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    The detail and thought you put into this HOI 3 'magnus opus' is just amazing, Uriah. This AAR will provide for delicious reading for a long time to come. So stay well!

    It also reminds me of the beautiful AAR I read years ago with HOI 1. "Where the Iron Crosses grow'' by a guy named The Yogi. That was just a delight to read.

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    Yes the whole thing is so big and represents a lot of effort. I was wondering have you thought about committing it to a more permanent form other than a forum board? I wonder if it's possible to get something like this, pictures and all transcribed into say a book or something? Obviously edited and put in chronological order. I think it would be pretty good reading and a great memento to have around.

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    Haven't been following this for a while, but I gotta say it's great as always. Keep up the amazing work Uriah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by starko View Post
    Yes the whole thing is so big and represents a lot of effort. I was wondering have you thought about committing it to a more permanent form other than a forum board? I wonder if it's possible to get something like this, pictures and all transcribed into say a book or something? Obviously edited and put in chronological order. I think it would be pretty good reading and a great memento to have around.
    Well, if I were writing something as large as this, i'd be keeping a backup in a word document at the least. Wouldn't be that hard to insert all of the pictures and save it as a PDF either. I've also seen some AAR-like things put up as a complete site with a page for each update or set of updates too. lots of possibility.

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    Incredibly work Uriah, both ingame and with this remarkable AAR. I've been following this for some time (since before the invasion of Poland, as a matter of fact) and felt compelled to compliment you on your work.

    However, I must say, in my own experiences, you would be better off focusing on the UK. I've rarely needed more than 2 corps to successfully take the island, and one very desperate naval battle. The British AI seems to react somewhat slowly to naval invasions, so by the time ships start showing up, at least in my own experience, my Marines were already halfway to shore in the westernmost port in Cornwall (forget the name at this time). My Kreigsmarine, which wasn't half as built up as yours was, was more than able to hold of the Royal Navy long enough for the troops to get ashore, and inflict some ugly losses on the British.

    Once you've got a port, the AI doesn't react fast enough to stop transport runs of troops. It's certainly risky, but the reward is a secure Fortress Europe from any pesky American, British and Canadian armies at inconvenient times.

    That being said, your experiences taught me a few things when I started a Germany game of my own; bucketloads of interceptors for the Luftwaffe. I built more than two dozen squadrons for the Western Front by the time "Danzig or War" fired, saved me many headaches.

    At any rate, I look forwards to future escapades, and hopefully survival, of this particular clerk over the course of the war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoemsiBoemsie View Post
    The detail and thought you put into this HOI 3 'magnus opus' is just amazing, Uriah. This AAR will provide for delicious reading for a long time to come. So stay well!

    It also reminds me of the beautiful AAR I read years ago with HOI 1. "Where the Iron Crosses grow'' by a guy named The Yogi. That was just a delight to read.
    I also agree-that was a great aar, much like this one.
    It seems that vicotry in Rumania should be easy with many enemy divisions still coming from the Soviet border.
    Any plans for a puppet state?

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    Quote Originally Posted by starko View Post
    Yes the whole thing is so big and represents a lot of effort. I was wondering have you thought about committing it to a more permanent form other than a forum board? I wonder if it's possible to get something like this, pictures and all transcribed into say a book or something? .
    There's a strange copyright issue - if you check the forum rules anything on these boards technically belongs to Paradox. This came up in a discussion around General BT's Byzantine CK magnus opus. As in that discussion there's no reason to suspect that Paradox would enforce this but its a real issue.

    apols - technical and off topic - but worth saying before this discussion gets too enthusiastic.

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    Friday 8th to Monday 11th June 1940

    It is always good to begin the day on a positive note, and General Guderian gave us a healthy start with news that Haase and 26.Infanterie have driven Schwab and Divizie 18 Infanterie from Savârsin. Considering the number of troops involved (more than 25,000 in total) casualties were low: 30 of Haase’s men and 69 Romanians. Luftwaffe officers attached to the Balkan Army mentioned that Udet’s Stukas had met with Romanian fighters over Savârsin and that enemy bombers had been sighted. Later in the day I heard that, while some of our bombers were lost, Udet informed Guderian that his pilots managed to destroy several Romanian fighters.



