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Hearts of Iron IV – Beginner Tutorial – Battle Plans

December 2, 2019

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  • Reply Martin Lee July 14, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    It's a great tutorial but the strategy makes me laugh.

    "In this example we'll defend some of our newly acquired coastline"

    Ah yes, from the lesser known Polar Bear Invasion Event when you build too many nuclear reactors.

  • Reply fry mclizzi July 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    how do you gain man power

  • Reply fry mclizzi July 25, 2016 at 8:09 am

    can you go over attrition? im having problems with it, I don't understand it whatsoever

  • Reply frankth3frizz August 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    ProTip: Watch the tutorial first before attacking China with Japan.

  • Reply shibbyobibbyo August 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Masterful invasions with only "attack" and "fallback" commands? For a very important part of hoi4 this feature seems very sidelined. What if I don't want to advance on a broad front? Can I assign my panzers to conduct spearhead attacks and the infantry to follow behind and occupy the areas? How do I encircle enemy armies with this – there's not even a mapmode to easily show the terrain!

    This game is a HUGE step back for paradox. I hope BICE team can do something with it, otherwise its hoi3 for me.

  • Reply steven03048 August 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    How do I do the multi step plan? which keybord button or what ever. plz tell me!

  • Reply Chameleon1616 September 10, 2016 at 12:34 am

    This guy sounds like he is talking about a ww2 game while combing someone's hair.

  • Reply Bassel KH September 14, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    10 straight hours in the game and I have no idea what i'm doing

  • Reply Pharaoh Prince September 18, 2016 at 7:47 am

    12:47 AM 9/18/2016  *playing HOI4*

  • Reply Cheedy September 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    OMG ive tried this so many times and they wont move OMG

  • Reply Dave S. September 30, 2016 at 3:22 am

    So is it better to have one very large army commanded by a Field Marshall or several smaller armies?

  • Reply SteelRodent October 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Why are these tutorials not in the game? The tutorial that IS in the game is all but useless. It only explains the most basic things that are for the most part obvious. It does in fact not tell you anything that lets you actually win the game even on the easiest settings. Everything that's in these videos should be in that tutorial (I recommend playing Age of Empires – the original – and see how a proper tutorial is done).

    Instead the "tutorial" most often refers to the wiki, which for the most part just give you a bunch of stats that aren't really important and most often can be found in the tooltips, and then the wiki fails to tell you how to find the information in-game. Things like "air superiority", which is a value that ought to be present on the airforce overlay (likewise with the naval supriority), is nowhere to be found (that I can see) unless you don't have air superiority anymore, and yet if you do paratroopers you need this information desperately to understand why your dudes just sit there doing nothing for years.

  • Reply Simon Walker October 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    thanks for the Video very good

  • Reply Franky Cornejo November 5, 2016 at 3:24 am

    I've done all of this as Belgium and I still can't attack

  • Reply blintastic November 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Do you have to justify a war preperation

  • Reply AdrianAtGaming December 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

    can one play as switzerland

  • Reply Mohammed Altrabsheh January 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    this game is soo comlecated

  • Reply One Man Army February 4, 2017 at 7:50 am


  • Reply Davi February 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I think I'm having problem with the battle plans .So, When I set the front line then I set offensive line It seems don't work My units don't move ,they just standing there .I want to learn how to play this game but it seems this game has some issues.

  • Reply Giedrynis February 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    is this like in total war? when you go to fight you being take the field?

  • Reply Redeye March 18, 2017 at 1:58 am

    His voice is sunshine melting butter on an early summer morning.

  • Reply Stachan March 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm


  • Reply TheWolfOfFutSt April 15, 2017 at 7:29 am

    great video man

  • Reply Vandeeza Gaming May 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    u where no help m8

  • Reply Oh yeah May 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

    my troops won't move

  • Reply Oh yeah May 17, 2017 at 6:57 am

    when I set border line my troops won't move

  • Reply Oh yeah May 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    when i click arrows they wont attack

  • Reply jigglesrw June 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    my troops don't move ?

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  • Reply black animals July 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Very nice video.

  • Reply Jacob Macaree July 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    im doing what you're saying, but my troops won't even move. wttttf

  • Reply BarSOV 007 August 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    ¿Como puedo mejorar el rendimiento del juego? Normalmente se me empieza a relantizar y lagear, haciendose injugable, es un juego que me encanta, es increible, pero mi ordenador con 4 gigas de RAM y una tarjeta grafica NVIDIA no lo corre correctamente, por mucho que que lo ponga al minimo. ¿Que puedo hacer?

