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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/7/2012 4:48:38 AM   
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Also you can see in the north west corner is Tsingtao. The chinese engineers, who arent numerous, blew the bridge there after a few turns of game time (I assume building up the EPs) At the same time my engineers had been saving up to by pass this bridge and build a new bridge right into Tsingtao itself.


Chinese officials vehemently deny the false accusations by Japanese propagandists. Chinese troops would never destroy a landmark like the Bridge at Tsingtao. Survivors from the battles near the area claim that Japanese artillery used the bridge for target practice, despite its national historic value. These are the kind of people we are fighting! Barbarians! Chang Kai Shek announces in a radio broadcast.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/7/2012 9:19:59 AM   
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very good read so far and find the screenshots very nice indeed. Though I'm hoping the French get their hat handed too them and soon!

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/7/2012 1:54:55 PM   
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Im pretty Germany is going to be ready to do what its going to do before the Sept 1st 1939 date for the invasion of Poland.


Probably not a secret that id love it if England landed a large army in poland, denmark, greece or france, id love a chance to hurt the british army in mainland europe, but I expect them to hold Norway across the strait and attempt to pound german industrial centers, and keep the shore threatened to hold back at least some german troops.

While the Nordic states arent really on germanys "to-do" list, I cant very well allow bases for a bazillion bombers and the royal navy, just a few miles from half my good production cities. So whatever happens, thats going to be a big consideration.

The first 6 months as germany has just been the diplomatic game. My goals were to get the nations that allow me better frontage with the allies.

Not gettting Austria was a gamble, but if I had to attack the allies to get it thats not a huge problem. It only has 1 city and a small army. Turkey was something I wanted, but couldnt afford, so that was a windfall to get that by accident.

Opening up spain and switzerland tho were planned from the beggining to thin out frances troops a bit. Their army is huge, and given enough time theyre going to get their staff problems figured out. 6 turns of Staff building and they could very well be close to getting a decent army.

So any plan is going to have to take that into account.

I considered jumping france sooner, but that only helps wake up the USA.

As it stands, the Axis is only a bit behind in production, not as much with the new upgrades. When the USA adds its production to the mix, things are gonna get dicey. I want to postpone that for as long as possible.


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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/7/2012 2:02:53 PM   
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Also I wanted to point out something I thought was neat, back in the screenshot of the 45th IID, you can see that the Mortars and Infantry guns have 42 xp. Everything started with either 10 or 0 on turn 1, and it doesnt shoot up super fast, but above 20 is pretty good. About 6 months of training.

Whats interesting is how high the inf guns and mortars have gotten in this division that has seen alot of action compared to the other SFTs.

Whats more interesting is that the inf gun WAS at 76 xp until another replacement was sent from Japan, lowering the avg of the two Inf Gun BDEs to 42.

Those are some HIGHLY experianced gunners there :) When they were assaulted by the chinese from across the river, those guns and tubes fired till they glowed!

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/7/2012 9:59:25 PM   
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Yes that's generally the case, Art tends to get exp. pretty fast and become deadly killers.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 3:35:49 AM   
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1938, late may, Allied turn.

The French are watching the spanish-french border with some anxiety. There is a build-up of forces there, that seem to warrant something is going to happen soon. Question is what? Is this a ploy to lure forces away from the Maginot? Away from Belgium, and the Italian border...? More worrying news, the Turkish Army has been seen mustering its forces near the Syrian border. Forces are rushed from everywhere they can be spared to critical areas... of course, where they are taken from, and where they are going to is highly classified, even to the men themselves at times.

Britain continues its commitment to France and the Free Countries of Europe. Queen Wilhelmina of Holland is so impressed by the british vision of a europe ruled by democracies that she convinces the Dutch Goverment to sign an affiliation agreement with Britain. British Airmen arrive soon therafter to provide fighter cover for the city of Amsterdam. The Dutch merchant fleet makes for England, and in the Dutch East Indies, Colonial forces meet up and discuss strategy.

The scientists of Britain have been busy too. Germany is not the only country that can produce semi-automatic rifles. The new british service rifle is introduced, and many units have it already. Including the Polish forces who were most eager to get it... This information is not considered classified, as photographers from the London Times have already reported the unveiling of this latest British inovation.

