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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 2:18:58 AM   
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Turn 85 - Axis Turn
9th July 1941


The Axis forces withdraw from the area west of Sofafi but seemingly have no intention of giving up the southern approaches to the Halfaya Pass. The panzers attack, and force to retreat, the Hussars on the left of the line.

Meanwhile Tobruk receives more of the same....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 2:23:22 AM   
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Turn 85
9th July 1941


Time for a bit of a stock-take prior to deciding what to do next. Any action I take needs to be carefully considered for the usual reasons:

a) I don't know anything about the enemy other than what I am next to
b) I don't know where the panzers are (except 1 battalion I know to be west of Buq Buq).
c) I have to keep a constant eye on my withdrawals situation.

It would really help if I could have confidence in the withdrawals and reinforcements position. Sadly I don't and so I have to make the best of it....

Royal Navy

Every battleship and cruiser is damaged. Repairs are slow in fixing. The RN won't be a factor for a while....

HMS Queen Elizabeth (5% Damage)
HMS Valiant (5%)
HMS Barham (13%)

HMS Ajax (38%)
HMS Arethusa (1%)
HMS Euryalus (71%)
HMS Dido (37%)
HMS Naiad (7%)

HMS Bedouin
HMS Ledbury
HMS Lance
HMS Jervis
HMS Mohawk
HMS Nubian




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 3:02:35 AM   
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Turn 85
9th July 1941


RAF and allied air forces

I have 17 Squadrons (13 operational) available.

8 (5 operational) Hurricane sqns - 175/192 aircraft - 71 in reserve - 6 replacements per turn
4 (4 operational) Blenheim sqns - 88/96 aircraft - 61 in reserve - 3 replacements per turn
2 (2 operational) Tomahawk sqns - 43/48 aircraft - 16 in reserve - 2 replacements per turn
1 (1 operational) Albacore sqn - 10/10 aircraft - 0 in reserve - 0 replacements per turn
1 (0 operational) Beaufighter sqn - 18/24 aircraft - 1 in reserve - 1 replacement per turn
1 (1 operational) Gladiator sqn - 18/24 aircraft - 0 in reserve - 0 replacement per turn

Overall this is not a bad situation. I have air superiority 5 vs 4 although devoncop has a better interception % (0% vs 1%).

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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 4:06:21 AM   
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Turn 85
9th July 1941


I limit myself this turn to mopping up the Italian units around El Hamra-Sofafi. I am not strong enough yet to take any further action west of Buq Buq, and pull back slightly to better organise the line.

As ever, it all depends on what he is keeping in reserve to counter with.....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 6:51:21 AM   
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Turn 86 - Axis Turn
12th July 1941


The Axis content themselves with destroying the company of Mahrattas that got too close to their airfield at Fort Maddelenna, and bombarding forces northwest of Sofafi, west of Buq Buq and - of course - at Tobruk.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 7:57:08 AM   
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Turn 86
12th July 1941


Plenty of movement this turn as I reorganise my forces, but there will be no further moves forward. The purpose of the original raid was simply to try and catch the enemy unawares and to take advantage of a thrust along the coast road. It was never meant to be a major offensive given the forces available. I think its clear that I've run out of steam and the enemy are now organised.

I therefore limit myself to bombardments and thought I might as well try an airfield attack (and accept the loss of my Wellingtons). As it happened the Wellington squadron survived (just!) but a Hurricane squadron that went to assist was wiped out..... All that for the destruction of just 6 enemy aircraft....mind you it looks like it was a fighter airfield....!

In better news two enemy bomber squadrons were furballed and I thinned out the besiegers of Tobruk a little more - albeit they were company formations. I hope the table to the right is correct and that the enemy lost 125 aircraft!!




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 5:25:22 PM   
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Turn 87 - Axis Turn
16th July 1941


Only one attack from the Axis this turn. Yet another of my reconnaissance forces gets surrounded. Finding out what the enemy are up to is expensive stuff.....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 5:55:39 PM   
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Turn 87
16th July 1941


What to do? I send out some patrols to see the extent of the Axis withdrawal. I can't help but feel there is a giant trap being laid for me......




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 6:31:28 PM   
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Turn 87
16th July 1941


Damn - I didn't take a picture before the round ended. Although I wasn't going to advance, the Axis change of plan persuaded me otherwise.....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 8:12:02 PM   
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Turn 88 - Axis Turn
19th July 1941


The Axis go easy on Tobruk. I don't know if this is the calm before the storm i.e. resting units for a big push, or because units are being rushed to the Halfaya Pass.

Air activity is quiet but I lose another couple of companies out on reconnaissance.... I wish there was another way of getting intel.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 8:46:12 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


I decide to give the advance one more go. All effort is expended on the southern and western approaches to the Halfaya Pass. The first (hopefully) round of bombardment causes evaporation of an artillery and Corps HQ unit.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:18:05 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


An Indian infantry battalion forces its way to the western end of the Halfaya Pass, where it meets a wall of Italians.... Barrages and an attack is set up to try and exploit this success.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:22:03 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


The main attack is along the coastal road through the pass. The Savona's machine-gun battalion is destroyed as the mainly Italian force is pushed north in retreat.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:25:52 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


And so to the 8th and last round of the turn. We'll look at each of the battles/bombardments as they happen.

