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Axis & Allies Global 1940 Campaign III

A subset of our gaming group, consisting of myself, my long-time wargaming friends Rick and Dan, and Rick's 11 year old son Jeremy, recently completed our third campaign of Axis & Allies Global 1940. We used the Alpha+2 ruleset, just as we had in our previous two campaigns. For this campaign, it was Jeremy's turn to run all of the Axis powers, while I commanded the Russians and French, Rick leading the USA and China, and Dan overseeing the United Kingdom and ANZAC forces. As you will see, Jeremy gave the old men a run for their money!

Turn: 1 – May 1940 through December 1940

Germany:
Raised (5) panzer divisions. Germany unleashed blitzkrieg and conquered France (Paris VC), Normandy, and Yugoslavia. German forces peacefully occupied Finland. The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine successfully attacked Royal Navy forces in Sea Zones 109, 110, 112, and unsuccessfully attacked RN units in Sea Zone 111. Income: 40+10+19 (France) =69 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (9) rifle armies, (1) tank corps, and (1) mechanized corps. No combat, but all units on the German border save for a single rifle army in each territory fell back in order to create a buffer zone so as not to allow the Germans to destroy significant formations during the initial stages of an invasion. Income: 37 IPC.

Japan:
Commissioned (1) CA division and (1) DD squadron. Conducted (1) research effort, unsuccessful. Imperial army and air forces conquered the Chinese territories of Chahar, Anhwe, Hunan, and Yunnan. Japan then declared war on the USSR! Japanese units overran the Russian territories of Amur and Soviet Far East. Income: 32+10=42 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division and (2) DD squadrons. Raised (1) TAC bomber group. Conducted (1) research effort, unsuccessful. There was no combat as America remained at peace, but various units repositioned in the Atlantic and Pacific. Income: 52 IPC.

China:
Raised (4) armies. Nationalist forces unsuccessfully attempted to liberate Yunnan. Income: 8 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (2) DD squadrons. Raised (2) tank armored divisions. Royal Navy air and sea units sank several U-boats. The RN fled the Med, surrendering the sea to the Italians! Income: 28+5-2 (U-boats) =31 IPC.

UK-India:
Commissioned (1) transport flotilla. Raised (1) armored division and (1) artillery regiment. There were no combat operations for British forces in the CBI during this time. Income: 17 IPC.

ANZAC:
Commissioned (1) DD squadron. There were no ANZAC combat operations during this time. Income: 10 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (3) infantry corps. Italy launched a broad series of offensives, taking Gibraltar, Greece, Southern France, Alexandria, Kenya, Anglo-Egypt Sudan, and Tunisia. Bulgaria was peacefully occupied. Income: 18+5+5=28 IPC.

France:
Surviving Free French units undertook no offensive operations during this time. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
Germany did the expected in conquering France in a game-opening blitz. They also made an aggressive play to neutralize the British navy and get their U-boats into the convoy lanes. Japan made a surprising decision to declare war on Russia right at the start, while also pushing hard in China. The Italians also impressed with a wide-ranging series of offensives, turning the Mediterranean into an Italian lake, with the unexpected help of the British, who uncharacteristically abandoned the Med without a fight. While Britain’s leader explained his desire to keep the fleet intact and live to fight another day, abandoning the Med to Italy raised eyebrows in Moscow and Washington.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 139
Economics – IPC Allies: 103
Economics – IPC Neutrals: 52 (United States)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 4 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)


German troops march triumphantly through the streets of Paris

Turn: 2 – January 1941 through June 1941

Germany:
Commissioned (5) U-boat squadrons, raised (4) panzer divisions and (1) panzer grenadier division. The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine continued their operations against the Royal Navy in Sea Zone 109. Ground combat units began to reposition to the east. Income: 40+10=50 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (6) rifle armies, (3) tank corps, and (3) artillery divisions. Most reinforcements remained in the west to bolster the armies that would be facing Germany, but some units were sent to the east to shore up the defenses against the Japanese. Income was 35 IPC.

Japan:
Constructed an industrial complex in Kiangsu. Commissioned (1) sub squadron and (1) transport flotilla. The Imperial army remained on the move, capturing the Russian territories of Siberia and Sahka, while also overrunning the Chinese provinces of Kweichow, Hopei, and Suiyuyan. Income: 36+10=46 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (1) BB division, and (1) transport flotilla. Conducted (1) research effort, unsuccessful. America remained at peace, but continued to reinforce, primarily in the Pacific. Income: 52 IPC.

China:
Raised (2) armies. Chinese Nationalist forces successfully liberated Yunnan and opened the Burma Road. Income: 6+6=12 IPC.

UK-London:
Raised (7) infantry corps and (1) fighter group. In Africa, British forces seized Ethiopia from Italy. Income: 27 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (2) infantry corps, (1) armored division, and (1) artillery regiment. UK forces in India did not conduct any combat operations during this time. Income: 17 IPC.

ANZAC:
Commissioned (2) submarine squadrons. ANZAC forces did not conduct any combat operations during this time. Income: 10 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (5) infantry corps, (1) tank division, and (2) artillery regiments. Italian forces in Africa were quite active, overrunning Tanganyika, Algeria, and, in the most important battle, claiming Egypt (Cairo VC). Income was 21+10=31 IPC.

