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Our next OCS adventure has taken us to the sands of Tunisia. (If you want to check out our previous campaign TBL and Burma you can see that here and here)

I've been unable to make my usual regular campaign updates so I'll just summarise where we are at currently.

Our first campaign ended abruptly due to a catastrophic failure of the German lines and a quick capture of Tunis.

Allies: Thomas, Hamish
Axis: Patrick, Cameron
Result: Axis surrender in January

The Axis made a critical blunder sending their best division the 10th Panzer far to the South to cover the Gafsa gap and threaten the Allied Southern flank. They also tried to hold the passes with weaker units believing the mountainous terrain would be enough to hold back the Allies and then had little in the way of decent reserves along the coast. The result was a massive concentration of US 1st armored and UK 6th Armored units that easily smashed through the defenders holding the valley near Fondouk followed by a breakthrough to the coast and a swing into the lightly defended rear areas near Tunis, including Tunis itself. Well played Thomas and Hamish! It was brutal but at least they put us out of our misery quickly!

The pictures say it all really:





Having not had our fill of Tunisia after such a quick ending we decided to swith sides.

Allies: Patrick, Cameron
Axis: Thomas
Current Date: January 1st 1943

The opening phase of the campaign has played out as expected and this brings us to the current state at the beginning of the 1st of January 1943 turn with the Allies having won the initiative. A successful air campaign has started to gain a slight advantage over the German and Italian airforce with several squadrons damaged or eliminated. With a slightly better rate of air replacements the Allies can afford to take some risks with air sweeps followed up by direct attacks on airfields.
On the ground we have 3 main offensive operations occurring with the previous turn seeing the Allies expend huge amounts of supply:
The UK 6th armored has successfully attacked and crossed the river at Medjez el Bab directly threatening the Axis defence line centred on the Oued Medjerda river
The French Algiers division has driven back strong Axis unit over the river near El Aroussa
The US 1st armored having swung far south has tried to drive through the defenders holding Fondouk suffering a serious setback (and AL2 result after failing to DG!)

Also to note a small allied force using the critical mule assets is slowly attempting to work it's way up the coast through the hills. And far to the South (not shown in either image) a small US force is gathered near Gfasa.
With the Allies in a strong position it remains to be seen if they have expended too much supply to take advantage of their having won the initative.



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Current Date: January 8th 1943

The Axis execute a devastating counterattack!
Following on from our last position the 6th armored chooses to make only a modest advance to attempt to surround the Italian SuperGA infantry located in the mountains near Tebourba instead of driving head long down through the gap (possibly to capture the airfield near Djedeida). Further South the French and US forces continue to attack with modest success. The Allies smugly felt that having foregone the opportunity to push hard but stretch their forces they were reasonably positioned to meet any Axis counterattack but Thomas taught us how wrong we were. The Axis started by using their transport aircraft to keep the surrounded Italian forces supplied (our forward airbase we had built at Souk el Arba was but 1 hex short of projecting a patrol zone over the area!). They then progressed to overrun US 1st Armored forces near Fondouk with a single armored battalion (the formidable 190th armored) which ended up being extremely successful. The combat phase saw them attack the 6th Armored near Tebourba and reestablishing a connection with the Italian SuperGA that was surrounded. This initially, although painful, was not devastating and we believed after winning the initiative that it was safe to give first player back to the Axis. What followed was even more painful attacks and overruns pushing Axis forces well over the Oued Medjerda river and inflicting punishing losses against weaker rear British forces as well as further attacks on US 1st armored. This left our best 6th armored tank unit surrounded and OOS and, with the turn being a no flight, without a way to drop supplies to them they were eliminated on our turn. The counterattack was so successful that our HQ and airfield at Souk el Arba was potentially in danger forcing us to rush reserves up to cover it. The only small respite the Allies got was the front covered by the Algers division near El Aroussa where Axis forces dropped back in a tactical retreat leaving the French over the river. The net result was the UK 6th armored almost entirely wiped out and all together 9 Allied units eliminated for no Axis losses.
Also Allied supply was so critically low from the earlier offensive that we found ourselves scratching the bottom of the barrel simply to get combat supply for defence and fuel to move our reserves. Our supply situation was further damaged by Axis rail interdiction at the single rail entry point into Alegeria near Aine M'Lila effectively halving the rail cap that allows us to bring supply on map. We'd learned from previous such attacks to keep fighter cover over the area but despite this the Axis brazenly attacked with 2 separate bombers with no fighter cover and without sweeping, after choosing to not intercept to guarantee the +2 to the flak roll we successfully dealt 2 step losses on his bombers but Axis aircraft still managed a successful interdiction. A lone P39 squadron was not enough! Lesson learned!
The Allied turn followed and consisted in repairing the mess we found ourselves in. US AT battalions were rushed to cover the valley near Beja and the UK 78th division dropped back to avoid encirclement from the South.
After winning the initiative for January 8th Thomas has given us first player when we continue next week, a relief somewhat, but potentially dangerous for us too. The campaign has certainly livened up considerably!