America is gearing up its peaceful production and infrastructure. Civilians seem happy about the new production line techniques being utilized in Fords car factory and elsewhere.

In China things are settling down... The Japanese seem to be satisfied, for now, and although losses were high this month, Chang Kai Shek seems to be happy. Yenan is a fortress he can be heard saying to his friends and confidants. Nothing will breakthrough the defences surrounding it. Advisors from various countries (mainly america, pardoxically) are not so certain...

Here is a look at the frontlines as i closed the turn.







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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 3:40:02 AM   
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Intermezzo: Special Subformation Profile.

I thought i would introduce you all to the grunts fighting this war in china, at least on the Chinese side. These are the conscripts. Chinese men during the war with Japan had very little choice but to fight for one of the two sides. As often Japanese would kill off men that could pose a danger, once they had conquered an area. The Chinese conscript unit is better at defence than attack. If i remember correctly he might be as good as a rifle I, but he costs half of that... he is poor on offence though, so its worth keeping that in mind when attacking... bring some punch, in the form of mortars, infantry guns or the like.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 3:12:43 PM   
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Experience 5.
Oh wow... 

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 4:10:50 PM   
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How many conscripts can be in a stack before you get penalties? I mean a small stack of conscripts won't make such a big impact on the Jap Army, so you need to pile quite a few conscripts in to do some kind of damage.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 5:01:50 PM   
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Stack limit for attack from one hex, is 300. About an Army Corps. So you can pack quite a few into a single battle. Each side you add to the attack, adds 60 stack points, so three sides allows a full Army Corps (some 120,000+ men and their equipment) into a single battle.

And of course at that size, overstacking a bit isnt to bad.

The problem with concentrating your force like that is that it can be compromised by encirclement or a turning of the front line. Not the best idea on defense.

If things go historically tho, when Japan begins to lose ground in 44 to the allies, the Chinese who have been sleeping and building for 5 years, can offer up some MASSIVE counter attacks. It simply needs to hold out, and perhaps be supplied by allied forces, or even given a chemical factory in India. Tho I think British engineers would have wanted to start that project already.

I *think* I can gain a total victory over china. But then so did the real No-Yama! As it stands im doing well, but I have few plains left to take advantage of my army and artillery. When the fight moves into the hills, the heavy woods, then the mountains, im going to take huge losses against forces that cost half as much.

If I rely on the Marines (a great unit considering my manpower problems, if im gonna build inf, i should build the hands down best infantry, more bang for my limited manpower buck) then im losing something that costs FIVE times what a normal rifle costs, TEN times what a conscript costs.

Thats like losing tanks to mocking birds. So im not sure yet how im going to plan the final offensives to take them out.

Falling Rain is coming up soon. After that operation, im at a loss for how to handle the remainder of china.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 5:48:48 PM   
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Stack limit for attack from one hex, is 300. About an Army Corps. So you can pack quite a few into a single battle. Each side you add to the attack, adds 60 stack points, so three sides allows a full Army Corps (some 120,000+ men and their equipment) into a single battle.


Almost correct. Battlestack limit is +120 pr hex side, with a minimum of 300. So attacking from 2 sides would give you 240 but since the minimum is 300 that would be your value. Attacking from 3 sides yield an extra 60, as 120 times 3 is 360.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 6:34:20 PM   
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^^

A better, and more accurate explination.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 7:46:29 PM   
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June 27th 1938 - Germany

Not much news. Semi automatic rifles are made available to the rest of the german troops and their allies.

A coup for Persia fails, foolishly linking british Iraq and India. At least a solid victory against the forces there can be exploited for greater gains if it should come to that. Coordination with the empire of Nippon seems inevitable.

Newly produced 20mm autocannons are shipped to Japan for use by the new amphibious forces. A delegation meets in Mengchuko. The soviets are invited to the Tri-Party talks, topics discussed are what to do about India and Malaya, and economic matters. Also the repatriation of Manchurian citizens to Mengchuko.



Jun 27th 1938 - Italy


A small reorginization of command structure. A new color coding system is applied.

Advances are made in Radar technology. The conquest of Ethiopia, and discussions with Spanish generals has shown a need for night time aircraft, and the technology that supports them.

