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Thanks, everybody, for your continued attention!

I've been focused on trying to finish a book, and it's taking quite some time. So maybe next week I'll be back to do another update.

Renss
 

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Good luck on the book -- I know how hard it can be (or at least, kind of, since I'm working on my dissertation :D). Best of luck to you!
 

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Frist of all hi and I love what yuo did with Portugal,(I once even got close to emulating what yuo did so far) and secondly I´m here to manifestate my suport on this AAR for two resons frist i´m portuguese and second this AAR was wath drived me in to buing hearts of iron 3 in the frist place and last but not lest forgive my bad english.
 

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Frist of all hi and I love what yuo did with Portugal,(I once even got close to emulating what yuo did so far) and secondly I´m here to manifestate my suport on this AAR for two resons frist i´m portuguese and second this AAR was wath drived me in to buing hearts of iron 3 in the frist place and last but not lest forgive my bad english.

First off, now you see why Paradox loves people like Rensslaer: they help sell more games. :)

Second, no worries about your English: as the old comment goes, your English is far better than our Portuguese (well, except for the other posters from Portugal, of course). :)

Welcome aboard. Now you'll just have to join the rest of us and wait patiently until Renss has a chance to update. ;)
 

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I first found this AAR months ago(if not a year ago!) and i just caught back up in the past couple days.

i am still amazed at your balancing act. "robbing john to pay paul"?(something like that) :D

i do have a couple questions and comments though.

i do have HOI3(but my video card can't play it), have you had any problems with revolts? have you had any revolts? or is there a lack of revolts in colonial territory like the east indies and africa. (if that is the case, it may be different in australia. :eek:)

first cav, then a LC, then HC, then AC, and now a mot inf! I see a trend here, and it seems like portugal will be sporting battleships, carriers, and tanks in no time!!!! the germans will license jets from you. ;)

also, who needs to raid N ireland for supplies when you are supplied from air? and who needs to "liberate" goa when you can liberate ALL of Eurasia?!?!?!

ALL OF EURASIA IS RIGHTFULLY PORTUGESE!!!! (please excuse the caps ;))



*new Objective*-Annex Eurasia
 

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It is too bad that right now is during the school year as i feel tempted to read you 5000 page AAR(jeeze!).
 

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Great read, really enjoyed it. Hope you can continue at some point though if this is it, it was still a great AAR. Reaffirms my plan to play as a minor, Canada maybe, or the Aussies.

Maybe I got this wrong, but aren't you selling fuel, not oil, to Germany? If you're running short of refining capacity, cancelling one deal and replacing the $ lost with oil sales or even Supplies might work. Just thought I'd mention it since, for me, the screenshot showing Fuel sales is pretty recent :D
 

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I need to do regular feedback soon but thought I'd mention while I'm at it that yes, I do go on from here - it's actually a complete campaign now - and yes I do intend to finish the AAR, just have to wait until I have time.

Thanks for your continued interest!

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wowie zowie baby,

I'm pretty amazed at how far you've come since the days of scrambling for hanoi and saigon, last year. Missed most of the updates during spring, but I'm back on track now. Well done!
 

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Apologies for being away from this for so long... Like about 6 months or so. Still working on the book, but starting to wander back in occasionally. Update perhaps relatively soon. We'll have to see.

This installment shows Portugal as a little 'fish' swimming in very big waters. You deserve kudos for all of your hard work to date, but it does feel as if you are on the edge of a razor and about to experience its bad side.

Glad you're picking up the same feeling I am! :D It's rather exhilerating for the player! :)

you may still be a small fish ... but look how far your IC has come from the early days .. I mean 67 is pretty impressive

at least this time with Gib its unlikely the RN will intervene to upset your assault so you can always break off, regain org and start again later

My strategy from the beginning was to pluck at the low-hanging fruit that would provide IC to build upon. It's worked out great for Portugal, as this is one country that had a "worldwide colonial" status to rival the Brits. Just not the kind of military holding power they had. Distraction has become my most powerful ally!

I'll look forward to providing the update on what happens with Gibraltar. To be honest, I don't remember myself! :unsure:

I like fishes ^^

Go Renss !!!

Thanks! :D

Well things seem to be moving along nicely ^_^

Have you thought of invading the holy land? For a very catholic country like Portugal was at that time, it wouldn't be too unexpected :p

Thanks! The Holy Land is possible, I think, but not by sea. If I can make it into the Persian Gulf or Suez and move overland from there you may see it.