France:
Free French forces were generally inactive during this time. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
Germany contented itself with operations against the British navy, but it was obvious that their armies were moving eastward. The Japanese continued their very strong efforts on the Asian continent against both Russia and China. Italy continued to run wild in the Med and Middle East, with the British providing scant resistance, though British units were beginning to congregate in Africa and the Persian Gulf for a potential counterstrike. All in all, the Axis maintained the initiative along all fronts.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 127 (266 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 101 (204 to date)
Economics – Neutrals: 52 (United States) (104 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 5 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)


Japanese troops advance in China

Turn: 3 – July 1941 through December 1941

Germany:
Commissioned (3) transport flotillas, and raised (5) panzer divisions. With the Royal Navy greatly weakened, the Germans made a bold move, conducting an amphibious invasion of Ireland. The Germans looked poised to launch an invasion of Britain proper. At the same time, major Wehrmacht formations continued to move to the Russian border in preparation for a potential invasion of the USSR. Income was 40+10=50 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (6) rifle armies and (3) tank corps. Again, most new units were kept in the West, as the German menace loomed, while a small number of mobile units moved east to keep the Japanese at bay. Income: 33 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (6) tank divisions and (1) fighter group. The Japanese Empire declared war on Britain and the United States! Japanese forces moved to invade Kwangtung (Hong Kong VC), Borneo and French Indo-China. Japanese forces also attempted to invade the Philippines, but were beaten back by American forces. On the mainland, Imperial units overran the Chinese provinces of Szechwan, Kansu, Shensi, and Yunnan, once again cutting the Burma Road. Income: 48 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (3) DD squadrons, and raised (1) TAC bomber group and (1) fighter group. Responding to the Japanese declaration of war, American forces stormed ashore in the Marshall Islands. In the Atlantic, America forces activated Brazil as a minor ally. Income: 54+25-2 (U-boats) =77 IPC.

China:
Raised (5) armies. Chinese forces were too weakened to attempt any offensive operations. Income: 2 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (2) DD squadrons, and raised (1) fighter group. Using forces gathered from Africa and the Persian Gulf, Britain liberated Egypt (Cairo VC). Anglo Egypt Sudan and Tanganyika were also liberated at this time. Income: 28-8 (U-boats) = 20 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (6) infantry corps. Although now at war with Japan, UK forces in India did not conduct any offensive operations at this time. Income: 10 IPC.

ANZAC:
Raised (1) fighter group. ANZAC forces did not conduct any combat operations during this time. Income: 10+5=15 IPC.

Italy:
Italy upgraded the Northern Italy industrial complex. Commissioned (1) transport flotilla and raised (1) infantry corps. Italian army forces in the Middle East reclaimed Egypt (Cairo VC), while their attack on Morocco was rebuffed by Free French troops. Income: 19+10= 29 IPC.

France:
Free French forces did not conduct any offensives during this time. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
Japan committed themselves to all-out war with its declarations against both the Commonwealth and the United States. Their opening moves in the new Pacific front were somewhat limited, and the failure to take the Philippines was rather shocking. However, it was clear that most of the Japanese effort was being made on the Asian mainland. The Germans were laying siege to the UK with their U-boat fleet, effectively tying up the British, while it was obvious that their army was massing for an invasion of Russia. Italy was finally being opposed in the Med by the British, but was still capable of retaking Cairo. The US wasted no time striking back at the Japanese with its invasion of the Marshall Islands, but the Americans had a lot of work ahead of them to slow down the Japanese while also aiding Britain in Europe.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 127 (393 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 157 (361 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 5 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 3 (need 6)




Status maps, December 1941

Turn: 4 – January 1942 through June 1942

Germany:
Raised (7) panzer divisions, and conducted (2) research efforts (unsuccessful). Operation Barbarossa is launched! German forces overrun the lightly defended Russian territories of Baltic States, Eastern Poland, Karelia, and Vyborg, while Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe units attacked the Russian Baltic fleet in Sea Zones 115 and 125. Meanwhile, the Afrika Korps sailed from Italy and invaded Trans-Jordan. Income: 44+10=54 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (7) rifle armies and (2) tank corps. The Soviets responded to the German attack by sinking a German amphibious force in the Baltic, while attacks against German U-boats off Norway (SZ 125) were unsuccessful. In the East, the Soviet Army conducted a successful spoiling attack against the Japanese in Sahka, destroying a strong Japanese force located there. Income: 31 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (6) tank divisions and commissioned (1) CA division. Japanese landing forces invaded Guam, Sumatra, and Midway, while IJN aircraft sank some US transports near the Marshalls. In Russia, Imperial forces struck back at the Red Army, reclaiming Sahka, and destroying a major Soviet army group in the process. Income: 51 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (2) destroyer squadrons, (2) transport flotillas, while raising (3) infantry corps, (1) artillery regiment, (1) TAC bomber group, and (1) fighter group. In a stunning development, the American navy, taking advantage of a lapse in Japanese patrols, invaded the Japanese home islands (Tokyo VC)! This invasion was preceded by a major naval battle, which saw the American fleet defeat the Japanese navy, despite the Japanese use of Kamikazes. American forces also sank a Japanese transport fleet off Midway. In the Atlantic, the US Navy defeated a Kriegsmarine task force off Gibraltar (SZ 91). Income: 62+25+52 (Japan) = 139 IPC.

China:
Raised (1) army. Chinese forces were able to liberate the province of Shensi. Income: 3 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (1) DD squadron and raised (2) armored divisions. RN and RAF units sank numerous U-boats in Sea Zone 109. In the Med, British forces again reclaimed Egypt (Cairo VC). Income: 27 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (3) infantry corps. While there were no combat operations, the British moved a major army into Burma. Income: 10 IPC.

ANZAC:
Commissioned (1) transport flotilla, while raising (1) infantry corps and (1) artillery regiment. ANZAC forces moved to garrison Dutch New Guinea, while the RAAF flew three fighter groups to the Philippines to reinforce the American position. Income: 10+10=20 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (5) infantry corps, (1) artillery regiment, and (1) fighter group. El Duce’s army again seized Egypt (Cairo VC) from the British. The Italian fleet ferried reinforcements to its garrison in Gibraltar. On the Eastern Front, Italian armored forces overran Bessarabia. Income: 19+10= 29 IPC.

