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Subject: Italy in Flames - 13, 14, 15, 16 - The long winter rss

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Hello everybody!

This is our latest global campaign of the best game in the world. We play via Vassal and we use all expansion except LiF and FiF. The players are:

Matteo (me, aka teobius) – Germany
Amos (aka azalin1982)– Japan & Italy

Alessandro – CW, USA & China
Federico – Russia and France.

The Allies aren’t regulars of this forum, and thus me and my accomplice are quite free to discuss our secret, classified, most confidential and always winning strategies with you. We would very much like to get some advices and comments, since we like talking WiF and because we are still learning the intricacies of this game (and messing up some rules, every now and then).

Since we have enjoyed others’ reports very much and we learnt a lot by reading them, we would like to be very clear about what’s happening in our game, even if it means stressing some basic concepts that everybody knows. We hope to be of some help for new players looking for sample games.

Options we use: anything in RAW7 except the following: limited overseas supply, recruitment limits, task forces, HQ movement, fractional odds, oil marker costs, strat bombing bonus, food in flames, en route aircraft interception, limited aircraft interception, offensive chits (we use o-points), intelligence, japanese command conflict, rough seas.
We also use the following annual 2008 options: lending limits, land movement in snow, randomized surface combat losses, randomized naval air combat losses, aircraft rebasing, additional US entry actions 37, northern land lease, land leasing units, territorials, CLiF damage, upgrading heavy weapons, offensive points.
And we use LOC Vichy and the following house rules: Wendell’s Stalin’s war, Wendell’s Repubblic of Salò, only Allies can surrender, AA can decide not to abort or kill planes.

You can find short summaries and links to previous turns at the bottom of this report.



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SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 1941
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INITIATIVE: Axis 2, Allies 7. Allies win and goes first.
Weather is: RFFRFF, StRRStFF.
4 impulses.


Oh wow, that was quick! There’s nothing like bad weather and lazy soldiers to make time go by…
Anyway, during this sort of break in the war, where Germany keeps failing every single ground strike, and Japan makes another small step towards Cheng-Tu, Italy and the Commonwealth take the center of the scene, bludgeoning each other without mercy. The outcome is a tie, which is good for the brits.

Strategic bombardments: CW deals 1 PP to Italy.
USE option: Gear Up!

LOSSES:
CW 11
RU 10
GE 6
IT 12

PRODUCTION:
GE 27: ATR4, LND2, FTR2, 2 MECH, MOT, 2 PIL, 2 OIL.
RU 18: 2 FTR, 2 INF, AA, PIL, INF div.
IT 4: repair, MIL, minisub (2).
JA 16: BB(2), 2 CVP, 2 PIL, FTR2, 3 OP.
CH 3: GAR, 1 BP.
US 30: CV(2), TRS(2), 2 PIL, 2 BB(2), 4 repair, 2 CVP0, 2 CVP1, FTR2
CW 22: 2 PIL, FTR3, CVP1, SCS(2), LND4, TRS, MECH


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NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1941
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INITIATIVE: Axis 4, Allies 3. Axis wins and goes first.
Weather is: BSnStFStF, BSnStFStF, StStRFRF.
6 impulses.


The skirmishes in the Med between Italy and CW go on, and some SUB warfare in the Bay of Biscay keeps people awake, but really, not much more to say. Germany is not willing to attack Russia and give her the bonus multiplier.

Strategic bombardments: JA strats CH (2 PP), CW strats IT (1 PP)

LOSSES
GE 2
IT 6
CW 9

PRODUCTION
GE 27: Synth, CP, LND2, FTR3, PIL, HQ-I, MIL, MOT div, 4 OIL.
RU 22: 2 FTR2, 2 PIL, AA, MECH div, PARA, MIL.
CW 22: AMPH(2), ASW(2), CP, SCS(2), 2 PIL, 3 CVP1, MOT, LND3.
CH 2: PIL.
US 30: 2 BB(2), 4 repair, 2 CVL(2), 2 PIL, 3 CVP1, FTR2, SCS.
IT 4: ???
JA 16: ???


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JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 1942
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INITIATIVE: Axis 7, Allies 9. Allies win and let Axis go first.
Weather is: StRFFRF, StRFFRF, BBSnFStR, StRFFRF.
7 impulses.


Standing on the shore of Sardinia, Montgomery looks across the italian coast and feels that it’s not yet the time to invade Italy. But he wants to challenge Germany anyway, to reduce the pressure on Russia, and so he asks Wavel to lead the invasion of Albania. Wavel obliges, and Tyrana is soon in british hands (auto).
At the same time CW and Italy keep fighting in the seas, with casualties on both ends: since the beginning of 1941, CW has lost 45 BPs of ships, and Italy 70. Now the Regia Marina is really weak. Saddly it seems like we’ve seen the last of it.



