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Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/10/2012 1:40:19 AM   
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In this PBEM (hot seat)I will move the Western Allies and the USSR and take on gwgardner as the Axis.

Most majors countries (USSR, Germany, USA, UK) are on hard.I did play ToW a while back but feel very rusty, especially when it comes to new rules. So I look forward to refresher course by Guderian et al.

May 24th, 1940 (Turn 3)

The attack in the West has started. In my inexperience I did repair many French corps and build a few Infantry Divs to cover the cities in the hinterland. But I run smack into the upkeep penalty and the French budgetary situation looks worse than the current one of 2012. Zero Francs for any repairs now. I disbanded a few African units to balance it out but so far without effect.

Guderian will help me with the finances soon and cut the French army back to size I am sure ......




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/10/2012 1:58:58 AM   
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June 16, 1940 (Turn 6)

British and French carriers and land based A/C focus on detecting and sinking submarines. The effect on British convoys is devastating. But those aircraft will be missed fighting against German tanks.

I have overlooked to supply the French Alpine troops in Narvik for several turns (darn...) but hope to remove the German invaders at least now from the Narvik area. The French will probably be out of the game before they can get any further south in Norway.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/10/2012 11:18:16 PM   
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The low countries are crushed and the German tanks shifted their main effort of attack to the west. We don't have enough Inf corps to cover the whole front and cannot take the strong defenders simply out of the line as they are opposing still respectable sized German Infantry. Hence we rushed the mobile units so far held in reserve to the hot spot. I hope we can at least delay the German thrust for a few weeks.





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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/10/2012 11:19:54 PM   
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We detected sufficient German sub targets but were not successful at all in pursuing them - all evaded, zero hits. The German sub commanders also stay away from the coast (mostly) so we have to rely on carrier air strikes only. At least the British admiralty did chose to build the Illustrious a few turns earlier (event ship).




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/11/2012 2:10:07 AM   
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July 9th, 1940

Mighty German tanks are ploughing through the French lines. There are many severely damaged French units now which are mere ghosts and which we cannot repair any more (still negative French PP). We assemble them further south and will use them later to extract at least a few APs from the Germans. The Germans also noticed a weak unit in the Maginot line that could not be repaired and it became victim of a German breakthrough. Soon all French units in the east will have to fall back.

The naval war was again a frustrating experience for the Allied navies with zero hits even though every carrier did have a target. In exchange the German land based A/C damaged some RN vessels when hunting subs too close to the shore.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/11/2012 3:07:16 PM   
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July 16th, 1940

The big picture in France. It looks bleak....The Maginot line has been abandoned and German tanks approach Paris, Lille has fallen and Dunkirk is at the mercy of the Germans. Allied tactical air switched to ground attacks on German tank corps and could damage them a bit. Guderian used to be a 20SP. Germany at "hard" will have to repair them with precious PPs.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/11/2012 3:10:41 PM   
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July 16th, 1940

In order to distract the French civilians from the looming disaster, Allied authorities disclose news of naval victories. It will not save France but finally a few good news...




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/12/2012 6:02:10 PM   
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July 24th, 1940

(I created my screenshots while too far zoomed out this time - sorry.)

Italy has entered the war as the latest Axis member. And some minor action ensued near Tripoli. The front in the French/Italian Alps is still calm and Italy did not move forward at all here. It looks even as if they withdrew troops - probably for campaigns elsewhere (e.g. in North Africa, Yugoslavia is also possible soon). The French have sighted an Italian troop transport near Tripoli but no aircraft of carrier could reach them.

The Germans have captured Reims as key suppply point for their push to Paris. The French want to last out for a few more weeks in order to help out the British. (Not sure if a late fall or winter Sealion is penalized in the game via weather effects etc. - so I don't know if holding out longer will have an effect beyond the British having more preparation time.)




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/14/2012 12:59:41 AM   
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The protection of convoys in both, Atlantic and the Med feels an overwhelming task right now with the Italian RM also joining in - especially with the prospect of loosing the French navy soon. Too many PPs go toward replacing merchant shipping. The ocean is full of Axis subs operating very successfully against convoys and our hit rate by carrier based aircraft is too low to make a real difference. (I would be interested in learning later if the German subs outproduced the losses at this point. I think this aspect of the game - the naval war on economics and supply - is getting really interesting compared to ToW where it was treated somewhat step-childishly.)




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/17/2012 12:59:03 AM   
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did u guys stop this one?

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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/17/2012 9:58:43 PM   
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Thank you for checking. No - not stopped at all. I was just traveling this week and also don't plan to report on every single turn. There will be a new update soon.

