August 5th, 2020


World in Flames: Spring 2020 Campaign

     "Wrath of the Red Guard"


Germany: David "McHitler" McElrath
Japan/Italy: Christopher Thompson II
Commonwealth: Christopher Jennings
USA/France: Hight 
Russia/China: Austin "Nefarious" Obenshain

Bids:                              Final results: Game suspended because of COVID outbreak      

Germany (2)                              
Japan/Italy (2)                                   
Commonwealth (-1)
USA/France (-5)
China/Russia (2)                          



Sept/Oct 1939: The Germans split their army east and west, but a combination of good performance, clear weather, and long turn, sees Poland fall without much incident. Germany loses one DIV in the east. 3rd impulse the Germans declare war on the Netherlands for an early push west. The hapless Dutch cannot resist the Germans. Denmark also falls the same turn, but the Commonwealth manage to land a force on the northern island before the Danes surrender. For the rest of the turn the Germans shift forces to the west and build up on the Belgian border.
  The CW try to strategically bomb, but nothing comes of it. Besides reinforcing a position in Denmark, Gort, one corps, and a DIV land in France. The French plead for more, but those requests fall on deaf ears. The French decide to risk a raid into the Baltic early and manage to sink 4 German CONV. Later, however, the German navy sorties and catches the two French cruisers, sinking the Tourville and damaging the Primaguet (no Axis losses).
  The Soviets take Eastern Poland as a part of a nefarious pact with the Fascists, and then reveal another nefarious pact with Japan. A leak in the Politburo reveals that it concerns oil transfers and the nation of Iran.
  The Japanese meanwhile choose to prosecute their war with China with renewed relish. Sensing weakness in the northern Communist line, the Japanese take a risky +4 assault in the mountains, but it goes awry and the Japanese lose 2 DIVs and fail to advance. Undeterred, the Japanese reinforce and regroup, attacking Si-an at +1 (after HQ support from Mao). This attack also fails and flips much of the rest of the Japanese army in China. The Chinese seize on the opportunity and take a +3 assault on Canton. The attack is costly (2/1) but they take the city, securing (for now) the southern coast.
  The turns ends with Poland being conquered and the Danes and Netherlands incompletely conquered. A Chinese partisan appears in the north. The US occupies Iceland/Greenland.

Nov/Dec 1939: Axis easily win initiative, but the weather starts poor. Germany sits at the border for two Axis impulses until the weather goes from snow to mud. Then they declare war on Belgium, drop an offensive chit, and clear Liege and Brussels without loss (auto attack and +15 assault on Brussels). Shockingly, the turn then ends before the Allies can react and the Axis will get the dreaded double impulse, going first again next turn. France starts to get worried.
  Japan is undeterred by its initial setbacks and launches another major offensive in central China, attacking a heavily defended mountain hex. Again the attack fails, this time with heavy casualties (3/1 result on the assault). Not much happens after that for the turn.
  Italy remains quiet throughout all of this, building their forces. They have, however, steadily reinforced eastern Libya. They have both HQs, all of their airforce, and a growing supply of corps in the desert there. The CW has reinforced Egypt as well, but it looks like some sort of showdown might be coming.
  The US starts Chinese aircraft and beings Selective Service. Two chits are moved to tension as a result.

Jan/Feb 1940: As intimated above, the Axis win initiative again. The weather is snowy, but the Germans lurch forward into a row of free hexes in Belgium. Fortunately the weather stays bad and although the Germans are able to redeploy their army fully, no further advances are made into France. Nonetheless, the Germans are significantly ahead of the usual timeline! An attempt to re-establish convoys in the Baltic succeeds for the turn.
  Italy continues to build up in Libya, but there are no rumblings of war yet.
  Japan activates Siam as an ally and ferries troops to China. Having lost Canton, he builds a sizable along the entire front north to south. There could be attacks at any point from near Canton to Peking.
  The US sends resources to China and the turn ends after 5 total impulses.

Mar/Apr 1940: The Axis reuqest a reroll but lose initiative anyway. However, the first weather roll sends painfully clear weather to Europe (modified '8' rolled). The USSR starts by demanding Bessarabia (the Germans concede it) and then declaring war on Iran! Americans are outraged by this nefarious act of gross belligerence and papers across the US compare Obenstalin to McHitler. Germany then allows the claims of Hungary and Bulgaria on Rumania. During the turn the Germans activate Hungary and Bulgaria as minors as well.
  The CW set to work, attacking out of northern Denmark onto the main peninsula with shore bombardment and achieve a surprising victory on a +7 blitz, killing one German unit and retreating the other (without loss). Next impulse, despite the bad weather, the CW kill the other German corps and advance south towards Kiel. The Germans rush an INF and a MIL to Kiel.
  France, not to be outdone, unleashes its secret weapon: Elan! The Germans in their impulse try for a bold attack on Lille. The French airforce rises valiantly and shoots down the ATR carrying the Fallschirmjager. The attack then goes awry (2/1) on a +7 assault after planes clear. The French do lose half of their remaining airforce, but morale remains high.
  Japan is still undaunted by its Chinese campaign and makes a new thrust along the coast, successfully killing a Chinese corps without loss. They move forces to central China as well, perhaps preparing for a new offensive.
  At the end of the turn, the USSR conquers Iran, which was clearly operating under nefarious orders from the controlling Japanese, since the capital was abandoned. More Soviet perfidy. The US takes no actions in protest.

