August 5th, 2020


World in Flames: Spring 2019 Campaign

     “New Maps, New Conquests"


Germany: Austin Obenshain
Japan: Hight
Italy: Christopher Thompson II
Commonwealth: Alex Abbott, David McElrath
USA/France: James Frusetta, Christopher 
Russia/China: Tyler Hines, James Taylor


Germany (2)                              
Japan (-2)                                   
Italy ()                                    
Commonwealth (0)
USA/China ()
France/Russia ()



Sept/Oct 1939: The fall offensive into Poland goes well for the Germans, who take Warsaw and Lodz in 2 impulses without loss. The army then divides, some staying for garrison others head west.
  After some rules confusion about reserves, the Germans mistakenly leave part of the western frontier open. So the French send a CAV to rampage around and its heads to Koln. The 2nd impulse the weather is fairish, and Germany declares war on Denmark, calls its reserves, and traps the CAV. The CW land most of their land forces in northern Denmark and immediately set up an air field for bombing. In the third impulse, the Germans continue to stream west, kill the CAV, and reinstate their territorial integrity.
  Italy spend the turn moving one corps from Ethiopia to Italy. They have a strong set up on the French border.
  Japan starts the turn seeking to flank the Communist Chinese in the north, which they manage to do. They then take a risky assault on Mao, achieving reasonable success (1/2 result), killing two Communist corps and breaking the line. On the 3rd impulse of the turn the Japanese kill another Communist unit, opening the path to Lan-Chow. Si-an holds, however. Two cities are taken in China, but the troops are kept in check and no one in the US seems to care.
  The turn ends at its earliest possibility - good fortune to the Allies, who were about to lose Chungking and Si-An had the turn continued. Both are saved by the turn ending plus poor weather.  One Chinese partisan appears in eastern China.

Nov/Dec 1939: The Axis get initiative, but it takes a reroll to get it. Unfortunately, the weather is terrible. The CW continue to land more troops and planes in Denmark and start to push southerward. The Germans, despite the bad weather, manage to get a 2nd corps to Denmark to bolster the line. On the 2nd impulse the CW declares war on the Netherlands - clearly part of an agreement wither Germany as the Germans reveal to the Japanese that no NEI oil will be shipped to them. The Japanese are naturally outraged by this perfidy and find a better potential with the Soviets, who agreed the previous turn to lend an oil to the Japanese in exchange for extended peace.
  The Germans use the opportunity in the 3rd impulse to declare war on Belgium. They surge forward, but the weather is rainy and find that they do not have enough troops to complete the attack in one impulse. So they eliminate Liege without casualties and mostly surround Brussels. The French flow into western Belgium (aligned to them) and set up a stalwart line. There are still no British troops in France -- all of them are in Denmark where apparently the real front is.
  The Italians late in the turn decide they cannot wait to join the dance, and declare war on France and the CW. They have a 60% chance to find and sink a CW TRS loaded with a MECH, but the fates do not favor them and the search rolls yield nothing. The MECH escapes to Gibraltar. The Italians do manage to sink the CA Manchester and damage the CA Birminghman. They also damage the French TRS in the Cape St. Verde Basin, sending the Moroccan INF back home in the process. The Americans cancel their lucrative trade deal with the I-ties.
  Japan is frustrated by the poor weather, only creeping forward one hex and trying to surround Si-An, which got a MIL reinforcement and is fully defended. They kill the partisan and manage a +12 attack on a resource forest hex in southern China (clear N Monsoon weather), killing the units.
  The turn ends after only 3 impulses again, shortening the Axis campaign and preventing the fall of Belgium. The number of US entry chits appears high given the aggressive European Axis strategy.

Jan/Feb 1940: The weather starts bad, stays bad. The Allies win initiative but force the Axis to move first. Germany steels itself for a bloody battle and assaults Brussels, but the fight has left the Belgians and the city falls without loss or fuss. The French, panicking because the BEF has still not arrived in France, reorganize their line and complain bitterly to the British. At the end of the turn, the CW begrudgingly pulls Gort out of Denmark and lands him in Calais - The British arrive. The weather for the rest of the turn is so poor that the Germans decide to wait for better weather.
  The Italians push into Egypt and attempt to convoy raid. The latter is successful as they push and capture Alexandria. The CW lands the MECH from Gibraltar in Port Said immediately after and additional troops from around the Commonwealth stream towards Egypt.
  The Japanese slowly push up around Si-An and at the end of the turn assault it, taking the last Communist Chinese stronghold. The Communists have been wiped from the face of China. The Nationalists quickly pull back and reorganize their lines along the interior mountains, defending Kunming to Chungking. There is no US outrage over Si-An, but some reports of atrocities leak out when the Japanese take Chang-Sha. US entry looks to be advancing quickly as the US both occupies Greenland and starts Chinese A/C builds at the end of the turn.
  The turn ends quickly (again).

