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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 12:50:59 AM   
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Very exciting AAR! I wonder if you can hold on to the end. It appears there are a lot of Italian units in Greece. Is that the navy or can they be redeployed?


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Regia Marina I'd guess. Am surprised that the Allies didn't try any Med adventures, tho in the end they really didn't need to.



That is definable the Regia Marina hiding from Allied bombers. Med adventures are about a 75% chance so it's not a calculated defense.. I had rather if they did try and spread there forces around a bit. Having the entire Western Allied force come down at once in France was too much to fight back this time.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 12:55:17 AM   
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The Western Allies launch a successful offensive into Germany from the Low Countries, crippling our defense and have also completely cut off a German Tank Army in the process.

In Eastern Germany the Wehrmacht once again tries to establish a defensive front near Konigsberg to slow the Soviet advance.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 1:08:02 AM   
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Germany establishes a new defensive front near Hamburg with considerable Tanks which are still available to protect the nation against the Allied advance.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 1:10:40 AM   
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As Germany reinforced the homeland against the approaching Western Allied threat, it comes at the cost of Army Group South which could not reinforce or adequately counter attack the Red Army in Besserabria. The only alternative was to retreat into Romania.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 1:59:31 PM   
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Does Germany take any sort of NM hit from the Allied use of the A-bomb on Japan (along the lines of "uh oh, even if we hold off that's not good."

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/15/2020 2:11:01 PM   
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Does Germany take any sort of NM hit from the Allied use of the A-bomb on Japan (along the lines of "uh oh, even if we hold off that's not good."


Not unless it’s already baked in from the vanilla game, I have not put that in but an interesting point.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:23:34 AM   
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Germany's defense along the Westwall along the French border has nearly been completely destroyed opening up the vulnerable southern sector of Germany. The Western Allies are also poised to strike hard in Northern Germany after massing a sizable Armoured force.

In Italy, American forces have crossed the French border. Italy's days in the war are numbered, there will be no relief from Germany.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:30:03 AM   
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The Red Army continues their two main offensives towards Konigsberg and into Romania. Our defensive force near Konigsberg is patch work at best, while what was once a mighty Army Group that held Ukraine for over a year is slowly diminishing after multiple retreats into Romanian territory. The Luftwaffe which has lost any capability to contribute to the war will mostly be disbanded in a last ditch attempt to reinforce the Wehrmacht with additional forces to prolong the war.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:36:15 AM   
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The defense of Eastern German territory has entirely collapsed, the path to Munich one of the 3 cities that the Axis can hold to win the game in May 1947 by drawing out the war long enough to find some terms of peace will soon be lost. The other cities are Berlin and Rome, so realistically only holding Berlin is our objective.






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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:46:54 AM   
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With a number of small units now available to reinforce the Western front after disbanding the Luftwaffe, Germany has decided to retreat to our final defensive positions against the Western Allies who are winning the race to Berlin. This will hopefully allow some time to reinforce and entrench.

The sheer numerical might of the Red Army is very evident now, as our defense of Konigsberg appears doomed. Meanwhile the Soviets are prepared to advance from Southern USSR into Poland and Hungary, while once again forcing the form Army Group South to retreat towards Bucharest in Romania. Uprisings are beginning everywhere, at turn end we overall Admiral Horthy in Hungary to keep the nation from possibly switching sides.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:52:12 AM   
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Konigsberg has fallen to the Red Army, but Germany has warded off the first limited offensive against Warsaw.

In the West the Allies begin their assault along our extended defensive front near Hamburg. The Italian front has entirely collapsed at this point. The garrisons in Yugoslavia and Greece will soon surrender and lead to additional uprisings.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:54:19 AM   
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Map as of Nov 10, 1945






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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 3:59:25 AM   
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In Western Germany our defensive positions hold as weather begins to turn, in former Polish territory Germany makes due with what they can to form a defensive front as the Red Army advances from every direction. In Romania our defense has been shattered, we are only try to slow the advance into the Balkans now for the valuable MPP.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 6:49:25 AM   
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Good job with the fighting withdrawal. Holding Berlin until May 1947 seems ... ambitious.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/18/2020 12:33:43 PM   
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Good job with the fighting withdrawal. Holding Berlin until May 1947 seems ... ambitious.


