David Gómez Relloso
Dobro (Los Altos)
CRUSADE AND REVOLUTION
THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, 1936-1939
AFTER ACTION REPORT (Part 3 of 3) – DECISIVE PHASE
Ignacio Baca (Nationalists) Vs. David Gómez (Republicans)
TURN 12 (March-April 1938)
NAT and REP Rounds 1 to 6
The last phase of the game begins. Its name –Decisive Phase- seems to describe well what is going to happen: either the Nationalists manage to destroy the Republican resistance and obtain an unconditional surrender, or the Republicans survive beyond the historical date of their defeat. You can see the situation of the frontline in the image.
The frontline at the beginning of Turn 12
1st Round: Ignacio enlarges his already mighty army mobilizing new army corps. He deploys one in Sevilla and the other one in Zaragoza, in order to send reinforcements to both northeast and southern fronts. My answer is obvious: I also play a Reinforcements card putting the new large units in Madrid and Barcelona.
2nd Round: Ignacio plays Pact of Munich card as OPS. This is a key event, but he cannot play it before Turn 14, so he decides to use it in another way now, expecting to receive it back sooner than later. He launches a hard attack over Sigüenza, an important mountain space which covers the access to Guadalajara and Madrid from the north. He uses a good Combat Card and I suffer heavy losses.
Nationalist attack to Sigüenza
I must send reinforcements to Sigüenza or I will lose that key space. I send one fresh corps from Madrid. In the northeast (Aragón front) I try to improve my defensive line: I construct a Position in Balaguer, but I fail when trying to construct a Trench in Lérida, which is a province capital and VP space.
The situation in the Aragón front
3rd Round: Ignacio plays Blockade Fleet card –an event that would have reduced the Soviet Replacement Points every turn- as OPS, making movements in the south of Madrid to prepare future offensives and he makes an easy attack in Aragón, conquering Caspe. I play Plan P event: this allows me to conduct OPS and also launch a disembark in the Nationalist coast. I reinforce the front of Aragón and disembark near Málaga, an important town of the south which does not have any garrison. Of course, I have little hopes of conquering the town, but I expect to distract Ignacio a bit.
Plan P Republican card
The quick advance of the Nationalist columns from Sevilla towards Madrid in the months between August and October 1936 left a thin and bad protected flank in the Badajoz province. Until March 1937 the attention of both sides was focused in the Battle for Madrid and the successive trials of the Nationalists to surround the capital (battles of the Road to La Coruña, Jarama and Guadalajara). The failure of these offensives moved the operations to the Northern Front and other secondary fronts took importance again. A sector that caught the attention of the Republican Popular Army’s strategists was the nearly forgotten Extremadura front, where an operation with the objective of cutting the National territory in two was possible and desirable. That operation was planned twice without carrying it out and finally a similar plan to the original one was put into practice when the situation of the Republican side was already desperate. The first offensive project was designed between April and May 1937, suffered repeating delays and it had the frontal opposition of the communists, who did not want to grant a military victory to their political rival. It was finally cancelled because of the crisis in the Government that forced the fall of Largo Caballero. In October 1937, just after the fall of the Northern Front, colonel Rojo started to design a corrected and augmented version of the previous project, which he called “Plan P”. However, the imminent attack on Madrid forced him to launch a strategic counterattack quickly and Teruel was chosen as the objective. In summer 1938 the Nationalists made some operations in Extremadura that granted them wide territories in the zone, sending away the front from Portugal and making more difficult the Republican plans to cut their zone in two. At last, in January 1939, in the middle of the Cataluña campaign and with the war nearly lost, Rojo launched a desperate offensive in Extremadura to try to stop the Nationalist advance towards Barcelona. The plan was designed with time, and it included a disembark in the enemy rearguard, in the zone of Motril, and a complementary attack in the Centre front. However, with the troops already on the ships, the disembark was not done due to the opposition of Admiral Buiza. The offensive opened a breach in the front line and the Republicans managed to penetrate through it, but the danger of being surrounded made them retire to the starting point. Nothing of this influenced the fall of Cataluña.
4th Round: The Nationalist Player uses a value 4 card as OPS, moving one lonely corps which was still in the already conquered Northern Front, activating the central zone, covering Málaga and constructing some Positions in Aragón and in the South (being afraid of a Republican counterattack). I make good use of this break accumulating RPs with El Quinto Regimiento event.
