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Germany 1936. Game Setting Hard / Aggressive.

History of Germany from 1936 to the End.

This is a detailed history of my current game, I thought I’d post it!

The build up to War.

Prologue.

In his book Mein Kampf (1926), Hitler outlined his political goal - to undo the 'injustice' inflicted upon Germany by the Treaty of Versailles and he was well aware that this goal could only be reached through another War.

In 1933 Hitler became the German Chancellor with the help of the former Nationalist Chancellor Von Papen and the agreement of the very old German nationalist president General Feldmarschall von Hindenburg who had been the most famous general of World War I.

Only a few months later Hitler was the Dictator of Germany, he ruled Germany alone and had banned all political parties except his own NSDAP.

By the summer of 1933, the Nazi Party was in complete control of the country.

Hitler solved the economic problems of the early 1930's by having the Reichsbank print money. As the prices were under strict control, the money available ballooned and a bubble economy was the result, a bubble expected to burst in about 1940. Starting in 1933, Hitler began the process of German rearmament and militarization, the state invested heavily in armament, and infrastructure projects such as the Autobahn which also had a military aspect: in case of another two-front-war, it would enable the German military to move columns quickly from one front to the other.

After Nazi power as consolidated, Hitler in 1935 focused on expansion. In 1935 he ordered small units to march into the demilitarized Rhineland and establish a fait accompli. The English were not prepared to react, the French did not want to go alone, Hitler had achieved his aim. Also in 1935 the population of the Saargebiet, hitherto administrated by the French, voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Germany. Germany also reintroduced General Conscription, another violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

This was the beginning of one of the worst times in German and World history. Under the rule of the tyrant Hitler and his followers, millions of people were to lose their lives in war.

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German 1933 - 1938
The year is now 1936: We now take up the story.

Hitler had put together, at the end of the previous year, his priorities for his technological research teams for the next year; this was to improve the industrial infrastructure and agricultural output of the nation.

To help achieve this end Hitler appointed a new member to his cabinet Konstantin Hierl replacing Werner Von Blomberg as Armaments Minister. Hitler informed him that his main priority was to increase Industrial Capacity through Industrial research.

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Hitler's Cabinet Reshuffle January 1936.

Hitler informed Konstantin Hierl that he had three research teams at his deposal to devote to industrial research. One research team was prioritized to develop new Luftwaffe Fighters and Bombers; he had the resources for one more research team which he would give priorities to after meeting with the leaders of the armed forces.

To build up Germany's strategic reserve of resources Hitler instructed Foreign Minister 'Constantin Von Neurath' to trade surplus energy resources for hard currency, rare materials, oil and metals.

On January 2nd Hitler held a meeting with the leaders of the armed forces, present was Wehrmacht Headquarters (OKW) Chief of Staff 'Ludwig Beck', Luftwaffe Headquarters (OKL) Chief of Staff 'Hermann Goring', Heer Headquarters (OKH) Chief of Staff 'Werner Von Fritsch' and Kreigsmarine Headquarters (OKM) Chief of Staff 'Erich Raeder'

Hitler “Good day gentlemen, Ludwig current status of armed forces please”

Ludwig Beck then proceeded to give the current status of the armed forces.

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Kreigsmarine January 1936
Currently under construction was the Pocket Battleship 'Admiral Graf Spee' (Heavy Cruiser), due for completion January 7th 1936.

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Admiral Graf Spee
Also under construction three Transport Flotilla's, Destroyer flotilla and a U-boat flotilla due for completion March 1936.

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Heer January 1936
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Luftwaffe January 1936
Hitler “Gentleman at this meeting we will concentrate on the future of the kreigsmarine. The primary enemy of the Kreigsmarine is the Navy of Great Britain; in any future war we must destroy it. The British navy must not and will not be allowed to blockade Germany and starve the people as in the Great War. Erich what plans are being made to increase the strength and ability of the Kreigsmarine?”

Erich Raeder “Mein Führer, both myself and Karl Dönitz have been formulating the concept of ‘Rudeltakik’ Carrier and U-boat group tactics.”

Erich Raeder handed Hitler a folder Stamped 'Top Secret'. Contained in the folder were papers describing in detail the concept of Rudeltakik ('pack/group tactics').

Erich Raeder “The Carrier Rudel” (carrier battle group) “will comprise of a permanent organization of surface ships comprised of a carrier, battleship or two heavy cruisers, four light cruisers and twenty destroyers with supporting ships to keep it supplied with replacement aircraft, fuel, ammunition and supplies whilst at sea. As a permanent organization, the men and ships will serve together and develop a level of expertise and tactics superior to that of any contemporary naval task force. I believe that the Carrier Rudel, when equipped with the latest German Aircraft, especially the BF109 fighters and new 'Stuka' dive bombers that the Luftwaffe have under development, will be a deadly opponent when commanded with skill and daring.”

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Messerschmitt Bf109 Fighter.
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Junkers Ju87 ‘Stuka’ Dive Bomber.
Erich Raeder continued “The U-boat Rudel, 'wolf pack' as Karl Dönitz likes to refer to it, will comprise of ten U-boats, the tactics will be that one or two U-boats will lure the enemy vessels onto the rest of the rudel 'the pack' which will then destroy them. I propose to use the 'wolf packs' to attrite the British Navy, sinking Naval ships should be the priority and attacking convoys should be of secondary importance and then only if the escorting vessels have been sunk. I don't believe that we can afford the 'wolf packs' to suffer the heavy losses as experienced by the U-boats of the Great war, as the British are bound to re-adopt the convoy system in any future war.”

Hitler “I like what I'm hearing, how many of these rudels will you need to sink the British Navy?”

Erich Raeder “Mein Führer, at least four carrier rudels and twenty U-boat rudels, but we need the resources to refine our ideas and build the ships we need.”

Hitler “After we have defeated the British Navy it may be necessary to invade Britain itself. No nation has achieved this since 1066. Every nation that has tried to achieve equality with the British has failed - not because of the lack of will, not because of industrial inferiority, but only because they have failed to destroy the British navy and its power to blockage, we gentleman will achieve this, Erich you will develop a marine corps to lead any invasion and Hermann you will develop a air 'paratrooper' corps to support.”

Both Goring and Raeder nodded there heads in agreement.

Hitler “OK we will release the necessary resources as they become available, a research team will also be allocated to Naval Matters. Werner how is Heinz Guderian progressing with he concept of mobile warfare? ”

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Heinz Guderian
[Heinz Guderian was born in 1888 at Kulm. He was educated in Prussia and in 1908 gained a commission in the German Army. He served as an infantry officer. From 1914 to 1917, Guderian served in Flanders and would have experienced the lack of mobility first hand that existed on the Western Front. He would also have been acutely aware of the carnage that took place on the Western Front. Guderian joined the General Staff and by the end of the war, he had developed a specialized knowledge in motorized transport.

Guderian concentrated his idea on developing a highly mobile mechanized army. He wrote "Actung Panzer" which came to the attention of Hitler. This was Guderian's plan to make war mobile by having a force that was consistently moving forward, never giving the enemy the time to regroup etc. From July 1934, Guderian was given the task by Hitler of perfecting the fighting techniques of the Panzers - light tanks, supported by infantry and planes - which were to become the legendary Blitzkrieg mode of attacking an enemy.

Guderian faced numerous obstacles within the Wehrmacht's hierarchy. He was told that an attack on Belgium and France would falter because of the river systems that flowed through the region. How could tanks cross rivers - especially the wide River Meuse?

Guderian's plan included the use of specialist engineering units that could assemble pontoon bridges quickly that could take the weight of tanks and supporting vehicles. In this way, his Panzer units crossed rivers with ease - and those senior commanders who had failed to support Guderian in the development of his idea, had to admit that they were wrong. A Blitzkrieg attack could also include the use of paratroops]

Werner von Fritsch “Mein Führer, 'Heinz Guderian' is progressing well, we now have three Panzer Divisions which have been training and refining the tactics of mobile warfare, we are eagerly awaiting the new Stuka's, which Heinz refers to as flying artillery, so he can refine the communication links and tactics for close support and cooperation between the Luftwaffe and the Heer. Mein Führer we need to develop better Panzers as the Pzkfw I which equips the panzer divisions is only any good for training, not to fight a war.”

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PzKfw I, equipped with two MG34’s machine guns
Hitler “All in good time Werner, I do not expect to be fighting a war any time soon, we will build better panzers and more panzer division's, as soon as possible. Hermann you have been quit, we are interested to hear your ideas.”

Hermann Goring “Mein Führer, the Luftwaffe should be an independent force, able to attack an enemy ware it hurts strategically, bombing its factories and destroying its infrastructure, thus destroying its ability to wage war, ' bomb them into the stone age, that's what we should do'. We should be building bombers and escort fighters not close support aircraft for the heer, after all they have there own artillery, if there panzers move as fast as they say, then why don't they put there artillery on the back off trucks so it can keep up with there panzers, instead of leaving it pulled by horses or tractors.”

Hitler “No Hermann, the Luftwaffe will concentrate on supporting the Heer, with close support and tactical bombers. When we defeat an enemy we will need there factories and resources to expand our great and mighty nation, but you can develop defence fighters just in case! You never know someone else may take up on your ideas. Thank you gentlemen we will convene again soon, you can then update me on how things are going”

March 11th. Intelligence briefing concerning Italy. Italy have annexed Ethiopia which is now part of their nation.

April 23rd. Armaments briefing. I.G. Farden have completed their research into Agrichemistry. I.G. Farden given the research project of Agricultural Production.

June 22nd. Intelligence briefing concerning Guangxi Clique. Guangxi Clique have declared war on there enemies Nationalist China.

June 24th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed. Kriegmarinewerft have completed their research into Early Aircraft Carrier. Kriegmarinewerft given the project of researching Basic Aircraft Carrier.

July 18th. Intelligence briefing concerning Republican Spain. Republican Spain have declared war on their enemies Nationalist Spain.

July 18th. Foreign Office briefing. Our governor reports that the free people of Nationalist Spain have declared independence from there former oppressors of Republican Spain. We have established diplomatic relations with them.

July 24th Spanish Civil War Intervention.

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July 24th, Hitler called a meeting with his Intelligence Minister 'Wilhelm Canaris' to discuss what the likelihood was of Great Britain, France or Russia intervening militarily in the war on the side of the Republicans, if Germany were to intervene militarily on the side of the Nationalists.

Hitler “Wilhem, if we were to intervene to help the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil war, what in your view is going to be the reaction of Great Britain, France and Russia?

Wilhem Canaris “Mein Führer, Great Britain does not have the stomach for a fight and will do nothing bar send a few volunteers to assist the Republicans. The French are stuck with the Maginot syndrome, defence is all they think about, and will do nothing bar complain about Germany having an ally on there southern border. Russia is determined to help, but all they will be able to do is send volunteers and arms and equipment to help the republicans. Stalin has started his purge of the Red Army, he's got a phobia about his Generals, thinks they might stab him in the back or something'.

Canaris continued “Mein Führer no one wants a war and they will do nothing to prevent Germany intervening in the Spanish Civil War.”