Mar/Apr 1940: Hopeful of a break in the weather, the Axis head into spring with high hopes. Silly Axis. The Allies win initiative, but force the Axis to move first. The weather is abysmal and stays that way. The turn only lasts 2 impulses (each). Once again Germany waits for better weather - no movement in France except the addition of more CW units.
  Italy, however, seizes an opportunity in Egypt. After briefly putting the CW out of supply in Port Said, they successfully groundstrike the newly arrived MECH and clear the city to the loss of a MOT. The advance also pushes them up the canal, closing it, which causes more undignified outrage from the US. Objective observers are puzzled the American reaction. What did they expect?
  The USSR occupies the Baltics, but that does not faze the Americans at all.
  The Japanese slowly advance on the remaining Chinese positions, but bad weather basically prevents much activity. On the last impulse the Japanese do make a blitz attack on the forest resource hex, bashing the defenders and seizing the hex. The Chinese have now consolidated their lines into a reasonable position extending from north of Chungking to the Indochina border. The Japanese are heavily committed to the campaign.
  The turn ends again at its 2nd earlier possibility with the Allies ending the turn.

May/June 1940: The Axis surprisingly win initiative and the Fuhrer is excited for some clear campaign weather... which naturally does not come. The turn starts with bad weather yet again... The Germans start the turn groundstriking, but they fail. Germany opts to be patient yet again, and the front stays static. But summer finally arrives and in impulse 3 the Germans drop a chit and hit the French front at two places. Both attacks are "half successes" - French hexes are blitzed but the Germans are half-flipped and take a loss. The blitzes, however, do compromise the French line and the dearth of CW units makes the front indefensible. The French retreat back to Paris but the cohesion of the line is gone and French units start to melt with two more impulses of German attacks. The turn ends on impulse 7 with the Germans having three hexes on Paris and Lille isolated.
  The Italians, sensing blood, go on the offensive in Egypt and assault Cairo after a successful ground strike, killing Wavell and conquering Egypt at turns end. The British pull out what newly arrived reinforcements they can and reinforce Aden and Kuwait. Italy tries to reinforce with more troops, but the CW catches the convoy and damages one TRS off of the Italian coast. The Italians, undaunted, push forward and also conquer Syria, Palestine, and Transjordan.
  The Japanese continue their all-out offensive against the Chinese. After 6 months of successes, setbacks test imperial resolve. A +8 assault on Chungking fails (all flipped, no losses) and a +10 assault on Kweiyang also fails, killing the Japanese ENG. The Japanese end the turn with a PART taking a resource in Hainan. The lack of NEI oil is also being felt as Japanese builds take a hit. 
  The turn ends with only 4 Axis impulses in a summer turn.

Jul/Aug 1940: The Axis lose the first initiative die roll and then lose the reroll as well, so the Allies go first. The French decide to make a gutsy attack on von Bock just north of Paris, counterattacking with most of their army. The French manage to kill the German HQ, but at the cost of 3 of their own units and they, conveniently for the Fuhrer, flip most of their army when the dreaded modified '14' is rolled. The Germans waste no time, retaking the lost hex and clearing two other hexes (including Metz). On impulse 4 the Germans march into Paris after a +15 assault clears away the defenders. The succeeding impulse Germany continues to kill French units, this time eliminating Georges and another isolated unit south of Paris in impulse 6. The Germans do rail a few units eastward, but it is unclear which direction the Wehrmacht is headed.
  Italy activates Iraq as a minor ally and marches forces across the desert towards Baghdad. A TER takes A-E Sudan, but otherwise the Med is relatively quiet.
  Japan, licking its wounds from May, stiffens its resolve and launches more attacks in China. This time the intrepid Japanese do not fail. Kwei-yang is taken in the mud and rain on a +15 assault. The following impulse the Japanese kill the PART and successfully assault Chungking (+11 assault). The troops are well-disciplined and no US Entry results from either city. In impulse 6 the Japanese start reducing the line of Chinese forces in the mountains around Chungking, flipping and then killing an out-of-supply stack of two Chinese corps.
  On impulse 8 Italy activates Iran as an ally, starting a cascade of events that inexplicably irritates the US. The Axis will fail a series of relatively low US entry rolls through the next turn. But Italy bravely pushes forward and is about to overrun some face-down CW ships when the turn ends early, saving the fleet.
  Germany ends the turns moving troops around. A group of armor heads to Denmark and many troops push towards the Yugoslavian and Soviet borders. The Japanese continue to surround the remaining Chinese units while the Chinese solidify their defenses around Kunming - their last remaining factory city. The turns ends fairly early on the Allied impulse, shifting initiative back to neutral.
  At the end of the turn Germany installs a Vichy government. In a wild series of events, every French territory except Indo-china and Madagascar goes Vichy. The Free French government moves to Madagascar.

