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Our first 1936 game of T&T 2ed, which we managed to play in one (long) evening.

Cautious start by all with lots of Diplomacy by Axis and USSR and lots of Factory building by the WA. WA got USA as Satellite 1st turn and USSR got Rumania, and a Protectorate on Yugoslavia so Axis was a bit boxed in. Axis take Low countries and Denmark.

1940 the shooting war starts proper, Axis takes Ukraine, but then alarmed by the WA build up, Axis and USSR call a temporary truce and swap Rumania for Odessa.
1941 after WA foolishly attack Spain, Paris is immediately attacked. Paris manages to cling on for the year but the following year thanks to an early Spring card and Rocket Artillery Axis triumphs. Gibraltar also falls to the German/Spanish troops and a Med Blockade is in place, its looking bad for WA. USSR has taken Persia, but faces considerable force in India, and then makes a play for Turkey, which also ends in disaster after the Axis intervene.
WA are regrouping after their mauling in France, but with the help of USA, land in North Africa and Norway. USSR attacks all along the East Front and Axis are in a difficult position. The game see-saws until 1945 when its very close, WA are behind on Pop but launch a sneaky attack through Spain and Marseille to squeak a win 18 points, USSR 17 and Axis 16 including Peace dividends of 2 each.

A huge amount of fun, the game balanced itself nicely throughout, showed how difficult it is to rebuild after mayor battles and to regain footholds in areas once you loose the land borders. I think Spain and Turkey will be treated with a lot more respect in future games!
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