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TURN 051: Third Reich 42-45 - Mike (Allies) vs Ken (Axis) - 9/8/2020 3:23:27 PM   
mike1984

 

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T051. 23 April 1943

Eastern Front - Bryansk-Orel
Operation Pickaxe



Not a huge update, but I briefly lost control of the two empty hexes south of Orel before retaking them fully this turn. Now, if I can hold them through Ken's counterattacks, I'll have the first solid gains of the offensive. This comes with the gains in the north near Bryansk, two hexes now in Soviet control.

Eastern Front - Rostov-Stalino
Operation Annoyance



The Axis counterattack here last turn did moderate damage to the gains made previously, smashing the tip of the wedge. But with some rested units returning to the front, some of the ground was regained. The 2nd Guards Airborne division was dropped to help shore up a hex gained south of Voroshilovgrad. It was a very low-risk jump, since the last airborne operation was destroyed. The 2. SS Panzer was withdrawn for refitting, eliminating one significant division from the Axis defenses. My forces just didn't have enough gas in the tank to really make a push this turn.

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TURN 052-053: Third Reich 42-45 - Mike (Allies) vs Ken ... - 9/8/2020 3:25:21 PM   
mike1984

 

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T052-053. 30 April - 6 May 1943

Strategic Update


The next moves will be a new offensive near Vyazma, and an airborne operation to capture Sardinia. Details to come.

Mediterranean - Calabria

After getting wrecked by the combined Axis Mediterranean fleet the first 50 turns of this game, I've finally started hitting back, but from the air. For the last four turns, I've send bombers to raid the Axis fleet in port, first at Messina, then at Bari. Over the course of these missions, hundreds of bombers have hit the enemy ships. But the biggest victory is the destruction of three(!) Axis battleships. In order to minimize the chance for the Axis to destroy an amphibious invasion fleet, I had to get rid of those battleships. Now there's only two left in the fleet, down from five. They've been hit so hard, Ken has been forced to move extra anti-aircraft batteries to cover the port.

Eastern Front - Bryansk-Orel and Rostov-Stalino

The slugfest continues. In both operations.




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RE: TURN 052-053: Third Reich 42-45 - Mike (Allies) vs ... - 6/4/2021 5:19:04 PM   
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It's been a while, I was hoping for some update.

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RE: TURN 052-053: Third Reich 42-45 - Mike (Allies) vs ... - 6/4/2021 9:31:09 PM   
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