August 5th, 2020


World in Flames: Fall 2016 Campaign

     “Fascist Dachshunds in Love"


Germany: 0 (10)     USSR/France: 0 (13)
Japan: 0 (5)            USA/China: 0 (17)
Italy: 0 (0)              Commonwealth: 0 (19)

GAME CALLED - Finished end of Nov/Dec 1942

Germany: +11     Commonwealth: -9
Japan: +9            USSR/Fra: -9
Italy: +8              USA/China: -10


Axis players: Auberon Crocker (Jpn), Marc Hight (Ger), Maryska Connolly-Brown (Ita) Allied players: Ryan Gale (USA/China), Tyler Hines (Fra/USSR), Alex Abbott (CW)

Sept/Oct 1939: Germany declares war on Poland, but the initial attacks do not go as planned. A +14 assault on Warsaw fails. Von Bock reorganizes the troops, but vital time is lost. Other Polish units are dispatched. The weather immediately turns bad (and stays bad for the turn), further slowing German efforts. A subsequent attack on Lodz also fails, but the Germans rally to take it before the end of the turn. The USSR and Germany announce a pact, and the results are clear quickly, as the Soviets refuse to back the French in an aggressive play to attack Belgium. The Belgians appeal to Germany for help, which is immediately provided. The French are surprised by the firm reaction and are unprepared to advance. As a result, German corps flood forward, protecting the Belgian countryside. At the end of the turn the German lead units attack and secure Lille in the north of France. Italy remains quiet, shuttling troops around, with most of them heading to Libya. The British, who have deployed most of their navy to the Mediterranean, repeatedly threaten the Supreme Leader of Italy (El Duce, Marianna Connolini), but no hostilities break out with Italy.
  In the Pacific the Japanese have an excellent opportunity to seize Si-an, but they roll a '2' on the land attack, inflicting casualties only on themselves. Some naval and lands unit rebase to East Africa. The Japanese do manage to take Chenchow, but poor discipline causes a week of pillaging and general disorder, enraging the American public.

Nov/Dec 1939: The weather continues to be bad and the Axis players bemoan the poor campaign conditions. The German army in Poland streams west, with a few core remaining to help integrate the Poles in the new Reich. Bad weather and continued poor attack rolls sees the German make slow progress in northern France. Two more hexes are cleared,, but the Germans are advancing. During a snowy impulse, the Germans do add Denmark to the Reich as well. Italy decides to finally respond to British provocation and declares war on France and Britain. They achieve considerable surprise, sinking a CW TRS in port at Alexandria and sinking another in Cape St. Vincent off the coast of Gibraltar. British naval morale  plummets and commanders report having problems getting their crews to engage the enemy (lots of high search rolls for the CW player). The Brits do manage to catch the Italians once in the Eastern Med, sinking the CA Bolzano without loss. Libyan lead units push into Tunisia and conquer the territory at the end of the turn. The turn ends badly for the Italians when a ground strike by a British TAC is unreasonably lucky. With the assistance of shore bombardment, the British attack and kill the HQ Balbo and an INF corp in western Egypt, also killing an Italian TAC in the process. The British are halted thereafter for the turn.
  The Japanese declare war on Persia and invade the coastal oil producing hexes. They mostly just settle in afterwards, content to squeeze the oil from the ground and do not advance towards Tehran.

Jan/Feb 1940: More bad weather, getting worse. The turn is short. The CW starts by declaring war on the Netherlands. The reason becomes apparent soon enough when the Germans refuse to lend all of the NEI oil to the Japanese (limiting it to one oil). At the same time, the USSR shocks everyone by declaring war on Norway and pushing it into the German camp. Immediately thereafter they demand Bessarabia. Germany forces the Rumanians to accept the ultimatum, and Hungary and Bulgaria soon take their own territorial concessions. Both Hungary and Bulgaria join the Axis cause that turn. Finally, the Soviets occupy the Baltic States as well. Despite the outrageousness of the Soviet moves, the American public does not seem to care (apparently they are all Communist sympathsizers).
  In China the Nationals make two bold low-odds attacks. In one attack they kill an elite Japanese MAR unit and in the other they fare less well, but still kill an INF DIV to the loss of three of their own units. The second attacks leaves Chang-Sha undefended, which the Japanese then take without resistance. Once again Japanese discipline slips and America is outraged by the behavior of the Nipponese army. To add insult to (repeated) injury, Chinese partisans attack an airbase in Shanghai, destroying the NAV stationed there.
  The advance of Germany in France so early is cause for Allied concern, but substantive victories in the Pacific and against Italy have blunted any cause for celebration in the Axis camp.

Mar/Apr 1940: The foul weather finally breaks on the first impulse, allowing the Germans to mount a frontal assault on Paris. This happened despite massive groundstriking failures (9 rolls with three 5 factor TAC flip only a single unit). German moral superiority wins the day and Paris is occupied. The turn goes long, but alternates clear with snowy/rainy weather. British troops land at Brest and fend off two high odds German blitz attacks when the German attacks prove incompetent (rolled a '5' and then '3' against the CW). German units start to appear in Hungary on the Yugoslavian border. Italy holds its own, sinking the CA Shropshire in the Eastern Med, but they fail to do any other damage. The Germans manage to damage a CW TRS in the Bay of Biscay. Near the end of the turn the Italians take Algiers and conquer Algeria. They also boldly embark two German corps (that had railed the previous turn to Italy) and deposit them safely into Algiers. The British navy sorties, but despite 5 attempts, they cannot locate the Italian TRS at sea. British naval morale continues to plummet. On the up side, German naval sorties fail to find British convoys four separate times.
  At the end of the turn Germany installs a Vichy government. Morocco, Syria, French West Africa, Indo-china, French Equatorial Africa, and the 'other' (mostly Caribbean) territories go Vichy. Madagascar, and the Asian and Pacific territories remain free French.
  Japan kills the pesky partisan in Shanghai and reorders its front lines, but little action occurs in China. No attacks are made and the lines are static. Chinese reinforcements fill the lines.