Hitler “Good, that's what I wanted to hear, we will be sending forces to help the Nationalists.”

Hitler instructed his Foreign Minister 'Constantin von Neurath’ to inform the Nationalists of his decision.

Hitler then instructed OKW to come up with a plan of intervention in the Spanish civil war, armed forces were to be sent to Spain to help the Nationalists in there struggle against the Republicans, they had 24hrs.

July 25th. OKW, Chief of Staff Ludwig Beck presented the plan to Hitler for his approval. Heersgruppe A, commanded by Field Marshal Von Rundstedt, totaling of eight infantry and three panzer divisions, supported by three Luftwaffe Tactical Bomber Geschwaders, to provide ground support and a Fighter Geschwader to provide air cover, would be sent. The Kreigsmarine would supply two Battle Groups to keep the sea lands open and two transport flotilla's (with one being added later) to transport the Heer Divisions. Ludwig Beck informed Hitter that he was confident that these forces would we enough to guarantee the defeat of the Republican Forces.

July 25th. Intelligence Briefing from Wilhelm Canaris, opposing forces in Spanish Civil War.

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Opposing Armies.
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Opposing Naval Forces.
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Opposing Air Forces

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Spain July 18th 1936.
Upon receiving the plan on the morning of the 26th Hitler approved it and ordered the embarkation of the troops to begin on the 27th, he then instructed Constantin von Neurath to inform the nationalists of the good news.

The first troops were expected to land in Spain on July 30th.
 
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Nice start ukmj, that's a really detailed begining (how I like my AAR's), but I'm guessing you ment to put this in the HoI2 AAR subforum right?
 

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I'm guessing that as well, having said that, great AAR. Very good stuff.
 

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Intervention in the Spanish civil war doesn't only give your troops more experience but yourself also. I learnt a lot about using armies in HOI2 during the campaign in Spain I did in my AAR.

Good luck with your AAR.
 

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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like it.

I thought I had posted it in the sub-form, thanks for moving it.

I've already done the Spanish Intervention Campaign I'll post it later Today.
 

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Prologue.

The first troops were expected to land in Spain on July 30th.

excellent. very informative.



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The Spanish Campaign.


Intervention Force.

Total Forces:-
Kreigsmarine, 2 Battle Cruisers, 3 Heavy Cruisers, 5 Light Cruisers, 3 Destroyer Flotillas and 3 Transport Flotillas (1 under construction due for completion September).
Luftwaffe, 300 DO-17 Tactical Bombers and 100 BF 109D Interceptors.
Heer, 6 Infanterie, 2 Gebirgsjager (Mountain) and 3 Panzer Divisions

Kreigsmarine:

Under direct command from OKM (Kreigsmarine Headquarters)

3. Flotte - Commander Vice Admiral Saalwachter (Flag Ship KMS Deutschland)
CA KMS Deutschland.
CA KMS Admiral Scheer.
CA KMS Admiral Graf Spee.
CL KMS Emden.
CL KMS Koln.
CL KMS Karlsruhe.

5. Flotte - Commander Admiral Schulze (Flag Ship KMS Schlesien)
BC KMS Schlesien.
BC KMS Schleswig-Holstein.
CL KMS Leipzig.
CL KMS Nurberg.
CL KMS Konigsberg.

4. Flotte - Commander Rear Admiral Schuster
DD 4. Zerstörergeschwader.
1. Truppentransporterflotte.
2. Truppentransporterflotteansport Flotilla.

3 Flotte - Commander Rear Admiral Guse
DD 3. Zerstörergeschwader.
DD 1. Zerstörergeschwader.
3. Truppentransporterflotte.
(Joined Spanish Campaign in September after 3. Truppentransporterflotte completed construction)

I. Unterseebootsflotte - Commander Rear Admiral Marshall.
4. Unterseebootsflottille
II. Unterseebootsflotte - Commander Rear Admiral Nordeck.
2. Unterseebootsflottille.
3. Unterseebootsflottille.
(Joined Campaign September 28th).

Heer:-

Heersgruppe A - Commander Field Marshal Von Rundstedt

XXV Armeekorps-Commander Lt general Keitel W.
31. Infanterie Division
1. Gebirgsjager Division (Eng)

X Armeekorps - Commander Lt General Von Kressenstein.
20. Infanterie Division (Art).
21. Infanterie Division (AT).

XXII Armeekorps - Commander Mj General Busch.
26. Infanterie Division (Art).

XI Armeekorps - Commander Lt General Von Leeb
13. Infanterie Division (Art).
19. Infanterie Division (AT).

1. Panzer Division (Eng) - Commander Lt General Hausser.
2. Panzer Division - Commander General von Manstein.
3. Panzer Division (Eng) - Commander General Heinz Guderian.

Luftwaffe

1. Fliegerkorps - Commander Lt General Kesselring
KG 2 DO-17 Tactical Bomber 'Holzhammer'
KG 3 DO-17 Tactical Bomber 'Blitz'
KG 53 DO–17 Tactical Bomber 'Legion Condor'
JG 26 BF109D Interceptor 'Schlageter'

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Terrain Map Spain

July 27th. After receiving confirmation that the intervention campaign in the Spanish Civil War, was to proceed from OKW, OKM ordered 3 and 5 Flotte to put to sea and proceed to the Bay of Biscay and carry out naval interdiction patrols
OKH ordered the first divisions, XXV Armeekorps, to embark from Rostock, destination the Province of La Caruna in northern Spain, due to arrive August 4th.

July 28th. OKL ordered the deployment of 1. Fliegerkorps to deploy to La Caruna, upon arrival the Bf109’s of 1. Fliegerkorps were to carry out Air Superiority patrols.

August 3rd. Intelligence briefing, BF109’s of 1. Fliegerkorps, whilst on an air superiority mission over the province of Oviedo, report that they could see no enemy ground activity and that the province looks undefended. Runsdedt orders XXV Armeekorps to make a landing on the shores of Oviedo instead of landing in La Caruna.

August 4th. XXV Armeekorps makes an un-apposed landing on to the province of Oviedo, consolidates in positions and awaits re-enforcements.


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XXV Armeekorps Lands at Oviedo.

August 8th. X Armeekorps embarks from Wilhelmshafen, destination the province of Oviedo, due to arrive on August 11th.

August 11th. X Armeekorps disembarks in the province of Oviedo and re-enforces the German positions in the province.

August 13th. Rundstedt, orders X Armeekorps to redeploy to the province of Sigüenza and await orders.

August 15th. 2 and 3 Panzer Division embark from Wilhelmshafen, the province of Oviedo is determined not to be suitable for panzer operations, therefore 2 and 3 Panzer ordered to disembark in the province of La Caruna, due to arrive on August 19th.

August 19th. After arriving La Caruna, Rundstedt orders 2 and 3 Panzer to deploy to the province of Sigüenza to support X Armeekorps.

August 20th. Whilst X Armeekorps was on the move through the province of Burgos, Republican Forces managed to occupy the province of Sigüenza. In response Rundstedt orders X Armeekorps to attack the province of Sigüenza on the morning of the August 21st, before the Republican Forces have time to dig in. 1. Fliegerkorps would provide interdiction bombing and air cover.

August 21st. First Battle of Sigüenza. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Sigüenza. X Armeekorps have defeated divisions from Republican Spain.

August 22nd. 1 Panzer Division and XXII Armeekorps (minus 19. Infanterie Division), embark from Wilhelmshafen destination the province of La Caruna due to arrive August 25th.

August 25th. On arrival Rundstedt orders 1. Panzer Division and XXII Armeekorps arrive in La Caruna, to deploy to the province of Burgos.

August 27th. Second Battle of Sigüenza. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Sigüenza. X Armeekorps supported by 2 and 3 Panzer and divisions of Nationalist Spain, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, have defeated attacking divisions of Republican Spain, whilst moving into position in the province on Sigüenza.


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Second Battle of Sigüenza

August 28th. Third Battle of Sigüenza. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Sigüenza. X Armeekorps supported by 2 and 3 Panzer and divisions of Nationalist Spain, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, have defeated attacking divisions of Republican Spain whilst moving into position in the province on Sigüenza.

August 29th. Nationalist Spain deploys forces in the province of Sigüenza. Rundstedt orders X. Armeekorps and 2 and 3 Panzer Division to withdraw to the province of Burgos to regroup, after there heroic actions in the Battle for Sigüenza.

August 29th. XI. Armeekorps embarks from Kiel, destination the province of La Caruna due to arrive September 2nd.

September 2nd. On arrival Rundstedt orders XI, Armeekorps deploy to the province of Burgos.

September 6th. 19. Infanterie Division of XXI Armeekorps and Rundstedt's HQ embarks from Kiel destination the province of Oviedo, due to arrive September 9th.

September 9th. 19. Infanterie Division and Rundstedt's HQ disembark in the province of Oviedo.

All the allocated German ground forces had finally arrived in Spain, it had taken six weeks. During the move of the German ground forces OKM had reported no enemy naval activity in the Bay of Biscay. OKM therefore ordered 3. Flotte to rebase in the province of Seville and carry out naval interdiction patrols in the Western Mediterranean. 5. Flotte was to continue its naval interdiction patrols in the Bay of Biscay.

September 10th. 1, 2 and 3 Panzer Division together with X and XXI Armeekorps (minus 19.Infanterie division) ordered to move to new positions in the province of Sigüenza.

September 13th. XI Armeekorps arrives in the province of Burgos.

September 14th. Intelligence Briefing reported that the province of Valladolid to be lightly defended, Rundstedt orders XI Armeekorps with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, to attack the province on the morning of September 15th.

September 15th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Valladolid, XI Armeekorps supported by divisions of Nationalist Spain, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

September 18th. 3. Truppentransporterflotte deployed to Wilhelmshafen, made available for operations in the Spanish Campaign if needed.

Rundstedt evaluated his position and formulated his offensive strategy for the defeat of Republican Spain. Phase 1 was the attack on the province of Castellon by X Armeekorps, XXII Armeekorps and 1, 2 and 3 Panzer Division, the aim was to split the Republican Forces in half and establish a defensive line along the Rio Ebro against an expected counterattack against Castellon from the northern Republican forces. Once the expected counterattack was defeated Rundstedt planned to attack south, to the Province of Valencia and west to the Province of Guadalajara.

Phase 2 was the capture of Madrid and the destruction of the Republican Forces in the South.

Phase's 3, 4 and 5 was the destruction of the Republican Forces in the North.

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Offensive Plan September 18th

Rundstedt ordered a diversionary attack by XI. Armeekorps against Salamanca do draw the Republican attention on September 19th, with the main attack against Castellon to begin on September 21st.

September 19th. First Battle of Salamanca, Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Salamanca, XI Armeekorps, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

September 21st. Second Battle of Salamanca, Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Salamanca, XI Armeekorps have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

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Second Battle of Salamanca September 21st

September 21st. X Armeekorps, XXII Armeekorps and 1, 2 and 3 Panzer Division launch there attack on the province of Castellon. 1. Fliegerkorps would provide interdiction bombing and air cover

September 22nd. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province Castellon, X Armeekorps, XXII Armeekorps and 1 and 3 Panzer Division with, have defeated divisions of Republican Spain

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1. Panzer Division on the attack, in the province of Castellon.