Newly created divisions arrive in Albania, and an Italian general is sent to command these forces (10 Italian staff)


June 27th 1938 - Japan

Also not much news. More forces from 1st Army and the SNLF command arrive in Tsingtao. With airfields now protected, much of the IJN and IJA air wings are brought to bases on mainland china.

A taskforce is sent to blockade Hainan, and vicious air attacks harrass the chinese forces.

Armies are all pulled to refit. Next turn ill profile some of these new divisions and their full replacements before combat begins anew.

An error in planing saw a huge air attack meant for the head quarters of a Chinese army, left completely defenseless, miss its target completely and hit infantry formations.

This is a big mistake, since the entire command would have been surely annihilated, presenting an opportunity unseen in modern warfare. Its possible the southern chinese forces would have never recovered.

Missed opportunities in war, are like unrecipicated feelings. A much as you wish you could reverse the situation, it is one you are stuck with, and one you will hinge, unfairly, all future actions upon.

A great general needs to forgive and forget.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 9:43:43 PM   
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Stack limit for attack from one hex, is 300. About an Army Corps. So you can pack quite a few into a single battle. Each side you add to the attack, adds 60 stack points, so three sides allows a full Army Corps (some 120,000+ men and their equipment) into a single battle.


Almost correct. Battlestack limit is +120 pr hex side, with a minimum of 300. So attacking from 2 sides would give you 240 but since the minimum is 300 that would be your value. Attacking from 3 sides yield an extra 60, as 120 times 3 is 360.


I don't quite follow... the minimum is 300?? You mean the max stacklimit without penalty is 300 right? Wrong?
So why is there a discrepancy between the stack limit per hex (120) and the minimum (or max. as I understand it) of 300? Is that so a little overstacking isn't penalized? It allows you to add another 60 points without penalty if you attack from 2 hexes?

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/8/2012 10:03:20 PM   
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Stack limit for attack from one hex, is 300. About an Army Corps. So you can pack quite a few into a single battle. Each side you add to the attack, adds 60 stack points, so three sides allows a full Army Corps (some 120,000+ men and their equipment) into a single battle.


Almost correct. Battlestack limit is +120 pr hex side, with a minimum of 300. So attacking from 2 sides would give you 240 but since the minimum is 300 that would be your value. Attacking from 3 sides yield an extra 60, as 120 times 3 is 360.


I don't quite follow... the minimum is 300?? You mean the max stacklimit without penalty is 300 right? Wrong?
So why is there a discrepancy between the stack limit per hex (120) and the minimum (or max. as I understand it) of 300? Is that so a little overstacking isn't penalized? It allows you to add another 60 points without penalty if you attack from 2 hexes?


There is a minimum max battlestack value, which is 300, and each hexside you attack from gives 120 max battlestack value. So...

Attacking from 1 hex is 300, because 1 hex side is 120, but the minimum is 300.
Attacking from 2 hexes is 300, because 2 hex sides is 240, but the minimum is 300.
Attacking from 3 hexes is 360, because 3 hex sides is 360, which is more than the minimum of 300.
Attacking from 4 hexes is 480, because 4 hex sides is 480, which is more than the minimum of 300.

the same way of calculating goes for 5 and 6 hexes... (can´t attack from more than 6 hexes however much you wanted to)...

These values are btw editable, and are not the same as in stock AT/ATG.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 1:58:21 AM   
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USSR.

The Soviet Army is being expanded, but Stalin is still worried with the prospects of military agression. Molotov was sent to talk with Ribbentrop in Berlin. Stalin wonders what the Germans intend with that invitation...

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 4:22:14 AM   
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1938, June, allied turn,

The supply situation in France is finally what i would like it to be.

In recent turns the situation was pretty dire because in essence, France has too little to build supplies with compared to their army size. So French cities have been wasted in supply production... which is really too bad... but it was necessary because there was no telling when Germany might attack, or Italy, as is now the case. The factory near London that the british built and donated to France, has really helped out in this respect.

Now troop production can really begin in earnest. Of course, there has been SOME production in this meager time... Among other things the French Air Force is now able to cover all of France. The French feel confident that if they just get alittle luck, and a little more time... there is nothing to fear from the two fascist juggernauts.

Great Britain had a good turn, as it turned out that the Abwehr made a very comical attempt at overthrowing the government in Persia. It was quite easy for the British to set in motion a plan to stop the attempt, and themselves gain control over Persia.

