Your AAR, "Explorations in Strategy," is one of, if not the best I have ever read. As a fan of that AAR, I have started my own Italy campaign using some of your ideas as a guideline for my game. This said, my own campaign went of a couple of different directions and I thought it might be interesting to post those as a separate AAR, rather than hijacking your own.
This is my first AAR, and will not be nearly as detailed, either in Strategic depth, or in the use of screenshots (I frequently forget to take screenshots in important moments). Your virtuosity in both AAR writing and tactical deployments is not in question, and I have no intention to supplant your fantastic work. I only mean to present some of the diverging events in my game as an alternate version of what might have happened (particularly with a more proficient Germany!).
If you would like me to close this thread, just let me know and it will be done.
Humbly, and with the utmost respect,