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Nice to see that the war in Africa finally seeing some success, Vichy is really no match for the US Army. Is Vichy France actually a member of the Axis at this point?
 

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Nice to see that the war in Africa finally seeing some success, Vichy is really no match for the US Army. Is Vichy France actually a member of the Axis at this point?
I believe they are have Axis troops camping out in their territory, I would say they are a member at the moment. A nation you declare war on also almost always joins an alliance you are also at war with in my experience
 

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I believe they are have Axis troops camping out in their territory, I would say they are a member at the moment. A nation you declare war on also almost always joins an alliance you are also at war with in my experience
Good, I was worried things would be a bit too easy if Vichy was left on its own. Its allies don't appear to be doing much to help it though...
 

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It looks like you may have found a theatre open to easy gains. I hope it remains this way for some time!
 

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Good news is in Africa, you can finally eventually annex Portugal.
 

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Good, I was worried things would be a bit too easy if Vichy was left on its own. Its allies don't appear to be doing much to help it though...
Germany has no stake in Africa as it has not a single German province in it. Spain and Italy are the only other nations with African claims. Spain is busy trying to defend Spain itself so little can be sent and Italy is dragging their heels apparently.

Does Vichy have her VPs spread out all over the place?
No, however, It will likely be a while before I can annex Vichy France's French provinces so I would have to wait to annex them. Most of the VP provinces in Vichy Africa are along the coast and the reason for the dispersion of troops will become apparent in the next few updates.

It looks like you may have found a theatre open to easy gains. I hope it remains this way for some time!
I hope it does as well

Good news is in Africa, you can finally eventually annex Portugal.
Portugal actually has a VP province in Macao, so until I take that, they will continue to haunt me.
 

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Ah, sorry to hear that then.
 

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American men soon arrived in Geryvile and began an advance toward Taoudenni in the south, Fort Laperri in the Southeast, and El-Oued in the East.

Soon after this, Marshal managed to force some Spanish defenders out of Tambacounda. Once this territory was taken, they would be able to link up with the American held territory of Bissao.

Eagles also soon managed to seize Fort-Gouraud. Upon seizing it, he split his force in two.

One half would attack Nioro du Sahel and the other half would take Segou.

Soon after this, political developments soon took centerstage. A debate had been raging about what to do with Africa almost since the first American troops landed in Africa. The debate was over what to do with Africa. Africa had only two independent states at the beginning of the war and therefore there was no obvious answer to this question like their was in Europe. The debate was between three different sides. The first side argued for the return of the colonies to the colonial masters. The second argued for the independence for the continent that had for so long suffered under the boot of European colonizers. By far the most radical were those who argued for the Americans to assume control of the continent, something completely beyond the capabilities of the Americans to do. Truman finally settled this debate in the Congress. He announced that the Americans would give independence to the Africans. While he couched this decision in humanitarian and democratic rhetoric, it actually had nothing to do with the Africans themselves. The utter collapse of the colonial powers to the Axis in Africa after the fall of The Suez canal had convinced him that Africa was too massive and underdeveloped to be adequately defended by a Colonial empire that would inevitably attach it a low priority for these very reasons. He therefore believed that a network of independent states that were all allied with each other and under the protection of the United States was the best way to ensure security and stability in Africa. He even toyed with the idea of a unified Africa after the war ended, but for now, he decided to liberate the nations piecemeal. The first nation to be liberated was the nation of Morocco.

Soon after this, Clark, who had seized Blida, was ordered to advance on and seize the Kasserine Pass.

Shortly after Bradley ordered his men to advance to Tabarka.

Bradley also ordered the Liberian army, which had been mostly ideal in this war, to seize Freetown in support of Marshal's advance. They were able to force the Axis troops, curiously including a unit of Japanese, out of the region.

Back in the Pacific, General Larkin, who was escorting 4 divisions of reinforcements to be delivered to Stilwell, had arrived in Australia and was now heading for the linkup in Melbourne

Eagles had also arrived in Nioro du Sahel and was ordered to advance to Kayes.

Truman also ordered the raising of three more tank divisions.

Liberia was able to seize Freetown. Truman also told them that he would let them keep the territory at wars end as a reward for staying faithful to the Americans. Marshal was also able to seize Conkary and Labe from the Vichy and brush aside the few Spanish divisions devoted to there defense.

After the seizure of Seguo, Eagles was ordered to advance on and seize Bamako.

The Axis were so far folding up like a house of cards in Africa. Bradley finally had the success he dreamed. Now he, not Patton, was the darling of the media for the time being. This was due to the fact that while Bradley was making striking successes, Patton was languishing in Spain and had been able to make no headway. This infuriated Patton who could only hope the planned invasion of Brittany was a success.
 
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United Africa? I think keeping the continent divided would be better anyway.
 

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Well the European powers will have lost the fear and respect of the population and won't have any ability to govern after the war, but a united Africa would be an utter disaster and I hope it isn't being seriously considered. By the way I think you mean Africa "was too massive and underdeveloped to be adequately defended by a Colonial empire", not Europe.
 

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Well the European powers will have lost the fear and respect of the population and won't have any ability to govern after the war, but a united Africa would be an utter disaster and I hope it isn't being seriously considered. By the way I think you mean Africa "was too massive and underdeveloped to be adequately defended by a Colonial empire", not Europe.
The United Africa thing was just something I was toying with. I wanted to know what the readers thought before I decided either way. Europe would have most definitely lost the fear and respect of the people of Africa. How can you respect someone that just got their but kicked and utterly failed to defend you? Also, thanks for pointing out the error. It has been corrected.
 

