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The road to Moscow - A French Hearts of Iron II AAR

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  1. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    21st Aug –

    With the UK section of the front now once again secure the war council was free to start planning our own offensive. The capture of Slovakia provided a unique opportunity for a potentially war winning offensive. In either direction an advance to the sea could cut off at last a quarter of the Soviet army which would surely decide their fate. As the discussions continued a few early decisions were made to reinforce the regions of Arad, Krakow and Kosice in preparation for any offensive.

    Three options were put up for discussion. The first option was to advance along the Vistula until we reached the Baltic, the second would see an advance through Bessarabia and the final option was to initiate a smaller scale offensive. The first option perhaps came with the most prestige as it would finally see the majority of Poland liberated – the only allied nation still under occupation. The second option would likely lead to the most Soviet troops being captured however equally that leads to the most risk. The final option would likely see a smaller scale advance into Poland or Bulgaria with less risk of total failure but also far less reward.

    It should be noted at this point that a fair number of Polish citizens had joined Allied divisions over the course of the war and their leadership was keen to see their country liberated so after a week of discussions it was option one that was chosen. Preparations thus began in earnest with more troops moved towards Kosice and the air force moved to various air fields in range of Poland. American bombers flying over Przemysl to the east of Krakow revealed and surprisingly weak Soviet presence and as the plan took shape it was this region that was chosen as the starting point.

    The eventual plan would see the Allied armies advance towards Lublin and the outskirts of Warsaw. Once there a decision would have to be as to whether the offensive should continue at all and if the answer was yes then the best route to the Baltic would have to be chosen. For the time being the Allied command could not tell whether Warsaw could be captured or whether it would be best to go round the city to the east and whether it would be best to follow the Vistula to the coast or to go towards Konigsburg.

    Finally on the 13th of September our reinforcement costs dropped below 10 and equally significant our upgrade costs dropped below 20. The vast majority of our infantry was now equipped with 1945 weaponry and so finally the troops were deemed ready. The Orders began being issued. The 14th of September would be the starting point of the greatest Allied offensive to date.

    The expected offensive:


    Some analysis of the terrain:

    Poland is mostly plains which is the best terrain to be attacking across whilst Slovakia is mostly hills which provides a good defensive position for the troops left behind to guard the supply routes. The Vistula that runs from Krakow to the Baltic Sea will provide a defensive barrier for our advancing troops whilst the Bug River provides a similar function on the eastern side of the advance. If we do achieve our aim of encirclement then the Oder and Vistula Rivers will suddenly become a hindrance which we will hopefully be able to overcome.

    Elsewhere on the 28th Edessa was finally recaptured from the Soviets whilst on the 9th of September the first new tactical bombers were built as French production began to see the benefits of the recently captured industry. Additionally for the first time in months a spy managed to infiltrate the Soviet Union.
     
  2. Jos Ballenbak

    Jos Ballenbak Zombiehunter, duh.....

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    A war-turning event is about to happen. I am happy with the plan and will give full Cooperation to the upcoming Poland campaign.

    Years later people will still remember this event, and movies with John Wayne will be made as a tribute to what is about to happen.
    May we succeed or fail, it will be one hell of ride.
     
  3. Dell19

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    As the new day began so did the first part of the offensive. 55 divisions from Krakow and Kosice began to advance into Przemyl and by 9am the initial Soviet army was already retreating. Soviet reinforcements arrived at midday however they were quickly dispatched.

    Soviet reinforcements on the verge of defeat in Przemyl:


    After only 19 hours the various tank divisions had effectively conquered the region and surprisingly they did not face any counter attacks. The bulk of the infantry arrived the next day from Kosice whilst additional divisions began their own advance from Krakow and these divisions would help to defend the territory conquered by the advance units. At 19:00 on the 15th the second attack began with troops advancing towards Zamosc.