May/June 1940:  The Allies try to get initiative and demand a reroll, but lose. First impulse both Germany and Japan drop land offensive chits to push forward. Germany uses Rundstedt to assault Lille and to blitz across the river near Metz. Both attacks succeed and in the battle the French lose all but one of their aircraft. The CW then bombs the German front lines and fortunately flips the best two German ARM on the front - reprieve! But the Germans have one HQ on the front left and reorganize. Subsequent attempts to ground strike fail and the Germans push forward again, taking a +9 to clear another hex by Metz. The French bravely launch a counterattack but the +7 counter blitz fails miserable (rolled '4' on the attack producing a 1/- result) and the precious French ARM dies. But then the weather gods intervene and storms grip western Europe. Despite the disarray in the French lines, the Germans unable to find a good attack (there were supply problems as well). The Allies then decide to risk a pass to save France... and it succeeds!
  The CW protect convoys and push through Denmark, liberating Copenhagen and opening the Baltic again. Some German convoys are spotted and 4 CONV are sunk by NAV operating from northern Denmark.
  The Soviets are piling up every spare soldier and paper airplane they have on the German front. Could they be seeking to beat the garrison ratio and spark an early war? It appears so.
  Meanwhile, the Japanese also use a chit to push into central China. A +13 blitz pushed out from Wuhan and causes considerable turmoil in the central Chinese lines. The Japanese push forward again the next impulse, taking a +10 assault that succeeds without loss and gets the Japanese adjacent to Chungking. Bad weather and the end of turn, however, restores some order to the line, but the center is tenuous.
  The Chinese, probably in part to spite the Japanese since the former took Canton, laid down a sub on the spiral. The US embargoes strategic materials to Japan and tension is generated. The German airforce is huge, however, and the French have a few FTRs but all of their TAC is gone. Things look bleak in France.

Jul/Aug 1940: The Allies win initiative giving them a chance to put up a bit of a line in France, but the German line looks strong and the Axis air advantage over the French is now considerable. The turn goes disappointingly long, but it is fraught with bad news for the Axis.
  The Allies start with a bombing campaign in France to disrupt the front lines. One corps, a MECH DIV, and a plane are flipped, but most of the high value targets are missed. The CW defends convoy lines.
  The Axis then attack on all fronts. Italy declares war on France and the CW, finally revealing that they, like the Soviets, are nefarious. Sub raids during the surprise impulse catch a few CONV in the Cape St. Verde and the Libyan army lurches forward. The Germans blitz a hex in northern France but perform poorly, taking the hex without loss on a 'R' result. HQs reorganize the half-flipped units. The Germans now have the '3 hex' advantage along the French line. The Japanese launch a +7 assault in central China and meet mild success (-/1) but flip their army.
  The Chinese immediately counterattack with great success, taking a clear hex near Si-an back from the Japanese (-/2S). The Bloodbath continues. The British try and dominate the eastern Med and cut supply to the Italian army, sinking the Red Sea Flotilla. British strats find Dortmund and pulverize it (-2BP and -1 res) but no Germans units are flipped as German FTRs fend off all bombing attempts.
  The Germans seeks to press their advantage in the next impulse when French elan takes hold. After a fierce air battle, the Germans mount a +9 blitz but roll a natural '2' to flip most of their army in the center of the line. The HQs were expended earlier reflipping the airforce and part of the army, so in the middle of the turn the German army grinds to a halt. The Italians sail their mighty navy to the western Med and engage the Brits. A slugfest ensues, with the Italians losing the San Giorgio, the Abruzzi, and the E Di Savoia sunk while the CW lost the Birmingham and two Dutch cruisers sunk with the Gloucester damaged. For the rest of the turn both Italy and the CW seek to find one another, but oddly no naval battles occur despite 6 sets of search rolls.
  Two impulses later the Japanese attack again in central China and retake the clear hex the Communists had secured on a +9 assault (-/1S). The French licks their wounds and count their lucky stars for their good fortune and await the end of the turn, which winds up going 12 impulses!
  The US does nothing, apparently happy to be isolationists. China gets two partisans.

