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This is the May/June 1941 turns for a World in Flames game being played in Arlington, Virginia. I am the Soviets and French, and Chris (CW), Scott (US/China) and Ben (US/China) are the rest of the good guys. Kevin (Germany), Fritz (Japan) (Fritz has been relocated by his employer, alignments in flux...), and Peter (Italy) are the bad guys.

Optional rules of note include: Planes in Flames; o-points; divisions but NOT guns nor ski divs; 2d10 combat & first loss is corps (with a few exceptions); randomized naval combat; partisans (with a "strat bomb" house rule); warlords; guards banner armies; city-based volunteers; Pablo's Simple Oil Rule; road & rail construction; LOC Vichy

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MAY/JUNE 1941: GERMANY AND ITALY INVADE RUSSIA; JAPAN ATTACKS BRITISH EMPIRE

In the east, Japanese military preparations had been underway frantically since the United States coordinated an oil embargo against Japan in February. With an eye on the weather (things turn stormy in the tropics in the northern summer), Japan finished its preparations. Its ships left ports in Fukuoka, Canton, and Yokohama, heading south. The storm - a military one, not meteorological - broke on May 2, with near-simultaneous attacks on Batavia (the capital of Netherlands East Indies), Rabaul, Tarakan, Hong Kong, and Trincomalee (a major port on Ceylon). Most of those places were relatively lightly defended, though the Dutch in Batavia offered some resistance before falling to the invading Japanese marines on May 15. The Imperial Japanese Navy ravaged Commonwealth shipping in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, isolating India from the rest of the CW. Later in May and June, Japan consolidated its position in the Netherlands East Indies. (Singapore, incidentally, is still held by independence fighters, with Commonwealth troops besieging it now isolated by the Japanese attack.) Not everything went Japan's way; a big attack in southern China in June failed badly, destroying a couple of Japanese corps.

Britain dispatched a significant fleet towards Aden, and reinforced that key port. But otherwise, they could do little against the surprise Japanese attack.

President Roosevelt meanwhile in May ordered the US Navy to move the Pacific Fleet to its forward position at Pearl Harbor. Without fanfare, the US Army and Navy were authorized to call up reservists on June 1.

Hitler was delighted by the Japanese action, which should keep Britain occupied for a while. On May 2 German, Italian, and Romanian preparations were nearly ready. On May 7, the Axis armies crossed the border into the Soviet Union. The Soviets were utterly surprised; resistance was ineffective. Army Group South, which had set in in southeastern Poland and Romania, advanced the furthest, capturing Odessa, Lvov, and driving near Kiev by late May, overwhelming isolated Soviet armies. Zhukov tried to form a defense at Kiev, but the German assault on that city, launched June 14, captured the city by June 22 with very light German losses. Soviets remain behind the Dniester River, and in Dnepropetrovsk, but their reserves are thin, and German losses were minimal.

North of the Pripets, Germans advanced more slowly. They cleared the Soviet defenders out of Brest, Vilna, Kaunas, and Riga, and in late June captured Minsk. They approached Pskov and Vitebsk, both cities well defended. In Finland, the pro-Nazi party there that had taken power in a coup in March enthusiastically announced Finland's entry into the war on May 23, and somewhat less enthusiastically Bulgaria, pressured by the Germans with threats, entered the war on June 8.

Bomber Command continued its offensive, inflicting significant damage on factories in Lille and Dusseldorf.

Build point cost of destroyed units: USSR 42 (!), CW 10, Japan 7, China 2, Germany 0

Comment: I think I left too many speedbumps. But German combat dice were pretty good when needed. We'll see if July/August is any different.

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SEP/OCT '39: Germany crushes Poland. Germany attacks Denmark, British occupy its northern island. Soviets occupy E Poland, Baltics. Japan takes Chengsha. US authorizes resources to China.

NOV/DEC '39: Japan makes more progress in southern China. Stalemate in Denmark. Snowy in Europe.

JAN/FEB '40: Italy enters war, captures Malta, sinks bunch of convoys.

MAR/APR '40: Axis attacks Yugoslavia; Rumania and Hungary join in. Yugoslavia conquers Albania. Germany conquers Netherlands. CW naval air turns back invasion force in Western Med. Japanese capture Kwei-Yang, and take Kunming unopposed.

MAY/JUNE '40: Belgium falls. Surprise invasion of Gibraltar fails. Zagreb falls to Axis, Belgrade surrounded. Japan assaults Sian but fails to take it. Pro-independence partisans in Malaysia. US freezes Japanese assets.

JUL/AUG '40: Germany cuts off French armies in Maginot, enters Paris after French government declares it an open city. Yugoslavia falls. Japan captures Si-An.

SEP/OCT '40: France falls, Level 2 Vichy. Free France established in French West Africa.

NOV/DEC '40: Japan occupies Indochina, captures Chang-Sha. US gears up. Germans move to Denmark, Poland.

JAN/FEB '41: United States imposes oil embargo on Japan. German attack on British in northern Denmark goes nowhere.

MAR/APR '41: US Congress passes War Appropriations Act. RAF sinks German u-boats in port, and RN sinks German u-boats in North Atlantic.
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That's a pretty impressive casualty toll for a first turn in Russia. It sounds like the weather and combat rolls favoured the Germans. Have you got many troops left in the South?
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nailsworthnobby wrote:

That's a pretty impressive casualty toll for a first turn in Russia. It sounds like the weather and combat rolls favoured the Germans. Have you got many troops left in the South?


Yeah, a river line along the Dnepr. Kevin better make a bad roll or two next turn!
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Oh, man! This reading made me sadsoblue

Do you still have any hope of repairing it and givin' Adolf the boot in '45? Does it look as horrible as it reads?
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Roberkhan wrote:
Oh, man! This reading made me sadsoblue

Do you still have any hope of repairing it and givin' Adolf the boot in '45? Does it look as horrible as it reads?


Depends. A long Jul/Aug '41 would hurt. But a short one, coupled with a few below-average combat rolls, and I can hold on.
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Next installment here: Arlington in Flames 8: War in the East rages; Japan Goes Gonzo
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