5th Round: Ignacio saves cards by playing just 1 free OPS. He sends the army corps from the north to reinforce his future attacks over Sigüenza. I play Axis Aid’s Interruption event.
Axis Aid’s Interruption Nationalist card
The relationship between Franco and his German and Italian allies went through some times of crisis. The reasons were the differences in how the military operations were carried, the economical agreements and the contacts of the Nationalist Government with France and Great Britain. In March 1938 the crisis derived from the Austrian Anchluss motivated that the whole German aeronautic production was absorbed by the Luftwaffe and the supplies to Spain were cut, even though they would be resumed later. In August 1938 the Sudetenland crisis menaced with triggering a European war, something that worried Franco so extraordinarily that he quickly declared his neutrality in an hypothetical conflict. Italian and German were bothered by this declaration, although they interpreted it as a reaction to the French-British pressure. However, there were rumors of the existence of agreements between Franco and Great Britain, which get to the point of interning the Condor Legion and the German volunteers. That irritated Hitler, creating a tense situation that would need time to dissipate. With the Munich agreement and the disappearing of the menace of war the relations would get better again. The Battle of the Ebro consumed lots of human and war material resources. To compensate the losses and to equip new divisions Franco asked Hitler for a big help delivery. The Germans agreed, but they asked for some economical, political and military counterparts. All this delayed the shipment of the help.
6th Round: In his last round Ignacio plays RPs, even if he loses 1 point due to my previous event. I play Baleares Cruiser is Sunk event, which increases the Republican Morale to 18 points. A really high level by now! And I also eliminate a low value card from my deck.
Baleares Cruiser is Sunk Republican card
On 5 March 1938 a Republican fleet and a Nationalist one sailed almost simultaneously from the ports of Cartagena and Mallorca respectively. Both were going, without the other knowing, to face each other in the Battle of Cape of Palos. The Republican intention was to attack the anchored Nationalist fleet in Palma, using Soviet torpedo boats, protected by five destroyers and three light cruisers. The bad condition of the sea forced the boats to sail back to port, but the mission kept on. The Nationalists were going to escort some merchant ships with Italian war material to Cádiz, using their division of three cruisers. When midnight had passed, already on 6 March, both fleets faced each other for the first time. A Republican destroyer launched two torpedoes that did not hit their target and both sides separated in the night. Around 2 a.m. they sighted each other again and the use of lighting munitions by the Nationalists revealed their own position. The Republican destroyers launched no less than twelve torpedoes, and an indeterminate number directly hit the Baleares cruiser, which was severely damaged, flooding and in flames. The other two Nationalist cruisers, the Canarias and the Cervera, left the zone being afraid of new attacks. Some moments later there was such a big explosion in the Baleares that it was heard from 130 kilometers away and the ship sunk immediately. Two British destroyers went in the rescue of the castaways and, in the morning, the Canarias and the Cervera. Nearly 800 men (three quarters of the crew) died. The Baleares was twin of the Canarias, the most modern and powerful ships of the Nationalist fleet, and its sinking meant an unexpected boost for the Republican fleet and morale. However, it had no importance in the enemy naval superiority, as the enemy aviation forced the Republican ships to stay in port and the cost blockade was kept active.
When spending the Republicans RPs, I lose 2 points: one for having lost Bilbao and another 1 for the active Italian Submarines.
At the end of Turn 12:
Victory Points (VP): 11
Republican Morale (RM): 18
TURN 13 (May-June 1938)
NAT and REP Rounds 1 to 6
1st Round: Ignacio begins the turn playing Nationalist Reinforcements. He sends one corps to Sevilla and the other one to Zaragoza, trying to reinforce two distant fronts and create new menaces in different points. The first Republican action is to play Limited Offensive event. This card gives me three OPS, wich I use to construct better defenses in the Catalonian front (the die fails in Balaguer, but I build an important Trench in Lérida) and to launch a small but interesting attack from Teruel. If I win and do not advance, the event reduces my losses, so I just want to cause damage to the enemy without suffering it myself.
