Monthly Progress Report:
Whoever planned this offensive should be shot. The invasion of Italy stalled before it even started... Much to my dismay, my little puppet state of Slovenia decided that since they were not 'officially' an ally that they would stay neutral in this conflict. If I only had a nuke... Anywho, it's a good thing I had planned on taking the Austrian provinces.
Once that logistical nightmare was sorted, my forces slipped into Austria via Gyor, Hungary, without too much trouble. There were several German divisions retreating out of Vienna, but the Soviets decided to engage them. I wasn't about to let Vienna slip away, so I sent in a corp to join the fray. No sausage for Soviets, only a few tons of heavily armed semi-motorised horse meat! Cavalry may be weak, but they really do have some uses. Next we had some corp size action against the Germans in Munich, and their superior arms & experience was apparent as expected. So my CAS squadron, who happened to be based in Budapest, proved useful afterall! I ended up going a bit further out from Austria, thought I'd use that river (Danube?) as a defensive border.
The only other action that took place was my corp of mountaineers destroying the garrison in Tirana (Albania). After which they embarked across the Adriatic for a naval landing in Foggia. Rimini was the planned beachhead, but the delay caused by Slovenia called for a diversionary force further south. This worked out quite well actually, the mountaineers crushed three more garrison divisions and then routed reinforcing infantry coming up from Palermo. Rome will fall very soon
Ridiculous. I'm going to have to shift towards open society next year, especially since partisans are disrupting TC as well. Sliders should be movable every six months! I swear it'll be '63 before I get this gov. where I want it to be...
Hearts and Minds: Autocrats usurp the Fascists!
I thought about honouring Mussolini with a moment of silence, but was too busy killin' Italians. Note our relations though, they know
that losing to me is in their best interest!
FullAuto, on 14th June 2010, 3:34pm, said:
First time I've seen a German Spain and Japanese India for a while! Great images, cheers Kaije.
With Japan owning that much land, they're going to be a lot stronger, so it's going to be extra messy in the Pacific, I suppose.
Speaking of Spain, I've yet to see Nationalist Spain win the Civil War since I switched to the 1.3b patch. I know HoI isn't a WW2 sim, but I would think the Nationalist should win more often than not which is kind of disappointing...
And from my experience, and having read through your French AAR, it seems that Japan fares much much better if it puppets Nat. China rather than trying to control it outright. Which does make sense, given the system.
You could finish off Turkey, and then do Persia?
I'm thinking about looting some Nazi treasure in the Alps next. The Swiss have more value in those four provinces than both Turkey and Persia considering the amount of territory. But the Swiss also look to be a much harder nut to crack, so we'll see.
I also originally sought peace with Turkey to avoid opening up a second front with the SU, maybe I'm just being overly cautious or paranoid? Due to the 'Vienna Incident' (I presume), my relations with SU dropped about 40 points to -20. The DoW on Germany shot my belligerence up from 58 to 84, at the time of those screenshots it was up to 91. Romania is now the third most belligerent nation in the world, behind Japan's 100 and the SU's 92...
Speaking of Turkey and belligerence, they could actually start a war with me right now and really make a mess of things (requires 89 belligerence for them to DoW, bastards). Although I crippled them militarily during our brief war, the cheating AI looks as if it rebounded quite nicely with the whopping 10 IC I left for them
And if you want to get Italy entirely, investing in a few troop transports won't be that expensive.
Okay, obviously I lied a wee bit about my navy
I've got 3 TP, 1 DD (Type1), 40 transports, and 20 escorts. I'm just not bold enough to actually call this a 'navy'. So yes, I can ship some units to Spain, but I'd like to know what's left floating out in the Med first. When it comes to TP, I swear my boys can taunt every enemy fleet in the water!