May/June 1940: The weather starts clear but the Axis are unfortunate and it turns sour mid-turn, shortening the turn considerably. The Germans and Italians take the turn to try and damage the Commonwealth, striking out at convoys and seeking to gain dominance in the Med. British naval performance - with a few exceptions - is quite poor. German raiders and aircraft sink 10 convoy points across the Atlantic, and sink the CAs Southampton, Sheffield, and Hawkins. The Germans do lose a FTR3 in combat in the Bay of Biscay. The British retaliate, sinking an Italian convoy in the Med while they defend the coasts of Egypt. The Axis respond, moving the entire Italian navy and sizable naval air forces into the sea zone. Combat ensues and the Ark Royal is sunk with a loss of all hands. The rest of the British navy escapes harm for the rest of the turn. In France the Germans finally liberate Brest, killing Gort. The army then heads south, greatly weakened from repeated losses. As poor as the British perform in search rolls, the Germans perform equally badly in land attacks. Mid turn the Germans cannot wait any longer and attack Yugoslavia. Zagreb is taken with two German losses, and an attack on Belgrade fails outright (rolls of '7' and '3' respectively). The Soviets demands the Finnish borderlands and the Germans force the Finns to accept.
  Japan starts the turn by occupying Indochina, and continues the fine tradition of failing every possible US entry roll. Next impulse they attack Nanning, taking the city but suffering two big casualties (to kill a 2-1 Gar). Naturally, there is no discipline and the rampaging troops incense the Americans... again. The turn ends fairly early to the chagrin of the Axis.

July/August 1940: The Allies win initiative despite an Axis re-roll. The CW immediately moves to defend its convoy lines and seeks to reinforce Gibraltar. They also send a large force to ambush the Italians in the Western Med, which succeeds, sinking the CA Garibaldi and killing the INF DIV which was a passenger. Next impulse, the Italians and Germans seek to engage the British. Minor convoy losses are inflicted in the Atlantic, but much of the defending CW fleet in the Western Med. is aborted, with the BB Warspite sinking. Transports were in the flotilla, and they successfully delivered von Leeb to Syria. Next impulse the Germans collapse Vichy, claiming Syria. German troops in France rush to the Spanish border. An additional Italian unit lands in Palestine after the German HQ advances, and the Palestine TER is destroyed in an assault on Jerusalem. Oddly, the German corps does not advance into Egypt, but the Italian GAR unit crawls forward. A coordinating attack is launched in Egypt by the Italians, but they take their land cues from the Germans, and the attack accomplishes nothing (no losses either side, lots of flipped units). Third impulse Germany declares war on Spain and pushes through the Pyrenees as the Spanish defend primarily around Madrid. Germany shocks the world by declaring war on the newly independent land of Iceland, taking it without loss by invasion. Even more surprisingly, the Americans do not seem to care. Reports from Iceland suggest that the natives prefer the new government. In Africa Belgian Congolese advance and take N. Rhodesia, but the CW were fortunate and have a TER appear in Rhodesia to block the push. The turn ends early with another fortunate Allied end of turn roll, denying the Germans a chance to even attack the Madrid salient. The Americans are ominously silent when it comes to US entry selections.

Sept/Oct 1940: The Axis win initiative, but the weather turns sour, slowing down the Axis operations in Spain. Germany and Italy start the turn seeking to sink convoys, but none of the searches are successful. Germany does clear one hex adjacent to Madrid and flows southward slowly. Italy lands two new corps in Palestine, threatening to flank the British. Wavell dashes eastward when the Italians take Port Said and attacks the city, losing a DIV but clearing the city. The attacking CW units are flipped however, which allows the remaining Italian units to creep around them and put them out of supply. Suez is taken! (US do not care.) The weather clears for only one impulse, and the Germans use the opportunity to assault and take Madrid, although once again poor combat rolls cost the Germans (lost the ENG unit). Germany has not had a land attack roll higher than '11' since early in the French campaign. Italy also takes the opportunity to invade Cyprus. Not to be outdone, the CW craftily sneak units into the NEI and seize the undefended oil fields at Balikpapan and Tarakan. The poor weather advanced the turn quickly, making it a relatively short turn. The British celebrate a turn with no naval losses, but lament the situation in Egypt and the threat to Gibraltar.

Nov/Dec 1940:  Sept/Oct ended with horrible weather, and it remained horrible. The Axis grumbling about the horrific weather for the game gets louder. The Allies win initiative but sagely have the Axis go first. The Germans and Italians again seek to hit CW convoys and have slightly better fortune. The CVL Eagle is damaged and 2 CONVs are lost, but the BB Ramilles is sunk along with the CA Manchester. A GAR DIV was sent back when its ship was damaged in combat off of the Spanish coast. Late in the turn the CW exacts revenge, sinking the CA Admiral Scheer without loss. In Egypt the Italians push forward, and continue the Axis streak of bad land attacks by clearing Alexandria at the cost of 2 Italian units despite a high odds assault. Not to be outdone, the Japanese launch a high odds attack of their own and fail, but the losses were only 1/1. Germany conquers Morocco and Italy takes the Fr. Somilialand. the turn ends quickly again, leaving the Axis few impulses to prosecute the war. Still no word from the US - clearly they are Axis sympathizers and the CW has started to worry about a US-German alliance.