September 24th. Rundstedt orders 19. Infanterie Division to deploy to the province of Valladolid.

September 26th. Province of Castellon occupied by 1, 2 and 3 Panzer Division. Republican Forces now split in two. 1 and 3 Panzer Division attack Valencia and after a brief skirmish Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Valencia 1 and 3 Panzer Division have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

Rundstedt also reports, ‘Victory’ in the province Castellon, 1 and 3 Panzer Division had won a battle after coming under attack by divisions of Republican Spain.

Rundstedt believes that the republicans are massing for the expected counter attack so orders 1 and 3 Panzer Division to hold there ground and await the arrival of X, XXII Armeekorps and 2. Panzer Divisions.

September 27th. 2 Panzer Division joins 2 and 3 Panzer Division in the province of Castellon. Rundstedt reports that the province of Castellon has come under attack by at least six divisions of Republican Spain.

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Battle of Castellon September 28th

September 28th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province Castellon, 1, 2 and 3 Panzer Division have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

OKM ordered I. Unterseebootsflotte to carry out convoy raiding 'Bay of Biscay' and II. Unterseebootsflotte to redeploy to Seville and carry out Convoy Raiding 'Costa del Sol' as the Republican's were expected to convoy supplies to there forces in the North. OKM also ordered 3. Flotte to carry out naval Interdiction operations in the 'Balearic Sea' of the coast of Eastern Spain.

October 2nd. Province of Valencia occupied by 1 Panzer Division and 1. Fliegerkorps redeployed to Valencia. Rundstedt orders 2. and 3. Panzer Division to launch an attack against the province of Guadalajara supported by X Armeekorps and 1. Panzer Division, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover.

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Battle of Guadalajara October 2nd​

October 3rd. The First Naval Encounter. OKM reports 'Victory', 5. Flotte has won a battle against the Navy of Republican Spain in the waters of the Bay of Biscaya Basin, no ships sunk. KMS Leipzig sustains severe damage and ordered back to Wilhelmshafen for repairs.

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KMS Leipzig.

October 4th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Guadalajara 2. and 3. Panzer Division supported by X Armeekorps and 1. Panzer Division, have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

October 5th. Second Naval Encounter, OKM reports 'Victory', 5. Flotte has won a battle against the Navy of Republican Spain in the waters of the South Bay of Biscaya, no ships sunk.

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Naval Battle South Bay of Biscaya October5th

In the Province of Guadalajara, 2. and 3. Panzer Division came under attack by divisions of Republican Spain. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Guadalajara.

19. Infantrie Division Supported by XI Armeekorps and 2. and 3. Panzer Division, with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover launch an attack against the province of Madrid. 2. and 3. Panzer Division break off there support actions after coming under attack by Divisions of republican Spain.

In response to the attack on 2 and 3 Panzer Division Rundstedt orders 1. Panzer Division to attack the province of Albacete to relieve the pressure on 2. and 3. Panzer Division.

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Battle for Albacete October 5th 1936

October 5th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Albacete, 1. Panzer Division has won their battle against divisions of Republican Spain.

October 6th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Albacete and Madrid, 1. Panzer Division has won a battle after coming under attack by divisions of Republican Spain and 19. Infantrie Division Supported by XI Armeekorps has won its battle against divisions of Republican Spain.

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Republican Forces take casualties in the battle for Guadalajara.

Rundstedt reports 'Defeat' in the province of Guadalajara, 2. and 3. Panzer Division has lost the battle for Guadalajara and are forced to withdraw to the province of Castellon to regroup and reorganize.

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October 6th Guadalajara.​
October 9th to 17th. Due to 2 and 3 Panzer Divisions defeat Rundstedt orders a pause in offensive operation's to takes place so he can take stock of the position, reorganize and redeploy his forces. One of the first things Rundstedt does is to order 1. Panzer Division is withdrawn from its exposed position in the province of Albacete and re-deploy to the province of Valencia.

Rundstedt blames the defeat on the poor performance of the Pzkfw I, and the lack of Infantry support for the Panzer Divisions.

Rundstedt convenes a battle field meeting with the commanders of the Panzer Divisions, General Paul Hausser (1. Panzer Division). General Erich von Manstein (2. Panzer Division) and General Heinz Guderian (3. Panzer Division).

Rundstedt “Gentlemen I need to know what in your view is the reason for the defeat in Guadalajara, we need to urgently learn the lessons of defeat and put remedial actions in place. We can not afford another defeat. I can tell you that Hitler is not too pleased at the news of this one. I have assured him that it’s just a temporary set back and that overall things a going well! Heinz!”

General Heinz Guderian “Gert, I believe the main reason for the defeat is the fact that we are supposed to lead an attack with the Pzkfw I which is next to useless, there machine guns are useless against the Republican Russian T26 Panzers. I have ordered our engineers to mount 20mm cannons on some of our panzers, but there’s only a limited number available. We have also captured a number of T26’s which we are putting into service in the Panzer Divisions.”

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Pzkfw I mounting the 20mm Cannon. Spain 1936.


Rundstedt “Thank you Heinz, Erich!”

Von Manstein “Gert I agree totally with Heinz, one should also be aware that we rely on the Infantry’s support in the attack especially there Artillery and Anti-Panzer Brigades. Our Panzer Divisions have been equipped with engineering brigades to assist in the speedy advance into enemy territory not engage in prolonged breakthrough battles.”

Rundstedt “Thank you Erich, Paul”

Paul Hausser, “Gert, I totally agree with Heinz and Erich. I would like to add that we are able to defend against Infantry attacks but at Guadalajara we came under attack be the enemies Panzers, which we were hard pressed to defend against having no Artillery or Anti-Panzer Brigades. It is my view that we could have defeated the Republican by now if only we didn’t have to constantly wait for the Infantry to catch up and give us support, we need to make the Infantry more mobile, which I believe is the view of Heinz and Erich.”

Rundstedt “That may be the case Paul and I will put your suggestion’s to OKH, in the mean time we will have to make do with what we’ve got. Do I need to ask OKH for re-enforcements?”

General Paul Hausser, General Erich von Manstein and General Heinz Guderian assured Von Rundstedt that with the measures they were taking, up gunning the Pzkfw I. Putting the Captured T26 in Panzer Division service and with the support of the Infantry, they could continue with offensive operations against the Republican forces. They also reassured Von Rundstedt that there were sufficient forces available to win the campaign.

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The German Panzer Division's press Captured Republican T26's into service,
to compensate for the inadequacy of the PzKfw I.

As the province of Guadalajara was not occupied by Republican forces Rundstedt orders 1. and 3. Panzer Division to re-occupy the province and redeploys 2. Panzer Division (in the worse shape after its defeat in Guadalajara) to the province of Valencia.

October 17th. Rundstedt orders, 1. and 3. Panzer Division supported by XI Armeekorps and 19. Infantrie Division with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, to launch an attack on the province of Badajoz.

October 18th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Badajoz, 1. and 3. Panzer Division supported by XI Armeekorps and 19. Infantrie Division, have won there battle against divisions of Republican Spain.

Nationalist Divisions occupy the province of Albacete.

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Battle of Badajoz October 17th

October 18th to November 2nd. Rundstedt redeploys his forces ready for the defeat of the last of the Republican divisions in the province of Huelva, XI Armeekorps are deployed to the province of Badajoz and 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division are deployed to Albacete.

19. Infantrie Division is ordered to rejoin XXII Armeekorps.

November 1st. Nationalist Divisions launch an attack against the Republican forces in the province of Huelva and by the 2nd the Nationalist Divisions have defeated the forces of Republican Spain.

All Republican forces in the south of Spain have now been defeated.

Rundstedt orders the redeployment of all German divisions in the South of Spain to the province of Castellon to prepare for the attack on the Republican forces in the north, Planned for November 10th.

November 10th. Rundstedt orders XXV Armeekorps supported by X, XXII and 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division with 1. Fliegerkorps providing interdiction bombing and air cover, to attack the province of Saragossa.

November 11th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Saragossa, XXV Armeekorps supported by X, XXII and 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division, have defeated divisions of Republican Spain.

November 12th. Rundstedt orders X and XXII Armeekorps supported by 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division to attack the province of Tarragona, 1. Fliegerkorps would provide interdiction bombing and air cover, once the breakthrough in the province of Tarragona was achieved, 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division was ordered to advance into the province of Barcelona.

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Battle for Tarragona November 12th.

November 14th. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Tarragona X and XXII Armeekorps supported by 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division have won there battle against divisions of Republican Spain.

OKM reports 'Victory' Balearic Sea, 3. Flotte have won a battle against the Navy of Republican Spain, the following Ships were sunk. Flotte de Torpederas No 2 (DD).

November 17th. 1. and 3. Panzer Division occupies the Province of Barcelona.

November 18th. 1. 2. and 3. Panzer Division re-deployed to the province of Saragossa and X Armeekorps to the province of Barcelona.

OKM reports 'Victory' Balearic Sea, 3. Flotte have won a battle against the Navy of Republican Spain, no ships reported sunk.

3. Flotte ordered to redeploy to La Caruna and carry out naval interdiction patrols in the Bay of Biscay.

December 1st. Rundstedt orders 1. and 3. Panzer Division supported by XI, XXII, XXV Armeekorps and 2.Panzer Division to attack the province of Bilbao.

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Battle for Bilbao December 1st.

December 2nd. Rundstedt reports, ‘Victory’ in the province of Bilbao 1. and 3. Panzer Division supported by XI, XXII, XXV Armeekorps and 2.Panzer Division, have won there battle against divisions of Republican Spain.

December 6th. The German Campaign in Spain is now over, mopping up operations are left to the Nationalist forces and German Divisions are Ordered to deploy to Port Provinces for embarkation back to Germany.

December 16th. 1. and 3. Panzer Division occupies the province of Bilbao.

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1 and 3 Panzer Division occupies the province of Bilbao December 16th 1936.

OKM reports 'Victory' Bay of Biscaya, 5. Flotte have won a battle against the Navy of Republican Spain, no ships reported sunk.

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Naval Battle South Bay of Biscaya December 16th

December 17th. Intelligence briefing Nationalist Spain has Annexed Republican Spain, which is now part of their nation.

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Annexation December 17th.​
 
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Hi Brasidas,

Great to see that you have read my AAR, hope you liked it?

No I didn't know that research bonuses didn't work, but it does not matter, one has to use the best ministers for the Job even if it does not actually have any effect.

I hope to be in a position to post the next gripping installment soon.
 
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The Build up continues.

During the five months of the Spanish Campaign the following occurred in Germany:-

August 6th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Konrad Zuse has completed his research into Basic Computing Machine. Konrad Zuse given the new task to develop Basic Computing.

September 10th. Armaments briefing from Konstantin Hierl, Heinkel Flugaeugwerke have completed their research into Basic Close Support Aircraft, Messerschmitt given the project to develop Basic Fighter.

Junkers Ju87 'Stuka' Dive Bomber could now be put into production.

