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juerg haeberli
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This weekend we had another game of T&T with me as the Axis.

The Axis had a plan which in the end might have lead to its downfall because it lead to a cardinal sin.
Lack of flexibility,

The plan:

I decided to go with my last iteration of optimum ( most flexible ) Axis set up which right now is the following.

Inf and AF Königsberg,
4 inf, tank and fleet Berlin,
inf, 2 subs and AF Ruhr,
inf and AF Munich,
inf and carrier Milano,
3 inf and fleet Rome,
2 tank Lybia.

Its what I call the set up for the 9+2 build in 36 which adds 9 steps to 5 inf, 3 AF and tank which leaves 2 points for what seems necessary after seeing your cards and maybe production of your rivals.

In the cards I saw an Austrian satellite and during prod I saw West buying 2 cad., 2 cv and 3 inv and UdSSR 9 inv.
Here I should probabely have changed my plan to attack East but I wanted to test the accelerated attack West so I added a step to each sub in Ruhr.

Goverment:
West Port. plus Ind.
Axis Turky, L.A. plus Aistria as satellite.
UdSSR Swe, Pol. plus 2 secret tech ( one was rocket artillery ) plus 2 Ind.

Spring 1936

2 subs and Italian carrier to Madeira sea. Italian fleet blocking position Med.

Summer 1936

Germany:
VoN Denmark and Yugo. ANS Madeira Sea Mid Atlantic Ocean, 2 inf one invades and 3 AF to Denmark, Italy takes Croatia.

West:
Units to Mid Atlantic, Channel and North Sea.

Unfortunately the attack on Denmark failed which was a very bad sign for the upcoming attack on France.
I left the 3 AF in Denmark and couldnt build them up in 37.

1937 Attack on France

UdSSR: 5 cad, 3 cv, 3 inv
Axis : 7 cv, 2 ac plus 2 inv
West : 3 cad, 2 cv plus 3 inv

Goverment:
UdSSR: Pol, Nor plus Ind.
Axis : Turky, L.A. plus Ind.
West : Port. plus Ind.

Spring 1937
Axis VoN Low countries. Denmark and Low countries fall.

Summer 1937
Axis dow's West which triggers fleet action in the Mid Atlantic and attacks Paris and Algiers.

In the Mid Atlantic 4 sub and one carrier step meet Home fleet, a carrier and a fleet step.
The Germans decide to retreat into North Atlantic.

In Paris 6 AF, 5 inf and 3 tank steps fight for Germany against 3 fort, 1 tank and one inf step for France.
The luck of the bold favors the Axis and Paris falls.

Here we made the mistake that we immediately removed the French fort in Algiers but there was a 2 step Italian tank there so no problem.

The year winds down with the UdSSR taking Rom during Fall.

1938 Crunching time in Berlin.

Decision time in Berlin.
Since quite some cv's had gone into London and Glasgow and the UdSSR spent a lot in the military the Axis decided to turn Soth east and started to order the first mortar to build the atlantic wall. ( 1 step fort Paris )

UdSSR: 1 cad, 10 cv plus 1 ac
West : 2 cad plus 5 cv
Axis : 1 cad, 5 cv, 3 ac plus 2 inv ( L.A. was blockaded )

Goverment:

UdSSR: Hun, Pol, Nor.
West : USA
Axis : 2 Fin, L.A.

Axis takes Greece plus unsucessfull fleet actions to establish blockade.

1939 The Fall of Gibraltar

West : 1 cad, 4 cv, 1 ac, 3 inv. plus ind.
Axis : 3 cad, 6 cv, 3 ac, 2 inv. plus ind.
UdSSR: 1 cad, 6 cv, 5 inv. plus ind.

Goverment:
West : USA, Spain, Swe.
Axis : Fin, Cz, L.A. Port.
UdSSR: Nor, Pol

The Axis and the Sowjets finish carving up the Balkans.
The usual fleet action in the Atlantic.
Headline of the year: Italy takes Gibraltar !!!
Heavy losses for the West. Additionally to the 2 fort steps a fleet and 2 AF steps were destroyed in Gibraltar because they had no retreat option.

1940

UdSSR: 2 cad, 7 cv, 4 ac.
Axis : 1 cad, 7 cv, 3 ac, 2 inv. plus ind.
West : 1 cad, 4 cv, 3 ac, 2 inv. plus ind.

Goverment:
UdSSR: Spa, Pol, Nor.
Axis : L.A., Port, Cz, Fin
West : Swe

Axis takes Swe.
UdSSR takes Fin.

1941 USA allies with England, The fall of Suez

Axis : 1 cad, 3 cv, 3 ac, 2 inv. plus ind.
UdSSR: 5 cv, 8 inv. plus 2 ind. plus 1 or to secret tech.
West : 1 cv, 5 ac.

Goverment:
Axis : Turk, Cz, Port, L.A.
UdSSR: Pol, Spa.
West : Nor, 2 Afg, USA satellite.

Suez and with it the midle east fall to the Italian Africa corps.

1942 US sends troops

Beginning with the American entry and seeing all the peace dividends and techs on the Sowjet side the Axis opened diplomatic channels to the western leadership in the hope to find an agreement for an entente against the red danger from the East. Unfortunately the first talks were not sucessfull.