    Air Battle of Savârsin: 3PM 8th June


    Not to be outdone, Sud-Frankreich headquarters reported success in the north-west of Spain. This was a completely different battle to that in Savârsin. General Hell needed the weight of Model’s armour to help 6th Gebirgsjäger Division to drive the Spanish from Bermillo de Sayago, and even with 1st Panzer Division attacking from their northern flank the Spanish fought doggedly. We lost 260 men before General Durranti Dumange gave the order to retreat. Spanish losses were at least 1,065. It took a week of fighting, but we are now close to the Portuguese border and have the opportunity to cut off the Spanish forces blocking our way to La Coruńa.

    Only hours after winning a week long battle, the Gebirgers were back in action. As General Ott moved 3.Infanterie (mot) from Villardefrades into Zamora, General Hell committed his men to assist by launching a pincer movement from Bermillo de Sayago. General Roig had 12,000 men with which to hold the Zamora, but Ott made an immediate breakthrough and within two hours claimed victory, as the Spanish pulled out with 54 casualties. We lost just 11 men, all in the initial assault.



    Battle of Zamora


    Other than a string of elated reports from U-boat commanders, there was nothing else on Friday but routine progress reports and the normal mountain of administrative forms.

    On Saturday the Balkans Army was at last able to implement OKH’s orders: General Guderian is now to blitzkrieg wherever possible. It is hoped that the drive on Bucuresti will now accelerate, but I saw several groups of military shaking their heads and muttering about “missed opportunities”. I suppose we will just have to wait and see.

    In other high level Heer information, General Rommel is to receive two more divisions from 1st Küste und Grenze Army. 17.Infanterie (von Amann) has been transferred from VII Armeekorps to X Armeekorps and 19.Infanterie (Hartmann) has been taken from XI Armeekorps and attached to 2nd Gebirgsjägerkorps. Rommel has been informed that this is it: he can expect no more troops. He must increase the tempo in Spain as he is failing behind the time schedule, but he must do it with his existing units. OKH stressed that it is imperative that he capture a frontline air base to allow the Luftwaffe to apply its full force to the conflict.

    Also early on Saturday came an urgent message from Paris: Spanish bombers were making a dawn attack. Generalmajor Felmy responded immediately, but he also sent a pointed telegraph to the Luftfahrtministerium: how could he contest the Channel with the RAF while simultaneously defending the manufacturing, mining and infrastructure assets of the Frankreich? I have to concede that when pressed Reichsmarschall Göring can respond quickly. Within the hour Fisser’s 7th Jagdfliegerkorps was on its way to its new base on the outskirts of Paris, and when Díaz Sandino and 1er and 2o Grupo Estratégico tried to make a second attack at 10AM they received a severe mauling.



    Air Battle of Paris: 10AM 12th June



    A Spanish Whitley: part of the nearly 200 strong strategic bombing raid


    While Fisser’s Messerschmitt’s were busy destroying Spanish strategic bombers, General Eppich won the battle of Fabero, forcing the enemy to withdraw into Villafranca del Bierzo. This ended up as a much tougher assignment than had been originally thought. When 5th Gebrigsjägers first attacked back on the 5th June, there was just one enemy unit, Líster Forján’s 1a Divisíon. Over the past week another 10,000 men had joined the Spanish, and as a result the victory cost Eppich 175 men. On the other hand, it was a clear win, as the Spanish lost 531 of their soldiers. Eppich’s report, however, contained a disturbing footnote: he has received no supplies recently and until his food and ammunition is replenished he is unable to move forward.

    Back over Pairs, by 2PM, Sandino had had enough and his bombers turned south. The Luftwaffe, however, had tasted blood. Fisser’s fighters chased the Spanish Whitleys to Mirabeau, harassing the fleeing bombers and destroying stragglers.



    Air Battle of Mirabeau: 3PM 9th June


    In Romania, General Herzog also has another success. Assisted by heavy bombing from Schwartzkopff’s 2nd Kampffliegerkorps, he has crushed all opposition in Oreada. Dragalina and his two infantry divisions have suffered badly, losing 918 men to the ground combat alone. He has tried to move his men east, to block our route towards Bucuresti, but his demoralised men are heading straight into the path of von Bock’s 16.Infanterie which is planning to attack north into Alesd. General Guderian believes that few if any of Dragalina’s men will successfully cross Alesd and impede our progress eastwards.

