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Wehrmacht, Strategy and Europe or How I Learned To Love Large Invasions

Wehrmacht, Strategy and Europe
or How I Learned To Love Large Invasions
A HoI 1.3 Strategical AAR​

Nation: Germany
Version: 1.3 Beta
Difficulty: Hard
Start bookmark: Road to War

This AAR is focused on strategies.
Im not a nazi, and nor do i admire national socialism.

Part I: The Situation

Germany was crushed in the Great War nearly 20 years ago*. Yet they want to show the world that the German people are "Über Alles".



This is the german production. Transport fleets are constructed to transfer some of our military to the restricted Königsberg. Danzig is between these two german areas. Hitler, our leader, claims that Danzig should be owned by the Germans.

Germany's political situation is the following:



Although Germany is a small nation (due to the loss of the Great War), we are still big enough to have two theatre HQ's.


Bitburg HQ is assigned with a mission "prepare". The HQ orders its units to regroup to the borders, waiting for further orders.
Berlin HQ is ordered to prepare on the west border.


Bitburg is commanded by Kesselring, who seems to be the most suitable leader for the HQ atm.



Berlin HQ is led by von Runstedt. He looks like he's eager to fight!
But fighting shall wait. At first we can expand with just diplomatic means.

A storm is gathering over Germany... literally!



*This line has been fought over with Throne for some time now.
 
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Part II: The Rhinelandic Violation (February-May 1936)

February 1936 was a peaceful month. No new soldiers were recruited and diplomatic actions were mild.

These are the most important events of February:



Peace demonstrations, assassination attempts & printings. Nothing special.

Now some statistics:



The detailed information of the currently used soldier type, Infantry '36.



Italy and Com. China are aligning towards factions of their own ideologies.
During April, we recruited and organised our soldiers, resulting in a decision on 26th April.





Violations of the Versailles Treaty. Our intelligence reports that the spies in Austria are now increasing the support of our party, NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei).

Spain is showing signs of instability. Is a civil war breaking out?
 

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Will you attempt to go all-historical or be a lot quicker? Looking forward to the detailed explanation of every move considering grand and regular strategy.
 

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Will you attempt to go all-historical or be a lot quicker? Looking forward to the detailed explanation of every move considering grand and regular strategy.
When the war starts, i head for historical targets (first Poland, then netherlands/belgium, France, Yugoslavia & Balkans, SU. Then i head everywhere - India, Spain, Africa etc.
 

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Part III: The Spanish Civil War & Birth of the Rome-Berlin axis (May - October 1936)

14 May 1936, the Spanish Civil War starts.



We, along with other nations, intervene and give support to Nationalist Spain, which is, luckily for us, a fascist nation. Hitler, accompanied with his officers, are on a meeting. They have just drawn a map, estimating the NS movements in this war.



Most likely they aim to gain connection to their isolated provinces, also isolating Republican Spain's regions. We also estimate that they will head for the RS' capital.



NSDAP gains popularity, increasing it to 40%. The other option would have decreased it, but would have given +5 leadership modifier for few months.

Italy finally conquers Ethiopia, creating a puppet. Italy also aligns towards us, and after the long, warm summer of 1936, they join us.



The Axis now contains 3 nations: Germany, Italy and Ethiopia.


Axis has born.
 

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Next update will come when the 1.3 RC3 has been released, hopefully today.
 

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Next update will come when the 1.3 RC3 has been released, hopefully today.
Are you sure it will be savegame-compatible?
 

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Are you sure it will be savegame-compatible?
It doesn't add anything that would make it un-compatible, and the RC2 loads up my games fine. They just crash at 17.00 PM (like almost everyone's RC2 patch).
 

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Part IV: Distant War (October 1936-January 1938)

October-December 1936 is remembered for the huge technical leaps we made.




1937 has already guaranteed two nice events: Anschluss of Austria and Marco Polo bridge.

9th March 1937 Japan joins the axis with Manchukuo. When the war starts, most likely Shanxi gets puppeted or annexed. We hope for a puppet.

1st of June Marco Polo incident occurs; the so-called explanation for a war between the chinese nations and Japan.



And 24 days later, June 25th, Anschluss occurs.

Finally in August 19th, 1937, Shanxi is puppeted. Japanese have made a breakthrough and invaded the coast of Guanxi Clique, while other not-so-lucky 6 brigades are stuck in a mot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salients,_re-entrants_and_pockets#Motti) near Nanjing.

The rest of the year goes on with opposition leader assassinations (about 6), nationalised private sectors (about 3-4) and other events. In January 1938, Czechoslovakia is forced to cede Sudetenland. It is now a part of the greater Reich.



Hitler and his officers already know that war is no longer a distant possibility...
This is the world situation in the dawn of 1938:

 

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I am very much looking forward to your explanations on your strategy and your considerations. Subscribed.
 