Btw I enjoyed your OT post. I would have come to your defense, except whenever I post on a political topic in OT I feel like a guy in a 3-piece suit who’s just thrown himself into a mosh pit in a bad part of London. The abuse isn’t worth it, nobody will listen, and it just turns into an immature slugfest. :)

australia frowns upon a portugese invasion...

naa but seriously look up the australian states n such it will help your classification of occupied territorys. also it would help to look to the fact that the australian infantry are considered the best in the world (even by other armys) so saying that australia is a cake walk is not giving this story its true potential

Welcome, AussiePride! You know, you’re right – I need to pull up a map. I should know Australia better than I do, since I’ve been networking with folks there recently (political stuff). Lots more Australia to come! Stick around. ;)

After your last post I begin to wonder whether you have you finally reached the tipping point of your Portuguese Empire. Your coastal defences in Lisbon may be needed.

Australia will surely be a great test.

I’ve been out on a long, thin limb for quite some time. If the Royal Army shows up on my shore, I have some contingency plans at home, but there are limits to how far they can carry me. Will I be able to adjust my worldwide strategy in order to react? That’s quite the question, isn’t it?! :D

Canada challenges that statement, but in the spirit of Commonwealth cooperation, I'll say that we're best when we work together.

Maybe we'll get to see whether Australia or Canada do better... :D

Two heavy cruisers!? Simultaneous military actions against mainlaind Austrial and Gibraltar!? My, how Portugal has risen through the ranks! I'm impressed. Either I had missed your invasion of Australia, or I had forgotten about it (other things have occupied my time lately ;)), but it's a bold gamble. How many divisions did you land?

PS: As far as the battlecruiser development goes, wouldn't it make far more sense to license that design from the Germans as well? Or perhaps from the Italians? Theirs should be far more advanced than your first stab at it. <Pictures a Portuguese Invincible-style ship from WWI - and remembers how she fared during Jutland>

You're probably right about the BC designs. But Portugal needs its own capabilities, too. Yes, Australia has become quite the theatre -- I'm sending as many divisions as I can there, and it's turned into our primary theatre.

Interesting to see that you try to conquer Gibraltar again. It is a little strange that you have allowed for the enemy to keep hold of a strongpoint like that just next to your home land, but then again Gibraltar is a strong position so you really need a strong force to capture it. It seems like the fight will be very hard this time as well, and I am not sure that you will be able to win this battle, although you have stronger forces the British have a stronger position and that is very important as well…

Looking forward to see how this battle turns out :)

Gibraltar has just been that odd bird that I try periodically to attack, learning each time that it's tougher than it looks. Obviously, if I had more resources, I could overwhelm them, but it keeps defeating my catch-as-catch-can forces.

Take your time. :)

Thanks! I'm yearning to be back, and so I've been looking at opportunities to update when I can. I did update Kriegsgefahr last week or so, and have been looking at this one to update soon.

Good luck on the book -- I know how hard it can be (or at least, kind of, since I'm working on my dissertation :D). Best of luck to you!

Thanks! Yes, dissertation is something like the book. Maybe fewer pages -- maybe -- but alot more research I suspect. Good luck to you also. What's your diss on?

Haven't been on the forums for a while and it's good to see Portugal still growing strong. Good work sir!

Great to see you, Floris! Thanks!

Frist of all hi and I love what yuo did with Portugal,(I once even got close to emulating what yuo did so far) and secondly I´m here to manifestate my suport on this AAR for two resons frist i´m portuguese and second this AAR was wath drived me in to buing hearts of iron 3 in the frist place and last but not lest forgive my bad english.

Welcome, Duarte! I'm excited to hear I helped you decide to get HOI 3 -- I'm glad you're enjoying it! I appreciate your kind words! Can you do an AAR on your game? Would be interesting to see an alternate version of this.

I first found this AAR months ago(if not a year ago!) and i just caught back up in the past couple days.

i am still amazed at your balancing act. "robbing john to pay paul"?(something like that) :D

first cav, then a LC, then HC, then AC, and now a mot inf! I see a trend here, and it seems like portugal will be sporting battleships, carriers, and tanks in no time!!!! the germans will license jets from you. ;)

also, who needs to raid N ireland for supplies when you are supplied from air? and who needs to "liberate" goa when you can liberate ALL of Eurasia?!?!?!

ALL OF EURASIA IS RIGHTFULLY PORTUGESE!!!! (please excuse the caps ;))

*new Objective*-Annex Eurasia

It is too bad that right now is during the school year as i feel tempted to read you 5000 page AAR(jeeze!).