In Poland there is a new infantry division forming that has all the attention of the media. It´s a division made up solely of German nationals from Danzig. These Free Germans, as they style themselves have joined with the Polish Army, and is getting ready to defend their countrymates from Poland, should the need arise.

In America they are caught up in the elections for the Senate and house of representatives. Too occupied with this, they are oblivious to what happens in Europe, and Asia, at least for the moment.

Chinese losses were light this turn, only 100 conscripts and the like fell in battle. Plans for holding what has not been lost yet to the Japanese are being drawn up... this operation "falling rain" has the Chinese quite intrigued... They are trying to prepare for anything...


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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 4:25:09 AM   
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Experience 5.
Oh wow... 


Well they are fresh from the farms, ready for the grinder... no time to build up experience... 10 experience btw, is the max. you can build up without fighting, it´s 25 if you have researched the Better Training technology, and max. gain of xp pr. turn (from natural growth) is 5. So in 1-2 turns these guys will be as experienced as need be. Also they will have regained their readiness by then ;)

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 5:54:07 AM   
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July 25th 1938 - Germany

German Army Corps HQs all get anti air capabilities.

Most soldiers are on leave for the summer.

A new training cadre is started in Berlin for a new type of soldier. Lips are still sealed about this new division.


July 25th 1938 - Italy


The rest of the Italian Expeditionary Force reaches Albania.

The chemical factory in Navarra is nearing completion, an Aircraft factory in Venice is hitting the drawing boards.

A plan to upgrade the spanish army and airforce to Italian standards is taken up, and Breda begins to supply more forces with its 12.7mm heavy machine guns.

The appearance of semi automatic rifles in Greek soldiers hands, has prompted a competition between rival arms makers, Breda, Berreta, and Ithaca for a new semi automatic infantry rifle.



July 25th 1938 - Japan

A massive air strike including more than 300 imperial aircraft hit the headquarters that was missed the previous month.

In better terrain and hidden among cavalry formations, losses were lighter than they could have been.

This has definitly shown the japanese that they are in need of an independent air command. One not subject to the power struggle between the army and navy.

The chinese air force came up in small unorganized numbers to meet this massive attack, and even managed to shoot down almost 50 aircraft. Over confident japanese pilots in high performance fighters, when dropping to the slow speeds of the chinese bi planes, became simply advanced targets for the nimble enemy planes. With stall speeds in the range of a fast automobile, the chinese fighters were able bleed the energy and altitude from japanese escorts and forced them into a knife fight on their terms. Brilliant tactics that havent been employed before. Perhaps there is an allied advisor among the chinese air corp.

Care will be taken to train pilots to maintain altitude superiority over the enemy. This is valuable experiance.

Many units are reinforced with new technology this turn turn.

Heres the 2nd armored division in Northern China. It sees the addition of the first 20 japanese medium tanks that have rolled off the assembly lines. As well as advanced light tanks built in factories in Mengchuko. They are said to be of slightly lesser construction than tanks built by japanese nationals, but theyre a far cry better than the trucks and mules used by the chinese army.

Also added, but not shown is a brigade of heavy mortar teams to 45th IID (5 mortar IIIs)

20mm flak guns are added to a number of front line units as well.






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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 6:26:56 AM   
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Heres the 67th IID, the survivors of the chinese counter offensive in the spring.

Reinforced with imported 20mm autocannons, and SNLF troops.

Also here is the newly formed Korean Light Tank Brigade.

Many other units receive new Mortar III bdes, and SNLF reinforcements. The goal is to get every Japanese division above 70 combat value.

A few of the new 20mm autocannons are mounted for anti aircraft use, but their weight is making it hard to transport them to front line units, the presents a serious problem.

The Japanese army high command has a few plans presented to it, one the utilizes the combat engineers to build a new rail way. Another suggest retooling factories in newly captured chinese cities to produce trucks. They cant possibly screw that up can they? Another plan involves transport thing by aircraft. Even floatation devices down river, no option is over looked.

In other news, 5th Army redeploys to its line, 1st army, Korean army and SNLF command rest in Tsingtao and the suburbs. 3rd Army rests in Kweisui. A few other air and artillery attacks are made, but not much happens other than the massive air assault.