Limited Offensive Nationalist card
In May 1938 the Republican Army in the Centre Zone was fighting a hard defensive battle in Valencia. Meanwhile, the forces in Cataluña had a period of calm that gave them the opportunity to reorganize, equip and instruct their units. Once that process was finished, Negrín thought it was the time to prove the effectiveness of that Army. Rojo designed an offensive in two directions, trying to attract the enemy reserves and to alleviate the Levant front. In the operation 14 divisions with 300 artillery pieces and a group of tanks took part. In front of them there were 8 Nationalist divisions. The attack started in the night between 21 and 22 May, creating delicate situations for the defenders in Tremp and Balaguer. The Republicans achieved some partial success, but the maneuver as a whole did not prosper and the advance was stopped. On 27 May the Republican Central Command Staff desisted from keeping with the offensive, “achieved one of the objectives (to attract the reserves) and to avoid wearing out the own units”. The troops came back to their starting bases and everything was left as it was before the attack. Actually, the Nationalists did not move their general reserves and in fact they even retired some units from the front to move them to Valencia.
Republican limited offensive against Vivel del Río
Unfortunately things go so-so, because I destroy a weak Nationalist corps, but the combat’s result is a draw and I cannot cancel my damage.
2nd Round: Nationalist OPS. The newly arrived reinforcements are moved to the front, and there is an attack against Balaguer, in Catalonia. Ignacio wants to soften my defenses before I manage to construct a Trench there. The combat is bloody for both sides, but attrition is usually worst for the Republican. I play OPS to move units in the Catalonian front, sending damaged units to Gandesa -a less menaced space- and taking a fresh corps from that space to Balaguer.
3rd Round: Ignacio plays Offensive, a powerful event which allows him to attack from four spaces and gives him a +1 Die Roll Modifier in all attacks. He chooses to launch two strong attacks, one to Sigüenza (the key space which covers the northern access to Madrid) and Ciudad Real (a province capital and VP space in the center of Spain). He is unlucky in the first attack, but in the second one he wins and causes so many damage that I decide not to cancel the retreat, because doing so I would loose another corps. He advances and conquers Ciudad Real. I play Replacement Points using a good card. This allows Ignacio to attack again my poor corps that survived and retreated from Ciudad Real, but definitely the Republican Player must accumulate RPs if he wants to avoid a fast fall of the front.
Nationalist attack to Ciudad Real
4th Round: Nationalist attack again from the conquered space of Ciudad Real and destroy my corps, advancing another space. This offensive has left Out Of Supply two Small Units and has caused a crisis in the Center theatre of operations (see next image). Of course, I must play a valuable card to make OPS to cover the hole and reinforce Sigüenza, because it could fall if attacked again.
Nationalist offensive in the Center Front
5th Round: Ignacio decides to be conservative in the Center and constructs a Position to protect the access to his captured town of Ciudad Real. In Catalonia he attacks Gandesa, winning and forcing me to sacrifice a corps to cancel the retreat. I do not want to open a way to Barcelona. I play another expensive card as RP.
6th Round: Ignacio could attack Gandesa again and capture the badly defended space, but seeing his high losses, he decided to play RP. I finish the turn playing OPS. I send reinforcements to Gandesa, wich has been in serious danger, and I construct a Position in my new frontline of the Center sector.
The situation looks suddenly worse for the Republican side, but fortunately, I have accumulated many RPs this turn.
At the end of Turn 13:
TURN 14 (July-August 1938)
NAT and REP Rounds 1 to 6
1st Round: Ignacio begins the turn attacking Sigüenza once again. He knows the importance of that space, so it is a good place to try an attritional offensive, because the Republicans will have to cancel any possible retreat suffering more losses. And so happens.
Nationalist attack to Sigüenza
I must send troops to reinforce the bloody space, and I take them from the Center and from Valencia, more quiet fronts right now.
2nd Round: The Nationalists continue their strong offensive. Ignacio plays a 4 OPS card to attack Lérida and Guadix. Both are very distant spaces, so he is trying to cause troubles in more than one front. He plays Captured Bridge Combat Card against Lérida, but he is not lucky with the die and does not capture the city.
Nationalist attack to Lérida (northeast)
Nationalist attack to Guadix (south)
Time for a very powerful Republican event: French Intervention Menace. Just in time!
