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October 42 - 9/9/2020 12:58:52 PM   
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In the Mediterranean the allies makes one more invasion to gain a foothold on Italy proper. Might have been enough to force surrender in real war but not here. And Italy full of garrisons. Still timewise I am ok so will have to figure out a way to proceed.




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RE: October 42 - 9/9/2020 1:03:00 PM   
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In the east the Soviets cant really make any progress. I at least use the bad weather to get in contact with the Germans.
Flavisux is playing the attritional defensive style ,I guess something Manstein would have liked, and its worked out fine for him so far. Germany is really strong armywise but not that many units in reserve it looks like so if one can attrition a couple of units things might open up a bit.




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End of 42 - 9/11/2020 4:46:16 PM   
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End of 42

Not much going on waiting for spring .






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RE: End of 42 - 9/11/2020 4:46:57 PM   
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In the east not much going on either. Germanys strength keep on growing. The soviets standing still because I try to replace armies with low experience and the building of a 2nd airforce.






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Jan 43 - 9/13/2020 2:15:30 PM   
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Nothing to report. Spring is still pretty far away but a lot of things will be decided in the spring summer but right now absolutely nothing goes on.






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March 43 - 9/15/2020 4:21:23 PM   
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In the Mediterranean I manage to grab a couple of hexes more in Italy otherwise mostly buildup for the summer.






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RE: March 43 - 9/15/2020 4:22:57 PM   
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And in the east nothing going on just a buildup for the summer. The German army is a beast so will be difficult but it is time to start to try and attrition them down a bit.






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April 9 1943 - 9/16/2020 9:44:46 AM   
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Flaviusx took a very defensive measure and retreated from most French atlantic ports so I landed and paradropped where I could and invaded France.

Defense will be set up on the Seine river looks like.

Fighting still going on in southern Italy.




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April 43 - 9/16/2020 11:55:55 AM   
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Flaviusx surprises me again with a big withdrawal in the east. I will get 15 production and 5 manpower so thats good. Red Army follows as fast as it can.




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RE: April 43 - 9/16/2020 11:58:09 AM   
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And a cautious advance into France.

Managed to shatter 2 corps one para in Italy and one inf in Russia but units attacking lost a lot of their effiency so wont be easy to repeat that every turn .




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May 7 -43 - 9/17/2020 10:49:30 AM   
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In the east German keeps retreating I follow. At least I manage to shatter like one corps per turn. It is a start at least.




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RE: May 7 -43 - 9/17/2020 10:51:07 AM   
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In the west advance further into France. Not sure why I am given so much room my army is most likely at lot weaker than Germanys with worse supply.




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RE: May 7 -43 - 9/17/2020 11:00:13 AM   
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And in the Mediterranean I launch an invasion to try and knock out Italy. And it is a failure . 2 things I failed bacause of upgrade to 1.08 if armour units still had 4 op I would have taken it. I moan now but I like the change it was too easy to invade before think we are in a good spot now. I got an retreat on the 2nd round of attack but had no ops left to occupy the city. In England I had 4 para corps in Italy 0. I had a corps in Africa earlier but moved it back to the UK so had none in position. Incredibly annoying and potentially very costly. I might get one more attempt at getting the city but if it fails it will cost me 1 mech and 2 arm corps but even worse ofc Italy still in the game earning VPs.

If I had knocked out Italy I dont think Germany could hold on for 2 more years. This game will get very exciting in the end .




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May 21 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:08:00 AM   
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I am given Paris for free. Charles de Gaulle happy.




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RE: May 21 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:09:06 AM   
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Rain in the Mediterranen. So 1 turn for the Axis to cement the defense. Doesnt look good for the men on the beaches.






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RE: May 21 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:09:59 AM   
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In the east I focus mostly on the Minsk-Berlin axis it is the shorest route after all.






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June 7 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:15:32 AM   
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In the east some German counteratacks. Sovets lose a arm coprs but I also managed to shatter 1 arm and one 1 corps.





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RE: June 7 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:17:08 AM   
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In the west also some German attacks. I lost a US arm corps and managed to shatter a mech in return. Still with the arm units now being lost in Italy I am throwing them away like confetti not so good .




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RE: June 7 1943 - 9/17/2020 11:20:13 AM   
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In Italy I throw everything I had but came up short one 6-1 and one 4-1 attack and the Pz corps didnt move. Iron crosses for all . So that will most likely be the doom of a lot of digital soldiers. Now not sure try the same thing again or wait until 44.






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July 2 1943 - 9/19/2020 1:00:25 PM   
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What a shock when I opened the turn . 5 Western Allies corps destroyed or shattered. The devious Flaviusx launched a counterattack in France and Italy. Well done. The thing is in my first game I played vs Tyronec (AAR further down on the AAR page) he launched an invasion of Denmark and Northern Germany. And I managed to fight back (still lost the game though) inflicting a lot of Allied casualties. This taught me that the Germans can really kick Western allied bum if given the chance and I gave the chance to Flaviusx. I advanced too fast against a bigger and better army and paid the price. Air superiority is nice but not all important. Together with the failed invasion of Taranto the Allied losses are huge and I think there are only 3 arm corps between the US and the UK. Well lesson learned. I am not super concerned. German units looks fairly tired too and bad weather is coming (well in 6 turns or so) and I think by summer of 44 Allied army will be rebuilt and stronger whereas Germanys economy cant be all that good. Lost most of France and all of Russia and my Strategic bombing campaign is gearing up 30 German production points now bombed down to 0.