 Sept/Oct 1940: The Allies need a reroll, but manage to secure initiative. The weather starts partly clear ('6' on weather roll) and the Allies again seek to disrupt the German front lines. There is not much success and the Germans are able to take another hex in France on a +13 blitz. The Italians try a +6 blitz against the hext south of Alexandria, but the attack fails (without losses on either side). The Allies spend the turn trying to knock the lone Italian CA out of the W. Med, but fail every search roll.
  The Japanese resume their relentless attacks in China, choosing to kill more soldiers and create an Asian "lost generation." A difficult assault goes bad when Chinese aircraft are cleared and a HQ support alters the odds, but the final +1 assault succeeds when the Japanese roll a natural '20' (-/1S). The Japanese take Chang-Sha with the success, but lose control of their forces and provoke outrage in the US.
  The weather on the next impulse turns bad. The Germans take a +6 blitz anyway which succeeds with (-/B*) result. They are now successfully clearing hexes towards Paris (but they aren't there yet...). The CW bomb and take 1 BP from Lille. The Communists assault a northern mountain hex, but fail to take it (2/1). They seems satisfied with any result that kills any Japanese forces.
  The weather then clears and panic ensues in the French lines, which are disorganized. A mighty French airforce exists (5 FTRs but no TAC, all of which have been shot down), which helps keeps the Stukas at bay. It does not matter, however, as the turn surprisingly ends before the Axis get a chance to exploit the good weather. German Generals can be heard cursing their high command at the cessation of the offensive.
  The US again sits passively, watching the world events. No partisans occur.

Nov/Dec 1940: The Axis win initiative, but the weather starts stormy in Europe, except in the Med, where the Italians use the advantage of going first to launch an attack on Alexandria supported by their navy. The Italians first clear and sink the CA Edinburgh in the E. Med and then attack. The attack is only moderately successful (1/1 result) and they fail to take the city. The Germans re-establish convoys in the Baltic while the Japanese shuttle yet more troops over to the Chinea grinder.
  The next impulse shockingly the weather clears. The German player has to be admonished for not drooling on the map. He immediately attacks with full armor and takes a hex next to Paris and another hex slightly south (both without loss). The French airforce sells out to the slow the advance, but loses 2 FTRs in the process. The Italians hold on in the Med (more failed search rolls) and keep Libya in supply. The Japanese mount another attack in central China, a +7 on a central mountain hex that fails (1/-). Grumbling about getting new generals can be heard.
  On the next Allied impulse (#4) the Chinese, not to be outdone in terms of killing their own units, launches two low odds attacks. A5 in the north retakes a now bloody mountain hex (2/1 result) and spectacularly fails to retake Chang-Sha (2/- result).
  Down four corps, the Chinese suddenly look weak to the Japanese, who counter-attack in both the north and the south since the weather on impulse 5 stays painfully clear. The Japanese retake that now increasingly bloody mountain hex on a +8 assault (2/2 result) but fail to clear a mountain hex near Chang-sha on another +8 (1/- result). The Japanese are still holding a line, but it seems as if all the reinforcements just go to replace the dead. China does have a larger base population.... The Germans meanwhile also use the clear weather to advance. They clear two additional hexes around Paris on a +9 and +10 blitz, each of which were complete successes without loss.  The turn ends on the Axis impulse, making the Chinese line look vulnerable.
  The US is still myseriously silent, not picking an entry chit. It has been several turns now since they have, although the Axis have managed to pass every entry check now for several turns. Partisans show in Manchuria.

Jan/Feb 1941: The line in China spurs debate as both sides admit they want initiative and will call for a reroll. The fates align with the Allies, however, who win both the first roll and the Axis called re-roll. The weather starts fairly mild (rolled '3' on weather) and the Germans state their intention to take Paris this turn, mud or not.
  The Allies seek to control the E. Med and the French navy joins in the patrol. But the lonely Italian picket cannot be found. The CW does manage to pick off the German CONV in the Baltic, however.
  In impulse #2, as promised, the Germans mount a ferocious attack on Paris. After the planes fly and the dust clears, the +7 assault fails (2/1 result) on a poor performance of the Wehrmacht. Undaunted, the Germans flip all of their remaining HQs to bring the army back up to snuff. The Japanese, fearing a lull in the supply of blood products in Japan, launch an invasion in southern China (next to Canton). The Japanese air support clears, but so does one point of Chinese support, which drops the attack ultimately to a +5. The result is as expected: more carnage. A Japanese MAR and MAR DIV die horrible deaths on the sholes outside of China (1/- result, but all invading units die).
  In impulse 3 the weather turns snowy in Europe. The French, fearing the worst, decide to take pressure off of their lines and assault the Italians on their shared coastal border. The attack is ill-fated (1/-) and goes nowhere. The French do there best to shore up the line, but the CW abandon them and they have to stretch to keep the line. But the weather should help them!
  Or not. The Germans, despite the snow, take a miserable +3 assault on Paris... and roll an '18' to take the city. The French are stunned, having believed that they were wearing the Germans down at long last. The Italians continue to avoid Allied naval patrols and hold their line in Libya.
  On impulse #5 the French try to counterattack in two places to set up an assault to retake Paris, but both attacks (at -1 and +0 respectfully because of the weather) fail. Now Paris is surrounded by flipped French corps and despair starts to set in. What a strange defeat says Bloch, one commentator on the scene. The CW try and fail to find the Italians (again).  
  On Axis impulse #6, the Germans start to reorganize their line, clearly intending to Vichy as they are preparing to  move their forces elsewhere. The Japanese kill a PART in Manchuria. Italy continues to avoid naval combat. The turns ends on the Axis impulse.
  Finally the US does something, gifting DD to the CW and starting lend lease to China. No partisans emerge.
  Germany does install a Vichy government, but the valiant defense of the capital inspires the colonies. French West Africa, Syria, and Indochina all surprising decide to stay with the government in exile, which sets up in the French/Belgian Congo. Aside from Indochina, however, the rest of the Asian and Pacific maps stay Vichy. The Caribbean stays loyal to Free France while N. Africa goes Vichy. The navy except for 2 CONV and the Belgian forces is in Vichy. The US does get 2 chits, making one wonder what might happen next turn. Could the slumbering beast be stirring?

