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This is the March/April 1945 turn for a World in Flames game being played in Arlington, Virginia. I am the Soviets and French, and Chris (CW), Scott (US/China - now Japan) and Ben (US/China) are the rest of the good guys. Kevin (Germany), Fritz (Japan) (Fritz has been relocated by his employer, alas...), and Peter (Italy) are the bad guys. (Actually at this point, it is me as the Soviets/Chinese, Chris as the W. Allies, and Kevin as the whole Axis.)

Optional rules of note include: Planes in Flames; offensive points (o-points); divisions but NOT guns nor ski divs; 2d10 combat & first loss is corps (with a few exceptions); randomized naval combat losses; partisans (with a "strat bomb" house rule); warlords; guards banner armies; city-based volunteers; Pablo's Simple Oil Rule; road & rail construction; LOC Vichy

Previous turns summary below the ==============

MARCH/APRIL 1945: SOVIETS LIBERATE WARSAW AND BELGRADE; W. ALLIES PUSH DEEP INTO GERMANY, RETAKE METZ

March was snowy in Europe. The Germans continued to pull back in the east and west; they abandoned Aachen to shorten their lines. For much of March the Soviets moved forward to maintain contact with German lines, also bringing their air forces forward. The US, CW, and France launched another air offensive which put a huge dent in German war production and disrupted many German land units on the defensive arc from Rostock to Metz; the British also sent a significant fleet into the Baltic (they hold Kiel).

April weather in Europe was fine, except in rainy Finland. The Germans, seeing they were about to be surrounded, retreated from Konigsberg into Danzig; at the same time they abandoned Belgrade to concentrate on the defense of Bucharest.

The US and CW made good progress in Europe. In the first half of April, British and Canadian troops landed in Gdynia, threatening to isolate the German defenders of Danzig. British troops occupied Copenhagen, accepting the surrender of the forlorn Bulgarian garrison (Bulgaria had surrendered the previous turn). Montgomery captured Dusseldorf, destroying two German corps and isolating Essen; meanwhile US blasted into Hannover, and armored forces attacked out of Hamburg to the southwest of Rostock, advancing alarmingly quickly towards Berlin.

The Germans rushed to get more troops into Berlin; they abandoned Essen and Danzig, both in danger of being completely cut off. The W. Allies continued to smash forward in the second half of April, destroying the defenders in Metz and Magdeburg, Stettin, and Rostock.

To the Far East. With main US naval forces operating in the China Sea, Japanese fast carriers steamed towards the South China Sea, keeping supply to Manila due to continued Allied inability to find enemy fleets. In April, the IJN task force got the jump on the Allied navies in the South China Sea and encountered a task force of cruisers, transports, and amphibious craft returning from dropping CW forces in the Philippines. Japanese Zeros shredded the Allied task force (three TRS and one AMPH sunk) and chased off the Allied fleets; the Soryu carrier was damaged.

In Northeast Asia, the Soviets attacked Vladivostok. They failed* to take the city but inflicted some losses. Another Soviet attack* gained ground in central Manchuria, which caused the Japanese to abandon Harbin, which was occupied by the Soviets on April 22. In late April, two US Marine divisions invaded Korea at Inchon. They took heavy losses due to Japanese defensive air support (despite massive US carrier air assistance) but got ashore; Japan hastened to get a division into Pusan.

And now for the Russian Front... In March, the Soviets had to catch up to the retreating Germans and bring the Red Air Force into range. With fair weather in Poland and the Balkans (but rain in Finland), the Soviets went on the offensive. Soviet bombers rained terror on the German defenders in Warsaw (disrupted all three units). This set the stage for Koniev's Byelorussian Front to commence the assault on Warsaw. The fighting was bloody and confused; the attack from three sides was poorly executed* but Red Army strength was too great. The battered Polish capital was captured on April 14. To the north, the Soviets moved slowly (it was raining in eastern Poland, slowing Soviet movement - but Warsaw was in the clear, so rain didn't hurt air strikes or combat) on Konigsberg and Danzig. Yeremenko's armies attacked the Finns in Vyborg. The Soviets took heavy losses*, but after the battle the Finns decided to withdraw closer to Helsinki, fearing they would be outflanked by Soviet infantry advancing from northern Finland. Zhukov's Central Front cleared* some German speedbumps in the Caucasus, and the Balkan Front moved towards Budapest (slow going getting from the Romanian plains across the Carpathians).

