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[UFC #3] Crispy131313 (Allies) vs. Scook (Axis)

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Britain- 1 corps dies, but a 3 strength tanks sits in front of a lot of British. Everything else fairly quiet.

China- 1 army and 1 corps vanish, but lots of other units to take their place

The Med - All quiet.

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Oct 13, 1940

Our main defensive line infront of Manchester is broken, we are forced to move aircraft out of harms way. BEF army in Bristol attacks Paratroopers, they are down to 6, we take 2 hits. Corps, fighters attack strength 3 Hoepner tank, we can't get the kill but German armour is down to 1. Our Bombers hit our own port and London to reduce supply back to double 0's. We don't worry about intercepts from France as it's raining. It's already October and bad weather is creeping in. Still no Axis HQ supporting their attack but it looks like more troops are landing around London. Scook is determined but must know that time is running out. There are reports of huge amounts of axis funds going into diplomacy.

The Japanese are finally rolling in China, they are getting kills. But we get one too. The New 4th Army from Chengchow, and the 2nd route army from a fortification reduce a 9 strentgh army down to 2; Flying Tigers finish them off. Our first kill, feels nice.

USA occupies Fort de France.

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Do you get money for USA from Forte du France? Just curious, I don't think there is any transaction, but may have changed in 1.03

We knock another corps down to 1 strength. Hoepner eliminates himself trying to finish it off (pre attack: 0 attacker, 1 defender, worked out to a 1-1 loss). Hungary and Romania both decide Germany is right, and sign up. Everything else is quiet in Europe.

We weaken another corps in China, no losses though. The 1st Japanese bombers make their appearance, causing China 5MPP in losses.

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The USA did not receive a dime out of it. Although the USA gave Britain 125 MPP+ a while ago to hand it over to them.

November 10, 1940

A corps next to Bristol's feel the wrath of British air, we reduce it to 1, and the BEF from the town finishes them off. Their are Axis fighters (1 German, 1 Italian) on British soil, they are right behind London. Axis bombers are attacking from France and Denmark. British bombers smack all of German's supply back to 0 once more.

China: Chinese armies smack around a Japanese Army to strength 4 that is trying to inch closer to our Capital around Cheng Sha. We take a couple of hits but we don't think we're in much danger next turn.

Overall I'm very happy winter is approaching. The Japanese are finally starting to gain some momentum in China, and the Axis air raids on Britian can slow down. Very fun so far, and the real war has not even begun!

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Yes, I am feeling the pressure. If anyone bet the under, I think it might head that way. But, have to say also, very fun, and I won't throw in a towel until I am ko'd or in a submission. Next turn coming soon.

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Britain and Japan tied for largest army at 27, Germany leads the worlds navies at 19, something just ain't right here.

11/24/1940

{Britain}

Massive Stuka strikes with some army support take down another corps. Leeb finally lands to take control of the situation. Bad weather will be socking in soon.

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[China]

Starting to feel impatient in China, but I look back to really how far the Japs reallly got. Really no solace as to where I should be in game, but let's me relax and tell myself to keep plugging along. Some difference from the previous screen shot, but not too much.

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December 8, 1940

Snow flies over Britain while the rest of Europe freezes over. German supplies have reached London and totally changes the war. We could actually lose the island. His troops are stretched out five long, from the front of Bristol to the coast above Harwich harbour with air support behind London. We reinforce our lines, and their is a british unit faced off parallel to each German. Axis subs are starting to raid again Egypt, New Zealand, Rhodesia get no convoys through. Reports out of Odessa sees Romania reorganizg their military.

Some action in the mediteranean. A UK carrier parks in Matla and starts pounding a german defender in Palermo, he takes an unknown hit. An allied destroyer slips through gibraltar and finds an Italian sub (lv.1) in the Mediterranean Sea a 3-2 trade off in our favour, but we were only strength 8 heading in. No action in the corps war of Cagliari, and the Blackshirts are basically forgotten.

In China the 54th army East of Chungking attacks the same army camping west of Changsha. We get 2 or 3 hits i'm not sure. He's in a bad spot (adjacent 3 armies, 1 corps). End turn: fighting breaks out between Chinese Nationalists and Communists.

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The last days of 1940

{China}

Pachinko and Dominos are the order of the day! Some casualties just like you would find in World War I, so nothing really to report.

Med Sea

Allied DD becomes a deep water home for some fish. One Italian cruiser and sub finish her off. We do pick up survivors, the captain was not one.

