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Just reading the AAR and so far, I've got to say it is my all time favourite EUIII AAR. I haven't yet seen one detailed and explained so nicely yet compared to this. Hopefully more people will jump on board but so far, yours in the winner.

Love the maps, easy and simple to read, hope to read more.

One question though I will ask: Do you plan to castrate Britain of all it's colonial holdings or generally leave it's New World colonies intact and just try to go for the gold in the East? Would be nice and historical if Britain did still keep it's colonies yet lost important ones like in reality with Holland losing important colonies to the British.
 

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This really is a great AAR. But the pre-mature colonization of EU III still bothers the hell out of me. I refuse to play it before that changes.
 

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JakopDalunde said:
This really is a great AAR. But the pre-mature colonization of EU III still bothers the hell out of me. I refuse to play it before that changes.

Use Magna Mundi, that should fix the problem ;)
 

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FYROM, I've been reading this AAR as a lurker and enjoying it very much, especially the maps. I think you've inspired me to begin working on an AAR of my own.
 

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Slight delay, as I get my new computer up and running. No problems yet, but its amazing how many programs you have to install after a reformat. I'll finally be able to run EU3 at a reasonable speed, whoo!
 

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I just spent the last two hours reading...FYROM, this AAR is simply excellent. You've a gift for the written word, to say the least. This has inspired me to begin my own Dutch campaign. :p

Looking forward to your next update!

Absolutely amazing.
 

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I too spent a couple of hours this past weekend reading this straight through... this really is quite an excellent AAR. Can't wait for the next update.
 

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Computer's finished, and now everything runs so much smoother. I can't believe I put up with the slowdown before. So, back to writing updates - later today, the Peninsular Campaign, followed by fighting in the Sulu Sea and South Africa, Mexico and Manhattan, and the War of the Bishops.
 

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FYROM said:
Computer's finished, and now everything runs so much smoother. I can't believe I put up with the slowdown before. So, back to writing updates - later today, the Peninsular Campaign, followed by fighting in the Sulu Sea and South Africa, Mexico and Manhattan, and the War of the Bishops.
Great, a faster computer means more updates right ;)
 

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Chapter 32 – The First World War (1671-1674)


The Peninsular Campaign – 1671


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Before the Grand Navy returned to port from the Battle of the North Channel, word arrived in Breda that King João was in dire need of assistance. With the bulk of its forces defending her overseas territories, Portugal retained only a small Home Guard to defend the mainland. The Home Guard lacked the manpower to defend Portugal’s long border with Castille, forcing João to abandon the south and concentrate on protecting the northern city of Oporto. Early on the Castillian army overran much of the Portuguese countryside, slowing down only to besiege the outer ring of fortified towns surrounding the capital of Lisboa. It was only a matter of time before the Castillians broke through and sacked the city.

With the Eastern Atlantic cleared of enemy ships, the Netherlands was free to use its extensive merchant fleet to come to Portugal’s aid. In early summer the Army of Holland was dispatched to the south with fifteen regiments under General Willem van Wesembeke. Hoping to open a second front against the advancing Castillians, van Wesembeke landed his forces at Huelva on June 7, catching the Castillian Army by surprise. With little intelligence on how large an army lay to his south, King Enrique cancelled the assault on Lisboa and withdrew the bulk of his forces back into Castille, leaving armies in Algarve to the south and Galicia to the north to cover the retreat.

The surprise capture of Huelva was a major coup for the Dutch expedition, but it incurred heavy casualties in an unsuccessful attempt to expand the bridgehead towards Sevilla. With the immediate threat to Lisboa lifted, van Wesembeke decided to encamp in Hueva over the summer to await reinforcement. The States-General dispatched an additional 8,000 Bavarian mercenaries to bolster van Wesembeke’s army, while van Wesembeke was able to raise an additional two auxiliary regiments of North African Berbers from Morocco. By early fall the Army of Holland had swelled to almost 20,000 soldiers, and was prepared to resume campaigning. In September the superior Dutch army routed King Enrique’s Ejército de Granada at Faro, relieving the ten month siege of the port. Enrique fled with the remnants of his army, heading northwards with van Wesembeke on his heels. His army was slowly picked apart by the pursuing Dutch, with the survivors drifting back across the border into Castille.

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In the meantime, the situation turned ugly for the Portuguese in the north. After an abortive attempt to capture Galicia, King João’s army was pushed back by a concerted assault from the north and east. Abandoning its artillery and wagon train, the Home Guard retreated into Oporto, which was besieged by the pursuing Castillians. In response, the States-General put the Dutch fleet to work shipping grain to the beleaguered port, allowing the defenders to hold on while another relief expedition could be mounted.

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Osorio surrenders at Bragança

In November General van der Aa’s Army of Flanders finally arrived at Oporto, doubling the size of Dutch forces on the peninsula and driving back the northern Castillian army. The Castillian commander Tomás Osorio decided to withdraw to the border town of Bragança to wait out the winter. Believing that he had lost the Army of Flanders in the rugged Sierra de Gatas, he was unaware that the Army of Holland was marching north towards his position. On November 22 he ran headlong into van Wesembeke’s forces. Trapped between the two Dutch armies, he decided to surrender rather than fight a hopeless battle. Osorio’s surrender left Portugal free to Castillian forces, giving the Dutch expeditionary armies breathing room to prepare for the spring.

Next – Taking the fight into Spain
 
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Great job on saving your allly!
I hope the invasion of Spain goes as well.
 

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Do you ever lose a battle?
 

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Just for reference, what are your game Options set up as? Is it on Very Hard? Are Lucky Nations on or off? That sort of thing.

Keep up the excellent work. Go the Netherlands!
 

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Deamon said:
Do you ever lose a battle?

I lost a good bit at the beginning against Burgundy, but I try to pick my battles. However, I haven't been entirely successful during this war, and I'm sure that landing in England will be a bloodbath.

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Just for reference, what are your game Options set up as? Is it on Very Hard? Are Lucky Nations on or off? That sort of thing.

Keep up the excellent work. Go the Netherlands!

Its on Historical Lucky Nations, and I started with it on Normal until about 1520 or so, and then I switched it to Hard.
 

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Hehe, sounds like the dutch are strategic geniouses. :rofl: