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[UFC #2] Xwormwood (Allies) vs Rambo (Axis)

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Doesn't looks like he is losing, sigh.

But back on topic:

Europe:

France is entirely occupied by the Axis. Well, not entirely…One maginot corps of indomitable Frogs still holds out against the invading Germans.

And with all the germans in France, they decided to crush the westwall while it is undefended.

The Axis has really EVERYTHING of France short of the rest you can see on this stamp. But isn't it heart warming to see those little maginot buggers finally invading the Reich?

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What do we learn from this: sparing your french fleet MIGHT get usefull when Axis forces finaly start to conquer France in a jiffy.

So never waste it until you really want to.

Naval activities:

The german subs dare a channel dash toward the atlantic.

Battle smell is in the air, especially as there is already a brand new axis CA sitting in Brest port.

Asia:

after the most heavy losses since Ghengis Khan the Chinese were at least able to kill on japanese army in return. A drop on the hot stone after losing an HQ, a Fighter and the appetite for further chinese offensives...

All in all the Allies have suffered about 9 times more than the Axis (June 1940), while the asian ratio alone is about 1 : 4 against the Allies (and please, dear reader, be so kind: don't ask about the current european loss ratio [help, help!]):

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July 1940

[Europe]

-Okay, what's with France? I took their capital 3 turns ago, they still won't surrender. They screwed up my Siegfred line. German mob rule surrounds the Frenchie Corp trashing my fortresses, he is slaughtered in the streets. Luftwaffen units ping London, we do nothing. The Kreigsmarine which bravely sailed thru the English Channel is now sinking commerce heading to England. We are ready to fight on the sea.

At the end of the turn, the French do surrender. Guess what, I'm so ticked off, I will not allow Vichey France to form. The only good Frenchie... Since Xwormwood was so stubborn, I will not allow the French to reform. They can move to Algeria, and I will never give them an even break.

[Asia]

-Rain, rain, rain. SC-Global Conflict is SC-Global Climate Change. Chinese have a Special Forces unit in the North sitting out in the open, we waste him, dead. In the Central area, we keep attacking an HQ protecting the line, free damage. In the South, we are completely bogged down, it's a nightmare. I have 3-Armies sitting in the rain on the coast, doing nothing.

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All I get in my match is Rambo moaning about the Weather and here he is doing the same to poor Xwood.

What I am really enjoying about these 2 games AAR is the wildly different directions they are already going in. Partly that is the DE that Rambo is taking in each (Molotov , Vichy etc ) but it just as much Allied strategy. It's hopefully a good showcase for the game and the myriad of gameplay and possible strategies.

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Europe

France went into exile to Algeria and all its colonies.

With a new hope, a new HQ, Fighter, Bomber and army suddenly everything looks much better than before.

Italy paid the price for the Axis decision to not create a Vichy vassal, as one BB, not soo very careful alone in front of Algiers, gets shelled and bombed to the ground of mare nostrum.

The germans subs went into action. One was spotted but dived away from the approaching UK DD.

After this, they did their bloody work on Churchills convoy lines

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In Africa the UK tries to weaken tobruk, but on the other hand doesn't react to the italian fleet shelling the UK attackers.

Near madagascar the Italian DD was spotted and sunk through 2 carrier strikes.

Asia:

China spent its money to strenghten those worn out land forces at the front lines. Bad weather prevented the formidable chinese air force to puncture the japanese side.

JJR playes a brave game with slapping Russia into the face (ignoring Hitler-Stalin pact) and hard conditions on the French (no Vichy).

You have to respect these descisions, that he dares to go this way.

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I wish he'd take the same decisions with me! Most DE are about 50/50 either in consequences or cost. Not setting up Vichy France and ignoring Molotov have no upside at all. Pure music to Winston's ears.

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Europe:

3 Axis fighters positioned at the british channel.

Mmhm, makes me think about the reasons behind this placement.

His Subs and raiders hitting my convoy lines. Again.

Through a surprise contact we stumbled once more into the Graf Spee, reducing her in the end with superior forces to strength 2.

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The USA swapped DDs against some naval bases. Much appreciated.

Nothing else happened.

Africa:

The axis withdrew into harbors and cities. The Italians Bomber and fighter are positioned in sicily.

Asia:

some halfhearted attacks from the japanese forces, but this time no kills, no advances.

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Japans navy has naval tech lvl 2. Expensive, but surely effective.

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September 1940

[Europe]

-Don't know what that British-BB & Austrialian-CR were thinking, because they are sinking.

-Air sorties on London. He has no fighter cover.

[Africa]

-Eithopian is a terror camp, but not much to terrorize. Just exhanging blows.

