Everyone: Sorry about the delay. I originally sent the entry to DoW as an .odt file, which he couldn't open.
CatKnight: I certainly hope I can keep the sitation interesting.
Coz1: luckily I had already played this session before reading your comment. «It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done»
Scandinavia is not Enough update two: The Great Scandinavian War
Here is Norway as we return to it in 1420. The swedish have sent two regiments to siege Jemtland and there is one visible in this picture, but the rest of their army is MIA. They don't look like they're going to tak our bait.
I have a confession to make. The reason my army got beat so badly in our first battle with the danish is that I stupidly forgot to raise maintenance when I went to war. When this AAR is over I will report for summary termination.
At this point the enemy could just sit back and keep recruiting regiments and sending them to the front eventually overwhelming me. However the AI isn't that smart. When it saw that the garrison in Bohuslen had low moral they decided to assult. In the end they managed to kill of more than half the garrison, but it held.
However with all their infantry sitting at zero moral it was easy for me to ride in and drive them of. Without the infantry their cavalery got beat up pretty badly in the process.
I chased the danish army through Akershus and Eidsiva. After being beaten there they retreated to join the swedish army in Jemtland. Together with another swedish regiment moving up from Hälsingland their total army there is now 8000 men and 11 regiments.
This battle was really close. Sweden's king is a 5 shock general and they got us handily outnumbered. However, as you can see they have a problem with moral. A little luck with the dice rolls means that I don't suffer too many cautualities before they have to retreat.
As you can see in the picture the Swedish army is retreating south towards Dalaskogen. What you can't see is that the Danish army isn't retreating with them but rather retreating north towards Vesterbotten.
I go south after the Swedish army. Compared to me Denmark and Sweden have an almost unlimited ability to reinforce their armies so I have to rely on overruns. In this case I was lucky and was able to destroy the Swedish army after only one bounce.
I immediately send them towards Vesterbotten to try to catch the Danish army before they can recover too much moral or get too many reinforcement
When I chased the Danish army north earlier Sweden sent in two regiments to restart the siege of Bohuslen. With no armies left in southern Sweden I decided to split up my infantry and siege as many provinces as possible.
Now however Sweden has been recruiting and Denmark has sent a second army so I'm forced to consolidate them again. As you can see Denmarks first army is almost overrun. I tried to offer them white peace to see if they wanted to save their regiments. The day after they declined they were eight regiments poorer.
The thing I love about having an all cavalry army is how you move so much faster than your enemy. Like here where I got to Östergotland before the Danish were able to move even one province
Or like here where I arrived in Stockholm well before them and was able to overrun the single Swedish regimet standing there.
At the same time the siege of Bergslagen ends. I now occupy two provinces.
England decides to insults us. They've conquered most of Scotland and might want the Orkneys. If they DOW then Denmark is never going to white peace me.
I move my only full strenght infantry regiment north to Dalaskogen and start pingponging the Danish and Swedish armies between Stockholm and Östergotland with my cavalry. Thanks to their different armies moving at different speeds I'm able to overrun them faster than if they were one unit.
Even so, by the time I've finished them of they have recruited more troops to siege Bergslagen and are almost finished sieging Jemtland. At the same time my armies are running dangerously low. My cavalry is reduced to almost half strenght.
By the time I'm finished with Bergslagen's besiegers Jemtland has fallen. The army that sieged it heads into my unfortified northern provinces. In the good news however I've taken Dalaskogen and I'm moving on to Hälsingland.
I rush my cavalry north and they are able to destroy the Swedes near Trondheim. At the same time I get an alliance offer from Burgundy. I accept, hoping that they will scare England away from DOWing.
The siege of Bohuslen is finally over and a little later Denmark finally accepts a white peace with me.
That leaves me alone to take on Sweden and their regiment. Yes that's regiment without an «s». You can see it retreating from Hälsingland to Stockholm where it get's destroyed
Taking Västergotland is important. It has tax base 3 and a workshop, in Scandinavia that's a lot. After this the war becomes a lot less interesting. The Swedish keep recruiting regiments but I keep destroying them before they can accumulate. Other than that it's just waiting for sieges.
January 4th 1424 I take stockholm, a sad moment I think for all of my swedish reader.
By the time our king dies in 1427 we've reached finland. We're lucky and get another very good monarch. He's not as good a general, but that's hardly important anymore.
A while ago I allied Novgorod. Right now they're useless, but in the long term being allied with them is going to be important. They have been beaten pretty badly by Moscowy and I'd rather not have a united russia on our doorsteps. I accept the call to arms to preserve the alliance, but try to peace out at first oppertunity.
The last Swedish province, Finland, falls November 27th 1528. That's 8 years 9 months and 17 days after the war started
In the piece agreement I take everything I can, and that turns out to be a lot. Thanks to the low tax bases Scandinavian provinces have low WS costs and I'm able to reduce Sweden to a 4 province minor.
This is important because if I hadn't totally destroyed Sweden in this war I would get stomped by them and Denmark as soon as they recovered. DOWing just after they got mauled in a war with someone else only works once, unfortunatly.
Now the event that I promised a cookie to anyone who can explain. July 15th 1429 my 2000 strong garrison in Viborg gets attacked and annihilated by 8000 danish pretender rebels. The rebels then flee into russia before any other armies can reach them.
In the end I made peace with Moscowy for 3 ducats without ever fighting them. Novgorod fared badly. They even had to cede Ingermanland to Pskov in a seperate peace.