Families of men conscripted or volunteering for Falling Rain appreciate seeing their loves ones home on leave after training is completed. Theyre tight lipped about what their going to be under taking, but rumors are that its a new kind of warfare, one that would give rise to any good Samurai's heart.

Foundations are laid for a chemical factory outside Nagasaki. Its felt to be the most unlikely target for attack... ... ...




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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 6:41:58 AM   
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Hey Ernie and Bombur my mail server seems to be down atm, telling me its gonna be an hour or two before its back up. Stupid Comcast!

I shall email the turn tomorrow when I wake up in the morning.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 6:57:59 AM   
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Fair enough, Bombur probably won´t do the turn before he´s back from work either, so he should still get it with some time to spare :)

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/9/2012 4:36:25 PM   
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Aye he usually gets the turn to you by early to mid afternoon where I am in New Spain (Florida). Then you get it to me shortly there after. Im a bartender and in a band, so I fortunately dont have many work constraints on my time.

And the bar I work at has Wi-Fi. So I can even play my turns while serving drinks!

Tho I must say, it effects my playing ability after a few scotch whiskeys!

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/10/2012 2:06:27 AM   
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Soviet turn.

The Soviet Union is a peaceful country and most of all efforts are concentrated in the improvement of defensive weapons. New infantry divisions are being created and we can deploy more than 1000 fighter aircraft if necessary. A few armoured units are also being raised. However, we don´t know if the main threat comes from the Fascist block or the so called "democracies".

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/10/2012 3:18:05 AM   
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1938, July, allied turn,

French Recon planes flying close to the Belgian and French borders confirm that the Germans indeed have equiped their headquarters with new Anti-Aircraft weapons, and quite a few at that. French leadership feels however that this is no cause for concern. The anti-aircraft weapons are after all a defensive weapon, and France knows better than to begin an offensive war, at least that is what the Great War has taught them.

British spies are able to determine that the Germans indeed seem to be working on a new kind of infantry formation. Unlike other formations, these are small, and heavily armed, and have quite a bit of equipment. Their initials seem to be FJ, and J stands for Jäger, as far as intelligence has been able to work out. We think they may be a kind of heavily armed infiltrators, capable of some offensive damage, maybe they are a kind of combat engineers...

In USA the last of the economic upgrades has been reached. Roosevelt is proud to announce that America is now the worlds most wealthy country. Even surpasing the Great British Empire (at least when it comes to homemade production)...

The Japanese seem to be preparing for another offensive action. Could this be the operation "falling rain"... It seems to be an offensive along the entire frontage, although this is only news from advanced scouts and infiltrators, as the Japanese still have not moved up to the frontline with its troops yet...

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August 22nd 1938 - Germany

The damned leftist socialist newspapers have leaked information regarding the formation of a Fallschimjager division. Paratroopers. Infantry that will don parachutes, and be able to jump from transport aircraft, directly into combat.

The world scoffs at this idea, as many high command staff members have.

But Hitler is convinced this new type of warfare will change the world.

On maps and boards across planning rooms in germany, big red hash marks and arrows streak west, east, south, and north. Little placards of the symbols of the Fallschimjager dot the areas infront of and around these arrows and hashes.

To many in the high command it looks like the work of a madman...to a few, total stupidity.

To fewer still. Brilliance.

A small, but stout man was seen at late hours with the Furher. A little cavalry general to entertain the little lance corporal? A word is buzzing around Berlin. "Blitzkrieg". No one knows what it means exactly, but in the cabarets and avenues of Berlin, you can FEEL this "blitzkrieg" electrifying the air. People no longer walk down the streets, heads hung in shame. A quiet desperation emplaced by Versaille. This electricity is reviving Berlin.

The fact that crime in southern and east berlin, has gone into full blown rebellion against the people there, is of little concern to the citizens enjoying the nightlife, food, and drink once again for the first time in 20 years.

So what if you have to step over some broken glass every once in a while.

Berlin is alive again.




Aug 22nd 1938 - Italy

Benito sips wine enjoying the morning paper, and the cool breeze through the pondering streets of Roma.

"Para-tropas en Berlin" The headlines read. Amusing. Men from the sky. Sounds like the Furher has been up late listening to Yankee radio serials again.

