From: Lower Saxony Germany
I was playing a game vs 3 AI. I declared war on 1 that was next to me the other was across the ocean too far away so I let him be. The other was just a hop over a slight forest so I amassed border units against him in the North,the center lightly protected as their main advance was towards the south to attack the 1st AI, but did not declare war.
I was doing fine against the first AI nearly had him finished off, he was in the ropes. My armies were far spread out, pocketing the enemy making nice kills. When all of a sudden out of the blue the 2nd AI declared war on me. he had amased a large army in the North so I couldn't retreat but also couldn't attack as he was to strong, the center was a different picture. My armies had pressed so far forward into the first AI's terrain that my center was wide open for the 2nd AI.
He poured a massive amount of troops through my center knocking out 2 army HQ's, smashed my airforce sitting in lighty protected airbases, anihilated my newly trained units heading to the south to help out and get EP and cut of the whole army. I was forced to surrender because the pocket was to big to get any men out.
I learnt that an AI that does not declare war is not automaticily a friend. Either you attack him on your temrs early in the game or he'll attack you when you are not ready or your battling it out somewhere else on the map.
I felt like I had just been kicked where it really hurts, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the losses before the turn opened.
That AI general was quite a good general.
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