>Amphibious Landing? Is that really necessary?
It is the final quarter of 2021, I decided to move against Nigeria, the CB is low but it is a worthy target (140 million people) with few alliances, meaning a smaller number of nations angered with me.
First of all, a few weeks before the beginning of the invasion I shut down all my unit building facilities allowing me to raise my defcon and military spending for no extra expense in my budget. No need to say that this helped my overall unit efficiency a lot. Economically I increased my production and social spending along a tax reduction to keep my budget positive and my GDP growing slowly since 140 million at 2.000 GDP are going to reduce my own GDP, and inflation for sure at the same time that raise my unemployment.
Bellow you can see my main strategy, I signed a series of transit treaties with African nations and massed my troops and aircraft on their western neighbors, by doing so I had the following advantages.
-Reduced travel time by sea.
-No need for an Amphibious landing, Nigerian sea piers are horribly located.
-Could transfer my A-4 attack fighters without the need of air refueling and could operate more then using only carriers (which I also did).
-Could field special forces on nearby air fields ready to be drooped.
-Could field supply, ASW and attack choppers without the need of VTOL carriers (which I also did for ASW reasons)
-Attacking by land means a lot less supply problems, supply trucks would be supporting my advancing army from the start.
Since Nigeria was at war with many of their neighbors I decided to use the same strategy that I used in Venezuela, take the whole country first leaving their Capital to the end. AWACS planes and spies were used for intelligence gathering.
>Letâ€™s take a look at my toys
Bellow you can see some of the units types that I used in my invasion of Nigeria.
-BO160 Heavy Lifter = Good cargo capacity, good range and price in comparison with the choppers that I had available.
-ERJ-145 = superb AWACS airplane, cheap and with a good spotting range of 188 KM, good flight time also.
-AS.555 ASW chopper = Cheap low tech ASW chopper, more than enough to deal with African submarines that I might meet.
-A-4KU/M/N Skyhawk II = Cheap low tech fighter bomber with good flight range, good ground attacking range of 24 KM and good ground and air combat stats when used in great numbers. Can fly a CAP and support my troops for a long time before returning to refuel. Has carrier and air refueling capacity. Check their maintenance, it is really cheap.
-NC-1L Air transport = Medium price and maintenance with great range and good cargo capacity, enough for 1 special forces battalion or 2 airborne. Slow flying means heavier fuel consumption caused by pushing the airplane to fly faster. Can be used to resupply ground forces with average results. Later I discovered that they can be used to supply advancing tank columns, dismissing the need of supply trucks stuck in the middle of nowhere.
-SS-80 Astros Rocket Artillery = Cheap soft target truck artillery, superb to use against complexes at a great distance (for me). The downside is their combat time and supply consumption.
Aside those troops my main attack was composed of EE-11 as my main workhorse (as always), light infantry for occupation and fight partisans, tanks for holding critical locations, self propelled and mortar artillery for defense and support as necessary.
On the next topic we are going to see the first 3 operations that marked the beginning of the end for the Nigerians.
The main objective of operation Atena was to stabilize the Nigerian/Niger front before a Niger offensive could take land targeted by me. The screenshot show 2 strike groups aiming for the northwestern Nigerian cities, before the beginning I transferred 2 more strike groups and a full tank brigade in order to be able to secure my objectives faster and hold my flanks at the same time.
No complexes are located in the operation area, so no SS-80 was designated for this operation. Other artilleries pieces would be used for flank protection along with my tanks. No special forces paradrop was planned (no city cluster and low garrison number) and air support will come from 7th air flotilla. Two medium supply choppers flotilla were designated to supply my advance troops if my trucks got out of juice.
Before the operation starts on November 20, 2021 the Niger launched an offensive and forced me to change a few details of my operation, but I launched it anyway. The pace of the advance was so fast that I had to use my choppers more than I would like to keep them advancing, the good side is that the operation was finished way before the other ones.
On my new Brazil/Niger border I left light infantry supported by mortar artillery holding the captured cities. That should be enough.
