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War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:31:03 AM   
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NORTHERNER KEEP OUT!


This will be my first attempt at an AAR for the DB/Battlefront Series of games.

I am playing a PBEM game as the Allies vs Northerner. I have been playing the DB series of games since Korsun Pocket, and feel I have this new and improved Battlefront system down pretty well.

I've played the Gazala scenario twice vs the AI with Overwhelming victories as each side (Axis and Allies). It's a very fluid and fast moving scenario and one of the best I've played from the whole line of DB games. I am also currently playing another game as PBEM vs another opponent this time as Axis.

This AAR will feature my game vs Northerner and hopefully I come out with a victory. If not, well I'll blame it on the AAR then!

Turn 1 for me was an interesting one. The largest decision I had to choose was whether to withdraw the Free French from Bir Hacheim. The VP value for the destroyed units, in combination with the capture of Bir Hacheim, will allow the Axis to win handily. Depending on the other forces destroyed, it is entirely possible for the Axis to achieve an overwhelming victory with this alone.

I cannot let that happen.

One last thing before I proceed. One obvious weakness for the Allied player is the lack of Elite Units. The Germans have lots of them. The ones I have are very few, so they must be protected. They can make the difference between victory and defeat in a critical battle.

After reviewing the first turn by my opponent I had decided on a game plan. All of his forces immediately began assaulting Allied positions. The main force, was obviously centered on Bir Hacheim. 8th Panzer Regiment, an elite german armor unit, advanced toward the 3rd Indian Motor Brigade at Pt. 171.

Numerous Axis forces attacked along the whole front. It appears we have a war on our hands.

My first turn was relatively easy to make. Nearly all units were surprised. Except for the Free French around Bir Hacheim, and the 3rd Indain Motor Brigade at Pt. 171. The latter begin to withdraw from the area, slowed by enemy aircraft interdiction. The Free French, decide to hunker down and hide in their massive fortifications (4 steps!).




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:36:24 AM   
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Turn 2 would see the Axis continue their assault across the entire front.

In the northern area, near the town of Ain el Gazala. The 1st SA Infantry are tasked with holding the Axis at bay. Numerous fortifications line their advance, and it should make for an uphill struggle to advance.





At this time, there will be no reinforcments.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:38:23 AM   
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The main assault by the Axis is taking place near Bir Hacheim.






As you can see, they are throwing a lot of firepower toward the objective. My plan is to not only keep the Italians from advancing to the north and east of Bir Hacheim, but also to relieve the assault.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:41:24 AM   
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To the North of Bir Hacheim, 1st and 2nd Armored are quickly moving toward the approaching Italians. I expect to give them a good punch in the mouth.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:48:50 AM   
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To the West of Bir Hacheim, you see the 3rd Indian Motor Brigade withdrawing from Pt. 171 to regroup.

Covering their withdrawal and advancing towards 8th Panzer Regiment, are 7th Armored Division, and additional elements of 4th Armored. The Interdiction is definately slowing not only the withdrawal, but my advance as well.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:53:38 AM   
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A bit farther to the north of Bir Hacheim, weak Italian Forces seem to be exposing themselves to a potential trap. Their objective is unknown. Intentions are hostile.

Quick moving units from the 1st and 32nd Army Tank Brigades quickly respond, and are going to attempt a feint. The goal is to make the Italian units think we are blocking their advance, when in reality, a flank will be attempted. Intel is not very good, but I do not think they have many armored units. A flank should be easy once the minefields are crossed.






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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 2:55:13 AM   
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And finally...

A look at the Operational Map with proposed lines of defense, attack and reserve units.






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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 4:16:16 AM   
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well done that looks great,keep it up so i can pick up some tips

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/18/2007 7:22:10 AM   
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Great AAR. Do you intend to keep some mobile units behind the lines to cope with Axis raids that avoid the main battle lines?

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:22:03 AM   
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quote:

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Great AAR. Do you intend to keep some mobile units behind the lines to cope with Axis raids that avoid the main battle lines?


Yep. I sure do. The majority will soon be centered near Knightsbridge. It's a central location, with an abundance of roads for quick response. Using extended movement, I can be in any location in 2 turns at the most.

Here is a screenshot of Knightsbridge with the proposed garrison.





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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:25:28 AM   
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Turn 3

The Axis continued their assault except in the north. Things seem to have cooled off. 1st SA should be able to handle any attack. Notice that the Axis have now built prepared defensive positions




We will continue to hide behind our fortifications and mines for the time being.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:32:49 AM   
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Here you see the locations of the units south of Alem Hamza preparing for their flanking maneuver. This is prior to my turn.




Also, you will see the chance to do destory a step from Axis units from indirect fire.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:37:46 AM   
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Here are the positions at the end of the turn. 32nd Army Tank Brigade moves farther to the west, to get deeper behind the enemy. Units of 50th Infantry Division begin to clear land mines. The lighter ones will be removed in 1 turn. The darker will take approximately 3 turns.

