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Just to say that I am enjoying this AAR, TRP. Looking good.
 

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Marvelous picture at the beginning. Its simple but it tells a lot.

It's basically the four warring power blocs at the moment, which would be the Allied States, the US, the Cominterm and the Channel Pact. For now, the US is pursuing a pretty passive strategy, occupying islands near Europe to bomb us to hell :eek:. Luckily their landforce and navy isn't yet what it will be in three years, so for now they're leaving most of the fighting to France and Japan.
 

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April

April saw the end of the war for Sicily, as a final British-German offence broke the fatigued Italian defenders

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Their defeat at the Battle of Palermo signaled the tragic end of the Italian struggle, as British and German forces broke through into Sicily, effectively crushing Italian resistance​

The remaining Italian fleets attempted to flee port to Corsica but were quickly intercepted and completely annihilated

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With the entire boot occupied, the whole Regia Marina destroyed and nine tenths of the Italian Army wiped out, the Duce had no other option but to sign an unconditional surrender

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Italy was partitioned, the UK would receive the vital ports in South-Italy while the rich industrial cities of Milan and Venice fell under German occupation. The Italian colonies were ceded to the British Empire. The joy was not to last although, since the Royal Navy suffered a disastrous defeat one week later

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Seven of the Navy’s finest Light Carriers had been intercepted while moving to Wilhelmshaven for repairs, and all had been sunk. The entire crew was reported missing and assumed KIA. This loss severely disrupted the Empire’s plans to assemble a new Carrier Task Force, since the Light Carriers were vital to their success.

In the meanwhile, the Imperial japanese Army and Siam commenced a new offensive in Malaysia, pushing the forces defending Singapore to the brink.

 

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Some other news:

-Me and Laurence have decided to create "The Totally Random Productions twin-cookie of Outstanding Bravery when facing a Channel Pact", a cookie that will be awarded to all AAR-writers that have the guts to face an English-German alliance. Since Democracy's Last Legs (in which England joined the axis recently) did just that, {LD}Firestorm was the first to receive this new award ;). Go check them out: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?p=9608384#post9608384


-We've also set up a social group for subcribers of the Channel Pact. We're hoping to get a lot of our readers to join and use the medium for handing out additional gameplay info, blooper screens (oh yes, we've got those) and general funny behind-the-scenes material. Join up here


-We'd also like to thank Reno Vercetti in advance for his great Mandarin translations in "Prophets of a new world" (Chapter XII or something I forgot). The scene won't be here for a while though, as we need to sail trhough another 100 pages, so we thought to throw him a heads-up in advance :). Xie xie!
 
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June


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After a combined allied assault on Kuala Lumpur the stationed British forces were defeated and forced back to Singapore. Two days later, the British garrison divisions left the city of Phatthalung to hold the line at Singapore. Emergency reinforcements were shipped from Birma and Mumbai to keep Singapore in British hands at all costs.

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In the meanwhile, fighting in South-Birma intensified as British forces attempted to secure Sittang awaiting the German India Formation, a special detachment of elite mountain divisions that would bolster the British offensive and secure a foothold into the Japanese Empire.

In the USSR, Germany unleashed a mechanized war machine unlike the Red Army had ever seen, and soon the confused Soviets found themselves facing grave defeats on all sides: While in the North the Red Army had managed to hold the line near Talinn and fend off a first invasion of St.Petersburg, in the South German forces were quickly advancing through Ukraine and the South-Caucasus, smashing all opposition.

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After securing the oil-rich province of Baku German forces proceeded to invade the Georgian SSR and push up to the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

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Ten days later, the German Armeegruppe Sud and Mittel commenced a full-scale invasion to take Kiev, led by Grand Marshall Van Geyte himself.


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An extra big update for you guys tomorrow, because we love you :)
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Take troops from Burma and send them to Malaya to save Singapore.
 

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That's it, SU has lost the war.
If they don't have more men than the conqueror, they have failed.
 

