Nation Shall Rise Against Nation: Franco-German War

We began the HoI section with a bang, France declaring war on Germany in February of 1936. Quick work!

Norway remained neutral due to high isolationism, as shown in this screenshot:

Norwegian sliders

  • Rolf Dagfinson: Resigned Generalissimo
  • Yngvild Ingvildsdatter: Silent Workhorse
  • Halvdan Ottoson: Great Compromiser
  • Brigt Tjostison: Man of the People
  • Margrete Rebekkasdatter: School of Mass Combat
  • Tormod Lauritson: Open Seas Doctrine
  • Jorunn Hilgasdatter: Resource Industrialist
  • Jon Halvdanson: Industrial Specialist
  • Linda Bergljotsdottir: Elastic Defense Doctrine
  • Norvald Arnsteinson: Army Aviation Doctrine

A skilled, loyal, and long-bearded cabinet, I called it, and so it is; but one of our commenters disagreed:

ehhmmm… Longbearded??? with 4 –FOUR!!! female ministers!!:rofl:

It’s an inflexible requirement that cabinet members must have one of the two ‘b’s; beards or breasts. However, apart from their other qualification, I assure you that Yngling women do not shave. 😀 And, of course, they’ve got teeth.

The German collapse was pretty quick, in the face of overwhelming numbers; here’s the situation a mere week after the DOW, with French troops already scores of kilometers into Germany.

German collapse

World reaction was immediate; Georgia (with its vassal Pakistan), Finland, Japan, and China all declared war on France and rushed to Germany’s aid. However, distance was a bit against them. The most that could be done right away was to invade Africa, which the Pakistanis accordingly did:

12 March 1936

Alas, this brave effort went unsupported in the rush to get to the main front in Europe, and – apart from Madagascar – Africa’s territory remains unbreached. Meanwhile France continued to overrun Germany:

April 13th 1936

By this point Chinese troops had arrived in some strength, but logistical difficulties – the collapsing German state was, at this point, having enormous trouble feeding its own troops, never mind allies – prevented them from stemming the advance.

April 21st 1936

By May, nonetheless, foreign aid was becoming noticeable, and the advance slowed considerably:

May 6th 1936

May 18th 1936

The French nonetheless scored a brilliant tactical victory at Leeuwarden, where nine German divisions – by this point, a considerable fraction of their army – were surrounded and destroyed. Alas, I got to the screenie button just too late:

30 May 1936

These losses were however replaced by foreign bayonets, and by mid-June the alliance was feeling much better about its prospects:

June 14th 1936

Such is overconfidence! The French rallied for another offensive, and in a month of campaigning drove their foes behind the Elbe:

July 22nd 1936

Where the front promptly bogged down in winter weather, in spite of the occasional foray by either side across it:

September 29th, 1936

Heavy fighting during the winter proved inconclusive, and now – April of 1937 – the line of the front still runs along the Elbe. In January France put forth tentative peace feelers, but rejected the offered terms. On the short front between the Prussian border and the North Sea, the allied armies cannot make their weight felt, and the French coastline is strongly garrisoned. In the long run, however, the weight of metal and men must begin to tell against France; they cannot fight the whole of Eurasia forever now that their initial brilliant drive has bogged down in the mud.

The American powers, incidentally, are neutral in this conflict, and making profit from supplying both sides with resources – with a 50% surcharge for delivering to a war zone. Our isolationism is too high to intervene on either side, which is a pity since that would likely be decisive. Amusing incident: I was musing aloud in chat on the possibility of attacking Finland while its entire army was in Germany, and getting swiftly to the Urals. Impossible due to isolationism, as the electorate swiftly demonstrated: I got hit with a “Parliamentary Scandal” event and 5% dissent. Presumably the game engine overheard the Lagmann saying a bit too much in his cups, after hours.

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