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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltasar View Post
    Those sneaky French... calling a medium tank division 'infantry brigade'
    Heh.

    It probably fits the tank doctrine of the time: slow and ponderous beasts that were just expected to keep up with infantry and provide fire support.

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    In 1.3 the French AI is actually quite good, I sure as hell had a very hard time with it. It is just that the UK and US AI is so lame, with these dumb superstacks and small fleets ready to die. I hope 1.4 fixes these issues, because they make the game far less enjoyable than could be.

    And for a realistic WW2 experience you need the Allies to get up and do something, not just sit on their behinds all game long, like now. So thats why I would like to see this AAR continue in 1.4 because it has still such a long way to go and it is so well written. It would be a shame to see it spin off into weirdness later in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post
    Yes those devious French - this is what we have to put up with. All the Reich's units are clearly and honestly named, not a hint of deception. And how are we repaid? By calling armour units "infantry"! What next? Dummy tanks? Camouflage? Is there no honour in the Third Republic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    It probably fits the tank doctrine of the time: slow and ponderous beasts that were just expected to keep up with infantry and provide fire support.
    Yeah. Too bad they don't have heavy tanks. 1 HARM + 2 INF + 1 TD has the combined arms bonus.
    'I thought we could do it without anyone getting hurt. By using our brains.'
    'Can't. History don't work like that. Blood first, then brains.'
    'Mountains of skulls,' said Truckle.
    'There's got to be a better way than fighting,' said Mr Saveloy.
    'Yep. Lots of 'em. Only none of 'em work.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoemsiBoemsie View Post
    In 1.3 the French AI is actually quite good, I sure as hell had a very hard time with it. It is just that the UK and US AI is so lame, with these dumb superstacks and small fleets ready to die. I hope 1.4 fixes these issues, because they make the game far less enjoyable than could be.

    And for a realistic WW2 experience you need the Allies to get up and do something, not just sit on their behinds all game long, like now. So thats why I would like to see this AAR continue in 1.4 because it has still such a long way to go and it is so well written. It would be a shame to see it spin off into weirdness later in the game.
    The Americans currently are not a member of the Allies and will hopefully be kept away from that faction for a while longer. Without US support, it would've been nearly impossible to muster enough forces against Germany historically, at least after France had fallen. While they were more than capable to defeat the Italians in remote places like North Africa, they only really did so after operation Torch, thus endangering the Axis troops in Africa from two fronts.
    The Lend and Lease treaty was very important too, but in the end the Allies needed boots on the ground and the British just couldn't field another 1,5 million men by that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modo View Post
    Yeah. Too bad they don't have heavy tanks. 1 HARM + 2 INF + 1 TD has the combined arms bonus.
    How interesting. I never realized it.

    Is it cheaper than a more mobile fully mechanized force (MEC+LARM or MOT+ARM) ? How many supplies do they draw ? Sorry for asking, I don't have the game beside me at the moment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    Is it cheaper than a more mobile fully mechanized force (MEC+LARM or MOT+ARM) ? How many supplies do they draw ? Sorry for asking, I don't have the game beside me at the moment...
    They are cheaper to build and maintain, and are better at defending than armored divisions. Details here. Come to think of it, 1 ARM + 2 INF + 1 TD will also just barely make the CA bonus. You basically trade speed (but almost no strength) for cost.
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    'I thought we could do it without anyone getting hurt. By using our brains.'
    'Can't. History don't work like that. Blood first, then brains.'
    'Mountains of skulls,' said Truckle.
    'There's got to be a better way than fighting,' said Mr Saveloy.
    'Yep. Lots of 'em. Only none of 'em work.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modo View Post
    They are cheaper to build and maintain, and are better at defending than armored divisions. Details here.
    Many thanks. I'll have to think about it in my future games.

    By the way, what is this "Unit Comparer" you are using ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    By the way, what is this "Unit Comparer" you are using ?
    It's a small part of the Army Organizer.
    'I thought we could do it without anyone getting hurt. By using our brains.'
    'Can't. History don't work like that. Blood first, then brains.'
    'Mountains of skulls,' said Truckle.
    'There's got to be a better way than fighting,' said Mr Saveloy.
    'Yep. Lots of 'em. Only none of 'em work.'