Sept/Oct 1940: The Axis win initiative and the Allies do not demand a reroll. But (almost predictably) the weather turns bad. The first two Axis impulses see a '10' and '11' on the weather rolls, making Europe a stormy, muddy mess. The Germans continue to shift forces, defending France and pushing east. The Italians try convoy raiding but roll exactly one pip higher then needed for the search rolls. The Germans even come out to play but miss the convoys as well. In Allied impulse 4 the British catch the German navy, sinking the CA Blucher and damaging another to the cost of the CA Exeter sunk and the CA Southampton damaged - a CW win.
  The Allies spend the early turn shuffling troops around the world. The British pull out all but one corps from Denmark and reinforce India and Aden with both corps and FTRs. The Soviets continue to push forward to the Polish frontier, setting up an epic showdown between the two current allies.
   On Axis impulse 5 (their 3rd impulse in the turn) the weather suddenly clears. Germany takes advantage and declares war on Yugoslavia while activating Hungary. The US is incensed with two more chits generated. The Germans overwhelm the Yugoslavians, clearing the defenses at Belgrade and marching into an undefended Zagreb. At the same time, a +11 blitz kills a CW MOT and clears Denmark of the Allied intruders. Italy slowly pushes forces into Iran and re-establishes its convoy line to Sardinia.
  Japan also takes advantage of the weather and attacks Chiang in the mountains near Kunming. The attack is a complete success and pockets four other Chinese units to the north and east, splitting the Chinese line.
  The Allies bomb Paris, taking 1 BP from Germany and then end the turn with only 3 impulses takens per side. Another short turn. The US starts escorting convoys in the East Coast area and partisans are oddly quiet (probably increasingly happy with the good fascist governance).

Nov/Dec 1940: The Axis win initiative and elect to move first. Germany starts the turn by pulling Rumania into the war as a German minor ally. The Soviets had been building up to take Bessarabia, but missed their chance. The weather stays fairly bad for most of the turn, so the Germans spend most of it slowly redeploying forces east. The CW strategically bomb Burssels, taking one BP. Italy pushes troops into Iran and northward towards the Russian border. Ships finally arrive and seek to damage CW convoys... and finally succeed. The main line from India around Cape Horn is broken. The CW respond by sending a sizeable fleet (headed by the CV Ark Royal) to counter the Italian threat. A brief attempt to take Somolia is thwarted by the Italians who abort a DIV into Mogadishu. The CW attack with their own DIV, but the result is (-/-) and the Italians hold. Meanwhile, the Eithiopian TER marches south to reinforce and the CW withdraw.
  In China the Japanese continue to grind forward, taking another mountain hex on the road to Kunming after ground striking two units. The +16 attack succeeds. The Chinese, fearful of their own impending doom, decide to try and inflict casualties, making a low-odds attacks (winds up -4 after air support) and only sacrifice two of their own units.
  The US gifts destroyers to the Commonwealth. The US Entry pools are overflowing with chits, but the Americans have not been able to generate large amounts of tension. The American public apparently understands that the fascists have their best interests at heart.
  The turn goes to impulse 7, but ends with a whimper.

Jan./Feb 1941: Allies win initiative and elect to move first - and that turns out to be a good move as the turn ends at its earliest possibility. The Allies get two impulses, the Axis get but a single impulse.
  The CW use their time to strategically bomb Germany (and fail) and kill a Burmese partisan north of Rangoon. The Russians are rapidly pulling back a few hexes to form a better defensive line in the apparent expectation that the Germans will break the pact.
  The Chinese again launch a low-odds attack and perform better, only losing one corps (inflicting no casualties). The Japanese in their single impulse attack a Chinese hex, killing the unit and advancing. The Japanese now have three hexes on Kunming, the last Chinese factory city.
  The Italians continue to find some fortune hunting CW convoys in the Indian Ocean, taking 4 CONV and aborting 2 others, breaking the line from India again.
  The US is getting more aggressive, picking Murrow and resources to the Western Allies. Partisan activity has been light, mostly because the repeated rolls of China have been covered by the Japanese army.

