Sept/Oct 1939: The Germans start
with an aggressive western orientation, only using half
their army to attack Poland. The Poles respond vigorously, causing
two German casualties in three attacks during the turn. The weather
quickly soured to rain, which helped, but the Germans at turn's end
nonetheless had taken the resource points and Lodz before the turn
ends. Italy quietly reinforces Libya. French and British strategic
bombing hit home, taking 2 BPs from the Germans. Most of the CW
forces seem to be headed to Africa.
reinforces southern China especially as the weather turns muddy in
the north. No attacks are made.
The USSR controls E.
Poland, irritating the American public, but the CW/FRA Dow on
Germany does not cause consternation. Nonetheless, not much happens
as the Axis only move one chit with the DOW on Poland, for a net
change of zero in US Entry.
Nov/Dec 1939: The Axis win initiative and go first, but the
weather does not clear. Rain and storm dominate Europe, although
southern China clears. The Germans launch an assault on Warsaw in
the pouring rain, but fail to take the city, flipping their entire
Polish army on a (1/1) result despite assaulting at +11. Late in the
turn the Germans DOW both Denmark and the Netherlands, causing US
entry. Denmark gives up without a fight and a +17 assault on
Amsterdam compels the Dutch to relocate their capital to London. The
turn ends without a Polish capitulation, but losses have otherwise
been light for them.
Italy quietly reinforces Libya.
Japan goes on the offensive in southern China, but the first attack
is a stalemate (-/-). The Chinese use the flipped Japanese army as
an excuse to attack, and on a +6 manage to kill one Japanese unit at
the cost of flipping most of their southern army. The Japanese are
not deterred, however, and launch a second attack on the forest res
hex (which was then disorganized from their own attack), taking it
on a +6 assault of their own (1/2S). The Chinese, who had such a
nice line, are stunned by the reversal. Japanese units in the north
try to outflank the Communist line, but the poor weather has slowed
the HQs and they do not get far. With communist reinforcements on
the spiral, it is unlikely the Japanese will have the time to
execute the left hook before the Chinese can reinforce.
The US occupies Greenland and Iceland and sends resources to China.
Jan/Feb 1940: The Axis again win initiative and go first. Having
slowly reduced the Poles over two turns, the German assault the
capital in the rain and take it on a +15 assault. The Poles
surrender at the end of the turn. The turn is surprisingly long for
a January turn (gonig 7 total impulses, 4 Axis). the Germans
redeploy to the Belgian border.
Italy quietly reinforces
Libya. Most of the Italian corps are in Cyrennica now, including
both HQs, aircraft, and so on.
Japan continues its orgy
of aggression, trying to clear mountain hexes aronud Chang-Sha. They
manage to clear two hexes but with heavy casualties (2/2) and (1/2)
on the +10 and +8 assaults respectively. China is losing ground in
the south and the Japanes are concentrating around Chang-Sha.
The CW bomb Germany again, taking 2 BPs in high-quality raids.
The US, desperate to generate tension, decides to escort in the US
East Coast and finally tension is generated. The American cares
little about the peril that awaits them in Japan, but fears the
Mar/Apr 1940: The Axis win initiative a 4th consecutive time,
although they had to demand a reroll to get it this time. They move
first. The Germans starts by declaring war on Belgium. Stunningly,
the Belgians did not see it coming. The weather is poor, however,
and the German settle for taking Liege and advancing a row of hexes,
leaving Brussels for later. The next impulse their patience is
rewarded. The Belgians aligned with France and the French decide to
honor their new ally and commit the entire French airforce
to a defense of Brussels. In what will forever be known as the
infamous "Brussels Turkey Shoot," the Germans shoot down every
French plane and the Belgian FTR with no losses. They
then assault the city in the rain at +9 and roll an '18' to take the
city without loss. Allied morale plummets.
reinforces Libya, leaving only two corps on the Italian border with
one reserve in Milan.
The USSR demands Bessarabia and the
Germans allow their esrtwhile ally the territory. Next impulse the
Germans grant Hungarian and Bulgarian claims. Hungary is activated
as a Germany ally. The subsequent impulse the Germans activate
Bulgaria as well.
The Japanese, having cleared the
mountain hexes the previous turn, assault Chang-Sha and take the
city on a +9 assault with no losses (on a natural '20' on the
attack). Although there is widespread evidence of horrific Japanese
atrocities, no western outlet chooses to cover the battle or the
aftermath, so there is no US entry generated. Alf Highdon, elected
in 1936 over FDR, complains bitterly about the Japanese in a
national radio address, but to no avail.
The CW manage to
pick up another BP from the Germans in strategic bombing. The turn
ends a bit early, preventing the Germans from taking additional
attacks in Belgium.
May/Jun 1940: Summer arrives. The Axis again get
initiative, but again it takes a reroll to secure it. Germany
launches clearing attacks on the wings in Belgium, first clearing a
hex south of Brussels (+10 Blitz, success) and in a later impulse
taking another hex on a +5 Blitz (again, success). The Germans thin
the French line and are about to punch into France proper when CW
bombers appear and the weather turns sour. Rundstet is disorganized
during some clear impulses and key units in the front line are
flipped. The Germans reorganize, but then the weather comes in. Then
the panzers are in the mud! The turn then advances quickly and ends
on impulse 8 (4 impulses each).
Italy quietly reinforces
Libya as the British do Egypt. The concentration of troops is
bordering on the absurd. But still no war as an uneasy detente
exists on the Libyan-Egyptian border.