Mar/Apr 1941: The weather starts painfully clear which the Germans use to start shipping their army eastward after they win initiative. Germany activates Rumania (and the US seems not to care) and ships units into the nation. The Italians take advantage of the initiative and post their fleet to bombard the British, taking a +6 assault on Alexandria... which promptly fails again (2/1). Those bloody Brits!
  The Allies shuffle troops a bit and the Soviets continue to pile up on the German border, forcing more German units there to keep the garrison ratio. Some primo corps, however, are diverted northwards to Denmark and southward to Bordeaux to oppose the CW holdings in each area.
  The Japanese reorganize their fleet, moving the non-CVs to Truk. They occupy the Marshalls as well, an evil portent of more Japanese perfidy to rival the nefariousness of the Soviets. The US secretly hopes that the USSR and Japanese Empire have not made a secret anti-American alliance. Allied bombing hits Dortmund for 2 BPs, but they lose 2 quality TAC and the pilots in the effort.
  At end of turn, the US stirs as Hightevelt passes a bill that finally gears up the American economy. The turn ends with only 6 impulses of mostly clear weather.

May/June 1941: The Allies win initiative and elect to go first to allow China to take advantage of some Japanese maneuvering there. The CW starts with a naval to protect convoys and set up picket fleets, including a large fleet off the coast of Italy. The Soviets spend the turn piling up on the German border and occupy the Baltic States, causing predictable outrage in the United States.
  The Axis spend an impulse positioning and moving units into place and in impulse #4 attack. A +6 blitz breaks the British defensive line in Demark, resulting in the loss in the next impulses of a DIV and then a MECH corp. The Brits retreat to the main island and defend Copenhagen to keep the Baltic open. The Germans infiltrate corps inside Vichy along the "Bordeuax Line" during the turn but do not attack after several groundstrike there fail. There is no CW air cover anywhere to be seen. Whither the RAF?
  The Italians in impulse #4 sail out under the cover of NAV and attack the British Med fleet. Eventually the Brits are found. To the loss of one Italian NAV and the BBs Impero and Roma damaged, the CW lose the CAs Shropshire, Canberra, and Sussex with the BB Repulse and BB Renown damaged. The Brits also lose their one long rnage FTR.
  The CW takes one Res point from the Germans in bombings. The turn goes long with mostly repositioning world wide. The Japanese start to pull back their line in China as corps leave to garrison islands in the Pacific. A harbinger of war? The turn ends with the US paying attention: the fleet is relocated to Pearl Harbor.

July/August 1941: The Axis win initiative. In the first impulse the Italians again sail out their navy and pummel Alexandria a 3rd time. No charm on the 3rd hit, however, as the attack gets modified to +4 and fails (1/1) to take the city. The Italian line has been reinforced, but even so, the line is looking thinner. German units redeploy into Italian cities.
  In impulse 2 the CW take a naval and posts his fleet again in the Italian coast and manages to sink an Italian CONV and one of their TRS loaded with a MOT DIV. In the subsequent battle, however, the CV Glorious is damaged.
  The Germans completely take the Danish peninsula but cannot break into the main island. Their forces complete their infiltration in southern France along the Vichy border and they assault Bordeaux. The attack goes awry, however, and the +6 assault fails (2/1) in the face of stiff British resistance and support from 2 HQs to drop the initially good odds. 
  In impulse 5 the Germans take a difficult +5 blitz attack to try and force their way to Copenhagen, but the attack fails (1/1). It does, however, reduce the defending CW force to a single MOT corps and some planes. On the ensuing impulse, the British finally manage to knock the Italian NAV out of the Italian coast, putting the Italian army in Egypt out of supply. The Brits immediately launch a +11 blitz attack and bash two units back to Italy, breaking the Axis line. The Chinese, worrying that there has not been enough soldiers sacrificed, launch a +4 assault on the mountain hex NE of Chang-Sha, and get what they want on a (1/1) result.
  Impulse 7 sees the German collapse Vichy to flow around the CW beachhead at Bordeaux. The Americans are finally outraged by this action, finally proving to the American public that the Axis powers cannot be trusted to play nice in the sandbox of world affairs. Japan continues to position units around the Pacific, sending navy and invasion forces to forward bases. The Allies continue their own pushes. The CW annihilate an out of supply stack that includes Graziani. The Chinese, fueled by bloodlust, take a +2 assault on Chengchow, roll a natural '19' and clear the hex on a (-/1S) result!
  The Germans, seeking to restore morale, drop a PARA and attack into Denmark again. They kill the last defending unit but lose the PARA in the attempt. The following impulse they overrun a TAC (killing it) and re-secure the Baltic. The CW clear the last units in Egypt on a +15 attack, killing Balbo, but the Italians on the previous impulse did sea-lift a MOT away to safety. The way is clear to Tripoli, but the CW are a long way away.
  The US simmers, but takes no entry actions after a really long turn (11 impulses).