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The following events took place June 12th, 1942, Berdychiv, Ukraine (Occupied by Pact Forces)


The plains stretching from berdychiv to Kiev had become fields of slaughter: Filled with the burned out wrecks of tanks and abandoned trenches, it had been the site of two weeks of bitter fighting between the Russian defenders and the Wehrmacht. The entire offensive was led out of the small town of Berdychiv, where Field Marshall van Geyte himself had his headquarters, in an abandoned warehouse.

The Field Marshall was restless. Only six hours left until the final offensive was launched and he hadn’t heard anything of the much-needed reserves that had been promised to him. He took a field phone and called Berlin, observed by his second-in-command Artur. Too much coffee and many a restless night had not done well for the man’s famous short temper and hotheadedness.

“I don’t give shit about Adolf his bloody ‘doctrine’! We’re out here having our heads shelled off by the Soviet while he’s sitting in a warm office in the Reichstag, how’s that for environmental doctrine?”
The phone mumbled and a scary looking vein on the man’s forehead grew ever thicker
“Let me make this real- real simple for you: If I don’t have those men within three hours a lot of people are going to be dead before nightfall. A lot of people.”
More mumbling
“What the hell are you talking about? How should I kno…”

Artur sighed as he walked out the warehouse now branded as Armeegruppe Mittel ObernHQ. His friend, Arndt was sitting outside drinking coffee, on his usual guard duty. Within six hours he would be detached and sent into Kiev with the rest of the men. That fact made him rather moody.
“Cheers from a dead man. Here, have a drink”
Artur sat down on the rugged bench as a squadron of British Lancasters flew over Berdychiv headed for Kiev. Not marked with the usual British colours, the British Expeditionary forces fighting in Russia beared the mark of the Channel Pact. Artur pondered as they flew over
“I still think it’s odd though”
“What?”
“The British. Fighting with us”
“Doesn’t surprise me one bit if you ask me” Arndt took a sip off his coffee
“Why?”
“It all started with the Great War you see. England and France don’t have a history of being best friends, years of wars do that to you, so England refused to support the French in their war with Germany. No, in fact they did things a bit different than the French suspected”
“What do you mean?”
Arndt laughed and tapped his friend on the back
“Haha, old fool. Panzer I’s? We didn’t invent that stuff. Prime british imports. Half our weapons actually. Of course, the French found out later on, making them very very pissed off. Unfortunately, the Tsars of Russia their last act was also the act of taking them down with us. Steamrolled us good, we lost the war and then sunk into revolution. Those were the years of Deutschkrieg, and how our good friend Van geyte over there got his power”
“Explain”
“They called it the Weimar Republic, supposedly installed with French blessing. Wasn’t much of a Republic. Hell, it wasn’t even much of a country back then. French forces quickly retreated from peacekeeping duties and sent to the Nile where the British and the French fought war after war over useless pieces of desert. The Colonial Wars. In the end, T’was an unseasy peace, but peace anyhow.

In the meanwhile a lot of parties were attempting to seize power in Germany. The Weimar Democrats, who were quickly rooted and forced to flee to Poland. The old Kaiser supporters were there aswell, but driven out by the Communists. Only one of them remained in germany”
“Van Geyte?”
“Vice President of the Kaiser Party Van Geyte, yes. But he sortof disappeared after his party crumbled, just, gone for about six months. Nobody knows where he was in that period.

Anyhow, in our beloved “Republic” the Communists were fighting a civil war with the new rising star, Hitler’s NSDAP. Hell, Berlin was a battleground back then. Things sortof stalemated, there were talks of splitting up the nation into a Communist and a National-Socialist part, but that’s when Van Geyte returned. Leading a new party, the Reichsfront”

“Reichsfront? You’re kidding me?”

“No, it was quite ironic actually. But, he was the Field Marshall, who fought in Verdun and the battlefields at Calais, famous for his cunning. The people ate him up. Gained allies fast. Enemies too. Before you knew it he was marching his reinstated Reichswehr into the other Parties’ territory.

