The Invasion of Torom or Torom Campaign (1 January - 15 March 1942) formed part of the greater Canal Front, an offensive campaign by the Khas-Kirat Empire during the Imperial War. It took place over two and a half months and ended with the Khas-Kirati occupation of Torom following the surrender of the Toroman government.
On 1 January 1942, the Khas-Kirat Empire invaded Torom after the latter refused Khas-Kirati demands of handing over southern Torom and the Central Canal. Torom was under the sphere of Segentova and both nations attempted to halt the Imperial Khas-Kirati Army in southern Torom.
The Khas-Kirati official history stated that in the two and half months of bitter fighting, the militias of Toromais, Dibolans and Khumbuwanis (an Eastern Kirati people from northeastern Vendriothos who had been living in parts of Torom and Segentova for centuries) were tough opponents and spoke of their "extraordinary bravery". The Toroman surrender on 15 March 1942 forced Segentova to reach its own informal detente with the Khas-Kirat Empire that lasted briefly until the Khas-Kirati Invasion of Segentova later that year in August. Torom was occupied by the Khas-Kiratis until 1946, when it was liberated by the Free Powers before the Invasion of Vendriothos in 1947.
Khas-Kirati operational plans
The Khas-Kirati plan of attack required that Imperial Khas-Kirati Army would advance and draw in the Torom Security Forces and the Segentovan Armee du Sud into southwestern Torom, while some Khas-Kirati units conducted the surprise assault of northern Torom from east, crossed the canal and swiftly occupied the Toroman capital of Gusatter.
The invasion force was to be commanded by Bada Kaji Karna Bahadur Rajopadhyaya and Bada Kaji Girvan Bahadur Kunwar. Rajopadhyaya was given command over the 4th, 11th and the 16th Guns, which were to be named Rajopadhyaya Army. The 10th and the 26th Guns were placed under the Kunwar Corps.
Rajopadhyaya and Kunwar were granted only 500 tanks each due to the Khas-Kirati high command's plans for an invasion of Solaryia and many tanks having been placed under Khas-Kirati units that were in fighting in Domanania or occupied San Montagna. As such, the Segentovans had twice the amount of tanks fielded by the Khas-Kiratis for the Torom Campaign, despite the latter having much more tanks overall.
The situation with planes was similar to that of the tanks as a considerable amount of aircraft were active in the Doman War. Despite this, the Imperial Khas-Kirati Air Force was able to allocate over 2,000 planes for the invasion of Torom.
1 January: Imperial Khas-Kirati Air Force operations
At 00:10 on 1 January 1942, offensive movement of Khas-Kirati forces on the border were detected by Torom Security Forces. A full state of alert was instigated at 01:30 am. Toroman forces took up their deployment positions.
The Imperial Khas-Kirati Air Force was to spearhead the aerial battle in Torom. Its first task was the elimination of the Segentovan air contingent in Torom. Despite an overwhelming numerical superiority of 500 aircraft, the air campaign in Torom had limited success overall on the first day. At roughly 04:00, the first air raids were conducted against airfields and communication centers. It still had a tremendous impact on the Segentovans, who had only 100 aircraft in Torom on 1 January.
Khas-Kirati fighters targeted main Toroman bases and eliminated several Segentovan squadrons as they were about to take off.
In aerial combat, the battles were also one-sided. By the end of 1 January, the official Khas-Kirati figures indicate claims for 30 Segentovan aircraft destroyed on the ground, and 10 in the air for 10 losses.
1 - 2 January: The border battles
Segentovan and Toroman