UdSSR: 5 cad, 5 cv, 5 inv. plus ind, probabely plus tech.
West : 3 cad, 5 cv, 5 inv. plus 2 ind.
Axis : 10 cv, 2 ac, 4 inv. plus ind.

Goverment:
UdSSR: Spa
West : Nor
Axis : L.A., Port, Cz, Turk.

The UdSSR took Persia in force.
When the West VoN'ed Port. the Axis demanded an emergency meeting to come to an understanding with the West.
Unfortunately without result.
After this the Axis took Madeira sea and put the invasion force in Port. out of supply.

At the end of the year the Axis and the West finally came to an understanding.
The West would get L.A. and Spain and for this there would be a cease fire from Africa to the Low countries.
Not really what the Axis had hoped for but it hoped the West would finally see the writing on the wall.

1943 West dow's UdSSR

UdSSR: 4 cad, 5 cv, 3 ac, 4 inv. plus ind.
Axis : 2 cad, 10 cv. 3 ac, 2 inv. plus 2 ind.
West : 6 cv, 1 ac, 3 inv. plus 2 ind.

Goverment:
UdSSR: 2 Spa
Axis : Balt. States, Cz, Turk, L.A.
West : Nor.

Summer 1943

West dow's UdSSr and VoN's Spain which becomes Sowjet satellite.
West takes Madrid.

Sowjets VoN Poland attacking Vilna and Lvov and invading Warsaw with inf.
Lvov and Vilna fall but the heroic defenders of Warsaw destroy the Sowjet invasion force completely.

The Axis comes to the help of the poor Poles and sends troops to Warsaw. After some misunderstandings the Axis saviours are welcomed in the city.

Fall 1943

Sowjets evacuate Barcelona which is taken over by the West.
Axis takes Syria. Baku was empty and I hoped for a cheap military victory.

1944 UdSSR dow's Axis

Axis : 1 cad, 11 cv, 1 ac, 6 inv,
UdSSR: 6 cv, 9 inv.
West : 11 inv.

Goverment:
Axis : - . plus ind.
UdSSR: - . plus ind.
West : 2 Afg. plus 2 ind.

Spring 1944

Unfortunately in the last second the UdSSR sees the threat to Baku and closes the hole.

Summer 1944

West takes L.A. What a happy camper. If I remeber correctely the Sowjets revealed atomic tech 1 and 2 3 turns ago.

Sowjets dow Axis and take Königsberg and part of Sweden.
The mighty red air force strat. bombs Berlin.
Germany looses 2 ind. Sowjets 2 AF.

West starts probing attack into Denmark.
Invades with a 2 step tank supported by 4 4 step AF.
The 4 step fort blows the tanks away.
The westen air force have a bad day and destroy one step of the anchoring German fleet.
The fleet shoots down 1 AF.

Fall 1944

West starts probing attack into Berlin with 12 AF steps.
The fort shoots down 2 AF steps.
The air force hits once and reduces the German inf for 1 step.

UdSSR starts probing attack into Stockholm.
Blown away by the usual 4 step fort.

Axis attacks the resources in Persia.
Attacking with 6 tank and 3 inf steps against 3 inf steps one inf step survives.

1945 Surprise ( not really ) fireworks in Berlin

West : 8 cv, 4 inv.
UdSSR: 2 cad, 5 cv, 5 inv.
Axis : 5 cad, 6 cv, 1 ac, 4 inv.

Goverment:

Lots of tech and industry

Spring 1945

The UdSSR atomic bomb drops onto Berlin.

Game over

This session shows several things.

If fate give you hints ( Austria Axis satellite, UdSSR 9 inv,
Denmark kolds ) dont ignore them. Be ready to change your plans.

The 9+2 accelerated western attack plan was sucessfull in the conquest of France and Algiers but not so much in blockadeing the western economy. It might even have worked out if the Axis and the West could have found an agreement in the beginning of 42 with West going into Scandinavia as fast as possible and then pressureing the Sowjets in the North.

A very interesting game ended with a big boom.





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Wow. That's only the second session report I've read in which the A-Bomb won the game, and only the second session report I can remember in which Strategic Bombing played a major role.
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outstanding report. as one zombie to another, it's already in your blood.

haeberich wrote:
This weekend we had another game of T&T with me as the Axis.

The Axis had a plan which in the end might have lead to its downfall because it lead to a cardinal sin.
Lack of flexibility,

this. best advise to new players or students of play.

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haeberich wrote:

I decided to go with my last iteration of optimum ( most flexible ) Axis set up which right now is the following.

Inf and AF Königsberg,
4 inf, tank and fleet Berlin,
inf, 2 subs and AF Ruhr,
inf and AF Munich,
inf and carrier Milano,
3 inf and fleet Rome,
2 tank Lybia.
Interesting you went for the carrier in Milan.

Did the rules change or did you set up 2 too many units in Ruhr? I think when I played last night I only set up two in Ruhr, not four. Interestingly, I still won!
 
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juerg haeberli
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Its 4 units in the Ruhr.

Check set up.
 
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