Keeper of the Converters
- Feb 27, 2009
A all the way. The Teutonic order was bothering no one.
General TBC, flush with sucess from the chinease front but also irritated that the job was left unfinished, was publically broadly in favour of intervention whenever asked by the press. However, in private, the miltiary was split upon the issue and so was Congress. A war in Europe, even a war of defence against unjust aggressors, would always be poltically divisive and potentially extremely unpopular with voters. It would also mean commiting to Europe until the current crisis was over, which could take a decade of dedicated effort and commitment, as well as millions of dollars and thousands of american lives. As a leading member of the alliance, America would also be seen as speaking for it as a whole.
All this meant that when TBC did make it to Washington (after a week of acolades and parades and such elsewhere), he found the whole place to be both working furiously to remain uncommitted whilst also desperstly trting to find something to commit to.
It was business as usual.
Unfortunatly, the general had first hand experienced the speed of modern war. They didn't have weeks to decide. They potentially had hours. And to decide whether the fascists would control the entire western Mediterranean sea by the end of the month or whether the US starts a new world war...what a choice.
In his heart of hearts, it was probably the right thing to do to declare war. However, there was no way the poltical argument and the armed forces would be ready in time for it to make a difference. America would be declaring war but it would then be expecting her european allies to do the fighting for at least the first few weeks. A tough sell at the best of times.
He could always 'volunteer' himself and his veteran tanker corps to see what they could achieve alone... Of course, that would leave the US with no experienced tank commanders or crews (and few tanks) of her own. It would also mean knowingly sending himself and his men to either their deaths or years of imprisonment in enemy camps.
In the end, he was a soldier first so he would do whatever his nation required of him. He just hoped they were both speedy and wise in their choosing.
What you forget is that the US is not an isolationist country, as in our timeline. The American people have an exceptionally high support for war (the savages!), and the troops are not half bad either.
Oh, and the capital is Dover! I think I might have said Washington was the capital in an earlier chapter, or perhaps the last AAR, but since EU4, the capita
Just as the US declares war, Peru joins the Covenant and, a few hours later, Colombia does as well. This war is no longer centered around Europe, the US has enemies to the south. Not even 24 hours after, Andalusia joins too.
1st and 2nd armies of the Atlantic Forces are sent to Ireland to prepare to aid the Teutons. The former expeditionary forces in Asia are reformed as 3rd Army, and it is sent with the newly formed 4th Army to prepare for the invasion of South America in Panama.
Not even a week after the war began, Venezuela declares itself aligned with the Covenant of Steal. Now the US is at war with 3 nations to the south.
The push in Iberia is so furious, that the Teutonic capital of Perpignan falls by July. 2nd Army lands in Bilbao, the new capital, on the 9th and are sent to stop the Covenant push into Iberia.
Since May, the Lotharingian Navy has been reduced to 9 ships, while its European allies' navies total 20 ships.
It does not last long, and the Fourth Reich falls quickly before the NGF forces.
In Iberia, the situation stabilizes as the US troops arrive on the front. Several Teutonic divisions are cut off and encircled, and a plan is drawn up to push the front back in order to rescue them. It is put in place in late July.
In South America, the invasion begins. The first phase is a small push in Colombia to expand the front. 3rd and 4th armies carry out the plan.
Bogota proves to be a tough nut to crack, and several weeks of combat stop the American troops in their tracks.
As October begins, Bogota falls, and the situation looks good in South America. Colombia barely hangs on as several marine divisions land in Ecuador.
Colombia capitulates in December, as the last of its government flees to Peru.
The combat was more intense than anticipated, and thousands of refugees flee from the fallen nation, seeking shelter in Central America. The Anglo troops prepare for the invasions of Venezuela and Peru.
I'm sure they'd reconsider once they start making money off the war. War creates a large demand for weapons and materiel.I think in-universe that however gungho the public are, the middle classes wouldn't be too thrilled about a war overseas though in this case it could be easily aold by the war hawks and other people who wabt war as a pure war of defence for a fellow Christian nation purely in europe against the evils of fasicm. And I said the army inuniverse wasn't ready because an army that size will never be ready for major deployment overseas. That being said, I do think there would be enough power and popularity for a declaration of war but any bad results would probably mean war exhaustion fairly quickly. Of course, the good general would quite like to show the Hun what for!
I'm sure they'd reconsider once they start making money off the war. War creates a large demand for weapons and materiel.
