Discussion in 'Civ3 - Stories & Tales' started by Brucha, Mar 26, 2009.
What do you mean, ask the bank? Me stupid.
Erm... It was a lame joke. Sorry if my quirky humour didn't carry through.
No, no your humor is just fine, I just don't have a sense of one
A loan. And CivAgamemnon, that idea only works if the AI doesn't build any new units in the interim. Personally, I only do the "Poor Man's Plans" - check the cities. It doesn't tell you what, specifically, is in each city, as you can't check the different units to see which are Colonial, Indian, or whatnot, but you can see *how many* units are in there, which is rather important, especially if you're deciding what order to take cities.
Everyone has their own way of handling troop intelligence matters. Let's leave it at that.
And now, back to Brucha's excellent storytelling!
Ask and you shall receive, CivAgamemnon Time for another story update.
By Week 15 of 1906, the war in French Indochina has grown to include three full Russian armies, the 2nd, 6th and 7th Armies. I have unleashed my Far East squadrons into British territorial waters in hopes of damaging the British shipping lanes. The British surprise me when they sign an MA with the Persians and Portuguese against me in Week 15 of 1906. Even with three full armies in French Indochina, I am considering shifting one more army from the European front to the theater...
I will cover the Russian naval operations first.
Russian 1st Cruiser Squadron
After causing considerable damage around Vancouver off the coast of Canada, the 1st CA Squadron turns from the coast and steams west to prowl the North Pacific Ocean. As the squadron streams into the North Pacific Ocean, it spots a lone British warship, the cruiser HMS Ardent steams furiously from the northeast.
When lookouts on the cruiser, Nikolevski, spotted the Ardent approaching, the captain gave the order to turn his vessel and engage the enemy cruiser head-on. The Nikolevski was larger and faster than the Ardent, but still the fight went on for nearly an hour. Early on, the Ardent managed to knock out a gun on the Nikolevski and was struck two more times (2/5 hp at the end) by shells from the Ardent before the Nikloevski’s guns were able to sink the British warship. Heavily damaged, the squadron was forced to head straight to port at the Kuril Islands for repairs.
Russian Far East Naval Operations
The majority of Russian raider squadrons, four in all, have been sent to Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean to attack British shipping lanes. However, during the four-month period, there are no British ships spotted for the raiders to attack and they are forced to engage land targets instead.
The Russian 5th Squadron attacks the British city of Singapore for three months, destroying roads all around the city (including an iron and oil source now disconnected). Hoping for fresh targets, the squadron turns from Singapore and steams to the northwest towards the British city of Kuala Lampur. Again, the Russian warships finds the region devoid of any and all British shipping. The squadron instead shells around the city causing some road damage.
The Russian 3rd Squadron had been patrolling off the Indian west coast for some time, and had turned south east to head for the British city of Madras. For three continuous months, the Russian war ships pound Madras in a constant barrage. With no friendly war ships to drive the Russian ships off, Madras is helpless under the constant pounding (4 roads and 2 rails are destroyed).
The Russian 2nd Squadron was cruising off the eastern coast of Africa and now steams north past Mombassa to raid Persian shipping lanes. The squadron steams north to Hurdiyo and shells the city for several hours causing no considerable damage.
However, aboard the destroyers, Kiev, and Keisk, smoke is spotted on the horizon to the north. Steaming furiously north, the two warships spot a pair of unescorted Persian steam transports making their way south along the coast. With no escort, the Persian transports are quickly sent to the bottom by the small but accurate guns aboard the Russian destroyers.
Regrouping, the 2nd Squadron then steams northwards again towards the city of Aden in the Arabian Peninsula. Finding no other naval targets, the squadron attacks the Persian oil fields north of Aden (disconnecting 1 oil source).