    Attacking Zamosc:


    At 5:00 on the 16th another Allied victory had been achieved. The Soviet motorised infantry had managed to hold off the advance for 10 hours however ultimately they had to retreat. It would take another two days for the region to finally be captured by 13 allied divisions and another two days for the main army to arrive early on the 20th. The delays in capturing Zamosc had allowed the Soviets to reorganise their defences by sending divisions to defend Lublin and the route to Warsaw. Regardless the Allied attack began with allied air craft joining the battle during the day. By midday the battle was swinging in our favour and by 21:00 another victory had been achieved.

    Allied troops march towards Lublin:


    At 23:00 on the 22nd, two tank divisions captured Lublin. The advance units came under attack however they managed to hold out with few casualties until midday on the 23rd when the main army arrived. It was now decision time and the commanders back home and on the ground couldn’t quite believe the intelligence reports, Warsaw was undefended. The Allied army took the obvious decision and began their advance towards the Polish capital.

    Marching into Warsaw:


    Finally on the 25th some resistance was encountered around Warsaw however in both cases the single Soviet divisions were quickly routed and on the 26th 8 tank divisions secured the city. The next day at 17:00 the main attack force once again caught up with the motorised units and the city was now secure. Bizarrely Warsaw had been the easiest province to capture so far even though it was an urban province that would have given the defenders a significant advantage. There was no time to rest and as soon as the bulk of the army had caught up the next attack began.

    Torun under attack:


    Torun was the next target and the Soviets had assembled a respectable force on the other side of the river. Even so the attack progressed in our favour particularly with our air craft also attacking. At 19:00 on the 28th our armies were once again victorious after over 24 hours of fighting. As with Warsaw 8 tank divisions led the attack and reached Torun early on the 29th. They defeated the Soviet counter attack before midday and began advancing into undefended Elbing. The encirclement was nearly complete so it was no longer necessary to wait for the infantry to catch up.

    At 3:00 on the 30th those same tank divisions reached Elbing and the Baltic coast. The Soviet armies in western Poland could now only be supplied by the sea and were effectively cut off. Meanwhile provinces such as Zamosc and Premysl now had around 30 allied divisions each to block any attempts of a Soviet counter attack.

    Encirclement complete:


    The blue arrows indicate various divisions moving anti clockwise around the encirclement to reinforce our advance and ensure that they are not cut off. Rough estimates on the day indicated that around 120 Soviet divisions were still in Western Poland and now the race was to force their surrender before they could break out or be rescued. There was still a lot of work to do however the first part of the operation had been a massive success.
     
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    The Soviet troops were now cut off however for the time being some supplies could reach the trapped troops through the port at Danzig. Due to the numbers of trapped troops there was also a possibility that they would our encirclement and then our own troops would become trapped so there were two good reasons to not delay the next phase. 3 hours after the capture of Elbing the next attack began. This time the target was Kustrin in the west where the troops had so far seen little action. Most of the attack force came from Berlin whilst the attack was supported by troops in Cottbus and Stralsund.

    Attacking Kustrin:


    Having to attack across a river proved tricky however once again our air craft joined the battle from above and at 2am on the 1st of October our attack had been successful. There was no time to celebrate as the Soviets had finally begun their own attack. Their attack was aimed at capturing the city of Krakow once again. The Allied command couldn’t really understand their choice as even if their attack was successful, their troops would still be surrounded. Fighting around the city continued throughout the day and at 17:00 the Soviets finally abandoned their attack. Even after outnumbering the defending troops by nearly 2:1 they could not break through the Allied defensive line in the hills around Krakow.

    On the 3rd Kustrin was captured and we now had a foothold on the eastern bank of the Oder River. At 13:00 the troops in Stralsund began their attack on Stettin with support from the troops in Kustrin. 26 hours later our troops were once again victorious however it had been another struggle attempting to attack across a river. Whilst we waited for Stettin to be captured reports came in from the air force that the region of Bydgoszcz was lightly defended. The capture of the region would finally cut off the Soviet troops to the south so at 21:00 on the 5th the region was attacked.