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I said it before and I'll say it again, Tunisia is the absolute best OCS game to learn the system and improve your skills once you learned the rules. Enjoy reading about your trialsdevil
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Current Date: January 15th 1943

The Axis attack continues and inflicts even more severe losses.
The Allies use their time to lick their wounds, rebuild their supply stocks and establish a safe line of defense along the main front to the West of Tunis. They decide to keep the US 1st Armored to guard the gap at Fondouk thinking that they have a reasonable amount of strength there. General Thomas responds by sending a strong force including the 334th Infantry through the valley around Ousseida, as well as a pressing more overruns with the 10th Panzer near Fondouk. The US 1st Armored is surrounded and in its attempt to breakout (a failed breakout roll and a failed overrun) is completely eliminated with no German losses. A lone AT battalion is now holds Kasserine and the Germans follow up by sending all of 10th Panzer to quickly seize the town and surrouding area. They are now poised to strike deep into the heart of Algeria with an open road and railline. With the possibility of seeing a strong German unit reach the rail bottleneck near the map edge in Algeria, thereby cutting off supply to our entire army, we are force again to take first player turn. At this stage 10th Panzer feels like an unstoppable force. With its action rating 5 units up against Allied 2 and 3 it seems pointless trying to hold anywhere on clear terrain. The Allies are now fighting to stay in the Campaign as their effort is teetering. The dead pile tells a story in and of itself.



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Current Date: January 29th 1943

The Allied front stabilises!...and some minor successes

With General Buetner (aka Thomas) away from the Theatre on pressing business well known Corp commander and aide-de-camp General McKenzie (aka Hamish) took command of Axis forces. It was a big ask of McKenzie having been away from operations for quite sometime and having to quickly re appraise the situation with only a short briefing from the overall commander.
The Allies first task was to resecure their Southern flanks which was very exposed to the advances of 10th Panzer. A tough decision was made to forgo trying to defend Tebessa and instead use 46th Infantry to guard some of the main valleys leading to the heart of Algeria's rail network. US 1st Infantry was used to plug other valleys further to the East, while the UK 6th Armored gathered its strength and placed itself centrally as a strong potential mobile reserve. The Allies have learned their lesson and are aware that any units near Panzer battalions have almost no chance defending open terrain! In the meantime a small threat was created by crossing the river near Tebourba.
The Axis move 10th Panzer to capture Tebessa which gives them an all important airbase near the Algerian frontline which they use to good effect to air transport supplies/fuel. Although the Axis have a nice rail line all the way through Kasserine and now Tebessa with no rail cap they are still reliant on trucks and air transport to carry the supplies they need to fuel and fight. 10th Panzer also spreads into the valley around Kalaa Djerda near US 1st first. The also pounded the Allied incursion near Tebourba with multiple heavy barrages rendering any prospect of successful operations there for the Allies impossible to consider.
Overall the Axis were cautious (understandable given General McKenzie's unfamiliarity).
The weather turned and each side build up their supply and importantly for the Allies considerable reinforcements started to arrive. The tail end of Afrika Corps escaping Lybia started to arrive in the East.
January 22nd saw some action on 2 fronts after a quiet Axis turn. In the North the UK 78th division, still untouched by any significant battle casualties had slowly been redeployed near the coast facing the front line near Bizerte and launched a very successful planned attack to drive an Italian Ifantry battalion and Luftwaffe AT battalion back putting pressure in this area. Whereas further South the US 1st Inf and remnanst of US 1st armored launched a raiding attack on a lone 10th Panzer AT battalion successfully eliminating but not pressing the advantage.
After some more bad weather and the powerful 21st Panzer division arriving in the East, Hamish conceded the initiative being forced to take first player to cover multiple threats.

Overall the Allies can breathe a sigh of relief as an existential threat seems to have passed with a small initiative shift in their favour. However with 10th Panzer barely dented the prospect of having this deadly force combine with the even more formidable 21st Panzer, means that the respite is likely to be very brief indeed. Desert Airforce, Faster please!