In the second half of April, the Soviets were poised to destroy German defenses in Poland. They took Danzig (the German ships there were destroyed by the Royal Navy fleet in the Baltic). Strong armored columns caught up to the Germans which had abandoned Danzig after the CW landing in Gdynia. Perfect terrain for a victory for the T-34s - but the result was a fiasco*, due to inept coordination by the commanders of two different tank armies. Stalin was furious; the two offending generals were last seen headed to Siberia. In the center, the Soviets had Lodz surrounded on three sides; the defenders were out of supply and partially disorganized thanks to the Sturmoviks. But again, terrible doctrine, poor coordination, and spirited German defense meant the attack utterly failed*. To the south, the Soviets advanced near to Budapest from the southeast, further into Slovakia, and occupied Belgrade before Tito's partisans could.

Finally one American strategic bomber carrying one bomb took off from an airfield near Paris, escorted by American and British fighters, headed to Berlin. The remnants of the Luftwaffe scrambled against this latest air raid. The heavy fighting meant the US bomber dropped its load - a new-fangled atomic bomb - further south than anticipated; Berlin suffered heavy damage** but less than the Americans had hoped.

Build point cost of destroyed units:

Germany 101 (20 BP of which were from sunk naval units); USSR 49; USA 37; Japan 18; UK 17

*Ok I have to explain Soviet land combat rolls and why I keep talking about poor coordination, etc. My land combat dice rolls were terrible. Remember we are using 2d10 combat table so rolls are in a bell-curve, 2-20. Most Soviet attacks had pretty good modifiers (mostly from combat odds and disorganized defenders). The unmodified rolls were, in order: 7, 11, 5, 10, 5, 5, 5, 3. The '11' was in central Manchuria, a relatively unimportant battle; the '10' was on an overwhelming attack vs a speedbump. The really important attacks - Vladivostok, Vyborg, Warsaw, Lodz, and the pocketed Germans caught in the open west of Danzig - were rolls of 7, 5, 3, and 5. Warsaw fell anyway thanks to high odds and the great work of the Red Air Force. Maybe I will roll better in May/June '45...

** Allies rolled a '1' on the strat bomb table!

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SEP/OCT '39: Germany crushes Poland. Germany attacks Denmark, British occupy its northern island. Soviets occupy E Poland, Baltics. Japan takes Chengsha. US authorizes resources to China.

NOV/DEC '39: Japan makes more progress in southern China. Stalemate in Denmark. Snowy in Europe.

JAN/FEB '40: Italy enters war, captures Malta, sinks bunch of convoys.

MAR/APR '40: Axis attacks Yugoslavia; Rumania and Hungary join in. Yugoslavia conquers Albania. Germany conquers Netherlands. CW naval air turns back invasion force in Western Med. Japanese capture Kwei-Yang, and take Kunming unopposed.

MAY/JUNE '40: Belgium falls. Surprise invasion of Gibraltar fails. Zagreb falls to Axis, Belgrade surrounded. Japan assaults Sian but fails to take it. Pro-independence partisans in Malaysia. US freezes Japanese assets.

JUL/AUG '40: Germany cuts off French armies in Maginot, enters Paris after French government declares it an open city. Yugoslavia falls. Japan captures Si-An.

SEP/OCT '40: France falls, Level 2 Vichy. Free France established in French West Africa.

NOV/DEC '40: Japan occupies Indochina, captures Chang-Sha. US gears up. Germans move to Denmark, Poland.

JAN/FEB '41: United States imposes oil embargo on Japan. German attack on British in northern Denmark goes nowhere.

MAR/APR '41: US Congress passes War Appropriations Act. RAF sinks German u-boats in port, and RN sinks German u-boats in North Atlantic.

MAY/JUNE '41: Japan attacks Commonwealth and Netherlands East Indies. US Navy relocates to Pearl Harbor. Germany and allies invade Soviet Union, capture Kiev, Odessa, Brest-Litovsk, approach Dnieper River.

JULY/AUG '41: Japan declares war on the USA (based on accurate intelligence that the US was about to declare war on them) AND on the Soviet Union; invades Philippines, Siberia. Germans cross the Dnepr to the south of Dnepropetrovsk, capture Vitebsk and Gomel. Commonwealth capture Tobruk and Bardia.

SEP/OCT '41: Japanese take Vladivostok. Germans fail to capture Dnepropetrovsk, but advance on Leningrad and Smolensk. Commonwealth capture Benghazi.

NOV/DEC '41: US fails two attempts to declare war on Germany. Japan takes Singapore from partisans, but new partisans occupy oilfields of Palembang.

JAN/FEB '42: Germans take Kerch. Terrible weather and little action.

MAR/APR '42: USA declares war on Germany and Italy. Germans take Dnepropetrovsk.

