KRIEGSLEITUNG AMT - BERLIN
The German bureau of war operations has published today the first news bulletin of the first combats in the conflict.
The two main German fleet escorted Prinz Friedriech Karl army directly to Lisbon. An encounter in the channel with a Portuguese scouting squadron ended with the total destruction of the latter by long-distance fire of the Reichmarine battleship. Landing was unopposed, despite strong exchange of fire between the fleet and the coastal batteries (a few light ships escorting the landings were sunk). In the ensuing battle in the Torres Vedras hills, the Portuguese were defeated and retreated into the city, leaving behind for capture their supplies and heavy artillery.
In the north, two Marines division stormed Porto, which they were surprised to find totally defenseless.
The 6 Marines regiments assigned to the island were in for a very bad surprised: 3 Portuguese divisions (2 infantry and 1 cavalry) were waiting for them ashore. But in a strike of luck, the Ostsee Division of the Reichmarine had its strong heavy guns pounding the defenders, and the elite Marines carried the day, despite being outnumbered and suffering heavy losses
Madeira and Cabo Verde fell, however with some local resistance of the local Portuguese.
The rainy season almost stopped the operation on the land, as troops are struggling in the mud and heavy tropical storms. The main force landing at Luanda was met with strong resistance and suffered a few losses, but Portugal morale broke and the Angola army is reported retreating towards the interior, leaving some garrison in the city.
In the south, the wheater was nicer and some progress was made on the border regions. The post at Mocamedes surrendered without a fight.
Here too, the very bad weather put most movements to a grinding halt. The only succesful operations (in terms of time) were the forceful landing at Sofala and Lourenco Marques. The Ostafrika tribal recruits did move on the coastal jungles, but no real fight except an ambush at Ibo occured (a Portuguese cavalry squadron had wandered in the jungle and got caught by our Askaris).
The most noticeable issue in the area was a general uprising of natives, the WaoYao, the Teke and the Shonas all suddenly at war against our gallant troops...the hands of some foreign powers could be seen in this that it would not surprise us...
The Portuguese city of Porto Amelia remain strongly in Lusitanian hands, our troops led by Ostafrika Governor Karl Peters are bogged down in the muddy outskirts of the city, awaiting reinforcements (which won't be there before weeks, as their transports were delayed by storms at sea in the Indian ocena).
India & Asia
As planned, Marines brigades seized Goa and Dili (East Timor). This should deprive Portugal all basing in the Far East.
The operations were gloabally succesful, and the sole unexpected points turned out a good surprise: the capture of empty Porto and the victory against odds in the Azores.
The plan is now to secure Portuguese defeat in Europe by strong occupation of Portugal (reserve troops fit for occupation duty are expected next month). A corps-strong force has been detached to besiege the main city of Algarve.
In the African colonies, the campaign may unfortunately take longer, as the rain season has just started and weather will remain bad and hampering operations till at least September. The return of the dry season should allow completion of the operations
Once this is achieved, talks will resume with the representatives the Portuguese king will finally accept to send to Berlin to discuss terms of surrender according to the conditions set out in Prinz Bismarck official statement at the start of the war.