I’ll write a narrative AAR later in the week, but since I for once remembered to take screenshots, let’s have a gameplay look at the war. It is a classic case of a coalition forming to beat up on the leader; India has a vast industrial lead that worries practically everyone – which is why it finds itself friendless (except for AI Sind) when five nations attack it. A vast industrial lead is, however, easy to transform into a vast army. With sufficient divisions, India turns out to be fairly defensible even against enemies with total control of the sea, and consequently total freedom to land anywhere on its coastline. In particular, Malaya is having great difficulty pushing through the Burmese jungles and swamps. Italy is wasting its manpower on an African campaign that cannot settle anything even if won. Norway and Britain, though they have managed to land in several places on the southern tip, have not been able to link up their enclaves, pierce the skillful Indian defense, and roll into the industrial heartland. Only Russia has had decisive success, crushing the large but desperately ill-equipped Sindi army; but India’s Northwest Frontier is eminently defensible, and unlike the Iranian plateau it is not held by lightly-armed conscripts.
The Norwegian landing at the southern tip of India swept aside the local garrison:
Oh, wait, there was a naval battle of sorts before that:
Ashore and driving north; note the British landing at Pondicherry:
Battles of the drive north:
Alas, the breakout/linkup from Pondicherry, though supported by attacks from the south, fails bloodily:
The front stabilised along the belt of good defensive terrain that crosses India: