Si non potes reperire Berolini in tabula, ludens essetis non WIF.
Hey, get your stinking cursor off my face! I got nukes, you know.
Hello all, we have started up a new trans-Pacific game being played via Vassal - this is the latest turn, March/April 1940. Old turns below the ====. I'll come up with a witty name later when something suggests itself!
The players: Stewart - Axis
myself - Allies
Rules: Same as in the Scandinavia in Flames game, we're using most of the normal options (partisans, etc), SIF, PIF, new MIF, divs/guns, terrs, Cruisers in Flames, 2d10 combat, "Stalin's War" Soviet production (+.25 in '42 OR when Germans declare war; '42 city mods become '43, '43 city mods deleted), EZ oil rules. We are also trying Devin's victory point system, and Italian and Japanese surrender. We are using Line of Command Vichy rules. We are also using the errata from the 2008 WIF Annual as well some of the new options including Offensive Points rules, randomized naval losses, revised Chinese attack weakness, lending limits, and face-down aircraft rebasing.
MARCH/APRIL 1940: GERMANS SLOG THROUGH BELGIUM; SOVIETS SEND REINFORCEMENTS TO MANCHURIAN BORDER
March came in like a lamb - cool, clear days. So the Germans decided the time was right and declared war on Belgium, earning stern rebukes from editorial pages right across America. The Luftwaffe was very effective in disrupting the Belgian defenders of Liege (one infantry corps) and Brussels (infantry corps, cavalry corps). Liege fell without incident on March 8 but the defenders of Brussels repelled the first German assault with heavy losses on both sides (2 German/1 Belgian).
France immediately occupied Antwerp and other positions along the Dyle River - but as the weather deteriorated, there was no battle with the Germans. Similarly, the British sat in Rotterdam, subjected to German artillery barrages but no assaults.
Runstedt reorganized the front line troops, who despite the storms that arrived in mid-March, were again sent into Brussels. This time the city was carried, but again heavy German losses.
March went out like a lion, and April was no better as blizzards lashed western Europe. The Kriegsmarine decided to sortie under cover of the poor weather. They eluded the large battleship fleet in the North Sea and went to the Bay of Biscay, but were unable to make contact with Allied shipping; the Deutschland got all the way to the Nova Scotia coast but inflicted no damage. The German fleet was able to return to Kiel before the British could send more battleships from Plymouth after them (turn ended).
The Japanese maneuvered, north and south, but never quite found the weather and odds to be favorable for an attack. They began to receive reports from their border spotters in Manchuria of Soviet build-ups; a new headquarters (Timoshchenko) and an armored army were believed to have been railed into the vicinity of Blagovyeshchensk (usually referred to affectionatly as "Blag").
The US Navy created a diplomatic incident in April. The French carrier Bearn, while on routine duty in the Atlantic, pulled into Norfolk, Virginia. A federal judge decided to order the seizure of the Bearn because of unpaid French debts from the Great War. Roosevelt tried to soothe the French Ambassador - but he wasn't giving the Bearn back... (That's a long way of saying the US played the entry option to seize the Bearn, and it generated tension.)
BP lost: Germany 9, Belgium 9, France 4 (the Bearn)
SEP/OCT '39: Germany crushes Poland. Soviets get E. Poland, Bessarabia; Bulgaria and Hungary get chunks of Rumania as well. Japan feints against USSR.
NOV/DEC '39: German forces move West, crush Netherlands; Britain occupies Rotterdam. Japanese defeat Communists in mountains.
JAN/FEB '40: Japan takes ChangSha. Graf Spee sunk off coast of Canada. German subs hit shipping in North Atlantic. US occupies Iceland and Greenland.