Spring and Summer 42' were written by the Gary, Nigel and Augustine. In part cos' Japanese player (me) was down with a sneezing romp and couldn't concentrate. This failure to concentrate also led to a disastrous decision.
Spring 1942 (Europe):
Axis: Announced a breakthrough for torpedoes research (given away by my ally), matched by a Air Nationality DRM breakthrough for Russia.
In defense: Japanese ally wasn't sure why he did why he did. Instead of saying the code name, the ally went "hey did you remember to call your torpedo research?". Slaps forehead.
Called Finland and got it to associate. Called Ukraine for association as well.
Did a counterair against Russian air in Moscow (5 vs 5), knocking out four AAF and losing only one. Did a second counterair against Rostov air units (1 vs. 3), and rolled a "11" before mods to shoot down one and abort the other two.
Attempted to isolate all Russian units in north Russia with the two armour units which are in exploitation supply this turn, only for a unit in Leningrad to walk out after receiving limited supply from the IC to break the chain of hexes near Lake Omega and enable resupply to all units in the encirclement. Exploitation supply armour also took Vologda to prevent Murmansk convoys.
Took Gorki on 2:1 (8 attack vs 4 defence after +2 DM) with no losses.
In south Russia, isolated a 3x3 infantry and 3o5 armour near Rostov with ZOC. Took the city to the immediate east of Rostov, and isolated Stalingrad.
(Don't remember SW outcome in the Atlantic, though there was a +4 modifier this turn with 5 subs against 5 ASW resulting in 6 subs left in Atlantic SW box. Think SW combat in Indian Ocean scored 2/0 to leave three transports in the Indian Ocean SW box with a +1 pro-Axis modifier)
Production: three AAF and one NAS (German), a 5o6 panzer, a railhead at Kursk, an oil plant at Breslau, a SBP for Kiel, three submarines, and a Persian partisan which was built at Abadan.
Japan: Proceed to occupy Manila and Brunei. Further isolated Rabual, while attempting to launch sea borne invasions on the Aleutians. Both invasions were repulsed by the US player playing 2 strategic cards for magic interceptions. Japan also made some inroads into Gilbert islands as well as the Guadacanal Island Group.
Proceed to attack colombo securing it with a 2.5 : 1 attack. This helped facilitate construction of Indian Partisans in Madras as well as Indian INA in Burma.
Called Ireland, and negated SW modifier for Axis.
Russia did a suicidal offensive with the isolated units near Rostov at 1:2 odds, and took out a 3x3 infantry unit with an "Ex" result. Otherwise, it just built units which were concentrated near Moscow and Leningrad. Pulled back units towards the gap towards Lake Omega. Unit with limited supply in Moscow IC walked out to isolate armour units which were previously in exploitation supply.
WA did Operation Torch, invading Algeria at two beach hexes and Morocco via Casablanca. Algeria and Morocco collapsed and gave control to WA.
Production: one 5o6 armour (Russia), two ASW (WA) mainly.
In the pacific, due to the threat of invasion via Airborne drop into madras, The WA sent a 3-2 infantry to take out the sole freedom fighter in Madras. WA also reinforced Australia with more AAF from Australia as well as a significant number of troop deployments into the southern pacific.
Summer 1942 (Europe):
Called Sweden and got 5 BRPs.
Counteraired Russian air units (5 German vs 3 Russian), knocking down two Russian and losing one German. Did another counterair against Moscow air (5 Ge v 3 Ru), losing two and shooting down all three Russian air.
In central Russia, one armour unit drove upwards to restore supply to isolated armour units in the north, and cut land supply to north Russia units. Drove towards IC at Kuibyshev.
Took Grozny on 2:1, and exploited into undefended Baku. Tried a 2:1 on Stalingrad, but rolled a "1" so discontinued the battle.
In the Med, pulled frontline units back from Egypt and consolidated strength near Tripoli. SW combat in Indian Ocean scores a 1/1 result to leave one transport in the Indian Ocean SW box after a +1 pro-Axis modifier.
Japan: Japan player conducted seaborne invasions of Rabual, Guadacanal and Aleutians. WA conducted magic interception of the Guadacanal invasion and caught the carrier group by surprise. This led to the sinking of 2 Japanese CVLs and 1 BB4, with a US BB3 sunk in return. A function of poor dice rolls as well as poor decision on the part of the Japanese player. He should have just retreated after the first round. Thankfully its just 2 CVLs, the painful effects will be felt as the game progresses. A strategic score for the WA, which may tip the battle of the southern pacific as well as influence Japanese game play going forward.