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    There are currently reports that all those enemies spies that you fought against were possibly helping you complete research faster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Servant View Post
    There are currently reports that all those enemies spies that you fought against were possibly helping you complete research faster!
    Seems only fair - I have seen that research improvement techs haven't worked since 1.3.

    Been a little tied up - hope to have an update tomorrow.

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    Keep driving through Neth & Bel for that French border. You'll get there.

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    A Clerk’s War



    8th August to 11th August 1939


    When I arrived at work on the 8th, on top of my pile of overnight deliveries was a memo from an administrative officer in Kesselring’s Westwall headquarters. A dispatch rider had been injured while carrying messages from XII Armeekorps and as a result delivery had been delayed. Most of the messages were routine, but one came from General Petzel of 34.Infanterie. Yesterday, assisted by with 2nd Gebirgsjager Division, his men retook Saarlouis, though paying a cruel price: 1,201 men killed. The French put up a heroic resistance, losing 1,947 men themselves, but have retreated back through the forests of Cattenom.



    Mountain troops of 2nd Gebirgsjager Division follow the retreating French to the forests of Cattenom


    There has been a change of command in my brother’s 2nd Fliegerkorps. His commander since 1936/1937 has been Major-General Weise, an experienced officer who has performed well. It has just been noticed, however, that his training was as a bomber commander and that his skills lie more in that direction. He has been replaced by Major-General Felmy, recognised as a superior tactician who should get better results from the two Bf 109E geschwader.

    More good news came via our listening posts in Portugal. Our submarines operating in the area are starting to have an impact, with Admiral Doenitz leading an attack on a convoy from Cyprus. He not only sank three cargo ships, but also destroyed one of the escorts. Things are definitely looking up for the U-boats, and should get better, as 3rd Unterseebootsflotte is preparing to set sail this evening. It is supposed to be top secret, but the Kriegsmarine forgets that sailors always let their loved ones know when they are about to set off to sea, whether it bethe use of a key phrase or a certain word. Plenty of the young women who work here have boyfriends, fiancés and husbands in the Wehrmacht, and some serve on U-boats. It is not hard to see the ones with tear-streaked faces.



    One of the British merchantmen sinking after taking a torpedo amidships


    In Holland, General Model’s 5th Panzers have crossed into Nijmegen, seizing the bridge intact. No regular Dutch units were present in the province, and the few soldiers on duty at the bridge did no more than close the gates. When the tanks turned up they wisely surrendered. The tanks sped across the flat land into Ede, where they were joined by General Nehring’s 1st Panzer. There was some fighting here but within hours the Dutch 2e Divisie was beaten and fled, losing 70 men for 12 Panzertruppen.



    Bridge at Nijmigen: the Dutch closed the heavy gates, but with no troops to guard them, they were quickly re-opened.



    Battle of Ede


    The bad news for the day was yet another massive French counterattack. They seem to have an endless supply of fresh troops. Our men in Luxembourg, 2nd Gebirgsjager Division under Friedrich-Willich, are facing three full divisions from Metz and another from Cattenom. A fifth division is in reserve, unable to get into position to attack. Outnumbered more than five to one, the mountaineers will be sorely tested.



    Battle of Luxembourg


    More success in France came the next day, though thankfully the casualty list was a little shorter, only 251 men this time, and the win was in St Wendel, where de Angelis has kept his word and thrown out the French tanks. What has mystified everyone is that we cannot identify the commander of the so-called 46th Infantry Brigade. None of our prisoners could give us his name or any details. It is as though the Brigade was leaderless. No doubt it is another Gallic subterfuge, like calling a tank brigade an infantry unit. Personally I find such things a little childish, and they do not reflect well on the French Army. Regardless, they took a beating, losing 567 men to de Angelis’s motorised and mountain troops: not impressive considering that they had quite a few medium tanks.



