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Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 5:07:48 AM   
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I thought I would try Bob Cross’s “Campaign for North Africa: N41-43” against Elmer Po.

I put Elmer on “strong” with the PO “cheat” set to +2.
Here is the map around Hell Fire Pass at the beginning of the game.

This scene lasts about 120 turns.

I am going to set units to invisible while Elmer moves,
not going to watch to get the feel of “strange adventure” in the desert.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 5:22:48 AM   
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Ok, well it took Elmer about 45 seconds to kick my ass.

I'm going to have to step up my game in this one.

Many of my units are in reorganize status
and half the Fleet is limping back to port in flames






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 10:51:24 AM   
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What is the "PO Cheat"?

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 11:10:55 AM   
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quote:

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What is the "PO Cheat"?


It is under "Advanced Player Options"





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 1:42:50 PM   
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Understood, thanks.

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 7:36:10 PM   
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Elmer has had his chance. This is map as of CW T3 to move.

On Elmer's turn 2, it took him all of 60 seconds to kick my ass.

Progress!

I had tried to send some of 7th Armored to help out Tobruk
b/c I managed to break through the siege there by a hex or two.

Now I'm back to square one ... and more units reorganizing.







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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/2/2019 11:20:14 PM   
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Just about done w/ my turn 3.

Most of 7th AD is almost to Tobruk;
4th AD is trying to get there.

Elmer has his Pavia Division SW there of 4th AD...
everyone else is fighting it out over the Hell Fire Pass.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/3/2019 5:58:56 AM   
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The 4th Armopred seems to be in a bad position, isn't it?

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/3/2019 1:33:17 PM   
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The 4th Armopred seems to be in a bad position, isn't it?


It sure is. Keeps getting into reorganizing status a
and now Elmer is going after it.

Seems like both of us are trying to get Tobruk once and for all.
Here is at beginning of CW T5





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/3/2019 4:45:49 PM   
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Elmer is truly giving me a beat down in this one.

NZ Division is getting slaughtered now.

Half of 4th AD has been routed.

7th AD can't seem to get to Tobruk ... Poles are holding, though.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/3/2019 10:19:35 PM   
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Almost ready to resolve combat @ CW turn 6.

Finally got 7th Armored near Tobruk; I managed to

wiggle the 1st SA almost into Tobruk;

Elmer left some holes and I got into Bardia and past the Hell Fire Pass
time to lay down some arty over that escarpment.

Payback time for Elmer.





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/4/2019 12:58:50 AM   
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Elmer strikes Tobruk and then disappears into the desert.

Poles say, “Do widzenia!” and hop freighters out to sea.

7th AD is back to reorganizing.

Time to move up the 8th Army.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/4/2019 11:50:22 AM   
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Server was down this a.m. so I couldn't do my FitE 5 move.
So I finished my CfNA move.
I think I finally got Elmer under control.
Tobruk is almost liberated and Bardia is well in hand.





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/4/2019 10:55:53 PM   
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Beginning of CW T9

Was going to try to end around to Gazala

But Elmer was hiding in the desert….snuck up out the sand

Back to Tobruk!





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/6/2019 12:23:04 AM   
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That was a tough 10 turns, but 1st AD has reached Tobruk

Thanks to the 4th Indian Div. mostly

Time to repair the RR all the way to Tobruk,
clean up what's left in the "parallelogram" area,
then its on to Benghazi! Woo - hoo!







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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/6/2019 2:33:04 AM   
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CW T12 now, getting ready to plan combats
had to pull 4th Indian back to Bardia / Sollum area

because Elmer keeps punching through

you can see how thinly stretched is the guards
all along that railroad that needs fixing
I think Elmer’s got a bunch of Germans hiding there in the sand.





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/7/2019 6:04:28 AM   
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Lol.

A long line to defend, but it seems you have plenty of units.

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/7/2019 10:47:39 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: StuccoFresco

Lol.

A long line to defend, but it seems you have plenty of units.


Not any more. Elmer's on the war path again.

Guess I'll have to evacuate Bardia. Need more units.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/7/2019 10:05:12 PM   
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Regrouped, time to plan battles now.

Shew!! Barely held on to Bardia.

Let's see what Elmer does his next go.
I hope he is running out of surprises.





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/8/2019 12:39:42 AM   
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@ CW16: Elmer may have shot his bolt.
At least for now.

Bardia is now secured, many Germans captured.
time to build that railroad again.
THEN it will be time to move on to Benghazi and beyond.






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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/8/2019 6:01:13 AM   
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Elmer likes too much to plunge his best units deep into enemy lines. As soon as the initial shock ends, it's easy to trap and annihilate them, achieving much more than the temporary damage of the initial breakthough. Seen several times in the Hungarian scenario: panzerdivisionen charging into my ranks and getting lost.

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/8/2019 3:47:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: StuccoFresco

Elmer likes too much to plunge his best units deep into enemy lines. As soon as the initial shock ends, it's easy to trap and annihilate them, achieving much more than the temporary damage of the initial breakthough. Seen several times in the Hungarian scenario: panzerdivisionen charging into my ranks and getting lost.


Elmer has been going at that railroad, but hasn't quite got to it.
Looks like he's getting a lot of reinforcement from Benghazi.
It is almost his turn again, about to resolve combats.
Finally got the "swinging gate" almost formed up.
Cleaning up the desert LoL





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/9/2019 11:06:09 AM   
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@CW T20
Disaster! Elmer smashes the gate
and almost gets into Bardia.

Back to the drawing board





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/9/2019 11:08:39 AM   
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@CW T23
Another close call.
Okay, new plan:
Just build the RR to Tobruk.
get reinforcements to the front...

Seems Elmer swings up the Egyptian border
Going to have to figure a way to slow down his reinforcements





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/10/2019 2:01:32 AM   
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@CW T28, about to resolve this combat...

DAK HQ and X Korp HQ are surrounded and about to meet their maker.

That ought to slow Elmer down a bit ... I hope ...
about 75km of RR to build to Tobruk now





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/10/2019 2:11:06 AM   
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Round 1 of combat: entire 1st Armored Division and the fleet =
40% loss for DAK HQ

Round 2 of combat: remainder of 1st AD and the fleet =
40% loss for DAK HQ

Target remains. <sigh>





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/10/2019 5:55:06 AM   
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I hate when that happens.

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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/10/2019 1:19:07 PM   
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Yes, it took two turns but I finally got those two HQ units.

Trying to get 1st Armored to Tobruk now

everyone else works on the RR for now :)





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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/11/2019 10:08:50 AM   
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Remember the old TV show, "The Rat Patrol"?
I loved watching that as a kid.
Maybe that's part of why I like these desert scenes.

Got a conga line going through Tobruk now.

Rat patrols are going out more. I think I found where Elmer's coming from.







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RE: Campaign for N. Africa N41-43 Hellen v. PO - 10/12/2019 12:00:09 PM   
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Well *this* looks familiar...

a few more RR hexes to repair

Elmer's tougher on +2 setting;
takes 2 moves to get through most hexes.

He held a hex with ONE armored car left in it.

And it wouldn't retreat. Tough guy.






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