We played one more session, which didn't go so well for Bill. After that, I've not heard from him, nor seen him here on the list. I only hope nothing serious has happened to him.
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Emne: Re: [wifdiscussion] The thrilla from the etha
Did you ever play at this one again? If I recal, this was the game to test whether the German could break the Pact.
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Subject: [wifdiscussion] The thrilla from the etha
The game between Hakon Floystad (Allies) and Bill Popovich (Axis) on Vassal
TPOE and LOS
ailway movement, no lower than 2 on Pacific map scale maps
ll maps including large US
solated reorg - ability to remove your units after reinforcement phase
ll units from all current kits including heavies
o forced JAP/USSR pact
o attack weakness
therwise, rules pretty standard set.
ussia sets up to block Japan from Chita, and opposite Rumania
ermany sets up 70 factors East, no armor there
taly sets up East side of Libya
W draws 2 Nigerian Territorials, starts TRS with Wavell
rance starts TRS in Syria
uick summary - things going very well for Japan, badly for Italy, started badly
or Germany but improved much at end of N/D.
S entry stuff - Of note: N/D ends with 3 US chits against GE and none against
apan, with Japan having taken two cities, GE DOW on Poland, Denmark,
etherlands, Belgium and alignment of Rumania. Belgium supported by Allies.
llied actions were DOW on Germany, DOW on Italy, DOW on Bulgaria, taking East
oland, two free chits on German side at end of turns. So, of note, failure from
he Allied perspective of almost all rolls, including support of Belgium and DOW
n Italy. I believe the only things which added chits were the German DOWs on
oland and Denmark. Every Allied action caused negative US attention to the
reatest degree possible. Tentative title of the game as stated by Hakon in
assing is "The US is a Fascist".
he naval combats - the DOW turn on Italy two port strikes on IT TRS and a bit
ore, CW and France find in every sea zone. In a trend which continued all game,
very naval roll including port strikes either both sides found or the Axis
olled seven or higher. Italy lost one TRS and had the other damaged, lost two
CS with DIVs on them, and a further SCS and SUB were damaged. France lost
eaningless ships including five in the Baltic, which of course found and sank 3
Ps first. CW lost as usual meaningless ships. IT lost 2 CP as well, and have
een isolated in N Africa. German and Italian subs both find on a 1, both times
ave Allies find on a 2, in the snow. So, naval war has been all CW. Did I say
he Italians lost their NAV and pilot as well? They did.
raziani remains flipped in Libya. Balbo sits in the Sahara urging on the Libyan
erritorials, the only units which can move, further into Egypt, defended by one
uny territorial, thumbing its nose at the impotent Italian army. They suffered
rom arrogance, with delusions of adequacy. A German naval bomber heading South
s a moment of encouragement. If water is not sent to Africa to boil our pasta
oon, we shall surely starve. The French defend the Alps in case and Italians
ith real guns show up there someday.
he pan-Asian co-prosperity sphere seems to be extremely co-prospering. It also
s assuming a spherical shape, so all is as planned. Japan has five units in
anchuria and one in Korea. All send back the same message to Tokyo - "We are
our dogs of war. When will we have a war?". Your time has not yet come,
aithful mastiffs. Soon. Your commander must return from his successful vacation
hinese war has gone well. The gunnery training has paid off. (No attack in
hina has resulted in less than an adjusted 21. I think only one natural roll
as been less than 14, unfortunately when attacking Mao and only blitzing his
ex). Japanese losses. None. Chinese losses. 10 units, and the FTR, plus five
ore blitzed, one of which had no place to return to and returns if Sian is
iberated in some future world(10 units died even with blitz table taken
lways). If assault table were chosen in all cases, Japan would have lost 2
nits and China 1 more.
now is the friend of Japan. Our pilots have been trained to aim for the helmets
ticking out of the snow. (about a third of all 1 or 2 rolls to flip units in
he snow have been successful). The Chinese reliance on our inaccuracy has
roven futile (most units are out of supply range in the snow now), These do not
ight in bad weather as our future opponents do. We will have to issue winter
oats to them when we use them in the work camps.
amamoto sits in the south planning for his precious navy, sailing infantry to
he continent, quietly killing two units and taking the resources in the
outhern forest in his only attack. Minimal forces committed in that area as the
ommunists, the enemy of all, are, are defeated by his comerades in the army,
erauchi and Umezu.