Long wars don't necessarily become a problem if media coverage is handled correctly (not outright censorship, but rather focusing on favorable stories and downplaying others). Bombing of the home turf would be almost impossible due to the US's natural defenses. General apathy can be kept at bay again by controlled media coverage and PR campaigns. If an ally commits appalling atrocities, the government can again control the media coverage to keep attention on it low at best. Now, what could turn the public against the war is if the casualty rate gets really high while not much progress appears to be made.True but only true if the manpower and resources lost fighting the war arent missed. And your countru isnt, you kniw, invaded or something. The US is a natural fortress and a nearly impossible beast to invade or damage in appreciable ways, espexially now the naval war might well be over but there are still things thst would nake the piblic pissed off. Stupid long wars, bloodbaths, scary bombing of home turf and general apathy are all the usual suspects but who knows what might end up happening? If an ally ends up doing something unspeakabke, then that might well taint the war effort too.
This is to say that whilst it is unlikely that the US will lose war support or suffer disaster, Allies on the other hand, may well do. Especially on the contient itself.
That was one heck of a naval battle. Too bad the Teutonic army could be saved. Nice update.
That was weird. Moving on.
The war effort is going well in the Americas, but Europe's not going as well. Too bad that Fourth Reich movement didn't gain more traction, that could have led to a three-way war.
Casualties in this war are worse than anything before imagined.
the US 100 thousand.
The UBP brings with it a large army of 88 divisions, over 3000 planes, and 88 ships. Picardy brings 49 divisions, about 1000 planes, and 17 ships. But Picardy will not last long unless help can get to them. Bordeaux is finally taken a few days into 1941.
In world news, Turkestan invades Persia. It seems the Persian dream of an empire of old is doomed to die.
An unusually warm winter allows good progress to be made in Iberia, and soon the American lines are just miles from Picardy. The lines connect on the 17th of January. Picardy will not fall just yet.
Or so they thought. Mid February sees a renewed enemy offensive, and Picardy dissolves. Rising Eagle grinds to a stop as dozens of Covenant divisions arrive.
In South America, Venezuela is down to two provinces, completely surrounded by American and Haitian troops. American troops have also penetrated fairly far into Peru, but fierce mountain and jungle combat have made it slow and deadly work.
Suddenly, British and Picardian troops break through Covenant lines. Apparently, a small stretch of the front was left lightly guarded by Lotharingia, and Picardy and Britain took advantage. Now, Anglo troops flood into Germany, largely unopposed. They reach within miles of the capital of Luxembourg.
Venezuela falls in mid March as their capital is captured. 9 Peruvian divisions are trapped in the shattered remains of Venezuela, and the US troops close in.
On March 23rd, Delhi invades the last of independent India: Carnatic. The world will see the first united India in World history before too long.
The pocket is created in April, and over a hundred thousand Lotharingian troops are trapped. The Anglo troops close the ranks to capture the enemy.
By this time, Picardy and Britain have been expelled from Lotharingia's land and far from Luxembourg.
At long last, Japan is ousted from mainland Asia. It took many years, but Japan is now confined to its islands.
A year after the war began, the war in Europe has become static. Both sides throw attack after attack at their enemy, yet the progress remains null. In Peru, it is rough, dirty work. Many troops are sick with Dengue Fever and malaria in the jungles.
The death toll reaches 3 million, with about the same amount injured, not including civilian casualties.
In America, support for the war, high at the beginning, dwindles as reports of the death and destruction make their way to the cities and small towns. As young men continue to die, never to return to their families, people stop seeing any point in this war.
Arabia invaded for Al Rif, and they captured it.
Yet the Covenant of Steel and the Anglo Alliance continue the war. It is just unhappy muttering. For now.
How goes the nuclear program? Has any country come close yet to building a bomb?
The US is not producing Strats? What are the the air totals by types for each side?
The was is getting messy.
Hmm...thst sounds ominous.
Could be better, could be worse. Something has to be done to end the stalemate in Europe.
How goes the nuclear program? Has any country come close yet to building a bomb?
It's very hard to do in HOI4 before 1946 due to massive tech penalties. Only the US could do it before then, and only if they decided to concentrste a ridiculous amount of time and resources to it.
In universe...it depends where the centre of modern Physcis is. Presumably its either amercia, england or somewhere in the covenant though so the war might turn very nasty indeed.