>Operation New Neighbor
This operation was intended to be my pain push through a heavily populated area, meaning a lot of cities close to each other and a slow pace of advance. The region of Lagos is heavily defended by AAA and artillery pieces receiving their own operation (ARES) related to the success of this one.
Main cities clusters are going to be attacked by a surrounding attack maximizing the number of brigades used along with special forces airdrop. No artillery fire is authorized over cities and only complexes can be bombed. Critical points are going to be hold by tanks along with self propelled and mortar artillery,
The advance was slow but constant, on the cluster showed with the blue dots I changed my tactics, I flanked their cities and then launched a full frontal and flank assault along with special forces paradrop. The cities were taken for no losses on my side. After I took all objectives I moved my forces in preparation for my final attack in operation Ares.
This operation was intended to take the most heavily defended area that I meet in all the wars that I fought. Lagos and nearby cities were defended by many high efficiency garrisons along with a full brigade of towed artillery, anti-air pieces, tanks, recon vehicles and hard target infantry.
As you can see on the map above, the first step started right after the war was declared, 3 full naval taskforces (the plan called for 2) along with VTOL carrier based ASW chopper support and cargo ships for extra ammunition bombed Lagos clearing their AAA and preparing the way for a precision Air strike of my A-4 on their artilleries. In order to do so I set my planes for attacking ground and air but no targeting of opportunity when the time comes (they had a barracks on Lagos and could repair their artillery if I attack to early).
Rocket artillery kept the countryside clear while my troops finished operation New Neighbor and started the siege around the area of operation.
My ships kept their AAA at bay sending them to repair and keeping usually only 1 suppressed unit active. When I finished the surrounding the area, all A-4 attacked at the same time and destroyed all their artilleries for only light to medium losses, but no full losses (depending of the squadron), but most of them remained usable after the attack.
With the artillery gone I launched a full attack supported gradually by special forces paradrop and making sure that each city were attacked only from a nice position in order to avoid ganging around a single brigade and the unnecessary loss of lives and units.
The operation was a success and all objectives were taken.
>The first phase results
The first 3 operations counted for more than 40 million population conquered and now the urban concentration were reduced making my future job easier. Two units were lost in total, one in combat and another in a bad retreat move that took it right to the claws of an enemy garrison stack. On the north the supply situation is bad and I was forced to assign extra chooper flotillas to fuel them and prepare for my next move.
On the center and south the supply situation is better. The central forces are planned to link up with my northern ones and set my western blockade on the area around their Capital.
On the south, my forces are going to cross a river, supplied by choppers (EE-11 is Amphibious) and attack another heavily populated area, but not much as the last one.
Got no more than 20 battalions too damaged to keep fighting (I sent more than 160 EE-11). Lagos barracks is offline, so no repair for this units are scheduled for the next few days, I sent them to the rear and gave them a rest.
>On the other news
USA got negative on their debt and greatly reduced their operations in Mexico allowing them to set their own offensive and started to retake lost territory. Even making two amphibious landings on Mexico their economy is broken and the war in my opinion is over.
Jerusalem was bombed until only 100.000 people survived, them the Jordanian artilleries pieces were attacked and destroyed by Israel, but the city survived. The front is so far stable and I am starting to believe that Israel can survive all those wars, but do not have the capacity to conquer territory, finish Syria or Jordania.
Taiwan forces landed on China but were easily repulsed.
South Korean forces are slowly defeating Chinese forces in occupied North Korea and gaining ground.
Russia is losing their war against Poland and Kalingrad is under siege.
Angola is still under attack and their territory is heavily occupied, Congo troops are closing on their Capital. Ask me about my â€œI like the fat onesâ€ plan for Angola on part 5.
South Africa is conquering their neighbors and they suddenly became a juicy target for my next moves.
On part 5.
-The outcome of my war on Nigeria.
-2022 a year of peace?
-The â€œI like the fat onesâ€ plan for Angola.
-Economic and scientific developments.
-The Colombian/Equator war outcome after my involvement at the side of the Colombians.
-The USA economic crisis (coincidence with real life?)
-The South African threat
-Israel struggle for survival.
-South Korean war with China.
Waiting your comments. See ya.