Far to the east, the Russian 6th Squadron had been steaming at full speed towards the northern coast of Australia in hopes of attacking the British shipping lands there. At the city of Port Moresby, like the other Russian squadrons, the Russian ships meet
no British vessels, not even transports. The squadron, deprived of real naval targets, shells around the city, destroying a good deal of Port Moresby’s road works (2 roads are destroyed).
Russian 1st BB Division
The Russian 1st BB Division from Romanov-on-Murman had left port months ago and headed into the Barents Sea and south straight towards the north English coast.
Once reaching the north English coast, the squadron spots a couple of small British fleets (three ships each), steaming south but the Russian squadron is unable to catch up with them. Instead, the squadron steams for the city of Glasgow and shells the area, destroying one rail and two roads, isolating a coal source.
Russian Invanov Offensive
In Week 15, the decision to renew the offensive into British-held territories of French Indochina was ordered. Renamed the Invanov Offensive, the main attack was to be regulated to the Russian 6th Army which had previously fallen back towards Hong Kong, with the 7th Army in support.
The Russian 7th Army marches from their positions east of Hanoi to occupy hills to the north of the city. While the Russian artillery gun positions are being set up for the up-coming attack on the city in conjunction with the 6th Army, patrols report sighting British supply depots just to the west and south of the army. As the Russian guns dig in, the Russian 87th and 91st cavalry are ordered to sweep south and west to capture the unguarded supply depots, which is accomplished with no enemy resistance (capturing 3 Brit, 2 former French and 4 former Portuguese RM’s).
The offensive was to be a lighting attack preceded by a short but powerful artillery barrage that was hoped would sufficiently weaken the British defenders. The Russian
6th Army was shipped to the front via rail and after a short march, quickly set up its artillery for the upcoming barrage. The battle begun on April 23rd at 5.50 am with a short seven-hour artillery bombardment firing over 900,000 shells by thirteen artillery batteries (mostly of the 7th Army positioned on the high ground overlooking the city). The incessant pounding incurred by the British troops in the city was so heavy that the ground in the ground could be felt up to one hundred miles away. The short but devastating bombardment proved to be quite deadly to the British defenders - most of the troops were encamped without entrenchments in parade-style camps and were caught unaware and unprotected by the barrage. Thus, casualties were so severe in the seven-hour bombardment that typical unit effectiveness dropped to as low as 20% in most units (all defending units were red-lined by the artillery barrage).
At 1.03 pm, as the artillery had gone quiet, the order was given for a full frontal assault to begin. Having not to advance in the face of enemy artillery or machine gun fire, the Russian troops on the left flank (the 7th Cavalry and 2nd Infantry corps) swiftly advanced to the city outskirts, easily capturing the southern portions of the city. The state of the British defenders was such that the Russian troops overran five Indian colonial cavalry and a Indian home guard divisions with virtually no losses (not a single Russian unit took a hit).
On the Russian right flank, the attack progressed more slowly and with much heavier casualties - the Russian 13th Infantry corps was thrown back in its initial assault, suffering the destruction of an entire division, the 38th Infantry Division. To their right, the Russian 6th Cavalry Corps faired better, having overrun two Indian infantry and one Indian Colonial cavalry divisions, but at the cost of the Russian 44th Cavalry division in the bloody final assault. By dusk, the garrison commander agreed to a ceasefire and capitulated. As the victorious Russian forced marched into the city, they were overwhelmed by the discovery of huge stockpiles of war supplies in the city (in all, I capture 3 Brit and 5 former French RM’s once the city falls).
The Mekong Offensive
The Russian 7th Army move in and occupies the city of Hanoi, while the Russian 6th Army marches south towards the British-held city of Vientiane. Meanwhile the Russian 2nd Army had reached Hong Kong and were unloaded from their transports to advance towards Hanoi.