Japan, undaunted by
losses and bouyed by the conquest of Chang-sha, renews its attacks,
this time in the north. But an assault on a mountain hex goes awry.
The +11 assault fails (2/1), flipping the Japanese army. The Chinese
use the opportunity to advance into Chengchow and threaten a
counterattack in the north. Most Chinese reinforcements have been
Communist in the north.
The US embargoes Japan, but the
Japanese laugh it off, confident in their current campaign.
July/August 1940: Finally the Allies win initiative as the Axis
cannot ask for a reroll. The weather is clear but the rebuilt
CW/French airforces still stink from lack of training and early
combat losses. Five hexes are ground struck by the CW and France in
Belgium, and precisely no units are flipped. But both CW
and France lose aircraft in the battles. Fortunately, the French
have built an army to rival the ages and have a super stack in the
center of the line: 7-6 ARM, 6 factor INF and a 3-2 AT gun. 19
points defending against German panzers. Take that. And the
Germans do on impulse 2, dropping a chit and blowing the super stack
away without loss on what finished as a +13 blitz. Fortunatley,
however, the forces only suffered a straight B, so will return in
September. The Germans then proceed to munch a hex per impulse, for
the next three impulses, succeeding on +5, +13, and +6 blitzes, each
time taking the hex. Finally, the Germans take a +4 assault on Metz
and fail an attack, losing 3 counters on a natural '2' rolled. The
French see an opportunity and counterattack to the west of Metz,
taking a +6 assault on some flipped ARM. The attack is a disaster
(2/-) but the French do keep the Germans out of Paris. Nonetheless,
at the end of the turn, the Germans have a hex on Paris and have
carved out a big wedge into France. The last attack cleared away a
defending stack of CW units, which were bashed back to England.
Italy quietly reinforces Libya. The Italians have double stacks on
the entire Egyptian border going 2-3 hexes deep in places. The CW
has less, but a significant concentration nonetheless defending the
western edge of the Quattara Depression.
unrelenting, attacking in China yet again. Trying to reduce the
bulge in their line, they assault Chengchow. The attack is a partial
success (-/1), but they do not take the city and disorganize the
entire northern army. The Communists immediately take a risky
counterattack, assaulting the mountain hex north of Sian and take it
on a +7 assault (2/2, but get the hex). The Japanese line in the
north now looks precariously thin. To add insult to injury,
partisans strike in China for the first time, and appear behind the
Japanese lines in the NW with Communist reinforcements about to
The US picks Edward R Murrow reports, hoping some
day to generate tension. The turn is predictably long, 10 impulses.
Sept/Oct 1940: The Allies win initiative and elect to go first
to repair the ragged line in France. But then the weather roll -
storms arrive in Europe! The French get some breathing space and try
to form a better line defending Paris. The CW deploys the fleet
aggressively in the Med - perhaps a surprise attack on Italy? It
does not matter, the Italians declare war first on France and Great
Britain. The next two impulses see the waters of the Eastern Med
turn red with the blood of thousands of sailors. Over two impulses
there are five rounds of naval combat there as each side tries to
dominate the supply lines to Libya and Egypt.
The CW and
France take heavy losses. The CW lose a TRS loaded with a Mech
(during the surprise impulse), 4 CNV and the Kent and Cornwall are
damaged. The Italians lose the Fiume and E. d'Savoia sunk with the
Abruzzi damaged. Next impulse, the French and CW reinforce the
Eastern Med, but the Italians get just enough surprise each time to
tempt them into staying. The French lose the Suffren, the Dupleix,
the D. Trouin, Tourville, and the BB Dunkerque -- all sunk by
accurate Italian gunfire. The CW see the Liverpool, Sussex, and
Canberra damaged while the Devonshire sinks. But the Italians take a
pounding as well. They lose 2 CNV, the CA San Giorgio, Aosta,
Trieste, Zara, and a sub. The Garibaldi, Bolzano, and Trento are
damaged. In a shocking turn, the BB Littorio is aborted from the
Eastern Med and tries to run a French picket fleet - but is caught
and sunk while racing to port.
The Germans meanwhile
forge ahead in the bad weather, desparate to help their new allies
by knocking France out of the war. They drop an offensive chit
in stormy weather! The +10 assault is a complete success,
clearing another hex on Paris. but the bad weather continues and the
Germans are not able to mount an assault on Paris itself before the
turn ends after 6 impulses.
The Japanese find partisans
are causing problems and the Communists take advantage, slipping
into Peking behind the Japanese lines. The poor weather prevents
much action, but the Japanese are bulding up in the south as they
repair their lines in the north.
The US, seeing the
carnage in the Med, sells 50 old destroyers to Britain to help their
Nov/Dec 1940: The Allies win initiative and elect to go first.
The weather starts bad and stays that way. The French slowly try to
strengthen their line but a contemplated counterattack is called off
at the last minute. The Germans attempt a risky blitz attack south
of Lille to clear more hexes in France, but the attack fails (1/1)
and the French hold the hex. The Wehrmacht is now increasingly
worried about whether they can deliver the death blow to the French.
The Japanese, however, have no such fears. They reclaim
much of the northern territory lost to the Chinese and now surround
Peking. A bold attack in southern China (where it is clear) comes
off perfecty for them (+7 blitz on a forest hex succeeds without
loss). The Japanese are poised to strike further inland with the
Chinese line beaten in the south, but the turn fortuitiously ends
for the Chinese, giving them a chance. The line in the south,
however, looks precarious as the Japanese salivate at their
The US continues to try to generate tension,
freezing Japanese assets and sending resources to Allies, but only
one tension roll produces anything. The European tension pool looks
full; the Japanese pool has a single chit.