    A Char B of 46th Infantry Brigade: although more than a match for our Pz IIIs, the French did not use these tanks well and our infantry soon had them on the run


    De Angelis didn’t have time to rest on his laurels, as 60.Infanterie (motorised) was attacked by General Gott’s 54th Infantry (part of the BEF) as it moved through St Wendel. The Gebirgsjagers were still marching forward and the motorised troops were on their own, but de Angelis radioed that all was under control. He believes that the British are still shaken from their previous fighting, while his men are still at their peak. He can easily hold until reinforcements arrive, and in fact can probably push Gott back by himself. In fact de Angelis was, if anything, underestimating his own men: the British broke after only 4 hours, losing 52 men to our 23. 2.Infanterie (motorised) kept moving west.

    The Dutch are now only capable of a series of delaying actions. In Breda, Ruoff’s motorised 2.Infanterie, 10,000 men strong, is not expecting much in the way of heavy fighting from von Geusau’s 8e Divisie. Our reconnaissance shows just over 3,500 Dutch holding the province, and with communications virtually non-existent in the Dutch forces, and our planes hitting anything that moves or fires, Breda will soon be ours.



    Battle of Breda


    As will be Zwolle. Another of our motorised units (Kostring’s 13.Infanterie) has discovered that the only unit facing it is 3e Legerkorps HQ, not even 3,000 men. General Kostring is a very aggressive leader: for their own sake I hope the Dutch do not put up too much resistance.



    Battle of Zwolle


    No surprises on the 10th August, though some of the officers had hoped that the Gebirgsjagers in Luxumbourg could have held a little longer: reinforcements were on the way. But with 1,219 men dead, Friedrich-Willich could not stay longer. Our mountaineers are well trained and courageous, but city defence is not what they prepared for, and towards the end they faced nearly 65,000 men. I must say that the Slovakian General Turanec received a lot of praise from not only General Friedrich-Willich but all the way up to OK West HQ for the way he committed his Slovakian militia to assist in the defence. Although knowing it was a hopeless cause, his men joined the fight and many of the casualties came from their ranks. When the shooting was over, though, the result was that the Tricolour flies over Luxembourg, and only 294 French were lost.

    Or that was what we thought. Barely had we become resigned to losing Luxembourg, than a faint message was received from General Petzel’s 34.Infanterie communications officer. While the Gebirgsjagers were making a fighting retreat, buying time with their blood, the 34th had forced marched into the city. The whole division is now occupying the province, still blocking access to de Vedillac’s enormous army. Petzel is not sure how long he can hold off 50,000 men, but has asked for air support and any possible reinforcements or supporting attacks. Unfortunately for him, towards the end of the day the French escalated the attack to a major assault, keen to clear the defenders before fresh troops can arrive.



    Battle of Luxembourg


    Victories in Breda and Zwolle were expected, and nobody thought the Dutch could hold a day, let alone longer. Ruoff lost 25 of his motorised infantry, while Kostring lost a single man. Dutch losses were 115 and 242 respectively. I knew the HQ soldiers would suffer if they tried to hold Kostring’s men – his reputation as an officer who loves to attack precedes him.

    Again Minister Schacht’s boffins have delivered for him. The latest breakthrough is for our civil defence repair gangs. A mixture of new equipment, better organisation and motivation is predicted to speed repairs to installations and infrastructure by 5%. Seeing reports of the devastation being caused in the west by both heaving ground fighting and extensive bombing, we will need to move fast to get the provinces profitable again. Despite Schacht’s protests that his scientists could improve the speed even more, General von Blonmberg has grabbed them for another of his infantry projects: support weapons.

    Liege has fallen. The city may have held out for 12 days in the last war (until the defences were pulverised by our “Big Berthas”) but it could only last 5 days against von Schweppenburg’s lechte Panzers. The defences protected the Belgians, who only lost 155 men to our 329, but they could not resist the steady advance. To the best of our knowledge, more than 20,000 Belgian soldiers fled the city, twice the number of men in von Schweppenburg’s 2nd Leichte.



    A PzKpfw II of 2nd Leichte Panzer sits in a Liege square, the city now firmly under our control


    In what must be one of the last battles before we can assault the Dutch capital, 4th Leichte is moving into the marshes of Amersfoort, where Hopner says the only troops he has met are HQ staff and attachments. One unit is the ill-fated 3eme Legerkorps, already mauled by Kostring’s motorised, the other is 2e Legerkorps. He hasn’t struck any decent anti-tank weapons, and expects minimal casualties as he clears the roads forward through the swampy terrain.