French Intervention Menace Republican card
After the successful Aragón offensive, the Nationalist Army arrived to the sea on 15 April 1938, cutting the Republican territory in two. In that critical moment, Franco took one of the most polemic strategic decisions of the war: instead of attacking the isolated Cataluña, he ordered an advance to the South, towards Valencia. The reasons for this decision have never been known. Somebody think that the Generalísimo was not in favor of conquering Cataluña because that would mean a quick Republican collapse and the end of the war, while his intention was to advance slowly, annihilating methodically the Republic and all its supporters. Others think that it was just a serious military mistake that demonstrates Franco’s limited capacity. However, the most extended opinion is related to the international political instability: the Anschluss of Austria had happened and Germany was increasing the pressure over Czechoslovakia. France saw this with concern, and there was also the fact of the presence of German and Italian troops in Spain near the Pyrenees frontier. There were rumors about a French invasion of Mallorca, and even the press talked about that three or even five divisions were going to be sent to the Cataluña front. The truth is that in Paris, on 15 March, First Minister Blum gathered the National Defense Committee to discuss the possibility of a military intervention in Spain and the sending of an ultimatum to Franco. Everyone present was fully against this, as they considered that the intervention would be considered as a casus belli by Italy and Germany, triggering a European war for which France was not prepared. Even more, probably Great Britain would consider the decision unjustified and would not support it.
3rd Round: Even if the Catalonian front will be “frozen” during this turn, Ignacio plays a Nationalist Reinforcements card and deploys two new Corps in Zaragoza. It is a good place because from that city he can send the units to different interesting places. I also play a Reinforcement card, deploying a Corps in Barcelona and the other in Valencia.
4th Round: It seems that the French Intervention Menace has interfered in Ignacio’s plans, but he has decided to act with patience, accumulating forces for the future offensives. He plays one of his best Combat Cards, Helter Skelter, as Replacement Points. Obviously I must also recover my army from the suffered losses, so I play a magnificent 5 OPS card (Opening of the French Border) as Replacements.
5th Round: Ignacio plays Reduction of Soviet Aid event. After this, the penalization to my Soviet Replacement Points is -2 (the still active Italian Submarines and the last event). Moreover, I will not be able to reconstruct any destroyed T-26 unit.
Reduction of the Soviet Aid Nationalist card
The instability in the Far East and the Japanese expansionism attracted the Soviet attention during the 30s. China was involved in one civil war after another, while the Japanese extended their influence in the Asian continent. In 1932 they founded the puppet state of Manchukuo and in 1937 they declared war to China, getting quick military successes, but without achieving an enemy surrender (in fact, the war would keep on until 1945). The Soviets were worried by those events and it did not take them long time to start sending military help to the Chinese, who had abandoned their civil fighting to face the common enemy. As a consequence, the help sent to the Republican Spain was reduced, as it had lost interest to Stalin’s eyes. In the middle of 1938 the Soviets thought of the war as already lost for the Republicans, so they were more focused in the Far East and they were looking for an approach to the Nazi Germany.
I play Negrín’s 13 Points, increasing the Republican Morale from 17 to 18. Until it decreases to 15 or less the Nationalist will not receive one additional card in hand, so this is always good.
6th Round: With his last operations Ignacio sends some Small Units from his rearguard to the Southern and Center fronts, and he also sends the Large ones from Zaragoza to the Catalonian front. I use OPS to reinforce the Catalonian and Center fronts. I try but fail to construct a trench in the Center.
At the end of Turn 14:
VP 12 / RM 18
TURN 15 (September-October 1938)
NAT and REP Rounds 1 to 6
1st Round: Ignacio begins the turn playing a strong offensive event: Spanish Air Brigade. This gives him 4 OPS and a +1 modifier in all attacks during this round.
Spanish Air Brigade Nationalist card
Through 1937 the Condor Legion and the Legionary Aviation were reinforced and took part in the Northern campaign and the main battles. At the same time the Nationalist air forces grew too and were considerably equipped mostly with German and Italian aircrafts, getting more involved in the combats. The Spanish planes were grouped in the First Spanish Air Brigade, and in spring 1938 it had three bomber squadron (a total of 48 airplanes) and a group of about 50 fighters. It also had some other 50 planes in independent groups. Along summer 1938, the arrival of new material and the repatriation of a lot of Italian pilots, who left their airplanes in Spanish hands, made it possible to create the Second Spanish Air Brigade.
