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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/2/2020 8:39:28 PM   
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Beginning of turn screenshot:

With the remainder of former Army Group Center at risk of being destroyed and our inability to protect our flank north of Kharkov the Axis have been ordered to retreat to the Dnepr river in Ukraine, which will include the abandonment of Kharkov and Rostov. This was a difficult decision to commit to but the hard packed snow will allow for a quick withdrawal in some areas, whereas the retreat may be much more costly if is delayed until the ground turns to mud.

Further north the Finnish have successfully remained dug in to protect their gained territory, but the Red Army is putting intense pressure on defensive positions east of Smolensk.







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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/2/2020 8:50:50 PM   
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The Axis is currently losing the battle on the Eastern Front but High Command is not ready to lose the war!

War plans are drawn up to secure the oil production the Axis will need to tip the scales of war and force the Allies into an eventual peace agreement. Perhaps they are delusional, who knows




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 2:29:32 AM   
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Spring of 1944 on the Eastern Front, the Axis have dug in along the Dnepr river, and continue to hold the line just east of Smolensk. It is near impossible to cover the entire front adequately at this time, but we are aided by good defensive terrain.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 2:31:51 AM   
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The Axis have begun their planned offensive into Turkey, a critical first step to securing oil fields of the Middle East and in the Caucasus, both British and American fighters are met in the air aiding the Turkish. I had also forgot about the increased partisan activities, and multiple Greek partisans have spawned.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 2:39:01 AM   
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The Western Allies are expected to attempt a cross channel invasion soon, and our coastal defenses are significantly weak. Most of the Atlantic wall guns have been destroyed via bombing (lacked the willingness/funds to repair) and Italy has been tasked with garrisoning eastern France. As earlier mentioned I failed to factor in the increased partisan activity and Free French forces have captured Vichy, but will quickly be extinguished, though this is an untimely distraction. A significant amount of German Armour is arriving in France to aid in it's defense. Both Italy and Germany achieved Anti-Air II this turn, very timely.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 2:43:37 AM   
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D-Day

The Western Allies have landed in occupied France, with minimal initial resistance. German Tanks are awaiting orders to counter attack from Paris. With the Axis already reeling in on the Eastern Front, a second major front will be a major drain on our military capabilities.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 3:10:09 AM   
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The Red Army has once again pressed through our defensive positions east of Smolensk, in the South we continue to hold along the Dnepr river.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 3:12:08 AM   
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In France Germany immidiately begins their counter offensive attacking the British east of Paris with strength. The Allied beachheads will have to be contained quickly as we lack the manpower to garrison a full front.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 3:14:28 AM   
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Northern Finland has been a rather quite front, but the Soviets are finally pressuring our garrisons, having this past turn captured one of the NM objectives after forcing the Finnish Anti-Tank unit to retreat from Kemijärvi.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 3:17:11 AM   
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The Turkish forward defenses have been destroyed, including the Turkish Tank Corps and Istanbul is completely besieged. The road to Ankara is clear. It is unlikely that Turkey, even strengthened with Allied support will be long for the war.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/3/2020 3:19:34 AM   
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Having received new Tanks as reinforcement, Rommel has renewed the drive on Cairo and an eventual capture of the Middle Eastern Oil fields.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:01:59 AM   
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My opponent (the AI) offered to extend the game and I have accepted. Can the Axis hold on for 3 more years or even push back and achieve a decisive victory? Let's see.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:09:33 AM   
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Axis income is a total of about 900 MPP at this time, the Allied industrial monster is about 3300 MPP combined. Allied bombings and lost territory is constantly shrinking our income, as well we will risk losing our shipments from both Spain and Portugal should the Allies severe the overland route in Southern France.