1st Army Tank Brigade takes up defensive positons to hold the enemy at bay, so that they may follow up the flanking maneuver. Somewhere near Mteifel el Kebeir, I suspect are enemy HQ and supply units.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:41:47 AM   
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North of Bir Hacheim, things have gone a little different than anticipated. I expected the Italians to move more to the Northeast. If the movement of their recon is any indication, they are moving due east, and expected to envelop Bir Hacheim.

There sure are a lot of Italians. Hopefully 2nd Armor bde, and 1st Armored Div can handle them all.

This shot, is prior to my turn.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:46:30 AM   
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One thing I have really enjoyed about this scenario are my recon units. The Axis recon have a spotting range of 4 hexes, the Allies only 3 hexes. They are critical in a scenario of this size, and they have to be used to their fullest. Not only to recognize enemy units, but to tell whether they are dug in, and to be able to convert control of hexes to cause movement penalties.

This is A squadron of 1st Royal Dragoon armored car regiment at work.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:52:16 AM   
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As long as my units share regimental integrity, I am happy. The positions of my Recon units are good ones (I think) I have them on both corners, and the center of my front. Allowing me to see a lot of the battlefield.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 3:55:44 AM   
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The rest of 2nd armor bde. and 1st armored div. Follow the recon units and get in their final positions for the day.

Three of my best infantry units, are very close to the action now. Even though I do not want the Italians to attack my exposed center position, if they do, it may allow me to envelop them.

I will have to wait and see what happens.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 4:00:23 AM   
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And now the situation near Bir Hacheim...

Assaults on the fortifications near the town are not very effective. The Free French may be able to hold out for weeks.

Units of 8th pz. Regiment and 90th light infantry, launch an attack to try to surround 3rd Indian Motorized. They nearly closed the jaws of their trap. But not quite...

Numerous targets of opportunity present themselves for my artillery. Soon I will have much more in place.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 4:33:50 AM   
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I decide to launch an attack against the 2 recon units of 90th light Infantry.




They quickly retreat from the battle and both are nearly destroyed.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 4:36:12 AM   
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Here you see my units south and Southeast of Bir Hacheim which have now formed a pretty nice defensive line at the end of the turn.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 4:37:40 AM   
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And finally, the Operational map at the end of the turn.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 5:45:27 AM   
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This is such a well written AAR I can't wait for the next instalment.

Now I am going to have to do "operational" maps for myself in my own games v the AI whilst I am learning BF.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/19/2007 7:54:25 PM   
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quote:

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This is such a well written AAR I can't wait for the next instalment.

Now I am going to have to do "operational" maps for myself in my own games v the AI whilst I am learning BF.


Thanks for the kind words. Im doing my best to make it understandable. I hope I dont give too much away and ruin my plans. All that talk about loose lips and such...

Oh well, I do enjoy doing it, I wish I could do more of an AAR than a DAR (during action review!)

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:13:49 AM   
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Turn 4


The turn starts with Axis forces peppering my entire front with artillery and airstrikes. The sandstorms gave way for a day, and apparently my lines looked inviting to attack.

In the north, the Axis edged their way to Alem Hamza, and began to attack.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:15:16 AM   
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I am hoping this is enough to hold Alem Hamza




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:16:52 AM   
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After noticing the Axis beginning to assault again in this sector, I need to make sure that my forces are adequately supplied. I notice that my units far to the south are out of range of HQ, and thus attack supply. I move 1st SA HQ, supply and AA to the south to fix the problem.




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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:19:21 AM   
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South of Alem Hamza and to the north of Rotunda Ualeb, I notice the Axis has 2 engineer companies left out to dry. I launch an immediate attack and then fall back into defensive positons.




Also, I begin to shift 1st Army Tank Brigade forces, to prepare for their assault. I expect it will occur in about 2 days.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:23:10 AM   
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A last look at this sector and my future plans. Nearly all mines have been cleared, except where the Italians are currently positioned. No matter. If I can surround them, it will only be a matter of time before they are destroyed.

Also, the RAF decides to join the party and interdiction is begun on the Axis route of retreat.




I would think the Axis would realize what is happening. At least with the change of hex control. I am pretty sure they cannot see much of the units approaching them.

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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:29:04 AM   
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Near Bir Hacheim the Axis continue being very agressive. East of Pt. 171, it appears they are trying to go around my line to the south. All along the front, more artillery pounds my positions.

To the NE of Bir Hacheim, massive amounts of troops pour through the gap, and relieve the isolated Italian recon units. They may have gotten themselves into trouble though...






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RE: War in the Desert- Gazala PBEM - 2/20/2007 2:34:07 AM   
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I decide to launch attacks where I can. The Free French also help out in the attacks.




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