North Sea

Rolling more dice, I decide to try and use the weather to my advantage. The weather 'boffins' have promised a period of storms over Britain, so my subs decide to see who is home in the ports in the north. I find a BB and a DD, and luckily the BB is the reactionary force, so I take two hits on my sub. The rest of the wolf pack swarms in to shoot the BB up. He goes down to a 5, and I take about 6 hits on my subs. Hitler, realizing he still has rule set 1.02 in his hands fires his Rules Lawyer General and rereads 1.03. Well, it has to be somewhere, subs attacking ships in ports has been toned down quite a bit. It's a very good change, and I still would attack like I did, just a little surprised of the little damage done. Oops!

Well, if the weather is clear, this might be ugly.Heck, depends how many DDs Crispy131313 has, not positive on that right now. Have to make some things happen, can't wait for the navy to come to me right now.

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Oh yes, the BB is sporting ASW 1.

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January 5, 1941

Churchill knew it was a trap. We could see a cruiser out at sea with our airforce, but it was determined (wrongly) that we could see all that was awaiting. Now the formidable carrier and bulldog destroyer is out at sea with the massive German navy. We got caught trying to play musical chairs with our ports. We got a few hits with our destroyers that (mostly) are safely in ports, and airforce. Their are lots of scattered submarines diving. We hit the German controlled port, it's back to 0. No attacks on the British/German front lines. Bulgaria joins the Axis.

In the Mediterannean an allied cruiser and carrier avenge our destroyer, sending the Italian cruiser to the bottome of the sea. The Italian submarine was gone. The Italians still have to share the Cagliari port with the Malta corps.

China: The Chinese are getting more comfortable exchanging blows with the Japanese. 3 Army's guarding Chungking send a Jap army to their graves. It's been a tough hole for the Japanese west of Chengsha. The Flying tigers pop a japanese special forces for 3 points, Tigers/Escorts take no damage.

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January 19, 1941

Both the Formidable and Bulldog sunk. The BB in port moves to another port, I am guessing. The weather boffins are insidious and not to be trusted. Since I have clear skies, Hitler keeps on with the 'Stukas Over Britain' tour. Because of snow, many bombs land harmlessly for children to find later. Only moderate damage on land. Here's what I think he can see too, with his aircraft:

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Mediterranean Sea

Knowing full well I would note the location of the carrier, he moves the rest of his navy into a protective position covering her position. The Italian Navy mistakenly tries to go after and sink the carrier, only to get hung up on Australian and British ships. Perth is listing, but not sunk. Barring rough waters, this should be a pounding of Italian fleets next turn.

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One is the lonliest number:

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[China]

We move our most crack unit into position, the Expedition Army, next to Chengchow. Respect to my opponent if they can be dislodged from there. Just some more pings and pokes. Will have to watch some positions as the Chinese do have some punch.

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February 2, 1940

Canadian bombers offer good intelligence of German naval positions around Scapa Flow. We do some sucessful port hopping supported by air and send a German cruiser to the bottom of the ocean. Axis submarines are becoming great divers, but we nail at least one hit via Bombers. British forces don't know how to dislodge the axis from the South of the Island. They have firmly implanted themselves, and have alot of air capability. Canadian convoys arrive at half strength.

In the Mediterranean the Italian navy is in ruins after taking the bait and trying to sink multiple carriers last month. We sink 2 Battleships, and a cruiser, behind a combined Aussie/British force. Their is still a damaged sub and Battleship roaming the waters, and they will likely dissapear to port for a long time. The swimming pool belongs to the allies now.

China: Only action around Chengchow. The 8th route army and "Flying Tigers" nail an army reducing it from 10 to 5. The Japanese expidition army is a monster (4 star st. 14) and has slid write in next to Chengchow. Blood is really going to spill. Japanese elite units have deployed in the pacific.

The Romanian's are on the Russian border. But is Scook willing to start a two front war?

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Europa

Snow, and plenty of it, on the ground, in the air. All forces stand down, time for a small break for R&R.

Asia

One more Chinese corps gone, elite troops attack Chengchow, causing three losses. No one else touches the city. Fighters attack 'Flying Tigers' while on the ground, Chinese fighters stay out of the way. Hit happen, no idea how much damage.

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March 1940

British bombers try unsucessfully to smack Axis submarines off Norway. No Island fighting. I get a pop up at turn end that Franco is mobilizing his forces. I'm not liking that. German armour spotted along Russian border.

China: Little to report. One Chinese army pops a 3-1 against Japanese army near Chengchow.

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March 30, 1940 (Double AAR)

Axis air continues to pound the British line of defence infront of Manchester. German troops are on mop up duty afterwards routing another corps unit. The British move their 7th armour tank group to fill the whole. German forces continue to build up on the Russian border. Russia 50%, USA 33%. Spain is at 77% after Franco mobilized.