Jan/Feb 1941: The Allies win initiative again, but the CW pushes to go first to protect its fragile convoy lines. The weather is surprisingly mild - and this turns out to be a critical break for the Axis. The CW takes a naval and slightly reorganizes its convoy lines and defends them. They successfully run a German NAV patrol to reinforce Gibraltar with a DIV. On the first Axis impulse the Germans take a combined while the Italians take a naval. Axis NAV enter the Cape St. Vincent and manage to knock out the Commonwealth naval units, putting Gibraltar out of supply. The Germans darken the skies and it takes every last plane to flip the defenders of The Rock - but it happens. The paratroopers arrive, and, along with Italian naval support from the Western Med, the Germans storm Gibraltar. Alexander and the other CW defenders surrender. As the turn continues, the Italians spend the rest of the turn pushing east in Egypt. On the 2nd Axis impulse, the Italians assault Port Said, but fail. On the 3rd impulse, however, the Italians take both Port Said and Cairo in two attacks, effectively ending British resistance in North Africa. The CW reinforce both Aden and South Africa near the end of the turn. The unfortunate CW also suffer some naval reverses, losing a TRS off the US East Coast to a surprise Axis submarine attack. The defecting Spanish navy suffers serious losses in the Central Atlantic to the now larger German navy (the BB Tirpitz and CV Graf Zeppelin are active). German land units start railing to the Soviet border during the turn, and Finland joins the Axis cause.
  In the Pacific, much is quiet. The Japanese continue to move troops around, but no attacks are made and little changes in China. The Americans are slowly starting to rouse; public opinion in the US is given a shock by the fall of Gibraltar and there are rumors that an intense political battle is taking place over which side to support in the war. German advisors fear that the Japanese might provoke the Americans and cause them to join the Commonwealth. The turn runs longer than usual (typical: the summer turns with clear weather have been shorter than average, the winter turns have been longer than average) and finally ends on the Allied impulse, shifting the initiative marker towards the Axis.

Mar/April 1941: The weather turns after a clear start to ridiculously bad... and stays bad nearly unbelievably through all of May/June as well. The Allies win initiative and elect to go first. The CW moves to protect its convoys lines. The Axis decide to strike hard and achieve mixed success. The Italian fleet, now based in Gibraltar, patrols the Central Atlantic and savages the British, sinking the CAs Glasgow, Exeter, Libertad (Sp), and Baleras (Sp) while damaging the CAs Gloucester, Kenya, and Frobisher. The CAs Gorizia and E d. Savoia are damaged but the area is cleared of CW convoys. The Germans try to do their part, but the pesky Brits have their day, surprising the Germans in the North Atlantic in bad weather, sinking the CV Graf Zeppelin. Germany does DOW Portugal, however, and manages to sneak a MAR DIV into the Azores to the take the airbase. The Italians push up out of Egypt into the middle east and Iraq elects to join Italy as a minor ally. Rumania is activated as a German minor ally near the end of the turn.
  The Pacific is mostly quiet, although the clear weather in the North Monsoon zone allows the Japanese time to surround some pesky partisan in Foochow and eliminate them. The MARs leave the front lines and head for the coast and there is a general reorganization of the Japanese lines.

May/June 1941: The turn will be the shortest thus far in the fame - only 2 impulses each. the Axis win initiative but the weather is poor, which stymies any serious action. The Germans go convoy hunting with little success, but they do surprise and sink the CV Courageous. There were no other losses. The US starts picking Entry Options more aggressively, a sign of heightened tension. The turn is so short that basically nothing happens of significance and the Axis do not even manage to shift much of their armies.

July/August 1941: With the initiative marker at +2 to Axis, the Axis easily win initiative and elect to move first. The Germans and Italians first strike out at British convoys but there are minimal losses. The British then do a proper job defending their lifelines. In impulse #3, the Germans declare war on Ireland, drop the chit for a supercombined, and land units all around Dublin, also taking Cork and Galway. The Italians land in Morocco with a MAR. There are no naval battles, but the Axis have more troops waiting on ships offshore. Next Axis impulse, the Germans push into Ulster, taking Belfast (only the N. Ire TER defending). Dublin also falls, securing the island for the Axis. Axis NAV and longer ranger FTRs rebase on to the island and then move out to try and control the Faroes Gap. The CW takes minor convoy losses, loses a TRS and the valiant Danish ship the Petr Skram, but holds on in the sea zone. The turn goes reasonably long and the German MAR pushes into the islands in the Irish Sea. Meanwhile, German bombers finally are organized and bomb London, taking 3 BPs and destroying a factory amidst heavy FTR losses on both sides.
  The CW avoids disaster in South Africa with a gutsy low odds (+3) assault by a TER against invading Axis territorial forces coming south. Pretoria was open, but the assault took out half of the invading force, causing it to stall. Next turn the CW are fortunate and get both a MIL and a TER in South Africa - crisis averted.
  All turn long the Germans also start heavily reinforcing their eastern border with the USSR as the Soviet troops were also massing on the border. Counter density is climbing there. The Italians push troops across Syria into Iraq and send 2 NAV and a few ships to the Red Sea.
  Japan reorganizes its Chinese front again, but there are no attacks. Siam is activated as a minor ally, but the Americans are too worried about the Irish adventure (+2 chits between Ireland and the invasion of the UK homeland).  The US relocates the fleet to Pearl and and activates a Canadian defense zone, but cannot manage to arouse any ire at the Axis (no tension).

Sept/Oct 1941: The Axis barely win initiative, and the weather is clear. The Japanese shock the Soviets with a declaration of war and land troops next to Vladivostok. The Russians had moved most of its heavy defenses out just the previous turn (to send to the border with Germany) and the strategic port was under-defended. The Japanese took Vladivostok and 3 resources by turn's end, when a peace treaty went into effect.
  Germany pushes the MAR in the Irish islands into Scotland and lands forces off ships behind it, taking most of southern Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The CW responds by forming a solid line (roughly where Hadrian's wall is). The Germans spend the turn reinforcing the Scottish position and strategically bombing, which nets only 1 BP loss this turn. Italy declares war on Persia, joining the Japanese in that campaign, and push towards Tehran. The MAR in Morocco moves south, taking Spanish Sahara, Mauretania, and eventually Senegal. The Italians are again aggressive in attacking the British, and losses are high. The Italians lose the BB Littorio while the British lose the CV Glorious and CV Furious. The CA Abruzzi and the CW CAs Belfast and Berwick are damaged. The carrier losses are disheartening, and CW morale is fragile. 
  Right at the end of the turn Germany declares war on Venezuela, taking the capital with a MAR DIV from Curacao. The Americans are incensed, claiming that the move should provoke immediate US entry into the war, but support for the Axis cause is still relatively high amongst the US public. The US does reinforce Singapore (which is currently held by pro-Japanese partisans, however) and finally the US gets tension. The turn ends with more German-Soviet buildup.