France:
Free French forces remained in defensive positioned in North Africa. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
In Europe, the big news was the long awaited German invasion of Russia. While the Russian losses were minimal due to the Soviet strategy of moving most of their units out of the border territories, it was disturbing to note that the Germans had two equally strong army groups advancing into Russia from the north and south. In the Pacific, the shocking American invasion of Japan was front-page news. While it seemed likely that the remaining Japanese fleet and marine forces should be able to eject the Americans in short order, this invasion threw the Japanese war machine into disarray. Italy continued its back and forth with the British in Egypt, but it appeared that things were swinging ever so slowly to the Allied side in that struggle.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 83 (477 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 230 (591 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 5 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)


The Battle of the Sea of Japan

The Royal Navy strikes back at the U-boat menace!

Turn: 5 – July 1942 through December 1942

Germany:
Raised (5) panzer divisions, (1) infantry corps, and (1) artillery regiment, while commissioning (1) transport flotilla and conducting (2) research efforts, which yielded “improved mechanized infantry”. German forces remained on the march in the East, conquering the Russian territories of Ukraine, Novgorod (Leningrad VC), Belarus, and Western Ukraine. In the Middle East, the Afrika Korps was active, taking Syria while peacefully occupying Iraq. Income: 52+12= 66 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (10) rifle armies. Russian forces counterattacked the Germans on Stalin’s orders, reclaiming Karelia and Belarus, while on the Japanese front, mechanized forces liberated the Chinese provinces of Suiyuyan and Chahar. Income: 25 IPC.

Japan:
Imperial navy and marine forces launched a counteroffensive to liberate the home islands from the Americans. This was successful and the capitol was reclaimed (Tokyo VC). Amphibious forces were able to seize Java during this time, while in Russia, Imperial army forces claimed Buryatia. The Imperial army also went back on the offensive in China, conquering Shensi province. Income: 54 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (2) BB divisions, (1) DD squadron, and (3) transport flotillas, while raising (1) TAC bomber group, (1) fighter group, (3) infantry corps, and (3) artillery regiments. In Europe, American strategic bombers unsuccessfully bombed Berlin, while new air, land, and naval reinforcements for the ETO arrived. Income: 54+25= 79 IPC.

China:
Raised (1) army. Nationalist forces did not conduct any major operations during this time. Income: 4 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (1) transport flotilla, and raised (1) armored division, (1) mechanized division, and (1) fighter group. British forces again liberated Egypt (Cairo VC) and reclaimed Trans-Jordan as well, taking control of the Suez Canal once again. RN and RAF patrols sank German U-Boats operating off Norway (SZ 125). Income: 28+5= 33 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (2) mechanized divisions and (1) infantry corps. British forces in the CBI went on the offensive, liberating both Siam and French Indo-China from the Japanese. Income: 13 IPC.

ANZAC:
Commissioned (1) DD squadron and (1) transport flotilla, while also raising (1) artillery regiment. ANZAC forces went over to the offensive, invading and liberating Java, while sinking a smallish IJN task force in the process. Income: 14+10= 24 IPC.

Italy:
Commissioned (1) CA division and (2) DD squadrons. Italian forces refrained from offensive operations, while the fleet moved off the Egyptian coast and back to Italy. Income: 17+10= 27 IPC.

France:
Free French forces remained on the defensive. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
Things were becoming desperate for the Soviet Union, as it had become clear that the overarching Axis strategy at this point in the war was a three-pronged assault on Mother Russia, to the exclusion of almost all other considerations. The Japanese, as expected, were able to liberate the Home Islands, but American and Commonwealth forces were nibbling away at the edges of the Empire. The Americans made a major decision to send considerable reinforcements to the ETO, even while Japanese appeared to be tottering, a move that invited a certain amount of debate on the Allied side. Italy appeared to have finally given up on its hopes of claiming Cairo, at least for the time being.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 147 (624 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 178 (769 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 5 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 3 (need 6)




Status maps, December 1942

Turn: 6 – January 1943 through June 1943

Germany:
Commissioned (5) U-Boat squadrons, and raised (6) panzer divisions. In the East, Wehrmacht forces continued their onslaught, overrunning Vyborg, Karelia, Rostov, Bryansk, Belarus, and Archangel. In the Middle East, the Afrika Korps once again captured Northwest Persia and Trans-Jordan. Income: 58+14= 72 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (8) rifle armies. While reinforcements massed in Moscow, the bulk of the Red Army reclaimed Bryansk and blocked the Germans from a direct attack on Moscow. Income: 19 IPC.

Japan:
Upgraded the industrial complex in Japan, while raising (4) tank divisions and (3) infantry corps. Imperial forces launched two major offensives on the Asian mainland. In China, the provinces of Chahar, Sikang, Tsinghai, and Suiyuyan were overrun, while in Russia, Yakut was taken. The IJN also launched a surprising invasion of Alaska. Income: 54+5= 59 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (1) BB division and (3) transport flotillas, and raised (3) infantry corps and (3) artillery regiments. In the Pacific, US forces liberated Midway, while in the Atlantic, US army troops ejected the Italians from Gibraltar. Income: 52+20= 72 IPC.

China:
Raised (2) armies. Nationalist forces were able to wrest Shensi province back from the Japanese. Income: 1 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (1) DD squadron and (1) sub squadron, and raised (2) fighter groups. British forces in Africa conquered Italian Somalia. Income: 27 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (4) infantry corps. Commonwealth forces liberated the Chinese province of Yunnan. Income: 13 IPC.

ANZAC:
Commissioned (2) CA divisions. ANZAC naval and land forces reclaimed Sumatra and Borneo from the Japanese. Income: 18+10= 28 IPC.

Italy:
Commissioned (1) BB division and (1) DD squadron. Italian forces on the Eastern Front captured Volgograd (Stalingrad VC). Income: 19 IPC.

