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The Vanguard of the World's Destruction. - A Coop AAR by TehDarkMiner and Sebas379

The Vanguard of the World's Destruction - A Nationalist China - Japan Coop AAR

By TehDarkMiner and Sebas379


The Chinese hordes ready to march across the world

For centuries has the world been ruled by the Europeans. They carved out their empires across the world and dominated the international stage. They used the world's resources to maintain their superior position and prevent others from reaching to the same height. They took resources from all over the planet and used our wealth to enrich themselves.

But no more.

NO MORE


Fleets of the Empire of Japan ready to destroy all before them

It is time for the world to tremble at the combined might of Asia. The time has come for Asias defenders to rise and claim their rightful place as rulers of the world.

The Vanguard of the World's Destruction has arrived


disclaimer: This AAR will contain historical impossibilities. Those not strong enough to resist such indoctrination should escape while they still can

Table of Contents
Introduction Post
Chapter 2 - Japan Background
Chapter 3 - China January - September 1936
Chapter 4 - Japan January - September 1936
Chapter 5 - China September 1936 - May 1937
Chapter 6 - Japan September 1936 - March 1938
Chapter 7 - China May 1937 - May 1938
Chapter 8 - China May 1938 - January 1939
Chapter 9 - Japan April 1938 - October 1939
Chapter 10 - Japan October 1939 - July 1940
Chapter 11 - Japan August 1940 - June 1941
Chapter 12 - China 1939 - January 1941
Chapter 13 - China January - August 1941
Chapter 14 - Japan July - December 1941
Chapter 15 - China August - December 1941

Chapter 16 - Japan December 16th 1941 - January 17th 1942
Chapter 17 - China December 1941 - March 1942
Chapter 18 - Japan January - March 1942
Chapter 19 - Japan April - August 1942
Chapter 20 - China April - August 1942
Chapter 21 - Japan August - October 1942
Chapter 22 - Japan October - December 1942

Chapter 23 - Japan January - March 1943
Chapter 24 - China October 1942 - March 1943
Chapter 25 - Japan March - July 1943
Chapter 26 - China March - December 1943
Chapter 27 - Japan August - December 1943

Chapter 28 - Japan January - July 18th 1944
Chapter 29 - Japan July - September 1944
Chapter 30 - The Battleplan
Chapter 31 - China March - September 1944
Chapter 32 - Japan October 1944 - mid-January 1945

Chapter 33 - Japan January - March 1945
Chapter 34 - China October 1944 - April 1945
The 6 most powerful governments in the world comparison
Chapter 35 - China April - July 1945
Chapter 36 - Japan March - August 1945
Eastern Front statistics
Chapter 37 - Japan September - December 1945
Chapter 38 - China July - December 1945

Chapter 39 - Japan January - June 1946
Chapter 40 - China December 1945 - June 1946
Chapter 41 - Japan June - November 1946
Chapter 42 - China July - November 1946

Chapter 43 - China November 1946 - May 1948
Chapter 44 - Japan November 1946 - May 1948
Chapter 45 - Imperial Japanese Order of Battle May 1948

Chapter 46 - China June-July 1948
Chapter 47 - China August - November 1948
 
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I, for one, welcome our new Asian overlords.

Subbed! Looking forward to see what the dragon and the sun can accomplish. Are they alone against the world?
 

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The Vanguard of the World's Destruction - A Nationalist China - Japan Coop AAR

After a period of a unified Japanese state in the 8th century and onward, for centuries, Japan has isolated herself from the world stage. Warring samurai and feudal lords fought for control of the divided nation, but none ever gathered the strenght to unify the Japanese islands. There was limited contact with China in terms of trade and Mongol invasions, but as the struggle for power in Japan continued, the outside world did not matter much.
It was not until the 16th century that the first Europeans made contact with Japan. Japan adopted several modern technologies, including western weaponry and tactics, and used them in wars both civil and external.
But all of this changed in 1639 when the so-called "closed country policy" was adopted by the shogunate, closing Japan to outside influence for over 250 years. Only a small Dutch enclave was allowed to remain in Japan, providing limited contact with the outside world.
This closed country policy would not change until the United States sent a fleet in 1854 and forced Japan to open her borders to the outside world again.

The import of modern, western, weapons and technology into what was until then a feudal society could only lead to civil war. The War of the Year of the Dragon as it was called led, in 1868, to the Meji Restoration. This reform returned the emperor of Japan to the throne and helped to rapidly transform the nation from a feudal society to a modern, western state.

