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Subject: The Great Spanish Deception 7: Navel action is all we get. rss

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Steven Bensdorp
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In Sep/Oct 1942 the Axis win the Initiative.

Weather 6:

Japan which had been preparing the attack on Bombay for a while now sees their ground strikes fail and the weather prevents any attacks.

Italy take out a convoy in the Eastern Med and with Cyprus out of supply they land a division on the Resource.

Germany retreats in the East establishing a line behind the river, Saratov if decided to not be that Important after all. Reinforcements are railed to the sieges of Leningrad and Athens.

Allies 1:
Navel action for the CW who restore supply to Athens, while also sending a massive fleet to kill the remains of the Italian fleet. However the search rolls prevent any action in the Med.

China starts sending Stilwell and some units to Burma. This will provide the Japanese with a headache later this year.

USSR takes a combined to send out their fleet. France takes a navel to block the North Sea with the Richelieu.

Axis 2: Weather 6

Despite the rain the Japanese attack Bombay, massive waves of carrier planes ground strike Mountbatten and his Indian Mechanized corps. The 5-1 +4 (Para's, HQ support, 2 flips and an engineer) become a 4-1 +4 and take Bombay. Mountbatten capitulates but India is not yet conquered, Calcutta is still in the hands of the CW and the Chinese are coming to the Rescue although their advance is very slow. Hata is brought from Japan to the Calcutta siege. After looking at the map Calcutta is the only remaining port for the CW in Asia. Even places as Kuwait have fallen to the Axis might. Only Oceania and South-Africa remain as part of the Empire on the Pacific map.

Italy sinks the Repulse and retreats its fleet from the Eastern Med.

Germany remains eager to capture Novgorod but the 3-1 assault sees a 2/1 split in losses. Novgorod will remain in communist hands this winter. Anton sees an inf corps as reinforcement to stabilize the central front. The Bismarck and the Deutschland fail to find the convoys near Murmansk.

Allies 2:

CW brings a marine and Canadian territorial to the port in Cyprus, since the division has no ZOC this happens unopposed. The USA sends even more troops to France. Making German dreams of liberating Brussel fade into oblivion (Paris had been given up long ago). The CW also launch a massive bombing raid on Köln. No German interception since the escorting fighters would be to strong. Anti-air is fired and with -2/5 they abort a bomber and take of 2 points. Bringing the raid down to 6 points, this however still leads to the loss of 2 bp. The French fail their attempt to hurt German production.

Axis 3: Weather 10

Italy fails a port strike on the CW ships near Cyprus. They do however damage the Prince of Wales and the Massachusetts with their navel air in the Western Med. Germany also takes a navel move and see the Emden damaged and aborted VS a sunk Cornwall and 1 convoy sunk. The Turkish fleet sink the Russian convoy.

Japan moves/rails units to the siege of Calcutta hoping to take the city before the Americans join the war in the East ass well.

There the turn ends. Side note, France and Italy are not at war with each other despite the fact that it is almost 1943!
India after the fall of Bomaby:


Cyrpus sees an unusual amount of action:


Eastern front: Novgorod holds despite German efforts.


The Western front with the aproaching USA:
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Interesting AAR. But, just since it shows up in the subject now; it's "navAl". No connection to the body part.
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Steven Bensdorp
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M St wrote:
Interesting AAR. But, just since it shows up in the subject now; it's "navAl". No connection to the body part.


Thank you for your reply and correction. The title was chosen since it feels as if there is not much going on (besides India) other than the naval combat.

Both in the East and West I lack the strength to push for a real objective, so it is mostly manouvering to achieve an ideal defence. The Allies are not strong enough in the East yet either, mostly due to the lack of armor and air superiority. In the West they focus mostly on a build up in both France and the Med. This build up in the med leads to most naval action together with the Bismarks attempts to stop the supplies to the USSR. So hopefully the title makes more sense now.
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