France:
Free French destroyers sank an Italian transport flotilla off the coast of Africa (SZ 94) while French ground forces liberated Alexandria. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
It was clear that things were becoming grim for Russia, as the Germans, Italians, and Japanese all advanced further into Soviet territory. At the same time, the days of the Italian efforts in the Med appeared to be on the decline, and Commonwealth efforts in Southeast Asia and the Indies were beginning to pay off, as the Japanese empire’s borders were being slowly pushed back.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 150 (774 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 160 (929 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 6 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 3 (need 6)


Stalingrad burns as the Italians enter the city

Turn: 7 – July 1943 through December 1943

Germany:
Commissioned (2) BB divisions, raised (6) panzer divisions, and conducted (1) research effort, yielding “Rockets”. The Wehrmacht relentlessly drove on in Russia, claiming Smolensk, Vologda, and, in a massive battle involving 34 panzer divisions, 11 infantry corps, and 3 air fleets versus Russian forces which included 30 rifle armies and a number of supporting units, defeated the Russians at Bryansk, opening the road to Moscow. Meanwhile, in the Med, German forces sank a French destroyer squadron, while 3 U-Boat squadrons made an unsuccessful attack on US Navy forces outside of Gibraltar. Income: 62+24= 86 IPC.

Russia:
Raised (7) rifle armies. A small force was able to take back Vologda, but for the most part, units were simply gathered in Moscow for the coming assault. Income: 12 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (10) infantry corps and (5) tank divisions. Imperial army forces overran the Russian territory of Yenisey, while seizing Shensi and Kansu provinces in China, destroying a major Chinese army in Kansu in the process. Japanese marines infiltrated into the Yukon! Income: 47 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (1) DD squadron, and (3) transport flotillas, while raising (2) infantry corps, (1) TAC bomber group, and (1) fighter group. US Navy forces sank 2 German battleship divisions while Army units splashed ashore on the coast of Western Germany. In the Pacific, US forces successfully invaded Iwo Jima and the Soviet Far East, while also liberating Alaska. Finally, the US Pacific Fleet smashed the remnants of the IJN in the Sea of Japan, sinking a Japanese battleship division. Income: 60+25 = 85 IPC.

China:
Chinese Nationalist forces were in hiding at this point. Income: 0 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (2) transport flotillas, and established a minor industrial complex in Egypt. UK forces continued their campaign in Africa, liberating Kenya and Trans-Jordan. Income: 29+5= 34 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (2) armored divisions. Commonwealth ground forces liberated significant areas of China, including Kwangsi, Szechwan, Kweichow, and Hunan provinces. Income: 17 IPC.

ANZAC:
Established a minor industrial complex in Queensland, commissioned (1) transport flotilla, and raised (1) infantry corps and (1) artillery regiment. ANZAC amphibious forces liberated Kwangtung (Hong Kong VC) and captured the Japanese held Caroline Islands. Income: 18+10= 28 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (6) infantry corps. Italian forces once again successfully invaded Gibraltar, while on the Eastern Front, Italian armored forces overran the Soviet territory of Tambov. Income: 19+10= 29 IPC.

France:
Free French ground forces seized Tobruk from the Italians. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
In Russia, the end was drawing near, as the Reds, besieged on all sides, and with no help coming from the Allies, were prepared to make a last stand in Moscow. However, this single minded Axis approach to carving up the USSR was now causing serious problems for Germany and Japan in terms of holding off the Allies elsewhere. The Americans led the way, with a damaging invasion of Western Germany in the ETO, and the destruction of the IJN in the Pacific. The European situation was particularly dangerous for the Nazis, as their western European defenses were very weak at this point, with nearly the entire Wehrmacht deployed deep inside Russia. Meanwhile, Commonwealth forces were steadily eating away at the Japanese positions in China and the south Pacific.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 162 (936 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 176 (1105 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 6 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)





Turn: 8 – January 1944 through June 1944

Germany:
Raised (13) panzer divisions and (1) infantry corps. German forces made their final push on Moscow, and defeated the last major Russian army (Moscow VC). Other attacks claimed the territories of Nenetsia, Vologda, and Kazakhstan. U-boats were able to sink a British destroyer squadron off Gibraltar. Income: 60+29+12 (Russia) = 101 IPC.

Russia:
Remnants of the Russian army were able to liberate Kazakhstan. Income: 0 IPC.

Japan:
Commissioned (1) BB division and (2) CA divisions. With the fall of the Russian army, Japanese forces were able to sweep in and claim Timguska, Evenkiyskiy, Novosibirsk, Samara, and Kazakhstan. Imperial army units also overran the Chinese provinces of Kweichow and Szechwan. Income: 43-4 (Allied naval attacks)= 39 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (2) DD squadrons and (3) transport flotillas, and raised (2) SAC bomber groups, (3) infantry corps, and (3) artillery regiments. Conducted (1) research effort, unsuccessful. The USN destroyed the new Japanese naval forces in the Sea of Japan, maintaining Allied control of that vital sea zone. US marines came ashore in Korea and Siberia, while also clearing out the last Japanese from the Yukon. In the ETO, the US Army successfully assaulted Germany, seizing Berlin (Berlin VC) and wrecking the German homeland. Income: 69+31+101 (Germany) = 201 IPC.

China:
Raised (1) army. Nationalist forces were still too weak to do anything but remain on the defensive. Income: 3 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (2) transport flotillas, while raising (4) infantry corps and (2) artillery regiments. British forces invaded Denmark, while the Home Fleet defeated the last of the Kriegsmarine off the Atlantic coast of Gibraltar (SZ 91). In the Med, the RN decisively defeated the Italian Navy off the coast of Egypt (SZ 98), while ground forces captured Syria and Iraq. Income: 36+10= 46 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (3) armored divisions. UK forces in the CBI stood on the defensive, reinforcing their forward positions in China, especially in Yunnan province. Income: 20+5= 25 IPC.