September 10th. Armaments briefing. I.G. Fagen have completed their research into Agricultural Production. Siemens given the Radar Warning project to develop Basic Decimetric's.

November 8th. Armaments briefings, Krupp have completed their research into improved machine Tools. I.G. Farben given the project to develop Advanced Machine Tools.

December 10th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed. Kriegmarinewerft have completed their research into Basic Air carrier and have been given the new project to research Improved air Carrier. This carrier it was hopped should be capable of carrying the BF109 Fighter and Ju87 'Stuka' Dive Bomber.

The Campaign in Spain is Over 'Victory' for the Nationalists and Germany.

December 17th. OKW Briefing, 'Victory' in the War in Spain. Nationalist Forces supported by the Forces of Germany have been victorious in there fight against the forces of Republican Spain. Nationalist Spain was now a firm ally of Germanys.

Intelligence briefing Nationalist Spain have Annexed Republican Spain, which is now part of there nation.

Hitler considered the Victory in Spain as a German one and was overjoyed at the news. He instructed the Foreign Office to give Nationalist Spain all the assistance that Germany could, blue prints, materials etc, to improving there infrastructure and armaments industries, in return Germany not only gained an ally but also received blue prints for a Basic Strategic Bomber.

December 20th. Armaments briefing from Konstantin Hierl, New Technology Developed Konrad Zuse has completed his research into Basic Encryption Devices. Hitler realized that due to the problems that the military had in Spain that more research effort should be diverted to the military, Mauser Werke was therefore given the project to develop Basic Infantry Division.

Year 1937.

January 2nd, the last of the Victorious German troops return from Spain to a hero's welcome.

Hitler held a 'Status of the Nation' meeting on January 5th, Present were Foreign Minister 'Constantin von Neurath', Intelligence Minister 'Wilhelm Canaris', Armaments Minister 'Konstantin Hierl', Wehrmacht Headquarters (OKW) Chief of Staff 'Ludwig Beck', Chief of the Luftwaffe 'Hermann Goring', Chief of the Heer 'Werner Von Fritsch' and Chief of the Kreigsmarine 'Erich Raeder'

Hitler, “Gentleman, first I would like to congratulate you all on the Victorious outcome of our intervention in Spain. This Victory will prove to the rest of the world that Germany is once again a nation to be respected. You can now update me on the current status of our Nation; I also would like to hear your views on our armed forces performance in the campaign in Spain. Constantin you will please give an over view of our current Diplomatic relations."

Von Neurath, "Mein Führer, after our 'victorious' intervention in Spain. Nationalist Spain is now a firm ally of Germany, who we are helping as much as we can to improve there Industrial and military infrastructure. Our relations with Russia, France and Great Britain have been damaged, but I'm sure they will get over it! Mein Führer, Hungary are leaning Very closely to our way of thinking and could potentially be an ally, they just need a little more persuading!"

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Europe January 1937.

Hitler, "Good, keep up the good work make it clear to Hungary that by joining with Germany there will be great benefits use Spain as an example, Industrial Military and Research assistance will be given to all those who join with Germany. We will pursue our expansion goals in Europe through peaceful means, by persuading our friends in Austria and Czechoslovakia the merits of unification with Germany. Constantin you are to subtly make clear to the other countries in Europe and the rest of the world that Germany pose no military threat and has only peaceful intent. Wilhelm, please present your intelligence briefing"

Wilhelm Canaris, "Mein Führer, there is no significant build up of military forces to oppose Germany"

Canaris handed out documents outlining the current status of armed forces of the major powers.

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Kreigsmarine January 1937

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Heer January 1937

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Luftwaffe January 1937

Hitler, "Thank you! Konstantin your briefing please."

Konstantin Hierl, "Mein Führer, we have been researching heavily in industrial projects and they are now starting to show good results, our project teams are currently researching, Basic Decimetric Radar 'Siemens', Advanced Machine Tools 'I.G. Farben ', Basic Infantry Division 'Mauser Werke', Improved Air Carrier 'Kriegmarinewerft' and Basic Fighter 'Messerschmitt'."

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Industrial Capacity Jan 1937

Hitler, "Thank you! Wilhelm. Ludwig status of the armed forces please!"

Ludwig Beck, "Mein Führer, over the last year our armed forces have grown slowly with the addition of a couple of ships and a few Infantry Divisions. We are currently carrying out major research projects before we expend effort in major expansion, Currently under construction are Two Battleships, One HQ Division, Two Infanterie Divisions, Four Junkers Ju87 'Stuka' Geschwaders, 2 Tactical Bomber Do-17 Geschwaders and Six Garrison Divisions for boarder security, we also have a few Artillery and Engineer Brigades being formed to support our Infanterie Divisions. Mein Führer, we have also finished upgrading our armed forces to the latest equipment, for example our Bomber and Interceptor Geschwaders are now equipped with the Do-17 Bombers and BF109D Interceptors."

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Bf109D Interceptor - Model

Ludwig handed out a model of the BF109D for those present to look at, when Goring got hold of the model he started waving it through the air in imitation dog-fights and making machine gun noises, after a few seconds Goring realized what he was doing and sheepishly placed the model on the Table.

Ludwig Beck continued, "Our Armed forces performed well in the Interdiction Campaign in Spain, the only major problems being the slow deployment of Divisions to Spain and the time it took to tactically deploy divisions in the field, with the exception of the Panzer Divisions. The Panzer Divisions only performed well when supported by the Infantry, this I believe was manly due to the poor performance of the Pzkfw I. The Kreigsmarine only had a couple of minor skirmishes with the Republican Navy, with manger damage to four of our ships, one which had to return to port for repairs ‘KMS Liepzig’, the other three in the last day’s of the war and so returned to base with the rest of the Flotte ‘KMS Deutschland, KMS Admiral Scheer and KMS Emden."

Hitler, "I see, its good the war ended when it did then! Erich your briefing please."

Erich Raeder, "Mein Führer, the Kreigsmarine performed well in the Interdiction Campaign in Spain, with 'KMS Deutschland' being victorious and sinking 'Flotilla Torpederas No 2' of Republican Spain in a significant naval engagement, the rest of the time the Republican Navy hid in Port. They only sent their navy out to fight in the last days of the War even though we were out numbered we still managed to achieve a great Victory. We are a great way in refining the tactics of the Rudel and eagerly await the first of the Battleships, under construction and the Carriers. Once we have finished researching the 'Improved Air Carrier' we will start building them, as soon as possible, the construction time for these carriers will be about a year. These carriers will be able to carry the Ju87 'Stuka' and BF109 fighters and will be a match for anything Great Britain or any other navy could put against us. I am confident the Carrier Rudels will be a potent offensive weapon for Germany to rule the seas."

Hitler, "I Agree, we will start building the Carriers as soon as possible and as resources allow, Werner please your briefing."

Werner von Fritsch, "Mein Führer, first I will give a brief overview of our victorious forces performance in the interdiction campaign in Spain. Our Infanterie Divisions performed well and were able to meet all tasks and objectives set for them. Our Panzer divisions performance unfortunately were not so good, they lost in the major battle for the province of Guadalajara and were forced to withdraw to regroup, this was predominantly due to the pore performance of the PzKfw I, which was no match for the Republican (Russian) T26 Panzer, which mounted a 45mm gun against the MG34 Machine Guns of the Pzkfw I. After the battle our Panzer Divisions put captured T26 Panzers into service and even mounted 20mm Cannons on the Pzkfw I to make it more effective, this improved matters and from then on the Panzer Divisions performed well. The only major problem was that the Panzer Divisions had had to wait for the Infanterie to catch up to consolidate the captured territory and support the next attack."

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PzKfw I, mounting a 20mm Cannon, Spain 1936.

Werner Continued, "Mein Führer, we need better Panzer's and more Mobile Infanterie to work with the Panzer Divisions in the Attack, I have plans to form Motorized Infanterie Divisions that will be able to keep up with the Panzers and give support and consolidate captured territory."

Hitler, "Good, we will develop new and better panzers as the resources become available. How is Heinz Guderian progressing?"

Werner von Fritsch, "Mein Führer, Heinz is progressing well and is now able to put the lessons learned in Spain to good use. He is refining his concept of Lightning War (Blitzkrieg); I will instruct him to send details to your office"

Hitler, "Thank you Werner, now Hermann your briefing please."

Hermann Goring, "Mein Führer, we are currently developing ‘an all out fighter’ version of the BF109 and which will be superior to every current Fighter and will be able to rule the skies for years to come. We have finished developing the Ju87 'Stuka' and have currently four hundred in production, with the first batch due for completion shortly. We have received plans from Nationalist Spain of a Strategic Bomber; I believe we should develop this as soon as possible. Our Bomber and Fighter Geschwaders we sent to assist our forces sent to Spain performed well and the BF109D Fighter was more than a match for the Fighters the Republicans were able to put against them."

Hitler, "Hermann, as I have stated before we have no need for a Strategic Bomber, but as we have the plans we can design one, but there will be no plans to put it into production."

Hermann Goring had at least got Hilter's approval to design a Strategic Bomber and Germany would be able to build them if needed.

Hitler, "Thank you gentleman, we have a lot to do, but alas with only limited resources, which I'm working to resolve, when we have finished developing the Improved Air Carrier we will put a research team onto researching better Armor and Artillery, but we should wait until Heinz Guderian reports to see what type of Panzer's will be best suited for his concept of Blitzkrieg warfare. Good Day Gentlemen!"

January 24th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed Siemens has completed his research into basic Decimetric Radar. Konrad Zuse given the project to research Improved Computing.

May 17th. Germany, Italy and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact.

June 5th. Intelligence briefing. Manckukuo and Japan have declared war against Nationalist China. Japan has also declared war on Guangxi Cligue and Shanxi.

June 17th. Foreign Office reported to Hitler that Hungary had agreed to join Germany’s Military alliance with Nationalist Spain. Hitler was overjoyed at the News and instructed the Foreign office to give Hungary all the assistance possible to improve there Industrial, Military and resource position

June 18th. Intelligence briefing. Nationalist China have annexed Shanxi which is now part of there nation.

July 5th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Messerschmitt have completed their research into Basic Fighters, Messerschmitt given the Project Basic Strategic Bomber.

July 6th. Armaments briefing. I.G. Farben have completed their research into Advanced Machine Tools, I.G. Farben given the project of Advanced Construction.

September 1st. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Kriegmarinewerft have completed their research into Improved Air Carrier. Kriegmarinewerft given the project to develop Basic Destroyer.

September 17th. Started construction of Two Improved Aircraft Carrier's.

September 27th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Messerschmitt have completed their research into Basic Strategic Bomber. Messerschmitt given the project to develop an Improved Interceptor.

November 15th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Konrad Zuse has completed his research into Improved Computing Machine, Heinz Guderian given the project to develop the doctrine of Blitzkrieg.

December 13th. Armaments briefing. New Technology developed, I.G. Farben have completed their research into Advanced Construction Engineering, I.G. Farben given the project to develop better Production Control processes.

Kreigsmarines first Battleship 'KMS Bismarck' commissioned

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KMS Bismarck.