Jan/Feb 1941: The Allies win initiative and the weather turns
even worse ('12' on the roll) - ideal for the French defending
against the German onslaught. The Germans halt their attacks in
France and turn to wreak havoc elsewhere, sailing the entire navy
into the North Sea. There they catch the British fleet by surprise
and sink the Queens, loaded with an INF corps. The CA Newcastle is
also sunk. The Germans only lose the CA Blucher. The Italians and
British continue their stalemate standoff line on the
The Japanese continue to push
aggressively against the Chinese, but find their opponents made of
stern stuff. A big +9 assault against the mountain hex in southern
China (to complete the rail line to a rss point) fails (2/1).
The turns ends after 4 impulses - typical for a poor weather turn.
The US passes a lend-lease bill to China and tension is finally as a
result. Are the Americans finally becoming aware of the menace that
Mar/Apr 1941: The Allies desparately want intiative, but the Axis
win it after demanding a reroll. And naturally, after such a poor
winter, the weather clears in March, although it starts muddy. The
Germans rearrange their line and push reinforcements forward, but a
low odds blitz fails to clear a hex south of Lille (1/1). The French
airforce continues its streak, doing nothing and getting shot down.
The next impulse, however, sees the weather clear completely. The
Germans are ready and attack north and south of Paris. Both attacks
are complete successes, giving the Germans leverage and 3 hexes on
the 3rd hex adjacent to Paris. The following impulse is also
clear, and the Germans attack the hex adjacent to Paris and the rss
hex next to Metz. Again both attacks succeed, giving the Germans 3
hexes on Paris. In the final impulse the weather again turns muddy,
and the Germans take a +5 assault on Metz that sadly also succeeds,
granting the Germans the rss and the red factory.
to imitate the success of their neighbors, the Italians seek to
establish reliable supply to Libya. In an early battle in the
Eastern Med, however, they fail, as the CW shoots down the NAV
protecting the sea lanes. The Brits then ground strike a center hex
in the line and proceed to destroy the Italian MECH and INF
defenders. The Italians recover, however, and manage to save the
line. A +14 British bliz only gives an R result and then the turn
The Italians are not as lucky against the French,
who boldly make a +2 assault against the crack Italian MTN. The
result is (2/1) but the French take the hex (with a rss in it!) and
push into Italy proper. Oddly the Italians basically ignore the
push, counting on the Germans to end French resistance.
The Japanese are still up to their old tricks, namely repeated
frontal assaults. An early +6 assault against the same mountain hex
in southern China goes awry (1/-), but a subsequent +10 assault on
Peking removes the pocket of Communists from behind the lines (but
without US entry). The Japanese are taking casualties, but the line
looks better than it has in some months.
however, are tired of the relentless carnage created by the Japanese
and finally Congress is persuaded to start preparing for the
inevitable future conflict. The US gears up! The Germans do lose 2
BP from strat bombing (Dortmund) as the British are slowly building
a bomber force. The turn goes long (7 impulses) and sees the Germans
with 3 hexes on Paris and dominating northern France.
May/June 1941: The Axis win initiative despite a reroll attempt
by the Allies. The weather starts clear and the German begin by
dropping a O-chit with Rundstedt - Paris is under attack! Everything
goes perfectly for the Germans (groundstrikes, shooting down French
planes, etc.) until the actual attack, when the vaunted Wehrmacht
experiences severe coordination problems and fails to take the city
(2/2 on a +12 assault). The Japanese kill a PART is northern China
and shuffle yet more troops to the south.
On the Allied
impulse, the French reinforce Paris and make another bold strike
into Italy, taking a +4 assault and killing a 4-1 GAR to the loss of
two inconsequential corps. The Soviets are clearly anticipating
German malfeseance, building a line from Odessa to Riga. The Germans
lose 1 BP from strat bombing.
On Impulse 3, the Axis
strike. The Germans regroup and assault Paris again, stunningly
taking the city on a +6 assault (1/2S). The children of the world
weep for the loss of Paree. The Italians decide to make a bold move
and sortie their fleet into the Italian coast to challenge the
British there. The resulting battle is bloody. The Italians lose the
BB Guilio Cesare while the Pola and Glorizia are damaged. The Brits
lose a sub and the York damaged. The Japanese attack that mountain
hex in the south again, and again the Chinese are simply
too much for them (attacks fails 2/1). Several big stacks of German
units with plenty of armor pile up in Hungary on the Yugoslavian
The Allies quickly seek to take advantage. A +6
counterattack north of Paris fials miserably (rolled '4' so only
French losses). France seems doomed even early in the turn. British
attempts to attack the Italians and cut supply fail. The CW kill a
pesky partisan in Palestine but otherwise the turn is quiet with the
grisly failure of the French to drive to Paris.
5 the weather stays clear world-round but the world does not! Japan
declares war on the NEI and CW! What!?! 2 oil fields on Borneo are
taken but Palembang stays firm. The Japanese do savage the
unprotected convoy lines. I think I can safely say that no Allied
player saw this coming. In Europe the Germans reposition troops
towards the USSR and Yugoslavia. Italy struggles to keep supply in
the Med. Germany sends the navy out and savages British
convoys in the central Atlantic. At the end of the turn, the Brits
are down to 60% of normal builds.
The Allies retaliate by
taking it out on the Italians. British ships find and eliminate the
Italian NAV keeping supply in the E. Med. Over the next few impulses
British ships sink several Italian CONV and sink the Andrea Doria
while damaging the Bolzano. The Brits take two +7 blitzes in Libya.