ANZAC:
Raised (2) fighter groups. ANZAC forces liberated the Chinese province of Kiangsi, as they drove north to threaten Shanghai. Income: 18+10= 28 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (10) infantry corps. Italian forces came to the aid of their German allies, liberating Western Germany. Income: 24+10= 34 IPC.

France:
Free French forces liberated Algeria. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
Despite claiming its long sought after prize of Moscow, Germany found itself in desperate straits after the American seizure of Berlin. While Germany and Italy had sufficient forces in western Europe to retake the Nazi capitol, its loss, even temporary, could be considered nothing short of a catastrophe. In the Pacific, America had Japan deciviely beaten at sea, and the Commonwealth forces in Asia were now rapidly overrunning previous Japanese gains. Of all the Axis, the Italians were possibly the most secure, but the loss of the Italian fleet was troubling to say the least.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 73 (1009 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 303 (1408 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 6 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)


Battle of the Eastern Med

German panzers enter Moscow!

Turn: 9 – July 1944 through December 1944

Germany:
German panzers from France, supported by Luftwaffe fighters, were able to defeat the Americans in Berlin and reclaim the capitol (Berlin VC). At sea, a daring Luftwaffe strike sank a sizeable Allied transport fleet which had been left undefended in Sea Zone 109 (7 transport flotillas sunk!). Income: 61+22= 83 IPC.

Russia:
There was no Russian activity during this time. Income: 0 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (11) infantry corps and (1) tank division. In Central Asia, Japanese forces overran the old Soviet territories of Turkmenistan and Eastern Persia. In China, while Imperial forces took Hunan province, their assault on Yunnan, which was defended by a United Nations force with units from the USA, UK, ANZAC, and China present, was defeated with heavy losses, including most of the remaining air power of Japan. Income: 40-4(Allied naval activity) = 36 IPC.

United States:
Commissioned (13) transport flotillas, and raised (13) infantry corps and (13) artillery regiments. Conducted (1) research effort, which failed, and built a minor industrial complex. In the Pacific, American forces seized the Marianas, Manchuria, and Amur. In the ETO, US forces took Norway, and destroyed numerous German combat units with a massive bombing campaign over Germany. Income: 63+30 = 93 IPC.

China:
Raised (1) army. Nationalist forces remained too weak to conduct any meaningful operations. Income: 3 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (3) transport flotillas and (1) DD squadron, and raised (1) armored division. British forces sailed into the Baltic and launched a successful invasion of Germany (Berlin VC), once again dealing a devastating blow to the German war effort. Belgium was also liberated at this time. UK forces from the Middle East advanced into Northwest Persia. Income: 44+10+83 (Germany) = 137 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (4) armored divisions. British forces secured Yunnan, and prepared for further operations to rout remaining Japanese forces in China. Income: 20+5 = 25 IPC.

ANZAC:
Raised (3) fighter groups. ANZAC forces conducted no major offensives at this time, but instead regrouped in preparation for future operations. Income: 18+10= 28 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (11) infantry corps. Italian units again came to Hitler’s aid, liberating Germany once more, as well as overrunning Belgium. In a surprising and bold move, a light Italian amphibious force crossed the Atlantic from Gibraltar and successfully invaded Brazil! Income: 19+5= 24 IPC.

France:
Free French units successfully liberated Tunisia. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
The Axis war effort was dealt a major blow as Germany was invaded yet again. Even though the Italians came through again to reassert Axis control of Berlin, the damage to the Axis economy was done. In the PTO, Japan was clearly nearing the end, with the US and Commonwealth navies in total command of the Pacific. Italy remained in the fight, and its army was finding quite a bit of work in Northern Europe, but it could not hope to carry the load. Despite holding 7 of 8 cities required for victory in Europe, the war was slipping from the Axis grasp.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 60 IPC (1069 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 286 (1694 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 7 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 2 (need 6)


US Marines come ashore in the Marianas

The Axis Powers converge on the heart of Mother Russia!

United Nations forces prepare to defend the Chinese province of Yunnan!

Turn: 10 – January 1945 through June 1945

Germany:
The Wehrmacht recaptured Denmark, while the Luftwaffe again struck an undefended UK transport fleet off England, sinking five flotillas and costing the First Sea Lord his job. Meanwhile, German panzers fresh from the conquest of Moscow began the long trip back to Germany to help defend against the Western Allies. Income: 65+20= 85 IPC.

Russia:
No Soviet activity was observed. Income: 0 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (10) infantry corps and (1) tank division. Japanese forces attempted to change their fortunes, once again seizing Yunnan province, and also taking Western India from the west! Income: 37-5 (Allied naval activity) = 32 IPC.

United States:
Raised (5) infantry corps and (5) artillery regiments, as well as (3) SAC bomber groups. Conducted (2) research efforts, producing “Super subs”. Constructed two minor industrial complexes. American Marines took Okinawa while the fleet tightened its grip on the Sea of Japan. Heavy strategic bombing raids reduced Japanese production by 70%, while the strategic bombing of Rome was unsuccessful. Income: 62+30= 92 IPC.

China:
Raised (1) army. The Chinese army was still too weak to go on the offensive. Income: 3 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (1) CV division, (1) CA division, (3) DD squadrons, and (4) transport flotillas. Raised (2) armored divisions and (2) fighter groups. Built (2) minor industrial complexes. UK ground forces finally liberated Ireland and Persia. Income: 34+5= 39 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (7) infantry corps and (1) armored division. Western India was easily liberated from the small Japanese garrison, while other units reinforced positions within China. Income: 20+5= 25 IPC.

ANZAC:
Raised (2) SAC bomber groups. ANZAC amphibious forces, joined by ANZAC land units based in Kiangsi province, seized Kiangsu province, and with it, Shanghai (VC). Income: 18+10= 28 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (3) tank divisions and (2) infantry corps. The Italian Atlantic Expeditionary Force left Brazil and seized Central America, and with it, the Panama Canal! Income: 19+5= 24 IPC.