f more concern to China- at end of 39 there are so few Communists left that a
ingle one of our corps could launch an even attack on them (OK, almost, and
t's the biggest corps, and only in the clear). Perhaps they are giving up the
ar to make the Russians come to their aid as promised. No, Mao seems set to
eturn from his flight from Sian (blitzed off in a plus - 10 failed attack (21
et). However, no reinforcements may be built which will show up in Cheng-tu or
hung-king. Our soldiers will reach both as open cities. before they can be
einforced if the Emperor sends us the word (Axis get initiative on plus-1).
pening the city will not spare them - is that right, Nanking? The Americans
ave sent us their unspoken message - eliminate the potential Communists before
hey convert (no chits for Chinese cities so far, no entry chits placed against
he Poles have proven bloody opponents. Not knowing that a time warp would
ccur, (the turn last five impulses, all but the second fine), a premature
ssault on Lodz left Von Bock and two corps spent, and the force unable to
ttack Warsaw. The bloody pilots missed, not realizing that Poles are slower
han Germans and "you have to lead them less". (Only 1 unit flipped in Warsaw of
hree there). Their valiant leader stayed behind to rally them. Russia did not
ooperate with us as planned and will have to be dealt with later. (RU did not
ake E Poland on first turn and 2 Polish reinforcements came in there).
t the end of 1939 Warsaw remains. Not for long, but they are delaying our
outhern offensive (Hungary remains alive). They have killed an engineer
etachment and an infantry corps. Evidently the garrison which came down from
russia hid when the shooting started (I took off the wrong unit J ) The
xplosive lances newly equipped to the Polish horsemen, as well as the
nfortunate decision to tell our troops that once we took Poland their families
ould be "allowed" to move there, have contributed to the slow progress.
ussia took part of Rumania and all of Bulgaria. The bastards must be dealt
ith. Later. Hopefully not much later....The Americans promise to send us and our
talian allies lend-lease, though. France and England have, after all, declared
ar on US. Can you believe it? ON US.
n the West, our convoys were down early (no Swedish resources turn 1), but
fter the Frenchmen ran out of fuel due to our escapades in Denmark (which gave
s private trains into Fredrikshaven and Copenhagen giving the French ships
owhere to go, and in part replaced our merchant force for us) , it was safe to
eturn. We would not have dared to go there when the Allies could search for us.
e will avenge the sneak attack by the cowardly "Wallies" as they are so
enigratingly called soon. And are in process.
lans were adjusted - in the rain, seeing that the Belgians would have to defend
russels (if they didn't the French would only have been able to reinforce later
ith an HQ and AT) we attacked Belgium. Rain actually provoked the attack.
vidently the experiment of letting corporals plan our pre-war strategy was
ossibly not so fortuitous.....The attack failed, losing a German division in the
rocess. No Belgians were hurt while making the propaganda film. French and
ritish forces poured into Belgium, causing mild disapproval in the United
tates. "This so-called Belgium is actually part of Germany, just as Canada is
art of America - they say so themselves!" say the American press. (no chit for
OW, no chit for support).
aving left Belgium as a trap for French leaders (more later) the forces of the
atherland did what they had planned all along, make sure Rotterdam did not
emain in English hands. Norway fell. The Heemskerk is the charmed ship of the
orwegian navy. While every The unfortunate possession of Antwerp was not
oreseen in this otherwise excellent calculaton. So, something had to be done.
hat something was a brutal frontal attack on Brussels in the snow, too fast for
he French defenders to surrender. (assault chosen) Choosing not to waste a
recious mountain of rescources sitting unused in Germany (o-chit) the attack
as launched. Economically, the exact number needed to take the city was rolled,
ue to Rundstedt's impeccable leadership in the attack, costing an INF div, and
n oil to reorganize, acceptable losses for the HQ and big corps which died in
he defense. The resources sent to France by England do not begin to make up for
his disaster. An unforeseen bonus was that the armies, spent, stopped to
eprovision (the turn ended on a 5). At the same moment, remaining Belgians,
etween Paris and the Panzers, just went home. They offered to man the factories
or us if we did not imprison them. Accepted, future Germans. French do not
onsider the losses serious. (No production multiple increase for Germans
ttacking in Belgium)
his leaves the Germans in a similarly fortunate situation to the Japanese -
waiting only orders from the Fuhrer for a massive attack (with initiative, open
ex ahead of Brussels in one hex, and a lone Wavell adjacent to Brussels and
hat hex) in the snow. Fortunes favor history. And we are the forces of history,
ne way or the other....
rittania rules the waves. Damn, no Sealion or Gibraltar this time.....
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