Nov/Dec 1941: After winning initiative, the Axis move first and seek to inflict more damage on the CW economy. The Axis naval luck starts ok. A force in the Faroes Gap is found. The CVL Argus is sunk, and the CVL Eagle and CAs Kent and Edinburgh are damaged. But after that engagement, the Axis miss 10 consecutive search rolls in the Atlantic. The Italians manage to sink 2 CONVS in the south Indian ocean, but otherwise little happens in the Battle of the Atlantic. The CW reroutes its convoys north to avoid the reach of the Italians based in Lisboa. German bombers hit Manchester, taking 2 BPs, but otherwise the turn in Europe is quiet. The build-up of both Soviet and German forces on their mutual border continues, and the counter density is high.
  Near the end of the turn the Japanese declare war on the CW and Free France, taking a number of islands (including Rabaul) and landing in Malaya and on Ceylon. The Japanese also retake the oil production centers of Tarakan and Balikpapan, but without a fight as the wily British manage to evacuate the forces before they can be attacked. The Japanese take territory but do not manage to sink any ships despite the surprise. Despite being uneventful, the turn goes long, fitting the patterns of long winters and short summers.

Jan/Feb 1942: The Axis win initiative again and go first. The Japanese navy spreads out over the Pacific first impulse, but then the weather turns nasty. Nothing happens. Finally the weather breaks and the Japanese declare war on the United States. Pearl Harbor is struck and the US loses the CVs Hornet, Wasp, and Bearn as well as the CA Houston. After some confusion about the geography of Oahu (it really is jungle...), an almost invasion of Oahu is diverted. The Japanese take several of the islands in the Hawaiian chain, but Honolulu remains in American hands. The US gears up but they are still at peace with the Germans and Italians, largely owing to popular sentiment in the United States that favors the cause of the Greater German Reich. War enthusiasm against Japan is high, but many are hopeful that the US will join Germany in a campaign against the USSR and resolve the current conflict with Great Britain. The turn ends immediately after the attack on the United States.
  In Europe the Germans and Italians try fruitlessly to find convoys, missing every single search roll throughout the turn. Strategic bombers get through to their targets, but fail to place the bombs on target.

Mar/Apr 1942: The Allies win initiative, but hoping to secure initiative in the summer, the Allies force the Axis to move first. The Germans and Italians immediately take out after the CW convoy lines. Not many CONV are sunk, mainly because the one sea zone where the Germans had success they elected to go after the CVL Eagle instead of the convoys. It took two X results, but the Germans were determined to sink the carrier, which had so long plagued and eluded them. Not much else happened in Europe as the turn was short (only 4 total impulses) and the weather was abysmal. The CW did retake Rhodesia and the Japanese conquered Ceylon.

May/June 1942: The Axis win initiative but the weather starts out poor. As a result, the first impulses for each side are uneventful. In the 3rd impulse the weather clears and the Axis decide to unleash total war by declaring war on the USSR. The Germans drop a chit for a super-combined and also aggressively attack British shipping and invade Plymouth to open a new southern front in England. In the naval battles in the Atlantic, the Axis inflict serious casualties on the CW, sinking the CV Victorious and the CA Suffolk while damaging the CAs Australia and Gloucester. The British exact some revenge, damaging a German AMPH, the Admiral Hipper, and the Italian CA Duc d'Aosta. The Germans nonetheless get ashore in southern England and build up in Scotland. Near the end of the turn the Germans take a risky assault on Birmingham, which was defended by a single corps, taking the city without loss. British morale briefly plummeted.
  The Luftwaffe struck up and down the line in the Soviet Union on the first turn, flipping many corps and planes near the front, hitting slightly above average on the die rolls for the ground strikes. They were unable to break the Dniester river line, but did inflict serious casualties on the front line. Two German PARA dropped on Sevastopol, taking the fortress and scattering the Russia fleet, destroying two CAs in the process (but missed everything else, which rebased to Rostov). The next impulse the weather turned sour again, causing expletives to be heard from the command bunker of the OKH. But the weather then immediately cleared and the turn unexpectedly went two more clear impulses, giving the Germans the time needed to push just past Minsk in the north and to pocket 6 Soviet corps between Kiev and Odessa.
  In the Pacific, the Americans elected to pursue an aggressive course and engaged the Japanese fleet off of Hawaii with most of their navy. Despite a slight initial advantage because of land-based air, an early good Japanese air combat role removed the lead US FTR, tilting the combat odds in favor of the Japanese. After the smoke cleared the Japanese had lost the CV Hiryu sunk, the CAs Tone and Suzuya damaged, and a SUB damaged. The Americans lost the CV Lexington, the BB Idaho and the CAs Northampton and Chester sunk, with the CVs Saratoga and Enterprise damaged. The BBs California and Pennsylvania, the CAs Pensacola and Salt Lake City, and a TRS were all damaged. The US then retreated, leaving the waters around Hawaii in Japanese hands. The Japanese do take a few more islands in the area, but no other major action occurs. The Chinese communists do mount an attack in northern China, but it fails, causing the commies to lose two DIVs.

