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simon thornton
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Played BtB which lasted all night myself (Axis) vs Andy (Allies). Our first game card driven game so took a while to get into the swing of it although BtB is a game you can pick up quickly.
The game proceded as expected. 1941 I threw the Germans into USSR not worrying about maintaining a continous line only to see a sneaky soviet corps take Warsaw. It was a right fiddle to cut it off/eliminate it and after that and pretty much for the rest of the game I maintained a sold front and was rather cautious. The initial attacks didnt go as well as expected with the Soviets getting the Mechanised front out of the Lvov trap and it remained a menace for the next year or so. However Andy with hindsight possibly gave away too many Vp's to the Axis by moving units that had been ordered to stand fast.

Winter 41 saw the Germans pretty much were there were historically and the soviets counter attacked eliminating several German Armies and causing some damage. They did this at the using up too many Allied events causing a considerable delay of US build up resulting in delays in the allied appearence.

1942 saw the Germans get 18 vp bottle it and eventually played the total war card so going for the long victory. The German summer offensive saw a German attack in the center of Russia towards Tula and Moscow from the south. Tula exchanged hands several times with the Russains feeding troops into the maelstrom but in the end both sides withdrew exhausted. In the desert Panzer Army Afrika arrived reached El elamain only for the 8th Army to appear. Two offensives by the 8th Army broke Pz AA and the clear up of North Africa began.

1943 In Russia, the Russians began to push the Germans back but the battles of 1942 had taken thier toll and the Russians made rather ponderous progress not helped by a late lend lease and arrival of the russian tank armies.Torch occured and North Africa was cleared out, the year ended with the Allies landing in Italy and Italy dropping out of the war.The Germans were ready with Achse and seized northern Italy and Rome.

1944 The Russians continued to push the Germans back on a wide front and knocked Rumania and Bulgaria out of the War but the Germans had withdrawn in good order without great losses. Italy remained bogged down with the Allies crawling up the pennisular.Overlord occured but was a damp squib the allies pinned to their one beach (a mistake) by a German forces.

1945 And we decided to jack the game in at Spring 1945. The Soviets had hardly penetrated greater Germany , the Allies had made no progress in France although they had cleared Italy completely. Still the Axis remained at +14 vp or there about and there was no danger of them losing their homeland supply centers.

A good game , although the initial german attack could have been more feroucious, the game was probably won through a determined Axis defence. I think the soviets gave away too many Vp's which then forced them to use up too many allied event cards as operations to prevent the Germans reaching 20vp , this in turn resulted in the Allied offensives of 1943/44 lacking a really strong punch
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