Strategic bombardment: JA strats CH (2 PP), RU strats GE (2 PP), CW strats IT (2 PP).
A partisan appears in Ukraine.
USE option: CW reinforces Pacific.

LOSSES
IT 16
CW 17
RU 2
GE 3

PRODUCTION
GE 31: GAR, 2 INF, FTR2, FTR3, NAV3, 2 PIL, HQ-I, MECH, CP
JA 20: NAV, 2 PIL, CV(1), CVP0, MAR, 4 OP.
IT 4: GAR, FTR2.
CH 1: 1 BP
CW 28: 2 PIL, ASW, 2 CP, CVP0, HQ-I, SCS(2), FTR2, FTR3, GAR, AMPH, LND4.
US 30: 4 repair, TRS, PIL, 3 CVP1, FTR2, ASW, 2 CV, 2 CVL(2), INF.
RU 31: 2 MIL, INF, HQ-A, ARM, ART, FTR, LND4.


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MARCH AND APRIL 1942
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INITIATIVE: Axis 10, Allies 1. Allies reroll 6, Axis 8. Axis wins and lets Allies go first.
Weather is: SnSnRRStR, StStRFRR.
3 impulses.


Only a little bit of SUB warfare and some strategic bombardments: CW strats IT (1 PP).

LOSSES
GE 2
CW 2

PRODUCTION
US 30: 4 repair, BB(2), 2 FTR2, 3 CVP1, 3 BB, 3 PIL, INF.
RU 33: INF, HQ-I, GAR, MIL, MECH, MECH div, MOT, PIL, LND4, 2 OP.
IT 9: GAR, PIL, NAV, MIL.
CH 4: FTR2, PIL.
JA 20: BB(2), CV(2), CV(1), CVP, NAV, PIL, GAR, 4 OP.
GE 34: 2 INF, MOT, MTN, MTN div, 2 FTR2, FTR3, 3 PIL, SUB(2), CP, 3 OP.
CW 28: CP, TRS(2), ASW, FTR2, FTR3, 2 PIL, 6 OP, MECH, 2 SCS(2).



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PREVIOUSLY IN FLAMES:
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0 – The Setup: Russia deploys aggressively on Manchurian and Rumanian border, Italy lets all its options open, China makes a line, CW doesn’t care for Malta, Japan doesn’t care for Manchuria, Germany deploys for a no-bess gambit.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1081871/italy-in-flames-0-th...

1) S/O 1939 - Germany easily conquers Poland and Denmark, declares war on Yugoslavia and aligns Hungary and Rumania. CW and France DOW Germany. Italy DOWs CW and takes Malta. Japan kills Mao in Si-An but loses Canton.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1085497/italy-in-flames-1-su...

2) N/D 1939 - Japan re-conquers Canton. Russia enters the Baltic States.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1091096/italy-in-flames-2-ba...

3) J/F 1940 - Russia DOWs Germany, but fails to take the rumanian oil fields. USA definitely moves towards isolationism.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1094160/italy-in-flames-3-th...

4) M/A 1940 - Germany conquers Yugoslavia.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1104106/italy-in-flames-4-ga...

5) M/J 1940 - Germany conquers Belgium and attacks France. Russia advances deeply in Poland, but then retreats. Russia takes the rumanian oil fields.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1115772/italy-in-flames-5-th...

6) L/A 1940 - Japan DOWs Russia and invades north of Vladivostock, then the IJA takes Kwei-Yang. Germany conquers Paris: Vichy France and Free France are created.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1124493/italy-in-flames-6-fr...

7) S/O 1940 - Guderian leads a small expedition force to Syria, but the Italian fleet is crushed by the Royal Navy. CW gathers troops and airforce in Middle East and Kuwait.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1140686/italy-in-flames-7-ba...

8) N/D 1940 - Germany retreats from Syria. CW DOWs and conquers Iraq. Germany re-conquers the rumanian oil fields. Japan takes Vladivostok, but Russia forces peace. Japan can't send the due BPs to America and the USA is pissed.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1166050/italy-in-flames-8-oi...

9) J/F 1941 - Naval fights in the Med.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1166153/italy-flames-9-10-ro...

10) M/A 1941 - Russia retreats from Rumania.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1166153/italy-flames-9-10-ro...

11) M/J 1941 - Japan storms Chungking. Russia retreats inside home country.
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1205061/italy-flames-11-barb...

12) J/A 1941 - CW takes Tripoli and invades Sardinia. Russia retreats behind the Dnieper.
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