Id hardly quantify it as even a speed bump. I think it had 15 Rifleman, some general purpose mgs, vickers or maxims, something like that. Maybe some outdated infantry guns. And staff. Which I find surprisingly tough. They wont kill anything, but the staff ive attacked ive attacked with a sizable advantage in combat value, it dies stubbornly, and retreats quickly. But still. Its staff..
Theres been some more turns taken but im on my laptop and havent been able to do a proper AAR
Long story short, France is all but out, they seem to be trying to bleed the german and italian army rather than escape. Tho then again I had 70 or 80 SFTs of sub IIIs in the channel and around the french coast. Took the last 2 turns for GB to remove the threat. Now France can evacuate safely. Tho theres not much left. Paris is almost surrounded. Maginot was surrounded and destroyed.
Cav and same tanks are all that hold the south of France. The Italians are pretty dominant, though the way in the Spain is there if the French want to cause some more damage before theyre out, they did make some good attacks in the area. I know if I was Ernie in this situation id go for it because A im already doomed on the entire european mainland B its totally unexpected. That move I think is doomed to failure, but france is already doomed to failure. It at least would put the fight on the seas, supplying the fleeing french, instead of in France, though itd mean basically giving up paris and marsielle and I dont know if thats the right call in the long run, both those cities have another turn or two of life left them for the allies. With the americans looking like theyre a long way from waking up, the best strategy might be what Ernie is doing now, and simply causing as much damage, holding as much production away from the germans for as long as possible.
No BEF ever showed up. Dunno if Ernie simply didnt want to, or if my subs prevented that, he could answer it better.
Ive been pumping fighters for quite a while but still dont have air superiority. Now being close to england, at least one hex a turn really feels the bite. Ive gotten heavy flak about, and in most of the useful locations, unless they come with a veritable horde of bombers, those guns stop any attack.
Pulled all my naval assets back to port as they were about to be out of supplies. Down to 74 Subs. First time ive dipped below 90 since I started Kiel on subs. 2 Turns ill be back in action on the high seas. Like I said this is Frances chance to get out of dodge, or england to drop the BEF. Dunno what he'll do.
In North Africa, and the Middle East, the Axis is Winlosing....the armies of eygpt, jordan, and I guess india, are advancing slowly westward. All my attention is gonna go to these areas now that theres no chance of pressure from the west. Ive still got a ways to go over there, but its not like France is gonna suddenly start gaining ground. However I think Fez, Morocco and Algeria are gonna fall to axis control. After France falls thats going to be the next goal in the west, so I can trap the french and english battleships in the med, and slowly kill them off. That plan is already underway and unless they get extremely lucky theyre already pretty trapped in there.
In Turkey fortunately the Russians havent involved themselves, ive expect to see road start to come out of the fog of war through Van but it just never happens. The brits and French are making good ground however, and my defense east of Batemon was untennable and I was forced to withdraw.
I did get some armor in the area into Ankara, so the plains to the east of the city can always be cleared.
Greece continues to hold, and will until I own the med. Even if I take Gibraltar and Marsaille theres enough production in India to supply them by sea through any of those ports indefinitly. I wont actually hurt their readiness until theyre short on supplies, so for now theyre simply a training ground for artillery, bombers, and fighters, before they go to other areas with the xp they gain pounding on the poor greek soldiers.
I guess life is hard in the soviet union. But my god they have alot of tanks. Since they attacked me when I was going through poland and never had a chance to set up a masterful opener, im not gonna get so amazing barbarossa victory. That sucks. Fortunately bombur cant move his white russia production, so thatll help even things out. Im gonna need a massive inflation of the forces in the area though to do anything serious to him. I could take territory sure, exhaust myself, and give him the chance for a counter assault, that is gonna most likely take the wind right of germanys sails. At some point, maybe already, theyre gonna have built enough staff to get their 100% bonus everywhere. Then their units are on par with my newly trained units. At that point its going to be a massive blood bath I dont really want.
As in my play style, I dont much like blood baths. I perfer to move along the path of least resistance until I can achieve wins and low losses. Surrounding my objectives on multiple sides and with massive numbers advantage. Its weird to say, I guess its just ATG, but theres not much of that will happen in our game in Russia...its not going to be big sweeping operations that end in encirclements of cities. Its going to be a WW1 style micromanagement blood bath...So I plan to avoid that and use the hammer of the imperial japanese army at least for the time being, to scare russia into the possibility of having to send a ton of its production east. I feel they have a huge portion of their army and resources defending against germany. If they had to deal with Japan as well theyd surely fold.
Though this brings me to the problem of japan. Japan will wrap up China within the next year and be able to help the axis. The issue is the massive front the Japanese army and navy is going to have. Russia in the north, USA in the east, Britain in the west, and Britain in the south. If im lucky ill have a few short turns of freedom in the north, west, and south, before the east is a problem.
Surely theres going to be no pearl harbor, at least not like the history books, and im going to have a strong pacific fleet to deal with.
Ive built 2 Shipyards as japan, and thatll help. I dont see any over there in California (tho maybe thats fog of war) so perhaps I can achieve an advantage.
I can see all the british subs out in the china sea and south pacific with patrol planes and such. So theres a british naval presence there, watching, waiting.
Singapore is gonna hafta fall of course. And Vladivostok. If I can take those two cities, life will be easier. There wont be a good place to put ships or planes anywhere until the phillipines wakes up with the USA. Takes alot of the pressure off.
I dont think theyd risk trying to hold Shanghai. And im tempted to leave Taiwan as a nationalist chinese enclave just for sentimental value, and for something to bomb with newly built bombers, and shell with shore bombardment for xp.
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