Welcome to this AAR, my first. Unfortunately I had no idea I would be doing this when I started the game so the first 5 years will be a bit sketchy. Currently I am in November 1940, but Iíll tell you all that you missed. This is played on N/N, as it is my first game as a minor. All the pics for this first part are from saves, which is why they don't quite line up with what I say, and arrows are drawn by me, in MS Paint. (blue arrows are my plans, red are expected enemy attacks)
Unification of the Americas: A Bolivian AAR.
Prologue: The story so farÖ
I started out in 1936, with great plans for this little country. For those of you who donít know the situation, Bolivia starts out landlocked, with an army consisting of 2 Militia, one í18 Infantry and one í18 Cavalry. Starting IC is 7.
Bolivia in January 1936
I started by building an extra Militia division to help guard the border. I also started work on Early Infantry Division. After the Militia was finished I began building factories in the capital, La Paz.
At the same time I was building up money by trading for it using the vast metal supplies Bolivia has. As soon as I had enough I demanded territory off Paraguay and Chile. After a few attempts on each I got the provinces I wanted, basically doubling my IC. Once Early Infantry was finished, I started on the Machine Tools techs. By the end of 1937, three new infantry divisions were finished, thanks to the extra IC.
Bolivia in September 1937
During this whole time I had been steadily moving the sliders towards interventionism, so that I could freely declare war on my neighbours. Luckily I was helped along by a couple of Great War Rally events. Meanwhile I researched Early Artillery and built enough to have 6 divisions equipped. After the factory builds were finished, I put all my IC into four Interceptor I squadrons, to keep enemy bombers away when the war began.
I declared war on Paraguay sometime in early 1939, and easily crushed them as they had 1 IC and just three divisions. I also demanded territory off Brazil, and got it. Then, in June, I attacked Argentina. This was crunch time. If the war failed Iíd be screwed for the rest of the game, if I won, I would be in an excellent position to attack Chile and Uruguay.
My plans for the first stage of the invasion, July 1939
By letting the Argentinean army take Ciudad del Este, then cutting them off and destroying them, I would do enough damage to significantly even the odds. It worked, and two divisions were destroyed. I spent the rest of 1939 and the first couple of months of 1940 getting into position for the final strike towards Buenos Aires. During this time three new infantry and one cavalry were built, while my interceptors were launched only Argentinean bombers were sighted, to avoid the Int II that they had patrolling.
Eventually I was able to mass attack with almost my entire army in the Buenos Aires region, and Argentina was annexed. Through all this, I kept the Americans on side by constantly influencing them to keep them at +200. They only one who can stop me are the USA and Brazil at this point, as everyone else is focused on Europe where events are playing out as normal. I have also researched Large Front Doctrine and Rear Area Dumps by this point.
The strategy to quickly annex Chile, May 1940
After reorganising my forces, I had nine Infantry in three corps, with the two Cavalry separate and the Militia running anti-partisan duty. The plan is to let them disperse their forces attacking worthless west Argentina, then I will sweep in and take their two VP locations.
Needless to say, it worked and Chile was annexed in early August. Now that I am running low on manpower, I have started more factories as placeholders until it rises high enough to start building troops again. I redeployed my forces to the Uruguayan border, and quickly defeated and annexed them. I also finished Early Cavalry Division and Air Superiority Doctrine and attached engineers to my newly í36 Cavalry.
Now my troops are setting up on the border of the last nation who can stand in my way in South AmericaÖBrazil.
I will continue it as soon as I have finished up writing some custom events for Bolivia, then the AAR proper can begin!