    Attack on Bydgoszcz:


    Victory was achieved at 13:00 on the 6th and at 23:00 on the next day Stettin was captured. The allied command was impatient to capture the port of Danzig before the retreating armies from Bydgoszcz could reach the city even if it meant that our own troops would not have captured Bydgoszcz. At 6am on the 8th the attack began on Danzig with our armoured divisions in Elbing providing support. The use of tanks tipped the battle massively in our favour and after only 4 hours the Soviet troops in Danzig had surrendered.

    Fighting around Danzig:


    As the 9th of October reached its conclusion, 8 allied divisions reached Bydgoszcz and were immediately attacked by the now cut off Soviet troops to the south. The Soviet attack may well have been successful however we began our own attacks on Poznan and Lodz which soon forced the Soviets to abandon their attack. Our attack on Lodz was then also abandoned as victory would likely be achieved however we would have then struggled to actually capture Lodz. The attack on Poznan did continue and at 12:00 on the 10th another victory had been achieved.

    The 13th saw a similar scenario occur to that of the battle four days previously. 9 divisions captured Poznan and were soon attacked by the Soviet armies which once again led to more allied attacks being launched. Once again Lodz was a target whilst Oppeln was also attacked.

    Fighting intensifies:


    At 20:00 the defence of Poznan had been successful and on the following day the attacks on Lodz (8:00) and on Oppeln (13:00) were also both successful. On the 15th Lodz was captured at 18:00 and this time the Soviet counter attack was defeated after an hour. On the 16th Oppeln was also captured. Winter had finally arrived east of the Vistula with Allied bombers reporting worsening conditions. For the next 12 days the Allied armies were moved into position to attack the final Soviet resistance in Western Poland. 193 divisions would eventually surround the remaining Soviet troops and on the 18th of October the final attack began.

    Attacking the remaining Soviet armies:


    Around 60 Soviet divisions were encountered however they put up little resistance with victory in Kielce at 4:00, Czestochowa at 6:00 and Radom at 11:00. It would take until the 3rd of November for the last Soviet division to finally surrender and for the final province of Kielce to be captured by Allied troops.

    Overview:


    We now have 371 divisions on the front line which doesn’t include the additional UK divisions in Greece whilst the total Soviet army has been reduced to around 310 divisions which now massively tips the war in our favour. The only negative is that winter has arrived and our front line troops are facing attrition even without attacking. With our manpower now down to 110 the current Allied plan is to simply hold a defensive line for the rest of the winter whilst positioning troops for a potential spring offensive into Moldovia. The Soviets may out produce us during the winter months however they will not be able to replace even a small percentage of the 120 divisions that they just lost in Western Poland.

    The yellow line indicates where the original front line was after the fall of Germany and helps to show just how much territory we have gained in less than 6 months of fighting. Of course its not possible to provide one screenshot of the entire Soviet Union so there is a long way to go. Clearly the map shows that our next target has to be Romania as so far the front line there has barely moved and it will secure our flank.

    The Pacific war:


    For once something positive has happened as the US have re conquered the main island of the Philippines.

    Research:

    15th Sep
    Rocket test and research completed. Begin researching advanced Mechanised infantry
    11th Oct
    Advanced Electronic Computers researched. Begin researching Rocket Engine.
    19th Oct
    Advanced Agricultural production researched (boosts manpower and could be key as our manpower is now down to 110. Begin researching advanced heavy tanks as it will allow us to research modern medium tanks.

    Production:

    1 Tactical Bomber wing
    1 armour division
    2 motorised infantry divisions
     
  5. Gelion

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    Wow, that was a cruscial update. I think that the Polish operation must be the most important event of the war until now. With 120 divisions gone, the Soviets can only hope for attrition strategy. Their technology is too low to compensate for any numerical advantage they might have had. The defeat of SU is a question of when not if.