One is a success (killing two corps) and the other weakens the
Italian line (1/1 result). The Italians fall back in disarray
towards Benghazi. The CW secure Tobruk and press westward.
The turns goes long (11 total impulses) but the drama subsides for
the remainder of the turn. The Germans resist another French
counterattack and take no losses. The British relocate two units to
Bordeaux, leaving only the SAfr TER to hold Calais. The Japanese
reposition troops and take Hong Kong, killing the TER there. The
turn ends with the US relocating the fleet to Pearl on the strength
of 4 added chits over the turn.
The Germans install a
Vichy government as expected and the collaboration begins. Only
Syria and the Pacific Map possessions go free, however, much to the
consternation of the Allies. The French government in exile takes up
residence in Damascus.
July/August 1941: The Axis win initiative despite a demand from
the Allies for a reroll. The Germans start by eliminating the SAfr
TER in Calais and rebase aircraft to the Yugoslavian border. Japan
occupies Indo-China (infuriating the American public, which is now
keenly attuned to Japanese malfeasance). On impulse 3 the Germans
attack Yugoslavia, eliminating screening units around both Zagreb
and Belgrade. The Japanese shift units around, but it is not clear
the direction in which they are headed.
The CW run an
Indian INF into Singapore and the lonely TRS left at sea somehow
survives 3 separate search rolls and evade the Japanese who are
hunting them. Meanwhile, back in Europe, the British find both
Italian TRS (one in battle, one after one was forced to rebase) and
sink them. The British also clear Sardinia, making it a large
airport. An additional attack north of Benghazi kills another
Italian corps, but the Italians are holding on in a delaying action.
The Germans assault Zagreb (+11, complete success), activate Rumania
(Vichy has been installed) and are repositioning to assault Belgrade
when the turn unexpectedly ends on the first opportunity (Germans
rolled a '1'). The Axis are disappointed, but much of the German
army is on the Soviet border and in Yugoslavia. Where will the
Germans go next?
The US has had enough, and passes war
appropriations - war is nearning.
Sept/Oct 1941: The Allies win initiative and elect to move
first. The CW moves straightaway to clear Libya, killing two Italian
corps in Libya on a +18 blitz. One BP is taken in a raid on Berlin
as well. On impulse 2 the Germans take Belgrade on a +16 assault and
continue the process of garrisoing France while moving most of the
army to the Eastern Front. The Japanese, however, spread out across
the Pacific, including posting major fleets off the coast of the
Philippines and the Hawaiian islands. The Allies next impulse sees
the CW clearing eastern Libya, eliminating two more Italian corps in
Benghazi (1/B surrounded).
The Chinese front has been
quiet, with the Chinese just building up and making the Japanese
line look thinner turn by turn. But there have been no attacks or
other changes to the front line for turns.
And then Axis
impulse 4 arrives. The Japanese declare war on the Americans! Oh the
perfidy! The Japanese port strike Pearl, sinking the Lexington and
the Enterprise while damaging the CA Northhampton. Japanese troops
also storm ashore in several hexes in the Philippines and they seize
Rabaul as well.
The next impulse the US tries to declare
war on Germany and Italy, but the 80% shot fails. The Germans and
Italians count their blessings, as a US navy was poised to ambush
the German navy in the Atlantic. To avoid possible disaster, the
Germans and Italians declare war on the US the next impulse.
In impulse 7 the weather turns sour and not much happens. The US
sends a big fleet out to attack some Japanese cruisers, but only
manage to damage the Ashigara. Other attempted naval combats fails
to produce conflict. The turn is relatively long (9 impulses) and
ends with a whimper.
Nov/Dec 1941: The Axis win initiative but the weather is bad and
the turn is short. The Germans hurriedly send troops to the Soviet
front -- war is obviously coming. The Japanese build up forces in
the Philippines and take Guam. The British complete their conquest
of Libya, taking Tripoli on a +11 assault (1/2S result). Near the
end of the turn the US launch a quick invasion of Kwajalein, which
was undefended. A Dutch ship manages to damage a Japanese CA (the
Myoko) but misses all the convoys. A PART appears in Palestine
(again!) much to the consternation of the British. The turn ends
with only 4 impulses.
Jan/Feb 1942: The Axis again win initiative but the weather stays
abysmal. The Germans seek to hit some convoys, but nothing comes of
the raids. The Japanese assault Manila after sucessfully
grounstriking MacArthur, but the attack goes awry (2/1). The
Japanese navy opts to head back to Japan to refit with newer and
stronger planes, so there is no action in the Pacific. The US simple
reinforces a few islands and rebases some FTRs forward. The turn
ends with 5 impulses, but the Germans now have a sizable force on
the Soviet border. They have, however, left a CW beachhead
unmolested in and around Bordeaux, France. American forces are now
starting to appear there.
Mar/April 1942: The Allies win initiative and go first. The
weather clears and the CW take the opportunity to invade Sicily --
Syracuse is captured first impulse. The US takes a naval and
continues to ferry troops and planes to Europe and the Pacific, but
their forces are still fairly weak.
In impulse 2 the
world is surprised as the Germans declare war on the USSR! They just
beat the garrison requirement but they lurch eastward. It is still
muddy in the north (arctic) but clear in the temperate zone. They
ground strike several hexes (and flip Zhukov) and eliminate the
defenders in Kaunas without loss. Otherwise they just lurch slowly
In a critical move, the US notes that Truk is
undefended! Two MAR and a small task force invade the island and
they succeed. The move saves the fleet as part of the Japanese navy
is forced to rebase and then the turn ends. The US now has a forward
base. Rabual is still heavily defended as the US was fortunate to
catch the Japanese moving units between bases.
