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This is the March/April 1943 turn for a World in Flames game being played in Arlington, Virginia. I am the Soviets and French, and Chris (CW), Scott (US/China - now Japan) and Ben (US/China) are the rest of the good guys. Kevin (Germany), Fritz (Japan) (Fritz has been relocated by his employer, alas...), and Peter (Italy) are the bad guys.

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

Previous turns summary below the ==============

MARCH/APRIL 1943: ALLIES INVADE VICHY FRANCE; US CAPTURES ENIWOTOK; JAPAN TAKES THE SEYCHELLES

By March 4, German intelligence services were convinced that Operation Bitter Plum was aimed at Vichy France. Though Petain refused to believe it, Admiral Darlan took the intelligence at face value, and scattered the Vichy fleet into the Atlantic on maneuvers.

Axis spies were right. Operation Bitter Plum was launched and in mid-March, American and British forces invaded and para-dropped into southern France. They quickly captured Toulon and subsequently took Marseilles (with losses), and moved inland slightly. The Germans and Italians were quick to reinforce Petain's forces, though, and occupied Nice and the mountains. The invasion fleet had managed to elude German and Italian naval air patrolling in the western Med, thanks to strong American and CW carrier fleets.

But the Vichy navy exacted a toll. The modern battleship Richelieu, with storms suppressing Allied air patrols, did significant damage to Allied shipping in the North Atlantic. Other Vichy warships elsewhere were unable to do much.

The Allies didn't make any progress in Brittany - but strategic bombers did significant damage to Hamburg, Brussels, Lille, Paris, and (Soviet bombers) Bucharest. In Libya, the British drew closer to Tripoli. But Italy sent units to Vichy Syria, causing the CW to reinforce the Suez.

There was another threat to Egypt looming - the Japanese (who clearly aren't being pressured enough in the Pacific...). A Japanese carrier task force patrolled the Arabian Sea and cruisers entered the Red Sea, trying to cut supply to Egypt and Aden (Aden defended only by the Manchester militia). They were unsuccessful, though the Japanese marines did in April land in the Seychelles.

The weather in Russia stayed stormy for almost the entire turn. (In fact, this ENTIRE winter there was only ONE "snow" impulse - it was all otherwise "storm" or "blizzard".) And the Russian front was largely quiet, although in late April there was a Russian attack near Kharkov which cost both sides a motorized corps.

In the Pacific, US marines and army with naval support captured Eniwotok in the Marshalls. And in China, Japan AGAIN attacked Chungking and AGAIN failed to do any damage to the defenders.

Build point cost of destroyed units: CW 23, Vichy France 10, US 8, Japan 6, Germany 6, Italy 5, USSR 4

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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.

MAY/JUNE '41: Japan attacks Commonwealth and Netherlands East Indies. US Navy relocates to Pearl Harbor. Germany and allies invade Soviet Union, capture Kiev, Odessa, Brest-Litovsk, approach Dnieper River.

JULY/AUG '41: Japan declares war on the USA (based on accurate intelligence that the US was about to declare war on them) AND on the Soviet Union; invades Philippines, Siberia. Germans cross the Dnepr to the south of Dnepropetrovsk, capture Vitebsk and Gomel. Commonwealth capture Tobruk and Bardia.

SEP/OCT '41: Japanese take Vladivostok. Germans fail to capture Dnepropetrovsk, but advance on Leningrad and Smolensk. Commonwealth capture Benghazi.

NOV/DEC '41: US fails two attempts to declare war on Germany. Japan takes Singapore from partisans, but new partisans occupy oilfields of Palembang.

JAN/FEB '42: Germans take Kerch. Terrible weather and little action.

MAR/APR '42: USA declares war on Germany and Italy. Germans take Dnepropetrovsk.

MAY/JUNE '42: Germans take Leningrad and Smolensk; Japanese take Khabarovsk. Chinese in Chungking defeat a Japanese offensive. US marines take Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

JUL/AUG '42: Germans and Finns capture Archangel. British/Americans land in Brittany, take Lorient and Brest. Chungking holds against Japanese assault.

SEP/OCT '42: Mud in Russia - Kharkov holds against Germans, Italians. Allies, Axis reinforce French front. Japanese crush Vietnamese independence movement in Hanoi. Canadian subs disrupt Japanese shipping in South China Sea.

NOV/DEC '42: Germans take Stalino. US and friends invade Colombia. Attack fails vs Chungking.

JAN/FEB '43: Argentina joins Axis, takes Bolivia. Naval skirmishing in the Med, North Atlantic.
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Allies did invade Vichy France mainland in our game too in ND43, from the foothold they had in the vicinity of Bordeaux.
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