    If the Spanish pilots thought that when Fisser’s Messerschmitts finally peeled off and headed north that they were safe then they were mistaken. Over Sore they were met by Christiansen and 4th Jagdfliegerkorps. By this time the Spanish bomber formation had been shattered, and the pilots of Westwall 1 and 2 had the freedom to hunt individual aircraft, rather than trying to break a barrier of interlocking machine gun fire. The only chance the Spanish had was to try to cling together and reform their protective structure.



    Air Battle of Sore: 8PM 9th June


    While possibly a popular decision, the necessity to slow down to accommodate damaged aircraft meant that our fighters had more time to continue the slaughter. Christiansen allowed his fighters to pursue the Spanish to Jaca, and several of his pilots now qualify as “aces”. Darkness finally ended the agony of the Spanish “Estratégicos” as the “Emils” reluctantly headed home to Bayonne. It took some time, but a compilation of the debriefing reports showed the Spanish lost nearly a hundred aircraft: half the original force. They will think twice before attempting such a dangerous mission again. Damage to Paris was restricted to one factory complex and a knocked out anti-air tower.



    Air Battle of Jaca: Midnight 9th June



    Local ground troops surround a downed Whitley in Jaca


    If only Dortmund could say the same. As the last of the Spanish aircraft gratefully landed at Tarragona (Göring is still outraged that Rommel allowed the Spanish to recapture this critical airfield), Newall’s bombers were on a familiar path towards their favourite target. The Luftwaffe was able to put 350 fighters into the air to meet them, but the RAF maintained their positions and soon Dortmund was again in flames. The British paid a price, but Dortmund’s air defences were either destroyed or rendered useless through lack of power or loss of target acquisition equipment.



    First Air Battle of Dortmund: 3AM 10th June


    Of course I was not at work when all this occurred: Gisela is most emphatic about my having time off (with her of course). So while Dortmund burned I was asleep at home, and I found out about Sunday’s activities on Monday morning. At 9AM as I was enjoying breakfast, the RAF was back over Dortmund. Bogatsch met them again, but although he had only lost 4 aircraft during the night, he could not prevent the British bombers adding to the chaos below. As with the Spanish, after a while the bomber formations were eventually broken and they fled home individually, and we believe that Newall lost 82 aircraft. That would be little consolation to the citizens of Dortmund, as they battled to extinguish the fires and clear the rubble. 80% of the city’s industry is out of action, and barely 50% of the anti-air installations are operable. Vast amounts of stockpiled coal, steel, rubber and other valuable raw materials were destroyed. Sitting safe in Berlin, I hope that such destruction never reaches this city.



    Second Air Battle of Dortmund



    A destroyed factory in Dortmund: it will be months before all damage is repaired


    There was some good news on Sunday. A reorganisation of the Tactical Command Structure has given our mobile troops (motorised and cavalry) a welcome boost to their morale, and it has been accepted by the Cabinet that this is an area worthy of further study. And in Romania, General von Briesen has intercepted an enemy force moving at full speed towards Bucuresti. With assistance from Köstring’s 13.Infanterie (mot) from Strehaia, he has used 5.Infanterie to block the movement through Novaci of Divizie 1 Blindade and Divizie 1 Cavallerie. General Manafu was apparently trying to evade the cordon we are setting up by racing his fastest units east, but von Briesen’s prompt response has put an end to this plan. There is still just one unit between us and the Romanian capital.



    Battle of Novaci



    A Romanian R-1 reconnaissance tank, part of Divizie 1 Cavallerie


    To ensure that the Romanian armour did not break out, the Luftwaffe committed hundreds of bombers to Novaci, and the FARR responded as well as they could. 84 fighters turned up to contest the control of the air, and although we lost a few bombers, the presence of Bf 109E escorts ensured that our bombing was not disrupted.