The Nationalists attack Sigüenza (once again) and Munera (in the Center front). In the first battle the Republicans suffer heavy losses, but in the second one there is a draw thanks to the Polikarpov I-15 “Chato” Combat Card.
Nationalist attacks to Sigüenza and Munera
I play “Armored Trucks” as OPS. This is a good example of a bad card (only 2 OPS) that unfortunately remains in my deck. It could only be played during the War of Columns Phase; I did not, so now I must suffer its presence. I send reinforcements from Madrid to Sigüenza, even if I left the capital weakened. I try to construct a Trench in Munera, but the die fails, even if I have a -2 modifier!
2nd Round: Ignacio plays “Casado’s Coup” as OPS. This event gives him an automatic victory, but the Republican Morale must be under 4 points (very far away right now!). He launches a total attack to Sigüenza from three spaces and also another one to Guadix, in the South. He has definitely opted for a war of attrition, attacking again and again the same spaces. Fortunately for the Republican cause, I have built good Positions and I have enough troops to cover the losses. I am lucky with the dice rolls in Sigüenza and the result is a draw. But things go worse in Guadix, where Ignacio rolls a 6 and I roll a 1! The Republican forces resist for the moment.
Nationalist attack to Guadix
I desperately need Replacement Points, so I play “Economic Reorganization” event.
Economic Reorganization Republican card
The two States in which Spain was divided during the war had huge political, ideological, social and, of course, economical differences. From the first days of the conflict, in the Republican side the Government carried out some measures that would set the basis of a new economical system: seizure of companies, confiscation of lands, nationalization of industries and basic services, control of bank accounts… These State initiatives were overwhelmed in many places, especially in Aragón, Cataluña and Levant, where during the first months of the war the anarchist trade unions CNT and FAI launched an intense collectivization campaign. Each business was left under the control of a worker committee, nearly always with no rational coordination with the rest of the productive system and with no orientation of the production to the systematic war effort. The productivity went down and an overwhelming bureaucracy was created. This all ended, in short, in an important economical disorder. The Republican Government tried to reroute the situation with all the available means, and it had to recover and centralize a power divided between an infinite number of autonomic governments, regional and local committees. Negrín, who had been Treasury Minister with Largo Caballero, carried out a more centralized, coordinated and disciplined economical policy. He had a relative success, as he managed to make things better concerning to the war effort, but there would still be serious problems with production and supply.
3rd Round: Without pity, Ignacio attacks Guadix again. He does not win the combat, but there only remains a reduced Republican Army Corps after this offensive. It is obvious that I will lose the space if I do not send reinforcements. The problem is that they are too far! So I play OPS to make a “chain movement”, moving units from distant fronts to closer ones, and taking troops from those reinforced spaces (see image). I also finally construct a Trench in Munera!
Example of Republican “chain” movement
4th Round: The Nationalist Player uses OPS to send Small Units from the rearguard to the front. He also decides to change the attack front and launches a offensive against Morella, in the East. He clearly wins and the Republican retreat opens the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Nationalist attack to Morella
Result of the attack to Morella
I consider that as unavoidable (and too bad), so I choose to accumulate more Replacement Points.
5th Round: Ignacio still has more Large Units to add to the game. He plays a Reinforcements card and deploys 2 Army Corps in Zaragoza. I also play reinforcements, but in my case, they are Tanks Reinforcements. Not so powerful as Army Corps, but useful and welcome in any case. They are 2 units. One goes to the Reserve Box, and I deploy the other one in the port space of Tarragona, to cover a hole in my lines.
Tanks Reinforcements Republican card
Along 1937 the Soviet Union kept supplying excellent armoured vehicles to the Republic, although there were several circumstances that stopped the shipments in spring 1938. 175 T-26 and 50 BT-5 arrived to the Republican ports since March 1937 to March 1938. Although it can look paradoxical, in the Spanish Civil War Stalin was Franco’s Army’s best armoured car supplier. Knowing the quality and fire power of the armour used by the Republicans, the Nationalist Command made efforts to find defence methods against them first and capturing them later. Along the war more than half a hundred of T-26 and BT-5 were captured and got into Nationalist combat units.
