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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 5/29/2020 1:10:40 PM   
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Well, I'll just have to re-take Alexandria!

LoL! Who am i kidding?!

I can't even scratch these tanks...
anti-tank, M3s, Crusaders, B17 bombers, artillery, ...

Not a scratch :(
Will the Shermans have better luck?
Will I ever GET any Shermans?





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/4/2020 4:05:40 PM   
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Well, the CW is rocking back on its heels,
in a corner and on the ropes.

Here is an interesting German newsreel.
This is what's going on outside Cairo ATM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaiK1qCqDdc

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/10/2020 5:41:53 PM   
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@CW turn 187 (July 1, 1942)
News of the World
https://archive.org/details/1942RadioNews/1942-06-25-CBS-News-of-the-World-AM-Edition.mp3

West of Cairo, the desert swirls around the clash of Armies!





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/11/2020 10:16:50 AM   
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Damn, Axis looks close to a decisive victory.

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/11/2020 5:35:28 PM   
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Yes, he is (in fits and starts) beginning to push me off the board.

But, I have been getting some pretty beefy reinforce / reconstitute
East ... of Cairo. And that is not much territory there,
but hold it, I must.

Rommel is definitely hell-bent on hemming me up there.
On the bright side, CW is maneuvering for a left hook.

My only concern right now, is that unit that is HEAVY HEAVY Panzer,
I can't seem to put even a scratch in it.

That one unit of his could wreak havoc.

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/13/2020 5:03:13 PM   
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@turn CW 189

Hurricane 2, flying recon over the raging tank battles west of Cairo, reports:

"THEY GOT 'EM!! I think it was 25s, or maybe the six pounders,
shot 'em right down the SNOUT!!! GIVE 'M HELL BOYS!!! WWOOO WWOOOOOO!"

10 Heavy Panzer, that were making their way toward the Great Pyramids,
ARE BLOWN OUT THE DESERT!!!!

"Time flows slowly in the Land of the Pyramids .....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cEuZikZ3eE



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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/13/2020 5:15:57 PM   
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Meanwhile, in Cairo, MPs desperately try to make way for the Valentines,

(200 PLUS, how many tons is that?
(That's a lot of steel.)

through the teeming mobs of desert peoples seeking refuge in Cairo;
and the CAMELS! omg the CAMELS!!!
CAMELS EVERYWHERE!!!!!


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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/15/2020 9:37:18 PM   
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Not only do I like your AAR, but the links you share are really cool!

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/18/2020 3:50:32 PM   
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Thanks, I've just recently found some of those links,
like the Periscope Films web site,
they have an awesome collection of old news reels I haven't seen before.

And the archive.org I found that I can search out old radio down to the month,
have found some interesting links there. I put a few of those in the FitE1 thread or maybe it was the Russo-German War one.

I really liked that Spike Jones one, "The Feuheres Face" LOL
They really give boost to "atmosphere" when I am playing

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/23/2020 5:37:53 PM   
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@CW turn 196 (Aug. 1, 1942)

The British Valentine Tanks arrive and engage ....
destroying over 100 German Panzers that were headed for the Pyramids from the SW!!

You can't see them here (they are under that Combat Results list)
but many Rat Patrols have made there way around to the rear of this Axis army,
between them and the Wadi Natrun.

The trap is sprung!!





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/24/2020 5:33:57 AM   
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How the...

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/24/2020 3:56:36 PM   
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@CW turn 197 (August 5, 1942)

French Engineers repair the bridges at AlQanitir al-Qahiriya,
paving the way from Qalyub, Baktim, Al Mansuriya, and ... CUC-a-MON-ga!

Codeword of the 8th Armored is broadcast: "GO!!!"
The 8th Armored and 4th Infantry are fresh and full divisions,
finally sobered those chaps up after their adventures in Cairo.

They lead the left hook, 4th Infantry provides jabs to the body,
9th Australians ready their right cross ....
POW!!!!
1st SA and the FR Foreign Legion hold the Nile.

Early reports of 10 Italian Caro Veloce tanks destroyed,
(it was only about 100 German tanks we got last time,
there are a couple dozen more, looks like they are retreating....

hundreds of British Valentines are racing through the desert at top speed,
while German and Italian infantrymen and mortarmen are dropping like flies.





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/28/2020 4:53:56 PM   
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@CW turn 199 (August 12, 1942)

The 51st Infantry (Highlanders) join the fray!!

I need that airfield at the Wadi Natrun.
My kitty cat like to sit in my lap while I move,
he likes to watch the little chits move around.

So I put a little sand kitty on the map for him LoL
He says, "SERPENTINE!! SERPENTINE!! Move like cat in desert!"

Germans / Italians are having a rough time out there.
I figure, with all those engines and the heat of battle....

must be a good 130F in the shade out there.
LoL WHAT shade??
Brits bring camels of waters from Cairo,
put them out there on hill tops,
just barely where Rommel can see them from afar,
and dream of all the water over there.





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/28/2020 7:24:23 PM   
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Churchill visits the troops, inspiring them on toward the Natrun airfields.

"A Bloody good stroke of a blow, give 'em Hell, Boys!"