MAY/JUNE '42: Germans take Leningrad and Smolensk; Japanese take Khabarovsk. Chinese in Chungking defeat a Japanese offensive. US marines take Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

JUL/AUG '42: Germans and Finns capture Archangel. British/Americans land in Brittany, take Lorient and Brest. Chungking holds against Japanese assault.

SEP/OCT '42: Mud in Russia - Kharkov holds against Germans, Italians. Allies, Axis reinforce French front. Japanese crush Vietnamese independence movement in Hanoi. Canadian subs disrupt Japanese shipping in South China Sea.

NOV/DEC '42: Germans take Stalino. US and friends invade Colombia. Attack fails vs Chungking.

JAN/FEB '43: Argentina joins Axis, takes Bolivia. Naval skirmishing in the Med, North Atlantic.

MAR/APR '43: Allies invade Vichy France (south coast). Japan takes Seychelles, US captures Eniwotok. Storms in Russia, little action. Chungking again holds out against a Japanese attack.

MAY/JUNE '43: Japanese invasion of Egypt fails utterly, and one carrier sunk/two damaged in the Red Sea. US/CW land near Bordeaux. Italy installs Fascist regime in Iraq. Germans capture Sevastapol.

JUL/AUG '43: Chungking falls. Massive bombing of Germany. Soviets take Kerch, repulsed at Stalino. W. Allies take St Malo, St Nazaire.

SEP/OCT '43: US and Brazil occupy Uruguay. Italy aligns Persia, but US/CW retake Syria. Soviets attack but make no headway.

NOV/DEC '43: Germans retreating in the East, abandon Kharkov and Stalino rather than be pocketed, lose Bryansk to Soviet assault. Soviets invade Persia. Japanese sink Yorktown, damage Massachusetts in port strike vs Calcutta. US takes Davao (south Philippines). W. Allies forces in Provence, western France link up, capture Tripoli.

JAN/FEB '44: Soviets cross the Dnepr. Allies conquer Saudi Arabia, liberate Kuwait.

MAR/APR '44: Brazil, US conquer Argentina; US takes Cuba. Vichy France collapses. Allies land on Sardinia. Mud in Russia, little progress for Red Army.

MAY/JUNE '44: Japan takes Cheng-Tu. USN and RN sink two Japanese carriers in South China Sea. Soviets take Dnepropetrovsk and Kiev and Odessa and Smolensk and Tehran, and advance into northwestern Manchuria. Heavy fighting in France, Allies drive Germans out of Central France and reach the gates of Paris. US and Brazil declare war on Chile.

JUL/AUG '44: American and British invade Sicily, southern Italy in force. Paris and France liberated. Commonwealth takes Baghdad. US captures Port Arthur in invasion. US and Brazil declare war on Peru. Soviets advance into Rumania, SE Poland. Soviet assault in Manchuria fails.

SEP/OCT '44: Italy incompletely conquered, government in exile in Albania. Allies invade Germany from the North Sea and the skies. Germans fall back on Eastern Front. Soviets advance in Manchuria.

NOV/DEC '44: US takes Manila. Italy completely conquered. Allies take Cologne, Kiel, Liege. Soviets isolate Bucharest.

JAN/FEB '45: US Marines invade Formosa but Japanese retake Manila. Australians and US capture Singapore. Soviets liberate Leningrad, Romania, and Bulgaria, invade Finland. US captures Rome from Germans. Bombing halves German production.
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The really important attacks - Vladivostok, Vyborg, Warsaw, Lodz, and the pocketed Germans caught in the open west of Danzig - were rolls of 7, 5, 3, and 5

OH...I feel with you.....
In the one game where I could do a massive counter attack with the Germany VS USSR in 1944 I rolled something like 5,8,8,7. I guess if you had rolled the reverse 15,17,19 and 17 the poor Ge player could be looking at empty East front.....

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In the one game where I could do a massive counter attack with the Germany VS USSR in 1944 I rolled something like 5,8,8,7. I guess if you had rolled the reverse 15,17,19 and 17 the poor Ge player could be looking at empty East front.....


Exactly! I tell myself that the inverse of those rolls are just as likely mathematically... yet they don't seem to happen that way for me in land combat. Though on the previous turn I did roll a '19' vs Leningrad...
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Of course, if you bring enough force (like nuking Berlin) it doesn't really matter what you roll, eh?
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Of course, if you bring enough force (like nuking Berlin) it doesn't really matter what you roll, eh?


