New Years Eve 1935, Benito Mussolini, after consuming too much alcohol, promises that the following year will be different. Unlike all the previous times he does not fall asleep and wake up with a terrible headache.
In the first minutes of '36 a massive plan to industrialize Northern Italy is on the way.
Then he has all the WW1 vintage ships of the Regia Marina scrapped.
"Submarines? No-no-no... the Mediterranean.. is Our sea! We do not hide under it like cowards!"
"Cavalry? I thought the 19th century had passed!"
His new found enthusiasm reaches even the pendig invasion of Ethiopa. Mussolini has Grazioli (Chief of Staff) and the Pariani (Chief of the Army) brought to his office.
"Who are these men, that promise to conquer me Ethiopia?" He demands from them.
The southern corps is headed by general Graziani, though a cheerful idealist, hes our only commander who can inspire the troops to skip breakfast and attack with extra fervor.
"Good, but what about the others? General Guzzoni is it?"
An excellent officer, he will get the alpini through any mountain and enemy that stand in the way.
"But common infantry? He will bleed them dry! No, I need someone cold and calculating - a killing machine."
And general Pintor is brought in.
The northernmost armies command had to be fully revamped. Its commanders, though competent (barely-know-what-theyre-doing by world standars), do not please Il Duce.
"I need someone with attitude if Im going to conquer the world!"
Italian intelligence reports that in Addis Abada there lies a shrine, which the blacks worship. Should we get ahold of it, they will bow before us. All three armies race to occupy the site.
And Pintor is successful, his alpini division is the first to arrive. Their skill will not be forgotten.
Meanwhile the jealous Spain does what it can to stop us.
Oh, they will pay!
My first AAR and first post!
Playing Armageddon with WiF normal/normal, house rules (wait for DoW events). Its a pretty difficult mod, made me resign in terror the last time I tried to play Italy, so lets see where this goes.