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RE: July 2 1943 - 9/19/2020 1:07:29 PM   
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After mourning the digital soldiers for a bit I launched some counterattacks. I paradropped two corps both which might be lost but they help shattering an arm corps. Also managed to destroy a division. Allied lines looks really shaky. But German units worn down too so hopefully wont be too bad next turn. 2 fresh corps land in France which is good they will be needed.

As can be seen US and UK armies really small also noted Germany have disbanded basically the whole of the Luftwaffe.








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RE: July 2 1943 - 9/19/2020 1:10:41 PM   
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Fierce fighting in Italy as well. Here the US lost a arm corps. In revenge I shattered a para and a Inf coprs.

And looking at the situation the Axis units look quite weak including the garrison in Taranto and it will be hard for Flavisux to reinforce it so there is some hope I might be able to get to it in the end but I dont dare to hope too much .




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RE: July 2 1943 - 9/19/2020 1:16:46 PM   
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And in the east the Germans retreat the the Soviets follow. Since mech forces move faster than inf I manage to attack and shatter one corps. So final tally for the turn 5 allied shatters for 4 German quite a blood bath.

Soviets feel pretty strong so I lower lend lease as the Western allies need to build up again .




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July 16 1943 - 9/20/2020 12:06:09 PM   
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If last turn was a bloodbath this was worse. 6 allied coprs for 9 axis including 3 mech and 2 arm corps.
Western allied army in France really worn down but I can now only spot 1 German arm corps in France.






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RE: July 16 1943 - 9/20/2020 12:09:24 PM   
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In Italy after a long costly campaign I manage to get to Taranto and next turn Italy will surrender. Phew it was a tough one . I managed to save one British mech coprs and 1 Us arm corps from the beaches around Taranto. That was very welcome but it will be like 4 months before they can get into action again.






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RE: July 16 1943 - 9/20/2020 12:13:07 PM   
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And in the east the German retreat stops and they stand and launch a couple of conterattacks costing me 2 shattered arm corps.

That concludes a very dramatic turn. Italy will now be gone and German airforce now 1/80 of the Allies and 2 more years to go things looks pretty good but a lot can still happen.




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RE: July 16 1943 - 9/20/2020 4:15:38 PM   
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Surrender message sent and congratulations to MM for a game very well played. It is a mathematical certainty that the Axis goes down in summer of 1944. I can drag it out that long but see no point in doing so. Fundamental error: I didn't build enough interceptors. The moment the Red Air Force turned up in strength the Eastern Front fell apart. So long as I had air superiority over there I could hold the Soviets at bay and make a go of it elsewhere. This is on me: I absolutely could have lined up 4-5 more interceptors during the 1942-3 winter instead of a half dozen or so infantry corps. The production was there, but I instead made a bad bet in going all in on maximizing the land forces.

Interested in a rematch? I want to see if I can do something with German subs next time around I think. Alvaro insists this is the key in keeping the Western Allies down to a dull roar and I want to see if this is true or not.

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Game ended - 9/20/2020 5:00:25 PM   
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Hello,

Thanks for the game it was great fun. Such a hard fought campaign. You defended very well cant think it can be done any better. We can absolutely play another one if you want .

Battlevonwar as Axis is doing well against me I think (see AAR). The British economy weak and lots of resources spent building escorts and merchant marines and burning fuel chasing surface raiders. Still I think it will probably make invasion of Soviet Union a bit weaker so everything has a price.

I think after this game I might go to the poll forum and state that balance probably favour the allies a bit now. New patch of course the nerf to Arm corps invasion is a pretty big deal. But missing out on Yugoslavia a big deal too and possibly the big British commitment to France might also be a problem for Germany. And I think western buildup seems a bit too strong too fast. On the other hand since so little progress can be made in bad weather you dont actually have that many turns to get to Germany. Balancing these games is a headache and I think it is probably not that far off but maybe a small buff to German Economy would not be a bad thing.

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RE: Game ended - 9/20/2020 5:47:48 PM   
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I think the game is about evenly balanced *if* subs are as effective as intended by Alvaro. If not, then perhaps a small buff for the Axis. But I have always taken a pass on the sub war. So I kind of want to see if this is the secret sauce to slowing the Western Allies down. Admit skepticism here.

Give me a day or two and I'll set up a new game, no mirror match though, just me as Axis. I'm not quite the machine you are and playing multiple games at once is more than I can handle.

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RE: Game ended - 9/20/2020 6:08:23 PM   
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Haha no I am fine with just one I play too much right now anyway . If you want maybe wait for the 1.08.1 patch and then start?

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