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Greg Rogers
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Axis Turn - October 1940

[DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES BEYOND MY CONTROL, THERE WILL BE NO ACCOMPANYING PICTURES. THE SCREEN ON MY CAMCORDER TURNED GREEN AND WILL NOT CHANGE BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE. ALL OF THE PICTURES THAT I TAKE NOW ARE JUST GREEN. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED BUT I AM ASSUMING THE CAMCORDER DIED.]

Weather – Light Rain. The next months will slow down any plans for the Germans to swiftly move forces from France to the Soviet border without using Strat Rail.

Strategic Warfare Phase. Italy sends 3YPP and 2BPP to AFRIKA. The transit goes unopposed as the UK has virtually no naval assets in the MED at the moment.

NEWS FLASH: Raeder resigns his post and Doenitz is assigned. Germany gets an additional 2YPP for abandoning the Z-Plan. So much for the German CV….

Germany produces 6HQ steps, 1DD step, 7 submarine steps (!!!!), 7 fighter steps, 1 bomber step, 8 infantry steps. Germany spends 5 YPP and finishes the production of two factories (armor in Magdeburg and naval in Bremen), continues the production of an air factory, and starts the production of two new factories (armor and air). Germany sends 2 Oil and 1YPP to Italy, 3YPP to Finland, and 3YPP to Spain(!!!). Germany saves 13YPP, 6 Oil, 4 RPP, and 1WPP.

Italy produces 1HQ Step, 1 Mot. Inf. step (new), 2 submarine steps. Italy saves 4YPP, 2 Oil, 1 BPP, and 1YPP.

Spain produces 5 infantry steps, all next to Gibraltar.

Finland produces 3 infantry steps (1 for ski infantry).

FHQ activates. Doenitz activates. FHQ strat rails a 4 step infantry to Malaga in Spain. Let the fun begin! Germany strat rails a 4 step artillery to Malaga. Germany also strat rails the mountain unit in Greece to the Soviet border near Hungary (to take over the mountain hex occupied by the Slovak unit – due to the bad weather).

Italian Naval HQ activates. Mussolini activates.

Mussolini conducts a sea transport of the 4 step German infantry to Athens to Heraklion in Crete. An Italian fleet of 2BB, 1CA, 2DD, 2CS, 3CS accompanies.

Germany sends a fleet of 1BB, 2CA, 4DD, 4DD to the NA box; 2CA, 3SS, 5SS, 5SS remain in the Atlantic.

Italy keeps 5SS in the Atlantic; 2BB, 1CA, 2DD in the West. Med., and 1CA, 3DD, 3SS in the East Med. Convoy Box.

Italian infantry move to the attack and go against a UK infantry unit west of Alam Haifa. The Italian armor moves adjacent to the Desert Rats but does not attack. One other Italian unit moves to the west of the battle area.

Finnish infantry slowly move to take positions along the border.

German infantry and artillery slowly move eastward through Germany to get to the Soviet border.

German bomber rebases from France to Spain. German fighter rebases to Athens.

ALL IS QUIET OVER BRITAIN. THE GERMANS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE ANY AIR ATTACKS IN THE BAD WEATHER.

The German 4 step infantry arrives unopposed in Heraklion.

Combat: Two 3 step Italian infantry vs. 2 step UK naval infantry in the hills west of Alam Haifa. The first round of combat yields nothing. The UK unit retreats to Alam Haifa. One Italian infantry remains in the battle hex while the other retreats NW to join the Italian armor unit.

The Italian A.O.I. unit is reduced to two steps. Two more months and it is gone.

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Allied Turn – October 1940

Weather: Light Rain.

Strategic Warfare: German 5 step sub reacts to the NA box. German 5 step and 3 step subs react to the SA box. The Italian 5 step sub reacts to the SA box. The submarine warfare shall now begin. A UK CV reacts to the Central American convoy box. A UK CV reacts to the Eastern Med. Cyprus Convoy Box. [The Italians forgot to react with their subs into the East Med. Box!]

