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RE: T20 - 12/9/2018 10:24:35 PM   
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Still a great AAR xhoel.

It's shaping up to be my all time favourite WITW AAR. I check it every few days and I'm genuinely disappointed when I don't have a new post to read. I really do like the AAR that much. Your writing is great.



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RE: T20 - 12/10/2018 1:58:03 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Zebtucker12

Great AAR with all the pictures.
Unless im reading this wrongly there seems to be very little tactical use of the allied airforces?


Thanks Zebtucker12!

The way I see it, the allied air forces are simply stretched thin. They are running heavy air superiority directives over the beachheads and all over the shipping lanes. Add to that heavy naval patrols, airfield and rail bombings and you aren't left with much to use tactically.

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RE: T20 - 12/10/2018 2:02:48 AM   
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ORIGINAL: IslandInland

Still a great AAR xhoel.

It's shaping up to be my all time favourite WITW AAR. I check it every few days and I'm genuinely disappointed when I don't have a new post to read. I really do like the AAR that much. Your writing is great.




Thanks IslandInland! Those words mean a lot
Yeah we are a bit slow on the turns but I try my best to be done with them as soon as possible. Real life gets in the way quite often though. Now that the invasion has finally happened there will be a lot more action and things should get more interesting!

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RE: T20 - 12/12/2018 5:33:53 PM   
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In Puglia where there is not contact it seems the Allies are defending in clear ground and I suspect that they could be very thin. Maybe if you stalemate the landing it could be possible a counterattack to destroy the Foggia airfield complex and all planes based there.
Great AAR by the way

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RE: T20 - 12/12/2018 7:50:53 PM   
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Thanks for the comment, glad to hear that you are enjoying the AAR.

I have been thinking about that quite a lot actually, but last time we had good recon on Puglia the enemy had 2 divisions stationed there. How we proceed from here depends a lot on whether we can force the WA to a stalemate in the Piombino sector. Destroying the airfields and the air groups there would be a very nice Christmas present though!

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T21 - 12/27/2018 4:01:21 PM   
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T21, 20th of November-27th of November 1943
Situation Report [Northern Europe]


The enemy resumed the air offensive over Germany last week. RAF Bomber Command hit the Ruhr heavy industry and resource production centers hard during the night. The British have once again changed their tactics. Instead of the usual small raids of 16 bombers without fighter cover, they are now throwing massive formations of 500+ bombers together, escorted by a high number of night fighters (around 200). This is causing problems for our night fighter formations, and losses have mounted. Last week we lost 35 night fighters in the defense of the Ruhr industry.
The 8th US Air Force also hit these targets during the day with their 4E bombers considerably increasing the damage and making the factories much harder to repair. Because our day fighters have been deployed further inland, the Americans only had to contend with the heavy AA fire.
The 8th US Air Force has also used their 2E bombers to hit Belgium and NE France.










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RE: T21 - 12/27/2018 5:17:12 PM   
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Italy
Air

The enemy hit 3 of our airfields in Central Italy this week (Tarquinia, Rieti, Marcigliana) causing damage to the infrastructure, destroying around 26 bombers on the ground and killing a high number of support personal (around 2k men from destroyed air support elements).
Our bombers continue to be pulled back from Central Italy and are being relocated north where our fighters are able to guarantee their safety. Except for air recon, no other missions were conducted by our air forces in Italy, which continue to be on R&R.

Map 1:



Circled in yellow, battles where the enemy was held back, in red air field bombings and in black battles which we lost and were forced to retreat.

Ground

The enemy launched 6 attacks last week in an attempt to break out of the beachheads. All but one of them failed. Casualties are high. New infantry divisions are arriving in the theater and the arrival of the 14th Army HQ has improved administrative and logistic matters considerably.

The enemy renewed its effort to break out of the beachhead in the north, attacking the positions held by the elite HG Panzer Division twice with overwhelming numbers (4 infantry divisions). In both cases the attack was stopped cold in its tracks and the enemy has suffered heavy losses. The first assault was repelled by a timely counterattack of the 12th SS PzGren Division which was in reserve north of Siena. The HG Panzer Division has been relieved by the fresh 189th (Res) Infantry Division.





In the south the enemy has advanced 10 miles after pushing back the Feldherrnhalle PzGren Division. 3 other subsequent attacks have failed as the PzGren Division has defended stubbornly. The counterattack of the 16th SS PzGren Division managed to save the day however, as without their involvement, the Anglo-Americans would have been able to break through further inland jeopardizing the entire defense of the Piombino sector. The Feldherrnhalle PzGren Division has been pulled off the frontline and has been transferred to a more quiet sector in order to recover from the losses incurred during the hard fought engagements of last week. The spearhead of the enemy forces is made up of the 5th CA and 6th BR Armored divisions and intelligence reports that more armored formations have come ashore recently.

Start of turn:





See map 1, circled in black.



See map 1, circled in yellow, first of the 3 holding battles.



Feldherrnhalle PzGren Division TOE and new position.

