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[UFC #6] Seems Like Old Times Match ---> Jollyguy (Allies) vs Rambo (Axis)

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And if you've ever played Rambo his style is unique also. If I'm the disciplined and patient boxer meting out jabs, he's the creative and daring pugilest, sometimes delivering roundhouse blows from nowhere that put you on your ass.

But enough of the mutual admiration club!

Game A) Japanese show up in Eastern Russia and Stalin orders a major movement of troops to meet them. At first the Russians encircle and destroy a number of Japanese units, who seem to have hit the sake casks a bit too much. The Russians advance west, liberating the lower city and taking the mines. They pause to refresh on good ol' motherland vodka, and it is in this enebriated state that the Japanese charge back waving samurai swords emboldend by elite reinforcements, taking out two tanks and a corp. Meanwhile the Germans in Iraq feel bored in the desert counting sand fleas and DOW Turkey, advancing to the outskirts of Ankara. Stalin, alarmed, strips the other fronts and orders massive reinforcements to Turkey. The Germans fall back while the two remaining Turkish armies and one corp get upgraded to modern weapons, thanks to their new Russian allies. Out West the poor Swiss, busy counting their money, wake up one morning to a rain of rockets. They report two and possible three rocket units unleashing their missles all around their formerly tranquil country, joined by the RAF retiring from the hard fight in England. The Pacific is quiet, and the US has yet to make an appearance.

Game B) Manchuria is totally liberated and the Russians probe towards China proper, where Chiang is close to waving the white flag. But the weather finally clears and the Japanese navy flyboys appear overhead, taking out a tank and a couple corps. Stalin orders a pullback to Manchuria proper. Out east the Germans hold the center of Russia, with Russians ringing them, still holding Leningrad, Moscow, Stalingrad, etc. But Russian general Jollyguyski, still a bit unfamiliar with the infrastructure features, lets an entire battle group get cutoff near Kharkov when the rail line is cut by the zoc of a lead German corp. The situation is remidied, but by having the fully entrenched Kharkov corp move east. The next turn the entire battlegroup retreats south to the safety of the mountains near Turkey. Again, the US has yet to make an appearance.

Bob

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Game A) USN and RN weigh anchor, upgraded to deal w/advanced subs and in fighting trim. No sooner do they venture out into the Atlantic do they encounter several level 3 subs fanned out fairly near the US coast. They are at fairly low supply while the Allied fleets are packed to the gills with provisions, three or four subs are sunk in quick order. An upgraded Italian BB is sunk at anchor in Lisbon, while scouts, some weakened RN cruisers that were never repaired, spot a level 4 Luftwaffe in England; minor troops in France, and the Wehrmact in West Africa. Lisbon is bombarded to prevent operating and prep for possible landing, same for the Gibralter port. In a anomolous tactic for Rambo he has spilt his navy over several fronts, as the Italian navy was spotted supporting a DOW on the peace loving Greeks, while the Kriegsmarine is bombarding Finland and Stalingrad. In the Middle East Stalins new best friends, the Turks, continue to dig in, while the Russians liberate Iraq and eye Syria and Jordan next. Only one German level 3 tank and supporting HQ is spotted in the vicinity, not enough to deal with the massed Russians coming their way. The Japanese continue to inch into Russian territory, meeting no more resistance as all Russian units were operated away after the tit-for-tat battle in western China, where the Japanese ended up as the last men standing. Meanwhile, the Vladivostok theatre will collapse soon, under the weight of Japanese combined arms. The best the brave defenders can do is buy time over the winter, maybe another turn or two. Chinese partisans keep the occupiers busy, with up to three cities garrisoned and supporting the resistance movement. Russia digs in, still holding a broad oval from Leningrad to Stalingrad, but the Germans will certainly take the Caucusses during the coming summer campaign, thanks to General Jollyguystov's mistake of not realizing the value of protecting the rail lines. The US and RN fleets have yet to make an appearance, but are building up.

Game B) Russia holds a broad front against the Germans, while the Russians in Manchuria dig in, but the Chinese allies in the center of their country are close to surrender, which after the capital is moved west will leave only western China to carry on the cause. The USN and RN have yet to make an appearance.