France:
Free French forces remained relatively quiet during this period. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
For the moment, the Germans had stabilized their situation in Europe, although the Western defenses were still heavily dependent upon Italian infantry to hold the line while the Eastern armies returned from Russia. Japan was in deep trouble, and an invasion of the Home Islands appeared to be at hand. The Italians were essentially charged with the Axis defense of Western Europe, but the growing might of the US and Britain posed serious long term problems for the Axis in the ETO.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 141 (1210 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 187 (1881 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 7 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 1 (need 6)


ANZAC troops advance on Shanghai

Turn: 11 – July 1945 through December 1945

Germany:
Commissioned (3) BB divisions (in the Adriatic from the industrial complex in Yugoslavia) and (3) U-boat squadrons. Luftwaffe bombers hit the British factories in Scotland, causing 100% damage. New German battleships were stationed in the Med to help defend Italy, which had become the main land defense for Germany in Europe. Income: 60+20= 80 IPC.

Russia:
Soviet submarines attacked German U-boats in the Baltic, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. Income: 0 IPC.

Japan:
Raised (8) infantry corps. The last remnants of the Imperial army in China struck at the Allies one more time, taking French Indo-China and Siam, but being defeated in Kwangsi and Kwangsu. Income: 34-6 (Allied naval activity) = 28 IPC.

United States:
Raised (4) SAC bomber groups, (1) TAC bomber group, (1) fighter group, as well as (3) armored division. Conducted (1) research effort, which failed. The US military launched the largest amphibious invasion in the history of mankind, assaulting the Japanese home islands. Japan’s defenses were built on (41) infantry corps, while the US striking force consisted of (15) infantry corps, (13) artillery regiments, (4) strategic bombing groups, (2) tactical bombing groups, (2) fighter groups, and a battleship division for shore bombardment. After a long and tough fight, US forces prevailed and Japan fell (Tokyo VC). With no Japanese naval forces left, this would mean the permanent defeat of Japan. In the Atlantic, US Marines liberated Brazil and Gibraltar, while US Army forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Income: 73+25+28 (Japan) = 127 IPC.

China:
Raised (2) armies. Chinese forces were finally strong enough to go over to the offensive, liberating Hunan and Yunnan provinces, and once again opening the Burma Road! Income: 5+6= 11 IPC.

UK-London:
Commissioned (1) CV division, and raised (7) infantry corps. Eastern Persia and Turkmenistan were liberated by British forces, while the British poured reinforcements into the American beachhead in Normandy. Income: 34+10= 44 IPC.

UK-India:
Raised (4) armored divisions. Commonwealth forces liberated the Chinese province of Anhwe. Income: 17+5= 22 IPC.

ANZAC:
Raised (2) SAC bomber groups, and commissioned (1) DD. ANZAC forces struck far and wide, successfully claiming Shantung, Formosa, French Indo-China, and Siam. Income: 22+10 = 32 IPC.

Italy:
Raised (2) fighter groups and conducted (1) research effort, which failed. Italian forces in Central Asia were able to seize Northern Persia. Other Italian forces repositioned to defend Europe against the growing Allied armies. Income: 17+2= 19 IPC.

France:
There was no French activity during this time. Income: 0 IPC.

Turn Analysis:
And so it ended. With the advent the American atomic bomb, the remaining Axis powers conceded. As it turned out, the Axis appeared ready to collapse soon in any event, with the final fall of Japan allowing all Allied forces to focus on Germany and Italy. The disparity in economic terms would have dictated a total Axis defeat before very long. The Axis commander was to be commended for getting as far as he did, holding 7 victory cities in Europe to the last day, just one city away from victory, though this was somewhat of an illusion, as there was no chance of the Axis claiming that last city. The Axis strategy of concentrating on the elimination of Russia by using the main strength of all three Axis powers to that end must be questioned. While this approach virtually ensured that the USSR would fall (and with it, three victory cities), this strategy also resulted in neglect of the other critical fronts. There can be no doubt as to the connection between this approach and the fact that Berlin and Tokyo fell a combined four times during the war (though, it is true, Berlin was liberated twice, and Tokyo once). As for the Allies, they made numerous mistakes throughout the conflict, but they overcame those missteps with aggressive maneuvers and persistence. The result was a solid, if unspectacular, victory for the United Nations.

Statistics:
Economics – IPC Axis: 99 IPC (1309 to date)
Economics – IPC Allies: 236 (2117 to date)
Victory Cities – Axis Europe: 7 (need 8)
Victory Cities – Axis Pacific: 0 (need 6)

Overall economic disparity: Allies collected 808 more IPC than did the Axis during the course of the war. This included IPCs that the Allies claimed for seizing Berlin and Tokyo twice each during the war (and for the Germans seizing Paris and Moscow once each). To put this disparity into perspective, 808 IPC could buy the equivalent of 101 tank divisions, or 80 fighter groups, or 240 infantry corps!!! While the Axis start the war with a larger military establishment than the Allies, it’s fairly clear that the Allies could, and did, more than overcome that situation and then some, given the disparity in income.




Status maps, December 1945 - the End!
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Excellent report, congratulations
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Well done! Very good boardpictures (and fitting historic pictures! :-) )

Why wouldnt UK/Anzac take over the dutch money islands in turn 1 and 2?
UK played rather weird, but america did some nice moves!

Did I understand correctly, that an 11-year old played the Axis on its own? Smart kid then!! Japan is very nasty to play and I have seen seasoned strategy-veterans despair when playing it.
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Komsi Hawkeye wrote:
Well done! Very good boardpictures (and fitting historic pictures! :-) )

Why wouldnt UK/Anzac take over the dutch money islands in turn 1 and 2?
UK played rather weird, but america did some nice moves!

