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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 39 game
« on: June 01, 2011, 04:23:03 PM »
turn 5
germany occupies france and redeploys large forces to eastern europe preparing for the invasions of greece and yugoslavia. rommel is in africa but the combined axis forces are greatly outnumbered by the british, canadian, and indian forces - italy is greatly hampered by her lack of transports. germany is building up the u-boat fleet but keeping them safely in the baltic until a few more are built. not much else going on.

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 39 game
« on: May 31, 2011, 03:09:35 PM »
turn 4
france surrenders as guderian takes two more southern territories. Most of the french fleet goes vichy but the algerie cruiser group joins admiral somerville at Gibraltar. commander prien is defeated in the central atlantic leaving kretschmer as the only remaining sub-ace. petsamo is conquered by the I fallschirmjager corps. Russia continues to build up and has met its border requirements. much of the bef is redeployed to gibraltar on their way to egypt. several indian infantry are also sent to cairo.

After Action Reports / Playtesting / 39 game
« on: May 31, 2011, 06:56:56 AM »
Okay, my first time playing the advanced edition starting in 39. I will keep up a running update as each turn is played. Players are myself playing the axis and my two two brothers playing the allies. I have about 7 games of the first struggle experience as does one of my brothers. I don't have the rules completely down yet but just couldn't wait to start this game. Will learn as I go and will try to post some pictures later.
Firstly, the aesthetics of the game are fantastic. Best WW2 map I've ever seen and the counters add a lot. I also, so far, really like the changes to the movement phase with initiative and chit draws-I feel that this will have an enormous effect on the russian theatre.

turn 1
germany crushes poland with minimal casualties, redeploys major forces towards the west, and takes out denmark in its spare time. u-boats and raiders deal 13 damage to britain. russia cleans up eastern europe and deploys forces to leningrad. britain and france deploy destroyers against u-boats but fail to kill them.

turn 2
germany defeats all of belgium and the netherlands. interestingly enough the latter inflicts almost as many casualties on germany as poland and belgium combined. guderian and rundstedt are poised to attack france. another 9 economic damage inflicted on britain but commander luth's sub is tragically sunk by british destroyers in the north atlantic. germany also invades the undefended western coast of norway. The british oppose the norway invasion and send a fleet to attack but heavy german aa shoots down the swordfish and returns the bomber. both sides retire from battle with a damaged cruiser and the norwegian invasion continues. britain also decides to reinforce france. egypt is relatively undefended but italy is occupied by building up against france. russia wins the winter war with few casualties.

turn 3
germany defeats the french in champaigne and dijon, given the initiative, next turn rundstedt will pin paris while guderian forces the french surrender with further southern attacks. the british again reinforce picardy while the french draw most of their forces back to paris and send a few others to hold the southern territories. italy attempts to assist her german ally but fails miserably, losing 6 infantry in her attack to france's 2. further attacks are made in norway which is reinforced by germany, and ignored by britain, and prien attacks the british.

Introduction / Re: Advanced Struggle for Europe (ASfE) is AVAILABLE!
« on: March 02, 2011, 04:11:40 PM »
I'd love to see some pictures as well  :)

Introduction / Re: Advanced Struggle for Europe (ASfE) is AVAILABLE!
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:13:19 AM »
any new info on cost+availability of hard copy version?

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: PACIFIC PLAYTEST!
« on: February 16, 2011, 06:23:36 PM »
and ceylon!!!

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: PACIFIC PLAYTEST!
« on: February 16, 2011, 02:48:45 PM »
I just finished a game in which japan went wild. grabbed rabaul, guadalcanal, tarawa, the phillipines, all of new guinea, sydney and threatened india. on average they had something like 3 forts two infantry + planes on each island until their air force was completely destroyed around turn 20. I lost a ridiculous amount of infantry. on one attack 13 infantry 2 artillery and 2/3 planes attacked something like 4 forts and infantry that were out of supply. only the 2 artillery survived-brutal

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: PACIFIC PLAYTEST!
« on: February 16, 2011, 05:04:35 AM »
also maybe us marines (I cant tell from pics if they are a unit). cost 3,3 combat 3/4 or 5 and attack islands at 4 for first round of combat. build capacity of 0 until at war, 1 at war and 2 in spring/summer of 1942 (can subtract this from regular infantry builds), and can only be deployed in the pacific.

