Hey, this is my first AAR so I hope it goes well. :) Feel free to comment and make any suggestions.
April 1940: Invasion of France part I and invasion of Norway
April 1940: Invasion of France part II
April - May 1940: Invasion of France part III
July 1940 - April 1941: everything but the Battle of the Atlantic
August 1940 - April 1941: Battle of the Atlantic
May 1941 - 21st June 1941: Lull before the storm
22nd June 1941 - September 1941: Operation Barbarossa
October 1941 - November 1941: the onset of winter and Soviet counter-attacks
December 1941: the widening of the war and celebration for the Kriegsmarine
January 1942: further celebration for the Kriegsmarine and trouble in Finland
February 1942: securing Finland, addressing the manpower crisis, costly battles against the Red Army and disaster for the Kriegsmarine
March 1942: successful defence of Smolensk, loss of Melitopol and success for the Kriegsmarine
April 1942: continued production of Atlantik wall, German encirclement of Vyshgorod and further successes against the Allied navies
May 1942: Germans go on the offensive in the east
June 1942: failure of the offensive, bombing of Leningrad
July 1942: Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe losing the initiative as losses dramatically increase
August 1942: German encirclement of Poltava and Kharkov, capture of Gibraltar, disaster for Royal Navy
September 1942: Luftwaffe increasingly strained, sinking of HMS Ark Royal, UK invasion of Narvik
October 1942: German encirclement of Rostov backfired, Sweden cancels trade with Germany, Germany's industrial plans
November 1942: retreat from Rostov, battle over Stalino, big air battles in the West
December 1942: intensification of the air war, Luftwaffe victories in the east, German retreat behind the Dnieper
January 1943: hope of a Great offensive in the summer, continued Luftwaffe success in the east, Kriegsmarine failure
February 1943: disaster on the eastern front, Kriegsmarine successes, Luftwaffe victories
March 1943: continued Soviet attacks, German counter-attacks, USA and Italy fight in Persia
April 1943: costly battles over Priluki and Mogilev, Second Norwegian Campaign, air battles over Leningrad
1st May-17th May 1943: before the Great Offensive, the international situation, sinking of Soviet convoys
18th May-30th May 1943: launching the Great Offensive, dramatic retreat elsewhere
June 1943: the retreat continues, mixed results in Norway, continued disaster in Africa
July 1943: the Soviet pocked is closed, Berlin is bombed, Italian Empire disintegrates and its remaining territory is consolidated
August 1943: fall of Finland, loss of Suez, successful minor encirclement of the Red Army
August 1943: Japan's situation
September 1943: re-capture of the Baltic region, retreat from North Africa, preparing a defence of Italy
October 1943: a couple of German attritional attacks, expanding air war by the Allies, UK taking most of Norway
November 1943: closing the Vyshgorod pocket, Axis Air Forces all over Europe repulse the USAAF and RAF, Casablanca is lost and Sardinia re-captured
December 1943: increased Allied bombing attempts, German victories in Norway, Red Army appears to be weak
January 1944: southern-Norway back in German hands, Red Air Force repulsed, Japan losing the war in Asia
February 1944: Soviets attack Krivoy Rog, northern-Norway being taken back by Germany, Luftwaffe sent to Bulgaria and Italy
March 1944: Germans send the Red Army into disarray in the south, P-51s fly over the Rhineland, all of Norway back in German hands
April 1944: potential to advance further in the south, continued air battles over the Rhineland, US port strike on Palermo
May 1944: several battles over Zaporozhye, Estonia is lost to the Soviets, Japan losses Korea
June 1944: continued advance southwards, fierce air battles over Wilhelmshafen, production of V-1 rockets
July 1944: Maikop and Grozny held, Sevastopol placed under siege, continued air battles over Wilhelmshafen
August 1944: Baku is captured, Vichy Air Force defeated defeated over Vichy, plans to besiege Stalingrad begin
September 1944: battles in the Stalingrad area, USAAF defeated over Essen and Wilhelmshafen, Japan holds Pearl Harbour
October 1944: continued advance south of Stalingrad, fear of an Allied invasion of France increases, successful V-1 attacks
November 1944: loss of Astrakhan, USSR annexes Tanna Tuva, continued success of V-1 attacks
December 1944: eastern front & co: bombing of Moscow, encirclement of Kharkov and Bougchar, unforeseen circumstances force a retreat in the east
December 1944: opening of a Western front!!
