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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/23/2018 6:37:27 PM   
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Here's the above image with all the OPSEC removed. No Ian's please.

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/23/2018 6:49:18 PM   
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I thought I'd take one turn and move all the units to their final duty stations
before Ian turns the INT on seriously, and I'm sure he will. But so far it's
been smooth sailing when I'm railing things around. I guess the INT isn't turned
on yet. Or maybe he's trimmed his aircraft ranges to not reach this far north.

At any rate, I've been moving units to ports to try to make sure that every port
has a garrison because I expect a boat-load next turn or thereafter. My guess is
that I can interrupt the sailing away from the port at Messina with attacks but
Ian has that port on Sardinia, or is it Corsica. He probably wouldn't give up
his gains on that small island to invade the mainland, BUT HE COULD. Or suppose
he gets reinforcements on Malta, they could sail for the mainland without a problem.
So I've got to garrison all the ports. The most important ones need extra protection.
I need to take a tour of the ports and see that they all are good to go.

I seem to remember that a partisan unit spawns in Rome when Ian gets to the mainland and
the Italians surrender. I've got an HQ unit that has volunteered to make a three-dot
stance in the middle of Rome to occupy the partisans while I see if I can't find an
INF type to babysit Rome instead.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/23/2018 6:55:45 PM   
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I'm thinking all the ports are okie dokie for now. As soon as I get some
reinforcements I'll beef up the important places.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/23/2018 7:07:32 PM   
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I've found a unit that I need to fly to some remote spot and just let it
rest and refit again. It's down to less than half it's assigned strength
and I've got too few on-hand ( 10 ) to fill it up in one gulp so it's
needing a few turns of rest. I like my squadrons at max strength and dark
green for health. I fly them when I can just so their proficiency might grow
but so far their flights have been few. This particular instance of my
aircraft units is one of the better squadrons so I need to baby it a bit.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/23/2018 7:14:15 PM   
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I have scanned the entire map looking for the Allied ships and there's no
sign of them. They were last seen around the landings at Sardinia and they
aren't there now. I'm thinking that my theater recon value is so low that
they are offshore but I can't see them. I was going to see if I couldn't
fly in some Stukas and some fighters and see if I couldn't damage one of his
ships but....




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 6:14:52 AM   
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12th October 1943

Yet another counter attack by German forces on Messina which this time holds and at last the city can be properly secured.

The push out of Cagliari on Sardinia continues andfor the first time strategic bridges are targeted on the mainland and two are destroyed this turn with a lot of air combat as a result as the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica attempt to intervene.
Losses are about even but again this will benefit me in the longer run due to the disparity in air assets.

The strong and importantly fresh Indian Division which was intended initially to form part of an imminent invasion force has had to be sent to secure Messina as the Allies lost the British 50th Division and a US Division to withdrawals but will be able to operate from there once the destruction of remaining Axis forces on Sicily is completed.

1st British Airborne Division is however now finally at full strength and ready to go...


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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 8:15:37 AM   
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15th October 1943

The mission to destroy remaining Axis troops on Sicily continues and after heavy fighting the northern perimeter is significantly reduced and progress, if slow is also made nort of Messina.

The British and US naval support has begun to degrade Italian coastal defence units around Reggio despite an attempt to interdict their movement by a full squadron of Italian Saetta's and all 20 planes were shot down by Allied CAP.

Reinforcements start to arrive in Sardinia though unhelpfully 3 full Divisions are withdrawn over the next 3 turns.

Larry instantly repaired the bridge near Salerno that was blown so attention has now turned to bridges on the East coast and two more are destroyed south of Taranto.



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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 8:25:28 AM   
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Here's the T29 front lines and as you can see we're already halfway through
October and the mainland doesn't have any Allied troops on it yet. I think
in real life Messina fell sometime in September.

I turned the aircraft on for a turn and all my fighters got chewed up pretty
well and the bombers didn't fare very well either. So I'm turning everybody
off again. Some of the squadrons are down to half strength. So far so good.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 4:40:50 PM   
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19th October 1943

More serious turn burn as the remaining Germans on Sicily continue to fight hard but do give ground under assaults from British and American attacks. The considerable Italian artillery has now been finally almost totally neutralized but it has been a struggle.

Recon flights are now taking place for a landing on the mainland and new arrivals on Sicily are being prepared for what is likely to be a bloody mainland invasion at least a month behind schedule.

I see that Larry has repaired almost all the blown bridges so I am thinking that I am better employed dropping them on the day of the invasion rather than previously as it seems Larry has dispersed his engineers well.

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 5:04:18 PM   
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You are behind schedule but, OTOH, there are lots of Germans who won't be fighting you on the mainland as you mop them up in Sicily.

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 5:22:29 PM   
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Here's the T30 front lines just before I ended the turn.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 5:48:33 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: John B.

You are behind schedule but, OTOH, there are lots of Germans who won't be fighting you on the mainland as you mop them up in Sicily.



Thanks John...I need all the encouragement I can get

I did plan on trying to trap as much as I could on the island so I shouldn't complain but it would be nice to be ashore by now on the mainland !

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/24/2018 6:15:31 PM   
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22nd October 1943

More progress in Sicily as the German performance falters through lack of supply.
In Rome a bombing raid catches the 356th Division entrained on its way down from Brenner Pass and the Division are bombed off their trains with a 10% loss.