    Air Battle of Novaci


    As Köstring sent his men north, General Ruoff and 2.Infanterie (mot) “Vorwärts”, also in Strehaia, started east, engaging Divizie 7 infanterie, the only unit known to be between the Balkan Army and the Romanian capital. Saceni is flat terrain and General Loveanu has little hope of holding off the veterans of so many battles in Poland and France. Could we be on the verge of crushing the Romanian spirit by capturing their industrial and cultural centre?



    Battle of Saceni


    As predicted, von Bock has struck north into Alesd. Also as predicted, General Dragalina and Corp 3 Armata have retreated from Oreada straight into von Bock’s path. The two divisions that Dragalina commanded against General Herzog are still marching out of Oreada, but he has Divizie 2 Infanterie with which to hold off 16.Infanterie. Even if he manages to stall von Bock’s attack until the other two divisions survive, it is doubtful if the additional troops will be sufficient to allow him to repulse our assault: the reinforcements may be impressive in numbers, but they have been bombed for days and were badly beaten by 36.infanterie Division.



    Battle of Alesd


    After the excitement and unaccustomed ease of their encounter with the Spanish heavy bombers, it was a return to the battle of the English Channel for Fisser’s 7th Fliegerkorps. Gore-Sutherland-Mitchell had four full-strength carrier air groups and the bitter war of attrition continued, though the weather conditions kept losses on both sides to a minimum.



    Air Battle of Eastern English Channel: 4PM June


    Sunday finished with two wins for the Heer. The interception of the Romanian mobile units in Novaci was a complete success. Only 139 of the 17,000 men were killed or captured, but Divizie 1 Blindade was driven north into Polovragi and Divizie 1 Cavallerie was forced north-west to Râmnicu Vâlcea. 5.Infanterie is continuing into Novaci while Köstring has altered his line of advance to take Ionesti. Our losses in this blocking action totalled 36 dead and missing. While any success is welcome, of far more significance was the battle of Saceni where “Vorwärts” has smashed through Divizie 7 Infanterie, the remnants of which are scrambling to get back to Bucuresti. We will soon be on the outskirts of the capital, while the bulk of the enemy forces are far to the west.



    An R-35 of Divizie 1 Blindade heads into Polovragi


    Noting the recent success of night operations in Spain, General Petersen set 1AM as the start time for his attack on Segerbe. As lighting flashes lit the low rolling hills north of Valencia, forward units of 2.Infanterie (mot) moved into contact with the elite troops of 1 Brigada Montańa. Even if Matallana Gómez has some of the Republican Army’s best soldiers, he is outnumbered, and Petersen has now a reputation for bold and aggressive action. (As well as being known for his careful management of supplies, particularly on the offensive).



    Battle of Segerbe


    General Gómez was given assistance from the FARE, but the Luftwaffe was able to intercept the enemy aircraft. Although the first mission was completed (with low casualties due to inaccurate bombing in the dark and overcast conditions) at the second attempt the efforts of Christiansen’s fighters was enough to drive off Bayo Giraud’s aircraft, destroying more than 20 for the loss of just 3 Messerschmitts. It seem as though the sight of the Spanish bombers abandoning them was too much for the Spanish mountain troops. As the last aircraft disappeared over the horizon, 1 Brigada Montańa began to retreat, having lost 70 men to Petersen’s 17 casualties.



    Air Battle of Lucena del Cid


    Unfortunately the good news was followed shortly by reports from Lleida, north of Tarragona. Frantic messages were received by General Müller’s 20.Infanterie headquarters in Isona that Republican forces had retaken Lleida and were rounding up collaborators and ex-Franco supporters. Most have fled to the mountains. Even though the fleeing Spanish report that the forces in Lleida constitute barely a regiment, Müller has no orders to advance and must therefore look on as the Spanish walk in unopposed.

    It seems as though the Romanian High Command is in no doubt as to the desperate situation in which they have been placed. Our front line commanders report that every unit identified has been struggling to move east and south. General Friedrich-Willich has taken the opportunity to strike the flank of three divisions in Huedin. His 2nd Gebrigsjägers have halted the Romanian 14th and 18th Divisions, together with 2 Divizie Alpinisti. Despite being caught off-guard, the Romanian General Schwab has 21,500 men under his command, and the Alpinisti are among the best troops in the Romanian Army. Even though Freidrich-Willich only needs to pin his opposition and prevent them breaking east, his task will be difficult as his Gebirgers are outnumbered more than two to one. To make it worse, his rear areas in Beius are under attack by Romanian bombers.



