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Subject: Game Report #17 : The Japanese Hegemony Part 1 rss

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Simon Nicholls
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It's back. The game report you can't eat between meals without ruining your appetite.

In case you had fortgotten, this is a combined game of Days of Decision and World in Flames. For those not familiar with DoD (although I appreciate that is unlikely in this forum), this means that you start the squabbling in 1936 rather than 1939 and as a result the game can look very different by the time you get to 1940. Which is certainly true for this game.

Fascists
Germany Andy P (AndyP)
Japan, Italy Greg (jez nogger)

Democrats
CW Laurence (laxyboy)
USA, France, Nat China Simon (nailsworthnobby)

Communists
USSR, Com China Andy W

Rules
DoD May 2009
WiFFE RAW 8.99 (draft issue)

Previously : Rhineland reoccupied, Ethiopia conquered, Japan invades China and defeats the Nationalists, Anschluss, Russian purges, Spanish Civil War stalemates, CW and France establish new Entente Cordiale, Persia conquered, Germany and Italy sign a second pact, Czechoslovakia sacrificed, Bessarabia seized, Finland attacked, Germany conquers Belgium and Denmark and forces Vichy France. Italy declares war on the CW and the Free French. The US declares war on Japan who subsequently declares war on the CW and quickly conquer most of the CW possessions East of Delhi.

May / June 1941

We assemble chez Greg on a Friday evening and continue our adventures in world war power muppetry.

Politics: Winston up front and he decides to break the Germans alliance with Poland. Successfully. German planning for the turn is thrown up into the air, but possibly not for the reasons the CW think. Germany takes bid points, Italy catches up on its owed declaration of war , Russia contemplates and goes for points as well, the US offer a treaty to the French. Japan guarantees the Argentine against US aggression (like I'm going back there again!), the French get a chance and accept the treaty deal (level 2), and then China gets to go – and chooses to back the Portuguese government in the civil war. So, to be clear, the Chinese Nationalist government is now in charge of the Portuguese government. Have they seen China?

Now for the real stuff. Commies win initiative, no rerolls called and the commies drop down to last. Democrats up first with perfect weather everywhere.

The US move boats about and manage to temporarily put the forward Japanese naval forces in the Pacific out of supply. The Portuguese government forces attack in attempt to resolve the civil war but their Chinese “advisers” cock up again and one of the boys dies (also known as half their entire army).

The Germans declare war on Poland. Free France takes control. Ground strikes are successful (only one corps missed) and an attack goes in on Łodz at +12. 7 rolled and the city falls.

The Japanese spend 9 offensive points to launch a super combined land / naval move. And start moving large in the Pacific. They pitch up outside Australia. Greg’s three subs attack the US transports in the Polynesia sea area but fail miserably and end all being damaged without even spotting the transports courtesy of the carriers Enterprise and Lexington.

The Turkish army surrounds Baghdad and with the assistance of a German MECH corps storms in.

Japan invades the hex between Canberra and Melbourne successfully. And finally the IJA takes Lan Chow, which means the Chinese are conquered. Troops are also shipped into India in Bombay and Calcutta, and convoy lines are established to keep the new co-prosperity sphere intact.

Not so good in Suez though – the Italians manage to flip Wavell and his stack but manage to botch the roll and both Graziani and a Mech die (single hex attack at a decent plus but forgot that you don’t get the blitz bonus on attack unless it’s a blitz – and the CW had the same number of Mech/ARM. Bugger).

So, Japan decent/good (surely “blindingly good”? – ed.), but Italy, oh dear.

Uncle Joe moves boys back from his far flung empire to western Russia. Still on a combined so this takes quite a lot of time.

The US attempts to declare war on Germany (sixth attempt). Rolls 8. Fails.

US attempts to reinforce Australia but call the wrong action (naval rather than combined). Greg unsurprisingly doesn’t give him the option to reverse the decision. Simon also forgets to move the Polish troops and the French in India. Not really performing at full throttle (however it must be said that he has arrived direct off a long haul flight from China via Turkey, jet lagged & full of flu, the rest of us have no excuses).



The Italians launch an attack on the Flipped OOS CW units in the desert but Laurence knows a rule, and with the ARM count tied, the defender chooses Assault table negating the Attacking armour advantage and Greg obliges by rolling low – losing 2 units and the remaining Italians are all flipped for the cost of one CW art div. The CW is still OOS so counterattack is not an option but at least the Middle East is intact for now and the Italians have a Mech and an Arm HQ to rebuild. The Japanese expand their Oz bridgehead and take both Canberra and Melbourne, so that’s Australia out of the mix barring some form of very brave attack by Simon’s Americans (yeah - right).

Meanwhile in Poland the Germans have surrounded Warsaw and launch an assault but lady luck is as usual absent, 2 Germans die along with 1 brave Pole and everyone is flipped, 2 HQ’s reorganize the remaining Germans for another go later.

The US has another go at declaring war on Germany – finally a 4 is rolled and the big boys finally ahve a reason to look at the European map. Encouraged, the US attempts to find the Japanese but only the CW cruiser Leander succeeds. However despite being damaged, this brave ship "encourages" the Japanese to leave The Solomons sea area. The US drop some US troops into Sydney despite knowing they will be out of supply very shortly. Or maybe not.



This was looking like a long turn and we broke off for the evening. To be continued.




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Charles Finch
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thumb for the report and i'd give a second for - We assemble chez Greg on a Friday evening and continue our adventures in world war power muppetry.

if i could! best quote i can recall in some time
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On holiday reading this from a small cottage in Wardlow!
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Just as a bit of background to the politics in this turn, I, as Il Duce and Andy P as Adolf, spent a good amount of time pre game discussing how we could get rid off the German alliance with Poland, given the plan to invade immediately. We had reluctantly decided that given the other things we needed to do, it wasn't going to be possible so Germany would just have to take the huge political hit of attacking an allied minor - and then Winston was king enough to do it for us! What a nice man we thought.
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TrotskyTrotsky wrote:
On holiday reading this from a small cottage in Wardlow!


Congratulations! You win the prize for closest correspondent to the session writer and by doing so have stripped this honour from Greg.

Hope you are having a good week in the White Peak.
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