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Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/27/2009 6:46:31 PM   
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19390901 : War with Germany again, just about 20 years after the last. Somehow it seems so much shorter.

This RtV 1.3 PBEM with jjdenver is being waged with "Easy" +50% for both Germany and Great Britain. (Edited for typo).





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/27/2009 10:02:42 PM   
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19390916 : The Poles can fight!





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/28/2009 6:55:51 AM   
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19391001 : Warsaw is well defended (I forgot to snap a shot), but there are Germans all about and they may take the city this next turn.  If I can hold out till November I will be very pleased with my luck, for it will take luck to resist.

Player's note : This is a good time to take a look at where I see this modified version of the game going.  The Germans are going to be tough with the extra 50% production.  The British also enjoy this bonus, but they will still be a minor thorne in the side of the Axis.  The Soviets are going to have their hands full unless John is one of the new crop of "anywhere but Russia" players.  I rather doubt this as he is going to have a powerful force in 1941, and I doubt he will be satisfied with Turkey! Here are my priorties for the early game :

1. Do not lose Great Britain.
2. Control the seas. Do not let the Royal Navy get trapped in the Med when John takes Gibraltar.
3. Do not lose Malta.
4. Make the Axis fight, hard, for the Suez.
5. Help the Soviets.  Let them bleed the Axis.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/29/2009 4:49:42 AM   
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19391016 : Only two Polish units left, a corps in Warsaw, and a division outside.  The end is near, but they put up a good fight.  Lots of Germans still about, but they will be heading west soon.  We have already decided that we will accept the inclusion of the Baltic states in the Soviet Union.  The Germans never hesitate to violate the neutrality, and then we scramble.

We have placed the Royal Navy in the North Sea, and the French Navy in the Med.  The Germans have shown no sign of wanting to try our fleets, and the Italians are, of course, neutral.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/29/2009 10:23:14 PM   
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19391101 : Warsaw, and all Poland have fallen, costing the Germans 11.27 SP, which even at L1 infantry costs is 225.4 PP.  We really do not know what the actual multiplier is, but it will be higher. War is expensive.  Copenhagen, and thus, Denmark have fallen too.  We hate to see this as it implies a threat to Norway, which we want to make our first new ally.  The loss of Norway would bother us a lot as we value their navy.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/30/2009 1:47:03 AM   
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19391201 : Sitzkreig, the French guard their borders.  The British have staff talks with their French counterparts about the joint defense.  The planners prepare for all the possible scenarios from this still unknown opponent.

The Red Army builds some extra infantry, as Stavka plans expansion beyond the move into Poland. The Baltic states are mentions as areas of interest.

The Americans are engaging in exercises.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/30/2009 5:46:12 PM   
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19400101 : Happy new year, in a world at war, but a quiet sort of war.  Perhaps the Germans will rethink this war and evacuate Poland.  The Soviets announce they are willing to allow a reconstituted Polish state, if the Germans allow the same.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/31/2009 8:32:05 PM   
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19400201 : The Germans, looking very strong indeed, have assaulted the neutral Netherlands. The British rush help in, but these strong Germans are impressive.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/31/2009 9:40:03 PM   
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What is the 50% you refer to?

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/31/2009 9:58:18 PM   
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In this game both the Germans and British get 50% more production.  Of course, since the Germans have so much larger an economy this is much in their favor.  We are trying this because the Axis seems to have a tough row to hoe, but I am very worried about what the Germans will look like in early 1941!  The Soviets are given no extra PP and they will be in big trouble.  Just now the British are realizing 51PP a turn for 2/16/1940 while the Germans must be three times that, or so I estimate.  They will be frightening in France, and by the time of Barbarossa they will be huge.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 3/31/2009 10:31:50 PM   
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19400216 : The forces in the Netherlands withdraw, declaring Amsterdam an open city.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 12:12:57 AM   
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quote:

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In this game both the Germans and British get 50% more production.  Of course, since the Germans have so much larger an economy this is much in their favor.  We are trying this because the Axis seems to have a tough row to hoe, but I am very worried about what the Germans will look like in early 1941!  The Soviets are given no extra PP and they will be in big trouble.  Just now the British are realizing 51PP a turn for 2/16/1940 while the Germans must be three times that, or so I estimate.  They will be frightening in France, and by the time of Barbarossa they will be huge.

