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Simon Nicholls
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January / February 1937

New year, new challenges. Germany kicks off the year in style by winning the bidding, starting a civil war in Spain and then finishing the political affairs after one play for the second turn in a row. Typical – how’s an honest Communist supposed to get anything done around here?

Weather is poor in the north, but all the action is in the south as a massive Japanese invasion lands boys adjacent to Canton. A DIV dies but the landing succeeds.

The Spanish Civil War rages inconclusively as Laurence tries a spurious attack on Seville with no effect. Greg turns up next impulse with a boatload of boys and shafts him. Laurence ignores Spain and returns to China where ground strikes are deployed and more reinforcements shipped in. It looks bad for the Chinese - could China be Greg’s Waterloo?

The newly commissioned Imperial Chinese Airforce fighter squadron is shot down over Si-An but the variety of ground strikes miss so Laurence turns his attention to Canton where an invading MOT is supported by a land based MAR (shome mishtake shurely) in the attack. The dice are not kind to his Laxiness and both the attackers die despite killing the defending garrison. Canton remains Chinese, at least momentarily.


March / April 1937

Off we go again as Japan signs a deal with the Persians for some oil – but will Laurence remember to set up the convoy route? Next up the Nazi party decide to big up Rumania at the expense of Hungary and Bulgaria – lots of oil is the thank you from the proto-fascist nomarks at the boggy end of the Danube. Losers. Italy gears up - which sounds impressive but it will take a year before they see a net return. The USSR signed the London Naval Treaty and the CW got some bid points. Amazingly, we are now at the Chinese and they try and get the League of Nations to extend them some credit but they are blocked by Italy and Siam. So they get some bid points instead as do France and the US. Wey hey.

Laurence girds loins and goes for Si An. And gets a result, damn his eyes. Greg tries his luck in Spain and it all goes wrong and Laurence licks his lips – but Greg finishes the turn. Bit of a get out of jail job there, by the way.

Mark is here and we’re waiting for Ian and people are talking about BMWs. Seriously. Meanwhile Indo China just avoids the partisans again and we build some boys. Like Ian was in Macclesfield 25 minutes ago and he still isn’t here – what’s he doing?


May / June 1937

It’s the morning after the night before, again. Kasia and Ian depart and Mark retreats to a dark corner with his laptop. Laurence bids up the Japanese so that they can move around their ideology, China gears up, Italy holds the tasteless victory parade we all feared and signs a trade agreement with Portugal. France backs the Spanish Republic. Germany thinks about a coup before deciding instead to try and ally with Turkey – but is rebuffed. The politics ends and the fighting continues.

Japan positions for the attack on the Communists in the mountains – odds don’t look particularly good at +4 but rolling 20 will always make it work. Laurence is understandably very pleased as this breaks the mountain line and leaves the road open to victory. Simon and Greg reach despondently for another lager.

It gets worse as Laurence follows up with another low odds attack at +6 against the remaining Communist INF in the mountains and rolls 16. There’s now nothing between him and Lan Chow. However Canton defeats another MAR attack – Canton 2 : Jap Marines 0.


July / August 1937

Italy wins the bidding war and forces the collapse of the French government. France has to hold an election which means they are not able to cancel their alliance with Rumania ahead of a likely attack by the Russians. Japan takes the bid points. Germany sets up a trade agreement with Poland.

The Japanese win the initiative and choose to go first assaulting Lan Chow at +6. No need to worry as 18 is rolled. The remaining Communist unit (Mao) is now out of supply. Looking grim for the Chinese.

The Soviets declare war against Rumania. France takes charge. The Rumanian army is destroyed in Chisinau and the road to Bucharest is open.

Laurence continues moving forward in China and another attack at +9 goes in, die roll of 15 gives him another perfect result. Looking grimmer for the Chinese.

Frantic passing by the Communists and Democrats fail and Laurence goes again at +8 and rolls 15. Relentless. Another successful attack later, the turn ends. China is toast.


September / October 1937

Russia wins the bidding war and plays its owed war option and then ends the politics. Weather poor at last and Laurence not able to go for an attack until the weather clears in his third impulse. Attack goes in at +6 against Chungking but Laurence’s luck deserts him and he rolls a three. Shortly afterwards the turn ends.


November / December 1937

Japan geared up, the CW held an election, Russia picked up more bid points, the French allied Spain, Italy blagged bid points, Germany geared up and signed a trade agreement with Finland. The US didn’t get to play and China didn’t ask.

Fascists win the military initiative and ground strike Chungking flipping a corps and div but missing Chiang. Lax doesn't risk the attack in the rain assuming he will get better weather next impulse - which of course he does. The attack goes in but this time he misses and, although he doesn’t lose any boys only one Chinese div is killed. Chungking holds. The Communists attempt a counterattack against some out of supply Japs at what they believe to be +8 forgetting the snow reduces it to +4. Anyway Simon rolls 6 so his boy dies.

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Really nice read. Looking forward to more!


One question though, why did Japan and Germany gear up in the end of the year?
If they just would have waited one turn the cost would have been lower.

 
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No idea why Laurence chose to gear up Germany then. As you point out, if he had waited one more turn he would have saved a lot of money. Might have been the drink.

Japan's first gear up year is '37 so he should have geared them up earlier but in this game we seemed to struggle to get many options through.

Regrettably, although we play quite a lot, we don't necessarily play very well.
 
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