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Current Date: February 5th 1943

A quiet few days on the Tunisian Front. The Allies jostle for position and launch some minor skirmishes looking to favourably attrition Axis forces. In the meantime Axis forces keep pouring in from Libya, the quantity and quality of which is truly concerning for the Allied effort, Monty's forces better arrive quickly as until it does 2 fresh Panzer divisions added to the 10th Panzer division is a scary prospect for Allied command!




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Current Date: February 12th 1943

Northern and Coastal Tunisia fortifies after heavy Allied pushes near Ferryville!

With the principal Axis General Thomas away on convalescence his subordinate, General Hamish McKenzie takes command of a developing situation. The Allies are on the offensive and execute 2 painful attacks on Axis forces. In the North the 78th division continues its assaults with a major attack to the West of Ferryville on the shores of the Garaet el Ichkeul lake. The Commonwealth General (aka General Cameron Taylor) announces an overrun attack on the well defended and hedgehoged area (hex 41.30) to the surprise of his co-commander, after assurances that his plan is sound the Allied attack achieves a Ao1DL1o1 forcing the Axis to take extra losses to hold the important choke point. With a tiger company in reserve the Axis rush to beef up the position which is subsequently attacked in the combat phase inflicting still further losses. The Axis is slowly spending vast amounts of supply to fortify the area. Further South, on the road between Le Sers and Kesra, Allies air power DG's the Italian AT battalion holding the road forcing reserves to reinforce. This is followed up by a strong attack from the US 1st division lead by a US para battalion inflicting heavy losses on the Axis. Having learned his lesson the Allied commander, though presented with the opportunity to exploit chose to remain in the hills instead of pressing down into the open where without tank support his forces would be easy prey to the roaming Panzer units. The US 9th Infantry division takes up positions being held by the British 46th, these are the last line defences held only to avert a complete disaster in the case of an unexpected German push into the heart of Algeria. This frees up the 46th to move down to the Tebessa front.
Axis forces continue to pour in from Lybia, including a brand new Panzer division: 15th Panzer. We can now see that 21st Panzer is deployed near the American 1st Infantry division. Allied replacements have been generally superior to Axis and the dead unit pile seems to be rebalancing somewhat. Allied fighters are also slowly gaining air superiority in the theatre. So far Allied strategic bombing has been limited to attacking airfields as it seems the dynamic of hitting ports is not worthwhile given the large amount of capacity available to the Axis though there might be some value in hitting the southern ports to slow down resupplying the Mareth line. Monty is just around the corner and we will soon be seeing him approach the Mareth line, in the meantime however the number and quality of units coming from Lybia is a concern! Even more critically there's a disparity in available supply, our rail cap/shipping cap and air transport combine to give the Allies 5.5 SP a turn while the Axis are receiving roughly 7 SP






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February 12th-19th 1943

February 12th
Northern and Coastal Tunisia fortifies after heavy Allied pushes near Ferryville!

Drama on the coast near Bizerte. Heavy fighting has continued on the coast near Bizerte. After a very successful barrage the Allies launch a strong attack against the Axis level 2 hedgehog with some success pushing the Germans back and moving closer to Bizerte following the coast of the lake. The Axis manage to inflict punishing losses with their artillery against some Allied positions (We had 3 artillery barrages in a row causing step losses!). The UK 6th Armored and US 1st Armored pull back from the line in order to set up as reserves.
The second part of this drama is another stunning Axis counterattack near Bizerte, first 2 armored battalions of the Italian SuperGa division race over the bridge at Mateur and turn North fording the river Oued Sedjenane and breaking out into the Allied rear which had not been properly secured. They overrun an undefended airstrip capture a small supply cache and cutting off the 78th division that had been pushing towards Bizerte. The Allies are forced to release their 6th Armored and rush it up to the coast to stop the Italians capturing the port of Tabarka. The Axis follow up with a devastating attack on 78th Infantry which they had successfuly DG'ed leaving the division almost entirely wiped out. This counterattack has completely relieved all pressure the Axis had on this part of the front though it wasn't without suffering some losses on their part.
February 15th
The 15th of February sees Monty and the 8th Army arrive from Lybia!
The UK 6th armored counterattacks along the Northern sector near Bizerte eliminating a SuperGa armored battalion that had overrun our air strip and driving back the remaining unit. The Axis clean up some stray British units, an artillery brigade and commando batallion, that had been left stranded near the coast. This stabilises the line around this area but the Allies have lost considerable ground and have been driven back 20 miles further from Bizerte but losses have been about even. Poor weather shuts down air operations somewhat limiting Allied supplies.
February 19th
A major Allied offensive develops near the rail bridge of the Oued Silianah river near El Aroussa. First a french attack finding only light opposition manages to get to the other side of the river leaving the US 1st armored that had been waiting in reserve to surge over and attack down the valley near el Aroussa and attacking some units that had been left in reserve. The Axis response is brutal however, the 15th Panzer division is diverted to the sector and drives back the US 1st armored units but more dangerously attack both in the combat phase and in exploitation the mountain area just South of the rail bridges threatening to get in behind the forces that had crossed the river. The French defenders of the mountain area just manage to hold after some heavy fighting and losses on both sides.