However we will narrow this by achieving our grand plan to control the various oil fields in the Caucasus and the Middle East. The war depends on it.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:14:26 AM   
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July 1944 on the Eastern Front

The Axis continue to hold back the Soviets on all fronts, but it is taking some time to build up our strength for a resurgent counter attack.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:17:03 AM   
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The Germany Army is aggressively defending Paris, but the weakness of the Italian Army is making the eastern coast of France easy ground for the American Army, I do not expect to be able to adequately defend Bordeaux.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:19:42 AM   
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Unit chart;

The Axis are outnumbered, but we are far from out. The Axis navies look stronger in this chart than reality, as with exception of a few German and Italian surface ships the remainder of the navies are in a state of disrepair and the Axis have not enough MPP to bring them back up to strength.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:22:55 AM   
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World Map, late July 1944




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:24:46 AM   
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Rommel has successfully captured Cairo! This is a huge morale boost for the Axis at this point, and could soon lead to a full invasion of the Middle East.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:27:48 AM   
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On the same turn that the Axis celebrate the capture of Cairo, the Allies narrowly avoid another disaster as we destroyed the defender in the Turkish capital but lack the movement points to occupy. Turkish defeat will be a big boost to Axis income and finally expose the Allied oilfields.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/4/2020 2:31:13 AM   
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A friendly reminder that the map is not the edge of the world. The commonwealth could potentially invade Egypt if we just leave a garrison or two behind.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/5/2020 2:45:16 AM   
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August 19, 1944 - Beginning of Turn

The Axis are being overrun in France, with most of our offensive units taking significant losses and unable to counter attack. Our defensive positions are overstretched, southern France is only lightly defended and there has been no attempt to try to match the Western Allies dominance in the air.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/5/2020 2:52:59 AM   
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August 19, 1944 - Beginning of Turn

In Finland the Soviets continue to slowly advance southward where our defense consists of only a few garrison units as the country lack the manpower to cover every front. A few additional units are in production and hopefully we can stabilize the situation soon. While the Finns have had some success pushing back the Red Army immediately east of Leningrad the Soviets are beginning to feel like they are closing a noose around Finland, with significant forces building up South of Leningrad.

The Red Army has finally had some success in breaking our strong defensive positions in Central and South USSR, in fact 4 Axis HQ became front line units but luckily none were damaged. We will not retreat and will fight to hold onto these positions as long as possible.





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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/5/2020 2:55:07 AM   
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Turkey surrenders, an economic boom for Germany who is desperate to increase MPP at this point and will next attempt to capture the various Allied oilfields. 4 Allied units were stranded in Turkish territory, all of which were captured in this screenshot.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 2:35:29 AM   
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Despite losing Egypt, the Allies are still prepared to defend the Suez. With Turkey now occupied, once the Suez falls the Middle East will be wide open for the Axis.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 2:38:19 AM   
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In France it is expected that Bordeaux will soon be liberated and with it a major supply source for the Allies. The British have also made inroads in Belgium where our front line defenses are the weakest along the front.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 2:43:24 AM   
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In late October 1944 with the weather about to turn, the Axis are very pleased with their defensive efforts in both France and the Eastern Front in particular. Paris has been defended, and the Soviets advance stalled. We have also made great inroads in our effort to capture the Allied Oilfields but still have a long way to go.

The Soviet Black Sea fleet has been destroyed, the Suez has been captured, and the Soviets and Americans have only made gains in recapturing Eastern Turkish territory.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 2:45:29 AM   
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Numerically the Axis can not compete with the Allies, but our strongest and most experienced forces have not been destroyed giving us the upper hand in battle.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 2:48:59 AM   
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The biggest risk for the Axis right now is losing a war of attrition, our MPP is constantly dwindling. The Allied bombing is relentless, we have lost Belgium albeit momentarily (hopefully) and our supply lines with Portugal severed (no more MPP). The income from occupied Turkey has supplemented some of the loss. If we hope to draw the war out 2 and a half more years to broker a peace deal we will need to capture Allied oil to sustain our war effort.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 6:37:07 PM   
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Cold weather has settled across Europe, allowing time to reinforce on both sides, which is of much more benefit to the Allies than the Axis given our MPP disparity. In the East the Axis have stubbornly held their positions through the majority of 44' and are withering the Soviets morale.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/6/2020 6:42:11 PM   
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In the West the Axis refuse to retreat from our positions in France, though the Allies are slowly bending around our defensive lines having established control of Belgium and marching through Vichy French territory. It is questionable how much longer we can hold Paris.




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