On a more somber note...he pays respect to the fallen at their final resting place....
lights another cigar .... and says, "Give 'em Hell."

Then, it is back to London.

"HEY THERE GENERAL! You gonna stay for supper w/ us?"

"GO TO BLAZES, SOLDIER!!"

a silent newsreel, but gives good idea of environs. Sand. Sand EVERYWHERE!
AND WHAT'S THAT SMELL????
Oh ... camels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTY6sgFV-s0




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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/29/2020 4:56:51 PM   
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Neat encirclement, but the northern side seems a bit too weak.

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 6/29/2020 5:09:17 PM   
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:)

Fr. Foreign Legion is stocking the Nile up there with ferocious ... and hungry ... CROCODILES!!

They have trebuchets, are launching camel meat over to over there side, luring the crocodiles onto Germans.

CHOMP CHOMP a crocodile video (couldn't find an oldie from the 40s, but this one pretty good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uIqlD7lANA

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 7/4/2020 4:26:49 PM   
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"In jungle, strong always win."
----------------------------------Tarzan


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cwh_PBB5OU

Shermans appear!!!!!!
US is sending help!!!!!

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 7/4/2020 7:28:31 PM   
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@CW 203 (August 26, 1942)
zoomed out, you can see where
Monty is beginning to get that Wadi Natrun
and its airfield





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 7/4/2020 7:33:09 PM   
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near end of CW203, Greeks come on line.

A daring raid (cannot see here)
by SaS RAT PATROL does significant damage to German air outside Alexandria





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 7/10/2020 1:39:52 PM   
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@CW turn 206 (Sept. 5, 1942)

American B-24s rain Death From Above ....
Alexandria is re-taken!!
but can it hold....





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 7/28/2020 9:36:05 PM   
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CW turn 208 (Sept. 12, 1942)

The mysterious desert seems to have turned against Rommel,
the British continue to hold the recently liberated ancient city of Alexandria!
(Axis supply = -20)

American B25s obliterate a German airfield at El Hamman.

Approx. 35 turns remaining,
CW has clawed their way back from the abyss!!
Is now only a marginal defeat!
NEVER SURRENDER!!





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 8/22/2020 4:00:49 PM   
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@CW turn 212 now (Sept 26, 1942)

Greeks fight along the coast and grab Burg El-Arab.
44th Inf. slips into airfield at El Hammam

8th Armored continues toward Alam Halfa Ridge,
El Alamein lies beyond the ridge....

only 30 or so moves left to go. Hard to believe we've been going at it
almost 10 months in real time .... time flows quickly in the desert!

is still a defeat by points against CW,
maybe if I can get back El Alamein might get back to draw.





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 8/31/2020 5:44:16 PM   
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@CW turn 214 (October 3, 1942)

51st Infantry breaks through to the Halfa ridge,
forward elements re-occupy El Alamein!

but still not enough points, still a CW marginal defeat!

CW is running out of troops and tanks! How much longer can they fight?





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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/1/2020 10:46:45 AM   
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Seems you have encircled a lot of Axis units, destroying them will not be enough for a victory?

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/2/2020 7:44:40 PM   
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No, I don't think so. Just got a new move, noticed that I have now clawed back to a draw. Barely. To get back to marginal victory, I need to get back all along the coast line, probably all the way to Bardia needed for more than draw. But draw will be hard to hold in itself--there is a German / Italian tankers dug in like a Alabama tick north of Cairo, dug in like a crocodile laying eggs in mud nest there. Can't hardly scratch it. I am having to throw everything at them. Is Banha, very tough hex, there is like a moat all around it teeming with Arianized Crocodiles. CHOMP CHOMP.







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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/3/2020 7:30:22 AM   
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Attrition hasn't eaten them alive yet?

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/3/2020 2:18:37 PM   
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No, they've got plenty of water and crocodiles; crocodile for lunch, crocodile for dinner. and CAMELS!
CW is really low on big anti-tank guns. I just can't hit them. I think I got about 5 of their tanks last turn,
but there are still 40 or so dug in under all that mud. They absolutely murder infantry trying to get in.
Banha pretty hard hex to take. is a pretty good sized city and heavy fortifications.
But they've got to run out of ammo SOMETIME!

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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/11/2020 4:39:55 PM   
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CW turn 217

Across the face of the desert,
there moves a swarming mass of men!

The emboldened Allied army races toward Hell Fire Pass,
capturing tens of thousands of Axis belligerents along the way!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d5_X4wnCes







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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/17/2020 8:19:06 PM   
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The advance continues.

More Nazi steel for the scrap heap:




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RE: CfNA 40-43 (GeneralJCL [DAK] v Hellen [CW]) - 9/19/2020 6:09:33 PM   
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CW turn 221 (Oct. 28, 1942)

Approaching Bardia.
There are about 20 moves left in this one, at current pace of advance,
I may be able to recapture Bardia and that complex of points,
if so then that might be enough for marginal victory.

The supply chit though, is stuck around Cairo ....
It must stay on improved road per house rules ....
or on railroad ...
but I do not have enough railroad point to get it rolled out of Cairo

Have to use camels for now.
I am never going to look at a camel quite the same way after this game!





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