The threat now being to great the Allies reluctantly choose after winning the initiative roll to take the first player turn for February 22nd.






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February 22nd-March 12th 1943

This summarises quite a bit of time in our campaign. The beginning of this period was very quite but as the supply situation changes in March, with the Allies getting a whole 2SP more a turn, on top of the 3SP arriving each turn on the Mareth line, the tempo of operations has increased somewhat.
In the North, along the coast road to Bizerte the Allies have launched a series of strong attacks against Axis hedgehogs with the US 34th Infantry and UK 6th Armored, the last of which has pretty much broken the Axis defence system in the area. However with the road to Bizerte open the Allies failed to capitalise due to nervousness having pushed their lines too far and the Axis now have an opportunity to reestablish a strong defence there. Near El Aroussa Axis and Allied forces, the 1st US Armored face off over the Oued Silianah river, this area has descended into an artillery duel with significant losses on both sides. Finally the Allies in their final turn divert strong Armored forces from the North and the UK 46th infantry from Tebessa into the open terrain around Kalaa Djerda while simultaneously attacking with the US 1st Infantry along the main road running South from Ebba-Ksour. Some losses are inflicted and the Allied forces might be poised to pressure the Axis to pull back from this sector.
In the South, forces commanded by Cameron are facing off near the Mareth line without advancing leaving a dead zone in between the Axis forces. He is following the historical plan to outflank the Mareth line with 4 divisions, the 50th and 51st holding the passes West of the Mareth line while the 2nd NZ division and the UK 7th Armored deliver the punch in the gap between El Hamma and Matmata. In order to pull this off the Allied forces have to leave the farthest extent of their trace supply and eat supply off map severely restricting their combat operations. Despite several large battles push back the Axis forces that have been diverted to hold the gap with the risk being that Commonwealth forces could reach the coastal road and cut off the Mareth Line.
The latest spurt of Allied activity has come about due to a double turn. The Allies may have squandered their initiative with nothing significant strategically gained despite some moderate success. The Axis player is now sitting on the potential of a double turn with a quite a few tempting Allied targets in open terrain. Supply, as always, is critical and as the Allies we are hoping that the Axis allotment of supply which is diminished from March onwards means that he is now spending more than he is landing in Tunisia and eventually depleting his stocks.







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Thanks for posting these. Your pics motivated me to buy this today. I was kind of on the fence about this one, but I'm sure I'll play it some day. I'm starting to think OCS may work better at these smaller scales. Plus, it has the Western Allies.
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Arcology wrote:
Thanks for posting these. Your pics motivated me to buy this today. I was kind of on the fence about this one, but I'm sure I'll play it some day. I'm starting to think OCS may work better at these smaller scales. Plus, it has the Western Allies.


I thought you already had this one?
 
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Nope. The only person I lie to about my wargame purchases is my wife. Sorry.

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Arcology wrote:
Nope. The only person I lie to about my wargame purchases is my wife. Sorry.





I share your observation about OCS games like Tunisia being the ideal size. Even at Tunisia's size the game is unmistakably a monster. I'm not convinced that the larger ones are playable by anyone with a reasonable amount of time and playing at a reasonable pace. The turns are already quite long and there's a huge number of decisions to make in even in one turn. We've been playing this since February and we could easily have another 3 months before concluding the campaign. When we played TBL we would often only get through a single player turn in an evening. For a group that can play once a week, (and given all the other things in our lives who is going to play an OCS campaign more than once a week?) a game like Case Blue could take years to complete which is pretty much unplayable.
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Case Blue playing time is actually not too bad, it definitely does not "scale" based on the total number of units compared to Tunisia II.

Admittedly, the first 1-2 turns will be long - but that is essentially true for every OCS campaign game and reflects the time required to understand the disposition of your forces and start to move them in the right direction.

