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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/1/2020 9:15:12 PM   
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The Axis begin their offensive against the Red Army in Iran, destroying a Tank Army. 2 Italian Infantry Divisions have also just arrived as reinforcements.

Off the coast of Spain a large number of Axis submarines have taken to sea with surface navy for support.






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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/1/2020 9:17:07 PM   
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On the Eastern Front the Axis have nearly wiped out the large pocket of troops in the Demanysk region, and continue to force the Soviets back on all fronts. A portion of the Luftwaffe has been sent to France this turn, which I will take a review of next turn.






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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/1/2020 9:17:39 PM   
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Axis income is at an all time high to end 1943.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/1/2020 9:42:07 PM   
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The snow is a bit hard on the eyes for a screenshot of Western Europe, will post it when it thaws! Lots of movement on the Eastern Front, not a lot of casualties this turn in the snow.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 3:58:19 AM   
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With the capture of Baku, the Allied AI automatically offered peace terms which I declined given it is the eve of D-day. With over 100 ground units and over 30 aircraft units, none of which is in any other theater of Europe the Western Allies could prove a force to be dealt with. The Western Allies have not fought in the war for nearly 2 years and have massed an amazing amount of power. The USA and Royal Navy is a combined 54 units, so I have no chance of winning the war at sea.

Without success of the Western Allies the USSR has no chance to regaining any initiative, if the Western Allies are defeated the war will be won.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 3:59:31 AM   
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The Eastern Front is vast, stretching from Murmansk to Iraq. The Red Army is in tatters at this point.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 1:06:29 PM   
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The Allies land in occupied France, in what I'm considering as a last ditch effort to win the war rather than what it was historically. German forces immediately strike along the coast North of Paris, recapturing Le Havre from the British. The Axis are very prepared for these landings as you can see.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 4:30:12 PM   
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The Western Allies are striking hard in Europe, really ramping up their bombing campaign and having some early success in consolidating territory and ports for supply. The Germans for their part once again smash the British forward positions East of Caen.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 6:22:18 PM   
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June 1944

The Allies offer to extend game play at the beginning of the turn, I accept. If the Allies will ever win a battle of attrition it likely won't be by next year.

I think.

After accepting I see the results of the previous turn; 3,500 MPP in damage to the Axis! A number of units were also destroyed on the Eastern Front as Soviet Armour (level V) made a re-appearance in number. A lot of German Tanks have be re-stationed to the Western Front which has softened by offensive capabilities somewhat in the East but the Soviets are still of the defensive mainly.

In the West Allied bombers are even striking Spain and Italy for good measure, dropping our income significantly over the previous turns and have also finally severed the Swedish convoy via diplomacy. The overall plan at this time has not changed, we hold the Soviets back in the East and in the West the Vichy French and Spanish Armies will bottle the Allies near the channel coast as Axis Armour sweeps across to Brest. Once the Allies are defeated I will turn my attention to London, to demoralize the Allies into defeat and a decisive German victory.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 6:23:50 PM   
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Snapshot at end of turn June 1944. German Tanks are smashing the Allies near Caen, destroying multiple units this turn and once again capturing Le Havre which again fell to the Allies last turn.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 8:03:29 PM   
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Fierce fighting continues in France, one of the British HQs was destroyed as the Axis captured Caen in Northern France. The bombing campaign is not letting up and is beginning to effect supply on the Western Front. Germany achieved Industrial Technology 5 this turn which should help keep MPP flowing at a high capacity.

In Iran the Soviet defense of Tehran continues, we managed to destroy the occupied of the capital but lacked the movement points to march into the city. This is the Soviet's last stand in the region.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 8:06:36 PM   
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Fighting continues for a number of key objectives, Germany really only has a substantial fighting force near Moscow where we have fought for a breakthrough towards Gorky which will bypass a number of Soviet defenses.

It is taking some time to get a number of units out of the Caucasus region after mop up duties have been completed, notably the Italian Army that was once joined at the hip with the DAK will be railed to the Western Front once able.






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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/2/2020 9:51:02 PM   
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The Allies inflict significant losses again on the Western Front, this time destroying a Tank Corps, Tank Division and Mechanized Corps which were spearheading our attack westward along Northern French territory. With low supply west of Pairs (3-4 supply) some over our forward units will have to retreat to Paris and I will have to move a HQ closer to Paris, with hopes it will not be attacked by Bombers.

At the same time the British make ancillary landings all along the coast which are more distraction then anything, but the American Army is racing down the Atlantic coastline to outflank our the Vichy and Spanish defensive lines.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/3/2020 4:12:32 PM   
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Bad Weather offers some reprieve for the Axis on the Western front this turn. Any gaps you see in the Allied front lines are from destroyed units, German Tanks have proven particularly lethal despite operating in 4-5 supply. We wipe out most of the disastrous landings near Belgium, and form more defensive lines to protect the approach on Bordeaux.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/3/2020 4:17:21 PM   
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Massive front line losses for the Axis this turn west of Paris, losing a Tank Army in this region will especially hurt. More alarming is that the Allies are successfully flanking the strongly fortified defensive lines of Vichy and Spanish forces, between Tours and Orleans.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/3/2020 4:21:26 PM   
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On the Eastern Front Army Group Center closes in on Gorky after finishing protecting our flanks north of the Volga river where a number of Soviet Tank Corps had earlier attempted an offensive.