December 18th, Armaments briefing New Technology developed, Kriegmarinewerft have completed their research into Basic Destroyer, Krupp given the project to develop a better Basic Light Panzer.

Year 1938.

Hitler held a 'Status of the Nation' meeting on January 4th, Present were Foreign Minister 'Constantin von Neurath', Intelligence Minister 'Wilhelm Canaris', Armaments Minister 'Konstantin Hierl', Wehrmacht Headquarters (OKW) Chief of Staff 'Ludwig Beck'.

Hitler, "Good day gentlemen, I've call this meeting to be briefly updated on Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and the current status of the Armed Forces. Constantin if you would like to begin"

Constantin von Neurath, "Mein Führer, we have had a good year and have managed to persuade Hungary to join our military alliance with Nationalist Spain, Portugal I understand from Wilhelm, are most likely to Join before the end of the year, they just need a little bit more persuading of the benefits. We are giving both Hungary and Nationalist Spain all the assistance we can to improve their military and industrial capacity, they have both already seen major benefits of being in the alliance."

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Europe January 1938.

Hitler, "Constantin, you must improve relations with the USA, with its Industrial Capacity the USA must be kept out of any future war in Europe."

Constantin von Neurath, "Mein Führer, we have been trying, but they still have negative feelings about us. I will instruct our ambassador to try harder."

Hitler, "You do that! Now Wilhelm, what intelligence do you have?"

Wilhelm Canaris. "Mein Führer, things are looking good in Europe, Portugal is sure to join our military alliance with Hungary and Nationalist Spain before the end of the Year. Italy, Bulgaria and Rumania are showing signs that they may join the 'Axis' alliance, this is the term the British and French have given to the German military alliance with Nationalist Spain and Hungary, they call it the 'Axis of Evil'. Stalin is still 'in his paranoid way' killing all his Generals, at this rate he will have corporals leading his armies instead of Generals, looks good for us, even thou he has a huge Army 'of peasants', he's no threat to our security. France are still stuck in there Maginot mentality and are still building fortresses on the German French Boarder, to blind to see that an attacker can just go around them, the French make me laugh, they still think there fighting the first war. The British are our only real threat in Europe with their huge Navy they rule the sea, but they only have a small Army which will not be a threat to Germany on land."

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Kreigsmarine January 1938

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Heer January 1938

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Luftwaffe January 1938

Hitler, "Thank you Wilhelm, now Ludwig please give your overview of the military"

Ludwig Beck, "Mein Führer, Our military is slowly growing, we are at full industrial capacity, with all these new technological developments our research teams are giving us, its a constant battle to keep the military up to date, we will need to divert more of our industrial capacity to doing this."

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Industrial Capacity January 1938

Hitler, "I agree, there are other way's to improve things, all you need do is be patient! Now continue."

Ludwig Beck, "Mein Führer, we currently have under construction, One Battleship, Four Aircraft Carriers (two in series production), Four Carrier Air groups (series), Six BF109 Fighter Geschwaders (series), Two Ju87 'Stuka' Geschwaders (series), one Tactical Bomber Do17 Geschwader and a Cavalry Division, with a few Artillery and Engineer Brigades being formed to support our Infanterie Divisions. Its good to see that we have started to develop better Panzers, Guderian will be pleased, he is putting the finishing touches to his new Doctrine of Blitzkrieg 'Lighting War'."

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Carrier 'Graf Zeppelin under construction Kiel.

Hitler, "Thank you, Ludwig, Konstantin please give your report!"

Konstantin Hierl, "Mein Führer, our research teams are currently working on the following projects, Heinz Guderian 'Blitzkrieg', I.G. Farben 'Production Control, Mauser Werke 'Basic Infanterie Division, Krupp 'Basic Light Panzer and Messerschmitt 'Basic Interceptor', research is progressing well."

Hitler, "Thank you gentlemen."

January 8th, General staff briefing. Hjalmar Schacht appointed as Armaments Minister.

February 8th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Mauser Werke have completed their research into Basic Infanterie Division, Opel given the project to research Rear Area Vehicle Repair.

February 10th. Werner von Fritsch forced to retire. Walter von Brouchitsch appointed as OKH Chief of Staff.

February 27th, Armaments briefing. New technology Developed, Messerschmitt have completed their research into Basic Interceptor. Heinkel Fligzeugwerke given the project to develop a basic Naval Bomber.

March 6th. Foreign Office informed Hitler that Austria had accepted his irresistible proposal of Annexation; they were now part of the Glorious Nation of Germany.

March 24th, Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Opel have completed their research into Rear Area Vehicle Repair. Mauser Werke given the project to develop Early Marine Division.

March 30th, Construction of the last Ju87 'Stuka' Geschwader cancelled to free up industrial capacity.

April 4th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Krupp have completed their research into Basic Light Panzer (Pzkfw 11C), Krupp given the Project to develop Improved Light Panzer.

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PzKfw II, Armament 20mm Cannon and MG34

April 21st. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Heinz Guderian has completed his research into Blitzkrieg Doctrine, Ernst Udet given the research project Battlefield Interdiction Doctrine.

June 2nd. All Panzer Divisions Upgraded to Pzkfw IIC.

June 26th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Ernst Udet has completed his research into Battlefield Interdiction Doctrine, Ernst Udet given the project Strafing Doctrine.

June 30th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Mauser Werke have completed their research into Early Marine Division, Mauser Werke given project Basic Motorized Division.

Orders given to form Six New Panzer Divisions (Pzkfw IIC) series production.

June 9th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, I.G. Farben have completed their research into Production Control. I.G. Farben given the project Production Planning.

July 15th. Foreign Office informed Hitler that Portugal has agreed to join our military alliance with Nationalist Spain and Hungary. Hitler was delighted at the News and instructed the Foreign office to give Portugal all the assistance possible to improve there Industrial and military capacity.

Hitler was delighted at the News.

July 15th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Heinkel Fligzeugwerke have completed their research into Basic Naval Bomber. Konrad Zuse given the project to research Advanced Computing.

September 21st. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Krupp have completed their research into Improved Light Panzer (Pzkfw IIF), Pzkfw I is now obsolete. Krupp given the project Basic Field Artillery.

September 30th. The Treaty of Munich, Germany Demands and receives the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia.

October 7th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Ernst Udet has completed his research into Strafing Doctrine. Ernst Udet given the project Direct Ground Support Doctrine.

October 12th. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, Mauser Werke have completed their research into Basic Motorized Division. MAN given the project Early Panzer Destroyer (utilizing the obsolete pzkfw I chassis).

December 2nd. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, I.G. Farben have completed their research into Production Planning. I.G. Farben given the project Assembly Line Experimentation.

December 23rd. Armaments briefing. New Technology Developed, MAN have completed their research into Early Panzer Destroyer, Panzerjaeger I developed and ready to put into production.

Year 1939

Hitler held a 'Status of the Nation' meeting on January 3rd, Present were Foreign Minister 'Constantin von Neurath', Intelligence Minister 'Wilhelm Canaris', Armaments Minister 'Hjalmar Schacht', Wehrmacht Headquarters (OKW) Chief of Staff 'Ludwig Beck'.

Hitler, “Good morning gentleman. I have called this meeting so you can update me on the current status of our Nation, Constantin you will please give an over view of our Diplomatic relations.”

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Europe January 1939

Constantin Von Neurath, "Mein Führer, we have again had a good year and have managed to persuade Portugal to join our military alliance with Nationalist Spain and Hungary. I understand from Wilhelm that Italy, Romania and Bulgaria are most likely to join the Military Alliance soon, they just need a little bit more persuading of the benefits. We currently have very good relations with Argentina and it may be worth persuading them to join the axis alliance in the future. We are giving our allies all the assistance we can to improve their military and industrial capacity; they are already seeing major benefits of being in the alliance. Austria and the Sudetenland have been integrated into the nation and we have been working Very hard at improving our relations with the US, our relations are now very positive. Great Britain and France are wary of our intentions but they have not withdrawn diplomatic relations with us or any of our alliance countries”.

Hitler, “Good news regarding the US, Wilhelm your briefing please.”

Wilhelm Canaris handed out documents outlining the current status of armed forces of the major powers.

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Kreigsmarine January 1939.

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Heer January 1939.

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Luftwaffe January 1939.

Wilhelm Canaris, “Mein Führer, things are still looking good for us in Europe; Czechoslovakia is on the verge of breaking up, we will soon be able to integrate the rest of Czechoslovakia into our nation. Great Britain and France are wary of our intentions, but do not want war. Poland have approached and joined a military alliance with France, Great Britain and its commonwealth countries, for some reason best known to themselves they have amassed at least ninety percent of their Army along our border, at the last count there's at least sixty divisions.”

Hitler, “I'm not surprised! I have demanded land access to East Prussia; they have been told that my patience will only last so long! We have no plans to attack Poland at present, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Constantin, you need to reassure the Poles that Germany only has peaceful intentions. Now Wilhelm please continue.”

Wilhelm Canaris, “Mein Führer, Mussolini is ambitious but he is wavering regarding joining the axis alliance, he wants to be on the 'winning side' and will not join the axis alliance until he is confident. Bulgaria and Romania are still looking likely to join the Axis alliance soon.”

Hitler, “I was in Italy recently were Mussolini showed off his military, I tell you I was not impressed! Who needs the Italian's anyway! They will come crawling and begging to join the axis alliance you wait and see! Wilhelm please continue.”

Wilhelm Canaris, “Mein Führer, there is no significant build up of military forces in Europe bar Russia, France and Great Britain do not want a war, as was proved regarding the Sudetenland. Nothing has changed in Russia, Stalin must have killed most of his Generals by now, Huge Army no leaders, what a fool!”

Hitler, “Thank you Wilhelm, Ludwig your briefing please!”

Ludwig Beck, “Mein Führer, we currently have under construction, Three marine Division (series), Six Motorized Divisions (series), Four Aircraft Carriers (two parallel series), One Battleship, Two Carrier Air Groups, Four Fighter Geschwaders (series), Five Panzer Divisions (series) and a number of Brigades. Our biggest problem is that there is not enough industrial capacity to upgrade our forces with the latest equipment. Our research teams are developing new equipment at a prodigious rate and we can't keep up, I have prioritized the Panzer Divisions and the Luftwaffe for new equipment! But its slow in coming.”

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Industrial Capacity Jan 1939.

Hitler, “Good! Hjalmar you have been appointed to increase industrial capacity, we would like to hear how you are doing? Your briefing please.”

Hjalmar Schacht “Mein Führer, I'm pleased to inform you that we have been able to increase Industrial Capacity by Ten Percent. This extra capacity is being used to upgrade our military with the latest equipment. We currently have under research; Direct Ground Support Doctrine (Ernst Udet), it's no good having all this new technology if the military don't know how to use it! Assembly Line Experimentation (I.G. Farben), Basic Medium Panzer (Krupp) this is the Pzkfw III and will be the main battle panzer of the Heer. Also being researched is Basic Field Artillery (Rheinmetall) and Advanced Computing Machine (Konrad Zuse).”

Hitler, “I am pleased with the progress so far. Thank you gentlemen.”