    Battle of Huedin


    All day skirmishes had been taking place over the Channel, but late in the evening, at 10PM, a full-scale air battle took place. Generalmajor Felmy assembled every fighter he could from northern France and Belgium. His foe, Gore-Sutherland-Mitchell, was able to send 400 carrier borne aircraft into the Western English Channel. For once the Luftwaffe had the advantage numerically, but neither side had sufficient night training to deliver more than the occasional lucky shot to down an opponent. The Luftwaffe was not unhappy with the result, however, and sees this as a turning point in the Battle for the Channel. With our new aircraft being issued to interceptor geschwader at an increasing rate, and additional units being formed, a feeling of optimism has returned to our air-men. And Ernst tells me his return to “Schlageter” is now only weeks away. In his mind that will be the real turning point. What is it about fighter pilots that they have this sense of invincibility and self importance? I never felt that way as a lowly Schütze! I always thought my greatest contribution was to stay alive.



    Air Battle of the Western English Channel


    We have heard from our Hungarian allies that more Romanian units are leaving the border areas and heading east. (Although the government of Regent Miklós Horthy was unhappy to be denied a role in the invasion of Romania, the Hungarians have accepted that the Reich must control as much of the border with the USSR as possible). To try to forestall any attempts to swing around our blocking units, Guderian has ordered von Roques to push north along the Hungarian border. 46.Infanterie moved quickly in response and is already fighting Antonescu’s Divizie 15 in Valea lui Mihai.



    Battle of Valea lui Mihai


    To make it even harder for Romanian leaders to move their units east, Bieß is striking north-east into Polovragi. Divizie 1 Blindade, which seems to have recovered from the bombing it endured in Novaci , as well as the losses suffered in its retreat from von Biesen’s two-pronged attack, has joined two infantry divisions and a headquarters unit. The Bitburgers of 10.Infanterie (mot) could find the coming fight in Southern Carpathian Mountains their most gruelling battle yet, even worse than holding off the cream of the French Army a year ago.



    Battle of Polovragi


    We have had another update from Rome, setting out the position of the Italian armed forces, but no news from Tokyo. This is not a cause for concern, as it is likely the information is on its way.



    Libia: the British have been halted and the Italian build up at the front continues, preparing for the our requested push to Egypt



    Greece: supply problems in the west have allowed the isolated Greek division to escape from Ioannina to Kastoria, but the Italians are in hot pursuit. Salonika is surrounded and many Greek units are retreating.



    East Africa: the forgotten war. The Ethiopians are still holding off large numbers of British troops, and seem in no danger of collapse.



    Bombing Summary

    FARE

    Murias Paredes: Comacho Benítez with 1er and 20 Grupo Táctico (2 x TAC): 58, 97, 128, 107
    Villardefrades: Bayo Giraud with 1er Grupo de Bombardement, Grupo Táctico n.1 FARE: 123
    Lucena del Cid: Bayo Giraud with 1er Grupo de Bombardement, Grupo Táctico n.1 FARE: 86, NIL

    Luftwaffe

    Savârsin: Udet with 3rd Schlachtfliegerkorps (2 x Ju 87B): 37
    Oradea: Schwartzkopff with 2nd Kampffliegerkorps (1 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 187
    Oradea: Grauert with 4th Kampffliegerkorps (1 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 290, 154
    Oradea: Schwartzkopff with 2nd and 4th Kampffliegerkorps (2 x Bf 109E, 4 x Ju 88): 302, 313, 330, 275
    Novaci: Schwartzkopff with 2nd Kampffliegerkorps: (1 x Bd 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 200
    Huedin: Grauert with 4th Kampffliegerkorps (1 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 243, 257
    Novaci: Müller-Michels with 5th Kampffliegerkorps (1 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 228
    Saceni: Kitzinger with 3rd Kampffliegerkorps (1 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 245, 116
    Novraci: Schwartzkopff with 2nd and 5th Kampffliegerkorps (2 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 69
    Alesd: Muller-Michels with 5th and 3rd Kampffliegerkorps (2 x Bf 109E, 2 x Ju 88): 222, 326, 260, 173