Sept/Oct 1941: The Allies win initiative and the Chinese, eager to continue their crusade of read, persuade the CW to have the Allies move first. The weather starts clear and the Chinese position their forces for new attacks. The CW covers convoys but oddly major forces remain in the UK - are they planning an invasion? On impulse #2 the German take advantage of the weather to assault Bordeaux, and take it on a (1/2S) result. Japan takes a naval and their fleet spreads out across the Pacific, with troops aboard ships. The Italians engage in a major battle off the coast of Itally, killing the best CW FTR and damaging the CA Devonshire. Their subs also take 3 CONV from the CW.
  Next impulse and the Chinese let loose, taking a +2 assault that goes horribly awry (3/-). Mao Ze Shain shakes it off, saying "I can afford that." The British do not seem concerned about the Japanese threat and make no moves to reinforce the Pacific.
  Impulse #4 and the Axis go crazy. Japan declares war on the CW and Netherlands, invading and taking Rabaul, two oil hexes in the NEI, and landing forces on either side of Batavia. Troops from Siam push south into Malaya. Once again the American public is beside itself with rage over these monstrous actions and cries are heard demanding immediate action from Hightevelt. To make matters worse, the Japanese take Wuhan and lose control of their forces, resulting in a widely reported upon massacre of Chinese civilains. A brutal battle also takes place in Chengchow (3/1 result on the dreaded modified '14'), but the Japanese take that city as well. The Italians prepare homeland defenses and the Germans continue to shift forces to the east while eliminating a CW ART that was isolated by Bordeaux.
  Impulse #5 - an impulse that will "live in infamy." The US, having received 5 chits in quick succession, takes a gamble. War Appropriations has not been selected yet, so there is a +3 modifier to the roll (-1 for Japan in China). The US has a 50% chance of entry. They roll the dice and the American people are with Hightevelt! War is declared on Japan. America is woefully underbuilt with a slow US entry track and a late gear-up, but some good fortune helped them into the war. Not much happens as the Japanese navy seriously outclasses the American one, but the slumbering beast has awoken.
  The remainder of the turn is uneventful. The Japanese consolidate gains in the islands and advance near Batavia. The Chinese make one last attack, but the result is (-/-) and uninspiring. Germany continues to build up on the Soviet border while walling off two last corps in the mountains of southern France. The turn ends after 8 impulses. The US take no (new) entry actions.

Nov/Dec 1941: The Axis gain initiative and Germany and Italy declare war on the US to prevent any small surprise gains. The Japanese reposition in China and set up troops to be ready for sea-lift. The Germans continue to bolster the eastern front. The Germans collapse Vichy to get the build point.
  On the Allies first impulse the Chinese once again fix bayonets and charge into the Japanese lines, taking what becomes a +3 assault and suffering huge losses (3/1). The USA activate Mexico as a minor ally and the CW protects its convoy lines.
  The weather clears slightly on impulse 3 but the Germans elect to go raiding. Their luck is not stellar and 2 German subs are damaged to no real damage. The Italians garrison their coast and start to mass some impressive air force units in and around Italy. The Japanese, having invaded the NEI the previous turn, lurch up to Batavia and take the capital on a +16 assault, conquering the NEI.
  On the next impulse a small American raiding force invades Majuro, taking it without loss. Brazil enters the war on the American side as well. The CW strat bombs Germany and Italy, taking 1 BP from each. A CW sub also managed to snag 2 Japanese CONV in the South China Sea to the loss of a damaged sub.
  Impulse 5 sees the weather go sour (rolled '10'), effectively bringing operations globally to a halt. The turn ends on the Allied impulse without much else being done. The German-Soviet border looks like a massive wall of grey and burnt orange.

Jan/Feb 1942: The weather starts out even worse ('11' on the chart after modification) with the Allies taking initiative. The USSR takes the opportunity, such as it is, and declares war on Germany after breaking the pact. Basically nothing happens the first two impule except some positioning on the front with Germany and the Axis likewise do mostly repositioning.
  On impulse #3, the USSR attacks, taking a +7 blitz into Poland that succeeds and a +7 blitz into Rumania (-/1B) that also takes a hex. The USA slowly pushes planes and a few light troops forward in the Pacific, but neither side has made a major naval foray since the start of the war. On the Axis impulse the Germans counter-attack but it goes awry in Poland (2/1). The Japanese eliminate a PART in Malaya and conquer it. The turn then ends.
  A PART appears in France and another in Syria (a 2nd one, fighting for the Axis since Syria is free French).