January 6th. Armament briefing. New Technology Developed, Ernst Udet has completed his research into Direct Ground Support Doctrine. Hermann Goring given the research project Logistical Strike Doctrine.

General staff briefing. Due to the sudden death of Hjalmar Schacht, Walter Funk is appointed Armaments Minister.

January 8th. Armament briefing. New Technology Developed, Rheinmetall have completed their research into basic field Artillery. MAN given the research project Early Self-propelled Artillery.

February 3rd. General Staff Briefing, Joachim Von Ribbentrop appointed Foreign Minister replacing Constantin von Neurath. This comes as a surprise to many nations and rumors abound about why he’s spending so much time in the Soviet Union!

March 10th. Intelligence briefing. Romania have had a sudden change of Government. Germany has established diplomatic relations with the New Government of Romania. This comes as a disappointment to Hitler as he was hopping that Rumania would join the Axis Alliance, but because Germany needs the Oil supplied by Rumania he chooses not to intervene. He instructs the Foreign office to test relations and see if they can persuade the new Government to join the Axis.

March 15th. The End of Czechoslovakia, Hitler agreed to install Tiso as a puppet leader in Slovakia and the rest of Czechoslovakia was annexed by Germany. Slovakia agreed to join the Axis Alliance. One Czech Light Panzer Division and two Infanterie Divisions agreed to join the German Heer, there addition was welcomed.

March 24th. Lithuania agrees to let the German dominated Province of Memel join the German Nation.

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Germany March 24th 1939

In response to the German dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, Great Britain and France responded by guaranteeing the integrity of the Polish state.

Hitler realizing that Poland would not bend to his Demands for the return of the Posen, Upper Silesia and the Prussian Districts, ceded to Poland under the Versailles Treaty, instructed OKW to draw up Plans for the Invasion of Poland. Hitler realized that an Invasion of Poland may lead to Soviet Union Intervention, this was why he had appointed Joachin Von Ribbentrop as foreign Minister and given him the secret task of negotiating a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union.

March 26th. Intelligence briefing, Italy have declared war on there enemies Albania.

April 12th. Armament briefing. New Technology Developed, Hermann Goring has completed his research into Logistical Strike Doctrine. Ernst Udet given the project Bomber Veteran Initiative.

April 14th. Armament briefing. New Technology Developed, MAN have completed their research into Early Self-propelled Artillery. Mauser Werke given the project Early Airborne Division.

Intelligence briefing. Italy have Annexed Albania, which is now part of their Nation.

May 11th. Armament briefing. New Technology Developed, Krupp has completed their research into Basic Medium Panzer, the Pzkfw III can now be put in production. Krupp given the project Basic Heavy Panzer.

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Early Pzkfw III Undergoing Trials. Armament 37mm Gun Plus
2 x MG34.Upgraded to a 50mm Gun in Later Models.

The production of the last Three Panzer Divisions (Pzkfw IIC) were cancelled and the production of Three New Panzer Divisions (Pzkfw III) started. Priority was given to upgrading the Six Panzer Divisions to the Pzkfw III.

June 29th. Armaments Briefing, New Technology Developed. Ernst Udet has completed his research into Bomber Veteran Initiative. Ernst Udet given the new project Night Strikes Doctrine.

July 4th. Armaments Briefing, New Technology Developed. Mauser Werke have completed their research into Early Airborne Division. Heinkel Flugzeugwerke given the new project Basic Tactical Bomber.

July 17th. General Staff briefing. 3. Panzer Division have been re-equipped with the new Pzkfw III.

July 24th. General Staff briefing. 2. Panzer Division have been re-equipped with the new Pzkfw III.

July 25th. Armaments Briefing, New Technology Developed. I.G. Farben have completed their research into Assembly Line Experimentation. I.G. Farben given the new project Ship Assembly Line.

July 30th. Foreign Office Briefing. The Non Aggression Pact with Poland has expired.

August 19th. Armaments Briefing, New Technology Developed. Konrad Zuse has completed his research into Advanced Computing Machine. Konrad Zuse given the new project Basic Decryption Devices.

August 21st. Germany's First Carrier 'KMS Graf Zeppelin' has finished construction, deployed to Rostock to join 5. Flotte and undergo sea trials. Equipped with 1. Carrier Air Gruppe.

August 22nd. Germany's Second Carrier 'KMS Peter Strasser' completed construction, deployed to Rostock to join 3. Flotte. Equipped with 2. Carrier Air Gruppe.

August 24th. Foreign Office informed Hitler that the Molotov - Ribbentrop Pact had been signed, this freed Hitler to order the invasion of Poland. The news shocked the rest of the world, this was the last thing they were expecting. What they did not know was that also stated in the Pact was that Poland was to be partitioned between Germany and the Soviet Union, if Germany were to invade, bounded approximately by the Rivers Narew and Bug.

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Germany - Polish. Border August 29th 1939

August 30th. Hitler gave Poland a Final ultimatum; agree to his demands 'Danzig' or War. Poland chose War!
 
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August 30th. Hitler gave Poland a Final ultimatum; agree to his demands 'Danzig' or War. Poland chose War!

historical all the way! nice! :D

please realize, i don't mind historical results as long as they are victories! :cool:
 

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historical all the way! nice! :D

please realize, i don't mind historical results as long as they are victories! :cool:

Thank's GhostWiter, but it's not quite historical. Germany is in an alliance with Nationalist Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Slovakia.

Germany has taken Military control over Slovakia and Hungary but not Portugal and Nationalist Spain. This has had interesting results as you will see when I do my next Post, hopefully Tonight.
 

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Nice read. Great pictures, some of which I never saw before. :)
 

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Nice read. Great pictures, some of which I never saw before. :)

Thanks Murmurandus.

I'm glad you like it :)

I will be interspersing my AAR with a number of Picture's to give it added effect.
 

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The Polish Campaign

Disposition of Axis Forces August 29th.

Guarding the Western Border

III. Heersgruppe (West) - General Von Berendt.
[Rostock]
I. Marinekorps - Mj General Alpers
1. Marine - Sturm - Division (Eng)
[Lubeck]
I. Armeekorps - General Von Gsebeck F.
1. Infanterie - Division (Art)
[Kiel]
XXXVI Armeekorps - Mj General Von Salmuth
52. Infanterie - Division (AA)
[Wilhelmshafen]
XXXII Armeekorps - Mj General Von Strauss
46. Infanterie - Division (AA)
[Aachen]
VI Armeekorps - Lt General Halder
16. Infanterie - Division (AA)
[Cologne]
XXVI Armeekorps - Mj General Paulas
213. Sicherungs - Division
[Saarbricken]
XXX Armeekorps - Lt General Geib
201. Sicherungs - Division (AA)
141. Sicherungs - Division
VI ArmeeCavkorps - Mj General Hanneken
2. Kavallerie - Division
[Stuttgart]
III. Heersgruppe HQ
XXXIII Armeekorps - Lt General Hansen E.
203. Sicherungs Division
II. Armeekorps - Lt General Heitz
4. Infanterie - Division (Art)
7. Infanterie - Division (AT)
3. Infanterie - Division (Art)
XI Armeekorps - Lt General Becker K.
33. Infanterie - Division (AT)
34. Infanterie - Division (Art)
36. Infanterie - Division (AA)
[Freiberg]
XXXVIII Armeekorps - Lt General Reymann
52. Sicherungs Division (AA)
207. Sicherungs - Division
[Lech]
XXVII Armeekorps - Lt General Adam
6. Giburgsjäger - Division (Eng)
4. Giburgsjäger - Division
[Klogenfurt]
VI Armeekorps - Lt General Von Stülpnagel O.
1. Alpenijäger Division
2. Giburgsjäger Division (Eng)

Polish Border.

IV Heersgruppe (Heersgruppe Prussia) - General Von Kayser.

[Elbing]
IV. Heersgruppe HQ (AA)
I. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Bock.
101. Infanterie - Division (AA)
11. Infanterie - Division (Art)
21. Infanterie - Division (AT)
XXII Armeekorps - Lt General Busch.
26. Infanterie - Division (Art)
30. Infanterie - Division (AT)
34. Infanterie - Division (Art)
[Königsberg]
II. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Kluge.
2. Infanterie - Division (Eng)
12. Infanterie - Division (Art)
32. Infanterie - Division (AT)
XV Armeekorps - Lt General Von Reichenau.
3. Infanterie - Division (Art)
23. Infanterie - Division (AT)

I. Heersgruppe (Heersgruppe North) - General Liebmann
[Stettin]
I. Heersgruppe HQ
III. Panzerkorps - Lt General Von Kleist.
4. Panzer - Division (Eng) (Pzkfw IIF).
I. Cech Panzerkorps - Mj General Bosek.
2. Rychtó Divize (Eng) (Pzkfw35T/38T).
III. ArmeeCavkorps - Mj General Von Der Chevallerie K.
1. Kavallerie - Division (AC)
XIII. Armeekorps - Mj General Eicke.
13. Infanterie - Division (Mot) (TD).
XXXV Armeekorps Mj General Von Both.
2. Infanterie - Division (Mot) (TD).
IV. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Brauchitsch.
4. Infanterie - Division (Art).
14. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
24. Infanterie - Division (AT).
VII. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Küchler.
8. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
18. Infanterie - Division (AT).
28. Infanterie - Division (Art).
XIV. Armeekorps - Mj General Schörner
2. Marine - Sturm - Division.
[Küstrin]
XXIX. Armeekorps - Lt General Sklenkovsky.
45. Infanterie - Division (Art).
6. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
17. Infanterie - Division.
VII. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Küchler.
8. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
18. Infanterie - Division (AT).
28. Infanterie - Division (Art).
III. Armeekorps - Lt General Marcks.
5. Infanterie - Division (Art).
6. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
2. Infanterie - Division (AT).

[Opplen]
II. Heersgruppe (Heersgruppe South) - Field Marshal Von Rundstedt.
II. Heersgruppe HQ
XXXVII. Panzerkorps - Mj General Rommel.
5. Panzer - Division (Eng) (PzkfwIIc).
I. Panzerkorps - Lt General Hausser.
1. Panzer - Division (Eng) (Pzkfw IIf).
XIII. Panzerkorps - Mj General Guderian.
3. Panzer - Division (Eng) (Pzkfw III).
XIV. Panzerkorps - Mj General Von Manstein.
2. Panzer - Division (Eng) (PzkfwIII).
XXXVIII Armeekorps - Mj General Hilpert.
3. Infanterie - Division (Mot) (TD).
XXIV. Armeekorps - Mj General Diett.
1. Kassaken - Kavallarie - Division (AC).
XXXIV. Armeekorps - Mj General Von Prittwitzund Gaf
8. SS - Kav.Div 'Forian Geyer' (AC).
V. Armeekorps Lt General Blaskowtz
5. Infanterie - Division (AT).
25. Infanterie - Division (AA).
35. Infanterie - Division (Art).
VII. Armeekorps - General Fleck.
7. Infanterie - Division (Art).
10. Infanterie - Division (Eng).
17. Infanterie - Division (AT).
X. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Kressenstein.
20. Infanterie - Division (AT).
22. Infanterie - Division (Art).
50. Infanterie - Division (AA).
XI. Armeekorps - Lt General Von Leeb.
13. Infanterie - Division (Art).
19. Infanterie - Division (AT).
31. Infanterie - Division (AA).
IX. Armeekorps - Lt General List.
9. Infanterie - Division (Art).
15. Infanterie - Division (AA).
29. Infanterie - Division (AT).
XXV. Armeekorps - Lt General Keitel W.
1. Gebirgsgäger - Division (Eng).
2. Gebirgsgäger - Division (Eng).
3. Gebirgsgäger - Division.
[Breslau]
XXI. Armeekorps - Lt General Glokke.
6. Infanterie - Division (Art).
27. Infanterie - Division (Eng).