Firstly a couple of artillery regiments open up against the units in the pass. A German company from the Oasis battalion is destroyed.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:31:34 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


The action then moves to the west and a mixed Indian force from the 4th Division and the 3rd Motor Brigade force tanks from the Ariete to retreat southwest. Note: before combat a battalion of Worcesters got a bit silly chasing after a German HQ..... Haven't these guys seen Waterloo?




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:35:49 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


Back to the Pass and British and Australian artillery launch a bombardment behind the front lines. The damage is limited - and indeed counter-battery fire claims Allied casualties.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:39:29 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


On the western side of the pass a loan company of the Savona Division is destroyed, having been surrounded by a mixed force of tanks and British and Indian infantry.




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:42:03 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


South of Fort Capuzzo another Savona infantry battalion - accompanied by Bersaglieri - are mauled and forced to retreat by a largely Indian infantry force. A gap has formed in the Commonwealth front line, but I am hoping the Italians won't be strong enough to exploit this - unless of course they have reinforcements behind.....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/9/2018 9:47:57 PM   
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Turn 88
19th July 1941


A summary of the action




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 8:43:15 AM   
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Turn 89
19th July 1941


The Axis once again leave Tobruk alone and instead continue to thin out my lines where I've got all excited and advanced too far....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 9:00:27 AM   
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Turn 89
19th July 1941


Okay so what do I know?

- devoncop continues to maintain a thin screen that he invites me to attack.

- The pressure against Tobruk has dropped

- I don't know where the 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions are

All this leads me to believe he is setting a trap..... time I think to try and pull back before those tanks spring into action in my flank!

First things first I have a quick check on force availability.

The Royal Navy are slowly repairing, but it will be some while yet before they will be in a position to sortie - and Barham and Euryalus won't be taking part in anything anytime soon. I wonder if Barham will even repair before she's sunk.

The air force situation is mixed - there have been some heavy losses given the state of some of the squadrons (its a bit annoying that we don't get to know everything that happens).

Currently I have 18 squadrons (only 10 are operational):

9 (5 operational) Hurricane sqns - 178/216 aircraft - 80 in reserve - 6 replacements per turn
4 (3 operational) Blenheim sqns - 91/96 aircraft - 57 in reserve - 3 replacements per turn
2 (0 operational) Tomahawk sqns - 34/48 aircraft - 13 in reserve - 2 replacements per turn
1 (0 operational) Albacore sqn - 8/10 aircraft - 1 in reserve - 0 replacements per turn
1 (1 operational) Beaufighter sqn - 19/24 aircraft - 2 in reserve - 1 replacement per turn
1 (1 operational) Gladiator sqn - 18/24 aircraft - 0 in reserve - 0 replacement per turn

Frankly the fighters could do with a rest but if I am to stage a fighting withdrawal I need air cover!

As part of the pull back I seek to tidy up the front line. I send a regiment of tanks and a battalion of infantry north to recce the situation. In doing so it appears that devoncop really has pulled back - from Bardia, Sollum and Fort Capuzzo. Those aircraft seen in the picture above have flown the nest.





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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 10:05:22 AM   
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Turn 89
19th July 1941


I complete the pull-back. I lost no units in doing so and I guess that is because his screen was so thin they were not able to engage and disrupt the withdrawal.

I notice the the sneaky wotsit is continuing to use his AA units as probes. An Italian unit gets so far as Fuka in an attempt to cut the coast road. The unit is destroyed but once again it appears my patrols are not good enough to stop this encroachment....

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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 10:46:56 AM   
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Turn 90 - Axis Turn
26th July 1941


Seemingly nothing happens. What is going on? I need some intel!

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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 11:14:01 AM   
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Turn 90
26th July 1941


The turn is spent pulling back further toward Sofafi. I can't get what the game plan is at the moment - except that turn his air force was highly active. Maybe that is the plan to take Tobruk using a massive air and artillery and land attack?


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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 12:46:22 PM   
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Turn 91 - Axis Turn
30th July 1941


Another quiet turn - he's up to something. I wonder how many quotes from Battle of Britain I can get out

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Turn 91
30th July 1941


An entire artillery regiment is evaporated trying to reach Tobruk by sea - they couldn't have got the one going in the opposite direction could they?

But what really cheeses me off is that a fighter squadron is wiped out too. Why does the program keep overriding my orders? I find the air game very frustrating in this regard. The Air Assistant is OFF, I've ordered all of my aircraft to rest but I keep losing them because they are sent into the air. Does anyone know why the game does this?




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 2:05:58 PM   
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Turn 92 - Axis Turn
3rd August 1941


Another eerily quiet turn... what's he at? Ohh there's another one.

devoncop limited his moves to bombarding the hell out of a reconnaissance company - many of the aircraft came all the way from Crete...




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 2:42:19 PM   
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Turn 92
3rd August 1941


Well I'm totally bemused. I lost an artillery unit for nothing. The Axis have pulled back so far there is now a land bridge from Bardia to Tobruk.

I've sent my Australian troops out on patrol from west of Gazala, to Rotunda Segnali - but no sign of the Axis forces....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 3:50:26 PM   
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Turn 93 - Axis Turn
6th August 1941


I think I saw mention of the panzers when the cursor was flashing south of Derna so it may be they're on their way..... Meantime the Axis turn was limited to bombarding the hell out of an Australian company....




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RE: CFNA 1940-43 devoncop (Axis) vs warspite1 (CW) - 2/10/2018 4:02:28 PM   
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6th August 1941


How bizarre??? There are three fighter squadrons and an AA unit suddenly appeared.... When I got there it was another 4 AA units - all of which were promptly dispatched.




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