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Wendell
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Here is the report for March/April 1942 for our game being played in the ether via Vassal. Thanks to Ken Griffith for his fine work! Recap of previous turns at the end of the report.

The players: Stewart - Allies
myself - Axis. This will not be a neutral report!

MARCH/APRIL 1942 - EGYPT FALLS; US PASSES WAR APPROPRIATIONS ACT

The Commonwealth defeat in the Middle East was finalized in early March. German infantry goose-stepped into Cairo on March 2, on the same day occupied the port of Suez, and on March 8 took an undefended Jerusalem. In April Eritrean territorials captured Khartoum, conquering Sudan.

But Europe was quiet. Large Soviet forces maneuvered in central Finland but were unable to get behind Mannerheim and were hindered by a lack of snow. Zhukov's forces whacked a Rumanian militia in Rumania (and were improbably promoted to Guard Banner Army status by Stalin, delighted at a Soviet victory in what has been a phony war). There was no significant action in Poland where the German and Soviet army continue to stare sullenly across No Man's Land.

CW subs brought the war to the South China Sea, disrupting momentarily (ie, aborting 4 CP) Japanese oil shipping there. Otherwise, the Japanese fleet was not sighted much although there was intelligence that it was hauling troops east to Rabaul, the Marshalls and Truk, amid growing concerns in Tokyo that Washington might not just watch Japan assault the British Empire as long as the Philippines were left unmolested. Yamamoto launched a spring assault against Nanning that inflicted heavier losses on the Japanese than the Chinese and failed to take the city.

Alexander relocated his headquarters for the moment to the colony of Tanganyika. British bombers were shredded by the Luftwaffe over Essen, but others bombed Lilles successfully. And in a small bit of good news for the Royal Navy, British Beauforts sank Franco's cruiser Cervantes off the Mouths of the Amazon during the Spanish fleet's first commerce-raiding foray into the Atlantic.

Biggest news: on April 15 FDR signed the War Appropriations Act. Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, and Madrid all condemned the warmongering rhetoric coming out of Washington.

BP lost: Germany 8, CW 10, Japan 6, USSR 4, Italy 2, China 2

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(RECAP)
SEP/OCT '39: Warsaw holds due to bad weather and a short turn. Italy takes Gib on a surprise impulse invasion. Bloody battle in China causes Communists to fall back. US quiet. USSR annexes E Poland, no other territorial demands.

NOV/DEC '39: Germany finishes off Poland, attacks and conquers Netherlands. Minor skirmishes in the Western Med, CW divisions reinforce Morocco. US approves resources to western Allies. No combat in China with bad weather.

JAN/FEB '40: USSR demands Bessarabia, reinforces Poland. Hungary and Bulgaria gain territory at Rumania's expense. China static. US gives cruisers to CW, occupies Greenland and Iceland.

MAR/APR '40: Sub skirmishes in North Atlantic. Japanese attack makes no headway in China. Belgium falls in lightning attack in late April when the rain finally clears.

MAY/JUNE '40: Germany rolls into France, approaches Paris. France abandons most of Maginot. Wavell captures Tobruk, Bardia, Benghazi, races west. Ark Royal damaged, Revenge sunk by Italians. Japan fails to make progress in China.

JULY/AUG '40: France reels, but Paris holds. Spain joins the Axis, Spain and Italy declare war on France and Portugal. Italy captures Tunisia and Algeria. Japan bloodies Chinese. Wavell pushes Germans back near Tripoli.

SEP/OCT '40: France falls, Free France sets up in Gabon, BEF escapes France. Ark Royal, Gneisenau sunk off Cape St Vincent. Japanese assault on Sian fails, progress in south China. US passes Lend Lease Act.

NOV/DEC '40: Axis invades Greece, Bulgaria joins Axis. Inconclusive battles in China. Pro-Japanese freedom fighters in Burma close Burma Road. FDR authorizes US Navy to escort neutral shipping in North Atlantic.

JAN/FEB '41: Little action in bad weather. Japan militarizes Marianas. US embargoes strategic materials on Japan, authorizes resources to USSR.

MAR/APR '41: Greece falls. Naval battles in Eastern Med, advantage Axis. Japan bounces off Kweiyang.

MAY/JUNE '41: Japan takes Si-An, advances near Chungking. CW begins to retreat from Tripoli. Axis air sink the Eagle in the Med. German paratroopers take Bardia (Libya). No war in the east (Germans lack 2-1 garrison).

JUL/AUG '41: Japan occupies Indochina, aligns Siam. Japanese fleet to Canton. Axis destroys Alexander in Libya. CW carrier fleet arrives in Aden. No war in Poland (still no 2-1 garrison ratio).

SEP/OCT '41: Japan declares war on CW, captures NEI, Rabaul, Ceylon. Germany breaks pact, then declares war on USSR - no action. Italy sinks the Furious.

NOV/DEC '41: The Imperial Japanese Navy and Royal Navy duel in the Arabian Sea. Japan captures Singapore. Germans, Italians advance into Egypt. No significant action on the Eastern Front. US gears up - for FIRST time.

JAN/FEB '42: Japan takes Aden, captures two CW carriers, sinks a third. Germany and Italy take Alexandria. Polish front quiet. US annexes N Ireland, announces oil embargo against Japan.
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Re: GR: Electrons in Flames XIV: Egypt Falls, US Passes War
Im intrigued how this will pan out, the middle east fallen, US late entry in the war. All this massively outweighed by intact Soviet army sitting in the east.My money (just) is on the Allies the but it depends what happens during summer on the Russian front
 
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Re: GR: Electrons in Flames XIV: Egypt Falls, US Passes War
I'm intrigued too! We're at that point of the game where BOTH of us feel like we're losing! I think much will ride on whether the Germans can make any headway in '42 - at least to push the Russians back and damage them to slow down the inevitable counter-attack... soblue

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Im intrigued how this will pan out, the middle east fallen, US late entry in the war. All this massively outweighed by intact Soviet army sitting in the east.My money (just) is on the Allies the but it depends what happens during summer on the Russian front
 
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