December 9th, 2018

 

World in Flames: Fall 2011 Campaign

     “My Little Axis Pwny"

   
Axis players: James Frusetta, Joe Onorati Allied players: Marc Hight

Game reports: "My Little Axis Pwny" - Spring 2011 WiF Campaign

Sept/Oct 1939: The fall opened with a lovely cool breeze caused by the German panzers rolling over the Polish countryside. Polish outlying units were decimated without loss. The Italians reinforced Egypt while the Japanese poured new units into China. The weather quickly soured, however, but this did not stop the Germans, who in subsequent impulses reduced Lodz and Warsaw. The only German casualty was a single Ftr shot down by the brave Poles who interned their planes in Lithuania. The fourth impulse was eventful, however, as the Commonwealth and France declared war on Italy, catching them by surprise. Both Italian TRSs were sunk, one in Bardia, the other in LaSpezia. Italian morale sinks as well. Turns ends with German units heading west.  

Nov/Dec 1939: Weather is mixed, but the Axis get a few clear impulses. Denmark is overrun followed by the Netherlands. No Axis casualties and the Germans are ahead of schedule. Allies reinforce Egypt with a Mech, but there is little movement in African desert. Japanese bomb Chinese cities to little effect. At the end of the turn the Germans boldly invade Belgium, smashing the front lines in bad weather. The Allies quickly intervene and take up positions on the river line as the turn ends.

Jan/Feb 1940: Initiative is crucial - and the Allies win on the reroll. The win allows the Allies to finish occupying the Belgian line and prevent a German breakthrough. Heavy sighs of relief can be heard in Paris and London (not to mention Brussels!). The weather clears (literally fair in N. Temperate) for two impulses and the Germans annihilate a French stack with an anti-tank division (again, no losses). The air-war shifts to the Axis as a French fighter bites the dust. Two British TAC in Egypt bomb the Italians repeatedly but manage to fail every single groundstrike. Japan DOWs Persia and takes an oil hex. Britain surprises the world and sends South African peacekeepers to prevent the conflict from escalating. At the end of the turn Polish partisans seize iron mines in the southwest and Malayan partisans rise up to protest British occupation. Grumbles are heard on all sides.

Mar/April 1940: More dastardly good weather at the start of the turn and the German are poised to advance. Despite brilliant success in the air war (Germans down another French FTR and a British TAC to no losses) the ground troops are not well organized after some timely groundstrikes. No attacks come off as the weather turns sour, but the Germans have their armor and huge airforce in position. Late in the turn the British launch a high odds attack against the Italians south of Bardia, but it ends in disaster. Brits lose a corps and retreat the Italians without loss. Despite turns of convoy attacks in the Med, the British cannot find the Italian convoys. Italian sub raiding has also been ineffective. In the Pacific the Japanese strategic campaign gets better, causing 2 BPs of damage to the Chinese. The Soviets demand the Baltic States and also claim Bessarabia, which the Germans allow.

May/June 1940: The Allies look to have a strong line in Belgium, but the Germans drop an O-chit and exploit a British mistake by blitzing a hex and then overruning a single 2 factor unit in the rear. The Brits try for a daring counterattack which nets the death of a German armor corps, but otherwise fails spectacularly; Belgium is lost with most of the British corps dying horrible deaths. The Brits continue to suffer in the air war, losing a Ftr and two Tac in air combat. Near the end of the turn the Brits in N. Africa eliminate the last of the Italian army in Cyrenaica, clearing the way to Tripoli. Attempts are made to sink the Italian convoy, but four tries all fail. Japan postures in China but all that happens is more strategic bombing. Some shifting about of corps in Persia makes the British peacekeeping forces there nervous, but no action is seen. At the end of the turn the Germans blitz into France, where the line is looking thin.

July/August 1940: Axis win initiative despite a re-roll and capitalize on the good weather. In the first impulse more French corps are munched and the Germans organize for better attacks. The feared offensive comes in the next Axis impulse when the Germans drop their second O-chit. Strasbourg is taken and the Maginot line falls, although the Fallschirmjager corps dies in the operation. In the center the Germans succeed brilliantly, taking another hex near Paris, but the northern assault on Lille fails with heavy German casualties. More British planes die, but this time a Stuka dies as well. The Italians attempt to strike the French Trs in Marseilles, but narrowly miss damaging it. An Italian Nav rebased in France tries to cause problems for the British in the Bay of Biscay, but the stalwart carrier planes of the RAF shoot the pesky Nav down. The N. African command under Wavell advances to Tripoli and successfully assaults the city. The Japanese again reorganize their units, sending reinforcements to Persia and concentrating units around Chang-sha. An attack looks imminent, but it might just be posturing. The Brits successfully strat bomb the Germans, starting the economic war.