Chuck

It's a shame you can't vary the advantage and give 50% in 39, 40% in 40 etc. Germany may be invincible by 1941!

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 1:18:09 AM   
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19400301 : The Netherlands falls, of course, and France and Belgium look across their borders at the German troops massing.  France also looks to the southeast where Italy seems to be much taken with this new stronger Germany.  The battle in the Netherlands cost the Germans .5SP from the Dutch, and .75 from the British.  This is still a little war.

(James, I know, it is already feeling uncomfortable, but Russia is big, deep and big.  The previous games have seen the Soviets switching to the offensive in mid-war, and this will not happen in this game, but they may hold out.)

I edit to add this map made available by neutral Belgium.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 3:52:10 AM   
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19400316 : The Germans crush Belgium, leaving Brussels till they can prepare the enhanced attack after its fall. The French see a chance to isolate a Panzer Korps, and take it, despite the retribution sure to follow.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 4:48:42 PM   
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quote:

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19400216 : The forces in the Netherlands withdraw, declaring Amsterdam an open city.






You seem to know your history well my friend. This is indeed what happened, after they bombed Rotterdam in one of the very first terror bombing raids (it was called off, but the bombers never received the message so they carried on with their bombingrun), the Queen fled and a Dutch Brigade was formed in England.
Well done.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 11:30:00 PM   
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19400401 : (Posted 20090401, nice!) : The French prepare for the worst turns, one in which no Allied units can think of anything but where the enemy will be next, the very strong enemy.

(Hello Joshuatree : The Netherlands shipped 28 points to GB, which is a nice division. It looks like it will be needed!)





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/1/2009 11:38:41 PM   
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19440416 : The weakend, dispirited French took heavy losses and now face a formidable foe.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 4:48:13 PM   
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19400501 : The French are outnumbered. The British stand befor Le Havre. Italy has entered the war.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 6:12:57 PM   
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19400509 : The German General staff has been quoted as saying "Germans can't get much done." which is cause enough for worry! We pull together a line of sorts, and the Italians begin to stir in the south.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 8:52:44 PM   
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19400516 : Paris in Danger.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 9:36:36 PM   
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(James, I know, it is already feeling uncomfortable, but Russia is big, deep and big.  The previous games have seen the Soviets switching to the offensive in mid-war, and this will not happen in this game, but they may hold out.)



It will be interesting to see how the additional points help each side. One thing I don't like is that the advantage is a percentage. I wish it were a slider to set a fixed number of additional, or reduced, PP per turn. Germany and the UK will be at 300% of base by 1944!

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 10:16:03 PM   
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Just guesstimating from the screenshots, with the exception of armor, it sure seems like the Germans have amassed a much more powerful army than is typical. That long line of infantry corps bodes ill for the USSR. Oh! But I forgot, Germany has a non-aggression pact with the USSR.

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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/2/2009 11:35:41 PM   
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19400524 : The French staff advises a major adjustment.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/3/2009 2:44:59 AM   
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19400601 : France devastated, can Paris hold out?





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/3/2009 4:21:31 AM   
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19400609 : Paris evacuated.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/3/2009 5:57:42 AM   
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19400616 : France struggles on.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/3/2009 3:51:26 PM   
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19400624 : Standing against all comers.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/3/2009 5:26:55 PM   
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19400701 : The British prepare to defend Marseilles. We give the Italians a lesson in why not to use Air Armies for recon.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/4/2009 2:09:43 AM   
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19400709 : The Italians were very upset about the loss of their air unit. They learned about the possibility of getting air into a spot where it cannot rebase.





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RE: Half Again : Allied perspective - 4/4/2009 4:04:10 PM   
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19400716 : Marseilles stands unattacked, as the Spanish enter, and we suspect the Germans will be heading there. We add three units to the defense of Gibraltar.

In North Africa the four Italian units are engaged in near Tobruk. We also push down the coast nearly to Sirt with LRDG troops. It looks like the Italians are not too concerned with North Africa. We are faced with choices about our naval strategy as the Spanish situation develops. We must not let the Royal Navy get trapped in the Med.

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