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gwgardner -> Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/9/2012 11:29:43 PM)

Chocolino and I are playing the Case Yellow campaign, he has the Western Allies and the USSR, I have the AXIS. We started out on very hard for the majors (except Italy), but moved it up to hard after turn 1.

June 24

After 6 turns, the Low Countries have been invaded and conquered. [in patch 1.1 it was promised that the Low Countries would put up a stiffer resistance, and that was borne out in my experience. Same for France.]

I had hoped to carry forward with the Manstein Plan to push Guderian's armor through Luxembourg into France, cross the Meuse, and then cut off the French and British forces to the west, but the French army has put up a much stiffer resistance than expected.

With my air forces employed in hammering Antwerp, Rotterdam and Brussels, I did not want to smash my armor at just 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 odds against the French. I therefore probed along the French line, moving west, until a weaker point in the line could be found. Guderian has now been given the go ahead to head south, with Luftwaffe support, to break the French line.

Recon has failed in spotting the BEF. It appears that Perfidious Albion has either quickly abandoned its ally, or is being employed in safe guard duty somewhere far south.



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freeboy -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 12:41:03 AM)

I do not think you can change to hard in a server game.. are you pbem ?




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 12:43:39 AM)

We're playing hotseat. Exchanging save games.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 5:35:00 AM)

The French decided to test the strength of the Siegfried Line, attacking along an 80 mile front northeast of Mulhouse. Over a period of three weeks, 12 strong French divisions have assaulted the static defenses of the 556th Infantry. It has required a steady stream of reinforcements to hold the line, but there has been little danger overall of any kind of French breakthrough.

On the other hand, if we had been able to predict that the French would advance beyond their own static defenses, we would have prepared a counter-offensive.

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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 5:39:46 AM)

Notwithstading the valiant efforts of the Kriegsmarine, our position south of Narvik has had to be abandoned. We couldn't get enough supply into the troops from the beachhead. The French were tenacious in holding the village. What effect this is going to have on getting vital ores shipped to the Reich is yet to be determined.

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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 5:46:05 AM)

In further action on and under the high seas, convoy raiding has been a mixed effort. Two submarine groups have been destroyed completely, and four others have had to limp into port for repairs. We maintain a force at sea, succeeding in sinking approximately 10 Allied STPs per week, according to reports.

We have ordered production of a steady stream of coastal type subs, 1 group per week. By the 1st of July, the assembly line of production, minimal training, and cast off to the shipping lanes will be in full swing.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 4:11:47 PM)

July 1 (turn8)

The focus in the battle for France is between Lille and Rhiems, where the concentrated armor of the Reich is pushing hard against the French lines. A secondary push southeast of Dunkirk will serve to destabilize the front, and keep the enemy from concentrating its own forces solely against the German armored thrust.

The BEF still remains invisible. Does it exist?

The RAF has centered its fighter force around London. The Luftwaffe is getting into position to contest the skies. Our tac air took heavy losses to Allied fighters while attempting to support over the armored columns.

Late June was bad for the sub force. Two sub groups lost, with only 6 enemy STPs sunk.

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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 4:13:53 PM)

3 corps of infantry have been transported from the Low Countries to the Siegfried line. It is expected that the French will no beat a hasty retreat back into the Maginot fortresses.



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freeboy -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 5:16:17 PM)

wow, things are tough in france




doomtrader -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/10/2012 5:44:39 PM)

I was hoping to see this two-side AAR




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/11/2012 12:59:26 AM)

July 9

The breakout proceeds, with Guderians armor approaching Rhiems. At least 5 French divisions destroyed south of Lille. That town is critical now, as a rail junction critical to further advance, so it is under siege.

The Royal Air Force is devastating against German bombers again, and attempts by the Luftwaffe to hit the RAF bases around London have been an abject failure. The Luftwaffe has had notable success in a concentrated air assault on the Maginot, followed up by an infantry assault that achieved a breakthrough. We expect the French to begin a precipitate withdrawal from the Maginot all along the line.

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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/12/2012 4:17:41 PM)

July 24

The French have abandoned their static defenses, hoping to forestall the huge flanking movement of the German army, which threatens to separate the biggest part of the French force from their capitol.

With concentrated air assaults on the strongly defended Rhiems area, followed up by the bulk of the panzer forces striking south through that vital rail juncture, German forces are now within 80 miles of Paris. The fight was at heavy cost to the Luftwaffe, however. It seems that the entire anti-aircraft capability of the French was available at Rhiems. All of the 6 tactical bomber groups that participated in the assault took heavy damage, which is going to take weeks overcome. Whether the Luftwaffe will have enough punch remaining to help in the push against Paris, remains to be seen.