Reforming the entire nation, socially, economically and militarily would take many decades and it would not be until the 1930's that the Japanese army was mostly on par with the western world. But the nation would turn it's sights on the outside world long before that.

On August 1st, 1894 the Sino-Japanese War began. The ancient Chinese Qing armies proved no match for the modern Japanese forces, who smashed the Chinese and Korean forces throughout the Korean peninsula. The badly led and poorly equiped Chinese Imperial Army proved no match for the Japanese army, who rapidly drove it's opponent out of the Korean Peninsula. An armistice is signed only 8 months later, seeing Japan take control over Korea from China.

The war placed a heavy burden on the people of Manchuria. As the Chinese army marched through it's northeastern provinces to the front in Korea, it had to live off the land. Coupled with heavy casualties sustained by Manchurian regiments in the war and an already brewing sense of distrust towards Beijng, the region sparked into open revolt soon after the war. Japan immediatly pressured the Chinese government into backing out, and through its support of the rebels gained major influence in Manchuria.

Within a few years after the war, the people of Manchuria accepted Japanese rule, seeing it as an opportunity to break free from Beijng. Whilst normally, such events would have sparked major rivalry between the nations, there was not room for such events here. Shortly after the war, the Japanese and Chinese economies grew closer and closer. As economic ties strenghtened, war and rivalry became less and less affordable to either side.

It's now 40 years since the war. Whilst old wounds never heal completely, the ties between China and Japan have grown too strong to be severed by old grievances. Many pacts have been signed to strenghten either side's economy and their militaries train in close coöporation. A bright future for the Asian continent lies ahead. A time of peace and prosperity. Or is it?
 
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A Nation's loss never to be healed... I wonder how the Chinese, Manchurian and Japanese armies would do together, not in victory, but in defeat, if that case would exist
 

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A Nation's loss never to be healed... I wonder how the Chinese, Manchurian and Japanese armies would do together, not in victory, but in defeat, if that case would exist
Defeated together? Wow, that would ehh, not be good.
Just a prediction I thought through for all of 10 seconds: the continent would rip itself apart for years to come. It would be the Chinese Warlord Era of the 20's, but much worse.

It better not come to that...
 
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disclaimer: This AAR will contain historical impossibilities. Those not strong enough to resist such indoctrination should escape while they still can
Nationalist China and historical impossibilities go hand in hand in my experience :p

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With a bit of an introduction done, here starts the actual screenshots.
Me and sebas will be using somewhat different formats in our updates. I've modelled mine as a newspaper at the time. Tell me if you like it or if you'd prefer me to use a normal 3rd person style. I can also make the images look more like newspaper-style if you guys think it's a good idea, but that might get in the way of seeing what's going on :p




The following text is a translation of the Kuomintang's (Chinese Nationalist Party's) official newspaper during World War II accompanied with the original images:

Today's date: 1-1-36.

For many years, we have suffered military defeats from many countries. The two Opium Wars where we lost Hong Kong, the Sino-Japanese war where we lost Korea and eventually Manchuria, and the bitter civil war between the Communists and us Nationalists has shown that we may not be so powerful. It's time for us, China, to show the world she will no longer lose a fight. It's time for the true glory of the China to be revealed. But before anything else, the warlord states must fall, and China must be reunited into a great country again.

Those barbaric warlord 'nations' understand only one thing that will bring them under our flag: war. And war we shall bring with our army. Our individual soldier is initiative and of high quality. Their efficiency and professional manner will allow us to win wars with any imperialistic enemy we may face in the coming years.


Soldiers from the 2nd army.

However, we must look to our - few - faults. We have few commanders in our army. The Kuomintang urges all men with even a passing interest to consider becoming an commander in the army.



We will need to approximately double our number of commanders to even reach an acceptable standard in the army's current state, and we are sure to be getting more combat divisions, further demonstrating our dire need for officers. A strong army needs effective commanders, and many of them. Whilst our current commanders are all of high quality, we simply do not have enough of them to face the imperialistic Britain and the United States.

We are also in poor industrial shape. Whilst we have the capacity to mass-produce planes and tanks, our current economic laws prevent us from using our factories to their full potential. In the coming months, we will enforce new laws that will progress the industry of our great nation.



