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this is a reply to a question asked by Patrick.
the topic has popped up around here lately.
the issue at hand can be seen on the great AAR here..... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1395530/truly-world-war-...

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Quick question--do you think the loading the Seine river and ignoring
western France is an issue that should be tweaked? It's probably the
best strategy for the Germans but not very historical. I e-mailed
Craig the other day and suggested play testing (1) Paris as an open
city and/or (2) diplomatic event EB including preconditions that the
Allies control all naval bases in Denmark, Norway or France (right now
it is just the first two). This way if the Germans abandon Brest and
Marseilles the Allies can start rolling for an extra 5 PP/turn.
Nothing game breaking, just some nudges to encourage more historical
play.




if I remember correctly , Germany lost the war.
I see no reason to follow the historical narrative , as the Axis.

if the wallies have played right then they have won in Afrika ,
leading to EXTREME naval flexibility.
they should be able to see if jerry is staking the Seine, and
therefore make plans NOT to engage that area.
I am reminded of a bumper sticker on the back of a caravan , 'go
around dickhead'. same applies here.

in any case , jerry cannot abandon western France till May 1944 :)
but also , jerry cannot defend western France after June 1944 :(

so the logical solution is to stack the Seine.
then the Wallies need to be attacking else where.


I like to think of the Wallies , pre S'44 , as a mighty flea.
bouncing from here to there , looking for soft juice flesh.
at some point , one of those flea bites will cause an itch , leading
to a scratch , which will cause an infection!!!


this makes me think , why do I love this game? 3 things
1. the brawl on the Eastfront
2. the Axis laying a devilish trap on the WF
3. the mighty Flea of the Western Allies


so I guess my answer to your original question is 'NO'

jerry is stacking the Seine out of necessity.
if there was no W'43 15pp HQ step , and S'44 -1 move , then I think
it would be a different story.

the Wallies must use what they have , be 'ON' or ahead of the
historical timeline for attack on the European mainland.




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just as a final note ......

from the above AAR the Wallies have lost the middle east and FNA , but are still punishing the Axis in France , and looking for a win!!!

so I guess MedFront victory may not be the required road to victory?!
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just as a final note ......

from the above AAR the Wallies have lost the middle east and FNA , but are still punishing the Axis in France , and looking for a win!!!

so I guess MedFront victory may not be the required road to victory?!


Not required but it makes the road a lot easier! I am the Allied player in the AAR and got ashore in France largely through good dice. Allied pilots couldn't miss once TF airpower applied in 1943.

All the German garrisons that should be in Italy and the Balkans are camped out in France. With cold dice the Allies would have been stuffed. So I do not recommend losing Africa as an Allied strategy going forwards.
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