In the South a number of reinforcements arrived from the Caucasus region near Stalingrad where the Red Army has shown the fiercest resistance, aside from perhaps Saratov.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/3/2020 4:58:26 PM   
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With the Soviets held to key choke points on the map it has allowed me to fight the Western Allies for every inch of land in France like it was WWI. It does not feel like a fight I am winning especially given the Allies massive air superiority from mainland Britain. The Western Allies have also completely disrupted our supply lines into Southern France and Spain, the only town I can operate into in Vichy and Spain currently is Toulon, near Marseilles. I had thankfully sent one of the two Spanish HQ into Southern France last turn which should help in the defense of Bordeaux.

In the East the Axis capture the settlement town between Stalingrad and Astrakhan which should significantly dampen the Red Army's defense of this region. The Germans have pulled back from Saratov momentarily, despite 2 experienced Tank Armies we have not been able to capture Saratov without air support and I have lost several ancillary units trying to maintain our forward position.

Though not in the screen shot, the German Army has reached the Gates of Gorky. A German Tank Army was redirected to the Western Front this turn, and a Mechanized Corps and Infantry Army are set to next turn.





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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/3/2020 10:19:09 PM   
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Very exciting AAR!

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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 1:25:03 AM   
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quote:

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Very exciting AAR!


Thanks the Allied AI continues to make a game of it and are relentless. 468 Soviet units destroyed so far!

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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 1:32:05 AM   
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The Western Allies have successfully outflanked our defensive positions as they rolled down the Western coast of France, cutting off our supply and in doing so have opened up the bottleneck I so badly tried to contain after the Allied landings in France. Our southern defense is in shambles and Spain ill defended should the Allies capture Bordeaux. Our defensive lines near Paris continue to hold strong, with Anti-Aircraft concentrated here, and additional reinforcements were sent from Army Group Center to enhance our offensive capabilities.

I've also begun spending MPP to boost the anti-aircraft defensive capabilities of the primary targets of the Allied Bombers to help boost our supply which right now is in shambles.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 1:36:29 AM   
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The Axis continue with two main offensives in Russia, Army Group Center continues to battle for Gorky which was slowed by Soviet Tanks which counter attacked destroying an Infantry Army last turn, and a second against Astrakhan which will significantly shorten the Eastern front once captured.

In Northern Russia we continue to just maintain our foothold east of Leningrad but Soviet bombers are causing considerable damage in this swampy terrain, we have lost 2 Finnish Infantry Divisions over the last few turns trying to hold our defensive line.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 1:42:00 AM   
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German MPP has been steadily lowering, entirely from the bombing campaign and advance of the Western Allies in France. Most alarmingly is our national morale which is slowly slipping downward as the war drags on and with it will go Germany's morale bonus.

The Soviet Army has lost 468 units, which is of course inflated because of the ability to build divisions in addition to Corps and Armies in this mod. However it is still a staggering amount, and the Soviets have their backs against the wall right now and I have not taking the foot of the petal which would allow the seemingly endless Soviet conscripts to build any numerical superiority. Germany is also on the verge of losing 100 Ground units, which is higher than i'm sure most are used to seeing vs the AI!




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 1:59:59 AM   
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Do you have partisans turned off? Many of your Russian cities have no garrisons at all-you should have oodles of partisans running amuck behind your lines by now.

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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 2:58:45 AM   
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Do you have partisans turned off? Many of your Russian cities have no garrisons at all-you should have oodles of partisans running amuck behind your lines by now.


No not turned off, I've just covered the ones that pop up units. The supply partisans are causing some issues, which included trapping the Italian Army (that was with the DAK) in Iran for 3-4 turns of which I wanted to operate them out.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 12:45:38 PM   
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If you don't mind a minor question, what is the swept wing american air unit I see in France in post no. 170? It's a very cool graphic!

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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 4:52:43 PM   
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If you don't mind a minor question, what is the swept wing american air unit I see in France in post no. 170? It's a very cool graphic!


It's a level 3 or 4 Medium Bomber (I think)

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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/4/2020 4:55:26 PM   
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Autumn is kicking in, this turn the Axis forces are forced to retreat to defensive positions behind the Loire River which runs North and South from Vichy. We find better success in Northern France where the Allied assault on Paris continues to mount escalating casualties for the Western Allies.

Where we have the least success is in the South where the Axis have been forced to retreat from Bordeaux as there was an inability to reinforce the region, and Spain is almost defenseless. Luckily the Italian Army has arrived from Iran this turn to defend Southern Italy.





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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/5/2020 12:05:18 PM   
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The Western Allies have captured Bordeaux and are approaching the Spanish border, where a large part of the Italian Army has been sent to assist in the defense of the peninsula while Spain regroups (rebuilds) its ground forces. The Allies have now extended a very large front in Western Europe.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/5/2020 12:08:45 PM   
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Army Group Center has captured Grozny. With the Western Allies still advancing in France I may have to consider sending some of the Luftwaffe and Tanks to the Western Front as part of a large counter offensive and perhaps slowing or halting Army Group Center.




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RE: Fall Weiss II Western Theater - Axis AAR - 2/5/2020 2:10:49 PM   
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Those Soviet losses are incredible! I wonder the the Western Allies can distract you enough to give the USSR time to rebuild its shattered forces. Given that they sat around for two years they may have quite a number of units to pound you with.

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