  • Reply sherkat fanavaribarghghodrat August 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    For beginners these tutorials are good.anyway tnx

  • Reply Pascal Nawijn August 25, 2017 at 10:08 am

    My troops keep standing at the border, I clicked the arrow and I've tried everything but they still won't do anything

  • Reply Dutch August 27, 2017 at 3:24 am

    interesting that this was actually Hitlers plan, 3 attack fronts one to leningrad, the other to moscow and the other to the south

  • Reply adr Adrian September 24, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    simple, str8 to the point, good narrating, thats what i want from a video, good job sir.

  • Reply Khalifa AL Jahwari September 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This is better than any 30-40 minute tutorials

  • Reply Brendan Beckett October 10, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I'm so confused. I can't find this battle plans tab with the front lines button on it. The tutorial tells me to press it, and when I come here to see how to find it it just appears when it's not there for me. Help?

  • Reply Purke October 16, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Well, this is good tutorial, but still my troops wont execute plan, i was playing with Italy (After turtorial), and i make plan to attack Switzerland, but my troops did nothin'.. okay that might be 'cuz Switzerland is indiffirent country (idk how to say that xDD)

    Then i played as Romania, and i start to attack hungary butt still my troops just chillin' on border.. (I clicked execute plan..)

  • Reply Ikilleddave October 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    doesn't work, waste of money

  • Reply XperiencePro November 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    It doesnt work for me

  • Reply XperiencePro November 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    it doesnt work for me. I drew the line made the front lines but the soldiers wont attack. Please help.

  • Reply MrBreaknet November 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Not even fun for the Soviets

  • Reply DarthKoninoz November 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Guys I want some help. I do ALL of these steps, and I also press the arrow to start the battle but my divisions are not moving. Please help me…

  • Reply Marshall Gamers [OFFICIAL] November 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks You Help Me So Much

  • Reply Roman S November 25, 2017 at 4:12 am Advanced in to Soviet EMPIRE?! Srlsy guys?! Making "historical" game about second world war and you dont even know that is not Empire like 20 years like? Its remind me about Company of Heroes "knowledg"…. Doh….

  • Reply Hiiro Scarlet January 6, 2018 at 2:36 pm


  • Reply Adam Baker February 11, 2018 at 2:49 am

    I have a very big problem whenever I try draw front lines If I have at least twice the amount of divisions than there is provinces of the frontline being drawn they have a very annoying tendency to form clumps creating weakpoints in the frontline. Other than spliting up the army divison and creating a second front line nothing I have tried stopped this clumping up behaviour from happing. I think Paradox should rework their frontline editing. I would love the ability to when you assign a division to a frontline you would also be able to chose which provice you want them to form the frontline

  • Reply RöRÖruRUru Blueblue March 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I was really impressed by this. Only got the game yesterday so I've just played about 3 hours, but I love how this works. You can give an army a certain order to go here and there, when the fighting is going on then you can still micro the units to deal with enemy troops to your liking, but it won't override the battle plan, your own troops still continue to move after the fighting is done.
    Yeah, really love how this works, awesome job. I'm just watching some tutorials AFTERWARDS to make sure I really know what I'm doing before heading into the great campaign.

  • Reply Alvin Sundberg March 11, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Can someone help me? I do as everyone says, but my troops do not even move when I try to attack. Can someone tell me and say what I'm possibly doing wrong? It does work in the tutorial, but not when I'm actually playing.

  • Reply Koolmees Producties April 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks, you helped me alot!!

  • Reply gary flood May 31, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    how do you equip spear head on your offensive toggle

  • Reply Adam Knowles June 1, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I’m doing this but doesn’t work

  • Reply ClutchMcGee June 11, 2018 at 12:55 am

    You say after you unpause all units will move into position but just my frustrated noob wishing I didn’t waste $50 luck they didn’t for me

  • Reply JorgeJavier Laborde June 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    how do you invade mountainous areas

  • Reply Themistoklis Archontidis June 19, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Hitler reached 24km out of Moscow. In the map it seems that Paradox ALSO reached 24km out of Moscow.

