A 'Hearts of Iron 3' Germany AAR
A 'Hearts of Iron 3' Germany AAR
Welcome to this Germany AAR, played in Hearts of Iron 3: Semper Fi 2.04d, with the Combined Weapons of WW2 mod. I wrote it as an entry to the Writing with the StAARs competition. In a way this is the stand-alone sequel to my 'Westphalia Alert' AAR, which can be read over here, here and here, although reading that one isn't required.
I'm new to the Hearts of Iron series. I never played part 1 or 2, and didn't try out 3 till I decided to make an entry for this competition, somewhere last month. It took me a while to learn the game, and I'm still absolutely no master. Far from it. Being a brand new n00b to the series, I decided to start with an 'easy' country: Germany. How wrong I was... I made two attempts to bring glory to the Germans, but failed each time:
In my first attempt I build a very strong industry, surpassing even the United States. I postponed the war, since after I had industrialized so much, I still needed to raise an army. But before I was ready, the United Kingdom and their allies declared war on me. Poland immediately took the opportunity and invaded, crushed my army and conquered entire Germany. I lost.
In my second attempt I build a strong army form the start. Knowing that in January 1940 the United Kingdom would declare war anyway, I took the initiative and crushed the Poles under my mighty war boots. Ha, that would teach them! I was very successful in the east, and decided to go for the Balkan region. I quickly moved through Romania and Bulgaria, but in Greece everything bogged down. I was stupid enough to take armours into the mountains, and my entire army got stuck there. In the meantime the Maginot Line was holding. But with my army stuck in Greece, Luxembourg decided it was time to rise and invaded. Their armies thundered across the German landscape and before I could even blink they conquered all. I lost.
Now there is just enough time left for one more attempt before the deadline of the contest strikes, even if that means I'll have to post two chapters a day (which I'll only do for the first ten chapters: the minimum requierment for the competition). You might say: 'Oh no, not another Germany AAR! There are already so many of them.' I know, it's not an original country. But since I'm so bad, I can guarantee you that this will be a totally different experience from most AARs. Instead of setting out to conquer the world twice over in half the time it took the Allies to plan D-Day, my goal is very simple: survival. Of course I'll need to conquer something - what kind of Germany would I be if I didn't do that? - but if I can make peace with the Allies, I'd gladly do that. Operation Barbarossa is something that will only cross my mind if, by some sheer luck, I end up with a super army who'll crush the UK and France by teatime and eat Stalin's Organs for breakfast. Mmmm tasty Stalin's Organs... More realisticly I'll be crushed by an enraged Albania or nuked by an overzealous Honduras.
For this attempt, I started to read some strategy guides. Using them, and my experience from the previous two attempts, I'll try to make the best of it, starting in the 1936 scenario. Maybe I'll use some gamey tactics. But hey, if I can survive to another chapter due to that, then it's in some weird way justified. I start the game at 'normal' difficulty, which is most probably my first mistake of many more to come. You may call me a n00b for each time I screw up. I hope that you will like my attempt to bring total destruction... Uhm... I mean... glory... Yes, definitely glory... to Germany, and like my writing.
Without any further ado, I give you the table of contents:
Chapter 1: The Arrival
Chapter 2: 1936
Chapter 3: 1937
Chapter 4: 1938
Chapter 5: 1939
Chapter 6: War!
Chapter 7: The Baltics
Chapter 8: Scandinavia
Chapter 9: Iceland
Chapter 10: France