May/June 1942: Allies win initiative and move first. The weather
starts clear. The US and CW take navals and ferry troops and defend
convoys. Reinforcements for the CW stream into Sicily and the Med,
along with additional aircraft. The Russians shift forces within
their lines, but are cautious. The Communists attack Taiyuan with a
-/1 result, but flip much of their army. The CW do take 1 BP from
strategic bombing on Paris.
The Germans in impulse 2 go on
the offensive, killing a PART in Metz in the west and then make 3
attacks in the east. An attack on Vilnius and a +16 assault on Lvov
are successes, taking both hexes without loss. A +8 attack on
Chisinau goes awry with a 2/1 result. The Japanese counterattack in
China, but things go awry and the +9 assault results in a 2/1 --
more Japanese casualties.
Impulse 3 sees the weather go
sour ('2' rolled). Not much action occurs as a result. The
Germans push up in impulse 4 slightly in the east and the Japanese
establish supply to their Pacific bases.
Impulse 5 has
clear weather and the fireworks start. A joint US/CW force paradrops
on Brest after groundstriking the unit there. The operation is a
complete success and the German subs based there are scattered back
to Kiel. Meanwhile, the British invade a clear spot 2 hexes north of
Taranto and succeed, gaining a beachhead on the Italian mainland
(+13 invasion after some furious air combat).
the Germans react to the invasion but don't have the forces to mount
an attack on Brest, largely due to supply issues and holding the
Allied line by Bordeaux. So they take our their frustrations on the
Russians. Three attacks are made (+14, +12, +10) and are all
successes without loss, taking a hex near Riga, clearing Minsk, and
clearing Cernauti. The Japanese reinforce northern China and playing
a waiting game with the US Navy. The Germans bomb Zaporozhe and take
1 Russian BP.
In Impulse 7 the Allies land an extra corps
in northern France (all they have) and push out a hex. The weather
turned rainy again, which slowed both the Allies and the German
response in France.The Germans grind forward in Russia, killing a
lingering Russian corps on a +19 attack in their own impulse. Italy
has surrounded the CW beachhead north of Taranto and some additional
German units have raild to the area as well. Japan elects to press
west and lands in Malaya and advances towards Singapore and the
Palembang oil fields.
The weather clears again for impulse
9 but the Allies have not much to do. Additional strategic bombing
fails to hit any targets in Germany and the US forces are too weak
to push against the now strengthened Axis line in France. On the
next impulse (10) the Germans conquer Latvia, take Riga on a +9
assault, and fail on a +5 blitz attack trying to cross the river
north of Minsk (1/0). The turns went fairly long considering the
July/August 1942: The Allies win initiative and move first,
seeking to gain advantage against the Axis in the west. After two
impulses with the help of the CW MAR, the sneaky Brits push up the
toe of the Italian boot and cross over to the heel next to Taranto.
They then land additional forces and assault Taranto, taking it on a
+11 attack (1/2S result). With Tripoli down and a factory held, the
Allies need only get a garrison advantage to remove Italy from the
The CW push north from Taranto, taking a key mountain
hex on a +10 assault (1/2S). The move links the forces in Taranto
with the units moving north from the toe. The Italians and their
German allies scramble to form a line while also leaving Italians in
the rear for the garrison. The Italians decide to take matters into
their own hands and sail the fleet out to clear the Italian coast
and help them right things, but the naval battle favors the CW. The
CW over 2 rounds lose the CA Glasgow and has the CA Berwick damaged,
but the Italians lose the Garibaldi and the Pola while the Roma and
Trento are damaged. Eventually the Italian fleet is weakened
sufficiently that they flee against overwhelming odds. At the end of
the turn, it is not enough, and massive air and land reinforcements
into Italy are too much - the garrison during conquest phase is 18
to 16 and Italy sues for peace.
In France the American-led
beachhead starting at Brest expands. A risky +7 assault on Nantes
succeeds (-/1S) and breaks open the German line near the end fo the
turn. US air superiority is becoming significant. The US trade one
AC for several German FTRs and another PARA attack on the coast
kills another German FTR that was face-down in the hex. CW bombers
take their own toll, destroying a FACT in Dortmund and taking 4 BP
and 1 Res from the Germans over the turn.
In the USSR, it
is mostly the German armor show. A +12 assault against Parnu clears
a strong set of defenders (1/2S) and then a +11 blitz clears the way
to Vitebsk (1/B*). Later another daring attack near Minsk fails, and
the German PARA is lost (1/1) in a hard fought action. The Soviets
push back, killing a stack of Hungarians west of Kiev without loss
(and get their first Guards unit). The Germans get the last word,
taking a +7 blitz in the north and succeeding without loss.
Japan reinforces Malaya and moves MARs across to Sumatra to build up
around the Palembang oil fields. Poor weather, however, hampers
their efforts in the north monsoon. But the Japanese decide on
another course to help their allies. They declare war on the USSR!
Moving most of the navy off the coast of Vladivostock, they assault
and clear the city without loss (+15 attack). The world is stunned.
The Americans vow to help, and launch a surprise invasino of Nemuro
in northern Japan. The attack succeeds but the MARs take a loss. The
turn then ends, however, so the US beachhead remains.