    Dell, I am wondering, could you put a chart comparing forces by the beginning of next campaign? I am also wondering what is the composition of allied forces? We know the French share, but what of the other nations, the Commonwealth?

    With regard to the game itself. What is the TC loss? Does it begin to hurt yet? Also, what are the occupational policies of the French regime? Did the Germans earn the right to gain their state again?
     
  6. Dell19

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    Its not quite up to date as there are still 40 odd Soviet divisions retreating around Poland which will surrender as soon as they reach their destination as long as I leave a unit there. So the French and Republican Spain armies will basically match the Soviet armies without including the Belgian, Dutch and Yugoslavian armies. I believe the French total is inflated a little due to troops on loan although I'm not sure about this.

    I have to admit that I don't quite understand TC totally yet. Our transport cost so far is increasing at the same rate as our industry so both TC figures are around 450 currently. So far we haven't released any nations although I'm tempted to release Poland as we will not legally own those provinces until the Soviets are annexed.
     
  7. Gelion

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    Great info, thank you! My predictions turned out to be true. Allies are much more superiour to Soviets in every field, not only tank or infantry formations. The size of American army dissapoints me though. What about air force and navies? IIRC soon Japan will be in a position to threaten US dominance in the Pacific.

    I have to return to the game to confirm that (cant do it for another month), but you should have a TC problem just as Germany did when you are up to Byelorussia into Soviet territory. If you want to reduce TC loss, you'll need either better tehcnologies or more garrison units or, ultimately, releasing puppets. You can release puppets even if you haven't defeated their current owner yet. Just make sure to gain provinces "as France" and not "as Poland" when you release them.
     
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    The update on page 9 should still give a reasonable impression of the relative size of navies and air forces. The USA seems to almost neglect its land forces in favour of aircraft and ships so thats why it lags behind Spain. Its a shame that I'm not the alliance leader as it would make a lot of sense to start trying to invite Turkey into the alliance as they should be able to make gains in Georgia.
     
  9. Jos Ballenbak

    Jos Ballenbak Zombiehunter, duh.....

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    Fantastic update. it seems all your hard work is finally paying off. Stop this AAR he suggested a few weeks ago and look at your conquest now.

    Super:goodjob::goodjob::goodjob:

    Could we launch an offensive into the Dutch colonies, or are we lacking in both naval and land forces?
     
  10. Dell19

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    I was still going to finish it. :) Possibly I might change the updates slightly to go into less depth in the future as there are going to be less battles that are close.

    Our navy consists of 12 ships and I think we probably have something like 9 transports under our control so it isn't really feasible and I'm happy in this case to let the USA fight that war.
     
  11. Serutan

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    Excellent results! I agree that we should now wait out the winter; the defense gets too much
    of advantage to make it worth our while, given the enormous Soviet losses. Thinking of trying
    for Odessa in your Spring offensive?
     
  12. Rheinmetall

    Rheinmetall Interplanetary Assassin

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    Superb stuff. There's still so much I need to learn about this game and this really helps.
     
  13. Munch

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    Great work surrounding that massive section of Polish territory. Do you attribute your successes there more to experience, army superiority or AI ineptitude?

    Also, I am curious how Republican Spain is doing quite well. Did you jump in on their side during the civil war? Was it a brief war allowing them to quickly build back up and contribute to your allied forces? Also, have they gained anything at all from helping you out? :lol:
     
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    The likely Spring offensive would be to advance through Bessarabia and cut off the Soviet troops in Romania. There are a lot more mountains and hills so it will likely take slightly longer than the Polish offensive even though there are less Soviet troops to defend the area.

    Glad I could help. Basically my lesson from this AAR was that the German armies have a massive org advantage whilst we have the org advantage when fighting the Soviets which is why we've been able to make a lot of gains.