Once that is achieved Case Blue moves ahead at quite reasonably pace, as there will be huge "backwater" areas on the maps where hardly anything will happen for many turns. Additionally, in "smaller" games like Tunisia you take a lot of time to consider operations with some of your key units, because you so few of them.
In Case Blue you might forget to move an army sized bunch of reinforcements and it might not even make a difference at all due to the size of the theater and the respective armies.
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Additionally, because combat is based on a separate phase and not movement points, there's only one combat phase for you to do your main combat in. This limits what you can achieve with units, unless doing overruns, limiting the number of decisions across large stretches of front.

People tend to think of the Eastern Front as the ultimate monster, but it's actually very manageable. Most of your units are simply garrisoning the front line, 'sits–krieg' if you will. The only point in which most of your front moves is if the schwerpunkt has shifted there, which leaves the other parts of the front stable, or if they are moving forward to occupy enemy vacated hexes, perhaps because a natural defensive line has been breached elsewhere on the front (e.g. river lines).
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Great to see the game progressing after my visit. Still looks "delicately poised". Thanks so much for posting.
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Great to see the game progressing after my visit. Still looks "delicately poised". Thanks so much for posting.


Delicately poised, yep sounds about right! I think each of us is suffering from the 'it looks worse for me' illusion. I see some opportunities but on the whole the Axis defences seem daunting.
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March 15th-March 22nd 1943

Northern Front:

On the coastal road to Bizerte after the Axis refortified the hills with units and after a very successful artillery barrage eliminating a unit the Allies launch another attack with 6th armored forcing the Axis to fallback. Here the Allies are poised to cause the Axis some problems as they have now been forced into the lowlands. Along the front following the Oued Medjerda and Oued Siliana rivers shells are exchanged on both sides. US 1st armored is mostly sitting idle facing a fortified position across the river. In the central area around the Kalaa Djerda intersection and Tebessa the Axis launch a strong counterattack against the Allied independent armored battalions that had been manoeuvering in the area eliminating several of them. This combined with a strategic redeployment of 21st Panzer from the Mareth line front in the South threatened to encircle and put out of position the armored units and 46th infantry that had been moved into the area forcing them to fall back onto Tebessa.

Southern Front/ Mareth Line

Several powerful Axis armored divisions launch coordinated attacks after successful artillery barrage delivering a stinging defeat to the Allied forces that had been manoeuvered to outflank the Mareth line, the New Zealand Division is completely wiped out in the process with very few (a single unit?) losses to the Axis. This is a major setback for Montgomery and forces the Allied player to change the focus of his offensive. The outflanking manoeuvre does have the benefit of drawing some strength away from the Mareth line allowing for a successful attack across the Wadi forcing the Axis to suffer losses to hold the line.

The Allies win the initiative and decide to take their double turn. There is some possibility of applying pressure and maybe breaking through the first line of the Mareth fortifications and pushing towards Bizerte in the North though the ever present danger of a deadly Axis Panzer counterattack has to be kept in mind. The replacement rate is definitely in the Allied favour now and Axis losses are starting to mount as their quality units get used up. The air war likewise is swinging in the Allies favour as the desert airforce continues shooting down BF109s in fighter sweeps. With new 3 Allied divisions scheduled to arrive soon (British 1st,4th Infantry and the French Oran division) the balance of forces could further change. However the Axis still have a significant number of AR4 and AR5 and quality divisions and time is running out for the Allies. At this stage I think we are heading towards a draw.






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March 22nd-March 29th 1943

After a long gap due to the Axis General being sent to the Eastern Front, General Thomas was able to convince OKW that he was needed back in Tunisia (Thomas went to Tampi for to OCS newest title 'Third Winter').

Northern Front:

This area has been relatively inactive as the Allies struggle to find any significant weak areas in the German lines to attack. With a collection of independent armored battallions a push is made in the open terrain around Kalaa Djerda with a minor success initially. However with Allied units in the open these fall easily prey to a nasty Axis counter attack with 10th Panzer, a pattern we are all too familiar with and which has made it difficult for the Allies to look for openings anywhere near the wide open terrain. As well as this multiple overruns against a US infantry division holding the road from Maktur to Le Sers cause severe casualties but a disaster is narrowly avoided through some stunningly bad luck for the Axis (failing to get a surprise result with +4 on an overrun multiple times). Those 6 strength action rating 2 US regiments are just mincemeat once they are DG'ed. The UK 6th armored division is forced to divert and reinforce this important valley.
The northern coast now being heavily fortified and reinforced the Allies are force to pull back their strike divisions and look elsewhere. The Allied game now is to look for opportunities to inflict attritional losses until the German lines crack but so far the main way they've attempted to do this is to try to get lucky with multiple large artillery barrages due to how well setup the German lines are, how effective their artillery is at spoiling attacks and the risk of devastating counter attacks from their Panzers in the open.
Significant reinforcement have started to arrive in this area with the UK 1st arriving on the line. They've manned the line previously held by US 1st armored freeing up this division.