Yes very ambitious, but it is the only out I have after extending the game. If I had not Germany would have also won on December 31, 1945 by lasting that long but that is hardly an accomplishment vs the AI I think.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/19/2020 6:40:19 AM   
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Great job. This AAR, despite its doom-laden tone, is a welcome respite from worse news in real life. I think this will be among the very few AARs on any WW2 Strategy game that allowed the game to go this far along the road to defeat, and the only one I can remember against the AI.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/20/2020 11:27:11 PM   
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Great job. This AAR, despite its doom-laden tone, is a welcome respite from worse news in real life. I think this will be among the very few AARs on any WW2 Strategy game that allowed the game to go this far along the road to defeat, and the only one I can remember against the AI.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 2:26:29 AM   
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The war continues through Christmas 1945. The Allies advance comfortably on our defensive positions from both the West and East but offensive maneuvers are limited in the snow.

Warsaw and Hamburg are both under assault.

This is another interesting date to point out as this is second date that the Axis could have won the game by simply surviving this long. This of course is more meant for PBEM in tight matches. Berlin will have to hold much longer if I can squeak out the final victory lap.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 2:30:42 AM   
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This would be Italy's final turn of the war, their Army completely shattered now. The remaining German garrisons in the Middle East were sent to Rome and Brindisi the previous turn with hope of Germany taking control of some Italian cities for MPP. Both the Balkans and Greece are set for major uprisings with the surrender of the Italian garrisons.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 2:32:52 AM   
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The Finnish stubbornly holds out, mainly a result of the Soviets being stopped dead in their tracks in the South. The Soviets continue to find alternative success driving Southward from Murmansk.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 12:16:51 PM   
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Whatever happened to Rommel?

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 1:01:34 PM   
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Rommel is one of the commanders at Berlin. After linking up the DAK with our other forces in occupied Turkey the DAK retreated back to the Balkans with the remainder of Axis forces. The Middle East was essentially abandoned so that we can protect Germany.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 1:06:50 PM   
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Thanks for the update! Are the allies still strat bombing you?

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/23/2020 1:57:13 PM   
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Thanks for the update! Are the allies still strat bombing you?


Relentlessly

No supply source above 5 in Germany.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/24/2020 2:14:35 AM   
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Great AAR. Is that an uprising in Prague I see?

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/25/2020 4:01:47 AM   
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Great AAR. Is that an uprising in Prague I see?


Yep, the walls are caving in.

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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/25/2020 4:12:52 AM   
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Hamburg has been occupied by the Western Allies, and dual Allied offensives against both of our defense lines are now in full force.

In the Balkans our ability to defend against the Soviets is now minimal, Germany now only has a pair of under strength Armies in region, one in Hungary and the other which has just retreated from Bucharest leaving the Romanians to their fate. In all likelihood the Allies will soon cut off the Balkans from Germany. Our supply lines between Germany and the Axis minors is already severed with no ability to operate units between the two due to Allied bombing.

It is now a race to Berlin. The Western Allies are nearer but face the more formidable of our defensive lines, it will be interesting to see which side makes it first.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/29/2020 4:32:49 AM   
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The full collapse of the Balkans is upon us now. The German Army which has already retreated from Romania in Bulgari can only watches as the Red Army descends on Bucharest. From the West, the American Army has captured Croatia.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/29/2020 4:35:10 AM   
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Romania has opted to switch sides and join the Allies, meanwhile uprisings continue all through the Balkans. Partisans have captured Albania, Yugoslavian and Greek partisans are having uprisings as well.




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RE: Fall Weiss II - Barbarossa AAR - 3/29/2020 4:37:03 AM   
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As Germany collapses, Finland continues it's fight against the Soviet Union. With so many national morale objectives within reach of the Soviets they could collapse at any moment.




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