Mar/Apr 1941:  The Axis win the first initiative roll, but the Allies demand a reroll and win the ensuing roll. The Soviets manage to put together a line in the south now, but most of their reinforcements have gone to the Caucasus lately, to counter the growing threat there. The Russians and Japanese agree to an informal pact that secures the Soviet far-eastern border in exchange for 1 oil and 1 resource from the USSR to Japan.
  The CW set up in the Indian Ocean to resist Italian convoy raiding, but fail to find the Italians. The Italians finally get air reinforcements to the area and send out a FTR and NAV to contest the Arabian Sea, but despite several attempts no combat occurs. The Italian presence does, however, prevent the CW from re-establishing their convoy line, so some damage is done to the British overall.
  Germany builds up in Rumania and Poland - not much suspense about where this is headed.
  In an attempt to distract the Germans, the British use their new fancy AMPH to re-invade Denmark and reinforce it with a total of 5 land units plus aircraft. The Germans had denuded the area and thus rush some troops back to contain the threat.
  The weather clears for one impulse and the Japanese take advantage to clear a mountain hex south of Kunming on a +10 assault in the mountains. The attack succeeds (again - the Japanese have had a remarkable streak of successful attacks over the past 6 turns), allowing the Japanese to have 5 hexes on Kunming. There are murmurs about whether the Japanese agreement with the Soviets was really wise for the Empire....
  The turn ends after 3 impulses each on impulse 6. The US freezes Japanese assets and then opens the way for resources to the USSR. Only one tension chit is generated, however, and despite a huge entry pool. there does not appear to be much tension in the world.

May/June 1941: The Axis win initiative and the weather starts off clear. Germany and Italy jointly declare war on the USSR 1st impulse. They immediately pull in Finland and Afghanistan, and then launch offensives from Poland, Romania, and Iran. In the first impulse, the Germans launch 6 high-odds attacks, all of which are successful after moderately successful ground strikes. Italians with 4 supporting German corps push northwards towards Baku and Tiflis. The Japanese take a naval and finally move most of their navy around the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  The Allies respond by defense and counter-punch. The Soviets fall back where possible and call out their reserves. The CW takes a big naval and posts a corps-laden fleet in the North Sea. They reroute the convoys in the Indian Ocean and move forces around. The Chinese make a desperate attack out of Kunming, but it fails to cause casualties.
  In impulse 3 the weather shockingly turns bad ('1' on the roll - mud and storm in the USSR!). The Germans do their level best, and make 3 high-odds attacks, grinding away. The Italians try and hit the British shipping, but generally fail. The Japanese shift forces but nothing happens of note. The CW lands more land forces in northern Denmark. Germany activates Bulgaria as an ally.
  In impulse 5 the weather... stays bad. The arctic remains muddy but the weather elsewhere clears. The Germans still manage 4 attacks, mostly in the south. All of them again are high-odds and successful, clearing Odessa and opening the way to Kiev.  The Japanese stun the world by declaring war on Free France. Japanese units take Diego Suarez and another port on the isle of Madagascar and take Hanoi as well. In the same impulse the Japanese assault and take Kunming - sealing the doom of China. The Italians try again and manage to damage a CW TRS carrying the Sydney MIL.
  The Soviets scramble to keep a line, and succeed in the north, but the south is looking thin. The British try to bomb Germany, but fail to get their bombers through. The US is building up Honolulu and gleefully cackling about all of the added entry chits provided by the Japanese.
  In impulse 7 the weather clears. The Germans continue their attacks, assaulting and taking Kivroy Rog and Kiev in the south and killing Zhukov in the north just east of Kaunus. The Italians and Germans combine to assault Baku, taking the city without loss and securing the oil rich center on a +9 attack. The Japanese army, having cleared the Kunming pockets, pushes westward towards Burma.
  The turn then ends fairly early (esp. for May/June). The US, bolstered by Japanese entry chits, relocates the fleet to Pearl Harbor and chooses to patrol the N. Atlantic. The early end to the turn disappoints the Axis. Although the push into the USSR is not extensive, the pile of Soviet casualties is considerable. At the end of the turn China is conquered and the Allies make the surprise move to surrender France to Japan in an attempt to limit their operational flexibility (limiting the Japanese to combined actions only as they are no longer at war with any major power).

