From: Columbia, MD. USA
Allied Turn July 1, 1943
Previous Axis Turn:
Frozen in the Arctic. Clear Everywhere else.
In Persia, the Germans take Khorramabad and Kermanshah destroying the upgraded Russian Garrisons with no losses.
The Italian Army in Jerusalem attacks the full strength American Army and does 2 damage while taking 3.
The Germans target a Greek Corps north of Monastir with 4 bomber attacks (3 Medium & 1 TAC).
A series of furious air battles are fought with British fighters taking 10 damage across 3 squadrons. 2 squadrons of German fighters each take 2 hits, all 3 Medium Bombers take 2 hits, and the TAC bomber takes 1 hit.
This followed up by attacks from an Italian Mech, a German Corps (I think) and a German Panzer which shatters the Greek Corps. The German Panzer takes 1 damage.
In the Crimea, the back and forth starts to swing again. A Panzer Grenadier attacks the 7 strength Russian Corps doing 2 damage, and the German Tigers are seen approaching just east of the Melitopol mines.
Italian Medium bombers and Tactical bombers strike at the pinching Russian Mech next to the Italian HQ, which flees, south of Tula.
2 Russian Fighters share 9 damage, while a German Fighter takes 2 hits and both Italian bombers take 2 hits. The Mech is later shattered doing 1 damage to a German Panzer.
The Russian Mech on the other wing of pincers is attacked by the German Paratrooper (and maybe by another unit?). The Mech takes 3 damage (now str 7) while the Paratrooper takes 2. The Paratrooper then pulls back a hex.
2 German Tactical bombers then strike a Russian Corps 2 hexes north of Kursk. It is attacked by other Corp(s?) and finished off by the German Panzer in Kursk, which then retreats back into the city.
My notes also say a German Panzer took 2 damage attacking a Russian Army (the Shock Army maybe?), but if it did it must've retreated as I don't see it. It might have been the one that was weakened a couple of turns ago.
Frozen in the Arctic. Clear Everywhere else.
Strategic bombers strike Jerusalem doing 3 damage to the holy city (and a bit of morale & readiness damage to the defending Italian Army), while taking 1 back (the City has been upgraded to AA 1).
Tactical bombers are then sent and do 1 damage to the Italian Army.
The US Corps and 2 Armies then attack and bring the Italian Army down to a 1 strength. The Armies then move and take Haifa and Amman.
British Tactical bombers attack the Italian Mech southeast of Scutari, Albania. Surprisingly, they are not intercepted and do 2 damage to the Italians.
A 2nd wave of Tactical bombers is sent doing 2 more damage to the Italians, and 1 to the bombers.
A 3rd wave does 1 more damage to the Italian Mech, reducing it to a 5 strength.
The elite Greek Army then attacks and does 2 more damage, forcing the Italian Mech to retreat north.
HMS Formidable moves to the coast of the Greek panhandle and strikes the German Medium bombers in Sofia. The German bombers are shattered after 2 strikes, while the Formidable's air wing takes 2 damage.*
HMS Courageous launches 2 strikes at the Medium bombers in Pec. The bombers take 6 damage while the air wing takes 1.*
A less than full strength British fighter is then sent and successfully finishes off the bombers in Pec.
4 Battleships shore bombard a shell shocked Italian Corps on the Albanian Coast.**
The Greek HQ and a Corps fall back to trim their line, and another English Army shows up near Tirana.
Operation Piñata is launched.***
The US Airship draws AA fire from near the Loos and Mons mines. It takes 3 damage. Then Naval bombers fly and draw further AA fire, and nimbly evade damage.
This clears the way for the Lancasters of Bomber Command which then do 3 damage to both sets of mines.
The US 15th Air force then bombs each of the mines for 2 damage each (5 damage to both mines in total) and takes 1 point back from one of the strikes.
2 Russian Armies and a Russian Corps play tag team with attacks against a German AT unit across the Don. The AT takes 7 damage, while the Russian Corps takes 2 and one Army takes 1.
2 Soviet Armies advance on Kursk and punish the German Panzer for it's raid (and thus the loss of it's entrenchment) and for taking up inside a city. The 8 strength Panzer takes 6 damage, while the Russians take 1 & 2, respectively.
North of Orel, on the east side of the river an elite (str 11) Soviet Shock Army and Heavy Tanks advance on the German Panzers (str 9, 1 exp). The Shock Army does 2 damage and takes 1 back.
A 7 strength Russian Mech attacks the 6 strength (2 exp, 5 supply, meh morale/readiness) paratroopers that attacked them on the German's turn.