Slovakian Army - Field Marshal Catlos.
[Ostrava]
III. Slovensko Armáda - Lt General Jurech.
3. Rychia Divize (Lt35/Lt38)
VI. Slovensko Armáda - Lt General Malar.
4. Rychia Divize (Lt35/Lt38)
[Zilina]
I. Armáda - Field Marshal Catlos.
18. Unfantérié Divize
2. Unfantérié Divize
6. Unfantérié Divize
11. Unfantérié Divize (AA)
5. Unfantérié Divize (Art)
1. Slovensko Armáda - Lt General Turanec.
1. Horská Brigáda
3. Divize
7. Divize
[Kosice]
IV. Slovensko Armáda - General Snejdarek.
9. Divize
20. Divize
4. Divize (Art)
II. Slovensko Armáda - Lt General Rychtrmoc.
15. Divize
21. Divize (AA)
13. Divize
13. Motosstelecká Divize (AC)
V. Slovensko Armáda - Lt General Pilfousek.
12. Divze
14. Motosstelecká Divize (AC)

Hungarian Army
[Pecs]
Magyer Hadserag - Lt General Bajnóczy
6. Gyalog Hadosztaly (Art).
[Debrecan]
IIII. Állandó Hadsereg - Lt General Csaty Von Csatai.
16. Gyalog Hadosztaly.
[Presor]
I. Állandó Hadsereg - General Werth
12. Gyalog Hadosztaly.
20. Gyalog Hadosztaly (AA).
25. Gyalog Hadosztaly.
7. Gyalog Hadosztaly.
I. Allandó Hadsereg - Lt General Feketehalmy - Czeydne.
24. Gyalog Hadosztaly.
10. Gyalog Hadosztaly (AT).
13. Gyalog Hadosztaly.

Luftwaffe Aug 1939

[Königsburg]
XI. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Dörstilling.
Jagdgeschwader 21 (BF109 'Franz').
IV. Fliegerkorps - Air General Goring.
Sturzkampfgeschwader 51 (Do17).
KG 30 'Adler' (Do17).
Kampfgeschwader 25 (Do17).
IX. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Sommer.
Sturzkampfgeschwader 76 (Ju87 'Stuka').
Sturzkampfgeschwader 77 (Ju87 'Stuka').
Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 'Immeina' (Ju87 'Stuka').
[Berlin]
XII. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Udet.
Jagdgeschwader 70 (BF109 'Franz').
VI. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Miltch.
KG 26. 'Lowen' (Do17).
KG 1 'Hindenburg' (Do17).
KG 4 'General Wever' (Do17).
VII. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Wimmer.
Tacktische Fliegeruppe 4 (Ju52).
KG 27 'Boelcke' (Do17).
KG 53 'Legion Condor' (Do17).
[Breslau]
VIII. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Schwartkopff.
JG 53. 'Pik As' (BF109 Franz).
1. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Kesselring.
KG 2. 'Holthammer' (Do17).
KG 3 'Blitz' (Do17).
Kamfgeschwader 28 (Do17).
XIV. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Von Der Lieth-Thomse.
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 1 (Ju52).
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 2 (Ju52).
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 3 (Ju52).
[Stuttgart]
V. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Keller.
JG 3. 'Udet' (BF109D).
XIII. Fliegerkorps - Lt General Rüdel.
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 5 (Ju52).
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 6 (Ju52).
Tacktische Fliegergruppe 7 (Ju52).
IV. Légí Hadsereg - Air General Littay (Hungary).
X. Gyorsbombázo Osztaly (Ju52).
VII. Gyorsbombázo Osztaly (Ju52).
VIII. Gyorsbombázo Osztaly (Ju52).
IX. Gyorsbombázo Osztaly (Ju52).
[Essen]
II. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Sperrie.
JG 26. 'Schlageter' (BF109D).
[Wilhelmshafen]
III. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Grauert.
JG 2 'Richtofen' (BF109D).
[Kiel]
X. Fliegerkorps - Mj General Weise.
Jagdgeschwader 20 (BF109F 'Franz').
Kreigsmarine August 1939

[Rostock]
3. Flotte - Vice Admiral Saalwächter.
CV - KMS Peter Strasser (2. CAG)
CA - KMS Deutchland.
CA - KMS Admiral Scheer.
CA - KMS Graf Spree.
CL - KMS Karlsruhe.
CL - KMS Emden.
CL - KMS Köln.
DD - 1. Zerstörergeshwader (Z1).
DD - 3 Zerstörergeshwader (Z1).
5. Flotte - Admiral Schulze.
CV - KMS Graf Zeppelin (1. CAG)
BB - KMS Bismarck.
BC -KMS Schesien.
BC - KMS Schleswig - Holsten.
CL - KMS Nurnberg.
CL - KMS Konigsberg.
CL - KMS Liepzig.
DD - 2. Zerstörergeshwader (Z1).
DD. - 8. Zerstörergeshwader (Z1).
4. Flotte - Rear Admiral Lütjens.
1. Truppentransporterflotte.
2. Truppentransporterflotte.
3. Truppentransporterflotte.
DD - 4. Zerstörergeshwader (Z1).
[Kiel]
II. Unterseebootsflotte - Rear Admiral Von Nordeck.
2. Unterseebootsflottille (Type IIB).
3. Unterseebootsflottille (Type IIB).
I. Unterseebootsflotte - Rear Admiral Marschall.
1. Unterseebootsflottille (Type IIB).
4. Unterseebootsflottille (Type IIA).

Terrain map of Poland

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Terrain map Poland.


Poland attack plan Fall Weiss (Case White)

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Invasion Plan

Intelligence briefing on the Composition of the Polish Order of Battle.

Army: 76 Infantry Divisions.
4 Cavalry Divisions.
2 Mountaineer Divisions.
1 Army HQ Division.
83 Totals.
Air force: 3 Interceptor Squadrons
3 Tactical Bomber Squadrons.
Navy: 14 Destroyer Groups.
1 Submarine Group.

The invasion of Poland was scheduled to begin with the Luftwaffe making the opening strikes at 05: 00 August 30th, and the Heer commencing there attacks at 07: 00.

Opening Operational Orders:

OKM
2. and 5. Flotte: Naval Interdiction Gulf of Danzig.
II. Unterseebootsflotte: Naval Interdiction Kattegat Sea.
Kreigsmarine ordered to take offensive action as soon as war was declared, against all enemy shipping.

OKL
Western Front.
X. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Mecklenburg.
II. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Westfalan.
V. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Boden Wurttemberg.
III. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Hanover.

Poland.
XI. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Warsaw.
VIII. and XII. Fliegerkorps: Air Superiority Poznan.
IV. Fliegerkorps: Interdiction East Prussia.
IX. Fliegerkorps: Ground Attack East Prussia.
VI. Fliegerkorps: Runway Crating Warsaw.
VII. Fliegerkorps: Runway Crating Lodz.
I. and XIV. Fliegerkorps: Interdiction Poznan.
I. Légí Hadserag: Ground Attack Poznan.

OKH
Heersgruppe Prussia: Defensive operations.

Heersgruppe North:
XIV Armeekorps: Advance and occupy the province of Danzig.
IV and VII Armeekorps: Attack and occupy the province of Byodgoszcz.
III Panzerkorps, I Cech Panzerkorps, III Armeekorps, XIII Armeekorps and XXXV. Armeekorps: Support the attack on the province of Byodgoszcz. Breakthrough and advance to the province of Lodz.

Heersgruppe South:
IX and X. Armeekorps: Attack and occupy the province of Czestochowa.
XXXIV and XXIV Armeekorps: Support the attack on the province of Czestochowa. Breakthrough and advance to the province of RADOM.
XIII and XIV Panzerkorps: Support the attack on the province of Czestochowa. Breakthrough and advance to the province of Lublin.
XXXVII and I Panzerkorps and XXXVIII. Armeekorps: Support the attack on the province of Czestochowa. Breakthrough and advance to the province of Kielce.
XXI Armeekorps: Re-deploy to the province of Opplen.
IX and XXV Armeekorps: Attack and occupy the province of Cracow. Supported by the Slovak I. Armáda and 1. Slovensko Armáda in the province of Zilina and the Slovak II, IV, and V. Slovensko Armáda in the province of Kosice.
Hungarian I Állandó Hadsereg and I. Allandó Hadsereg: Defensive operations.

The German offensive against Poland commences as planned.

August 31st Day One. Weather is clear and sunny.


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Opening Battles for Bydgoszcz, Czestochowa and Cracow August 31st 1939

06:00, Twelve French Infantry Divisions attack the German province of Freiburg.

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Battle for Freiburg August 31st 1939.

Before midday the two garrison divisions defending Freidburg are overwhelmed and the French advance across the border into Germany.

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August 31st 1939

In response to the unexpected French aggression, OKW instructs OKH to release VI Czechoslovak and III Slovensko Armáda to Heersgruppe West. OKW also instructs OKH that as Heer Divisions become available from operations in Poland, they are to be re-deployed to the West, to defend against the French aggression and also prepare for a possible counter attack to drive the French aggressors out of Germany.

VI Czechoslovak and III Slovensko Armáda are ordered to re-deploy to the province of Munich.

At about 19:00 the German II and XV Armeekorps defending the province of Königsburg came under attack from the Eighteen Polish Divisions stationed in the provinces of Swalki and Torun.

General Von Kayser (Heersgruppe Prussia) orders I and XXII Armeekorps, in the province of Elbing, to attack the Eight Polish Divisions in the province of Torun, this he hopes will relieve the Pressure on II and XV Armeekorps in Königsburg.

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Battles for Torun and Königsburg.

During the evening OKL re-deploys XII Fliegerkorps to provide air cover over the area of Bohemia, to defend against the British bomber raids that are being carried out in that area.

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Pzkfw 38T’s of 2. Rychtó Divize of I Cech Panzerkorps on the
advance into Poland

September 1st. Weather clear and sunny.

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Situation Report September 1ST 1939 06:00

At 06:00 OKH reports that after a fierce battle, victory has been achieved in the provinces of Bydgoszcz and Czestochowa.

OKL re-deploys I. and VII. Fliegerkorps to provide Interdiction strikes on the Polish forces in East Prussia, in support of Heersgruppe Prussia.

At 06:00 OKH reports that victory has been achieved in the province of Cracow and that II. and XV. Armeekorps have successfully defended the province of Königsburg, repelling the Polish attack.