July/August 1942: The turn starts poorly for the Axis, who lose initiative despite a reroll. The Allies go first. The turn, like every Jul/Aug thus far in the game, is unusually short, ending at the second possible opportunity, much to the dismay of the Axis. The US and Commonwealth play a cat and mouse game with the Italians and Germans over the convoys, but late in the turn the convoys come out and the Axis go after them. The Germans even took a naval (!) to do so despite the campaign in Russia. Two US convoys are aborted and the CA Louisville is damaged, but otherwise the Axis search rolls were poor. The CW does manage to damage the BB Tirpitz, but not much else comes of the naval combats this turn.
  In the Soviet Union the German war machine cranks it up. The large pocket south of Kiev is slowly eliminated and the Germans manage to also take Kiev and cross the Dnieper River, also liberating Dneprop. and Stalino in the process. In the north the Germans also find success, taking Pskov and Vitebsk on good-odds assaults and pushing up near Leningrad. The lead elements of the Wehrmacht are just past Smolensk. The Italians in the caucasus have isolated Baku and taken several other oil fields, depriving the Soviets of their use. The Soviets elected to leave sizable defense forces around Moscow, which is heavily defended and is likely to be the winter line (or perhaps the line for some time to come). Redoubts exist in the cities in the south, but there is otherwise no concentrated line.
  The Japanese try to be lucky and have the weather in the North Monsoon clear for attacks, but their hopes are repeatedly dashed. As a result, not much progress is made, although they do manage to sink a few British convoys running from Australia to Canada. The CW has enough spares to replace the losses, however. Japanese forces build up around Hawaii and the Philippines, which is still American. A CW attempt to take back Rabaul is thwarted when the British are unable to find the last CA keeping the island in supply. The Japanese then reinforce it and the opportunity is (for now) lost.
  The turn ends early (only 4 impulses each), much to the dismay of the Axis.

Sept/Oct 1942: The turn starts with a bang as the Germans drop a chit to have a super-combined in the first impulse, since the weather is clear. Several large corps are sent to southern England to grow the German presence there and squeeze the Commonwealth defenders. An air-sea battle occurs in the Faeroes Gap and the CVL Hermes is sunk along with the CA Edinburgh. Strategic bombing hits London, taking one BP but strat bombing over Manchester fails to find a target when CW FTRs abort all the bombers. The Germans, with Italian naval help, do manage to invade Bermuda, providing them with a base close the vital naval base of Norfolk in Virginia. On the Soviet front, the Germans clear a few more Soviet redoubts, completing the encirclement of Leningrad in the north and liberating Kursk in the south. Two other isolated pockets are clear, leaving a clean front that stretches from Leningrad, just east of Smolensk, south to Kursk and to Rostov. By turn's end the Axis have squeezed the Commonwealth into the midlands of England, taking Coventry on a mid-odds attack with minor casualties (1/2), but late turn moves re-establish the convoy line for the Brits. With the multipliers for attacks, the CW still builds at a reasonable level (18 BPs).
  Japan finally assaults and takes Manilla without loss, clearing the Philippines. MARs from Ceylon walk into India, stretching the defenders. Despite minor maneuvering, no naval action occurs in the Pacific.

Nov/Dec 1942: The Axis win initiative despite an Allied demand for a reroll. The Germans drop another O-chit and send yet more reinforcements to the Commonwealth as they slowly push east in the USSR in bad weather. Germans corps push up to the line that runs one hex from Moscow southward, but the Axis have taken the entire Caucasus except for redoubts in Baku and Grozny. The CW holds 5 central hexes in England and Cardiff, but otherwise Great Britain is German. A late turn assault fails on Leeds, but the Germans have a growing land and air dominance.
  Meanwhile, a German MAR DIV takes Key West as a show of Axis strength. The Americans quickly rally and expel the Germans, but the lesson is driven home. Allied morale crumbles as once again no American troops are sent east to assist the Commonwealth.
  Japan continues to solidify its internal lines, but again no major naval occurs in the Pacific. Japanese troops push further northward in India and troops from the Philippines redeploy both east and west. The Americans fight a vicious battle to reclaim one of the Hawaiian Islands and, despite losing the initial small naval battle and air battle over the island, perform well (roll an unmodified '18') and reclaim the island. 

GAME CALLED end of Nov/Dec 1942 turn. Axis victory.



WAR PROVOKED BY BRITAIN! 1 Sept 1939. Dateline Warsaw (AP Wire): The lights are going out yet again in Europe. After years of conflict with the Sino-Japanese war, Europe has heard the clarion call of death and destruction. Germany invaded Poland in the wee hours of 1 September 1939, in response to bold provocation by Polish incursions on to German soil. Evidence has been presented to the League of Nations that British operatives have been engaged in sabotage and acts of terrorism, and the Bank of London has finally released documents clearly proving that the British government has been funneling money to Polish insurgents responsible for acts of heinous murder. Unable to stand the affronts and attacks on his innocent citizen children, Der Fuhrer (Heil Hightler!) reluctantly gave the order to invade Poland. Britain and her lackey ally France quickly responded by declaring war on Germany the next day. No plans to send troops to Poland have been announced, however. The British continue to incite violence but leave their erstwhile allies in the lurch. Will Europe ever learn? To advance British interests is to cast the world into flames.






New, Improved, Whine Bomb Revealed in Stuttgart. 20 Dec 1939. Dateline Stuttgart (Chicago Sun Times): German scientists revealed a new, more powerful "whine bomb" at a military trade show this week in Stuttgart. The new bomb has the capacity to stun enemies and reduce them into a bewildered state of semi-consciousness by releasing high-pitched random noises upon impact. "The technology is actually quite old," said lead scientist James Crandallish, "I have been personally perfecting the weapon for several years now." The weapon has not been tested in battle yet, but there are numerous reports of casualties from the lab where Docktor Crandallish works.

Britian Rethinks Budget Cutting Plan Replacing Transport Ships with Cardboard Dingys. 29 Dec 1939. Dateline Plymouth (Reuters): Lord Admiral Sir Fancypants admitted to reporters yesterday that the recent rash of losses amongst Commonwealth troop ships might have something to do with a program initiated last year to replace ageing ships with cardboard-hulled dingys. "The project was a smashing success, actually, as we saved literally hundreds of pounds over the last few years. It was enough to throw the boys a smashing good party on Boxing Day!" said Sir Fancypants. Apparently the admiralty did not know that cardboard was, over time, subject to degradation from exposure to sea water. A formal investigation is being launched by the War Office.