On a brighter note, fighter sorties against British air bases near London have finally paid dividends, with overwhelming losses to the British, at minimal cost to the Luftwaffe.





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freeboy -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/13/2012 4:16:35 PM)

looks like asome air is about ot be over run




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/13/2012 4:34:47 PM)

August 9 (turn 13)

The collapse of the French army is underway, with both wings of their force in the process of being cut off from support. German armor entered Paris this week. Now we await the collapse of the French will to fight.

The Luftwaffe is completely spent, in terms of a tactical support role. Fully 3/4 of all tac bomber groups are at 30-40% strength or less. The rest of the campaign, to occupy and destroy, is going to be without air support, at least for the upcoming week.

Recon shows that the British have 3 fighter and one tac bomber group around London. This week, the Luftwaffe took 3-1 losses in sorties against the Royal Air Force. That can't be sustained.

Italy has entered the war, with immediate impact on the battle of supply and transport. Italian subs hit British shipping in the Med with devastating effect. Meanwhile the Italian army advances across the border of Egypt. The British appear to be giving ground voluntarily.



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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/17/2012 4:50:58 AM)

Aug 17

With the loss of their capitol, French demoralization has obviously set in. The German army is advancing all along the front, and French units seem to melt against the slightest threat of force.

The task now is to take all French transport and industrial hubs, to convince them to surrender or agree to an armistace.

After that, it is going to take months to regroup, refit, and reinforce.

The Battle of the Atlantic continues. Half of the sub force has been lost, but the shipyards are working day and night to produce more.




freeboy -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/17/2012 7:49:34 AM)

are you using normal subs.. or costal?




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/17/2012 3:37:48 PM)

I started off the game having standard 2-hit subs. I was purchasing on coastal hubs each turn, but started purchasing one of each.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/19/2012 4:55:59 AM)

Mid September, and the Wermacht has still not been able to force the French to come to the negotiations table. Occupation troops are approaching Marseilles from the north. The Italians have been of absolutely uncooperative in striking from the east. We're just hoping that the French don't take their government into North Africa and continue the struggle.

Italy has also been completely ineffectual in their North African campaign. 80 miles from El Alemain, they have hunkered down into defensive positions in the desert, claiming difficulties in getting supplies past the ravages of air attacks from Malta.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/20/2012 4:42:46 PM)

Negotiations for a French surrender have been cut off, with the enemy declaring their intention to fight to the last man. Presumably that means the Wermacht is going to have to send troops to North Africa. This is disappointing, what should be a sideshow is turning back into the first priority, over reorganization, resupply, reinforcement.

Meanwhile, in order to put an end to the machinations of the Yugoslavian government, and threats that they may invite British troops on their soil, Germany has declared war. Twenty divisions have crossed the border from Austria and Italy.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/21/2012 2:16:24 PM)

mid-October

Marseilles was taken this week. The fight to knock out the French will now have to proceed to North Africa. It is expected that the British will go all out to reinforce the French in North Africa, since they will now have more time and probably the aid of the Americans, to build up their own forces.

German submarine raiders have had little success for the last month, as the British have been much more skilled in positioning their carrier forces along the convoy lanes. We're losing at least one sub group a week.

Our biggest success for the last month was to move a force of tac bombers into Italian North Africa, where we have succeeded in hammering the French and British navies. So much, that the British seemed to have withdrawn to their bases, leaving the French all alone. Do we see a pattern here?

Meanwhile, the British have been completely inactive in North Africa. Such a shame that the Italians have done the same, due to lack of supplies. Malta has shut down all offensive operations.

In Yugoslavia, it's going to be a slugfest. Bad weather, worse terrain.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/22/2012 6:00:31 AM)

Oct 24

The British have held on to Le Havre, ever since the French army itself fled the country. Half the Luftwaffe tac bomber force, two sorties by the navy with shore bombardment, and 9 divisions making concerted attacks, have failed to dislodge the British.

Le Havre is not a victory point city, but I can't just let the enemy hold the city forever - they'll use it eventually to break out, and they'll hold down my 9 divisions indefinitely.



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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/22/2012 6:02:49 AM)

The campaign in Yugoslavia proceeds slowly. Zagreb is almost invested. The main railroad towards Sarajevo is being secured and repaired. Once Zagreb is captured, the heavy fighting will take place around Sarejevo, no doubt.

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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/22/2012 6:23:47 AM)

It's starting to look like an invasion of the USSR will be impossible in '41. It's going to take a year to establish a friendly port in Tunesia and push both the French and British out of North Africa. At all costs, I have to get that done before the US can get involved!

That darned Chocolino. I can't recall ever beating him in a game, and now it looks like he'll be able to do his own invasion out of the USSR - perhaps as early as '41, probably '42.

