It's exhausting being a military genius. Especially fighting the Germans, who seem to bounce back faster than the average weeble. The Third Reich wobbles but it doesn't fall down.
Things are so evenly matched as to be morale-sapping. Every advance has to be meticulously planned, or I get pushed right back. Each attack is met with counterattack. Rivers have become deciding factors in battles. I'm operating flat-out and making headway only one province at a time. I hoped to push on from Dresden into Cottbus, with added pressure from my troops in Kustrin, on the Polish side, cutting off a pocket where Czechoslovakia used to be, but this proved impossible. The Germans started up a new wave of attacks in Poland, either sapping my forces' Org or forcing them back.
Obtaining another pocket and crushing it appears to be impossible at the moment, I have to take one province, consolidate, weather the counterattacks, R&R, then attack again.
The war is taking much longer precisely because I'm destroying very few units. Mostly, they're just being pushed back into denser concentrations, making the next fight that much harder. Quite frankly, if Germany proposed peace now, I'd accept.
I hope to push north, Cottbus-Potsdam-Straslund, cutting off the western half of Germany from Berlin, forcing them to ship supplies out (me and the Brits are dominating the seas, we'll wreak havoc), crush the western half and then turn the vice on the forces left between me and Poland. However to take off a lot of pressure immediately, and make sure the Poles don't get too
much of Germany, I should go Cottbus-Kustrin-Stettin, ending the Polish front, then turn west. Hmm.
One unforseen complication is the increase of my IC. It's more than doubled, which is lovely, but this also means I need more than twice the raw materials to fuel my industry. This is draining me, especially of rares, even though I've got several generous trades going with the UK. Still, I shan't be relinquishing this territory any time soon, with Germany annexed I shall be a proper world power. I'll restore the annexed countries to existence first, of course. I'm not a monster.
A German push takes Frankfurt-am-Main and gives me a bit of a scare.
I was worried about getting all my conquered territory, and most of my forces, cut off, then remembered they can be supplied by convoys oversea and then through Poland. Whew. Still, Poland is safe. Funnily enough, the Poles don't look to be in any hurry to rush in and help.
My interceptors get into it versus 3 squadrons of obsolete fighters and 1 squadron of interceptors, and do okay, but not that well. Hmm.
Perhaps it's because my commanding officer appears to be all of twelve years old? Whereas the German CO appears to be the kind of man who eats people's faces.
Berlin is surrounded.
I'm going to let it choke a good long while before trying to crack that egg.
My ints hit an enemy bomber formation, their exact role.
They take very little damage that time. Apparently even having children in charge only holds you back so much.
Ints versus ints this time, and my boys come off worse, despite flying more advanced models.
Time for a new CO with pubic hair and everything.
Poland, are you mad?
I'll just come running to your rescue again, shall I? Plank.
You're next, Italy.
I need that flipping tank research, you bunch of twats.
Why, who is this obscure Major-General controlling nothing more grand than an armoured division?
My tanks are bashing through into deepest Germany, too. Yay!
Crash, bang, and indeed, wallop.
Penetration, break through, push on, and stop when you hit the North Sea. Champers all round.
The last pocket, squashed down to almost nothing.
WWII, cut off before it can get rolling.
Denmark, back once again (with the renegade master).
You're welcome. Now, bacon and blondes, please. Thank you!
Well, I'm going to stagger the resurrection of those annexed countries to avoid lots of dissent building up. Denmark only cost me 0.75%, I can cope with that. I think the only country left to release is Czechoslovakia.
Now, any partisans feel like starting a Fourth Reich?
Thought so. A lot of that in the south-east is the Czechs and Slovaks, eager to have their own country back (understandably). Some of it near there is where Austria used to be, though, and it's not on the list. Possibly because the Poles captured Vienna? Never mind. Little bit of rebel activity in the north too, but that won't be hard to step on.