Italy starts in 1936 with little to begin with. Industry is far behind its contemporary neighbors.
Commerce is somewhat running and the military is a bunch of people forced to take arms.
I manage to shape it up under almost every aspect but it’s a slow process.
Germany attacks far too early to make it to Paris, even though it gets scary close, and gets pushed back to the Belgian border. There a new trench warfare see constant fighting with only little temporary gains.
Sadly on the eastern front Russia is too weak to contrast the early Panzers and gets steamrolled in the position you’ll see right down here.
This is what it looks like now in Europe. And it’s not pretty.
October was the pivotal month for the non-choice.
Despite my initial confidence, as the month progressed, I realized I was only fooling myself. Italy was not ready to attack.
All the estimates and projection kept on leading to the one outcome: not a clear defeat but simple resource exhaustion.
Whether basic manufacturing resources, food, or men- six months from the attack our war machine was on its knees.
It all revolved around the weak link of my army “belt”- north east, where the Italian border meets the (former) Austrian and Slovenian.
To be honest, and by the smallest margin only, there were a couple of projection showing us holding up long enough to be recognized among the Allies and eventually getting enough help to break through.
As luck would have it, the tipping point is few Mechanized Divisions. Easily within our grasp, if the Industry was lead correctly.
The one resource that we might not have is Time.
Unfortunately, in fact, the Soviet Bear was giving up- not without a fight- to the German war machines…
Its collapse would free an awful lot of teutonic divisions to be re-directed to the Western Front and/or to the South.
It was more and more looking like an exact copy of World War I- and I didn’t like any of it.
So then, October…
Dragging along, useless, damp, annoyingly cold and windy.
The occasional sunny day casting an odd and grim light among the soldiers scattered between the mountains peaks…
If we are to attack we need to make sure that the HQs are always going to follow closely the fighting troops.
To that aim I rearrange slightly some of the mid-level ones.
This is my production queue.
At the almost top you can see the two Armored Brigades that were completed in December.
This was taken right after one Industrial Plant was finished (in fact the next one is first on top).
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