In China 3 Jap fighters target Chinese fighters in Sian, the Chinese hold strong and do damage to each attacker. Smells of a paradrop, Fighters are sacked in exchange for the fresh 16th army. The Japanese expedition army is a monster he's good for 3 hits to Chenchow each turn. Japanese are shuffling a bit trying to get extra attacks. China is still in good shape though.

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why is the italian unit in east africa a special forces unit? Those troops were terrible.

Probably because SC is a very linear type of game (ie units are all "up front" - points are simply killed, readiness reduced, maps are simple, supply is simple, etc) so this is the designers best/easiest way to make the Italian Africans tough enough to give a historical result if hte UK does a "historical" invasion.

Historically the troops involved were about 75,000 Italian regulars and a bit more than double that African colonial troops - do about 350,000 total, vs 250,000 UK/commonwealth troops - many of them also African, with a substantial number of Indians, and a few thousand Ethiopian irregulars.

Possibly a better way to handle it would be several low strength poor quality corps, but allowing them to be reinforced might make it too tough for "history".

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Just got home, couple things: above you have elite Japanese troopers deploying in the Pacific. Not yet, I think I get my 1st batch the turn I am going to play (April, 41). Smells of paradrop? Don't get the free one until next turn, I do believe. But yes, may have built one. Just pointing those out, because you should look at what the opponent gets and when. I say this, as I made the huge mistake in Britain of forgetting what turn it was, and the 7th armored showed up. Thought I had one more turn, and that cost me big time.

Another mistake for both of us is giving the defender experience. I have done it way too much in China, there are 2 or 3 armies with 2 stars of xp. The Blackshirts in Ethiopia is a 2.5 star unit. Given enough time to get to them, we will kill them, but they are a pain in the rumpus for now.

Enough summarization, going to download that turn and get back to the AAR. Ciao.

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April, 1940

{Europe}

Rain, rain go away, come back over Britain another day. Have to limit my attack to one spot. 10th Army disappoints and does not finish off a corps. Pretty much everything else is quiet. Some Russkies are coming up to the border.

edit: Important point, British finally decide to cut supply to Abyssinia. What took so long? I am thinking paperwork problems.

{China}

Another corps (I think) dies, and Nanning takes some hits. Expedition Army keeps up the assault on Chengchow, whittling down some of the veterans defending. 2 bombers flatten the railways and supply depots of Chenchow. Elite forces do show up this turn.

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April 27, 1940

Another quiet turn for the allies. In Britain we decide to move the 7th armour off the front lines. We have seen Tac Air reach this far from France already. No attacks from the Brits. The Reich is preparing to attack Russia, troop movement continues on the Russian border.

With supply finally dwindling for the blackshirts we attack with 3 corps, we take a 1 hit for each attack. At least the entrenchment is gone now.

In China again nothing. We are back on the defense, he's nailing hits we need to reinforce.

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May 5, 1941

[Europa]

7th Armor was correct moving back, but 2 corps vanish into the hinterlands. 4th Infantry Army and Panzer Group Guderian brought to the island to help speed up the collapse and to hunt for Churchill. The fighters with nothing better to do shoot at Lancasters on their runways. In other news, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?' the new chart topper in England.

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[China]

Relentless fighter attacks have made all Chinese air retreat. Bombers keep a bombing. Ground pounders keep pounding. The increase in attacks combined with reduction of resources might put China in a bad position, soon! Chenchow on the verge of unhappiness. The corps in Nanning being very stubborn in resistance, China wants to hold that last port. Resistance in front of Chunking will be fierce.

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May 25, 1941

The British are staring defeat in the eye. Our HQ in London is not a defensive unit, and Hort is basically surrounded. The British restations it's HQ in the North end of Britain. If we lose London we will not surrender the Isle! The 7th armour tanks pops at possibly Germany's most experienced unit (3.5 star Army) outside of London reducing them from 10 to 3, and then follows Hort and the 3rd home guard North, but not without heavy losses to our armour. Some of our air force evacuates to friendly territory, there is simply not enough room for everyone. Britain leaves the defence of London to the reformed I Corps. Not our first choice, but the BEF didn't have enough MPP's left to make the trip from Bristols! Good luck brave corps.

In China the Japanese are very eager to make some ground on our front lines. They are throwing everything they have at Chengchow, but we continue to hold the city as well as besieged Nanning. The 8th rout army outside Chengchow pops a 8 strength army for a 4-0 decision. Yes my airforce has ran for cover, but the Flying Tigers will be back again!

Russia/German border. Another Panzer is spotted. No doubt Scook is looking for a decisive turn in Britain before he invades.

Update: India Joins the Allies at turns end! (About damn time)

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