    Battle of Amersfoort


    Bombing Summary

    8th August

    Liege: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 82
    St Wendel: Lohr with 2 x Ju 97G: 31, 82
    Ede: Sperrle with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 124, 150
    Liege: Grauert with 2 x He 111: 207
    Metz: Kitzinger with 2 x He 111: 143, 103
    St Wendel: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x Ju 87G, 2 x He 111: 120
    Cattenom: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 162, 62
    Liege: Muller-Michiels with 4 x He 111, 2 x Ju 87G: 198
    Liege: Udet with 2 x He 111, 2 x Ju 87G: 139
    St Wendel: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 82

    9th August

    Liege: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 43, 162, 72
    St Wendel: Sperrle with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 58
    Metz: Grauert with 4 x Bf 109E, 2 x He 111: 40, 56, 67
    Cattenom: Sperrel with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 180, 168, 113
    Liege: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 167

    10th August

    Cattenom: Grauert with 2 x He 111: 47, 138, 116
    Zwolle: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 79
    Liege: Kitzionger with 2 x He 111; 51, 155
    Breda: Sperrle with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 82
    Zwolle: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 130
    Zwolle: Dorstling with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111, 2 x Ju 87G: 142

    11th August

    Liege: Udet with 2 x Ju 87G: 32
    Liege: Sperrle with Bf 109G, 2 x He 111: 148



    Fall Gelb at end of 11th August



    Westwall at end of 11th August



    French/Italian border at end of 11th August: indications another attack is under way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Keep driving through Neth & Bel for that French border. You'll get there.
    We are on our way: Belgium and Holland will soon be Kaput! And the Italians seem to have started moving again.

    I just hope I don't find a double row of French and British units waiting for me. Could be looking at the 546th Battle of St Wendel.

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    (Just for my nitpicking pleasure) I think I have spotted an anachronism: in the picture, your 2nd Gebirgsjager Division seems to be armed with MP44, which were only produced in ... 1944 ! I think by the time of the Battle of France they should be armed only with MP40.

    But perhaps you have researched infantry weapons in advance ?

    Anyway, it's really just to keep you on your toes and show you what dedicated readers you have !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kigrwik View Post
    (Just for my nitpicking pleasure) I think I have spotted an anachronism: in the picture, your 2nd Gebirgsjager Division seems to be armed with MP44, which were only produced in ... 1944 ! I think by the time of the Battle of France they should be armed only with MP40.

    But perhaps you have researched infantry weapons in advance ?

    Anyway, it's really just to keep you on your toes and show you what dedicated readers you have !
    You are right - and now I look closer there is snow in the background too (in high summer)! And I would be pretty sure that there are few pine trees like that on the French border.

    It is from Russia, not sure if 1944 but may be. I did it early this morning and liked the shot so much I forgot about checking details.

    There are plenty more anachonisms and wrong locations in the photos - I must go back and reveal a few more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uriah View Post
    You are right - and now I look closer there is snow in the background too (in high summer)! And I would be pretty sure that there are few pine trees like that on the French border.
    There are large pine forests in these parts of France/Belgium/Luxembourg, so the trees seem fine to me.

    As for the snow in the summer, well, what can you expect from a region that's on Siberia's doorstep ?? Just be content the river isn't frozen solid !

    (Apologies to any Mosellan, living in Paris has a terrible effect on my geography...)

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    That 'snow' probably is some more of the French trickery!

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    Carry on,carry on ... Man I don't know how production is going cause if the French are that persistant, I can only imagine the Russians will be harder. Your gonna need lots of panzers!
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    Due to the weird manpower setup in 1.3, I found it almost harder to beat the french than the russian.

    Well, maybe I was expecting to slice through the french like a hot knife through butter and I met harder resistance, but it seemed to me that the whole eastern front was easier than the battle of france... But I started my barbarossa in 1942, so I had a full year to prepare and build a strong army in the east...

    And I had some help on the southern front, due to heavy diplomatic influence on Turkey and Persia. On the whole, I find it really interesting that in some cases, you had better (as a player) concentrate your leadership on diplomacy than on "raw" research. This makes the game more enjoyable.

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