After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: PACIFIC PLAYTEST!
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:13:10 PM »
have you guys thought about cutting Japanese paratroopers and replacing them with either special naval landing infantry (marines) or imperial guard units, or both. Another thought is that since there were so few guards units during the war, have Japan start with something like two guards units but be unable to build additional ones.
guards could be a 3/5 and defend home islands at +1 and SNLI could be 3/4 and attack amphibiously at +1. cost would be same as paratroopers.

WWII discussion forum / Re: How Hitler could have won WWII?
« on: February 14, 2011, 08:14:28 AM »
seelow heights*

WWII discussion forum / Re: How Hitler could have won WWII?
« on: February 14, 2011, 04:55:42 AM »
Just a thought. Some people believe that it would have been possible to create a stalemate with Russia in the areas of white russia and the ukraine/polish borders. Despite their overwhelming superiority in numbers, the Russians still struggled to plan effective offensives and were almost always tactically inferior to the germans. The success of their offensives (uranus, bagration, etc) were almost universally aided by german incompetence in the form of Hitler overruling his generals with ludicrous demands (although the stalingrad disaster was also due to paulus's poor response to the soviet offensive and misuse of his tanks). Had Hitler left the management of the eastern front to his more effective generals (manstein and balck spring to mind) I consider it very possible that a stalemate could have been achieved on the eastern to the point where neither side had the forces left to mount an effective offensive. It is hard to believe that the Russians could run out of manpower but consider that by 1944-45 the russians had lost most of their "fit" fighting men and were filling out divisions with older and younger conscripts not as suited to offensive operations.
other evidence might include mansteins successful fighting withdrawal of army group south after the failure of the Stalingrad offensive. in bitter weather against overwhelming numbers of fresh russian troops and material, and with tired worn out, understrength divisions of his own, manstein.....
1. managed to mount a counteroffensive against stalingrad that might have succeeded had things fallen a little differently
2. managed to extricate almost all of army group b and army group a from their tenuous positions, and retreat under incredibly difficult conditions while being pursued by a superior enemy with large armored forces
3. mount an effective counterattack on russian forces
4. reform lines and stabilize the front
end note: he pretty much saved the entire southern front from collapsing and managed to save most of his troops in the process. I personally consider this retreat campaign one of the greatest military accomplishments in history.
For the overall point consider the massive casualties manstein managed to inflict on the soviets during the dnieper offensive while being hobbled by hitlers incredibly stupid command decisions. Also consider the initial difficulty the soviets had tactically against vastly inferior opponents in many engagements-ex. their struggles during the battle of the seklow heights during the final drive on berlin.
overall i think stalemate with russia would have been possible. yes the axis would almost certainty lost the war eventually but things would be very different

Introduction / Re: Advanced Struggle for Europe (ASfE) is AVAILABLE!
« on: February 02, 2011, 05:34:57 AM »
As there are some new miniatures in the advanced game (heavy artillery, new fighters etc), will there be an updated list of where to buy the necessary metal miniatures if one chooses to go that route?

RULES (UPDATED APRIL 2018) / Re: Country Builds Cards
« on: December 02, 2010, 03:52:37 AM »
If you guys get the printing done I know that the quality will be really good. Not having much experience with printers myself, I'm not sure how the map would turn out if I had it done here. Even if it cost more for you guys to send out hard copies, I might prefer that depending on how much more it cost vs. doing it myself.
Can you give an estimate for how much it would cost?

RULES (UPDATED APRIL 2018) / Re: Country Builds Cards
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:37:19 AM »
Will a hard copy of the map be available?

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