From: US Midwest
Everything came together for an historically timed Battle of the Bulge, and I couldn't resist. In December '44 the front had become static along the Siegfried line, and the Allies were settling in for the Winter. Snug in their beds and confident in victory, the Allies opened up their Christmas turn to find the panzers rolling.
Concealed by foul weather the previous turn, 5 panzer armies snuck up to the line and jumped off in perfect weather, the way paved by the remnants of the Luftwaffe, gathered from the 4 corners of the earth for one last great offensive.
The assault penetrated the front lines and got into the enemy rear, sowing panic and destruction.
The foul weather then returned, preventing the enemy's air power from being brought to bear, just as I had hoped.
Enemy is now in retreat, trying desperately to form a new defensive line.
Unfortunately, the snow also blunts my offensive effectiveness, and the rail network in this part of Germany is a wreck, choking off supplies to my spearhead. I didn't make it to Antwerp this turn, but I might make it next turn if the weather cooperates.
Or, I might not. One turn of clear weather for the Allies and my fun ends, we will see what I can accomplish before then.
Regardless of the result, it was immensely satisfying to pull off the attack on the historical date in the historical place. It took some luck, but I even managed to get the same initial success and hopefully generated just a little of the shock and panic of the actual assault. In a match that had become a bit dull and predictable otherwise, it was the best entertainment I could offer. Hence the reference to a gift..
Lock up your wife and children now,
It's time to wield the blade..