6th Round: Ignacio has suffered casualties, so he decides to play a card as Replacement Points. I play OPS to move units in Catalonia and cover better the accesses to Barcelona through the coast. I launch an attack from Sigüenza to Almazán. Why? It is a modest attack, but there are only enemy Small Units in that space, so I can soften Nationalist offensive capacity without suffering much damage myself. I manage to destroy all the 3 units!
Republican attack to Almazán
At the end of Turn 15:
PV: 12 / MR: 18
TURN 16 (November-December 1938)
NAT and REP Rounds 1 to 6
1st Round: Ignacio plays OPS to move units in the Northeast front. He advances unopposed and arrives to the Mediterranean in the town of Vinaroz (as it historically happened), cutting the Republican zone in two and reducing the Republican Morale in 1 point. He also moves a reinforcing Corps from Zaragoza to the front.
Cutting of the Republican Zone
The Republican Popular Army is still a strong force, and I want to answer to the enemy offensive. In a very similar way to what historically happened, after the cutting of my zone I decide to launch a powerful attack from Catalonia, where I have enough troops. I use a mighty Strategic Counterattack card, which gives me a Die Roll Modifier (DRM) of +1 in all my attacks and also cancels the defensive terrain benefits for my opponent.
Republican Strategic Counterattack card
I decide to attack Sariñena from three spaces, and I use T-26 Combat Card to receive an additional +1 DRM.
Republican offensive in Aragón
I win the combat and reduce the two enemy Army Corps, which retreat to Zaragoza. I decide not to advance, because I am afraid of a heavy Nationalist counterattack. If I advanced I would obtain a +1 Republican Morale point (due to the political prestige gained with the offensive), but my Morale level is high enough and I do not want to expose my forces.
2nd Round: Ignacio plays OPS to send the retreated units back to the front and to reorganize his lines. Of course, I profit from this pause and play a card as Replacement Points (remember that I still have a total penalization of -3 to my RPs).
3rd Round: Ignacio uses the mighty Condor Legion. He moves units to expand his Mediterranean corridor and conquer the undefended town of Castellón, reducing the Republican Morale to 16 points. And he launches a double attack: one in the Northeast against Gandesa and the other one in the South, against Guadix (which was nearly taken in the previous Turn).
Nationalist conquers Castellón and attacks Gandesa
In Guadix he uses a Combat Card, so he gets a +2 DRM, but I play “Bad Weather” Combat Card and nobody receives any DRM.
Republican “Bad Weather” Combat Card
The bad weather affected the military operations many times along the war. For example, the intense rains slowed the Nationalist advance in the campaign of the North and damaged notably the Italian offensive towards Guadalajara. Both sides suffered the snow and the low temperatures during the extremely hard battle of Teruel.
The Republican defender wins the combat. In Gandesa the Nationalist is not lucky and he also loses the battle. These two combats seem to show that the Republican line is strong enough and that definitely the Nationalist Player will not have enough time to defeat the enemy before the games ends (there only remain two turns). I play a card as Strategic Redeployment, sending one T-26 tanks unit from my Reserve to my Beach Head in Málaga space, another T-26 from Tarragona to the front, and one Police unit to Sagunto, the space that defends the northern access to Valencia (which is not menaced at this moment).
4th Round: The Nationalist plays OPS. He sends a reduced Corps to Málaga, because the enemy T-26 unit in the Beach Head could conquer the city. And he also moves a Corps from the Center front to Morella, in the east, reducing the pressure over Sigüenza. The Republican plays more RPs.
5th Round: Ignacio plays OPS and decides to secure the recently conquered town of Castellón, sending forces to that space. He attacks the Republican Beach Head of Málaga and totally destroys the enemy forces and the Beach Head! I play 1 OPS to move one Small Unit in the Catalonian front one space back, in order to avoid its destruction. This kind of movement shows that the game is agonizing and that the Republic has managed to survive.
Republican tactical retreat
6th Round: Ignacio plays “Menorca Surrenders” card as OPS. The Republican Morale (RM) should be under 11 points in order to play it as event, so the high RM is stopping him from playing some important events. He sends the units in Málaga to the Southern Front and he reorganizes his Eastern lines, but knowing that his chances are gone.
