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Wendell
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This is the March/April 1944 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 1944: BRAZIL TAKES BUENOS AIRES; MOVEMENT IN FRANCE, MUD IN RUSSIA, FAILURE IN PERSIA

The trench warfare in South America ended. A US army group led by MacArthur joined with Brazilian troops in Uruguay. In the cool South American autumn, they launched the final offensive against the pro-Nazi regime in Argentina. The Argentinean leader, General Juarez, was spirited away to Berlin on a private aircraft shortly before the Brazilians and Americans broke thru the Pampas Line and captured Buenos Aires on March 30.

The Americans, on their quest to de-Fascistize the entire Western Hemisphere, announced the preventative occupation of Cuba on April 11. US marines crossed over from south Florida and entered Havana without a fight, and arrested the German ambassador. And meanwhile, US and Brazilian forces appeared to be moving towards the Andes and Chile...

March saw fierce fighting in France. The US and Commonwealth launched an offensive against Germans and Italians in central France, including the largest paradrops in military history. Allied airpower is beginning to look overwhelming to Germany; they were unable to stop the air strikes and paradrops, nor could they prevent the heavy bombing of German industry in March. The Luftwaffe took heavy losses. And the Wehrmacht lost Toulouse and couldn't stop an Allied advance along the Loire valley. On April 25, the Germans dropped the pretense of Vichy independence, announcing direct rule of what little Vichy territory remained in Axis hands.

At about the same time, a British motorized corps occupied Baghdad. But that triumph was brief; the head of the Italian Army Group Iraq (Balbo) released emergency supplies, and the Italians and Iraqis were able to recapture Baghdad.

In April the weather in the west grew a bit sloppy. Still, the US and British were able to grab a bridgehead on Sardinia. The Italian navy sortied during the operations but there was no significant naval combat.

Japan continued to torment China. They destroyed partisans near Shanghai, and in April crushed Communist troops east of Lan Chow. China is crippled. The Japanese also sent a task force to the Arabian Sea, trying to interfere with CW reinforcements there. A Royal Navy task force responded; in the ensuing battle, the cruisers Australia and Myoko were sunk.

On the Russian front... mud, mud, mud. March wasn't too bad for weather in the Ukraine. The Soviets assaulted Dnepropetrovsk but were repulsed by the Germans, who then reinforced the city even as they generally retreated in the south. Yeremenko's Central Front did capture Gomel.

In April the Red Air Force tried its best but failed to do any damage to the Germans. The Soviets smashed a German fortified position in the forest east of Kiev, and slowly (hindered by mud and supply) oozed around Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk, but both cities remained in German hands as of May 1.

Timoshchenko's Persian Front defeated Iranian militia west of Tehran in March. But what was supposed to be the final resolution of the Persian Problem in April did not succeed; an assault against Tehran did not dislodge the Shah's cavalry. Stalin was most displeased; Timoshchenko won't be going back to Moscow any time soon. And to make things worse, the militia has been quickly reconstituted, making Tehran a truly tough nut to crack for the Soviet dregs in Persian.

Build point cost of destroyed units: Germany 49*, CW 23, Japan 16, Vichy France 13, USSR 7, Italy 7, China 6, USA 4

*mostly inflicted by the Western Allies...
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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.

MAR/APR '43: Allies invade Vichy France (south coast). Japan takes Seychelles, US captures Eniwotok. Storms in Russia, little action. Chungking again holds out against a Japanese attack.

MAY/JUNE '43: Japanese invasion of Egypt fails utterly, and one carrier sunk/two damaged in the Red Sea. US/CW land near Bordeaux. Italy installs Fascist regime in Iraq. Germans capture Sevastapol.

JUL/AUG '43: Chungking falls. Massive bombing of Germany. Soviets take Kerch, repulsed at Stalino. W. Allies take St Malo, St Nazaire.

SEP/OCT '43: US and Brazil occupy Uruguay. Italy aligns Persia, but US/CW retake Syria. Soviets attack but make no headway.

NOV/DEC '43: Germans retreating in the East, abandon Kharkov and Stalino rather than be pocketed, lose Bryansk to Soviet assault. Soviets invade Persia. Japanese sink Yorktown, damage Massachusetts in port strike vs Calcutta. US takes Davao (south Philippines). W. Allies forces in Provence, western France link up, capture Tripoli.

JAN/FEB '44: Soviets cross the Dnepr. Allies conquer Saudi Arabia, liberate Kuwait.
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Certainly not the most typical title for a WiF 1944 game session report!
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Are you using the big America's map or just the tiny minimap? Is all this mess happening in off-map hexes?
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Roberkhan wrote:
Are you using the big America's map or just the tiny minimap? Is all this mess happening in off-map hexes?


