Expelling the Invaders
This is the land where many young men will die. And for what? English greed, that is what. Cumberland may have once been a part of England long, long ago but it has been Irish for generations. We will not give it back!
As we prepare for war I ask my marshal to prepare reports of the comparative size of the Irish and English armies. Things are closely matched.
Levies are raised and begin to march to war. Knowing that the men I have in Toulouse are needed even more in Scotland, I press the war hard. Two months after the English declare war, I force Duke Fergus to surrender.
None too soon! On the same day the Toulousians surrender reports arrive of a large English army marching north. My forces are coming together but at this point I have nothing to oppose an army of 12,000 men.
I feel that I need to do something with Duke Fergus. While he is a traitor to the crown, he revolted against my father's rule. In fact, I'm told by my legal advisers that I cannot just revoke a title from him for his transgressions. I really want Toulouse for my personal demesne and feel that Fergus doesn't deserve to be the Duke anymore. I need him to revolt again so I can revoke a title. Because of that and the beneficial opinion boost for releasing a prisoner, Fergus goes free.
May has come. Spring has sprung. And there are now 20,000 Englishmen committed to this war. What's worse, they are marching past Cumberland and into Scotland. While I too have more men coming into the fight, we still are outnumbered. The sheer size of the English army is actually hampering them a bit as the local countryside is not providing enough forage for them to survive for long. Time is on my side.
My lands are making me good money. Rarely is the treasury empty unless I had just undertaken a large project. Even then, money is quickly replenished. I take advantage of my financial strength by bringing in both the Breton Company and the Swiss Band. Their 4500 extra men will help give me more of an advantage.
Thinking that most of England was committed in the north I order a Welsh expedition to cause some issues in the south of England. Unfortunately I miscalculated the size of the English army and an army of almost 15,000 moves to engage my men.
With few options my men make for the coast and escape by ship before they can be engaged. They head north to join my main host.
4 months into the war and still, nothing much has happened except for maneuvering and the beginnings of some sieges. With the sheer number of men on both sides in a small area, blood is about to spill.
Knowing that the English are itching for a fight I set a trap. I send the mercenaries to Carrick in an attempt to draw some English into an engagement. They bite and an army of 14,000 starts marching our way.
Once the battle is joined I march the main army north from Galloway and turn the tide of battle in our favor. We lose 3,000 men, mostly mercenaries while the English lose 9,000. The English rout but I follow and engage them in two more battles, destroying one of the English armies entirely.
With one army destroyed we move in to lift the siege in Teviotdale.
We win another easy battle, killing 3x more than we lose. We chase the routing army and destroy them. That's two out of three gone.
Spring and summer have passed and the war is progressing well in my favor. As October 1275 begins, my men move in to remove the invaders from Cumberland.
Before we arrive in Cumberland the English flee back into their country. They know that we outnumber them 2 to 1. We give pursuit. I need to destroy this army in order to end this war quickly.
By mid-November we have caught up to them, defeated them in battle, and sent them scurrying. We are forced to chase them around northern England for months to before they are finally defeated in February of 1276.
Having stopped the invasion it's time to take the war to England to stop them from mounting a second wave and to increase the warscore enough to get a victory.