Rabual fell with loads of fanfare. Japan reinforces Rabual with AAF and and Airborne unit.
Russia announced a breakthrough for CTL research. No attacks made this turn -- mostly rebuilding of units at the remaining ICs in the east. Russia takes air and naval oil effects this turn to conserve oil, though it receives one oil counter from US via Alaskan (or was it Persian?) route (after the WA took out the Persian partisan in the Med. to free up the latter's capacity). Russia receives another 10 BRPs via the remaining route.
Russian view: "German Panzers breaking through to the Oil fields will cause problems for the conduct of the War. Major Encirclement of the northern flank was inevitable. Russia is not able to react effectively to the Germans this year, there is just not enough troops to be able to hold a proper line of defense. Also major tactical errors in Defense strategy leads to the ability of the Germans to advance rapidly into Russia, but this is at the expense of the Axis ability to fight in Africa."
In Med, WA units entered Tunisia which caved to the hordes.
In Pacific front, WA retook the Aleutian islands, kicking the Japanese out. Otherwise, WA focused on securing troop placements in the pacific making it difficult for the Japanese.
The WA deployed 8 AAF over Cairns in response to the massing of Japanese AAF over Port Moresby as well.
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The Western Allies would like to add that an ASW result was announced this Sum 1942. This would mark the 3rd breakthrough in ASW best practices and institutional knowledge.
Coupled with British concessions made to Northern Ireland, which has persuaded the discontented Irish to stop cooperating by passing on ship movement information to the Axis, this has brought down the SW modifier by 2, in favour of the allies.
The IRA remain fully armed and mobilised (2 Irish partisans) though after this round of talks Their hit and run tactics to harass the British chip away at the latter's resources.
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In other areas of research, Summer 1942 also marked the implementation of an improved air defence doctrine on the part of the Western Allies. (Air defence +1 DRM)
Operation Torch, appropriately named Operation Fraternité in our version of history, was an unqualified success.
All three Vichy colonies, buoyed by the fact that large numbers of Frenchmen had chosen to fight on the side of the Free French upon the surrender of France, unanimously chose to join the Allied side. (the first 2 die rolls were at a modifier of -1 or -2). This meant that there was at least a 50% chance that it would go Free French, with a 33% chance it would disintegrate and a low 1 in 6 chance it would choose to remain in its misguided loyalty to the non-representative, illegitimate Vichy government.
Summer 1942 was when the British cultivation of the French allies in 1940 paid off. The devotion of British diplomatic points to their French allies, coupled with an incomplete German conquest of France (only Paris was taken, with the 2 southern objectives still in French hands) meant that the French surrender level was at a -3. All young virile, talented, idealistic Frenchmen had joined the Free French, leaving the Vichy French with the dregs of French society. The garrison of two 2-3s in the rump state of Vichy only served to show how laughable and pathetic the Vichy state was - highlighting clearly the insincerity of their German masters and of the running dog status of the Vichy.
The first landings to be made in the Vichy French colonies was by a French 2-3 which landed in Casablanca. This vanguard was led by de Gaulle, who declared that 'This is the our first landing on French territory after 1940.'
'It will not be the last.'
The US-Japanese naval engagement at Guadacanal has a historical analogue to our universe in the form of the Battle of the Coral Sea.
In view of the Allied victory at the naval battle of Guadacanal, where 2 Japanese CVLs, a Japanese BB4 were sunk and the Japanese advance blunted, the newly launched American CVB would be renamed as 'Coral Sea'.
Other details of the 'Coral Sea' analogue include:
The surprise level for the battle was a 5. This meant that the 2 Japanese CAP played no role in the wave of US planes that swept over the hapless task force. The sporadic air defence (due to surprise, -1 DRM) of the group shot down 1 NAS, leaving the remaining 7 to savage the two CVLs.
The Japanese BB4 which destroyed its dueling partner, a US BB3 was eventually sunk by a submarine. Both sides had subs but I can't remember if the Japanese submarine scored any hits that mattered.
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My role model for his brains, calm demeanour and appetite for snacks!
Adding YSS information:
Nation BRP DP RP
European Axis (Germany) 419 14 18
European Axis (Italy) 76 3 3
Western Allies (Britain) 146 4 8
Western Allies (USA) 535 10 24
Russia 134 4 9
Japan 250 - 11+1
China 20 - -