Sept/Oct 1942: Despite demanding a reroll, the Allies lose
initiative. The weather starts rainy, but the Germans are
nonetheless able to retreat in France and avoid a potential pocket
there, much to the consternation the Americans. In the retreat over
the 3 impulses (for each) the Germans lose 3 MIL and build a strong
defensive line along the Seine, replete with ARM and an additional
HQ. Despite several attempts, US groundstrikes fail to flip the HQs
and they escape east of the Seine line.
The CW leapfrog up
the Italian coast to reinforce northern Italy before the Germans can
occupy it. They succeed in beating the Germans to the passes on the
Austrian border, but a line sets up there to the Yugoslavian border.
CW planes do rebase to the north. 4 isolated German corps in
southern Italy languish.
The Soviets try to cross the
Dneister and press the Axis on the Rumanian front, but the attack
fails (+11 blitz, result 1/1). The Germans renew their own push in
northern Russia. A +8 blitz takes a hex (-/R) but a second attack
fails (2/1 on a +6 blitz). Two additional blitzes clear two
additional hexes, but the casualties are light (none to Germany, one
corps lost for the USSR).
Japan sees a break in the
weather and assaults Singapore, taking the city and killing the
Indian defender, but at a high cost (3/1!). This pyrrhic victory
slows down the push to Palembang, and although the defenders are
weak, the oil fields remain in Allied hands for the turn.
The US slowly pushes reinforcements into northern Japan, especially
long range FTRs. The Japanese try to cut off the supply, but no
combat results as no one can seem to find anyone in the north
Pacfic. The US navy is slowing getting bigger as new CVs appear in
The turn ends relatively early.
Nov/Dec 1942: The Axis win initiative and the weather for
impulse 1 is shockingly clear! The Germans finish preparing their
Seine line in the west and go on the offensive in Russia. A +13
blitz succeeds without loss and a +8 blitz takes a hex (1/R). The
northern line in Russia is looking weak, but the southern front
appears strong for the Soviets. The Japanese push up north of
Vladivostock and defend their convoy lines.
The CW take
advantage of the clear weather and start with an air. The skies
darken over Germany, who loses 7 BPs (!) to strat bombing including
one FACT destroyed (Prague). The US in their naval pick off the CA
Atago and generally send reinforcements to Europe and defend their
Pacific supply lines. Some land based FTRs try to sink a small
Japanese TRS fleet off the coast of Russia, but fail to find
anything. The Nationalists finally decide to act and take a +5
attack on the forest res hex in China - and succeed! The result is
1/1 but the Japanese line is thinned. The Japanese have strong units
there, but not a great number.
In impulse 3, the weather
again remains clear world-round. The Japanese counterattack and take
the resource hex in the northern forest in China, trading for the
res lost earlier. The Japanese also take the Palembang oil fields on
a +9 attack, but lose two corps in the process. But, they have
secured the extra oil. The Germans assault Vitebsk on a risky +5
assault, but the Wehrmacht performs and the Soviets are annihilated
('18' rolled on the +5...).
In impulse 4 the US/CW
alliance takes advantage of the weather, launching an invasion just
north of Kiel and an airborne operation to blitz across the Seine
north of Paris. Both are surprisingly successful. The invasions
lands without loss (on a natural '20' roll on a +12 invasion!). The
US also takes Marcus Island in the Pacific.
exchange of impulses (5 and 6) see clear weather continue. The
Germans skillfully reorganize their line in France, stopping a
potential Allied breakout, rail units to contain the Kiel incursion,
and press into the USSR. Another +5 blitz attack fails this time
(-/-), forcing him to use Manstein to reorganize his units. The
Soviets find their mettle, however, and counterattack. A +6 blitz
succeeds in bashing Manstein and turning the southern flank of Army
Group North, opening the path to Minsk for the Soviets. An American
attack in France fails (1/1) result, which allows the Germans to
recement their line in France. CW bombers, however, take a massive
toll in the impulse, taking a total of 12 PPs (16 build points) from
factories across Axis possessions.
In impulse 10, the
weather is nasty ('11' on chart), but it is raining in the North
Monsoon zone. The US and CW hatch a daring plan to raid the convoys
in the South China Sea. The plan is blessed with good fortune. Over
several rounds a massive naval battle erupts. The Allies lose
several planes and one CW CA damaged, but the Japanese take
significant losses, including CV Akagi, CLV Chitose, CA Takao, CA
Myoko, 2 damaged CA and 11 CONVs. Both US heavy ships and carrier
based airpower are invovled over 3 rounds of combat as the Japanese
try to keep a link to the oil in the NEI. Eventually they keep that
link, but the cost is high. The turn then ends.
Jan/Feb 1943: The new year dawns with initiative shifting to the
Allies, both strategically and for the turn (despite an Axis demand
for a reroll). The Allies reinforce the new beachhead in northern
Germany (although German reinforcements now have it cordoned). The
US invade additional islands in the Mariannas, seeking air bases.
The US pushes one hex further up the French coast with a +12 blitz,
killing a 4-1 GAR, but otherwise the turn is quiet. The CW bomb in
the snow, but only take 4 PPs. The Soviets attack across the Dvina
and meet with success, taking the hex on a +10 blitz in the snow. As
the Germans retreat to prevent a pocket in the north of Russia, the
Soviets trap and automatically kill a GER INF. Otherwise the Germans
are contracing their line in the north and holding it in the south
of Russia. The Allies are slowly pushing forward in France, although
the Germans have a strong line and still hold Paris. The new front
sees the Allies taking Kiel and reducing the German naval threat as
a result (Denmark was also liberated, opening the Baltic), but heavy
German reinforcements allowed the perky Germans to contain all the
threats. The threats, however, are growing on many fronts. In the
last impulse (#7) the Allies continue to push. The Soviets attack in
northern USSR, successfully killing two MECH and bashing another,
and push across the Dvina in Rumania (1/B result). The Chinese
attack Hanoi on a +4 but fail (1/-). The Allies reinforce and move
up, but make no progress in France or northern Germany.
