How about, next game I'll let my actions speak for me?
It's been a good game, you handled the situations I threw at you well, and maintained your lines without losing too many men.
Overall I think that skipping Italy was a mistake on my part. I should have taken Rome in 43 so I'd be getting more city points. Not taking those cities in Italy hurt my score a bit. The good thing about Italy is not having to take it while losing massive casualties. Casualties have been light as neither of us committed much to this area.
Invading from England in 43, is not really all it's cracked up to be either. It can be easily done, but unless you land close you probably won't get a good break out. Allies really don't have enough units for open field fighting in France in 43. Once I'd gotton onto Brittany, I was running out of troops, just to maintain the lines from all those high CV Panzer units. Hell, I even built forts behind my lines!
Once I'd managed to start breaking out of Brittany things have eased up, but my Canadian and British manpower is about dry. I'm going to have to disband some units soon as those units are the best I have. I've disbanded most of the light flak units, and soon I'll probably disband a HQ or two since I have plenty of US hq's still sitting around.
On the air front, I'm still trying to find the happy balance between bombing points, and ground attacks. I'm losing 10-20 points a turn (from not taking Italy I lost alot of city points a turn), but as I take cities, it's getting better.
One thing I can say for Brittany now and Normady is, that once you start to break out into that clear terrain, the axis casualties from interdiction go up significantly. According to my battle reports, FOW on, he's lost in the neighborhood of 300k troops in the past 6-7 turns. Most of that was retreating thru my interdiction and retreat interdiction from attacks. The bad thing about Brittany is that it's so far away, and it takes a few turns to really get a good break out. The first few times I attacked the wall at Brittany, I had every unit on the front in reserve mode. One attack went in with over 200k men attacking at Rennes. I've only managed to pocket about 4 divisions since I broke out, so he's retreating very well. I'm just making it expensive to withdraw thru the interdiction.
My game with Qball has really helped me with this game. I hadn't really had to use my ground forces much before that game, and I wasn't very proficient with them. I've learned how to reorganize them, not push them and make too many hasty attacks, and how to manage my reserves. Also it's a matter of focusing in just a few area's or one area, to achieve your goal, then put them back on refit for the next advance. I know when we get to Pelton's next stop point it's going to be tough.
My main strategic blunder was when I shifted too many armored units from Brittany to assist in the invasion of Southern France. I thought getting out of Southern France, I would need those armored units. That wasn't really necessary, and I left the Brittany front a little short of armor. Hind sight's 20/20, but now that I've connected the two fronts, I can shift the armored units anywhere I want.
Invading in several places is really not that great a strategy. The allies only have so many units, and in order to achieve a breakout you have to have enough units to get it done. Three fronts was all I could really handle, with Italy having a skeleton crew, the invasion in the Neatherlands was just doomed no matter what. Against what he had there, there's no way I'd broken out of that mess with the few divisions I had. Allies just don't have enough units for all that real estate.
It ain't over till the fat lady sings! Or the VP's sing, however you want to look at it.