However one cannot deny the little lance corporals brazen action.

Germany has raised a division! In bold defiance of Versaille!

Perhaps Il Duce has under estimated Hitler. Until now he thought his hopes for a fascist europe lay in his protege, Francisco Franco in spain.

But what kind of fascist leader of men allows his national soveriegnty to be so easily incorporated into Roma? This thought had truely never crossed Il Duce's mind.


As usual, Benito jumps into a murderous rage, shooting one house maid to death, and severely injuring a guard who tried to protect the maid.

1st Italia Armored Division is ordered to Spain, to show that sissy Franco who is boss.

The chemical factory in Navarra is almost complete, by next month at the latest.

Then the Furher of germany and the Emperor of Roma will have much to discuss.




Aug 22nd 1938 - Japan

The first troops of the upcoming operation arrive in china and are familiarized with the gauges in their new machines. While these machines are built in Mengchuko, and some differences exist, many acclumate to them in record time.

After a week of classes, briefings, and open forums (something new in the IJA amongst its junior officer corps) 3 Divisions are formed.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Independent Whirlwind Divisions.

Japanese spies have heard no chatter among chinese troops or high commands that these divisions have been spotted, or information leaked.

Even after over 600 vehicles rumbled through the streets of Peking, there is no indication that the chinese have had any prior knowledge.

1st IWD moves into position south of Kwesui, 2nd and 3rd move down along the coast to link up with the Korean Command for operation Falling Rain.

Bristling with brand new machine guns. The small engined (and there for low fuel consumption) armored cars of the 3 Independent Whirlwind divisions, ready for combat.

There is no hiding the 600 vehicles from the chinese now...





In game terms, light tank IIIs use 5 supply/oil a move, have 180 attack vs infantry and cost 2400 production.

An armored car uses 3 supply/oil a move or attack, has 140 attack vs infantry, and costs 1600 production.


For Japan, against China, this is a big deal. Im fuel starved, supply starved, dont want to build guns that will be subjected to counter battery, but need to slaughter huge hordes of infantry.

I think this is my best bet for clearing the remaining chinese from the plains, and capturing more supply.


The HP difference I dont find makes a difference, just this turn lost a light tank and tankette to merely infantry. Id much rather that have been a cheaper armored car that I lost.

Armored cars are more stack points, at 15 thats pretty high. So I dont think ill be putting all three independent divisions in the same battle. 30 SFTs of armored cars is a tad higher (450, most ill get is 300 or 360, so a signifigant penalty) than I could get with 2 or 3 hexes frontage.

And if I surround something by more than 3 hexes, I surely dont need my armored cars to attack it.

Wanted to point that out, since until now nothing has really involved the stack limits that were asked about earlier.

Falling Rain is really my way of experimenting with the stack limits before I go to war in europe. And as a strategy of falling around heavily fortified areas, as water flows around rocks...using Sun Tzu against the chinese! ... But mostly testing stack limits.

Cause XP for soldiers is great. Practical XP for me personally, is invaluable. Knowing the nuances before I commit germany to war, is crucial. As I can screw up many times in china and not be really punished for it (tho ernie has given me several bloody noses!) but I must be right every single time in Europe if germany has any chance.




Back to the story at hand, Japanese armies are on the move. A massive airstrike against condensed Chinese air assets results in many destroyed enemy aircraft on the ground and in the air. Losses were moderate. Other air attacks soften up enemy positions or harass enemy troops.

3rd army opens up its artillery guns on positions to the south west. 5th Army lurches forward and routs 2 chinese divisions.

Korean army consolidates and presses an attack against Kaifeng, threatening air assets, artillery, and an HQ posted there. Combat engineers assigned to the army construct supply routes to Kaifeng in anticipation of the upcoming battle. Korean armor threatens to isolate Kaifeng.

SNLF forces with the help of a captured chinese armored train, clear the rail lines connecting the northern and southern japanese forces.

And 1st Army creates a hole in the chinese lines towards Wuhan.

(armored trains are being researched and decided on how they should work, previously they had been abused, now they have no attack or defense, but a huge amount of HPs, 4000. Thats 40 infantry!!! so while it cant decide a battle in any way, it can absorb as many hits as an entire division, so sending it along in battles that may cost you alot of troops might be beneficial as any hits it takes is a hit thats not killing your infantry, the idea is to use this armored train in the battle for Kaifeng to hopefully dampen my losses there)

All in all japanese losses on the first days of Falling rain are relatively light, as are losses to the chinese.