Allied Powers Responsible for Bad Weather; Cloud Seeding Deemed "Dangerous" by Scientists Worldwide. 1 Feb 1940. Dateline Cape Town (World News Unlimited): At the First World's Global Meterological Society Meeting today, members of the French and British delegations admitted that their governments were seeding clouds in order to worsen the weather in a desperate attempt to turn the tide of the European war. Apparently military aircraft were loaded with a variety of experimental materials designed 'seed' clouds and make them more likely collect water vapor in the air, in turn producing greater amounts of rain. The experiment in fact has been a success, as Europe has experienced the wettest weather in recent memory. "Such reckless efforts without trying to understand the long term impacts is basically criminal - an act of violence against member of humanity. We have no idea how this is going to impact global climate for generations." Or so said Chris "Sunshine" Wethersby, the head of the Global Meterological Society. "Britain and France should be force to pay reparations to the world. If for no other reason, I must urge the world to support the German cause to put an end to such irresponsible behavior!"

Fascism swallows up the Netherlands. 21 January 1940. Walter Cronkite reporting for the United Press. Chaos reigned in the Netherlands as a fascist coup seized power in The Hague. At 8:00PM Monday afternoon, a group of fascist revolutionaries, purported to include members of both the government and the military, reportedly broke into the main governmental offices, as well as radio stations, transportation hubs, and police stations and took control. No deaths have been reported so far; the entire event is said to have been over in less than 30 minutes. Other groups took over governmental offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam as well around this same time. Fortunately, Queen Wilhelmina and the rest of the royal family were not present at their palace in Amsterdam at the time of the coup; an unexpected automobile failure kept them from leaving the naval base at Den Helder, which they had been visiting earlier in the day. Military officers still loyal then flew them across the North Sea to Great Britain; the royal family is expected to continue on to Canada. Prince Bernard broadcasted a speech on the BBC last night to the people of the Netherlands, pledging continued resistance to these recent events, and asking them to keep up hope and that they would return. A new government, headed by Anton Mussert as the new head of state, has since been put in place, and the Netherlands has officially declared its support for the Third Reich, pledging military and economic assist to their war effort. As such, Great Britain today announced a declaration of war against the newly christened National Socialist Republic of the Netherlands. This area of Europe had already seen one defection several months earlier, when the new fascist government of Belgium defected from the Allied cause to join the Germans, citing a declaration of war on them by the Soviet Union as their reason for changing sides. The Soviet government still has yet to give an official response to these events, or a reason for their declaration of war; the British Premier, Sir Alexander Chabbot, recently gave a speech to Parliament alleging secret Soviet/German negotiations may have been at the heart of this matter, which again sparked no counter from the Soviets. The situation in the West continues to look bleak for the Western Allies, as Nazi forces continue to push westward with no current end in sight.

Japanese Try New "Chinese" Method, Reverse Course and Decide to Issue Bullets to Troops After All. 4 Feb 1940. Dateline Shanghai (Yellow Sun Times): The Japanese army was trying an experiment in southern China to cut costs by not issuing bullets or ordinance to their front line troops when the Chinese decided to launch two simultaneous major offensives. The Japanese army repulsed the attacks, but the lack of supplies had the surprising result of increasing Japanese casualties. "We have learned an important lesson this week," said Harold Watanabe, head of the Japanese Logistics Service. "It is better to read a fortune cookie with a loaded gun than to have two birds in the fading sunset."

Royal Navy Mistakes Italians for North African Refugees. 10 April, 1940. Malta (BBC): The ships of the Royal Navy, patrolling in the Western Mediterranean, declined to intercept a significant flotilla of Italian vessels. The two nations have been at war since November of last year, but there has been minimal naval combat to this point. Admiral Sir George Fancypants, Duke of Cheshire-or-someplace-you've-never-heard-of, commander of the HMS Rodney, explains why his fleet never intercepted the naval force consisting of Italy's entire naval lift capacity: "The Italians' advance through western North Africa has misplaced thousands of people, from French administrators to wartime refugees. They have been escaping Tunisia and Algeria by the boatload, and they often use unseaworthy vessels to make their getaway. When the Rodney, Nelson, and Ark Royal came across a few rubber dinghies, we thought they were more North African refugees. Instead, it turns out that they were the entire transport capacity of the Italian navy. Oh, well. Pobody's nerfect. We'll find 'em next time." Soon after the interview, Sir Fancypants took command of a cruise ship touring the Italian coast, crashing it into the rocky shoreline. All hands were lost. Such a bold and clever commander will be difficult to replace.

France Falls to German Liberators, Soviets Announce New Army Expansion. 15 April 1940. Dateline Moscow (TASS). Despite a strong defense and bad weather, France surrendered to the friendly fascist Germans yesterday. A secret deal between the USSR and Germany contributed to the early fall of France as Soviet trained fifth-columnists undermined national morale. While the French were being uplifted by the influx of German ingenuity and moral character, the USSR began a new program today to build up their armies. Recent territorial acquisitions in East Poland, Bessarabia, Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia were listed as the main reason for the army expansion. "The Red Army must be prepared," said General Zhits. "And with the looming threat from Japan, we need to make the Siberia army unstoppable when war comes."

Japanese-Americans Relations Wane Over Simple Typo in News Reports. 20 June 1940. Dateline: Tokyo. Rising Sun Gazette. American foreign ministers met today with Japanese Prime Minister Crockersan over reports of Japanese soldiers sacking and desecrating Chinese cities. At the meeting Crockersan apologized for the misunderstanding and explained to the ministers that a typo in an English-Japanese paper led to the flurry of rumors surrounding the occupation of several Chinese cities. The paper mentioned how Japanese soldiers were going wild and raping in the streets when, in fact, Crockersan said, the soldiers were rapping in the streets.  He continued, “It’s a new fad with the young people these days and the soldiers have spread it to our occupied cities in China where it’s a big hit.” No Chinese city that Japan occupies can seemingly resist the new music craze as reports from all over China report Japanese rapping. Crockersan said after the meeting “I hope we can all put this matter behind us, and look forward to the bright future of East Asia together!” Crockersan reportedly then shouted “EAST SIDE!!!” before bidding the American foreign ministers farewell and asking if he could send some Japanese War consultants back to Honolulu with them as they could use “A nice vacation.” 

