The Dark Lord Kelebek
- Mar 4, 2016
As for type counts for other countries. Can you see the breakup of types? As far as I am aware you can only see estimated total planes for other countries.
You can't but you can make some good guesses based on what they are deploying against you and how fast their advances are/how good their air superiorty is. Close air support and strategy bombers are kings in the air game, with fighters useful for keeping then safe (if you can't replace them or advance quick enough to take out air bases) and naval bombers are cheaper than navies
This war is a mess.
- General TBC, Commanding Officer, 3rd Army
We certainly agree.
The fighting in Peru can be described only as hellish. Thick jungle and snow peaked mountains make any form of vehicle useless, and ambushes are a daily occurrence for those units unfortunate enough to be leading the armies. The quick progress against Colombia and Venezuela is nowhere to be found in Peru, where every shadow hides another enemy ready to throw himself to his doom, bringing as many Americans with him as he can.
I viewed it as America trying to take an especially awful Japanese island or Vietnam only with even fewer advantages and with a far larger war happening elsewhere.
Far from South America, the north of Picardy is nearly a wasteland. After months of endless fighting, the towns and villages are abandoned, the cities destroyed, and the landscape stained with artillery craters.
Here's the other worry. Even if we win, rebuilding the world is going to be enournously expensive and difficult, especially with america shouldering much more of the war effort far sooner, and far closer to home.
As they lose ground on land, the sea and air battle exceed all expectations. The Battle for the Channel is now entirely in Anglo favor. Lotharingia's navy is no more, as are most of the navies of the other Covenant countries.
I'm sure some ambitious admiral or general is demanding we take advantage by opening up a second front along the north coast of Europe somewhere. Quite whether this is a good idea or something that would only get millions of men killed , who can say?
Within a month, the northern line has collapsed, and the Covenant pushes deep into British territory and along the coast.
Not good. Especially with, as we see, Britian does get nearly pushed out entierly. Whether you can all hold the line may prove mute with such morale sapping results like that.
In South America, Operation Mountain Storm begins. This operation is simply a push into Peruvian territory. Instead of trying to encircle and capture enemy troops, as was the policy in Peru since 1940
TBC's policy, which was under the theory that land in Peru is essentially irrelevant as the people can hide anywhere, thus their capture via traps and enforcement is the only way to victory. However, this strategy is poltically unpopular because it doesn't show on a map very well and casulaties are getting higher and higher. So...
General Khaine, in charge of all US forces in South America, believes that Peru will collapse if its capital is taken.
Or rather, he believes he and his staff will probably be fired if he doesn't take it soon. The president is under severe fire on the home front to deliver results and it is becoming very clear to everyone that the south american campaign needs to end as quickly as possible. Thus, a mighty push forwards is ordered.
I imagine some spectacular arguments behind closed doors between TBC, Khaine and Dover would occur. Both General TBC and (resumbaly field marshal/5*general) Khaine are worried about losing their posts but also keenly aware their men are sick both physically and of the war. So a forward push might lead to disaster as much as a capital victory.
As Lotharingia has always had its eye on the NGF, there is no telling how this will affect Covenant-Stali relations.
A second front there would also be a blessing. Not sure if it would happen though.
Even though the Peruvian capital's fall did not mean the fall of Peru, as was predicted, 10 divisions of the enemy, nearly a hundred thousand, are trapped behind our lines. Their capture would be an enormous step towards victory in South America.
"Perhaps there is a God after all.
Somehow, we have been given a grand deliverance. After a frankly awful couple of weeks of marching, disease and death, waiting for either the inevitable call from Dover calling for my resignation (or court martial afrer that last fight with Khaine) or even worse, a mutiny in the ranks, we reached the city.
We shelled it flat. No one slept for three nights for the screams. I doubt any of us will sleep quite the same again.
But it got results, and that was what was demanded of us. We'd all heard stories of back home. The country was begining to lose heart and turn on itself. This war needed to be won. And we could go home.
So we fought. Did terrible things. Khaine got his capital but as I suspected the war did not end. However, the deliverance of 100k encricled men who clearly did not expect us to mount such an insane campaign may well prove the end of the war here.
It's funny. In the end both of us were 'right' in our own way and thus we should both survive this ckuster fuck of a camapign. God...what a mess. What a waste. I actually pity Khaine. He had no idea what was to happen here...I certainly did not.
I do not know how much rest we shall have after this. I advised most strongly for a month of recuperation but with the war in europe being what it is (the public does not know the half of it), I suspect we will get weeks at best. These men don't deserve that."
-General TBC, 3rd army command
With over a year of no progress in Europe, and slow and bloody steps in South America, support for the war in many US towns and cities has dropped. More and more industries are converted to military use, and more and more products become hard to come by. The American people are unhappy.
His military advisers, scared at the prospect of a huge lack of supplies, advises an immediate show of military force to quell the strikes. The President disagrees and goes with the much more measured approach.
Urgent telegrams from Peru about victory there and strong advice from non-insane members of his government make the president see reason and gamble his chances on an end to the war in the americas, some good old fashioned propaganada and bribery solving this problem.
To everyone's surprise, Persia does not fall to Turkestan. On the contrary, they have completely annexed the invading nation, and Persia has doubled in size.
...that's, actually probably not good news.
American media is reporting that the end of the war in Europe is months away.
It's always going to be in the back of people's minds now South America is secure: we could just leave the rest of the world to burn, couldnt we?
Peru capitulates on the 12th of October, and their troops throw down their arms and surrender. Several thousand Lotharingian troops fight on from Peru's defacto capital, Forte do Principe, but they do not last long. A few divisions remain to clean up the mess.
"It is over. We won. And I have never seen such weary cheer on men's faces. Too tired to stand, they slump in victory. All tension and adrenaline keeping us going fades and in its place, our aches return with a vengence. This place is hell. I am glad to be rid of it.
The commander however seems distant and, if possible, in an even worse mood. I hope to God he hasn't been told we ship out elsewhere soon. I shall have to resist the urge to strike him in the face if that happens. We would be throwing our men away for that."
The rest, so tired from a year of horrific fighting, are sent to Iberia. The invasion of Arabia must be planned.
"So we are betrayed. Already the mood has balckened considerably and I wonder for the first time if I am to survive the night amongst my own soldiers. But I do not think they would harm me, and I would try to stop them hurting anyone else. It is not anyone here at fault, but someone else who decided that our reward for conqiering hell is years fighting in a fucking desert.
Yes, we are better suited to it. I can actually use tanks there...myself from three years ago would jump at the chance to rewrite the book on tanker warfare out there. But now...I have always been a soldier and a patriot. And a good example of both. Now?
Fuck Mr Dunaden and his ilk. We will take Arabia. And then we're going to come back and build a far better country than the one we are bleeding for now.
The protests turn into riots in Detroit and Chicago, and several dozen die in clashes.
Breeding ground for communists, Fascists, and people scared of communists and fascists.
Dunaden signs the National Workers' Act on December 20th, 1941, as the strikes reach an alarming level.
Still, there are severe shortages of tanks, artillery, and planes after months of halted production. It will take months to repair the damage done to the war effort.
When the news breaks about actual victorious armies being carted off immediatly to europe with no recuperstion or shore leave, people are going to hit the roof. Especially now censors back off about south america and the press and public find out about the real horrors of what happened down there.
Very good chapter. The world seems to be coming apart at the seams. I wonder if the covenant is suffering as much on their sife of things?