January 1945: counter-attacking the American forces in France, American turbojets fly over Essen and Cologne, retreat behind Kharkov
February 1945: Rommel counter-attacks the Soviets, US amphibious attacks on Crete, re-think on the Luftwaffe's situation
March 1945: Continued German counter-attacks, down-sizing of the Luftwaffe, hopes for a summer offensive
1936 GC/Normal difficulty/Normal aggression
I'm playing as Germany using the superb single player Third Reich Mod made by Gringoesteban, that really does make it a challenge to win as Germany. I have played it several times before, but only reached as far as late-1941, after I started to experience logistical problems and was put on the retreat in several areas by the Red Army. I mainly wasn't able to finish that as I was off to university in that month. But now I hope to play till the bitter end, regardless of what happens.
The rules set down in the mod are:
1) Don't go to war with the USSR until May 1941 at the earliest
2) Only deploy submarines and capital ships in German ports (i.e. not occupied French, Belgium or Dutch ports)
3) Don't go to war until Danzig (which I have abided by)
My own rules are:
1) Don't invade the UK until the USSR has been defeated (I might edit the rule to also allow an attempt to invade when also at war with the Soviet Union)
2) Only invite historical countries into the Axis (i.e. Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania)
3) I can only military control puppet states and Axis minors (as having them as expeditionary forces demands an exacting amount of supplies from Germany)
i) I can only military control Italy if the situation in Africa becomes extremely critical.
4) No reloading.
5) No pausing when responding to any attack or planning a minor attack.
6) ?? Any suggestions are welcome :)
I'm currently at 2nd January 1940. I annexed Poland in mid-September 1939, and I plan to do Operation Weserbrung in April 1940 and to invade France anytime on from March 1940, weather permitting.
The inflicted losses so far are:
My military at the moment is composed of:
Army: 50 inf, 52 mot. inf, 7 HQ, 5 l. arm, 1 arm, 3 mount and 1 cal division.
Navy: 39 SS, 6 BC, 6 CA, 11 CL, 6 DD and 3 transports.
Airforce: 19 INT and 9 TAC bombers.
Production: I hope to have 100 mot. inf divisions by early-1941, probably disbanding several of the inf divisions to achieve this. I am also making at least 20 garrisons by early-1941. I have 18 submarine squadrons in production that will be completed in August 1940, with production of these possibly being extended. 2 battlecruisers will be ready in May 1940, with destroyers and light cruisers also in production. I am maintaining an ongoing serial of interceptors, while also making 3 more tactical bombers.
Naval Strategy: As you can probably tell from my navy build, I aim to attack the UK's convoys. This is essentially for flavour, as the UK AI is given plenty of convoys through events in this mod, but I do hope to make some sort of dent in their supply system. These attacks will begin again after France has been taken and all my U-boats have made port in Brest and Bordeaux. However, I do hope to attack a portion of the UK's fleet this month, which is currently stationed in the Mouth of the Thames, with most of the U-boats at my disposal.
Army Strategy: As stated above, I plan to do Operation Weserbrung in April 1940 and to invade France anytime on from March 1940, weather permitting. Then I will invade Yugoslavia and Greece after France has fallen, again weather permitting. After months of recuperation and reorganisation, the USSR will be next with the invasion commencing in May or June 1941.
Airforce Strategy: With the mainstay of the Luftwaffe being interceptors, its role is to defend Germany's industry from Allied bombing. After the fall of France, the tactical bombers will be used alongside the U-boats to sink British convoys, up until 2 weeks before the invasion of the USSR if not longer.
Hopefully all these plans work out, with Operation Barbarossa being the main challenge. :D