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Doug Harned
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So after getting advice off of this board a friend and I are playing our first game on Vassal. We've play WiF several times over the years and have decided to play the Delux campaign game. I'm the Axis and he's the Wallies (so if there's an Axis slant to these reports you know why). We're excited to try pilots, CV planes and the Sif counters.

Rules: Most optional rules in play, but due to our noobie-ness no Cif/Pif/Aif/Lif/factories/food. House rules: no Japanese allowed in European maps and CW pays a penalty (1BP) if it removes it's fleet from the Pacific maps. Also are playing with strategic sub warfare.

After noticing that we'd mis-played the LOC Vichy rules and had created a strategic problem we decided to re-set to the Vichy creation (end of M/A '40). So we pick-up the game at the start of M/J '40.

M-J '40 Collapse of Vichy

Allies won initiative despite the axis +2, and the Axis did not ask for a re-roll. There were a total of 9 impulses. As it was M-J the weather was fair in the N. Temperate and only saw clear weather in the N. Monsoon for one turn.

Germany: Collapsed Vichy. As we are playing with LOC Vichy rules the Vichy troops do not disband when the Axis move into Vichy. So the Germans took an impulse to move their own troops to the border while sending the Vichy forces on maneuvers which left them flipped and out of supply in the mountains (silly Vichy puppets). Subsequently they destroyed the Vichy troops and moved all forces to the border of Spain. A PARA unit, bomber and NAV were sent to support the Italian incursion into Morocco. The NAV did manage to sink one convoy in the Cape of St. Vincent, and the main fleet sortied into the North Sea and managed to sink the NE sub which intercepted their movement.

Italy: Invaded Vichy Syria on the impulse of collapse and so claimed Syria for the Italians. Sent a mountain corp and HQ (Graziani) to Algiers which then invaded Morocco. The Italian ground forces moved into Egypt but are on equal strength with the CW so could not force any action. The MTN div in Syria conquered Palestine. Italian subs in the Cape of St. Vincent sunk 4 CP, but were driven from the sea zone.

Japan: On the same impulse that the Italians took Syria the Japanese invaded Vichy Indo-China. These troops were re-inforced but limited due to the near constant rain. An assault south of Si-an claimed one Nationalist corp, but flipped the attacking force. The ground forces north of Si-an were pulled back into the mountains causing several to flip. The navy invaded Saudi Arabia with a lone MAR div that took the resource and then moved to take the capital (Riyadh).

CW: Reinforced Egypt with ground forces. The BEF also moved into Free French Morocco and moved a white print INF into Gibraltar. The fleet moved in strength into the W. Med, sunk a IT CL, then moved back to the safety of Gibraltar. The main fleet in the Med also contains all of the elements from the Pacific which costs 1 BP per turn (house rule).

Free French: The FF consist of an HQ (Georges) and an INF corp. Spent the turn languishing in the new capital of Dakar.

Russia: Continued a full "stuff" of the Polish/German border. They now have quite a force and are threatening to break the garrison limits by the start of '41. Germany moved an air unit there to bolster the garrison but had better start paying attention to the growing communist menace.

China: Launched an attack against two corp in the mountains north of Si-an. Because one was flipped, with Mao's support and a roll of 15 the result was -/1S. This has produced a crack in the Japanese lines which could be exploited with a successful initiative roll in J-A.

USA: Gift of destroyers (no tension), Resources to Western Allies (tension).

Overall it was a turn that saw the destruction of Vichy, but beyond that was mostly spent in maneuver. The gap in the Japanese lines might be exploited, but that is unlikely with the Axis +2. It is clear that J-A will see the invasion of Spain.
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Matteo
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In the Yahoo WiF forum people think that with the LOC rules the Axis must wait for 6 full turns after Vichy was created, in order to be able to collapse it. And it must also have purchased the following concession:

"Install Friendly Vichy Government. The installing major power may collapse Vichy France at anytime, six full turns after Vichy was formed."

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Doug Harned
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Yes, subsequent reading of the LOC rules seems to imply that once Vichy is established the Axis would have to wait a minimum of a year (6 turns) to attack or attack Vichy. So if the Axis want to go for a '41 Med they have no choice but to conquer France and forgo installation of Vichy at any level.

If there are other opinions on the topic I'd love to hear them.

Thanks.
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dougofdeath wrote:
Yes, subsequent reading of the LOC rules seems to imply that once Vichy is established the Axis would have to wait a minimum of a year (6 turns) to attack or attack Vichy. So if the Axis want to go for a '41 Med they have no choice but to conquer France and forgo installation of Vichy at any level.

If there are other opinions on the topic I'd love to hear them.

Thanks.


Think this is right unless the Axis bought a concession that allows them to enter VF.
 
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