This has become a game fraught with suspense and critical choices.




doomtrader -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/22/2012 9:17:59 AM)

Then you should play on easy against him :P

or maybe he can lend you some spare PP ;)




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/22/2012 1:06:44 PM)

The Italian sub force is making sure that he has no spare PPs. I hope.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/26/2012 5:17:25 AM)

Dec 9 '40

News Flash! Dateline Valetta, Malta.

The fortified isle commanding the sea lanes of the Central Med is no longer British! Combined arms of the Italian Army, Navy, and Air Forces succeeded in wresting Malta after sustained bombardment from sea and air, and with an amphibious assault by a specially trained infantry division, and an airborne commando raid that softened up the island's defenses in the weeks prior to the landing. Our German allies assisted in the conquest by stationing 5 squadrons of tactical bombers in Sicily, within range of Malta.




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gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/26/2012 5:29:21 AM)

Top Secret Report
Berlin

The true story of the Italian conquest in Malta is a cautionary tale. While our ally succeeded in the end, the effort was a comedy of errors that fed one upon another. Only the success of the Italian submarine force, in denying supplies to the defenders of the island, made this conquest possible.

The Italians insisted on relying on their new airborne assault capability at first. They were ready to drop as early as September. Unfortunately, someone forgot to maintain adequate supplies to the airborne base south of Catania, in Sicily, and when the go signal was given, the transport planes did not even have enough fuel to take off with a full complement.

After a two week delay to get a supply convoy in place, the airborne assault was attempted, after heavy bombardment from sea and air. However, the assault team was woefully inadequate to the task of breaking through the defenders' lines around Valetta. The only success the Italians could claim from this fiasco was in keeping it out of the newspapers.

Back to the drawing board. High Command turned to the navy, and insisted that it prepare a seaborne assault on the island. After scouring every port on the Adriatic for sufficient transports to ship one ready division from Albania, once again the supply pipeline failed, and the division was unable to even make it to the docks in time.

After another two week delay to get supplies through to Albania, the division boarded its transports, and finally sailed into the Med. A week later it did succeed in taking Valetta.

Notwithstanding all these difficulties, it is believed that now we and our Italian allies will be able to keep supply convoys in place to North Africa, and offensives against both the French and the British will now be possible.

To offset this positive development, OKH this very week decided against creating an Afrika Korps, having no faith in the Italians to actually pull off a successful conquest in Malta. Now, to get such an armored force into North AFrica will take another month.

It can be said that the comedy of errors continues.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/26/2012 5:47:57 AM)

Dateline Tunis

The German Army is now advancing from Albania into southern Yugoslavia. Rumor has it that the British govt is now putting heavy pressure on the Greeks to allow British advisers into the country, to direct Greek preparations for possible war. Of course, the Greeks' first thought is that the British merely want to use their country as a base to make a British attack into Yugoslavia. It remains to be seen whether the British have a heavy enough hand to press F12

And what will the government in Die Turkei think of all this?




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/29/2012 6:07:32 PM)

Jan 1, '41.

The Battle of the Atlantic and the Battle of the Med are the focus of the game right now, while the Axis refits for the next campaigning season.

On both seas, the number of STPs destroyed by Axis subs has decreased sharply. So far, I have no idea why that is. The sub force has maintained its strength, although the combined French and British navies show slow but steady success in sinking the subs. New builds are about even with losses, right now.

The Yugoslavian invasion proceeds methodically. It's a forgone conclusion, but one that must not cause too many losses on the Axis side. Every available PP is needed to build up the panzer force for future campaigning. With production set to 'hard' level, it is VERY doubtful that the Axis can field as large a force as was historical for summer '41. But we're trying.

North Africa is a sideline. Pressure continues on the diplomatic side, to get the French to surrender. It is hoped that the British will fairly soon understand that the French are more a liability now than a positive force for them. Social unrest continues to rise in the UK, due to the continuing effort in propping up the French.




gwgardner -> RE: Fall Gelb, multiplayer, majors on hard - Axis AAR (2/29/2012 7:38:04 PM)

Jan 9

Belgrade fell to a combined arms assault. One benefit is to give my newest armored unit some battle experience. When Sarajevo falls, Yugoslavia is expected to surrender.

In North Africa, Gabes is invested by a combined Italian, German force. Will the surrender of that Tunisian outpost convince the French to agree to an armistace?

Italian armored spearheads have slipped between the sea and the Qattar badlands, and have taken El Alemein. They continue to prepare for a final push on Alexandria and Cairo.

Two more sub groups lost in the Atlantic, replaced by two groups completing training. The Italian navy is slowly repairing subs put out of action in the first months of the war, and hold sway over the Med. The Royal Navy has been strangely reluctant to send out its carrier force,either from Egypt or Gibraltar.




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