1 Viceroyalty of Genoa

454px-Flag of Lucca.svg Viceroyalty of Lucca

Commanders and leaders
900px-Savoyard flag.svg Emperor Ishmael I

900px-Savoyard flag.svg Prime Minister Peter Plankwrecker

900px-Savoyard flag.svg Lord Ivan Decksteel

SwitzerlandFlag King Alexander I

SwitzerlandFlag Prime Minister Jozef Kohleschmied (POW)

SwitzerlandFlag Generalfeldmarshall Jon Kroshbon

SwitzerlandFlag Generalmajor Rayne Kroshbon

454px-Flag of Lucca.svg Viceroy Giovanni de'Medici

Units involved
900px-Savoyard flag.svg Sardinian Royal Army

150,200 Infantry

SwitzerlandFlag Swiss Royal Army

138,071 Infantry

8,261 Foot Guards

10,211 Professional Cavalry

36,300 Militia Infantry

"Ishmael must be stopped for he has committed many crimes such as forgery, ruthless takeover, and taking the Swiss prime minister hostage'. It is time that he pays for what he has done to the lives of many." ~ Generalfeldmarshal Jon Kroshbon


On July 14th, 1749, King Ishmael Emmanuel I Decksteel of Sardinia declared himself Emperor of all of Italy, and laid claim to lands  such as Venice, Genoa, and Lucca. With these being Swiss held territories, the Tagsatzung had no choice but to elect to retaliate with military force. Generalfeldmarshall Jon Kroshbon has begun to raise an invasion force, in preparation for the attack. He has prepared many weapons and soldiers for this fight to end the war as soon as possible. 

Within days, Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, Prime Minister of Switzerland and Duke of Zurich had moved to take command of the army from General Jon and they both begun their march into the Piedmont region. With nearly 50,000 soldiers rallied for the invasion, they took the province of Cuneo without conflict then proceeded to move north into Turin to begin a siege of the capital of Sardinia. 

Battles over TurinEdit

Lord Jozef Kohleschmied took 30,000 men and moved to engage King Ishmael Decksteel on July 19th, defeating him in the decisive Siege of Turin (1749) and capturing the city of Turin and surrounding areas. The next day Colonel Alexander Cortes was assigned as Military Governor of Turin, to handle the integration process. Lord Kohleschmied's army prepared to move east to route the remaining Sardinian forces numbering 17,431 strong. 

On July 24, just as Lord Kohleschmied was prepared to begin marching east, a surprise counterattack force led by Lord Ivan Decksteel crippled the Swiss Army and left Kohleschmied a prisoner of the Sardinians. Sir Giovanni de' Medici, the Viceroy of Lucca and Swiss Minister of State was appointed as Acting Prime Minister and was ordered to launch an army of 30,000, that would link up with Lord Jon Kroshbon's remaining 13,000 men and retake Turin within the week. 

Lord Jonathan Goldtimbers marched his army to Turin, reaching within a week and taking the city without a fight, as King Ishmael Decksteel had already fled with his army, southwards towards Nice. The Swiss army under Giovanni was ordered to return to Cuneo to prepare to take Nice. Lord Wilhelm continued south with his army to move to garisson Turin. 

Attack on NiceEdit

On August 11, Sir Giovanni and his army of 40,000 invaded the city of Nice, which was the last Sardinian stronghold in Piedmont. Ishmael's army of 16,000 was routed by the larger Swiss army, however he managed to escape with 3,000 men still intact and fled across the sea to Sardinia. However, as Giovanni had moved his forces into Nice, Piedmont had been liberated, and thus the Invasion was complete. 

The Swiss generals and military leaders begun discussing the next phase of the War, the Invasion of Sardinia. Lord Jon Kroshbon had already begun amassing a fleet in the port city of Genoa and Sir Giovanni was ordered to move his men from Nice to Genoa in a weeks time to begin the sea invasion.