July/August 1941: The Allies win the first initiative roll, but the Axis win on the reroll and elect to move first. The weather is clear except in the N. Monsoon, where storms reign. The turn starts with the Japanese declaring war on the Commonwealth. The Japanese take a land/naval, and invade CW assets all over the Pacific (except the N. Monsoon, where storms rage). Landing occur east of Durban and at Capetown, where a British fleet is surprised. The CW are fortunate, however, losing only 2 ships of 14 in the port - the rest escaping. The Japanese do a bit better hunting convoys, sinking 15 total during the turn. When it came to the fleet, however, the Japanese had several opportunities to sink CW ships, but only manage to sink the Australia and damage the Queens and the CA Canberra. Japanese forces also invade southern Australia, Rabaul, Hong Kong, and lurch via the land route into Burma and Malaya. Diego Garcia is also taken - all on the 1st impulse. The Italians take Diego Suarez for a central naval base in the Indian Ocean at the same time.
  The Germans use the good weather to grind forward in the USSR. A +11 assault on Dnepropetsvk goes bloody (2/2 - Germans losing an ENG and do not take the city) but three others attacks (all high odds) succeed. The Germans advance next to Minsk in the north, but push deeper into the USSR in the south. Four German corps move next to the Turkish border - on the Soviet side. The Italians push north up from Baku,
  The Allies on impulse 2 take a combined to stop the Japanese from waltzing into Melbourne and are successful. The Soviets try a hedgehog defense - packing cities with corps and holding on. The Soviets do sneak another corps into Dnep to reinforce it.
  Impulse 3 sees the weather briefly clear in the N. Monsoon, allowing the Japanese to advance an extra hex in Burma and land a HQ next to Rangoon. Poor supply is causing problems, but the Japanese have sizeable forces there. A Japanese MAR advances towards Pretoria. The Germans assault Dnep again, this time at +7, and take it after another bloody assault (1/2 but lose their 2nd ENG). Two other attacks north of Minsk clear the area except for the city itself. Turkey is called as an ally to Germany and the Turks flood into the Caucausus. Italy pushes a MECH into Astrakhan and send minor reinforcements to Russia, although the NAV in the Indian Ocean move westward back towards Europe.
  Impulse 4 and the Brits take a naval, setting up a huge invasion fleet in the North Atlantic. There is open speculation about a Norway gambit.
  In impulse 5 the Monsoons return and Japan is stuck in the area, although they do manage to push a corps past Mandalay and seize the Burmese oil. CW troops hold Mandalay and Rangoon (the latter in strength). The Italians now start taking combined actions and shift their forces more towards Europe. The Germans again group up on a number of Russian cities and assault away. A +10 assault takes Tblisi, a risky +9 assault takes Vitebsk, and two other high odds attacks clear Minsk and blitz an isolated corps. Germans also clear Crimea and take Rostov, eliminating the Russian Black Sea fleet as the Turks took the eastern ports. The Germans are now in range of an undefended Moscow as well.
  But then Allied good fortune arrives. The CW invade a defended hex in Denmark, killing two German corps in a +8 assault without taking any losses. The move threatens to unhinge Germany's northern border. During the turn the Brits use airpower to eliminate all of the German convoys from the Baltic Sea as well, mainly because of their expanding air bases in Denmark (northern Denmark appears to be *nothing but* air strips now, much to the chagrin of the local populace who used to practice agriculture before the Brits arrived).  And then, just as the Germans are about to break through completely, the Allies end the turn.
  No partisans appear. The US selects guarantee Pacific (for tension chits clearly) and then seize Northern Ireland. British convoys do send resources that get through to the USSR via Archangel. Japan conquers S. Africa, Bechuanaland, and Rhodesia. The Soviets during the turn sent 3 more factories east, for a total of 5 moved thus far.