The attack on Torun by I. and XXII. Armeekorps is continued. General Von Kayser is confident in successfully overcoming the Polish defense of the province.

As operations against Poland were going well, General Liebmann (Heersgruppe North) releases XXV Armeekorps (Heersgruppe reserve) to Heersgruppe West’s command. XXV. Armeekorps are ordered to re-deploy to the province of Nuremburg.

General Liebmann re-deploys his HQ (I. Heersgruppe HQ) to the province of Bydgoszcz.

OKW reports that during the evening 2 and 5 Flotte have engaged with Polish Naval Forces as they left the harbor of Danzig. The carrier groups carry out a running battle throughout the night with the Polish Navy and by dawn the Polish Ships flee to the Northeast. OKW reports that no Polish ships have been reported sunk, but many Polish ships are reported to have sustained severe damage. No German ship is reported to have sustained any significant damage in the engagement.

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Naval Battle ‘Gulf of Danzig’.
Night September 1st – 2nd

OKW orders 2 and 5 Flotte to carry out naval interdiction patrols in the Southern Baltic.

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Ju87 Stuka’s of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77, IX Fliegerkorps.
Returning to base after a strike mission in Northern Poland September 1939.

September 2nd. Weather clear and sunny.

Situation Report September 2nd 1939 05:00

After a rapid advance General Erwin Rommel’s XXXVII and General Paul Hausser’s I Panzerkorps take up defensive positions in the province of Kielce.

At 06:00 OKH reports that I and XXII Armeekorps have been victorious in their attack on the provinces of Torun.

At 11:00. III, XXIX and VIII Armeekorps of Heersgruppe North commence there attack on the Polish forces in the province of Poznan, they are supported by the XI and XXI Armeekorps Heersgruppe South, operating from the province of Opplen.

X Armeekorps joins XXXVII and I Panzerkorps in the province of Kielce.

During the afternoon General Von Kayser confirms that I and XXII Armeekorps in the province of Turon have come under attack by eight Polish divisions.

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Battle of Torun September 2nd 1939

General Von Kayser orders XV and II Armeekorps to attack Sukalki to relieve the pressure on I and XXII Armeekorps.

This succeeds and I and XXII Armeekorps repulse the Polish attack.

As the attack on the province of Sukalki has served its purpose General Von Kayser calls off XV and II Armeekorps attack and orders them to take up defensive positions.

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German 37mm Anti-Tank Gun in
action Poland September 1939.

After advancing to the province of Lodz General Von Kleist’s, III Panzerkorps and General Bosek’s, I Cech Panzerkorps come under attack by four polish divisions during the evening. The attack is successfully repulsed.

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Battle for Lodz September2nd 1939

September 3rd. Weather clear and sunny.

Situation Report September 3rd 1939 06:00

OKL re-deploys I Légí Hadserag to carry out Interdiction strikes against the Polish forces in the area around Warsaw. OKL also re-deploys XIV Fliegerkorps to carry out interdiction strikes against the Polish forces in the area of Krakow.

At 06:00 OKH Reports that during the night XXIX and VIII Armeekorps were successful in overcoming the Polish defence of the province of Poznan. The German forces succeed in taking thousands of Polish prisoners; they succeeded in wiping out ten Polish Divisions from the Polish order of battle.

Field Marshal Von Rundstedt re-deploys XXXIV and XXIV Armeekorps to the province of Lublin to join XIII and XIV Panzerkorps to prepare for the attack on Warsaw.

In the early morning 5 Flotte spot and engage the Polish Fleet in the Pomeranian Bay, by mid morning the engagement is over with the Polish 3 Flotaniszczycieli (DD) is reported sunk and that heavy damage has been sustained by other Polish ships. The remaining Polish naval forces flee to the north. 5 Flotte reports no significant damage to any ships.

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Battle for Pomeranian Bay September 3rd 1939

Heersgruppe North release III and VIII Armeekorps to Heersgruppe West. III and VIII Armeekorps ordered to re-deploy to the province of Nuremburg.

OKL orders VIII Fliegerkorps to rebase in the province of Rostock and to defend the area of Meddenburg against British bomber attacks.

By early evening September3rd the French occupy the province of Feiburg and continue there advance east to the province of Friedrichshafen. OKL orders II Légí Hadsereg and XIII Fliegerkorps to carry out interdiction strikes against the French attackers to try and slow the French advance.

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BF109’s of JG 53. 'Pik As' VIII Fliegerkorps Breslau September 1939.

September 4th. Weather Clear and sunny.

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Situation Report September 4th 1939 06:00

General Liebmann orders I Cech and III Panzerkorps together with the III and XIII Armeekorps to deploy to the province of Radom to support the upcoming attack on Warsaw.

In the early morning OKW reports that 3 and 5 Flotte have spotted and engaged the Polish Fleet in the Kalmar Sound, by mid morning the engagement is over. No ships are reported sunk. OKW report that many Polish ships have sustained heavy damage and that no significant damage has been sustained by any German ships.

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Naval Battle ‘Kalmar Sound’ September 4th 1939

Marshal Von Rundstedt re-deploys his HQ (II Heersgruppe HQ) to the province of Kielce.

Marshal Von Rundstedt releases V Armeekorps and XI Armeekorps for deployment to Heersgruppe West. V Armeekorps are ordered to re-deploy to Nuremburg and XI Armeekorps are ordered to re-deploy to Cologne.

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A bridge in Poland, destroyed by the retreating Polish army to slow the
German advance September 1939

Field Marshal Von Rundstedt reports that Polish forces have engaged IX and XXV Armeekorps whilst they weir advancing into the province of Cracow.

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Battle for Cracow September 4th 1939


With the support of the Slovak II, IV, and V Slovensko Armáda, IX and XXV Armeekorps succeed by mid afternoon to repulse the Polish attack.

General Liebmann orders IV and VII Armeekorps to redeploy to the province of Torun.

OKW orders General Liebmann to rebase his HQ (I Heersgruppe HQ) to the province of Cologne.

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German Troops taking a break from the advance and
posing for a photo Poland September 1939

At 14:00 I and XXXVIII Panzerkorps together with XXXVIII Armeekorps, supported by the Hungarian I Állandó and I Allandó Hadsereg, launch an attack on the province of Przemysl.

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Battle for Przemysl September 4th 1939

OKL rebases IV Légí Hadserag and XIV Fliegerkorps to the province of Stuttgart.

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Pzkfw III of 2 Panzer Division on the advance into Poland
September 1939

September 5th. Weather clear and sunny.

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Situation Report September 5th 1939 06:00

05:00 II and XV Armeekorps, supported by I and XXII Armeekorps launch an attack on the province of Suwalki. General Von Kayser reports that by 14:00 the battle is won and that II and XV Armeekorps are advancing into the province.

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Battle for Suwalki September 5th 1939

OKL orders VII Fliegerkorps to rebase to the province of Essen.

September 6th. Weather showers in Central Germany.

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Situation Report September 6th 1939 06:00

06:00 XIII, XIV. Panzerkorps, XIV and XXXIV Armeekorps Supported by XIII Armeekorps, I Cech Panzerkorps and III Panzerkorps launch there assault on Warsaw.

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Battle for Warsaw September 6th 1939

Field Marshal Von Rundstedt orders XXV and IX Armeekorp to re-deploy to Przemysl.

September 6th. Weather clear and sunny.

Field Marshal Von Rundstedt releases to Heersgruppe West XXI Armeekorp. XXI Armeekorp they are ordered to redeploy to Nuremburg.

Lacking confidence in the attack and to the amassment of Germany, the French stop their advance into the province of Friedrichshafen.

At 17:00 Field Marshal Von Rundstedt reports that XIII Panzerkorps, XIV Panzerkorps, XIV Armeekorps and XXXIV Armeekorps have won the battle for Warsaw. XXIV and XXXIV Armeekorps are ordered to call off their advance on Warsaw and remain in the province of Lublin.

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Polish refugees being moved off the Road to allow a German column to
continue its advance September 1939.

XIII and III. Armeekorps, together with I Cech Panzerkorps and III Panzerkorps are redeployed to Lublin.

During the lull in the fighting in and around the province of Kielce, 1 Panzer Division of I Panzerkorps is re-equipped with Pzkfw III's.

September 7th and 8th. Weather clear and sunny.

The German Forces consolidate their positions and prepare for the attack on the two remaining provinces, Lonza and Zamosc, in the German occupation zone. The attack is planned to commence on September 9th.

Intelligence estimate of the current status of the Polish Army were that it was down to Fifty Infantry and One Mountaineer Division. In eight days Germany had managed to take out, over thirty divisions from the polish order of battle.

September 9th. Weather Clear and Sunny.

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Situation Report September 9th 1939 06:00

Situation in Nationalist Spain. The Spanish forces had mounted an invasion of southern France; they had met with little or no resistance. By the September 9th the Spanish forces had occupied the French provinces of Dax, Pau, Auch, Perpignan and Toulouse.

In North Africa Nationalist Spain had occupied the French African provinces of Oyjda, Manakach, Magador, Agadir and Port-Etienne, again against little or no French resistance.

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Nationalist Spain September 9th 1939

Portugal had been engaged in a number of naval actions against the British.

OKM reports that 5 Flotte have engaged the ruminants of the Polish Fleet in the Courland Lagoon and that by late afternoon the Polish fleet had fled to the north. No ships are reported sunk.

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Battle for Courland Lagoon September 9th 1939

13:00 I, XXXVII Panzerkorps and XXXVIII Armeekorps launch the attack on the province of Zamosc, supported by IX and XXV Armeekorps in the province of Przemysl and X Armeekorps in the province of Kieke.

13:00 XIII and XIV Panzerkorps launch the attack on the province of Lomza, supported by I, IV and VII Armeekorps in the province Torun and XV and II Armeekorps in the province Lomza.

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Battles for Lomza and Zamosc September 9th 1939

General Liebmann releases XXIX Armeekorps to Heersgruppe West. XXIX Armeekorps are ordered too re-deploy to Cologne.

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German Troops take cover as they come under
artillery fire Poland September 1939.

September 10th. Weather Clear and Sunny.

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Situation Report September 10th 1939 06:00

At 08:00 Field Marshal Von Rundstedt reports that XIII and XIV Panzerkorps have won the battle for the province of Lomza and that I, XXXVII Panzerkorps and XXXVIII Armeekorps have won the battle for the province of Zamosc.

The ruminants of the Polish forces are reported to be fleeing to the east.

Germany has been successful in Eleven Days, in defeating the Polish forces in its zone of occupation.

At 13:00 Soviet Russia advances into Eastern Poland and annexes its occupation provinces.

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Soviet Russia Occupies Eastern Poland September 10th 1939.

In the Afternoon of September 10th Germany Annexes the western Polish provinces.

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The Battle for Poland is over, the Battle for France is about to begin!

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Europe September 11th 1939
 
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This is a relly good AAR so far. I´m following this one with great interest :)
 

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The Battle for Poland is over, the Battle for France is about to begin!

excellent, excellent results! :cool:
 

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A pity you left your western border weakly defended. You're almost obliged now to engage in an early Fall Gelb...

Anyways great update. :)