-British backing off Tobruk it appears, he needs more leadership & firepower.

[Asia]

-Fortress in the North is destroyed & captured, things will open up in the North.

-South bogged down.

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News, News, News!

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Atlantic

Well, the bloodshed has started.

With Malaya and Perth gone, we sunk the Scharnhorst with our return salvos. More news as soon as they come in.

Europe

Enough is enough. With the battle in the atlantic started, there is no more time for cuddling in the harbor, the order is "all ships at sea!".

When we approached the Normandy coastlines it turned out that the Axis airforce was not so strong as we feared, i would dare to say that a fight in the british chanal is far from impossible.

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Africa

East Africa with its HQ and well equipped italian special unit is a tough nut to crack. Looks like i will need a century to get results here.

North Africa went silent, with both side not doing anything of importance.

Well, of course, one could mention the Italian BB and CA, sneaking toward Gibraltar. Obviously to catch fleeing allied ships from the ongoing battle in the atlantic. Nice idea, if there wouldn't have been a french Bomber in Algiers, shadowing each and every move of them.

The French Navy and Airforce attacked, the italian BB is gone for good.

Asia

With the fall of Yenan (?) we await the next major offensive in the chinese north. Everything else is pretty quiet.

edit:

here the link to the classic sinking video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWYP4rKgJQ

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September 1940

[Europe]

-Not a good time to be a sailor. Nazi Luftwaffen units attack the French Battleship in the English Channel, she goes to the bottom. German Cruiser finished the job, ran away. French Sub blocking the Channel is attacked, we do nothing. RAF intercepted, did no damage to us, while receiving a hit. The Bismarck goes nuts, attacks London, he has an entrenched x4 Corp.

In the Atlantic, my U-Boats give some payback, sinking both Cruisers chasing my wolfpack. Unfortunetly, one of my U-Boats runs into a Destroyer as he tried sailing back to France.

In the Med.Front, the Cruiser escort who's BB was sunk East of Gibralter, hightails it out of there. Interesting, we spot BB-Warspite Royal Navy unit hiding by Athens. We scurry a Sub, do nice damage. Then Italy sends BB & Cruiser, but we cannot finish the job. Warspite is strength-1, trapped.

[Asia]

It's a drag. Just picking on Corps in Nanning & the North.

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News, news, news!

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Europe & the war in the atlantic

With the naval war raging everywhere here some short infos about what has happened:

In the british channel the german sub was encircled and sunk, Bismarck tasted some french baguettes, ahem, i ment french torpedos.

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The poor Warspite got herself trapped, and with no hope for relieve or escape, she attacked with her one point strength left the italian BB,

going down in flames, taking down with her only but all of her men, but no enemy.

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In the atlantic the fight is still undecided, but the german subs get encircled tighter and tighter:

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Sorry, but this area is still to hot regarding the fighting status, so all picture from here remain classified.

But to give an ovarall impression:

summed up both side have lost quite a bit:

UK & France / Germany & Italy

3 BB......................2 BB

3 CA......................2 CA

0 DD......................1 DD

0 SS......................2 SS

This turn all convoys reached unmolested the british island.

Hip-hip, horray!

Asia

Some skirmishes, but nothing new under the Emperors Sun.

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October 1940

[Europe]

-Wolfpack scatters. U-30 does a juicy 4-hit shot on BB, reduces it to strength-1. Not all U-boats are successful on hiding, we run into another RN-BB.

-Germans now have a Rocket popping shots from Sicily to Malta.

-The Captain of the Bismarck returns the ship with strength-7 back to Germany. He is shot for being a coward by Adolf Hitler.

-Luftwaffen takes potshots at French Sub in the Channel.

[Asia]

-Weather breaks in the North, we kill Chinese Corp, heavily damage an Army, that's more like it.

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News, news, nnn- ahh, shut the -beep- up, for heavens sake!

One chinese corps destroyed.

Asia

The japanese amry is on the move again, the north won't survive too long now, as they have here the numerical and technical upper hand, so wr can assume for sure that they WILL conduct their bloody business to those poor chinese farmboys.

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Europe

The Bismarck escaped. Oh shame.

Churchill made his First Admiral eat some of his older cigar stumps as punishment.

One sub escaped into the atlantic, another one dived away, but was found south of portugal again, unfortunatly to late to bring it to the sword, as it was the nearly sunk french BB which moved last of all ships who found it.

Africa

This sicilian rocket means nothing good. Have to think about this a bit more.

Nothing else to report. Stay tuned, this isn't over yet.