Sept/Oct 1941: The Allies win initiative and elect to go first. The weather starts clear on a roll of '2.' The CW starts with a naval, posting a big fleet in the North Sea loaded with more reinforcements for Denmark. The rest of the fleet does convoy protection with some reserve fleet. The Soviets hunker down in cities and double-stack in Moscow, hoping the winter comes soon.
  On impulse 2 the Germans lurch forward, pushing north from the Caucausus and east from northern USSR. A +16 assault takes Smolensk without loss, but otherwise the German army is just struggling to move to the front lines. The Italians start rebasing aircraft to western Europe and provide some FTR cover for German factories. An Italian MECH takes Guryev, leaving the Soviets with only a single oil in Molotov. The Japanese take a naval and fan out across the South Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, with TRS loaded with reinforcements for Australia and Burma. A minor victory is scored in the Caribbean where 1 CNV is sunk, but otherwise the Japanese finds nothing.
  The weather then almost predictably turns sour, frustrating Axis hopes for quick victory in Russia. The Allies land troops in Denmark and the Soviets hole up in cities.
  On the Axis impulse the Germans take a combined to try and hit CW convoys in the poor weather. With the help of Italian CNV an attempt is made to seize the North Sea, but no combat occurs. The Japanese - with clear weather in the South Monsoon and South Temperate - unleash a series of attacks. But apparently the lessons from China do not apply, and all three attacks (+11, +12, and +13) all go bad. The Japanese take 7 units in losses. They do manage to take Rangoon, Mandalay, and Melbourne, but the victory is Pyrrhic. Japan does take N. Rhodesia, completing the conquest of southern Africa. They also seize Helena and Ascension Island in the southern Atlantic along with a minor CW possession in the SE Pacific.
  The weather suddenly clears again, and the CW ground strike in Denmark. Despite flipping all the units, after analysis the attack is not so good and German air cover threatens to make any attack low-odds. So the CW wait.
  The Germans use the clear weather mostly to move the spread-out army forward and cut off Moscow and Leningrad. No attack is made, however. The Italians take an air action and relocate more air forces around Europe, finally putting 3 NAV in Western Europe - a threat to CW shipping. The Japanese lick their wounds and slowly advance in Burma and into India, advancing next to Calcutta. The Japanese manage to sink the CA Glasgow and a few remaining CNV in Australia.
  Impulse 7 sees the weather again turn bad. The CW repairs some of its convoy lines. The Soviets start building the "Urals Line" as the Germans approach Kubyshev and the edge of the European map.
  On impulse 8 the Germans attack Moscow even in the bad weather, managed to inflict one casualty but fail to take the capital (+5 assault, 1/1 result). The CA Belfast is sunk in the North Atlantic, but the Axis don't manage to impact the convoy lines. The Japanese continue their slow grind into India. With more than half of the Australian army dead in the assault on Melbourne, the Japanese redirect reinforcements in that direction.
  The turn ends with the US Gearing up! The bad weather prevents Allied  resources from making it to the Soviet Union, but the Soviet economy is still churning out military units to the dismay of the Axis.

Nov/Dec 1941: The Allies win initiative and elect to go first. The weather starts bad and stays bad for the turn, eventually even making the normally good N. Monsoon zone muddy. The CW starts with another naval, defending convoy lines and setting up a mighty picket fleet in the North Sea to keep Denmark in supply. The poor weather precludes much in the airwar.
  The Axis in impulse two do more of the same. The Japanese take a naval and shift 4 units south to reinforce the Australian liberation force. In the Atlantic their fleet sets up off the coast of Nigeria. Additional DIVs are dispersed to take more small CW islands in the Pacific. The Italians take a combined and set up to invade Cyprus. The Germans start clearing the way to Leningrad, blitzing two GAR corps south of Leningrad, but despite the high odds take a MOT loss.
  Impulse 3 sees the CW take a land and rearrange  their forces in India and in Denmark. The poor weather puts a damper on offensive action. The CW also notice that the Germans have brought in *serious* reinforcements to the area, and contract a bit to make their position more defensible. The Soviets continue to man the Urals Line and await the German army.
  The Germans oblige in impulse four, attacking Moscow in the snow at +9 and taking it without loss. The capital has fallen and the way is clear to the Urals in the north. That same impulse the southern Germany army clears Stalingrad on a +15 attack without loss. The Italians take Cyprus and shift forces westward. The Japanese on a daring invasion invade a defended Lagos and seize the city, forcing the Nigerians to switch allegiances in the war. This is critical as a Nigerian TER was defending Ceylon. The land reinforcements arrive in Australia, but the poor weather forces them to advance and flip - no attack on Canberra. Port strikes by the Japanese sink the CA Canberra in Perth and a few CNV.
  The weather worsenes again (8 to 9 to 10!) Not much is happening! The Germans and Italians decide to try more raiding and sink the CA Exeter and damage the Mauritius at the cost of a damaged Admiral Hipper. The Italians try for more carnage, but fail to secure it. The turn ends with a whimper.
  The US selects some options to generate tension, but the War Appropriations Act remains unenacted.

