Finally, after quite a while i have pretty much finished this last part of my game as Communist China.
This part, as sequel to my previous AAR that you can find in my signature is about Communist China taking its full glory as one of the World Powers and taking on the Japanese, the fascists who have been causing great trouble for the Allies in the Pacific.
HOI2 DD vanilla 1.3a
Lets begin shall we?:
After the wrap up of the Nationalist army between September and October 1944 some Nationalist officers that where hiding out with a number of soldiers at the coasts where able to come together and rally a lot of local villagers to their cause. Even though the Nationalist army was defeated and their government mostly arrested or executed, the soldiers of the ROC had quite an impact on these simple farmers, who where seeing this big red glow of communism arriving and let them imagine to choose between communism or fascists. In the Southern regions the Chinese had been unable to continue their normal lives anyway, their fight against hunger as ROC soldiers took all the food, their fight against drought as most irrigation was destroyed by Japanese bombing squadrons plus their total hatred towards Mao for leaving the ROC alone to fight the Japanese made them easy bait for the ROC soldiers. In just 1 month time they where able to form a last huge army of villagers with guns that headed South-West towards Vietnam, their final stand. About 1,6 million men and women, armed with rifles of dead soldiers, pitchforks, tools and even rocks.
The last large Nationalist resistance pocket was at the end of September located in the 3 border point between British Burma, Japanese Vietnam and China. The Japanese had an enormous amount of troops located at the border, as did the British. But because the Japanese couldn't advance without the British taking advantage the place had been in status quo since 1939(thats 5 years). But now the Nationalist army was collapsing and Communist forces where closing in from the North and bordering themselves with their future nemesis at around November 1944, the tides could be turned in favor of either 4 parties. If the ROC militia could get in contact with the British, they might get food and supplies to hold out even longer, wear out the Japanese. As soon as the Communists arrived things where starting to get into perspective however, the Communist army was compared to the other 3(especially the other Chinese) much more advanced, fresh, professional. They where outnumbered by each almost 3:1 but because they had advanced tanks, loads of supplies and awesome artillery they could stand their ground and they where feared. The ROC could only stand a chance with their numbers, the British had their neutrality while the Japaese had huge army all across the Pacific they could rerout to assist them, as well as a great deal of planes from aircraft carriers. Even for the total Communist army in combination with the 1 million Japanese troops the ROC militia pocket was too strong, they had to find a way to break them once and for all. They wouldn't get any communication with the Japanese, they would rather die then ask for their assistance. The British where also useless, they couldn't go at war with the ROC as that would weaken their relations with the USA, who had given the ROC much needed supplies in the past(now used by the PLA, oh the irony). There where still some troops in Korea, they could be rerouted too Vietnam. But by foot it would take months. Mao needed ships.
China's industry had been fully running again since October, mostly creating ammunition. They could rerout a lot of raw materials too shipwarfs to start building transport easily, so they did. They where ready at January 15th 1945 and located at Qingdao where about 160,000 brand new soldiers with armoured cars stood ready to be transported to the frontline. The troops in Northern Korea where next, the forces in the South swelled and it seemed no that their firepower had now risen to acceptable levels.
All this delay caused the Nationalist forces to break out a bit, but they where still containable. The largest priority was to make sure no Chinese lands came in Japanese or British hands, so when the Nationalists army was spreading out they had to beat them back quickly so the Japanese wouldn't try something.
On the other hand, once the Nationalist “hordes” broke up a bit they could be killed by the dozens, making it easier and easier to close in on them. Eventually, the added troops along with the highly experienced forces that had been fighting for so long since the first attacks on the ROC, made their first big attack on a huge number of ROC forces. Of course the Japanese started their attacks at exactly the same time. This caused the militia to finally break up. The battles where enormous, monstrous actually. Loads of times Japanese planes and troops joined in the combat, lots of people died on the ROC side and entire cities where left in ruin. By around March(2 months of brutal fighting, trench warfare was nothing compared to this) a frightining 800,000 Chinese lay dead. Now it was only a matter of racing towards towns, rivers and hills before the Japanese did, laughing at them each time they arrived and saw Communist forces already sitting there.
They succeeded in shutting the Japanese completely out of Chinese lands, and on April 3rd 1945 Chiang Kai-Shek and the last important ROC officers where executed by Communist forces and the final Nationalist forces surrendered. China was now fully under Mao's control.