The Communists fell quickly. The NSDAP resisted longer, but after storming Berlin Hitler was captured and Van Geyte assumed command. Nobody really knows what really happened after that. The people loved Hitler, and started revolting against Van Geyte. Next thing you know, Hitler was back in office and Van Geyte had assumed his old Field marshall position. You know how the story continues”

“Amazing”
Arndt lit up a smoke
“And now I’m here stuck in some damn Russian hellhole marching off to Kiev in four hours. Life couldn’t be better” He coughed
“You shouldn’t smoke, it’ll kill you”
Arndt grinned
“Gotta die of something”

Four hours later


Van Geyte stared upon his Wehrmacht as they drove over what was left of the main roads towards Kiev. His reserves had arrived and everything was ready for the assault. After two weeks of stalemate he would drive the blasted soviets back over the river and claim victory. After Kiev had fallen, he would head North. To Moscow. He mumbled an old veteran’s song as the 12th Panzerdivision rolled past.
“Und ist dann die große Schlacht zuende
ist vorüber erst das Ringen
reichen wir zum Abschied uns die Hände
wollen wir nocheinmal singen"

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Nice to see some more background about the ahistorical development behind that mighty pact.

Indeed, I belong to those native-german readers, so if you have questions, go ahead ;-)

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In the war for the Pacific Ocean, the Royal Navy booked some successes against the Japanese fleets, moving up to the coasts of the Japanese Home Isles themselves.

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Imperial forces responded by launching a massive naval bombing campaign, forcing the British units to retreat out of range of the Home Isles, but not before the decimation of the vital port of Kagoshima.

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In the South-Ryukyu Trench, the Combined Fleet C met the Mediterranean Command, and led bitter defeat, losing two Carriers and a Battleship. US Forces were neglectant to help out their ally, while they pursued a Northern-Atlantic campaign against the British Empire.

 

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Sucess!

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Ha, Japans Imperial Navy has been as much as destroyed...
 

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Ha, Japans Imperial Navy has been as much as destroyed...

Far from, really. In Moomsday, and with these IC amounts, losing two carriers, or even three or four is not something that knocks you out of the war. At this point, Japan has somewhat around 18 carriers, while I have 8, so the AI doesn't really care about losing a Combined fleet or two. Moomsday naval war is simply a seaborne version fo World War I: You try to keep the pressure on your enemies as much as you can and protect your vital transports, while your industry has to work around the clock to build replacements or repair damaged ships. This continues until the industrial capacity of one side has reached breaking point, and is unable to cope with the enormous load, at which point you lose the naval war and have no fleets left strong enough to dictate who passes where.

That said, have we mentioned the Channel Pact reader group yet? ;)

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PS: Credit to Black Guardian for fixing our godawfull Gerdutch. From now on, he will be making sure that the AAR contains no more "ah, mar wie haben wirklich zu niets meer zu verliezen!" and other nausiating linguistic errors :)
 

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Let's take this baby to 10K views. War! War! War! :)

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By the end of the first summer of Barbarossa, the Soviet bear had been crippled by the unseen mobility of German forces, as they pushed up into the Trans-Urals railway. Enduring British strategic bombing campaigns made orderly retreats impossible for the Red Army. By the end of August Sevastopol and Moscow had fallen.

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The Americans had fortified the remains of the Portugese Empire near Europe, the Azores island chain, and turned it into a bustling strategic airfield from where aggressive bombing campaigns were being launched into Pact territory. A thorn in it’s eye, Britain detached the most hardened of it’s Royal Marines and sent them with the newly assembled Home Command to capture the Azores and put an end to this incursion. After a brief naval battle, the Canadian garrisson stationed there proved no match for the British Army.

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On the Azores, a part of the Allied airforce was caught off-guard by the rapid invasion and was destroyed.

 
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