Mar/Apr 1943: The turn is short. The Allies win initiative
despite an Axis reroll. The Soviets take advantage, taking a +7
attack in northern USSR (-/1S) and a +18 blitz in the south that
kills Antonescue. The Germans then retreat further west to maintain
a coherent line. Three corps are railed to help hold Rumania, but
the Soviet breakout there looks ominous.
Allies start with a naval and then take lands to open new fronts.
Bad weather, however, prevents strategic bombing, which means the
German economy rebounds. The Americans invade the Philippines,
taking Legaspi with heavy casualties on a poor performance (2/1),
rolled '5.' More troops get transported into France and northern
Germany, but a strong line of German troops keeps the forces at bay
and the front does not move in the bad weather.
ends early after only four total impulses.
May/June 1943: Soviets break through into Germany, but not before
the Allies in the west break the Seine river line. The Germans fall
back to the Rhine. The Allies assault and liberate Paris, liberating
France in the process.
The US reinvades Japan, scattering
its main fleet. Reinforcements flood forward.
July/August 1943: US manage to take all of the mainland factory
cities in Japan except Sapporo, which continues to hold out in the
mountains. The Allies push through Holland into Germany. New
invasions on the Baltic coast further threaten the Reich. The CW
break through in the south and walk into Munich. The German retake
it, but the CW is across the Austrian alps. The Soviets grind
forward slowly and isolate both Bucharest and the Ploesti oil
fields. The Germans start to feel serious oil shortages.
Sept/Oct 1943: With the US in firm control of the Japanese
mainland, the Allies one hex outside of Berlin, and the fronts
collapsing virtually everywhere else, the Axis sue for peace.
|US Announces New Foreign Policy "Turtles
Dateline Washington D.C. 4 September 1939.
New York Times. Now well into his first terms as President,
Alf Hightdon has finally unveiled his promised foreign policy
initiative. Calling it "Turtles are Cool" or TAC for short, the idea
is support what really matters in America - sports. Sure, fascism is
on the rise in Europe and Asia, but its football season and
basketball is only two months away! The United States is announcing
a new VISA policy allowing athletes from other nations to visit for
extended periods of time, especially if they aren't any good.
"Healthy competition is great," said President Hightdon, "but
competition with winning is way better."
Belgian Turkey Shoot Causes
French Airforce to Rethink Use of Paper as Main Component in Fighter
Dateline Lille. 2 April 1940. Le Monde.
Anonymous sources in the Air Ministry have reported that the
decision of the government to use cheaper materials in figther
aircraft "might have been a slight error." Apparently the new De520
fighter planes--made mostly of paper mache-- were not as resilient
as expected after the planes were first tested. Said a
representative from the manufacturer, "Well, they might not fight
well, but we can make many of them, and in pretty colors too!" The
aircraft allegedly performed poorly in the first major battle of the
Western Front. The French reportedly lost - and this is not a typo -
every plane and pilot in the airforce over a period of 8
hours on 30 March 1940. As a result of the German air superiority,
Brussels was taken by the Wehrmacht and the Belgian government fled
into exile. Fortunately a second contract for planes is nearing
completion, with the new planes using the much stronger material of
Heroic German Army pushes into
Dateline Berlin: 29 May 1940. Deutsche
Zeitung. In a bid to right the wrongs of the Versailles Treaty,
Chancellor Thompson ordered a full-scale invasion of Belgium, France
and the Netherlands. The early phases of the invasion have gone
according to plan as Belgium was completely overrun and a large
wedge has been driven into France. Early reports suggest the German
army can see the spires of Paris and the Eiffel tower and Chancellor
Thompson plans on HALO jumping off the Eiffel tower once they
capture it in the upcoming weeks. Coverage of this historic event is
sure to boost morale across Germany.
Opinion Piece: Christmas in Asia?
San Francisco Chronicle.
1 June 1940.
In the months after Christmas, one San
Francisco Times reporter turned his attention to the ongoing war in
Asia. He noted the brutal fighting going on in the north, where
Mao’s forces advance deep into Japanese-held territory, spurring on
further partisan fighting against the invaders. The fall of Peking
to the communist fighters, following Japan’s hurried retaliation in
pursuit, indicates what a threat the expansionist policies of Japan
could pose against US interests in the region. Combined with the
freezing of Japanese assets, this reporter wondered if the US might
someday enter into the war, which has already sent the world
spinning into chaos and fire. His article was displaced by the
editor in favor of an advertisement about a new sushi restaurant on
Tensions Heighten in North Africa! War on
Dateline London: 22 July 1940. The Daily Telegraph. Since the
outbreak of the war in September 1939, tensions between Italy and
the British Commonwealth have been growing. Italian land forces have
been growing in number ever since the outbreak of the war, which has
given Commander Wavell no choice but to request an increase in
deployed troops in the region. Whatever Il Duce is planning, he
ought to reconsider for his own sake.
Commonwealth Soldiers Hold the North!
Dateline Calais. 2 August 1940. The Englishman's Daily.