The tiny minimap; we don't have room for the Americas in Flame map. If you missed it earlier, my US and British allies got the bright idea of taking out Colombia for the extra resources. I've never messed around in the Americas and I said I thought it was a waste of time, but didn't really argue.

Then Kevin (Germany) realized this would allow the Axis to activate Argentina. So he did. And for a couple of years (as I have pointed out to my allies) Argentinean production has basically given Germany one free INF per turn for about two years. Not a smart idea! Now they are going to take out Chile.

Meanwhile there are no Allied units in Sicily or Italy...
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Mini-map, so yes...off map hexes.

The Allies tried to be "cute" and declared war on one of the resource rich minors and forgot about the rule allowing Germany to align Argentina. Since I wasn't about to allow one "rule abuse" to go without my own in response, I aligned Aregentina and declared war on Boliva (no at start forces) to get the 2nd resource for the Argeninian factories. LOL, turned into 2 PP's a turn for the Axis for almost 2 years? Hopefully next time they'll think twice about doing such a "shmarmy" move.

In general, the game is (IMO) lost for the Allies as Japan is a total stud and there is no way they can reduce Japan enough, even if they somehow manage to conquer Germany and Italy (yes, Italy is still going strong in M/J '44...only last turn did the Allies gain any foothold in Sardinia and we still hold Malta). Wendell is doing his best, but with limited WAllied resource/bp commitment to Russia (1 bp/turn?), his primary benefit has been tying down lots of German forces.

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kbernatz wrote:
In general, the game is (IMO) lost for the Allies as Japan is a total stud and there is no way they can reduce Japan enough, even if they somehow manage to conquer Germany and Italy (yes, Italy is still going strong in M/J '44...only last turn did the Allies gain any foothold in Sardinia and we still hold Malta). Wendell is doing his best, but with limited WAllied resource/bp commitment to Russia (1 bp/turn?), his primary benefit has been tying down lots of German forces.

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Yep. The W. Allies badly underestimated how long it would take to get thru France (they landed there before Italy). And I've been trying without success to get the Allies to launch direct offensive action in the Pacific. Truk is still Japanese. Rabaul is still Japanese. ENIWOTOK is still Japanese (if I'm the US I try to take that within a couple of turns of being at war). And they are nibbling around in the southern Philippines and Siam.
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If your not having several global wars under your belt (like me), then you tend to underestimate how long time it takes to break through a front and do a major break out.
You see and have perhaps seen Germany rush over Russia in 41 and 42 with Russia losing 30+ BP each summer on more then one occasion. So why cant the allies do the same with the might of USA backing up CW in France in summer of 43 and 44?
So the resilience of Germany is underestimated and you have a hard time crippling the german production as there are no CP involved in large numbers.
Then if you dont focus on Japan either then you havent spend the BP in the summer of 41 and 42 to get supremacy of pacific in 43 as USA. Then you cant do the invasions you would like to do, since there are a strong IJN to fight. And who would like to loose a AMPH loading with MAR?

Thats at least my view from a limited playing experience.

Yours,

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Pectin wrote:
If your not having several global wars under your belt (like me), then you tend to underestimate how long time it takes to break through a front and do a major break out.
You see and have perhaps seen Germany rush over Russia in 41 and 42 with Russia losing 30+ BP each summer on more then one occasion. So why cant the allies do the same with the might of USA backing up CW in France in summer of 43 and 44?
So the resilience of Germany is underestimated and you have a hard time crippling the german production as there are no CP involved in large numbers.
Then if you dont focus on Japan either then you havent spend the BP in the summer of 41 and 42 to get supremacy of pacific in 43 as USA. Then you cant do the invasions you would like to do, since there are a strong IJN to fight. And who would like to loose a AMPH loading with MAR?

Thats at least my view from a limited playing experience.

Yours,

Jesper


I've played a fair number of WIF games and yes, the Axis can really crack. But leaving Italy and Japan unmolested into early 1944 ain't the way to crack the Axis. It's possible we could conquer Germany or come close. (Maybe.) But there are a lot of objectives in Asia/Pacific which haven't been threatened yet, and the Japanese are running out of units to build, they're so mondo.
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So, messing in Latinamerica is as the initial guess stated: a waste of time and resources. Well, if nothing else and if Germany gets finally defeated -this is not a personal wish, Kevin, just saying -, nazi war criminals won't have where to flee to start cloning Hitler. Because Argentina is going to get invaded, right?

Oh, wait, they could just go to Japan. Or to the CIA.
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Like I wrote in another post, South America is do-able and worth it, but only if you plan for it and hit Argentina as the first nation from an aligned Brazil with heavy US commitment.
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