They do 3 damage and take 1 back on the first attack, the second attack is not so favorable as they destroy the paratroopers but take 3 damage (bringing them to str 3). They then fall back to recoup.
A full strength Mechanized then moves forward and attacks the Panzers once exchanging 2 damage.
The Russian JS II Heavy Tanks then attack the Panzers and destroy them outright.
A Russian Corps attacks an Italian 6 strength Corps next to it and does a point of damage, then moves south 1 hex.
A Russian Army moves pass the heavy tanks and attacks the Italian Corps for 2 damage.
A Russian 9 strength Corps then moves into the hex vacated by the other Corps and exchanges 1 damage with the Italian Corps.
A Russian Corps moves forward, north of Kursk (now that the weakened Panzers in the city don't exert ZOC preventing it) and attack. They destroy the Panzer, while taking 2 damage.
Unfortunately there is no Russian unit that can move into the city.
The Russian 8 strength Mech that attacked the Panzers the Hvy Tanks later destroyed, takes its 2nd attack against the 3 strength Italian Corps. They do 2 and take 1.
A Russian Corps that attacked the Italian Corps moves south to make way for a 7 strength Mech to move forward. It destroys the Italian Corps, but takes 2 damage. It then falls back a hex.
Improved rockets bombard Rzhev twice. This is followed by attacks from 3 Russian Armies that do 3 damage to the Special Forces unit. One of the Armies takes a point of damage back.
North of Luga, a Russian AA unit rails away and a large formation of heavy artillery takes its place.
A Russian Corps west of Narva attacks an elite, but low supply German Corps, no damage is done, but the Germans loose a level of entrenchment.
Russian Tactical bombers then attack the same Corps. They are intercepted by Finnish Fighters based near Helsinki.
Russian escorts engage the interceptors and an air battle actually slightly favors the Russians: RU FTR -2, RU TAC -1, FIN FTR -4, GE CORPS -2.
A Russian Corps then moves up and tries its luck against the German, and only removes the last entrenchment level, before falling back a hex.
Russian Heavy Tanks then move forward and destroy the German Corps, opening the road. The first Corps that started the attack is then free to move a couple of hexes along said road towards Talinn.
Katyusha rockets fire into a Finnish Corps, this is followed by attacks from Light Tanks and the Armored Train doing 6 damage to the Corps.
Allies liberate Transjordan.
* The bombers launched their attacks (on the German turn) from Pec & Sofia, so these were blind risk attacks, presuming he didn't move them after their strikes.
** You know maybe shore bombardment is a bit understrength, if it can't do a single point of damage to a unit in bad morale/readiness shape on a clear hex in 13 strikes from Battleships (12 of which are at Naval 1).
*** As cheesy as this seems, I took more damage to Strat Bombers this turn than I did back (according to the reports). I don't think using Strat Bombers to try and force Germany to put fighters in western Europe is going to work. They just don't do enough and are too costly to justify their use.
Spain Axis 74%
Syria Axis 61%
Turkey Allied 33%
Saudi Arabia Allied 32%
UK 79% Morale
USA 100% Morale
USSR 102% Morale
GE 103% Morale
IT 55% Morale
UK 17,872 MPP in combat losses
USA 706 MPP in combat losses
USSR 18,277 MPP in combat losses
GE 33,272 MPP in combat losses
IT 8,330 MPP in combat losses
FR 7,377 MPP in combat losses (this includes the Netherlands & Belgium)
UK 259 MPP lost to Subs/Raiders
USSR 45 MPP lost to Subs/Raiders
GE 1,311 MPP lost to Subs/Raiders
GE 707 MPP lost to Strategic Bombing
IT 5 MPP lost to Strategic Bombing
UK 12,471 MPP on Units, 200 MPP on Diplomacy, 3,725 MPP on Tech
USA 9,541 MPP on Units, 600 MPP on Diplomacy, 5,800 MPP on Tech
USSR 23,274 MPP on Units, 150 MPP on Diplomacy, 3,450 MPP on Tech
GE 31,378 MPP on Units, 300 MPP on Diplomacy, 2,600 MPP on Tech
IT 4,493 MPP on Units, 150 MPP on Diplomacy, 1,200 MPP on Tech
FR 1,619 MPP on Units, 0 MPP on Diplomacy, 0 MPP on Tech
US Income: 883 MPP (excluding Lend Lease)
USSR Income: 495 MPP (excluding Lend Lease)
GE Income: 875 MPP (estimate)
Total Allied Income: ~1,835 MPP
Total Axis Income: ~ 980 MPP (estimate)
GE 131 Land Units, 15 Air Units
USSR 101 Land Units, 8 Air Units
Edited picture sometime tomorrow.
Again I'll add an unedited picture sometime in the future.
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