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Game A) Japanese continue slow plod into Russia, their first bombers hit Russian cities and also India. Around India the Allies begin marching into Southeast Asia, met by several Japanese armies with air support.

Major sea action off Spain, where the combined USN/RN fleet forces their way into the Med. The Allies, using the previously garrisoned Canary Islands to launch amphibs, liberate Mauratania to open up another port, and then bypass Casablanca and its entrenched German corp and take Algiers instead and then head to Tunis, garrisoned by an entrenched Italian army. The Axis operates over several highly experienced level 3 German fighters plus tactical and strategic bombers and reduce Algiers to rubble to limit Allied supply, and for a short period of time split the Allied fleet, leaving some in the Med some in the Atlantic. The next turn the Axis air and navy hits the Allies on the Atlantic side and sink a couple ships, but then the Allies strike back and pour back through a non-garrisoned Malta port. The allies use carriers with weakened air arms to draw Luftwaffe interceptions, and several Allied air arms are totally destroyed. But the remaining carriers and destroyers sink three subs and the Italian BB, and trap the last Italian sub.

Knowing that the Luftwaffe is in Spain, the Russians leave the Kharkov river line and take out a couple German corps. The Russians own Turkey but the Germans are advancing on Ankara, and the entire Middle East is now Russian, with the exception of Alexandria and Cairo. Norwegian rebels keep disrupting supplies indicating no German garrison, so a British corp, after a long sea voyage, lands and liberates Bergen.

England is still under the Nazi heel.

Game B) After liberating all of Manchuria the Russians begin a steady pullback, under the weight of the RJN carriers and ample Japanese land forces. Chinese resistance in the center of the country finally crumbles and will be over soon, leaving Western China to continue the struggle. The Brits, amphibing from India, land in the Iraq port and nearby city, but are disappointed to see both reduced to 0 as a result, so that incursion is scaled back. Instead they land around Cairo and Nairobi, which had previously been taken by an Axis level 3 tank spearhead, forcing the Allies to retreat back toward South Africa. The Allies, reassembling around Mogadishu where the Axis offensive petered out, move back toward Nairobi. Allied amphibs land around Cairo and liberate a port, where numerous transports unload and advance on a level 3 German fighter in Cairo. Egyptian rebels have been hitting supplies, so Cairo is only mmps. The fighter departs and Cairo and Nairobi are reclaimed.

England is still under the Nazi heel, and the USN has yet to make an appearance.

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Game A: Japs are uncontested. Bombers are dusting targets in Russia. All Allied units are in Central Russia or in the MedFront. It's just a matter of where the UK/USA attempt to land.

Game B: Dang near like Game A. Except UK is in the MedFront & the USA is starting to Island Hop. Rather big UK naval offesive is attacked by nasty Axis subs North of Tobruk. We trash several units & run away.

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Game A) Cat and mouse in the Med, Axis air keeps popping me from Spain and Italy, sinking a few ships. Ankara holds after a second battle and I place a level 4 Russian tank in there to settle the matter. In East Russia the Japanese advance from the south and east, but a level 4 Russian tank settles that, too near the second Russian capital. In Russia Finland and Stalingrad are captured by the Germans, but during the Fall of 1943 the Rostov to Stalingrad line holds, and in the Winter of 1943/44 the Russians, having built up and achieved numerical superiority leave the riverline and move forward, supported by two artillery that provide effective defensive and offensive fire. After two turns the German line is bending, as now Level 5 Russian tanks, preceded by artillery, and supported by tactical air which can fly uncontested as the Luftwaffe is in the Med, probably also costing the Axis spotting capability. The Russians take out 5 German armies and special forces left in the open, some with one hit, and reduce a level 3 tank.