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December 1940

[Europe]

Captain Wolfgang Von Bunta of the Bismarck has been rallied by Adolf Hitler. A coordinated U-Boat attackin the Channel we attack French Cruiser & destory it! Bismarck is in port of Brussells. In the Atlantic, we sink the damaged French Cruiser spotting for his killer RN Carriers & Destroyers.

[Asia]

Another Corp killed East of Sian, fortress destroyed. Hitting Nanning a little harder. Trying to wear the Chinese down.

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Asia

Japan is on the prowl. EVERYWHERE.

In the north they punched a corps out of this game, in the south another offensive.

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Europe

The Bismarck is back. Unable to achieve anything worth mentioning against her there is not much to report here anymore regarding to the subject on hand.

Or to say it another way:

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Nothing new in Africa.

As to happy endings:

Sweden saw the light, coming 13% nearer to the defenders of democracy.

This should reduce certain ore deliveries a bit.

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Europe

The DD Niagara was sunk in the North Sea near Antwerpen.

The victors fled into the Baltic Sea, or should i spell it the german way: die Ostsee (the East Sea)?

In the northern atlantic we ran into one of the fled subs, strength 2 points.

This lucky son of a -beeep- dived away, escaping my anger once more.

America still slumbers at 16%. You guys really want to stay absent until you get a Pearl Harbor, i guess. Wake up, you beautiful sleeping giant, we need you over here!

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Asia

The japanese combined forces killed the defenders of Nanning.

The cities has been declared an open city, awaiting the boots of their new japanese masters. Next turn the metamorphis will have been completed.

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[Europe]

After all the naval fireworks, things have died down. Weather prevents the Luftwaffen from attacking London

[Asia]

Rather quiet turn....walked into Nanning. Still trying to take Sian in the snow.

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Asia

With Nanning fallen and japanese forces around Sian, it was vital that (with the loss of the Nanning port) the Allies decided to continue their support via rail.

This brings probably more trouble with Nippon.

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Europe

JJR showed the pride of the Luftwaffe: lvl 2 fighters.

Death'n dreck.

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While one fleeing sub was found and filed near canada, another one is obviosly out there, as my Rhodesia convoy were bleeded dry to 0.

Annoying like insects, these U-Boote.

In North Africa the UK started aothers slow and tender offensive against Tobruk.

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Asia

China gets washed away as billions of japanese crack units kill everything blocking their march toward the chinese capital.

I need to be very brave now. Sigh.

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Europe

Nothing. One sub in the south atlantic.

Africa

Tobruk fell, all hail to Italy.

The entire italian fleet tried to help, but with no success whatsover.

East africa saw the italian loss of the ethiopian city, as those blackshirts moved southeast to help the HQ and the Stuka divebomber in their fight against the approaching allied forces.

Seems like we will see here a quicker end of Mussolinis dreams than i dared to hope.

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Europe

I stumbled into a german sub which tried to block the Channel. The only good thing: my naval unit was a destroyer.

Send the 2 strength point remains of a german cruiser in bordeaux to the bottom of the harbor, after a Swordfish biplane did what several shell bombardments weren't able to settle once and for all.

Africa

Lost the dar-es-salaam corps in East Africa after a deadly Stuka attack.

The UK attacks the italian from the east while the french started to pound Lybia on their own.

The italian fleet withdrew towards Italy.

Asia

Sigh. Asia sees Chinese soldiers die like dayflies, last victim: the 18th army, near Sian.

...

Meanwhile at the german-russian border:

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Asia

Under constant most heavy losses we were at least able to give one hit back, as one japanes Armie in the south got slained by the desperate defenders of the rest of the precious chinese soil.

Japan received his elite reinforcements, so this shouldn't help the chinese the tiniest bit.

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Europe

Most the the Kriegsmarine has gone fishing, ahem, i ment to the fishes.

In a short fight near Bordeaux we sunk without own losses a sub, and the bomber south of bordeaux is nearly dead with 3 points remaining.

The Royal Navy rules the sea, even though some ships tooks some hits.

One german sub swims around the South African cape region.

Africa

We took Benghazi and bombed Tripolis.

JJR obviously doesn't care about desert sand. So what are his plans?

Poor russia, i smell trouble.

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May 1941

[Europe]

-Luftwaffen forced to back off all coasts.

-Rocket pings Malta

-More units in the East appears on the German/Russian border.

-Kreigsmarine spot Level-2, Mobile-1 Tank T-34 in Lennigrad.

-Terror Camp in eithopia still dishing damage to rouge african corps

[Asia]

-Chinese HQ are being assaulted. Brought from 10 to 4 in capital. another one is hit hard North of Kumming. Corps being worked down North of Lengchow. Not much the Chinese can do except pray for weather to slow it all down. He's in a Triangle.

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