Sept/Oct 1940: The weather starts clear and remains clear for the first half of the turn. The Allies finally win initiative and try to disorganize the German front lines, but fail miserably. Another British Tac is lost. In their impulse the Germans line up again and assault Lille, this time without loss. They attack other French possessions, taking Metz and clearing the Maginot line completely, and a hex adjacent to Paris. Panic grips the city, but the French regroup, holding a line from Rouen to southeast of Paris. Eventually the weather turns rainy and halts the German onslaught. The British try to tempt the Italians in to combat, but the Italians will have none of it. The British in Libya reorganize. Additional British troops finally return to France, but oddly they deploy to Bourdeaux in the south, well away from the front. Japan continues to concentrate forces in southern China, but a HQ is removed and rebases at the end of the turn to Siam, which was activated as a minor ally. The Axis have not yet failed a US-entry roll, so the Americans slumber on despite the growing Axis menace. 

 

WAR NEWS!

Hapless Poles no match for German Might! Dateline: 30 Sept 1939, Warsaw. After a careful campaign flawlessly executed, the Wehrmacht rolled into Warsaw the victors of a lightning fast war. German casualties are reported to be light while the Polish list of dead and missing runs into the tens of thousands. The Polish airforce has elected to flee and fight from England.

Mussolini Cries in Soup - Italian Naval Ambitions Thwarted. Dateline: 17 October 1939, Roma. "It's over baby," lamented the Italian dictator, after his ambitions for an African empire were dealt a blow when his entire naval transport capacity was sunk in the ports of Bardia and La Spezia after surprise British and French air raids. Despite warnings from his chief of staff about the possibility of Allied intervention, El Duce elected to leave his naval assets unprotected, thinking it impossible that the politically weak and divided British would pursue war. "We had intelligence that the Italians were planning to invade Egypt," said Lord Wavell, the newly ennobled commander of the Commonwealth African Command. "I persuaded Chamberlain to get off his duff and do something about it. Bloody glad I did, too!"

Axis Aggression Mounts - All Europe in Peril! Dateline: 22 November 1939, London. German forces have occupied Denmark and the Netherlands, and now reports are entering that they have illegally entered Belgium as well. The German Foreign Ministry issued a press release from Joachim von Fruschweitz. "We asked the Belgians for piece, is it our fault that they misunderstood us?" Here we have another example of a piece in our time.

 

Allied Gumption Moves Army to Action. Dateline: 4 January 1940, London. Prompted by rising fears of German imperialism, the Royal High Command stunningly implemented a plan for the defense of Belgium in record time: only three weeks. "We were fast, but had the Germans not stopped to celebrate Weissnacht, we might have lost Belgium," commented Mr. Chips in the English Royal Military Press Service (ERMPS). Even the French managed to step up and hold up their end of the line. "We will be in Berlin by Christmas" is the song being sung up and down the lines, although which Christmas is as yet unclear.

English Taskforce to Investigate Bombing Errors Launched. Dateline 18 February 1940, Manchester. After several months of ineffectual bombing raids by the RAF, a special commission has been set up to investigate the underperformance of the bomber wings. "Even the French are doing damage to the Jerries," said one member of the commission who wished to remain anonymous." We can't even hit the bloody I-ties who aren't moving in the desert, let alone the Germans in Flanders. I suspect sabotage." Results of the commission are likely to be classified and never released to the public.

 

German Kriegsmariners Sport New Outfits, Look Spiffy. Dateline: 1 April 1940, Kiel. Herr Hitler, tired of the boring drab dark blue of his sailors, personally redesigned the uniforms of the naval arm of his military. The new uniforms feature black fishnet tops and bell-bottomed trousers with a daring streak of blood red up the leg. "This change is long overdue," remarked von Fruschweitz, recently reassigned to duties in the Propaganda Ministry, "and our fearless leader knows that looking good is a prerequisite to winning wars." As a part of the design change, overweight sailors have been transferred to the army. This last move was made after complaints were lodged by a variety of foreign dignitaries after participating in reviews of naval personnel in the new fishnet tops.