Welcome, Skylar! Thanks for your kind words! Yes, that's an odd irony -- I've conquered much of the colonial world, but I still have no ability to re-take my old colony at Goa. lol Oh well. Maybe I'll get there eventually.

Btw, if you'd like to read my Fire Warms the Northern Lands AAR, I'd be honored (I assume that's the "5,000 page" AAR you're referring to... with some exaggeration :D). It doesn't get much exposure these days, buried as it is in the old V1 forum, but it's still my proudest achievement, and if anybody likes the fictional narratives I've had in Imperio Novo, Fire Warms has alot more of them, in higher proportion with the rest of the AAR.

Wow. I've been away a while. Just caught up. Awesome that you have progressed so far!

Thanks, Jemisi! Glad you're caught up. Alot of exciting news, lately, and more to come!

Great read, really enjoyed it. Hope you can continue at some point though if this is it, it was still a great AAR. Reaffirms my plan to play as a minor, Canada maybe, or the Aussies.

Maybe I got this wrong, but aren't you selling fuel, not oil, to Germany? If you're running short of refining capacity, cancelling one deal and replacing the $ lost with oil sales or even Supplies might work. Just thought I'd mention it since, for me, the screenshot showing Fuel sales is pretty recent :D

Thanks, Innocent! Welcome! Umm.... It's been 7 months since I've paid alot of attention to this, so I can't remember everything. But I'm reasonably sure I'm selling Fuel, not Oil, to Germany. I think that's because I want my Oil stockpiles high, as a reserve for the future (this isn't an HPP-mod game, so I don't get penalized for stockpiles). On the other hand, any refining capacity I do have producing Fuel does me little good, as I don't have alot of units that use alot of fuel. So my benefit from selling off the Fuel is to get money, while meanwhile hoping it might do Germany some good, as I don't think they have access to alot of Oil/Fuel supplies.

wowie zowie baby,

I'm pretty amazed at how far you've come since the days of scrambling for hanoi and saigon, last year. Missed most of the updates during spring, but I'm back on track now. Well done!

Excellent! Great to hear you're caught up. Thank you.

Anytime you are ready. Looking forward to the contributions.

Great! Thanks, Vitalix! I can't remember, I'm sorry, whether you've posted in this AAR before, so Welcome! But please forgive me if I've welcomed you before.

Eagerly await your return :)

Thanks, MastahCheef! Oh, btw, I noticed your Austria-Hungary AAR the other day, and began poking through it. I don't have much more time to read than I do to update, but it looks interesting! I've always wanted to do an A-H game in WW II. Are you familiar with TheYogi's narrative The Eagle and the Lion? An excellent fiction work in a modded HOI 2 with A-H in alliance with Germany. One of his main characters, as I recall, was a young Kurt Waldheim.

I'll be waiting 'till the sky falls down.

Thanks! :) Hoping to get this running again soon.

In fact, I ALMOST wasted a bunch of time. I can't remember alot about what was going on 7 months ago when I last updated this, and I was surprised to see screenshots already prepared and laid out, in my master AAR text copy, for an update. I figured all I have to do is put "flesh on the bones" and it'll be a new AAR update without alot of new work. What I realized just before diving into the project was that these screenshots were the ones I used in my LAST update, 7 months ago. I would have re-done the work. So no easy or quick answers just yet. I'll get this soon, though.

A reminder to those who might not know, I did update Kriegsgefahr a couple of weeks ago, showing the German southern front in Poland against the Soviets. So if you want something to read meantime, that's an option! :)

Thanks again for your continued interest. I'll be with you shortly.

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Great news.

Can't wait for more

Thanks, Soulstrider! I appreciate it.

Excellent AAR :)

Inspiring read!

Thanks, LokalHero! Welcome!

I do intend to continue this, relatively soon, as I mentioned in my last feedback. But I manage to keep getting busy IRL so it's not this week. Got proposals and a number of other things I need to do first (my book, too, of course, but it's taking forever, so why not another month?). But I made an update in Kriegsgefahr in February, and I want to get this one up to speed again, my Italian Locarno AAR, and I'm even thinking about resurrecting my EU Rome Roman Civil War AAR. Hope to update one or more this month.