Jan/Feb 1942: The Allies win initiative but force the Axis to move first. The weather is poor but not horrible. The Japanese take a naval and spread out, including an ominous fleet off the cost of Hawaii. The Germans push east in the USSR and assault Leningrad, liberating it without loss on a +8 assault. The Italians seek out British convoys, but find only dark, gray sea. The CW set up with a naval and continue to slowly withdraw from Denmark. The Soviets continue to strength the "Urals Line" as the Germans struggle to reach it.
  On impulse 3 the Japanese take the plunge and declare war on the US. But they take a land (!). They invade two of the Hawaiian islands and several other places including the Philippines, but the impulse is underwhelming. An anemic port strike does sink the CV Ranger and the CA Salt Lake City, but not much else. The Japanese do manage to assault and take Canberra, securing the conquest of Australia at the end of the term. Japan also advances from Nigeria and conquers Togo. The turn ends early (again) with the world nearing total war.

Mar/April 1942: The Allies win initiative after demanding a reroll and elect to go first. The US declares war on Germany and Italy despite the peaceful overtures made by both nations. The weather starts clear. The CW takes a land to save some units in Denmark. They take one BP from Paris in strat bombing. The US takes a naval and set up supply lines to Pearl Harbor. The Axis respond with fervor. The Germans blitz a hex in Denmark, taking the hex but not causing any losses. The Italians again seek to damage convoys, but fail, trading a NAV for a British FTR. Ground strikes on Malta continue to fail. Japan takes a naval and puts Hawaii out of supply by using its entire navy.
  The weather then sours. The British sink the Mikuma, but lose the Effingham against the Germans. The CA Augusta is sunk by Japanese NAV. The turn *again* ends early, preventing the Japanese from really getting anything done. The US rebases the navy out of Pearl to prevent a port strike, but basically nothing happens in the Pacific. The Germans continue to push eastward and finally start to put corps up against the Urals Line.
  The US aligns Cuba and Mexico before the turn ends.

May/June 1942: The Allies win initiative and go first. The CW and US start with navals and protect their convoy lines and ship troops to England. The US aligns Brazil. The CW spends much of the turn extracting their forces from Denmark and they are generally successful, losing only a MECH DIV and a FTR. Everything else (4 corps and another DIV and several planes) escape to England. A large Axis sorties to try and sink the TRS fails.
  The Axis do stay busy. The Germans and Italians attempt to hit convoys but mostly fail. They do damage the CV Indomitable and BB Prince of Wales in a port strike. The Japanese sink the CA Houston off the coast of Hawaii. The weather does not cooperate, however, and the Japanese again spend a turn with troops ready to go but they never (in May/June!) get a clear impulse. David "the bane of Axis weather" McElrath rolls poor weather throughout the turn.
  The Germans do attack in the USSR despite the rain, and take Chakalov on a +11 assault without loss. The Italians hit Malta and take the island in an invasion. The Japanese in the bad weather basically do nothing. In 7 attempts to find US fleets, only one is successful, only netting the CA Houston. Time is ticking while the US is getting larger.... The Japanese do continue to conquer the Gold Coast, taking Ivory Coast and Gold Coast in Africa.
  The turn, predictably now, ends early in the summer again after only 4 impulses each. The bad weather advanced the marker quickly.

July/August 1942: The Axis win initiative and, hoping for clear campaign weather, elect to go first. But it is now monsoon season in the North Monsoon, so the Japanese are not likely to do much. The Japanese main fleet sails out for a big potential battle with the entire Pacific US fleet, but no one finds anything and then the US on their impulse abandons the sea zone. The US aligns Central America.
  The European Axis fare better. A joint port strike sinks the CV Ark Royal in Portsmouth and German raids destroy a factory and take 3 BPs from London. A +16 blitz nets a key hex in the USSR and the Italians kill a partisan in Palestine. Convoy raids and air strikes take some CONV from the Allies in the Atlantic.
  In the next impulses the CW and US protect convoys and rebuild their lines (they have huge stocks of CONVs now). The German fleet is chased out of the N. Atlantic, with the Italians having 2 SUBs damaged and the Germans having 2 SUBs sunk. The Germans take another hex in the USSR and are curling around the Urals Line.
  At the start of impulse 5 Germany drops an O-Chit with Rundstedt on a land and assaults a major Soviet defensive position in the mountains. The attack succeeds and the Germans are partially across the Urals Line. Next impulse the Germans also attack Magnitogorsk and take the city without loss on a +11 assault. The Italians and Germans jointly also attack convoy lines, and find success. The CVL Langley is sunk, along with the cruisers Quincy and Devonshire.
  The US aligns Central America. Unfortunately for the Axis, the turn again ends early - on the first possibility, making a short turn. No partisans arise. The Germans are building at 46 points per turn, the Americans at 50. Italy is building at 14 and the Soviets average around 15 (depends on lost corps). The Commonwealth are averaging around 18 points per turn (pending bombing) and the Japanese are now at 28 build points. The economy edge thus slightly favors the Axis, an ominous statistic at this point in the game.

