Hearts of Iron IV – How to defeat Ethiopia

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This guide will show you how to defeat Ethiopia as Italy in BBA in 140 Days, before Ethiopia’s emperor is able to board the train and move into exile at the U.K., thus preventing you being technically at war and bringing resistance WAYYY lower in Ethiopia.
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Set up for success:

It’s possible to defeat Ethiopia in 140 days, before they can go into exile. Although it may take you a few attempts to win consistently, these steps will guarantee victory.

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First, upgrade the railway connecting the port and the supply hub to level 2.

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Now, for your armies. Now, a*sign both african armies to the field marshal using the “organizer” trait. Set up an offensive line similar to this for the eastern africa army and make them aggressive.

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For your northern army, now a*sign these troops an offensive line. There is no need to alter aggression levels or cohesion. I recommend the general Ezio Rosi. He’s both an infantry expert as well as an organizer so he’s ready to finish the push after you give him the infantry expert trait. Later, you can make him a field marshall for logistics wizard.

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We are now going to get some troops from the mainland. Grab your 4 mountaineers, and 2 fully-trained basic infantry divisions. The frontline for Aussa is set. You must immediately remove all other troops, except the 2 undeleteable Libyan divisions.

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Now, the final preparations. Now, make the final preparations.

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Now motorise your field marshall! Italy started with a few trucks and is now building more. Set up your airforce and bring all your tactical bombers to Ethiopia. You can place everything except for the 64 air wing Division in the north.

I recommend that you have at least 10 mills for guns, 3 for artillery and 3 for support equipment. Keep those 2 on trucks.

The Ethiopian war logistics should be the first focus. You can choose any other focus you wish, but you only have 105 days to defeat Ethiopia.

Now, start the offensives with your two armies! Set up your airforce when it arrives from Italy.

Start of the offensive and annexe of Aussa

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You will push with the support of the rest of your airforce. This event will be the top for more attack and air support. You must win the war within 140 days of the game’s start. There is no supply time!

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After the event to annexe Aussa is over, annexe them. Then, combine your frontline troops in Aussa with your northern armies. Draw a new offensive line

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Your eastern army is progressing well enough. With a little micro, victory can be yours!

Promotions for Micro and General

Once your field marshall logistics wizard reaches level 2, you can give him command power when it is available.

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If Ezio has the command power and is now an infantry leader you can a*sign him as an Infantry expert!

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Micro time!

You might want to adjust the cohesion settings for your northern army to make sure they don’t move from one side to another. This may leave gaps in the eastern lines, but you might not have to. However, you should micromanage some troops on your left side and grab some Ethiopian land before additional troops arrive. You also need to re-a*sign all your planes from northeast air zone, since you now control all that land!

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To ensure there are no gaps, pay attention to your frontlines. Now, the goal is to secure the east supply hub and then attack Addis Ababa from multiple directions. Once Addis Ababa is secured, the rest Ethiopia will fall quickly before the 140-day deadline.

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Once you have the supply hub, connect it via railway to your northern supply center. You can usually end the war before it is fully constructed, but you do it anyways.

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You should be able take Addis ababa via micro in multiple directions. Then link up with your eastern army. You can then delete your generals orders, and use a field marshall battleplan to clean up.

Victory!

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Victory! If you see this screen, it means that you defeated Ethiopia before the Emperor went into exile. This ensures that you don’t have the pain of dealing with the insane amount of resistance and technically still being at war.

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The U.K. is disliked by the Italians for its government in exile. But the Emperor never made it to the U.K., so you did everything right!

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I did the focus on Ethiopian war logistics –-> Italian Highways —> Power stations in Terni.

The war should be over before your third focus is completed (, or your fourth focus if it was only 35 days). If it isn’t, Ethiopia will automatically capitulate since they board the train, which lowers their surrender limit but allows them to go into exile.

You did it! Ethiopia is yours! Except for one small hiccup. You will get the missionilini: Pacify Ethiopia.

You can’t do that without Ethiopia technically being in exile in the U.K. Failure to pacify Ethiopia will only result in a loss of 25 PP.

Go forth and conquer!

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