From: Bangor, Maine, USA
And here it is, my End of Turn Report for S/O '41:
USSR scrapped 2 x INF
Italy scrapped 1 x LND-3
Japan scrapped 2 x CVP-1, 1 x LND-3
USA conducts Strategic Bombing raid on Prague, Roll = 8+1 = 9 = 1 PP Destroyed
Totals: 1 German Production Point Destroyed
CW (21): 2 x INF, 1 x PARA, 1 x MECH, 1 x CVP-0, 1 x ATR, 3 x CL(2nd), 1 x Pilot
France (0): Nothing
USA (56): 1 x INF Division, 1 x PARA, 1 x PARA Division, 1 x MAR, 2 x MECH, 1 x ARM Division, 2 x Convoy, 1 x SUB(1st), 2 x CVP-1, 1 x LND-3, 1 x ATR, 4 x CW CA(Repair), 2 x BB(2nd), 2 x Pilot
USSR (12): 2 x INF, 3 x MIL
Germany (32): 1 x INF, 1 x ENG Division, 1 x ARM Division, 1 x FTR-2, 1 x FTR-3, 1 x Pilot, 1 x O-chit
Italy (17): 1 x MIL, 2 x INF, 1 x Convoy, 1 x NAV-3, 1 x LND-3, 1 x Pilot
Japan (22): 2 x TERR, 1 x ENG Division, 1 x Convoy, 1 x CVP-1, 3 x CA(Repair), 1 x Pilot, 1 x Factory
N/D '41 Gearing Limits (above 1):
CW: 4 x Infantry, 2 x Armor, 4 x Ship, 3 x Air, 2 x Pilot
USA: 5 x Infantry, 4 x Armor, 8 x Ship, 2 x Submarine, 5 x Air, 3 x Pilot
USSR: 6 x Infantry
Germany: 3 x Infantry, 2 x Armor, 3 x Air, 2 x Pilot, 2 x O-chit
Italy: 4 x Infantry, 2 x Ship, 3 x Air, 2 x Pilot
Japan: 4 x Infantry, 5 x Ship, 2 x Air, 2 x Pilot, 2 x Factory
Conquest: & Liberation
Solomon Islands cc by Japan
Trucial Oman cc by Japan
Oman cc by Japan
USSR declines to Surrender to Germany
CW assigns Pilots to LND and NAV
CW places TERR in Boma, 2 CP in Scapa Flow, NAV in Glasgow, LND in London, 3 CV and BB in Liverpool
CW removes FTR and 3 CVP from map
France places CA in Dakar
USA assigns Pilots to 2 FTR and 1 CVP
USA places ASW Carrier and CVP in Norfolk, 2 INF, 2 FTR, TRS and AMPH in New York, 2 BB in San Diego, INF, AT, TRS and AMPH in Philadelphia, INF and CAV in Baltimore
USSR places MIL in Tashkent, Sverdlovsk and Rostov, INF in Samarkand, Ufa and Magnitogorsk, HQ-A Zhukov and GARR in Perm
Germany assigns Pilots to 3 FTR
Germany places FTR in Nuremberg, Magdeburg, Dusseldorf, INF Divisions in Kiel and Aachen, SS INF in Moscow, Vasslov in Kiev
Italy places MIL in Teheran, INF in Genoa
Japan assigns Pilots to FTR, 2 CVP, NAV
Japan places GARR in Manila, Warlord in Kunming, TERR in Manila and Rangoon, 2 CV, BB, CA, 2 CVP, FTR and INF in Tokyo, NAV and CP in Fukuoka, CP in Bangkok
Allies: 23 (24-1 for aligning both Brazil & Mexico)
Allies win the Initiative 7-1
Allies choose to move first in N/D '41
Turn 14 N/D '41
Allies win the Initiative 7-1
Allies choose to move first in N/D '41
+1 Allied Initiative
(Rain in the Arctic, Fine everywhere else)
The Allies easily won the initiative, and they didn't even have to use a re-roll to do it. Looking forward to a short winter, eager to get the troops out of France before they are trampled in the snow, the Allies chose to move first in N/D '41. The +1 weather roll modifier was like a blessing to the Allies, certain to push the weather into the same horrible blizzards that began last year's first full winter turn. Except that it didn't. The modifier was still a blessing, though. If it hadn't been added to the weather roll, November would be seeing Fine weather everywhere to start things off, and that's something the Soviets just can't afford in the Arctic. So, it may not be a short winter, after all. In fact, it is impossible now for the turn to last fewer than 5 impulses (last year there were only 4).
