The Komneniad: Screenshots of the Indian Campaign

I seem to have missed posting this in its proper sequence, and there are also multiple other posts I missed. So, I return for some time to Victoria; and there also seem to be some lost EU3 posts.

Korea, the ostensible cause of the war, was swiftly overrun, almost without a shot fired. But in India, jewel of the African crown, the Asian alliance faced a hard campaign.

Three of the initial battles, breaking through the hard shell of the Ethiopian defense of India:

Battle of Sukkur

Battle of Karachi

Battle of Keunjahr

Notice the strong cooperation between the allies, rewarded, as is fitting, with glorious victory:

Victory at Jaisalmer

We rapidly overran the southern part of India down to the Ethiopian border; but Fasquardon was able to withdraw his armies into a redoubt on the Northwest Frontier, where he made a stand. He made skillful use of interior lines, sending large stacks out to stab at the smaller armies holding the long perimeter around his fortress.

Northwest Redoubt

The Khanate is, of course, famous for its cavalry; at this stage in the difficult campaign – supplied at vast expense and difficulty through the Romanoi Kush, the aptly-named “Killer of Romans” – the Legions were running a bit low on saddle leather and other riding supplies. Consequently I attempted to seize the important cloth-manufacturing center of Jodhpur, justly famed for the eponymous riding trousers that are the regional specialty. Just what I needed to keep my tribal cavalry in the fight!

Siege of Jodhpur

Alas, Fasquardon saw the danger, and desperately reinforced his city. The last thing he needed was for my supply problems to be alleviated, and the savage nomad cavalry freed to dash through his rear areas without rubbing their buttocks raw in the saddle. Again faced with the difficulty of campaigning on exterior lines, I was unable to match his reinforcements, and was forced to retreat.

Retreat from Jodhpur

However, with troops now free from the campaign in the south, we were able to launch a large-scale attack all along the front; the advantage of interior lines now turned into the disadvantage of being surrounded.

Final attack

There was savage fighting on a huge scale, but the end could not be in doubt.

Final battles

Nor could the cost; the Eaters, who give no mercy to vanquished enemies, expect none, and even when fighting without hope of victory and far from home, they sell their lives dearly.

Final cost

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Some of you, perhaps, thought that the Improvised Tribunals resulted from a separation of gameplay and story, and that there had not in fact been any great slaughter of communists. The savegames reveal the truth! Here is the political situation in the Khanate before the Revolution:

Before the Revolution

Eight million communists, in a total population of 28 million! That’s just the militant cadre, mind you, radicals prepared to rise in armed revolt. Sympathisers, fellow-travelers, and useful idiots are not being counted. Worse, the rot was all through my army, with something like two-thirds of the brigades recruiting from soldier POPs that had succumbed to the poison. No wonder then that the initial stages of the Revolution were somewhat desperate:

Great Communist Rising

Still, in the end the loyal Legions prevailed, and the revolt was put down; at times with considerable savagery. And thus, after the summary executions, the men lined up ten by ten in front of machine guns, the decimations (*), the crucifixions, and the Siberian exiles, we have this:

After the Revolution

There are still Communists in the Khanate. But they no longer march in the streets and speak openly of armed revolutionary struggle.

(*): The Khanate retains the literal sense of the word ‘decimation’: It is a collective punishment inflicted on military units, usually for cowardice in the face of the enemy. In every ten men, one is chosen by lot, and the other nine are forced to beat him to death – traditionally with sticks, but in recent years, army reform has allowed the use of rifle butts as a field expedient.

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