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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/20/2019 5:19:41 PM   
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In Italy, I isolate Venice.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/20/2019 5:22:43 PM   
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German casualties top 1 million.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/20/2019 5:29:35 PM   
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Turn 70:
I really should stop or pare back my attacks in Italy, but I have victory disease and the Germans are really being chewed up here. After Venice falls, another corps is going to be rail transported to France.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/20/2019 5:31:20 PM   
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In the west, I forgot to take a screenshot at the end of my turn, so this is the situation after the German moves. The link up still doesnít quite happen, but it still looks like Iím going to bag quite a few divisions. Note that some pretty strong divisions have been deployed in the sector east of the Moselle river. Also, the AI didnít fully defend the Rhine crossing as it left a hex unoccupied (noted by the red X). I was going to force a crossing next turn regardless, but this makes it much easier. The pocket wasnít fully closed, but will be next turn and will be digested quickly.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/31/2019 2:05:04 AM   
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Turn 71:
My troops surge across the Rhine and Operation PLUNDER kicks off as my paratroopers start their drops further behind the lines. Iíve shattered the majority of the pocket and it will be fully digested by next turn.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/31/2019 2:07:12 AM   
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Heavy rain in Italy, but the drive to Udine continues.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/31/2019 2:09:10 AM   
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Turn 72:
Venice is taken in Italy, but the poor weather limits gains as my armor doesnít have enough mobility.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 7/31/2019 2:15:28 AM   
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I take my first major German city as the Germans vacate Cologne. I push south along the east coast of the river towards Frankfurt. My advance in the Saar has bogged down and has only limited gains. The surrounded pocket is now fully eliminated. This turn I really felt the effects on the poor weather and the constant activity and strain Iíve been putting on my troops. Still Iím only about 300 miles from Berlin. Hereís hoping the German defense starts to disintegrate. Iím already seeing more frequent routing from regular attacks.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/7/2019 5:49:56 AM   
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Turn 73:
Another corps is pulled off the line in Italy and being railed to the front in Germany. Iím still grinding away progress on the coast and surround a couple of divisions.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/7/2019 6:09:20 AM   
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In Germany, I push north of Cologne toward the Ruhr. I want to get the front to separate a little bit from the rail line at Cologne before striking out east. Also, a close threat will pull forces there and extend the German line which will make the breakout to the east easier.

In the south, I have multiple breakthroughs and a near encirclement. Mainz is captured on the run. Once I get my southern attack force completely across the Rhine, Iíll head east and south.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/25/2019 1:35:32 AM   
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Turn 74:
Summer is winding down (in the real world), so less distractions. Iím going to make a concerted push to defeat Germany, bring the war to a close, and finish this AAR.

In the game, we have bad weather on both fronts, so Iím resting on most of the forces this turn. I do close and start reducing the Koblenz pocket and push on the north and south flanks of the bulge in an attempt to better secure my rail supply lines.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/25/2019 2:18:54 AM   
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Turn 75:
A little retrospective and strategy talk before the details of the turn. My double envelopment to advance to and across the Rhine over the last 7 weeks has been successful. I encircled and eliminated several groups of units, crossed the Rhine in force and am in a good position for the next phase of the operation. Initially, I had planned to throw everything I had to strike out east from my current position, but Iíve made a few modifications to that plan. In my recent attacks, Iíve sensed that the Germans are weaking and they are nearing collapse, so Iíve decided to expand and broaden the next phase of my operation. My hope is that if I put pressure on multiple sectors to create several crisis points that it will stretch the German forces and hasten the German collapse by reaching that tipping point as early as possible. It will also have the added benefit of taking more territory sooner. The risk is that it will also create more losses for the Allies and I spread myself too thin and not achieve decisive results in any sector, but Iím ready to roll the dice on it at this point and accept the risk.

For the operational plan, the main effort with the majority of my armored divisions will be focused on forcing the Fulda Gap and doing a three pronged fanning out from there: north and south to encircle the main German line and also east to secure crossings across the Elbe river, threatening Berlin. Then I will have five other secondary sectors of the operation. First, I will continue operations in Italy, pushing east towards Udine and trying to stretch the German line as much as possible. Second, I will be making a concerted attack by infantry divisions to encroach and threaten the Ruhr. The aim of this effort is to force the Germans to commit and tie down strong forces in its defense, preventing them for reinforcing my other sectors of attack. Thirdly, Iím launching an invasion of Holland paired with an overland push towards Antwerp. This is a risky operation given the weather and the poor terrain. One reason for this operation is that I have reinforcements arriving in England every turn and itís taking them a long time to get to the front (three-four turns). Iím hoping I can just feed them into Holland as soon as they arrive to have a more immediate impact. The fourth and fifth sectors are aimed at accelerating the collapse of the southern portion of the German line, which I believe is the weakest part of the line. One sector spearheaded by the Free French armor divisions aims to push south of Mainz while a newly railed British Corps from Italy will attempt to breach the far southern part of the line in the Belfort Gap/Colmar area.

