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Subject: Jacksonville in Flames 1: German Suplex rss

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Andrew Edenfield
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We here in Jacksonville FL decided to set up and play a game of Fascist tide. This would be our first game, and two of the player's are new to the game. After dividing up the factions we ended with this: Myself (USA / CW) and Jackie (France / USSR) as the Western Allies, and Matt (Germany) and Adam (Italy) as the Axis powers.

We are only using Partisan's and the 2d10 CRT for optional rules. We disliked the bidding system, as there was a chance the two new players would be paired together and the game would be very one sided, but we had a disagreement on how to decide who played what side. So we decided to just decide who would be on each team, and then used a house rule to bet for faction. Having already decided that we would be playing through fascist tide just to help the new players learn the game, bidding on VP's was out. So we came up with this:

As a team, each side would secretly write down a number of intelligence points they would be willing to give to the other team to be allowed to choose their side of the war. Myself and Jackie bid 15, and Matt and Adam bid 16. Giving me and Jackie 16 points, they claimed the Axis, and we began setup. As a part of this house rule, you as a team can call a "War Council" at the start of any impulse. Doing so allows you and your teammate up to ten minutes at the table alone to discuss planning and strategy. Calling a war council awards the other team 3 intelligence points that they may divide up between all the major powers on their side. This is the only way to acquire intelligence points.

If someone more experienced with the game thinks this will pose a big problem, please let us know. Now for the report!

September/October 1939: Poland Falls, Germany turns its eyes West.

The world looked on in horror as the German combined military forces crossed into Poland after the Poles declined the German demand for the Danzig Gap. It became apparent that the Germans had more to claim than the gap, and within 48 hours, German forces had surrounded Lodz and Warsaw. With all surviving Polish forces in those two cities, they dared the German's to try and take the cities from them. The ensuing battle was the bloodiest of the very short war. Polish units managed to hold the city for another twelve hours, causing the German's heavy losses, but eventually all the guns went silent. Not even a week after the German invasion, Von Rundstedt and Von Leeb met in Warsaw to discuss redeployment of the German forces to counter the imminent retaliation from France and Great Britain.

Churchill and Lebrun received news of the war in Poland even as German forces had begun siege of Lodz and Warsaw. Calling an immediate state of emergency, the two leaders began the process of calling up their military forces and calling reserve units back from leave. When individual declarations of war from the two countries reached Berlin, German forces were already loading onto trains and heading west, Poland annexed into the German Empire.

An unexpected event in the east caused leaders around Europe, and as far away as the United States, to consider the ramifications of the German attack, and what it might set into motion. Stalin, as a part of his agreement with Hitler, sent troops into Eastern Poland and the country was divided in half. The Polish Command, along with it's escorting unit that had fled the front lines in hopes of reorganizing and launching a counter attack, were transported into an undisclosed location of the USSR, their fate's still to be determined*.

Receiving the declaration of war from France and Great Britain, Hitler gave the order to launch attacks against the northern Maginot line. Hundreds of German bombers concentrated their fire onto a single point of the line, and after eight and a half hours of shelling, German Armor and Mechanized units assaulted the fortification. French units, scattered and demoralized (having only two days ago been in Paris drinking wine) in a moment of heroism were able to rise from the ashes of the bombing and return fire against the German attack. The French suffered heavy casualties in the attack, but eventually the German's halted their attack and returned to their original positions. Word of the heroic defense spread across the entire line, and French units dug in to wait for the imminent German invasion.

Great Britain responded by mobilizing it's fleet into the North Sea and starting a series of devastating bombing runs against German Naval ports. With the Luftwaffe occupied on the French border, or reorganizing in Poland, the attacks against the German Navy came with no interception. Over the following weeks, until the middle of October, British naval bombers and carrier planes sank two vessels, including a battleship, and damaged a couple more cruisers without losing so much as a single aircraft.

World War Two had begun...


French Line at the end of S/O 39. The location of the French 3-5 Cav unit was where the attack occurred. Note that this picture was taken after adjustments to the line following the attack.

* Polish units that were held off map by being in Eastern Poland when the USSR claimed it: Rydz and the White print 5-3 INF.

Losses for the turn:
Germany: 20 (4 to the Repair pool)
France: 7
CW 19 (from Polish units)
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Wendell
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Katsu1812 wrote:

Receiving the declaration of war from France and Great Britain, Hitler gave the order to launch attacks against the northern Maginot line. Hundreds of German bombers concentrated their fire onto a single point of the line, and after eight and a half hours of shelling, German Armor and Mechanized units assaulted the fortification. French units, scattered and demoralized (having only two days ago been in Paris drinking wine) in a moment of heroism were able to rise from the ashes of the bombing and return fire against the German attack. The French suffered heavy casualties in the attack, but eventually the German's halted their attack and returned to their original positions. Word of the heroic defense spread across the entire line, and French units dug in to wait for the imminent German invasion.


Well THIS is certainly an unusual occurence!
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A huge sigh of relief was had by the Allies when it happened too, German's rolled poorly and lost 2 units to 1 french unit. And at 9-1 odds as well I think. Not entirely sure though, it was last Tuesday.
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Well done on the Aar


Beware of the intelligence optional rule it is avoided by veteran wif players as can. Really skew. A game
 
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Katsu1812 wrote:
A huge sigh of relief was had by the Allies when it happened too, German's rolled poorly and lost 2 units to 1 french unit. And at 9-1 odds as well I think. Not entirely sure though, it was last Tuesday.


How'd they get 9-1 against a stack in the Maginot? Remember attackers are reduced to 1/3 strength over printed fort hexes?
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It may have been 7-1, or maybe instead of 9-1 it was just a total of +9,
like I said it was over a week ago so I dont remember the specifics. In any case, the french units there were face down.
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Wow Germany doesn't call Belgium and Ned?
Try on Maginot instead?
 
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