Did I understand correctly, that an 11-year old played the Axis on its own? Smart kid then!! Japan is very nasty to play and I have seen seasoned strategy-veterans despair when playing it.


Believe me, the other two Allied leaders were wondering the same thing regarding Churchill's apparent lack of urgency in occupying the Dutch islands! However, in the end, the UK/ANZAC faction put in a credible performance, especially in the CBI and PTO.

And yes, you understood correctly, an 11 year old ran all three Axis powers, and yes, he's a smart one.

Our group has been running these AA Global 1940 campaigns back to back to back, rotating the sides such that everyone gets their chance to run the Axis. In the first campaign, I was the Axis and finished with 8 victory cities (7 in Europe and 1 in the Pacific). In the second campaign, Dan was the Axis and finished with 4 victory cities (2 in each theatre). Now, Jeremy has had his turn and finished with 7 VC, so he did nearly as good as I did, and better than Dan! Now, it's time for Rick, Jeremy' dad, to have a go. We will see if Rick can do as well as his son!
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Very impressed by Jeremy's game play! Does he play anything else in the way of a war style boardgame? Very much enjoyed the 'action report'.
Look forward to more...and if you play anything else particularly 'Ameritrash' type, would love to see reports.
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Very impressed by Jeremy's game play! Does he play anything else in the way of a war style boardgame? Very much enjoyed the 'action report'.
Look forward to more...and if you play anything else particularly 'Ameritrash' type, would love to see reports.


Hi Dan,

I know that Jeremy and his dad are playing Victory Game's classic The Civil War. I believe that Jeremy is playing the Union and doing quite well. Our group is looking to play one more campaign of Axis & Allies Global 1940, and then move on to something else - most likely a combined game of Europe Engulfed + Asia Engulfed, or a four-player game of Rise and Decline of the Third Reich.
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Another great campaign report!

Looks like the Soviet resistance held on just long enough for the US/UK to get into the ETO action. Do you think Japan was too aggressive in waging a backdoor action against the Soviets to the detriment of their own actions in the PTO?

Loss of Capitals for the Axis seemed to eb the most decisive action in determining the final position. Germany managed to start holding Berlin at the end, but losing all that economy is just death. nice job posting the economic advantage of the Allies. That's just brutal.
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Another great campaign report!

Looks like the Soviet resistance held on just long enough for the US/UK to get into the ETO action. Do you think Japan was too aggressive in waging a backdoor action against the Soviets to the detriment of their own actions in the PTO?

Loss of Capitals for the Axis seemed to eb the most decisive action in determining the final position. Germany managed to start holding Berlin at the end, but losing all that economy is just death. nice job posting the economic advantage of the Allies. That's just brutal.


I absolutely think that Japanese focus on Russia (and China), even to the exclusion of adequate defense of the Home Islands, was a huge detriment to their overall performance in the PTO. Now, of course, here is where game diverges from history. In this game, there can be an overall Axis victory for the entire game if the Axis achieve their victory city objectives in either of the two theaters. So, if the Axis player decides from the outset that they are going to work towards a victory in Europe, they can decide to 'sacrifice' Japanese interests in the PTO in order to use Japan to help the Germans take down the USSR, and with it, three critical victory cities towards European victory (and therefore, total Axis victory). Obviously, in the real war, Japan would have never placed their own national goals beneath the attainment of some 'global' Axis victory, but here, it can make sense. In this game, Jeremy definitely used Japan to help try to obtain an European Axis victory.

Now, when I played the Axis, I did not have a definitive plan to try to win by targeting one theatre from the beginning as the one which I would try to 'take out'. I initially played it 'straight up' if you will, having Germany/Italy working towards a European victory, and Japan working towards an Asian victory. At a certain point, one of these efforts is likely to gain more traction than the other, and that will be the one that will then get the most American attention. Point is, I think it's in the best interest of the Axis player to make genuine efforts in both theatres, in order to keep the Allied player, especially the American, off balance. By doing so, I think it helps prevent the Allies from making a decisive commitment of resources to any one theatre.

It should be noted my Axis approach failed as well, thought I've still gotten closer to Axis victory than anyone else in the group to date! Three completed campaigns in this series, and the Axis are still looking for their first win. I'm actually fine with that, since I think any WW2 grand strategic game that hopes to resemble the actual strategic situation of the time has to acknowledge that the deck was stacked against the Axis. I do think an Axis victory is possible, but I think it will most likely come in Europe, and Cairo will be decisive. The Axis have to find a way to capture and hold Cairo, and then take down Russia. I think the Asian route to Axis victory is very difficult unless the US overcommits to the ETO and allows the IJN to run wild in the Pacific and take down Australia and Hawaii.
 
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The best way for Japan to help Germany is to occupy the americans, probably by an aggressive turn on hawaii, aleutian and so on. This would be an approach I would go for, next time I would play axis. In my report "Summer 12" we are at the point that Japan is so outmaneuvered, that we (allies) decided to put at least one complete US turn income to the atlantic, to put more pressure on Germany.

Soviet Union and China are just to big for Japan to push through. The pressure they can put on Russia that way is to little in comparison.
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It wasn't 100% clear to me how effective the Japanese push through China was in changing the focus of the USSR, which is why I was asking. It seemed to me that it had minimal effect; a couple of trucks turned to slow things down. I wonder how things might have been different if the Japanese had made the turn in round 6 or so to run south and destroy the British and secure the entire Asian front for the Axis. Who takes it back once India falls? The ANZACs? even the mighty USA is too far away. It would seem to me that the northern Japanese force pushing through USSR was sufficient. A little less attention on pushing through China and more on occupying it might give the Japanese enough resources to hold Home Islands?

I thought it was an interesting move trying to get German U-boats back up and running in the Atlantic as a way of dealing with the coming US fleet. I know the attack failed...bad dice, or not enough subs?