Mar/April 1942: The Allies win initiative after the Chinese insist on a reroll. The weather starts mostly clear (except int he arctic) and so the bruisers go at it. Russia starts with a +8 blitz into Rumania, but finds limited success (1/R). The CW and US takes navals to ferry troops to various fronts.
  The Axis immediately repay the favor. Japan eliminates a Mot DIV in China and the Germans play an O-chit on Rommel to counter-attack in Poland and Rumania. The Soviets commit heavily to the attack in Poland, which thus fails (converts to a +5 assault with a -/- result). But the Germans punish the Soviets in the south, taking a +9 blitz in Rumania that succeeds and a 2nd +9 blitz that retreats the Soviets front line. The Germans seem satisfied as their weak center gets relief.
  Allied impulse +3 arrives and the Soviets seek to regain lost territory. A +6 blitz in northern Poland retakes a hex (-/B) but a second attack is a pyrrhic victory (1/R) on a +7 blitz. The Italians try to intercept Allied forces in the Med, but lose their best NAV and see the Duc d'Aosta sink while the Impero is damaged. Allied units debark into Sardinia. CW strategic bombing carpets Italy and Germany, but not a single point is lost after some pretty stunningly bad bombing rolls. More training is ordered for the RAF bomber crews. China, scores a major coup by slipping a Communist into Peking behind Japanese lines, which are now compromised.
  Not to be outdone, despite horrific weather at the start of impulse 5 which sees the Allies waiting out the weather, in impulse 6 the Germans kill a French PART (suffering 1/1) and fail a blitz attack in Rumania (-/-). The turn ends with the Allies set up to do something in the Med, but all the troops on ships go home.

May/June 1942: The Axis win initiative and go first. The weather starts out meh, with rain in the arctic and bad weather in the North Monsoon. The Japanese move troops and reinforce their landing in the Philippines, but no attacks are made. The Germans patch some weak spots in the their line with the USSR, but also are cautious.
  The Chinese take a +6 assault in northern China and clear a hex in the north      (-/2s), causing severe disruption to the Japanese and taking another RES point. The Japanese now only control one point in China and have lost one of the points in Manchuria. The CW and US take navals and slowly move troops forward, but a major fleet appears in the 3 box in the Western Med with troops on AMPHs with extra in reserve.

  Impulse #3 and the weather slightly clears (to rain in the North Monsoon, but clear elsewhere). The Germans attack in Rumania as the eastern front continues to be a punch, counter-punch situation. The +16 attack clears a CAV from the mountains in northern Rumania without loss.
  The Soviets, enraged at the loss, drop an O-chit on Zhukov and make 3 major attacks. The German Luftwaffe helps mitigate the damage. A +8 blitz in E. Prussia fails (1/1), a +8 blitz in central Poland is a minor success (-/1B), and a risky +6 blitz in southern Poland fails (1/1), killing two Soviet PARA in the process. Meanhwile, back in the rest of Europe, a joint invasion force of American and Free-French units land in southern France to the west of Marseilles. The landing is essentially unopposed. The Italians strike from the air, taking 2 BPs from Rome and 3 RES from the Germans elsewhere in Europe. A subsequent bombing raid takes one of Italy's two remaining oil reserves as well.
  Impulse #5 and the slugfest in Poland continues. The Germans take a +6 blitz in southern Poland, trying to take advantage of the Soviet disaster from last impulse and the PARA operation. The attack succeeds (-/1B) and the Germans advance on a significantly weakened front where most of the Soviet units are flipped. The Japanese wait patiently for the weather to clear in the Philippines and try to hold the front in China.
  The Allies in impulse #6 consolidate gains. Two additional corps land in southern France. One FF corps strikes north to cut off 4 out-of-supply German corps around Bordeaux (keeping the Brits locked in). Few Axis forces litter France, and there is a real chance that the FF corps will liberate ports on the Bay of Biscay. A German corps defends Marseilles and the Americans slowly push around it. The Soviets attack in northern Poland, +4 blitz taking a hex (-/R). The Chinese assault Mukden (!) and kill a MIL (1/2S). The way north to Harbin is now clear and Korea is undefended.
  Impulse #7 and the Japanese immediately drop a corp into Seoul. They also assault Manila with clear weather. The attack is hard fought, but the scrappy Americans hold (3/1 result) despite the +7 assault. Japanese morale plummets briefly, but promises are made that the Japanese "will return." The Germans continues to exploit their success in central Poland, succeeding on a +11 assault that shatters the Soviet HQ in the area (Timeshenko). The area near Lvov now looks tenuous for the Soviets, who has started peeling corps off the Rumanian front to try and plug the holes. A +5 blitz in northern Poland does not fare as well, however (2/1). Apparently the Germans and Soviets only know how to fight with grit and gore.
  Impulse #8 ...  

