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[It's been busy here so there has been a lack of reporting. But now...back to the front!]


Axis Turn - November 1940

Weather – Snow

Strategic Warfare Phase.

Supply. All is well on the supply front for both Germans and Italians. Germany decides to issue the Vienna Awards. This brings Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary into the war on the Axis side.

Some pictures from the front lines as the Vienna Awards are announced at the start of November and the Axis Allies come on board.












Production. Germany produces 2 HQ steps, continues the construction of three factories, produces 4 fighter steps, 2 bomber steps, 8 submarine steps, 1 mot. Inf. step (white), 9 infantry steps, 2 armor steps. Germany sends Italy 2 YPP and 1 oil. Germany sends 1YPP and 1 Oil to Finland. Germany disbands the Siegfried line for 9YPP. Germany saves 19YPP, 6 oil, 2 RPP, 1 WPP, 1 BPP.
Italy produces 2 SS steps, 2 HQ steps. Italy saves 6YPP, 3 BPP, 2 Oil, and 1 RPP. Italy produces 2 infantry steps from the AFRIKA depot.

Finland produces 1 HQ step.

Spain and Romania save 2YPP. Hungary and Bulgaria save 1YPP.

Strategic Rail Phase. FHQ activates. Doenitz activates. FHQ strat rails an armor unit from Athens to Danzig.

Italy activates Mussolini. The Italian Naval HQ activates.

Movement. German 4 step infantry, 4 step artillery, and Spanish 4 step infantry move into Gibraltar. FHQ fuels a German bomber in Spain to attack Gibraltar. There is no RECON. Can the fortress survive the assault?



German 4 step infantry and Bulgarian 1 step infantry move against the Greek garrisons on the Metaxas Line.

German 4 step infantry in Heraklion moves into Chania to attack the Greek 1 step garrison. [Allied mistake to not bump this up to 2 steps]

German Air HQ activates. Two 5 step fighters move into Brighton. Two 5 step fighters move into Southend.

Mussolini fuels the armor unit in AFRIKA. The Italian armor and one 3 step Italian infantry move into El Alamein to confront the Desert Rats. Two Italian 3 step infantry move west of Alam Haifa to attack the UK naval infantry.

Mussolini orders a Sea Transport of an Italian 3 step infantry unit in Durazzo to Trieste. An Italian fleet accompanies.

Germany positions 1BB, 2CA, 4DD in the NA box; 5OSS, 5OSS, 5OSS in the Atlantic; 2CA, 4DD in the SA box.

Italy positions 5OSS in the Atlantic; 2BB, 1CA, 2DD in the West Med Convoy box, 1CA, 3DD, 3CS in the East Med Convoy box; 2BB, 1CA, 2DD, 2CS, 3CS in the Med. (for the Sea Transport).

Many German forces within Germany slowly move eastward.

Defender Reaction Phase: UK Fighter HQ activates. Two UK 4 step fighters move into Bristol. One UK 5 step fighter and one UK 4 step fighter move into Southend.

Combat: Air combat in Bristol. First round – UK gets 3 hits, Germany gets 1 hit. The UK retreats.
Air combat in Southend. First round – UK gets 2 hits. The German get no hits. The Germans retreat.

Combat in Gibraltar! German 4 step infantry, 4 step artillery, Spanish 4 step infantry, German 4 step bomber vs. UK 3 step garrison. Can the UK unit hold??? Good weather in the area. UK AA get 2 hits. German bomber gets nothing. German artillery fire and get a hit. The garrison fires in defense and gets three hits. The German infantry get nothing. The Spanish infantry, however, get a hit!!! The UK garrison was able to shield the two hits but another hit will eliminate it. The Axis stay for the fight. Second round. UK AA get no hits. German air does not get a hit. German artillery get a hit!!! Unbelievable. Gibraltar falls and the Axis units advance into the fortress.

Battle in El Alamein. 3 step Italian armor and 3 step Italian infantry vs. 3 step UK armor (Desert Rats) and 2 step UK Air HQ. UK artillery from the Air HQ gets a hit! The Italian infantry take the loss. UK Armor gets 2 hits. Both Italian infantry and armor take a loss. Things aren’t looking good for the Italians at the moment. The Italians fire back. The armor misses and the infantry does likewise. The Italians retreat.

Combat – West of Alam Haifa. Two Italian 3 step infantry vs 2 step UK naval infantry in hills. The UK defender gets a hit. The Italians do nothing in return. The UK unit, however, decides to retreat. The Italian units stay to hold the area.

Positions following the fighting...