While I'm here I want to mention a very big thing that's going on in HOI 3 AARLand -- the Iron HeAARt Award for best completed AAR in 2011 (obviously, I'm not competing, since none of my recent AARs are complete! :D ). But there are some great AARs by very talented people in the running. You're probably familiar with some of them, but if you're not you need to be. Quality stuff! Every one of the 5 competing AARs is of top quality. I have my opinions on what's "best" (vs. "most popular"), but make your own decisions and please vote in May!

Thanks - see you all soon.

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In honour of this AAR’s hitting the 200,000 view mark (nearly 30,000 views since the last update), I’m posting a new update! :D

Great thanks are in order for my readers attentiveness to this long and stretched-out AAR. I do very much appreciate it. Obviously, I couldn’t have reached 200,000 views without you.

And before I go on, I want to remind you to vote in the Iron HeAARt Award contest for best completed AAR in 2011 (no, I have no AARs in the running, but those that are there are some of the best!).

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This will mostly cover the period of July to August, 1942. Things, as you may recall, had gotten quite complicated in the last couple of updates, with action going on in the Caribbean, Australia, New Guinea, Somalia, Kuwait, Egypt, and finally an invasion of Gibraltar.

This update wraps up a couple of those theatres, making things easier to keep track of from here on out. I’m not saying they arrived at favorable conclusions, however….

For instance, just for starters, we had been attempting to beat the Italians into Alexandria, so we would own that port and base of prime importance. We figured that if either ourselves or the Italians tried to take the city (the Italians didn’t even bother trying until we attacked), we would become quickly exhausted and the city would remain in British hands. But we actually managed to collaborate somewhat, and the Italians did, in fact, participate some in this attack.

However, part of our attack was unfortunately crossing over the Nile, which is bad management, and then the Brits brought in some medium bombers. To really top off a “perfect storm” of bad setup, we were also having intermittent issues with supply up and down the Rift/Nile Valley, as we had to draw our supply from Kenya, basically. There were enough units up and down that corridor, holding isolated pockets of British divisions, that Alexandria happened to be on the far end of the supply chain, and wasn’t always in reliable supply.

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By the 13th of July, our vaunted 1st Armored Car Brigade had fallen out of supply, obviously wasn’t doing that well, and we decided to stop the whole attack, to try again another day. That wasn’t the end of it, however, because the British air attacks upon our unsupplied units (which means they weren’t recovering strength or organization) continued. The 1st AC actually broke! They shattered! The remnants of the organization were reconstituted in Lisbon, but they would never be quite the same veteran unit they had been. What a disaster! What else could go wrong?

The Canadians continued to give me problems in the Bahamas. Their strategy – certainly not a bad one (I might even accuse them of using my own tactics against me!) – was to wear my forces down through continued attacks. They withdraw once their strength is sapped, but come back after they’ve rested to wear me down some more (presumably using more fresh units).

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But I’ve grown accustomed to these sorts of attacks, and have contingency plans in place. Fortunately, I had dispatched a newly launched flotilla of transports, with their destroyer escorts, and they arrived in the Caribbean about this time. They stopped off at Jamaica, grabbed the garrison unit which had been resting there (which I think had started off in the Bahamas, and was on their rest cycle), and brought them to replace the beleaguered 4th Cavalry (which returned to guard Kingston, Jamaica).

Furthermore, by the end of August, it appears that our improved naval situation in the Bahamas enabled us to sink the Canadian destroyers that had been protecting their transports. This eased our security situation appreciably.

Meanwhile, we have to perform a similar cyclical switcheroo in the East Indies, when Dutch and native partisans rise up against our Headquarters establishment in Batavia!

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On the 15th of July, they took to the streets and our whole East Asian headquarters unit, generals and all, had to flee for their lives, their guards shooting wildly. They moved to a position to the south of the capital and waited there for a week or so, while reinforcements were brought in from Singapore. The initial landings against the Dutch were unsuccessful, and they were forced to link up with the HQ detachment in the mountains. By early August, they were back in control of Batavia.

Now, hold onto your hats – we’re going to wade into a couple of long months of story about Gibraltar.

We had invaded at the beginning of July, 1942. Suffice it to say what seemed like a relatively easy task, to dislodge a single brigade of defenders, proved harder than it might seem. In a replay of the Canadian invasion of the Bahamas, we exhausted ourselves on the first attack, and returned home to swap out forces, replacing them with infantry.

The attack seemed to be progressing fine, though the results were not quite what we had hoped for the time invested. We were constantly concerned that a British Royal Navy task force might pop out of the mists and destroy us. Not that that concern was a new one for the Portuguese Navy in this war!