The sector north of the lake of Bolsena has been reinforced by the newly arrived LI Gebirgs Corps (dark blue) commanded by the experienced GL Hermann Balck. The 90th PzGren and the 2nd FJ divisions have been reinforced with independent AA and Panzerjager Battalions and are expected to hold back the WA assault in the area. The 16th SS PzGren Division and the 2nd Regiment of the 4th FJ division are acting in reserve.

After German moves:



The situation in the Bifena Line is unchanged. The enemy has yet to undertake an offensive so our troops are holding their positions at the moment. Fortified Zones have been build behind the Volturno river, as we prepare new defensive lines in order to allow us flexibility once the situation changes. In the northern sector, regiments of the 15th PzGren Division have conducted long range recon on the enemy forces in front of our positions. They have discovered the 2nd US Armored division (broken down into regiments) and 2 other units which our intelligence has failed to identify.

Before and after:





Casualties:



Note that while German casualties may seem high, at least 2k of them come from destroyed air support elements and are not riflemen as is the case for the WA.

Weather:






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RE: T21 - 1/13/2019 7:12:30 PM   
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Great AAR!

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RE: T21 - 1/13/2019 7:22:06 PM   
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Thanks for the comment Chama!

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T22 - 1/16/2019 10:49:23 AM   
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T22, 27th of November-4th of December 1943
Situation Report [Northern Europe]


The 8th US Air Force has hit heavy industry targets in the Ruhr and Belgium this week. Most of their raids have missed their objectives and no heavy damages have been sustained. Operational losses for the enemy are high. Our fighters continue to be on the highest readiness in the north, awaiting for the enemy to strike the U-Boat pens.









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RE: T22 - 1/16/2019 11:03:31 AM   
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The enemy has undertaken no action against our forces this week. Their Air arm has been busy at work doing recon on our positions and airfields and protecting the shipping lanes that lead to Piombino. No activity on our side either as our bomber groups are still building up their strength and recovering from the losses suffered in the past weeks.

Ground

Situation has been quiet on the ground too. In the Piombino sector the enemy has brought a lot of aircraft on the shore. The air groups will be using the airfields of the landing zones. The enemy has not followed through with any attacks but has repositioned their forces on the northern part of the landing zones, where 5 infantry divisions have been concentrated, ready to assault German positions. General Felix Steiner has taken command of the German units in this sector and is expected to hold back an enemy thrust in the area.







In the Bifena Line things have been quiet as usual. The fresh 188th Mountain division has recently arrived at Napoli and will soon take its position on the front line relieving the regiments of the 3rd PzGren Division.




Weather and Losses:







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RE: T22 - 2/2/2019 9:57:27 PM   
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when will there be a new update?

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RE: T22 - 2/2/2019 10:26:10 PM   
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when will there be a new update?



I really don't know when there will be one or ''if'' there will be one. I emailed my opponent 3 days ago asking about the progress of the turn, but haven't received an answer yet. Will have to wait and see but will let you guys know about how things go.

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RE: T22 - 2/3/2019 3:25:33 PM   
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Scrap that. Hghx-0 just sent the turn. I worried over nothing it seems. Stay tuned!

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T23 - 2/6/2019 7:13:53 PM   
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T23, 4th of December-11th of December 1943.
The Reich.


Heavy rains over western Europe prohibit large scale bombings by the enemy. 3 small raids of little effect take place however. The bulk of the German fighters remains deployed in the north protecting the U-Boat pens.

Italy

The enemy has not attacked our positions due to the strength of our defenses but has chosen to shift their attack point to the north. 2 Armored divisions (the 1st US Armored and the 4th Canadian Armored Division) as well as 6 infantry divisions (among them the elite 82nd Airborne division) are preparing for an attack and eventual breakthrough. We have brought the 2nd FJ Dvision on the front and pulled back the HG Panzer Division to act as a reserve (the 12th SS PzGren Division is also acting as a reserve here). In addition to these measures, Luftflotte 2 has ordered Fighters and Tactical Bombers to support defensive operations. South of the Lake of Bolsena, our units have been ordered to make contact with the enemy, as fortified zones are building defenses in the rear. The enemy has deployed a high number of air assets to the beachheads.



Ground Support directive:



Enemy Air Assets:



In the Rome area we have put the 349th ID to coastal defense of the ports west of the Italian capital. The recently arrived 362nd Infantry and the 3rd PzGren Divisions have been transferred to Rome and will deploy in defensive positions next week.
In the Bifena Line we have just deployed the 188th Mtn Division to the front, replacing the 3rd PzGren Division. No attacks have occurred yet.



Weather for next week is predicted to be clear so we expect increased activity in all sectors.



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RE: T23 - 2/10/2019 12:46:26 PM   
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I just found this AAR and read it all in one go, it's so amazing! I'm really glad it is still going on!

Thank you for the AAR xhoel, keep up the great work! Rest assured I'll keep following it as long as you post it

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RE: T23 - 2/10/2019 6:10:50 PM   
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I just found this AAR and read it all in one go, it's so amazing! I'm really glad it is still going on!

Thank you for the AAR xhoel, keep up the great work! Rest assured I'll keep following it as long as you post it


Thank you for all the nice words dcaflak. I intend to finish it so if everything goes according to plan, the game will continue till the very end of the Reich in 1945!

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