Pomigliano D'Arco - Napoli
Another saturday spent on EuF II.
We usually roll a die to decide who will play Axis.
Last 2 games I was the allies.
I rolled and obviously this time I was ... the allies.
Poland fell very quickly.
Norway even easier.
France was harder to crack, but it fell in July.
On the other end Finland was utterly destroyed (but in my infinite mercy I let it survive with 1 pip left).
Greece resisted a lot and gave headache to my opponent.
Middle east revolts were easily dispatched.
The unusual thing happening before may '41 were:
- Ethiopia unit succeeded in delaying UK intervention in Africa for a long time, conquering the access to Red Sea (I wasted 2 SHQ activations to "pass through")
- Syria and Persia revolted, but they were easily reconquered. You just need 4 units: Karachi, Habbiniya, Basra and Jerusalem. Easy.
- Delaying UK desert units means that Rommel and the DAAK will come in time to avoid the british rush to Bengazi. In fact we stalled near Tobruk 'til december '41.
Then came Barbarossa.
Thanks to a muddy May I saved lots of units in the baltic zone, while he pounded me in the south. After an encirclement in the center I encircled some of his units near Rostov. Meanwhile I built a good defence in the Caucasus, just in case.
He exploited my weakness in the center and rushed toward Moscow.
In september I had 2 choices: resist in Moscow and probably lose the game (losing Moscow, Stavka and 2 HQs means losing the game) or retreating in the marshes building up my forces.
I chose the latter, so I'm still alive to tell the tale.
I formed a strong line between Moscow and Leningrad, meanwhile retreating all the baltic front in defence of Leningrad.
In the eastern steppes north of Stalingrad I mounted some resistance, waiting for his raids toward the Urals.
So in March '42 the situation is stalled. He built up everything to the maximum, while I need some more time to recover.
As soon as the terrain thaws he will attack.
Will I be able to repeal him ??
My supply lines will hold ??
In the Med front he boldly attacked in Jan '42, but he managed to kill only 7 pips of mech, leaving the last one to pin him down. I used my left units to encircle him and wipe all his Afrika Korps.
In March the situation is:
- my forces are all 1 or 2-pips
- his forces are destroyed.
Meanwhile he managed to send 25 $ per months, while I was stuck at 15 (I had to send money to a Moscow-less Russia), so he will rebuild in Tripoli much faster than my travel speed in the desert, so I think I will be stopped past Bengazi in the next 3 months.
So you were right:
- losing Moscow doesn't mean losing the game, as long as you got all your HQs at full strenght and lots of units to resist in the marshes.
- UK isn't that steamroller in the Med Front, but so isn't Rommel.
- Rebellions in Middle East are easily defeated. You only need 4 units. No more.
- Caucasus is impossible to take if you plan your defence right.
- Limited soviet counterattacks are possible. The important thing to consider is they have to be limited and have to cost to the Axis at least double of what you lost (calculate also the HQ activations).
- BEF is VERY important, but (as above) it has to be limited (max 3 units) and it has to cost less HQ activation possible (i.e. if saving them costs 3 HQ activations, leave them there to die fighting).
- If Russia crushes Finland (i.e. before march '40) it's compulsory to let it survive. Sweden can be given to the Axis only after the fall of Norway.
Next time will be in two weeks.
Hey, I would appreciate it if you would stop posting these session reports, as they are making me insanely jealous.
Pomigliano D'Arco - Napoli
As soon as they build personal teleporters (and I win the lottery) we can play ftf whenever you want.
Good luck finding the time ...