While the Russian 2nd and 6th Armies move forward, the 7th Army launches a series of attacks southeast of Hanoi. On May 3rd, the Russian 87th Cavalry overran a British Indian Colonial cavalry division occupying the high ground overlooking Hanoi to the west. A short artillery bombardment from the Russian guns in the city makes the Russian cavalry attack easily successful and without Russian losses. As the Indian prisoners were grouped to be sent back to the city, the commander of the 87th Cavalry discovered that the Indian cavalry had been guarding another British supply depot (2 former French RM’s). In fact, as the Russian commander took stock of the captured enemy supplies, he spies more British supply depots just to the south of the hilltop.
The Russian 91st Cavalry Division is ordered forward from Hanoi and sweeps southeast to capture the second supply depot (amounting to 2 former French and 1 former Portuguese RM’s).
It is at this time that the British and her allies decide to launch an offensive of their own into French Indochina, named the Mekong Offensive. The British/Indian 3rd Army (comprised of 6 Indian Colonial cavalry divisions) marches up towards Hanoi cautiously and halt their advance before even crossing the Mekong River to the north of Hanoi. The Persian 2nd Army (consisting of 11 light cavalry and 18 rifle divisions) makes a lighting dash across the Mekong River to surround Hanoi from the north.
I am unsure as to the goal of the Allied attack - the Persian army has almost completely marched past Hanoi without attacking it. All I can assume is that they are gearing to attack the long extended line of captured RM's that are being shipped back to Hong Kong from Hanoi...
Why are the Persians in Vietnam?
The Brits signed an alliance with them. They probably want to fight some Reds.
I was wondering what these RM's look like, and what are their benefits, do you trade them into your home cities?
Raw materials, AoI's version of the "treasure" units in Vanilla.
I see, thank you
Well done, Brucha I like the new maps showing naval movement. Excellent way to show the action. Keep up the great work.
But I'm not started the revolution yet? It seems a pretty far distance for the Persians to march just for a fight though...
Ahh thanks you for the praise! Glad youa re enjoying it. I found the naval maps to be easier and less time-consuming to use.
By Reds I just meant your Civ's colour.
Before I get into the next report, I must explain a new twist to my game and story. A friend of mine recently started playing Civ3 for the first time. He had been reading my stories for quite some time before buying the game, and loved the AOI mod. However, to him, the scenario seemed overwhelming to a new player. After a period of emails back and forth, he asked if Civ3 had multi-player functions. Of course, I emailed him in response, and then proceeded to explain how you can email saved games to each other and thus play a game together.
Naturally, he loved the concept and asked if he could join my current game. What the heck, I thought. So, after explaining the special rules for the AOI scenario, I emailed him the latest save (as of Week 24, 1906) and gave him command of the Russian 3rd Army along the Scandinavian border. I outlined what he could and could not do with the saved game. He could use the army as he saw fit (under instruction and orders from me), but could not use any other units (such as garrisons in cities, other armies, etc), nor could he handle city production/management or tech research. If he needed more troops for his army, he would have to email me and I would allot to him what I saw was possible. Under no circumstance could he declare wars and could only attack declared enemy units. Thus, in all respects, he was playing as an army commander (heretofore to be referred to as General Pyotr Krasnov).
Why would I give him a such a quiet front instead of in French Indochina, you ask? Read on and see.
Mekong Offensive - Part 2
NOTE: I jumped ahead on turns telling of the naval operations through Week 24, 1906, and have to turn the clock back to cover the ground operations of the same time period. I also seemed to misplace most of my notes for this time period and am forced to relate the events by memory and any screen shot that I took.
By Week 21, 1906, the Russian Invanov Offensive has been cancelled and the focus now turns to halting the British/Persian Mekong Offensive now under way around Hanoi. While the Invanov Offensive sputtered and went silent, the British and Persians began their own offensive, with the overall plan of tying up Russian troops to the north while the British moved against the rest of French Indochina. By Week 21, Vientane had already fallen to the British and now they were pressing on Phnom Pehn and Hue. With the new Allied offensive underway, and my Russian armies slowly being bled of their full strength, I could do little more than try to blunt the enemy offensive and try to keep Hanoi under Russian control.
