A majorly important chapter!
In August, 1871, the Germans crushed British assaults into Egypt. Cairo became a German fortress. Britain's Army of North Africa was in full retreat.
Farther east, Anglo-Indian forces tried to keep Iraq firmly under their control, and, thus, was far too busy to invade Egypt or Syria.
When Germany had Egypt under its control, it declared war on weakling Persia. Easily defeating the shah's troops in a few minor battles, Persia soon yielded and joined the Quadruple Alliance. Now, Germany was on the borders of Victoria's most prized possession: India.
Horrified at the thought of a German invasion of India, Britain declared that every British citizen should rally to save the colonies. Focusing almost all of their energy and money on protecting India, Britain raised an enormous army and liberated Persia. By October, the Germans were in full retreat and heading to Syria.
The Persian Empire was now defunct and the English added it to it's long list of colonies and territories. Finally reinforcing troops in Iraq, the British were finally able to invade Syria. Routing a large Syrian force, the British said they were now on “the long road to victory in Asia.” But, as upcoming battles with actual German soldiers were to prove, that road often would seem untravelable. In mid-October, the British suffered massive casualties at the hands of the Germans. But victory in Syria seemed imminent.
In Europe, Napoleon finally achieved a long-awaited breakthrough. Kicking the Quadruple Alliance out of Luxembourg, the French army smashed into upper Germany. The kaiser became enraged and started throwing armies out to slow Napoleon down.
By December, Germany seemed ready to fall. Bismarck's speeches and military parades were not going to hold the fledgling German Empire together.
One week before the next major event of the war, Kaiser Wilhelm, after the death of his son and heir, Frederick in battle, was ready to ask the Allies for peace. But what happened next gave him reason to fight on.
In late 1870, a year earlier, the Indian Territory had declared itself the Indian Confederation of Oklahoma. While not taken seriously by the US, the tribes on the reservations took it seriously. On May 24th, 1871, Sitting Bull, chief of the Indian Confederation of Oklahoma, began training and equipping all of the Indians on the reservations with high-tech weaponry from sources unknown.
The cataclismic event occurred on Christmas Day, 1871. In what became known as the “Christmas Crisis,” a band of Indians attacked an army outpost using Confederate rifles, and, unbelievably, a 12-pounder cannon. It was a massacre. All of the soldiers were killed,
Gordon made a speech the next day just hours after learning of the incident be telegram. In the speech he said: “Christmas Day, 1871; a day which will forever live in infamy. Yesterday, Indians from Oklahoma fell upon our base at Naponee, Nebraska and massacred our military personel living there. They were equipped with Confederate weapons, including one cannon used to batter down the fort's doors. This act of aggression must not go unpunished.
“I have consulted with Congress and they wholeheartedly agree with me. I hearby declare war on the Indian rebels and the Confederate States of America. I repeat: the United States is now at war with the Indian Confederation of Oklahoma and the Confederate States of America. The United States is under attack.
“The Grand Army of the Republic has been moblized and we are poised to punish Sitting Bull's rabble-rousers and Stuart's Confederates. Rally around the flag, boys! Rally once again!”