    A balance of all three? I doubt a human player would have allowed me to hold on to Zamosc without a fight whilst the terrain and our superior troops certainly helped

    The UK and France have an event each to send aid to Republican Spain when the cival war starts. You lose 100% of supplies but get two moves towards intervention so for a human player who as run down their supply surplus its a no brainer however the AI always says no so with a human UK or France there is a greater chance that Republican Spain will triumph. The UK is the alliance leader so they can invite Republican Spain to the alliance as soon as the war breaks out. I'm not 100% sure but I don't think it was a lengthy war as the Nationalists were quickly limited to northern Spain. So far they have gained nothing but casualties.
     
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    3rd Nov to 4th April - Waiting game

    There was no chance of the war finishing before Christmas with our troops not even in Russia yet let alone threatening any of the major cities. It was with this in mind that the decision was made to delay any new offensives until the new year when better weather would once again return. It led to the bizarre situation for 55 months where a clearly superior Allied army sat back and refused to attack whilst the Soviets equally did not attempt any attacks themselves.

    Here are the notable events:

    Nov 4 Tannu Tuva annexed into the Soviet Union after previously being a puppet.

    Nov 8th Advanced Mechanised infantry researched, begin researching modern infantry

    Nov 21st Branch Interoperability researched, begin researching advanced hospitals to improve our manpower growth.

    Nov 22nd Advanced synthetic oil plant researched, begin researching next nuclear tech and start building rocket test site in Le Mans

    Dec 18th Ecuador joins the war on the side of the Allies.

    Dec 28th Advanced Heavy tanks researched. Begin researching semi modern tanks

    Mar 1st Rocket engine researched and we begin researching turbojet engine. Finally we are getting closer to having jet planes.

    Mar 28th Rocket test site completed and we have begun upgrading the site

    The following units have also been recruited:

    2 Tactical Bomber wings
    2 tank division
    3 motorised infantry
    1 HQ – previously we only had 2 HQ units

    This is quite a short update as little really happened so I felt it made sense to simply list the key events. 116 Allied divisions are now stationed in Przemysl which is the most south easterly Polish province that we control. The plan as stated previously will be to cut through Moldavia and reach the Black Sea which will then cut off the Soviet divisions in Romania and Bulgaria. Notably our manpower has increased to 184 after dipping below 125 in the Polish offensive.
     
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    Nice summary. Now for the real action!
     
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    Frozen ground was still reported by the pilots of Allied bombers however the Allied command was tired of waiting. It was now 5 months since the last assault whilst the troops had been ready for an attack for much of that time. So finally on the 5th April the order finally went out to begin the new assault. In a show of force, with no regard for game mechanics, the Allied army began the advance from Przemysl into Stryj. The frozen ground was reported as being more of an obstacle than the Soviet defenders and victory was reported at 14:00

    The Offensive begins:


    Two days later Stryj was captured by the motorised divisions with the majority of the infantry taking another 2 days to arrive. With infantry support the attack on Beltsy began. The Soviet division guarding the frontline was quickly defeated however our armies would get their first taster of just how disastrous bad terrain can be. The hills had been covered in snow and now spring had arrived it had melted. Instead of roads the allied infantry and vehicles found themselves traversing river. Progress was slow going with regular break downs and casualties simply from marching. Finally on the 27th of April 64 divisions reached Beltsy with its hills conquered.

    The advance through Beltsy had given the impression to some journalists at home that the phoney winter war had actually continued and the victory in Stryj had simply been a blip. Fortunately the weather was continuing to improve, so as the war was still on, the advance continued. The two choices to cut off the Soviets were to attempt to conquer Chisinev or Ismail. This time the leaders decided to take the easier terrain and attacked Ismail. 42 divisions joined the attack and the skeleton Soviet defensive force was quickly defeated. This time around it would not take 18 days and instead Ismail was captured on the 30th.

    Our initial aim of cutting off the Soviet armies in Romania had finally been achieved; unfortunately it had taken a lot longer than expected. If the attack on Beltsy was a failure then the 30th would see the beginning of another. At 12:00 allied troops mainly in Stryj began an attack on Iasi to secure flatter terrain to speed up the movement of troops towards the coast. Once there the troops would be used to capture the Black Sea ports to break the supply to the already cut off Soviet troops in Romania.