  Sadly the game called on account of COVID - end of March 2020 






French Welcome Axis Aggression, Pledge to Beat Germany "With our Strong Hearts" 2 Sept 1939, Dateline Paris, Le Monde. French morale is high at the outbreak of war as millions of French volunteer to serve in the grand cause to defeat Germany and its evil leader Herr McHitler. Why the bouyant attitude? The French Emergency Command Korps (FECK!) released a report on its new (now not so) secret weapon: elan based heart charges. Apparently French studies have shown that if you line up French soldiers in the correct way, the super-strong hearts of the soldiers will stop German bullets, often only with the death of a few soldiers per bullet. "We will sap their strength with strong hearts and force a surrender when they run out of bullets!" said General Au bon Pain. The French Air Force announced plans to use a similar strategy with their  fighter pilots, strapping additional personnel on the outside of the planes to stop bullets from damaging the aircraft and prolonging combat effectiveness.

A Greater Peace in Our Time! Dateline Moscow. 1 September 1939. Pravda. Today, the peoples of the U.S.S.R. and the Empire of Japan took one step towards ensuring peace throughout the world when diplomats from each nation signed the Russo-Japanese Non-Aggression Pact in Moscow. Soviet officials say the pact will help expand the influence of Communism around the world, while Japanese officials say they are surprised that the Russians could be so thoughtful and generous. Foreign reaction to the pact was mostly negative, as the capitalist powers derided the move as being, "anti-Western," and "too secretive." 

President Hightevelt Announces New Federal Holiday 10 Sept 1939. Dateline Washington D.C. AP Wire News. "It has been too long now," said President Hightevelt, "since we have had a new holiday to celebrate what is great about America. I now announce 10 Sept each year as 'Merica Day.'" People are encouraged to walk around saying "'Merica!" all day, avoiding work, and concentrating on what matters, like alcohol consumption and developing new perjorative slurs.

Belgians Offer Waffles, Get Pancaked. 17 November 1939. Dateline Brussels, Walloon Times. Not believing German threats to their sovereignty, the Belgian government turned out to meet the lead elements of the Wehrmacht with plates of tasty blueberry waffles as a gesture of human kindness and peaceableness. They were disappointed, however, to find that the German commanders would only speak about 'pancaking' them. Apparently not even a single waffle was accepted despite the friendly gesture. Instead, the Germans bombed Brussels in a smoldering ruin. There is, incidentally, a reported shortage of syrup in Germany.

Japanese Forces Launch Banzai Attacks Across China. 22 Dec 1939. Dateline Bejing. Yakisoba News. Emperor Thompson has ordered mass Banzai attacks against the Chinese army anywhere the Japanese forces attack. The attacks have been a mixed bag with horrific Japanese loses but the Chinese center is in danger of falling. Japanese bayonet makers are reportedly overwhelmed with new orders for bayonets as the new strategy appears to be a long term one. It would appear that Chinese undertakers will be in high demand for the foreseeable future as well. 

Iranian Workers Rise Up Against Masters! Dateline Tehran. 17 March 1940. Red Star. Shah Pahlavi of Iran was ousted today as millions of Iranian laborers rose up against the forces of the Shah. The power of the workers was so great as to drive the Iranian Royal Guard from the city of Iran (myteriously led by Japanese military advisors in Persian costume). In an effort to protect the people's revolution, Soviet cavalry forces raced south from Baku into Tehran. The Shah is reported to have fled Iran by boat and is now residing on the island of Formosa.

Soviet Nefariousness Knows No Bounds
. 18 Mar 1940. Dateline Moscow. The World Times The leader of the Soviet Union, Obenstalin, issued a formal declaration of war on the free people of Iran earlier today. That announcement came only 20 minutes after an ultimatum was issued to Rumania demanding the territory of Bessarabia. President Hightevelt responded later that same day with a sternly worded condemnation. "Just weeks before we were given assurances by Obenstalin that nothing would be done to upset the peace or adversely affect the blissful ignorance of the American people. What a nefarious character is he! Just a few more of these dastardly deeds and we might stop trusting him altogether." Shockingly, the government of Japan has stepped in and volunteered to help the Iranian forces resist the Soviet invasion. Prime Minister ToThom oddly encouraged the Iranian defense forces to rally in south-central Iran, abandoning the capital and the vital oil fields in the south. There is definitely something pretty nefarious going on.   

Oil Boom Benefits All! Dateline Baku. 12 June 1940. Labour. After welcoming the People's Republic of Iran into the Comintern in March, oil has become more plentiful than vodka throughout the Soviet Union. The oil trade has resulted in a strengthening of the Soviet state, as the Empire of Japan has been most eager to gain access to Iranian oil. Despite the differences between ideology, it is likely that this arrangement will ensure a permanent peace between the Soviet Union and Japan. The Japanese would be foolish to embark on a war that would cost them not only their manpower, but also their oil supply.

French to Rethink 'Strong Hearts' Strategy. 16 June 1940, Dateline Paris. Le Monde. After some initial success with airforce, including a dramatic defense of Lille in March, military leaders in France are reconsidering their strategy. "Having pilots strapped to the wings of fighters worked well in the Battle of Lille," said Air Marshall Erique la Whoosh, "we took out hundreds of German air transports by clogging their propellers with the bodies of our brave men. Since then, however, it appears that the Germans have adapted to our strategy. Now they simply stand off and watch our men fall off the wings before engaging in combat. Our casualty rate has since gone up a bit." The glorious French army suffered a similar fate on 15 June, when a large counter-attack failed after the army ran out of tanks. "Apparently our strong hearts do stop bullets, but there turned out to be other unexpected side-effects to that approach," said General Au bon Pain. He added, "But we have a new strategy and secret weapon about to be unleashed soon. The Germans should be worried!"