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Thanks, the next update will cover the part from 1938-Danzig or War event, so that you can see what i meant with the strategic AAR.
I noticed that RC4 has been released.
 

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Dr Stangelove???

great AAR btw, keep it up
You got it right! Btw, one of the best films ever made. I first tried to name this "...or how i learned to stop worrying and love mass invasions" but it didn't fit:rofl:.
 

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Part V: The Road to Danzig (January 1938-May 1939)

We now put all our extra IC in production (instead of supplies), as we need more troops.



6 parallel production of infantry, 5 parallel production of CAS. These will, according to Hitler, be enough for the blitzkrieg against Poland.

We already fear for the worst when we get this message:



During the next three months, Denmark, Belgium and Luxemburg joined the allies. Sweden was close to join, but we influenced them so that they move towards us.

In the end of 1938, we decide to annex the remains of Czechoslovakia. It will now be split with our puppet, Slovakia and us.



January 1st we conclude the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. SU won't attack Poland, although they did do it in real life. Strange.

February 1939 Japan has now annexed Com. China, Nat. China and some other chinese nation.


When the war starts, it is already finished in the east. They can then help us with SU and England.

March 1939 Hitler is already planning the invasion of Poland. While checking for weak parts in their lines, we noticed something nice:



A cavalry regiment. That is enough weak part for Hitler, and on 1st May 1939, well...



Danzig Or War - Declaration of War (Or DoW-DoW). Hitler claims that Danzig is rightfully German. Surprise, surprise, they didn't believe. So war it is!
There is one little problem; due to the late allied invitations, we now have to work on three fronts simultaneously. Bitburg HQ will attack Denmark, Netherlands/Belgium and France. Berlin HQ attacks Danzig and Warszawa.

This is the plan:



The stuck forces we didn't bother to help will (try) to hold up their defences until help arrives.
Northern Army Group will take Danzig, then proceed to the enemy airport regions & Warsaw.
The 8th Army (in the middle) will proceed directly towards Warsaw.
Southern armies will proceed and take all their airport regions;Danzig is their only naval base. After taking airports and naval bases, Poland has nothing to support their troops. They will get crushed.

The world's situation in May 1939.



USA has been influenced since 1936, therefore moving them halfway towards us.

Finally, upon announcing the people, Hitler plays his favourite song "Die Fahne Hoch" - on a banjo!

*CENSORED* Sorry forgot it had swastikas.
 
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Part VI: Hitler's Plans

This is going to be a rather small update.

Hitler and his officers have now gathered to a military operations base in Berlin. Hitler wants all of Europe under his control before launching an attack on the Soviet union, and therefore these are the objectives Hitler wants to get done by the end of the year:

Before July, Poland is supposed to be destroyed.
Before July, Denmark is supposed to be destroyed.
Before July 15th, Netherlands should have been removed from Europe; forces should now head towards Bruxelles and destroy Belgium.
Before July 30th, Belgium should have been removed from Europe. Troops now head towards Paris.
Before August 1st, we must have made significant progress against the French.
September 1st-10th, DoW on Hungary.
Before October 10th, Hungary should have been destroyed.
October 10th, DoW on Romania.
November 10th, Romania should have been annexed.
November 15th, we should have captured Paris or at least destroyed the Maginot line.
November 18th, DoW on Yugoslavia.
By the end of November, France is supposed to have surrendered.
December 10th, Yugoslavia should have been annexed.
December 15th, DoW on Bulgaria.
December 24th, Possible DoW on Vichy France.
December 31st, Bulgaria annexed, prepare for a Soviet invasion.

The officers were confused. Germany is a powerful nation, no doubt, but can we still manage to do all this?

Only time will tell...
 

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He even knows Vichy France is going to be created! :rofl:
 

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Part VII: First Operations

War it is. Hitler knew we would lose some regions to France, because our troops had to fight Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and France.
The situation in May 15th:



And the situation ten days later:



Poland would fall soon. One months later, France starts to lose their captured areas, because Netherlands are soon removed from Europe (they've got colonies), and now the troops can head over Belgium to France.

Situation in the end of June:



It goes just as Hitler planned; although Denmark has not been annexed yet, we can now prepare for an attack to Hungary.

During July and August, we start to capture French territories; They are now being pushed back. (On hard difficulty this seems to take longer;usually it doesn't take this long.)

Attack on Hungary has been delayed due to bad weather, we want to maximize our forces' effeciency.



Finally in August 29th we declare war on Hungary. The storm has moved to the Soviet Union.

September 17th, we contact another storm over Hungary; our progress is minimal. They are making larger resistance than we expected.



It took almost one month, but on 13th of October, Hungary is annexed. Hitler had planned that it was annexed before October 10th, we are late.

Immediately a DoW on Romania occurs.
The Europe's situation in 13th November 1939:


At this point, we should have already annexed Romania and soon DoW Yugoslavia. Hitler is furious.
 

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You're aware that your threat level will probably lead to an early DoW by the USSR and / or the USA?