    The attack on Iasi begins:


    On the 2nd of May victory was actually achieved in Iasi however Soviet reinforcements continued to arrive again and again. The region was briefly secured on the 12th and once again on the 16th however each time our advance units were quickly forced to retreat and after 17 days the attack was finally abandoned in the second failure of the 1945 campaign. Allied troops may well have been cursing their leaders but so must have been the Soviet troops. After the capture of Ismail the Soviets had been expected to attempt to break our encirclement however instead they attacked Arad on the 1st and then after that failed they then attacked Debrecen with the result.

    The capture of Tulcea saw a repeat of the logistical failures that had occurred earlier, this time large enough bridges could not be constructed over the Danube. Our mainly motorised advance divisions suffered major delays and it was actually a reserve infantry army that finally captured Tulcea on the 15th. Those three infantry divisions repelled the Soviet counter attack and secured the western bank of the Danube with our motorised units arriving on the 17th.

    The attack on Iasi had ended up using troops meant for the offensive towards Varna however the casualties in the battle now forced a change of plan. This time we would take the simpler approach of attacking wherever we were currently strongest. So at 23:00 on the 20th troops began an assault to capture Presov, the final Slovakian province.

    The new plan in action:


    After 10 hours victory was achieved and by the 25th Presov had been captured by 17 divisions. On the 26th troops mainly based in Debrecen attacked Satu Mare and less than 24 hours later victory had been achieved. Returning back to the Baltic coast enough troops had finally arrived in Tulcea that the next attack began to capture Constanta. The attack began at 8:00 with troops prepared to face 11 Soviet divisions however our intelligence forces had failed to identify just how under strength those divisions were. By noon victory had been achieved and finally progress was being made at a more acceptable pace with Constanta captured on the 2nd of June.

    Attack on Constanta:


    On the 1st of June the Rep. Spain mountain divisions finally had their somewhat suicidal wish granted and thus the attack on Plovdiv in Bulgaria began. The battle lasted three days in the mountains to the south east of Sofia. Air support helped to break down Soviet strong holds however it was the Spanish mountain forces that would still have to do most of the work and ensure that no Soviet troops broke through the vertically challenged front line. At noon on the third the exhausted troops reported that they had achieved victory.

    The great Spanish attack:


    With the victory in Plovdiv our troops in Constanta were free to attack Varna and the final Soviet port. The attack began on the 4th and after 3 hours victory had been achieved. On the same day Satu Mare was captured in the north and most probably more importantly a small contingent of armoured vehicles defeated the weak Soviet force in Bucharest on the 2nd of June. As with Warsaw a former national capital and industrial heartland had been left lightly defended and we were only too glad to take advantage. The other similarity of course is that once again a significant portion of the Soviet armed forces found themselves completely surrounded by the allies with little hope of a break out or of supplies being delivered by air.

    At 22:00 on the 6th a lone division of demorialised soldiers captured Plovdiv however their morale did seem to improve when no Soviet counter attack materialised. More importantly the 6th also marked a new offensive in Northern Romania. This time three provinces were attacked simultaneously. Victory in the two mountainous regions of Sibui and Bacau was achieved at noon the next day whilst the Soviets were defeated in Cluj early on the 8th.

    Tightening the grip:


    Bucharest had also been captured briefly on the 22nd however the two tank division were forced back almost as quickly as they had arrived. We had attempted an attack on Craiova as an extension of the northern offensive and to aid the defence of Bucharest however the attack force never formed a coherent attack and so it had to be abandoned (All the divisional groups attacked separately). On the 7th Varna was captured. The main Spanish attack force arrived in Plovdiv and oddly the Soviets chose this moment to finally launch their counter attack. They may still have been victorious but they had to abandon their attack once we began our own attack on those troops in Pleven. Our attack would achieve victory at 10:00 on the 9th.

