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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: Spring 2019 Game
« Last post by jnimer on April 18, 2019, 06:08:31 PM »
The Battle of France and Operation Barbarossa
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Spring 2019 Game
« Last post by jnimer on April 18, 2019, 03:45:10 PM »
Hi everyone,

A friend and I have been working our way through a 39 Europe Game. It's my first time playing the Allies (but 10th or so game overall) and his first time playing the Axis. We are treating it as more of a learning game for him; should knock out a couple more turns of game 1 tomorrow and will likely then reset and play again over the next 6 weeks or so. I have been remiss and not taken many pictures but I will take some more tomorrow when we start with the summer 1942 turn,

Thus far:

France, with significant help from her British Allies lasted until Autumn 1940 throwing a real wrench into Germany's preparation for Operation Barbarossa. In Africa, Wavell aggressively attacked Rommel and his Italian minions and, with the help of the Med Fleet routinely disrupting Italian convoys, quickly crushed Mussolini's dreams of empire. Currently the Afrika Korps is retreating towards Tripoli while a combined Anglo force is poised in Gibraltar to invade French North Africa.

In the Atlantic, Germany's difficulties with France and need to build up against the Russians precluded any large commitment of resources to the U-boat fleet. Combined with steady British destroyer production, the British and commonwealth continue to churn out a plethora of units. In England strong Anglo forces are already semi-postured to launch a cross channel attack in the near future.

In Russia, Germany invaded in the summer of 1941 and achieved solid initial progress in the center behind Gen. Guderian's tactical prowess. The Germans have also made use of daring parachute attacks, forcing the Soviets to maintain garrisons well behind their front lines and even destroying a Soviet factory in Kharkov in the midst of its disassembly for transport to the East. However, the slower buildup of units due to France has been difficult to overcome. In the South the Soviets have bottled the Germans up behind the Dnieper. Meanwhile, in the North the Germans have pursued a curious strategy of moving substantial units to Finland, bypassing Leningrad, and approaching Moscow from the Northwest. While this has forced the Russians to employ large forces in the North in order to maintain supply to Leningrad, they are well situated to cut the German spearhead out of supply, and the Germans are struggling to achieve any significant strategic affects from their strategy.
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Yoper on February 04, 2019, 11:09:27 AM »
My hero!!!

Go get him John! ;)

Love the slipper my man.
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on September 24, 2018, 01:23:06 PM »
Summer 43 - Pacific

The Japanese mass their navy in the Indian Ocean to attack the British navy massing in the Persian Gulf and leave the Americans largely unopposed.  The U.S. navy takes advantage by knocking a bunch of Japanese garrisons out of supply and plan an Autumn 43 amphibious campaign.
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on September 24, 2018, 01:19:50 PM »
Summer 43 - Russian Front

The Russians liberate Stalingrad in the South, but the Germans reinforce their defensive line along the Donets River.
In the North, disaster befalls the Germans as Manstein blitzed a German panzer army into Moscow only to be surrounded and wiped out.  The Germans lose a tremendous amount of mechanized forces and artillery in the encirclement!  Model scrapes together what is left of the German army and organizes a defense.
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on September 24, 2018, 01:15:26 PM »
Summer 43 - Europe

Patton mech attacked through to Tunis an Montgomery mopped up the remnants of the Africa Corp in Tripoli.  Cunningham has massed an Allied fleet in the Persian Gulf to counter the Japanese in the Indian Ocean and provide relief to Allied forces holding onto Bombay. The Axis have retreated back to Italy in disaray. In Northwestern Europe the Allies liberate Oslo - but the Germans are doggedly hanging on in Norway.




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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on September 24, 2018, 01:10:32 PM »
Spring 43 - Pacific

The Japanese have taken about half of India and the Japanese fleet is keeping the Royal Navy out of the Indian Ocean.
Meanwhile, Macarthur took Port Moresby back from the Japanese. 
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on September 24, 2018, 10:36:29 AM »
Spring 1943 -

In North Africa the Allies advance across Algeria from their initial Torch landings in Morocco.  Rommel tries again to launch a pre-emptive strike against Montgomery - which is repulsed with heavy casualties.  This time, Monty follows it up with a mech attack around Tripoli which wipes out a large chunk of the Italian army and leaves Rommel out of supply.

In Northwest Europe, the Allies stage an invasion of Norway which is executed without a hitch. 

On the Russian front, the Soviets surprise the Germans with an assault against Army Group South which leaves Kesselring and  German army surrounded in Stalingrad - a rough turn for the Axis!
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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on August 19, 2018, 10:26:49 AM »
Winter 1942 in Europe

These pics were taken near the end of the turn - but before the non-combat movement phase.

The Germans wiped out the early Allied invasion of France - the Dieppe raid failed - but, the Allies learned important information regarding the Atlantic wall. . .

In the Med, the Allies launched a mini-Torch and landed in Morocco. A largely out of supply Rommel attacked Montgomery in order to prevent the 8th army from attacking him - and was repulsed with heavy casualties.  On the Mech phase, the British drove remnants of Rommel's army back into Tunisia, but the Axis still hold Tripoli.

On the Russian front, Army Group South takes Stalingrad and drives over the Volga into the heart of Russia.  The Soviet Caucuses front manages to cut the Crimea out of supply which is the only minor victory in Russia.  The Germans now control Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad.  The Allies are on the verge of collapse from a VP persepctive. . .


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After Action Reports / Playtesting / Re: 2018 Worldwide Game - Take 2
« Last post by Mark on August 19, 2018, 10:11:54 AM »
End of Autumn 1942 on the Russian Front and in the Pacific

The Soviets manage to launch a counter-offensive and take Rostov back again the in the South (the 4th time Rostov has changed hands).  In the North, the Soviet offensive fails and in a brilliant move, Manstein takes Moscow - driving the Soviets back in disarray!

In the Pacific, Yamashita takes Calcutta and drives the Indian-British army back toward Delhi.  A roungh turn for the Allies. . .

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