Though these opening moves are about positioning. When the Whirlwind Divisions come into action we shall see great loss of life on the chinese side.

Some 1,200 men, 40 aircraft and 40 tanks were lost by the japanese.

Around 18,000 men killed or missing for the chinese, along with 140 aircraft.

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/10/2012 6:57:47 PM   
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So far Japan has lost around 74,000 men, around 100 trucks, 160 tanks, 6 heavy artillery regiments, 9 infantry gun regiments, around 200 planes and about 1,000 horses.

China has lost just shy of 250,000 men, about 360 aircraft, and 2 artillery regiments.



Well within the realm of reality. So far so good!

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RE: Anschluss or Bust; A GD1938 AAR and Test Game - 3/10/2012 9:45:28 PM   
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August 1938, allied turn...

Nothing to report from the first 3 of my regimes (France, Great Britain and the United States)... however the chinese wish to report that they have spotted these so-called whirlwind divisions, at least one of them. It looks like it´s a division with Armoured cars I only... however this division that was spotted was very disorganized, only having a readiness of 25...

Chinese command decides to attack with artillery, to see if any of these "boxes on wheels" are going to be destroyed... also a fighter sortie is ordered to strafe... no results.

This is how the frontline looked, before what i guess is a major japanese offensive...

Please note that the Japanese have destroyed yet another bridge with senseless artillery bombardment. Chinese gunners have refrained from bombing the historic Nanning bridge... but Japanese are apparantly not as gentlemen like as the Chinese.





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Sep. 19th 1938 - Germany


This month sees the addition of an entire Army Corps to germanys OOB. The 1st PanzerGrenadier Army is stationed on the front line near Hamburg.

It includes 3 divisions of soldiers equiped with the latest semi automatic rifles and sub machine guns.

New to these divisions are 400 advanced armored cars, Sdkfz 232s with 20mm guns, and Sdkfz 251 armored personel carriers armed with Mg34 machine guns.

The Sdkfz 251 utilizes an open top, so that infantry can fight from the halftrack with reasonable cover and concealment.

A full corps of Fallschimjager is ready for deployment.

Additions of anti aircraft units continue.

German naval forces return to port before the inlets freeze, to refuel and resupply.





Sep 19th 1938 - Italy


Regia Nauticia returns its ships for refueling and rearming. Sailors go on leave, and Roma is alive with celebration.

The chemical factory is online and producing supplies for the army.

Mussolini meets with Hitler for several hours in Vienna. The two were seen laughing and shaking hands furiously as Mussolini boarded his plane for Ruma. Next month a huge meeting of nationalist and axis powers is planned in Istanbul. In attendance will be Kemal Attaturk, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco and Josip Tito.

A "secret" memo, detailing an ultimatum for Danzig is "leaked" to leftist newspapers.

This is the brink...



Sep 19th 1938 - Japan



The sound of diesel engines (which reminds me to ask bombur and ernie about an event card or tech to use diesel instead of gasoline, which would give applicable units less speed, but more retreat chance, were talking real small numbers, but it makes a tiny difference) roar as Japanese 5th army moves into action. In less than a week, over 200km of Chinese territory is over taken.

Entrenchments that had taken months to build up melted before the horde of Japanese armored vehicles. Chinese 3rd Army HQ mps even engaged scout units of Japanese pioneer battalions though no losses were reported. Perhaps the engagement never happened, but such rumors only help bolster Japanese morale.

20 Armored cars are either stuck in mud, or broke down due to manufacturing error. There were limited fatalities, and none when concerning the accidents. Although built in Mengchuko, the little armored cars have received good reviews among the crews, earning the respect of Japanese generals, and a new name after the divisions theyre employed in. The IJ-2 "Whirlwind".

3rd Army engages and routs defenders west of Kweisui.

1st Army and SNLF engage and begin to strangle Kaifeng.

Heres the picture as we close the turn:










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Losses to the Japanese were around 8,000 men, losses to the Chinese around 40,000, estimates are still coming in as the front is moving so fast ;)

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