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Subject: Strong defense of France - 1 of 2 rss

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Stuart McIntyre
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This is a report of the first half of the game - it's still set on my table up waiting for the conclusion.



It is turn 8 or 20, (Sept 1944).

The Allied units are Pink(!?) (commonwealth), Brown (polish) and Green (US/French).

The German units are Light Grey (Volkstrumm), Dark Grey and Black (SS Panzer).


The game begins set up with 6 Allied divisions on the beaches, and 3 Airborne divisions just inland.
Lots of German units start on the board, but mostly scattered throughout Europe.

Each game turn has many impulses, but each player has a limited number of supply points with which to conduct
operations, so there are plenty of tactical choices - particularly for the Allied player to choose whether
to manoeuvre overwelming force for a few near-certain attacks, or whether to make more numerous (but riskier)
attacks.

So far, the Allied push has been more Monty than Patton - steady, set piece attacks - but with painfully
slow progress...

There was one momemt of panic for the Allies, when an SS Panzer division and it's supporting units
pushed back the infantry on the eastern flank of the beachhead. The panzer general had the option
of pushing on and taking a beach, but at the risk of himself being cut off, surrounded and destroyed.
He declined, instead holding back to husband his strength, containing the allied forces and preventing
an Allied breakout.

Currently, the Germans have a strong defense, along the River Seine, just to the East of the Allied beachhead.
They are well supplied by the ports, and so difficult to cut off. However, this strength in France
is at the cost of strength in the Westwall, which is virtually unmanned...

The Allied player is well behind the historical timetable (still in Normandy in September
when in reality Operation Market Garden was just happening in Holland). However, the German forward
defence is a risky strategy that could lead to a swift collapse.

Hopefully, I won't need the table (and have to pack the game away) before next week, so we'll be able to see if that gamble does pay off or not.
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