What surprised us is the number of unescorted transports that kept flowing by, and we sunk several – perhaps as many as 5-7 flotillas over a couple of months’ time.

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I’m going to be charitable and give the Naval AI some credit (this is an older version of AI, which I’m sure has improved quite a bit in recent years' patches) and assume that these transports were short on fuel and were expecting to refuel in Gibraltar after being chased through the Med by the Italian fleet. Sure – anything’s possible! :)

Every once in a while a destroyer flotilla came through along with them, but they were not of sufficient strength to challenge our invasion. Then came the real challenge…. The one we’d been waiting for.

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On the 12th of August (took them a while, at least!), a split force of three battleships and a heavy cruiser attacked our naval formations off the coast of Spain. Our own heavy cruisers tried to protect the transports as they hastily broke off the invasion and moved away to protect themselves. Our new cruiser Figueira da Foz sacrificed herself to protect the convoy, taking the HMS Northumberland with her. The Vila Nova de Gaia wasn’t in much better shape after finally, mercifully, breaking contact. They quickly made for home.

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Then, incredibly, the other “worst case scenario” hits us! British carrier planes attack Lisbon! We had just launched the 2nd Submarine Subron, but if the British had a fleet out there to protect their carrier(s?), there wasn’t much she could do. She left port, heading south, where she was able to successfully sink more of these multiplicitous British transports that were for some reason congregating around the Straits of Gibraltar.

Then it finally occurred to us why there might be transports congregating where the British carriers were, just off the Portuguese coast....

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Our license-built Me-109s fought off the British carrier planes, as best they could. They made a second attack, too. After they left, we waited….

And we waited….

And nothing else happened. Apparently they were just testing our strength. Perhaps their planes had scouted enough of Lisbon and the surrounding area to notice that we were reasonably well defended, and it wouldn’t just be a knockover like Gibraltar (which, obviously, had proved not to be such a knockover). They thought better of an invasion, and they departed the region.

With the invasion of Gibraltar off, we felt the best employment for our new submarines was to join our light cruiser Matosinhos in anti-commerce-raider operations off the Cape of Good Hope. We were losing a tremendous amount of convoy tonnage to these enemy cruisers. If we could take them out, we might have some hope of being able to keep our troops supplied, or even to be able to use our precious production capacity for something other than replacing losses of convoy shipping.

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After a few weeks of cat and mouse with our cruiser and submarines, we were able to deliver enough damage to a rampaging British submarine flotilla that they gave off, and our convoy losses slackened somewhat. Our ships continued to search for another British cruiser we knew was out there, but finding these raiders on our overstretched shipping lanes was quite a task in itself.

Around this time, the situation in Egypt resolved itself…. unfavorably, for us.

Without the 1st AC Brigade, and having continued supply problems, there wasn’t much we could do to dislodge the British at Alexandria. We had weakened them, but we were weak ourselves. Reinforcements could not make the run north from Sudan, as they were also beset with the same supply problems. We were stuck.

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It was in the midst of this malaise that the Italians struck, finally forcing themselves into the city, and seizing the port for themselves. How insulting! They couldn’t have done it without us, and they had been mostly silent and immobile during the whole war. What a cheat, we thought!

But it wasn’t the only place where the Italians were on the move. After conquering Turkey, and installing a puppet regime there, the Italians followed up by invading and securing British Cyprus.

After all this tragedy, you need some comic relief. Here’s a shot of one of the few independent countries in all of Europe – the well-guarded Grand Duchy of Luxembourg!

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One wonders what secrets they are hiding there to deserve to tie up so many German divisions. lol

Of course, you are certainly wondering what has become of our invasion of Australia. Disaster there, too?

You may remember our troops hit Perth, and the surrounding coastlines, in March. Since then, these forces have been expanding the perimeter into the vast distances of surrounding flatlands of Western Australia.

Many miles into the interior, around Rawlinna, Portuguese and Australian forces finally met.

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The 29th Infantry was advancing along the coast, to the south of Rawlinna, and had a brief skirmish with the frontal units of an advancing Australian infantry brigade. But the Aussies quickly backed off, knowing they were outnumbered, and Gen. Rodrigues decided to take advantage of his position of strength by turning the flank of the Australians to the north in Rawlinna.

A lot going on still. I would be hard pressed to call our setbacks permanent – we still control vast amounts of territory, and even seaspace. But our condition forces us to remember that we are, in fact, a relatively small power, and we have quite overreached ourselves. Indeed.

Until next time!