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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/17/2012 11:11:59 PM   
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France has become a mopping-up operation for the Germans. The big tank corps are not in sight any more and we worry about were they will go next.....

The British in Africa have severe supply problems ever since the RM joined the hunt for merchant vessels. Hence no active operations can be undertaken against Lybia. A good portion of the Allied Navys hunt raiders in the Med.

Russia - still neutral - is busy building defenses. The few available units seem to get lost in the huge country. We want to have a good in-depth defense but are not even close to field a single continuous front line. Recruiting of Infantry units is a priority over repairing fancy expensive tank units which are outclassed by the German Panzer anyways. Russia accepted a single Bolshevist Industrialization event when her social unrest approached 100%. So the WE is not at 45%.

The US is funding R&D.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/18/2012 5:22:23 AM   
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remember the red army goes to nothing for like tend turns.. so dont waste effort trying to defend infront of kiev minsk pskov...
no real answer if you get attacked well

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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/18/2012 5:29:51 AM   
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appreciate the hint.

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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/18/2012 11:03:54 PM   
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September 9th, 1940

Dark times for the Allies - the British have lost one of their priced Carriers to an air attack in the Med.

There are still a few pockets of (weak) resistance in France. But that is more because the German seems to take his time to finish them off.

We hear rumors that there are concentrations of strong Axis forces at the border to Yugoslavia. But no attack has taken place so far.

All British Colony PP convoys have been stopped at the moment since the STP losses are unsustainable. The British are also considering what to do with the supply convoys. Almost no supply gets through in any case so it does not make a difference to stop them while it saves tens of STP per turn.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/19/2012 5:42:43 PM   
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September 24th, 1940

September is over now and we enter fall. Somehow a few French managed to hold out until now. The guessing game as to the Germans next moves is on. Is it too late in the year for an early winter war in Russia? How about a channel crossing during the fall. There is very little intelligence available at Allied HQ and nerves are lying blank.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/21/2012 2:41:09 AM   
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October 9th, 1940

One British corps of the BEF still holds LeHavre. The French still hold Marseilles and the remnants of the French Air Force crossed the Mediterranean southbound and will now help hunt for Italian subs.

The French did enter negotiations of an armistice. But the conditions offered were unacceptable and the French decided to fight on. The French government emigrated to Tunis. They seem to be oblivious to the social unrest in London suburbs that this decision has caused. However, the US and USSR did get a much appreciated boost of their respective war economies as a result of the French will to fight.

In the meanwhile the Germans have declared war on Yugoslavia. Ljubljana was overrun without noticeable resistance and the front is now north of Zagreb. None of the powerful German Panzerkorps have been sighted on the Balkans yet. Is the German preparing for a second operation elsewhere?




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/22/2012 10:32:35 PM   
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October 24th, 1940

Yugoslavia is the only active campaign by the Germans while France is winding down. Marseilles has fallen though and Tunisia is under pressure by Italy. The Germans make also steady progress in Yugoslavia. There we lost one Inf. div. near Zagreb but could replace it with a new, freshly drafted one. Narvik is still in Norwegian hands.

From here, many options present themselves for the Germans including an attack on Narvik, Tunis, Egypt, USSR, and the UK. We can't defend against all of them and just sit and wait - and hope for better times in the future.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/24/2012 2:46:37 AM   
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November 9th, 1940

The British public disapproves of the French refusal to surrender and slowly social unrest in the UK increases. (by 1% per turn of which 0.5% heal). The British leadership feels that this is so far a small price to pay for an extra French carrier on the seas hunting aggressive German and Italian subs. But eventually - once the British SU becomes dangerously large - the British leadership will have to give in and will demand a surrender from their French allies.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/25/2012 11:59:20 PM   
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November 24th 1940,

The British lost the pride of their armed forces, their last foothold on the continent with LeHavre. In the meanwhile the Germans also make progress in the Balkans and we see the first more serious German units appear at the border to the USSR.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/26/2012 5:23:04 PM   
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December 9th, 1940

Only cynics at Allied HQ say that the loss of Valetta will save the UK lots of merchant shipping which will henceforth not be lost to German and Italian subs. The truth of the matter is that this disaster may cost the Western Allies the entire North African coast including priced Egypt. Axis supply convoys will now be able to reach Africa much safer and nothing will stop the Axis to expand its campaign there. It is unlikely that sufficient British supplies will reach Alexandria to stop them. The position of the British PM is getting perilous as public unrest continues to rise in the UK also because of the unresolved French surrender issue.