At this moment Ignacio and I agree that it is unnecessary to go on with the game. Two turns remain, but it is clear that Ignacio will not have enough time to defeat me before the game ends, because the Republican side has a considerable advantage both in Republican Morale and Victory Points. Moreover, the next turn is Winter, so military operations will be slowed down.
Game map at the end of Turn 16
At the end of Turn 16:
PV: 12 / MR: 16
Nationalist concedes. Republican Victory
The historical situation at the end of the war (1st April 1939) was this: PV: 19 / MR: 3
The Nationalists won because in March there was an internal Coup d’État inside the Republican zone which finished any resistance (reflected in the Nationalist “Casado’s Coup”) event.
Both players try to improve the historical result, so if the Nationalist Player doe not play “Casado’s Coup”, he must increase VPs over 19 (20 or more) to win. 19 VPs would be a draw, and less a Republican Victory. It must be clear that the Republican Player can win even if his side was going to lose the war (he just achieves a better result that the historical one).
It has been a very interesting, nice and fun game. Both players can analyze what has happened, trying to discover key mistakes and strategic alternatives. It has been Ignacio’s first game, while I have obviously played C&R many times, so I have had a great advantage. I think that he has done well, and that he has learned a lot for the next match!
When playing with the Nationalist side, I would say that there should be two maxims:
- Maintain a constant pressure and try to make the Republican Player feel always uncomfortable.
- Reduce the Republican Morale as much and as fast as possible.
I know that this is obvious and easy to say, but these are the ways for a Nationalist victory.
The Republican Player must learn when to resist sacrificing troops, when to retreat, and when to counterattack. And he must maintain the Morale level as high as possible. And last but not least, he must play enough Replacement Points to conserve a powerful army, or his lines will fall down. Again, easy to say, but things are never easy when playing.
In short, this is a game where each side has different characteristics and has a different attitude: the Nationalists always on the offensive and the Republican defending himself while trying to slow down the enemy advance with sporadic attacks. But the way to victory is the same for both sides: achieving a good balance between military operations, political and economic events, and development and conservation of a powerful army.
Many thanks for your interest! Sincerely,
David & Ignacio
- Last edited Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:36 pm (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:59 pm
Disfruntandolo como un enano, aunque creo que Ignacio lo tiene un pelín jodido, no? Es lo que tiene jugar contra el diseñador!
David Gómez Relloso
Dobro (Los Altos)
For the English speakers: in brief I am telling Antonio that the situation is VERY difficult right now for Ignacio (who plays with the Nationalists), because the game will finish in 4 turns and the Republican has a good VP and RM levels...
Gracias, me alegra que te resulte interesante. Al menos se amortiza el esfuerzo de redactar estos informes, je, je.
En efecto, Ignacio (con el bando Nacional) lo tiene MUY difícil. El juego dura 18 turnos (quedan sólo 4), y al final de la partida el resultado por PV es:
- 18 ó menos: Victoria REP.
- 19: Empate (ningún jugador ha mejorado la situación histórica de su bando el 1 de Abril de 1939).
- 20 ó más: Victoria NAC.
Y para poder jugar el evento "Golpe de casado", que es un jaque mate a favor del NAC, la Moral REP debe bajas hasta 3 ó menos.
Pero no lo está haciendo nada mal, teniendo en cuenta que es su primera partida y que yo tengo mucha "mili" en este juego.
La clave es quizás que no se le puede dejar respirar al REP. Obviamente habrá pausas inevitables, pero hay que tratar de que sean las menos, y hacerle bailar al son de la continuada ofensiva nacional. Además, mi nivel de Moral es alto, gracias a que no ha jugado algún que otro evento (como "Hambre") y que yo me he preocupado de hacerlo.
Mi experiencia me indica que el Republicano suele correr el riesgo de que su frente se derrumbe en algún momento de la partida (o a veces en varias ocasiones), pero que si lo evita y mantiene un Ejército fuerte, se convierte en un hueso muy duro de roer.
Pronto subiré más turnos.
David Gómez Relloso
Dobro (Los Altos)
I have just added Turn 16 to the report, being the last one of this game (Nationalist Player concedes before the last two turns are played). Sincerely,
- Last edited Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:38 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:24 am
I have been so busy last months that only now I realize that David has published here our AAR of the game.
A very nice match. I tried to keep the pressure on the Republican side but David was able to free himself. Bad luck! Maybe next time...