Hereís the current situation in Italy. The surrounded units surrendered and I took a couple of more hexes.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/25/2019 2:22:59 AM   
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A December invasion of Holland kicks off. Lots of major river lines to cross. Iíll be interested to see how this goes over the next several weeks. You can also see the pressure on the Ruhr in this screenshot.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/25/2019 2:27:34 AM   
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In the main effort in the central sector, a breakthrough has been made toward the Fulda gap while the Koblenz pocket is fully eliminated. French armor exploits through a line further south. The corps in the Belfort gap (not pictured) is still staging for an attack next turn.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/26/2019 3:34:38 AM   
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Turn 76:
I continue to inch forward in Italy; itís slow and steady progress. Iíve now sent my amphibious HQs to the Atlantic as their work here is done.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/26/2019 3:39:27 AM   
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Some more progress is made toward the Ruhr and I punch two holes in the line; a large one near Fulda and a smaller deep strike south of Mannheim. I consolidate my beachhead in Holland (not pictured).




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 8/26/2019 3:59:19 AM   
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Turn 77:
As you can see with this turn, my continued pressure in the center and alternative areas of advance is paying dividends. Although Iím seeing limited gains in the secondary areas, itís forcing the Germans to cover them and theyíre stretched too thin. In the central area, the German front totally collapses and disintegrates, creating a massive hole for my forces to drive through to the east and the south. The whole German southern front is at risk and the triangle of objective cities in the south (Stuttgart, Nuremberg, and Munich) should soon be in my control. The units opposing me are mere remnants of units and easily brushed aside by a single infantry division. This is the beginning of the end.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/8/2019 2:32:57 AM   
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Turn 78:
Hereís the situation in and around Alsace. I plan to push my armored units due south towards the Danube and the Swiss border to surround the entire German position there. The corps near Freiburg is there to pinch the southern corner to help in that effort. But all this will need to be done in poor weather without air support.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/8/2019 2:38:30 AM   
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In the central sector, Iím continuing to push northeast, but once the Germans deploy blocking forces to the east I will wheel north and try to encircle both the Ruhr and Holland. Iíve actually made good progress at chipping away at the defenses around the Ruhr, taking one or two hexes per turn and slowly building a better position around it.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/8/2019 2:41:58 AM   
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Hereís the buildup in Holland. Iím going to take the northern port and then try to push south towards Amsterdam. The triple river line south of Rotterdam has been a tough nut to crack.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/8/2019 2:43:59 AM   
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The grind in Italy continues with just a slow, steady stretching of the line eastward and pushing in the middle a bit.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:30:18 AM   
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Turn 79:
Hereís the situation in Alsace. I want to advance south along the rail line from Pforzheim to Schaffhausen. That will allow me to be east of the Rhine river, having some separation from it for some freedom of movement westward if the opportunity presents itself. It also takes me close to Stuttgart, which I hope will be a magnet for the defense to attach to. Except for this turn, this is all going to happen in January during the worst weather when my air force will be grounded.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:33:22 AM   
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In the central sector, stronger forces block the east so I start to swing north. Continued good progress in the Ruhr as I take the town adjacent to Dusseldorf and make a push west of the Rhine near Essen. Iím going to stop updating on the Italian front unless something noteworthy happens; itís still just a slow grind there.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:36:37 AM   
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Turn 80:
Nice progress in the south as my armored divisions push 40 miles towards the Danube. My corps in the south pinching the corner is also now fully across the Rhine and making good progress.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:41:12 AM   
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Dusseldorf is captured and the northern swing by my armored forces in progress but slowed by the snow.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:44:12 AM   
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Turn 81:
Attacks are bogging down because of the weather and supply situations. My forces are also getting a bit stretched with these extended lines. This is quite a bulge in Alsace.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:47:44 AM   
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In the north, Essen falls. But my attacks north of the central bulge are turned back. Holland has been a stalemate as well.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:55:08 AM   
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Turn 82:
Getting so very close to sealing the bulge in the south. The gap between my two pincers is only 40 miles wide.





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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 2:58:26 AM   
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Good progress in the north of the Fulda bulge, Holland, and northeast of the Ruhr. Iím trying to break out with a few armor units to the northeast of Essen to cut off the German forces in Holland.




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RE: Operation Sledgehammer í43 - 9/11/2019 3:00:55 AM   
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In Italy, Udine falls and Iím railing my armor units to the Western front. I only expect local gains in Italy and my progress in Bavaria will likely unhinge forces here anyways.




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