    FARR

    Chisineu-Cris: Vasiliu with Grup 1 Tactic Bombardier: 50, 23, 88, 62, 43
    Petrila: Vasiliu with Grup 1 Tactic Bombardier: 93, 79, 30
    Salenta: Vasiliu with Grup 1 Tactic Bombardier: 79, 66
    Beius: Vasiliu with Grup 1 Tactic Bombardier: 86

    Combined Anglo-Spanish Missions

    Murias de Parades: Ludlow-Hewitt with 4th, 14th and 15th CAG, 1er Grupo de Bombardement, Grupo Táctico n.1 FARE, 1er and 20 Grupo Táctico: 79, 119


    Unterseebootsflotte Activity Report

    Eastern Charcot Seamount: 2 transports (UK): Plymouth – Accra: Fricke with 3rd U-flotte
    Eastern Biscay Plain: 1 transport (UK): Dover – El Iskandarîya: Dönitz with 2nd U-flotte
    Cape Peńas: 1 escort (UK): Plymouth – Ascension Island: Dönitz with 2nd U-flotte
    Western English Channel: 1 transport (UK): Dover – Nauru: von Nordeck with II U-flotte
    Horseshoe Seamount: 1 transport (Greek): Athina – Boston: Wolf with 4th U-flotte
    Goban Spur: 1 transport (UK): Dover – Hong Kong: Fricke with 3rd U-flotte
    Cape St Vincent: 2 transports (Spanish): Cádiz – Boston: Wolf with 4th U-flotte
    Western English Channel: 1 transport (UK): Dover – Socotra: von Nordeck with II U-flotte
    Gulf of Cádiz: 1 transport (Spanish): Cádiz – Tanger: Wolf with 4th U-flotte
    Western English Channel: 1 transport (UK): Portsmouth – Mauritius: von Nordeck with II U-flotte
    Iberian Plain: 2 transports (UK): Singapore – Dover: Aßmann with 1st U-flotte



    Unternehmen Stierkampf at end of 11th June: there are no current battles



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    Quote Originally Posted by jju_57 View Post
    Can't you still use the army HQ's for battles but when defending a captured area create a new theater for just aircraft, especially interceptors. For example in France keep your current theater/ag/army structure and have the objectives of each army as it is now. But take away the provinces from the theater and assign to a new theater AI that just has interceptors and no land units. Hopefully the army AI will continue to defend, if not you can remove the higher level AG from that theater, but now the interceptors are under theater AI control and move and change airbases as needed.
    I suppose it is possible, but with my current set up it would be quite messy (having a "coastal" and an "anti-partisan" army in the same country). And I want my fighters to patrol the coast (where my "coastal" divisions are based). What I really need is a way to prevent the aircraft from venturing out to sea: but I fear this is not possible with the current AI.

    Quote Originally Posted by shepherd352 View Post
    Sorry for hijacking the thread but I was very interested in jju_57's suggestions. As I have said, I am very pro AI but I have not been happy with using the AI for regional defence (ground or air). I attach air units to Army AI for attack but when defending against bombers I set intercept orders for each fighter group. I think jju_57's is suggesting the creation of a (Luftwaffe Theatre West), with all attached fighter groups under Theatre AI orders. I think he is suggesting that the area allocated to this theatre must include all areas that you would want defended and that if you are not happy with the inclusion of port ground defence (I would have reservations), you could have a second Theatre with little or no allocated regions but located to be in contact with all defensive units. In effect, you would have two overlapping theatres, one with Theatre AI active and provinces allocated (for air defence) and the other with Theatre AI off, no provinces allocated (for ground defence).

    I would love to see Theatre Air AI working but I don't want to add to your work load.
    Can you have overlappping Theatres? (I must admit I haven't tried to do it). I could try a few things, but I am very reluctant to alter my original commitments, one of which was to let the AI run nearly everything at Army level (unless an unmitigated disaster loomed). At the moment plane losses are nasty but bareable: and in fact things are starting to look up. So I will persist for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deus View Post
    I've cached up and eagerly await for another update! Seems that you reconed the Spaniards to fold but seems that they are more resiliant than you thought. Romania will collapse before mid July methinks.
    I am very surprised by boththe size and durability of the Spanish army and airforce. The terrain and infra doesn't help. But I never expected to win before the end of July: that may now be the end of September.