Sept/Oct 1942: The Allies lose the first initiative roll, but succeed in gaining initiative on the reroll. The weather is surprisingly clear for most of the turn - clear even in the North Monsoon. The US bolsters its supply line to Pearl and helps the CW in the Atlantic with convoys. The British reposition their navy out of port strike range (move from Portsmouth to Liverpool) and defend their convoys.
  On impulse 2 the Axis renew their offensive. The Japanese take a naval and post the bulk of their fleet in two task forces off the coast of Hawaii. Other smaller groups are stationed off the coast of Manila and Calcutta. Despite being in a high box and with land based cover, the Japanese cannot find the US supply fleets. The Japanese seek to ground strike Pearl, but the stalwart defenders fend off the Japanese, aborting all of the bombers. The Germans blitz a Soviet hex (getting a R result) on the southern flank of the Urals Line in Siberia. The Italians try to find Allied shipping, but fail. Italy itself, is looking bucky as El Duce is piling up land and air forces in defensive positions in the home country. German strategic bombing destroys another London FACT, taking 2 BPs there.
  Impulse 3 sees the weather remain clear. The US contemplates a sortie to engage the Japanese off of Hawaii, but the Japanese land based air cover has increased and the US opt to just and hold the supply lines. The CW reorganizes its homeland defenses and prepares, it seems, for offensive action in a few turns.
  Impulse 4 sees the Axis move on the offensive. The unexpected clear weather prompts the Japanese to aggression. The Japanese take a land and mount three offensives. With 5 MARs and 3 additional units, they assault Pearl. It eventually resolves into a +6 assault. The dead bodies are still coming ashore in the islands as the attack fails (3 Japanese losses), but the US take casualties as well (2 units lost). As a result, Honolulu holds, but the defense is weakened. The Japanese fare better in the Philippines, taking Manila and conquering the islands with a MIL loss on a +9 assault. finally, the Japanese also hit Calcutta with an enormous assault (the city is completely surrounded), but the result is nothing (+6 attack, rolls 7 to a 13 which is no result). The Japanese lick their wounds but promise to return.
  The 5th impulse sees the Allies discussing what to do about Pearl. The weather, shockingly, stays perfectly clear. The US and CW strike German ships (damaging the Bismarck and aborting the rest of the German fleet) and narrowly miss ravaging some Axis air. The US reinforce the sea zone north of Pearl with air in the hopes of keeping supply. It works for impulse 5 as the Japanese find nothing.
  The next impulse, however, sees the red sun rise. The Japanese take a combined and send the last of their available naval forces into the sea zone and finally find the Americans off the Hawaiian coast. After a bitter battle, the American planes are either shot down (a FTR) or aborted (the NAV) and the BBs Tennessee, W. Virginia, and Nevada are all damaged (but none sunk). The Japanese isolate Pearl. The 2nd wave invasion, however, is fairly weak. Even with only a single defender (and the coastal fort), the odds are approximately +4 on the assault. Desperately the Japanese carrier planes seek to disrupt the US MAR...and one bomber rolls the magic '1' to flip the out of supply unit. the attack jumps and the Japanese clear Pearl.
  The Germans seek to invade Scotland, but the Germans are unused to naval operations and the invasion goes awry. Three Ger MARs are lost in the invasion of Aberdeen.
  Impulse 7 finally sees the weather worsen. The only action of note is that the US reinforce Pago Pago and Dutch Harbor. The turn *again* ends at its earliest possibility (on a '1'), making another short turn. No partisans strike. Apparently the world is getting used to the idea of a fascist utopia.

Nov/Dec 1942: 






Some kind of computer glitch Feb 2019 - deleted all the press. Sorry! War Reports are still present.