In other news: Editor-in-chief of local English newspaper found dead, reported suicide! See pg. 6 for details…





USSR Adds More Territory and Continues to Builds Its Armies: 7 July 1940 (TASS). As the war rages on in Europe and Asia, the Soviets continue to rebuild their armies, intending to be as strong as possible to prepare for all contingencies. The USSR was smart enough to demand and claim the Finnish Borderlands. This territorial addition will increase the great land of the USSR as they prepare to battle capitalism worldwide.

Americans Incensed at Japanese Perfidy, Ambivalent about German Expansion. 21 July 1940. San Francisco Chronicle. Japanese troops continue to behave boorishly as they commit war crimes and atrocities throughout China and southeastern Asia. Just last week, Japanese troops entered the city of Nanning, where they yet again embarrassed themselves and their commanders by pillaging, looting, and raping the city's homes, churches, and women, respectively. When asked about his troops' discipline, AuLeBron Crockito had the following to say: "We are trying to get sent home to our wives and families. We have been stuck fighting these Mongol offspring for so long that we will do anything to return to our homes." No word from the Japanese foreign ministry on peace negotiations.
  Meanwhile, German troops sweep across Europe to little reaction from Americans, apart from occasional political cartoons. Most recently, the Germans attacked neutral Spain and conquered neutral Iceland, neither of which had done anything to terrorize German civilians or military figures. Westerners, however, seemed not to care about these events, though they have been frustrated by Germany's lack of negotiations for peace with the Commonwealth of Nations.
All told, the American people see Japan as the true threat, although with the losses they have suffered thus far, it seems difficult to imagine them mounting a serious offensive against the United States. Surely, if our great nation were to put its Pacific Fleet into Pearl Harbor the Japanese would cease their foolish behavior. Nothing bad could possibly come from such a move.

New Revelations Suggest British Terror Plot in Spain, Iceland. 24 July 1940. New York Times. After the British Prime Minister earlier this week accused Germany of aggressively invading Spain and Iceland without provocation, documents were received by this newspaper indicating that both the governments of Iceland and Spain invited the German government for talks on unification. Apparently the British discovered the diplomatic move and engaged in a covert operation to overthrow both governments. This reporter has read the frantic communique from Madrid imploring the Germans to cross the border and save the Spanish from the unlawful intervention by the British government. The communique reveals that a British commando team assassinated Franco, the beloved leader of fascist Spain, shortly before the leader was about to enter the war on the side of the Axis powers. Readers are encouraged to read the New York Times Op Ed article where this newspaper has decided to publicly support the Axis powers in their just war against British perfidy. Let President Galevelt hear our cries for justice as well as those of the poor Spanish citizens whose self-determination and well-being were only saved by the prompt action of their German neighbors.
  A similar plot was discovered in Iceland as well, where a division of German infantry landed to support the government there when British commandos were discovered about to attack Parliament. Recovered documents show that the commandos were ordered to "eliminate with extreme prejudice" all government officials in the building that might "possibly harbor pro-Axis beliefs." Under interrogation the Colonel leading the mission admitted that his orders were to kill every Icelandic citizen they found in the building, including women, children, and even those cute Wiener dogs that everyone loves.


Suez Canal Taken by Italians! Egypt Collapsing! British Empire to End? 19 Sept 1940. London Times. The British Parliament is scheduled to debate the conduct of the war by the War Office after a series of crippling defeats in North Africa, including an ill-advised attack by Lord Wavell on Port Said. "We all know that Port Said is the key to the Mediterranean," said Lord Wavell, "It had to be done!" Wavell's forces now sit exhausted and without supplies in the great port, but there appears to be no hint of relief in sight. Meanwhile the Italians took the opportunity of the attack to seize Suez and the canal facilities there. "I know you think the canal is important, but really, it is all about Port Said," remarked Lord Wavell. "I am petitioning the government to permanently base all of our military operations here now." Some have questioned Wavell's sanity, but apparently he is the most sane commander in the region, since he was the only ranking commander not to agree to the installation of screen doors on British naval vessels to "improve the underwater views of the aquatic wildlife for reasons of boosting morale." The loss of Egypt if it happens will be a blow to the British war effort, but all is not lost and the brave boys from Brighton and around the Commonwealth continue to fight.


Top Secret Weather Whine Bomb Leaked to Allies. 2 Nov 1940. Reuters. After a panic ensued when the Stuttgart "whine" Bomb was revealed at an exposition in 1939, MI6 has apparently uncovered a new version of the bomb that the German war machine is developing. Called "Der Wetherwhinebomben," the new weapon apparently gains explosive force as the weather worsens. Rain causes explosions of hot air and snow and blizzard conditions cause those in range of the bomb to suffer from random curses and high-pitched noises that sound like groups of cats being strangled in large bags while small children squeal while beating pots with dead marsupials. The actual efficacy of the weapon in combat is untested, but British intelligence experts have been developing a counter weapon: the "Searchrollawhinabomb." Originally developed as a counter to the German weapon, apparently it has no effect at all.  





Sean Connery Defects to Germany! "I Must Stay with the Rock" Says Star. 5 January 1941. London Times. After the stunning fall of Gibraltar on 2 January 1941 this past week with the complete surrender of General Alexander and his defending troops, Britain was rocked again with the announcement by the Scottish child actor Sean Connery that he was defecting to Germany. "I must keep my artist options open for the future, so that I can make cool movies and makes lots of money. My agent tells me that I must use my stone-faced good looks to try for movies rolls that keep a rocky theme. I am in competition with some American named Stallone and I will not surrender my future income to such a cad. Germany offers hope and change." Although the comments make virtually no sense, British tabloids are touting the news as evidence of the moral decrepitude of the Commonwealth. Said one housewife from Brighton, "If we canna' keep our child actors here, how can we really say we are the empire of the world?" Will there be further defections? This reporter will let you know, after his... ehm... vacation in Paris next week.