Despite the current weather, the long summer is thankfully over. It was miserable for the Allies. Russia is on its last breath, Turkey is about to go Axis, and India has Japanese on its shores. With the Italians roaming the central Asian desert, it's likely that sometime early in 1942 all three Axis major powers will meet up somewhere near Karaganda for a celebratory plate of sushi, bratwurst, and fettucini. The Allies did make a successful invasion of France, but it came too late to be very useful to Mother Russia.
The Americans are in the war for real now, though. Their reinforcements each turn will be extremely numerous, and the first batch of fully trained troops is now ready to be shipped overseas, to the UK or to Morocco. The choice depends mostly on the logistics of the evacuation of France, as well as on the strength of the Italian fleet. The Commonwealth pulled a lot of CVP units off the map this turn, all of them Class-1 aircraft. At the start of 1942, several good (or better) CVP in the Reserve Pool will finally fit on the CW carriers, so I wanted the Pilots to be able to fly them as soon as possible. That means the clearing of Cape St. Vincent will have to wait until January, but it should be possible then, if not a certainty. Until that happens, the Americans are going to continue sending the troops to the UK and N. Ireland. That way they can form actual battle-ready stacks to be deployed where they are needed, rather than just sending whatever happens to be available. At the beginning of March, 1942, the first true blitz units come off the assembly line, and an actual campaign can begin.
In the meantime, it's all about preparation, protecting the convoys, and praying for short turns.
The Axis has to love the fact that winter decided not to arrive just yet. With clear skies almost everywhere and the Turks entering the war the first Axis impulse, Japan can mount a few more invasions in India (maybe), the Italians can push across the desert to Tashkent with an "overseas" supply line running through the Caspian Sea, into Persia, and back to Rome by rail (unless the Soviets send a LND to fly Naval Air in it), and the Germans can try to clear out the remaining survivors in and around Tiflis and Baku. They'll also probably take another shot at Rostov and might even make a grab for Sevastapol, though they don't really need to if Rostov is taken. In the Leningrad region, HQ-A Manstein is waiting for the right moment to strike, and with an O-chit now on the Production Spiral, that could be anytime from now until March. If it can be done without the O-chit, so much the better.
The only really unpleasant thing that Germany faces right now is Koniev in the Urals, now joined by Zhukov and some additional troops. Fortunately for the Germans, there are 3 rail lines that lead to Sverdlovsk and beyond, and Russia will have a difficult time covering them all. Except for the one LND that was shot down early last turn, the Soviets did manage to survive S/O '41 with all of their remaining air forces intact. These will likely rebase to the Urals as quickly as possible. The Turks will set up defensively, and Germany will do its best to make sure the Soviet armor in the Caucasus stays there -- until the units disband with the fall of Russia.
For the time being, the Western European threat seems to be under control. Alexander is still in Denmark, and might be able to push into a 2nd hex, but the addition of 3 more top-of-the-line German FTRs probably means he won't. Spain and Portugal could use some reinforcements, but those can be tranferred over the next few turns. With Russia at its knees, the Rumanian and Yugoslavian troops will probably vacate France and head back to the east as garrisons.
The Japanese troops are now stretched nearly to their limits, and only the lack of sufficient Allied sea and air power prevents them from taking a more defensive stance in the Far East. Even so, they only have a year or so of clear superiority remaining. If they can't take India in the next year, it's time to consolidate their holdings and return troops to the perimeter, which is now held by a single unit in most of the key ports and victory cities. The Japanese are going to want 2 units and a division in each by early 1943, if they can manage it.
Construction began on a new factory for the Japanese this turn, mostly because Germany and Italy both needed to build units (and the German O-chit). They couldn't afford to set up new factories yet. If/when they can, they will, and the Trans-Siberian Railway will be put to good use, but that time just hasn't arrived yet.
So, as the year 1941 winds down, here's the world looks at the start of November:
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it!
-Lazarus Long, RAH