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Subject: A Game of Two Andys 12 : Long hot summer rss

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Simon Nicholls
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Our game continues with increasing ferocity. Two separate games appear to have developed - firstly the German / Soviet front contested between Simon and Greg and the second which is Laurence versus the rest of the world.

July / August 41

CW allies with and then aligns Brazil. Note to Andy P – watch out for British imperialism in your backyard. The Japanese start a civil war in Bulgaria. The Soviets puppet Poland (which given the fact they are getting pushed out of it as the commissars shoot the necessary people is just so communist). Otherwise it is just bid point gains.

Military initiative is hotly contested for a change as the Russian and Germans both have a number of vulnerable hexes. In order to appease his Communist co-belligerent (are you paying attention yet Andy P?) Swiss spends 5 intelligence points to roll for someone. He rolls a 6. Given that the last few Fascist initiative rolls have not been above 3, he decides to award that to Greg. Simon rolls 10 for the Fascists (Swiss rolls something rubbish). Greg asks for the reroll and Simon rolls 10 again. Oh dear, what a pity, never mind.

The Germans attempt four ground strikes along the Soviet line and get turned over every time as the VVS again demonstrates its superior training and elan. Several planes lost and only one strike succeeds – fortunately the one on the single corps currently occupying Lodz. Attacks go in east of Konigsberg, into Lodz and across the upper Bug river. Greg commits near enough the entire soviet air force. The first attack ends in stalemate (6 rolled on a +5 blitz), the second succeeds but half the Germans are flipped (13 rolled on a +8 assault) and the last is a glorious triumph (19 rolled on a +5 blitz).

Japan takes a naval and sails ships and troops all over the Pacific and notably into the Indian Ocean. There are also Japanese subs off the US west coast and an armour unit en route to Mexico, no one believes the Japanese claim to be conducting exercises, Andy P wakes up and Swiss Andy looks worried.



The Soviets reply by crushing the German troops in Memel and follow up with an attempt to pocket and destroy the bulk of the German spearhead south of Warsaw in the first of a series of massive tank battles. They are only averagely successful in the first attack and the second fails badly, leaving them in some difficulty as many of their boys are now the wrong way up.

The US responds to Japanese aggression by sailing ships to Honolulu, the Pacific fleet is now in place (but the Japanese are behind you Andy). The Nationalist Chinese keep their heads down and hope Japan forgets about them while the French sail 2 surface ships from W Africa into the Mozambique Channel to open supply to Madagascar but spotting rolls fail. A French sub relocated from Syria last turn to the Seychelles sails to the Azanian Sea in storm, spots the lonely CV Chiyoda and surprises it but heroic Japanese damage teams roll a 10 and an X turns to a D. Lucky Laurence.

The Chinese Commies attack out of Si-An and cuff a lone Japanese Garrison. Next stop Shanghai. The Japs respond with limited shuffling, crippled by some slight misunderstandings of supply rules which results in a planned counter attack failing on a +5 DR 6. So it's going well for the Chinese communists – their western comrades are not being so fortunate.

Taking advantage of the perceived poor US Entry position (poor for the Democrats), Japan declares war on the CW; their troops take Singapore; invade to the East of Eden (I'm not quite sure where that is, but that's what the notes say) and go ashore in New Zealand. The planned Indian invasion stalls due to inclement weather and the northern attack on the Communist Chinese was not quite what was hoped.

Meanwhile the Germans respond in Poland by attacking and destroying / breaking two Soviet Mechanised corps. Their loss leaves their ARM and MECH comrades further west flipped and out of supply and, shortly afterwards, dead. All but three aircraft in Poland are now used and a long turn looms ahead.



The Russians move back to the nearest river line. The Germans realise that they are not going to make any progress without aircraft so go for an air action and reflip some planes. They now have 4 Stukas and a couple of fighters facing a Soviet bomber and fighter. Not impressive, but in the land of the blind ...

Laurence continues his assault on everyone and everything. His ally has no idea how he’s doing. Or indeed anyone else as the focus is now very much on Poland and Hungary – can Greg recover the somewhat serious Soviet position?

Later, the pub is visited, curry is consumed and we return to the Eastern front, where the Soviets stop any ground strikes on Warsaw and Simon decides +2 doesn’t look good odds. Instead a quick shift of troops leads to a breakthrough in Hungary (16 rolled on a +7 blitz) – two more Soviet corps die and the end of his line is left hanging.

Greg considers the situation and the Russians retreat behind the Danube as the turn continues. Simon moves up but refuses the attack on either Warsaw or Budapest in the belief he will get another impulse. Greg shuffles again but the turn refuses to die. Simon girds his loins and declares three low odds attacks : into the Carpathians, Budapest and Warsaw.

Greg flies his last remaining bomber into the mountains and succeeds in reducing odds to an unpalatable +5 on the assault. 9 is rolled and goodbye to the attacking MECH and INF corps (that 14 result on the assault table is a killer).

Next up Warsaw where the soviet rocket artillery provides ground support to get the odds down to +7 on the assault – 12 rolled and the city is captured with the loss of a MIL and an INF corps.

Finally the assault on Budapest goes in at +11 and a big roll clears the city with no German losses. At which point the turn ends (much to Greg’s relief).

Total German army losses are 2 MECH, 3 INF and a MIL. Total Soviet losses are lots and lots (and lots).

Meanwhile, unreported to date, a combination of Spanish and Italian troops are circling around Gibraltar. Swiss Andy has sensibly kept this well stacked - he knows there will be an attack sooner or later.


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Wendell
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Si non potes reperire Berolini in tabula, ludens essetis non WIF.
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nailsworthnobby wrote:
The Japanese start a civil war in Bulgaria.


wow This is how you can tell it's a DOD game!
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Kev Ansett
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One question - how are you handling US Entry?
Multiply by 3 and keep separate pools?

Need to know as we may be giving this a go :-)

(once we are clear on DoD)


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Kev
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Grog Jones
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Yes, that's right - 15.10 in the DOD rules.
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Perfect :-)


Will def give this a go:-)


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Mr NWN,I do have to mention that you have started to title your posts with girl band tracks - in common with other less important threads it's true, but can we expect this to extend to the next report issued as 'Hazy shade of winter'?
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I'm actully veering towards a Tom Robinson Band tribute section - in which case expect to see "Power in the darkness" and "To good to be true" make an appearance. I might have some difficulty fitting in "Glad to be gay" or "Grey Cortina" however.
 
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