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).
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
|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
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
. 22 Dec 1939. Dateline Bejing.
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.
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
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
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.
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!?”
"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
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”
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.