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RE: Sicily 43 - 12/15/2018 1:58:47 PM   
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Not much of anything in the West. The Brits continue to stand pat and tie up a lot of combat power that is doing nothing. How very Monty-esque. :) I'm off on vacation for a few days so there won't be any updates until next week!




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RE: Sicily 43 - 12/25/2018 11:54:43 AM   
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Back to the battle! In the center there has been see saw fighting. I pushed the Brits out of a hex and then withdrew. They did not counter attack this turn as the units there are all firmly in the red in terms of health. Further to the West I've put a regiment in the path of the oncoming Americans that seems to have deflected them a bit from their push to Palermo.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 12/25/2018 11:55:55 AM   
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Near the coast the Americans basically spent the day cleaning up behind their lines. I've notice that the AI really does not use its artillery for bombardment missions. Oh well, not my problem. :)




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RE: Sicily 43 - 12/26/2018 8:31:54 PM   
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Well, turn 16 has come and gone. In the Center I did a couple of bombardments but figured I have what the allies want so I can afford to sit tight. I did get a little greedy and sent a panzer battalion after a British company. It pushed it back but then got stuck. In the east the Brits finally launched an attack and the fortified Italian battalion held firm with very heavy British casualties.

There are reports that German troops are massing at the Brenner pass. I wonder what happens to the Italians when the Germans occupy Italy. I hope they don't go away!




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RE: Sicily 43 - 12/26/2018 8:33:50 PM   
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In the West the American really did not make any progress. They pushed across the river on the coast and pushed around some weak units but nothing really to write home about. I'm leaving the Germans on the road to Palermo and they'll dig in to see if I can slow things down there.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/9/2019 11:44:23 PM   
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Just a slight delay in getting this posted. :)

The Germans launched several local offensives (areas marked in black) and destroyed an American infantry battalion. The Brits (blue) near the coast launched two attacks on that lone Italian battalion across the river and both attacks were bloody failures.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/9/2019 11:46:11 PM   
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At the other end of the front the Americans basically spent the day pushing the Italians in the marked area deeper into the pocket. But, the Americans did not really make any progress. The allies still have a lot of time, but they stopped gaining ground about 5 days ago.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/11/2019 12:22:40 AM   
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Thanks for sharing, I really enjoy reading how other people play this game. I always learn something.

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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/15/2019 12:02:29 AM   
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Mike, Sure thing. My progress is not as fast as I'd like but I really enjoy this game for battles like this!

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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/15/2019 12:04:32 AM   
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Turn 18 is now in the books. The Germans (sorry, Axis ) dug in and bombarded the large British stacks in the east. The Brits, meanwhile finally forced their way across the river with very heavy casualties. I"m not sure what this will gain them as it now looks like they're in the valley of death surrounded by dug in German troops. Still, they need to push as some point to get me off the island.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/15/2019 12:06:26 AM   
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In the West, Truscott has moved his division up to the German main line of resistance. I only have two German battalions here and the question will be should I fall back towards Messina and just give up Palermo? I think it's too early for that. Near the coast the American armor spent the day cleaning up Italians in their rear but not really making much progress.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/17/2019 10:14:18 PM   
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another turn into the record books. It was pretty much all quiet on the western front with the Italians being cheeking and running down to grab a town on the coast and the Americans pushing them out. Otherwise, the allies sat on their hands which is probably not a good thing for them to do.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/17/2019 10:16:18 PM   
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But, there is more action at the "valley of death." It was too tempting so I launched an attack (and took units out of fortified positions to do so) and pushed the brits back to the river. But, they then counter attacked on me and retook the hex and disrupted my engineer battalion. Given that it's quiet in the center, I'm sending extra troops to take part in this battle.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/19/2019 1:22:40 AM   
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On to turn 21. The British managed to extend their bridgehead in the valley of death a bit. Without a real reserve for attacking I'm consoled myself by bombarding his big stacks and causing some number of casualties. You'll see that in the center because of his pressure in the west I've decided that discretion is the better part of valor and pulled elements of the 29th division out to start defending the approaches to Messina.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/19/2019 1:23:49 AM   
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In the West the Americans have broken through and now they are also pressuring near the coast. I may do the "run away" defense and try to set up new lines and to hold Palermo as long as possible.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/19/2019 1:24:59 AM   
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Casualty wise, I don't think things are going too badly. Here are the infantry type losses here at the halfway point through the game. Not too much in the way of replacements.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/28/2019 8:56:37 PM   
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Now we've made it to turn 23 and the allies have made enough progress to have to divide Sicily into three fronts. Here on the southern coast the Americans are grinding through the Italian river lines. And, the allies have also been causing significant casualties on Italian units. the loss modifier has flipped from favoring me to favoring the allies. But, it's still a marginal Axis victory.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/28/2019 8:58:00 PM   
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The allies have also, finally, succeed in cutting Sicily in half. The Italians are tasked with defending Palermo while the Germans will fall back on Messina. I'm not sure if I can hold Palermo for two more weeks, but we're going to find out. :)




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RE: Sicily 43 - 1/28/2019 8:59:49 PM   
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Finally, in what is not the German sector, I've been pulling the 29th PG division up to the northern coast to defend that approach to Messina and they are digging in. The Americans did attack the armor unit in the center that does not have any entrenchment counter and took heavy losses doing so. In the east, I shelled the British over stacked units a bit and left well enough along.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 2/25/2019 10:06:05 PM   
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Hello all, I guess it's been awhile but the game goes on. Here it is on Turn 32 and, as you can see, no real progress for the allies in the West. I launched a little counter attack with the Germans along the coast and now I'm scuttling back east with them, but the allies have not been to aggressive.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 2/25/2019 10:06:58 PM   
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On the southern coast there has been no movement at all. I've set up another fortified line behind the river and things have pretty much sat there.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 2/25/2019 10:09:08 PM   
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No real action on the East Coast other than me tossing some random artillery shells into the large overstacks the allies are keeping there. But, the British and Americans have been willing to take heavy losses in the center and they have pushed me back a couple of hexes. The events say that an evacuation flotilla is forming at Messina but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to run away so I'm sticking around. The allies only have ten more turns to do something and I'm still in marginal victory territory.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/4/2019 10:28:11 PM   
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On to turn 34 and the only real action continues to be in the center with the British and the 1st ID taking the brunt of the attacks. Losses have been heavy but the Germans continue cling to their line. With no pressure from the allies on other fronts, thing are unlikely to change much in the next 8 turns.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/9/2019 10:20:34 PM   
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Well, it's all over and it ends in a German marginal victory. As you can see, the British were making slow progress in the center but at a heavy cost. On the coast there was almost no German attacks. Oddly, if you look closely, you can see that a number of British units near the coast are reorganizing. I'm not sure why since it has been at least 20 turns since they did anything, but that might explain the general failure to attack on that front.






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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/9/2019 10:21:23 PM   
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Here are the German/Italian infantry losses. Pretty heavy but the units are still in the field.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/9/2019 10:21:53 PM   
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German/Italian tank losses are not too bad.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/9/2019 10:22:57 PM   
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Allied infantry shows that this was a tough infantry battle for them. The US divisions, in particular, appeared to be burnt out.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/9/2019 10:24:17 PM   
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Allied tank losses seem to be a bit lighter than the German on a percentage basis.

On the whole, I'd say this is a good scenario that is probably best played against someone else or have the AI be the defender.




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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/21/2019 8:37:50 AM   
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Truly an interesting AAR. Thanks John.

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RE: Sicily 43 - 3/21/2019 2:08:04 PM   
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My pleasure!

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