Historical Overview of the Invasion of Sweden.
Despite all the hiccups in getting the starting forces to the right spots, the invasion was carefully planned.
A small blocking force (with a few CV90's) was to move into Sweden, move south (Army Group South-AGS), and claim the Coal and Industrial factories, fortify some small towns, and proceed no further. Best to let Denmark and Sweden continue fighting. We didn't want to pull Swedish reserves up to fight us when they could be better spent fighting the Danes.
The main Invasion force of M113A2's, Leopards, M109's and most of the CV90's were to head east (Army Group East-AGE), with the eventual goal of reaching Stockholm. A large Swedish lake would separate the two Invasion groups during the initial attack.
The Naval War
2 subs attacked immeadiately attacked and sunk a patrolling Swedish sub. One of our subs was 50% damaged, and returned to port for repairs. The remaining sub moved slowly along the coast in search of more prey. With a long repair time scheduled, maybe it would've been better to take out some more bonds instead of selling off those now missed submarines we used to proudly boast. Perhaps the Minister of the Navy was finally getting his "I told you so", but perhaps not quite yet...
After pushing further south, the sub easily sank about 3 patrol boats. It was then heavily damaged by another enemy sub and some stronger patrol craft (perhaps our own design! Finally, the Foreign trades of all the Naval and ASW technology came back to haunt us).
P3's and an ASW Heli were called in, and promptly sank the enemy sub.
The Land Attacks
The timing of the attack couldn't have been better. The Swedish forces had pushed fairly far into Southern Denmark, then their attack seemed to falter. Most of their forces must be under repair. The time was ripe.
We witnessed one tank near our border moving to reinforce their Southern attack...It wouldn't make it...
Their tanks moved broadside to our forces, straight down the border, practically daring us to attack. We dared, and about 3 Leopards and 4 Super CV90 Tanks blew it to pieces in about 3 volleys.
AGS included the towed M114's since they would be unable to keep up with the speed AGE was going to be moving at.
Numerous enemy Light infantry, BMP's and a few tanks were engaged and destroyed en route south. Some M109 SPG's moved along the coast and sunk an enemy Patrol Craft and a Frigate, then were diverted back north to AGE.
Our doctrine was to send the aging Leopards into contact with the enemy first, then bring up the CV90's as mini hammer blows. This way, we intended to preserve the strength of the CV90's for the deep strikes they were to launch later.
AGE pushed east until heavy resistance was met. Enemy S-103 tanks and even CV90's were sighted along directly east of our positions. The enemy tried to outflank and cut off our supply from the north with a small armored force. The CV90's in reserve crushed the flank attack with minimal damage, however...
Our Leopards and M113A2's were getting punished by their tanks so we sent in the air, first with 1 attack heli. It was blown from the sky by about 8 Viggens and Gripens before even getting to the target.
The enemy air started bombing our spearhead.
We sent in the mobile SAMS to handle the enemy air, but we couldn't wait for all their air to be destroyed. The Spearhead of AGE had to be saved.
We sent in the F-16's, the 3 precious, expensive, attack Gripens to hit their tanks.
When the smoke cleared from the furious land and air battle, one Falcon and 2 Gripen squadrons were decimated,
but their airforce was destroyed.
We prayed they had no more interceptors, and sent in our 3 remaining attack helis...
SUCCESS!!! Their major couterattack was blasted by our attack helis.
Some surviving forced limping back to a base that would soon be overrun, just as we planned...
Changing Directions- Phase 2
Once past the lake dividing the two Army Groups, AGE split into two forces. The remnants of the Spearhead comprised of the Leopards, M113A2's supported by all the M109's pressed eastward to Stockholm, but the rest of AGE, the carefully hoarded and fresh CV90's headed SOUTH to attack a major Swedish army base in the center of Sweden.
Army Group South left a tiny blocking force in place while the rest swung EAST to support the CV90's coming from the north.
The newly formed Army Group Center (AGC) took the Swedish base.
The 8 CV90's eliminated about a dozen howitzers, and about 10 other units in various states of repair as they sortied from their base in a vain attempt to save it.
The sole Swedish base in the south closest to Denmark was left untouched, to fight the Danes. Still they counter attacked north into the weakened AGS (now stripoped down to comprise only the M114's and 1 weakened engineer). 3 Airborne forces dropped into a town just in time, ahead of their BMP's. Despite not having time to dig in, the Airborne forces called in Heli support. The BMP's were promptly destroyed.
The remnant of AGE advanced slowly, punishing Swedish counterattacks with heavy artillery, and finally took Stockholm. AGE swung north and claimed vast amounts of Swedish territory.
AGC moved south to eliminate the last of the Swedish resistance.
Denmark should fall easily. Gassing up the CV90's...
Overstrength SAM units, lethal and mobile, were essential for air cover and inexpensive compared to about what 6 JAS39 Gripens would've cost me.
Getting the tanks moving to the right spots at the right time, and hitting the bases quickly let us crush their artillery without being bombarded. Sacrificing the Attack Gripens to save our armor was the right, but painfully costly thing to do.
Hugely fun game. I wanted to win without doing the "Light Infantry" rush.