    Romania is nearly beat: I estimate end of June.

    And thanks for putting inthe effort to catch up: it must appear a daunting task!

    Quote Originally Posted by starko View Post
    Yes the whole thing is so big and represents a lot of effort. I was wondering have you thought about committing it to a more permanent form other than a forum board? I wonder if it's possible to get something like this, pictures and all transcribed into say a book or something? Obviously edited and put in chronological order. I think it would be pretty good reading and a great memento to have around.
    Well, I have every word doc, and I am pretty sure every photo. As you can imagine, to keep this up for a year I have had to get organised. I have an HOI3 folder in My Docs with sub, sub-sub and sub-sub folders, right down to individual updates. Each update has its own .doc and a series of .jpgs. Plus of course I have 5 x 128 page notebooks of my handwritten notes!

    But I haven't even thought of printing it our for my own use: it would be far too big a job. It must be more than 2,000 pages by now.

    And as long as Paradox keeps its forums I can read it whenever I want.

    Quote Originally Posted by Threedog43 View Post
    Haven't been following this for a while, but I gotta say it's great as always. Keep up the amazing work Uriah!
    Thanks Threedog43: glad to see you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by sneakey pete View Post
    Well, if I were writing something as large as this, i'd be keeping a backup in a word document at the least. Wouldn't be that hard to insert all of the pictures and save it as a PDF either. I've also seen some AAR-like things put up as a complete site with a page for each update or set of updates too. lots of possibility.
    I hadn't thought of the .pdf saves: as I said above, I can always just log onto the Paradox forum.

    And I have to be aware of space. You would not bleive how much space 1000 .bmp fscreenshots takes! I have had to go through and delete most of them, just keep the converted .jpgs.

    Quote Originally Posted by MajorStoffer View Post
    Incredibly work Uriah, both ingame and with this remarkable AAR. I've been following this for some time (since before the invasion of Poland, as a matter of fact) and felt compelled to compliment you on your work.

    However, I must say, in my own experiences, you would be better off focusing on the UK. I've rarely needed more than 2 corps to successfully take the island, and one very desperate naval battle. The British AI seems to react somewhat slowly to naval invasions, so by the time ships start showing up, at least in my own experience, my Marines were already halfway to shore in the westernmost port in Cornwall (forget the name at this time). My Kreigsmarine, which wasn't half as built up as yours was, was more than able to hold of the Royal Navy long enough for the troops to get ashore, and inflict some ugly losses on the British.

    Once you've got a port, the AI doesn't react fast enough to stop transport runs of troops. It's certainly risky, but the reward is a secure Fortress Europe from any pesky American, British and Canadian armies at inconvenient times.

    That being said, your experiences taught me a few things when I started a Germany game of my own; bucketloads of interceptors for the Luftwaffe. I built more than two dozen squadrons for the Western Front by the time "Danzig or War" fired, saved me many headaches.

    At any rate, I look forwards to future escapades, and hopefully survival, of this particular clerk over the course of the war.
    Thanks for the encouragement Major Stoffer. you are probably right with the comment re UK: I suppose I didn't commit to a See-Lowe because I really wanted to see how Spain went (and I don't know if Germany could do both if a 1941 Barbarossa is planned). And I thought it would be fun to have an opponent for the KM. I didn't plan on getting spanked quite so badly by the RN though.

    I'm glad someone learned from my mistakes with the Luftwaffe: as well as more interceptors, I think the other lesson I have learned is that they should be used in packs of 3 geschwader.

    I suspect the clerk will survive, but I make no promises for any other characters (though I have soft spot for Gisela who seems to have wormed her way into my story)

    Quote Originally Posted by DesertFox1871 View Post
    I also agree-that was a great aar, much like this one.
    It seems that vicotry in Rumania should be easy with many enemy divisions still coming from the Soviet border.
    Any plans for a puppet state?
    Those divs shouldn't be able to stop me taking Bucuresti and Ploesti and that should be enough to tip them over (even though National Unity is still high). I am not too fond of puppets in HOI3 - not enuogh benefits and there are issues with supply and conquest (control goes to the country from where you draw supply).