Combat in the NA Box. UK BB gets a hit (German OSS loss). UK CA gets a hit (German OSS loss – down to 3 steps). German CA gets a hit (UK DD loss). German DD gets a hit (UK DD loss). German sub does not get a hit. UK loses 2YPP. German fleet in NA box retreats into the Atlantic. UK fleet, except for 1DD, retreats into the Atlantic.

Combat in the SA Box: UK BB gets a hit with the +3 bonus [German OSS loss]. UK CA gets two hits with the +2 bonus [Italian OSS loss and German OSS loss – down to 3 steps]. German submarines do not get a hit. Italian sub does not get a hit.

UK decides to send 4YPP, 3BPP, 1WPP to AFRIKA to bolster the depot. Combat again in the SA box!!!

UK BB gets a hit (Italian OSS loss), UK CA gets a hit (Italian OSS loss – down to 3 steps). UK DD gets 2 hits (German and Italian OSS losses – each down to 2 steps). German OSS gets a hit (UK BB step loss – to Zero). Italian OSS misses. UK loses 1YPP and 1WPP due to the Raider Bonus in the SA box.

Production: UK produces 3 HQ steps, 2DD steps, 2 CV air steps, 1 bomber step. UK saves 7YPP, 4BPP, 2RPP, 1WPP. [The loss of the WPP in the SA box has caused some problems as the UK will have to try to this again at some point soon.] UK produces 1 bomber step from the AFRIKA depot. UK sends 1YPP to the Greek garrison on Crete! [The UK should have done this last turn to get it up to 2 steps]. UK saves 2YPP, 1 Oil, and 1BPP in AFRIKA.

Churchill activates. UK Naval HQs activate.

Stalin activates and declares the Limited War against Romania (FINALLY!). But now there is light rain so movement will be slow.

Churchill strat rails the garrison in Suez to Cairo.

The Soviets spend their 5YPP. One HQ step (Stavka), one Armor HQ step (East of Odessa), and three new infantry units (Kiev, Odessa, and Minsk).

Soviets move into Bessarabia. Armor HQ activates. All of the units cross the border. The Soviet cavalry moves into Kishinev. Soviet air flies into Kishinev and Chisinau.

Romania becomes Axis Leaning! Germany will get 8 extra oil next turn!

UK Air HQ in Alexandria moves west one hex and activates (to cover a retreat path for the Desert Rats). The Desert Rats, fueled by Churchill, move against the Italian infantry in the hills west of Alam Haifa. The UK naval infantry does likewise. UK bomber and fighter join the battle.

UK bomber rebases to Southampton.

Combat west of Alam Haifa. 3 step UK armor, 2 step UK naval infantry, 5 step fighter, 3 step bomber vs. 3 step Italian infantry. No air recon. Italian AA gets one hit against the fighter. UK air attack yields nothing. Italian defenders do not get a hit. The Desert Rats, with the bonus, get two hits. The UK naval infantry do nothing. The Italian unit, down to 1 step, retreats back to join its comrades westward. The Desert Rats retreat back to El Alamein, joining the Air HQ. The citizens of Alexandria sigh in relief. The situation, however, is precarious -- and Crete is ready to fall.
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Chris Buhl
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No Pictures! And no German CV, no Sea Lion?!?!? I think your camcorder was damaged by Doenitz' minions to help him sneak into power...
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So sorry about your camcorder. The replay is still excellent.

Given how under pressure the UK is I was surprised you played Doenitz as Sea Lion seems like a possibility.

Thanks!
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Still a interesting read.
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Poor Raeder, he can't keep a job.shake
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Since April was good weather due to Weseruebung, October was destined to be light rain or rain so amphibious assaults were out of the question. And then from November onward, it is snow. Given the German delay in starting the offensive into France, there wasn't enough time to get assault ready forces on the coast (they weren't there in August). I think the Germans need two turns of serious air attacks against Britain before following up with an invasion (and probably focusing on more than one hex). The adventure in Greece, which took some air assets away, also did not help for invasion preparations. I guess the Germans can't do everything!

And given the Soviet delay in getting the Limited Wars done and getting production on line, German success probably lies in the east. And in AFRIKA...


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"In the East"(*Dark Cold Music Sounds, In the back Ground*)gulpsoblue
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