Our mighty army, even before mobilisation, numbers almost 300k men. This is the manifestation of our army's reorganisation since the Sino-Japanese War. Whilst we could certainly use more men, this is easily sufficient to reunite China into glory.



Our mighty army itself is split into two separate groups: our offensive and our defensive forces. Our defensive mainly covers the coast, with some forces inland in critical locations. We have around 70k of unmobilised infantry here. Once we mobilise, this number will swell.



Our offensive army is made up largely of permanent soldiers. It numbers 220k men.



We will be expanding on these greatly through our mighty industry - great battle tanks will spearhead huge assaults on any enemy territory.

Whilst our pilots are of particular pride to our country, our airforce is lacking in planes for them to use. We have gratefully managed to secure a deal with the kind Japanese, that we will be developing planes in our own factories based off of their advanced blueprints.



In our current state we are still more than capable of air superiority with all of our immediate neighbours, the cruel warlord states of whose people we shall soon reunite and liberate.

Japan is appearing to be a potential ally, should we need assistance in this war. Besides the strong economic ties we now share, it is increasingly apparent that they are in need of a strong land army and we are in need of a strong navy - we perfectly complement each other militarily.


The Japanese Battleships - the most powerful ships in the Pacific. Such mighty ships have caused us to look towards the naval protection of Japan.
 
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This unnatural alliance will be interesting. The only way I see the two sides compliment each other is China manpower withers down the enemy through attrition while the Japanese quality troops deals with the more tougher enemies. So, will Japan help in the reunification of China? Or will Japan be building her strength for a proper invasion of USA?
 

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This unnatural alliance will be interesting. The only way I see the two sides compliment each other is China manpower withers down the enemy through attrition while the Japanese quality troops deals with the more tougher enemies. So, will Japan help in the reunification of China? Or will Japan be building her strength for a proper invasion of USA?
Nationalist China is sufficiently powerful already to unify the nation, expell the warlords and pacify her nation. Keep in mind the warlord states are all individual armies, it's not like you'r surrounded by a horde of allied nations like in EU.

Japan will most likely have elite forces indeed. Marines especially. But of much greater importance to our ally is the Imperial Japanese Navy and Airforce, the envy of the world.
 

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it's like the mouse and the cat working together... it worked some times for Tom & Jerry
 
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The Vanguard of the World's Destruction - A Nationalist China - Japan Coop AAR

1st January-21 September 1936

As 1936 dawned over Asia, a wind of change swept across the continent. To those paying close attention, it was clear the balance of power that had held the continent together over the past years and decades was being upset. It wasn't very openly visible, but something was definetly happening.

The Empire of Japan was bringing an end to the largest military reorganisation it's army had seen in decades. Many of it's old ships had been sold off or scrapped over the past months and it's army, numbering 800.000 during the Great War, was significantly reduced in size. After the, in the end futile, Japanese intervention in the Russian Civil War it's forces were withdrawn and demobilised. On the contrary, the Imperial Japanese Navy gained much power and influence after it's succesful capture of various German possesions in the Pacific, such as Tsingtao. This resulted in a military force that, while perfectly adequate for internal security and home defence, was not nearly large enough to engage in large scale overseas operations. This meant that even the old guard army commanders, who had for decades argued for renewed conflict with China, were forced to back down from these boasts and focus their attention elsewhere.


Japanese marines en route to assault German positions during the Siege of Tsingtao, November 1914

Forces of the Empire of Japan, 1-1-1936

When the majoriy of it's army was demobilised and disbanded following the end of the Great War, the remaining military leaders opted to focus their efforts on quality, rather than quantity. Building on the experience gained during the war with the Central Powers, especially in the Siege of Tsingtao and the conquest of the Marianas,Caroline and Marshall Islands, military training placed a heavy emphasis on amphibious assaults and combined arms operations with the navy and airforce.

Although the nation has a population of around 70 million people, the populations of it's neighbours are such an order of magnitude larger that fighting a land based war is no option for Japan. Combined with the island nature of the country this created a situation where the Navy and airforce could draw more and more influence toward themselves, at the cost of the army. Eventually this resulted in drastic reorganisations of the military in 1935.