  • Reply William Wise July 4, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    His voice is so calming

  • Reply Adam Morris July 24, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I was confused, because I was attacking Chile, so there is like no room for the offensive line

  • Reply Vasya Debil August 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

    kaunas isnt the lithuanian capitlal lol its vilnius

  • Reply Fuzzbear1 August 30, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Very helpful 👌 nice

  • Reply Karolis Stankus September 17, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    (Im new on hoi4) So I dont need to wait until other nation accepts my war justification? I can just send troops to kill ewerione?

  • Reply Pioneer November 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I still lose every battle :C I even got my ass kicked by Poland as USSR :C!

  • Reply Judospoopdog November 14, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I'm doing exactly what you're saying but my army wont fight. Please help!

  • Reply Barış E. November 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you so much. This is very helpful

  • Reply CosmoDeus November 22, 2018 at 7:08 am

    so helpful, thank you. This is the most complicated game I've ever come across. Maybe the game just needs a better tutorial.

  • Reply United States of America November 24, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I don’t get this. All the time I try to invade, I can’t.

  • Reply dale tindall December 6, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    why is it that i do exactly the same but my units just sit at the front line and don't push in? I clicked the arrow on the commander to start the attack I've waited 3 months and nothing happens.

  • Reply glen Bogger187 December 7, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I watch documents, i'm an old fart so i watch them all the time. You have a wonderful narrative, try out at companys ect for one. Rather listen to you, you have a gift.

  • Reply Coolbeans December 17, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I need help with the tutorial! 😂

  • Reply Bustxr December 25, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    germans cant defend

  • Reply Tyler Mustard loooser December 26, 2018 at 12:58 am

    In my very first game I failed to invade Czechoslovakia

  • Reply chara December 30, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    i buyed mobilization pack for 25 euros for xmas sale ya boi

  • Reply Josephysia December 31, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Better idea:
    Get the ultimate cheat mod.
    Stock up on modern tanks.
    remove the entire army of your enemy.
    Turn on your military cheat full cheat.

  • Reply Mahmut Odabasi January 2, 2019 at 6:35 pm


  • Reply Elnis888 January 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Great video – thank you for the explanations!

  • Reply Yürüyen Ansiklopedi January 20, 2019 at 6:52 am

    please make a tutorial about manual orders too

  • Reply OlliOtter1004 January 31, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    6:10 That’s a pretty big Germany right there

  • Reply Shad Rachid February 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    why my units doesnt move when i unpause ?

  • Reply Mr K March 2, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Ever after almost 100 hours, I still suck massive cocks at this game.

  • Reply Caspar Zylla March 7, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, the video-Title is German, so should the tutorial too.

  • Reply Fuckable Pancakes March 14, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I activated the execution but all my troops just stand there 😐

  • Reply bEn March 29, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    I cant invade countries coz my estimated plan value is always 80 %

  • Reply Jaxson Mitchell April 4, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Thank you so much for this.

  • Reply Type April 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    how to put the army on the border in hearts of iron

  • Reply Grayson G April 20, 2019 at 1:13 am

    I cannot for the life of me figure out how to give generals traits. There is no straight answer. please help.

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  • Reply Bitmap May 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    little scottish slip up

  • Reply Mark Herndon May 18, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for this finally someone showing how to establish and control fronts. This part of the game has aggravated me more than any other. Nothing like getting everything set up perfectly Danzig or war goes off and not being able to advance into Poland…

  • Reply Zitix! June 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much! very good Tutorial you talk very understandable thanks. 😀

  • Reply henlo June 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Can you teach us how to capture / invade provinces?

  • Reply eksdee July 21, 2019 at 9:03 am

    How the hell can you have 106 divisions in one army??

  • Reply Barry Scott July 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Now there’s no chance of Ethiopia beating me again!

  • Reply Tulip July 27, 2019 at 6:44 am

    How do you advance so fast?! I have 2000 divisions on russia and they haven’t moved in the past year

  • Reply Tuxy YT August 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    yeah well mine dont invade

  • Reply Mr.Arbitersss September 20, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I love doing crack cocaine.

  • Reply Wlodimir Wladomir October 16, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    My lag is horrendous

  • Reply SonOfRohan November 17, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Guys i have a problem, i play aß Italy and want to invade yugoslavia but they beat me instantly what do i do wrong? My army is quite alright and i made the plans as shown in the video

  • Reply Sexy Febreeze November 29, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Why isn’t mine attacking bro

  • Reply Kaylen Cowan December 1, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    This did not work I told my army to invade but they just stood at the border and did nothing

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