Man, every time I read one of these I want to get another game up and running. Our last play (Alpha+3) ended in an Axis win; Germany/Italy dominated and the British REALLY struggled in both theatres, and the ANZAC accomplished little.

I think if Japan is running amok in the southern islands it gets very hard for the allies in the PTO, because of the distances and can keep the USA out of the ETO. Lots of tough choices, which makes for a fun game!
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It wasn't 100% clear to me how effective the Japanese push through China was in changing the focus of the USSR, which is why I was asking. It seemed to me that it had minimal effect; a couple of trucks turned to slow things down. I wonder how things might have been different if the Japanese had made the turn in round 6 or so to run south and destroy the British and secure the entire Asian front for the Axis. Who takes it back once India falls? The ANZACs? even the mighty USA is too far away. It would seem to me that the northern Japanese force pushing through USSR was sufficient. A little less attention on pushing through China and more on occupying it might give the Japanese enough resources to hold Home Islands?

I thought it was an interesting move trying to get German U-boats back up and running in the Atlantic as a way of dealing with the coming US fleet. I know the attack failed...bad dice, or not enough subs?

Man, every time I read one of these I want to get another game up and running. Our last play (Alpha+3) ended in an Axis win; Germany/Italy dominated and the British REALLY struggled in both theatres, and the ANZAC accomplished little.

I think if Japan is running amok in the southern islands it gets very hard for the allies in the PTO, because of the distances and can keep the USA out of the ETO. Lots of tough choices, which makes for a fun game!


I agree that the plethora of choices that each player faces is what makes this a great game, from what to build, where to put your reinforcements, and where to defend and attack. As for the Japanese and Russians, I can tell you that as the Russian player, not only did I have to keep the 18 armies that start in the Far East deployed there until they were eventually destroyed, but I had also committed 6 tank corps and 3 mechanized corps (trucks) to the border with China to try and hold up the Japanese. That made a total 27 Russian units engaged against the Japanese, and believe me, it would have been nice to have had even half of those in Moscow when the Germans attacked. The Japanese effort definitely helped bring Russia down, but again, it ultimately cost Japan their homeland, and in that exchange, I think the Allies came out ahead!

Looking at your notes concerning your game and the Pacific, I'd comment that if the Japanese are running amok in the south Pacific, I have to ask - what was the US Pacific Fleet doing at this time? I think the Americans have to aggressively threaten Japan if the Japanese make a major commitment to the Southern strategy. I think that the American effort has to include a credible amphibious threat, so that Japan fears for the loss of the Home Islands and therefore keeps the bulk of their fleet in home waters. Of course, I will soon get the opportunity to practice what I preach, as when the next campaign starts in August, I will be running the USA.
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well, we made an error in when the USA could get into the war, which kept them bottled up away from the action for longer than they should have, although they did muster a massive fleet that began running the Japanese off pretty effectively. The bigger problem in keeping Japan from having free reign in the south came when the ANZACs didn't invest in any naval forces, spending all their money on air power.

Furthermore, the UK tried to send ships up through the Suez to reinforce in the Med...and never got them through, Italy managing to keep them trapped in the Red Sea the whole game...and the UK just left them there, even when Japan started running for India. (there was also a minor disaster when Japan seized Calcutta for a turn after the UK moved their AA out and basically left it undefended)

We've always left all those infantry on the Japanese border until Japan finally says "enough!" and destroys them...or leaves them until too late and they start sneaking across the borders! But if the Japanese offensive across China kept that many tanks and mechanized infantry locked up, there certainly was a significant benefit!

I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled with the UK/ANZAC tactics in our last game. kinda felt like they left the USSR hung out to dry against Germany in the ETO and did very little to threaten the Japanese economy in the PTO (just waited for the USA to take care of business). The USA had also managed to establish a beachhead in France...that the UK didn't reinforce, diverting its forces to...Gibraltar? Germany was out of position and we might have seen a similar result to your game, where Germany takes down the Soviets, but risked losing the Fatherland!

Man, I wanna play some more!
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Holy crap what a report! surprise

I opened this (via my subscriptions) at work for a quick 5 minutes break, but clearly I won't be able to read it all now. Must remember to get back and read it. Looks great!
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Just saw something. Would have probably not made a big difference in the game, but a power cannot build major ICs outside its original territories.

Like it was done here in Kiangsu. Kiangsu starts as Japanese controlled, but its still original Chinese, hence the chinese Symbol. Its a common mistake we also made before I found the discussion about it somehwere here. For Japan there is only one option for a second major IC: in Korea.

Just some heads up for your next round. :-)

Still enjoying the great report! I have to adjust my own reporting style to be more close to yours.
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Komsi Hawkeye wrote:
Just saw something. Would have probably not made a big difference in the game, but a power cannot build major ICs outside its original territories.

Like it was done here in Kiangsu. Kiangsu starts as Japanese controlled, but its still original Chinese, hence the chinese Symbol. Its a common mistake we also made before I found the discussion about it somehwere here. For Japan there is only one option for a second major IC: in Korea.

Just some heads up for your next round. :-)

Still enjoying the great report! I have to adjust my own reporting style to be more close to yours.


Hi Hawkeye,

Yeah, that was not actually formally clarified until I asked Krieghund that question during our game, and indeed, the answer came back that Kiangsu is indeed an original Chinese territory, despite the fact that Japanese starts the game in control of the space. As it is, it didn't make a difference in our game, because as we looked back, Jeremy could have simply built two minor industrial complexes in Kiangsu and the province to the north of Kiangsu, saved 6 IPC in the process, and still have been able to place up to 6 units in China per turn. We looked and from what we could see, Jeremy never placed more than 6 units in any given turn at Kiangsu, so we decided that there was no harm done. However, as you say, we now know better for our next game.

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