Game B) In this game I'm pursuing a Japan first strategy. A massive naval battle occurs in Indonesian Straits as 1943 comes to an end. The RN, after falling back from a hasty raid into the Med, engage the Japanese navy, supported by several German subs. Losses are heavy on both sides, several Japanese BBs and a couple subs go down mainly thanks to RN carriers set naval tactical. The RN loses two carriers and several ships in the Japanese counterstrike. But the USN, supporting an island hopping campaign toward the Phillipines, leave the marines on their own and move at flank speed to try to capture the Japanese navy in a pincers. The Russians have fallen back east of Moscow, which fell, dig in along the first rail line, but peppering the theatre with units to protect the ability to operate out should the paratroops drop behind the Russian lines. The Russians recently left their trenches and losses ensued on both sides, but next turn will determine the full weight of the Axis counter attack, and wheter the Russians have to fall back and wait for another day.

Bob

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Germany First Game, Winter of 1944: After a protracted standoff Allies get three level 5 US tanks in place and with the help of escorted bombers and tac bombers take Istanbul, trapping the remants of the Italian navy in the Black Sea, which is finished off with the exception a one strength Italian destroyer hiding in the Svestapol port. The Germans take Rostov, but the next turn a Canadian corp lands in North England and a German sub is sunk, and the Germans pullback to face this new threat. The landing in England was a feint, and the Canadian corp is eventually destroyed, as the next turn a level 5 US tank advances to Oslo, and a bomber shuts down the port. Over the next several turn Norway is liberated and Sweden fallls, and the allies advance into Finland from the north. The Russians, waiting for winter, leave the Rostov/Stalingrad riverline for the second time and begin to reclaim cities, backed by level 5 tanks. General Jollyguyov realizes that modest losses are incured in escorted bombing runs vs costly intercepts against the uber experienced Luftwaffe, so even the Russians are escorting bombing runs now. General Sir Jollyguy also realizes that units can be hit with impunity by carriers if the Luftwaffe is grounded due to snow, so a Luftwaffe bomber and tac bomber are easily picked off around Greece, as Axis fighter aircover can't rise to protect them. Greeces city and port are also reduced to 0, and the german corp reduced for a possible landing. England is still under the Nazi heel and Asia is all Japanese and his Japanese bombers are hitting me in Russia, but the Brits have begun a push into Southeast Asia.

Japan First Game: Western Europe is all Axis, with the exception of Iceland and British corp in Bergen, which landed from Iceland after repeated notifications that Norwegian partisans were active, telling me the city was not garrisoned. Moscow fell and was retaken and fell again. He holds Stalingrad to Moscow to Leningrad. In Asia the Yanks advance all the way to Ryuku and two US subs were hitting his convoy routes, but then I became overextended. 5 or 6 German subs showed up and the entire RJN, fresh from plastering two English air units that were trapped in rain in Southeast Asia, never able to join in a hugh naval battle between the RN and JN in which the JN was the last man standing, but then had to retreat to face the USN moving in at flank speed the other direction. The Yanks now hold a crescent of westernmost islands just before Iwo Jima running south and over toward the Philliipines (which is still Japanese) and half of Sumatra. The Yanks have several bombers posted at the edge of their control zone, keeping an eye on anything that moves. Indonesia is Japanese. Every thing east of the areas mentioned is Allied, following them grinding their way west reducing one Japanese bastion after another with carriers set to tactical. We are currently in a standoff as we both lick wounds and refit. The US has six carriers, I think the RJN 4, but the Japanese will have the advantage of interior lines and ground based air units. The Brits have moved south from India and taken a city bordering China in Southeast Asia, and have an advanced tank probing into China proper, which is garrisoned by Japanese armies. The Russians out west hold a Chinese city and several mines. All hell is going to break loose soon, as the USN is almost refitted, and the Germans will be making trouble in Russia.

Bob

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nice write-up Bob, that's the gist of it.

-I have learned the hard way about Greek weather patterns. If you put Bomber in Greece, and have fighters in Albania/Bulgaria, the rain line will screw you. Guess it works both ways, Bob's RAF caught the adverse side of flight patterns in Burma.

-At this point I can barely tell the two games apart. Hasn't been alot of little action, it's more like a Heavyweight fight.....with alot of positioning until a major-major battle.

-Monster battles are due in Turkey/Greece/Balklans

-Other game the Pacific is going to be a monster fight

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