More airfields are captured in Sardinia by the Free French but multiple Divisions including the 9th and 2nd US Divisions are withdrawn leaving the Allies with bare bones on Sicily given that 2 Divisions plus the 1st Airborne are now primed to try to get ashore on the mainland.

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 6:19:49 AM   
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25th October 1943

In the early morning mist parachutes were reported descending south of Palmi Bridge by German armour commanders on the bridge itself as heavy aerial bombardment by US bombers blew the bridge itself. Further Parachute drops were reported south east of Reggio di Calabria and landing craft stormed ashore to capture the northern most port complex around Reggio itself though the town centre was only subjected to naval and air bombardment.

Further encirclement of the now starving and dispirited Axis troops on Sicily took place and the remants of the once powerful Italian artillery contingent was obliterated by naval gunfire in the extreme north west.

More landing craft are now seen readying and it is believed further landings are imminent.......


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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 7:17:22 AM   
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Ian dropped some paratroops and then used the Indian Division to force his
way ashore and now he's on the mainland and my troops are out of position
and in trouble. There's only a few troops still on Sicily and they will be
gone soon. I expect Ian to get a lot of reinforcements now that he owns the
magic hex and will soon be set up on the west coast of the peninsula down
south. I expect further landings ln the near future.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 8:24:24 AM   
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The 2 Fallshirm Division is going to the Western European Front in two turns
and they were guarding Rome too. I'll have to replace them with someother
division just in case. I'm debating what to do about the east coast, to defend
it or not.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 8:30:53 AM   
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Here's the Messina area currently. I'm digging in and waiting for the hammer
blows to descend on Reggio and the other ports on the west coast down south.
I'm wondering whether or not I should start blowing bridges and how far north
I should blow them.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 9:57:38 AM   
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30th October 1943

Firstly a moment of relief as the landings get ashore with minimal loss though it is a pity that due to the presence of a strong panzer Grenadier Regiment on Reggio itself I could only take the adjacent port so it is important for reinforcement and supply reasons that Reggio falls quickly.

I noticed that 1st Airborne was due to be withdrawn very soon which made the invasion a bit rushed so the initial force had to be scraped together from whatever was available. Once the last stubborn FJ battalion on Sicily goes under this turn (hopefully) I will have a decent number of US Divisions to ship over.

Just to be difficult the Italian commander on Sardinia has decided to be difficult and the lead element of the Free French Division found its supply cut off this turn. I need to keep an eye on this, though the remainder of the Division did eliminate the Italian Division that had been based around Caglieri was eliminated last turn.

The Axis put up more of its airforce last turn presumbably to try and impeded the landings but once again the Allied fighter cover did its job and losses were largely in the Allies favour.

Two new fresh Divisions are now in position to sail so a new target to split Axis defenders seems sensible...



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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 12:01:23 PM   
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3rd November 1943

Huge relief in Allied HQ as Reggio di Calabria falls and the majority of the German 90th Panzer Grenadier Division which had been defending the area around the town is destroyed. There had been serious concern over the supply situation until the town fell but the landings now appear secure.

The last German resistance in Sicily is overcome and clashes continue in Sardinia where a concerted Italian fightback appears underway.

The air war continues to be bloody with large numbers of Gustav fighters downed this turn.



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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 12:20:43 PM   
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Here's what it looks like currently. I've blackened out some areas for OPSEC
and I'll post one without the OPSEC on the next post below.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 12:21:49 PM   
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Here's the image without the OPSEC, no Ian's please.

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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 3:00:48 PM   
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6th November 1943

Progress at last.

Italian troops surrender en masse allowing the 82nd airborne to airdrop onto Olbia in the north of Sardinia seizing the port and airport and a Democratic Italian Division is formed on Corsica which takes control in Ajaccio and moves to secure the rest of the island.

On the mainland German opposition in the italian "toe" appears to have melted away as the Panzers garrisoning Palmi disappear before the arrival of 34th US Divn and reco elements of 36th US Division reach Nicotea moving towards the ports and airports around Pizzo and Vibo Valeria.

Messina port is heaving with troops waiting to ship north...


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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 3:06:10 PM   
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Here's what it looks like currently. Ian flew some paratroopers to Sardinia
and grabbed an airfield and flew some planes to it for a CAP and some offensive
power up north, within range of Rome I notice. There's some partisans in Rome
that I need to take care of.

I saw the New Zeland and 1st Canadian Divisions go around the horn on the far south
end of Italy headed for Taranto evidently. Not a lot I can do to stop him.




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RE: Yet Another Sicily t BP Ian Allies me Axis - 5/25/2018 4:02:09 PM   
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9th November 1943

The arrival of 1st US Armoured Divn is a big morale boost and after briefly considering loading it all onto boats and hurling it at Salerno wiser heads prevail and it heads north where Allied troops have encountered what appears to be a resistance line running roughly west across the foot of Italy from the supply port of Catanzaro. Recon elements of the British 8th Army encounter German engineers trying to blow the bridge 50 km or so south of the port on the east coast and US 36th Division recon stop just south of Pizzo as they find German armour entrained at the southern most port and an airstrike is called in.

The reorganisation after the chaos of Sicily continues apace and the complete Indian and New Zealand Brigades are now operating at full strength on the mainland and the conversion of the ripped up rail lines is underway along with the repair of some blown bridges.
It is reported by sympathisers that the 16th Panzer Divn is packing up to leave Italy and this provides a further morale boost to the advancing allies.


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