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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/2/2020 11:28:58 PM   
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As France does not surrender Germany advances on the remaining French cities. Panzers race to the Atlantic coast and take St. Nazaire. France is apparently willing to sacrificing the safety of its civilians for a few extra weeks of fighting.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/2/2020 11:34:13 PM   
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Meanwhile the Italians are marching through the Alps to slice off an Italian piece of the pie. Not sure how effective they will be - but they will draw at least a few French defenders.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 1:29:30 AM   
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France has put its crack HQ on alert to intercept the Italians. DeGaulle and his growing cadre will remember the Italian stab in the back, also.

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 3:07:19 AM   
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The French still refuse to surrender. I am not sure DeGaulle is doing the French populace any favors here. (I believe the French surrender rule is broken in this version and the Axis is required to conquer all of France).

A French corps is bottled up in Cherburg and French naval personnel is holding Brest for the time being. German tanks approach the small town of Vichy without understanding which significance it acquired in a parallel universe.

Italian troops move up the Rhone valley but it is unclear if the Italian logistics arm can supply them there at the moment.

Soon rain will be upon us - a worse enemy than the French - and too much of the "Grande Nation" is still in the wrong hands.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 10:46:54 AM   
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Perhaps the revision has not changed French surrender rules, but there was a random chance that Vichy would not be offered. I don't know, Alvaro would have to weigh in on that.

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 3:53:08 PM   
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Yes - that is a possible explanation.

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 3:57:18 PM   
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German troops occupy undefended Brest. Vichy was taken as well but its conquest required a fierce fight. Two French corps are pocketed near Vichy as well.

Italians clear a weak defender in Nice and open the coastal road to Marseilles.






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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 10:02:47 PM   
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Toulouse is occupied without a fight.

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Italian troops besiege Marseilles, German units reach the outskirts of Bordeaux and Lyon. Italian mountain troops will strengthen the battle for Lyon. It looks we are forced to complete a conquest of France.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/3/2020 10:07:42 PM   
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The original Axis plan was to accept Vichy - but as this option is not forthcoming the Italians decided they may as well invade Tunisia.






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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/5/2020 10:08:27 PM   
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Marseilles falls, Bordeaux is surrounded but Lyon holds against a determined German attack that in the end lead nowhere.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/6/2020 12:10:34 AM   
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France will not surrender until its last (European) French Production City has been taken. And while Bordeaux (morale city) falls, Lyon is still holding out.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/6/2020 12:13:22 AM   
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The Italians, meanwhile continue their march through French North Africa. The Italian Fleet tries to interdict supplies for the French HQ in Tunis. The RN has apparently more pressing matters to attend to than to oppose this move.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/6/2020 10:24:53 PM   
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Lyon - the last French production city - falls and France surrenders. No Vichy France in this game.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/6/2020 10:55:15 PM   
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Some portions of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe have been transferred to the Yugoslavian border during the past few weeks and are now commencing an operation there. Ljubljana and Zagreb were overrun. As soon as Romania and Hungary join the Axis - which is expected very soon - we have additional avenues of approach.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/7/2020 11:24:46 PM   
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In Yugoslavia, the Germans have to cover the distance to Belgrade next. There are no enemies in range. Hungary and Romania have joined the Axis and both countries can be used as staging ground for Axis armies.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/7/2020 11:30:08 PM   
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In North Africa, the Italians continue with the occupation of the former French colonies. In particular Algiers is important as a VP hex. We also need to exchange the Artillery specialized corps - currently on garrison duty south of Tunis - with a generic one at the next opportunity.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/8/2020 9:47:25 PM   
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Not a good start to the new year. The Allies have bombed our U-boat base in St. Nazaire and sunk U-8 after several attacks. Now we have to install AA even here.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/8/2020 9:52:35 PM   
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There must have been some reprimand in the British parliament for previous inactivity that put the Brits in overdrive in the new year. British troops invade Casablanca in formerly French Morocco. How aggressive will they move east?




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/8/2020 9:58:58 PM   
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Back in Europe the Axis Balkan campaign is progressing slowly. Kind observers call it "methodical", not so kind ones use harsher words.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/9/2020 9:53:14 PM   
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During rainy winter weather, the Axis troops slog through the Balkans and get ready to assault Belgrade.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/9/2020 9:57:12 PM   
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The UK and Canada continue to build up strength in Morocco. Italy put a small defensive line in place anchored on Oran.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/10/2020 6:58:21 PM   
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Belgrade is occupied and Yugoslavia surrendered. We may have time for a Bulgarian campaign before summer weather requires our units to be elsewhere.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/10/2020 8:43:01 PM   
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Despite the bad weather Germany declares war on Bulgaria. We do not get to attack Sofia this turn but it guarantees we can do it next turn no matter what the weather will be. Axis planners also don't want any weather related delays in Bulgaria to interfere with the start of the summer campaign elsewhere.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:03:03 PM   
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The British make their move in Algeria. They test our defenses at Oran with much strength and occupy a railroad that supplies the most inland Italian corps. An Italian counterattack can only weaken the British lead unit to a "3" but not drive it back.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:05:56 PM   
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During abysmal weather in the Balkans Sofia falls and Bulgaria surrenders to the Germans.




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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:10:28 PM   
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A little curious again not sure if I read why didn't you betray Vichy instead?

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:14:56 PM   
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As the British are busy in Algeria, Italy occupies Beirut prophylactically. Because of the French surrender Syria is currently owned by Germany - so a simple sea transport is sufficient. If the Axis ever plans to threaten the Nile delta they can do it much easier from a Syrian base than Tobruk because of the rail line south.






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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:19:14 PM   
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ORIGINAL: battlevonwar

A little curious again not sure if I read why didn't you betray Vichy instead?



In this game Vichy was never offered by France (not sure why). So the Axis had no choice but to conquer France. As a result of the complete French surrender both, French N.A. and Syria became German.

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 5:31:42 PM   
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And British Intelligence (sic, ie me) knew nothing about it until last turn!

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RE: Revanchism in Europe (PBEM gwgardner vs Chocolino) - 1/12/2020 9:06:20 PM   
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When the British made no effort to take it, German HQ was worried to point it out to them with a small landing. But British Intelligence could have caught up any moment. It would have been obviously better for the Axis to go in with a force that can actually threaten Cairo. But the Axis is notoriously understaffed at the moment. Too much production did go into AA and similar "support" efforts or fell victim to British strategic bombing.

We can only hope that the British don't have to denude England of its home defense in order to play in so many theaters at once. Irish/German coastal watchers already spotted an unprotected British 9-port - albeit on the wrong coast.





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