During the reorganisation, the army was basically split in two parts. The best trained, most elite divisions received training in amphibious operations, assaulting fortified positions and fighting in conjunction with the navy and airforce. To the left in the image below are depicted these elite formations.
On the other side of the spectrum were the conscript. These men were not proffessional soldiers and did not receive the same extend of training and equipment by a long shot. To the right in the image, one can see a list of these lesser formations. While not suited for complex offensive operations, when properly equipped these soldiers could still perform a more than adequate defence of any position, especially when deployed in fortified positions. And thanks to the Imperial Army's arsenal, they were well supplied with heavy artillery and anti-air batteries. What these units lacked in training, they made up for in firepower.


The best of the Imperial Army retrained for amphibious operations

Pacific defences

Under the South Pacific Mandate granted to Japan by the League of Nations in 1919, in the aftermath of the Great War, Japan was given the right to administrate the islands of Palau, the northern Marianas Islands, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. These islands had been under control of the German Empire before the war, during which they were seized by Japan. During the 1920's and 30's the Imperial Japanese Navy invested considerable time and effort in reinforcing these islands. Large ports and airfields were constructed on critical islands, protected by large anti-air batteries and coastal fortifications. Especially Marcus and Yap Islands were heavily fortified during this period.


Marcus Island, the most heavily fortified base of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the island chains in the South Pacific, though far from the only one

Imperial Japanese naval and airforce expansion program 1936

With the completion of the fortification projects on the various Pacific Islands in late 1935, a new production plan was decided on during 1936. Now that static defences of it's most important bases had been completed it was time to shift attention of the Japanese industry to the shipyards and aircraft factories and expand the armed forces. Two small aircraft carriers, the Hosho and the Chitose, were laid down, with a matching complement of aircraft for both ships ordered simultaniously.
In addition to these carrier-borne aircraft, several squadrons of land-based fighters and naval bombers were ordered. These aircraft, though too large to operate from aircraft carriers, can provide valuable air cover over the many islands of the Empire.

Foreign Affairs department Asia

During the summer of 1936, it became clear that something was brewing in central China. The Nationalist government openly announced police operations in the outer regions of her nation, after communist insurgents in the north and separatist leaders in the south and west of the nation launched into open revolt against the central government. Although these warlord leaders had been the de-facto leaders of these regions for years, the fact that they now proclaimed official independence from the Nationalist government was a step that could not be accepted. Thus on August 13th 1936 the Nationalist Chinese Army called up it's reserves and clearly prepared to put an end to the insurgencies once and for all.

Department Europe

The Japanese islands and the waters surrounding her are of course not all there is on the world. From our various embassies in Europe information is arriving of a marked increase in tension throughout the continent. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Spain, where a long period of tension between the left-wing government and right-wing military leaders led to an attempted coup during early March 1936.
The coup failed thanks to the timely arrival of soldiers loyal to the government, however this turned out to be the beginning of open conflict between both factions. Army divisions splintered as some units proclaimed support for the uprising whilst other remained loyal to the government. Both sides are heavily aided by untrained militia and rumous of covered and open foreign intervention, particularly by Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union grow stronger by the day. Within days, most of northern Spain appears under Nationalist control, as the rebels have dubbed themselves. The Rpublican government seems to be rallying it's forces in the southern part of the nation, whilst loyalist forces maintain control of various cities in Galicia and northeastern Spain.
During the following 2 months the Nationalist forces invaded much of southwestern Spain and linked their isolated forces in the area up with the main body of their army in central Spain.


Situation in Spain, 8-5-1936

Over the course of May, Nationalist forces seized Madrid and secured the rest of central Spain. The Republican army appears to have been split in half, with units in the east holding the regions around Barcelona and Valencia and another army holding Galicia in northwestern Spain. This set the stage for a bloodstained summer as nationalist forces slowly pushed east into the heart of Republican territory.
Although it is obvious by now that the Nationalist have seized the initiative and are on the offensive, the Republican side seems far from defeated as well. The outcome of this conflict still hangs in the balance.
 
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Well, it seems the Japanese Army will do the hard work on the Pacific... I wonder if that means Asian mainland will be China's personal theater
 

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Well, it seems the Japanese Army will do the hard work on the Pacific... I wonder if that means Asian mainland will be China's personal theater
Well to be fair, China is just unifying it's core territory and driving out the imposters right now, whilst Japan is building the things that take the most time to build. Aka ships and aircraft. That makes sense I guess.
But yes, you'r getting the gist of the idea. My Japanese force is obviously powerful at sea, in the air and on the special forces field (marines and so on), whereas China has a large territory with enormous manpower to field a land based army. How exactly it will play out I can't tell you at this point, we'r not playing much ahead, if at all.