German 4 step infantry attacks the Greek 1 step garrision in Chania. The Greeks get a hit!!! The Germans, counter, however with a hit and the garrison disappears.

German infantry and Bulgarian infantry charge into the Metaxas line to take out the Greek garrison units without any problem.



Italian Sea Transport is successful as the UK does not try to intercept.

Italian unit in A.O.I. is reduced down to 1 step.

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Allied Turn – November 1940

Weather – Snow.

Strategic Warfare Phase. Two German 5 step OSS react into the NA box. One German 5 step OSS and one Italian 5 step OSS react into the SA box (to take advantage of the bonus). Italian 2CS and 3CS react into the East Med Box (Cyprus). UK CV reacts into the Central America box.

Combat in the NA box. UK CA gets a hit (German OSS loss). No other hits are obtained by either side. A break for the UK. The German fleet retreats. The UK also leaves except for 1DD.

Combat in the SA box. UK BB gets a hit (German OSS loss). UK CA gets a hit (German OSS loss). German DD gets a hit (UK DD loss). The German and Italian submarines, however, get nothing. The UK lose 2 oil due to the one hit (bonus). No one retreats out of the box.

UK production. 2DD steps, 3 CV Air, 1 fighter step, 4 HQ steps. UK saves 12YPP, 7BPP, 3RPP, 2WPP. UK produces 1 HQ step from the AFRIKA depot.

Soviet unification is complete!!! Production will commence soon!

Churchill activates. Both UK naval HQs activate.

UK reconfigures the fleets in the NA and SA boxes. The CV moves back into the Atlantic from the Central America box.



Churchill fuels the Desert Rats. The UK armor unit moves westward against the Italian armor and infantry.





Combat. 3 step UK armor vs. 2 step Italian armor and 1 step Italian infantry. The Italians get a hit (UK shielded). The UK armor does not get a hit and retreats. The Italians stay.

Blitz Phase. The Desert Rats try again and move into the Italian area. The Italian defenders (2 step Armor and 1 step infantry) do not get a hit. The UK unit gets 2 hits. The Italian infantry disappears and the Italian armor, now down to 1 step, retreats westward. The Desert Rats stay where they are to place the Italian infantry in the hills OOS.

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Nice Pic's. Alot going on in each front. Wondering how the Spain Campaign is going to work out.
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Good question. With Gibraltar taken, the Spanish forces are free to move anywhere on the West map. The UK was never prepared to send a unit into Corsica or units into two of the FNA colonies to delay the Spanish entry. Who would have known?

Most likely, Spain will send some of its units into FNA to bolster up the defenses there - and probably into Western France as well. At 2YPP per turn, Spain will cause problems by 1944...
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Taking The "Rock" will open up a can of Med worms.gulp A set back for the Brits.

Interesting though...waiting Patiently for the next Report.
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I see the Gibraltar garrison as a 3-0 unit in Vassal. Is that right? If so I think the third hit puts it at 0, but doesn't eliminate it.That leaves one more combat round. It's a very technical matter, but if any artillery is in the hex it has to fire, and I believe a hit must be scored against the unit at 0 to eliminate it? It would rarely matter, but Emanuele can tell me if I'm right or not for my perfectionist side.

In other news WOW!!!!! What a disaster for the allies! Still, Germany hasn't landed in Britain so they'll have to fight in Russia, yes? Will they win there?

Another question - could the UK have sent a second unit to Gibraltar, or is the stacking limit 1?
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razorbacjac wrote:
Taking The "Rock" will open up a can of Med worms.gulp A set back for the Brits.

Interesting though...waiting Patiently for the next Report.


And will we see US forces land in Spain?!?! Is that even possible?
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Chris,

You're right. The German artillery would have retreated after the garrison went to 0-step and then the German and Spanish infantry would continue to fire until they got the last hit. Since the UK did not have any air in support, there was no defensive fire.

I could have sent another unit into Gibraltar and should have done so in the second month of the French campaign as the UK and the French navy could have supported the move. As it is right now, sending any UK units by Sea Transport through the Atlantic is a lost cause. The German fleets in the Atlantic have been too powerful during the Allied turn as they are retreating out of the Convoy Boxes at the end of the Strategic Warfare Phase. The 5 step OSS blocks are tough to crack. I haven't figured out how to counter that yet. I'm toying with the idea of not allowing German fleets retreating out of the Convoy Boxes to actually be available to interdict Sea Transport in the same turn.

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Yes that is a bit of a dilemma. I can't make any sense of the Kriegsmarine being able to keep the British from moving units around and ALSO wreaking havoc on the convoys sailing across the Atlantic. I could see them doing one, but not both.
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