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Enjoying the AAR but please oh please put a table of contents in the first post so it's easier to see if you have updated the ARR
Loving this to death. Subbed.
Hopefully they will fight each other soon. Its already mid 1941, the historical launching date of Barbarossa but Germany has just finished beating the western Allies so it might take a while before these two titans meet in the battlefield. Even so, we are very confident in our current situation in the Far East. Our plans for war against the western powers might have to be undertaken before planned because our country is running out of oil and even though we import a lot of it from the US, Venezuela and the Middle East, our war needs surpass them by a lot, giving us a very worrysome deficit. If things keep on going like this, we might have no choice but to invade the Dutch East Indies at short notice, independently of our situation in Siberia!a very impressive advance... hopefully, within this year the Wehrmacht will knock the front door of the Soviets and you will finally reach a decent defensive line where dig in your army and then start the conquest of Asia and the Pacific islands
Thank you! No worries at allWow, I've read this through and I haven't even subbed to this yet A most impressive campaign against the Soviet Union indeed, it looks like you've managed to secure enough Chinese manpower to weather a war of attrition for at least a few more years, assuming your future campaigns against the Allies don't drain too much more on your manpower. Though with those new carriers at your disposal you should be able to implement a Kantai Kessen against the Allies fairly early on I think
Thanks RTK! I used the Acquire Territory to slowly fabricate my claims over the Russian Far East. I did not want to go after Conquer because Japan is in no position to conquer the USSR from Siberia. I have claimed Russian territory in red equivalent to this map::O Awesome. Game related question though, what CB did you use against the soviets? Acquire territory or just conquer? If it is acquire territory, which territories did you select?
Yes, you are right, the updates are a lot! haha Next time I will spread them out a bit more, perhaps every 6 months. Thanks sebasThat was an absolutely massive update series. I would suggest spreading it out a bit more so people aren't overwhelmed as much But well done, great stuff!
The fighting is fierce and the Soviets don't look like they will break anytime soon. Germany's performance against the western Allies worries me greatly. If that is their level of competence at the moment I am not sure they will even dare to attack the Soviet Union. Especially considering the Soviets have been on wartime economy for years and their forces have build up more combat experience than useual. Even with your army fighting the Soviets I am not sure Germany can pull off a proper attack against the commies. You have a long and bloody war ahead of you.
Thanks nicegil!Great update, really, though I tend to agree with sebas379. May be you should distill a little bit more.
All in one, nothing to complain about. The counter-offensive has been well conducted, with a smart use of airborne units, and the reward is here.
Spreading units like you did, launching simultaneous offensives (Mongolia, Sinkiang, Tibet...) was quite bold.
But what's the point of an offensive on Sinkiang if you can't hold the ground after that ? Why Tibet right now ? Sure you can see the map better than we can but I'm curious to know the strategic goal behind all this.
For my humble part, I'd rather have my troops being able to support each other and I always try to aim at quick offensives. I would have acted rather like this :
Using the forces assigned for Sinkiang to make my way through Mongolia, seizing the capital AND encirling a greater amount of soviet troops while they're still busy fighting in Manchuria.
After having anihilated the Soviets in Manchuria/eastern Mongolia, with all my troops regrouped south of the Lake Baïkal, it's then possible to drive north along the river, making it easier to dislodge the Soviets from their defensive positions, and/or moving SW to Sinkiang.
Again, that's just me. You just prove that your way is working, and working great ! Really love it. Keep going !
