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France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/12/2020 8:30:44 PM   
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Easy-to-read scenario briefing available via my google drive.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iuOhR5K59JQ0cBtjNYWR8f7Yls3iAxrK
It is a two-page PDF file that will open in a new window.

Here's the map at beginning of Allies turn 1.

Not too bad air losses from the first turn...
I re-based a lot of the Allied air forces;
no use having them based right at the front, all that range extending so far east...
so I pulled them back to keep their range at the edge of battle.

Allied units starting out w/ pretty low supply.

Looks like an interesting scene,

15km per hex, half-week turns, 18 turns, May - July 1940.
I don't remember playing this one,
maybe in TOAWII days, haven't seen an AAR.
Well, here goes! Good luck to Leonidas!




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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 12:31:58 AM   
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@beginning of Allied turn 2

most units are still way low on supply,
(around 23%) so I am trying keep as many units stationary as I can,
hoping for transport asset sharing to help supply.

Dutch and Belgians seem to want to fight on ... for now

The few times I played this before,
seemed they surrendered pretty quickly.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 1:58:53 AM   
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@beginning of Allied turn 3:

Dutch surrendered.
Belgians fight on.

One of the things about the Allied formations is,
that they all seem to be set to "Internal Support"...
so I try to keep them fighting together and not "hot dogging" them around w/ other units.

So far, I have inflicted more damage than I expected,
not sure how long I can keep that up, w/ supply levels so low.

Even stationary units are up to only about 30% supply now.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 7:13:43 AM   
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Do the scenario give some chance to the French player or it's just about how long you can resist the onslaught?

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 2:36:01 PM   
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Not sure yet, I've done better than I expected so far. My opp. divided some of his Panzer and infantry units, so that made it a bit easier for me to push those back.

Germans get 100 VP points each for surrender of Holland and Belgium (and the city point value for hexes). Those are givens in this scene, I think. As are the VP hexes up to around Paris, Dunkerque, and Calais. That's about a draw on victory level I think.

Allies have to hold Dunkirk and Calais or chance British withdraw ... So if Germans get one or both of those cities, I think it is pretty sure Germans win. Or if they get Paris, pretty sure win. That's just eyeballing the map. I think a hyper-aggressive German player will surely win (and a overly cautious Allied player will surely lose.) Not sure of replacement schedule for Allies, I forgot to check that. But so far, it seems pretty balanced (or maybe we aren't playing it "right"! LoL)

It seems like a good novice level scene, esp. for learning about "internal support" formations and supply and air units. Expert player probably will be bored by scene, but me (just a kibitzer) think this would be a good "beer & pretzels" scene

below is @beginning Allies turn 4

Belgians fight on, but will fall next turn.

Supplies are beginning to pick up a bit.

Formations / Units that don't move,
get asset sharing and are up to about 45% supply now.

Units that move (even just one hex) are up to about 30% after their move expense.

Tempting to race Allied formations up to the front,
but that just burns their supplies.
Better to let them gas up while they can and then try to fight with a full tank

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 2:36:38 PM   
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I forgot the screenshot, here it is





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 4:57:02 PM   
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@beginning of Allies turn 5

Brussels holds, Belgians fight on.

A few Brit and French reinforcements show up.

Supplies increasing to 60% for asset sharing units.
Blowing as many bridges as feasible to slow Germans down.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 8:24:30 PM   
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@beginning of Allies turn 6:

Brussels falls ... Belgians will surrender now, I think.

German aircraft have landed at a couple of airstrips near Paris (blue circles).

I wish I had some artillery to put on them,
but there is none to spare!

Some "garrisoned" Allied units are waking up ....
can the Allies hold?

We shall see!





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/13/2020 10:22:40 PM   
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@beginning of Allied turn 7:

Major losses shown, I figure upwards of 150K troops / airmen etc. lost so far for Allies.
Haven't counted # tanks / arty lost.

A second wave of Germans now approach the outskirts of Paris (blue circle)
First wave that got that close was repulsed.
Second wave (this one) has mostly been repulsed again.

If the Germans take Paris, it is automatic victory for Axis.
So, must defend Paris!

Brits are engaged holding Dunkirk / Calais area.
Looking grim for the Allies, trying to get more French to Paris
(blue lines)


This is a tough one for Allies.
I was very good about going carefully through my OOB the first six turns ...
now I'm getting a bit rattled.

Pretty fun scene!




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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/14/2020 10:42:18 AM   
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Looks grim.

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/14/2020 3:34:33 PM   
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Yes, it is ... but, fight on!

@beginning of Allied turn 8:

A few Belgians fight on at Gent.
A third wave of Germans approach Paris ...

A second wave approaches Dunkirk.

I had a "pinky slip" around Paris,
accidentally "dug in" a unit I needed to attack ...
I keep my pinky finger on the "D" key, and accidentally pressed it when planning that attack.

ah well, such is war!

How long can the French hold? and the British?
This scene might be looked at as, "How fast can the Germans win?"
Still fun, though.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/14/2020 7:47:49 PM   
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@beginning of Allies turn 9:

Paris is under siege!

Can they hold out? For nine more turns?
Probably not ...