    Quote Originally Posted by loki100 View Post
    There's a strange copyright issue - if you check the forum rules anything on these boards technically belongs to Paradox. This came up in a discussion around General BT's Byzantine CK magnus opus. As in that discussion there's no reason to suspect that Paradox would enforce this but its a real issue.

    apols - technical and off topic - but worth saying before this discussion gets too enthusiastic.
    I was well aware of the Paradox copyright issue: it is pretty standard on noticeboards etc and has been for years. As I siad, I write thisfor fun: as long as it is up for people to read I don't particularly care. As for any other sort of publication: I think it would be more trouble than it is worth

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoemsiBoemsie View Post
    The detail and thought you put into this HOI 3 'magnus opus' is just amazing, Uriah. This AAR will provide for delicious reading for a long time to come. So stay well!

    It also reminds me of the beautiful AAR I read years ago with HOI 1. "Where the Iron Crosses grow'' by a guy named The Yogi. That was just a delight to read.
    Sorry BoemsiBoemsie: I could have sworn I clicked on reply for the above. Obviously my mouse misfired.

    Thank you for the comments: now I'll have to go and read the AAR you recommend!

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    just came back up to speed in this AAR.
    The amount of work is stupendous. And I just can't stop looking at those b&w pictures (I feel like some kind of pervert)

    I have a remark though: why are you keeping fighters on the wrong side of the eng.. ehmm Reichs' Kanal? (Battles over Dover) Unless you foresee the Fuhrers' plan to launch Seelöwe soon?
    The USSR produced 57,224 T-34 tanks of various specifications during the WW2 timeline. 44,900 became scrap metal (aka destroyed).
    Total USSR AFV 1941-45 losses were 96.600. War winning tank much?

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    Bucaresti is only miles away now.
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    Although I've been following your AAR for a while now, this is my first comment in this forum. I just couldn't resist the urge to tell you that you are doing a great job and providing us all with super entertainment (as far as commentaries on historical military strategy games can go ). Please keep up the good work.

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    ooh, the Romanians attempt to form a front!
    How intriguing!

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    What is the status of Spain, what more is required for them to surrender?
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    Pardon my spelling of victory-I should read over my responce first!
    Hopefully you will not have to face a entrenched Romanian force in front of the captial. Why is Romania sending troops to the Hunagrian border? Perhaps a last stand in Cluj-Napoca...

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    More great updates. I'm running out of new flattering vocabulary, this AAR is just fantastic. Every time I log on, I'm inspired to play.

    Romania looks to be teetering on the brink and splitting spain at the Portugese border will speed their demise.

    I only hope that all the IC soon to be freed will be turned into boots. If you plan to fire Barbarosa at or near its historic date, you will need more Inf. Reliance on the AI at Army lvl means you wont see any BIG encirclements so Inf Divs to slog it out are (I hope) your next top priority.

    The Luft seems to be holding its own now (those Spanish Strats wont be back for a long time) but I must continue to lobby for Navs. If i recall, new escorts for the Krieg wont be ready for another 7 or 8 months and when Spain collapses you will have alot more coastline to protect. Navs are expensive but once built they can be a great help to bleed the RN dry, spot an incoming invasion and pull the fat out of the fire.

    Glad to hear you have kept all your doc. this truely is a stupendous effort.

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    I really am amazed the Spanish haven't broken yet? Semp Fi must have really beefed up the Spanish ai, or your have had incredibly bad luck. Hopefully you'll finally bleed the army enough to cause the front to break apart soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    I really am amazed the Spanish haven't broken yet? Semp Fi must have really beefed up the Spanish ai, or your have had incredibly bad luck. Hopefully you'll finally bleed the army enough to cause the front to break apart soon.
    It probably also has to do with the fact that the Spanish civil war gives them 100% national unity so you have to capture literally every VP to get them to fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSJGohan3972 View Post
    It probably also has to do with the fact that the Spanish civil war gives them 100% national unity so you have to capture literally every VP to get them to fall.
    And it's almost impossible to get the NU to drop by more than a couple of percentile points, even with 10 spies in Spain for a couple of years!

    So yes, you need to have everything conquered... :P

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