Southern Front/ Mareth Line

This is where the Allied effort has really started to bear fruit. After the failed attempt and painful attempt at sending a flanking force around the desert which was routed with significant losses, Cameron has resolved to attack the Mareth line head on. The sector has been weakened somewhat but most of the good German divisions sent North to bolster the line there. The first line has been breached with powerful attacks near the coast and a sizeable number of Italian units have been completely cut off. These were able to be resupplied by air initially forcing the Allies to construct a second airbase in the area and station more fighters to make this impossible in the future. With the second airbase the Americans have sent 2 of their C-47 to Tripoli to augment the flow of supplies there.

The campaign continues with Allies having almost complete air superiority and the flow of supplies starting to affect the Axis. They'd previously built up huge stocks of SPs but with the significant amount of movement, combat and barrage they've had to effectuate combined with the reduced shipping they are starting to feel the pinch (I believe, our intelligence on this point is uncertain)





The dead pile:

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Thanks for the update Patrick.

Pleased to see you guys still fighting it out.

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Jury wrote:
Thanks for the update Patrick.

Pleased to see you guys still fighting it out.


Hey Peter,
If you ever get a chance you should come by and check it out. We're playing on Thursday nights.
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April 1st - April 22nd 1943

The campaign has ended in a draw! It's been a long fought battle but both sides realised that a stalemate had been reached with a draw the overwhelmingly most likely outcome. Technically the Axis were sitting on a minor victory but the Allies would have only needed to capture Mateur, an easy enough objective given it is on the West side of the river line, to force a draw.
The action in April can be summarised as the Axis following up on their major counter offensive in the Kalaa Djerda plains effectively wiping out the US 1st armored (for the third time I believe!) causing a huge number of losses (11 steps from memory). This caused the Northern front to stay quiet till the end. (Sadly I'm currently missing the photos showing the latest dispositions for this area).
Down by the Mareth line continued failed attacks led Cameron to attempt a second outflank manoeuvre through the mountain range to the West again neutralised by very effective Axis artillery.

Overall I think as the Allies we pushed too hard without allowing us the time to build up an overwhelming large force that would have made a manoeuvre through the open areas more able to deal with the powerful Axis armored counter attacks. This led to understrength pokes effectively sticking our necks out to be slaughtered by the far higher quality German units (often AR5 vs DG'ed AR3 and AR2). Over time this caused us to take a loss ratio incompatible with achieving any kind of significant quantity edge on our opponent. We did have some significant successes particularly along the Northern coast where you can break through into sensitive areas while remaining outside of open areas(i.e. panzer hunting terrain). Also our air campaign ended up working for us but I think this will be the usual result with any significant Allied effort to hit airfields. If I had to advise a future Allied general in this OCS campaign I would say, push as hard as you can for the first 5-6 turns (i.e. the race for Tunis) then if you haven't defeated the Axis focus on small attritional victories while you build up SP and units to make strong pushes particularly towards the South East. Also use your infantry and artillery to put significant pressure on the Northern coast.
As for the Mareth line I think there's 3 main approaches, the wide outflank through the desert, the smaller outflank just through the mountains directly West of the Mareth line and the brute force frontal attack on the Mareth line. I'm honestly not sure which is best.
It still remains an open question as to when or if it is valuable to target Axis ports.

It's been a great experience, thanks to my Axis opponents Hamish and Thomas, you defended Tunisia skillfully! And thanks to my Allied comrade Cameron -> we'll get 'em next time! Also a draw is pretty satisfying against such opposition.

We have a much smaller next campaign already setup, I'm sure you'll all be able to recognise it:

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Cameron Taylor
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“... an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.” — Sir Winston Churchill (1946)
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Good Lord, I've got fat over the last few years!
 
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Congratulations all in finishing this one off.
On to Sicily - looks a much smaller undertaking from the last one we played with Sicily v1.
Which side are you this time Patrick?
 
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