|War of the Sardinian Succession|
Sardinian Cavalry charging an Austrian Infantry regiment at the Battle of Alessandria, c.1749
|Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia||Kingdom of the Swiss|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Ishmael I||King Alexander I|
| Sardinian Royal Army
| Swiss Royal Army
|Casualties and losses|
|109,280 dead||61,130 dead|
"Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, every people from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the June 21st, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist, and should we win the day, the Kingdom of Sardinia will no longer be known as an Kingdom, but as the day when the country declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence day!' ."
- Ishmael Decksteel speaking to his subjects
Immediately after Ishmael Decksteel declares war on Europe, The Duke of Edinburgh is given command of an Austrian Army of nearly 40,000, and ordered by Empress Maria Theresa to bring God's will upon the Pagan King. They invade the Piedmont Province of Alessandria a week later. The Habsburg armies won through a maneuver that caused 6800 Sardinian troops to route and leave the rest of the Sardinian army exposed for attack beyond a mountain pass. The Sardinians were then overwhelmed and beaten. Ishmael Emmanuel Decksteel was injured while fleeing from the battlefield but evaded capture and escaped. This battle effectively scattered the Sardinian Main Army, decimated morale, and forced Ishmael Emmanuel to spend time rallying together a second army.
Lord Jozef Kohleschmied, Swiss Duke of Zurich, is given command of a 50,000 strong invasion force and ordered to begin marching towards Turin from Genoa. He takes the Province of Cuneo without a fight and stationes 20,000 men there under Lord Jon Kroshbon, his second in command, while he takes another 30,000 onwards to Turin to capture the capital of Piedmont.
After the Battle of Alessandria, Ishmael Decksteel has just returned to Turin and rallied what's left of his Piedmont army (7,000) and links up with the Turin Garisson of 33,000 men. He is surprised the next morning when Lord Jozef arrives at Turin with his army and puts it under siege. Ishmael, not wishing to fight till the death, orders the surrender and retreats with only 10,000 men left. The Swiss flag is raised over Turin as military commanders prepare for the next moves.
Regardless of the recent victories for the Allies, only four days later, Lord Ivan Decksteel, brother to Ishmael, surprise attacks Kohleschmied with his garisson of 37,000 from Rome. When the smoke clears, only 5,000 Swiss soldiers remain, and Lord Kohleschmied has been captured.
News of Kohleschmied's capture causes shock and panic throughout Europe, and Swiss officials decide to promote Sir Giovanni de' Medici to command the Swiss Invasion force. He raises an army of 30,000 men and moves to Cuneo where he links up with the 13,000 men of the original force under Lord Jon.
The Austrians under the Duke of Edinburgh, meanwhile, move towards Turin, but find it abandoned by Ishmael Decksteel who had already fled towards Nice with his army of 25,000. Lord Wilhelm Kohleschmied, the son of Lord Jozef, is appointed as Military Governor of Turin and moves there with a militia force from Zurich.
Lord Jozef Kohleschmied is later found within the dungeons of Turin, albeit in very bad shape, and is slowly nursed back to health over the course of the next month.
Sir Giovanni de' Medici marches his army from Cuneo to Nice, where he engages Ishmael Decksteel and an army of 16,000 and defeats him, forcing the Sardinian King to flee back to Sardinia, and declaring the invasion of Piedmont complete.
When intelligence arrives that King Ishmael had fled to Rome, the Duke of Edinburgh, with his army of 50,000 march there, but find that Ishmael had already retreated and forfieted. The Austrians then make preparations to invade from Rome, while a Swiss fleet is amassed in Genoa.
Two weeks later, Sir Giovanni de' Medici and Lord Jon Kroshbon crossed the Mediterranean Sea and invade Sardinia from the south, while Major General Rayne Kroshbon leads an army from Corsica onto Sardinia. The armies are joined by the Austrians from the east, as well.
Each encounter several skirmishes along the way, but no major battles, with everyone anticipating that Ishmael will hold his last stand in the Sardinian capital city of Cagliari. However, when the armies finally arrive in Cagliari, they find that Ishmael Emmanuel Decksteel had already fled to Tunisia with his wife and children, leaving his brother, Lord Ivan, in his stead.
Lord Ivan Decksteel is arrested by the Austrians and Swiss and is later executed for war crimes. The Treaty of Turin (1750) is signed months later, and the former Kingdom of Sardinia is partitioned between Austria and Switzerland.