February 1941 – Allies
Editor's Note 1: The highest of the high command (Emanuele) informed me that 1) The Germans have to build one Festung step each turn, at least, and 2) the British can bomb German Festungs. I reversed the rule about where Allies can and can't bomb, they can bomb the coast and not inland (I had it opposited). So next turn Germany will build 2 Festung steps, and British bombers will be unleashed. But I can't swap to that mid month, without the Axis having had the option to reposition some fighters.
Editor's Note 2: I'm sorry that the pace has slowed on these session reports. I have a convention coming up next week, I need to spend time learning rules for a couple of games (including Waterloo 200 and Germany at War!), so I think the pace will remain a bit slow, possibly through the holidays. But have no fear, the war will rage on, to the bitter end.Strategic War
Seeing what looks like a vulnerable force in the South Atlantic convoy box, the Germans consider sending their wolf-packs there. Word has filtered through intelligence service, however, that the Americans are on the verge of sending massive amounts of material aid to the UK. So the priority, then, is to inflict as much loss on PP shipments as possible. The subs react to the NA convoy box. British CV follow.
US Coast – German CA's score the one and only hit in that combat, reducing the UK CA to 2-steps. The PP lost is an oil, meaningless.
South Atlantic – No hits are scored here.
North Atlantic – British Swordfish pilots redeem themselves, sending two torpedoes steaming at the expensive German heavy cruiser. Out of no where, an explosion happens just below the surface! The torpedoes struck submerged German submarines, reducing a block to 3-step (and saving 6WPP + 6YPP). German BB's miss, UK BB scores a half hit on German sub, German CA scores a hit takes UK DD to 2-step, UK DD's score second half hit on German sub, German subs score 1 hit on CV. PP lost is YPP.
SS in NA convoy box and CV's sail back to the Atlantic after combat.
Russia saves all PP, has 91YPP, 45RPP, 36BPP, 21WPP
UK builds 2 Navy HQ steps (1 from Afrika depot), 1 bomber HQ and 2 fighter HQ. Builds 8 DD steps, all in North Atlantic convoy box (Lend Lease is coming). Builds one tropicalized bomber step from the deadpool in Cairo, and 4 bomber steps from the deadpool in London. Saves 2YPP, 2RPP and loses 6BPP. Has 9YPP, 3RPP and 6BPP in Afrika.
Strategic Rail Movmement
Both Navy HQ activate to fuel 6 fleets.
UK slightly re-arranges escorts in the convoy boxes, and waits in hopes of US intervention come spring.