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Good idea on liberating Africa. After all, you can get African divisions that way.
 

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Very nice gains, Africa seems open for the taking. I have to agree with sentiments already expressed, giving each respective African nation its own independance is probably the best bet. Creating a sole African union/nation, seems quite a radical idea.
 

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Good idea on liberating Africa. After all, you can get African divisions that way.
That was the general idea behind the liberation

Very nice gains, Africa seems open for the taking. I have to agree with sentiments already expressed, giving each respective African nation its own independance is probably the best bet. Creating a sole African union/nation, seems quite a radical idea.
It is radical, but I also thought it would be cool at first. but I have decided against it.

After months of advancing through almost empty territory, Bradley finally encountered some resistance. The resistance came in the form of a rather large force of Vichy troops who where garrisoning Tunis. However, Bradley had a plan to force their surrender. He ordered Clark to split his force into two halves. One would remain to defend the Kasserine Pass. The other would take Sousse in the South while he seized Bizerte in the North. The Vichy troops would then be surrounded and either forced to surrender or wiped out to the last man.

Admiral Kimmel and his force of Light Cruisers was also ordered to Sydney to join up with Admiral Hart and serve as escorts to his transports.

The French forces in Tunis also made a move and were able to force the unit left behind by Clark in Kasserine to retreat. This force Clark to double back to defend the region and Bradley to request reinforcements. He was granted use of General Simpson's unit over the objections of Patton, as Simpson was currently commanding seven divisions in Spain. These were to take up Clark's former position in Sousse and help in the pincer.

The French also sent a force to Bizerte to try and halt Bradley, but it was to no avail as Bradley brushed them aside.

Clark managed to halt the advance on Kasserine and Bradley finally reached Bizerte despite the delay.

Shortly after this, the French launched another attack on Kasserine. Bradley and Simpson used that opportunity to launch an attack on Tunis.

After two battles, the first of which destroyed the bulk of the French force, and halted the advance on Kasserine and the second that forced the remaining 8 divisions to surrender, The French were annihalated and Bradley was able to advance on Tunis.

Back in West Africa, the Americans had seized yet more territory with little to no resistance and were no advancing on some of the last remnants of French North Africa.

In North Africa, the Germans sent a force to try and defend French North Africa. Bradley, using what would become something of a signature tactic, intended to surround and destroy this unit as well and ordered Clark to advance on Gafsa.

Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, Francois Darlan was able to catch Admiral Leahy's transport fleet in the open without escort, something that had not happened outside of the Pacific since the Kriegsmarine was decimated.

He was able to retreat but lost a transport in the process.

Clark also managed to seize Gafsa.

However, with the Leahy refusing to risk his fleet again without protection and Nimitz fleet in need of repair, the original plan, to ferry Simpson to Gabes behind the lines, had to be scrapped. Instead, he would march overland into Gafsa and Clark would march into Gabes.

A curious event also happened in West Africa. some retreating Spanish soldiers retreated directly into the Siguiri region, which was behind American lines.

This force was destroyed and Marshal ordered to retake it.
After this happened, Generals Richardson and Weaver reached Taoudeni. Richardson then was ordered to seize the once great city of Timbuktu and Weaver was ordered to advance on Gao.

Back in the Pacific, Admiral Kimmel linked up with Hart and put his fleet of carriers at his command.

Meanwhile, two of the recently constructed carriers where rechristened. After many suggested that FDR did not deserve a carrier named after himself after the state he left the military in, the Carrier was rechristened as the Nathan Madien, after one of Truman's advisors. Also, after much confusion over why a Carrier was named after an insignificant pair of islands, the Midway was renamed the Avenger,

Soon after, the encirclement of the German division was complete and Bradley attacked and annihilated them.

Truman was ecstatic. In Africa, he had finally found a place where he could seize massive amounts of territory very quickly and potentially break the stalemate. If North Africa and the Suez Canal could be seize and the Middle East invaded, he could deprive the Axis, and especially, Italy, of a major source of oil. Only time would tell if such expectations were justified.
 

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Tunisia seems to be on the verge of independence, are you going to liberate it immediately or wait until you attack Italy?
 

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Nice to see the Germans and other Axis powers committing troops piecemeal so you can easily destroy them. Looks like this is going to end like the historical North Africa campaign with the Germans sending significant amounts of troops to Africa too late and getting them wiped out.
 

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Bradley is doing well in Africa. He really is making up for earlier failures.

Meanwhile, two of the recently constructed carriers where rechristened. After many suggested that FDR did not deserve a carrier named after himself after the state he left the military in, the Carrier was rechristened as the Nathan Madien, after one of Truman's advisors. Also, after much confusion over why a Carrier was named after an insignificant pair of islands, the Midway was renamed the Avenger
I get an carrier? Thanks! :D

By the way, how did I end up being one of Truman's advisors?
 

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Bradley is doing well in Africa. He really is making up for earlier failures.



I get an carrier? Thanks! :D

By the way, how did I end up being one of Truman's advisors?
Pfft... I wish I was an advisor to President Truman... I was one of his biggest advocates!