The Western Allied ASW campaign is currently conducted with 6 carriers (5 UK, 1 French) and averages less than one HP per turn. The situation has worsened as the Bay of Biscay is now a save haven for Axis subs since it is protected by Axis tactical bombers operating from occupied France.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 2/28/2012 10:43:19 PM   
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December 24th, 1940

There will be no merry Christmas for British troops in Egypt. The Axis has taken an active role here and presses toward the Nile.

Belgrade had to exchange/rotate defenders as the supply officers of the incumbent unit failed to replace lost equipment. Given the two powerful German tank units at the gates, the effort may be a bit futile in any case.

The USSR has recently reached Lvl 2 in infantry technology and upgrades selected corps in key defensive positions. But there is still no sign of an imminent German attack. But spring '41 is just around the corner.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/2/2012 1:25:19 AM   
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As long as those German tank corps conquer Yugoslavia they are not yet on-route to Moscow.....

The Western Allies were recently more successful battling German convoy raiders in the Atlantic - but there are very few other good news at the moment. The Axis drive to the Nile does not proceed at a fast speed and seems to have stopped near El Alamein even though we did not oppose the move much. Not sure what is holding the Axis back.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/3/2012 1:07:13 AM   
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During the last three weeks, Yugoslavia has surrendered and Gabes has fallen to a combination of Italian and German attackers. Greece has been switched to human control of the Western Allies in anticipation of a possible DoW (the DoW did not take place yet).

What was not known to the deceived Greek public was that this particular player is not very experienced at handling their or anybody elses affairs. (Just sent British colony convoys to Egypt instead of the Briitsh Isles and am now surprised by the angry reaction of the British public. Lost 50 precious PPs - Ups - those pesky British cvilians.)




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/4/2012 4:28:18 PM   
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The situation in Egypt is almost unchanged. The British public has also gotten used to the fact that the French continue to fight and the social unrest in the UK is not further increasing. French North Africa will occupy some Axis forces for a few more weeks while the French CV Bearn is continuing its hunt for German submarines.

It is still unclear what the next major German move will be.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/6/2012 12:39:16 AM   
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Now that the Axis realizes just how weak the remaining French forces are, they become ever more aggressive. Successful amphibian landings happened in Tunis and Algiers.

The German "maneuvers" at the border to Greece are becoming also more and more threatening. When will they strike?




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/7/2012 2:00:16 AM   
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In an interesting twist the Germans declared war on Turkey (AI controlled so far, now human controlled). Turkey is not prepared to withstand a sustained attack for long. Their units are spread out far and thin. The Western Allies have no resources left to help. Instead USSR planers are debating if they should intervene.

But it is actually too early for the USSR to become pro-active and it smells like an attempt to draw the USSR into a gambit that is favorable for the Axis at this early time. The USSR will probably wait and see and prepare defenses in the Caucasus region while keeping all options open for a counter-strike in the future.

The Axis has now quite a number of smaller scale active operations underway that all require some level of resources. They fight in French North Africa, the British in Egypt, screen Greece (or maybe attack soon), have some defenses at the USSR border, and have not subdued Norway completely. The USSR decisions will depend on how many troops the Axis deploys in Turkey. (But then they can quickly put Turkey on the back-burner and focus on the USSR once at war).




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/8/2012 1:55:24 AM   
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April 9th, 1941

Another demonstration of the Axis amphibian capability, now at Athens. Athens was defended by a full strength Infantry corps which was apparently no problem for the landing German tank division.

A recent article in the Prawda states: "The recent violations of neutral countries by Axis forces in the Soviet sphere of influence have caused the USSR to cancel their non-aggression treaty with the Axis unilaterally."

At least in Egypt we could achieve a temporary standstill of the Axis avalanche.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/9/2012 11:13:56 PM   
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April 24th, 1941

Crete prepares for more amphibious landings. An Italian task force is underway and has been sighted in the Aegean sea.




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RE: Fall Gelb - Corresponding Allied Perspective - 3/10/2012 10:25:47 PM   
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All land fighting is now concentrated in the Southern Mediterranean. Greece has surrendered after another well executed amphibious landing by the Italians on Crete.

Western Allied planers are worried about the German intentions after Turkey. Will they turn east and try to establish a second front on the USSR in the Caucasus or will they move south to support the Italians in Egypt? The UK is also struggling with suddenly skyrocketing upkeep costs. A defense of Egypt on two fronts is unlikely to succeed given the existing force limits.

News from neutral countries:

The US has enforced an oil embargo on Japan and Allied planers hope that this will speed up a war entry of the US (note: not sure if that is actually how it works - but we will see).

The USSR has improved her strategic transport capability so that they can move units easily to and from the Caucasus region as needed. Where and when should the USSR strike in '41? - or should we wait until '42 when major technological advances will be available?




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