British soldiers from across the Commonwealth continue to hold the
line in northern France against German forces. Although some losses
have been sustained and German tanks edge closer to Paris, France
continues to stand strong. This has been in no small part due to
British assistance, as forces from around the Commonwealth have
created an impenetrable barrier spanning from the northern coast
down to the French city of Lille. If France falls, it won't be
because we British let our French allies down! In other news, even
more British soldiers have been sent to Egypt to counter the recent
Naval Exercises Result in War!
Dateline Cairo. 1 September 1940. The Egyptian Review. On the
one year anniversary of the beginning of the war, the Royal Navy
decided to conduct routine naval exercises throughout the
Mediterranean. These actions, conducted peacefully and without the
intention of provocation, proved too much for Fascist Italy.
In a completely unforeseen turn of events, the British ambassador to
Italy was expelled from his post and forced onto a plane back to
London by Italian blackshirts. The British Ambassador to Italy
arrived safely back in London and is quoted as saying, "I think I'll
miss the food, but not much else."
United States Gifts Destroyers, Italian Navy
Dateline Washington D.C. 13 October 1940.
Reuters. U.S. President Alf Hightdon signed into effect the
"Keep Britain Afloat" Act today in an attempt to help Britain recoup
from the loss of several ships to the Italian Navy. The act will
transfer a number of old U.S. destroyers from the United States Navy
to His Majesty's Royal Navy. The generosity of the American people
will not be forgotten. In better news, it is believed that a large
portion of the Italian Navy was sent to the bottom of the
Mediterranean in the now infamous, "Suez Slugfest," which saw
tremendous naval losses on both sides. With its tiny economy, it
seems unclear how McEllini intends to claim his "Mare Nostrum."
Perhaps this won't be the century of Italian power after all, Il
Plight of the Hong Kong Garrison
Dateline Hong Kong. 19 November 1940.
Colonial Times. The British Crown colony of Hong Kong is a
splendid place; food, music, and culture are but three of the many
treasures which the colony has to offer. Unfortunately, many of the
troops garrisoned in Hong Kong do not feel so pleased about their
station. One soldier, Pvt. Albert Honeybun IV, is quoted as saying
that he, "feels rather nervous about nearby Japanese forces.
Japanese commanders line their troops up every morning across the
bay and make faces at us while we do our morning calisthenics.
They're planning something dastardly, I'm sure of it." Major-General
Maltby, de-facto commander of the Hong Kong garrison, does not share
his soldiers concerns, instead believing that, "the Japanese would
never think to quarrel with British troops. They might beat up all
they'd like on the Chinese, as one is wont to do, but no, they'd
never try an Englishman."
Empire Forces Push Into Libya!
Dateline Mersa Matruh. 15 April 1941. The Egyptian Review. A
rainbow has spread across the deserts of Libya--a rainbow of men.
Troops from across the Commonwealth, including India, Canada,
Australia, and, of course, Britain herself, have launched a major
offensive into Italian territory in Libya which has so far had
nothing but success. This comes as French forces begin their own
push into the Italian home country. The anti-Italian offensive
continues and, with any luck, Il Duce will be out of a job by
Valiant French Forces Defeat Italians
in Alps! 25 March 2941. Dateline Grenoble. Le Monde.
In fierce action over the last week, French mountaineers devastated
prepared Italian defenders south of Turin. When asked about the
French strategy, General Le Pain remarked "It was elan, of course,
the spirit of the fighting Frenchman is second to no Italian!" In
other news, 100,000 French were taken prisoner in Burgundy, the
airforce was destroyed for a second time, and the mayor of Paris has
reputedly started taking German language lessons.
"Blitz"? What Blitz?
Dateline London: 11 June 1941. The Evening Standard. The war
will be reaching its second year within the next few months, but the
average Englishman could hardly be blamed if he didn't know there
was a war on at all. The skies of Britain, which most of the British
public had feared would be swarming with German bombers by now, has
remained clear. British cities remain untouched by the scourge of
war. The same cannot be said for Germany. So far, this war does not
seem to be such a bad thing!
British Merchant Ships Sunk! Will America
Help Once More?
Dateline London. 20 June 1941. The Evening
Standard. Tragedy struck today in the Bay of Biscay as German
naval forces launched a bloody attack on British merchant ships.
Hundreds of innocent sailors were lost at sea, while remaining ships
fled to port. Dutch and Polish ships raced to absorb the initial
impact of German guns, no doubt repaying the help of their British
saviors. The sacrifice of those brave sailors cannot be forgotten.
Our eyes turn now to the New World, as we await the assistance of
our most dear American friends who have so generously supported us
in this war. Merchant ships aren't cheap, you know.
War News From Victorious Wehrmacht! Dateline Berlin
Deustche Allegemeine Tag 10 July 1942. Victorious German forces
have pounded a huge hole into northern Russia in an attempt push
back a sneak Russian assault on the Fatherland. The assault has been
led by every crack assault unit and armor corps possible and the
Russian line has been shattered and is on the verge of falling
apart. German troops in Italy have been described as heroes by
Superior War General Thompson and have held back the deplorable
imperialistic United Kingdom. Sources say that recent German
aircraft losses have due to the use of plastic wrap as a means of
armor protection (that is what we get for stealing ideas from the
French...) and that new aircraft will be equipped with titanium
steel instead. The war is looking very promising right now for the
Increase in Volunteer Workers
Dateline Moscow 20 May 1943 The Moscow News. As our glorious
army pushes forward into Poland many who are now freed from the
tyrannical fascists have volunteered to work in the labor camps,
even many POWs have seen the errors of their ways and gone to the
camps after their inevitable defeat.
Some 192 million German
prisoners are estimated to be working with the Soviet forces now as
they advance into Germany.