French Reveal New Strategy: Convince Germans to Use 'Strong Heart' Tactic. Dateline Paris, Le Monde. 18 July 1940. After months of using the 'strong hearts' strategy against the Germans to dismal result, French intelligence services stumbled on a brilliant idea: persaude the Germans to use the strategy instead. After months of planting false documents and bribing various military strategists in the German High Command, success was achieved. General Gerhard Doofenlinger formally got permission to use his "amazing insight" (a quote from his white paper on the strategy) during the battle of Central France. The result was complete failure for the Wehrmacht and a revitalization of the French line. "We have hopes of planting another French strategy in the German commond structure," said General Le Pu, head of French Intelligence Services, "we have tons of bad strategies ready to give them!." 

Chiang Mourns Loss of Gangster Friends. Dateline Si'an. 15 September 1940. People's Daily. After the humiliating loss of Changsha to Japanese forces, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek is said to have mourned for several days. The loss was especially hard given that many of his old gangster friends, Green Gang members in the Shanghai militia, were lost in the attack. "It might be true that they ran the gambling, prostitution, and opium trades in Shanghai," Chiang is repoted to have said, "Nevertheless, their financial support of me was greatly appreciated; really, they weren't all that bad." While the Nationalists lose ground in the south, the heroic warriors of the People's Liberation Army hold strong in the north!

German Buildup on Soviet Border: Is War Coming? Dateline Moscow. 15 December 1940. Pravda. Over the past year, it has become evident that more and more German forces have been piling on the border with the Soviet Union. The only question is: Why? The German people have nothing to gain from a conflict with the Soviet Union. We have done nothing to warrant such wanton aggression; we are a peace-loving people. Soviet forces have had no choice but to respond by forming their own line on the border. Time will tell what happens, but if the Germans violate their word, then they shall be shown where the crawfish hide. 

Special Broadcast...

NPR, Nov/Dec special broadcast, 1940.

“Falling before the close of the year, the now-occupied nation of France signs the disastrous Elan accords, a treaty setting up a puppet state in southern France and dissolving the French armed forces! Speaking to us now in an exclusive interview, General Fontainebreu! General, as one of those responsible for leading the defense of Paris, the loss of which to the German aggressors supplied the leverage needed to enact the agreement, how did it happen?!”

“Zhey had us surrounded! But we fought zhem off – it was glorious! In fact, aftehr zhe first disastre of an assault, we invited zhem to parade their armor pieces through zhe seconde quartier, to show our pride to zhe populace. In retrospect, vhe should not, perhaps, have allowed zhem so close to zhe city – but zhe Elan was magnificent!”

“Is that right? They invaded the city… on a dare! As part of a show!?”

“Zhe Elan!”

"You heard it here first, listeners: elan, that most honorable of French attributes, now the cause of their downfall. This has been Johnny Johnson reporting, and happy New Year!"

Vive la France! New Shade Trees Planted to Help Recovering German Soldiers. Dateline Paris, 2 February 1941. Le Monde. Determined not to sink into melancholy after the 1 Feb 1941 battle of Paris that saw the fall of the city to Hun forces, the new collaborationist government has announced a "revitalize Paree" campaign to help repair both war damage and the difficult relations between Franace and Germany. "We are planting thousands of new trees to replace those destroyed by German guns," said Mon. Guiteau, "so that German soldiers on leave in the capital can rest in shade and recover well." German authories have complained already, claiming that the trees drop a sticky sap that causes people to be weak to unfunny satirical barbs in bad French accents. Thus far, at least 50 German soldiers have been hospitalized with wounded egos as a result.

Dive Bombers Taking the “Dive” too Seriously? Dateline London, 17 June 1941, East London Observer. After months of unsuccessful bombings on the Nazi scourge, the RAF finally announce that they have successfully hit German resources. However, this news also comes with the destruction of many bombers as one fellow I know who went on the mission told me that the cause for the success was only due to many bombers steering their planes onto the resources and thus losing half of the planes that went on the mission. This is slightly worrying when one considers that the RAF also recently announced a new method of training pilots.









Mao Frees the North! Dateline Peking. 2 March 1942. China People's Daily. The Imperialist Japanese were dealt a major blow as Mao, who was thought to be dead after a Japanese attack on Chengchow, returned with a major force in northern China. After Mao was wounded in the Battle of Chengchow, he snuck behind Japanese lines by traveling through the Taihang Mountains to Peking. In Peking, Mao raised an army of several thousand Chinese patriots to fight against the Japanese occupation. Japanese forces are now retreating to the coast in accordance with their new "Three All's" strategy: Avoid All, Flee All, Fear All. Mao proclaimed that the Japanese would be kicked off the continent before the end of the year.