Ark of the Covenant Found Near Cairo, Suppressed by British Authorities for Decades. 25 February 1941. Dateline Cairo: World News Daily. After the liberation of Cairo by the Italian army this week, the Italian government revealed that it had captured the mythical ark of the covenant from the British, who were apparently trying to sneak the relic out of Egypt. The Pope has sent a delegation designed to handle the relic, since apparently the Biblical treasure is associated with random face-melting. "Absolutely, not," said General Genuflectini, the Italian commander of the forces occupting Cairo. "Not more than 20 or 30 soldiers have had their faces melted while handling the relic, which is perfectly consistent with random coincidence." The Papacy is currently negotiating with La Duchessa to have the relic returned to the Vatican for safe-keeping. There is no word of what the British were doing with the relic although there have been allegations of experiments combining the Ark with the new British "Searchrollawhinabomb" project.

Operation “Tea Time” Leads to Italian Victory in Egypt. 25 February 1941. Dateline: Cairo (Il Popolo d’Italia). Port Said and the city of Cairo fell to the forces of La Duchessa this afternoon in a stunning, simultaneous assault with little to no resistance from the Commonwealth forces. Sources within Cairo credit a covert action known only as “Operation: Tea Time” that involved undercover operatives in both cities resetting the clocks to 4pm though, in actuality, the time was barely 2 o’clock. Confused Brits were so busy scrambling for their tea bags and biscuits that Italian troops were able to subdue the opposition with minimal effort. General Genuflectini, the Italian commander who led the assault on Cairo, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of Operation: Tea Time, but did comment that British officers were heard proclaiming “keep calm and put on the tea kettle!” as Italian tanks rolled into the city. “Everybody knows,” added General Genuflectini, “that biscotti and Vin Santo is the proper afternoon refreshment of civilized peoples.”





Graf Zeppelin Memorial to be Erected in Kiel. 2 April 1941.  Dateline Kiel (Fair and Balanced World News). Following the unfortunate events surrounding the sinking of the Graf Zeppelin - the Kriegsmarine aircraft carrier that perished on 29 March 1941 with a loss of nearly 800 brave German mariners - the Naval War Office has announced today that national and international sympathy has reached such a peak that donations are outstripping the ability of the Office to funnel the resources to bereaved families. As a result, some of the excess funds are being diverted to the construction of a memorial. Donations have come from all across Germany, but donations have also arrived from Sweden, Switzerland, South America, the Soviet Union, and even from families in the United States. We contacted one family from Dubuque, Iowa in the United States, to ask why they decided to send money. The head of household, Mr. Frank Smith, had this to say. "We were honestly shocked that so many Germans had died. We were not aware that any German sailors had lost their lives since the war began, so successful has their God-given mission been. But we all secretly knew that any just cause requires sacrifice, so we just had to do something. We hope that such gestures will convince President Galevelt not to let his obvious Anglophilia cloud his judgment about who the US should be supporting in the conflict." Donations have been so generous that some rumors have suggested that the memorial will be made of solid gold with precious jewels spelling out the names of all of those who died.

Portuguese Fifth Columnists Exposed as British Spies; Portugal to Enter Greater Reich. 12 April 1941. Dateline Lisboa (Iberian News International). A coup occurred in the early morning hours of 10 April 1941 in the peaceful country of Portugal. A few Spanish dissidents and apparently a large number of failed British fifth columnists, fleeing from Spain after their failed attempt to destabilize that nation, sought to topple the elected pro-fascist government. After conspirators seized control of the President's Home, a state of emergency was declared and friendly German units near the border were alerted and called in to help resist the unlawful coup. Token resistance was given and order was quickly restored. Portugal was formally offered entrance in the Greater Reich this morning and the Portuguese Parliament approved the measure unanimously. The President is going to officially sign the document at 7pm GMT this evening.

Why Won't Britain Surrender and Join the Reich? 1 May 1941. Opinion Page - New York Times. Sacrifice in the name of a good cause is surely a worthy thing, but sacrifice without hope or a just reason borders on the criminal. The military, economic, and moral success of the Greater Reich is unparalleled in history. The Germans have been magnanimous in victory, giving full citizenship in the GR even to former enemies. The European economy - in Germany and in the formerly occupied territories - has never been better. All of this is thanks to the superior leadership of The Leader (Heil Hightler!). Britain's economy has been lagging for a year now; even Italy's economy has nearly outstripped the once proud British lion! Instead of killing the valiant young men of the current British generation, put them to work for humanity by joining the Greater Reich. Since we all know that international communism is the real enemy, I urge our British and American leaders to stop this foolishness and join the GR as partners in stopping the evil spread of Marxist ideology. British citizens: unite and convince your leaders to do the right thing! My fellow Americans: unite and write your Congressmen. Resist the scourage of international bolshevism before it is too late!

Ireland Latest Nation to Join Greater Reich. 18 July 1941. Dateline Dublin: Reuters. The Wehrmacht landed large invasion forces north and south of Dublin four days ago and brilliantly planned the takeover of the Irish governmental buildings in the capital to happen during happy hour. Resistance was minimal. A new government was formed yesterday and voted unanimously to join the GR and enter the war against Britain. A formal apology for the 1873 sinking of the German ship Goethe was issued at the same time. Apparently Irish hooligans inadvertently sank the ship off the coast of Cobh harbor when they attempted to steal its cargo of hops bound for distilleries in Ireland. Following the lead of their brothers in Kiel, a collection is being taken up in Ireland to erect a memorial to the sailors who died on the Goethe.

Rhodesians Save Africa! 24 August 1941. Dateline Pretoria: Afrikaaner Times. Brave volunteers from Rhodesia placed themselves between the unguarded capital of South Africa and the advancing allies of the Germans on 15 August, some 150km north of Pretoria. Seeing that additional Axis forces were approaching, the volunteers elected to attack the right wing of the attackers. The assault was bloody - there were only 14 Rhodesian survivors to tell the tale - but the invaders were also mauled so badly that they retreated from the campaign. Reinforcements dispatched from Capetown finally arrived as local territorial units from Durban and Pretoria were also activated. The South African government is considering building a monument to these brave souls, possible a replica of the battleship KGV to celebrate the victory. No official was available to comment on why the government is thinking of building a naval monument some 400km from the coast.