The Russian 6th Army falls back north towards Hanoi and both the 7th and 6th Armies re-constitute into the 7th Army. My first task is to repulse the Persian assault north of Hanoi, which seemed to be the operational objective for the offensive.
After their initial unimpeded advance, the Persian 2nd Army halted at the hills north of Hanoi and dug in, while the Indian 3rd Army advanced towards Hanoi from the northwest. Strangely, the Persian cavalry fell back from their positions towards Calcutta, leaving the Persian rifle divisions behind.
The Russian commanders considered the Persian defensive line as the key position of the Allied forced and here is where the bulk of the Russian counter-attacks would fall.
The principle of the Russian attack was an powerful artillery barrage followed by a overwhelming frontal assault. The objective was to destroy the Persian 2nd Army then turn the Russian 2nd and 7th Armies to face the advancing Indian 3rd Army near Hanoi.
The opening artillery barrage of nearly 30 batteries was so great that the Persian rifle divisions were nearly wiped out. After a day-long barrage, the order was given to the Russian 2nd Army to advance on the enemy positions atop the hill. Despite their heavy losses, the Persians held the high ground so desperately that the Russian commanders were forced to put in all of 2nd Armys reserves in three consecutive assaults (every singe unit of the armys 19 divisions attacked). After two days of heavy fighting (that cost the Russians the loss of the 31st Siberian Cossacks, 66th Cavalry and 28th East Siberian Rifles divisions, as well as all surviving units being damaged), the hills were finally captured and the Persians destroyed.
The Destruction of the Indian 3rd Army
To the south, the French 5th Army, launched a short assault during Week 21 on the Indian 3rd Army (now reinforced by arriving Indian troops to a total of 12 colonial cavalry divisions) from Haiphong with a small force of French colonial cavalry, killing two British colonial cavalry. Finally, some help from the French - I am fighting to save them and this is their first major attack.
During Week 24, The Russian 2nd Army is forced to fall back to Hanoi after the heavy losses suffered last week. The Russian 7th Army in Hanoi launches an attack on the Indian 3rd Army, losing the Russian 75th Cavalry but destroying 6 Indian colonial cavalry divisions in the assault. The Indian 3rd Army, despite suffering such heavy losses, launches an assault on Hanoi itself, now defended by the Russian 2nd Army. The Indians manage to kill off the Russian 65th infantry division, but lose a total of 5 colonial cavalry divisions in the ill-conceived attack.
The Division of French Indochina
The threat of the Mekong Offensive has been avoided and the Persian and British armies destroyed. However, the arrival of small numbers of British troops near Hanoi continues to force me to keep both Russian armies around Hanoi to prevent the fall of the city. I launch a number of minor attacks around Hanoi, killing eight or so British colonial cavalry divisions and continuing to capture more enemy RMs southwest of Hanoi.
By the end of the Week, I have returned a total of 17 captured RMs to Pusan via steam transport. In addition, due to the heavy losses suffered to my Russian forces in the region, I an forced to move the Russian 1st Army from the European front to Pusan to ship to Hong Kong.
I finish the week with some better luck when I am amble to secure peace with the Persians, and even manage to force them to agree to pat me 10 got with the treaty.
At this point, my forces in French Indochina are exhausted and losses are very high. I simply cannot reinforce my forces enough to keep up with the losses. In fact, I can only stand by while the Indian marches on Phnom Pehn and Hue, capturing both cities. The only reason I am still occupying Hanoi is to keep it from falling into British hands. French Indochina is about to crumble and there is little I can do to prevent it. I would give the French back control of Hanoi but I do not think they have sufficient strength to hold it against the British. By Week 30, with only two cities left in their control, the French sign a peace treaty with the British, ending the war between them.
At this point, I was fairly disappointed - my plan of pushing the British out of Indochina has utterly failed. For my efforts, I have only managed to re-capture Hanoi and even this has led to a slow disintegration of half of my forced involved. The capture of Hanoi is now more of a liability than an asset.