True but you can't always get +20 attacks! The one with the Germans in the open near Danzig, I only needed to roll an '8' or higher to wipe 'em out, about an 80% chance. Sigh!
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We be stealthy krauts thanks to Japanese "advisers"... ninja ninja ninja

-K (the remaining Axis player in this game)

P.S. I like how he casually glossed over the glorious victory of the Japanese Navy..in 1945 SINKING 4 lift (3 TRS and an AMPH!!!). "Dey ain't a'com'n back, momma"...


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philreh wrote:
Of course, if you bring enough force (like nuking Berlin) it doesn't really matter what you roll, eh?


True but you can't always get +20 attacks! The one with the Germans in the open near Danzig, I only needed to roll an '8' or higher to wipe 'em out, about an 80% chance. Sigh!
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We be stealthy krauts thanks to Japanese "advisers"... ninja ninja ninja

-K (the remaining Axis player in this game)

P.S. I like how he casually glossed over the glorious victory of the Japanese Navy..in 1945 SINKING 4 lift (3 TRS and an AMPH!!!). "Dey ain't a'com'n back, momma"...


Whaddaya mean, glossed over - it's a whole para!

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To the Far East. With main US naval forces operating in the China Sea, Japanese fast carriers steamed towards the South China Sea, keeping supply to Manila due to continued Allied inability to find enemy fleets. In April, the IJN task force got the jump on the Allied navies in the South China Sea and encountered a task force of cruisers, transports, and amphibious craft returning from dropping CW forces in the Philippines. Japanese Zeros shredded the Allied task force (three TRS and one AMPH sunk) and chased off the Allied fleets; the Soryu carrier was damaged.


Chris is too cavalier in my opinion with his lift - having them in the zero box with just a few cruisers and a battleship or two while the IJN still has a decent carrier force...
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He does not believe in economy of force...instead believing in "hammer = best way to kill a fly". Which is fine, if he is ever able to catch the fly (#cough# Scott #cough# #cough#), but can lead to some very unpleasant surprises if the fly is nimble enough to avoid detection (which is not /too/ hard to do, especially given Chris' search rolls!).

Admittedly, now that Japan has built up a fairly significant land based air asset, he may /need/ to committ the majority of his force outside of Japan to maintain air superiority there...but even then, I'm not sure (he's got a TON of 7 size CV's now!).

While the collapse of the Med front has allowed him to pull his CV fleet to the Pacific, the very same "pulling" has also stagnated the Med front (little or no progress has been made down there since the "second collapse" of Italy).

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Another great sesion report - thanks for posting!
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Another great sesion report - thanks for posting!


Anybody who has read all these session reports from this game deserves a medal!
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muzfish4 wrote:
Another great sesion report - thanks for posting!


Anybody who has read all these session reports from this game deserves a medal!


I'll await my Order of Lenin in the post.

Actually, the session reports from big games make great reading. There is a wonerful series of reports from a couple of games of The Guns of August that go over 40 session reports are are really engaging.

Terrific stuff!
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If you think /reading them/ makes great reading....playing them makes GREAT playing (even when Wendell "Wendell's" his dice rolls over, and over, and over, and ov... well, you get the point :-)

Its to the point where next session I'm actually going to be ROOTING heartedly cheering Hurrah! for him to roll some 19's and 20's!
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[on his ground strike rolls against 2 units, but still...]


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muzfish4 wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
muzfish4 wrote:
Another great sesion report - thanks for posting!


Anybody who has read all these session reports from this game deserves a medal!


Yep, I've been reading those and Wendell's reports now for months, despite the fact that I don't own either game and probably never will.

I'll await my Order of Lenin in the post.

Actually, the session reports from big games make great reading. There is a wonerful series of reports from a couple of games of The Guns of August that go over 40 session reports are are really engaging.

Terrific stuff!
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Indeed! However when you say that

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... I'm actually going to be ROOTING for him ...


You may wish to note you're adressing an Australian....
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Indeed! However when you say that

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... I'm actually going to be ROOTING for him ...


You may wish to note you're adressing an Australian....


Get your mind out of the gutter mate! angry

Kevin, you've stumbled into one of the greatest linguistic faux pas a foreigner can make in Australia. Getting confused on how to wear your thongs may be another one...
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LOL, right after I read his response it all came back to me from an old geeklist YOU wrote, I believe! Edited to, uhm, "fix" the verbiage :-).

-K

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muzfish4 wrote:
Indeed! However when you say that

kbernatz wrote:
... I'm actually going to be ROOTING for him ...


You may wish to note you're adressing an Australian....


Get your mind out of the gutter mate! angry

Kevin, you've stumbled into one of the greatest linguistic faux pas a foreigner can make in Australia. Getting confused on how to wear your thongs may be another one...
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