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Fort Survivor*
Belgium 1.3 AAR
1936 Scenario

Act I: The Imminent Situation (January 1st 1936)

We are aware that Germany most likely will crush us by the time they're finished with Poland. This AAR is about survival - if a minor nation can hold long enough until the enemy is beaten.

We only have three and half years time before the invasion. Therefore we start building forts right away.



Fort locations marked in red.

We align towards Allies, then we turn over to intelligence.
Our spies will lower our neutrality, and all other nation's intelligence priority is set to 0 - except Netherlands'. All spies will be sent there to increase their threat, and to allow us to conquer those lands before the invasion.

This AAR is 'secondary', which means the update pace isn't enormously fast. Lots of strategical maps will be included.

*Can also be called "Hopeless defense".
 

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Interesting strategy, will be following this. Oh, and btw how come you build forts at the capital and not at the border with luxemburg for instance?
 

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Interesting strategy, will be following this. Oh, and btw how come you build forts at the capital and not at the border with luxemburg for instance?
I do it so that i can always retreat to my capital. Anyway, only 2 levels are built in the capital, other places get about 4-5. I'll add one to Luxemburg border.
 

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Wouldn't it be easier to just invade luxemburg and build some forts there... only need one instead of two that way.
 

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Wouldn't it be easier to just invade luxemburg and build some forts there... only need one instead of two that way.
My IC is just enough for 1 i noticed. I can't invade Luxemburg until my neutrality is low enough.
 

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A Belgium AAR, how nice. I will be following this. Played Belgium, invading The Netherlands, with the Beta-version. I succeeded gloriously but Germany never attacked. I guess 1.3 will take care of that last problem.

Are you building a stronger army as well, and what sort of troops do you focuss on, infantry and artillery?
 

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A Belgium AAR, how nice. I will be following this. Played Belgium, invading The Netherlands, with the Beta-version. I succeeded gloriously but Germany never attacked. I guess 1.3 will take care of that last problem.

Are you building a stronger army as well, and what sort of troops do you focuss on, infantry and artillery?
I use the same brigade layout as i use in my other AAR (link in my sig), which is 3inf+1art. Works like charm. I also create juggernaut armies, where it's about 2 h.tank, 1 artillery and one engineer.

Hmm, i wonder if my neutrality gets low enough to DoW netherlands before germans...
 
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Act II: Preparations (January 1936 - March 1938)

We started aligning towards allies right away. Hopefully we manage to join them quickly, and no other countries influence us.
The war between Italy and Ethiopia ended in May, resulting in a puppet.
September 1936 brought us the first fort in Eupen.
Whole year 1937 we just built, researched and aligned. Nothing special.
In the start of 1938, we realized that our neutrality is still way too high. When the Anschluss occurred, we managed to join the Allied forces:



March 1938 we would be ready to invade Netherlands, but our neutrality is too high.



So, unfortunately, we can't invade Netherlands. But Belgium will hold.
 
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Not going to be easy.
 

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War is never easy :p

How's your manpower situation as of the moment? Are you going to recall divisions from your colonies to get enough troops for a static defence or will you go for a more dynamic, reinforcive (new word :confused:) strategy?
 

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War is never easy :p

How's your manpower situation as of the moment? Are you going to recall divisions from your colonies to get enough troops for a static defence or will you go for a more dynamic, reinforcive (new word :confused:) strategy?
1-2 divisions in the colonies is not really much worth getting. Most likely i must rely on French expeditionaries, and i can always retreat to France, as my surrender percentage is not high enough for surrender when i'm forced out of Europe.
 

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Act III: Declaration of War (March 1938 - May 1939)

October 1938 Czechoslovakia is annexed. Germany's threat is rising.
During the last days of October, Yugoslavia and Portugal join the Axis. Also Netherlands join the allies. Sinkiang is accepted into the Comitern.
January 1939 Ireland joins the allied forces. Three days later Romania joins the Axis. Looking BAD so far. More members in the Axis means more expeditionary forces to Germany. Poland joined the allies because of the event.
3rd April we decide to mobilize. Only one month and the war starts.

1st May the war is declared. One week later Luxemburg fell.

Situation in Europe as of May 17th.
Eupen has been fighting since the first days of the war. Although we put all of our troops there to defend, we lose.

As Netherlands is close to falling, we decide to put a defensive line, which MUST hold until French troops decide to aid us.



We hope we will survive.
 

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uhh...it looks like the French are staying still and they appear to have almost all their forces on the Maginot line. Ironically, the only way you can succeed is if the Germans reach the French border such that the French redeploy to face them. Either wa I think you're going to lose.
 

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Ouch, very interesting to see for how long you can hold out.