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/14/2020 10:25:10 PM   
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@beginning of Allied turn 10:

Paris holds for another turn!
The British are sweating it out at Dunkirk!

Can the Fr. 8th Army Reserves break through the German screen to help Paris?





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/15/2020 12:28:36 AM   
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during Allies turn 11:

French reinforcements break thru from Chartres!!

Totenkopf SS troops retreat!

How much more can Paris take?!


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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/15/2020 12:31:47 AM   
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OOPS! Here is the correct screenshot, showing French advance (blue lines) and British movement (orange lines) toward Paris.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/15/2020 2:03:37 PM   
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Mmh your reinforcements are not yet into Paris.

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/15/2020 3:17:38 PM   
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Yes, just on outskirts ... they broke through siege by one hex, into suburbs,

cannot see in the previous screenshot b/c that was from beginning of move.

At end of move, they had pushed back the Totenkopf ... and into suburbs ...

but it may be that Leonidas will push me back now ... probably so ...

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/18/2020 1:35:50 PM   
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@beginning of Allies turn 12

Paris still holds ... by a thread!





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/21/2020 7:27:57 AM   
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Scary situation, and the units near Soissons look lost.

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/23/2020 3:45:44 PM   
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@Allies beginning turn 13:

scary all around, but ...

Paris holds again!
Germans infiltrate Dunkirk,
but are repulsed!

They cut the rail at Chartres ...

Dijon is retaken by Belgian reinforcements.

Still a draw ... but six moves to go.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/24/2020 1:46:33 PM   
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The fall of Chartres must hurt.

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 1/29/2020 1:47:37 PM   
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after Allied turn 14 (move is done, had three rounds of combat)

Paris holds! British retake Dunkirk!

The German siege is broken, at northwest and southeast 'burbs of Paris ...
still very strong Germans directly east, there (the 70/99 unit etc.)...

red "V" markers show where Germans retreated, Allies advanced.





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 5:00:09 PM   
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@fter Allies turn 17:

Paris holds. Dunkirk holds.

No SS, forgot, but .... my opponent, via Diplomatic Pouch, noted looks like Allied Victory.
But, news says German Marginal Victory ATM, with only a few moves remaining.

Germans continue assault on Dunkirk, but Brits are holding there.
Seems key to take out Brits in this scene, and also I noted,
also noted Brits showing replacements in southern France (??)

Seems like they would show in Dunkirk area for now, but ... now, we are nearing end of scene.
Allies are trying to find points to claw back a draw, what will the end of scene bring?

Soon we will know! Excellent play, Leonidas my friend

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 6:28:44 PM   
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@ before Allies turn 18:

trying to capture as much info as I can before scenario ends:

German marginal victory at present, major Allied losses shown:





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 6:33:35 PM   
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the map, before Allied last move:





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 6:46:10 PM   
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The scenario has ended, with a well-earned German victory,
but Paris and points west still abide.

This was a fun scene to play, the Germans I think
would have a quicker victory with more pressing and aggressive attack.

Well done, Leonidas! <handshake> and I hope that we can play again soon!
Definitely a scene that bears more play, I think....





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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 9:37:26 PM   
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Thanks for the AAR!

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/5/2020 9:52:32 PM   
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Very welcome! I enjoy doing it, is sort of my hobby now, playing TOAW. I see on steam charts, a few dozen or so players counted every day, I hope to see their AARs too.

Such a great game, so many scenarios. I really think, in light of the fact of so many user created scenarios, this is the game par excellen

I still look back fondly upon earlier versions (like II / ACOW) and am compiling as many other AARs that I can find to create sort of a TOAW "encyclopedia" of sorts.

Okay, well, thanks again for the kind words! Have a great gaming day!!

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/12/2020 7:07:48 AM   
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Much appreciated. The Germans also had a lot of French units semi-surrounded SE of Paris, I see.

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RE: France 40 (Leonidas [Germans] v. Hellen [Allies]) - 2/19/2020 5:44:24 PM   
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Yes, looking back, the Germans were very strong in this one, and Allies had a very hard row to hoe to even claw a significant loss in this go.

My worthy opponent Leonidas has now a pending challenge on the server, in Arrancourt as German, but that map is surely an Allied victory.

At least I think so, perhaps Leonidas has a special strategy up his sleeve. He is a worthy opponent.

Again, looking back on this one, key to Allies is keeping the Brits on the board ... and I saw Leonidas trying very hard to take them off.

Luckily, I was able to keep Dunkirk in hand, had that not been so, Paris would have fallen.

Some thoughts on scenario design: Belgians and Brits kept appearing for me in South France, that was surprising but did not have much impact on defense of S. France. Key for me was defending Paris, and keeping the railroad open to Chartres was key also for me.

It was a fun game, a good "beer & pretzel" scene.
PPPS: Also, in the scenario ending, mentions Operation Sea Lion (invasion of England proper)
I think it would be interesting to take on that scene in TOAW, to follow up this.

Will post a challenge for that, taking England, as soon as my short Moscow is done against Sandy.
We are on turn 55 or so in that one, almost done, w/ a Soviet OV there ... maybe I do better in Sea Lion next.

Okay, well, have a great gaming day!



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