The Grand Alliance
I decide it is time to change my tactics in the war with Britain. I need aid badly to continue to fight, so I set about in forming an alliance with the strongest nations capable of hitting the British hard, and as many places as possible. Over Week 33, I sign the following MAs:
Pay 1040 gold to China for an MA
Pay 370 gold to the Persian for an MA
Pay 63 gpt plus 423 gold to the Americans for an MA
Pay 680 gold to the Spanish for an MA
Pay 120 gold to Hispaniola for an MA
Sign MAs with Japan, Dutch, Brazil, Chile, and New Grande.
My one hope is to hit the British on all fronts and stretch their resources to the breaking point. Hopefully, China can help me push the British back out of French Indochina while the Americans attack British interests in Canada. I desperately need time to rebuild my Russian forces, but out of the blue, Scandinavia declares war on Russia.
Ahaha ... the Scandinavians have 6/8 Defenders as well as MGs (14 Defense, IIRC, though it may be 12 ... their 'advanced' ones actually have rather poor stats, but 2 moves :/) ... yeah, if he's new at this you're probably going to need to keep some new recruits ready. No offense intended to the good General, but the fighting up there isn't going to be pretty, and the Scandinavians tend to build a lot more units than you'd think they could support.
The sudden war with Scandinavia could not happen at a worst time. To feed the war in French Indochina. I have been stripping divisions from the European front, as well as two entire armies. I don't believe the Scandinavians haev much of a chance for invading and capturing any Russian cities, but they could certainly cause trouble for me(or ratherGeneral Pyotr Krasnov). His first orderts as commander of the Russian 3rd Army is to repulse any Scandinavian advances across the border then wait for me to assess the situation. I am waiting breathlessly to see how his first go, as the Scandinavians have already crossed the border with some units.
But wait, the situation gets better. I have already emailed the game save to Krasnov with his orders and got a reply back right away that he knows someone else that is interested in also joining as an army commander (and yes this would-be Russian general is new to the game as well).
The city of Hanoi now seems more of a dead weight than a a benefit. I hope that I can gift it back to the French now that they are at peace with Britain, removing my need to garrision it. I have to wait and see what my new allies can accomplish against Britain, and hope that they get a good thrashing.
Good luck to the new commander of the 3rd Army. This I cannot wait to see. Also glad to see the Americans involved, and allied with Russia. Looks like the British have run out of friends
I did not read the last update until now. Now you have two multi-player generals, right on. I am curious what the Chinese ai will do.
Die horribly, most likely. The Americans will probably strip the British of their Canadian possessions, but outside of direct player action, the AI rarely manages to do anything to the British (aside from the French taking Cork, then losing it again ...).
RE: New Army Commander: Haha! I can just see this turning into a pseudo-succession game, with you running the Big Picture and all these little subordinates rushing about at your every whim .
Ha Ha yes the Chinese do that well. This weekend I was playing as Germany, Italy, and Japan in a game of Axis and Allies with my best friend. The 50th Anniversary edition, and I took China as soon as possible, I am about to take British India. I have invaded Russia with a Jap tank army from the rear. Soon I will have Moscow from two sides, though it will take some turns for my Jap tank army to hit Moscow in conjunction with my German forces. I have already taken the Caucasus and Stalingrad, and North Africa is mine. The United States is building one hell of a land army in the Eastern and Western US, but as yet no fleet large enough to transport it across the oceans. By the time they do I hope to have enough forces to repel an invasion. I have decided to try to build a German Navy in the Black Sea. And build a larger airforce of fighters and bombers. I will start to concentrate on a larger Jap Navy and increase my number of surface ships and aircraft carriers. The British have consolidated in the home isles and thats where my friend, I am sure is thinking of moving his American fleet too. It must be harassed as soon as it tries to come across. He has an industrial complex in Eastern Canada, to build up his British forces. We continue this weekend, and it should be a damn good fight.
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