The Himalayas are 1 infra provinces throughout, usually two or three thick. The devs made sure the only way to get from beijing to delhi was Afghanistan. Though an airbase in tibet will be useful.Thanks RTK! I used the Acquire Territory to slowly fabricate my claims over the Russian Far East. I did not want to go after Conquer because Japan is in no position to conquer the USSR from Siberia. I have claimed Russian territory in red equivalent to this map:
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Yes, you are right, the updates are a lot! haha Next time I will spread them out a bit more, perhaps every 6 months. Thanks sebas
Also, like you said, the germans are in no position to challenge the USSR right now, whom have about 300+ divisions on their border. For comparison the Soviets had about 80 divisions in the Far East although the number is much lower due to the encirclement I performed in eastern Mongolia. And since the USSR has been riding on a pumped up war economy for almost 3 years now, the germans will have a hard time beating them. I am actually not counting on German help to defeat the USSR. In fact, I don't even plan on defeating the USSR per se. I just want to reach some large rivers in Siberia and set up strong defensive positions, perhaps with fortifications, dug in troops, airfields close to the frontlines and anti-tank forces to contain any possible Soviet attempts at breaking through here. I'm confident I can hold this position if I reach those rivers. Once this is done, I will focus on the western powers, the real prize that we are after. Our Navy is very strong and I feel that the Allies will be a very even match for our forces.
Yes, I will distill a bit more to not overwhelm some readers and possibly make the AAR last longer.
You see, I had a quite capable force heading into Sinkiang but once we captured it, we started running out of supplies (thank you HOI3) and could not push deeper. I had the soldiers just not the bullets. Running out of supplies arbitrarily is not cool, especially when you are counting on your forces to hold the line. It is not fair but then again, I guess a tug of war is sort of realistic and keeps me grounded from defeating the AI easily.
What I recently understood about fighting deep in Asia is that my forces cannot perform wars of movement but rather have to employ an strategy of building up their strength and supplies/org for weeks or months at a time and then perform a big operation until you reach some objectives and then once again you have to rest your forces because if they overextend they will run our of supplies and will be pushed back easily by the enemy.
As for taking the troops of Sinkiang and instead driving them through the underbelly of Mongolia cannot work because the Gobi desert is zero infra and troops cannot pass through it. I had no choice but to take Sinkiang if I wanted to swing through western Mongolia. Plus, I needed to open another axis of attack against the Soviets to take some pressure off my northern troops and Sinkiang/west Mongolia was the only door open.
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But still, you had a great idea. I could have swinged through western Mongolia and perhaps connected with Lake Baikal to trap even more Soviet troops but since my supply situation is horrible, many troops live on the day and cannot perform long marches before they run out of supplies. This is why I didn't want to risk my chances on a grand encirclement. The armies would have probably stalled before completing the encirclement. I played it safe and it worked out. I destroyed an entire Field Army. The distances in Asia are HUGE and they limit my ability to conduct grand scale operations (my favourite doctrine btw) so I have to make do with the options available at hand. War in this area of the world is all about timed operations: resting, amassing supplies and then attacking to reach an objective. Repeat cycle.
As for why I invaded Tibet? Well pretty much to take hold of their central reserves since my country is running at a deficit and we needed those resources badly to keep on buying oil and feeding our war machine. My national economy at this point is under huge stress because of the inmense naval rearmament and the war in Russia that it is only sustainable at this point because it has become a Raubwirtschaft or Plunder economy.
Not to mention, that Tibet will serve as a future launching pad for invasion into India through the Himalaya mountains, epic! This will make Hannibal's crossing of the Alps look like child's work
This is true but there is a single one province thick, low infra road through Tibet into Nepal and Bhutan and then into India. But to be honest, I have to build just one infrastructure improvement in Tibet to be able to unlock this Himalayan pass, probably the Gangtok pass between Lhasa and SikkimThe Himalayas are 1 infra provinces throughout, usually two or three thick. The devs made sure the only way to get from beijing to delhi was Afghanistan. Though an airbase in tibet will be useful.
What?! Are you serious? What files will you edit to fix that? It would suck to lose all my progress just because the nazis (who are not even my team) make peace with the USSR.!!Be careful!! I've just played a similar game as Japan, but i've stumbled upon a feature (read: bug) where, if you are at war with the Soviets as Japan and the Germans enforce their Drang Nach Osten, and you are NOT in the axis, you will STILL get peaced out with the Soviets, get enforced a truce and ONLY get the Vladivostok area (Khabarovsk region), because that's hardcoded in the Soviet ''Bitter peace" event/decision.
I've edited that to exclude the Japanese from it, but will test if that fixes it tomorrow (i.e. today, after i've got some sleep).