    On the 17th Allied troops returned to Bucharest and this time the offensive on Craiova was successfully organised and by the 18th our troops in Bucharest were no longer under attack whilst Soviet troops were retreating from Craiova. Even with limited numbers the motorised units in Bucharest pushed onwards with attacks on Pitesti and Ploesti after Pleven was captured early on the 19th.

    Bucharest secured and Allied troops advancing:


    The northern city of Cluj was captured on the same day whilst Sibui and Ploesti were captured late on the 20th. Two divisions had been enough to secure Ploesti and the capture of Sibui then prompted another round of attacks. This time on Brasov and Bralia to the north as the Soviet forces began to be split apart.

    Carving up the remainders:


    Victory was quickly achieving in Bralia and the battle for Brasov would not last much longer with both reaching their conclusion within 13 hours. Pitesti was captured at 7:00 on the 21st. The majority of the Soviet divisions in Romania were now retreating in disarray or had already surrendered. The remaining resistance was centered in Iasi, the location of our earlier defeat, and Vraca in the south. Attacks on both regions began at 1:00 on the 22nd.

    The last stand:


    The Soviet troops in Iasi would prove les of an obstacle this time around and surrendered after three hours of fighting whilst the much larger force in Vraca held out until 17:00. It would take until 17:00 on the 1st of July for the last province to be captured with several Soviet divisions holding out for another 10 days before finally surrendering.

    Summary:


    Firstly to clear up something from the screenshots above, the UK actually gained the majority of the Romanian and Bulgarian provinces that we spent three months fighting over. This is due to a period earlier in the war where Greece joined the Axis and the UK then decided to invade. After annexing Greece and Bulgaria they were able to also annex Romania at a time when the French army could make no progress against Germany. As the UK annexed those nations, they legally own the provinces so our conquests were handed over to the UK which was expected although still slightly irritating as the UK has never landed enough troops to defend the region properly.

    Elsewhere we chose July the 1st to release Poland as a puppet government. The basis for the decision was that we would not legally own those regions until the Soviet Union falls, Poland will gain more production from those provinces and it cuts away some of our revolt risk. We have however lost some industrial capacity and gained a little dissent.

    Army stats:


    I believe the Soviet Union lost 120 divisions in the encirclement so the stats above indicate that they produced around 20 divisions in the 8 month period which is basically double what we produced although we were building a rocket test site. Importantly the French army alone now comfortably outnumbers the Soviet army and the expectation is that the following months will see a major invasion of the east. Due to our numerical superiority I now plan on building more factories rather than divisions as supplying our existing troops is now more of a priority than enlarging the army. Of course it will take nearly a year for new factories to be built.

    Research:

    12th May Nuclear Reactor researched, begin researching Plastics which will boast industrial efficiency.

    13th May Improved Hospital researched, begin researching basic strategic bombers

    3rd June Semi modern tank researched, begin researching advanced tank destroyer

    20th July Complete research of turbo jet engine and begin researching fighter baiting (air doctrine) mainly because we have not researched any air doctrines for a while.

    25th July Practical turbo jet engine tech now available to research (Special weapons breakthrough)
     
  18. Jos Ballenbak

    Jos Ballenbak Zombiehunter, duh.....

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    You sure beated the crap out of those soviet bastard.

    Next year we will be sitting in the Kremlin at this rate.
     
  19. Serutan

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    I see you still control Beltsy and Ismail. I presume the Soviets annexed Bessarabia before the Brits
    annexed Romania?

    Looks to me like the next phase should be securing the Dnepr line, encircling where you can.
     
  20. Dell19

    Dell19 Take a break

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    To be honest I can't remember. I think Romania still had Cluj as a victory point to start with so the UK actually reached Bessarabia and then got pushed back before they annexed Romania which is why they didn't receive those provinces. I don't have a save from around that time.
     

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